Category: Arts & Actions
December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress. Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations.
Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions. But understanding the Federal Reserve is absolutely critical, because the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems. Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 recessions or depressions, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger. This insidious debt-based financial system has literally made debt slaves out of all of us, and it is systematically destroying the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have. If nothing is done, we are inevitably heading for a massive amount of economic pain as a nation.
In celebration of this season of peace Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs invites the community to join them for a free vegan dinner, live music and pleasant conversations outside the Downtown Post Office. The public is welcome to help cook on Christmas morning starting at 9:00 AM at the Front Street Kitchen, 504A Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry will participate in the Santa Cruz celebration. He reports that many Food Not Bombs groups will be sharing vegan meals on Christmas this year responding to the increased need across the United States because of new cuts in food stamps and extreme reduction of access to food during the holiday season.
On December 23 America’s private banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve turns 100 years old and We the People have a simple message: Reform or Retire.
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution did the Founders bestow authority to print money on a handful of private banks operating in secrecy from Congress and the people. The right to coin money belongs to the U.S. Treasury alone. For a century the Fed – a network of 12 banks that are 100% privately owned – have controlled our money supply by creating and loaning dollars as DEBT which the public has to pay back with interest.
Americans are Fed Up with the Fed which is why on its Centennial we will be illuminating it: shining light on an institution that exercises power in complete darkness. Join the festival of lights in San Francisco on #D23 and ILLUMINATE THE FED as coalitions of citizens stage actions at all 12 Federal Reserve Banks nationwide. Bring flashlight!
WHAT: Occupy Labor Day – Bay Area Convergence
Private Manning Plaza
(Justin Herman Plaza – across fr. Ferry Bldg)
Monday Labor Day
September 02, 2013
10:00 a.m. – ON
3:00 p.m. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Time to re-connect, make new connections, share and plan for the future.
-2 Year Gathering of OCCUPY
-Art, Food, Entertainment, Action
Endorsed by Occupy Santa Cruz on Sat 10Aug2013
Director Todd Darling will show clips from the film and will discuss the production at an event in Aptos on Wednesday 21 August 2013.
For more information visit: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/08/18/18741742.php
They cut the padlock off the gate, and marched onto the last pristine farmland in the urban East Bay. They raised a banner that read, Occupy the Farm, and told the press, “farmland is for farming.”
Then they planted 15,000 seedlings to save this publicly owned land from becoming a shopping mall, condos and a baseball diamonds.
Occupy the Farm surprised officials. Inspired and angered the neighbors. Created a media sensation. Drew in the riot police. And changed the fate of the land.
Saturday, August 10th 2pm at Corner of Ocean and Water
Restore the 4th Amendment! Protect Whistle-blowers!
Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the National Security Agency’s extensive spying programs have provoked a global uproar over the Orwellian, unaccountable, and criminal nature of the emergent total surveillance state. Claiming their behavior is justified in secret legal proceedings, the US government monitors the Facebook posts, phone calls, text messages, tweets and emails of ordinary Americans. NSA data-mining programs like PRISM and Boundless Informant are clear violations of the protections of personal privacy and freedom from excessive government intrusion enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
The Obama administration has responded to the revelations by extending and expanding their unprecedented, vicious campaign against whistleblowers, such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, criminalizing the very act of revealing the true nature of taxpayer-funded government activities to the press and public. Today Manning faces years behind bars, tomorrow Snowden and then who knows?
We say it’s time for the people to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. End the militarization of internet. End the voyeuristic police state which demands access to the most minute, intimate information pertaining to our personal lives yet shrouds it’s own behavior behind a veil of secrecy.
The Rally here in Santa Cruz on Aug 10th is part of the national resistance movement demanding that the NSA and the Executive branch of government, regardless of Party, stop their programs to curtail and infringe upon our fundamental constitutional right to be free from illegal searches and seizures. Join us on Aug 10th as part of the national movement to Restore the Fourth. Stand up for civil liberty and human rights now while we still can!
Occupy activists performed this skit as part of the Rally for Rights and Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, July 6th, 2013.
