From Standing Rock Reservation to the Florida Everglades, 2016 has been an unprecedented year in people’s resistance to the fossil fuel economy. October especially has been a banner month: Mass convergence around the indigenous-led Dakota Access Pipeline protests, activists in three states audaciously (and illegally) shutting down three pipeline valve systems, and groups in the state of Washington forcing Shell to abandon a dangerous oil train unloading facility it had proposed in Anacortes in the northwest corner of the state. The earth-burners have had a difficult month.

I asked Rebecca Ponzio, Oil Campaign Director at the Washington Environmental Council, what it took to accomplish that last goal: How does a group of citizens stop one of the most powerful, frequently vile and ruthless companies from doing something as routine as unloading rail-transported crude oil?

“We sued,” she answered, and through the lawsuit, WEC, Earthjustice, and other groups “won the ability for a more thorough and comprehensive environmental review.” That Environmental Impact Statement in turn concluded: “The proposed project would result in an increased probability of rail accidents that could result in a release of oil to the environment and a subsequent fire or explosion… [that] could have unavoidable significant impacts.”

The EIS wasn’t bullshitting about that. Oil train transport is disastrous, and companies lie about their safety records. Shockingly, trains racing at unsafe speeds with volatile, difficult-to-contain oil is incredibly dangerous. Accident risk is extremely high. Magnitude of impact of such an accident is also extremely high.

“This review process created the space to really evaluate the impacts of the project and to engage the public on how this project would impact them – from Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge, through Vancouver and the entire Puget Sound,” Ponzio said. And upon the release of the draft EIS, Shell pulled the project. “Once the public had the chance to engage and evaluate this project for themselves, the level of risk became clear and the opposition only grew in a way that couldn’t be ignored.”

Puget Sound refinery officials claimed the decision was purely market-driven, but the subtext was clear: Activists had forced a scientific review, and the review cast the project in the worst possible light. Fighting back worked this time.

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“It is not just countries in the Global South that are at stake in this system. New agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) would further push the boundaries of this international architecture. The aim is to force through agreements to set in place rules that will ensure the rights of corporations over people, the environment and national governments… It defies domestic governments in establishing a system of governance in favor of big capital, where corporate profit trumps the common good. This global institutional infrastructure represents the attempts of corporations to turn the world’s natural resources into commodities to be appropriated and destroyed at will, devastating human civilizations and ecosystems in their wake. The only response is sustained mobilization, both at home and in solidarity with peoples’ struggles abroad.” — Kyla Sankey

While economists debate about the end of oil, and the corporate media and mainstream political candidates dance around the imperative to build a post-carbon economy, hundreds of millions of gallons of crude continue to flow south across America. A lot of the oil moves on trains that have become terrifying mobile bombs which frequently derail, killing rivers and ecosystems and literally blowing up towns.

Pipelines are accepted by the carbon-industrial complex as the lesser evil in oil transport, but as most people know by now, pipeline construction and spills carry environmental risks, both incremental and terminal. Until 2016, the industry had been able to play trains and pipelines off each other. Now, both are under relentless attack by indigenous people, public interest and legal groups, direct environmental action, and a growing, likely irreversible public consciousness.

The pushback has been unprecedented. We are witnessing a full-on social movement against Big Oil’s unsafe and brazen transport practices – both pipeline and rail. Shell’s announcement concerning the Puget Sound refinery follows other pullbacks this year, including at San Luis Obispo and Benicia, Calif.

“In Washington, the fossil fuel industry spends millions of dollars lobbying to keep their industry relevant,” Ponzio told me. “But the tide is turning and the reality of these projects – from oil spills to explosive and sometimes deadly train derailments – is a visual and visceral reminder of what is at risk.”

The number and frequency of these victories are increasing – as are the encampments and allies in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The network opposed to both pipeline and oil rail expansion includes not only environmentalists, but landowners, scientists and public officials. The coalition even includes labor unions opposed to the short-sighted comments of AFL-CIO leaders supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Courts and municipal governments are experiencing their own paradigm shifts. When Kinder Morgan proposed piping ethane from eastern Ohio to Windsor, Ontario, the company tried to use eminent domain to force Kentucky landowners to give easements on their property allowing the building of the pipeline. Calling the company’s position “astonishing,” a Common Pleas judge in Kentucky rebuked Kinder Morgan, ruling that the project is neither necessary nor a public use, and thus inappropriate for eminent domain.

