@sacoccupy

Occupy Sacramento stands in solidarity with #OWS and is actively fighting for social and economic justice and equality for the 99%. We continue a 24/7 occupation in front of City Hall to make our voices heard, as well as rallying at the California State Capitol in coordination with other occupations and organizations. We also protest the local banksters nearby on Capitol Ave, as well as the corruption at the County and Federal buildings downtown. We ask for support and solidarity from anyone who lives in or can travel to Sacramento!

http://occupysac.com/ | web@occupysac.com

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Posted April 11th, 2013 by nathan • permalink

The Safe Ground Stake Down is a week-long campout (OCCUPY!) from May 1 (Wednesday) to May 8 at 12th and C, a vacant lot in downtown Sacramento. It is an ARTS EVENT. We are scheduling art projects, music, spoken word, … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Occupy Film Series Presents AMERICAN VIOLET: “When law is without order, and justice is far from just.””]

Posted April 7th, 2013 by West • permalink

When: Sunday, April 14, 2013 • 6:00 to 8:00pm Where: Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818 Based on a true story. A film that triumphs truth over evil. Featuring Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, and Michael … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Prosecute the Banksters!”]

Posted March 31st, 2013 by nathan • permalink

Five years into the crisis and not a single banker has been prosecuted. Over 333,000 of us signed a petition demanding that the President and the Department of Justice prosecute the bankers. Join ACCE, Home Defenders League, Occupy Sacramento, and … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! – Strategy Forum/Open House”]

Posted March 14th, 2013 by nathan • permalink

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! Strategy Forum/Open House Saturday, March 16, noon to midnight, hosted by Gandalf (600-4490) at Riverdell West, 6560 Pacheco Way, Citrus Heights, 95610. Occu-Taco Feed from 4-6pm Forum at 6pm Event to include: Sign-making, interview for … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Celebration of Freedom and Democracy In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”]

Posted January 17th, 2013 by nathan • permalink

Join Occupy Sacramento on Monday, January 21, as we march with thousands of others to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. To march with us, meet us at one of two starting points: 1. Six-mile march: meet at the Oak … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Help Faygo – He’s in JAIL!”]

Posted January 14th, 2013 by nathan • permalink

Occupy Sacramento and Homeless Rights Activist Faygo was arrested late Saturday when he was filming police harassing the feeding of some homeless individuals. He has been in the Sacramento County Jail since Saturday; his next court date is Tuesday (Jan. … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Using Billions to Buy Foreclosed/Defaulted Homes, Then Re-Sell Them to Homeowners”]

Posted January 11th, 2013 by West • permalink

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE for Friday, January 11, 2013 Contact: David Mandel, 916-446-5066 SACRAMENTO – The California Housing Financing Agency (CalHFA) will consider a dramatic proposal Friday to use billions of dollars from the TARP Hardest Hit State Fund to buy … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Rally on Capitol’s Steps to Support AB5 – The Homeless Person Bill of Rights and Fairness Act”]

Posted January 2nd, 2013 by nathan • permalink

Occupy and Social Justice Groups Sponsor ‘Homeless’ Rally on Capitol’s Steps Thursday to Support AB5 / Homeless Person Bill of Rights and Fairness Act SACRAMENTO – Occupy has announced a daylong homeless rights rally, which will be held on the … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”January 3rd Rally at the Capitol to Support AB 5, Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights”]

Posted December 27th, 2012 by West • permalink

On Thursday, January 3, Occupy Sacramento is holding a rally at the Capitol in support of AB 5, Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights. This bill “seeks to guarantee homeless people freedom from discrimination in law enforcement, employment, housing and shelter, … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Anti-Foreclosure ‘Elves’ Defending Woodland Home From ‘Foreclosure Grinch’ Wells Fargo”]

Posted December 6th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Dozens of Anti-Foreclosure ‘Elves’ Defending Woodland Home Thursday Facing Eviction After ‘Foreclosure Grinch’ Wells Fargo Makes Mistake WOODLAND – Dozens of Occupy anti-foreclosure activists from throughout Northern California – dressed as “Santa’s Elves” – have taken defense positions around a … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Movie Night: “HEIST—Who Stole the American Dream (and How We Can Get it Back)””]

Posted November 13th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

MOVIE NIGHT! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 6:30 pm, Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street, Sacramento Join Occupy Sacramento for an inspiring screening of the explosive documentary “HEIST—Who Stole the American Dream (and How We Can Get it Back)”. This film unflinchingly reveals … Continue reading

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Posted October 30th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

