KEY COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

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"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

May 23 The Self-Made Myth -- discussion with authors

SAVE THE DATE!
Hub San Francisco
May 23, 2012 at 7:00pm 
How Did the Rich REALLY Get Rich?

Register for the event today at  www.selfmademyth.org.  
 

By now, you may have heard about our new book,  The Self-Made Myth: And the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed.  

We’re embarking on a national book tour with our next stop in—you guessed it—San Francisco!  Here are the details:  
 
When:    Wednesday, May 23rd 7:00pm

Where:   Hub San Francisco
901 Mission Street, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA

Who:       Brian Miller, UFE Executive Director
Mike Lapham, RW Project Director
 
Special Guest Speakers:
Anirvan Chatterjee, Bookfinder.com
Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots
Jerry Fiddler, Wind River Systems

Written by co-authors Brian Miller (Executive Director, United for a Fair Economy) and Mike Lapham (Project Director, Responsible Wealth), with forewords by Bill Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins, the book pulls back the curtain and exposes the reality that any successful enterprise is the result of a variety of factors, including government support.  
 
JOIN US for a critical discussion about the “self-made” myth and its effects on efforts to reduce extreme economic inequality. 
 
We promise a stimulating, entertaining, and fun evening with lively discussion and a Q&A session.  Please bring a friend, and forward this invitation widely
 
Please mark your calendar and register today!
 
Spread the Word!  Post about the event on Facebook, Twitter, and forward this email to your networks.  
 
See you in a few weeks!


 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 27 - The fight against eliminating ethnic studies in Arizona

HOMEY's Kalpulli, with the support of volunteers from SFSU and USF, are organizing a community screening of Precious Knowledge, a documentary that follows high-school youth as they organize to defend their ethnic studies program in Tucson, Arizona.  This a a cross-cultural event with performances from the Pinoy, Latino, and Black communities along with a critical consciousness panel-discussiona, delicious concessions and special edition shirts!

MULTI USE BUILDING Rm 140   6-9 PM 

Please help us spread the word! We hope to see you on 4/27 with your constituents!

The New Face of Labor!

San Francisco State University

Come Learn about the Immigrant Labor Movement!

When : Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 6 pm
Where : San Francisco State University, BUS 122
Why ? Because knowledge is power!


“The end of all education should be service to others”-Cesar Chavez

Speaker- Arlo Garcia, Attorney and Labor Activist

Food and drinks will be provided, See you there!

Thanks to our Sponsors:
Carniceria Tepa La Tapatia
801 1/2 Linden Avenue, 411 Grand Avenue
S San Francisco, CA 94080 South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 737-988 1 (650) 589-5881/(650) 589-3420

Info questions:
Angelica Sanchez angieess@mail.sfsu.edu Lilian Romero lilianr@mail.sfsu.edu
MUNI: M, 17. 18. 28, 29 BART- Free shuttle from Daly City

Monday, April 9, 2012

This Saturday -- Nonviolent direct action training -- in the Castro

Below is an email invitation to attend a training session in the Castro. As with MoveOn and other occupy folks, activists are realizing the need for training and, hopefully, discipline in order to make NVR effective.  Please read the articles on this webpage for a thorough understanding of what is meant by the strategic use of nonviolent resistance.
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Q*-CCUPY THE CASTRO with a Direct Action training this
  • Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro and Market),
  • 1-3 PM.
On September 14, 1989, seven members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) chained themselves to the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street to demand affordable access to AZT, the only approved AIDS drug at the time. Within a few days, the pharmaceutical sponsor of AZT lowered the price by 20%.

This example of direct action, more than twenty years ago, demonstrates the power of individuals coming together in community to create change. The members of ACT UP faced a willfully deaf system, one more interested in profit than meeting the needs of its people.

Today, politicians remain even more entrenched in partisan politics, allowing and facilitating the mass transfer of wealth to an increasingly smaller class of elites. Banks received trillions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money, while people continue to be kicked out of their homes, public schools are closed and the amount of student debt surpasses credit debt.

Through direct action, we can reclaim the power that has been taken from us by a broken system. Using creativity and imagination, we can create the change we’d like to see in our communities.

On Saturday, we will give a brief history of direct action, discuss issues of 'violence' and 'non-violence', role-play, and discuss safety and de-escalation strategies. Above all, we will be building community!

* Queers against corporate hell.

“Direct Action aims to achieve our goals through our own activity rather than through the actions of others. It is about people taking power for themselves. In this, it is distinguished from most other forms of political action such as voting, lobbying, attempting to exert political pressure through industrial action or through the media. All of these activities…concede our power to existing institutions which work to prevent us from acting ourselves to change the status quo. Direct action repudiates such acceptance of the existing order and suggests that we have both the right and the power to change the world. It demonstrates this by doing it.”

- Rob Sparrow, “Anarchist Politics and Direct Action”