Berkeley Occupation update (from Mike Zint)

March 17, 2016

We have major developments in Berkeley.

In a nutshell not only does Capitelli embrace the pilot he is thinking that by September we are going to have a community of 25 -50 built and running!

So here is the timeline and outline of next steps to be taken

1 – 3 months Short Range

First They Came For The Homeless through its representative Mike Lee will cause to be sent a set of plans for the model Tiny House
Capitelli will then turn it over to his person for material list and cost
Capitelli will investigate the possibility of existing flatbed trailer no smaller then 7 feet by 14 feet that will be the base for the Tiny House

Once material cost and plans are finalize

Capitelli will contact people he knows including Carpenter’s , rotary club etc for direct assistance and involvement.

Capitelli will also contact building supply business asking for donations of material
First They Came For The Homeless will continue to fundraise to insure that if materials aren’t donated project has financial ability to pay for them.

Pre-Development

Once all identified elements are in place a pre-development meeting shall be scheduled with all involved parties. The purpose of this meeting shall be:

Schedule time and place for build
Delegating responsibilities
Schedule day of build what activities happen and when
Logistics

3 – 6 months Medium Range

Capitelli -Identification and acquisition of site for formal village numbering 25 – 50 units

Identifying relevant city agencies and support services to be included

First They Came for The Homeless. Developing

a.) Process of identifying future residents
b.) Standards of conduct
c.) Line of communication between all involved parties including outlying relevant responsibilities.

Once a site is agreed upon, a meeting of all involved parties to decided on process of building formal site.

6 month –

Building of formal site commences. End date to be no greater then two weeks after commencement date.

Other notes:

Once prototype is built First They Came For The Homeless shall assume responsibility for touring the model. This shall include all relevant promotional materials. First They Came For The Homeless agrees that in conjunction with Capitelli to conduct a survey of community reaction to this project and present data to all those involved in project.

All parties agree that at the initiation of the project that a joint press conference shall be held in order to publicly announce the formal start of this project. Another press conference shall be called to announce the conclusion of the build.

So take heart my friends we have advanced our ideas tremendously. The only caveat I wish to share is that we always have to mindful that we have a working relationship with the dark side. That they are clever people and we have to understand they do have an agenda. At the end of the day we don’t really care because the end result is that we are making a difference in the war against homelessness. That as a collective group we are much smarter and steps ahead of Darth and his stormtroopers.

— Mike Zint

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“How Both Parties Have Nearly Abandoned Us to Clinton vs. Trump” by Jim Sleeper (alternet.org)

Here’s how we got in this horrible mess.

As Donald Trump swept four more states on March 17, he did something you never see a presidential candidate do: He actually named huge corporations — Apple, Pfizer and other wardens of our Silicon Valley and Big Pharma cages — as ripe for discipline by government. Once again, he upstaged both parties’ political establishments’ hypocrisies, without any proof that he would or could actually curb offshore tax evasion and outsourced jobs. What he has done is expose our political system’s illegitimacy and unsustainability as no nominee has done since 1932.

Many observers of the 2012 Republican primary debates remarked that the cacophonous chorus line of presidential hopefuls resembled a large troupe of clowns piling out of a tiny car in the circus. Sure enough, once they’d mounted the stage, Newt Gingrich proposed that Americans colonize the moon. The late Ron Paul retorted that the only justification for such a venture would be “to send all the politicians up there.” Most candidates really did seem to have come from the moon as they prattled on about putting people’s money back in their pockets and rewarding their heroism in Iraq as many in the television audience faced declining incomes, home foreclosures and the war’s lies and wounds, and the attendant perversities erupting into American civic and social life.

This year, the Republican clown show became a freak show that may introduce the horror show of Trump vs. Clinton. Trump has said he’ll be more “presidential” after the primaries, but Nathan J. Robinson, editor of the new Current Affairs magazine and Harvard doctoral student, believes that only Bernie Sanders could restore both credibility and sanity to Democrats and to the election itself. Robinson, who happens also to be a brilliant mimic, imagines his way into Trump’s mind and mouth in a confrontation with Clinton as follows:

“She lies so much. Everything she says is a lie. I’ve never seen someone who lies so much in my life. Let me tell you three lies she’s told. She made up a story about how she was ducking sniper fire! There was no sniper fire. She made it up! How do you forget a thing like that? She said she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the guy who climbed Mount Everest. He hadn’t even climbed it when she was born! Total lie! She lied about the emails, of course, as we all know, and is probably going to be indicted. You know she said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq! It was a lie! Thousands of American soldiers are dead because of her. Not only does she lie, her lies kill people. That’s four lies, I said I’d give you three. You can’t even count them. You want to go on PolitiFact, see how many lies she has? It takes you an hour to read them all! In fact, they ask her, she doesn’t even say she hasn’t lied. They asked her straight up, she says she usually tries to tell the truth! Ooooh, she tries! Come on! This is a person, every single word out of her mouth is a lie. Nobody trusts her. Check the polls, nobody trusts her. Yuge liar.”

