Happy Birthday Occupy

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An encampment at Occupy UC Davis, March 2012. The Occupy movement celebrates its one-year anniversary Monday
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY YAEL CHANOFF

Occupy celebrates its one-year anniversary Monday, and many of the groups who have gotten involved over the past year will be going all out. These groups’ goals--  including ending unjust foreclosures,  fighting displacement of queer people and homeless people, and taking back power from banks and the one percent-- are a lot to achieve in one year. But they’ve made great stride. They’ll celebrate, and commit to another year of action, on Monday. 

Occupy Bernal, Occupy Noe and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment will put the pressure on banks that continue to foreclose on San Franciscans despite widespread evidence of fraud and a city resolution calling for a moratorium on foreclosures. At noon, they will hold a rally highlighting the ways that the foreclosure crisis disproportionately affects seniors, veterans and disabled people- find them at 401 Van Ness. At 3pm they will rally One Market Plaza, the officers of Fortress Investment Group board co-chair Peter Briger, infamous amongst the “foreclosure fighters” for his role in selling off distressed home mortgage debt.  

In the Castro, Community Not Commodity, the coalition that formed around an Occupride march protesting the corporate takeover of the Gay Pride Parade and continues to fight “increased rent, foreclosures and evictions, and the displacement of queer and homeless youth.”  They will meet up at 2pm at 18th and Castro for a speak-out, followed by a march on the banks at 3 and a sit-in protesting sit-lie at Harvey Milk Plaza. 

Also at 2pm, Occupy Oakland is throwing a street party. They’ll converge at Embarcadero and Market at Justin Herman Plaza (renamed Bradley Manning Plaza by the people from Occupy San Francisco, whose encampment stood there for three months last fall.) Organizers advise: stay tuned for Oct. 10, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Oakland. 

But Occupy San Francisco didn’t start at Justin Herman Plaza. It started Sept. 17, 2011 at 555 California, outside the building that houses the Bank of America west coast headquarters along with Goldman Sachs offices. It’s there that everyone will converge at 5pm for a raucous casserole-style march with the Brass Liberation Orchestra, followed by guerilla movie screenings, food to share, and a debt burning: "bring dept papers (BYOD) to burn symbolically," say organizers.

Can’t wait for tomorrow? Occupy SF hosts a day of poetry and speakers at Justin Herman Plaza today. The Human Be In, the unpermitted music and skillshare festival that brought hundreds to play music, teach workshops, and “transform space” in a dusty spot near Ocean Beach yesterday continues through tonight.  Occupy Bay Area United is also throwing a rally and teach–in focused on corporate greed starting outside 555 California at 7pm. 

Occupy is dead! Long live Occupy!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131

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MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012 – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Mayor Lee has no public events scheduled.

Monday, September 17, 2012
11:00 AM
Mayor Lee to kick off EV Week in San Francisco & highlight San Francisco’s leadership in electric vehicle infrastructure, innovation & jobs.
Justin Herman Plaza
The Embarcadero & Market Street

Note: Mayor’s schedule is subject to change.

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Chief Deputy Communications Director
Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee
415.554.6467
francis.tsang@sfgov.org

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012 – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Mayor Lee has no public events scheduled.

Monday, September 17, 2012
11:00 AM
Mayor Lee to kick off EV Week in San Francisco & highlight San Francisco’s leadership in electric vehicle infrastructure, innovation & jobs.
Justin Herman Plaza
The Embarcadero & Market Street

Note: Mayor’s schedule is subject to change.

###

Francis Tsang
Chief Deputy Communications Director
Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee
415.554.6467
francis.tsang@sfgov.org

Posted by Occupy SF on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

Top 15 Things Romney and Obama Agree On

15
Although unemployment is the highest it's been since the Great Depression, the federal government should NOT enact any sort of WPA-style program to put millions of people back to work.

14
Medicare, Medicaid and social security are “entitlements” that need to be cut to relieve what they call “the deficit.”

13
Climate change treaties and negotiations that might lead to them should be avoided at all costs.

12
NAFTA was such a great thing it really should be extended to Central and South America and the entire Pacific rim. (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has been described as "NAFTA on steroids".)

11
Banksters and Wall Street speculators deserve their bailouts and protection from criminal liability, but underwater and foreclosed homeowners deserve nothing.

10
Palestinians should be occupied, dispossessed and ignored. Iran should be starved and threatened from all sides. Cuba should be embargoed, and Americans prohibited from going there to see what its people have done in a half century free of Yankee rule. Black and brown babies and their parents, relatives and neighbors should be bombed with drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and similar places.

9
Africa should be militarized, destabilized, plundered and where necessary, invaded by proxy armies like those of Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi or Kenya, or directly by Western air and ground forces, as in Libya.

8
US Presidents can kidnap citizens of their own or any nation on earth from anyplace on the planet for torture, indefinite imprisonment without trial or murder them and neighboring family and bystanders at will.

7
Oil and energy companies, and other mega-polluters must be freed to drill offshore almost everywhere, and permitted to poison land and watersheds with fracking to achieve “energy independence”.

6
The FCC should not and must not regulate telecoms to ensure that poor and rural communities have access to internet, or to guarantee network neutrality.

