* THAT’S OUR POWER — RANK AND FILE ORGANIZING
Strikes, workplace occupations, food banks, workers in Greece haven’t been paid for months, and are facing huge pay cuts. Some have gotten pay cheques of less than 10 €. We spoke to doctors, steel workers and journalists on strike and on the streets.
* WORKERS WHO OCCUPIED THIER FACTORY AND BEAT BANK OF AMERICA NOW ON THEIR WAY TO OWNING THE FACTORY
The group of workers who famously occupied Republic Windows and Doors in 2008 and again in 2012 incorporated a worker-run cooperative on May 30, 2012.
By Yana Kuchinoff, AlterNet
First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the bosses that owned the machinery. Then, they occupied their factory to keep the second bosses from shutting down their machinery. And, now, they are on their way to owning and running the machinery.
The group of workers who occupied their Chicago factory in 2008 and again in 2012 incorporated a worker-run cooperative on May 30, 2012. The factory window makers will take over was formerly owned by Republic Windows and Doors and then Serious Energy, and will now be run by New Era Windows, LLC.
Their battle to win wages and back pay from Republic Windows and Doors by occupying the factory is often mentioned in the same breath as the occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill as a flash point of progressive struggle since the recession took hold. […]
* FROM GANGS TO GARDENS: HOW COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE TRANSFORMED QUESADA AVENUE
Ten years ago, the residents of the crime-ridden neighborhood started planting gardens – and everything changed.
By Katherine Gustafson, Truthout
In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point area. The street had been ground zero for the area’s drug trade and its attendant violence. But when Annette Smith and Karl Paige began planting flowers on a small section of the trash-filled median strip, Quesada Gardens Initiative was born. Over the course of the next decade, the community-enrichment project profoundly altered the face of this once-blighted neighborhood.
Jeffrey Betcher is the Initiative’s unlikely spokesperson. A gay white man driven to the majority-black area by the high cost of housing elsewhere, he moved into a house on Quesada Avenue in 1998 to find drug dealers selling from his front stoop and addicts sleeping beneath his stairs. He told me about the day that he returned home from work to discover that his neighbor Annette had planted a little corner of his yard.
“Even though there was a throng of people—drug dealers who were carrying guns, pretty scary folks—she had planted flowers on this little strip of dirt by my driveway,” he told me. “I was so moved by that . . . I thought, that’s what life is about. That’s what community development is about. That’s what’s going to change this block faster than any public investment or outside strategy. And in fact it did.” […]
* NAVARINO PARK, ATHENS, GREECE – MARCH 2010 – PANORAMA
Part 1: An empty lot in Athens before and after community intervention.
Part 2: A community organizes and transforms an empty lot in Athens.
Part 3: This is what happens when community takes direct action.
* DIRECT ACTION FROM GREECE – A COLLECTIVE KITCHEN TO FEED THE HUNGRY
VIDEO @ http://vimeo.com/37036130
READ @ http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.elchef.gr/%26hl%3Den%26prmd%3Dimvns&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=el&twu=1&u=http://www.elchef.gr/&usg=ALkJrhg135K8QGeNHkK3Q7So8jOsmRJx2g
* CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY! SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF GREECE
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* HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB
Source: NewYorkRawVideos, youtube
Filmed March 18, 2012. A short play written by Dan Kinch, performed by Dan Kinch. “Jerry” offers practical advice to regular folks on how to do their part in stopping the empire.
From Occupy the Empty Space, a theatrical show of short plays, and teach-ins on Occupy and activist-related themes. The event was held at Judson Memorial Church, NYC.
Quote from play:
“Stopping an empire is not a sprint, it is a marathon. You will need to train, you will need to eat. You will need a way to live indoors…”
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See the playwright’s website for a performance schedule, and other works @
* BellaEiko SPEAKS TRUTH, PAIN, RAGE TO POWER #oakcityhall
BellaEiko, aka Jessica Hollie, tears up the mic at Oakland Public Safety Committee meeting. City Attorney Barbara Parker and Councilmember Patricia Kernighan introduced an ordinance that would ban shields, clubs, and many other objects at undefined “demonstrations.”
“I don’t understand the willful ignorance you constantly perpetrate!”
For more footage from the same meeting:
For donating to sustain BellaEiko’s livestreaming of the Occupy movement: https://www.wepay.com/donations/documenting_occupy_movement
VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L829VaHRek
BELLA’S WEBSITE @ http://www.bellaeikomedia.info/Photos-by-Bella.html