Never mind that “When PolitiFact was choosing its ‘lie of the year,’ it found that all its real contenders were Trump statements — so it collectively awarded his many campaign misstatements the ‘lie of the year’ award,” as Nicholas Kristof noted. The cumulative effect of Trump’s torrent of accusations is The Big Lie technique perfected in modern times by Joseph Goebbels, adapted in America by Joseph McCarthy.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and my supporters wouldn’t leave me,” he has said, as if he were a 10-year-old playing King of the Hill, and although he probably won’t shoot anyone, his boasts and insults have shot new holes in the liberal democratic fabric of dialogue and trust. He is separating words from deeds more brazenly than most folkloric American political snake-oil salesmen and sleazy senators ever did, leaving words more empty, deeds more brutal and those of us who try to put words on things more breathless than ever before.

Let’s all try to catch our breath and look at what he’s doing to public discourse; at how he has exposed a vacuum in what most Americans once thought of as trustworthy political, cultural and civic-minded business leadership; at how that leadership default has hurt Republican voters whom it had thought was its base; and at how these voters’ loss of trust is metastasizing into a syndrome of resentment as toxic as racism or McCarthyism but more diffuse and free-floating, no longer confined to old scapegoats, and unlikely to be repaired or put into remission, much less reversed, even if Trump’s campaign implodes tomorrow and he’s exiled to Corsica.

The Derangement of Democratic Discourse

Trump’s behavior has highlighted the difference between what children say and do on playgrounds, where they rough out rules for civility and cooperation, and what grown-ups are supposed to have learned and become committed to do to make a society work. The difference between Trump’s kind of free speech and kind that actually enhances freedom isn’t a legal one but a psychological and cultural one: Adults understand that what the Constitution rightly protects legally, civil society rightly modulates and anyone who lowers adult public conversation to the level of “So’s your Mom!” is dragging us all down.

Trump’s brand of discourse is even worse than that of the playground. When he said that he could shoot someone without losing public support, he certainly excited the roiling horde of “militia” members, authoritarian police, enthusiasts of “Stand Your Ground” and “Concealed Carry” laws and border walls, mass shooters (who in their derangement are sometimes attuned more acutely to the subliminal signals a society is sending.

Ranting like his offends not only the decorously and well-organized rich but also the more “liberal minded,” because he “cares nothing for reproaches that he is a criminal or a guttersnipe…. Where [he] knifes his opponents is by disarming them with a cynicism and stabbing them with a morality, [H]e twists and turns, flatters and gibes, lulls and murders. ….He raves about ‘the brutal and rude unscrupulousness of the parliamentary panders.’ He calls them job-hunters scoundrels, villains, rascals, criminals. He screams that ‘in comparison with these traitors to the nation, every pimp is a gentleman.’”

Not only that, “he boasts of his tricks: ‘Take me or leave me, my object, the resurrection of the … people, is so much more superb than any contrary principle that to bridle me with morals or sentiment is to lose…”

This plausible elaboration of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again!” could have been written by any discerning observer of his methods. It wasn’t George Will or Tom Friedman who wrote these particular words, however but the writer Francis Hackett, in a forgotten but still-arresting book, “What Mein Kampf Means to America,” which he published in April 1941, when many Americans still excused The Leader’s demagogic vitality, vulgarity and brutality and when many American businessmen even thought they could still make deals with him.

It was the German people, not the American, whom he sought to resurrect, and he may have been something of a brute and a clown. But after all, Americans rationalized, Herr Hitler is taking on the greater scourge of bolshevism and shaking up the corrupt, old European conceits and arrangements that have clung to power even after causing the Great War and the Great Depression.

If Trump were only a little more grandiloquent, he might justify his demagoguery by adding that “all great movements are movements of the people, are volcanic eruptions of human passions and spiritual sensations, stirred… by … the torch of the word thrown into the masses, and are not the lemonade-like outpourings of aestheticizing literati and drawing room heroes.” Ah, but those words were written by Adolf Hitler himself, in “Mein Kampf,” in 1926. Is that really surprising? When Trump commingles racist nationalism with what sounds like socialism by promising both a wall to keep out Mexican rapists and a cornucopia of “jobs, jobs, jobs” and full healthcare for Americans, he reminds you that “Nazi” was an acronym for National Socialism.

