Occupy Forum with the Defenders of the Commons
Information, discussion & community- Monday Night Forum!
DEFENDING OUR COMMONS FROM CORPORATE PLUNDER
Private corporations, often working hand-in-glove with governmental bodies, plunder the commons for private gain: ancient forests are clear-cut, wildlife preserves fracked, & public parks sectioned off from the people. Our last vestiges of the commons, the land & resources shared by all, are being sold off, bought off, or leased for private gain under the aegis of a budget crisis – a crisis created by Wall Street bail-outs, wars, & tax-breaks for millionaires, & fueled by oil & gas industry propaganda demanding endless drilling & blasting.
What is happening to our commons and how can we fight back?
Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Campaign at Global Exchange and co-author of The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth will speak about rights-based organizing to protect the commons, including the Mt. Shasta “rights of nature” ordinance, and the increasing problem of fracking in California. Katherine Howard of the “Save Golden Gate Park” coalition will update us about the recent onslaught against the commons by the San Francisco Department of Recreation & Parks, and Ed Dunn of HANC, the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, will speak to us about the eviction of the thirty year old Kezar Recycling Center. The Space Transformers will follow up with their efforts to save the grassroots Kezar Gardens Ecology Center. Join us to learn how people everywhere are fighting back to defend the commons and alert the public, while letting corporations and government know that our commons are not up for grabs. We will close with a brief update on the urgent state of the struggle to save City College of SF, our educational commons.
Monday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 2017 Mission St. 2nd Floor conveniently located across from the 16th/Mission BART .There will be a sign posted on the door with a phone number for entry after 6:15. Donations to cover our costs are encouraged.
Added to the calendar on Saturday Jan 5th, 2013 10:53 PM