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Occupy San Diego July 7 STOP TPP Day of Action

From July 2 to July 10, the political leaders of the Pacific Rim nations met in San Diego on the 13th Round of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations aka TPP to turn the Pacific Ocean and its peoples into a giant privatized corporate lake characterized by non-union workers, Wal-Mart supply chain feeders, poisoned, landless agricultural laborers, a dying biodiversity, and rising, drowning sea levels.

Occupy San Diego, along with a Community-wide coalition, the STOP TPP Coalition, worked closely with Citizens Trade Campaign to raise awareness on the TPP, which is dubbed the NAFTA of the Pacific Rim.

Occupy San Diego, through the OSD Free Education Collective put on the First Annual Weeklong International People’s Conference: A Better World Is Possible as a way to give people in the struggle a platform to voice their grievances and build local, national, and international networks. The conference was recorded and will be made available online.

Also, on July 7, The Coalition to Stop TPP took to the streets with pots and pans to raised the alarm on the TPP.

What is TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.

  • There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Japan has shown interest.
  • The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
  • TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
  • TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will  decrease access to affordable medications
  • TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  • TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
  • TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.
  • TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
  • TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.

International People’s Conference Schedule and List of Guests - http://stoptpp.org/2012/06/29/peoples-conference-list-of-guests-4/

Chomsky to OSD on FTA’s - http://stoptpp.org/2012/06/22/noam-chomsky-to-osd-on-ftas/

"The words “free trade agreement” should bring to mind the response attributed to Gandhi when he was asked what he thought about western civilization: “it might be a good idea.” Same with “free trade agreements.” Maybe they would be a good idea, maybe not, but the question scarcely arises in the real world. What are called “free trade agreements” have only a limited relation to free trade, or even trade at all, and are certainly not agreements, at least if the people of a country are regarded as its citizens.

The FTAs are investor rights agreements, negotiated mostly in secret by representatives of transnational corporations and the few powerful states that cater to their interests. The public is largely excluded, and often opposed. The agreements include highly protectionist elements, such as the monopoly pricing rights that impose enormous costs on consumers and have no legitimate justification. They interpret “trade” to include actions internal to command economies, as when a giant corporation produces parts in Indiana, ships them to a subsidiary in Mexico for assembly, then sells the product in California, with each border crossing called “trade” — a very large component of world “trade.”

We did not call it “trade” when parts were produced in Leningrad, assembled in Poland, and sold in Moscow, all within the Soviet command economy. The concept of “trade” is further illuminated by events taking place right now. The World Bank has just ruled that the Canadian mining corporation Pacific Rim can proceed with its case against El Salvador for trying to preserve lands and communities from highly destructive gold mining. Under the investor rights agreements, the crime of imposing environmental constraints can be punished on the grounds that it harms potential profits.

Predatory corporations must be guaranteed the right to destroy for profit, whatever the human cost. That is only a tiny sample of what is called “trade,” a category designed, not surprisingly, to enhance the power and privilege of the designers. The public should be concerned, informed, and engaged.”

WWW.STOPTPP.ORG

…more videos coming soon

Occupy San Diego Stop TPP Week of Actions

Background: From July 2 to July 10, the political leaders of the Pacific Rim nations are meeting in San Diego to turn the Pacific Ocean and its peoples into a giant privatized corporate lake characterized by non-union workers, Wal-Mart supply chain feeders, poisoned, landless agricultural laborers, a dying biodiversity, and rising, drowning sea levels. We cannot and will not let this happen.

Occupy San Diego as part of The Coalition to STOP TPP has been working alongside Global Trade Watch to put plan out several events taking place throughout the week, leading to a march on July 7 as part of a Global Day of Action against the TPP.

