Report from “Flood Wall Street” by David Solnit

Flood Wall St West: Lively beautiful action today around a dozen arrest from a lockdown inside Bank of the West and a street occupation outside. From the Flood the System announcement: -In the heart of San Francisco is Wall Street of the West, the largest financial district west of the Mississippi. Headquartered in San Francisco is Bank of the West. Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, is the poster child of climate profiteering. BNP Paribas directly profits off of massive investments in the coal industry while greenwashing its investments in the climate crisis by bankrolling the climate talks in Paris.

A little more than a year ago, thousands of us confronted the global financial system in New York City by sitting in and taking direct action at the heart of Wall Street. Wearing blue to represent the sea that surrounds us, we rise in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Wall Street of the West, flooding the area with our bodies in a massive civil disobedience – a collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience – to confront the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity.

There’s more to come. Flood Wall St. West is the Bay Area kickoff event for ‪#‎FloodTheSystem, a sustained, continent-wide campaign of direct action in the leadup to the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris this fall.

Photos from FLOOD WALL STREET WEST, September 28th



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Photos by David Solnit


Weiner Roast 3, 10/23 at 6pm, 17th and Diamond in San Francisco.
This is the video by Carol Harvey of the first Weiner Roast. Some nudity and graphic props. 10 minutes long.
— with Moonshadow de Jesus and 42 others.

On Sun/ Oct. 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., San Francisco Supervisor, Scott Wiener was spied peering out his 4096 17th Street window at a group of Occupiers taking the sidewalk in front of his Castro home. The group’s lighthearted Wiener Roast Bar-B-Que, in a high gusty wind, protested this ambitious politico’s mean-spirited slam at homeless people.

Wiener proposes to shut down all City Parks between 12:00 and 5:00 a.m — the only place homeless people have to sleep (besides bug-infested shelters). Wiener’s pretext for this proposal is to stop vandalism and ‘metal theft.’ But San Franciscans easily recognize the obvious exploitation of the homeless as a stepping stone to media attention and higher City or State office.

The group grilled hotdogs, ate Pecker Party Puffs, chalked the sidewalk, joked with cops, and perpetrated lighthearted antics including every conceivable play on Wiener’s last name — both live and in costume as Michelangelo’s David. The Thunderground Collective arrived to play a few numbers.

This weenie roast protest was a warm-up to the Mon/ Oct. 28, 2013 Dolores Park Mass Sleep-In the day before San Francisco Supervisors Tues/ Oct. 29 vote to accept or reject Wiener’s proposal.

Berkeley Post Office occupation update — September 26, 2015

First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.
First they came for the homeless's photo.

September 26, 2015

We are doing much needed fundraising for our upcoming actions. One of our goals is a portable kitchen for feeding people at our actions. Another goal is transportation costs for homeless to come and participate.

We do need this help. We appreciate any you can give. $5.00 from a few hundred of you will fund us for several months.

Upcoming events are The Weiner Roast 3, a massive campaign against sit lie in San Francisco, and our climax will be the Super Bowl party the mayor is throwing. Not only did the mayor say no homeless allowed. He is allowing the housed to have tents while denying shelter to those most in need.

— Mike Zint with James Cartmill and 47 others.

The Post Office Occupation is still being improved. The new changes are having a huge, positive effect. Food is showing up. People in need are getting fed. The mood has changed. The energy is positive. We finally have unity.

We are still cleaning, and will be for another few days.

The occupiers are doing are great job.

–Mike Zint

OccupyForum presents . . . Francisco Herrera and Ross Mirkarimi: Addressing the Needs of the People, on Monday, September 28

Monday, September 28th from 6 – 9 pm at Local 2

215 Golden Gate Avenue near Leavenworth near Civic Center BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents…

Francisco Herrera and Ross Mirkarimi:

Addressing the Needs of the People

F R A N C I S C O   H E R R E R A

Francisco Herrera is a musician, a long-time Green Party member, and an activist with the Living Wage Coalition. He is running for Mayor in order to “bring the wisdom of the neighborhoods to City Hall.” Francisco has developed a 12-year plan for getting SF back to meeting the needs of the people who live here. And he has done this with over 200 residents’ input. In a speech to the League of Women Voters, he asked: “How do we get City Hall to listen to the wisdom of our neighborhoods and respect our strengths? What kind of city do we want for our children and grandchildren — for ourselves?”

