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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

[SDCPJ] Women, Peace and Security Consultation Oct. 8




 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

 

WILPF and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice invite you and your friends to participate in a consultation with U.S. State Department's Senior Policy Advisor Susan Braden, who is scheduled to visit our community to LISTEN to our concerns about women, peace and security: Saturday, October 8, 2011, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego (Linda Vista).

 

Women, Peace and Security Consultation

1:00: Welcome: Dee Aker, Deputy Director of IPJ, a brief summary of the IPJ-convened

          conference (29 September - 1 October 2010)

 

1:10: Overview: Women, Peace and Security and a National Action Plan

         Maria Butler, Director, PeaceWomen Project--WILPF

         Preview of PBS series: Women, War and Peace

         Susan Braden, Senior Policy Advisor, State's Office of Global Women's Issues

         Theresa De Langis, Senior Expert on Women's Human Rights in Conflict Settings

             

1:55: Panel Discussion: Impact of Violence on Women, Locally and Globally

         Local Experts Discuss Immigration, Human Trafficking, Refugees, Domestic Violence,

         Militarism, Asylum Seekers, Rape, Violence against Military Women

          

2:25: Discussion Circles: Civil Society Initiatives for Change and Recommendation for the

         U.S. NAP: Participation, Protection, Conflict Prevention, and Restorative Justice

 

Refreshments

 

3:10: Report Back from Discussion Circles

 

3: 25: Public Testimonies/Q & A

 

3: 55: Closing and Wrap Up

 

4:00:  Adjourn

 

Free. RSVP or questions: ahoiberg@aol.com or 619.223.8074.

 

[SDCPJ] KPBS interview re: Occupy San Diego

Good interview on KPBS with representative of Occupy San Diego
http://www.kpbs.org/audioclips/12625/
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[SDCPJ] SD/Imperial Labor Council supports Occupy Wall Street and Occupy San Diego!

From OB Rag
http://obrag.org/?p=46622

San Diego Labor Council Comes Out in Support of Occupy San Diego
OCTOBER 3, 2011

Editor: We have just received this Statement of Support by the San Diego Labor Council for the Occupy San Diego movement and its efforts.

From Lorena Gonzalez, the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council's Secretary-Treasurer, regarding the "Occupy Wall Street" and "Occupy San Diego" campaigns that we look forward to participating in:

"The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO is proud support the "Occupy Wall Street" and associated "Occupy San Diego" efforts. As a coalition of local unions, we work hard to remind media, elected officials, our members and the general public that the economic crises too many people are facing today were not caused by the third-grade teacher, the grocery clerk, the sanitation worker or the firefighter.

Our economic crisis was caused by the greed on Wallstreet, CEO's whose pay is 300 times that of their average worker and big banks who have caused a foreclosure nightmare for middle and working class Americans.

We will stand with those who seek to bring attention to the real economic problems that regular San Diegans and Americans face."

Lorena Gonzalez


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[SDCPJ] Finalized demand statement from Occupy Wall Street

http://www.occupywallstreet.org

Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street - this statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City on September 29, 2011

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers' healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
By: Erika Morningstar
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Monday, October 3, 2011

[SDCPJ] OK - Now its time

It should be clear, crystal clear to everyone that there are serious, systemic problems in our nation.  This isn't partisan politics; not Conservative vs. Liberal, not Democratic vs. Republican, or any labels work:  WE ARE ALL suffering, except for perhaps some VERY few who are actually
 
  • Continuing wars sucking the life out of our economy, not to mention, continuing lives lost.
  • Continuing government deficits and "government poverty" while corporate greed runs rampant. 
  • YEARS of declining investment in our physical and social infrastructure, to where not only bridges, but schooling and healthcare are about to collapse. 
  • The middle class under seige, declining, homes underwater, either no work or wages so low that poverty rates, and real households in poverty, are increasing.

These and more, much more.  YOU KNOW all this. 

 

Some have the guts and voice to speak out.  Some have been speaking out for quite some time.  More are joining now: witness the Occupy Wall Street movement.

