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| T H E 2 8 E R S P R E S E N T S |




We have now well past the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011. To remember the days of Occupy Riverside is to remember when activists called for a "Festival of Rights" during the "Festival of Lights." As holiday visitors gazed & glazed through the Christmas lights, our country had become all-the-more ransacked with problems. Whether it was student debt, home forclosures, Wall Street Greed, police brutality, immigrant and reproductive rights, the repression of workers or any other social justice cause, Occupy offered a space to disrupt the status quo by reclaiming the commons. 

Years on, These Problems Still Haven't Been Addressed, Just Ignored--with Three More Goldman Sachs Folks in The Donald's Cabinet. So, There Is Only the Here & Now: the repreive that President Obama shruggingly provided after looking the other way as Standing Rock and other Native Americans valiantly fought against the hired thugs of the oil and banking industries is dead. Now that Trump is the 45th President, the seeming triumph of the Water Protectors now face far more daunting odds as the Presidency & the Congress aide and abet the Earth-Eating Profiteers of Wall Street. So what must be done? How can the non-indigenous support these Water Protectors? What can we do in the short and mid-term range? And how can we transform our broken political system into a paradigm-shifting democracy that represents the 99%?


Please join The 28ers as we host a round-table discussion about the problems, causes and solutions to this daily & mounting crisis of Standing Rock. We will have movement-speakers detail what they've exposed and what they've done to combat this injustice and force the hand of Oil Vultures. The 28ers will then discuss the big dream vision of ending the daily nightmares of a bought & sold politics with a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. A Q&A with the audience and presenters will follow this discussion.

When: Tuesday, February 28 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Where: Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside 3657 Lemon St, Riverside, California 92501

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Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside February 5th 2017

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Photo's by Ipyani Lockert


We served a delicious meal for congregation of Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside in appreciation for being such a gracious host over the course of last year. We made a meat and vegetarian lasagna with a freshly prepared salad, along with toasted French bread. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and they also gave us a round of applause for the meal. My favorite part is being able to serve a hot meal to people in need, "I we all choose to serve and love one another we can truly create a better world." Ipyani Lockert California Partnership Inland Valley Organizer.

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--Ipyani Lockert

The 28ers at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside feeding ~40-50 people in gratitude for the use of their facility for ourmeetings. Jeff Green (center/yellow shirt) as cook and lead, organized a successful feast of salad, lasagna, and baguette. Assisting him were Joshua Coda (right) Stephanie Godinez (center) and Ipyani Lockert (left).

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Upcoming event from the 28ers - Jan 28th & Jan 30th

***Jan 28th 2017***

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| THE 28ERS PRESENTS | Politics & Popcorn: "PAY 2 PLAY."

For this FREE FILM viewing, The 28ers want to bring all of the social justice groups together to see how all of our issues are connected to the toxic effects of Big Money in Politics.

"PAY 2 PLAY - Democracy's High Stakes" chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do fix the system."


"PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes" is a fun, entertaining film, which just happens to focus on the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we the people can do to fix it. We look at what it takes to run for office in this day and age. But to make it fun, we also look at how our national pastime, the game Monopoly, has created a monopoly mindset of winner takes all. And lastly, we look at the power of the people coming together and having their voices heard in the streets, through both protest AND street art.

When: Saturday, January 28 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: The Headquarters 320 N E St suite 100, San Bernardino, California 92401

***Jan 30th 2017***

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Hello 28ers & Curious Squirrels,

Please come join us for a Potluck & Discussion on the new movement-building book called "Swarmwise," which documents the amazing and sudden rise of The Pirate Party in Sweden, which was founded on the notion of creating 'Open-Source' ethics and transparency in government policies and copyright use. Fellow 28er Joy Monhan has graciously opened up her home for our potluck and book discussion on Monday, January 23rd, 2017. Please scroll down to the bottom of the event description to discover who plans on bringing what to the festivity.


In the Fall of 2016, Jeff Green enlisted many fellow 28ers to read this power-house book on creating modern social movements that blends decentralized anarchist approaches with traditional leader hierarchies that have clear systems of accountability. Due to competing and cramped schedules, we were never all finished "Swarmwise" at the same time or were ever able to coordinate a book discussion in advance. If you haven't read the book, and/or want to learn more about organizing, feel free join The 28ers for a discussion on "Swarmwise." All interested and passionate change-agents are welcome to attend, regardless of your opinion on The 28ers' own aims.



The author, Rick Falkvinge, details how he blended different organizational methods to create 'Swarmwise' from what worked and didn't work in his experiences with the movement activism, the I.T. community and even the Swedish Military. The last third of the book provides reasons as to why The Pirate Party has spread so rapidly as a transnational movement in northern parts of Europe. As The 28ers we also hope to discuss the limits of the Pirate Party apparatus, but in doing so, also celebrate its organizational methods and discuss how it might make for better movements.


