OccupyForum presents . . . “Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition Meeting: Next Steps” (on Monday, December 21)

O C C U P Y F O R U M   O F F – S I T E  M E E T I N G

Monday, December 21st at 6:00 pm

​SEIU Local 1021 at ​

350 Rhode Island, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94103

​ near 16th Street​

Office: (415) 848-3611 • Toll-free: (877) 415-1021

  Justice 4 Mario Woods

Coalition Meeting: Next Steps

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Mario Woods was gunned down by a firing squad of San Francisco Police officers in the Bayview, allegedly for brandishing a kitchen knife and “threatening” police at the scene. Videos showed Woods confusedly stumbling around after police shot bean bags filled with lead pellets and pepper spray at him; then being assassinated by police as he attempted to limp away. Citizens of the Bayview and throughout the city held a vigil that night, followed by testimony at a Town Hall Meeting called by Police Chief Suhr. A meeting at the San Francisco Police Commission characterized by the rage of the community was held December 9th with at least 200 protesters packing into City Hall filing public comment, including Archbishop Franzo King who said, “If the chief continues to defend the right to kill and slaughter people on the street under his command, then he becomes a co-conspirator to murder.” On December 18th, hundreds of youth, families, community and religious leaders throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area held a massive rally on the steps of 850 Bryant Street. Following the rally, the group marched to the offices of District Attorney George Gascón.

In a Times.com article, John Burris, attorney for the Woods family states, “our view is that this was a person who was shot multiple times at a time when he did not put officers’ lives in imminent danger.” Attorney Burris goes on to mention that the San Francisco Police Department broadly exhibits a “continuing pattern and practice of misconduct.” Other witnesses claim police shot Mario Woods (+20) times. The national trend of police abuse is all the more troubling in the City of San Francisco as the African American makes up 3% of the population, but continues to be disproportionately impacted by police murders and abuse.

The Justice for Mario Woods Coalition formed to unify citizens who are outraged and sickened by the shooting which is one in a long series of racist police brutality and violence against members of the black community. The Justice for Mario Coalition is made up of concerned residents of San Francisco, advocates, leaders and community organizers who want to stop the trend of violence experienced by the black community in San Francisco at the hands of the police. The coalition demands are:

  • The immediate removal of Police Chief Gregory Suhr
    • Officers be charged with the murder of Mario Woods

​Background: Important Links:​

Newly released video of shooting of Mario Woods (GRAPHIC CONTENT)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grcd1JlbXN8

http://time.com/4151979/mario-woods-shooting-san-francisco/

http://abc7news.com/news/protesters-sound-off-at-police-commission-meeting-over-sfpd-shooting/1116833/

http://abc7news.com/news/funeral-held-for-man-killed-by-san-francisco-police-/1127341/

http://abc7news.com/news/protest-held-against-sf-police-shooting-of-mario-woods/1128529/

http://sfist.com/2015/12/10/police_commission_meeting_about_mar.php

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Berkeleyside (from Mike Zint)

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Mike Zint

I just received this email. This is Berkeleyside for you. How can I allow an interview with a reporter who doesn’t fact check the basics. I kicked you off? I don’t have that ability or knowledge. Normally I don’t cuss, but this guy is one of the biggest dumbasses ever:

“Mike Lee you said a lot of interesting stuff in your recent email about finding an alternative candidate to run for mayor.

“But since all of Berkeleyside got kicked off the Safe email list this morning, – I think Mike Zint this was your decision – I guess we will never learn about this again.

“I wonder why you didn’t even have the courtesy to reach out if you objected to reporters on the list.

“It’s not as if we were running to write about your musings. We are capable of understanding the difference between thoughts and actions.

“But you have just eliminated the most direct source between homeless concerns and the general public: a news source.

“Good luck in getting the word out.”

–Frances Dinkelspiel

My response:

“Way to fact check. This is why I refuse interviews with you. Now, a false accusation. You sank your own ship. Never will I cooperate with you. Yeah, you make news, make it up!”

–Mike Zint

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The Empire Files: ‘This Ship is Sinking’ Says Former Bush Official (occupy.com)

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

Hear a rare insider’s view of what interests are behind U.S. wars, the manipulation of intelligence, the intertwining of the military and corporate world, and why the U.S. Empire is doomed.

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“Spain to the Polls: Moving Away from Its Radical Platform, Podemos Has Lost Support” by Steve Rushton (occupy.com)

Podemos

This is the second article in a two-part series looking at the changed political landscape in Spain ahead of Dec. 20 national elections. Read the first article here.

