Urban Renewal Means Negro Removal ~ James Baldwin

“The Federal Government is an Accomplice to this Fact.”

James Baldwin interviewed by Kenneth Clark. The interview took place in 1963 immediately following a meeting of Baldwin and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy. For more, go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexper…

For more on the connection between the U.S. government’s policies on highways and urban renewal see this: http://www.vox.com/2015/5/14/8605917/…

Other Baldwin quotes:

“The role of the artist, then, precisely, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through the vast forest so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

“Ultimately, the artist and the revolutionary function as they function, and pay whatever dues they must pay behind it because they are both possessed by a vision, and they do not so much follow this vision as find themselves driven by it. Otherwise, they could never endure, much less embrace, the lives they are compelled to lead. And I think we need each other, and have much to learn from each other, and, more than ever, now.”

“Sentimentality, the ostentatious parading of excessive and spurious emotion, is the mark of dishonesty, the inability to feel. The wet eyes of the sentimentalist betray his aversion to experience, his fear of life, his arid heart; and it is always, therefore, the signal of secret and violent inhumanity, the mask of cruelty.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Santiago Siri : Internet and blockchain-based technology, a revolution for Democracy

Filmé à L’ÉCHAPPÉE, le 28 mai 2016. Plus d’informations sur http://www.lechappeevolee.com

Santiago Siri est le fondateur et président de Democracy Earth, une organisation à but non lucratif, accélérée par Y Combinator, qui développe une solution open-source pour le vote en ligne. Il est également membre fondateur du « Partido de la Red » (le parti du Net), un parti politique argentin qui vise à améliorer la représentation de candidats engagés via des requêtes citoyennes en ligne. Défenseur du bitcoin depuis 2011, il aide certaines startups et organisations à adopter ce système de transactions révolutionnaires. Élu « Global Shaper » par le Forum Économique Mondial, il publie son premier livre « Hacktivismo » en 2015.

OccupyForum presents . . . Report from Zapatista Territory With Maria Donjacour (on Monday, July 11)

Monday, July 11th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
OccupyForum presents…
Report from Zapatista Territory
With Maria Donjacour
In January 1994, the Zapatistas took the city of San Cristobal in an armed revolution to fight for the rights and freedom of the indigenous people of Chiapas. This rebellion has not died down since ’94, although the media is ignoring it. The Zapatistas now function in complete autonomy from the Mexican Government and have formed their government without hierarchy and based in consensus.
Maria Donjacour visited one of the Zapatista communities, and while by no means an expert, wishes to share some of the history of the movement and some of the native language she learned there (Tzotzil). There will be an engaged discussion in order to practice some of the ideas that emerge from the language that can help us in our organizing, to fight the forces that destroy our communities, as well as the ones in southern Mexico and around the world.
Maria grew up in San Francisco and has attended many OccupyForum events. She is interested in dance, social justice, and political change.
She is a Division 2 student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
Time will be allotted for announcements.
Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Invitation from Stop Urban Shield

Hi Occupy SF,

I just wanted to check back in with you about the campaign to Stop Urban Shield. Especially in light of our country’s ongoing police terror, we strongly feel the urgency and importance of ending militarized trainings for police and first responders like Urban Shield.
I’m just reaching back out to ask for your support and solidarity in this campaign? Here are a few ways to get involved – we welcome your support on any level and please don’t hesitate to reach out personally to discuss this further via email or phone (610.883.3351).
    • Sign on in support of our mobilization against the Urban Shield conference this September in Pleasanton
    • Commit to participating and bringing out people to an action on September 9th
  • Promote the mobilization through your networks
  • Participate or host an educational session or townhall
Many thanks – We appreciate you and all the work you do on a daily basis to support communities of color. In solidarity,
Meg Prier
Stop Urban Shield Coalition


July 8, 2016

Over the last two months, thousands of people have shown up in parks throughout France to discuss the issues facing their country and the world. Police have eyed the protesters warily, waiting for orders from on high to put a stop to the direct democratic actions. Occasionally there has been violence, much of it on the part of authorities.