 

In San Diego, you can join. On Oct. 15, Saturday. AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP!  Easy.  See the below; choose any one of four segments, or any/all of them.  BUT ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SHOW UP! 

 

Stop the Cuts!
End the Wars!
Tax the Rich!

Join with the
San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice
and Education for All

Saturday, October 15, 11am
6th Avenue and Grape St (Balboa Park) San Diego CA

Bring your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow students

Bring your signs and banners

Bring your enthusiasm - a better world is possible!

International Day of Action Against Austerity

10th Anniversary - US invasion of Afghanistan

  • 11 am - 12 noon - Freeway blogging, 6th and Elm (bridge over I5)
  • 12 noon - 1 pm Assemble 6th and Grape, Balboa Park
  • 1 pm - 2 pm - March through downtown San Diego
  • 2 pm - 3 pm - Rally at Horton Plaza
The San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice is an affiliate of the United national Antiwar Coalition (UNAC - http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org/). UNAC has called for local demonstrations across the US, which will be held in over 20 cities, including San Diego. The UNAC call to action raised the following demands:

  • US Troops, Contractors, and Bases out of Afghanistan and Iraq NOW!
  • NATO/US Out of Libya and Pakistan!
  • End US Aid to Israel! Hands off Iran!
  • Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War and Incarceration!
  • Bring Our War Dollars Home Now!

[SDCPJ] Important press release from Occupy San Diego! Please read for event details!

Important Press Release from Occupy San Diego! Please read for details of events, needs, and what to bring if you are staying at the Civic Center! Meet at Friday, Oct. 7 at Children's Park (1st Ave. at Island Ave.) at 3:30 p.m. and March to the Occupation Site at Civic Center Plaza or join at Civic Plaza when you can!

PLEASE PASS ON TO OTHERS!!!!

http://www.copswiki.org/w/pub/Common/M1178/Occupy_San_Diego_Press_Release-v8.pdf

Occupy San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Kayla Ward or Kali Katt
949-480-4229 / 619-916-1304
occupysd2011@gmail.com

Organizing & Media Groups

Citizens Join Occupy Wall Street at Civic Center Plaza, San Diego
Occupy San Diego Seeks Economic and Social Justice

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 3, 2011) - Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC, hundreds of San Diego
citizens will peacefully occupy the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego, adjacent to San Diego City
Hall (1200 3rd Ave.), starting on October 7, 2011. This nonviolent occupation is in protest of the global
financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial
industry meltdown and following recession.

The occupation will continue indefinitely until a list of demands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC
are met by all levels of government, including the City and County of San Diego, the state of California, the
Federal Government, and by private and public banks and corporations.

The long term and overnight occupation will include marches, sit-ins, educational programs, practice of the
democratic process, and General Assembly meetings wherein solutions to overlapping issues are identified, to
name a few. This diversified group makes decisions via consensus.

Participants are requested to meet at Children's Park (1st Ave. and Island Ave.), by 3:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 7. At 4:00 p.m., the group will march to Civic Center Plaza. Children's Park is adjacent to the
Convention Center Trolley Station and is two blocks south of Nordstrom Horton Plaza.

"The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping across the country. People from all walks of life, political
persuasions and occupations are joining together to demand that our economic system become more just,"
said Ray Lutz of Occupy San Diego. "Join our movement. With you, we can bring about change."

We, the American citizens, must claim our country and put ourselves on the line for peace and justice. It is
time for us to discover both who we -- the other 99% -- are and what we believe and want. Now is the time for
us to act. Unless we do, we are nothing. When we do, our nation will be restored.

Occupy San Diego is reaching out to existing political groups, active military personnel, veterans, activist
groups and labor unions in the San Diego community to participate in the occupation. The United
Steelworkers Union (USW, 1.2 million members), the Laborers' International Union of America (LIUNA,
500,000 members), the Transport Workers Union (over 200,000 members), and National Nurses United
(NNU, 170,000 members) - have already announced their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The top 1% control nearly a majority of the wealth in this country*. This lopsided distribution of wealth,
coupled with outsourcing of jobs, bailouts, secret loans, subsidies, and profiteering in the financial sector have
resulted in massive foreclosures, retirement and investment fiduciary failure, job losses, and homelessness.

