Some protesters said they saw California State Assembly member Dr. Richard Pan going into the meeting. Since I did not capture this on camera, I have contact Dr. Pan’s offices to confirm his attendance. I have not received a response yet, but will post it here as soon as I do.
David L. Mandel, a member of the local Jewish Voice for Peace chapter, a U.S-Israeli dual citizen and longtime activist for peace and justice in the Middle East, said, In fact, more and more of us, especially younger Jews, are increasingly appalled by the disastrous occupation, militarist and anti-democratic policies of Israel’s government.
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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011
Protest bulldozer will demolish homes outside ‘Israel lobby’ event Sunday, Dec. 4; Local elected officials urged to show support of justice by shunning AIPAC lunch
Wielding giant props painted to look like homes and a Caterpillar bulldozer, local members of Jewish Voice for Peace and others will dramatize Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes outside the annual AIPAC gathering at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, on Sunday, December 4 at 11am.
Since Israel began its military occupation of Palestine’s West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, more than 24,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished as part of Israel’s on-going occupation and colonization.
More than 500,000 Jewish-Israeli settlers have been moved to the occupied West Bank in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Many of the settlers are armed, and, with the protection of the Israeli military, attack and harass Palestinian civilians and destroy their property.
AIPAC, the American Israel Political Action Committee, commonly referred to as the “Israel lobby” but espousing particularly hard-line Israeli and U.S. policy positions, tries to entice local elected officials to attend this annual luncheon by pretending it represents the views and interests of American Jews.
“In fact, more and more of us, especially younger Jews, are increasingly appalled by the disastrous occupation, militarist and anti-democratic policies of Israel’s government,” said David L. Mandel, a member of the local Jewish Voice for Peace chapter, a U.S-Israeli dual citizen and longtime activist for peace and justice in the Middle East. “AIPAC’s public support may not yet be down to 1 percent, but that’s whose interests it represents and we have no doubt it will get there as the 99 percent in America become increasingly aware of how we’re being misled on this issue along with so many others.”
“Our government’s continued political, military and financial support of Israel is politically and morally untenable: it promotes war and oppression, not peace and justice,” states a letter sent by Jewish Voice for Peace, Veterans for Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility and several other organizations to local, state and federal elected officials, asking them not to attend the event. “While people all over the Middle East are demanding freedom and democracy, AIPAC supports the denial of these basic rights to Palestinians under the guise of security for Israel, which disingenuously claims to be ‘the only democracy’ in the region. As Americans, we are deeply concerned that the United States continues to isolate itself from world opinion with regard to basic human rights, respect for international law and equal treatment for Palestinians,” continues the letter.
Ten Days After Lt. John Pike Pepper Sprayed Peaceful Protesters
UC Regents Meeting, Public Comment / Open Forum
During the start of the University of California regents teleconference meeting, over an hour and a half was provided for public comments at all four locations: UC Davis, UCLA, UC Merced, and UC San Francisco-Mission Bay. While this video includes some voices from each campus, it does include all of the speakers from Davis. Attendance included Chancellor Linda Katehi, provost and executive vice chancellor Ralph J. Hexter, student regents Alfredo Mireles and Jonathan Stein, and California State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.
UC Regents Meeting Taken Over As Peoples’ Regents Meeting
Once the financial committee began their meeting, public comments were no longer sought out. Occupiers at each of the four locations (UC Davis, UCLA, UC Merced, and UC San Francisco-Mission Bay) took turns mic checking, and declared “peoples‘ regents meetings” in place of the hierarchical meeting which had proceeded. After a bit of time, the official regents meeting moved behind closed doors as occupiers continued to hold general assemblies.
California PENAL CODE SECTION 12403.7 - Notwithstanding any other law, any person may purchase, possess, or use tear gas and tear gas weapons for the projection or release of tear gas if the tear gas and tear gas weapons are used solely for self-defense purposes, subject to the following requirements:
(g) Any person who uses tear gas or tear gas weapons except in self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for 16 months, or two or three years or in a county jail not to exceed one
year or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, except that, if the use is against a peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2, engaged in the performance of his or her
official duties and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer, the offense is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for 16 months or two or three years or by a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
And One More WWO Contribution To The Meme
Alex Gray Pepper Sprayed by Lt. John Pike at Occupy UC Davis
You should be here too. JOIN US! UC Davis Quad, every day.
Almost all raw, uncut footage captured from Town Hall organized by Chancellor Linda Katehi in response to pepper spraying of peaceful protesters by Lt. John Pike on Nov 18 (and following protests). The event was held in Freeborn Hall, a primary auditorium next to the student union. Katehi shared the stage with
Fred Wood, vice chancellor of Student Affairs
Lt. Matt Carmichael, UC Davis Interim Police Chief
Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor
and later joined by John Meyer, vice chancellor for Administrative and Resource Management
Nov 21, noon – Highlighted speakers and moments from the huge Occupy UC Davis rally and general assembly in response to pepper spraying of peaceful protesters by Lt. John Pike on Nov 18. A resolution was passed with 1,729 votes recorded to have a general strike on Nov 28 in hopes of blocking the UC regents meeting on campus that day.
Occupy University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. In the long run, she only pepper sprayed herself.
You should be here. JOIN US! UC Davis Quad, every day.
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