Francisco started the “People’s Campaign” to form a long-term effort to develop a plan and vision of San Francisco as a city friendly and affordable to working families. Francisco’s platform includes building more affordable housing, eviction protection, a budget that prioritizes arts and human services, safe streets and a better Muni system, public education, an expansion of Healthy SF, an end to deportations and cooperation with ICE, accountable policing, and more living wage jobs.

Herrera has been endorsed by Jill Stein (Green Party US Presidential Candidate 2116), the Green Party,  the Peace and Freedom Party, the Tenants Union, SF supervisor John Avalos, former Calif. Assembly member Tom Ammiano,  SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, SEIU Local 1021, and AFT Local 2121, and many SF labor unions. You can find out more at:

R O S S   M I R K A R I M I

Ross Mirkarimi has succeeded in lowering the costs for inmates to stay in touch with their families by phone (a key factor in lowering recidivism). He has supported Five Keys, an award-winning high school inside the jail. Mirkarimi has increased visiting hours for all inmates, and houses transgender inmates according to gender identity. He also helps enroll inmates in Obamacare when released from jail. Sheriff Mirkarimi has made some good decisions that have put him at odds with Mayor Lee. He has strongly supported SF’s “sanctuary city” policy, which allows undocumented immigrants to cooperate with law enforcement without fear of deportation. Mirkarimi is also is the only Sheriff in the state to have an Eviction Assistance Unit, which protects tenants and slows evictions. This assistance, while short of an outright refusal to evict (which would result in Lee suspending Mirkarimi), has put Mirkarimi at odds with landlords and developers. The Green Party strongly endorses Ross Mirkarimi for another term as Sheriff.

Refreshments. 6-6:30 meet and munch. 6:30-9 Herrera and Mirkarimi Q & A and your input. Donations greatly appreciated. No one turned away. No money ever accepted from corporations… ever. From civic center BART come up escalator to UN Plaza and walk straight thru the plaza to Hyde St. Turn right on Hyde and walk 2 short blocks to Golden Gate. Turn right and walk to middle of the block to 215.

The Le Méridien and Hyatt on Fisherman’s Wharf are not respecting the right of workers to choose a union. UNITE HERE Local 2 has called for actions on those days. Join the Francisco for MayorCampaign on the picket line on Monday, Sept. 28, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 – 6 p.m. at Le Méridien, 333 Battery Street, between Clay and Sacramento. If you are willing to engage in a civil disobedience action, call 415-863-1225 or email

Berkeley Post Office update: September 24

September 24, 2015

We are restructuring our occupation at the Berkeley Post Office. We had issues with people not pulling their weight, causing dissent, and refusing to share donated food. They got kicked out today. Occupysf occupiers will now be doing it. It will be clean, neat, and proper.

The newest occupiers are Dimitri Needham, his girlfriend, Michelle, seth, trigger, lillith, raul, creature, and others are coming.

We are cleaning now, and it will take a few days. Swing by and help support our efforts.

Thank you.
Mike Zint

Action Council Events: September 24 to October 1

~ Action Council ~
Next Meeting
Sunday, September 27, 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm
UNITE / HERE – Local 2
215 Golden Gate Ave.
(nr. Civic Center BART)
San Francisco
Temporary Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

Thursday September 24 – Thursday, October 1

Thursday, September 24

S 24, Thursday, 8:30am – 11:00am, TTIP Roadshow!

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2669

The Trans Atlantic Business Council is stepping up to promote the TTIP, European Trade Agreement at this speakers event in San Francisco.

Xiomara from the Citizen’s Trade Campaign is  organizing a group of folks to be outside leafleting and possibly go inside to ask questions during Q&A’s. This is a good opportunity to offer a critical voice and let people/press know that this is no unanimity around the TTIP!  Some people believe this is the trade agreement we don’t need to worry about!

