December 8, 2015
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Homeless Advocates to Occupy Sacramento City Hall

URGENT NEWS ADVISORY – Homeless Advocates Will Risk Arrest; Announce ‘Occupation’ of Sacramento City Hall Tuesday in Effort to Force Repeal of ‘Unconstitutional’ City Camping Ordinance

SACRAMENTO – Homeless advocates have informed the City of Sacramento they will begin an occupation of City Hall grounds – and risk arrest if necessary – starting Tuesday (Dec. 8) evening until the City Council repeals an unlawful camping ordinance.

They will begin preparations for the occupation at 5 p.m. Tuesday in front of City Hall.

The Community Dinner Project (CDP), a group of concerned citizens who risk arrest every week by feeding 75-150 hungry people – also illegal under city ordinance that requires a $300 permit to feed the hungry – claim the city’s camping ordinance has been declared unconstitutional by the federal Department of Justice (DOJ).

On August 6, 2015, the DOJ issued a statement of interest in a federal case in Boise, in which seven people are suing the city over their conviction for the “crime” of camping. The DOJ stated that bans on sleeping in public are unconstitutional.

“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity- i.e., it must occur at some time in some place,” argued the DOJ in the still pending case. “If a person literally has nowhere to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless.” Such laws, the DOJ argues, violate 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment, and thus, unconstitutional.

In addition, a federal task force on homelessness concluded that homeless sweeps are not the solution. “We strongly advise against communities dispersing people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on their own or in camps,” said Matthew Doherty, the task force executive director. “It disrupts the ability to engage and develop trusting relationships to help them on paths to permanent housing.” (LA Times, Sept. 6, 2015.)

“After a year of talking to the city about this ordinance, the city still shows no sign of listening to us about the unconstitutionality of the ordinance,” said community organizers, adding “Let’s end this assault on our fellow human beings; rather than punish those less fortunate, let us be a model city and demonstrate caring and compassion, and social justice for all and find more sustainable solutions for homeless people.”

In late November, a group called “First They Came for the Homeless,” occupied Berkeley City Hall for about 18 days. Last week police arrested three of the protesters and confiscated their belongings, including tents. Some protesters have returned to city hall and are staying there without tents.


November 6, 2015
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#OpWarmWinterSacramento

As winter sets in many will remain unsheltered and without warmth. Community Dinner Project and C.A.F.F.E. (Clothing and Food for Everyone) will be addressing that very issue with #OpWarmWinter! This will be a jacket, blanket, tarp and warmth drive!

Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30pm
Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St

Gently used, clean items that help one stay warm on a cold night can save someone’s life! Imagine living outside during the bone chilling cold of winter… This simple gesture can greatly improve one’s quality of life, and ability to survive.

So, if you have any old sweaters, jackets, blankets, sleeping bags or other items to help keep some one warm please contact one of our hosts on the Facebook event page, or drop them off to either Community Dinner Project (Tuesdays @ 4:30pm, city hall) or C.A.F.F.E Sundays at 8am rain or shine, Cesar Chavez Park by the restrooms.

Click here to make a donation to the Community Dinner Project


September 29, 2014
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#O22 Day of the Dead Sacramento – National Day Against Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration


October 11th: March to for awareness of police terror!

We will be holding a march and rally to promote the October 22nd national march against police brutality. Our intention is to draw attention to the issue, and encourage people to attend the BIG event on October 22nd. We will have fliers to pass out as we march. Please join us as we march! More details to come – see the Facebook event page.

October 22nd: National Day Against Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration

Join us in Sacramento as families from all over California will lobby their lawmakers and bring the fight for justice to the capital. We will be having a funeral procession through the streets of the Capital as we remind California leadership that our grief is forever because KILLER COPS are still free.

*Participation from all families is highly encouraged.
*Information on coffins for the funeral procession will be announced shortly.
*Tabling – for availability please email endpoliceterror@gmail.com with the name of your organization and purpose.

More announcements to come – see the Facebook event page.


July 30, 2014
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Occupy Press Briefing Live from Nat Gat 2014

Democracy Watch News invites journalists to attend a live teleconference with activists from the 2014 Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento on Thu at Noon PDT.

Democracy Watch News @dwatchnews hosts a regular Occupy Weekly Movement National Press Briefing every Thu, Noon Pacific Time in cooperation with inter occupy.net and the GA Coalition, an association of local and state Occupy groups. While the hosts are journalists, the tech support comes from local activists who volunteer to work with the inter occupy team. Here, once a week, journalists and activists may meet via teleconference for interviews after brief introductions and two-min announcements by activists. The journalists then follow up with questions.

