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on city hall the house un-american activities committee's in sanford cisco, one of the death knells in that piper's nest of first amendment expression. i am not just here to tell you that the city has the ability to find creative ways to look at public health rules and safety rules and find a way. if the mayor has the political will,occupy can stay in sentences go for as long as we need this movement. there is a long history of american people rising up to tell the robber barons, the captains of industry, that you have to share the wealth. we talked about the populist movement. the great industrial organizing drives of the 1930's. the civil rights movements of the '50s and '60s.
i am not just here to tell you that times have changed, that the political landscape has shifted. those leaders that do not stand with the working families will be swept away. finally, i just wanted to save what i really came to tell you about. occupy san francisco has finally raised the issue of the most precious of the 99%, the schoolchildren of san francisco who are denied adequate resources because the 1% simply refuses to pay their fair share. thank you, supervisor. [applause] supervisor avalos: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good morning. thank you very much for holding these hearings. thank you to the supervisors that showed up on october 5, it
greatly standing their ground with the occupiers to defend our first amendment. as for the first item on the agenda, one wonders why the authorities do not crack down on the corporate criminals of this country who crashed the economy instead of crashing down on medical marijuana. my favorite quote that i heard on the radio last week about controlling the occupied movement in this country is that it is not -- occupy movement in this country is that it is not so lonely in america right now. i found that to be profound. the tea party message has been pushed aside. we are focusing on economic and social justice. it is about time. that is why it has become imperative that we stand our ground and that weak demand and stand for our right to assembly.
this entire occupy movement makes me feel 20 years younger. thank you for the hearing. supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. >> my name is brad newshum. i want to thank you, first of all, for sponsoring this resolution and for all of the work you have done doubt that the occupy site. this is the most important work of our times. at least of the last couple of decades. any official that would sent riot police does not deserve to be mayor of san francisco. does not represent the people of san francisco. as an absolute failure of imagination, if nothing else. i would like to think that the occupiers that have been camping out are holding the space for those of us that are older, a bit less adventurous.
they are cold, hungry, broke, but they are holding the spaces. if they are driven away, this whole thing falls apart. by organize the vote the issue came to, supervisor. thank you for coming. it was incredible. we had 1000 people found at ocean beach on saturday and we created some fantastic imagery that we are now seeing, as i saw my computer, is starting to work its way our realm the world. it is a place to start. if you take a look at the imagery, it is staggering. i love being a part of this great city. i am proud of it. thank you. i hope that this resolution passes. supervisor avalos: thank you
very much. next speaker, please. >> good morning. i would like to thank supervisor avalos for bringing this resolution. the freedom of speech and right to assemble is a universal way of life. throughout history, when people felt oppressed by the government, we stood up. through bullets, tierney, oppression, we stood up. if this is an example of life, there is no recollection in my mind of people losing against the government when we stand up. when the people of libya were moving against their government, what did they do? they spoke up and protested. we supported them. the same thing happened in egypt. the people were 0 crest. we supported. in the past, government officials have always refused to
listen to the people. if mayor li is serious about containing -- retaining his job as mayor, he should look at the policies. you were elected to listen to the voices of the constituents. ed lee has listened to no one but corporations. the 1%. we are the 99%. we will not go away. we are here. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. i will call a few more cards. [reads names] sorry if i cannot get it right. [reads names] >> hello. - eva my name is evan cross.
in oakland, they spent $2 million to push out of protesters and accomplish absolutely nothing. $2 million. what could the city have done with that? i encourage the supervisors to say no to the federal government on the first issue, and this issue. i encourage them to not work with federal law enforcement on any level. just say no to the federal government and their police. i would also like to note that use of non-lethals can injure people. it can kill people and it will kill people. tristan anderson was purposely attack in israel with a tear-gas canister and is suffering from brain damage and is in a wheelchair. in oakland, scott olson is in a hospital currently, after being
struck with an unknown projectile, possibly the type of beanbag rounds that sf tv uses. -- sfpd uses. even police officers were tear guest that night -- teargassed that night. the protesters with a forced to help them after their fellow police officers guest them. i would encourage supervisors not to support any kind of dispersal of the camp. we have seen, time and again, that the people of san francisco and the bay area, we will come out in the dead of night and we will stay out there to defend the camp. you have all seen it. people here have been there. we will not be pushed around. we will not let the cops tell us what to do.
we are here and we are going to take a stand. thank you. [beep] supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. >> thank you for this resolution. thank you for being a part of the encampment. for the people that are fighting for these amazing goals. my name is donna wilma. i teach at city college. i find it ironic that concerns about public health are being used to try to shut down encampment's across the country. the kind of public health that i teach is rooted in social justice we know that when people are part of empowered communities, when they have control over their own lives and have hope for the future, knowing that their children will have better lives, these are the things that make people healthier.
