OccupyForum presents . . . A Report-back on Rise Up October Stop Mass Network (on Monday, December 7)

Monday, December 7th 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…

A Report-back on Rise Up October

STOP MASS INCARCERATION NETWORK

BAY AREA

With Bruce Neuberger

and the Community Outreach Team

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. 

The execution of Mario Woods obviously adds even greater urgency to what is already an emergency situation and one that seems to be spinning ever more rapidly.  The goal that Carl Dix and Cornel West set for  Rise Up October was to continue and broaden the movement that arose out of Ferguson.

Come to Occupy Forum to hear a report-back on RISE UP OCTOBER in New York other actions by SMIN Bay Area to stop, resist and end the injustice of mass incarceration.

The following speakers will report back on Rise Up October:

Hector is a long time activist who also spent time in prison along the way. He’s originally from Puerto Rico. He’s also a very talented graphic artist. Martha is a teacher who is currently working on her masters degree at SFSU and is focusing her studies around issues related to Latin America and Latinos in this country. Lisa is a recent graduate of SFSU and is planning to go into teaching or nursing. All three were in New York for the events of October 22 – 24. Lisa spent a number of weeks in NYC helping to organize in schools and colleges.

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

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged;

no one turned away!

http://newsone.com/2467979/cornel-west-carl-dix-mass-incarceration/

http://stopmassincarceration.net/

​A Message from Bruce about today’s OccupyForum:​

The execution of Mario Woods obviously adds even greater urgency

Hi Ruthie,

I appreciate all that you and Occupy do and have done over the years and it was good seeing you as well last night ​(at the Mario Woods Town Hall Meeting with Police Chief Greg Suhr and the Bayview Community),​
and I fully understand the feeling of trying to keep up with things going on in our lives — and world!  The execution of Mario Woods obviously adds even greater urgency to what is already an emergency situation and one that seems to be spinning ever more rapidly.  The goal that Carl Dix and Cornel West set for  Rise Up October was to continue and broaden the movement that arose out of Ferguson and I think on many levels it succeeded, aided, of course, by the unrelenting murderous terror of the system itself.  
​The following people will be reporting back:​

Hector is a long time activist who also spent time in prison along the way. He’s originally from Puerto Rico. He’s also a very talented graphic artist.

Martha is a teacher who is currently working on her masters degree at SFSU and is focusing her studies around issues related to Latin America and Latinos in this country.

Lisa is a recent graduate of SFSU and is planning to go into teaching or nursing. All three were in New York for the events of October 22 – 24. Lisa spent a number of weeks there helping to organize in schools and colleges.

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OccupySF Action Council Updates: a) Liberty City Occupation b) Mario Woods

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~ 

UPDATE on LIBERTY CITY – At Old Berkeley City Hall – protest

Arrest were made this morning (December 4).  All belongs of participants have been confiscated.

Updates: https://www.facebook.com/First-they-came-for-the-homeless-253882908111999/?fref=ts

UPDATES –  MARIO WOODS:

Over 200 people attended the vigil and march on Thursday night

Graphic video of Mario Woods being executed:  http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/12/04/440310/Mario-Woods-

For Friday, Dec. 4,-  6:00pm  – SF

Police Chief Suhr has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the incident at 6 p.m. Friday at the City College of San Francisco Southeast Campus, 1800 Oakdale Ave., SF

From : (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Hundreds-urge-justice-for-man-killed-by-S-F-6674601.php):

For Saturday, Dec. 5 – 2:00pm Rally – Oakland

Justice for Mario Woods – Rally

Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th & Broadway)
Oakland

Vigil and March on Dec. 3, 2015 –

in support of Mario Woods family and friends and SAYING NO to MURDERS by the POLICE

MarioWoods
Photo by: Benjamin Bac Sierra

Intersection Taken on 12/3/2015

Vigil / March for Mario Woods – whose life was stolen by SFPD on 12/2/2015

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Photo: Lisa Gansner

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“‘Liberty City’ protesters jeer Berkeley’s new laws” by Rachel Swan (sfchronicle.com)

A homeless man, who identifies himself as a street theater artist and goes by the name Ronald Reagan, joins others squatting in front of Old City Hall in Berkeley. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.  A homeless man, who identifies himself as a street theater artist and goes by the name Ronald Reagan, joins others squatting in front of Old City Hall in Berkeley.

