“Berkeley officials and police strategies questioned regarding homeless encampments” by Carlos Mendoza, Hermela Aregawi (KRON-TV)

November 4, 2016

BERKELEY (KRON) — Debate has emerged if the Berkeley police department was too aggressive when removing homeless people from their encampment, Thursday night.

The area of Fairview and Adeline Streets in Berkeley are all cleaned after police cleared up the homeless camp around five in the morning, where about a dozens tents were providing shelter for some homeless people.

What started out as a confrontation, ended up having two people arrested, one of them is the Berkeley City Council candidate Nanci Temple-Armstrong. Her arrest was captured on video.

People who were there remembered the abrupt wake up call they received by the police, including Benjamin Royer.

“I was woken up with the cops actually yanking on the tarp that I was sleeping on,” Royer said. “They were grabbing stuff left and right without really giving us a chance to break it down or get it in vehicles.”

Residents have spoke out about the recent homeless crisis, including Richie Smith. Smith has been a resident in the Bay Area since 1949, and said things have become a lot worse in recent years.

“I would like for them to find some place where they could camp out and if it’s set up right, they can cultivate vegetables and do things to improve themselves and the community,” Smith said. “Rather than keep moving them around and then complaining about how much money it costs to move them around.”

Now it is reported that all the homeless people who lived in that encampment, now live in front of Berkeley’s City Hall.

Temple-Armstrong is still currently in jail or out on bail. The mayor of Berkeley and the police department have spoken out to recent arrest, and their next action regarding homeless encampments.

Susan Sarandon supports #BankExit

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) interviews Academy Award winning actress, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and longtime progressive activist Susan Sarandon. Susan recently returned from North Dakota where she joined with native groups, as well as TYT Politics host Jordan Chariton, to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

#BankExit – Tell Big Banks to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline http://www.thepetitionsite.com/597/965/180/bankexit-tell-big-banks-to-stop-dakota-access-pipeline/#updated

Annual Bank Transfer Day is November 5: http://occupysf.net/index.php/event/bank-transfer-day-2/?instance_id=4600

National Close Your Wells Fargo Account Day is November 12:  http://occupysf.net/index.php/event/national-close-your-account-day-at-wells-fargo/?instance_id=6795

Bernie Sanders Pleads With Obama To Be Less Terrible On Dakota Access Pipeline (The Jimmy Dore Show)

Bernie Sanders wrote a strongly-worded letter to President Obama pleading with him to take more action to protect the rights of Native Americans and their allies.

Jimmy Dore breaks it down, putting Occupy Wall Street in its proper place in history.

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Supporters of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters hold solidarity rally (San Francisco Examiner)



By Jessica Christian

October 28, 2016

Supporters of those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota gathered Friday, October 28 at San Francisco’s Federal Building for an emergency solidarity rally shedding light on the recent violent pushback those protesting on the reservation have faced from police and the National Guard despite peaceful demonstration. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

More at:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/supporters-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-hold-solidarity-rally/

Bank Transfer Day — November 5th!!!

The original Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011, was created by Kristen Christian. The tradition is repeated every November 5 to remind everyone to move their money from the large corporate banks to credit unions or local community banks.

DemocracyNow.org on the creation of Bank Transfer Day:


Move Your Money:  Move Your Money tri-fold

Dump your big bank and save

Tired of your megabank’s fees, tactics, and practices?

Published: September 2013

Internet-only banks have low fees and deliver services via smart phone and computer.

Remember Bank Transfer Day, two years ago this month? That’s when mad-as-hell consumers were supposed to bring giant banks such as Bank of America, Chase, and Citibank to their knees by moving their money to nonprofit credit unions.

It was a bust. Few people switched, in part because of the grip big banks had on them with their alluring online and mobile-banking services. Those let you use your computer and smart phone to watch balances, find ATMs, make account transfers, pay bills, and even deposit checks.

Now the top 10 credit unions have caught up, and many smaller ones have added, or are working to add, smart-phone banking, says Mary Monahan, an executive at Javelin Strategy & Research, a California market research firm. And new competitors have entered the fight for your dollars.

