Aug 18 2015

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.

Could this happen in Bellingham?

Jul 23 2015

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN

This is about as good as it gets.  

How better to tell the truth than by song?

ENJOY!

Jul 06 2015

THE FIGHT CONTINUES – STOP TPP

FlushTheTPP.org is an action campaign to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

OCCUPY BELLINGHAM joined this fight in December 2012 at the Peace Arch for a cross border rally.  We invite you to join.

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At the Peace Arch Park – December 2012

occupy bannerTPP-BORDER RALLY

 

 

OCCUPY BELLINGHAM worked hard to prevent the passage of “FAST TRACK”.  Since it passed we now have our work cut out for us to defeat the entire TPP.  This will be a heavy lift as Larsen, DelBene, Murray and Cantwell were in favor of FAST TRACK and very possibly will be in favor of the entire deal.  In order to stop the TPP we need to act quickly and in solidarity with people in other countries. This massive trade agreement is a high priority for transnational corporations, and they are working fast to make it law.

A good web site to watch the news unravel is Flush the TPP.  They will have the latest information and updates.  And you will find out what actions are necessary.  Stay tuned for latest actions from OCCUPY BELLINGHAM newsletter and Facebook page.

Since the “Battle in Seattle,” the World Trade Organization has had an impossible time moving forward, as was seen in the failure of the Millennial and Doha Rounds of the WTO. People also stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. And at least 14 other corporate trade agreements have not been completed because of widespread public opposition. This is hopeful news, and together we can stop the TPP also, which will be a tremendous victory for the people against transnational corporate power!

FREE TRADE IS CORPORATE TYRANNY

 

Nothing could be more true

 

 

Jun 29 2015

WHO SUFFERS?

So many people are harmed by war.  We don’t seem to have learned that lesson yet. Literally millions of innocent people are harmed by displacement, starvation to name a few outcomes of war. It is also true that our soldiers who serve in our military are wounded by actions taken in war.  

No amount of training and brain washing in boot camps can alter the fact that harming another soul results in harm to self.  We now have a name for this injury, PTSD.  Our vets come home to little support from our government and many get lost in this society they helped “protect”.

No man or woman should have to bear this burden under the false banner of “freedom”.  Watch the video and weep.

How can we change this story?  See you at the PEACE VIGIL on Friday’s at 4:00 pm

 

Jun 19 2015

ACT OUT! INTERVIEW with Kshama and others

ACT OUT was the only media at the rally!

It was awesome!

 

 

 

Jun 09 2015

ANCIENT PEOPLE – ANCIENT SEEDS

Corporate Domination of Food Threatens Cultural Identities

By Dr. Mercola at Mercola.com 

 

Many Westerners may have forgotten any ancestral traditions revolving around food. But for American Indians, Hawaiians, Maori, Mexicans, and many others, food still has a special role within their culture and history.

Genetically engineered (GE) foods, which are not only altered in various unnatural ways, are also patented. Farmers must pay user fees to plant them and are prohibited from saving the seeds for the next season.

This unnatural system threatens not only biodiversity and environmental health, it also threatens cultures and the cultural identity of peoples around the world.

May 13 2015

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?

Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.

Check this new video from RepresentUs

It appears on this web site with more information.

 

Apr 17 2015

BE THE CHANGE

I’m not sure we will win if we don’t begin.

So I realign my mind to the sky and occupy visions.

Music by Sariyah Idan, Images by Michael Gould-Wartofsky. Edited by Sariyah Idan. Composed by Sam Zeines and Sariyah Idan.

 

Mar 30 2015

BE THE CHANGE! OWN THE CHANGE!

This excerpt is from Truth-out this month.  Bellingham is mentioned in this short video.

“Since the economic collapse of 2008, most Americans have come to agree that the dominant economic system favors the powerful. Meanwhile, organizers have been steadily making gains and putting decision-making power back in the hands of those who work on Main Street. Through this work and a proven track record of lifting local economies, worker cooperatives have gained wider acceptance in recent years. Cities like Austin, Madison and New York have committed funds to support their development. Other municipalities have also advanced comprehensive economic development visions that make heavy use of the worker co-op model.

Own the Change documents these successes and the hard work it took to realize them. It unpacks how worker cooperatives have come to be an engine of economic justice and delivers a guide to making change a reality in your city.”

 

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!  

SHARE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Mar 07 2015

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

It’s only been a little more than a year since Verizon Wireless defeated the FCC in DC Circuit Court. That ruling–that the FCC had no authority to enforce its “open-internet” or Network Neutrality Rules–was a serious blow to innovators, independent journalists and researchers, and the internet community as a whole. The event seemed like an omen of what was to come, civil liberties groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation raised the alarm and launched campaigns to educate and rally the American people. In response telecommunications giants like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Comcast launched their own campaigns and made vague threats about suspending investment in America’s internet infrastructure if they didn’t get their way.
In April of 2014 the looming clouds were at their darkest when the FCC reversed its prior stance on Net Neutrality and proposed to grant Internet Service Providers the right to block content, throttle connection speeds, and charge higher rates for faster service. Google, Facebook, and many other big players in the internet/tech industry wrote an open letter to the FCC expressing concern and calling for an open internet.  For the first time, the topic was prominently featured and even discussed in mainstream media channels, albeit often erroneously.  Bloggers and independent media sources did a better job of explaining to the public what Net Neutrality is and why it matters.

Finally, almost two weeks ago now, the FCC voted to reclassify internet service under what is referred to as “Common Carrier” rules, which are spelled out in Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  The move is widely considered an important and promising step in the right direction and a victory for proponents of freedoms of speech, communication, and access to information.  The servers, physical networks, and billions of connected devices in the United States are a significant part of the fabric of the internet and the FCC’s decision will likely have a major impact on the entire world as a result.

Before we lower the flag and say the fight is over however, its worth noting that several telecommunications corporations and interest groups have vowed to sue the FCC and challenge the new rules, at this point it is unclear how much of a threat these suits may pose if/when they are filed.  There are also concerns about some of the language and the general complexity of the 300-page document, however in general sentiment seems to be positive from the Open Internet movement’s biggest players, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation calling it a “big win”.

This article was scraped together by Spencer Holmes, a technology researcher involved with Occupy Bellingham.  

 

 

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