12/20/2016 – BY ROBERT REICH (Occupy.com)
Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?
One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for him—overwhelmingly white, and many wearing Trump hats and T-shirts. When warm-up speakers asked how many had previously attended a Trump rally, most hands went up.
A second clue is that rather than urge followers to bury the hatchet, Trump wound them up.
“It’s a movement,” he said in Mobile, playfully telling the crowd that in the run-up to the election, “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall?’ ‘We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison!’ ‘Prison!’ ‘Lock her up!’ I mean, you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious.” He called his followers “wild beasts.”
A third clue: Rather than shift from campaigning to governing, Trump’s post-election rallies were almost identical to the rallies he held when he was a candidate—the same format, identical pledges (“We will build a great wall!”) and the same condemnations of the “dishonest” media. They also elicited many of the same audience responses, such as, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
And rather than use the rallies to forgive those who criticized him during the campaign, he employed them to settle scores—criticizing politicians who opposed his candidacy, like Ohio Governor John Kasich; blasting media personalities who predicted he would lose, such as CNN’s John King; and mocking opponents, such as Evan McMullin, the Republican who campaigned against him as an independent in Utah.
Trump vows to continue these rallies after he becomes president. As he told the crowd in Mobile, “They’re saying, ‘As president, he shouldn’t be doing rallies.’ But I think we should, right? We’ve done everything else the opposite. This is the way you get an honest word out.”
“Get an honest word out?” There’s the real tip-off.
Like his nonstop tweets, Trump’s purpose in holding these rallies is to connect directly with a large and enthusiastic base of followers who will believe what he says—and thereby reject facts from mainstream media, policy analysts, government agencies that collect data and the scientific community.
During his just-completed “thank-you tour,” Trump repeatedly claimed, for example, that the murder rate in the United States is the highest it’s been in 45 years. In fact, it’s near a 50-year low, according to the FBI.
He also repeatedly said he won the election by a “landslide,” when in fact he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes—more than five times Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000.
And he repeatedly asserted that the election was marred by “massive voting fraud,” when in fact there has been no evidence of voting fraudat all (unless you consider the possibility that Russia hacked into our voting systems—which Trump dismisses).
A democracy depends on truth. Trump’s claims that the murder rate is soaring may elicit support for policies such as harsher policing and sentencing—the opposite of what we need.
His assertions that he won by a landslide may give him a mandate he doesn’t deserve. His claims of “massive voter fraud” could legitimize further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID and other requirements.
If repeatedly told Muslims are the enemy, the public may support efforts to monitor them and their places of worship inside America, or even to confine them. If told that the tide of undocumented immigrants is rising (in fact, it’s been falling), the public could get behind draconian policies to keep them out.
If told to ignore scientific evidence of climate change, the public may reject efforts to reverse it. If told to disregard CIA reports of Russian tampering with our elections, the public could become less vigilant about future tampering.
In short, the rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction—and therefore for advancing whatever agenda he wishes.
It’s no coincidence that Trump continues to denigrate the media, and hasn’t held a news conference since July.
A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. This is how tyranny begins.
Robert Reich is the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
A few day ago, I was released from the hospital into a “care facility” through BACS. Last night was my third night here. This is supposed to be respite care. It is not medical at all. I still have not seen a nurse.
Last night, my drug abusing roommate spent the entire night puking. The tiny room has about a half gallon of vomit on the floor and smells horrible. My roommate has been going through my gear, taking what he wants. The food is not enough for a child’s meal. No working cooking facilities, no toilet seat, and it took a special phone call and an attorney to get me a mattress.
When the city of Berkeley chooses to ignore homeless, we die. This place is making me weaker, not stronger. Alta Bates hung up on me when I contacted them and tried to resolve this situation.
So, Mr. Mayor, Kris Worthington, and the rest of city council, is this what you mean by helping the poor? These reasons are why we demanding tents. You lie about what is offered, and spin stories to make yourself look good. Look at the photos, and put yourself in my situation. This is the lie you are covering up. And to say everything is good shows you are out of touch or full of shit.
Background: Yesterday (December 19, 2016), at 5:00 PM, the First They Came for the Homeless encampment at Oregon & Adeline (across from Berkeley Bowl) in Berkeley was given notice of cause for eviction (for the 12th time, all from different locations they have taken up). They have been at this location a couple of weeks now. As of this morning, no raid had taken place.
How Berkeley Struck Out – With Apologies to Pretty Much Everyone.
An Apocalyptic Tale That Doesn’t Have to Be.
The Berks all through Berkville liked Zintville a lot
But the powers-that-be north of Zintville did not!
It could be, perhaps, that their Nikes were too tight.
It could be their heads weren’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that their hearts were two sizes too small.
But, whatever the reason, their hearts or their Nikes,
They stood there ‘ere Christmas a-hating the Mikes.
Staring down from their tower with a sour, admin frown
At the warm lighted tents below in the town,
For they knew every Zhoo in Zintville abed
Was visioning sugerplums deep in their heads.
“And they’re lighting a tree” they snarled with a sneer.
“It soon will be Christmas! It’s practically here!”
