Book review: “Translating Anarchy” by Mark Bray

Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary. OWS organizer Mark Bray combines his direct experience in the movement with nearly 200 interviews with the most active, influential architects of Occupy Wall Street, to reveal the revolutionary anarchist core of Occupy. Although The New York Times and CNN thought that OWS simply wanted tighter financial regulations and a millionaire’s tax, Bray shows that the vast majority of organizers called for the abolition of capitalism altogether.

By “translating” their ideas into everyday concepts like community empowerment and collective needs, these anarchists sparked the most dynamic American social movement in decades.


“Medea Benjamin’s Hypocrisy!” by Bob of Occupy

This morning, on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, Medea Benjamin asserted  with righteous political correctness that hate speech and racist speech we’re prohibited in our national dialogue.

This is the same Medea Benjamin, who I have respected and admired for many years now for her outspoken criticism of this nation’s dishonest and deadly military ventures throughout the world.

There are many countries where she would have been imprisoned for such expression of dissent against a government, most notably Saudi Arabia, which in recent months she has chosen to highlight for their lack of human rights and their slaughter of the Yemeni People, and for which she published a book on the same subject.

I am in total agreement with what Medea purports to say on these accounts about whether it be Saudi Arabia, Syria, Donald Trump, or the condemnation of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But a very glaring double standard has reared its ugly head in her denunciation of what she refers to as “hate speech”.

There are many in this country who look upon the many forms of expression Medea has used in her opposition to US military imperialism who would define her behavior and words as “hate speech”, hatred for this country.

I am not one of the them who would see her viewpoint as hatred for this country, but rather “patriotic” in her attempts to correct a government of the People that has for some time now lost contact with its essential moral principles of democracy and freedom. I would agree with Theodore Roosevelt who stated that the highest form of patriotism is dissent.

But let’s face it. Many Americans become less than open minded and less protective of their adherence to the Constitution of the US when they perceive someone who in their mind attacks what they perceive to be inviolable_their interpretation of patriotism: unquestioning allegiance to their government.

What is happening in this nation as a consequence of the violence that erupted in Virginia is a backlash against others’ right to voice their opinion, a supposed Constitutionally guaranteed right.

If all one has to do then is for the politically correct proponents of what constitutes “hate speech” to define that which they find repugnant, unpatriotic, distasteful is to assert  their “interpretations” and label them “hate speech”. then Medea Benjamin BEWARE. Your neck may very well be the next on the guillotine block.

Have Americans not noticed that their civil liberties have been eroding exponentially since 9/11, orchestrated by a cabal of deep state actors who Medea has stood so powerfully against?

By Medea’s interpretation of “hate speech” has she joined the ranks of those furthering limitations of our Rights and will she herself end up the Victim of the politically correct voluntary fascists who would eliminate that which they disagree with?

–Bob of Occupy

Update, Announcements Wed. 8/16 – Mon. 8/21 (compiled by Adrienne Fong)

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A.  SF Officials Seek To Pull Welcome Mat For Planned Alt-Right Rally At Crissy Field (August 15, 2017) 


~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board


Wednesday, August 16 – Monday, August 21

Wednesday, August 16

1.  Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Tri-National Action To Cancel NAFTA! Support San  Quintin Driscoll’s Workers

SF Federal Building
90 7th Street

On July 16, 2017, President Trump started  re-negotiations of the anti-labor union busting NAFTA agreement. He has already announced that he wants to make it more like TPP which would in- crease profits for US multinationals, increase worker exploitation and destroy environmental conditions. Today 70,000 farmers and their families in San Quintin, Baja who work for Driscoll’s berries are living in slave like conditions and they continue to fight for union recognition.  

The passage of NAFTA for Mexican working people is a disaster and has led to privatized lands, oil, rail-roads, education and now social security. There are also 1500 maquiladora slave factories on the border in Mexico that fire and repress independent union organizers that are not controlled by the government. 

NAFTA has also allowed the US to militarize Mexico with the Merida agreement with massive re- pression and the disappearance of 46 students and many journalists who have be assassinated.  

NAFTA has also been used to outsource millions of industrial jobs in the mid-west

For more information and to endorse: LCLAA Sacramento (916) 712-4251, UPWA (415) 280-1908 


2.  Wednesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Tell Ed Lee: Sanctuary Housing Fund NOW!

SF City Hall (Polk St. steps side)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St.)

Mayor Ed Lee presides over one of the richest cities in the world. That wealth could start TODAY to protect renters and homeowners against the forces of speculation, greed and displacement. 

Community members have been calling on the city to create a $35 million Sanctuary Housing Fund to keep seniors, people with disabilities, and African-American and immigrant families in the city. The fund would include assistance for hard-hit homeowners, buying back foreclosed homes off the speculative market, rental subsidies, and legal defense against evictions. But the mayor has remained mute, while refusing to meet with community members or allowing them any input. 

For more info call 415-335-7033 or email


3.  Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Protest Sheriff’s racist tweet scandal! Show up for immigrants

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
1401 Lakeside Dr. Fl 12th’

Are you outraged that the Alameda County Sheriff’s Dept. is retweeting white supremacists?

Are you angry that Sheriff Ahern and other sheriffs want to keep deporting our loved ones? (The CA State Sheriffs Association is trying to bully Gov Brown into further weakening SB 54, the “Sanctuary” bill that would push back on Trump’s deportation machine!)

Join us tomorrow to say NO to white supremacy and racism!

On Sunday night, the Alameda County Sheriff’s official twitter account retweeted infamous white supremacist Richard Spencer. 

The department’s claiming this is an “accident,” but in fact it’s part of a long pattern of racist attitudes and practices. 

This same deputy, Sergeant Kelly, made headlines defending the arrest of a fruit vendor a few months ago, saying: “If you don’t enforce this type of selling, it will begin to look like a Third World fruit market. 

We cannot remain silent.

Sponsors: ICE Out of California, and 5 other groups


4.  Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

Montgomery & Market Street, below Senator Feinstein’s office; directly above Montgomery BART / MUNI Station

Join us at the large PEACE or IMPEACH banner.

Topics vary each week and are centered on PEACE and JUSTICE issues

All are welcomed!

5.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Coffee Break: Informal Discussion on Politics & the Left

Free Speech Movement Café
350 University Ave.

The Platypus Affiliated Society hosts a weekly informal discussion on Politics, The Left, the Platypus Review, and upcoming Leftist events & Platypus activities in the area. 