So if you’re still sick and tired of your megabank’s sneaky fees, questionable investment tactics, and slippery mortgage-lending practices (video), now may be the time for you to stage your own Bank Transfer Day. Here’s the lowdown on five alternatives worth considering.

Credit unions

Why? They offer all of the services of a bank (and federal deposit insurance) but tend to charge considerably less for checking accounts and loans. And they generally pay higher interest rates on savings.

Why not? The customer-satisfaction rating for credit unions dropped five points last year, to 82, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which tracks 48 industries. Nevertheless, they still outscored Chase (74), Citibank (70), and Bank of America (66).

Where to find them. Membership is open only to people in a specific group, such as employees of a company, members of an association, or residents of certain communities. Go to mycreditunion.gov to find prospects near you.

Regional banks

Why? If you’re uncomfortable cutting the cord to a traditional bank, check out a regional or midsized bank. They now offer the same technological bells and whistles but also provide significantly higher satisfaction than the four biggest national banks, according to the ACSI. Their satisfaction score was 79 last year, placing them below credit unions but above the big banks.

Why not? Smaller isn’t always better. In Texas, Regions Bank ranked last among 13 banks assessed in J.D. Power’s 2013 Retail Banking Satisfaction Survey. That was worse than Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Bank of America, though Frost National, another regional, topped the Lone Star State list.

Where to find them. Go to jdpower.com for rankings of regional banks serving your section of the country.

Community banks

Why? The nation’s 7,000 community banks are the go-to place for neighborly service, small business loans, and for keeping your money in the local community. Almost all community banks offer online banking, 64 percent have free checking if you maintain a minimum balance, and about half are members of free ATM networks like Allpoint, Money Pass, and SHAZAM. More than half of larger, 10- to 20-branch community banks, with assets greater than $500 million have mobile banking apps.

Why not? If banking by cell phone is a must, you won’t find it at the majority of smaller, three- to six-branch community banks under $500 million in assets, but almost half expect to add this convenience by 2015.

Where to find them. Visit the Independent Community Bankers of America bank locator.

Virtual banks

Why? They typically charge no monthly fees, have low penalties or none at all, and offer FDIC insurance, direct deposit, electronic bill payment, debit cards, photo check deposit, and national networks of fee-free ATMs.

Why not? There are no physical branches, which might be unsettling unless you’ve embraced mobile banking and rarely need to set foot inside a branch. Plus the low- or no-fee business model might be jeopardized at some virtual banks that partly finance their operations from the fees they collect every time a customer uses a debit card to make a purchase, because in July a federal court ruling signaled that those fees might be regulated lower.

Where to find them. Search online for virtual banks including Ally, Capital One 360 Checking, GoBank, and Simple.

Prepaid cards

Why? Once a high-priced option for low-income consumers who couldn’t qualify for a checking account or credit card, prepaid cards have moved into the mainstream and offer many of the features of a checking account. Almost all of them come with FDIC insurance. And when Consumer Reports rated 26 cards in July on value, convenience, safety, and other measures, it found that consumers could avoid the few fees that the best ones had.

Why not? All prepaid cards aren’t created equal. And while our Ratings didn’t compare the cost of checking accounts vs. a prepaid-card alternative, we did find that the worst prepaid cards have high, unavoidable charges, including activation and monthly fees, and that one lacked FDIC insurance. Four prepaid cards to avoid: AccountNow Gold Visa Prepaid Card (MetaBank), Reach Visa Prepaid Card (Tom Joyner), Redpack Mi Promesa Prepaid MasterCard, and American Express for Target.

Where to find them. Consider the best we found: Bluebird with direct deposit (American Express), H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard, Green Dot Card (Green Dot Bank), and Approved Prepaid MasterCard (Suze Orman) with or without direct deposit.

Editor’s Note:This article appeared in the November 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. On October 29, 2013, we added information on community banks.

‘Old Bum for Mayor’ Guy ‘Mike’ Lee focuses on Berkeley housing issues

BY | DailyCal.org


Editor’s note: This is one installment in a eight-part series on this year’s candidates for Berkeley mayor. Read about the other candidates here.

Guy “Mike” Lee is asking residents to vote for him this November — “Old bum for mayor.”

Lee first came to the Bay Area at age 13, leaving his home in Portland, Oregon, to stay with an uncle in Daly City. When he was 17, he moved to the area permanently and has since spent much of his time living on the streets of Berkeley.