Trump is not and never will be Hitler. Drawing historical analogies is a dangerous game. But it would be just as dangerous to ignore history’s cautions unless one is bent on repeating its follies. To understand why the difference between Trump’s understanding of freedoms of speech and entrepreneurship and the kind that American civic-republican civil society would nurture if they weren’t being eviscerated by markets, contrast Trump’s claim that “he gets things done” while lesser people dither with the following insightful, poignant observation about civil society that “SPHealy,” an online commenter, posted beneath something I wrote in 2007.

“Back in the playground days we used to play basketball with whoever was on hand: 2-on-2, 3-on-2, 7-on-6, whatever. And people would rearrange and switch sides as needed to keep things even and fun. We were quite competitive and loved to win, but we were playing against our neighbors and schoolmates who were not necessarily our friends (and might even have been our enemies) but with whom we knew we needed to maintain at least non-destructive relationships for 7 or 8 more years.

“The problem is that such a system requires that all parties have a fundamental allegiance to getting along, and specifically to handling losses without developing longstanding brutal grudges. If a small group had ever gotten together and made an agreement to subvert the system and behave destructively in a coordinated manner, they could have done a lot of damage before the rest of us figured out what was happening – and then our only alternative would have been to terminate the system. If trust had been destroyed it could not have been replaced. Strong as our Constitutional system is, I don’t think it was ever intended to resist a large-scale, long-term, tightly-organized effort to subvert it from within.”

Many elite conservative efforts have been large-scale, long-term and tightly organized, all the more so when competing with other conservative efforts. But Trump has torn off their decorous, civic-republican covers and agendas and exposed them as the myopic and destructive maneuverings of plutocrats. It takes one to know one, and they loathe him, but they deserve him, and everyone knows it. They’ve never been able to reconcile their pious claims to uphold virtuous, patriotic, ordered republican liberty with their lust to ride tides of casino-like financing and predatory marketing that are dissolving republican virtues and sovereignty, tides that Trump himself rides as deftly as they do. He just doesn’t pretend that he isn’t riding them.

Nightmares of the Elites

Stunned by the sheer audacity of hopelessness in his insults and boasts, political and business leaders have finally become alarmed. Fashionable though it was only weeks ago to disparage Trump’s early victories by remarking that no one has ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, it’s obvious now that Republican and Democratic elites are going broke by underestimating the angry, embittered intelligence of millions of Americans who’ve voted for Trump so far and the millions more who would do so in a general election.

Whether or not they’ll keep flocking to him, they’re deserting both political parties and the airless ideologies of the think tanks and their journals, whose directors cast the voters as fools and blame one another for his rise: The day after Mitt Romney condemned Trump, the New York Times editorial board, which loathes Trump, condemned Romney, and The Wall Street Journal, which loathes Trump, too, ran a column by former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal charging that he is really a creation of President Obama.

Who are the fools here? Trump is a fraud and a demagogue, but none of these handwringers has faced his or her own side’s complicity in the casino-like financing, omnivorous marketing, and other modulations of greed that have made his demagoguery alluring by pumping distress and heartbreak into American life. Nor has either side grasped history’s cunning well enough to understand the irony that it’s a premiere financier of casinos and an omnivorous self-marketer who is approaching the threshold of the presidency.

Narcissistic and opportunistic though Trump’s political heterodoxy is, it has shredded the credibility of conservatives who fantasize about restoring the capitalism of William McKinley, let alone that of Adam Smith and John Locke, and it has sucked the wind out of the sails of leftists who fantasize that a precariat-proletariat will rise again.

Trump, of course, is pumping something still worse. He’s no Hamilton or Madison, struggling to devise an order capable of balancing wealth-making with power-wielding and truth-seeking. He’s no Lincoln, envisioning a new birth of freedom, no Teddy Roosevelt birthing a “new nationalism” more ecumenical and progressive than anything Europe ever dreamed of, and no FDR cobbling together a New Deal. The problem is that none of the claimants to any of these legacies seems fit to dive into the abyss Trump has opened and face the demons in it and in himself. Instead, the other candidates have been pirouetting at the edge of the abyss, putting on clown shows and freak shows.

Hence the eruption of public rage against these would-be Good Shepherds and the consultants and scribbling minions who’ve widened the abyss. Neoliberals thought they could triangulate between right and left and restore order to America along Singaporean, state-capitalist lines with democratic grace notes. But, in Trump’s hands, “Right before our eyes, like something on the screen, the vast social fabric [of the republic] has crumbled…. On its ruins, with the speed of a world’s fair, [he] and his confederates have run up a political front of startling and provocative modernity… [His movement’s] hand has been so much quicker than the democratic eye, and for his violence we have so little precedent.”

