Dec 282011
Email Sent from Peter Thottam:
Join with Occupy The Rose Parade in Pasadena 
Sunday, January 1st & Monday, January 2nd
In accordance with their long history of allowing protest, Rose Parade & Pasadena officials have authorized the Occupy the Rose Parade movement to march at the end of the parade, after all the floats have passed & the phalanx of police cars moves through, but while the crowd is still in place. “ Occupy activists are training at least 40 volunteers, outfitted in brightly colored vests, to talk to marchers and urge them to remain calm.
There are Four Phases of Activities Scheduled:
Phase 1: Sunday, January 1st, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
New Year’s Day People’s Summit: Forum on Economic & Social Justice & Celebration of A New Era
Location: ALL SAINTS CHURCH in PASADENA132 North Euclid – on the West Lawn of the church, directly across from the East Steps of Pasadena’s City Hall.
What It Is: This three hour event combines a Teach In style forum on the topics of (1) The U.S. Foreclosure crisis, (2) Corporations aren’t People (Corporate Personhood issue), and (3) The Return to Publicly Funded elections with a family friendly celebration featuring music, poetry and art.
The primary coordinator and media/public relations contact for Phase 1 is Pasadena performance artist & activist Daniel Niswander. He can be reached at:  or: 323-640-1805. Live performance (music, poetry, etc.) and art display submissions for Phase 1 should be sent to Fernando Garces and you can reach him at:  or: 310-722-5701.
Phase 2: January 2nd, 7:00 AM-11:00 AM  
If you are interested in this outreach phase, please contact Mark Lipman and/or Antonieta Villamil below. Activists between the Norton Simon Museum and Pasadena City Hall will continue to engage in outreach/Signage displays & Lit distribution on-site along Colorado Blvd with a particular focus on large banners.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AND JOINING IN PHASE 2 — Please immediately contact Matt or Antonieta below for banner/sign “team” sign-ups, strategy/planning mtgs & logistics.
Mark Lipman: or phone: 323-515-3713 or Antonieta Villamil: or phone: 310-747-4342
Phase 3: Monday, January 2nd, 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Singer Park – THE  “OCCUPY HUMAN FLOAT” IS THE MAIN EVENT!
Sign assemblage starts at 7:00 AM and continues to 9:00 AM on-site in Pasadena’s Singer Park (1 block east of Orange Grove (by intersection of St. John’s and California Avenue – about 6 blocks due South of the central Norton Simon location). We will gather for assemblage of Occupy’s 5 part “Human Float” float#44 / #99. We march to join the parade procession at 9:30 am. Organizers will have 500 + flags available to those who arrive on-site first as well as several hundred Occupy T-Shirts. Again, first come get the available flags/t-shirts. JOIN US.
Coordinators – Activist David Cutter:  or phone: (626) 260-1615)
British Artists Janet & Matt Driggs:  or via phone: (213) 300-1421
Phase 4: Monday, January 2nd, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Media Outreach & Occupy Press Conference.
At the West Side of Pasadena City Hall – 100 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena
Cindy Sheehan & Marcy Winograd will speak regarding the relationship between the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex and the Fortune 500 & Wall Street Banks. A separate Occupy Music Concert with Michelle Shocked & others will follow with an end celebratory party at the local Yard House Restaurant (2 blocks from Pasadena City Hall).
How to Get There:
Parking for the Rose Parade in Pasadena is impossible! I advise using the MTA Gold Line light rail. Fare is $1.50 each way ($.55 for seniors and handicapped). MTA recommends you buy a day pass to avoid the line coming back – $5.00 ($1.80 for seniors and handicapped). Trains depart every 6 minutes starting at 5:42 am. Parking at Union Station is $6.00 for all day. Get to Union Station the best way you can.
Get off at:
*Fillmore Station for the Singer Park Sign assemblage for the OWS “Human Float” and the “We are the 99%” float.
*Del Mar Station for activities between the Norton Simon Museum and Pasadena City Hall and for watching the Rose Parade
*Memorial Park Station for City Hall activities
For MTA Customer Information Agents call 323.GO.METRO (323) 466-3876
Link to Recent LA Times coverage of Occupy the Rose Parade:,0,7810364.story
Link to Occupy the Rose Parade web site: 
KEY FACTS : 1 million will be in attendance at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. 50 million will be watching throughout the USA with another 200 million watching globally via live TV circuits and thousands of on-site reporters & cameras. KTLA, NBC and ABC will cover live (esp. the corner by Orange Grove & the Norton Simon museum — where ‘The Rose’ is). See the giant blowup map onsite at OccupyLA’s Southside City Hall steps (near ‘The Box’/media bulletin board).

Why the Rose Parade? Simple. The Rose Parade has become far too militarized (see, for example, this coming year’s Jan 2012 Grand Marshall, J.R. Martinez– an Iraq war soldier) and far too corporatized with major banks & financial institutions increasingly undwriting many of the floats. Please note we have no criticism of Mr. Martinez himself — only of the growing militarization and corporatization of U.S. politics & popular culture. Tens of thousands will converge to protest the complete breakdown of U.S. Justice & Wall Street’s revolving door and the 1%’s de facto control & takeover of America’s political, cultural & economic systems. I.e., the corporate takeover of public spaces & events such as the Pasadena Rose Parade.

We are a two day affinity project of the international “Occupy Wall Street” movement . Please share the site with other 99%ers via Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms.

