Occupy SF is celebrating a victory today after successfully regaining momentum and occupying a vacant building in San Francisco last night. April 1st marked a nation-wide day of action where Occupy camps in over 13 cities reclaimed their right to exist through demonstrations, marches and occupations. Occupy SF, after being forced out of their Embarcadero
As the Occupy encampments continue to grow along the west coast, city officials have been taking action to ensure they do not last long. In just the last week, we’ve seen a heightened increase in policy raids, violence and threats to shut down camps in Oakland, Berkeley, Portland and other locations across the US. Police
Without the cops amassing around the camp threatening people with arrest and violent attack – there would have only been a block party – but the violent police state showed up to smash our party – to foreclose our occupation of the TAS building– they came to reclaim the property of the lenders from the people – which is to say they came to take it from everyone to give it back to no-one.
The stated purpose of the General Strike is as follows: To stand in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Movement; To end police attacks on our communities; To defend Oakland schools and libraries; To stand against an economic system built on inequality and corporate power that perpetuates racism, sexism and the destruction of the environment
The constant short-term status-quo focus of policy in the United States, manifested in the knee-jerk violent suppression of non-corporate sponsored protests, is actually going to be the protesters’ greatest asset—in the long-term.
Concerning AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s National Press Club speech on Friday, Steven Greenhorse of The NYT Caucus wrote: In what was advertised as a major policy address, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., Richard Trumka, denounced Republicans on Friday over their efforts to cut Medicare spending and curb collective bargaining while promising — in a warning
On May 1, 2011, several organizations and thousands of people will join together and begin an indefinite strike and occupation in Sacramento. Everyone who can participate in this, partially or fully, should. After victories in Wisconsin and displays of solidarity around the country, it’s time to take California. A victory there would open the gates wide.
Peace of the Action (POTA), CodePINK, Cindy Sheehan, United Progressives, several other entities, and all Vulnerable Folks are calling on us to march, strike, and occupy Sacramento and beyond beginning May Day (1st), 2011. We seek your endorsement for – and participation in – this march/strike to strengthen our approach, our numbers, and our will.
This was posted by Paul Barrow of United Progressives, on behalf of the Bail out the People Movement: The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and many others have put out an emergency call to come to Madison this morning. Protests are scheduled this whole week and weekend. On Saturday, farmers are planning to drive their tractors to Madison
Important news events heading into the new week.