Quote 17 Aug 13 notes
Being a leftist is a calling, not a career; it’s a vocation, not a profession. It means you are concerned about structural violence, you are concerned about exploitation at the work place, you are concerned about institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women. It means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels. That’s what it means to be a leftist; that’s why we choose to be certain kinds of human beings.
— Cornel West, academic, activist, social critic, and all-around badass.
Link 7 Aug 15 notes How To Win The Media War Against Grassroots Activists: Stratfor's Strategies»

tipsforradicals:

Creepy as shit run-down of how Stratfor divide and conquer. They group activists into four types:

  • Radicals: “want to change the system; have underlying socio/political motives’ and see multinational corporations as ‘inherently evil’…do not trust the federal, state and local governments to protect them and to safeguard the environment. They believe, rather, that individuals and local groups should have direct power over industry … I would categorize their principal aims … as social justice and political empowerment.”
  • Idealists: “want a perfect world…Because of their intrinsic altruism, however, … [they] have a vulnerable point… If they can be shown that their position is in opposition to an industry … and cannot be ethically justified, they [will] change their position.”
  • Opportunists: take the opportunity to side with the powerful for career gain, and have skin in the game for “visibility, power [and] followers.”
  • Realists: “[are able to] live with trade-offs; willing to work within the system; not interested in radical change; pragmatic. The realists should always receive the highest priority in any strategy dealing with a public policy issue.”

Their strategy is simple. First, isolate the radicals. Second, “cultivate” the idealists and “educate” them into becoming realists. And finally, co-opt the realists into agreeing with industry.

Their suggestions for isolating radicals? “Trumped up charges”, “feed them to the first pack of wild dogs I could find”, torture.

We need to make sure coalitions and other ways of combining across political ideals exist to undermine these potentials. What else could work, any ideas?

Disturbing shit from Stratfor re. how activists are “classed” or “profiled” for the purposes of dividing and conquering them.

This is what the Occupy movement was all about. We should be sticking together and not playing into the hands of those who seek to divide us, at least along these lines.

Video 18 Jul 1 note

peninsuladirect:

25 May 2013 - Photo post, part 3 of 3.

Peninsula Direct Action, Occupy Redwood City, and Occupy San Jose attended the March Against Monsanto in San Francisco!

Unfortunately, the event was marred by an organizer who delayed the march by a good hour or two because the police ordered him to… even though his “protest permit” allowed him to march on time.

The protest was again marred when the same organizer, who had made disparaging statements before the event about “radicals” and civil disobedience, flew into a rage and started yelling when some radical activists who participated in some awesome, NON-VIOLENT civil disobedience at the end of the march by turning over part of a public lawn and planting baby kale into the soil.

The man spit, raged, and accused these kale planters of “violence” and extremism. Even after SFPD showed up and said that they actually supported the spirit of the event and would be fine with letting the kale stay for the day, he continues to fuss. It was a pretty laughable and sorry reaction to a really compelling act of civil disobedience that ended up being the one of the rare truly interesting and inspirational portions of the entire event.

Video 18 Jul 1 note

peninsuladirect:

25 May 2013 - Photo post, part 2 of 3.

Peninsula Direct Action, Occupy Redwood City, and Occupy San Jose attended the March Against Monsanto in San Francisco!

Unfortunately, the event was marred by an organizer who delayed the march by a good hour or two because the police ordered him to… even though his “protest permit” allowed him to march on time.

The protest was again marred when the same organizer, who had made disparaging statements before the event about “radicals” and civil disobedience, flew into a rage and started yelling when some radical activists who participated in some awesome, NON-VIOLENT civil disobedience at the end of the march by turning over part of a public lawn and planting baby kale into the soil.

The man spit, raged, and accused these kale planters of “violence” and extremism. Even after SFPD showed up and said that they actually supported the spirit of the event and would be fine with letting the kale stay for the day, he continues to fuss. It was a pretty laughable and sorry reaction to a really compelling act of civil disobedience that ended up being the one of the rare truly interesting and inspirational portions of the entire event.

Video 18 Jul 1 note

peninsuladirect:

25 May 2013 - Photo post, part 1 of 3.

Peninsula Direct Action, Occupy Redwood City, and Occupy San Jose attended the March Against Monsanto in San Francisco!

Unfortunately, the event was marred by an organizer who delayed the march by a good hour or two because the police ordered him to… even though his “protest permit” allowed him to march on time.

The protest was again marred when the same organizer, who had made disparaging statements before the event about “radicals” and civil disobedience, flew into a rage and started yelling when some radical activists who participated in some awesome, NON-VIOLENT civil disobedience at the end of the march by turning over part of a public lawn and planting baby kale into the soil.

The man spit, raged, and accused these kale planters of “violence” and extremism. Even after SFPD showed up and said that they actually supported the spirit of the event and would be fine with letting the kale stay for the day, he continues to fuss. It was a pretty laughable and sorry reaction to a really compelling act of civil disobedience that ended up being the one of the rare truly interesting and inspirational portions of the entire event.

Link 25 May 5 notes James Lee: Fellow "Nonviolent" Activists, Take a Long Hard Look at Yourselves»

jamesleerwc:

UGH. I’ve been seeing way too much crap from “nonviolent” activists (of which I consider myself one) as of late in advance of the global “March Against Monsanto” protests this weekend, but this statement by one Scott Milton really annoyed me and I had to respond.