And earlier this year, when Pennsylvania General Electric wanted to deposit fracking wastewater under Grant Township in Western Pennsylvania, the township passed a law protecting its residents from arrest if they protested PGE’s creation of an injection well.

Even the federal government is wavering on pushing through ill-advised oil transportation. Federal agencies, although limited in their options for standing up to corporate oil, are opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Back in Washington state, the groups responsible for demanding an EIS for the Puget Sound project – effectively forcing Shell to cancel it – now have their sights set on stopping Kinder Morgan’s expansion, planned later this year, of the TransMountain Pipeline from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000. The expansion would pipe oil from Edmonton through the marine habitats of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

“This project fundamentally threatens our economy, critical species like Orcas and salmon, and our climate,” Ponzio told me. “We are working, along with many others, to make sure our elected officials here in the U.S. know how dangerous this proposal is to our region so that the impacts to us are part of the equation.”

Matt Stannard is policy director at Commonomics USA. Next week in Part Two, he will discuss how Big Oil is fighting back, using prosecutors and cops to intimidate, silence and imprison journalists and activists.

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Since its founding on March 31, Nuit Debout, a horizontal democracy-driven resistance movement active in 266 French cities has given participants opportunities to discuss and act on critical issues affecting people from widely different economic backgrounds.

The movement, which also exists in 130 cities outside of France, functions on several levels. It reflects a living version of the Camusian “zero point” metaphor because participants, both individually and collectively, have a chance to think about, question and express ideas about their own existence at assembly sessions – as well as address structural and thematic subjects including democracy, alternative economy and currency, technology and the environment.

Nuit Debout has been celebrated as an attempt to reclaim and re-establish democracy for French citizens who prefer a counter-hegemonic approach to quotidian concerns and issues. The kind of democracy favored by Nuit-Deboutistes is self-autonomous and horizontal, as opposed to a more traditional, top-down democratic or pyramid structure of past movements.

“The current security state is ominous and chilling, but will the country go full-on fascist? I honestly do not know,” said Luc Sante, responding to the current socio-political climate in France.


Nuit-Deboutistes originally met at Place de la République in Paris, which is connected to a Metro train station. The square has become more recently known around the world as a place where people solemnly gather after tragedies that have occurred in France.

“As far as Place de la République is concerned, it’s an interesting choice. Haussmann expressly built it as a monumental obstruction to gatherings of le peuple – in its orientation and the sort of buildings that line it. The more traditional settings for demonstrations are Bastille and Nation,” said Sante.

During the Spring, Nuit-Deboutistes specifically protested against the decision of President Francois Hollande’s administration to invoke the 49-3 clause, a draconian, authoritarian measure that facilitated the passage of the controversial anti-worker labor law, known as la loi travail, or loi El Khomri, with no debate or public input.

The relatively new paradigm Nuit Debout has built for French society, in terms of resistance movements and modes of social interaction, reflects a trend toward what scholars like Douglas Kellner and Joan Subirats have referred to as techno-politics.

“Many activist groups are coming to see that media politics is a key element of political organization and struggle and are developing forms of technopolitics in which they use the Internet and new technologies as arms of political struggle,” wrote Kellner in an essay entitled “Techno-Politics, New Technologies and the New Public Spheres.”


While Nuit Debout continues to create itself as a viable social movement – its participants still gather on weekends – it is also in some respects transitioning into citizen initiatives, free-standing projects and more politically inclined groups. A number of groups that have risen to the surface in France, including Processus Vogué, Les Jours Heureux, Veille Artistique et Citoyenne, and 1000 Alternatiba, to name a few.

“Basically, from Nuit Debout, other things have been birthed. Other movements like AG CitoyenneLa Belle Démocratie, all working on local empowerment and the will to hack into the presidential elections. Candidates of all persuasions are now changing their program to sell us ‘more democratic reforms,’ Pierre Lalu, a Paris-based Nuit-Deboutiste, told “It seems that the pressure of Nuit Debout has worked somehow.”