No, this isn’t Occupy Wall Street reborn, it’s Nuit Debout, and in many ways it has become a singularly French phenomenon, building upon earlier social movements and, in some ways, bringing a new level of creativity to them.

France has long been considered among the fairer of the world’s more developed economies in terms of protecting the rights of its workers. Still, the recent economic numbers are uniformly bad for citizens no matter how the government tries to spin them, with unemployment at 10 percent overall and 24 percent for young people. For young immigrants and people of color, sources put the unemployment rate as high as 40 percent.

The fact that French President Francois Hollande – a socialist who promised to address an out-of-control finance industry and a European Union pushing punitive austerity measures – is now advancing “reforms” of France’s labor laws to make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers has enraged the populace and was one of the sparks that brought Nuit Dubout together.

Among other things, the labor changes – also called the El Khomri law, after the labor minister who presented them – would make the 35-hour work week, prized by many citizens, effectively optional for business while restructuring the country’s overtime rules. This galvanized not only trade unionists but people throughout society to raise their voice in protest. In a major manifestation of their anger, strike actions led by various unions – some of which are still ongoing – brought the country’s transportation system to a virtual halt.

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At the movement’s peak, thousands of people were showing up at the largest encampment in France each night, the Place de Republique in Paris. After long debates and consensus-based votes, the remaining participants would sleep in tents until “being asked to move on by police just before dawn.” They would then come back the next night and resume their occupation.

To try and understand Nuit Debout (which roughly translates as “Rise Up at Night”) and what its future might be, Occupy.com spoke to one of its representatives, Pierre Lalu, who, among other roles at the encampment in Paris, has been working on digital solutions for activism. When we spoke to him he was in the process of planning a hack-a-thon to, in his own words, “improve the software available to the movement: democracy software.”

“We consult with artists and others involved with Nuit Debout as well as citizens groups, and we are going to do a big open forum and hack-a-thon. It’s messy, but this is how things happen,” he said.

Not only are attempts at movement building through direct democracy messy. There is also the fact that although these movements tend to spread quickly on social media, in the real world they are usually seen as geographically limited in scope. This, to some extent, mirrors earlier movements like the Indignados (15M) in Spain and Occupy in the U.S. shortly thereafter.

In fact, the call for a May 15 “Global Debout” in cities across Europe and beyond, in solidarity with the 5th anniversary of the Indignados protests, only brought out about 150 people in Brussels and “around 100 people” who gathered in Berlin, with much smaller turnouts in other places. On a more energized note, thousands turned out in Spain to celebrate 15M that day.

I asked Pierre about the formal consensus model used first in Spain, then at Occupy, and later picked up by Nuit Debout – with all the empowerment and frustration that this implies. “The question is,” he explained, “Does everything have to be decided in a consensus way? Maybe for very big questions you can bring in consensus and this is important. Our philosophy – and it’s still not settled because not everyone agrees, and there are always frictions – is basically as long as what you do doesn’t negatively affect other people, you can do it. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of other initiatives you can do it. Otherwise you have to talk to the other people concerned and come to an agreement.”

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Approaching Nuit Debout, many media sources looked for the easiest historical comparison on offer: May, 1968, Paris. This was when student- and worker-led revolts repudiated the Gaullism of the post-WWII era and played a part in consigning that brand of authoritarianism to the dustbin of history.

Although there are certainly parallels – and some of the techniques of protest, used at the time by groups like the Situationists, are still effective today – Lalu emphasized that there are many differences between then and now, especially in regard to the role of communications technology.

“What we have today is a different epoch. Now we have the Internet and social media and a bigger network related to the commons with people trying to create an alternative society and alternative ways of doing things. In production and exchange, in working, in sharing. Nuit Debout is, I think, like Occupy, a manifestation of people who want to do things differently. Our goal is to connect what already exists and to continue to grow our ambitions in terms of these alternatives.”

To this point, communities within France where Nuit Debout’s message of solidarity and local democracy are urgently needed include the “banlieues,” those poor suburban areas filled with immigrant communities, which surround the country’s major cities. For these communities, often under-served and over-policed by the state, movement building can seem frustratingly slow.

