OccupyForum presents . . . “Bernie Sanders and The Democratic Party: Limited Choices? Or Other Possibilities?” on Monday, November 9

Monday, November 9th from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Occupyforum presents…

Bernie Sanders and The Democratic Party:

Limited Choices? Or Other Possibilities?

With Members of The Peace and Freedom Party

and Independent Panelists

Here we are once again in another relentless election season, which has grown ever more tiresome and, in this case, outrageous. The two mainstream parties are interchangeable on much of their policy, and the results after millions are spent amounts to “same old same old;” — an increasingly dangerous result.

Once in awhile a new candidate inspires us to hope, but after the dust has settled we are left asking: How can we get out of this pointless paragidm? The Presidential Campaign of Bernie Sanders has drawn record crowds and electrified many left/progressives, but we need to ask the hard questions. Is it enough to “Feel the Bern?”

Or do we need to build a movement that will last beyond 2016 and transform America and our Mother Earth? How could we do this? Occupy Forum invites speakers from different political perspectives to talk about Bernie Sanders and to raise the potential of something different, something real, something outside the two wings of the single corporate party of America.

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

Wheelchair accessible, ride shares announced.

Donations to OccupyForum to cover costs are encouraged; No one turned away!


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Sunday Action Council meeting (from Patricia Gray)

We have our space back at the Unite Now Union office at 215 Golden Gate Ave. from 2 to 4 pm. Sunday afternoon.

The Action Council is a group of people who are active in trying to make positive changes in our government.  There are many of us that share this desire and we must fact the fact that we are not doing well.
Conditions are not improving for the 99% of us while the .01% are doing very well at our expense.
We must resist the foo ha ha of the coming Presidential election.  It is
ONE YEAR ahead of us.  To focus on that is, in my opinion, not worth the effort.  If you are not, after all that HOPE & CHANGE, aware that we can not get any improvement in conditions by voting.  Our electoral system is
It is going to take all of us activists together to insist on the needed changes by getting out on the public streets and MAKING DEMANDS!
The action council is a means of forming alliances so that we can all support one another and MAKE THE NEEDED CHANGES.
The action council has open discussions of the activities of the various groups and planning events to pressure our elected officials to not vote as directed by corporations, but to heed the voice of the people.
All are more than welcome to contribute to the effort to unify people to make changes in our government.  We must face the fact that our nation’s economy is at a point of collapse while the bankers party hardy as does the Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned us about.
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Seattle’s ‘Honest Elections’ initiative wins handily (king5.com)

The first batch of votes counted shows Seattle voters overwhelmingly in favor of I-122, a groundbreaking campaign reform proposal aimed at boosting ordinary voters’ participation in funding city elections, as well as leveling the playing field for candidates, according to supporters.

In votes counted by Tuesday night, I-122 led with 60 percent of the votes — 53,157 to 34,956.

The initiative would tighten campaign finance restrictions in Seattle, and also create a first of its kind system in which registered voters can receive up to $100 of “democracy vouchers” to support the candidate of their choice.

“Seattle voters won big tonight,” read a statement from the campaign. “Seattle leads the nation, first on $15/hour and now on campaign finance reform.  We look forward to seeing more cities and states implementing their own local solutions to the problem of big money in politics.”

While administrative details will still have to be worked out through the Seattle Ethics and Elections Committee, the initiative says “Participating candidates may continue to raise money from both traditional cash sources and the publicly-funded democracy vouchers as long as they comply with the cash contribution limit of $250 and the spending cap.”

Proposed spending caps include “Mayor $400,000 for the primary election, and $800,000 total (for both primary and general election); at-large City Council, $150,000 for the primary election, and $300,000 total; district City Council, $75,000 for the primary election and $150,000 total.”

Up to $3 million a year to pay for the vouchers would be raised through a small property tax levy, according to the initiative (about 2.5 cents/$1,000 of assessed value).

The initiative also would also restrict campaign donations from city contractors, regulated businesses and their lobbyists, and it would speed disclosure of campaign donations.

Read complete text of I-122 here.

Critics of the initiative said they see the potential for abuse and fraud.

“I think this is going to increase the hand of special interests in elections,” said Robert Mahon, a former Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission chair, who opposes the initiative. “I see the use of paper vouchers, in particular, is going to run the risk, if not corruption, at least abuse by special interests.”

In a twist, the committee created to pass the campaign reform proposal attracted more than $1.3 million in contributions, with much of the money pouring in from out of state, according to disclosure reports on the SEEC website. By comparison, the opposition campaign raised under $50,000; top donors to the (somewhat lackluster) “No Election Vouchers” campaign included Microsoft, Vulcan and Sabey Corporation.

“There are some outside donors who think Seattle can be a test bed for a voucher system, which again has never been tried, and I think they’re counting on Seattle voters being willing to look past the flaws and adopt something novel that they hope to roll out elsewhere in the country,” said Mahon.

The initiative would not eliminate the role of “independent expenditures” in Seattle elections. These involve PACs set up to support a candidate (or attack a favored candidate’s opponent), but are run entirely separate from any candidate’s campaign. There are no limits on how much money these committees can raise and spend in an election, and an all-time record amount of “IE” spending occurred during the 2015 council elections, with candidates Tim Burgess, Pamela Banks and Shannon Braddock benefiting the most.

It’s the failure to address IEs that opponents cite in arguing against I-122 in the official voter’s guide: “Candidates can raise the full amount of vouchers but then opt out of the spending limits if an independent expenditure campaign enters the race. This means candidates can double dip – taking taxpayer-funded vouchers while ALSO raising unlimited additional campaign cash.”

