Liberty City: Berkeley City Hall Occupation — day 17

December 3, 2015

Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall Occupation, day 17.

The third eviction notice showed up today. They again say encampment. They again accuse us of things that are not true. Trash, feces, violence. Today’s notice was my last straw. I told them arrest me or stop playing games.

They cannot deny we are a protest. They can only violate our rights. It’s no one but the participants of this protest to say what we are here for. Anyone who refers to this obvious protest as an encampment is not qualified to speak for us. Sorry BPD. Now, please go away and leave us alone!

–Mike Zint

 Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.

OccupyForum presents . . . Double Feature: “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” and “Paris COP” (on Monday, December 7)

Monday, December 7th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum Presents…

A Fierce Green Fire:

The Battle for a Living Planet —

Shown In Conjunction with “Paris COP”

A documentary on 5 decades of the Environmental Movement

With a Section on The Evolution of the Climate Movement

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy-Award nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film first screened at a moment of promise in 2012: 25 years after Dr. James Hansen first warned of global warming; 8 years after Katrina; 3 years after the Gulf oil disaster; 2 years after meltdown at Fukushima; a year and a half since halting the Keystone Pipeline; and half a year since the wakeup call that was Hurricane Sandy, the capper to the hottest year on record. More people than ever are active — descending on Washington, DC and launching a broad alliance to Stop Oil. Right now, the Movement gathers in Paris to demand that the Conference of Parties finally commits to a global solution to restore the climate.

 A FIERCE GREEN FIRE gives us reason to believe change can come.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Wheelchair accessible, ride shares announced.

Donations to OccupyForum to cover costs are encouraged; No one turned away!

Liberty City: Berkeley City Hall Occupation — day 16

December 2, 2015

Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall Occupation, day 16.

We got our second notice of eviction today. The police again said they have no intention of raiding. I expect they are lying.

Tonight I responded at the City Council meeting. If they do raid, it will be a clear violation of our rights.

–Mike Zint
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.

December 2, 2015

Tonight’s march to city hall. City Council passed the laws by 6-3. I announced Liberty City will stay indefinitely, under constitutional protection, until they remove the laws and give us a mutually agreed upon location to move Liberty City to. My entire speech and video will be posted tomorrow.

 –Mike Zint
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.

Introduction to the Public Empowerment Act of 1997 (via Rev. Sandra Decker)

CENTER FOR STUDY OF RESPONSIVE LAW

INTRODUCTION: THE PUBLIC EMPOWERMENT ACT OF 1997

Today, I am introducing the Public Empowerment Act of 1997, a package containing eight pieces of legislation. Together, these provisions, at very modest cost, can help revitalize our democracy and our economy by restoring the ability of ordinary citizens to influence the decisions of Government and the actions of powerful business corporations.

Our Government — the Congress, the President and Executive Branch, and the independent federal agencies — has, again and again, allowed giant corporations and interest groups and their legions of lawyers and lobbyists to dominate the policy agenda. Our Government has, again and again, given away public resources to corporations, some of them multinational giants run from abroad, without asking for reasonable compensation. What we have is a government of the power brokers, by the power brokers, and for the power brokers. And many, many important decisions that affect our health and welfare and the future of our nation are not made by government at all, but are reserved to corporate CEOs with little accountability to the public or even to their own shareholders.

The people have been left out of the deal. Many citizens feel powerless and alienated from government and from our economic power structure.

President Clinton sometimes quotes President Andrew Jackson’s famous remark that the best cure for democracy’s ills is more democracy. The Public Empowerment Act is in that spirit. Our Nation’s problems, I would submit, arise in large measure from the lack of real democracy, from the sense of citizens that they have no control over our destiny, so why bother trying. So often we have revitalized our society by expanding the reaches of democracy — by abolishing slavery and the Jim Crow laws, by granting women the right to vote, by the spread of ballot initiatives in many states.