As Manuel Cervera-Marzal, a political science professor affiliated with Sciences Po, and a Nuit Debout participant, asserted: “Nuit Debout is apartisan but not apolitical, which implies that it refuses the professionalized, representative and personalized practices of politics. It promotes a new form of political organization, based on voluntarism, direct democracy, and collectiveness,” he added.

“But the dilemma is that Nuit Debout cannot last eternally. This is a striking point: from the beginning of 2000, there has been the antiglobalization movement, fighting against neoliberalism, that is to say the excess of capitalism. It was slightly different with Nuit Debout, because this movement was fighting against capitalism itself. There is a political radicalization in France: protesters become more and more angry, and the State is more and more repressive, authoritarian and securitarian.”

At its height last spring, Nuit Debout Paris République attracted thousands of people. Geoffrey Pleyers, a sociologist at Université de Louvain in Belgium who specializes in social movements and participates in the Subterranean Politics project, may have the freshest and most accurate perspective on Nuit Debout – something attributable to his attending, as he said, “until mid June, 80 evenings in a row” at Place de la République.


Regarding the perceived ephemeral aspect of social movements, Pleyers sees them as existing beyond original occupations or gatherings, and cites citizen initiatives as one way that movements like Occupy Wall Street, among others, have managed to continue.

“The event is just a part of a movement. A movement is never really over,” he said. According to Pleyers, although Nuit Debout originally focused on labor issues, it equally emphasized topics relating to refugees and asylum seekers. “We have to welcome refugees who are escaping their countries. The so-called left is quite harsh on the issue of refugees,” Pleyers says.

Héctor Huerga, an organizer who was involved in Spain’s 15-M movement of 2011, and who collaborated with Nuit Debout Paris République participants, spent three weeks in the French capital during the movement’s nascency. He said social movements can be examined in terms of a 3-axis approach theorized by Professor Joan Subirats of Autónoma University in Barcelona.

As Huerga asserts, the 3-axis framework includes: “the axis of resistance or those groups that seek to visualize a problem with concrete actions; the axis of alternatives or those groups that have built prototypes of life and struggle walking parallel to the capitalist financial system; and the axis of incidence or those groups that are seeking to impact power structures through institutional alternatives or legal initiatives.”

Huerga, who worked with the Global Debout commission of Nuit Debout to help create an international day of mobilization on May 15, traces the Barcelona version of horizontal democracy and autogestión, or self-management, back even further to the 19th century. “In the case of Barcelona, it is very clear that both concepts have been realized since the 19th century among anarchist communities. In the occupation of the Plaza de Catalunya in 2011, both general and thematic assemblies were hindered by external interests, not the lack of autogestión or horizontality,” Huerga explained.

“It’s not easy to break with a neoliberal stream as wild as we are experiencing nowadays, but what protests and the new forms of organization in France have achieved is to release that portion of fear provided by neoliberalism to each one of us, usually manifested when personal goals are not reached.”


Marina Sitrin, a lawyer, writer, former participant at Occupy Wall Street, and an expert on horizontal democracy, considered Nuit Debout to be part of a continuum of movements predicated on horizontalism.

“I see Nuit Debout as a part of the same genealogy of movements that include the popular rebellion in Argentina in 2001, the 15-M in Spain, Occupy and many similar assembly-based movements, including the Greek Square (Syntagma) and Assembly movements which began in 2008 and really took off in 2011,” said Sitrin.

Sitrin continued, “The genealogy is movements post-1989 that do not look to the state but instead one another, using forms of self organization, direct and participatory democracy and direct action and prefigurative forms of relating.”

The term horizontalism derived from the Argentinian term horizontalidad, which developed during the Dec. 19-20, 2001, grassroots economic rebellion in that country. Sitrin views autonomous Greek health clinics and recuperated workplaces across Europe reflective of the way horizontal movements can transform into citizen initiatives.

