F29: Wal-Mart Mira Loma Action: (Live)
In coordination with a 25-city national day of non-violent action directed at the corporations comprising ALEC, the General Assembly of Occupy Riverside calls for a legal, one-day community picket line in support of the just struggle of the warehouse workers. We ask all unions doing business with the Schneider facility on February 29, 2012 to respect the picket line by not crossing it. We request that all union locals and central labor councils endorse the picket line and support the effort as they are able, by encouraging rank-and-file participation in the picket, through in-kind contributions of materials such as water, food, banners, sound system, etc. for the workers and participating community members. We also encourage community groups and faith based groups to similarly join and support as they are best able.
Un día nacional de acción directa para restaurar nuestras voces y desafiar la obsession que nuestra sociedad tiene con ganancias y avaricia con cerrar las sociedades anónimas. La acción del 29 de febrero (#F29) se enfoca en las corporaciones que integran el Concejo Americano de Intercambio Legislativo (ALEC, por sus siglas en ingles), lo cual es un ejemplo clave de la compra corporative de legisladores que promueven leyes que benefician a las corporaciones y no al pueblo. Utilizaron este concejo para promover leyes antisindicales en Wisonsin, al igual que la ley racist de Arizona SB 1070. A través de ALEC, difunden estas leyes a lo largo del país.
Hacemos un llamado a todos los movimientos Occupy del Sur de California y a todas las personas de conciencia social a que unan fuerzas para el 29 de febrero para defender los derechos humanos de trabajadores y contra ALEC, Walmart, y el 1%.
More from Oakland
“About 50 members of Occupy Oakland began throwing cans and bottles at the South Africa group and at the officers. The Occupy members then clashed with the officers as people with the pro-whites group hurried into the parking garage.”
From Tina Dupuy City Watch LA
“Structurally, Occupy doesn’t have a way to deal with these 'autonomous actors.' Yes, they agreed to nonviolence by group consensus and that can include property damage. But they also don’t have any leaders and decided to be in absolute solidarity with their comrades. So when Occupy Oakland steals an American flag and burns it or throws a bottle of urine at a media van, it’s not denounced. Instead there are solidarity marches against police brutality.
“It’s a design flaw.”
“Noting this is a PR war and not an armed conflict, #OakfoSho tweeted, 'The public doesn’t care about the semantics of what violence is or isn’t.' Indeed, a riot looks like a riot and Americans don’t like riots.”
This commentary came from an article about live-streaming occupiers, many of which are well-known to those that visit this site. Dupuy veers off into territory that is becoming well-worn and a source of obfuscation as far as the movement. The alleged debate between factions of OWS supporters.
This isn't so much of a debate as it is a lesson in public relations. If for instance, we did a poll on the imagery that has become associated with Oakland to the exclusion of most other occupations, it would look like this.
“Which image would you prefer to be associated with?”
Below the question would be the now-famous pictures of the flag-burning in Oakland and the pepper-spray incident at UC Davis. I suspect that the outcome of such a poll would show that most occupiers would prefer to be known for their defiance by sitting resolutely, but calmly, while being pepper-sprayed. What percentage of others would prefer to be pictured holding a burning flag? The poll itself would generate a lot of controversy, but what is the point of polls if not to measure these things?
Is there any dissent for such a poll? Is it even necessary to make the point? Readers are invited to comment below.
The next topic was fairly predictable. Corporate guys Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield want to help the occupation movement with some USD's which had to be scrutinized considering the amount of cash being discussed. The report is followed by the predictable follow-up piece which speaks to a lot of issues being discussed at occupations across the country.
Plastic spoons too?
“A group of business leaders—including Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg—are planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change.
“Their goal is to provide some ballast to an amorphous movement that captured the world's attention with nonstop, overnight protests in dozens of cities but has had trouble regaining momentum since most of those encampments were broken up by police in the past few months.
“The latest Occupy supporters call themselves the Movement Resource Group . . . “
The predictable response:
“The notion that a small handful of millionaires can step into this smorgasbord of a movement and even with the best of intentions try to dictate outcomes is completely incongruous with the ethos and the spirit of [OWS],” he said.
It's hard to figure how the various interests that support the movement in principle can actually do it without risk of the funds being somehow misdirected (in the opinion of the donors). That gives the donors quite a bit of leverage over the agenda. However, it should be noted that Cohen and Greenfield may be inclined to be passive investors in the efforts of OWS and they probably know more about the financial structure that most. There isn't a lot reported on the subject except for the fact that OWS reached the half-million dollar level at one point and probably had about half of that when the encampment ended.
At the same time OWS is making it known that they do not support the proposed National Conference in Philadelphia this summer. It's difficult to tell how much support there might be for such a meeting nationwide, but it will probably happen regardless of whether a certain number of GA's endorse the plan to make it “offiicial”. How many GA's does it take anyway? No one knows.
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