“Five Years Later, Occupy Gets Its Moment” by Bill Scher

Given up for dead, the leftist movement born in Zuccotti Park had an unlikely big year—but it’s still not clear how its supporters can turn its energy into permanent wins.

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It was five years ago today that hundreds of activists descended on New York City’s Zuccotti Park, 5 blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, to “Occupy Wall Street”— a blunt but effective idea that resonated far wider that their original numbers would ever suggest. The organizers were shrouded in mystery. Their goals were vague. But they sought to emulate the social-media driven protests in Egypt that (briefly) toppled a dictator and, in the words of one organizer “rise up and reform the global economic system.”

The round-the-clock encampment and “general assembly” lasted for two months and gained national attention before being forcibly shut down, but not before sparking a multitude of protests around the world and permanently altering the national dialogue about economic inequality. It’s because of Occupy that today we regularly hear broadsides against “the 1 percent” and critiques about the system rigged for the rich.
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Since then, Occupy as a functioning movement has largely ceased to be. Its mirror-image populist rival, the Tea Party, had a higher arc and more immediate political success, channeling its anti-Wall Street conservatism into enough midterm electoral wins to get a genuine seat at the table in Congress.

But in 2016, to a degree nobody expected, Occupy finally got its moment on the national stage. You could even argue that its heart is now beating more loudly than that of the Tea Party, whose momentum has been gutted by the raw and ideologically impure populism of Donald Trump. This year, Bernie Sanders rode a wave of Occupy energy to do what no self-described socialist had ever done: win more than 20 presidential primary contests and play a major role in shaping a major party platform.
Today, it’s Occupy rather than the Tea Party that can claim some ascendancy: the banner of the Tea Party’s extreme fiscal conservatism is carried by fewer congressional Republicans, who are seen as pesky nuisance by Republican leaders who just want to keep the government open. Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential nominee is leaning on Sanders and his progressive energy in order to keep the party coalition together.

But even in a moment of relative triumph, the movement formerly known as Occupy still faces the challenge it was born with. Its leaders need to do something they, and many millennial activists, appear allergic to doing: build a centralized, top-down, hierarchical organization, and prioritize a few key policy goals. Otherwise their movement stands ready to vanish into the administrative priorities of Hillary Clinton, precisely the kind of candidate they arose to run against.

It was the Tea Party that came first, sparked in decidedly non-populist fashion on February 19, 2009 by a rant on the business TV network CNBC. Government overspending quickly became an organizing principle, solidified during nationwide rallies on Tax Day 2009. In the summer, foot soldiers—arguably directed by the Washington, DC conservative and business-backed organization FreedomWorks—sought to derail Obamacare by angrily confronting congresspeople in town halls. They made a lot of noise, but they failed in their quest to stop Obama from enacting his signature policy goal.

Still, the Tea Party shook up Washington in the midterm elections, dispatching several “Establishment” Republicans in primaries then powering the takeover of the House. The results gave America the feeling that Tea Party fervor—a long, loud complaint about both the financial crisis and the Democrats’ response to it—was sweeping the land. (The fact the three Senate pickup opportunities for Republicans were blown by ideologically extreme Tea Party candidates was often overlooked.)

Then one year later, Occupy showed up. Occupy was less organized and less policy-specific than the Tea Party. It created a “general assembly” on the street, giving the appearance of a movement creating its own government; it railed against Wall Street control of the economy. Like the Tea Party, it never coalesced around a leader; unlike the Tea Party, it never formulated a list of demands, or rallied around actual legislative targets. This was by design. Said one organizer at the time, “making a list of three or four demands would have ended the conversation before it started.”

But what Occupy’s conversation did was give the Tea Party’s narrative of bloated government some genuine competition among anti-establishment populists. The movements had some overlap, particularly in their opposition to the Wall Street bailout. But each was, underneath, firmly rooted in more traditional left-wing and right-wing ideologies. It’s a stretch to say Occupy saved Obama’s re-election—the growing economy deserves the lion’s share of credit—but the manifestation of grassroots passion on both sides of the spectrum kept Democrats from assuming it was necessary to drift rightward to politically survive.