As Almany Kanoute from the Fresnes suburb, and founder of the civil society group Emergence, told Telesur recently, “Residents in the banlieues are in a situation of emergency – of unemployment, of eviction from their homes, of daily police brutality, among others, while Nuit Debout consists in long democratic debates.”

Still, in the course of our conversation, Lalu made it clear that Nuit Debout is working with Nuit Banlieue, which formed shortly after the first occupations and is making outreach to other groups in those communities – including homeless people, who have had a large presence at the encampments and have used the opportunity presented by them to organize themselves.

Unions, which have become increasingly marginalized in today’s service-based economy, even in France, have for the most part attempted to make Nuit Debout conform to their agenda. Lalu said a group representing the unions had put together a meeting with members of the movement, but only had space for 300 people. They then proceeded to lecture the crowd about what their goals should be. “It was a very paternalistic reunion with them saying that they knew what was better for Nuit Debout and this social movement,” said Lalu.

It doesn’t mean there won’t be cooperation between the street activists and unions going forward, but Nuit Debout will likely have to accept current realities as far as unions are concerned. “Unions are losing influence, people don’t believe in their methods and think they are very corrupted. They tried to seduce and co-opt the movement but it didn’t work. Still, we have a friendly relationship, we have mutual struggles and we’ll help each other but we won’t allow any vertical structure in Nuit Debout like the unions want.”

The mainstream press, whether in France or in North America, seems to prefer viewing movements like Nuit Debout in isolation. But there is another point of view shared by many activists across borders. From 15M to Occupy to Nuit Debout, along with many other movements that received less attention, something new and beautiful is growing. It isn’t happening as quickly as many would like, but at its own pace, from one country to the next and, hopefully, back again. As the methods of direct democracy and horizontal movement building become better known and more mature, Nuit Debout, like 15M and Occupy before it, can look ahead to building the better world that all of our movements envision.

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Nuit Debout, Nuit Banlieue, consensus based decision making, direct democracy, Occupy movement, Indignados, 15M movement, French protests, French occupations

New Announcements thru July 11 from Adrienne Fong


~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:


New Announcements

CORRECTION: Press Conference & Kick-Off Rally to Recall Ed Lee is NOT TODAY – But is Next Friday, July 15, 2016

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/568637293315776/

Friday, July 8

J 8, Friday, 6:00pm, Rally and March Against Racist Police Terror


Justin Herman Plaza (Chelsea Manning Plaza)
1 Market St.

March will be going to SF City Hall

Police in Minnesota and Louisiana just killed two more Black men. The cops have murdered 562 people of color and poor people this year alone. The majority are Black men and women.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/863555770455561/?active_tab=highlights

J 8, Friday, 7:00pm. Candlelight Vigil for Anthony Nunez

994 Feller Ave.
San Jose

Anthony Nunez, 18 years old, was killed by the San Jose Police on July 4, 2016

Info: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=justice%204%20anthony%20nunez&em=1

Saturday, July 9

J 9, Saturday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, No to NATO! End the Cold War

50 UN Plaza
At the UN Building

NATO is being confronted with the forces of peace, across the USA and European Union. Bay Area Peace Council and other organizations call for an end to the new Cold War.

Endorsed by United National Anti-war Committee, with a memorial to the victims of NATO’s wars around the world

Info: SolanoPeaceFreedom [at] gmail.comhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/07/05/18788651.php

Sunday, July 10

J 10, Sunday, 11:00am, Know Your Rights! A Training From Copwatch

Berkeley Copwatch
2022 Blake St.

Join Berkeley Copwatch on Sunday, July 10th to get training on how to…
* deal with the police
* safely assert your rights
* safely and effectively observe the police in your community.

The workshop will be held at the Grassroots House at 2022 Blake Street in Berkeley at 11am. The trainings usually last 2 – 3 hours.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1761500997416091/

Monday, July 11

J 11, Monday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally-Speak Out Stop Re-starting Japan NUKE plants – Defend Children & Families of Fukushima

Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St.

