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Occupy Bohemian Grove

By Peter Phillips
OpEdNews
July 11, 2012

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Occupy-Bohemian-Grove-by-Peter-Phillips-120711-192.html

    Occupy groups from Santa Rosa, San
    Francisco, Portland, Sebastopol, & Petaluma,
    are joining some 20 other social justice activist
    orgs. to protest the powerful 1% elites partying
    at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California
    July 14-29. 2,000-3,000 rich and wealthy men
    have gathered every summer for 133 years in a
    private 2,800 acre ancient redwood retreat to
    celebrate themselves with parties,
    entertainment, and speakers.

Occupy groups from Santa Rosa, San Francisco,
Portland, Sebastopol, and Petaluma, are joining
some twenty other social justice activist
organizations to protest the powerful one-percent
elites partying at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio,
California July 14-29.

2,000-3,000 rich and wealthy men have gathered
every summer for 133 years in a private 2,800 acre
ancient redwood retreat to celebrate themselves with
parties, entertainment, and speakers. The men,
Bohemian Club members and their guests, will hold
a cremation of care ceremony July 14, where they
symbolically burn the cares of the world before a
giant owl in a bizarre annual ritual.

This year's protest against the gathering of the
world's political and economic elite is called "Occupy
Bohemian Grove, Expose the 1%."   Occupy groups
across America, and increasingly the world, are
working to expose the one percent in control of
global resources who are bringing human rights
repression, environmental destruction, and war to
humankind.

The Fukushima Mothers and Cindy Sheehan are
joining the twenty-four co-sponsors for a Creation of
Care ceremony, speakers, and music, Saturday, July
14, at the Monte Rio Amphitheater, just outside the
gates of the Bohemian Grove. Kris Welsh will MC the
day, and  Dennis Bernstein, host of Flashpoints on
KPFA/Pacifica  radio will broadcast live from the
event. Russia Today-TV with Abby Martin will film
and John Rees with No-Lies Radio will video-cast
the day on the Internet.

The protest will feature Occupy groups as well as
other organizations including Code Pink, Peace and
Justice Center, ANSWER Coalition, Project
Censored, Bohemian Grove Action Network,
Veterans for Peace, National Lawyers Guild, Round
Valley Indians for Justice, and various others
groups focused on key issues, such as climate
change, human rights, Palestine, Cuban Five, and a
living wage. Representatives from these
organizations and more will speak joining in
coalition to create a vast cornucopia of care as a
counter to the one-percent elites less than a mile
away. In addition to the speakers, the program at
the amphitheater will include musical performances
by Dave Lippman, Teresa Tudury, Jim Ocean, Scott
Gerber, Attila Nagy, Keith Blackstone and the
Hubbub Club.

Admission to the Creation of Care is free. It will run
from noon to 4 p.m. at the Monte Rio amphitheater,
which is located at 9925 Main Street in downtown
Monte Rio.

Please see the complete list of endorsements and
speakers on our flyer.
http://www.occupybohemiangrove.com/flyers-and-
artwork/ ____________

Open Letter to San Francisco Bohemian Club

July 4, 2012

Mr. Robert J. Boesch President San Francisco
Bohemian Club 624 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA
94102

Dear Mr. Boesch,

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored has
joined a    coalition of some twenty-five social justice
organizations and occupy groups to protest the San
Francisco Bohemian Club's practices at your annual
summer encampments.

We are holding an Occupy Bohemian Grove protest
in Monte Rio on July 14, 2012. For publicity and
information on this event see:
http://www.occupybohemiangrove.com/

Occupy groups from five cities are involved in
protesting your annual summer encampment of the
rich and powerful 1%. Given that it takes $588,000
in assets to be in the top 1% of the world richest
people, we believe that a significant portion of your
members fit this category.

Our group has attended the planning meetings for
this protest, and want to inform you about the day's
events and make some policy recommendations for
the Club to consider.

The Occupy Bohemian Grove coalition is planning a
four hour public assembly from noon to 4:00 on
July 14. During that time there will be speakers,
music and a creation of care ceremony in opposition
to your cremation of care and private talks by policy
elites at the Grove.    KPFA radio will broadcast live
from Monte Rio, No Lies Radio will video feed the
proceedings on the internet, and Russia Today TV
will be filming and interviewing activists.

We are not planning or promoting civil disobedience
or trespassing on Grove property as part of the
protest. We are not organizing a march on the
Grove, as has been done in the past. Some curious
participants may walk up the Bohemian Highway to
see your gates.

Recommendations to the San Francisco Bohemian
Club    in a time of Occupy the 1%.

Whereas:

The 2,000 acre retreat, now privately held near
Monte Rio, California, is in part an ancient old
growth redwood forest with trees over one thousand
years of age and;

The San Francisco Bohemian Club continues to
exclude women from membership and;

Significant public leaders in the world give private
keynote addresses (chats) on a daily basis on
important policy issues, and;

The private happenings inside the summer retreat
boundaries face continuing unproven rumors
regarding nefarious behaviors and insider deals
made by powerful elites.

We Recommend    that:

1. The Bohemian Grove recognize the rights of
humankind to enjoy a fair  share of the common
heritage of the ancient redwood forest by opening
the Grove to tours on a regular basis when club
members are not assembled--

2. The Bohemian Club begin a policy of admitting
women and arranging the Grove to accommodate
both genders--

3. The lakeside chats and other addresses by key
policy officials be made public on-line and
transcripts prepared and published--

4. The Cremation of Care ceremony be transformed
into a building of unity of care in the world and the
ceremony be made public on-line--

5. The Bohemian Club set up an on-line live feed
from the main stage and  field circle, as events are
occurring.

We strongly believe in full transparency of public
figures giving lectures to a select few men and we
believe that the privacy of your events is
unnecessary in a time of increasingly inequality
between the 1% and the 99%.

We think that the San Francisco Bohemian Club
can demonstrate a belief in an open transparent
democratic society by simply changing a few of your
historical policies. As symbolic representatives of
the top 1% in the world, it is time for you to exercise
a responsibility to help build a fair sharing of the
world's resources starting with your own Club.

This letter has been publicly released. We trust you
will take our recommendations seriously.

Sincerely,

Peter Phillips President Media Freedom Foundation

Mickey Huff Director of Project Censored

Mary Lia Fair Share of the Common Heritage

Andy Lee Roth Associate Director of Project
Censored

Bill Simon Veterans for Peace, Chapter 71

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