The situation of today cries out for still more democracy, for a shifting of some of the power in this Nation from the multinational corporations and their lawyers and lobbyists directly to the American people. Control of government, media, industrial capital, trade, technology, the environment, is dominated by a small elite with little feeling for the needs of ordinary people. When, for example, a bipartisan Congress can strongly support the modified GATT agreement
— modified to surrender our environmental standards and our labor rights protections in the name of global commerce — we know that the powers that be have lost touch with the genuine concerns of the Nation.

The Public Empowerment Act of 1997 includes some modest steps in the direction of restoring the balance and giving citizens a more meaningful role in decisions that affect our political system and our economic system.

The eight components of the Public Empowerment Act are, in essence, trimtabs. A trimtab is a small rudder used to turn a big ship. In this context, I use trimtab to mean a modest, low-cost legislative proposal, carefully targeted at a point of leverage in our massive Government. If we find the right points and give them a nudge, major, positive results can follow.

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Memos from Liberty City — December 1, 2015

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless

December 1, 2015

BPD just gave us our second eviction notice. They refuse to acknowledge us as a protest. They are specifically calling us an encampment. I again informed them we are a protest. I also read the law out loud on a megaphone. The law clearly states without the permission of the owner. I asked the protesters, on video, if they have given themselves permission to be here. They all said they had. This resolves the issue. Unless you are a criminal cop. I beginning to suspect BPD is not interested in law enforcement. They are interested in policy enforcement.

Help us preserve Liberty City. We have made our stand. Now, we need help.

The one complaint against us was a drug addict who called the cops. He had illegal drug paraphernalia, and we sent him away peacefully. There is no mess, no trash, no rodent problem. What we have is a cop problem. A lying, label hanging, right violating police force who is determined to stop us from having our grievances addressed by government.

–Mike Zint

December 1, 2015

“ONGOING COP BRUTALITY AGAINST HOMELESS PEOPLE – This is for those of you interested in the fate of Doc, the homeless Afghan vet medic arrested by SF for sling-shot possession. Doc didn’t possess a rock or any kind of projectile. So, he could not have used the sling shot as a ‘deadly weapon.’ The cops grabbed Doc out of the Union Square Macy’s Black Friday protest of SIT/LIE, San Francisco’s unconstitutional law prohibiting sitting or lying on sidewalks. Doc’s arrest was the cops’ attempt to harass and intimidate people protesting the criminalization of homeless people. Doc is a vet who has handled guns. He was inducted into the Army at 18 years old. He is now 23. Arresting a vet for slingshot possession is laughable If the cops were using Doc’s sling shot possession to create an incident, they failed. Not one of the protestors left. After the arresting van drove off, peace prevailed. The protest continued without incident. Just as we suspected, the cops harassed Doc — hauling him off to 850 Bryant, subjecting him to a holding cell, and probably verbal abuse, and making him sit on a hard bench until they let him go sometime during the night. He returned cold and hungry — but victorious, and very much welcomed home — to Berkeley where the group, First They Came For The Homeless, has been holding down the post office for over a year. This arrest makes the cops look like the desperate fools they are. In Doc’s mini-protest-within-a-protest against police brutality, this Veteran showed us all what he learned in war — exactly how desperate law enforcement really is when they are facing off public opinion which is squarely against them. The more Brute is the force, the more desperate the Brute. Apparently, that’s what Doc learned in the military.”

–Mike Zint

Berkeley City Hall update — November 30, 2015

Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
November 30, 2015

Liberty City homeless rights occupation, Berkeley City Hall – day 15

–Mike Zint

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.

First they came for the homeless 

Redd Welsh is here today providing music for Liberty City. He is a well known local musician and an organizer for the postal union. (Former letter carrier). Definitely hero material.

–Mike Zint

A former marine with 8 campaigns under his belt just said “I feel like I’m finally keeping my oath to the constitution.” Welcome to Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall Occupation.

We are honored to have the Veterans involved.

–Mike Zint

Liberty City’s First general assembly:


Sunday night’s GA video. 27 minutes long. Next GA is Sunday, 6pm. Processes are still needed. People love the established foundation for self rule. Progress is expected daily.

–Mike Zint

Liberty city announced its name, government, and held its first general assembly. Here is the meeting recorded by me, Harley Quinn.