Both the Sanders and Trump campaigns have ties to Occupy and Tea Party activists. Two Occupy alums created the volunteer group “People for Bernie” which popularized the #FeelTheBern rallying cry. And Trump hired Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson as his spokesperson.

But the core of the Trump campaign has nothing to do with the Tea Party’s obsession with overspending and debt. Tea Party Republican congresspeople demanded budgets that were balanced in five years; Trump has no plan to balance the budget. His campaign is populist and anti-establishment, but mainly animated by anti-immigrant sentiment.

The Sanders campaign, on the other hand, was a true reflection of the Occupy spirit. Not only was Sanders laser-focused on curtailing the power of Wall Street and corporate influence in politics, but the underlying premise of the campaign was an upgrade over the original General Assembly in Zuccotti Park: that change would come only through a mass movement of small donors overwhelming the moneyed interests. Every Sanders rally was like Occupy on Tour. There was even a time when the Occupy’s “open mic” rule of the General Assembly seem to be in effect, when Black Lives Matter protests took the stage and Sanders conceded the stage.

Clearly the slow pace of middle-class recovery, juxtaposed with the minimal accountability for the bankers that sunk the economy eight years ago, continued to fuel passions. The anti-corporate fervor wasn’t enough to get Sanders the nomination, or stop Hillary Clinton from scooping up tons of Wall Street cash. But you can still see Occupy’s embers in the Democratic Party platform and in Clinton’s rhetoric.

Big challenges remain for those who want Occupy’s embers to once again become a roaring fire. Clinton’s fervent belief in working within the system and comfortable relationships with Wall Street titans make her an unlikely vehicle for radical change. And the most likely electoral outcome—a Democratic presidency with at least one Republican-controlled house of Congress—does not create the conditions for a radical break with the status quo. Small-bore compromises along with, in the most optimistic of scenarios, breakthroughs on a few pressing issues, will be in the offing. The most that a revitalized Occupy movement can expect to accomplish is to rally enough grassroots pressure to deprive bipartisan proposals with sufficient support from the left to pass. Realizing left-wing goals like breaking up the banks or enacting single-payer health care will remain mere dreams.

Despite its high point this year, the movement is likely to remain hobbled by the strategy that limited it in the first place: its commitment to a decentralized, mostly leaderless vision of activism. That ethos prompted many Bernie Sanders’ aides to quit his Our Revolution organization, on the grounds that the group would be raising fat checks instead of building a bottom-up grassroots movement. It also shapes Black Lives Matter, another movement that has done a better job driving conservation than locking down policy wins. (A Black Lives Matter-related group recently unveiled an ambitious list of 40 policy recommendations, but in going far beyond its original focus on police brutality into areas such as the military budget and slavery reparations, the effort is likely to be too diffuse to secure concrete victories.)

There is a reason why the next president won’t be somebody who did not come out of either the Occupy or Tea Party movements, and it’s not just about money (remember, Sanders outspent Clinton). Winning requires more than starting conversations. It takes realistic goals, robust organization and tenacious follow-through.

Social media makes it easy for passionate, youthful activists to start a movement, but hard to establish leadership, reach consensus on specifics and set priorities. Maybe making a list of three or four demands would have ended the conversation before it started. But once the conversation has begun, you need to take it somewhere. That’s something Occupy was not able to do—and five years later, after hitting an unlikely high-water mark long after those park protests, it’s not at all clear that its veterans believe it is something it needs to do.

Bill Scher is the senior writer at the Campaign for America’s Future, and co-host of the Bloggingheads.tv show “The DMZ” along with the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis.  Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook

Occupy the Cinema: “SNOWDEN” by Bill Arceneaux (Occupy.com)

“A HACKER.”

That is how President Obama described Edward Snowden in a press clip during the end credits of Oliver Stone’s latest blockbuster burner, “Snowden”. Despite his talk about transparency and assistance to whistleblowers, Obama’s administration has more or less towed the status quo in Washington. To denigrate a former intelligence worker and agent as “a hacker” draws unfair and incorrect parallels to groups like Anonymous and even movies like “Hackers,” in which young hooligans take down and build up computer systems while drinking Mountain Dew and eating Doritos. At least, that’s the comparison Obama hopes to make. And why not treat it this way?