My response is posted below….

via James Lee.
Video 23 May 2 notes

jamesleerwc:

Nine-year-old Asean Johnson calls out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the closing of fifty schools that mostly serve communities of color.

This video brought me to tears! What an articulate, amazing young man. :)

P.S. Seriously, why does Rahm Emanuel have fangirls? Ugh, gross.

Amazing speech!

via James Lee.
Photo 2 May 1 note 19 January 2013 - This is what the roof of one of our Occupier’s car looks like. Stickers stickers EVERYwhere.

19 January 2013 - This is what the roof of one of our Occupier’s car looks like. Stickers stickers EVERYwhere.

Photo 28 Apr 26 notes YES.

YES.

(Source: txinternationale)

Photo 28 Apr 348 notes jamesleerwc:

babylonfalling:

Ann Sims protests the construction of a napalm plant in Redwood City, Ca
Photo by Erik Weber for Ramparts (1966)

Besides being a cool, historic photo, I love how this photo highlights how people in Redwood City have been raising hell for decades. :)
And it highlights how corporations/big business have long seen RWC as an arena for their assault on the environment, whether it be Cargill trying to fill in the bay, Sundt/Layton and HOK building a jail on a toxic site, or the Pauls Corporation driving out sustainable/affordable communities to build high-rise condos in the path of sea level rise.People in RWC government and their friends say that protests and activism of the type that Occupiers practice is “not how we do things in Redwood City.” To those people, I point to Ann Sims and say: “Oh, really. You sure about that?”

Cool photo of Ann Sims protesting the construction of a napalm plant in Redwood City. Things have hardly changed. Now we’re fighting toxic jails and irresponsible waterfront development in Redwood City, among other things.

jamesleerwc:

babylonfalling:

Ann Sims protests the construction of a napalm plant in Redwood City, Ca

Photo by Erik Weber for Ramparts (1966)

Besides being a cool, historic photo, I love how this photo highlights how people in Redwood City have been raising hell for decades. :)

And it highlights how corporations/big business have long seen RWC as an arena for their assault on the environment, whether it be Cargill trying to fill in the bay, Sundt/Layton and HOK building a jail on a toxic site, or the Pauls Corporation driving out sustainable/affordable communities to build high-rise condos in the path of sea level rise.

People in RWC government and their friends say that protests and activism of the type that Occupiers practice is “not how we do things in Redwood City.” To those people, I point to Ann Sims and say: “Oh, really. You sure about that?”

Cool photo of Ann Sims protesting the construction of a napalm plant in Redwood City. Things have hardly changed. Now we’re fighting toxic jails and irresponsible waterfront development in Redwood City, among other things.

via James Lee.
Photo 26 Apr 139 notes fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

“How to Make a Leaflet that Sucks” by Stephanie McMillan

Lol. TRUTH right here.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

“How to Make a Leaflet that Sucks” by Stephanie McMillan

Lol. TRUTH right here.

Photo 23 Apr 5 notes fuckyeahredwoodcity:

18 January 2013 - Huddling together for warmth at an ORWC GA (Occupy Redwood City General Assembly) in front of City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd.

So glad GAs are finally warmer now!

fuckyeahredwoodcity:

18 January 2013 - Huddling together for warmth at an ORWC GA (Occupy Redwood City General Assembly) in front of City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd.

So glad GAs are finally warmer now!

Video 21 Apr 2 notes

savepetesharbor:

Leslie of Save Pete’s Harbor (SPH) speaks to the California State Lands Commission (SLC) at their 24 January 2013 special meeting. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom was present in his capacity as an officer of the SLC.

In this video, Leslie explains why she has come to the SLC: because all local government bodies and agencies and elected officials whom we at SPH have reached out to have either refused or neglected to help the community of nearly two hundred boaters and RV residents at Pete’s Harbor (in Redwood City, California) who were evicted on 15 January 2013 by Paula Uccelli, a prominent local campaign fund donor and long-time friend of city, county, and state government.

SPH is a group of concerned citizens whose goal is to preserve the state-owned, outer portion of Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City, California as an environmentally friendly marina open to the boating public.

The SLC manages the submerged state lands at the outer harbor. Pete Uccelli placed a marina on these submerged state lands without the state’s permission and he was ultimately given clear title to land to which the state had some public trust right, title, or interest that was subject to uncertainty and dispute. SPH hopes that the SLC understands that Mr. Uccelli was only given a unique deal on the leases of these submerged state lands because Mr. Uccelli was providing a major service to the boating public by providing maximum feasible public access to these submerged state lands in Smith Slough.

Otherwise, Pete’s Harbor could not have happened at all. The SLC needs to understand that at a minimum, they must make sure that boater access isn’t decreased and that these submerged lands must be kept for a public access marina in keeping with the Commission’s own policy statement on the Public Trust Doctrine.

SPH is dedicated to ensuring that any development at Pete’s Harbor, such as the one currently proposed, responsibly mitigates all potential environmental impacts under CEQA and is fully compatible with a public (commercial) marina. Such impacts include the disruption of boating communities which require the building of replacement units in Redwood City to mitigate impacts to all recreational boaters, including liveaboards and cruisers.

Solidarity with Save Pete’s Harbor!

Photo 19 Apr 1 note Our GA on Jan. 18, 2013 was extremely cold and the ladies huddled together to stay warm. :)

Our GA on Jan. 18, 2013 was extremely cold and the ladies huddled together to stay warm. :)


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