Actions and Meetings updated

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Check the Actions and Meetings page which has been updated as of October 24. 

A new and simpler URL,, automatically redirects to this site.

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Sunday Brunch at the Occupy Oakland Encampment

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

We did it.  It was insanely awesome.  Pancakes and omelets (to order) for the entire encampment.  It was like that loves and fishes thing in that science fiction book, magical, and definitely in the dharma.    If all our actions are this good we WILL see the revolution.  More reflections tomorrow.

The Oakland encampment seems to have caught its second wind, and is really together.

And, BTW, an equally energized assembly beforehand in Concord.  There is nothing we cannot do.

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October 20, 2011 2 comments

SUNDAY’S (OCTOBER 23) 10 am MEETING of OCCUPY CONTRA COSTA 99% was at Concord at the usual locale – Panama Red Coffee in Concord (location here, great coffee, nice folks) was an assembly of various reps, spokes and liaisons from other organizations.    Notes from the meeting will be posted shortly.

Our meetings are modeled on the consensus-based #OWS model, so no speeches, please.  We respect, trust, and listen.   We talk, work and act.  “We are the demand.”

Good videos on consensus process from #Occupy SF and Occupy Portland are very helpful in explaining consensus process and the hand signals.  We encourage other groups in Contra Costa – and #Occupy Oakland as well, to send reps to meet us, and talk about actions and supporting their efforts.

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Support the #Occupy Oakland Encampment

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Occupy Contra Costa 99% delivered two medical shipments plus walkie-talkies last week,  and served food at the Oakland Encampment on Sunday the 23rd.

The encampment is into its third week, and the folks there are into the long haul.  They need our physical support, not just messages of solidarity.  Lists of the items needed most can be found on the Occupy Oakland Actions page on this site, and on #Occupy Oakland’s own site as well.  The lists put together here are gathered from talking to the kitchen crews, media spokes, education, first aid and artistic stations.

Demonstrating in Walnut Creek outside Tiffany’s is nice, but it is not an occupation.  The real occupation, and revolution, is happening in Oakland.

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Wednesday action in Walnut Creek, October 19

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

If it’s Wednesday evening in Walnut Creek, what else is there to do but grab a sign and join the action at the good ‘ol Bank of America at the corner of Main Street and Mt. Diablo Blvd., you know, where the 1% shops (Tiffany’s, etc.).  Starts at 4, goes to whenever, so busy commuters can still make it in plenty of time.  Last Wednesday we had unions, teachers, doctors, you name it.  And lots of media coverage.

I’m told by the WC folks that this will be different than last Wednesday, more action, less speechifying.  All to the good.  Bring your own speeches, grab a street corner and have a go!  Occupy Contra Costa 99% (or OCC99 for short) will be out in force.

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Monday night event in Walnut Creek

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

On Monday evening, October 17, Representative George Miller (D)* spoke and had a town hall meeting of sorts at the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Centerin Walnut Creek.   A fair turn out of Occupiers from Antioch, Walnut Creek, and Occupy Contra Costa 99 were there.

Highlights were tabling outside the event and meeting new folks with an interactive, “what is your one demand?” on whiteboard that anyone could fill in.   A group of Tea Partiers were also there to basically mau-mau the meeting.  We got to build up the email list, liaison, organize, agitate.

As for George Miller himself , well, I refer you to the “opinion” page.

Please note: OCC99 does not endorse any particular party, politician or candidate.  We are extremely curious, however, to hear what he has to say about the issues that interest us!

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Weekend update: October 16

October 16, 2011 1 comment

Action, actions, meetings, meetings.   Tired legs and active minds.  Saturday, the international day of action called by #OccupyWall Street, was awesomely successful – Rome, Madrid, London, etc., and here in San Francisco and Oakland.

Sunday’s meeting of Occupy Contra Costa 99% was equally sensational – the working core has doubled in size and quadrupled in energy.   Because notices and events are occurring almost daily, to keep this site fresh, the results of the Sunday meeting are now posted to a separate Occupy Contra Costa 99% meetings notes page.

