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May 1, 2012 11:14 pm
OCCUPYSF INFILTRATED? Chaos in the Mission, Smashed Windows, Tires, and Stores...and the Police do nothing.

scottrossi:

Notes from an Occupation 17: Dolores Park “Ruckus”

So I’m just going to quick talk about what happened tonight, 30 April, 2012, on the eve of the May Day 2012 General Strike. I don’t know everything yet, and I’m too busy getting ready for tomorrow to really sit down and do homework. You’re getting my on the ground observations and you’re getting…

April 16, 2012 6:44 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21245177991/glenn-beck-doing-no-better-on-sfs-knew-960-than">Glenn Beck doing no better on SF’s KNEW 960 than Stephanie Miller

I just spent 22 minutes on the phone with KNEW 960

Yeah, Bay Area folks - it used to be Green 960…If you, too, have been missing the old lineup - here’s what I learned:

Stephanie Miller from 6-9 am and Thom Hartmann from 9-Noon

were not getting good enough ratings…so Green 960 became KNEW 960, and now we have GLENN BECK on in Stephanie’s slot, both Stephanie and Thom air, but they are no longer live, there is a Finance Show on from 6-7 pm, and Stephanie is not live, but airs at 7-10 pm.  So, we get a canned morning show, on our ride home at night…can’t call in, can’t find out what’s happened during the day, it’s an insult.

Truth is, I experience RAGE when I turn on 960 now…they’ve forced me to seek out other Radio Outlets, because I don’t want to hear this morning’s stories at night - stuff happens during the day, and I want to hear TODAY’S stories…like, Stephanie made no mention that Rick Santorum had dropped out of the race on Monday, because it HADN’T HAPPENED when her show aired that morning!  So I feel RAGE when I turn on 960 in the morning and get Glenn Beck, and I feel rage when I turn on 960 at 6 pm and get a financial show, and I feel rage when I try to get some actual live broadcasting from 960 past 7 pm at night!

I let this guy Corey know about it…he agreed…he confessed he used to have a little Sunday evening show on the old Green 960…and he missed the lives shows airing at their actual time, too…

He told me that Glenn Beck’s ratings are about the same as Stephanie’s was, except now they have a lot of irate listeners (who, like me, I bet, are seeking out other progressive, live radio stations to listen to fill their needs).

I asked Corey if Green 960 had irate customers calling in to complain about Stephanie’s show, the way they now call in to complain about Beck’s show…he said, “No.” They never had any complaints about Stephanie…so I suggested going back to Stephanie live when both Beck and Stephanie’s contracts come up for renewal, because, if the ratings are the same, and you could have no irate customers, wouldn’t that be better?

If you are a local Bay Area listener, and have also been distressed with the downhill trend that 960 has taken, maybe you could give the programming guy, Corey a call (415) 356-5546…just ask for Corey…otherwise they will try and get you to record your comment on the comment line…I mean, that’s good, too…but if Corey starts hearing from more people, maybe he can influence the powers that be to get Stephanie back on in the morning, airing live, and then another live show in the evening…

February 8, 2012 3:48 pm
Me at Justin Herman Plaza, former home of Occupy SF.
Closed to keep Occupy OUT, is more like it!

Me at Justin Herman Plaza, former home of Occupy SF.

Closed to keep Occupy OUT, is more like it!

January 28, 2012 6:46 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/16672509823/on-the-eve-of-the-year-decision-of-citizens-united-a">On the eve of the year decision of Citizens United a boisterous citizenry took to the streets!

Occupy’s SF’s J20 Wall Street West shutdown:

An exhilarating festival of protest

On a rainy windy Friday, thousands, yes thousands came out throughout the day to participate in diverse actions from picket lines at hotels to flash mobs shutting down banks to speak-outs at weapons corporations to rallies at the Courthouse and City Hall. With hundreds here and hundreds there, it did not become clear until the 5 pm march just how successful the day had been, when all gathered together filling up blocks on Market street with protestors from every age, race, and gender.