9 Arrested at Gate of Beale AFB early Tuesday After Veterans, Peace Activists Block Main Gate to Protest US Killer Drones BEALE AFB (Marysville), Ca. – Nine military veterans and peace activists from throughout California were arrested around at the main … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Peace Activists, Vets from NorCal Blockade Beale AFB to Protest US Killer Drones”]

Posted October 29th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Arrests Expected as Peace Activists, Vets from NorCal Blockade Beale AFB to Protest US Killer Drones; Two Days of Demonstrations Start Monday, With Direct Actions Tuesday BEALE AFB (Marysville), Ca. – Military veterans and peace advocates have announced 2 days … Continue reading

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Posted October 19th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

SACRAMENTO – Occupy Sacramento activists have announced they will hold a “semi-formal buffet style sit down dinner” at Sacramento City Hall (9th and I Streets) tonight/Friday at 5 p.m. Occupy Sacramento said dinner guests will risk arrest if City Police … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Update: Challenge to City Hall Ordinance Results in No Arrests; Occupy Sacramento Starts Organic Community Garden”]

Posted October 17th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

OCCUPY SACRAMENTO STARTS ORGANIC GARDEN WEDNESDAY; Challenge to Controversial City Hall Ordinance Results in No Arrests Tuesday Night SACRAMENTO – Occupy Sacramento activists – including many who risked arrest by defying a controversial City ordinance banning free speech on City … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Occupy Sacramento Activists Risk Arrest to Challenge New City Hall Ordinance”]

Posted October 10th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

OCCUPY SACRAMENTO SAID IT MAY RISK ARREST, CHALLENGE UNCONSTITUTIONAL CITY HALL ‘FREE SPEECH’ ORDINANCE THURSDAY SACRAMENTO – Occupy Sacramento activists revealed today they will immediately challenge a new, controversial City Hall ordinance – which takes effect Thursday (Oct. 11) – … Continue reading

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Posted October 9th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Jail Investigation Group Says Sheriff Won’t Cooperate in Inspections at Sacramento County Jail Despite Deaths, Reports of Inhumane Conditions   SACRAMENTO – A community group here investigating deaths and other inhumane conditions at the Sacramento County Jail will hold a … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”99% OCCUFEST 2012 – A celebration of Occupy Sacramento’s 1-year anniversary!”]

Posted September 28th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

NEW Occufest Updates: 1. Saturday, October 6, at dusk, after Occufest: Candlelight Vigil at Cesar Chavez Park for Jailed Occupiers and soldiers that never came home from Imperialistic wars. Starts at dusk with either a walk from the Capitol or … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”99% Occufest 2012 – Celebrate Occupy Sacramento’s 1-Year Anniversary!”]

Posted September 25th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Activities: Live music, other entertainment, speakers, potluck picnic, information tables Date: Saturday, October 6, 12pm-6pm Location: State Capitol, north side lawn (L St) Come help us celebrate Occupy Sacramento’s 1-year anniversary! Occufest and Occupy Sacramento’s 1-year Anniversary have been combined … Continue reading

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Posted September 20th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For September 21, 2012 Occupy Announces ‘Free Speech March’ Friday; Kicks Off Actions Designed to Protest City Ordinance Restricting Free Speech Rights at City Hall SACRAMENTO – Members of Occupy Sacramento said they will hold a “series” … Continue reading

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Posted September 14th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

OCCUPY Says It Will ‘Shut Down’ Monsanto in Davis Monday as Part of International Action to Shudder Chemical Maker… Cindy Sheehan, UFW Leaders, to Attend Davis Protest DAVIS, Calif.— Occupy Sacramento, Woodland and Davis – and friends – will participate … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Sacramento City Council Tuesday Poised to Limit Free Speech”]

Posted September 10th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Sacramento City Council Tuesday Poised to Limit Free Speech; Community Groups Join ACLU of Sacramento to Oppose New Ordinance that Restricts Constitutional Rights SACRAMENTO –  Community representatives, including members of veterans groups, Occupy and the ACLU, said they will rally against a … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Occupy Monsanto Action in Davis – September 17″]

Posted September 6th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

THE OCCUPY MOVEMENTS’S ANTI MONSANTO PROJECT ACTS TO SHUTDOWN MONSANTO AND GAIN SUPPORT AROUND RESOLUTIONS DAVIS, Calif.—Local Occupy movements including Occupy Sacramento, Woodland and Davis will participate in the international shutdown Monsanto action Sept. 17 at 6 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Protests at Obama HQ’s for Whistle-Blower Bradley Manning -September 6th”]

