Occupy Bohemian Grove: 1%'s Secret getaway revealed

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Jul 17 18:29:05 BST 2012

Occupy Bohemian Grove: Secret 1% getaway revealed
In the US, Occupy protesters have descended on a quiet California 
redwood retreat - where some of the world's elite gather every year. 
Demonstrators say the two weeks, officially portrayed as a time of 
rest and relaxation, is really a chance to discuss plans for the 
world's future. RT's Abby Martin at Bohemian Grove to see what 
triggers those rumours and growing protests.


Occupy Bohemian Grove
By Peter Phillips (about the author)
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.

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: 
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%.

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.


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

Media Contacts:
Susan Lamont: Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County: 707-575-8902
Attila Nagy: Occupied Press/Prensa Ocupada North Bay: 707-795-1044
Peter Phillips: Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored:    707-874-2695
Mary Moore, Bohemian Grove Action Network: 707-874-2248
Information at: occupybohemiangrove.com

President Media Freedom Foundation, former director of Project Censored.


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