WHAT: Rally for Rights and Candlelight Vigil
WHERE: Clocktower, Santa Cruz, CA
WHEN: Saturday 6 July 2013 at 7:30PM
Throughout the world, regular, ordinary people are rebelling against
the entrenched power of the economic elites and their political
henchmen who control our lives. Most recently, people in Turkey,
Brazil and Egypt have stood up and shouted, “We’re mad as hell and
won’t take it anymore!”
Meanwhile, here in the United States, our rights are being eroded and
trampled upon. Our own government spies on us, reading our e-mails and
monitoring our phone calls. Government officials seem more interested
in punishing whistleblowers than in returning our rights to us. Access
to public spaces, even for purposes protected by the 1st Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, is limited more and more by local lawmakers.
It doesn’t matter whether the government is led by reactionary
Islamists in Turkey and Egypt, secular social democrats in Brazil, or
conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in the U.S. The systems
they rule over are the same, and serve only the interests of the 1%.
The crumbs that we the people receive can be snatched away whenever
the going gets tough. When we protest against the banksters and their
cronies and the attacks on our living standards that follow, we are
met with the force of the Police State. Now we have learned, by the
heroic disclosures of NSA consultant Edward Snowden, that our every
word and tweet can and will be used against us if we dare to struggle
for a fair and just society.
Join us at 7:30 pm Saturday, July 6th at the Santa Cruz clock tower
for a rally in solidarity with the brave men and women around the
world who are standing up to these abuses. Protesters in Turkey,
Brazil and Egypt have faced down tear gas, water cannon and rubber
bullets simply for trying to assemble. U.S. patriots such as Edward
Snowden face jail time and possibly torture if captured, while
political activists are spied on and monitored merely for criticizing
the U.S. government, banksters and multinational corporations.
At dusk, we will hold a candlelight vigil for our own rights, as well
as the rights of the Turkish, Brazilian and Egyptian protesters that
have been violated.
Speak up now while it’s still legal!
You are invited to join the march …
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Meet up at 10:00AM
Howard and Beale Streets
San Francisco, California
Come Out for the LGBTQ Whistle blower PFC Bradley Manning at the 2013 SF Pride Parade! You are invited to join the official, fabulous, and epic, contingent for the SF Pride People’s Grand Marshal Bradley Manning!
Music by Kaimera & the Brass Liberation Orchestra, Featuring Daniel Ellsberg (riding in a convertible), and a motorized cable car (for those who can’t walk).
Endorsed by Queer Strike, Gays without Borders, Gay Liberation Network, ACT UP SF & East Bay, The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SEIU Local 1021, Queer Friends of Bradley Manning, American Legion Bob Basker Post 315, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, SF Green Party, Gray Panthers San Francisco, BFUU Social Justice Committee, Radical Women, Freedom Socialist Party, Occupy AIDS, Occupy Santa Cruz & Occupy SF. Organized by Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network.
Come celebrate the radical heritage and original spirit of Pride by joining the contingent in support of a heroic Queer army intelligence analyst who sacrificed everything so we could all know the truth about US wars and foreign policy by leaking classified information that revealed war crimes, torture, lies, corruption, spying, bribery, false imprisonment and much more to the Wikileaks whistle blowing website.
This year’s Pride falls in the midst of a military court martial this summer where PFC Manning’s entire life will quite literally be on the line. This will be the most crucial time to show support for this young hero, especially from the LGBTQ community. By marching with us we will not only be supporting Manning but challenging an entire system of oppression at home and abroad. LGBTQ liberation is integrally tied to the collective liberation of all oppressed groups. Despite the SF Pride Board publicly maligning and rescinding Manning as a Grand Marshal, members of the San Francisco LGBTQ, military veteran and activist community have named Bradley Manning the 2013 San Francisco Pride People’s Grand Marshal; we will be marching in solidarity & in mass. Free Bradley Manning, our communities and the world!
Manning is in prison for us! Let’s come out for him!
We are calling on all individuals, groups and organizations to endorse and join us in the march. If you can’t be in our contingent and want to support PFC Manning we ask that people hold Free Bradley Manning signs in their contingents. For endorsements, materials, questions and details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bradleymanning.org
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/327236664071988
The Official SF Pride Parade Bradley Manning After Party & Fundraiser!