“If I was in the Spanish state I’d probably vote for Podemos,” explains Barcelona resident Isabel Galera, simply because “the other parties are neo-fascists.”

With Spain’s 2015 national elections looming this Sunday, Dec. 20, descriptions of Podemos as the “best of a bad bunch” have become more common – resonating especially loudly with the country’s vibrant citizen movements.

Launched last year, the Podemos party, led by Pablo Iglesias, gained 8% in European Parliamentary elections and drew global attention with its radical political promises. But now, the ideology professed by leaders of Podemos is looking to more Spaniards like hype rather than substance.

Galera, who supports independence for her native Catalonia, says she lost trust with Podemos due to the party constantly changing its position on whether her region should be independent. Podemos first supported a referendum for Catalonia. Then it announced it was against the idea. Later it said the whole of Spain should get to vote on Catalan independence. Finally it returned to supporting the region’s own call for a referendum.

But wider opinion polls also show Podemos is fading for other reasons. Six months ago, the party regularly took a top position, with 30% approval and higher. Today, its popularity is half that, representing disappointment for many who hoped the party would seriously contend with the conservative Popular Party and the more left-leaning Socialist party (PSOE). Instead, another new party, the populist Ciudadanos, has grown in strength this year, challenging Podemos for the third slot.

Podemos has suggested that its direct democracy model could solve today’s economic and political crises. Its leader, Iglesias, writes: “The principal social expression of this regime crisis was the 15-M movement, the vast indignado mobilization which, starting on 15 May 2011, occupied city squares across Spain for weeks on end. Its principal political expression has been Podemos.”

It’s still early to say. But to many, that promise hasn’t yet lived up in practice. And nearly five years after the popular 15M rebellion helped shift Spain’s social and political landscape, the question of “when” is on many people’s minds.

Retracing the 15M Phenomenon

In May of 2011, millions took over Spanish squares with slogans like, “We are not merchandise at the hands of politicians and bankers.” The protest for Democracia Real Ya, or Real Democracy Now, began with an occupation of Puerta del Sol in Madrid on May 15, and heavy police repression catalyzed the movement nationwide.

The numbers involved in protests and occupations over the next two months were massive. An estimated 1.5 million Spaniards were very active, 8.5 million participated, and over 30 million, or 78% of the population, supported the 15M movement’s aims.

The origins of 15M run broad and deep. The Spanish government’s response to the 2004 Madrid train bombing – to blame the Basque separatist movement ETA, though everyone knew the attack was carried out by Jihadists – was one factor. The movement sometimes known as the Indignados (Indignants) was also fueled by outrage at the way Spanish society – and its youth especially – was asked to bear the burden of the banking crisis and EU-enforced austerity. 15M highlighted economic and political corruption by “la casta,” the elite families that still govern the country, and gained traction after the pro-democracy Arab Spring.

Once it left the squares, the 15M movement’s energy, ideals and model for direct democracy inspired many citizen initiatives, such as the debt audit platforms and the anti-eviction movement that led to activist Ada Colau’s being elected as the mayor of Barcelona in June.

The various movements embodied the 15M message in many ways. They used an inclusive political approach, challenged sexism and favored a consensus decision-making model. They open-sourced information and used creative new forms of networking to build support and participation. At their core, the movements were about people reclaiming power – from mobilizing to stop evictions, to developing tools that audited local governments.

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Conclusions of the Paris COP (via Ruthie Sakheim)

​7 Articles from Mark Hertsgaard Covering the Conclusion of the Paris COP​
I had the privilege last week of covering the conclusion of the climate summit in Paris forThe Nation and The Daily Beast.  I filed seven dispatches, appended below in reverse chronological order—the post-summit analyses at the top—and appeared on many radio shows and other outlets.  
 
Bottom line?  The Paris Agreement is a landmark, though flawed, triumph.  It could herald the end of the fossil fuel era, but only if civil society pushes even harder now to make governments and corporations take very rapid, ambitious action.  But climate deniers on Capitol Hill kept the final accord from being stronger, and millions of people in the world’s poor and vulnerable countries will suffer grievously as a result.  As my final Nation piece said in closing,

​”The challenges ahead are staggering, and too many innocents will suffer before it’s over. But Paris, and all that made its imperfect but exhilarating result possible, tells us that this struggle is not in vain. Victory is possible. Victory is necessary. And the path to victory is its own reward.”
The Nation, Dec 14:  “The Fate of the World Change In Paris, But By How Much?”  http://www.thenation.com/article/the-fate-of-the-world-changed-in-paris-but-by-how-much/

