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Occupy Workshops. Seeking Feedback.

Started Jan 20, 2012 0 Replies

I'm looking to organize a few workshops with Occupy San Diego (Calif, USA). And I'm wondering if you'd be interested/willing to share some of your thinking/response to what I'm planning to help…Continue

Tags: Whole, Person, Process, Facilitation, Contact

dancing through despair?

Started Nov 7, 2011 0 Replies

Process artist Chris Corrigan has been sharing some of his experience from visiting Occupy Vancouver.His latest blog post is…Continue

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OWS- an alternative perspective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raffi A. Nov 19, 2011. 32 Replies

Greetings fellow cafe folks.I'd like to offer an alternative perspective on OWS. First I'd like to introduce myself- I'm a native San Diegan, facilitator/process artist (co-host of the 14th annual…Continue

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How would you characterize your connection to the Occupy movement?
Active occupier, Not active but a supporter, Undecided/Agnostic, Opposed (you are still most welcome!)
List of on-the-ground Occupy sites where you participate, if any
I was an active occupier at Occupy San Diego. At this point, I have ended most of my physical involvement (see these posts on my Occupation blog for the reasons why:


I continue to follow the Occupy Process with interest and am giving serious thought to what are next steps for me.
How did you hear about Occupy Cafe?
Email from friend
What draws you to Occupy Cafe?
To share my perspective on the Occupy Process and to consider next steps for my involvement.

blogging the occupation at Reinhabit San Diego

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Naomi Wolf on the significance of the police assaults at Occupy

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:01am 2 Comments

A friend who I really respect just sent me this article by Naomi Wolf that came out in today's London Guardian.

At first blush, I didn't think it was offering anything new to the conversation.

It's worth reading, if only for this:

In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley,…


Mark Ames on Greece, the "1%" and decisionmaking

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 6:00pm 1 Comment

What is happening in Greece is of great relevance to us in the US. We may very well find ourselves in a similar situation. This piece by Mark Ames highlights how a powerful anti-democratic impulse drives the decision-making around spending there.

I've been following Ames for quite some time, from his days at the Moscow-based shock publication, Exile. As usual, I…


NBC TV on Occupy San Diego encampments

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:09am 0 Comments

a surprisingly balanced piece on the legality of the Occupy San Diego encampment.


Occupy LA responds to City Council's offer to leave

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:01am 2 Comments

another curious development.... http://t.co/jbZhAm7r

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At 5:57am on February 12, 2012, Ria Baeck said…

Hi Raffi, great to hear from you.

Can you tell me more about the context you would invite me in? And when would that be?

With love from freezing Belgium,


At 9:06am on November 16, 2011, Suzanne Daigle said…

Raffi, happy to connect with you. I feel myself torn to be in action in community and to also be in conversations that matter, here and other places. I would be so drawn to read everything you've written to discover all the great insights you have and to savor the wonderful conversations of others. Yet I find myself pulling back and limiting myself to an occasional visit for now wanting to support Occupy and Mainstream in other ways. Glad to be your new occupy friend :-}

At 3:23am on November 12, 2011, Mark E. Smith said…

Yes, I go by the Civic Center most days, but I've never stayed overnight. Things are very difficult for the full-time Occupiers and will remain so until and unless we get the right to have tarps and tents. This evening, just as it started to drizzle rain, the police tried to take away the tarps protecting the campers. A 1st Amendment lawyer will be filing for a temporary restraining order on Monday to stop this sort of harassment. 

One Occupier today had a sign with the 1st Amendment printed on it and says that a cop looked at it and said, "Wow, that's nice! Did you just make that up yourself?" So I emailed the San Diego chapter of the American Constitution Society to see if they'd be willing to supply copies of the Constitution (they often distribute copies of the Constitution at their public events) to the San Diego Police Department. Apparently the cops here are required to take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, but are not required to read it or know anything about it. 

Of course as Bush said, the Constitution is just a g.d. piece of paper, and a counterrevolutionary one at that: The Counterrevolutionary Constitution

At 1:25am on November 12, 2011, Mark E. Smith said…

Hi Raffi--

We've met and talked previously, I think the first time was at City College at a Sustainable Urban Food & Gardening event, and again at a couple of Activist San Diego events. 

At 1:29am on November 11, 2011, Rosa Zubizarreta said…

Hi Raffi!  thanks for the warm welcome! more later...


At 6:31am on November 7, 2011, Rob Wheeler said…


I am one of the organizers of Occupy Cafe. Very interesting to read your blogs about some of the challenges re Occupy process. If you have not heard yet there are now National Calls bringing together representatives from the Occupy sites. In recent weeks there has been a fair amount of interest in setting up a group(s) to talk about dealing with homeless, saboteurs, etc. Thought you might be interested. Thanks, Rob Wheeler

robwheeler22   @ gmail.com


Questions? Email: movementbuildingNY@gmail.com 

We will be having our next Occupy inter-occupation conference call on Monday, November 7th at 10pm EST/7pm PST.  Occupy Los Angeles will be hosting. 


From our previous two calls and from emails received, we have identified a need for certain discussions to be starting among the occupations, and so during the breakout groups for Monday’s call, we have predetermined the following discussions:


Direct Action Working Groups coordination

Media Working Groups coordination

IT Working Groups coordination

Facilitation/General Assembly discussion

Emerging or Struggling Occupations support


When you register for the call at the link below, please select which of those discussions you’d like to participate in.  There is a dropdown menu on the registration page that you can select from.  This will be a way of getting these specific dialogues started.


Registration Information:

To join the conference call, please click on the following link and register. We will be using the conference service Maestro so that we can keep stack and use breakout groups if necessary. 



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