All are welcomed to attend regardless of whether or not you participate in the discussion. Sometimes certain articles or events are points of discussion, email PlatypusBCC [at] to find out. 

This week we will be discussing “Organization, political action, history, and consciousness: on anarchism and Marxism” by Chris Cutrone  


6.  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, APTP General Meeting: The Role of Police in the Alt-Right Movement

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, 94606

For this meeting, we will explore ….The Role of Police in the Alt-Right Movement

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations, like Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community READY Corps and Workers World Party – Bay Area, is developing a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition. 


Thursday, August 17

7.  Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Community Picket + Rally Against Monster in the Mission

2929 19th Street

Let’s show up, demand solidarity from our neighborhood businesses, and tell Maximus that the Monster is never going to be built in the Mission!

The Plaza 16 Coalition unequivocally rejects any proposal for 1979 Mission St that is not 100% affordable housing. We are asking small businesses planning to attend the meeting to discard the invitation by the developer Maximus, and join us on the picket line. Join with the community against unwanted, unneeded, and unwelcome gentrification-causing housing in the Mission 

Sponsor: The Plaza 16 Coalition


8.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Fight the Right Build the Left! Join the Socialists

Dwinelle Hall
2100 Berkeley Way

The Trump administration’s war on working people has emboldened the far right, leading to a rise in violent attacks by extremists and open rallies by the alt-right and the KKK in Berkeley, Portland, and Charlottesville. Democratic politicians have failed to pose a real alternative to Trump and the right, instead saying we need to hold back on demands that would alleviate the immiseration facing working people, like taxing the rich, single payer healthcare, and a living wage.

At the same time, the opportunities to build the left and socialist organization are the best they’ve been in decades 

Sponsor: International Socialist Organization – Northern California


9.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Occupation & Intervention: US Militarism in the Current Moment

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)
2501 Harrison St.

Rhonda Ramiro (vice-chair, BAYAN USA), 
Max Elbaum (long-time anti-war activist and author of Revolution in the Air) 

Yousef K. Baker (Prof of International Studies at Cal State Long Beach and member of the Iraqi Transnational Collective)  

While the news cycle is dominated by reality television-type depictions of national politics and large segments of the left are focused on the Trump regime’s domestic policies, military intervention and outright war is raging on most continents across the planet.  The US maintains the largest and most technologically advanced arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons in the world, while it deploys hundreds of thousands of troops in at least 175 countries, and disperses tens of billions of dollars annually in military aid to more than 200 governments.

The US also trains approximately 200,000 soldiers, police, and other personnel internationally every year. As people struggle against economic,social, and ecological crisis, understanding the United States’ war footing is as urgent as ever. 

OCCUPATION & INTERVENTION is the first in CPE’s new WAR & LIBERATION series taking on critical issues of war, militarism, resistance and liberation from across the world.

Sponsor: The Center for Political Education


Friday, August 18

10  Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, “Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders”

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

Vigil every Friday on the steps of the Hall of Injustice. Demand DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder. 

11.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Eyewitness report & analysis from North Korea

2969 Mission St.

Wheelchair accessible

 Donation $3 – $10 – no one turned away

As the world marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed hundreds of thousands, Trump threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

A new nuclear war aimed at annihilating the DPRK, with weapons immensely more powerful than those dropped on Japan, is now being openly promoted by elements of the U.S. ruling establishment. The mainstream media has served, as usual in times of crisis, as the source of disinformation and propaganda.What is really behind the latest crisis? What is the hidden history of the U.S. and Korea?Join us for a report from activists just back from the DPRK and analysis of the current situation.

Info:   415-821-6171  

Saturday, August 19

12.  Saturday, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Mobilize! Millions for Prisoners

Meet at:

West Oakland BART
1451 7th Street

Oakland! This is the caravan of the summer, mobilizing the East Bay to the South Bay for #A19 #Millions4Prisoners march and rally. Come listen, learn, network, share, reach out, march, BUILD!!!

This will be a full day so SIGN UP EARLY!! Use the google form below to let us know your needs for transportation or comment on this event!!!


March with California Prison Focus & RISE UP FOR JUSTICE
9:00 am – Meet at West Oakland Station, depart 9:30am 
11:00 am – Gather at Raymond Bernal Jr. Park
11:30 am – March to Santa Clara County Main Jail
12:30 pm – Rally at James P. McEntee Plaza (70 W. Hedding St.) 
~2:00 pm – Drive back to Oakland 

M4P A19 is about standing up with and for prisoners and fighting back against: 
* Private entities exploiting labor
* Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
* Private entities contracted by states and federal government to build and operate prisons, including immigration detention centers
* Racial disparities in America’s prison population and sentencing
* Disproportionate and unaccountable killings by police in black and brown communities
* Felony disenfranchisement laws
* Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting detention quotas
* Producing the world’s largest prison population
* State-sponsored murder via the death penalty
* Unjust bail bond system 


13.  Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm, People First! Healthcare Emergency Prep, Decriminalization

East Bay Community Space
507 55th Street
Oakland, 94609

Free & Open to All Community


  9:30am – 10:00am Door & Coffee

10:00am – 10:15am, Welcome

10:15am – 12:30pm, Know your options workshops:

           -First Response to acute emergencies, opiate overdose and behavioral health

 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Emergency Preparedness, Skillshare block 1

 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Emergency Prepardness, Skillshare blick 2

 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Closing Panel:

          -Self Defense and Self Determination:

              -Fighting Policing, Fighting Imprisonment, and Building the Resources We Need

Questions:  or 510-444-0484 

Sponsor: Critical Resistance Oakland


14.  Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, NorCal Regional Conference – the Trump/Pence Regime Must GO!

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.

Register here: 

This Regional Conference, organized by, will include representatives of organizations, religious leaders, students, youth and others. The purpose of the conference is to strategize and plan our path forward, building up to a massive nationwide action beginning on Saturday, November 4. 

ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017, we will take to the streets and public squares in cities and towns across the country, continuing day after day and night after night and not stopping until our demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.


15.  Saturday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Two Year Rent Strike Anniversary BBQ

Save Midtown
1415 Scott St.

Self-organized Midtown tenants have been in the fight to stay in our homes for 2 whole years!

Midtown is fighting the City government’s plan to redevelop their apartment complex in San Francisco’s historic Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood. We cooperatively self-managed Midtown for almost 50 years until the Mayor’s Office of Housing suddenly terminated our lease in 2013 and brought in nonprofit developer Mercy Housing to squeeze us out. 

