On June 24th, 2012 David Tat Chow and those of us renting rooms on Full Circle Farm attempted to collect the property we still had on the farm during the time schedule with Anthony Vasquez, but cancelled at the last minute. This was after 12 days without being able to arrange an appointment, and only three days left to legally collect our property without consequences. Police arrived, informed us we were trespassing, but then allowed us to collect our property for ten more minutes. Given that participants of Occupy Sacramento (and me, creator of Wiki World Order) have been helping occupy this farm and were involved with this incident, we documented it far better than the police.
I truly cherished my months living and participating on Full Circle Farm, and I can’t wait to be back on a farm in a similar situation, growing organic, hopefully non-GMO fruits, veggies, and medicines. I did lose roughly two thirds of my material possessions in the fire, but it was all still worth it. I recommend everyone try living on a farm for some amount of time, as we must become far closer to the food we eat. It’s also much less risky when not trying to Occupy land being taken by US Bank and friends. Thank you so much for these experiences, Tat, and I’m so sorry for your losses. Much Love!
Here is an Immediate Need for Justice Reform Action
Alert Regarding — 7650 RESERVOIR ROAD SACRAMENTO CA. 95837-9313 — Warning!
by ~ Rev. A. Odeye
My name is: Rev Ashiya Odeye.
I am a Board member of the Sacramento chapter of the ACLU. I am Executive Director of the Justice Reform Coalition (JRC), a civil rights advocacy and citizens over site organization headquartered in Sacramento, California. The JRC was founded in 2005. I am Reverend Director of the Order of Olufunmi since 1976 I am also acting as a Private Attorney General for our organization and person of interest and intervener in this matter.
For over 37 years the Full Circle Farm (7650 Reservoir Road) has been home to the Chow family and a spiritual center for many people. The Farm’s Founder wanted it so. In his own words: “We the family of the Full Circle Farm have been growers and producers of an alternative to commercial food and culture in the true organic tradition…We care about the quality of life and want to see more than just sugar beets growing on farms.” His son David “Tat” Chow has kept this tradition.
The Farm is a 3.5 acre grove on Reservoir Road, off of Garden Highway, near the airport in Sacramento, California. The Farm sits next to and protects one of the last little natural creek areas in Sacramento County. It also sits next to an area of importance to the local Native American community’s history. It has been under constant attack because greedy people want the land. This includes the Airport authorities and the golf course next door.
David Chow vs U.S. Bank (34-2010-0091102), involves U.S. Bank, American Home Mortgage Service, Inc (AHMSI), BNC, and others, who colluded to commit fraud by filling fraudulent loan documents. Without the consent of the owner and trustee of the property, David Chow, they granted a loan to David’s ex a loan in one week, using the Farm property as collateral. His ex had no standing or permission to use the property for collateral. She then divorced Mr. Chow after using the money to rebuild her business. In the beginning when Mr. Chow tried to return the funds, he couldn’t because AHMSI said he was not on the note, he was not the borrower and they refused to speak with him.
Mr. Chow was forced to make payments on a loan he did not want or need. AHMSI engaged in criminal practices such as sending payments to a “suspense account” instead of applying those payments to the loan account, and refusing to deal with the owner-trustee because he “isn’t the borrower”, even though his property was being used as collateral for a loan he did not authorize or sign for. Then filing an illegal foreclosure on the property that was at the time one and a half months over paid. Then getting a relief from stay by influencing Mr. Chow’s bankruptcy attorney to not inform Mr. Chow of an exparte’ hearing and then not appear herself, which allowed U.S. Bank to get to get a default judgment, relief from stay. Robert Jackson and Associates was U.S. Bank’s second attorney on this matter and were the one’s who filed the unlawful detainer actions and had Rosenberg and link handle the case locally. You will find these law firms’ names on countless foreclosure and evictions by U.S. Bank and others.
Mr. Chow, In Pro Se, filled a civil suit and injunction for fraud against U.S. Bank, which they never responded to. Instead they filed an unlawful detainer actions against Mr. Chow. They were heard illegally in unlawful detainer court. Since there were allegations of fraud and other misconduct , and the unlawful detainer court is a limited scope court, according to its own rules, the cases should not have been heard there. Because of the limited scope of this Court the true issues at hand could not be addressed there and judgment was given to U.S. Bank even though the Court was informed of the civil suit filed by Mr. Chow which is still pending.