Posted September 4th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

PROTESTS AT OBAMA HQ’S AROUND THE U.S., AND SACRAMENTO SEPT. 6 FOR WIKILEAKS WHISTLE-BLOWER PFC BRADLEY MANNING; CINDY SHEEHAN JOINS VETS AND OTHERS AT SACRAMENTO ACTION The Bradley Manning Support Network is coordinating a series of actions in more than 3 dozen … Continue reading

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Posted August 27th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

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[accordion_panel title=”ACLU ‘Community Conversation’ on Controversial Sacramento Ordinance to Limit Free Speech, Occupy and Jail Conditions”]

Posted August 21st, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Controversial Sacramento Ordinance to Limit Free Speech, Occupy and Jail Conditions Focus of ACLU ‘Community Conversation’ Tuesday Occupy, Sacramento County Jail conditions, and the controversial Sacramento City ordinance that restricts free  speech at City Hall will be among the topics discussed Tuesday at the ACLU … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Update: City Council Committee Approves ‘Occupy’ Ordinance Restricting Free Speech, Setting Curfew at City Hall”]

Posted August 16th, 2012 by West • permalink

The Sacramento City Council Law and Legislation Committee meeting August 9, unanimously approved an ordinance restricting free speech on City Hall property – an ordinance that takes direct aim at Occupy’s 24/7 protest on City Hall Property. Although the council … Continue reading

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Posted August 8th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Civil Libertarians Decry ‘New’ City of Sacramento ‘Free Speech Ordinance’; Civil Rights Lawyers, ACLU Board, Occupy to Voice Opposition at Thursday’s Council Committee Hearing SACRAMENTO – Despite some changes from when it was first proposed last month, civil libertarians – … Continue reading

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Posted August 6th, 2012 by West • permalink

Change.org|Create a Petition Show your support by signing the petition to stop foreclosures on homeowners in California. –or– Download the Petition The foreclosure crisis continues to destroy the economic stability of California residents, businesses, communities and state and local governments. … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Sacramento City Hall: New Rules Coming For Protesting”]

Posted August 5th, 2012 by West • permalink

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento city hall grounds are getting new ground rules for protests. First Amendment rights activists are already up in arms. “It’s interesting the city has existed for 150 years without this law, now we need it? Why?” … Continue reading

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Posted August 3rd, 2012 by nathan • permalink

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY Friday/August 3, 2012 Governor’s Home Targeted Monday for Round-the-Clock Vigil; Homeowners, Occupy and Foreclosure Groups Demand Moratorium to Save California Homeowners SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown’s loft residence has been targeted – beginning Monday (August 6) – for … Continue reading

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Posted August 3rd, 2012 by nathan • permalink

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY Friday/August 3, 2012 Governor’s Home Targeted Monday for Round-the-Click Vigil; Homeowners, Occupy and Foreclosure Groups Demand Moratorium to Save California Homeowners SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown’s loft residence has been targeted – beginning Monday (August 6) – for … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”City of Sacramento Considers New Law Tuesday to Bar Protests at City Hall Without the City’s Approval”]

Posted July 23rd, 2012 by West • permalink

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 23, 2012   Daybook/Assignment Desk   City of Sacramento Considers New Law Tuesday to Bar Protests at City Hall Without the City’s Approval; Civil Rights Lawyers, ACLU Board, Occupy Members to Voice Opposition   SACRAMENTO … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Stop Fracking with California!”]

Posted July 23rd, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Stop Fracking with California Over the past month, the department responsible for regulating fracking in California has been engaged in “fracking workshops” around the state. However, despite the massive outcry against fracking at these events, they still aren’t listening to … Continue reading

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Posted July 17th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Stop the unjust deportation of Juana Reyes! Support the “Anti-Arizona” TRUST Act! Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Gather at 11:45 AM, Walmart Parking Lot Walmart, 6051 Florin Road, Sacramento Dear friends,   Imagine being torn from your children and unfairly trapped … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”News: Sacramento leaders attempt to curtail actions outside City Hall”]

Posted July 16th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) – Members of the Occupy movement are questioning a proposal that’s making its way through a Sacramento City Council committee. The proposal would curtail and limit actions people can take outside City Hall. Under the current proposal, … Continue reading

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[accordion_panel title=”Sacramento Occupy, Activists Will Risk Arrest Saturday by ‘Free Speech Chalking’”]

Posted July 14th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Sacramento Occupy, Activists Will Risk Arrest Saturday by ‘Free Speech Chalking’; Similar Action Thursday in Los Angeles Led to Arrests and Injuries   SACRAMENTO – Occupy Sacramento and free speech advocates are saying they will hold a “free speech chalk … Continue reading

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Posted July 12th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