Daily Beast, Dec 14:  “The Paris Climate Summit:  Follow the Money,”  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/14/is-the-paris-agreement-an-amazing-achievement-or-a-disaster.html/

The Nation, Dec 11:  “Scientists Warn:  Paris Agreement Needs Massive Improvement,” http://www.thenation.com/article/scientists-warn-paris-climate-agreement-needs-massive-improvement/
The Nation, Dec 7:  “With 1.5 C Target, Climate Justice Movement Poised for Surprise Win,” http://www.thenation.com/article/with-1-5-degrees-celsius-target-climate-justice-movement-poised-to-score-surprise-win/
The Nation, Nov 19: “A Lesson For Paris: Follow the Activists,” http://www.thenation.com/article/the-climate-in-paris/
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Action Council Events — December 17 to December 23

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~  

Next Meeting

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Action Council is planning to have a general meeting on the first Sunday of each month 

UNITE / HERE – Local 2

215 Golden Gate Ave.

(nr. Civic Center BART)

San Francisco

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(December 17 – December 23)

Thursday, December 17

D 17, Thursday, 11:00am, Funeral For Mario Woods

Cornerstone Church
3rd and Paul St.
SF

The burial will take place @ Olivet Cemetery

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/418363851694303/

D 17, Thursday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning, Free her now! Support all whistleblowers!

Omni Commons Ball Room
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Chelsea Manning will be 28 years old on this day, the sixth year she’ll have spent her birthday behind bars for exposing war crimes.

She is a trans woman whistleblower, US soldier, Grand Marshal at San Francisco Pride 2014, who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks exposing the truth about US, UK and other governments’ war crimes and corruption in Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinian Authority . . . In doing so, she helped save many lives. Chelsea was imprisoned in 2010 and held under torturous conditions; in August 2013 she was sentenced to 35 years.

From prison Chelsea has written against the police killings of young people of colour in the US and in support of immigrant people.

Address to write Chelsea:

CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 N Warehouse Rd
Ft Leavenworth KS 66027-2304

Sponsors: SF Queer Strike and Courage to Resist

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/805237709588355/

D 17, Thursday, 6:00pm, Plaza 16 Community Meeting

Centro Latino De San Francisco

1656 15th Street (@ Julian)
SF

Food & Childcare Provided

Review of 2015, and looking at 2016

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1635756446678719/

D 17, Thursday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm,  Celebrate the Anniversary of the Return of the Cuban 5

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Hall
1924 Cedar (at Bonita)
Berkeley

Suggested donation $5 – $20 (no one turned away)

6:00pm – Potluck
7:00pm – Program

Commemorate the first anniversary of the return of the Cuban 5 and the announcement from both Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama of a new stage of relations between Cuba and the U.S. Also there will be an eyewitness report from the elections in Venezuela.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/12/06/18780710.php

Friday, December 18

D 18, Friday, 2:00pm, STAND with ARABS & MUSLIMS – Rally and Press Conference

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a new wave of racist violence against Arabs, Muslims, and perceived Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us in challenging scapegoating and xenophobia, and demonstrating our commitment to upholding the dignity of communities in the Bay Area

2 Articles:    

There Have Been 19 Hate Crimes Against Muslims in the Past Week:

http://usuncut.com/news/there-have-been-23-hate-crimes-against-muslims-in-the-past-6-days/

People are searching ‘kill Muslims’ in the US on Google:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/people-are-searching-kill-muslims-in-the-us-following-terror-attacks-a6771681.html

Sponsor: AROC

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/327638594026450/

D 18, Friday, 6:00pm, Justice for Mario Woods! Shut it down!

Justin Hermann Plaza
SF

Note: Post seen on Indybay – no info provided on who is sponsoring event or who to contact for info

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/12/12/18780930.php?show_comments=1#comments

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Liberty City update — December 16, 2015

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

December 16, 2015

Liberty City Update.

27 days we held city hall. We took a number of questionable arrests. There were several citations and five taken into custody. Anna and Casey each did time. Anna served four days, Casey served 7 days. Why?

We took all the arrests we could. On top of that we all got sick. So, we decided to do a strategic retreat.

So, what’s next? First, we support our friends in Sacramento who occupied their city hall over a week ago. They have bad weather coming.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1483520018617088/

Here in Berkeley, I’m waiting to hear from the attorneys. We want to go back to city hall, but stay away orders are being issued as we get arrested. This is not good. Now, we may have to sue to be allowed to protest. Normally, homeless people would not have the resources for a legal fight. Let’s hope this is not a normal situation.