December 4, 2015

A small shantytown has sprouted outside Berkeley’s former City Hall building, where more than a dozen tents billow beneath an ornate, spired facade. Scattered among them are food tables, recycling bins, a small propane stove, and a sign with a clear-cut message: “This is an Occupation, not an encampment.”

What began as a temporary campout to protest the city’s new homeless ordinances has turned into a long-term settlement. City officials say the camp should go, but there are no immediate plans to get rid of it.

“I think, frankly, the encampment should end,” said City Councilman Jesse Arreguin, who has expressed sympathy for the protesters’ message. He was one of three councilmembers who opposed a set of laws the council approved Tuesday, banning people from urinating in public or strewing their luggage all over city sidewalks.

Councilwoman Linda Maio, who proposed the ordinances, said she wants to establish a standard of civility in Berkeley. Arreguin and two other councilmen — Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson — say the laws unfairly target homeless people.

Growing frustrated

But even as Arreguin agrees with the sentiments of the Occupy group, he has grown frustrated with its presence.

“I think they made a strong statement,” the councilman said. “I think the city is not going to allow them to stay permanently.”

How Berkeley plans to clear out the encampment — now dubbed “Liberty City” — remains vague. Two weeks since its genesis, the camp has spread over the lawn of Old City Hall. Its inhabitants have held concerts in the courtyard and allowed their dogs to roam freely on the street. On Thursday, someone at the camp was stabbed and taken to a hospital, police said. Police arrested a suspect who had argued with the victim over missing items at the camp before the attack.

Residents have begun wondering how much longer they’ll have to tolerate the camp.

One resident, Robin McDonnell, said she no longer feels safe walking home because some of “Liberty City’s” inhabitants are camping in bushes alongside the sidewalk.

  • Evelyn Tucker, who occupies one of more than a dozen tents set up on the front lawn, has been living in the camp for the past 12 days. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.  Evelyn Tucker, who occupies one of more than a dozen tents set up on the front lawn, has been living in the camp for the past 12 days.

“I feel the city must at some point show equal concern to the many residents who use this as their main entrance to the downtown,” McDonnell wrote in a letter to the mayor, City Council and the city’s Public Works Department.

City officials distributed four public notices to the squatters, warning them that the camp is illegal. The notices included lists of indoor shelters, shower facilities and churches offering free meals.

No plans to leave

In response, the squatters posted a jeering sign with a fake laminated permit. “We give ourselves permission to be here,” the sign read.

The camp’s organizer, Mike Zint, who was part of the Occupy San Francisco demonstration in 2011, said he has no plans to leave.

“Our message to the mayor is, ‘Piss off, we’re not going anywhere,’” said Zint, 49, sitting in his tent Tuesday morning with a cigarette in one hand.

“‘Liberty City’” is the latest in a spate of occupations that Zint has led, beginning in San Francisco and continuing in Berkeley with an ongoing vigil outside the city’s post office. A strident homeless activist, Zint formed his own grassroots group, First They Came for the Homeless, to brand his demonstrations as part of a larger human rights campaign. The group’s logo is a Jewish Star of David; the phrase “First they came for” derives from a famous poem about Nazi Germany.

Zint frequently posts about “Liberty City” on the group’s Facebook page.

On Nov. 29, he orchestrated the group’s first “general assembly” meeting and handed out copies of its new principles of self-rule.

“Then I explained my dictatorship ends, and I’m the coordinator now,” Zint wrote in a Facebook post describing the meeting. “Chaos ensued, and was resolved in minutes.”

The homeless have taken over the front lawn outside old City Hall calling their camp, "Liberty City", as seen on Tues. December 2, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif., to protest the new homeless ordinances which are up for a final vote tonight before the Berkeley City Council. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.  The homeless have taken over the front lawn outside old City Hall calling their camp, “Liberty City”, as seen on Tues. December 2, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif., to protest the new homeless ordinances which are up for a final vote tonight before the Berkeley City Council.

‘We’re not criminals’

Zint sees “Liberty City” both as a protest and a mini society. He says it has brought structure and a sense of belonging to people who were once hopeless. The inhabitants get regular meals, he pointed out. They have labeled recycling boxes and trash bins. They have a mandatory 11 p.m. quiet hour.

“We’re trying to prove a point,” Zint said. “We’re not criminals.”

It’s long been a tradition for homeless people to commandeer public space in Berkeley, a city that’s famous for welcoming nomads, drifters and social misfits. Some members of the “Liberty City” camp say they came to Berkeley seeking a place where they could live free of societal norms.