By Cosmo Garvin – cosmog@newsreview.com Published on 07.12.12. “This is the worst jail I’ve ever been in. And I’ve been in some real shitholes.” That’s the less-than-glowing review from one of the Sacramento main jail’s better-known guests, activist Cindy Sheehan. … Continue reading

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Posted July 11th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Governor Signature Not Enough: Hundreds of Thousands of CA Homes Slated for Foreclosure Before Homeowner Bill of Rights Takes Effect; Moratorium Needed Now, Say Advocates

SACRAMENTO – Anti-foreclosure activists – including Occupy Sacramento – who organized a statewide rally at the Capitol last month warned Wednesday’s signing of the “Homeowner Bill of Rights” by Gov. Brown is not “acceptable” because the protections touted by the legislation won’t go into effect until 2013 – and hundreds of thousands of homes in the state are at risk of foreclosure before then.
 
“The people of this state deserve the protections now. We petition the Governor to stop foreclosures until the legislation to protect us becomes law. May the Governor have mercy on us, our homes, our health, our lives, our communities, and our futures,” said CJ Holmes, a real estate professional, and founder of  Home Owners For Justice, a non-profit organization designed to help homeowners.
 
“Lest anyone think that pressing for a foreclosure moratorium is foolishness, please be advised there are 72,739 homes and condos scheduled for foreclosure auction in the next 30 days (July 10-Aug10), and more than 400,000 owners of homes and condos are at risk of foreclosure loss between now and Jan 1, 2013,” said Holmes.
 
“This is unacceptable.  All these owners want is to be dealt with honestly and fairly and given a loan modification or a refinance at a lower interest rate – the heart of SB900.  To deny more than 400,000 families this right simply because they have been caught in the web of servicer deceit and manipulation prior to Jan 1, 2013 is obscene,” Holmes added.

Holmes is a licensed broker with an extensive background in real estate investing, client representation, and market analysis, accurately predicting this current home value meltdown in late 2008.  She works to unite property owners to stop foreclosures and short sales.

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Posted July 2nd, 2012 by West • permalink

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July 2, 2012
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SACRAMENTO, Ca. – Occupy Sacramento, Cindy Sheehan and human rights groups – including board members of the Sacramento ACLU – will march and rally Saturday (July 7) at 12 Noon to demand that an independent citizen review board be created to oversee the actions of the Sacramento County Jail and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

The march begins at Cesar Chavez Park and will continue to the County Jail and Sheriff’s Office.

In 2011 District Attorney Jan Scully announced she would cut costs by not reviewing of cases of abuse and death at the hands of local law enforcement, noting: “Our office will no longer review any deaths while in custody of the Sheriff’s Department regardless of the circumstances.”

Yet, shootings and jail abuse, and deaths, by Sheriff deputies continue, including a recent case where a jail inmate – who just wanted to report raw sewage coming into his cell – was beaten by deputies.

“Time and time again there have been complaints of abuse and death at the hands of the Sacramento Sheriff’s department. It is time to create an independent citizens review board to do what Jan Scully refuses to do,” said Andy Conn, one of the march organizers.

The march will be a New Orleans Style Funeral procession. Marchers will be encouraged to dress in black and bring flowers for the coffin signifying the loss of life at the hands of the Sheriff’s Department.

Occupy Sacramento will be working with the ACLU and cities that have review boards in place to formulate the independent review board.

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Posted June 28th, 2012 by West • permalink

Solidarity for Raley's Workers - Just Don't Go

Solidarity for Raley's Workers – Just Don't Go

Dear Union Activist, Labor Supporters & Occupiers,

Raley’s Supermarkets has been in stalled contract negotiations since Oct 2011. Raleys is a privately held chain that operates stores under the Raley’s, Bel Air Markets and Nob Hill banners in Northern California.

Traditionally in the past during grocery negotiations Raley’s has always settled on a “me too” deal, accepting what was negotiated between the workers union(UFCW) and the bigger grocers like Safeway, Save Mart/Lucky and Albertson’s.

But guess what? Not this time! This time around, Raley’s has decided to try and play hard ball. We have reports that Raley’s has hired professional union buster Robert Tiernan from Tiernan & Associates to intimidate, harass and pressure Raleys workers into accepting a deal that would make them parallel with the average Walmart worker . Can you believe it?

Also Raley’s hired union buster has engaged an aggressive campaign to divid the worker’ unions by getting workers to opt out of the union as financial core members. It’s been reported that many of the Raley’s workers being targeted by Raley’s corporate for “financial core membership” are younger workers and newer hires, but we’ve heard that in many stores, especially in the Sacramento areas even some of the older work force has been pressured to “opt out” during these contract negotiations.

