UCBerkeley Whistle-blowers conference to support Bradley Manning

WHISTLEBLOWERS to OCCUPY THE TRUTH

#TRUTHCON
Open Space Whistleblower and Transparency Conference
February 17-19, Berkeley

On the weekend of February 17, 2012, an unusual mix of notable experts from surprisingly disparate backgrounds will meet at UC Berkeley for a three-day conference. The conference will focus on discussion and creative innovation concerning the importance of truth and transparency to a free society. The “Occupy The Truth” Conference is open to the public.

The conference will begin Friday night at 6pm with mixer followed by an esteemed panel of speakers, featuring Daniel Ellsberg, Col. Ann Wright and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. At 8:30pm Reverend Billy Talen will give a rousing “sermon.”

Saturday and Sunday begin at 9:00am with registration and breakfast ending with a closing circle from 5 to 6pm. The days will be broken up into ‘unconference’ style workshops, wherein attendees will collaboratively create and manage the conference’s agenda and work flow.

The host organization, FRESH JUICE PARTY, is a politically prejudiced media group best known for interrupting President Obama at a fundraiser to protest the illegal treatment of accused WikiLeaker, Bradley Manning. Now they say they are set to hold their own party, where they will welcome constructive interruption, performance, and innovation. You should definitely expect the unexpected. Continue reading

Speak Truth to the Powerless

Some focus their efforts on

speaking truth to power,”

hoping that the unjust

and the oppressor

have acted badly

only because they are blind,

and when they see

what they have done,

they will change their ways.

All of history speaks to the

futility of such attempts.

A very different view

and effort is needed:

Speak Truth to the Powerless,

for only through the struggles

of the victims who have

nothing to lose but their chains

can injustice and oppression  be

challenged,

defeated,

and a new world be constructed

–a poem by dcn