Again, this is Hackett in 1941, but American elites have been clearing the ground unwittingly for Trump’s great encampment, as Romney was doing by calling millions of Americans “takers” in 2012 and “suckers” last week. Takers and suckers some of them may be, but many are also shrewd, angry, bitter, and desperate. Although he was right enough to call Trump a fraud, Romney and his cohort would have to become a lot less fraudulent themselves to discredit him or whoever his successor will be if he implodes. He’s an all-too American carrier of a chronic dysfunction that was lathered into our economic and social foundations and that cracked the country open in 1860, when the Whig Party collapsed amid a no-longer deferrable dispute over slavery and states’ rights, and in 1929, when the Republican classical economic and political liberalism that “translates pretty easily into… a sanction for popular impatience with governmental restraints on greed,” as the late historian Edmund Morgan put it, brought the country pretty close to implosion as fascism was rising in Europe.

Trump is only the match lighting the tinder that many of us have prepared – the Clintons and the Chuck Schumers among us as much as the Bushes and Mitch McConnells, the “lemonade literati” of the prestige magazines as much as the Dinesh D’Souzas and Pat Buchanans. We should stop flattering ourselves long enough to understand why so many fellow citizens are willing to gamble so pathetically that Trump will deflect the torrentially marketed civic mindlessness and malevolence that’s groping them, goosing them, intimidating them, bamboozling them, indebting them, surveilling them, and, in so doing, imprisoning them.

Trump’s troops

Reckoning with this hard reality in the conservative National Review’s symposium “Against Trump,”R.R.Reno, editor of the conservative religious magazine First Things, noted that the people Romney dismissed as “’takers’ with no future in the global economy” made him the “failed candidate” that Trump calls him now.

“They suspect, rightly,” that the Chamber of Commerce will sell them down the river if it adds to the bottom line,” Reno adds. “I suppose that that’s the reason for [Trump’s] popularity… The middle class consensus in America has collapsed. This is the most important political and social earthquake since World War II. The conservative movement’s leadership isn’t up to the challenge, and a good number of voters are willing to gamble on Trump’s bluster.”

Reno stops short of acknowledging that the “middle-class consensus” owed a lot to massive public support for homeownership, to vigorous government regulations that supported union organizing and restrained the animal spirits of bankers, brokers, and campaign donors, and to the G.I. Bill and other extensive public funding of universities. From the 1970s on, Democratic as well as Republican elites seduced Americans into surrendering those supports bit by bit. Although there were valid reasons (such as global and technological upheavals) to re-work some protections and let go of others, there were far too many corrupt and destructive reasons, too.

The reckoning we’re experiencing, although it’s being distorted frighteningly by Trump, is about what political and business leaders on both sides of the aisle (and the Atlantic) deserve. At Hilton Head and Davos, they tell one another, sometimes with stagey caveats and sighs, that recent meltdowns prove that most people aren’t capable of self-government and need to be ruled or finessed. But the meltdowns prove that elites cannot even rule themselves, let alone anyone else.

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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD PEOPLE by David Bacon (davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com)

U.S. market ideology is undermining human rights for elders.

http://dollarsandsense.org/archives/2016/0316bacon.html
http://newamericamedia.org/

Dallas lives in the camp outside the old Berkeley City Hall, called by the residents an occupation.  It is a protest against the Berkeley City Council passing an anti-homeless ordinance.

Is there a human right to age in dignity? Some countries think so.

Unfortunately, ours isn’t one of them.

The Organization of American States recently adopted the first international convention on the human rights of older people (though the United States did not endorse it). The Organization of African Unity is debating its own convention, and is expected to adopt it next year.

It is ironic that the world’s poorer countries, presumably those with the fewest resources to deal with aging, are in the vanguard of establishing this set of rights. Meanwhile, the richest countries with the most resources, including the United States and the European Union, are arguing against applying a human rights framework to aging. In part, their contrarian stance reflects the dominance of market ideology. In a corporate economy, people lose their social importance and position when they are not working and producing value. In the United States, the resulting set of priorities has a devastating impact on older people.

While some countries are creating a new definition of human rights to include aging, and passing conventions that incorporate it, millions of seniors in the United States live in very vulnerable and precarious conditions, which are violations of their human rights as viewed in this context.

In another 15 years, 18% of the people in the United States will be over 65 years old. Though their numbers may be increasing, however, their security is not. In fact, the future of the nation’s elders is growing ever more precarious.

According to a recent study, Senior Poverty in America, by Rebecca Vallas, director of policy in the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, 10% of seniors (4.6 million people) fall below this country’s official poverty line.

In 1966 it was 29%. That sounds like progress. Vallas attributes the decline mostly to Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs established during this period. But this appearance of progress, she says, doesn’t account for the desperate situation of millions of seniors today. The programs helped people, but their success at lowering poverty among some seniors masks the desperate situation of millions of others. The official poverty line is too low, has grown increasingly out of whack over the years from the real cost of living, and uses a faulty method (3x the basic food budget) that does not correspond to current spending patterns for low-income people.