“People outside the newer, more horizontal movements tend to get stuck in prior ways of understanding movements and forms of relating in movements, rather than studying what is new,” she said. They “therefore base conclusions on more traditional understandings, such as organizing with a hierarchical structure, with a list of demands on institutions of power and looking to either change the government through a party or overthrowing the government with another form of political party or organization. The newer movements are not organized around any of these things, and in fact are a conscious break from them.”

French sociologist Anne Muxel, speaking to La Dépêche in April, said Nuit Debout rejects hierarchy and maintained it is “against the logic of vertical organization with leadership. They are for a horizontal collective management: these are alternative forms to traditional social movements, trade unions, parties.”

She added that Nuit Debout is not a new phenomenon, either in France or Europe per se, but part of something greater. “In recent years, we are witnessing the birth of a movement, manifested in groups like the Indignados and the Zadistes (connected to Zone À Défendre), which are more focused on environmental issues,” she said.

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Berkeley Occupation (from Mike Zint)


Friday, Oct 21, 2016 6:05 pm

We are subject to a raid and removal. They served us papers today. We lost a major part of our support unit due to a death in the family. We cannot move easily and we are growing. We are asking people to call the city manager, the mayor, and city council to try to stop this action against us. This email is late because we have no communications or electricity. If they raid us we may have to take a stand which will result in arrests. Please help and please spread the word.

–Mike Zint

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Book recommendation: “Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy” by David Daley


The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting.

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks―known to political insiders as “ratf**king”―to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history. 5 maps (

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OccupyForum presents . . . Report from The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly (Monday, October 24)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, October 24th 2016 from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street 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!

Report from The Homeless People’s

Popular Assembly

The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly (HPPA) is a gathering of the homeless, formerly homeless, and their supporters for self-determination to create solutions for encampments.

Strategies involve:

• Collectively develop a political analysis of the current homeless crisis and the systemic root causes of homelessness,

• Come up with visions of the life we want and create plans to get there (consider short, medium, and long-term demands as appropriate),

• Create and coordinate related collective actions, campaigns, and strategic movement agendas.

We will report on our efforts re: establishing the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly. Additionally we will speak about props R&Q, two anti-homeless measures on the November ballot.

Bilal Mafundi Ali is a longtime organizer/activist with over 30 years experience living and organizing in oppressed communities in Los Angeles. Bilal became involved in the Black Liberation Movement as a teen in Los Angeles as a member of the Black Student Union, organized by the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party Self-Defense.

Throughout the 90’s Bilal served as the program coordinator for the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) in Los Angeles. CAPA was started by former members of the BPP, who continue to carry out work against police misconduct. Through his involvement with CAPA, Bilal was imprisoned for six years.

In the 2000s Bilal’s worked and lived in the Skid Row area in Downtown Los Angles as lead organizer with the Los Angeles Coalition Action Network (LACAN) and Coalition L.A. organizing those living in skid row to confront the social-economic policies that give rise to poverty and homelessness, along with organizing resistance against gentrification of the West lake / MacArthur area.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2014, Bilal has been involved with the Coalition On Homelessness, as a Human Rights Advocate and organizer. His current activities with the COH includes establishing the Homeless People’s Speakers Bureau, the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly, and building the campaign against Props R&Q. Bilal is also a board member of the Idriss Stelley Foundation. Bilal serves as the co-coordinator of the Peoples Commission for Justice Campaign.

Kelly Cutler of the Coalition On Homelessness will also be speaking about Propositions Q & R and our organizing to defeat both these ballot measures. Both anti-homeless ballot measures legislation will be on the November ballot.

Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum

to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away.

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Next week’s calendar of events for activists (from Patricia Gray)

Read down this list of events and try to pick one that you can attend.