Marches & Rallies
Monday, July 2nd * 12:00 noon -Welcome TPP March and Rally

March to rally and support the Labor Council’s noontime rally and press conference at the Hilton Hotel next to the Convention Center

Fourth of July Petitioning
Wednesday, July 4th * Ongoing
Throughout the City

OccupyYourCorner and Soapboxes throughout the week

Saturday, July 7 * 10:30 am
Global Day of Action - Join San Diego for a major march with pots and pans and drums to STOP TPP.
Civic Center (1100 3rd Avenue)
Gathering at 10:30am; march to Hilton leaves at 11:00am

OSD Free Education Collective - The Peoples Conference: A Better World is Possible
Monday July 2nd * 6:30 - *8:30pm
Better World Conference:
Workers’ Rights, Outsourcing, Wal-Mart & Gentrification

Tuesday, July 3rd * 6:00 - 9:00pm
Better World Conference:
IP, GMOs & Healthcare AND Women & the TPP
Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd)

Thursday, July 5th * 6:00 - 9:00pm
Better World Conference:
Geopolitics & Empire AND Indigenous Rights
Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd)

Thursday, July 5th * 6:00 - 9:00pm
Better World Conference:
Local Economies & Sustainability AND Biodiversity & Climate Change
Balboa Park

Saturday, July 7 * 3:00 - 5:00pm
Better World Conference:
Fukushima & Nuclear Power
Peace Resource Center (3850 Westgate Place)

Guests and Speakers include -

Gustavo Esteva founder of Universidad de la Tierra (Oaxaca), Maira Stutton - Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fuerza Unida, Fuerza Mundial, Ilana Solomon - National Sierra Club, Sanya Reid Smith of The Third World Network (Malaysia), Colectivo Zapatista (San Diego), National Family Farm Coaliiton, plus speakers from Japan, South America, and more.
Links:
Main Stop TPP Page
Fliers and Info
Events

Occupy San Diego


Endorsement: Thanks to those that have supported us and stood in solidarity

     The words “free trade agreement” should bring to mind the response attributed to Gandhi when he was asked what he thought about western civilization: “it might be a good idea.” Same with “free trade agreements.” Maybe they would be a good idea, maybe not, but the question scarcely arises in the real world. What are called “free trade agreements” have only a limited relation to free trade, or even trade at all, and are certainly not agreements, at least if the people of a country are regarded as its citizens.

The FTAs are investor rights agreements, negotiated mostly in secret by representatives of transnational corporations and the few powerful states that cater to their interests. The public is largely excluded, and often opposed. The agreements include highly protectionist elements, such as the monopoly pricing rights that impose enormous costs on consumers and have no legitimate justification. They interpret “trade” to include actions internal to command economies, as when a giant corporation produces parts in Indiana, ships them to a subsidiary in Mexico for assembly, then sells the product in California, with each border crossing called “trade” — a very large component of world “trade.”

We did not call it “trade” when parts were produced in Leningrad, assembled in Poland, and sold in Moscow, all within the Soviet command economy. The concept of “trade” is further illuminated by events taking place right now. The World Bank has just ruled that the Canadian mining corporation Pacific Rim can proceed with its case against El Salvador for trying to preserve lands and communities from highly destructive gold mining. Under the investor rights agreements, the crime of imposing environmental constraints can be punished on the grounds that it harms potential profits.

Predatory corporations must be guaranteed the right to destroy for profit, whatever the human cost. That is only a tiny sample of what is called “trade,” a category designed, not surprisingly, to enhance the power and privilege of the designers. The public should be concerned, informed, and engaged.”

Noam Chomsky (Contribution to Occupy San Diego on Free Trade Agreements when approached to being part of OSD Free Education Collective Counter-TPP Conference)

Occupy San Diego STOP TPP Counter-Conference Invitation
From San Diego to Chicago We Stand In Solidarity by Occupy San Diego

From San Diego to Chicago We Stand In Solidarity by Occupy San Diego

Occupy and May Day: Moving Forward As A Global Collective

San Diego Celebrates May Day With A Broad Coalition Of Unions And Community Organizations

by Carlos Huerta San Diego, California, Pictures by Nicholas Paget-Clarke
(Original article taken from www.inmotionmagazine.com, and can be found here)

It was almost 8 months ago, September 17, 2011, when New Yorkers took over the financial district where Wall Street is located and settled into Zuccotti Park. There they set up a kitchen, the people’s library, brought community members to provide educational teach-ins on different topics, and fed, sheltered, and nursed one another. In essence, they created a community from the ground up giving birth to Occupy Wall Street (OWS). A movement inspired by the uprisings in the Arab World, dubbed the Arab Spring, OWS voiced their collective grievances changing the conversation all across the US and sprouting Occupy communities across each state, including here in San Diego.