With a love for the city and a fear that it has been taking turns for the worse, Lee decided to run for mayor because he feels Berkeley is abandoning many of its citizens’ needs.

“I’m a guy that’s about what is fair and just,” Lee said. “There are things that happen in this town that really irk me.”

Lee has been a political activist throughout his life. In 1991, he, along with dozens of others, occupied People’s Park, protesting the university’s plan to build a volleyball court. The next year, Lee was later sued by the university for property damages related to the protests. The suit was later dropped in 1994, after the university, Lee alleged, obtained a restraining order against him and the other organizers.

He believes his status as a professional protester rather than a professional politician makes him an ideal candidate for mayor of Berkeley, which he called a city with “no plan.” As mayor, Lee said he would better prioritize Berkeley City Council agendas and focus on cutting city spending.

But, as a homeless person, Lee believes that homelessness and housing affordability are some of the city’s most pressing problems. He has been living in an occupation camp in South Berkeley for the past few weeks and is currently in talks with city officials about establishing a sanctioned campground for the homeless to set up tents and tiny houses.

Mike Zint, a fellow camp occupant and founder of First They Came for the Homeless, said that while he and the organization cannot formally endorse Lee, he supports Lee’s campaign. Zint said that when Liberty City — a homeless encampment in front of Berkeley’s Old City Hall — was disbandedafter occupants were arrested in December 2015, he and other organization members began to realize they needed a homeless person to run for mayor.

“Mike Lee, he’s the right type of person to do it,” Zint said. “He’s fiery, he’s not scared of the politicians, he’ll say what’s on his mind and he’ll bring attention to the things that the other politicians are not gonna pay attention to, such as gentrification (and) homelessness.”

Additionally, Lee said as mayor, he would work to prioritize refurbishing buildings over creating new structures to fight housing issues — a plan he said is more efficient — among other housing policies.

“There’s hundreds of empty buildings out here that landlords and property owners like to just sit there,” Lee said. “I would definitely look into crafting an eminent domain law to go get those buildings for nonprofits and turn them into affordable housing.”

A January 2016 city report estimated that on Jan. 28, 2015, there were an estimated 834 homeless people in Berkeley, though Lee said this count does not include homeless students. Although no official estimates for the campus exist, he and others believe homeless students make up a significant portion of the overall student population.

Despite his past legal battles with the UC Board of Regents, Lee has been a long supporter of the spirit UC Berkeley students bring to the city. In the 1990s, he was a friend of Andrew Martinez, a student who rose to national attention for attending classes naked. He said he wants to work with the students to improve conditions on campus.

Lee also wants to keep the Berkeley Police Department accountable, making sure that the Police Review Commission remains independent with the added ability to hire and fire officers. He added that police interactions with Berkeley citizens should be expanded to improve community relations.

Regardless of the outcome on election day, his supporters are glad Lee ran because he kept a spotlight on the issues most important to his constituents that might have otherwise been ignored.

“I was concerned that the so-called progressives were gonna move away from us, which is exactly what started to happen,” said fellow camp occupant Michael Diehl. “Mike Lee has been able to keep those issues in the middle of debate — our issues around housing are central in the debate, and that wouldn’t be happening if he wasn’t running.”

Pressly Pratt is the lead crime and courts reporter. Contact her at ppratt@dailycal.org and follow her on Twitter at @presslypratt.

Tweets from Mike Zint and JP Massar re: Berkeley occupation

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 11:25 pm

First they came for the homeless

We did not succeed with city council. At 5 am we are expecting a raid. The planning for the raid was overheard. We need support at 5 am. Be here with cameras to document what Berkeley does with disabled homeless people.

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 5:35 pm

Police never showed up.  Perhaps it will be at 5:00 AM tomorrow?
–JP Massar

Tue, Nov 1, 2016 4:22 pm

I just received word police r threatening to clear homeless out from Fairview & Adeline, Berk, at 5:00 PM @RedwoodGirl @MikeZonta @Ergoat
–JP Massar

Activities for activists this week (from Patricia Gray)

Don’t count on this election to make the changes we know need to be made. Not gonna happen — (unless the Greens win — but don’t hold your breath on that one).   I think we need to be out on the streets more.  We won’t get anything with out a loud DEMAND.  “They” (the one %) need to fear us.