To register to go in free:

Info: Xiomara  or 510-593-2225 (office)

S 24, Thursday, 4:00pm & 7:00pm, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Board of Trustees Meeting

CCSF – Ocean Campus
Phelan Ave. MUB – Room 140

.Meeting convenes at 4:00 PM
There will be public comment on closed session agenda at 4:15 PM.
The closed session includes labor negotiations and real property negotiations (33 Gough)

The open session reconvenes at 7:00 PM. The discussion about NACIQI is the 3rd action item on the agenda which comes after the consent agenda and two presentations.
.Please be there to give a comment asking the trustees to send a representative to Washington, D.C. to testify about the ACCJC!

S 24, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The San Francisco Housing Crisis: Finally – An Open Debate!

518 Valencia St.

A free public forum sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
Three proposed city propositions on the Nov. ballot regarding SF housing: “A”, “F” and “I”. Time for Q&A


Friday, September 25

S 25, Friday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Call to Action: Rally and Speak Out for Pedie Perez!

Richmond City Hall
450 Civic Center Plz.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coming to Richmond City Hall.

Once again, despite evidence, witnesses, and a video of the shooting, the police killing of an unarmed man has been ruled a justifiable homicide and will not be investigated. This is unacceptable! We need police accountability now!

Lynch has tuned out the pleas of the people for police accountability.

Sponsor: Open Circle


747 Polk St.

Panel discussion:
Nancy Reido Kato, AFSCME 3299
Andy LIbson, United Teachers of San Francisco

War on Labor and the Public Service panel discussion on “Right to Work” laws

Sggested donation $3.00, Snack plates $6.00
info and

Saturday, September 26

S 26, Saturday, 12pm – 5pm S 27 & Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Flood Wall St. West Art Party! September 26th & 27th in West Oakland

Greenpeace Warehouse
955 7th Street,

We’ll be making banners, flags and lots of colorful props for our march and action Flood Wall Street West

Info / RSVP:

S 26, Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Rise Up October, Stop Police Murder – What Can We Do to End Police Murder?

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St. @ Geary

First in a series of three meetings: exploring crucial issues of the criminal “justice” system in the U.S.

Carl Dix Co-founder (with Dr. Cornel West) of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network &
Pastor Jerome McCorry, Dayton, Ohio Adam Project director and Faith coordinator of Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Moderator: Rochelle Fortier Nwadibia

Thousands of people have risen in the last year to demand that the police stop their wanton and repeated killings of Black and Latino people. But the police, backed up from on high, have continued this onslaught and lashed back harder. This is a plague.

Rise Up October has called for militant and mass mobilization on October 22 to 24, focused in New York City, to STOP this.

Coffee and Snacks
Donations at the door – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Sponsors: The SF Unitarian Universalist UNO Committee and Stop Mass Incarceration

S 26, Saturday, 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm Readings: “100,000 THOUSAND POETS for CHANGE”

Beat Museum
540 Broadway (near Columbus)

Open Mic.
Info: 415-399-9626

Sunday, September 27

S 27, Sunday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, OccupySF Action Council Meeting

UNITE / HERE – Local 2
215 Golden Gate Ave.

Group discussion on sharing ideas on how to unify the actions the many groups seeking social and political change in our society. All invited to attend and participate.

S 27, Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm,
Open Circle Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

3:00pm – Potluck – please bring a dish or snacks to share
3:30pm – Open Circle

an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring about justice for the families who’ve lost loved ones to police terror and to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Info / RSVP:

S 27, Sunday, 5:30pm, Video by: Tim Wise “White Like Me”

Omni Commons – basement
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Does White Supremacy still exist in the USA? Or as we are told in school, on TV, and in the press, etc. “We live in a PostRacial
Society now.” What do the majority of white people think? Is it racist to even bring up the subject of racism?

Tim Wise’s facts and figures on this issue are very helpful in our continuing struggle to build working class unity. Join in discussion afterward.

Supported by: Open Circle and Occupy Oakland GA
Info: gg at 9167182105 or

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OccupyForum presents. . . Rise Up October, on Monday, September 21

Monday, September 21st from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents…

Rise Up October

With Bruce Neuberger and the Community Outreach Team from STOP MASS INCARCERATION NETWORK BAY AREA

 Stop Mass  Incarceration Network was initiated in 2011 by Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix. Stop Mass Incarceration exists to stop the slow genocide of mass incarceration and all its consequences — racial profiling, a legal system that disproportionately impacts Blacks and Latinos, the police murder of our youth, the criminalization of a generation.

