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The San Jose Occupier

Egyptians Tell Us: Don’t Afraid

Tahrir Square Roots For Oakland

    Egyptians held a funeral rally for Essam Alti Atta, who died from Cairo Police brutality while in custody, at age 24, the same age as our Scott Olsen. At the rally, many protestors held signs for OccupyOakland, encouraging Americans to draw inspiration from them and “don’t afraid”. Considering the price they paid for their revolution, we would do well to adopt that phrase as a inspiring rallying cry.

A Human Peace Sign for Scott Olsen

    Thursday evening, as we gathered for our 7 PM assembly, we first held a candlelight ceremony to wish Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen a full and speedy recovery.  Cracker, participating by radio and megaphone from his perch atop the wall, had a most inspiring idea, to form a human peace sign with our candles held high. A human peace sign for a war vet injured n a class war: what could be more meaningful?

Bank Transfer Day Is Sat. Nov. 5

    Next Saturday,  November 5th, is Bank Transfer Day, the brainchild is Kristen Christian, a Los Angeles resident fed up with bank fees and abuses.  The idea is for everyone to open accounts at non-profit Credit Unions and close their accounts at banks before the end of next week. The movement has gone viral in the U.S. and abroad. BTD has no affiliation with OWS, but we have every reason to love it. When choosing  a Credit Union,  we should shun those that


Pablo Ghenis

require direct deposit in order to avoid fees, as this practice hits the unemployed the hardest precisely when they are down. For more information and guidance go to

Inside this Issue:

Egypt to Oakland

Human Peace Sign

Our Demands

Bank Transfer Day

Occupation Needs List

The Bonus Army

Skilled help needed

Our Mission / Contact Us

The People’s Classroom











Our Demands

As our movement matures, the broad range of idea from our diverse membership is becoming more defined. Other cities have a head start on defining their list of demands. This Sunday Oct 23 we will start our list of demands during the GA. Per last Sunday’s GA, ideas can be submitted in person or by email.

Help Needed

(various skills)

We could use skilled help in the following areas, to sustain and expand our own media, both print and cyber:

  • Translators, especially for:
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Others languages to reach out to more communities
  • Typesetting, DTP: We’re doing our best, but imagine what we could do with some experienced pros!
  • Web and Social Media in general

Occupation Needs

  • Donate in person, or at
  • food from local businesses (breakfast, vegetarian, non-perishables)
  • blankets & casual clothing (M, L, XL shirts, socks, boxers, sweats, tanktops, hoodies)
  • tables, chairs, poster supplies (markers & foam/poster board)
  • whiteboards with markers
  • “for-sale” easels to show signs

The Bonus Army: Occupy 1932?

     The current international Occupy Movement (with the Arab Spring that helped inspire it) is arguably the most important phenomenon in US history since the 1932 "Bonus Army" of 17,000 unemployed World War I veterans and 26,000 family members and other supporters.  This group camped outside Washington, DC, in June 1932, in a shantytown they called Hooverville, after then-president Heert Hoover.  They had been


Spencer Graves

promised a bonus by congress for their service in the Great War.  However, many of the bonuses were not scheduled to be paid until 1940, and people in the Bonus Army felt they would starve to death before then.  The Hoover administration sent the Washington, DC Police, to disperse the crowd.  Two were shot and killed.  When the rest of them failed to disperse, Hoover sent the Army.  Fifty-five veterans were injured, 135 were arrested, and an infant died after being exposed to tear gas.  In the 1932 elections, less than four months later, voters removed from office many incumbent politicians who had supported the suppression of the demonstration.  It was one of the greatest landslides in US electoral history.

In 1932 veterans were attacked by the Washington DC police,

then the Army flattened their protest camp, on Hoover’s orders.