We’ve been on rent strike since August 2015 

Join us for an afternoon of food, fundraising, music, and community!


16.  Saturday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Standing Up For Racial Justice in Times of Fear and Hatred: A workshop

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.

Sliding scale admission. Join us for soup and bread at 5:30 PM. Workshop begins at 6:30. 

Ticket/ RSVP info: 

Workshop with Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renown Chinese American documentary filmmaker of such films as “The Color of Fear” and “If These Walls Could Talk”. Lee is a poet, a therapist and master diversity trainer. Lee is well known and highly regarded for his workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation and conflict mediation techniques that address issues of race, hatred and fear. This workshop will address these critical issues mindful of the times we live in. 

Sponsor: Human Rights Working Group


Sunday, August 20

17.  Sunday, 12Noon – 4:00pm, Street Medic Training

RSVP to for exact address in Oakland near Lake Merritt

RN? MD? NP? PA? Paramedic? Student of one of the above?

Outraged about what’s happening in Charlottesville and the increasing Alt Right/fascist presence here in the Bay Area?

Want to put your skills to use but not sure about the specifics?

Come to a street/community medic training for folks with medical training to use their medical knowledge in the street and other emergency situations. In moments when we are so intensely under attack, the need to keep each other safe becomes even more heightened.

No street medic experience is necessary, just a desire to bring your medical knowledge outside of the 4 walls of the clinic/hospital.  

Training will be participatory: primarily hands on practice. We will cover scene safety, chemical weapons, penetrating wounds, blunt trauma and other timely scenarios.

Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. If you are not medically trained, please contact us anyway, you are welcome to attend as space permits. We have materials you can review prior to the training to feel better prepared.

18.  Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, APTP First Responders Training

955 7th Street

This training introduces APTP first responders model for conducting independent investigations of police terror and providing support to impacted families. The training will cover:

-Preparation and building investigation team
-Conducting investigations
-Trauma focused interviewing
-Cultural sensitivity
-Providing family support
-Lessons learned from past investigations
-Know your rights
– Collecting video evidence – by Dia Kayyali of
-Security considerations

This training is organized together with SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area as a fundraiser for Anti Police-Terror Project. 


19.  Sunday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Slingshot new volunteer meeting / article brainstorm for issue # 125

Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave. (2 blocks from Ashby BART)

Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988. 

*Brainstorm articles for next issue 
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs 

* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue 
* Discuss fundraising and distribution 
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot 


Monday, August 21

20. Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Amour for Alex – Monthly Remembrance

Bernal Heights

Monthly gathering with Alex Nieto’s family and friends at Bernal Heights where he was killed by SFPD.

Official notification not posted yet. Check:

21.  Monday, 7:00pm,  Planning Meeting for “Protest at the White Supremacist Rally”

UC Berkeley
170 Boalt Hall

This is a planning meeting for a counter-protest at the August 27th event in Berkeley titled “No to Marxism in America” 

The bigotry, racism and violence that the far-right organizers are bringing to Berkeley cannot be allowed to go unanswered.

 Their event will be a magnet for white supremacists, Nazi enthusiasts, anti- Muslims and anti-Semites, feminist bashers, homo/transphobes, anti-communists, and immigrant-haters, all gathered under the theme “No to Marxism in America’.

Let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with those targeted by bigotry in a unified, orderly, and strong counter-demo. History has shown that by taking a stand we can stop the far right when they are still small. Ignoring them only encourages them 

Sponsor: Communities Against Racism & Fascism (CARF)

Info or to Endorse: 415-864-1278  or

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Upcoming Event

~ 2017 Soil Not Oil International Conference ~

September 6 – September 9

Richmond Memorial Convention Center

403 Civic Center Plaza


Ticket info:


“How Will the United States Regulate Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology?” by Shingai Thornton

July 5, 2016 (

Regulators with the Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC) have called for increased oversight of “distributed ledger systems,” claiming the technology could pose systemic risks if usage keeps growing. The recommendation comes in the wake of “The DAO” heist which might cost investors millions of dollars due to the exploitation of a loophole in the smart contract of what was meant to be a decentralized, democratic, venture capital fund with rules determined by code.

The FSOC isn’t the only federal agency monitoring developments in this space. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has declared that Bitcoin is property, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commision (CFTC) regulates it as a commodity and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has stated the central bank has no authority to regulate the cryptocurrency. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approaches classification of the technology on a case by case basis.

The SEC’s deputy director of trading and markets said of the DAO incident:

“This highlights a number of concerns that are really core to the SEC’s role, which is not only issues of disclosure, investor protection,” but also includes “the technology and the systems that underpin the markets”

Besides watching for risks to the financial system, which won’t be substantial until the technology is adopted by mainstream consumers; there are other issues regulators should keep in mind.

A group of CPAs recently wrote a letter to the IRS, noting that their unclear guidance poses tax problems for those trying to stay in compliance. Non-profit policy research group Coin Center argues that without clarity at the national level, the U.S. risks losing its global competitive edge in financial technology (Fintech). Digital currency startups in the U.S. face two major barriers in a murky regulatory environment.

  1. Banks are afraid, and often refuse to serve them.
  2. Firms that control customer funds must obtain separate money transmission licenses in each of the 50 states. It’s an expensive, cumbersome process that many startups can’t afford, and “control” of digital currency is not a well defined concept in our legal system.

This can be contrasted with the situation in places like SwitzerlandSingapore, and the U.K., where clear guidelines and light touch regulation have created safe homes for some of the most innovative companies and experiments in the space.

New York, Delaware, and North Carolina are enacting state-level legislation designed to provide clarity. Coin Center has called on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent branch of the U.S. Treasury, to issue a National Fintech Charter.

Here’s a brief overview of the state level approaches, Coin Center’s proposal, and the groups likely to play a key role in regulation of the technology.

New York

As a global financial capital, it’s no surprise that New York was the first state to enact digital currency regulations. The Bitlicense, crafted by the state’s former Superintendent of Financial Services, has been met with a lukewarm reception. Coin Center calls it a “mixed bag” that falls short and identifies some key flaws.

  • Vague Anti Money Laundering(AML) requirements.
  • Requirement for pre-approval of products by the Superintendent.
  • Custody/control of consumer funds definition doesn’t account for technology’s full capabilities.
  • Contains language that could prevent companies from lawfully protecting customers from publicly revealing their transaction histories.
  • Lack of a defined on ramp for startups.