Stop Mass  Incarceration Network is determined to bring forth a movement of millions of people from all walks of life in a steadfast resistance to the New Jim Crow and will not stop until mass incarceration and the police murders of Black and  other oppressed people stops.

Come to Occupy Forum to learn about RISE UP OCTOBER in New York
on October 24 and other actions by SMIN Bay Area to stop, resist and end
the injustice of mass incarceration.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged;

no one turned away!

The Movement Lives On: 4 Years Later, Occupy Has Succeeded in Spite of Its Failures (


Occupy Wall Street may not have dismantled capitalism – but it did profoundly change the way people perceived it, and how their voices impact institutions of power all over the world. While the tent encampments of fall 2011 were evicted within months, Occupy didn’t die – rather, its organizers went on to build social justice movements and affect political outcomes on multiple continents.

Were it not for Occupy, Bernie Sanders may not be a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary. Jeremy Corbyn – a sexagenarian vegetarian socialist – wouldn’t have overcome the UK’s establishment political machine to become new Labour Party leader. And Malcolm Turnbull wouldn’t have ousted Tony Abbott as Australia’s newest prime minister.

However, on the four year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, it’s important to reflect not only on its victories but to learn from its failures. Both were necessary, as the movements that came after Occupy built off of those victories by learning from its downfalls.

Occupy’s Victories

Occupy Wall Street had many goals – some of them lofty, many of them practical. In establishing themselves as the “99%”, OWS drew a clear line between the wealthiest Americans that gobbled up almost all of the income gains after the recession’s official end, and the rest of the struggling underclass.

And America paid attention. A $15 an hour minimum wage, which many naysayers at the time thought was an unwinnable goal, is now a reality in some of the biggest cities in the country. Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage came as a result of former Occupy Seattle member Kshama Sawant winning a city council seat as a socialist and introducing a $15 an hour minimum wage bill.

In addition to recently pushing him to advocate for a $15 an hour minimum wage in New York, former occupiers also pressured Governor Andrew Cuomo to renew the state’s Millionaire’s Tax and ban fracking across the state.

Around the nation, Occupy’s other grievances were addressed with specific policy victories:

  • In Madison, Wisconsin, Occupy’s role in raising awareness about the plight of the homeless resulted in the city allowing land to be used by Occupy Madison to build a community of tiny houses for the homeless.
  • The call for an end to oppressive student debt was met in Oregon, where free community college is now being offered to working families. Stanford University is also offering free college to students from needy families. Occupy Wall Street’s Strike Debt project managed to erase $3.8 million in student debt.
  • When Occupy hit the streets to protest wage theft by profitable corporations, Connecticut became the first state to force those corporations to pay those wages back at double the rate.
  • After Occupiers joined the massive divestment campaign urging retirement and pension funds to sell off investments in the fossil fuel industry, more than $50 billion in fossil fuel investments have been sold, with pledges coming from at least 28 universities, 41 cities, 72 churches, and 30 foundations. The Guardian newspaper is also divesting fossil fuel investments from their $1.2 billion portfolio.
  • Some of the more notorious police violence toward Occupiers also resulted in civil lawsuits, simultaneously forcing more police departments to pay damages as a result of improper policing. Anthony Bologna, who famously pepper-sprayed two women who were kettled at an Occupy Wall Street march, cost NYC taxpayers $332,000 for his actions. Another group of protesters in New York was awarded over $500,000 in settlements after police kettled and arrested them during a peaceful march.

Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed a group of seated protesters, was suspended and his superior officer was removed from command before the university paid out $1 million to the students and professors who were pepper-sprayed. The Los Angeles City Council recently agreed to award Occupy protesters with a $2.45 million settlement as a result of the LAPD’s violent eviction of their encampment. Police everywhere are now under more pressure to handle protesters with dignity and respect, as their actions are costing taxpayers millions.