Stand together for the 99%  —   as the top 1% try to keep us down.
Tuesday Oct. 18
7:00 pm      City Lights Book Store
                  267 Columbus St. San Francisco
                  YOU THINK
                  Author and American Legend  RALPH NADER
                  This is your chance to see Ralph up close and personal!
                  You can ask him questions about the Presidential race.
Wednesday Oct. 19
3:00 – 5;00 pm      1300 Evans St. in San Francisco
                           RALLY AGAINST ABUSIVE MANAGEMENT
                           Union Shop Stewart Angela Bibb-Merrit is being
                           threatened with lay off by the Post Office.
                           Angela has been very active in Occupy and would
                           inform union members at her work site of some of
                           the Occupy events.  Please join the rally to protest
                           for our sister Angela!  She was very active in the
                           occupation of Staples which was threatening the
                           lay off of postal employees.  She was also a
                           supporter of the Federal Reserve  Occupation.
5:00 – 6:00 pm     Van Ness Ave  at Pine St.  S.F.
                          BANNER FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL
                          Come and help hold up the banner at a campaign
                          watch party of Clinton supporters.  This is before
                          the shouting match between Hillary and Trump.
6:00 pm      Downtown Berkeley BART
                  Larung Gar is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Academy.  It
                  is being demolished by the Chinese government.  They
                  will evict and displace five thousand students and
6:30 – 8 :30          Berkeley Unified School District 
                           2020 Bonar St.
                           then marching to 123` Addison St. (behind in the
                           same building.)
                           RETURN ANTI FASCIST TEACHER YVETTE
                           FEIARCA TO HER CLASSROOM!
                           Protest and speak out!  We demand that she be
                           reinstated and paid her full wages and end the
                           harassment of her and her students must be stopped,
7:30 pm     Eastside Arts Alliance
                 2277 International Blvd, Oakland
                 General Meeting
                 This is a multi racial, multi generational group working to find
                 repeatable and sustainable model to end police terrorism
                 in this country.
7:30 – 9:30   King Middle School 
                   1781 Rose St. Berkeley
                   free parking
                   speakers:  David Talbot and Chris Hedges
                   Discussion of he state of our nation and the efforts to
                   refuse to take the destruction of our nation lying down.
                   hosted by Sabrina Jacobs
                   advance tickets at independent book stores $15.00
                   at the door $18.00
                   This is a KPFA benefit
Thursday Oct. 20
12:00pm – 3:00 pm   City College Mission Campus
                              1125 Valencia St. S.F.
                              Enjoy music and refreshments as you register
                              to vote.  Bilingual assistance available
1:30 – 2:30 pm     8032 Mac Arthur blvd.  Oakland
                          A PRESS CONFERENCE AND ENCAMPMENT
                          We want some of the Ohlone Land for building
                          homes for the homeless.  Do not ‘develop’ this
                          land for high priced housing.
6:00 pm       San Francisco Mail Library, 100 Larkin St. S.F;
                   Latino Room  B,  lower level
                   Labor and unions, should we support Prop. K and
                   Bart Prop RR?  Should workers pay billions of
                   dollars in new taxes instead of taxing businesses
                   and corporations?  Why is our transit system in a crisis?
                   How should we solve it?  Should public transit be free?
                   sponsored by United Public Workers for Action
                   info  415-282-1908
Friday Oct. 21
9:00 am – 5:00 pm   Oakstop
                             1721 Broadway, Oakland
                             Join hundreds of passionate local leaders who are
                             lifting up solutions and helping build the new
                             inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams.  Come
                             for two days of workshops, panels, keynote
                             addresses, panels, and self organized open
                             get tickets
                             There are over 20 organizations sponsors.
5:00 – 8:00 pm     601 Dolores St. S.F.
                          Join us to celebrate 10 years of service to youth
                          and families impacted by parental incarceration.
                          We will learn about future goals.  We will have
                          food, music, pictures, raffle prizes, and free child
                          Please RSVP
7:00 pm      2969 Mission St.  S.F.