James Kelly lives in a camp outside the old Berkeley City Hall, called by the residents an occupation – “Liberty City”.

The official poverty line defines poverty for a single person as an income less than $11,770, and for a couple, $15,930 (for Alaska and Hawaii it’s slightly higher). Rent alone absorbs a huge portion of this. Even seniors at 125% of the poverty line spend more than three quarters of their income on rent, Vallas found-$11,034 for singles, and $14,934 for a couple. It’s hard to imagine finding an apartment in many urban areas with rent that low.

According to Vallas, seniors across the board spend 14% of their income on medical costs. Adding that to rent, poor seniors are left with about 10% of their income for food, bus fares, and everything else. It’s no wonder that so many people in line at county food banks are old.

Even an income of twice the official poverty line is hardly enough to make ends meet, and the number of seniors under this line is much greater-32% of those over 65 and 40% of those over 75.

A better criterion for poverty is the Supplemental Poverty Measure. The U.S. Census Bureau created this yardstick in response to criticism that the official poverty line grossly underestimates poverty (see Jeannette Wicks-Lim, “Undercounting the Poor,” Dollars & Sense, May/June 2013). The SPM is based on real-life expenditures for basic necessities like food, housing, clothing and utilities. It varies from place to place and isn’t meant to qualify or disqualify people for government programs. Vallas found that about 15% of seniors fall below this line, and 45% are “economically vulnerable”-below twice the SPM.

Poverty is no more evenly distributed among seniors than it is among people in general in the United States. Nearly 12% of older women (3.1 million) live below the official poverty line (vs. 7% of men), and 17% live below the SPM (vs. 12% of men), according to a 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation report. “The typical woman suffers an earnings loss of $431,000 over the course of a 40-year career due to the gender wage gap,” Vallas says. “The gap is even larger for women of color.” Black and Hispanic seniors are poorer in general-19% and 18% respectively are under the official poverty line, and 22% and 28% are under the SPM.

The income of seniors is overwhelmingly dependent on Social Security. The number of seniors who receive pensions from employers is declining rapidly, as corporations divest themselves of the “defined benefit” plans that pegged payments to pre-retirement earnings for an earlier generation. Today, the average Social Security benefit is just over $16,000 per year-not far above even the official poverty line. “For nearly two-thirds of seniors, it is their main source of income, and for one-third it is their only income,” Vallas notes. Without it, half of all seniors would fall below the SPM.

Hermilo Lopez, a Mixtec immigrant from San Juan Mixtepec, Oaxaca, works in a crew picking bell peppers near Fresno. He’s 69 years old.

The official poverty statistics do not even account for people who have been left out of the Social Security system entirely. Many workers do not make contributions, including workers in the informal economy, like day laborers.

Two million seniors get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which are based on low income rather than contributions made while they were working. But the maximum is $8,796 per year, well below the official poverty line. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, “for nearly three-fifths of recipients, SSI is their only source of income.”

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OccupyForum presents . . . Indigenous and Tribal Issues in the United States and around the world with Deni Leonard (on Monday, March 21)

OccupyForum presents…

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

2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Indigenous and Tribal Issues

in the United States and around the world:

Regarding Sovereignty and Self-Government

with Deni Leonard

“The issues of Indigenous Sovereignty relate directly to the colonization of all Indigenous peoples around the world. The pathology of the predatory hegemonic imperialism of Western consciousness has been the experience of all contacts with Indigenous people, based on the assimilation to Bankrupt Morality within Western Public Policies in which they are now committing “Filicide” — destroying their own children to obtain objects which promise evidence of power.

As Chief Seattle stated, “What you do to Mother Earth, you do to yourself.” We are all connected, and in the context of interconnectedness, that consciousness is necessary for all of us to create the social revolution to protect the living species and the physical bioconnectedness of our existence.

We must all be the power of change!”

Deni Leonard is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon and has lived in San Francisco since the middle 1970s. He arrived to teach at U.C. Berkeley and stayed to develop new initiatives for economic and political strategies for the Indigenous people. He has taught many seminars on finance, sovereignty, and business development.