Where Occupy Failed

What the media – and, quite frankly, many occupiers – got wrong about Occupy Wall Street was that it was a movement based on the sole tactic of physical occupation of public spaces. Too often, the focus was drawn away from the issues Occupy was confronting, like income inequality, global capitalism, and the police state, in favor of mundane day-to-day issues like who would be able to solicit food donations, who was available to maintain night watch over the park, and the time-consuming, ineffective General Assembly process.

At Occupy Houston, where I spent most of my time between fall 2011 and spring 2012, organizers from Spain’s Indignados movement conducted a Q&A session with some of our organizers during the first week of the occupation. One specific instruction they gave was to not become dependent on the occupations themselves, but to voluntarily disassemble the camps after two weeks of occupation. They told us that any occupation lasting longer than two weeks would make the media’s coverage turn from talking about our protests of inequality and injustice to the minutiae of maintaining a permanent encampment.

We didn’t listen, and sure enough, the Indignados were right. After the first initial wave of excitement, it seemed as if a majority of the occupiers had left the encampments, uninterested in maintaining a permanent hold. Those who remained were mostly white males with little interest in making the movement more inclusive to women and people of color, alienating large segments of the population that the movement needed to attract to make any lasting change. Attempts to address Occupy’s unintentional reinforcement of white supremacy or misogyny were quickly shushed by mostly white and male General Assembly facilitators. I’ll reluctantly admit I was one of those white males of Occupy who was too proud to address the movement’s fundamental flaws in outreach.

Occupy became a bubble in which the few who remained looked upon those who wanted to move beyond the camps with disdain; likewise, occupiers who came to General Assemblies to stir up interest in organizing direct actions grew frustrated with the self-absorbed GA process of talking for hours, waving fingers, and getting nothing done. The conflict that had once been between the 99 percent and the elite turned into a rift between campers and protesters. But in all the ways OWS failed, the movements that it spawned learned from those mistakes and adapted.

How Occupy Lives On

The eviction from the encampments was one of the best things to happen to the Occupy movement, as it forced us to remove ourselves from the bubble we had created and take our organizing into our communities. The movements that followed Occupy started from the precedent it set, using tactics that went beyond simply picketing and marching. Occupy became known to a national audience whose consciousness has expanded since the protests that engulfed the country in 2011. It could be argued the public is growing more tolerant of popular movements that use militant nonviolence to get their point across.

Coalitions that formed between unions and occupiers allowed the Fight For $15 movement to sweep the nation, resulting in fast food and retail workers striking in as many as 236 cities, shutting down many restaurants and stores, and winning tangible legislative victories. The Black Lives Matter movement that began with Trayvon Martin’s death and exploded after the killing of Michael Brown brought on a wave of large scale protests and nationwide highway shutdowns not seen since Occupy organized a similar campaign in 2011. In 2013, thousands of middle school and high school students in Philadelphia protested education cuts by shutting down all of their schools in a citywide walkout. Last year, 400,000 people took over New York City to demand action on climate change. And days later, over 1,000 people shut down New York’s financial district to protest Wall Street’s involvement in funding climate change.

It’s more evident now than ever before that protests have become more energized after Occupy set a new bar for protesting. And as seen in the numerous policy victories listed above, protest works. Occupy isn’t dead – it just moved on, as movements tend to do. The next mass cultural awakening will almost certainly borrow tactics and messaging from Occupy Wall Street, and so will the one after that.

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The 800-Year-Old Magna Carta and Black Lives Matter (via

June 15, 2015

The Magna Carta turns 800 years old today. Known as the “Great Charter,” it is widely considered the foundation of parliamentary democracy, human rights and the supremacy of the law over the crown. As dignitaries including the queen of England and Prime Minister David Cameron commemorate the sealing of the historic text, we go to Lincoln Castle in England, where the finest originals of the Magna Carta and the charters of English liberty are kept in a lockstone vault, and speak with people’s historian Peter Linebaugh, author of “The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberty and Subsistence for All.” He is attending the event to draw connections between the Magna Carta and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Action Council Events — September 17 to 28


~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm

UNITE / HERE – Local 2

215 Golden Gate Ave.

(nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Temporary Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:



September 17th – September 28th

Thursday, September 17

S 17, Thursday,  4th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street – National Day of Action ~End Homelessness Stop Displacement ~

Build Housing with a Robin Hood Tax  (Endorsed by OccupySF Action Council) 

7:00 am – 8:00 am,   Wake- Up Call for Ron Conway: End Pay to Pay Politics –  Our City Is Not For Sale!

