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Ever see an organization on the wrong side try to re-write their role?
A couple of days ago two old friends, Billy Nessen and kossack Steve Masover, contacted me about co-signing a letter being drafted (Steve will diary the actual response letter on DKOS when published) by Campaign Against Apartheid (CAA) activists to UCB Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. The subject matter is the published statement Dirks made in response to Nelson Mandela's recent death. Part of Dirk's message is blockquoted below (the full text is at the link)
In 1990, on a worldwide tour after serving 27 years in prison, Mandela spoke to a crowd of 60,000 at the Oakland Coliseum. During that speech South Africa’s future president specifically cited our university’s “Campaign Against Apartheid” as having been particularly significant in hastening the end of white-minority rule in his country. That recognition highlights what is, in my opinion, one of Berkeley’s proudest moments.What the chingada? The University's "Campaign Against Apartheid?" The University is the campaign it opposed? That's like Wall Street claiming to be Occupy Wall Street The CAA was set up by student and community activists in direct opposition to the University's investment policies. The university was on the wrong side of history. You'd think from reading the the text of Dirks announcement that the University initiated or led the "Campaign Against Apartheid" and wasn't in violent opposition to it. The truth is that CAA demanded that UC divest itself from financial ties ($4+ billion) to the Apartheid regime in South Africa. The university response to CAA in the 1980s was vocal support for continued investment in Apartheid, then violence and arrests, and then more vocal support for continued investments in Apartheid.
At Berkeley, we also remember the special ties that will forever bind our campus to this man and his movement.Those ties consisted of UC investments propping up Apartheid and activists' opposition to those ties...a fact Dirks pointedly left out. That ommission effectively re-writes history and the trajectory of Nelson Mandela's words...if it is left to stand. Of course, what do I know about it though? I was only there publishing a newspaper about it and being one of thousands of activists in CAA "supported" by UC's administration and police force...as documented by our arrest records and medical bills. Heh. I recall the contemporary Chancellor at the time threatening to call in the National Guard.
Have you seen this type of bamboozling before? An institution or organization taking credit for a movement that they opposed?
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba
• Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4FreedomNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!
Photo 1 L-R: In the orange, thankgodforairamerica, ghchaucer2, sidnora, joanbrooker, dave g & kathny Photo 2 L-R: Plf515, Laura Clawson, mets102, son of broccoli, Communitygis, no exit, designthefuture & mattc129
sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.
Our intrepid Houston Area Kossacks got together again. It was time for socializing after all the Battle Ground Texas work many of them did last year. Here's to gearing up for more work this year.
Chrislove is the group organizer and he can be seen in the photo below on the top right:
Top L-R: doraphasia, cosette & Chrislove
Bottom L-R: htowngenie & MarciaJ720
L-R: mjbleo, Mary, flekk17 & TDDVandy
A polar vortex could not stop six Motor City Kossacks from getting together on January 4th. Kudos, all! ACA Daily Kos celebrity, Brainwrap attended and brought the group up to date on his work.
Even folks from the White House are quoting his figures now. He also observed how odd he thought it was that the mainstream media (and governmental) sources were 1) not talking to him directly, seemingly content to take his numbers as valid, and 2) not conducting similar statistical aggregations on their own. We shared his astonishment, but agreed that he is doing an important job.Also in attendance were prolific diarist BFSkinner, user ID 162795 and has been around since long before 2008. Amber6541, famous pootie/woozle diarist with an old user ID of 157580 and sydneyluv, who beat them all with the user ID of 132330. Long timers, these three!
Discussion included Michigan's crucial statewide elections in 2014 and the need to displace Rick "the Nerd" Snyder.
As hosts for upcoming NN14, the Motor City Kossacks are ready for their first meeting with the NN14 staff this January 9th. peregrine kate expressed the need to hear from as many politically radical, grass-roots organizers in Detroit during NN14 as possible and coalesce all this collective energy. All who attend this early meeting will get to shape the agenda. Please kosmail peregrine kate to attend this important event.
Here's one photo:
Saturday, January 25th
Tennessee Three Star Kossacks & Nashville KosKats Meet-up
LOCATION: TBA (Please send suggestions to marykk)
[Address] • Nashville
ORGANIZER: Send marykk a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Nashville Meet up with KosKats and 3 Star Kossacks
2. Sandy on Signal (Guest of Honor)
Saturday, January 25th
Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
Asheville City Councilman Gordon Smith
Sarah Zambon from the League of Women Voters.
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Cantina
10 Biltmore Plaza • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville Update-Guest speakers!
7. Otteray Scribe
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman) GUEST SPEAKER!
12. Captain Sham
13. Mrs Sham
17. Mr. Alecia
18. Nic Goodman
19. Sarah Zambon (League of Women Voters) GUEST SPEAKER!
One Pissed Off Liberal
people power granny
Sunday, January 26th
SFKossacks Welcome matching mole to San Francisco!
TIME: TBD, daytime car trip to the Delta for birding with lineatus
LOCATION: Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
2548 Grizzly Island Road • Suisun City
lineatus will have a spotting scope and a few spare pairs of binoculars, so novices can have something to use.
ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.
2. matching mole
ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Dawn Chorus: Preview of Coming Attractions
2. matching mole
5. side pocket
8. Glen The Plumber
13. navajo's guest
Las Vegas Kossacks SOTU Watch Party
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Barefoot Bob's Beach Bar & Gaming
1590 E Flamingo Rd • Las Vegas
Northside of Flamingo, across from Blueberry Hill Diner, Barefoot Bobs is the old Murphy's Law Pub. We will be outside in the enclosed HEATED Patio with 2 big screen tv.s. We will be a private group and Happy Hour prices will apply!
ORGANIZER: Send miracle11 a kosmail to attend.
Tuesday, January 28th
Silicon Valley Kossacks SOTU Watch Party
LOCATION: Lusty's Home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Silicon Valley
Event will be potluck, please bring a side dish to complement a crock-pot main course provided by Lusty. Desserts and tasty beverages are needed, also.
Discussion will be about how the Silicon Valley Kossacks can use their group effectively to support Mike Honda since he is being primaried.
ORGANIZER: Send Lusty a kosmail to attend.
1. Lusty - Crock-pot main course
2. Glen the Plumber
5. navajo - wine
8. MrNavajo - wine
Mr. Cali Scribe
DETAILS COMING VERY SOON! TBD
Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up
[Address] • Seattle
ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?