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Occupy Redwood City Won’t Stop

While most movements have been shut down or left their posts, Occupy Redwood City is hosting many more events and meets regularly.

 

When Occupy Redwood City members marched to on Dec. 6 in 2011, they . The 72-year-old would have been evicted in just eight days, but the bank extended the foreclosure date until Feb. 14.

However, Takla still isn’t feeling the love, and the bank plans to auction her home on Valentine’s Day. Today at 4 p.m., Occupy Redwood City and San Jose members plus the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) will Occupy the Chase Bank in front of the Westfield Valley Fair Mall to seek a loan modification for Takla.

She is still struggling with a loan she took seven years ago on a $150,000 down payment.

 

Going After Policy

For weeks, Occupy Redwood City members have gathered in Courthouse Square , even in the rain, for General Assemblies. Here, they've democratically discussed each person’s vision and goals for the movement, considering any and all ideas and concerns.

On Friday, talk will become action as the group passes resolutions on state and national policies. The group plans to endorse Assembly Joint Resolution 22 (AJR 22), put forward by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). AJR 22 calls upon Congress to reject corporate personhood and send a constitutional amendment to the states for ratification that would overturn the Citizens United ruling.

Since the Occupy group began meeting in October, Belmont resident Veronica Palmer, 63, has been attending meetings precisely to advance this particular agenda.

“I’m here to rally for social and income equality,” Palmer said. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

President Obama is the group’s next target, for implementing the Secure Communities program (S-Comm). Members argue that the program’s deportation of thousands of people has torn apart families across California. Since he took office until summer 2010, the administration has deported a million undocumented people nationally, more than any immediate past president, Occupiers said.

The group will join other Occupy groups, interfaith organizations and concerned citizens Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco at 2 p.m. to denounce S-Comm on a larger scale.

Archbishop George Niederauer, other Bay Area bishops and parishes will be calling on Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris to protest S-Comm.

 

Eating and Spending Local

After the General Assembly Friday, Occupy Redwood City members will host its first “Occupy Night Out” at at 8 p.m. As one of its , the Occupy members want to spend their dollars locally to ensure that their money stays in the community. It also gives community members a chance to chat with Occupy members in a more casual, relaxed setting outside of .

The group invites all community members to attend.

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George Sliter January 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I optimistically foresee the movement to amend the constitution as just what is needed to put an end once and for all to treating profit-motivated corporations as people with First Amendment rights. Big money should not be allowed to be big free speech. The Citizens United judgment by five politicized members of the Supreme Court was one of the biggest blows to democracy in memory. I think Occupy Redwood City should commission someone to write and widely distribute a one-page condemnation of corporate personhood, including real examples of the ills it has led to and can lead to. The flyer could end with: "Let us heal this wound to democracy by amending our Constitution."
Jesse M. January 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
George, the cool thing about Occupy RWC is that all of the media and fliers that are created are collaborative. It sounds like you'd like to collaborate. General Assembly is on Friday at 7:00pm.
Stacie Chan (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
That's really impressive, Jesse! I love the collaborative effort. Just from experience, I know "group writing" can be difficult. Have you found that challenging at the GAs?
Jesse M. January 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Many ideas are generated at General Assembly, but that time is not used to produce literature. Documents are shared and can be edited by members. It's not about focusing on individuals' ideas. Everything we do/say/write/create is based on consensus building and collective thinking.
Roger Brina January 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Just one correction to Jesse's comment, George: Our Occupy group meets every Friday's at 6 PM for our General Assembly. You can join us at 5 PM to rally and talk before the General Assembly itself starts.
Roger Brina January 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
For those of you interested in helping Gloria Takla, I just got the following message from Occupy Redwood City about yesterday's Chase Bank action to save her home: Although Chase basically gave poor Gloria the middle finger, we did at least pressure them into meeting with her AND with Juliana, a Latina woman from Gilroy who was losing her home YESTERDAY (Thursday)! Chase (allegedly) agreed to give Juliana another month while they review her loan modification application and she seemed fairly happy after her meeting. Because we have momentum and Gloria and Juliana's cases are so urgent, we are holding an EMERGENCY ACTION for THIS Sunday. Meet outside the same Chase @ 2 PM so we can continue to get the word out. Even though the bank branch will be closed we will be out there for about two hours at a busy, high-traffic mall, passing out lit and talking to people, hopefully with media in tow. We need to keep the pressure up and the spotlight on these cases (and potentially several others as people kept approaching the group during the protest yesterday to talk about how they too were about to lose their home) in the hope that we can effect change. Thanks to everyone from ORWC, OSJ, ACCE and other concerned citizens who took part yesterday! Great job and come join us SUNDAY!
Stacie Chan (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
That's great Roger, thanks for the update! I hope "she seemed fairly happy after her meeting" means that Gloria was also able to receive some sort of loan modification.
Roger Brina January 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Any time Stacie. Unfortunately neither Gloria nor Juliana got a loan mod. I'm guessing that's why the ORWC and OSJ folk are going back out to Chase on Sunday. This time Gloria and the protesters went in with specific demands. They wanted Chase to offer a principle reduction and a loan mod. Chase just told Gloria "We'll talk to you," but that's what they said when the protesters stormed Chase in Redwood City last month. That's why the protesters came with specific demands this time to underscore the urgency of the matter. --- Roger
Roger Brina January 31, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Just a quick update: ORWC and OSJ folk went back out to Chase on Sunday. Although the bank was closed, we passed out over 300 flyers about Gloria's situation with Chase and spoke to hundreds more people passing through Valley Fair. Hopefully with this sort of sustained pressure we'll get some sort of resolution for Gloria. She is only one of about 700 people this Chase branch is set to foreclose on in the near future.

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