“Noam Chomsky: the Left’s Debbie Downer?” by Steven Strauss (socialism.com)

By MikeZonta Steven Strauss Like so many people appalled by the cruelty of capitalism, I have sought some measure of explanation from the voluminous writings of Noam Chomsky. But despite a gripping anti-authoritarian message, and mountains of facts, Chomsky’s fundamental vision is gloomy, pessimistic — and dangerous. A recent essay reveals this … → Source: …

“Homelessness advocates rally after video of Berkeley assault surfaces” by G. Haley Massara (dailycal.org)

By MikeZonta March 27, 2015 Homeless rights advocates gathered Friday to protest the treatment of Berkeley’s homeless population after the release of a video clip that appears to show a Berkeley ambassador assaulting a homeless man. In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, an ambassador — one of several workers employed … → Source: …

Matt Holck is a dead beat

By MattHolck0 he is unable to get a job possibly due to his opposition to bombing which even the strongesty of posters are unwilling to speak on. We don’t know but if you want to stop him remind him constant of his lack of power and the contempt the people should have of him Source: …

Quebec students strike against austerity and the petro economy

By Kate Aronoff by Kate Aronoff Students marching in Quebec earlier this week. (Facebook / ASSÉ) While the U.S. media have remained relatively quiet about it, students in Quebec are in the middle of what may become the country’s biggest series of demonstrations since 2012′s Maple Spring — and potentially the largest strike in Canadian …

Dear Maagdenhuis, can we please get our shit together?

By Donya Alinejad If the movement for a New University is to win, it must not only formulate its own answers — it must also struggle for the power to implement them. Photo: Jacques Rancière speaks at the occupied Maagdenhuis (by Nicola Zolin) I confess, from the first time I was awkwardly hoisted in through …

Action Council – 5 New Announcements

By MikeZonta Occupy SF ~ ACTION COUNCIL ~ Websites: OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org OccupySF: http://occupysf.org 5 – ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, March 27 M 27, Friday, 4:00pm, Chalking on Shattuck – Response to Battery of Homeless Person in Berkeley by an Ambassador Meet at Shattuck & Allston Way Berkeley Chalking on Shattuck Ave. in … → Source: …

George Lakey in the New York Times and on Radio Times

By The Editors by The Editors Earlier this month, Waging Nonviolence columnist George Lakey wrote about Earth Quaker Action Team’s recent success in forcing PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal. As a veteran organizer and one of the group’s leaders, Lakey provided insights into the five year campaign’s strategy and tactics. News of this …

Berkeley Post Office occupation update

By MikeZonta March 26, 2015 We will be chalking and raising hell on shattuck tomorrow, Friday the 27, in direct response to the battery of a homeless man by a community ambassador. The ambassador program is a step by business districts towards privatization of the police. What happened here is not okay. … → Source: …

Action Council Events — March 26 to April 4

By MikeZonta Mayor Ed Lee will be hosting the 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors June 19 – June 22, in San Francisco. Action Council is focusing on creating events around their meeting. This is an opportunity to raise issues locally and nationally that are of concern to us, THE PEOPLE, that the mayors … → …

Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD

By Ashoka Jegroo by Ashoka Jegroo Jose LaSalle of Copwatch Patrol Unit speaks at a Disarm NYPD event on March 21. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo) A newly-formed group of activists are teaming up with Copwatch, an anti-police brutality group that records video of police conduct in their communities, to create “no-cop zones,” and maybe even disarm the …

Ferguson Financials, Simplified

By jackiews Editorial The latest Justice Department report has revealed that 150 years after the formal end of slavery a new kind of race based profiteering is alive and well in Ferguson, MO. To the police department and town officials of Ferguson the lives, well being, livelihood, dreams and bodies of the descendants of African …

Introducing Maya Chase, Formerly Jared Chase Of The NATO 3

By jackiews The prisoner we have been supporting as Jared Chase is ready to let her supporters and comrades know that she is a trans woman who prefers to be called Maya and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She also wants to go vegan, although she is currently not able to receive adequate nutrition in general, much …

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’: Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

By sally (Sebastopol, California) Sonoma County’s premium wine industry in the San Francisco North Bay has become a magnet that attracts developers from around the country, across oceans, and nearby. They move heavy industrial operations into rural areas and expand them to become event centers and commercial bottling operations. Under the pretense that they are …