They filled their cop vans, and they took trusty Hans,
And down to the camp they went with their bans.
On Crusher, on Masher, on Tramper, on Nix-em,
On Vomit, on Lipid, on Gonner and Blitz-em!
All the camp tents were dark, No one knew they had come.
All the Zhoos where all dreaming sweet dreams without glum.
They loaded their vans with what they called trash,
They arrested a few and cited a rash.
Then they slunk to the food tent. They took the Zhoos’ feast!
They took the damned pudding! They took the roast beast!
They stole the pc’s, and all the cell phones.
They even deleted the Zhoos ringy tones.
Then they came face to face with the wonderful tree.
As the Zhoos made a circle, knelt down in a plea.
No mercy was shown tho, the axe did come out.
The Zhoos were dispersed, the tree down with a shout.
“We’ll not have this nonsense. We’ll not have this here.
Bah and Humbug to you, and to all your good cheer.”
“There are poor houses, jails, sidewalks and rats;
That’s where you belong, your dogs and your cats!”
And what happened then? Well, in Berkville they say
That the powers’ small hearts shrunk three sizes that day!
Oh, somewhere in this Trumped up land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere peeps are laughing and little children shout;
But (for the nonce) no Zintville – mighty Berkeley has struck out.
Please set your alarm for 5:00AM tomorrow (Wednesday) and check this page to see if there’s notice of a raid going on, then hurry over to Adeline and Oregon in Berkeley, if you’re in the area, of course. Even if you take a bus, there’s a good chance that – as cops see the numbers of defenders growing – they’ll start talking frantically into their lapels.
I was at the camp from 4:15 – 6:00AM today. There was no raid during that time, which – given the warning issued by the Dee Williams-Ridley
I’ve created a draft of a raid alert, ready to be sent out tomorrow or whenever it occurs.
There’s more property in camp than ever that can be confiscated, and – as you all know – it’s difficult to recover some of it and impossible to recover all of it; so we’ll need as much help as we can get to prevent it from being officially stolen. Those of you with vehicles can take stuff away. Others can help pack. Also, sufficient numbers of supporters arriving on the scene during the raid can compel the police to back off.
Most of us are very concerned about the upcoming administration.
We have some exciting news to share it with you. Our wildest dreams have come true! We have obtained a loan to buy the enchanting building known as the “Omni,” successfully securing 22,000 square feet of space for community organizing in Oakland! Owning the building will make us much more able to support the amazing community of radical groups that use this space, but we’ll still need your support.
Hi, I’m Brian, volunteer with Omni Commons for the past 8 months and new Treasurer. Until the recent presidential election I don’t think any of us expected the need for the Omni to become so incredibly urgent. Having a physical space dedicated to activism is already an extremely valuable resource. In the next few years, it’s likely to become essential.
The Omni Commons provides space where all sorts of innovative projects can come together and accomplish things. In the current real estate bubble, these are organizations and events that wouldn’t otherwise have an affordable place to happen. Some of the projects using the Omni Commons include: community gardens and a youth food business; a community-owned-and-operated wireless network; an accessible community science lab, home to the Open Insulin and Real Vegan Cheese projects; a free school where anyone can attend or even teach a class; a video collective telling stories that might otherwise remain untold; a participatory budgeting campaign for Oakland; an annual free coding boot camp; free theater performances; tutoring and mentoring for immigrant youth and families; the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Open Circleâs monthly meet-ups in support of families affected by police brutality; and many, many more meetings, rehearsals, fundraisers and events.
Omni Commons is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we need your tax-deductable support to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the Wifi fast. Although this might be the hundredth end-of-year fundraising email you’ve received this week, it’s the only one you’ll get from an organization like us. We all need what the Omni has to offer: a non-hierarchical space for social justice organizing!
Now that we own the building, we can focus on improving it and on deepening our commitment to organizing for social justice. 2017 will be a year of looking forward. We are going to need a lot of help and support from the community to make our space as useful as possible to the community, so we are asking that you make that same commitment and support the Omni Commons by making a contribution to our work.
If you can’t donate now, see if you can find a friend who can. Get your friends excited about the Omni. Next time you hear that someone is looking for an event space, think of the Omni Commons and put them in touch with us. It’s easy to request event space. Just go to omnicommons.org/occupy. Get them excited about the Omni collectives that wouldn’t otherwise have a space to do their work. Get them excited about the potential for resistance that we represent, and how important that is about to become. While you’re excited, come visit us, volunteer and work together with us to steward this community-building space for Oakland. And if you can, contribute to keep the Omni Commons strong, and able to meet the needs of the community. No donation is too small or too large!
4799 Shattuck Avenue,
Oakland CA 94609
Our warmest wishes for the Holiday Season to all our friends and supporters from all of us at the Omni Commons.
P.S. Join us for our celebration dinner at the Omni Commons on January 27th. This will be a great place to get connected if you want to volunteer.
