Check out this stunning, short documentary on "Idle No More" from the San Francisco and Oakland solidarity rallies created by Grounded TV.
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution that honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth.
Idle No More Toronto -Over 1000 people! Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance Took Over Yonge-Dundas Square today in downtown Toronto as part of the Idle No More rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world.
There's a google map of all the worldwide #IdleNoMore events and rallies scheduled, find your local rally/Flashmob! View the Google Map here: http://bit.ly/ZWzvNA
RALLIES ARE HAPPENING IN EGYPT, OTTAWA, TORONTO, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, LOS ANGELES, -BRITISH COLUMBIA, SASKATCHEWAN, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, SUDBURY, SIOUX LOOKOUT, YUKON, OWEN SOUND, SAN FRANCISCO, HAMILTON, VANCOUVER AND MORE!
Only a handful of occupiers actually got inside the building, located at 465 California St., where they vented a bit to Wells Fargo shareholders before being escorted out. As of 3:15 p.m., eight people had been arrested outside the building, according to Officer Albie Esparza, and "plenty" of officers were still out there surrounding the bank building.
At some point, John Stumpf, CEO of Wells Fargo, shut the doors, denying entry to hundreds of shareholders, which protesters say was a lame attempt to dodge occupiers and their questions for shareholders. However, Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido told the Chronicle that the protest had not "forced any significant changes to the session."
At about 2 p.m., activists sent out a press release, describing the scene downtown:
"Wells Fargo restricted entry to the community shareholders with barricades, claiming they were filled to capacity while they continued to let in shareholders that were not part of the protest through a side door. Wells Fargo also packed the room with its own employees so as to allow no room for additional shareholders to access the meeting, making inaccurate claims about the meeting room's capacity."
Occupy SF activists were back in the spotlight Sunday, taking over an unoccupied building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco with plans to establish a "permanent occupation" that would serve as shelter and a center for services for homeless people.
The activists entered the building at 888 Turk St. Sunday evening, after a peaceful rally and march from Union Square earlier in the day.
About 100 activists and supporters took up residence in the two-story commercial structure, believed to be a former music building of nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School.
By Monday evening, police in riot gear conducted a raid and evicted and arrested approximately 80 Occupy activists who had taken over the building the night before and had stockpiled food and supplies with the apparent intention of staying long-term.
As the arrests got underway, two buses were there to take occupiers away. "Police with assault rifle on roof" noted @JoshuaHolland of Alternet as he live tweeted his observations from on the ground. He also noted that there was at least once occupier injured among the arrestees, a young man with a broken wrist whose pleas for medical assistance as he anguished in plastic cuffs.
This next video is a jail support march from Civic Center Plaza to the SF jail: the escapees, survivors and onlookers of the SFPD raid as well as some of the very recently released occupiers and supporters of the "San Francisco Commune" action at 888 Turk Street. The jail support team then holds an impromptu jail solidarity dance party. Where were you?
Occupy protestors gathered Saturday in front of the home of Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf in San Francisco’s Russian Hill to deliver their own version of a foreclosure notice. When the protesters sought to enter the building, they were stopped at the front door.
Stumpf didn’t make an appearance, unless you count the many placards featuring his face.
Saturday's protest followed a clergy-led protest over foreclosures that was held earlier this week in front of the bank's San Francisco headquarters.
Just waking up to Occupy San Francisco being raided and facing arrests, and honest to jeebus, it appears that the police are taking a coffee and doughnut break! Someone is passing around trays of what appear to be fresh glazed donuts. Doughnuts and tear gas...there's a combo.
Apparently, the raid took place sometime during the night with personal items trashed, "many" arrests according to Twitter, and now it appears there is a stand-off between the remaining occupiers and police. And, as I said the police are having a doughnut break.
Police have just taken down one demonstrator, and officers have surrounded those who have the person on the ground in the street so no one can get what's happening to that person on film.
Occupy SanFrancisco's encampment at Justin Herman Plaza was the largest remaining Occupy camp in the nation.
I'll update later with arrests totals, and other information as it becomes available.