Reminder : Tomorrow (Tuesday at 12:00 Noon) : Phase 1 & Phase 3 teams meet concurrently at Singer Park (Location: Singer Park is in Pasadena, by California & St. John’s; i.e. 8 blocks due south from Norton Simon museum). 
Note: Phase 2 team (Mark/Antonieta are coordinators) meets at 2 pm.   Contact info for all phase coordinators on the OTRP website and the below Schedule/Map pdf.
Updated website –> 
Please also ‘Like’ our Facebook page:

We are striving for 4,000 national & international occupiers converging at Pasadena’s Norton Simon (by Orange Grove Blvd & Colorado Blvd) from Dec. 31, 2011 to 2 pm, Jan. 2, 2012. Further details at website and via listserve.

Email Sent from Peter Thottam:
 Posted by at 10:56 am
Dec 112011
Yesterday at the OCPC meeting at the Occupy OC Irvine locale, we were
informed that the support being expressed to the Irvine City Council
to leave Occupy Irvine in place has dropped from 3-1 in favor to 3-1
against.  Apparently this is due to the unconstitutional police
crackdown and shutdown of the Occupy locations in other cities.

Irvine has done a shining example of how to address the issue of our
First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and petition the
government for a redress of grievances.  It would be a sad day when
this example is shut down due to the volume of the noisy opposition
who want us all to just shut up and go back to our lives and let the
big money interests run us the rest of the way into slavery, fascism
and everything else this country used to be against.

Here is the email address of the City Council of Irvine:

Take a few minutes to send them a note of support for the Occupy
OC/Irvine encampment in front of City Hall.  Praise them for their
support of the fundamental values expressed in our country's
Constitution, Bill of Rights and their support for our rights in
allowing the occupation to continue.

We can be the leaders in this if we express our support.  I have.  Will you?
 Posted by at 4:40 pm
Sep 232011

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2010, 7:00 PM

Carlos Montes

Chicano and Anti-War Activist, 2008 RNC Protest Organizer , Targeted by FBI for his political views

Speaking on

FBI Witchhunts & 1st Amendment Rights

Unitarian Universalist Church
511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA
For info call (949) 257 – 8501

For more info on Carlos’s case and what you can do,  please go to

About Carlos Montes:

Carlos Montes is a veteran Chicano activist known for his leadership of the 1968 East Los Angeles education reform movement (see film Walkout), the historic Chicano Moratorium against the U.S. war in Vietnam, and the recent immigrants’ rights mega-marches of 2006.  Carlos was a co-founder of the Brown Berets, a Chicano youth organization of the 1960’s with a 13-point program for peace, justice, equality, and self-determination.

With the 2003 Bush administration war and occupation of Iraq, Montes helped form and lead the L.A. Latinos Against War. In recent years, Carlos helped initiate and organize the Southern California Immigration Coalition, to fight against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and police repression.

Now Carlos is the target of government repression and the FBI’s dirty tricks. When the FBI raided homes and served subpoenas on September 24 2010, Carlos Montes’ name was listed on the FBI search warrant for the Anti-War Committee office in Minneapolis–the organizing center for the mass protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Carlos participated.

Then on May 17, the LA Sheriffs broke down Carlos’ door, arrested him, and ransacked his home. They took political documents, a computer, cell phones and meeting notes having nothing to do with the charges pertaining to fire arm ownership. The FBI attempted to question Carlos while he was handcuffed in a squad car, regarding the case of the 23 Midwest anti-war and solidarity activists.

On June 16, 2011, Carlos appeared in court and obtained the arrest documents showing the FBI initiated the raid. A reporter interviewing a LA Sheriff sergeant confirmed that the FBI was in charge. Carlos Montes is facing six felony charges with the possibility of 18 years in prison due to his political organizing. Carlos Montes case is part and parcel of the FBI raids and political repression centered in the Midwest.  For more information:

Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes, Stop the FBI Attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movement, and Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW! Call Off the Expanding Grand Jury Witchhunt and FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW!

Cancel the Subpoenas! Cancel the Grand Juries!

Condemn the FBI Raids and Harassment of Chicano, Immigrant Rights, Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists!

Tell US Attorney Fitzgerald, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, DOJ Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media to STOP THE FBI CAMPAIGN OF REPRESSION AGAINST CHICANO, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, ANTI-WAR AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIVISTS NOW!


 Posted by at 6:19 pm
Sep 182011

Defense attorneys Lisa Holder, Jacqueline Goodman, Tarek Shawky, and Dan Stormer presented their closing arguments. Ms. Holder pointed out that the students were being criminalized not because of what they did but because of who they are and what they said; “you cannot divorce the content from the conduct,” she stated. It is apparent that the students are being attacked by the DA for the messages they were conveying.

Yesterday, prosecution attorney Dan Wagner claimed that a person’s right to “free speech is not absolute.” Yet today he stated the ’11’ were being tried because they encroached upon that “uncertain” right to free speech that Ambassador Michael Oren also held.
As Ms. Holder mentioned, the jury “will be the body that separates democracy from creeping fascism.”

Santa Ana Courthouse, room C1 (second floor up the escalators)
700 West Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92703

We really need you all to come out for this, if it wasn’t important we wouldn’t be making events and asking you everyday to come out. But seriously folks, your presence there is very important. The last thing we want the jury to see before they go to deliberate is the irvine11 along with a courtroom full of irvine11 supporters. That can only be done if you are physically present! So please come out and get your friends to come as well.

Press conference will begin around noon by the flagpoles outside the courthouse.

For parking: There are $2 and $3 all day parking on Van Ness, just take a right and drive down the street if you are Civic Center Drive. DON’T park in the parking structure because it is too expensive! There is $5 all day parking on the street after Van Ness where the shoe shine shop is.

Don’t let the irvine11 stand alone. This is something they have had to deal with for over 1 1/2 years now, we asking for just a few hours of your time. If you don’t speak for the Eleven, who will speak for you?

Thank You!

 Posted by at 2:20 am