Indeed, a number of startups stopped doing business in the state because of the license.

Meanwhile, MIT Digital Currency Initiative’s Brian Fordes praised regulators for listening to feedback on earlier drafts of the bill and making changes “that will protect consumers and spur more investment in entrepreneurs building companies in this space.”

For well-funded companies serving institutional clients and/or whose business models rely on having strict KYC/AML procedures, the license may get the job done. The companies that have received one (Circle) or are close to doing so (Ripple, Coinbase) fit into this category.


Delaware is known for being corporation friendly and has the potential to become an attractive home for digital currency startups. The state’s governor announced in May that they are seeking legal classification for corporate blockchain-based shares, and have no plans for a New York style Bitlicense.

The effort is still in its initial phases, with key details such as whether or not Bitcoin’s blockchain will be used as part of the project yet to be determined. Hopefully the state will benefit from observing the experiences of NY and NC.

North Carolina

In late 2015, the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks codified exemptions for miners, non-financial blockchain based services, and multi-signature/non-custodial wallets from its Money Transmission Act.

Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Senate passed a bill which aims to cover digital currencies under state money transmission laws. The bill still needs to be signed by the Governor before becoming law. The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Perianne Boring refers to North Carolina’s bill as “more diplomatic than in New York” and “how states should be regulating digital currency.”

Coin Center, again has some criticism, largely for the bill’s failure to define control of digital currency. It isn’t clear, for example, how lightning network nodes would be treated under the law. Together with the Uniform Law Commission, they crafted the following definition:

(3) “Control” means possession of sufficient virtual currency credentials or authority on a virtual currency network to execute unilaterally or prevent indefinitely virtual currency transactions[.]

They also criticize the bill’s lack of exceptions for software development/distribution and non-financial applications of digital currency. Still, the state’s efforts are acknowledged as a step in the right direction.

A Federal Fintech Charter?

Earlier this month, Coin Center proposed broad regulation in the form of a Federal Fintech Charter. It would be issued by the OCC which is responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising national/cooperative banks.

The charter could give startups access to a passport granting them money transmission privileges across every state, eliminating the need to acquire 50 separate licenses.

It would also give them access to national banks, a necessity for most businesses. Risk would be limited by only granting them access to the ACH/Fedwire fund transfer systems for the purpose of exchanging between digital currencies and the dollar. Firms “would have the key benefits of federal regulation, preemption of state law, and access to the payments system, but would not engage in risk-generating activities like deposit taking or credit extension.”

On its surface, the proposal seems reasonable. One concern might be that the charter would create a slippery slope, leading to more and less reasonable rules down the line.

Other Federal Actors to Watch

These are some of groups that seem likely to take significant action in the coming years.


Cryptocurrency is increasingly being recognized as a legitimate asset class, and there is a lot of hype surrounding the potential for blockchains to transform the financial system. Industry participants recently held discussions with high level representatives at the White House (2) and Federal Reserve.

If the technology reaches mass adoption, additional regulations are inevitable. Without input from technical and legal experts in the community, laws will be written by people who do not understand the technology. Coin Center is one of a few groups leading educational efforts, and has proposed a framework for securities regulation of cryptocurrencies.

Overly burdensome regulation could discourage innovation and drive entrepreneurs out of the country, and laws passed in the U.S. will certainly influence the approach of other countries. How will the world’s largest economy act? Which regulatory agency will take the lead, and what distinctions will be made between cryptocurrency and other blockchain-based technologies? Is Congress capable of passing a cryptocurrency friendly bill?

As the DAO fiasco and gradually increasing adoption bring cryptocurrency and blockchain-based systems under the spotlight of regulators, questions like these should be on the mind of everyone in the space.

Op-Ed by Bob of Occupy: Charlottesville, Virginia–Fire and Fury over a Symbol

Now apparently it’s up to three dead in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I fault the opposition for making this a confrontation, though fault can be placed on all sides. Let people express themselves. This is the nation of Free Speech, right? Whether they’re White Supremacists or Black Lives Matter or the idiot in the WH, let them sound off, but then have an open debate.

Why are the leaders of these groups not proposing a place and time to argue substantively among themselves? Why doesn’t the media set up something instead of salivating over a deadly confrontation for their cameras?

The removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee is what? The removal of history, the removal of a symbol of something? I think what happened in Charlottesville yesterday is the culmination of political correctness and the power of the Black Movement asserting itself unwisely in a manner that was asserted against them in the past. So what have they learned from their own experience? When one gains power force your will on your enemies?

I know you couldn’t get people to have a silent demonstration against the White Supremacists, but three people at least would be alive today.

We have become a nation of bullies, not just our country against the world, but our citizens against one another. Our culture of dominance in our sports, in our politics, in our electronic games, in our movies screams the endless shallow squeal of We’re Number One. And the Tangerine headed president personifies this.

So much needs to be placed on the table and discussed, but isn’t. We prefer the spectacle of our own savagery.

The Civil War happened. Slavery happened. World Wars One and Two happened. There are monuments all over this nation to symbolize those realities.

The Turks refuse to confront their genocide of the Armenians. The Japanese had a problem acknowledging what they did to the Chinese in Nanking. The Chinese have a problem accepting the truth about Mao. He was responsible for the deaths of 75 million Chinese, most of them during peace time. And the Israelis won’t confront their own genocidal occupation of the Palestinian People. And what about our nation? The genocide of the indigenous People, Slavery, suppression of Labor rights, the denial of the vote to Black Americans and Women.

But there are monuments to all of the above, aren’t there? They serve a purpose, hopefully, to raise consciousness. For one Robert E. Lee is a symbol of a misplaced superiority of one race over another. For another it’s the symbol of a bloody civil war that happened and can’t be denied.

In San Francisco in Union Square there is a monument to the US war against the Philippines. Some will take that as some kind of symbol of victory for the US. Others will see the stark hypocrisy of that war against the backdrop of this nation’s stated principles of democracy and freedom.

And of course the US is a walking, talking bullhorn of hypocrisy and self-delusion.

Why do we act aggressively and violently towards Symbols or symbolic events? Wouldn’t our energies be better served if we directed them towards some Self-Reflection? Maybe we would cease to be like adolescents and more like at least the ideal of adulthood_conscious awareness of our own failings and humility in the face of our self-illusions, putting aside ego self-aggrandizement.