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

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

http://www.occupy.com/article/merchandised-consumer-democracy-cause-economic-cancer-united-states

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“A Fierce Green Fire” on KQED-TV

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A Fierce Green Fire (#2701) Duration: 1:24:31

This film is an exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, this documentary chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

UPCOMING BROADCASTS:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Mar 15, 2016 — 9:30pm
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  • KQED 9: Wed, Mar 16, 2016 — 3:30am
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Action Council Events — March 16 to March 23

Wednesday March 16
            1:30 – 3:00 pm      Veterans’s Memorial  Bldg. 
                                       200 Grand Ave. Oakland 
                                   RIGHT WING AND MIDDLE CLASS  POPULISM:
                                   WHAT IS DRIVING VOTERS TO EXTREMES? 
                                       Speaker: David Peritz PhD.
                                       teacher of contemporary political philosophy
                                       sponsored by Berkeley edu/events
                                                  free and open to the public
             6:00 – 7:30 pm     2815 Bryant St.
                                       Protest THE BEAST ON BRYANT 
                                       We stopped the developer Nick Podell last
                                       last summer with his plan to build a high cost
                                       condo tower and drive out the working people
                                       out of town.  We don’t want any City Hall back
                                       room deals.  We want the developer to work
                                       with the people for a good neighborhood that
                                       we all can live with.
                                                 sponsor, Plaza 16 Coalition
             5:30 – 7:30pm      CCSF Ocean Campus  MUB rm. 160
                                       SPRING 2016 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
                                       Stay updated as to what is going on.
                                       Find out about the land grab on our parking lot.
                                       Prepare for a STRIKE!
              7:00 – 9:30         Humanist Hall.  390 27th St. Oakland
                                       between Telegraph and Broadway
                                       screening of:
                                       CHEMTRAILS: WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE
                                       THEY SPRAYING?
                                       pot luck at 7;00, Film at 7:30
                                      discussion following      $5.00 donation requested
Thursday, March 17       
            11:00 – 6:30pm     2467 28th St. S.F. one block off Taraval
                                      SINGLE PAYER NOW MAILING PARTY
                                      We will work to get the mailing out and then at
                                      6:30 enjoy dinner and view the film Fix It about
                                      our current health care system.
                                      Please rsvp at 415-695-7891 so Barry can cook
                                      enough for all of us.
            6:00 pm              SEIU Union Hall, 350 Rhode Island # 100 at 
                                      16th St. S.F. 
                                      JUSTICE 4 MARIO WOODS COALITION
                                      Stop police killing – Fire Chief Skuhr and
                                      charge the officers with MURDER!
Friday March 18
           10.00 am             Corner of Polk and McAllister
                                      STOP BANK FUNDED DISPLACEMENT
                                      Join us to demand that Chase BAnk reverse the
                                      foreclosure of Pastor Dorn.  The banks got
                                      paid off for their gamboling but still throw people
                                      out of their homes!
                                      sponsored by ACCE   info 415-377-6872
             11:00 am           San Francisco City Hall
                                     A CALL FOR JUSTICE!  BLACK AND BROWN 
                                     UNITY AGAINST POLICE IMPUNITY
                                     We will meet on the steps of City Hall and let
                                     know they will have no peace until Chief Suhr
                                     is fired! NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE
                                     sponsored by Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition
               5:00 pm          Grace Fellowship Hall
                                     3265 16th St. near Dolores
                                     MISSION NIGHT WALK 
                                     We will walk to Mission Police Station the back
                                     to the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 to continue to
                                     plan our work for coming events.  Twice a month
                                     communities of faith walk out to talk to our
                                     neighbors and pray for victims of violence.
                                     bring candles to light our way to peace.
Saturday March 19
              10:00 – noon     Ellis St Family Apartments 
                                     555 Ellis St  between Hyde and Leavenworth S.F
                                     LEARN ABOUT CLEAN POWER AND 
                                     RENEWABLE ENERGY
                                     speaker Eric Brooks S.D. Clean Power Advocate
                                     learn your options for your energy needs
                                     sponsored by OWL  info 415-989-4422
              2:00 pm           Redstone Building rm 302
                                     2940 16th St. near 16th St. BART
                                     SOME MOTHER’S DAUGHTER – NO TO POVERTY, VIOLENCE AND
                                     CRIMINALIZATION
                                    Scenes from Tales of the Grim Sleeper
                                    Speakers from All of Us or None, Coalition
                                    Fighting Back Serial Murders, Exotic Service
                                    Providers Union, U.S. Prostitutes Collective
                                     info   415-626-4114
Sunday March 20
             9:00 – 10:45     UU Church 1187 Franklin at Geary
                                   Breakfast Forum
                                   Speaker Dr. Bruce Alberts
                                   CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM
                                   This is the first of a Climate Change Respond
                                   month of environmental concerns.
                                   Dr. Alberts was awarded the National Medal of
                                   Science.  He is now the Chancellor’s Leadership
                                   Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF.
Monday, March 21
              5;30 – 8:30       Southeast Community Center
                                     1800 Oakdale Ave. S.F. 
                                     BLUE RIBBON  PANEL
                                     A Federal group of the Justice Dept is asking
                                     San Franciscans if they have problems with
                                     bias in the San Francisco Police Dept. This
                                     panel is gong to make recommendations
                                     concerning transparency, accountability and
                                     fairness in the S.F.P.D.
                                     We need to stand up and shout out the truth
                                     of the treatment of our young people of color
                                     in out city.  We MUST DEMAND CHANGE!  
             6 – 9 pm       2017 Mission St. S.F.  Global Exchange
                                Monday Night Occupy Forum
                                INDIGENOUS AND TRIBAL ISSUES IN THE 
                                UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD
                                Speaker:  Deni Leonard, member of the
                                Confederated tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon.
                                Learn of the difference between the bankrupt
                                morality of our society and connect with the
                                oneness of all life.  We must be the power of
                                change.
            7:00 – 9:00          Bernal Library Community Room 
                                     500 Cortland St. S.F.
                                     THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: HOW
                                     IT  THREATENS JOURNALISTIC FREEDOM 
                                     AND INTERNET DEMOCRACY 
                                     Speakers  Maira Sutter (Electronic Foundation) 
                                     and Richard Knee (Freelance journalist)
                                     Sponsor:  Pacific Workers Media Guild AFL-CIO
            7:00 – 10:00        2940 16th St. S.F.
                                     CONCERT FOR STRIKING WORKERS OF 
                                     CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO
                                     The workers have been on strike at four factories
                                     maintaining around the clock encampment.
                                     Workers are protesting exploitation, sexual
                                     harassment and denial of Union recognition.
                                     Live Music by Diana Gamuos, Francisco Herrera,
                                     Nancy and Mario Esteva
                                     Remarks by Veronica Lozoya and Elvia Villesca,
                                     union members from Cuidad Juarez.
                                     Tickets $10.00 at the door
                                     info  415-863-1225
                                     sponsored by S.F. Living Wage Coalition
Wednesday  March 23
              7:00 – 9:00        New Valencia Hall  749 Polk St. S.F.
                                     Reading and discussion of the book
                                     REVOLUTIONARY INTEGRATION : A MARXIST  ANALYSIS OF AFRICAN
                                     AMERICAN LIBERATION
                                     sponsored by the Freedom Socialist  Party
                                     info  415-864-1278
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Update on Berkeley Post Office Occupation (from Mike Zint)

