SUMMARY OF OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2011 REFUND CALIFORNIA WORK AND PRES CLIPS
Since August, students, teachers, and education workers have joined with community organizations, service unions, and homeowners in the ReFund California coalition. This campaign to “make banks pay” has gained national attention and changed the politics and debate around who should pay for public education. Links to news articles, online media and petitions are in the narrative below.
By the beginning of October, ReFund’s first week of action was already drawing support from occupations that had sprung up across the state in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and numerous other cities, making common cause in their protests against banks and foreclosures.
November kicked off when our coalition joined Oakland protesters in shutting down the port of Oakland, while bank transfer day saw as many as 600,000 accounts move from big banks to credit unions. As a November 16th meeting of the Regents drew near, our movement organized direct actions across the state, pressuring the regents pledge their support for making banks and millionaires – including themselves – pay to refund California. While hundreds shut down Wilshire and Westwood, thousands rallied at Sproul Hall at Cal and attempted to set up an occupation, ushering in the first instance in the wave of police violence that has continued across our campuses lately. UC president Mark Yudof pledged to feebly request more state funds, without any plan with respect to where they would come from.
As tensions between Occupy Cal and the administration continued, violent crackdowns against occupations persisted. Across the country, the message is clear: corralled and entrapped, tear gassed and concussed, bludgeoned and pepper sprayed – popular protest, unlike corporate political campaigning, must be strictly controlled. Even linking arms, after all, is not non-violent, according to Berkeley Chancellor Mark Birgenau.
As a result of our movement’s efforts, the UC regents cancelled their meeting, in fear of alleged ‘rogue elements,’ and northern California students took to the streets in the San Francisco Financial District, protesting regents at their corporate offices, while students in the south of the state were arrested while trying to open up the CSU trustee’s meeting, which nonetheless voted to hike Cal State tuition by 9%, despite objections to the vote’s legitimacy.
While Santa Monica police came under cloak of night and arrested 14 UCLA students who refused to disperse from their tents, Davis students, after a full night’s sleep, confronted the UCPD in the afternoon, where a line of prostrate protestors was dusted repeatedly with pepper spray, as they non-violently demanded the release of the 5 students arbitrarily arrested for engaging in the Davis occupation. Through the power of their presence and their voice, hundreds of UC Davis students then stood down and dispersed the dozens of riot cops who had come to stand down and disperse them.
As the regents scheduled a multi-location teleconference to approve expenditures without a reliable plan for revenues, thus locking in tuition hikes if (and when) state funding fails to arrive, Occupy UCLA briefly regrouped on Friday and pledged to reconvene on Monday, while Davis protesters gave a moving display of the power we all hold as students and as citizens as they silently confronted Chancellor Kartehi while she exited a closed press conference on the brutality of the day before. President Yudof, however, continues to have full faith and confidence in the chancellors.
On Monday, November 21st, 5,000 students assembled on the Quad at UC Davis to protest the violent repression by the Chancellors and the 1% on the Boards of UC and CSU of our nonviolent mobilizations to make banks pay. Students voted to strike on Monday, November 28th and join actions to open up the UC Regents sham teleconference that day for a discussion of how to make banks and millionaires pay.
REFUND PUBLIC EDUCATION ACTION WEEK
Sacramento Bee, Nov 5, UC, CSU campuses to be site of economic-based protests
- Huffington Post - Bank Of America Occupation: Send This Fax! (VIDEO) Dozens of protesters moved their tents indoors on Wednesday afternoon when a protest led by ReFund California swarmed the Bank of America building in Downtown LA. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/bank-of-america-occupatio_n_1086843.html
- Photo and caption on page A3 of print edition of yesterday’s Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/todays_paper?dt=2011-11-10&bk=A&pg=3
- Huffington Post (links to Century City Patch story): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/video-occupy-ucla-protest_n_1084989.html
- SF Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/10/BA861LSR8G.DTL
- LA Times: Demonstrators briefly occupy Bank of America in downtown L.A.
- Democracy Now: Occupy Homes: New Coalition Links Homeowners, Activists in Direct Action to Halt Foreclosures http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/11/occupy_homes_new_coalition_links_homeowners
- Salon - Colbert mocks media reports of Berkeley violence http://www.salon.com/2011/11/11/colbert_mocks_media_reports_of_berkeley_violence/singleton/
- AP (AP stories were updated throughout the day and appeared on websites all over the state – here is a sample story): http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/09/state/n171255S38.DTL
- LA Weekly: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/occupy_la_banks_ucla_students.php
- NBC LA: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Occupy-March-Protest-Downtown-LA-DTLA-133580443.html
- SD Union-Tribune: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/09/sdsu-ucsd-protests-focus-faculty-pay-wall-street/
- OC Register: http://www.ocregister.com/news/regents-326232-irvine-california.html