Under the banner of the “99%,” Occupy joined in solidarity the many existing struggles. Locally, Occupy stood against the big banking institutions and their illegal practices as homes were foreclosed which forced people onto the streets. Occupy helped organize National Transfer Day which added 650,000 new members to Credit Unions, raising awareness on helping support the control of local economies. Occupy has stood against giant corporations and their influence over politics which they control through lobbying and monetary power. Occupy has fed, bathed, and sheltered many of the houseless community. Occupy continues to participate in various autonomous self-sustainable projects including community gardens. Occupy has stood up and resonated the voices of workers and farmer’s rights. Occupy has taken a stand against the legalized death sentence of Medicare recipients through budget cuts. Occupy has taken the streets and stood with immigrant communities who are afraid of stepping out against ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), private for-profit prisons system and illegal deportations. Occupy has stood for justice and equality for all against the constant oppression from the police state in a worldwide struggle.

Deep in the Lacandon Jungle of Chiapas, Subcomandante Marcos wrote: “In the world of the powerful there is no room for anyone but themselves and their servants. In the world we want, everyone fits. The nation we construct is one where all communities and languages fit.” The struggles facing us now are nothing new, for years the current institutions have oppressed the people, they have silenced us, stolen our voices, instilled fear onto us, turned us against each other. They have made education out of reach through budget cuts and debt slavery, and they have taken people’s homes and jobs while their wallets continue to accumulate capital. Meanwhile, the people we have voted to positions of power do nothing but represent the interests of the rich corporations.

When do we say no more?

As we celebrate May Day, International Workers Day, it’s imperative to look around us with a sense of camaraderie, to put aside the dividing differences and focus on the struggles that bring us together. It is time to question the morality of the institutions, elected officials, and legislations that have brought us to this point. We do not need them, they need us. They need us to consume. They need our resources and our labor in order to hoard wealth. It is said that the masses make history, we are the people, we have the numbers, and the power to build the world we want; a global society that recognizes the universal rights of life, liberty, education, shelter, and healthcare. Such a world is possible through cooperation, community building, and tolerance, by getting to know each other and taking care of one another.

As we have taken and continue to take the streets let our voices empower each other giving birth to a voice once lost. As we continue marching let each step plant a strong seed of solidarity that will bloom and endure. Let May Day be much more than an annual gathering of our fight and continue joining each other’s struggles daily through our actions and interactions. Let’s continue having these conversations and public gatherings coming up with alternatives and solutions. Lets celebrate the richness of our differences because the struggle is far from over. From San Diego to Chile to Egypt and Greece, one world, one struggle. Occupy together.

Also see:

More photos from the San Diego May Day marches and rallies

www.immotionmagazine.com

Whats New?

occupy-sandiego:

Video from this week’s Barrio Sherman community action to stop Walmart from demolishing an historic building against the community’s wishes and what was discussed in the past. Occupy San Diego is proud to support Sherman Heights in their fight against the 1%. If you can be in court on Monday morning at 9 AM, please do so! Information regarding that can be seen at the end of this video.

update via facebook:
By the way, Walmart stated at their press conference that on Wednesday, it was the first time they ever had to stop construction on anything. Ever. 

That’s right. 40 people from the community stopped the richest, most evil people in the universe from doing whatever they want to do. At least until Monday. 

Communities have the power to push back. This is proof. So get out there and PUSH BACK. Make your communities what you want them to be BECAUSE YOU CAN.