765 Market St, (Ron Conway’s home)
San Francisco

Mayor Ed Lee and other top city officials are reeling from  recent accusations of corruption. But working-class people and communities of color hard hit by skyrocketing inequality and pushed out of unaffordable neighborhoods have long known that it’s pay-to-play politics in San Francisco for the venture capitalists and real estate elite.

Sponsor: Jobs with Justice SF, ACCE, CNA, SEIU1021

Info /RSVP:

10:00 am –  Talking points distribution

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

Look for the community coalition South of Market Action Committee (SMAC) for talking points.

Planning Commission is having a hearing to approve the 5M Project. Join us as we demand “DON’T SUPERSIZE SOMA!”

Sponsor: Don’t Supersize SOMA


11:00am-  Occupy the Planning Commission  (Rally will still go on at 11:30am Polk St. side of City Hall)

5M Planning Commission Hearing: Final Approvals

San Francisco City Hall, Room 400

11:30 am-  Rally and Press Conference – Save Our City ~End Homelessness, Fund Affordable Housing, Pass the Robin Hood Tax

San Francisco City Hall – Steps
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

In honor of the anniversary of the Occupy Movement, we’re holding a press conference, rally and teach-in to end homelessness, stop displacement and fund affordable housing with the Robin Hood Tax.

Sponsor: Robin Hood Tax USA , California Nurses Association and National Nurses United, Jobs with Justice, SOMA Action Network, ACCE, Coalition on Homelessness, OccupySF Action Council.

Info / RSVP: .

S 17, Thursday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, #Pack the Court Room. #Demand Justice For Lakota Gall Brightman

Contra Costa County Court House
1020 Ward St

We are Asking For Solidarity in Helping Our Win Justice for Our Beloved Family Member, Lakota Gall Brightman’s Murder Be Sentenced to Live in Prison.

Please Take a Moment of Your Time to Write a Letter to the District Attorney’s Office Attention Jill Henderson ASAP and or Help us Pack the Court Room.

Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
Attention: Jill Henderson
900 Ward Street
Fourth Floor
Martinez, CA 94553

Created: United Native Americans

Info:  or

S 17, Thursday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Laura Nader: What the Rest Think of the West: Since 600AD

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St.

$12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit.

Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expanding geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures rarely, and then usually with scant interest in what they saw in us. What the Rest Think of the West, unprecedented in its scope, at last provides a rich historical look through the eyes of observant outsiders as they survey and scrutinize the politics, science, technology, religion, family practices, and gender roles of civilizations not their own.


Friday, September 18

S 18, Friday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm,Omar Barghouti on “BDS: Academia’s Role in the Struggle for Freedom and Justice

University of California – Berkeley
Dwinelle Hall, Room 370

a night with Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Barghouti will be presenting on academia’s role in the struggle for freedom and justice in Palestine.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge!
**Refreshments will be provided as well**

Sponsors: Cal Students for Justice in Palestine, UAW Local 2865 – Berkeley Unit, Friends of Sabeel North America, NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Middle East Children’s Alliance, Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area, American Muslims for Palestine, Northern California Islamic Council, USACBI

Info / RSVP:

S 18, Friday, 6:00pm, Mission Nightwalk

Start:: St. John’s
15th Street and Julian (2 blocks from 16th Street BART)

Twice each month faith communities in the Mission District walk the street where violence has occurred. Along the way, we stop to listen to the stories of our neighbors, sometimes talk with family and friends of those killed.

In the Nightwalks, we hope to bring not only comfort, but also a challenge — to ourselves, our neighbors, and our City​ — to uproot the causes of that violence, whether it is done by individuals, gangs, or law enforcement.


S 18, Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema Film: Broke On All Sides

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin Street @Geary

The film Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary by Matthew Pillischer addressing the racial inequalities within our criminal justice system. It dissects the War On Drugs and “tough on crime” movement illustrating how the emerging Occupy Movement offers hope for change and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending Mass Incarceration.


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