In 1999 the Martin Luther King family brought a suit against the CIA, the FBI, the US Army, the Memphis Police Department, the Dixie Mafia, and one Lloyd Jowers. After a month’s trial and after only about an hour of deliberation, a jury of twelve Americans citizens_not a Congressional cover-up investigation, found all of the above defendants Guilty of Collusion in the Assassination of MLK.

How many Americans know about this? One percent, two percent? What?

Our mainstream media didn’t inform the People of this? Why the silence? But there they are when the blood starts flowing again and more die unnecessarily.

I have to wonder how many in the Black Lives Matter movement know this fact about the decision brought in the MLK’s familiy’s suit against basically our own government.. How many of those who represented White People yesterday in Virginia, who see their identities somehow threatened  by the removal of a statue, know their government colluded in the death of the Civil Rights Movement’s leader, Martin Luther King.

Both groups are blinded by their own ideologies of self-empowerment concerning a Symbol of something, a physical representation they identify with or against.

That got reported. The death of three so far got reported. The reactions of a president on his Twitter account got coverage.

But the 1999 decision in the Martin Luther King Family vs. Lloyd Jowers, the CIA, the FBI, the US Army, the Memphis Police Department, and the Dixie Mafia case goes unnoticed and forgotten in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Blood is shed for symbolic statuary, but concrete, legal decisions implicating the collusion of the US Government in the assassination of a man whose life’s work changed the course of this nation continues to dangle in the limbo of forgotten history.

Wake up, America.

–Bob of Occupy

Updates & Announcements for Sunday 8/13 – Tuesday 8/15 (compiled by Adrienne Fong)

Have items for Announcements in by Tuesday, August 15 at 10:00amPlease do not just forward items and expect them to be summarized!

For other events check Indybay


R.I.P.  John Vision  John was one of the witnesses that saw the SFPD murder Luis Góngora Pat. Please keep Stephanie G. and their baby in your thoughts and heart.

R.I.P.  Heather Heyer  Heather was murdered while protesting against hate in Charlottesville. Please keep her family in your thoughts and heart.

There were also two police officers killed in a helicopter crash who were monitoring the demonstration.

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A.  Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group (August 12, 2017)

Cornell West “…“The crypto-fascists, the neofascists, the neo-Nazis now feel so empowered, not just by Trump but by the whole shift in the nation towards scapegoats. “I don’t like this talk about ‘alt-right’, that’s an unnecessary abstraction. These are neofascists in contemporary garb.”

B.  Man charged with murder after car rams anti-far-right protesters in Charlottesville (August 13, 2017) 

C.  In South Korea we’re scared but we’ve normalised the fear (August 9, 2017)


Cancellation of event; 4 demos for C’ville today

Announcements for Sunday, 8/13 – Tuesday 8/15

Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Housing is a Right! Socialism and the Fight Against Displacement EVENT CANCELLED

Workers World Party – Bay Area CANCELLED
1305 Franklin St., # 411

Wheelchair Accessible 

Housing is a Right! Socialism and the Fight Against Displacement, Homelessness and Gentrification!
Join the discussion on the
– MacArthur Homefulness
 POOR Magazine project by Jeremy Miller,
– on-going attacks on renters rights in Alameda by Tristen Schmidt,
– and how housing can be managed under socialism, with examples from Cuba and other countries by Judy Greenspan. 
– Let’s talk about what housing for all could look like under socialism and the struggle to get there.


Sunday, August 13

**** 4 Sunday Events for Charlottesville ****

San Francisco & Oakland

Site for actions nationally:

Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Stand against white supremacist Nazi terror in Charlottesville

Meet at:

24th & Mission St.

If you are heartbroken and enraged by the horrific fascist attack on righteous protesters in Charlottesville, join us to draw the line and say ENOUGH! 

Mobs of white supremacists and Nazis are in the streets yelling “white lives matter,” “blood and soil,” “fuck you faggots,” attacking and even MURDERING our people! Tulsa 1921? Germany 1933? No, Amerikkka 2017. 

This is an fascism: a regime ruling through reliance on open terror and violence (now threatening catastrophic NUCLEAR WAR!), trampling on what are supposed to be civil and legal rights, wielding the power of the state, and mobilizing organized groups of fanatical thugs, to commit atrocities against masses of people, particularly groups of people identified as “enemies,” “undesirable,” or “dangers to society.”  

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism Bay Area


Sunday, 3:30pm, Say No to Hate in the Bay

Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank H. Ogawa Plz)
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plz.

We stand with Charlotte

Sponsor: APTP


Sunday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Emergency Rally in Support of DefendCville

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

We are coming together because we are needed.

We are coming together because we will not accept what happened in Charlottesville, VA this weekend as the “new normal”.

We are coming together to support and honor our comrades in Cville who bravely stood up to Nazis, Fascists and Klansmen–even at the cost of their lives.

We come together to show that we will not be silent or cowed by so-called “Alt-Right” terrorists.

Please come and bring a candle or a flashlight. Sunset is around 8pm on Sunday, so let us light up the night sky in front of City Hall to show our resolve and our unity.


Sunday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Oakland Vigil in Solidarity with Charlottesville

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plz

They are just starting to plan this now.

Sponsor: Hip Hop Caucus


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Sunday, August 13 Con’t.

Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, US War Threats vs. North Korea: Trump Puts World in Crosshairs

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave. (nr.Telegraph Ave.)

On Tuesday, August 8th, Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury and … power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” if North Korea again makes what Trump interprets to be a verbal threat. 

Using the rhetoric of “Armageddon,” Trump has in one threat directly put the world in the crosshairs of nuclear war.

Since Tuesday he has continued to threaten North Korea, tweeting on Friday that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

Learn the unknown history of U.S. aggression and bullying against North Korea, what lies behind the madness of Trump’s threats, and what people must do…


Monday, August 14 

Monday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, RALLY for TRUTH & JUSTICE on International  “Comfort Women” Memorial Day

Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St.

The “comfort women” struggle for truth and justice is an international movement of education and redress mobilization to preserve the history of over 200,000 women and girls from 13 countries who suffered under the Imperial Japanese military system of sex slavery and trafficking during WWII and to secure government accountability and redress for these brutal human rights violations. Despite the passage of over 80 years, this unresolved WWII justice issue continues as an ongoing struggle against historical denialism and government impunity in the present context of increasing danger of war and growing militarization and violence against women in the Asia Pacific region. 

August 14, 1991, is the day that Kim Haksoon halmoni shared her experience as a “comfort woman,” thereby breaking the silence and igniting the “comfort women” justice struggle.