i really believe the things that people are fighting for in the occupied movement are economic and social equality. making lives better for the folks that i work with. people with disabilities. making life better for the students that i teach. making my life better. and my family. i support what people are doing. i am very glad -- i want my city officials to support that as well. thank you for this resolution. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. i have more cards. [reads names] sorry. [reads names] >> good morning, supervisors. thank you, supervisor avalos,
for your support, and supervisor kim, for joining the protesters at the encampment last week. i want to say that it is sad that we are having this conversation. it is important to begin the conversation about how it is to reduce income disparity in this country. it is absolutely criminal that we are having this conversation about whether or not people should have the right to protest. i know that a lot of people were looking at the television, fearful earlier this year, when people gathered by the thousands in carrier scrapper -- egypt. everyone was fearful that the military apparatus would be unleashed upon the protesters. time and again, people were condemning those regimes for shutting down social media, not allowing access to internet,
shutting down the in camera and in the few attempts that were made. but ultimately, people kept going back. it is at a critical and the criminal that the government of oakland and san francisco considers threatening the peaceful protesters here and across the rest of the country. it is important to note that this movement has come together to eliminate the exploitation of the 1% over the 99%. hopefully, this movement will rally the support of hundreds of thousands of millions of people across the country. just yesterday, two officers were trying to paint the campers as white hippies that do not connect with the community. yesterday, after rallies, folks marched down from chinatown to join the encampment. this movement is growing. even if san francisco turns the police on the encampment, it
supervisor avalos: thank you for your patience. thank you for lining up along the side of the wall. please come forward, next speaker. >> good morning. my name is kate laseeme. on behalf of la rasa, i want to thank the supervisors for the resolution. the community that is blamed for the financial crisis, they are in reality as part -- as much a part of the 99%. we want to thank the occupiers.
we want to make sure that we have the right to free speech and can be able to express attention. thank you. supervisor avalos: come forward, next speaker. >> the port of san francisco is a victim of the police violence on tuesday morning, at the oscar grant plaza. i was provided with a bracelet at the time, and a good rest of my arms. there was violence. there was police violence.
first, they attacked by tear gas. then the police came through with batons. the police and banged on the tense. -- the police bang down attempts -- banged on the tents with their batons. i believe that the majority of the resistance can be described as a strong peace movement and an exercise of first amendment rights. therefore, it should be abundantly clear that there was no danger, whatsoever. that this was an attempt to criminalize the scent. to marginalize the sand and paint a picture where hooded people, like today, with sunglasses are the enemy. this is absurd. this is a political as asian --
politicalization of the police, utilizing overly aggressive police response to minor matters. working people must unite with the mend. this is what the protesters -- must unite with that of the demand -- must unite with the demand. that is what the protesters explain to me. therefore, the only problem -- occu[beep] all of labor must spread the occupation far and wide. we must be sure. otherwise we will receive the violence that we received in oakland. supervisor avalos: thank you
very much. next speaker, please. >> thank you for this hearing. my name is matt gramly. i am an attorney, here in san francisco. certainly, what happened to scott olson over in san francisco will result in litigation. the cost of the obligation to oakland and the police agencies involved is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, even before you get to a settlement, a court trial, or any of that. what i saw in oakland last week was fear. a few bass reaction to something that the people cannot understand or control. it amazes me that throughout history, those in power never learn any less.
you just get more and more people. that is what we have seen. over the last 30 years, corporate america and wall street, they have not been winning. they have been cheating. they have been taking money from the 99% and using it for political contributions, buying political representatives. taking that money, combining it with fear, theater, racism, creating things like the tea party. what scares the power about the occupied movement -- occupy movement, the things that happen to our economy have affected everyone across the entire political spectrum. you have an entire generation of people coming out of college with stoat -- student loan debt
and no jobs. it saddens me that these other folks that have the time to do this protest, but i am glad that they do. [beep] so, thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. i know very well about the college loans. next speaker, please. >> thank you for bringing this forward. i am a resident of region 5. i am also a friend of the quakers. i support this resolution. i think it is important for this committee to go on record as supporting [beep] . cent -- of supporting occupy. san francisco has a long tradition of supporting civil justice and peace.
one question that i have, i would like to know what sfpd has spent on its "training exercises, raids," and what they have spent so far. with all of the city suffering social-service cuts, we are in deep trouble. i think that this is important, for citizens and city government to be accountable, i would like to see that what forward. the other thing i would like to say about the occupied movement is that it speaks to the aspirations. to the people of san francisco. to the people around the globe. it is growing. it is growing in san francisco. it will be at all of the neighborhoods. this city needs to respond to
the best values of those that live in the city. [beep] please move this resolution forward. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. i would like to thank you for this resolution. thank you all for the various ways that you have occupied -- supported occupy san francisco. i know that some of you were there until the wee hours of the morning. national united is supporting occupy, here and -- supporting occupy, hearing and around the country. one of the ways we have done that is through first-aid stations. just to touch on the violence that has been pushed on people,
the first one that we treated was a person who have their finger broke and in the occupy sf raids. here we have a peaceful protest, being reacted against with violence. we have been studying. we serve the 99% on a daily basis. we see people who will not take their medications or have babies in bathtubs because they cannot bring the children again. a homeless man had a heart attack and was not treated in time. it meant that he could no longer drive truck, as he was that technically it's a bold -- he
was now technically disabled. this is the story of the 99%. this is something that we do in the labor movement on a regular basis. we have to decide what side you are of. we are on the side of the 99%. we will continue to fight alongside them. thank you. supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. a few more cards. [reads names] interesting name.  cour >>