A contingent of Occupy Contra Costa 99% also attended Saturday’s rally and march in Oakland which ended at the Oakland encampment at Ogawa Park nr city hall.  Photos are posted on the Oakland October 15 action page.

We’ll be at the Wednesday October 19 action in Walnut Creek starting at 4 pm at the corner of Main Street and Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Bank of America), which will go until whenever, so if you don’t get there until 6 or so, don’t sweat it – it will still be going strong!

The October 15 march in Oakland can be watched here:

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Sunday’s Meeting: Occupy Contra Costa 99%

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

On Sunday, the day following world-wide actions and events by over a thousand #occupy organizations, Occupy Contra Costa 99% will have an open meeting at Panama Red Coffee in Concord at 10 am.    Check the Actions and Meetings page for details.   It will be exciting, since we have only been around for a week, we have already had one action, and the energy is incredible.  Bring your experiences and ideas, and we’ll see where this takes us.  The watchwords will be respect, trust, and the opportunity to participate in real democracy.  There are no leaders.  Anyone can come; we are only connected to the international #Occupy movement, and have no affiliation to any party or politician, and plan on keeping it that way!

Media note:  This will be a working meeting.  We ask that you respect our process and not disrupt the discussion.  Thanks.

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October 15 call to action

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

#Occupy Wall Street has called for an an international wave of actions on Saturday, October 15.   The call concludes with the statement, “”We have had enough! We are a new beginning, a global fight on on all fronts that will usher in an era of shared prosperity, respect, mutual aid, and dignity.”

As it turns out, there’s lots going on in the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday – marches in San Francisco and Oakland, and the ongoing Oakland and San Francisco encampments.  Probably smaller actions in towns we haven’t connected with yet.  Check the links on the side for Occupy Oakland and OccupySF for information.   On Sunday at 10AM, Occupy Contra Costa 99% is having its meeting in Concord at the Panama Red’s Coffee.  There’s plenty of room, and the coffee’s excellent. Visit the “ACTIONS and MEETINGS” page for details.

The contingent from Occupy Contra Costa 99% will be meeting at the Walnut Creek BART station at noon to head for the Oakland march (Lake Merritt station).  Happy to have you along!

NEWS UPDATE:  Aljazeera TV is reporting MASSIVE demonstrations in solidarity with the #Occupy movement in Madrid, Rome and London as of 8 am SF time.

LOCAL UPDATE:  The Oakland action and encampment pics will be up late Sunday.  

Be seeing you!  Here’s a clip from the Rome action today:

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Poder popular – #Occupy Wall Street prevails in NYC

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The 7 am (ET) deadline came and went, and the police did not evict the #Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) demonstrators from the privately-owned Zuccotti Park.   Overnight, thousands flooded the park to defend the encampment, while a petition with 240,000 (!) electronic signatures was presented to the city.  NPR is reporting as of 8 am ET:

“It was a dramatic turn” of events when the postponement was announced before dawn, reports NPR.  “There was a huge round of applause at that point because … it dawned on everyone that, well, maybe they’re not going to be arrested this morning after all.”

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said that the private park’s owner “believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

#OWS did it.  You, me, and everyone who signed the petition, called the Mayor’s office and sent messages of solidarity did it.  Good show!  You can continue to follow the live reports from #OWS here.

As of the afternoon on Friday, the live feed from Zuccotti Park is definitely showing a celebratory mood. An estimated 3000 had shown up in the early morning to deter the threatened eviction.  Confidence is high; the assembly has apparently agreed tonight is family night, encouraging kids to sleep over ….

Paul Mutter’s thorough article on Truthout today indicates the situation may still be unsettled with the NYPD, however, as isolated incidents of police violence are still taking place.  The article can be read here.

….but elsewhere on Friday morning ….

“Dozens of police in riot gear have moved into a park near the state Capitol where hundreds of Occupy Denver protesters have gathered, and police have started to remove the protesters’ tents,” according to the Denver Post

On Thursday, the Post says, “Gov. John Hickenlooper held a news conference, along with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, demanding the protesters disperse by 11 p.m. or face arrest for violating state laws that forbid camping on those grounds.”

la lucha continúa

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