                  Join in a discussion on these questions and why we
                  should not vote for the lesser of two equals.
                  donations requested  $3.00 – $10.  no one turned away
                  refreshments are served
                  sponsored by S.F.Party for Socialism & liberation (PSL)
                  more info   415-821-6171
7:00 – 9:00 pm    Uptown Body and Fender
                         401 26th st. Oakland
                         OCCUPATION AND YOUTH RESISTANCE
                         Speaker Issaa Amro
                         founder of YAS – Youth Against Settlements
                         The group educates young Palestinians in non
                         violent resistance.
                         Sponsors American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink,
                         Jewish Voice for Peace.
                         free event
Saturday Oct. 22
10:00 an – 12:00 pm     Ellis St. Family Apartments 
                                  555 Ellis St. (between Hyde and Leavenworth)
                                  Ask Police Captain Teresa Ewens about:
                                  * Neighborhood and city issues
                                  * Police training
                                  * Body camera and tasers
                                  * Training for mental health , illness, homeless
                                     people, di escalation strategies and more….
                                   Bring your questions
                                   sponsor   S.F Gray Panthers
11:00 am – 5: pm    Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
                             RALLY AND CONCERT
                             Free Event!  four day celebration is set off by this
                             concert. Four days of amazing speeches, panels
                             and musical performances.
                             hosted by the Black Panther Party
!2:00 pm – 7:00 pm    Imprint City 
                                Egbert Ave. between Third and Jennings.
                                This is a S.T.E.A.M. festival showing the teck
                                work of the young people of the Bay View.
                                It is a fun filled festival
                                free event
2:00 – 4:00 pm    Oakland Senior Center
                         1724 Adeline St (at 18th St.) Oakland
                          PAUL ROBESON
                          Songs will be sung by Labor Chorus chorus members
                          Harriet and Alex Bafwell.
                          The Remember Robeson Committee is writing a book
                          of the spirituals and songs he sang all over the
8:30 – 10:00 pm   ATA Gallery 992 Valencia St. S.F.
                          A film of pubic put ons – a vedio mix of spoofs and
                          pranksters, yes men and culture jammers, and
                          even streakers!
                          tickets  $7.77
Sunday Oct 23
9:30 am   UU Sunday Forum
               1187 Franklin St at Geary
               Martin Luther King Room
               Speaker  David Chin, state assembly District 17
               What are the meanings of sanctuary city in these times of
               immigration and refugees now a major issue?
3:30 – 5:30 pm    Omni Oakland Commons
                         4799 Shatuck Ave. Oakland
                         We will hear the families speak about their loved ones.
                         We will share ideas for the further organizing — most of
                         all we love and support each other.
Monday Oct 24
all day and the next day
                                     Beale Air Force Base
                                     No drones, no war, satellites, no weapons
                                     in space!
                                     Vigil and protest at the Wheatland Gate
                                     3960 Beale Road
                                     Pot luck following
                                     Camp out at the Main Gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd.
                                     sponsor Code Pink
Tuesday Oct. 25
6:00 am – 8:00 am  Vigil and Protest at the main gate of Beale A.F.B.
                             Breakfast and debriefing in Marysville afrter
                             Sponsor, Code Pink
6:00 pm    San Francisco Main Library 
                Koret Auditorium     100 Larken St. S.F.
                Concert of Arab American music and poetry
                BY THE BAY
                Free evening with local artist George Lammam, Gabiel Navia,
                Elmay Abinadr, Lorene Zarou-Zouonis and Tarik Kayoleh.
                Come early and check out the art inthe Bay exhibition in the
                Jewert Gallery
7:30 – 9:30  St. John’s Presbyterian Church
                  2727 College Ave, Berkeley
myths about Native Americans
                  Speakers  Roxane Dunbar Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
                  Hosted by Miguel Garvilan Molina
                  These woman take on a wide range of persistent myths
                  about American Indians. Most of these are rooted in fears
                  and prejudice and the settler state aimed at acquiring
                  Indigenous land.
                  KPFA Benefit.  $12.00 in advance
                                         $15.00 at the door
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The Mondragon Corporation

The Mondragon Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperativesbased in the Basque region of Spain. It was founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956 by graduates of a local technical college. Its first product was paraffin heaters. It is the tenth-largest Spanish company in terms of asset turnover and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.

Mondragon cooperatives operate in accordance with Statement on the Co-operative Identity maintained by the International Co-operative Alliance.


José María Arizmendiarrieta on a bicycle

The determining factor in the creation of the Mondragón system was the arrival in 1941 of a young Catholic priest, José María Arizmendiarrieta, in Mondragón, a town with a population of 7,000 that had not yet recovered from the Spanish Civil War: poverty, hunger, exile, and tension. In 1943, Arizmendiarrieta established a technical college that became a training ground for generations of managers, engineers, and skilled labour for local companies, and primarily for the co-operatives.