March 14, 2016

An update on this: Today, they are gone. They were told to leave by the police. There is an investigation ongoing.

There is one good result from all of this. The Berkeley Post Office Occupation should be safe from any raids for quite awhile. Whoever was behind this attack, I thank you. I couldn’t have saved this occupation without you.

–Mike Zint

First they came for the homeless

March 12,2016

If you are local to Berkeley, please share this. Berkeley police intentionally installed a group of methamphetamine addicts into our 16 month occupation of the post office. I emailed the mayor, police chief, city council, community members, and the press. Here is what I wrote.

A couple of day’s ago, a group of known addicts moved in at the post office. Yesterday, a fight occurred. The police were called. When they arrived, instead of removing the situation, they instructed the tweakers where to set up. Lt. Rateaver then told me I was not doing a good job keeping the drugs out, and that the addicts where our responsibility. This inaction on BPD has endangered the protesters with lung issues. I was forced four times in the last 24 hours to endure second hand methamphetamine smoke. Any confrontation with the addicts risks violence and injury to us. Not to mention that BPD intentionally set this up 50 feet from the high school. If discrediting this protest is more important than protecting the students, city officials need to be held accountable. School starts on Monday. Will the tweakers be removed, or will they be allowed to remain for the purpose of disruption.

–Mike Zint

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Activists Phone Bank for Sanders in Zuccotti Park, Birthplace of Occupy (democracynow.org)

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The protests at Trump’s rallies come ahead of key primaries Tuesday. On the Republican side, the key prizes are Florida and Ohio, where the winner takes all of the states’ delegates. On the Democratic side, delegates are awarded proportionally, with all eyes on Florida, Illinois and Ohio. Here in New York City, Sanders’ supporters, many of them formerly involved with Occupy Wall Street, gathered in Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of Occupy, to phone bank for Sanders. Beka Economopoulos organized the action.

Beka Economopoulos: “We were really inspired by the incredible amount of grassroots momentum and energy that’s been inspired by the Sanders campaign and its critique of Wall Street, of money in politics and a rigged economy. We wanted to extend that conversation as long as possible and engage many more people in this political revolution. So that’s what we’re doing here in Zuccotti Park.”