Laura Poitras’s “Citizenfour,” the as-it-happened document(ary) about Snowden’s delivery and explanation of the data he was handing over in a Hong Kong hotel, was as tense and nerve-wracking as any recent film I’ve seen. We could feel the weight of the world resting on a few individuals as they talked with each other and huddled together, expecting police to knock down the door at any moment. In that presentation, Edward is likable and relatable enough, but more of a mysterious vessel and representation of spy game anxieties. In “Snowden,” he’s been given, believe it or not, more of an identity; rather, he becomes more identifiable for mass audiences.

At the heart of Stone’s film is the evolution of inner turmoil and disillusion with the U.S. government that Edward feels in his work. He begins as an idealistic post-9/11 Captain America gung-ho type, raring to join special forces but settling for CIA. He’s not Dick Cheney nationalistic, of course, but holds patriotic principles that he applies to his skills online. An expert for sure, he’s almost given an Imitation Game Alan Turing-style status as someone who could help win wars. Well, pre-emptive wars, anyway.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward with much resolve and surprising stoicism. Had all of this been happening to me, I would’ve played my hand more obviously, mostly through sweat glands. Gordon-Levitt’s Snowden wants field action, but learns that he wouldn’t be the best at face to face confrontation. As the events draw near, he’s forced to adapt and prove himself capable of the biggest of tasks. Gordon-Levitt wears this in his eyes and his smile. The movie wears this in its cutting and on its sleeve.

Oliver Stone is not quite at peak self here, but has returned to form somewhat: quick cuts, changes in video and film look between time and settings, and visual trickery of subtle and not so subtle manners. In an office-to-webcam conversation with his friend/teacher/superior, played by the excellently righteous Rhys Ifans, Edward’s suspicions, his stress and the importance of what he must do become increasingly apparent.

Beyond the simple juxtaposition of a looming giant face on a screen over a normal-sized young man, there is a particular zoom-in closeup that floored me with both awe and laughter. No, it wasn’t a joke, but the snap speed of how it was done gave me that chilling response. Stone has a few other moments like this throughout that will feel cornball and cheesy, but they still work well enough in the context of the story. Heck, even the end credit Peter Gabriel song fits. Almost fits, anyway.

“Snowden” is as “anti-establishment” as a Hollywood production nowadays can get. Which means not by much, but subversiveness certainly hangs in the air. Where “Citizenfour” felt underground and something you’d watch in secret, “Snowden” is more “Fahrenheit 9/11”: loud and trying to reach everyone in the auditorium from the front row to the back seats. It’s a movie that nearly goes out of its way to connect with everyone possible, but course corrects just enough to maintain its own voice. And very much so, this is in Oliver Stone’s angry and in-tribute voice.

I’ll never forget Obama appearing on Zach Galifianakis’s cult web show “Between Two Ferns” and making the joke that “no one is listening to your calls…” Nicely timed, nicely delivered, but with an attitude of carelessness. I guess if he treats it this way, we all should? Relax, the source is nothing more than “a hacker.”

Snowden, Edward Snowden, NSA leaks, NSA surveillance programs, Oliver Stone, Citizenfour, Laura Poitras

Why Haven’t Either 9/11 Or Occupy Changed The World?

Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp covers the fallout of 9/11 fifteen years later, as well as the remaining legacy of Occupy Wall Street five years later. Is the US more peaceful or more fair for every citizen because of these events? Why haven’t we dedicated more resources to peace instead of war? Why has the American public still been unable to wrest power from the big banks? This and more on Redacted Tonight.

OccupyForum presents “History of Socialism in America: from Robert Owens to Bernie Sanders” (Monday, September 19)

WHEN:  September 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Global Exchange, 2nd floor
2017 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA
COST:
Donations accepted, no one turned away

OccupyForum presents…

The History of Socialism in America:
from Robert Owens’ utopian experiment
of 1825 to Bernie’s political revolution of 2016

By Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,  Cal State, Long Beach Institute for the Critical Study  of Society in Oakland

Opening Speaker:
Bruno Ruviaro is a SF Bay Area musician and activist, originally from Brasil. He is an active member of International Socialist Organization (ISO). We welcome Bruno for the 1st time, he will speak about “socialism from below”, as well as briefly touch on the recent coup in Brasil & it’s anti-socialist implications.