5
Of course there really ARE such things as “clean coal” and “safe nuclear energy”.

4
Immigrants must be jailed and deported in record numbers.

3
No Medicare For All.

2
No minimum wage increases for you, no right to form a union, no right to negotiate or strike if you already have a union, and no enforcement or reform of existing labor laws.

1
The 40 year war on drugs must continue, and even mention of the prison state is unthinkable.

http://blackagendareport.com/content/closer-you-think-top-15-things-romn...

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

of that is mutually exclusive idiocy.

You complain about falling wages and high unemployment and then complain about enforcement of illegal immigration?

Posted by matlock on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

Immigrants don't take jobs from Americans and they have nothing to do with falling wages. Quite the opposite. According to a study by an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of SF, Immigration has no “significant” effect on the number of jobs available to U.S.-born workers and helps boost incomes and productivity over time. This includes undocumented immigrants.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-30/immigrants-don-t-take-jobs-away...

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

Look at what illegal immigration has done to the construction industry - legitimate contractors are routinely outbid by illegals who don't have to pay taxes, insurance etc...

Posted by Troll II on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

back flips that the goofy left goes through to justify their positions.

Wages are too low and unemployment too high, a glut of labour has nothing to do with that. What will solve these problems is a higher minimum wage and other laws that drive up the cost of employment, thus driving contractors to hiring people off the books.

A world view based on wishing and denial of a basic understanding of how the world works.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

"Immigrants, who tend to be less educated and lack English- language skills, allow U.S.-born workers with similar levels of education to shift toward more communications-intensive jobs, which generally pay better, Peri said. Also, a growing workforce prompts companies to expand and upgrade equipment, making the economy more productive, he said. "

"communications-intensive jobs" meaning sales. People in construction make more than people in sales.

With low wage workers companies don't upgrade equipment, that doesn't even begin to make sense.

That whole article was ridiculous.

It's interesting that the left bemoans the levels of unemployment among certain racial demographics, then encourages another demographic to come here and drive down wages and keep the other demographic unemployed.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

H1-B visas are put into place so that South Asian tech workers can move to the US and drive down tech wages.

"Small wonder there's a problem here," said Lofgren. "We can't have people coming in an undercutting the American educated workforce."

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215405/H_1B_pay_and_its_impact_o...

UC Davis CS Professor Norm Matloff on the issue:

http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/h1b.html

But as far as immigrant rights lefties go, tech workers are not people of color and since we make more than minimum wage and don't work for nonprofits, we are "rich" so we don't count as workers in their narrow ideology.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 9:01 am

Employers are required by law to pay whatever the prevailing wage is for jobs when sponsoring employees for H1B visas. They cannot pay them less, so this does not drive down tech wages. Check with the Department of Labor.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 10:07 am

The prevailing wage does not fall when there are more workers competing for each job and the prevailing wage does not fall further, faster when the government allows corporations to import even more workers when there are already more workers competing for each job?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 10:36 am

And so there will always be one of three solutions:

Immigration
Outsourcing
A fall in the dollar

In practice, we see all three. It's that pesky invisible hand again.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 11:03 am

I need a haskel programmer, although they will be programming 99% of the time in C++

God bless our liberals, so deep they are.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

Tech workers don't get much of my sympathy, having been one in the first dot bomb.

But you make the obvious point, "progressives" could careless about you, or anyone else really.

Tech companies just need to manipulate your job description and you are tech support and are worthy of 12$ an hour. Progressives complain about these schemes and then advocate for even worse.

Progressives complain that the average asshole will vote against their own best interest, meaning republican, but the answer they have is another version of "Fuck You" American worker.

Posted by matlock on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

Started with the same enthusiasm and promise as the Tea Party, it has abjectly disintegrated due to a combination of petty crime, vacuous objectives and an almost complete lack of focus.

It had it's 15 minutes of fame but it's lasting legacy is little more than the vapid catch-phrase "the one percent".

If even 1% of the population had joined and supported Occupy, it might have at least achieved something. As it is, it's a standing joke for the ineptitude of the left in America.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 16, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

The government coopted the Tea Party into the Republican Party while the government repressed Occupy with a brutality not seen since the 1960s.

Such is the yin and yang of how power maintains itself.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 9:03 am

You will recall that there were cases of violence, drug use, robbery, trespass and vandalism.

Most Occupy camps were not closed down. They simply fizzled out when winter arrived.

The Tea Party broke no laws. You don't have to become a criminal to make a political point.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 11:01 am

Your message is clear, your path is righteous. You've come a long way, baby :

http://canigetawordin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2012-07-29-08.49.45...

Posted by Parvo on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 8:04 am

the purpose behind celebrating not showering for a year?

Posted by Chromefields on Sep. 17, 2012 @ 9:29 am

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This coming Wednesday, September 19, at 8:30amPT/11:30amET, Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, will join European Green parliamentarians to discuss pressing global topics including:

•the global economic crisis,
•the Green New Deal in the U.S. and Europe,
•the undemocratic nature of U.S. elections (including the upcoming debates) vs. proportional representation in Europe,
•support for immigrant rights,
•climate change and more.

You are invited to participate in this first ever global video conference, live!

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Posted by lp on Sep. 18, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

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