Sponsor: Comfort Women Justice Coalition


Monday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, Preserve, Improve and Expand Social Security, Rally and March

Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
14th Street & Broadway (nr. 12th Street BART Station)

Rally and Two-Block March to Federal Building 

Confirmed Speakers to date: 
Alex Lawson: Executive Director, Social Security Works 
Norman Solomon: Author, Columnist, Activist 

Social Security is alive and well now, but just like Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security is under attack.

We must defend it. Join us on Social Security’s 82 birthday to celebrate it, and re-dedicate ourselves to defend and improve Social Security and all these vital programs.  

Over its 82 years, Social Security has provided income and dignity for hundreds of millions of retirees and people with disabilities, their spouses and children, and for deceased workers’ spouses and children. For two thirds of seniors, it’s over half their income. Half of women and people with disabilities would be in poverty without Social Security. Almost 10% of children get it.

Social Security is entirely funded by we who work. Not a cent comes from the government!

In fact, our $2.8 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund is invested in loans to help the government run

Sponsor: California Alliance for Retired Americans, 510-663-4086


Monday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Rally to Stop the Deportation of Maria & Eusebio Sanchez

1411 E. 31st Street (in front of Highland Hospital)
Oakland, 94602

There are free shuttles from the Lake Merritt BART station to Highland running every 12 minutes all day (look for the “Alameda Health System” logo on the side of the bus). 

Maria and Eusebio are Oakland parents who have lived in the US for over two decades. After years of fighting to remain in the US, they received an ultimatum to leave the country in 90 days, and have booked a flight to Mexico City on Tuesday.

Maria and Eusebio need more time. Maria’s union are organizing an action to stop their deportation on Monday and East Bay DSA are coming out to support

Read more about their case here:

Sponsor: East Bay Democratic Socialist of America


Monday, 5:00pm (PDT), SOA Watch – second Webinar for Border Encuentro 2017

Register here

SOA Watch’s second webinar is on Monday, August 14 at 8:00 pm ET. During this session we will talk about Plan Merida and Plan Frontera Sur, in Mexico, the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras, the Alliance of Prosperity, in Central America, and the consequence for local communities, as well as migrants and refugees, as part of the expansion of the US Border Militarization to the Americas.  

Monday 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Community meeting regarding proposed Phillips 66 expansion

City of Benicia City Hall Recordings
250 E L Street

Supervisor Monica Brown will hold a meeting regarding Phillip 66  proposed expansion. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is accepting comments regarding the scope of the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Last year’s spill of Phillip 66 had a negative impact on Benicia and Vallejo. Comments are being accepted by BAAQMD until August 28. BAAQMD staff will be at the meeting


Tuesday, August 15 

Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Save St. Luke’s Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility and Sub-Acute Services Unit – meeting

SF Health Commission Public Hearing
101 Grove St., Rm. 300


STOP MORE CUTS in Services for Seniors and Other Vulnerable Populations! 

Speak-up during public comment.

Sutter-CPMC is planning to close units at St. Luke’s that provide comprehensive inpatient care for adults with high needs, such as post-hospital rehabilitation and ventilator-dependent patients 

Due to the lack of available services in San Francisco, they would have to relocate to facilities outside of San Francisco, some as far away as Sacramento. Other units serving vulnerable patients and their families, such as the Skilled Nursing Facility, are also being considered for closure. 

Call/Email Sutter CPMC CEO Warren Browner:

Phone: (415) 600-1400
For more info and sample email, visit:

Sponsor: Coalition holding Sutter CPMC Accountable
Info: Contact JWJ at solidarity [at] or ( 415) 840-7420. 

Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Emergency Protest: “No New War on Korea”

Meet at:

Powell & Market Street

No New Korean War!

President Trump has threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” – a new nuclear war aimed at annihilating the DPRK. We must say NO to a devastating new war in Korea!  

Sponsor: ANSWER Coalition


Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Workers & the Fight Against Coal: A Climate Workers Meet up

3411 E. 12th St., Suite 200

At this month’s Climate Workers member meet up, we’ll get an update on the fight against coal, learn how other communities have fought extractive industry (and won!), and lead a power map / brainstorm about what workers bring to the fight against coal in Oakland. 

Now Phil Tagami is suing the City of Oakland, seeking to overturn the ban and to bring 10 million tons of coal through our city annually – escalating climate change and poisoning the lungs of working class communities of color in the path of the coal trains. Meanwhile, the jobs Tagami promised our communities are nowhere to be found. Instead, he’s forcing the city into a costly lawsuit at a time when we need our public tax dollars to fund vital community services.

Info:  Brooke Anderson at


Tuesday, 7:00pm, Treasure Island – Navy’s next Restoration Advisory Board (RAD)

One Avenue of the Palms, Building 1
Treasure Island

Meeting is open to the public – come ask your questions!

The meeting will take place at One Avenue of the Palms, Building 1, Treasure IslandThis is the administration building located just inside the main gate.  The meeting will be on the first floor in room 171.

For meeting minutes from past meetings and other Treasure Island information, see the Navy’s  Click on the map and select Former NS Treasure Island in the Prior BRAC dropdown menu.  You can also call and leave a message with your questions about the cleanup (415) 308-1458.

“Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party” by Adam Nagourney (

Eric C. Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, at the party’s headquarters in Sacramento last week. His opponent in a May election, Kimberly Ellis, has not conceded defeat.CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Times

August 9, 2017 (

SACRAMENTO — For Democrats across the nation, California has offered a bright if lonely light this year. The party controls every statewide office and commands supermajorities in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have become national voices, steering the party as it pushes back against President Trump on issues as varied as the environment and immigration.

But in recent weeks, California Democrats have emerged as something else: a cautionary tale for a national party debating how to rebuild and seize back power. Even at a time of overall success, state Democrats are torn by a bitter fight for the party leadership, revealing the kind of divisions — between insiders and outsiders, liberals and moderates — that unsettled the national party last year and could threaten its success in coming years.

“What we are seeing in California is similar to what we are seeing on the national level,” said Betty T. Yee, the Democratic state controller. “If we don’t do our work to really heal our divide, we are going to miss our chance to motivate Democrats.”

The fight pits Eric C. Bauman, a longtime party leader, against Kimberly Ellis, a Bay Area activist. Mr. Bauman won the election by just over 60 votes out of 3,000 cast at the party convention in May, but Ms. Ellis has refused to concede, claiming voting improprieties, like permitting ineligible people to vote for Mr. Bauman.

