The SFPD attempted to raid Occupy SF’s Bradley Manning Plaza encampment late thursday afternoon. They failed and didn’t anticipate the response of occupiers to remove the barricades placed around the BMP camp. Occupiers soon after dismantled the barricades at 101 Market St as well. The SFPD was frazzled and ultimately removed all barricades at both encampments. We are currently occupying both spaces, strong with renewed enthusiasm.
November, 20th, 2011, the evening after the police raid at the Federal Reserve building, occupiers crowded together to close down the block of 101 Market Street. Daniel Ellsberg spoke to the crowd.
Then the Revolutionary Poets Brigade appeared and gave this spirited reading.
“Pepper spraying us is like throwing water on gremlins, the more you do it the more of us show up” ~ Lee Camp
“The revolution would like to apologize for shitting all over your apathy.” ~ Lee Camp
I love this man.
“…CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead…”
This needs to be seen so we can be prepared.
Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis Joins OWS Protest and Gives Message to NYPD from Zuccotti Park.
1. It names the source of the crisis.
Political insiders have avoided this simple reality: The problems of the 99% are caused in large part by Wall Street greed, perverse financial incentives, and a corporate takeover of the political system. Now that this is understood, the genie is out of the bottle and it can’t be put back in.
2. It provides a clear vision of the world we want.
We can create a world that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%. And we, the 99%, are using the spaces opened up by the Occupy movement to conduct a dialogue about the world we want.
3. It sets a new standard for public debate.
Those advocating policies and proposals must now demonstrate that their ideas will benefit the 99%. Serving only the 1% will not suffice, nor will claims that the subsidies and policies that benefit the 1% will eventually “trickle down.”
4. It presents a new narrative.
The solution is not to starve government or impose harsh austerity measures that further harm middle-class and poor people already reeling from a bad economy. Instead, the solution is to free society and government from corporate dominance. A functioning democracy is our best shot at addressing critical social, environmental, and economic crises.
5. It creates a big tent.
We, the 99%, are people of all ages, races, occupations, and political beliefs. We will resist being divided or marginalized. We are learning to work together with respect.
6. It offers everyone a chance to create change.
No one is in charge; no organization or political party calls the shots. Anyone can get involved, offer proposals, support the occupations, and build the movement. Because leadership is everywhere and new supporters keep turning up, there is a flowering of creativity and a resilience that makes the movement nearly impossible to shut down.
7. It is a movement, not a list of demands.
The call for deep change—not temporary fixes and single-issue reforms—is the movement’s sustaining power. The movement is sometimes criticized for failing to issue a list of demands, but doing so could keep it tied to status quo power relationships and policy options. The occupiers and their supporters will not be boxed in.
8. It combines the local and the global.
People in cities and towns around the world are setting their own local agendas, tactics, and aims. What they share in common is a critique of corporate power and an identification with the 99%, creating an extraordinary wave of global solidarity.
9. It offers an ethic and practice of deep democracy and community.
Slow, patient decision-making in which every voice is heard translates into wisdom, common commitment, and power. Occupy sites are set up as communities in which anyone can discuss grievances, hopes, and dreams, and where all can experiment with living in a space built around mutual support.
10. We have reclaimed our power.
Instead of looking to politicians and leaders to bring about change, we can see now that the power rests with us. Instead of being victims to the forces upending our lives, we are claiming our sovereign right to remake the world.
Students and teachers have been greatly impacted by the economic crisis.
Our teachers have been continually laid off and schools have lost funding due to budget cuts.
We need to send our government a message, our education should be top priority.
The Walk Out will begin at 12 p.m. November…
OccupySF speaks to Veteran Amos Lee Gregory Jr. about the Veterans Mural Project in the Tenderloin.
Located at 555 Geary Street. Shannon Alley between Geary and O’Farrell. San Francisco, CA.
Occupy SF speaks to Veteran Jordan Towers about Swords to Plowshares, Iraq Veterans against the War and the Occupy Movement.
On November 12th, DGR authors and supporters will be speaking at Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Fransiso.
At Occupy Oakland, Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay, and Waziyatawin will be speaking at 2pm. This event will be livestreaming here:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brightpathvideolive
At Occupy San Fransisco, Derrick Jensen will be speaking at 4:30pm.