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“WE ARE MANY” – Official Trailer

To find out where the film is playing visit: www.wearemany.com/cinemas

We Are Many tells for the first time the remarkable story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world.

Eight years in the making, filmed in seven countries, and including interviews with John Le Carre, Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Danny Glover, Mark Rylance, Richard Branson, Hans Blix and Ken Loach amongst others, it charts the birth and rise of the people power movements that are now sweeping the world, all through the prism of one extraordinary day.

On February 15th 2003, over 15 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities on every continent to voice their opposition to the proposed war in Iraq. This unprecedented global march was organised, against all odds, by a patchwork of peace campaigners in many countries, who reveal how they pulled of the historic demonstration, and whose legacy is only now unfolding.

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Occupy the Sidewalks! Don’t stand for Sit Lie

First they came for the homeless's photo.

November 7, 2015

Spange is spare change. Spanging is panhandling. So, during our sit lie protest, we will encourage it and award a prize. Fliers will be distributed in soup lines to attract homeless participation in this protest. We will take back our publicly owned spaces. And we will be instructing the homeless how to sit legally, and who to contact when the police violate their rights with illegal citations.

The plan is to use exception for to make the law useless. We will be distributing buttons that say “I protest sit lie” to the homeless. The applicable permit is the Constitution. These buttons will allow homeless people to sit on any public sidewalk in San Francisco under Constitutional protection.

San Francisco’s Civil Sidewalk Ordinance, Section 168 of the San Francisco Police Code, makes it unlawful, with certain exceptions, to sit or lie on a public sidewalk, or on an object placed on a public sidewalk, between 7AM and 11PM.

(4) Participating in or attending a parade, festival, performance, rally, demonstration, meeting or similar event conducted on a sidewalk under and in compliance with a street use or other applicable permit.

–Mike Zint

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Million Mask March – November 5

Hello Everyone!

This is a courtesy message to all participants letting you know about the location for our march tomorrow; November 5th.

First off, we would like to apologize for the breakdown in communication from the administration in our group. We have still yet to get our administration permissions back and are still working on resolving that issue.

We will be meeting at the Trans America building (600 Montgomery) at 9AM. Please keep an eye out for our leadership there and we will be sure to guide you along the route.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to keep in touch!

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you there with us tomorrow!


– MMM SF Crew

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Action Council Events — November 4 to November 10

Wednesday, Nov. 4
                   5:30 – 6:30 pm   Montgomery and Market at the steps in
                   front of not so Feinstein’s office.  
                   PEACE VIGIL
                   It is with great sadness and fond memories that we are
                   focusing our attention to Michael Cliff, known in Occupy as
                  “Pirate Mike”.  Pirate Mike was very active in bringing
                   attention to the homeless with special attention to
                   veterans.  Join us to honor Pirate Mike and to continuing
                   his efforts to QUESTION AUTHORITY.  He was killed on
                   this last week in Texas where he was organizing veterans.
                   Bring flowers and/or candles and pictures to share.
                   more info  occupyveteranssanfrancisco.weekly.co
                   6:00pm   Unite Now Local 2 office  215 golden Gate Ave
                    THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!
                    a film presentation based on Naomi Klien’s book about
                    capitalism and climate change.  The film presents seven
                    portraits of communities on the front lines of from Montana
                    Powder River basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the
                    coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
                    free admission and discussion following
Thursday Nov. 5
                     8:00 pm  The New Nothing Cinema 16 Sherman St; S.F.
                     (near Folsome St   nearest Bart Civic Center)
                     THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
                     more info above on Wed. events—same film second
                     chance to see it.
Friday  Nov. 6
                    6:00 – 8:00   Hasting’s College of Law  
                    198 McAlister St.  S.F.
                    Panel discussion    speakers:
                    Kevin Cooper,  from San Quintin,
                    Anir Amma, organizer
                    Bicka Barlow,  lawyer
                    Norman Hile, Senior Counsel
                    Carole Seligman, teacher
                    Info    tarinalarson@gmail.com
Saturday Nov. 7
                    2:00 pm    St. Paul AME church   2024 Ashby Ave
                    Congress Rep Barbara Lee and Council member Max
                    space limited — contact LeeCA.Events@mail.house
                    or call 510-763-0370
                    info   www.bayareacivilliberties.org
Sunday  Nov. 8
                     2:00 – 4:00  215 Golden Gate Ave.  S.F.
                     S.F.ACTION COUNCIL MEETING
                     all welcome to join in discussion of future events for
                     activists to join together to make positive changes
                     in our government.  We need to be united for the hard
                     times coming for the ordinary people of the United States.
                     We are the 99% fighting back against the Greedy Few.
Monday, Nov 9
                     6:00 to 9:00 pm     2017  Mission St  Global Exchange
                     A panel discussion suggesting we need to build a
                     movement outside the two wings of the single corporate
                     party of America.
                     Q & A following
Tuesday Nov. 10
                      6:00 pm   2801 Mission St  (at McDonald’s)
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Chomsky: Corporate Attack on Education

Noam Chomsky talks of the longstanding hostility of the rich to truly educating the public so they don’t realize they are victims of an economic system they need to replace with one that truly serves the public. March 16, 2012 Special thanks to Rev. Rhonda Rubinson of St. Philip’s Church of Harlem for facilitating this production. Camera, Joe Friendly.

–via Bill Dugan

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