3:30 pm March to PGE – 245 Market St.

Demand closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant NOW!

The Japanese Abe government continues to seek the restart of many nuclear plants despite great dangers of another Fukushima melt-down

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/07/07/18788698.php

Actions for Today & Saturday (from Adrienne Fong)

Thursday, July 7 

July 7, Thursday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, SHUT IT DOWN Rally & Action


Oscar Grant Plaza
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

For #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile, and for all the women trafficked and exploited by the rapists and murderers in Oakland Police Department and across the Bay Area. For all who are displaced from their neighborhoods and robbed of opportunity. We march. We act. We Shut It Down.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) legal hotline: 415-285-1011 (write this # on your arm)

Petition for Alton Sterling from Color of Change:


Petition for Philando Castile:


Host: Live Free & Anti Police-Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634114356903873/  and  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/07/07/18788684.php

July 7, Thursday, 6:00pm, Justice4Mario Woods Coalition Weekly Meeting

350 Rhode Island (entrance on Kansas St.)

Planning for Mario Woods day.

Info:  https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Mario-Woods-Coalition-336100619846955/

Saturday, July 9

July 9, Saturday, 7:00pm, STAND UP! Protest Club Bnb – Nothing Justifies Violence Against Women

Club BNB
2120 Broadway

On Tuesday, June 28th, at a fundraiser for the victims of Orlando, a Queer Black woman was assaulted inside by Club BNB’s Staff and then beat down, outside the club, by Gay White Owner, Charles Bisbee.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753916781544530/

Weekly calendar for political activists (from Patricia Gray)

The question is, “How corrupt is our government?”  When they tell us Hillary won the primary election, you know it is a lie. It was a landslide for Bernie!  We have to be more rigorous in our demand for change. Read down this list of activities and plan to attend at least one. We need to frighten the bought and paid for ‘representatives’ until they voteas the people DEMAND!