Toby Nixon and Kat, (declined to give her last name) share a cigarette as they join other homeless who have taken over the front lawn outside old City Hall as seen on Tues. December 2, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif., to protest the new homeless ordinances which are up for a final vote tonight before the Berkeley City Council. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle.  Toby Nixon and Kat, (declined to give her last name) share a cigarette as they join other homeless who have taken over the front lawn outside old City Hall as seen on Tues. December 2, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif., to protest the new homeless ordinances which are up for a final vote tonight before the Berkeley City Council.

“I kind of just wanted to travel on my own spiritual path,” said 18-year-old Frank Christiana, who arrived in September from Massachusetts. Tottering on a skateboard with his new dog — a pot-bellied shepherd mix — in tow, Christiana grinned widely. “I consider myself ‘home-free.’”

But the allure of Berkeley may quickly fade as the city grapples with a mushrooming homeless population and a dearth of services.

In 2013, the council unanimously approved plans for a new emergency shelter downtown, similar to San Francisco’s Navigation Center. The city’s 2009 homeless count showed that 800 people were living on the streets in Berkeley.

Though a new count won’t be released until January, many officials say the problem has gotten worse, and there is still no plan for the shelter to break ground.

Rachel Swan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: rswan@sfchronicle.comTwitter: @rachelswan

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Liberty City raid Friday morning, December 4

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Photos by Jane Stillwater.

More photos at:  https://www.facebook.com/jane.stillwater/media_set?set=a.10153046997576618.1073741947.519281617&type=3&pnref=story&hc_location=ufi

December 3, 2015

Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall Occupation, day 18.

Willow is out of the hospital. Zero stitches required. No info on the girl who paid for the stabbing. Channel 7 was at the police station, but did not come to us. This gives BPD the narrative. They are already lying about us, so please look for any story on the attack.

The occupiers are worried about their new leaf collections and rock collections. BPD will need to itemize everything, including each leaf, identified and described, and each rock, identified and described. Each occupier is going to demand everything be proper. Search warrants will be demanded. If the police grab our property, it will be without our permission and we will arrest them. If they detain anyone, we will consider the detentions illegal, and will arrest the officers for kidnappings. Will these arrests stick? Not likely, but that won’t stop us. We know our rights, and we, their wrongs.

–Mike Zint

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Liberty City: Berkeley City Hall occupation — 4th eviction notice!

First they came for the homeless's photo.

First they came for the homeless

December 3, 2015

The police dropped of our fourth eviction notice. They refuse to respect our rights. The stabbing earlier is highly suspect. The consensus is a provocateur. The police do this. Now, they will use this as an excuse to raid. The police don’t care about the facts, a lawsuit, the constitution, or anything else but policy. During the raid, we will be arresting Berkeley police officers, as allowed, for various reasons. These arrests will be videotaped, and presented to the District Attorney here in Berkeley, to the state attorney general, the FBI, and the media.

Leave the citizens alone!  Spread the word on all email lists and social media please. We the people will not tolerate this criminal police behavior. We will respond.

–Mike Zint

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Liberty City: Berkeley City Hall Occupation — December 3

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

First they came for the homeless 

December 3, 2015

Shortly before noon, one of the protesters was stabbed in the leg. Willow is the protesters name. The incident occurred with no warning, and no provocation. The occupation rose up and quickly surrounded the man with the knife. They announced a citizens arrest. The man grabbed a stick and started attacking. We grabbed sticks, and without hitting him, defended themselves. The police, whose station is 100 feet away, took 5 minutes to respond. The suspect is in custody, Willow is in the hospital, and Berkeley has one less violent addict on the streets. Liberty City has again made a difference.

I’m very proud of the protesters. A very difficult and dangerous situation was handled with minimum violence, and according to the law.

I will update willows condition. Witnesses say about three inches deep on the outside of his leg.

–Mike Zint

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Become a Citizen of Earth

Power in your hands.

A decentralized global commons of peers.

For everyone, anywhere.

BECOME A CITIZEN OF EARTH:  Go to http://www.democracy.earth/

A Declaration of Personal Sovereignty.

The internet transformed how we share culture, work together —and even fall in love— but governance has remained unchanged for over 200 years. With the rise of open source software and peer to peer networks, political intermediation is no longer necessary. We are building a protocol with smart contracts that allows decentralized governance for any kind of organization.