In January of 2012 U.S. Bank threatened the Farm with another eviction attempt. This eviction was from an unlawful detainer action filed by U.S. Bank attorney Robert Jackson and Associates who are known legal scoundrels. It appears they did multiple UD filings on the same matter using the new electronic filing system only for attorneys doing UD’s and didn’t serve us one of them. This is double jeopardy and is illegal. This is another area where the Court failed its due diligence.
12UD00600, filed on 1/19/12, is the one we were served, which we responded to on 2/8/12 and they never moved forward on. But they had also filed UD1200055 earlier on 1/3/12 , which we were not served. This is the one they filed and got their default on, on 2/21/12. In order to hide this crime, someone in the Sheriff’s Department had scheduled the eviction for 6am that following Sunday. Can you believe that. We filed an injunction, and when we went to serve the Sheriff, we were told that the Sheriff had pulled the eviction because the “writ was improper”. The injunction was later denied with leave to refile, because we didn’t have all the paperwork we needed to file with it. We plan to re-file the injunction.
U.S. Bank refiled the writ in March and rescheduled the eviction. But Mr. Chow filed a chapter 7 which stayed the eviction. The stay was lifted do to failure to file one document timely. This was purely an over sight on our part. We had served a copy of the injunction on the Bank’s attorneys, and we received a letter that they were no longer the proper place to serve the Bank.
A few weeks later a man, Anthony Vasquez, came by the Farm to say he had purchased the Farm from U.S. Bank for $70,000. Mr. Chow told him that the property was in litigation and had a lis pendence on it. Anthony said he had not been told this by the Bank, only that the property was occupied. He then insisted that he had a “clear” title to the property. He was told that he couldn’t have a clear title under the circumstances because the Bank did not own the property. Mr. Chow asked him to show him the paperwork he had and he said he would. Their paper work consist of robo-doc paperwork generated by out of state entities already charged with fraud.
Chicago Title issued a bogus “clean title” report which was filed with the County Recorder and a title was issued to Vasquez. This is part of the paperwork used to get Mr Chow evicted.
Vasquez was part of a dispensary closed down under suspicion of money laundering .
Vasquez used drug money to purchase the property.
Since the eviction the 11 residents of the Farm have not been allowed to get their property.
They have been threatened verbally and at gun and knife point.
Mr. Chow was assaulted by thugs at the Farm while trying to retrieve his property. They threatened his girlfriend who had just had a miscarriage the day after their eviction.
One of Vasquez’s cronies tried to hire some people to “rough up” Mr. Chow. Fortunately some of the folks asked were friends of Mr. Chow’s so it didn’t happen.
Vasquez and his cronies have ripped out old growth trees and many of the amenities which made the Farm what it was.
Now they have committed arson and burned down the main house on the property. The fire is under investigation now.
There is still a lis pendence on the property.
The State Attorney General’s office has been notified about this situation and the Sacramento District Attorney Real
Estate fraud division is being brought in.
The civil suit mentioned above is being amended to include Mr. Vasquez
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BUY INTO THIS MESS?
We ask you not to support this criminal conspiracy and please tell everyone.
On June 13th, Full Circle Farm was evicted from it’s illegal foreclosure fight and organic community garden. The rightful owner, David “Tat” Chow, and his roommates are now homeless and were hoping for the best from a meeting called with the Sacramento County Recorder on June 22nd. For more background on our situation, please check out SaveFullCircleFarm.org.
Mr. Vasquez and crew, thank you for not letting most of our plants and animals die. But please stop ripping up and remodeling the farm like you’ve lived there your whole life. Looks like you’ve made your choices, have fun being on the wrong side of our lawsuit against U.S. Bank.
Video and editing by Morgan Lesko for the artists, Occupy Sacramento, Wiki World Order, We Are Change, Peace Revolution, and peaceful Occupations everywhere.
Description by Brian McNally and Kimberly Sloan of Occupy Sacramento…
Occupy Sacramento invites you to an unusual night of diverse musical acts expressing in many unique ways our individuality within one unified community of many minds. See below for descriptions, bios, and links to the work of featured performers and show details. Please help us Occupy Coffee Garden and see for yourself without media filter who we are. People new to Occupy (in person) are most welcome). We promise you won’t get arrested.
FREE to ALL, but $5 Suggested Donation (no pressure!) will be solicited from the audience between acts to pay the artists.
Show starts promptly at 7:00 pm, and ends at 9:30 pm, Coffee Garden closes at 10 pm. Show will be in the outside back garden. Seating is limited and we may exceed capacity, so please arrive early. Volunteers wishing to help out with onsite arrangements – please message either one of the admins of this page.