It was clear from the wee hours of the dawn that the day would be a success, when several groups rallied and chained themselves to each of four entrances at the main Wells Fargo Branch, leaving the employees on the corner unable to enter.

Not only was Wells Fargo forced to close, but there were hundreds gathered in a joyous festival of protest, with the Brass Band orchestra, a dancing flash mob, the elusive black blob representing either a black gulag; the press conception of anarchism; or possibly the black hole of capitalism: up to the individual to decide…But that was just the beginning.

Following the shut-down of the Bank of America down the block from Wells Fargo on Montgomery Street, Oakland’s party bus and dance party took the streets.

It was a brilliant party of protest with hula hoops, clowns, jugglers and a colorful party bus. They took intersections in front of banks, stopped traffic and wowed the passerbyers with dance music throughout the San Francisco financial District. Moving boxes were stuffed in the revolving doors of Citibank representing the millions who have lost their homes to foreclosures.

The Bank of America on Market Street was not only shut down, but turned into the People’s Food Bank of America by Occupy SF’s autonomous action working group with a colorful sign and multiple protestors tied to its doors while crowds of people were fed in front of its ATM machine.

A SF Occupier read off the litany of crimes committed by Bank of America and its executives at its doors. Hundreds gathered at the 9th Circuit Court at noon to demand an end to unlimited funding of political campaigns by corporations and to demand a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood on the anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision (the beginning of the end of campaign finance reform).

Shortly after, hundreds gathered on the steps of City Hall to stop the foreclosure auction of a resident’s house. The auction was postponed. Various protestors entered City Hall to protest other foreclosure auctions after workers and residents spoke about the struggle to maintain housing amid the predatory practices of banks.

And at Bechtel, powerful speakers spoke of Bechtel’s profiteering in Iraq, attempts to privatize public water in Bolivia, and energy policy dominated by corporations seeking profit instead of a sustainable future. One speaker pointed out that German citizens are actually profiting in the thousands because they can sell back their energy from solar panels to the energy grid. He explained that this is due to Germany’s energy policy that encourages solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. While Germany and China are cornering the market for solar, the U.S. continues to promote reliance on fossil fuels to the detriment of our children and the Earth.

A speaker from Iraq Veteran’s Against the War passionately pointed out that it is the children of the poor and working classes that are sent to fight wars for the benefit of the 1%, not the children of Senators.

The day was filled with many more actions such as a squid at Goldman Sachs representing multiple arms sucking the money out of communities. At 5, thousands gathered walking up Market Street and speakers from diverse groups rallied the crowd against the wars, bank dominance of our economy and the 1% control of our political system.

One of the highlights of the day was the takeover of the Cathedral Hill Hotel, an extension of the evening march in an action to take back the commons.

Some fifteen protestors managed to enter the enormous but empty hotel, and a few hundred more protestors arrived from the march. However, riot police pepper-sprayed some ten to twelve people to keep the protestors from entering the empty building.

The march then retreated around the block and returned, managing to liberate a back door. Some one hundred people streamed into the hotel in jubilation that rooms could be made available for the homeless.

Ironically, the hotel, empty but in great condition has hundreds of empty rooms that could house the burgeoning homeless population of San Francisco. Yet, thanks to our system, the hotel will remain empty and its doors welded shut while the homeless population continues to increase.

A few occupiers were eventually arrested though most left voluntarily after a few hours exploring the hotel.

Throughout the day, there were a number of courageous bank protestors arrested for chaining themselves to the doors of Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

And despite some controversy as to whether the Action Council, the arm of Occupy SF involving representatives from non-profits, was over- taking Occupy SF, it was clear in the end that this action was an action by the people.

The people took over the intersections stopping traffic, entered the empty hotel, turned Bank of America into a food bank and danced in the streets, with or without non-profit backing.

And as for demands, well the actions speak for themselves, but just to name a few of the day’s demands: the end of bank bailouts and corporate dominance over our economic and political system, the end to corporate personhood and unlimited funding of campaigns, rights and fair wages for workers, food instead of bombs, the end of unjust foreclosures, criminal prosecution of financial fraud, investment in clean energy instead of weapons, housing for the homeless and a political system by and for the people instead of by and for the banks; weapons corporations; and the 1%.