Before creating the first co-operative, Arizmendiarrieta spent a number of years educating young people about a form of humanism based on solidarity and participation, in harmony with Catholic social teaching, and the importance of acquiring the necessary technical knowledge. In 1955, he selected five of these young people to set up the first company of the co-operative and industrial beginning of the Mondragon Corporation. The people were Usatorre, Larrañaga, Gorroñogoitia, Ormaechea, and Ortubay, and the company was called Talleres Ulgor, an acronym derived from their surnames, known today as Fagor Electrodomésticos.

In the first 15 years many co-operatives were established, thanks to the autarky of the market and the awakening of the Spanish economy. During those years, also with the encouragement of Don José María, two bodies were set up that were to play a key role in the development of Mondragon: Caja Laboral (1959) and the Social Welfare Body Lagun Aro (1966). The first local group was created, Ularco, the embryo of the industrial co-operative associativism which has been so important in the corporation’s history. In 1969, Eroski was set up by a merger of ten small local consumer co-operatives.

During the next 20 years, from 1970 to 1990, the dynamism continued, with a strong increase in turnover, the launch of new co-operatives promoted by Caja Laboral’s Business Division, the promotion of co-operative associativism with the forming of local groups, and the setting up of the Ikerlan Research Centre in 1974.

With big changes on the horizon like Spain’s joining the European Economic Community, scheduled for 1986, it was decided to take an important step in the organisational area by setting up the Mondragon Co-operative Group in 1984, the forerunner to the current corporation. In-service training for managers was also strengthened with the creation of Otalora, which was to dedicate itself to training and co-operative dissemination. The Group had 23,130 workers at the end of 1990.

On the international stage, the aim was to respond to the growing globalisation process, strongly promoting expansion abroad by setting up production plants in a number of countries. The first, the Copreci plant in Mexico in 1990 was followed by many others taking the total to 73 by the end of 2008 and 122 at the end of 2013. This was part of a strategy aimed at: increasing competitiveness and market share, bringing component supply closer to important customers’ plants, especially in the automotive and domestic appliance sectors; and strengthening employment in the Basque Country, by promoting the export of products manufactured by the co-operatives by means of the new platforms.

In October 2009, the United Steelworkers announced an agreement with Mondragon to create worker cooperatives in the United States. On March 26, 2012, the USW, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) announced its detailed union co-op model.

In 2012 its industry component ended the year with international sales that set a new record of €4 billion, beating sales figures from before the crisis. Mondragon consolidated its presence abroad by opening 11 new production subsidiaries. Its international sales that year accounted for 69% (with a 26% increase from 2009 to 2012) and it employed 14,000 people abroad. The increase in Mondragon’s share in the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) was also particularly significant, around 20% up compared to the previous year. In 2013, international sales grew by 6.7% and accounted for 71.1% of total sales.

On 16 October 2013, Fagor filed for bankruptcy under Spanish law in order to renegotiate €1,1 billion of debt, after suffering heavy losses during the eurocrisis and as a consequence of poor financial management, putting 5,600 employees at risk of losing their jobs. This was followed by the bankruptcy of the whole Fagor group on 6 November 2013. On July 2013, Fagor was bought by Catalan company Cata for €42.5 million. Cata pledged to create 705 direct jobs in the Basque Country as well as ensuring the continuity of the brand names Fagor, Edesa, Aspes, and Splendid.

Business culture

Javier Sotil, president of the General Council of Mondragon Corporation

Mondragon co-operatives are united by a humanist concept of business, a philosophy of participation and solidarity, and a shared business culture. The culture is rooted in a shared mission and a number of principles, corporate values and business policies.

Over the years, these links have been embodied in a series of operating rules approved on a majority basis by the Co-operative Congresses, which regulate the activity of the Governing Bodies of the Corporation (Standing Committee, General Council), the Grassroots Co-operatives and the Divisions they belong to, from the organisational, institutional and economic points of view as well as in terms of assets.

This framework of business culture has been structured based on a common culture derived from the 10 Basic Co-operative Principles, in which Mondragon is rooted: Open Admission, Democratic Organisation, the Sovereignty of Labour, Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital, Participatory Management, Payment Solidarity, Inter-cooperation, Social Transformation, Universality and Education.

