In the police version of events, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy protestor Michael Premo charged the police like a linebacker, taking out a lieutenant and resisting arrest so forcefully that he fractured an officer’s bone. That’s the story prosecutors told in Premo’s trial, and it’s the general story his arresting officer testified to under oath as well. But Premo, facing felony charges of assaulting an officer, maintained his innocence. [...]
by Zappa Montag With the recent publishing of an eBook titled “A People’s History of Occupy Oakland” by myself and a few others, has come some of the predictable drama and denunciations that have characterized much of the interactions between certain segments of the movement locally since the inception of Occupy Oakland. I already know that some Occupy Oakland folks don’t like me and some of the other folks who [...]
One year ago, we gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza to welcome the birth of a movement. We, the editors of this anthology, met through Occupy Oakland. In the beginning, we were strangers to each other, unsure of each others’ intentions, unsure of each others’ capabilities, and unsure of our own places in the worldwide movement that is Occupy. Like the editors ourselves, each of the contributors to the anthology comes [...]
Egyptian Americans from all over the Bay Area gathered in San Francisco on 8 December 2012 to protest the dictatorship of Mohamed Morsi Isa El-Ayyat and the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians want justice and democracy and NOT an Islamic republic.
Throw out everything you think you know about revolution. This is reality, not theory. “How do you get enough people in the street to reach the tipping point where everyone with enough anti-regime sentiment will feel safe enough to demonstrate? How do you communicate effectively within the movement, and tell the movement’s side of the story to the outside world? And how do you sustain pressure on the regime despite [...]
What do the Regents have planned for the future of the University of California? They say they’re struggling to give you the best education money can buy. But the evidence of conflicted interests says otherwise. On 15 November 2012, Occupy the Regents picketed the regents meeting, demanding that they stop recklessly spending money and balancing the budget on the backs of students, faculty and staff.
Is Wells Fargo finally doing the right thing? Well, maybe they just needed a little help. On 17 November 2012, Occupy, Space Transformers and ACCE decided to help Wells Fargo Bank become a better corporate citizen by going to their home mortgage office on Market Street and setting up a homeless shelter and giving away free, nutritious food! Brought to you by Occupy Bernal, ACCE-SF, Occupy Direct Action Workgroup, Occupy [...]
What do the Regents have planned for the future of the University of California? They say they’re struggling to give you the best education money can buy. But the evidence of conflicted interests says otherwise.
Erick Vidal Martinez is the second openly gay person to run for Congress in Honduras. What happened to the first? He was murdered. More than 70 LGBT activists have been murdered in targeted killings since the 2009 coup against democratically elected president Manual Zelaya. Erick is a human rights trainer who helped found the Diversity Movement in Resistance. He is running as a candidate with the LIBRE Party, an electoral [...]
Erick Vidal Martinez es la segunda persona abiertamente gay que se ha postulado para el Congreso en Honduras. ¿Que pasó a la primera? Fue asesinado. Más que 70 activistas LGBTI han sido matados en asesinatos selectivos desde el golpe de estado de 2009 contra el presidente democráticamente elegido Manual Zelaya. Eric es un entrenador de derechos humanos y un fundador del Movimiento Diversidad de Resistencia. Corre como un candidato con [...]