Our mailing address is:
Omni Oakland Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
The doctor scratched my release date off the board. He is saying maybe not now. This means more hospital food. I need a recon team to plot an escape route to the doctors cafeteria. MuZik, that sandwich was the bomb. They do not want me leaving the ward, so I will need a disguise. If I wear a fur coat, I will look like a pipe cleaner. But I would be a six foot pipe cleaner. How to get this done…
February 23, 2016
Democracy Now! Guest: Harvey Wasserman is an independent journalist and longtime anti-nuclear activist. His upcoming book is The Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft.
Harvey Wasserman of Columbus, Ohio, has been a vocal critic of electronic voting machines. He co-wrote the book, “What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election.” His upcoming book is titled “The Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft.” We talk to him about his concerns for the upcoming presidential race.
He will be the guest speaker at Monday night’s Occupy Forum on November 19, 2016. See “Recent Posts” and “Upcoming Events.”
Saturday, December 17
Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA MANNING!
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Chelsea Manning will be 29 years old on this day, this is her 7th year in prison. She is the trans woman, ex-military analyst, who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks exposing the truth about US, UK and other governments’ war crimes and corruption in Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinian Authority, Peru, Venezuela . . .
Chelsea is part of a great movement of whistleblowers who have revealed abuses and demanded their rights. From prison she has written against police killing young people of colour in the US, and in support of immigrants and refugees – including queer and trans people.
For the last six years, every time she was under threat, people in many countries have organized vigils and protests: petitions reached over 100,000 signatures in a matter of days. We call on the anti-war, anti-racist, anti-sexist, LGBTQ movements, whistleblowers, war veterans, and everyone who stands for justice and against poverty and the arms trade to campaign to Free Chelsea Manning now!
You can write to her and send her cards at:
CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304
Info / History: https://www.facebook.com/events/1510679725613414/
Monday, December 19
Monday, 8:00am – 11:00am, WINTER SOLSTICE DAPL DIVESTMENT IN SF
One Post Plaza (Post & Market St)
The Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty calls upon all of us, but especially women, to conduct a direct action to stop harming Mother Earth on every solstice and equinox. Treaty sisters are working with Friends of the Earth, United States (FOE) to call on all our relatives to join us for this winter solstice action!
We encourage everyone to close their accounts during the month of December at the financial institutions funding DAPL and to write a letter to the CEO or CFO of the bank telling them why you are closing your account.
Sponsor: Idle No More
Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum: ANOTHER STOLEN ELECTION ON THE WAY TO SOLARTOPIA with Harvey Wasserman
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th St. BART)
At this gathering we’ll discuss the 2016 Selection, including how it was REALLY rigged, how we will cope with the coming of The Donald, and how we will shut Diablo Canyon while making California the decentralized post-grid renewable energy capital of the world.
Harvey Wasserman co-wrote THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016 (with Bob Fitrakis), soon to become THE STRIP & FLIP DISASTER OF AMERICA’S STOLEN ELECTIONS: FIVE JIM CROWS & ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT
Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, UNDERSTANDING THE FBI’S TARGETING OF THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
55 Columbus Ave.
The question on everyone’s mind is how you can use your legal expertise to help targeted communities post-election and during the next administration. During his campaign, Donald Trump made many alarming promises and statements that target our vulnerable communities.
Over the next few months, we will offer several trainings on specialized issues impacting Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, Sikh, and South Asian Communities. The first of these presentations launches on Monday, December 19 and will feature Mike German – a former FBI agent and currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.
Tuesday, December 20
Tuesday, 6:30pm, SPOKESCOUNCIL MEETING FOR MLK WEEK OF ACTION
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Tuesday Dec 20th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting,
This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.
Schedule of upcoming meetings & locations below:
Wednesday, December 21
Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, KINDLE JUSTICE: STAND AGAINST ISLAMOPHIA & RACISM
Geary & Powell St.
Say NO to Islamophobia, NO to Racism, and YES to justice. As a prelude to Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights”, we will rekindle our commitment to justice.
Chanukah has always been a holiday of hope in the dark of winter. All are welcome: Jews, Muslims, people of all faiths and beliefs
*We refuse to be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes
*we condemn state surveillance of the Muslim community
*We condemn Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians and the use of Islamopobia and Anti-Arab racism to justify them
*We call for an end to racist policing #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter
*We honor indigenous rights and support the resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their land and water #WaterisLIfe
*We Stand up to anti-semitism, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ oppression
Sponsor: Jewish Voice for Peace
Wednesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, THE ALEX NIETO MEMORIAL CELEBRATION PRESS CONFERENCE
Bernal Heights Park
Bernal Heights Blvd.
This the first memorial ever dedicated to a victim of an unlawful police killing.
At the same time, with our power of amor, we will demand SFPD Officer Roger Morse be fired from the force for his threats to the Nietos; the San Francisco Office of Citizens Complaints has sustained a review that demands action from the Chief of Police.
This memorial is history for all, but it is a special moment in time for our Brown and Black brothers and sisters, especially those who feel counted out, those who may not make it to our rallies or events, but without them, there would be no point to what we are doing.
Food, beverages, and entertainment provided
Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, ANNUAL INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE for OUR HOMELESS DEAD
Civic Center Plaza (Polk St. side)
All are welcome. Bring a friend.
San Francisco Interfaith Council
San Francisco Night Ministry