First, Identity:

What differentiates valid elections from surveys is strong identity validation. We are working with pioneering decentralized protocols for identification, so no single corporation (like  Facebook) or government (think Estonia) owns your credentials. Only you are in control.

PASSPORT SOON…

Then, Institutions:

Whether it’s a club, a student center, your football team, a corporation, a workers union or even a big city: these are all institutions.  For them to be open and democratic, governance rules and membership must be stated under incorruptible technology. See  how the blockchain grants it.

FUNDING SOON…

Also, Budgets:

Institutions execute projects:  a collection of tasks that require funds and approval. After you join an organization that meets your interests, pitch projects defining tasks and pricing. Funds are securely stored using bitcoin and granted upon approval.

BUDGETING SOON…

And finally, Delegations:

In the age of connected societies, voting to have representatives for 4 years is absurd. Peer democracies lets you elect among friends and people you trust. Legitimacy must emerge bottom up rather than top down. It’s possible: we’ve seen open source democracy take off.

VOTING SOON…

This toolkit can generate the basic set of agreements every human organization needs. For the first time in history, no central authority is needed to guarantee proper governance and accountability.

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Action Council Events — December 3 to December 10

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, December 6, 2015

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Discussion / Planning Around Super Bowl

and the Criminalization of Our Homeless Sisters & Brothers

UNITE / HERE – Local 2

215 Golden Gate Ave.

(nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

______________________________

ANNOUNCEMENTS

December 3 – December 10

Thursday, December 3

D 3, Thursday, 9:00am – 12 Noon, SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH CLIMATE JUSTICE  ACTIVISTS IN PARIS

Montgomery St. BART
Montgomery & Bush Sts.
SF

Call for a rally and creative action in solidarity with climate activists on the ground in Paris. Wear blue.

Sponsor: Rising Tide North America

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/11/30/18780544.php

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709257302643742/

D 3, Thursday, 10:30am – Hearing On Alternatives to Incarceration (NO NEW SF JAIL!)

SF City Hall, Room 263
SF

Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on alternatives to incarceration.

Update from Wednesday: Community anti-jail activists showed a tremendous militancy, shouting down and stopping operations of the Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee for almost two hours on Wed. Protesters stayed in the chambers chanting until 1:30 p.m., when the board room was cleared by deputy sheriffs.

Four protesters stayed behind chained together through pvc piping, which supervisors said was a first in their memory. The Fire Department was called to cut through the tubing and chains. The four protesters were led off in handcuffs by deputy sheriffs.

Info: Gray Panthers

D 3, Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 1 year since Eric Garner’s murderers walk & Justice for Richard Perkins

90th & Bancroft Ave.
Oakland

Place where Oakland Police murdered Richard Perkins Jr. on November 15th, 2015

STOP POLICE TERROR! NEVER FORGET!

Sponsor: Stop Mass Incarceration

Info: 510-404-3648

D 3, Thursday, 5:30pm, Justice in Bayview! Protest and Vigil

3rd and Fitzgerald St.
SF

Thursday a 1/2 dozen SFPD officers executed a Black man in broad daylight. We demand justice NOW!!!!

Folks in the neighborhood are asking that we join the vigil tomorrow. More info to come.
#ShutItDOWN #Bayview

Sponsor: Black Lives Matter Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/175694776114737/

D 3, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Human Trafficking: The Israeli Example

Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street
SF

A Reading and Community Conversation with

Kate Raphael,author of Murder Under The Bridge:A Palestine Mystery
Janelle WhiteExecutive Director, San Francisco Women Against Rape
Hediana Utarti, Community Projects Coordinator, Asian Women’s Shelter

In 2005, Israel was criticized by the US State Department as one of the world’s leading destinations for human trafficking, and specifically trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.  Just at that time, Kate Raphael was arrested in Palestine and spent five weeks in Israeli immigration prison, surrounded by trafficked women from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1503140136647096/

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Liberty City: Berkeley City Hall Occupation — day 17

December 3, 2015

Liberty City, Berkeley City Hall Occupation, day 17.

The third eviction notice showed up today. They again say encampment. They again accuse us of things that are not true. Trash, feces, violence. Today’s notice was my last straw. I told them arrest me or stop playing games.

They cannot deny we are a protest. They can only violate our rights. It’s no one but the participants of this protest to say what we are here for. Anyone who refers to this obvious protest as an encampment is not qualified to speak for us. Sorry BPD. Now, please go away and leave us alone!

–Mike Zint

 Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
Sarah Menefee's photo.
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