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BPD installs a tweaker camp at the post office (from Mike Zint and Mike Lee)

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Mike Zint

March 12, 2016

A couple of day’s ago, a group of known addicts moved in at the post office. Yesterday, a fight occurred. The police were called. When they arrived, instead of removing the situation, they instructed the tweakers where to set up. Lt. Rateaver then told me I was not doing a good job keeping the drugs out, and that the addicts where our responsibility. This inaction on BPD has endangered the protesters with lung issues. I was forced four times in the last 24 hours to endure second hand methamphetamine smoke. Any confrontation with the addicts risks violence and injury to us. Not to mention that BPD intentionally set this up 50 feet from the high school. If discrediting this protest is more important than protecting the students, city officials need to be held accountable. School starts on Monday. Will the tweakers be here still, or will they be allowed to remain for the purpose of disruption.

–Mike Zint

Note from Mike Lee:

I personally spoke with officers and command personal. I explained again as I always do our area of responsibility. This area is recognized and agreed to by postal police. When asked by Lt what I wanted done I said that’s not up to me. He said fine he would deal with it. Thus the problem is caused not by our inaction but by a conscious, cognitive and deliberate decision of BPD.

To the Mayor, city council and all related government authority either directly or indirectly. I formerly notify you in both your individual and official capacity this situation does exist. That it represents a direct physical and emotional threat to the Berkeley High school student population both individually and collectively. Further that this situation directly threatens the public safety of Berkeley Citizens who frequent the area. Further that it endangers the safety and welfare of all children attending programs at the YMCA. If this situation results in judicial review I will testify that these facts are true and correct.

If maintaining your campaign of harassment and disruption of a legal protest is of tantemont importance to you then you also accept the risks and liability both legal and civil.

Respectfully submitted,
Mike Lee
Candidate for Mayor
www.oldbumformayor.org

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Tiny homes fundraiser (from OccupyOakland.org and Mike Zint)

Solving Homelessness One Tiny Homes Community at a Time.

tiny-home-model-gofundmeHow do you solve homelessness? You give people housing. How do you convince politicians to do what’s right? You get the public on board. HOW TO GET PUBLIC SUPPORT? – PLANT A SEED USING CROWDSOURCING!   First They Came for the Homeless has been fighting homelessness for years, as well as fighting against the privatization of the Postal Service and the sale of Berkeley’s downtown Post Office along with other activists. They have literally been ‘on the sidewalks’ in Berkeley for almost two years, and before that in San Francisco. … Continued

Three Ballot Initiatives Filed in Oakland: Minimum Wage, Police Accountability and Rent Stabilization

state-initiatives-allowed-mapThree ballot initiatives have been filed with the City of Oakland and will soon be ready to begin signature gathering. These initiatives represent a message to the City Council and the ‘Housing Cabinet’ : half measures aren’t going to cut it. People need living wages without every wage increase being consumed (and more!) by rental increases. People need to know they aren’t going to be evicted without cause so real estate moguls can make even higher profits. People need to know they can walk down the street without fear of … Continued

SF Police: “We Object!” -To Policy Recommendations That Suggest They Stop Executing People At Will.

mario-woods-wallSan Francisco has a police department whose members get to send racist texts without any reprecussions and execute people firing squad style without a care – and want to keep it that way. No matter that the firing squad execution of Mario Woods and the publishing of some truly disgusting racist remarks – that you’d think would only be overheard at a Trump rally – have outraged much of San Francisco. The police are showing no love towards the idea that there is an alternative to “shoot first, shoot often.” … Continued

OPD Is (Still) Out of Control.

opd-out-of-controlTwelve years of federal monitors, $30M in taxpayer money to pay for them, and more than $70M in lawsuit settlement costs later, OPD is no closer to not being a rogue agency than it ever was. Having managed to hide the video of Hernan Jaramillo being suffocated to death by its officers for years, even apparently from the family until after a lawsuit settlement was seemingly agreed to; having managed to kill Demouria Hogg after finding him asleep or unconscious in his car, unable with an entire squad of officers … Continued

Mehrsa Baradaran Writes the Book, Nails the Talks and Brings Home the Candidate on Postal Banking.

HtOHB-lights-mbHow the Other Half Banks is both the historical story of banking for the non-wealthy in America and why we once again need postal banks to serve the un- and underbanked, now in thrall to “alternative credit services” such as payday lenders. When the book, authored by Mehrsa Baradaran, was published last Fall, Strike Debt Bay Area (SDBA) was all over it, having been advocating for Postal Banking for years. One of their members wrote the first Amazon review and they invited Professor Baradaran of Georgia University’s Law School to … Continued

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Note from Mike Zint:

Our tiny homes open house fundraiser has collected $155 so far. It’s a start. We have a long way to go. The only way to reach this goal is with a lot of help. Not everyone can donate, but everyone can share this. If you have a page or are in a group, please take a second to share this to those locations. We are now up on indybay and occupyoakland.org.

Here are those links.

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/03/12/18783912.php

https://occupyoakland.org/…/solving-homelessness-one-tiny-…/

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