- Daily Californian: http://www.dailycal.org/2011/11/10/day-of-action-sweeps-across-california/ And this: http://www.dailycal.org/2011/11/09/coverage-of-nov-9-day-of-action/
- Daily Bruin: http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/blog/off_the_press/2011/11/marchers_against_budget_cuts_shut_down_traffic_on_wilshire_boulevard
- IndyMedia (Santa Cruz): http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/09/18698554.php
- LA Times Alex Lazo story on foreclosures that mentions ACCE, Occupy - http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-foreclosures-20111110,0,4869344.story
TOP STORIES OF WEEKS OF ACTION
- LA Times, Oct 6, Bank protesters arrested after trying to cash $673-billion check
- San Marino Patch, Oct 6, "Police Apologize for Protest Outside Wells Fargo CFO's Home"
- Daily Kos, Oct 6, "Victory for Rose Gudiel"
- LA Times, Oct 4, "Southern California Protests Gain Momentum with Union Support"
- Huffington Post, Oct 3, "Steve Mnuchin, Meet Rose Gudiel"
- Firedoglake, Oct 1, "The Shattered Foreclosure Fraud Settlement – An Unlikely Victory Against a Cartel of Oligarchs"
- KRON-TV-SF, Sep 29, Hundreds Rally in Financial District
- Color Lines, Sept 28, Homeowners to Banks: Clean Up the Mess You Left in Our Neighborhood
- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Sept 28, "Bassett homeowner begins her last stand against Pasadena bank, Fannie Mae"
THE REST OF WEEKS OF ACTION MEDIA COVERAGE
- Forbes, Oct 6, 9 arrested in foreclosure protest in Pasadena
- LAist.com, Oct 6, Fighting Back: Fannie Mae Agrees to Negotiate with Bassett Woman Who Got Arrested Protesting Her Eviction
- LA Times, Oct 6, Wall Street-style protests target downtown Los Angeles bank
- NBC-LA, Oct 6, Occupy LA Arrests Downtown
- AP, Oct 6, Hundreds in LA march in economic protests
- LA Times, Oct 6, Bank Protestors Take Over Intersection
- Wall Street Journal, Oct 6, Democrats Populist Puzzle
- Herald Sun, Oct 6, 11 arrested as Los Angeles 'Occupy LA' protests swell
- SeattlePI.com, Oct 6, Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread Nationwide
- ABC News, Oct 6, Occupt Wall Street Protests Spread Nationwide
- National Post News, Oct 6, Occupy Wall Street finds sympathy in the Fed
- KTUL-TV, Tulsa, Oct 6, Hundreds march in LA in economic protests
- Firedoglake, Oct 6, Victory: Bank Accountability Movement Gets Rose Mary Gudiel Out of Eviction
- MSNBC, Oct 6, Anti-Wall Street Protestors Gain Support Nationwide
- KTLA-TV, Oct 6, "Bank Protesters Arrested After Trying to Cash $673-billion Check"
- FOX-11-LA, Oct 6, "Occupy LA Protestors Target Banks"
- RTTV America, Oct 6, The Battle to Occupy LA
- The Nation, Oct 5, "Occupy LA Endorsed by City Council Members, Demonstators Protest at Home of Bank CEO"
- San Marino Patch, Oct 5, "Group Protests at Wells Fargo Exec's San Marino Home"
- LA Times, Oct 5, "9 Arrested in Pasadena over Home Foreclosure"
- Marketwatch, Oct 4, "Occupy Wall Street is this year's tea party"
- Pasadena Star News, Oct 4, Sheriff's officials meet with embattled Bassett homeowner
- The Daily Censured, Oct 4, "Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment to march in LA this Thursday against banksters"
- Credit.com, Oct 4, "California Protestors Rally Against Banks Over Housing Crisis"
- Pasadena Star News, Oct 3, Bassett resident and her supporters continue to camp out to block eviction efforts
- NBC-LA, Oct 3, "Students Hope to Teach Bankers a Lesson"
- LA Times, Sept 30, "Kamala Harris pressured to reject foreclosure settlement"
- Huffington Post, Sept 28, California Homeowners Mount a Growing Protest Movement Against Foreclosures
- California Progress Report, Sept 28, "Why we are taking a stand against immoral foreclosures"
- CNN.com, Sept 28, "Protesters: Today's 'rioters,' tomorrow's righteous"
- nakedcapitalism.com, Sept 28, "Protestors Disrupting Foreclosure Auctions in California"
- KQED radio, Sept 26, "Groups Withdraw Bank Deposits in Foreclosure Protests
- KTVA SF, Sept 23, “Supervisors, Ting call for solutions to foreclosure crisis”
- Pasadena Star News, Sept 23, “Bassett resident hosts rally to protest eviction by Pasadena bank”
- Pasadena Star News, Sept 22, Judge: Bank can evict woman who had OneWest mortgage
- SF Bay Guardian Editorial, Sept 20: “SF's foreclosure crisis--the city shouldn't put another penny in banks that are destroying San Francisco”LA Daily News: `Grim' foreclosure outlook for Los Angeles through 2012
- Oakland Tribune: Report: Foreclosure crisis to crush Oakland home values by $12 billion
- San Jose Mercury News: Community group urges residents to fight foreclosures
- KPCC Radio LA: A home values down $80 billion, report says
- ABC-TV Oakland: Settlement talks underway with mortgage companies
- SCPR LA: Report: L.A. home values drop nearly $80B since 2008
- Contra Costa Times: Report: Housing meltdown has caused $80B drop in L.A. home values
- OB Rag: San Diego takes first step toward fining banks for neglecting foreclosures properties
- Bay Citizen: In Richmond, Banks Conceal Ownership of Blighted Homes
- KPBS San Diego: City Council Hears Proposed Ordinance Regarding Foreclosed Homes
- ABC-TV Oakland: Oakland zip code sees significant drop in property values
- ABC-TV Oakland: Settlement talks underway with mortgage companies
- News 10 Sacramento: ACCE group: Banks need to be responsible for foreclosed homes
- NBC-TV LA: Los Angeles homeowners collectively lost nearly $80 billion in home values since 2008.
- Sacramento Bee: After year's lull, Sacramento-area foreclosures roared back in August
- LA Times: New foreclosures surge during August in hardest-hit markets
- Daily Breeze: Report: Housing meltdown has caused $80B drop in L.A. home values
- Intersections South LA: Watts rallies against foreclosure crisis
- Beyond Chron: Foreclosures Have Cost S.F. Almost $7 Billion