Mission Declaration

Occupy San Jose is a local, grassroots, democratic movement in solidarity with New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement. The purpose of Occupy San Jose is to encourage visible and accessible activism. We foster peaceful cooperation and the empowerment of humanity to engage in the democratic process regardless of socioeconomic, religious, or political status. We are shining a light on the corporate and political corruption of Wall Street and in Washington which has methodically increased oppression worldwide in favor of the 1%. We also demand accountability for the commission of these crimes. We will not tolerate the wealthiest one percent buying our government, nor our politicians selling it. We are reasserting our role in democracy. We are all in this together. We are the 99%.

Declaración de Misión

Occupy San Jose es un movimiento democrático local, de raíces, en solidaridad con el movimiento Occupy Wall Street en Nueva York. El propósito de Occupy San Jose es para promover el activismo visible y accessible.  Fomentamos la cooperación y el empoderamiento de la humanidad para participar en el proceso democrático, independientemente del nivel socioeconómico, religión, ó estatus político. Estamos iluminando y haciendo visible la corrupción política y empresarial de Wall Street y en Washington, que ha aumentado en todo el mundo metódicamente la opresión a favor del 1%. También exigimos la rendición de cuentas por la comisión de estos delitos. No vamos a tolerar más que los ricos del uno por ciento compren nuestro gobierno, ni a nuestros políticos que se los venden. Reafirmamos nuestro papel en la democracia. Estamos todos juntos en esto. Somos el 99%.

Contact Occupy San Jose

Editors: Pablo Ghenis <>, Andrew Mackay <>, Laura Allen <>

In Person: 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, 24/7. If you would like to protest or donate, you can come there any time.


@ / # OccupySanJose

@ / # OccupySJ,  #OSJ






People’s classroom


Facilitator: Patrick O’Connell

How and Why Nonviolent Struggle Works

Wednesday, November 2, 8:30-10:00 pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

A facilitated discussion of what nonviolent struggle is, what it is not, and how it works.

The Mostly Unknown History of Nonviolent Struggle

Wednesday, November 9, 8:30-10:00 pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

There is a vast history of people power or nonviolent struggle that is usually left out of our history books.  This workshop will begin with a presentation of some of these struggles, and continue on to a discussion of what they have to teach us.


We have started to notice that within our midst at OSJ, there are lots of experienced activists. Tuesday Talks is a series of informal testimonials and discussions with activists from within OSJ and the broader San Jose community.  The talks begin with a featured activist sharing his/her personal testimonial. They will talk about what brought them to activism, what they have been involved with over the years, and what they have learned about strategies of resistance.  The testimonials are followed by an open discussion about activism in which people can share their own experiences and raise questions about activism.


Tuesday, November 15, 8:30-10:00pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

You may have met or seen Shaunn around at the occupation. She is a regular overnight occupier, and as it turns out has been an activist since her college days when she got involved in organizing political groups on her campus and programs for feeding the homeless.  Come meet Shaunn as she kicks off the series for us.


Connecting the Dots: The 99%, the 1% and the Bigger Picture

Sunday, October 30, 2:30-4:00pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

Facilitator: Ian Martin, Downtown College Prep High School history instructor

Following up on our successful Oct 23 "The Story of the 99%" workshop, this coming week we will be a presentation and discussion on connecting the dots with the 99%, the 1% and broader issues of the Occupy Wall Street movement. There will be 15-20 min presentation the financial system/capitalism, helpful ways to think about it, colonialism etc, followed by an open ended discussion to share your thoughts and response.

Doing Democracy! The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements

Saturday, November 12, 5:00-7:00pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

Facilitator: Patrick O’Connell

A discussion based on the book “Doing Democracy!” by Bill Moyer.  This book provides activists with an understanding of the process that social movements go through and the different roles we all need to play to build a successful movement

A Conversation About Power and How it Works

Wednesday, November 16, 8:30-10:00 pm

City Hall Plaza, San Jose

Facilitator: Patrick O’Connell

It is exciting that we are beginning to discuss power in our society.  But most of us are so used to domination/obedience that we just accept things. Without something to replace domination, we are stuck with it.  This will be a conversation about both domination and shared power and how we make the shift.

Follow the People’s Classroom:  -  @OSJPC  -        Assemblies Mon-Sat @ 7 PM; Sun @ noon