~ Beth Seligman

January 20, 2012 10:50 am December 9, 2011 11:43 am
Just after 2:59 SFPD Sgt. Peter Thoshinsky (helmet #2197) walks down the line and instructs each officer “If they do not do what you tell them, strike them.”

[NOTE* from Leftish: There has been next to NO MEDIA COVERAGE of the harsh dismantling of the San Francisco Justin Herman Plaza encampment. Although the camp always had difficulties drawing in non-camping citizens, due to the overwhelming preponderance of homeless campers, there were still many, many committed citizens who were meeting every day in working groups and at the General Assembly, and the press has totally dismissed the entire SF movement as having no substance.  Having spent many, many hours at Justin Herman, I can understand why this conclusion was drawn, however, that is not a true picture of the entire OccupySF Movement, and it is certainly no excuse for the harsh police treatment that these non-violent protesters underwent.]

Just after 2:59 SFPD Sgt. Peter Thoshinsky (helmet #2197) walks down the line and instructs each officer “If they do not do what you tell them, strike them.”

Recorded outside the kettle perimeter SFPD established in Bradley Manning Plaza (aka Justin Herman Plaza) on the evening of December 7 (the night after their early morning surprise raid in which they arrested 70 people and destroyed their belongings).

People inside the kettle were not allowed to leave from 6 : 30pm until about 8 : 50pm when the police abruptly left.

At 0:45 you can see police kneeling on two people; one is Chris Jones, who (more than 40 minutes later) was taken to the hospital. The 1:05 mark in this video (when the police flip over the unidentified person with white pants) occurs at the following point in another much clearer video of the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Ty2y-GJ-Y#t=1m43s

Local time at beginning of this video was 6 : 45pm.

Discussion at http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/n5i3r/last_night_at_occupys…

December 2, 2011 8:00 am
We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!
What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.
May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:
STAY PEACEFUL!

We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!

What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.

May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:

STAY PEACEFUL!

November 20, 2011 1:28 am November 17, 2011 5:24 pm
Here’s Kames (yes, Kames, it’s not a typo), sweeping up outside the new OccupySF Working Groups Tent, 11/16/11

Here’s Kames (yes, Kames, it’s not a typo), sweeping up outside the new OccupySF Working Groups Tent, 11/16/11

4:30 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/12946070164/im-really-sorry-i-havent-meant-to-be-so-busy">I’m really sorry, I haven’t meant to be so busy!

I’ve been “Occuhopping” all around the Bay Area - I’m hardly ever home and I’m still working out how to post to Tumblr from my iPhone…we got a 4G Hotspot yesterday, so we will be able to record all the different Occupy movements we visit.  And we got a web site (Occuhoppers.com) which is still Under Construction, and also facebook.com/occuhoppers where I’m hoping other “Occuhoppers” will post their photos, videos, links, etc.

I’m sorry, Tumblr…I miss you, but important work is afoot, and I want to lend my voice and support wherever I can.  What with all the various raids in the Bay Area, and the huge marches we’ve had this week, I’ve been busy!

I have given my buttons out and met Occupiers in 6 different Occupy Encampments around the Bay Area so far, and I intend to go to Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Rafael and Marin as soon as I can fit it in!  I have plans to visit LA some time soon, and a trip across country in the Spring.

We are making great strides lately in the SF Occupy.  After being almost completely outnumbered by non-working “residents”  the Worker Bees decided to take action, and we bought a gigantic pink tent, and we took back some space and are making a “Working Group” area, so newcomers to the camp will know where to go, and it will be easier to meet people of like mind, and figure out how to lend a hand.  This is very exciting for those of us who have been longing to focus on the overall Global Movement’s work, rather than on “Camp Issues”, as I like to call them.

I will try to post more frequently, but I just haven’t had time.  I live an hour away from any of the Occupations I frequent, and I often almost fall asleep on the ride home winding down the long, dark country roads.  I’ve been running on 3-4 hours sleep for weeks, it seems.