About Occupy San Diego:

We are the 99%, and we will be quiet about this economic inequality no longer. We will take back for the
people what already belongs to the people – our country.

For more information, visithttp://occupysandiego.org and for Occupy Wall Street please visit http://occupywallst.org. Twitter:@OccupySD; Facebook: OccupySanDiego

FOR PARTICIPANTS

Bring what you need to LIVE -- or nothing, we will take care of each other! Some suggestions:
1. Pack lightly, keep valuables to a minimum, keep compact backpack/tote with you most of the time.
2. Wear layered clothing, prepare for possible rain or hot sun (hats, sunglasses, etc.)
3. Feel free to bring food, water and supplies to share!
4. Tents, compact bedroll / sleeping bag, pad/air mattress, blankets

Participants are advised to check the occupysandiego.org web site for further details, including legal
advice and instructions and what to expect and how to behave if arrested.

Transportation:

Occupying participants are advised to get rides to the site or use the Coaster or trolley and park in free
station parking lots outside the downtown area.

If you are a company or individual who can donate or loan resources such as food, water, porta potties, power
supplies, Internet hotspots, media equipment, or almost anything else, please email occupysd@gmail.com

Notes:
* The top 1% control over 40% of the wealth in the country, and the top 20% control 93% of the wealth.
http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

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[SDCPJ] Volunteers Needed! (this week & next)

Multiple volunteer opportunities coming up!

THIS WEEK...

Mailing (PRC)
 -- We're sending an announcement mailer to the full postal list. Come help this Tues 10/4 & Wed 10/5, from 10-1pm

Meeting Room clean-up (Friends Center)
-- In preparation for the peace crane unveiling event, we need the meeting room cleaned out. This will be physical, varying from light work to heavy lifting. We need lots of loose things organized (perhaps sitting work), the shed organized, and then everything taken out of the meeting room and put in the shed storage. We hope folks will help out this Wed 10/5 and Thur 10/6 from 9-1pm.

FOR SAT. OCT 15...

We are seeking a few more volunteers to help out with the Peace Crane Unveiling fundraiser event. We have various needs, so anyone interested may contact us for more details.

--

Mariah Gayler
Peace Resource Center of San Diego
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105
www.prcsd.org & www.sdfriendscenter.org
office: 619-263-9301

Sunday, October 2, 2011

[SDCPJ] Police arrest more than 700 on Brooklyn Bridge

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/police-arresting-protesters-on-brooklyn-bridge/

More info and numbers to call to protest this at:
https://occupywallst.org/

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

[SDCPJ] Occupy Wall Street Statement and Demands

I have received this as a link for the Occupy Wall Street Statement and Demands:
http://coupmedia.org/occupywallstreet/occupy-wall-street-official-demands-2009
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[SDCPJ] Occupy San Diego

For information on various Occupy activities that are spreading all over the country go to:
http://www.occupytogether.org/

Most of the organizing for Occupy San Diego is happening via Facebook and at General Assembly meetings.

Here's what's planned: Civic Center/City Hall 202 C Street (Downtown San Diego; Beginning at 4:30 pm on October 7th, We the people, "The 99%" will be occupying the Civic Center indefinitely until a list of our demands, which will be in sync with "Occupy Wall Street's" demands, are met.

In preparation, General Assembly planning meetings are being held every day from 6-9 p.m. at 1st Avenue and Harbor Drive.

Statement: To the 99%: We are many, and they are few. Why should we have to work, and suffer, and be poisoned with inadequate water, food, and air, while the ruling elite party it up on our dime?

It is time to put aside our differences, including the progressive issues we are working on, and join forces. Together we will force change.

100 core activists showed up to our first planning meeting. We continue to meet daily, and have hundreds of supporters already. We need your help. Join the occupation today! Bring your issues on the 7th. We will have plenty of time to enlighten one another.

We ask that you set aside your personal agendas if you wish to attend our General Assembly meetings where we are organizing the occupation.

At some point you should be trained by our group prior to joining the occupation.

Visit our website: http://occupysandiego.org/
and or Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/164668860284106/



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