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Berkeley city manager wages dirty war on downtown Berkeley post office action
by hawkfeather ( parkguard [at] riseup.net )
Wednesday Aug 28th, 2013 4:12 PM
The Berkeley city manager is unhappy about an ongoing direct-action encampment taking place outside the beleagured old post office building in downtown Berzerkeley. So, possibly against the wishes of the Berkeley mayor and council, is trying to run the activists out on a rail.

As part of Boss Hogg University [UC Berkeley]'s ongoing downtown Berkeley landgrab, UC regent Richard Blum is attempting to buy the post office building in downtown Berkeley and evict the post office. So far, that action has been thwarted by the efforts of many Berkeley citizens, including a direct-action encampment at the downtown Berkeley P.O.. This has gotten the attention of Berkeley city manager Christine Daniel, who, despite the proclaimed support of Berkeley mayor Tom Bates and the Berkeley city council for the action and for keeping the downtown P.O. in its current location, is engaging in a campaign of harassment, slander and innuendo against the encampment action.

BPD officers regularly come by the encampment and tell the participants that their removal and arrest is imminent. On the night of August 26th, a joint task force of BPD and postal service popo came to the camp and delivered copies of the attached document to camp participants.

A careful reading of the laundry list of alleged incidents which happened at the camp will make it clear that the camp participants are the victims of wrongdoing and are defending themselves and the camp from physical assault. Some of the listed occurrences are things that happened off site and, without definitive proof, are blamed on camp participants. But given our society's proclivity for mere rudimentary reading and comprehension, it seems this is an attempt by the city manager to portray the encampment to the unwashed masses as a `dangerous environment`, or `a hotbed of criminal activity`, etc., etc., and should be shut down, all in the name of the public interest.

I wonder if the city manager is taking her orders directly from Richard Blum and the feds? At any rate, contact the mayor, the councilmembers, and especially the city manager, and tell them you want the campaign against the post office action to cease and desist without delay. A-ho.

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by (A.) Revolutionary
Wednesday Aug 28th, 2013 6:35 PM
602(m) may have an exemption for 1st Amendment activity. No matter. The DA will have found the correct code to screw you with by the time of your hearing. (I won't reveal it here)

The protest can continue by the indigent homeless protesters since they have a necessity defense:
In re Eichorn (1998) 69 Cal. App. 4th 382
If EVERY shelter bed is full. (Don't forget the Mental Health beds) Go with them to every shelter, video the staff statements that the shelter is full, get a letter or receipt to that effect, or you sign,date, and affirm so under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California.(A Declaration) for each shelter where you actually witnessed the turn down.

Secondly, Post Office property may not be a traditional public forum. But any nearby sidewalk is. Simply move the protest there. Don't block it of course, leave some room to walk. Guerillas never stand their ground, they stay mobile and avoid annihilation. Occupy tried the stand your ground strategy and lost. Wouldn't you rather win?

Finally, if anyone disrupts your 1st Amendment activity, don't use violence on them. Make the cops remove them. If the cops won't, you can sue the cops in Federal court.

I am not an attorney, this is not legal advice.