This philosophy is complemented by four corporate values: Co-operation, acting as owners and protagonists; Participation, which takes shape as a commitment to management; Social Responsibility, by means of the distribution of wealth based on solidarity; and Innovation, focusing on constant renewal in all areas.

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OccupySF Action Council: Events for Monday – Wednesday

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~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board


(Monday – Wednesday)

Monday, October 17

Oct. 17, Monday, 9:00am – 1:00pm, JUSTICE 4 KAYLA MOORE! PACK THE COURT IN SUPPORT

Phillip Burton Federal Bldg
450 Golden Gate Ave.,  17th Floor, Courtroom 6

On Oct. 17, the judge will give an update on his decision about whether to let the City of Berkeley dismiss Kayla Moore’s family’s wrongful death lawsuit.

We need to show up on October 17th to pack the courtroom to make it clear to the judge that we have NOT forgotten Kayla Moore, that her life and memory matter, and that we demand an end to racist, transphobic and ableist police violence!

We can’t let the City and BPD escape responsibility for Kayla’s death and the violence she faced, alongside so many Black, Brown, trans and disabled people who are harmed and killed by police violence.



Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th St. )


Pierre Labossiere, Co-founder, Haiti Action Committee; Board member, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund

Dave Welsh , S.F. Labor Council delegate; Member, Haiti Action Committee

Over 200 years ago Haitians rose and overthrew both slavery and colonial rule. Now, the enemies of freedom and sovereignty are attempting to re-colonize Haiti.

Come hear the incredible story of how this resilient people is rising up and upsetting the diabolical plans of the imperialist power to the north. And watch the heart-breaking 16-minute Film, What’s Going on in Haiti? — live footage of massacres by the US/UN military force still occupying Haiti — 12 years after the US coup that ousted and kidnapped President Aristide ­­­­ and the people’s unbreakable will to resist.

Wednesday, October 19

Oct. 19, Wednesday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Informational Picket: ON  the REMOVAL of MENDELL SHOP STEWARD ANGELA BIBB-MERRITT

1300 Evans St.

Come join us in support for Mendell union shop steward Angela Bibb-Merritt who was unjustly taken off work and is pending termination.

Come join us in solidarity to protest the abusive manager at Townsend.

Help your union send a message to management that we will not tolerate or accept their attack on our shop stewards and our carriers.

Angela was also a participant in OccupySF Action Council.

Info 650-533-1730 or at .

Oct. 19, Wednesday, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, ANTI POLICE – TERROR PROJECT – General Meeting

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations like Idriss Stelley FoundationCommunity READY Corps and Workers World is working to develop 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.



 October 7th until November 2nd, A PROMISE NOT to FORGET: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION, 

939 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th Streets)

Friday October 7, 2016 was Luis Gongora Pat’s 6th month anniversary of being killed by SFPD. In his honor, his family and our coalition members are raised an altar. It will be on view from Somarts annual altar exhibit inauguration on Oct. 7th until Nov. 2nd Day of the Dead.

We ask that you promise not to forget the victims of SFPD violence. #Justice4LUIS #Justice4OShaine #BLM#HonorMaya


October 7th until Nov. 2nd Day of the Dead.


Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm.



Suspect in San Francisco Involved Shooting Dies…/suspect-in-san-francisco…/1558071

Part of article…

….Officer Kevin Downs and his partner responded to the Lakeshore Shopping Center after security guards reported a man who was threatening customers on Friday.

Witnesses said there was a foot chase and then gunfire. “Two people, a cop and then the other guy was running from this direction that way and then all we heard was shots, like four or five shots and then we heard a scream like officer down really loudly,” witness Alex Melendez said.

Downs was shot according to the interim police chief, who said the the bullet entered and exited his head. “He underwent surgery to remove fragments from his brain and he still has partial paralysis on the side of his body from a shot to the head,” SFPD Interim Chief Toney Chaplin said.

Downs is a two-year veteran of the police force. A friend says he comes from a family that’s been dedicated to public service. His father is a retired San Francisco policeman. …

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