oops here's the links:
"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
The first thing I want to mention is that Occupy SF is not dead. This is because a core of dedicated occupiers have maintained a 24-7 protest site at 101 Market St. in front of the Federal Reserve Building. According to these occupiers, this ongoing protest has been recognized by the city of San Francisco as a protest and therefore exempt from the "Sit-Lie" ordinance which forbids sleeping and sitting during daytime hours. Police have intermittently raided the protest site, having tables, literature, etc. hauled off by the Dept. of Public Works. The protesters themselves have also faced arrest and citation as individuals, but always come back. The police use an obscure and obviously inapplicable law to harrass the protesters, but the DA never presses charges knowing that they are baseless. Occupy SF is, I believe, like Occupiers in the East Bay going to court over their eviction from "Occupy the Farm", ready for a legal fight.
Also, here are some links to YouTube posted by occupiers from Occupy Bernal (a split-off group, Bernal is an SF neighborhood but you will recognize David S. if you have seen him in action at Occupy SF rallies and protests- he's one of the drivers of the civil disobedience/direct action aspect of Occupy SF). These people have been meeting regularly on the back steps of city hall where foreclosed upon homes are auctioned off. My impression about these proceedings is that the agents there to buy these homes operate in accord with each other, and in the interests of the real estate firms they work for or with. These firms are more and more turning to renting these houses out. This is what they do after receiving taxpayer bailout money and once again failing to deliver on their promises of "good citizenship"- crashing the economy and laying the blame on workers in debt, kicking them out of their homes. Today, Occupy will rally behind a proposed law which will impose a fee upon banks when they foreclose on homes in San Francisco.
The bad news. There has been a split in Occupy SF over tactics. This split is, I believe, the ultimate cause of the fact that the newsletter is no longer going out and that the website has not been updated. There is a particular faction that demands that no door locks be broken or scuff marks left on walls. This faction is the middle-class faction that still wants to support the system which is run by the people that have betrayed them. While they mask their position in high-minded rhetoric, their stance is in fact that breaking a padlock is the moral equivalent to wars based on lies, ecological devastation, the dismantling of the Constitution, etc. According to them, if someone breaks a padlock in order to gain access to a place and occupy it, they are committing a grave moral crime which betrays supreme moral values which Occupy must adhere to. For example, the San Francisco Commune briefly occupied an empty building on 888 Turk St. in order to utilize it as a community resource. It may be noted that they did so, similarly to Occupy Bernal, without permission from the Occupy SF General Assembly, which no longer really exists and has long ago ceased to perform any useful function.