Ocupemos el Barrio and Occupy San Diego statement of solidarity for April 14 ICE Breaker.
sdg86:


Spanish translation:  Declaración de Solidaridad de Ocupemos el Barrio / Occupy the Hood – San Diego y Occupy San Diego
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Ocupemos El Barrio / Occupy the Hood -San Diego y la asamblea general de Occupy San Diego reconocen la importancia de la historia multicultural de los EE.UU., una nación construida a través de la colonizacióny la expansión entre naciones de gente nativa americana por parte de inmigrantes del “viejo mundo”, a costillas de inmigrantes esclavizados.
Tomamos una postura en contra de la persecución sistemática de las comunidades marginadas migrantes de todo los EE.UU. Debido al reciente aumento de legislaciones a nivel nacional y estatal como las leyes HB56 (Alabama) y SB1070 (de Arizona), que promueve pólizas de perfiles raciales.
Denunciamos la detención, el asesinato, y la deshumanización que las empresas de prisiones privadas promueven en las comunidades de migrantes con el propósito de obtener ganancias financieras.
Nos oponemos a la militarización de la frontera de los EE.UU. / México a través del aumento del uso de aviones no tripulados, armas de fuego, y las patrullas pesada que al final del día son una pérdida de dinero de los contribuyentes a los impuestos del pais.
Nos solidarizamos con Occupy Birmingham y las comunidades de migrantes en contra de las nuevas leyes de Jim Crow. Hacemos un llamado a los pueblos del mundo para construir una sociedad que reconozca los derechos universales de la vida, vivienda, educación y salud a través de la cooperación, la construcción de la comunidad, y la práctica de la tolerancia de su diversidad multicultural. Buscamos cuestionar la moralidad de las instituciones, las legislaciónes, y el lenguaje establecido y el declarar que ningún ser humano es ilegal. Un ataque a la herencia multicultural de este planeta es un ataque contra todos.
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Los inmigrantes son parte del 99%!

Ocupemos el Barrio and Occupy San Diego statement of solidarity for April 14 ICE Breaker.

sdg86:

Spanish translation:
Declaración de Solidaridad
de Ocupemos el Barrio / Occupy the Hood – San Diego y Occupy San Diego

——

Ocupemos El Barrio / Occupy the Hood -San Diego y la asamblea general de Occupy San Diego reconocen la importancia de la historia multicultural de los EE.UU., una nación construida a través de la colonizacióny la expansión entre naciones de gente nativa americana por parte de inmigrantes del “viejo mundo”, a costillas de inmigrantes esclavizados.

Tomamos una postura en contra de la persecución sistemática de las comunidades marginadas migrantes de todo los EE.UU. Debido al reciente aumento de legislaciones a nivel nacional y estatal como las leyes HB56 (Alabama) y SB1070 (de Arizona), que promueve pólizas de perfiles raciales.

Denunciamos la detención, el asesinato, y la deshumanización que las empresas de prisiones privadas promueven en las comunidades de migrantes con el propósito de obtener ganancias financieras.

Nos oponemos a la militarización de la frontera de los EE.UU. / México a través del aumento del uso de aviones no tripulados, armas de fuego, y las patrullas pesada que al final del día son una pérdida de dinero de los contribuyentes a los impuestos del pais.

Nos solidarizamos con Occupy Birmingham y las comunidades de migrantes en contra de las nuevas leyes de Jim Crow. Hacemos un llamado a los pueblos del mundo para construir una sociedad que reconozca los derechos universales de la vida, vivienda, educación y salud a través de la cooperación, la construcción de la comunidad, y la práctica de la tolerancia de su diversidad multicultural. Buscamos cuestionar la moralidad de las instituciones, las legislaciónes, y el lenguaje establecido y el declarar que ningún ser humano es ilegal. Un ataque a la herencia multicultural de este planeta es un ataque contra todos.

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Los inmigrantes son parte del 99%!

#OccupySD #osd ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, WEST COAST PORT SHUT DOWN. #D12

occupy-sd:

#OccupySD #osd ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, WEST COAST PORT SHUT DOWN. #D12

Sign up for #osd’s event https://www.facebook.com/events/233197350080374/

    • When
      Monday, December 12, 2011
    • Time
      6:00am until LATE PM
Description

In response to coordinated attacks across the nation on the Occupy movement by the 1% on Monday, December 12 Occupy San Diego will stand in solidarity with other West Coast occupations in a West Coast Port Blockade to disrupt the economic apparatus of the 1%. OSD is asking participants meet at Chicano Park at 6am with supplies to be prepared to stay the day and late into the evening, at least.

San Diego, CA

#osd Police Action Against Occupy SD