Wednesday, July 6
5:00 pm              S.F. City Hall, room 400
                          Police Commission meeting
                          BY THE S.F.P.D.!
7:00 pm              Mission Cultural Center  2898 Mission St.
                          PROJECT AT 1298 MISSION ST
                          Come and review and discuss a project to
                          construct a six story, 35 unit mixed use
                          building at the corner of 24th and Valencia.
                          They want to demolish the 76 gas station for
                          luxury housing.  We can discus the need of
                          housing for working class families.
Thursday July 7
12 noon             S.F. City Hall, room 400
                        planning commission meeting
                        AXIS DEVELOPMENT WANTS TO BUILD
                        LUXURY UNITS IN THE MISSION
                        A hearing for two more gentrification requests
                        to get rid of working class people in San
6:00 – 9:00 pm   SOMArts Cultural Center
                        934 Brannan St. (cross at 8th St.)
                        Concert and show
                        THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD
                        60 intergenerational artists show their sculpture,
                        painting and new media. This opening reception
                        will feature Djemba drummers and participatory
                        dance performances.
                        free public reception
7:00 – 8:00pm    S.F. General Hospital, Carr Auditorium
                        22cd St.and San Bruno
                        BLACK LIVES MATTER
                        Panel discussion–part of LaborFest
                        Discussing labor and minority workers on the job.
                        There has been a national epidemic of racist
                         hanging noose incidents.  This has taken place
                         in San Francisco and other cities in Northern
                         Speakers:  Doryle Washington
                                          Brenda Barros
                                          Brandon Buchanon
                                          Phelicia Jones
7:00 – 8:30      The Green Arcade   1680 Market St. S.F. 
                      speaker, lawyer and author Tony Serra
                      WAR AND THE DEATH PENALTY
                      Legendary lawyer Tony Serra reads from his
                      first novel.
                      free admission
Friday July 8
7:00 pm      2969 Mission St. S.F.
                  What is the way to forward the movement for
                  women’s rights?   Workshop participants will
                  discuss the newest developments and study our
                  history as a way to build an orientation for future
                  sponsor: Party for Socialism and Liberation
7:00 – 9:00 pm    518 Valencia St.  San Francisco
                         film — 120 minutes with discussion following
                         THE MINE WARS
                         A powerful documentary about the largest labor
                         rebellion in our nation.
                         The conditions in the mines in the 1920’s were
                         bad and the mine owners mobilized to reduce
                         wages, benefits and cuts in mine safety.  The
                         miners decided to organize after Sid Hatfield,
                         the Chief of Police who was supporter of the
                         miners demands was shot dead in broad daylight.
                         Many minors were put in jail and over 10,000
                         minors decided to arm themselves and get
                         those men out of jail.  The government was on
                         the side of the mine owners and attacked the
                         minors.  They dropped bombs on them from U.S.
                         military planes.  This Battle on Blair Mountain
                         is one of he most important labor battles in
                         U.S. history.
Saturday July 9
10:00 am – 7:30 pm   Omni Oakland Commons
                               4799 Shattuck Ave.  Oakland
                               THE RECESSION GENERATION
                               a BIL convergence at which people can hear
                               leading thinkers and doers and learn how to
                               use the most critical ideas for the future
                               of the planet—and how you can thrive while
                               pursuing your dream.
                                Speakers include philosophers, and
                                entrepreneurs, economists and social
                                scientists and innovators experimenting with
                                new ways of living.
                                There will be panel discussions on:
                                 Fixing the housing crisis
                                 Building a better local economy
                                 Building a better national economy
                                 Building a better global economy
                                 Optimal taxation
                                 Will robots take our jobs?
                                tickets $25.00 for volunteers-reimbursed after
                                                      your service
                                            $37.50  for students with ID
                                            $100.00 at the door
                                  sponsor  earthsharing.org
3:00 pm    Berkeley Central Library    2090 Kittrddge St. Berkeley
                third floor meeting room
                WE NEED A UNITED PARY OF THE 99%
               Protest the DNC!  Continue the political revolution!
               Movement for Bernie and the Socialist Alternative are
               organizing a series of forums accross the country on the
               question of how to build a political alternative to
               continue the struggle against the billionaire class.
               The meeting will feature a video from Green Party
               candidate Jill Stein and Seattle’s socialist City Council
               member Kshama Sawant.
               come and join the discussion
               sponsored by Movement 4 Bernis and the socialist
Sunday July 10
gather at 11:45
march at noon across the Golden Gate Bridge
                      BAY AREA SAYS NO TO NATO!
                      We have five demands
                      1. No troops and maneuvers at Russia’s borders
                      2.No new nuclear weapons
                      3. No further armaments to NATO states
                      4. No modernization of NATO weapons
                      5.  No NATO operations against refugees
                      Sponsored by Code Pink
1:00 pm        759 59th St. Oakland 
                    #BEYOND#OCCUPY    ART BUILD
                    Come and make art for the Occupy Anniversary
                     hosted by Kelly Johnson
5:00 – 7:00 pm   The Green Arcade  1680 Market St. S.F.
                        Daniel Bacon will read from his book
                        FRISCO IN 1934
                        Based on real events and people like Harry Bridges
Monday July 11
5:30 – 11:00 pm   PizzaHacker   3222 Mission St. S.F.
                         COMMUNITY DINNER
                         This dinner is to  raise money for the families
                          burned out of their homes in 3300 block fire
                          on June 16th.
                          For a donation of $10.00 to $25.00 you will get
                          a meal for your family lovingly prepared by
                          This is a community dinner. Show up early to
                          help. Stay late to clean up.  Tell your friends.
                          Give.  Come hungry.
                          a Pete Lee Event
Tuesday  July 12
1:00 pm      San Francisco City Hall
                  Make City College FREE to city residents as it was
                  for earlier generations.
7:00 – 9:00 pm     UU Church   1187 Franklin St. S.F.
                          concert and show
                          REVOLUTIONARY POET’S BRIGADE
                          Poets for nature, for homes, health care, living
                          wage, veterens and workers rights and an end
                          to war.