As a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders began a political revolution to transform a political system run by the billionaire class into one that represents working and middle class Americans and creates more opportunity for everyone. This workshop will take a closer look at Bernie’s socialism by placing it within the global context of two centuries of working class struggle against capitalist rule. This will allow a better understanding of how Bernie has adapted socialism to the United States in the Twenty-First Century, and how to improve our struggles for a better world for all humanity. Now that Bernie is no longer a candidate, it’s up to us to continue the struggle.

Gene Ruyle is author of “Rethinking Marxist Anthropology,” and other essays. He is active with the Oscar Grant Committee, Veterans for Peace, and the Peace and Freedom Party.

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!  Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue  on all sides of these critically important issues!

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Weekly Calendar of political events (from Patricia Gray)

Please read down this list of activities planned to urge people to join others and try to make changes in ‘our’ government. (OUR government?or does it belong to the top 1%?)

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Wednesday, Sept. 14
10 am – 12:00 pm      San Francisco City Hall
                                Press conference on the front stairs, then to
                                to room 250
                                SUPS, VOTE YES, CREATE A FREE CITY
                                COLLEGE FUND
                                The Budget and Finance committee will vote on
                                 the initiative to make City College free to
                                 San Franciscans.  There will be public comments
                                 before the vote on this issue.
12 pm – 1 pm         S.F. Mayor’s Office on Housing and Community 
                            Development      1 South Van Ness/Market
                            SAVE MIDTOWN!
                            This marks the one year anniversary ot the rent
                            strike.  The residents have a list of  five demands.
                            1.  no rent increase
                            2.  no demolition, no displacement
                            3.  Replace Mercy Housing as property manager
                            4.  restore rent controll
                            5.  deliver on the ownership promise to tenants that
                                 paid off property mortgage.
 5:30 pm       San Francisco Police Commission meeting 
                    City Hall room 400
                    CITIZEN’S COMPLAINT REPORT
                    Chief Chaplin update on Professional standards
                    Update of Bar Association on the search for a new chief
                    Public may comment or question
5:30 – 6:30    Market and Montgomery
                   PEACE VIGIL
                   Join others under the large Peace Banner.  Plans are
                   being made to attack Russia over Ukraine.  We must
                   demand that all these wars end and we do not want more
                   wars to be started.  We want peace!    We need those
                   military funds to be moved to fund badly needed
                   domestic programs.
                   sponsored by Code Pink, the World Can’t Wait and
                   the Occupy Action Council
6:00 pm      3314 Cesar Chavez St (South Van Ness and Capp St.)
                  PRE – APPLICATION MEETING
                  There was a meeting on this project with out public notice
                  in March.  The proposal is for a 65′ high building – they will
                  demolish a one story building (Alpha Builders) for a 58
                  unit mixed use building. This is between the gas station
                  on the corner (which is up for sale) and Del Carlo Court.
6:00 – 7:00 pm    Mission Police Station    17th and Valencia S.F.
                         VIGIL FOR AMILCAR
                         The watching and waiting continues.  D.A. Gascon,
                         do the right thing!  Charge the officers who killed
                         Amilcar with Murder!
7:00 – 8:00 pm     City Lights Book Store   261 Columbus St,  S.F.
                          Speakers:  Jeff Chany and Rebecca Solnit
                          WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT!
                          notes on race and resegregation.
                          A series of powerful essays on the recent
                          tragedies and wide set protests that are shaking
                          the country.  The idea of ‘diversity’ and separation
                          in housing is discussed and that the growing
                          resegrevation is the unexamined condition of our
                          time, the undoing of which is the key to moving
                          the nation to racial justice and cultural equity.
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Thursday Sept. 15
2:00 pm     San Francisco State University College of Ethnic Studies
                 19th Ave and Holloway  ( Ethic studies building is at the far
                 west of the campus near the gymnasium.)
                 Gather to support the protest over the Dakota pipeline.
                 STAND WITH STANDING ROCK!  STOP THE OIL 
                 PIPE LINE!
                 The indigenous people of America are fighting to protect
                 the water as the oil pipeline is destroying the sacred lands
                 of their tribes and endangering the environment.
5;00 pm    San Francisco Board of Appeals, room 416 City Hall
               THE BEAST ON BRYANT
               An appeal of the large project authorization for this monster.
6:30 pm    2940 16th St. (between Mission and South Van Ness)
                fund raiser
                A NEW GRITO FOR CHANGE
                Join us to a Mexican and Central American Independence
                celebration. Join us to support a delegation going to Ciudad
               Juarez, Sonora and Chihuahua.  This delegation will
               participate in a national convergence at the border to high
               light the human rights crisis of an unjust immigration
               system.  Join us to support the maquiladoro workers
               and high light the failures of NAFTA and the dangers o
               the TPP.
                There will be a program of music by Francisco Herrera,
                Elizabeth, Nancy and Artenisa Flores and Diego Sardaneta
               and poetry by the Revolutionary Poet Brigade and the
               Juana Brioner Cultural Committee.
               admission $10.00 Children under 12 is free
6:30 – 8:30    Omni Commons   4799 Shattuck, Oakland
                    class/workshop
                    FIGHTING AGAINST THE SURVEILLANCE STATE 