The party is expected to issue a final ruling on Ms. Ellis’s allegations by Aug. 20; in an interview, she said she would go to court if the party ruled against her. This has left Mr. Bauman, who encountered a barrage of shouts of “not my chairman” when he delivered his victory speech, struggling to put behind him a contest that has been the subject of recounts even as he seeks to position Democrats for a challenging congressional election in 2018. 

“The truth of the matter is, Kimberly Ellis cannot accept that she lost the election,” Mr. Bauman said. “She’s willing to allow the party to be torn asunder in an effort to prove that she really did win. My attitude about this is, I was elected chair under the rules. I have attempted to be the most open and transparent chair this party has ever seen.”

Ms. Ellis, 44, has from the start presented herself as an outsider: It is her first run for party leadership. She has spent several years as executive director of Emerge California, which recruits and trains women to run for office. Ms. Ellis — who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary race last year but has gained the support of Senator Bernie Sanders — presented her candidacy as a challenge to the way the Democratic Party in California does business, starting with an animating promise: “Giving the Democratic Party Back to the People.” If she had been elected, she would have been the first African-American to lead the state party

By contrast, Mr. Bauman has spent 30 years working for the Democratic Party, including leading the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. He was a delegate for Mrs. Clinton in last year’s presidential election. With his gruff demeanor and a strong-as-ever Bronx accent — no matter that he came here 40 years ago — he has been called “Boss Bauman,” as Mr. Bauman himself noted in an interview.

Ms. Ellis said Mr. Bauman and other Democratic leaders represented an old-school, top-down style of party leadership that had been rejected by the new wave of Democrats brought into the party by Mr. Sanders last year and by Ms. Ellis this year.

“The Democratic Party is in many ways right now where the Republican Party was when the Tea Party took over many years ago,” she said. “We are in a rebuilding moment.”

“There are a lot of things that have gone on here that have really caused folks to feel that leadership doesn’t care about them or their voices,” Ms. Ellis added. “The Democratic Party is not only changing but has changed. There are folks who haven’t gotten that memo. The way that we did things before is not going to work going forward.”

For many Democrats, what is particularly worrying is the extent to which the lingering battle illustrates the bitterness between supporters of Mr. Sanders and those of Mrs. Clinton. The California Democratic Party has seen a surge of active members since Election Day, not only in response to Mr. Trump and his policies, but also because of Mr. Sanders’s success in stirring enthusiasm.

But in some ways, these are the kind of internecine fights — be they between the old guard and new faces, or between liberals and moderates — that are common in Democratic circles, usually mainly of interest to the most inside of insiders. “Remember: We are Democrats. We do this all the time,” said Christine Pelosi, a supporter of Ms. Ellis who is the head of the California Democratic Women’s Caucus and a daughter of Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.

But the stakes appear higher in this case. For one thing, California Democrats face a critical political challenge in 2018 as they seek to captureas many as seven Republican congressional seats, most of them in Southern California, a central part of the national party’s effort to win back Congress. California is heading into a potentially turbulent governor’s race next year as Mr. Brown — a widely respected, stabilizing force in Democratic politics — steps down after two terms. The party could also be enmeshed in a Senate race if Dianne Feinstein, who is 84, does not seek re-election next year.

The fight in this bluest of states has national repercussions for Democrats facing similar struggles about what the party should stand for — and how aggressive it should be in challenging Republicans — as it prepares for the 2018 congressional elections.

For all that, Mr. Bauman, 58, is hardly your run-of-the-mill party leader. He is openly gay and an Orthodox Jew, a nurse by training who sprinkles his remarks with Hebrew and tears up when talking about his late mother and the time he heard Bill Clinton, running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, appealing for gay support at a rally in Hollywood at the height of the AIDS crisis.

But as much as Ms. Ellis is portrayed by her supporters as the future of the Democratic Party, Mr. Bauman is perceived as the face of the establishment Democratic Party they blame for the party’s setbacks in Washington. “He has a style that is sometimes not the most warm,” said Ms. Yee, who supported Ms. Ellis. “That’s a fact. And I think he knows that. He can be abrasive. He can be dismissive.”

Ms. Ellis said Mr. Bauman was a product of the environment created by the state Democratic Party. “And the environment includes bullying and a lot of bad behavior,” she said.

Mr. Bauman did not dispute that as he sat behind glass walls in an office of a sleek two-story building with an outdoor terrace that serves as the state party headquarters here. “A lot of people perceive me as a Tammany Hall kind of guy,” he said. “Because I do have that personality. And it works. And I use it.”

For the most part, the fight in California’s Democratic Party is over tactics, style and personalities. But there are some differences over issues as well.

The leader of the California State Assembly, Anthony Rendon, came under fire after he blocked a bill that would have created a state single-payer health care system. Mr. Rendon called the legislation, which had passed in the Senate, “woefully incomplete,” saying it failed to account for how to finance a hugely expensive idea. His move was attacked by, among others, the powerful state nurses’ union — and by Mr. Bauman, who called it an “unambiguous disappointment.”

Party leaders have urged Ms. Ellis and her supporters to unite the party.

“It’s basically up to those who supported Kimberly: Do they want to help elect Democrats, move the state forward, or do they want to sit at home and suck their thumbs?” said John L. Burton, the departing Democratic chairman in California, who did not endorse a successor. “It was a hard-fought election. She did better than anybody thought she would do. But she lost. I’ve lost an election. It ain’t fun. You’ve got to get up and dust yourself off and start all over again.”

Ms. Ellis rejected that argument as she pledged to continue her fight.

“One of the false narratives that has been promoted is that if we don’t unify that we are going to break the party,” she said.

Steve McMahon, a Democratic consultant who advised Howard Dean, the Vermont governor, when he ran for president in 2004, compared what is happening with Democrats in California to the Tea Party’s emergence in heavily Republican districts in 2010.

Mr. McMahon said these struggles would probably move the party to the left, with one immediate result: Democrats in places like California will come under increasing pressure to support single-payer health care, much the same way opposition to the Iraq war, a central issue for Mr. Dean, became a litmus test issue for Democrats in 2004.

“You tend to see these kinds of things first in areas where there is single-party dominance,” Mr. McMahon said. “You’re going to start seeing this in other parts of the country in Democratic primaries — typically in districts where there is not an effective voice on the right. There will be those left-further left primaries in those districts where the further-left nominee will win.”