But I’m not giving up.  Last weekend I helped man the OccupySF table at the Green Festival, which they kindly donated to our cause (retail value: $1000 - YAY Occupy AND YAY Green Festival).  We gave away every last button I made, and we got to give away literature and interact with a lot of Bay Area people that have been wanting to participate, but didn’t see how they fit into what appears to be a homeless encampment (more on that in a future post).

Well, I want everyone local to know that big changes are happening at the SF camp, and every day we are making the camp more user friendly to a wider range of people.  Right now we have a Children’s Activity time every Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm.  They created their OWN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, and report to the adult General Assembly at 6 pm on Sundays.  Isn’t that awesome?  We usually have some kind of activity (Pumpkin Carving a few weeks ago, Instrument Making, etc), and the group meets on the other side of the plaza, far away from the cigarette smoke and other questionable elements!

And every night we have our General Assembly at 6 pm, except Saturday at 12 noon.  And every Saturday we have a march at 3 pm.

I encourage everyone to witness the GA process - it’s a fascinating look at ACTUAL DEMOCRACY in ACTION!

Okay, I’ve gotta get back to writing a response to a very scathing article that was written about the SF Camp in the SF Examiner yesterday.  Everyone at camp was talking about it, and it was discussed at length in the GA where it was determined that we want to put a better face on for the world than we have so far.  Today was spent cleaning and tidying all of Justin Herman Plaza.

The original encampment at 101 Market Street, outside the Federal Reserve may have to come down, though.  The city is very upset about it.  As long as we still have Justin Herman, we’re grateful!

I’ll try to post more often, if I can!

Find a movement near you!  Get involved!

TODAY’S OUR SECOND MONTH ANNIVERSARY!  Look at ALL WE’VE DONE in TWO MONTHS.  We’ve changed the dialogue, created a whole new terminology, got BofA to back off their $5 month additional fee, opened 690,000 Credit Union accounts, transferred $4.6 Billion out of large banking institutions, marched in solidarity with numerous causes throughout the country and world, and brought HOPE INTO THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS.

Congratulations everyone - we’re just getting started!

Even if they tear down every last camp, they cannot stop the momentum of this movement!  We are the 99%, we will prevail!

November 4, 2011 8:19 pm
This ran in today’s Hearsay News.
STAND TALL, BOLINAS!
I’ll be there with FREE BUTTONS FOR ALL 99%ERS, folks!’

This ran in today’s Hearsay News.

STAND TALL, BOLINAS!

I’ll be there with FREE BUTTONS FOR ALL 99%ERS, folks!’

October 30, 2011 10:27 am

Jack Hirschman, San Francisco;s Poet Laureate, reads his poem, “The 99” at OCCUPYSF, introduction by Diamond Dave.

October 24, 2011 10:12 pm
It’s hard to break away from OccupySF! 
I wish I could be Livestreaming 24/7 from the  camp, but I had to come home and tend to my B/99  (before 99%) life..I  had to do all those mundane things like shopping, doing laundry,  getting a tail light for my car, maiing out my orders for my  business..etc., etc..plus I have photos to edit and post!!
If you are not supporting your local Occupy movement, you are missing out!!
Choose from all the worldwide Livestreams: occupystream.com
Find an OCCUPATION near you: occupytogether.org

It’s hard to break away from OccupySF!

I wish I could be Livestreaming 24/7 from the camp, but I had to come home and tend to my B/99  (before 99%) life..I had to do all those mundane things like shopping, doing laundry, getting a tail light for my car, maiing out my orders for my business..etc., etc..plus I have photos to edit and post!!

If you are not supporting your local Occupy movement, you are missing out!!

Choose from all the worldwide Livestreams: occupystream.com

Find an OCCUPATION near you: occupytogether.org

October 21, 2011 8:11 pm
Art Therapy - OCCUPYSF - Justin Herman Plaza - 10/18/11

Art Therapy - OCCUPYSF - Justin Herman Plaza - 10/18/11

October 20, 2011 12:28 pm