                    Come and join the Oakland Privacy Working Group
                    to organize against the surveillance state, against
                    Urban Shield and to advocate for privacy and
                    surveillance regulations in the bay area.  We are also
                    involved in the fight against Predictive Policing  and
                    other ‘pre crimes’ or ‘thought crime’, drones and ‘back
                    door’ to your cell phones.
                    more info  www.oaklandprivacy.org
7:30 pm     Hillside Club   2286 Cedar Ave,  Berkeley
                 speaker Nick Schou
                 SPOOKED; HOW THE CIA MANIPULATES THE MEDIA
                 AND HOODWINKS HOLLYWOOD
                 There is a corrupting relationship between the CIA and
                 our major media. Schou names names and shines a
                 spotlight on flagrant examples of collusion when journalists
                 cross the line and sell out to powerful agencies.
                 KPFA event   tickets $12. in advance or $15. at the door
                 Advance tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/257
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Friday Sept 16
5:00 pm          Church of the Sojourners  1129 Florida St. S.F.
                      FRIDAY MISSION NIGHT WALK
                      At our walk we remember the people killed by the SFPD
                      In our night walk we hope to bring comfort – but also
                      a challenge to uproot the causes of violence whether
                      it is done by individuals, gangs, or law enforcement.
6:30 pm   UU Center  1187 Franklin St at Geary
              film
              DREAM ON
              This is Roger Weisberg’s 32 documentary for PBS and is
               narrated by political comedian John Fugelsary.  The film
               is a road trip retracing the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville’s
               of 1831 which was a study of prosperity in America.
               Today’s job loss, depleted pensions and home loss makes
               us remember George Carlin’s statement. “It’s called the
               American Dream because you have to be asleep to
               believe it.”
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Saturday Sept. 17
12:00 – 3:00   Sue Bierman Park   (west side of the fountain in the 
                     Embarcadero Plaza)
                    OCCUPY 
             ANNIVERSARY 
                  PICNIC AND
                    OPEN MIC
          Bring your own food and some to share.. Bring your own
                 drinks and some to share.  Bring some instruments and a
                         megaphone if you have one..   Our job of changing the
                 government into one that heeds the voice of the 99% over
                 the bribes of the 99% has not been accomplished — far from it!!
                               Things are getting WORSE.
                We need to reconnect and discuss what to to in the
                 upcoming election.  We must make the government
                        SERVE THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!
                 It will be fun to get together with old friends and talk about
                 the old days—but we must look ahead too.
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Sunday Sept. 18
12:15 pm     New Valencia Hall   747 Polk St. S.F.
                   Brunch for $8.00 – $10.00 donation
1:00 pm       Program
                   TAKE A STAND ON NOVEMBER BALLOT MEASURES.
                   Discussion on 40 initiatives that the state and city face.
                   We will address most issues from a Socialist point of
                   view, you are invited to add your views.
                   more info:  415-864-1278
12:30 lunch,      UU Church  1187 Franklin @ Geary St.
1:00 program   
                       Speaker: Jeff Addachi, S.F. Public Defender
                       DEFENDING THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS
                       He will bring us an update on accountability, the current
                       status of police reform, and will take questions from
                       the audience.  He will show an 8 minute video he made,
                       America need a Racial Facial
6:00 – 8:00 pm     Green Arcade,  1680 Market St. S.F.
                          Speaker: Dr. Barry Rose
                          BRINGING COMPASSION BACK  TO MEDICINE
                          Dr. Rose, author of The Cutting Edge of Compassion
                          Dr Rose will speak on of the best outcomes come
                          when physicians and patients can create the best
                          healing by appreciating the personality differences
                          addressing fear, and being open to Eastern and
                          western philosophies and recognizing insurance,
                          legal and pharmaceutical obstacles to optimal care,
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Monday Sept. 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm      Occupy Forum,  Global Exchange 
                           2017 Mission St. Near 16th St. Bart
                           THE HISTORY OF SOCIALISM IN AMERICA:
                           FROM ROBERT OWEN’S UTOPIAN EXPERIMENT
                           TO BERNIE’S POLITICAL REVOLUTION OF 2016
                           Speaker Gene Ruyle, author of Rethinking  Marxist
                           Anthropology
                           Information, discussion and community Occupy
                           Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful
                           dialog.
                           donations to cover costs are encouraged.
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Tuesday Sept. 20
6:00 – 10:00 pm    2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
                           MARCH / VIGIL FOR KAYLA MOORE
                           Meet on the steps of Old City Hall.  We need
                           community care — not killer cops!  We need to
                           We need to prioritize people over policing — we
                           need accountability not a motion to dismiss.
7:30 – 10:30 pm    Oakland Omni Commons   4799 Shattuck, Oakland
                           Liberated Lens Film Night
                           HEIST ; WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM
                           The collapse of the American Dream was done by
                           rampant deregulation, outsourcing of jobs, tax
                           policies that favor businesses and the wealthy.
                           This has been done in the last 30 years by a small
                           group.  To them the collapse is not a catastrophe,
                           but rather the planned outcome of their long
                           patient work.
                           $5.00 donation but no one turned away