Reader response to article (August 11, 2017):

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Bauman has been criticized for his ties to California’s pharmaceutical industry. He has lobbied against Proposition 61 which would have prohibited the state from buying drugs that are more expensive that price the Department of Veterans Affairs pays. This criticism has re-emerged following his election to become Chair of the California Democratic Party.

Nagourney’s response to reader (August 11, 2017): 

Yep. I know. Definitely interesting, cause that’s one of the reason he lost votes. Cut only for space, but I wish I could have figured a way to get it in.

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Are you facing serial cheating, abuse, lies, ongoing stress about money, issues of fidelity, questions about your future and are at a loss as to where to turn? Do you often feel angry, taken advantage of, less than, a voiceless victim? Did you put your trust and your nest egg, your faith and your money on someone or something that took you for all you’re worth, jilted your faith in the institution and robbed you blind? Deep down, do you think you may be going steady with a good looking grifter? I hate to tell you this, but you may be banking with a sociopath.

That’s right. That harmless tall handsome stone wall that promises you the world, smiles at you shamelessly through bulletproof glass and marble floors, black suits and lollipops, is a sociopathic lover out to take all that you hold dear. All that you’ve put your faith, and money, into. This is not fifty shades of gray. It is now clearly black and white. Do you still bank with Wells Fargo? Can we talk?

Maybe you have a thing for bad boys? Fast talking flashy – “Here’s a new credit card, baby,” Scaramucci-style pinky ring? Maybe you have low self esteem issues, looking for a paternal ideal of what it means to be rich, to be safe, to have your nest egg all wrapped up for a bright and comfortable future. Maybe, just maybe there’s still time to save yourself and what’s left of your self worth. I’m gonna give it to you straight: Wells Fargo is the banking equivalent of the Menendez Brothers. I know you know, but what have you done to help yourself out of this kind of relationship?

Some people have a thing for danger, a high tolerance for risk. Some even reap rewards for being a victim. Many hold the notion that size matters while others are innocent and naive to the ways of sophisticated criminals.

As astute as we may think we are, with where we invest our time and money, we have a lot on our plates in life just trying to keep up with all that’s running around our brains, the news, the economy, the climate, the robotic take over of our bright futures, that sparkling dress in the window….the vacation we never get to take.

Most of us grew up thinking we would have a home like our parents, a regular job that hopefully we liked or could tolerate, a car or two, 2.5 children and a dog in the yard. Let’s throw in a tire swing out back, a toothy braces-covered smile and white sheets on the line just for ambiance. Feeling safe yet?

Something happened in the late 1970s and 80s that shifted and the “American Dream” started to rot slowly from the basement paneled mold on up. The institutions we put our faith in as steady and unshakeable began to shift their attention away from safety and reliability and got a wandering eye toward Vegas-style philandering, shimmering lights, spinning wheels, fatter dividends and the big short as opposed to the long slow steady-as-she-goes building of a wholesome relationship.

Let’s look at the cold hard facts of what we have witnessed and been a party to over the last decade in our relationship with Wells Fargo. Yes, you have to claim personal, financial and ethical responsibility as well if you are to heal and move on. If you didn’t have trust issues before, you will now. Now you’re damaged goods, simply by association.

As painful as it is, the first step to healing is to take a cold hard look at the issues that led us down this path – issues we face now that the harm has been done – and figure out what we can do to move on with our lives. Cue the song, “You’re no Good.” Let’s begin our intervention, shall we? Let me explain; just hear me out and try to have an open mind as I pull down the screen and elongate my pointer stick for you. Hit the lights.

Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo crimes, Wells Fargo scandals, foreclosure crisis, illegal foreclosures, mortgage-backed securities


The bad boy ways of this financial institution that you were banking on, and with, include but are not limited to:

Over 800,000 people with force-placed car insurance at inflated rates.

Illegal repossession of active military service members’ cars and homes.

$185 million so far in “settlement” money paid for the fake account scandals that will harm people’s consumer credit for years to come.

$12 million and counting in violations of fair credit reporting.

Violations in the False Claims Act and Securities Act of 1933.

Trust fraud, negligence, illegal kickbacks to mortgage brokers for referrals on title insurance.

Blackballing appraisers that didn’t inflate values.

Millions of phony accounts, forged signatures and credit cards illegally opened in customers’ names.

Forged mortgage documents by hired temps, discrimination against minorities, predatory lending, unpaid overtime to employees.

Firing of employees who reported fraud regarding the fake accounts.

Excessive ATM and overdraft fees.

False denials for loan modifications, negligence and harm to mortgage customers inducing them to default on their mortgages.

Violations in TILA and RESPA (Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Procedures).

False affidavits, conspiracy, wrongful foreclosures, selling properties that Wells did not have the note or right to sell.

Violations of the Fair Debt Practices Act.

Lying and cheating to Wells investors.

Insider trading on stock, unfair business practices, kicking puppies, and more.

I could go on but I don’t want you to hate yourself. Consider this a wake-up call for your future well being. Do you want someone you care about being treated this way? Do you want your kids to have relationships like this? It’s for your own good and that vision board of a happy ending.

I know it’s heartbreaking. It’s hard to change, to let go and move on, even from something that hurts us. It’s a sad and rude awakening to realize what has occurred behind our backs, in our own backyard, and to see the scars we will wear from this relationship as we move forward.

It’s never easy to see the truth, to face the consequences of our mistakes in judgement, to know that we have been duped by someone we trusted and relied upon. But at the same time, as we grow and evolve, we raise our awareness and hopefully our self esteem. We start to have higher expectations of ourselves and those we invest in. We redefine what we will tolerate. Eventually – and the time is NOW – we will no longer have the capacity or the interest to engage in epic drama, serial shenanigans, dangerous lies, criminal cheating and the list of abusive patterns. It reaches a point where we wake up one day and realize we deserve a whole lot more bang for our buck than we have accepted in the past. Don’t we deserve better? Don’t you want more?

Not only can we take better care of ourselves by breaking up with criminal institutions like Wells Fargo, but we must slap a warning label on their backs for the others that follow. Maybe we need to report Wells, get a temporary restraining order, write that Dear John Stumpf letter once and for all, and say it loud and clear: “I’m sick and tired of this and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Do the right thing. Who loves ya, baby? Move your money and together we’ll go far.

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Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo crimes, Wells Fargo scandals, foreclosure crisis, illegal foreclosures, mortgage-backed securities