All our gear remains in police custody. They must hold it for 60 days. We need a place to store it. It needs to be gone through, damage documented, and packed up for our re-occupation.

And finally, we will be running a candidate for mayor. Victory is not the goal. Putting the peoples message out is. Gentrification is the death of Berkeley, and most of the politicians don’t care.

–Mike Zint

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What they’re doing in England . . .

WHAT OCCUPY DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT

DEMAND REAL DEMOCRACY. OCCUPY PARLIAMENT SQUARE.

od_2Occupy Democracy was formed as a working group of Occupy London following a resolution passed at the General Assembly on 1st March 2014. The mandate of the group was (and remains)  to campaign for real democracy by organising a mass action in and around Parliament Square and Westminster.

Our mission is to campaign for a genuine democracy free from corporate influence. Our demand is for real democracy now! Sovereignty must rest with the people and not with Parliament.

In Scotland, 45% of people rejected Westminster rule. They know that a system that takes the power to make local decisions out of their hands is no democracy.

We know that democracy is not just about having a vote every four, now five years. It is about having the power to make your voice heard. We know that a government that answers to profit before people is no democracy.

In the UK today, record numbers of people are homeless, record numbers rely on food banks to feed their families, and record numbers face fuel poverty as energy prices rise eight times faster than wages.

At the same time, inequality is back on the rise, making us one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. The amount we ask businesses to contribute to our social services in tax is set to be the lowest of any of the G20 countries. Tax evasion and avoidance costs the UK £95bn a year, enough to fund the NHS in England.

Nobody voted to be made homeless, hungry or unemployed.  It is clear whose voices are being heard.

RDN-HoPWe need to start a movement for real democracy. The voices of the majority have been ignored for too long. We need to give ourselves the tools to hold our politicians to account, and to end the corporate lobbying power that drowns our voices out.

To do it, we need a movement that cannot be ignored. That is why we will be occupying Parliament Square every month until the general election, to continue a fight for a real democracy (see the original call to action). There, in the shadow of Nelson Mandela’s statue, we will transform the Square into a civic space where we can re-envision what our society could be like, with talks, workshops, community assemblies, music and theatre.

There is one thing that every successful social justice movement has had to overcome: the prevalence of the belief that the status quo is how it has to be. That there is no alternative. All of us can feel weakened and ground down by that belief, but all of us must have the courage to overcome it. To imagine a different future for ourselves. To show each other that there is an alternative. Because the current system relies entirely on our believing that there isn’t.

The austerity measures imposed on us for the sake of economic growth, our continued reliance on dirty coal and oil, our hospitals closing, our transit systems worsening while fares rise, our children attending under-funded schools with exhausted underpaid teachers – we only accept these things because we let ourselves believe there is no other way of doing things.

But please, join us for the Occupation. Try imagining there is another way. Do it with people you love, people you trust, with experts and activists and people to be inspired by. If you’re reading this, you’re invited. Your friends, family, colleagues are invited. Now is the time to produce our vision of a sane, workable, inspiring alternative, together. Come to learn, discuss and participate. Dare to believe that there is an alternative.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!

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Action Council: Two events this week

Wednesday and Thursday, December 16 and 17

HOMEGOING, MARIO WILLS
REST IN POWER…
SOAR IN GLORY, YOUNG BROTHER MARIO

killed by Bayview SFPD, Dec 2, 2015

The visitation is on Wednesday 2-6 @ Duggans 17th & Valencia

The funeral is Thursday @ Cornerstone Church 3rd & Paul @ 11:00 am

The burial will take place @ Olivet Cemetery.

Repass @ southeast College community room, 1800 Oakdale,
TBD in terms of date and time.

Friday, December 18

D 18, Friday, 2:00pm, STAND with ARABS & MUSLIMS – Rally and Press Conference

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a new wave of racist violence against Arabs, Muslims, and perceived Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us in challenging scapegoating and xenophobia, and demonstrating our commitment to upholding the dignity of communities in the Bay Area

2 Articles:    

There Have Been 19 Hate Crimes Against Muslims in the Past Week:

    http://usuncut.com/news/there-have-been-23-hate-crimes-against-muslims-in-the-past-6-days/

People are searching ‘kill Muslims’ in the US on Google:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/people-are-searching-kill-muslims-in-the-us-following-terror-attacks-a6771681.html

Sponsor: AROC

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/327638594026450/

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