                        Donald Goldmacher, co director and co producer

                           will be present for Q and A after the screening.
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Announcements for Mon. 9/12, Tue. 9/13, & Wed.9/14 (from Adrienne Fong)

Send items for posting by Tuesday 12 Noon to: pat1936@gmail.com 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, September 12

S 12, Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Today! American Indian Movement Presents Leonard Peltier’s 72ndBirthday

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

American Indian Movement is celebrating Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier’s 72 birthday at La Peña! This is Leonard Peltier’s 41st year in prison and the American Indian Movement is involved in securing his release with the Executive Clemency Campaign, see whoisleonardpeltier.info

Do your part and join us to seek Leonard’s freedom now before President Obama leaves office this year!!! Call the White House and leave a message to the President at 202-456-1212.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1772423462974757/

Tuesday, September 13

S 13, Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Alex Nieto Memorial Resolution, SF City Hall (Press Conference & Meeting)

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
SF

1:00pm – Press Conference – Steps of City Hall

Amor for Alex Nieto, Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos, Roberto Hernandez, HOMEY, United Playaz, Manilatown Heritage Association, Our Mission No Eviction, Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and the entire community invite you to a press conference and San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting and public comment session on the following topic:

A resolution to establish a permanent memorial in honor of Alex Nieto, unlawfully killed by the San Francisco Police Department.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1112752778807233/

S 13, Tuesday , 3:00pm – S 14, Wednesday,  5:00pm Beast on Bryant – 2 days of appeals

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
SF

Last chance to stop the Beast on Bryant St at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals.

Sept 13, 3pm – Board of Supervisors, Rm 400 City Hall
Environmental Review appeal
Conditional Use appeal
(these two will happen back-to-back)

Sept 14, 5pm – Board of Appeals, Rm 416 City Hall
Large Project Authorization appeal

We are far overbuilt on luxury housing in the Mission!
This was not the plan!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256407614759289/

S 13, Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, NoDAPL: SF Bay Stands w/ Standing Rock: No Keystone By Any Name

Oscar Grant Plaza
Oakland

The “Dakota Access” Pipeline (DAPL) is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent.

Construction of the DAPL would engender a renewed fracking-frenzy in the Bakken shale region, as well as endanger a source of fresh water for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million people living downstream. DAPL would also impact many sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous nations.