MORE DETAILS on our PERFORMERS:
FREEDOM MOVEMENT featuring KNEEL and the STRAWMEN is a local Sacramento post hip hop group dedicated to personal freedom and financial liberation of the economically oppressed. They have performed for many community events in Sacramento focused on social justice. Influences include T-Reazy, DUC, Benner, and William Hung. Although several members are dedicated Occupy Sacramento organizers this will be their first performance at an Occupy Event. Much credit goes to Kim Sloan, Co-Producer and one of two lead organizers on the April 22nd Project for recommending and obtaining their participation. Like all our guest performers they prove that showcasing talent and an entertaining program are best achieved through a truly diverse offering of music styles. Our youngest performers on stage also invite you to check out their music tracks on FB: http://www.facebook.com/kneelandthestrawmen/app_178091127385
JOE STEVENS, SPECIAL GUEST OF THE OCCUPY
Joe Stevens, performing solo on April 22nd, is a Sacramento local now taking a break from his band of many years, Coyote Grace. He has toured from coast to coast and recorded an impressive number of CDs, mixing bluegrass, blues, soul, and southern twang into a unique sound that hovers just beyond the edge of familiar. His touring schedule is very generous to small audiences in small towns. Whether solo for Occupy Sac or with his band on tour, he combines virtuoso craft as a musician, inspirational and introspective song writing, with a humble, warm, charming and humorous stage presence. Mr. Stevens is also seriously funny on stage in between songs and knows how to break the ice with some gentle, humble humor.
“Talented and devoted musicians, Joe and Ingrid move forward into the mainstream public eye with personal integrity and a musical sound all their own. In honoring who they are, they refuse to be told who or what they should be as people. It is that candor, combined with impressive musical craftsmanship, that transcends boundaries and speaks to a wide audience.”
–Performer Magazine http://performermag.blogspot.com/2009/08/coyote-grace.html
“There’s a yearning, freight-train-hopping, propulsive energy to many of (Coyote Grace)’s songs that suggests not only an indie-band road tour, but the road to one’s true identity, a destination on a map still being written. These youthful travelers depend on the kindness of strangers and of lovers, and on their journey they’ve experienced enough joy and heartbreak to last a lifetime (…) If wholeness and grace are forms of political power, Stevens and Elizabeth are wielding it with quiet intensity, in a growing community of kindred spirits. An army of lovers cannot fail.”
– Sylvia Sukop, Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sylvia-sukop/transamericana-from-folk_b_424035.html
Sounds like my time in the Occupy, but you decide.
EVAN GREER (Of Riot Folk, Now on tour with Bonfire Madigan):
Evan Greer, taking time out of a busy schedule to perform for Occupy Sac, is a radical gender queer singer/songwriter, parent, and community organizer based in Boston. (S)he writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance. At 25 years old, Evan tours internationally as a musician and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs, Evan has been honored to collaborate, tour, and share stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Immortal Technique, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Pamela Means, Boots Riley of The Coup, Anne Feeney, Oi Polloi, State Radio, Leftover Crack, Emma’s Revolution, The Mammals, Defiance Ohio, Holly Near, Chumbawamba, and Vicci Martinez (featured on NBC’s “The Voice”.)
Reviews: Evan Greer
“Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. (S)he reminds me of Phil Ochs.” –Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People’s History of the United States
“Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers. ‘Never Surrender’ contains an urgency and earnestness that is uniquely her’s…and (s)he’s a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like ‘Ya Basta!’ and ‘Picketline Song’ will be heard at the barricades for years to come.”–Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine
“Evan feeds off the energy of the crowd, putting some of the punk back into the sound with a raw and passionate performance. Being in the crowd at an acoustic show where the kids genuinely care about the message and dance and sing along with fists in the air in a crowded basement or open performance space, is a whole different type of folk show from the typical coffee house style. It’s refreshingly alive and a striking contrast to sitting down and listening to someone singing about their feelings.”–Urban Folk, NYC
“Current folk is sometimes stereotyped as sappy, weak, and boring. Despite this contemporary betrayal, the Riot Folk collective champions the genre’s radical roots … Behind all the exclamation points and proclamations of anarchy, lies a genuine sense of revolution. The Riot Folk Collective may just re-establish folk music as a revolutionary staple.” –VenusZine
“Phenomenal activist folk!” –Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM
“Examples of modern day singers who use their music to make political points.” –MSNBC, Today.com
On the morning of March 21, a few members of Occupy Sacramento setup the information table along with two tents. After about two hours, a friendly neighborhood police officer asked us to take down the tents even though they were just props (and propping up signs).