The weekly event was originated in 2011 by Jo Ellen Kaiser of The Medi aConsortium in San Francisco in cooperation with the OWS media team. Democracy Watch News assumed the responsibility in July7 2012.

We will have Michael Buell, San Diego live streamer on site to assist journalists to hook up with the briefing. His and other lifestreams will be available for others to listen in. Details will be provided on Wed.

Producer: Dean Edwards, Democracy Watch News Hosts: Liz Meyers, Daytona Beach, FL, ha co-host of Air Occupy, a local radio program Mark Taylor-Canfield, independent journalist and blogger in Seattle, WA.

Journalists are advised to preregister for the teleconference in order to have a unique PIN number and the proper phone number by clicking on the link or entering it in a browser in the copy below of a recent tweet::

#DemocracyWatch News #PressBriefing from #Occupy #National Gathering Noon PDT. 31Jul #Journalists register http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/democracy-watch-news-invites-journalists-to-attend-a-live-teleconference-with-activists-from-the-2014-occupy-national-gathering-in-sacramento-on-thurs-at-noon-pdt/

Democracy Watch News continues to work with the Media Consortium on various pronects as we expand the weekly teleconference to an international audience of activists and journalists.

Dean Edwards
coordinating editor
Democracy Watch News
dedwards@igc.org
oormg@igc.org
Salem, OR
(503) 581-8560
Skype: salembard


April 25, 2014
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National Day of Action – Foreclose on Wells Fargo!!

Hello fellow activists, APRIL 29 is the date of Wells Fargo’s shareholder meeting AND the National Day of Action–Foreclose on Wells Fargo!
 
Join Occupy Sac and bring your signs and shouts to protest Wells Fargo’s well-documented history of abusing customers seeking mortgage modifications, and peddling faulty mortgages that led to the financial crisis. It appears that they have actually produced a 150-page “Handbook of Fraud”–a manual that attorneys say provides step-by-step instructions on how to fabricate documents in order to illegally foreclose on homeowners.
 
Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: 11 am
Location: Wells Fargo, 400 Capitol Mall, downtown Sacramento
Action: Protest Wells Fargo, including “Wheel of Fraud-Wells Fargo edition” to help shine a light on their “Handbook of Fraud”.
 
Here’s a link to an article in the New York Post describing the Wells Fargo handbook: “Wells Fargo made up on-demand foreclosure papers plan: court filing charges”


December 17, 2013
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MLK POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN Organization and Planning Meeting

MLK POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN
Organization and Planning Meeting
 
Thursday, December 19, 6:00 pm
1401 21st Street, Ste. 310, Sacramento
 
To all Sponsors and Supporters:As you know, we are coming to the end of another year. And still, so many urgent issues–homelessness, lack of jobs, unliveable wages, hunger, immigration reform, environmental destruction, police brutality, and more continue to plague our communities, regardless of color.
 
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped launched the Poor People’s Campaign,to lift all Americans out of poverty. The Campaign’s anti-poverty package included:
–Guaranteed employment for all, at living wages,
–Access to affordable housing and health care for all,
–Rescinding cuts to education, and
–Ensuring that ordinary citizens had a larger role in government.
 
Forty-five years later, we’re still fighting these battles. Dr. King left us with the moral responsibility to work together to resolve these issues. What better way to honor Dr. King than to join in solidarity with others to fight for social and economic justice? In that spirit, we are planning for Saturday, January 18th, to be a day to join together to fight the cuts and many assaults on the middle class and the poor. We’re planning to march from Crocker Park to the Capitol, and hold our event on the West side of the Capitol. We envision a day for diverse organizations to come together to raise our voices and pledge support so that we can become a powerful force for change.
 
We need your ideas and your passion to create a day for all who yearn to breathe free, and for righteousness, justice, and equality. Please attend our Thursday, December 5th planning meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm, at 1401 21st Street, Suite 310, Sacramento.
 
It was Dr. King who said “When we remain silent to the things that matter, our lives begin to end.”
 
Thank you for your time and support at this short notice,
 
In Solidarity,
Brother Carter
Occupy Sacramento Urban Outreach Committee

916-275-8737
Wearethepeople13@yahoo.com