Host: 350 Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/848981365202919/

Wednesday, September 14

S 14, Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, 1 Year Rent Strike Anniversary – Rally

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community
1 South Van Ness/Market
SF

Save Midtown tenants have been on the longest rent strike in San Francisco history.

Mercy Housing,  MOHCD, and the City Hall have not been able to deliver on community demands.

Demands:

1) No rent increases for Midtown tenants
2) No demolition of Midtown buildings/no displacement
3) Replacement of Mercy Housing as project developer and property manager
4) Restore rent control
5) Deliver on the ownership promise to tenants who paid off property mortgage

Host: Save Midtown

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1355893187757376/

S 14, Wednesday, 5:30pm – SF Police Commission Meeting

SF City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

Agenda: http://sanfranciscopolice.org/meeting/police-commission-september-14-2016-agenda

Hear:

OCC (Office of Citizens Complaints) response to Civil Grand Jury Report

Toney Chaplin (Acting SF Chief of Police) on Update from the Professional Standards Bureau in regards to Collaborative Review status and

Bureau Org Update regarding the Bar Association of SF (BASF) Criminal Task Force’s Report & Recommendations:  Data Collection and Analysis

Update on Chief of Police search & more

COMMENT on your concerns – question what they are doing

S 14, Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

One Post Street in San Francisco.
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station)
SF

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPY SF Action Council  and others for our weekly (most Wednesdays)

Focus varies each week on current events / and state of our world.

This week’s focus is: WOMEN’S BOAT TO GAZA! (Two boats will be departing!)

S 14, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil For Amilcar…waiting and watching continues

Mission District Police Station
Valencia & 17th Street
SF

The waiting and watching continues. DA George Gascon Do the Right Thing – Charge the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez with murder!

S 14, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Snowdon Live –  (Special engagement this day only)

AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave.
SF

Snowden Live gives audiences the opportunity to hear directly from the man who inspired the film and the filmmaker who brought his story to life during a live satellite conversation between Oliver Stone (live from New York City) and Edward Snowden (via satellite in Moscow).

Tickets: http://www.movietickets.com/movie/mid/235569/n/Snowden-Live/ShowDate/2/searchZip/94109#.V9bzANQrJhc

S 14, Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Human Cost of U.S. Policy in Mexico

2969 Mission St.
SF

Violence in Mexico constitutes the world’s 3rd most deadly conflict, and the US continues to play a huge part: through drug prohibition, drug consumption, immigration & trade policies, through illegal gun trafficking, and by arming the Mexican police and military.

SPEAKERS:
John Lindsay-Poland
Works as the Wage Peace Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco. He has organized and written about U.S. militarism and human rights in Latin America for more than 30 years, and in June 2016 co-led a delegation to Mexico on human rights and the arms trade.

Linda Sanchez
Works with the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco as the Coordinator of 67 Sueños, a community program for migrant youth voices, leading them in organizing and advocacy skills building. She participated in the June 2016 AFSC delegation to Mexico.

Host: Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition; presented by AFSC

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/331431340527730/

OccupyForum presents . . . films from The 9/11 Truth Film Festival (Monday, Sept. 12)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, September 12th, 2016  from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Films from

The 9/11 Truth Film Festival

The 9/11 Truth Film Festival and the New York City Symposium share the same theme — that the official narrative about 9/11 cannot be true. The terrible events that took place on 9/11 were indeed a crime, but not the crime that we have been led to believe, and during the past 15 years the official narrative has been used as a pretext to commit war crimes. An independent investigation is urgently needed to expose the truth about 9/11.

OccupyForum will choose which of the following films to screen:

“Incontrovertible” – British documentary about producer Tony Rooke makes a strong critique of the official narrative about 9/11, and of the subsequent crimes that have hinged upon an unquestioned belief in this narrative.

“9/11: Decade of Deception” – Canadian documentary chronicling the 2011 Toronto Hearings, highlighting the evidence presented by expert witnesses and the unanimous conclusion of an international panel of distinguished judges that there has not yet been a genuine investigation of 9/11 and that an independent investigation is urgently needed.

“The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11” – American documentary examining the psychological impact of 9/11, individually and collectively, and what can be learned from the social sciences about healing from this traumatic event.

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