Even though Occupy Sacramento had at least several tents setup throughout the day for the first couple of months, we did not push it much and did not think the citation and court date(s) were worth it this time.
First ‘Pro-Occupy/99%’ candidates officially announce campaigns for Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
SACRAMENTO — Occupy Sacramento attorney Jeff Kravitz and high school government teacher Gary Blenner officially announced Wednesday that they are running for Sacramento County Board of Supervisors — as the first “pro-Occupy/99%” candidates in the area, and possibly the state of California.
Kravitz, who is a volunteer attorney for Occupy activists arrested at Cesar Chavez Park, is a civil rights lawyer and former constitutional law professor. He is running in District 3.
Blenner is a government teacher at Rio Americano High School, and a former school board member in the Center Unified School District. He is running in District 4.
Both said they will be running “for the 99%,” not corporations, promising to hold a series of “99% community forums” over the next few months to find out what the 99% want them to do if they are elected.
In a joint statement released Wednesday, they said:
“The 99 percent are under-represented in Sacramento. The 1 percent, corporations and the wealthy, are over-represented. We are going to ask the people — the 99 percenters — in our districts what they want. We will hold a series of 99 percent town halls to listen to the people, the 99 percent who are working men and women often ignored and exploited by the very politicians they elect.
“We will not support cuts in our county that harm those already under-represented and who need the safety net that has been shredded in recent years. We will not support cuts in our county that hurt those in need, whether they be the homeless, taxpayers caught in a bind or others, such as the sick and elderly, who must rely upon county funded services.
“We will not support a sell-off of public property to pay for millionaire and billionaire arenas.”
After marching to the California state capitol, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, Bay Area Moratorium and Occupy Sacramento deliver ten packets documenting illegal foreclosures to the California Attorney General.
Sacramento citizens gathered on February 4th, 2012 to protest the sanctions and other escalations towards the start of a hot war with Iran. Organized by ANSWER Coalition, Sacramento chapter, and attended by several dozen peace-mongers including some of us from Occupy Sacramento.
Please bring your voice out into the real world wherever it is needed!
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Some Of The First Occupiers To Address A Governing Body
On October 11th, at 6pm, Occupy Sacramento officially made it’s presence known to the City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting. First rallying outside, occupation supporters flooded the meeting, and many gave testimony to share their perspectives on the record. But even after opening this dialogue with our elected officials, we continue to be arrested for staying in the park after the extended hours (11pm on weekdays, midnight on weekends).
While our occupation continued to grow, organize, and evolve over the next week, Occupy Sacramento continues to have the extra daily tasks of setting up and breaking down our entire infrastructure, and taking turns spending nights in the jail three blocks away from Cesar Chavez Park. Activist hero Cindy Sheehan, of nearby Vacaville, has also joined Occupy Sacramento and was arrested alongside fellow occupiers last Saturday night (Oct 15-16, night 10).
You can watch entire city council meetings, as published by the city, via their web site:
October 18th, 6pm: With around 250 Occupy Sacramento participants present for the meeting, 40 citizen speakers shared their perspective with the Sacramento City Council. Here are just a few minutes worth of highlights:
Here is the uncut, unsatisfactory response given by our elected representatives. These representatives may face tough re-elections should they continue on the wrong side of history, and continue to arrest us during our nonviolent assemblies in OUR public park.
On October 18th, Occupy Sacramento spent it’s second Tuesday night in another very disappointing Sacramento City Council meeting. During this meeting dozens of occupiers thoughtfully presented our shared positions, but this seemed to fall on largely deaf ears. Mayor Kevin Johnson did offer to expand our level of discussion, and possibly work with us on a resolution he could take to Washington DC in November.
Representatives Steve Cohn and Angelique Ashby came closest to supporting us, maybe leaning towards a compromise allowing us to keep only our primary infrastructure tents and key volunteers overnight. While this pledge for enhanced collaboration could be positive, no one on the council defended our right to fully occupy Cesar Chavez Park and camp there 24/7. Citizens who remain at the park past its hours will continue to be arrested for being at a place of riot.
This limit and persecution on our right to assembly during this time of potential revolution is completely unacceptable…so we the people will continue to be peacefully arrested in OUR park.
In our current corporatocracy, you too, are likely part of the 99%. Please join us in this experiment in 21st century democracy!
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