Wednesday, November 2
6:30 – 9:00 pm      2020 Bonar St, Berkeley with a march to
                           1231 Addison  (the other side of the same building)
                            We march around the block.
                            DEFEND ANTI FACIST TEACHER
                                                               YVETTE FELARCA
                            Protest and speak out at the school board meeting.
                            Berkeley School Board persecutes teacher for helping
                            stop Neo Nazis.  This good teacher has been
                            removed from her class room at Martin Luther King
                            Jr. Middle School for helping stop a neo nazi
                            recruitment rally on the steps of the State Capital
                            this summer.  She was put on administrative
                            leave and they are taking action to fire her.  We
                            demand they pay her wages and return her to her
Thursday, November 3
6:00 – 7:30  pm   24th St and Mission St.
                         HAUNTING OUR COMMUNITIES
                         Please by there by 6:30 –the festivities will be mobile.
                         A festival of resistance for homeless and housing rights.
                         We say NO to Prop. P. U. and R.!
                         We need everyone to join and celebrate this united
                         front for housing justice.  Bring your friends, your
                         neighbors and bring some noise makers.  We have
                         rights to family, to futures, to exist!  Homes for all
                         is possible!
                         sponsor:  S.F. Anti Displacement Coalition
7:00 – 9:00 pm      City College Mission Campus
                           1125 Valencia St.
                           ON THE HILL: I AM ALEX NIETO
                           On the hill tells the story of the life and death of one
                           our City College students. Alex, killed on Bernal
                           Heights in a hail of 59 bullets.  The play weaves
                           together the words of Alex’s family, testimony
                           given at his federal rights trial and the words of
                           the actors who tell us their stories of what is is like
                           to grow up in rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.
                           Free event  open to the community
                           sponsored by Loco Blonco
Friday, November 4
5:30 – 8:30 pm     Humanist Hall, Oakland
                          390 27th St.
                          fund raiser for Critical Resistance
                          Happy Hour with food
                          program at 7:00 pm
                          Asha Bansby-Sporn, Black Youth Project 100
                          Dylan Rodriguez, co founder Critical Resistance
                          Naomi Murakawa, Author
                          program moderated by Lara Kisiwani of Arab
                          Resource and Organizing Center  (AROC)
                          $19.00 – $20.00 Donation  no one turned away
                          info  jess@criticalresistnce.org
6:30 – 9:00 pm     24th and Telegraph in Oakland
                          BAY AREA AGAINST THE BLACK SNAKE
                          Red Warrior March and Prayer to honor our relatives
                          the Ocdeti Sakown and all the nations that have joined
                          the struggle against #DakotaAccessPipeLIne.
                          Wear red, bring medicine, candles, reminders of our
                          power.  Come in prayer.  As inhabitants of Mother
                          Earth we all have t he responsibility to protect
                          her by any means necessary so join us.  Let’s live
                          while thinking of the #next7generations
                          Join us on Friday. After the walk we will be collecting
                          donations to Solespace for the Sacred  Stone Camp.
Sunday November 6
2:00 – 4:00 pm      1900 Fourth St. Berkeley
                           WEST BERKELEY SHELLMOUND 
                                         INTERFAITH PRAYER GATHERING
                           Calling all Prayer Warriors.  The Ohlone Sacred Site
                           is in danger of being destroyed.  We must save
                           the oldest Ohlone site in the Bay Area.  We will
                           send our prayers to the  Sacred Stone Camp/Red
                           Warroprs and for the wates everywhere in the
                           world.  Come forward at this time to assist us
                           with this  prayer to create healing.
Monday, November 7
6:00 – 9:00 pm       2017 Mission St.  San Francisco 
                            Global Exchange – Second Floor
                            Occupy Forum
                            LET THE FIRE BURN!
                            A  film about the events of 1985 when a longtime
                            feud between MOVE and the city of Philadelphia
                            came to a deadly climax.
                            Discussion to follow
                            donations requested but no one turned away.
If you know of events that you would like to be listed on this calendar,
please send the information to pat1936@gmail.com