It’s also been reported that any Raleys, Bel Air and Nob Hill workers refusing to opt out and vowing to strike are being put on “target list” by corporate management. Workers on these list are being targeted for transfers, management harassment and termination.

Is it really surprising that Raley’s has decided to exploit these tough economic conditions to try and bust the grocery workers union ! For years now the UFCW has been more concerned with cultivating their corporate partnerships rather then educating, agitating and mobilizing the workers so they can put up a real defense against the greed of the Capitalist 1%. It’s no wonder why these workers feel their only option for survival is to submit to the corporate intimidation.

This is why we’ve come here today to ask for your help! Those of us involved with the grocery industry willing to stand and fight are spread thin throughout the massive geographical Northern California areas in which these grocery negotiations will affect. Are only hope is to appeal to those Union Activist, Labor Supporters and Occupiers who are not afraid to engage in conflict with the greedy Capitalist 1%. Our union leadership does not have the testicular fortitude to engage in battle so we humbly ask you, can you help?

What we’d like see is a mass Occupation on all Raley’s, Bel Air & Nob Hill stores in Northern California handing out the following leaflet to all workers within these stores.

Even better, protest, marches and occupations inside and out of stores would be a welcome sight!

The message we’d like to see get out in mass is “how important it is for workers to stand strong and united against the corporate greed right now”! Now is not the time to be divided as workers.

Supporters may want to call Raley’s CEO Michael Teel at (916) 373-3333 and voice their concerns about Raley’s union busting tactics and attacks on retiree healthcare .

We’d like to specifically appeal to Occupy Oakland and Occupy Sacramento and ask if you’d consider discussing involvement with this issue at your next general assembly?

Time is crucial for solidarity actions within these stores! We have reports that the UFCW and Save Mart Supermarkets have settled on a disastrous concessionary deal(which should be unveiled to workers this week) that will fast tract grocery workers continued race to the bottom! Raley’s workers will be forced, at a minimum, to except the same or maybe even something more concessionary.

We graciously thank anyone and everyone willing to show solidarity & support!

In Solidarity
We are Grocery Workers 99%

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[accordion_panel title=”City of Sacramento Dismisses Final 3 Cases Against Occupy Sacramento”]

Posted June 28th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

URGENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 28, 2012 

City of Sacramento Dismisses Final 3 Cases Against Occupy Sacramento – Disabled Defendants Last to be Freed; Attorney Says City’s Prosecution ‘Vendetta,’ Waste of Tax Dollars

SACRAMENTO – The City of Sacramento dismissed the final three criminal cases against Occupy Sacramento defendants on the eve of their trial, according to pro bono attorney Jeff Kravitz.

There were 110 arrests from October through December, 2011 during Occupy Sacramento demonstrations at Cesar Chavez Park. The City admitted it spent at least $500,000 for police and related costs to make the arrests, although even police said the arrest were  peaceful.

A team of more than three dozen pro bono lawyers took on the cases at no charge because of questions about whether people’s First Amendment rights really should end at 11 p.m. on a weekday night, which the City of Sacramento insisted was the case. Civil libertarians disagreed.

However, the City never successfully prosecuted any of those involved in the 110 arrests. 

The last 3 defendants, part of a group of 21 arrested Dec. 8, 2011 as part of a Veterans Day/First Amendment protest, included three military veterans and a wheel-chair bound supporter. They were not booked because they were disabled. The City didn’t pursue charges against the other 18 able-bodied defendants, but did press charges only against the disabled defendants.

“This pursuit of Occupy protestors has been nothing more than a vendetta and a huge waste of scarce taxpayer money,” said Kravitz. “The most recent folly – singling out unhealthy individuals for selective prosecution – is only the most recent example of the City’s absurd assault on the constitutionally-protected rights of all citizens,” added Kravitz, a constitutional law professor.

Earlier in June, other volunteer lawyers working for Occupy Sacramento said the City was forced to dismiss administrative penalties against Occupy defendants. A Superior Court judge ruled that City of Sacramento abused its authority by attempting to charge the penalties for each Occupy Sacramento defendant after the City failed to successfully prosecute them in criminal court.

“This case is about abuses of government power. The court ruled the City’s actions to be an abuse of its authority,” said Patrick Soluri, one of those lawyers. Jeff Anderson, who also worked on the cases, said

“The City should feel constrained from this type of tyrannical enforcement efforts against those who choose to peaceably exercise their First  Amendment rights.

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Posted July 18th, 2012 by nathan • permalink

Testing the minutes module

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