If you haven't read Rick Falkvinge's "Swarmwise," this activist-author has an entirely open-source version you can download as a .pdf for either your computer or e-reader:

If you would like to get a physical copy of Rick Falkvinge's "Swarmwise," you can find a hard copy here:


"Changing the World Through Swarm Intelligence"

"I Am a Pirate"

The Pirate Party: The Politics of Protest


The 28ers is now moving into its 5th year after the tragic destruction of Occupy encampment across the US in 2011 and the failure of the Berners Movement to infiltrate electoral politics in 2016. As an organization that exists in the murky sweet spot of street politics and electoral politics, The 28ers central aim has been to expand and grow by doing monthly events on the 28th of every month to call attention to the hydra-headed horrors of money in politics. And while we have insanely accomplished the latter, we've been miserable at growing outside of our original stomping grounds of Riverside. Clearly, it's time to wonder why we've have come up so short from reaching our collective aspirations.


Matthew Snyder

A Co-Founder of The 28ers

When: Monday, January 30 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Where: 7570 Meadow Ridge Ct, Riverside, CA 92506-7584, United States

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28ers Update from Past Events

The Festival of LIGHTS? How About the Festival of RIGHTS?

The 28ers' Impromptu Street Party @ Riverside's Annual Festival of Lights! **Featuring a Not-Asked Return of Matthew-the-Mad-Hatter**

We have now just run past the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011. To remember the days of Occupy Riverside is to remember when activists called for a "Festival of Rights" during the "Festival of Lights." As holiday visitors gazed & glazed through the Christmas lights, our country had become all-the-more ransacked with problems. Whether it was police brutality, immigrant and reproductive rights, the repression of workers or any other social justice cause, Occupy offered a space to disrupt the status quo by reclaiming the commons. 

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The 28ERS Presents | The Buying Up of Election 2016



Please join The 28ers for a Potluck Celebration to inaugurate our 4th Anniversary of existence! Once an affinity group from Occupy Riverside, we have now become a non-profit during the process of organizing 48 monthly events in a row since first starting on October 28th, 2012. In doing so, The 28ers have hosted dozens of monthly events covering immigration, incarceration, education, the military-industrial-complex and many more issues that are aggravated by the cancer of our democracy, money in politics. The 28ers will be providing cake and drinks, while folks are encouraged to bring other dishes.


With Donald Trump getting bankrolled by Paypal's Peter Thiel and Hillary Clinton just now passing the $1 billion mark for fundraising, one has to wonder when elections cease to be about solutions and visions for a salvagable Earth, and devolve into being nothing more than policy auctions to the highest bidder. As one infamous protestor proclaimed at Occupy Wall Street, "Money is the Root of All Politics." As human inequalities continue to explode and as the biosphere continues to spiral into collapse due to the fossil fuel industries, time is dying above us. The poisonous root of this invasive weed must be hacked out.

The 28ers is proud to feature the local legend, activist and community organizer, Elizabeth Ayala, who will provide a breakdown on who's buying who when it comes to the California ballot initiatives and candidates running in local and state office. The 28ers will therein provide a broad canvas-view of the funding for national campaigns and provide a solution to getting money out of politics.

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When: Friday 28th of October at 7 PM - 9 PM

Where: Mexicali Bar and Grill
            1690 Spruce St, Riverside, California 92507



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September 28th News Update


WAVE ONE - The Wide View: The 28ers will talk about their organization, the role of money in politics and the challenges and roadblocks to scaling up Bernie's grassroots funding to local candidates nationwide.

WAVE TWO - The Close View: The Candidates will talk about their history with Bernie's campaign and relationship to activism and social change as well as what they hope to acheive for their local communities. 

WAVE THREE - Questions and Answers: The audience will be allowed to ask questions and make comments about the needs of our region, as well as address comments and claims made by the candidates in attendence. 

WAVE FOUR - The Potluck: Folks Are Encouraged to Continue Their Conversations in the Lobby Area.


Bobbi Chavarria 
School Board Member for Fontana Unified School District

Dustin J. Foster
At Large City Council Member for Redlands

Blanca Gomez
At Large City Council Member for Victorville 

Jorge Lopez
As State Congressmen for the 67th District Assembly 

Abigail Medina
As State Congresswoman for the 40th District Assembly 

Silvia Ortega
School Board Member for Jurupa Unified School District

Darrell Peeden
Mayor for Moreno Valley

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THE 28ERS PRESENTS | Our Revolution in the I.E.


Come Join Us for a CANDIDATE FORUM Composed of Folks Whom Were Either Inspired by or Directly Involved with Bernie Sanders' Presidential Run. After Bernie Conceded at the End of the Democratic Primary, He Reminded His Supporters That If This Is a Truly "Not Me. Us." People-Powered Revolution That It Was THEIR Turn to Run for City, State and Federal Office to Create a Vibrant Democracy for the 99%. In Taking Up His Call to Arms, Bernie's Supporters Have Launched Phase 2.0 of the 'Our Revolution' Movement.

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Bobbi Chavarria
School Board Member for Fontana Unified School District

Blanca Gomez
At Large City Council Member for Victorville

Jorge Lopez
As State Congressmen for the 67th District Assembly

Abigail Medina
As State Congresswoman for the 40th District Assembly

Darrell Peeden
Mayor for Moreno Valley

*** For Those That Can't Attend, The 28ers Will Have Our First-Ever Live Feed of the Proceedings! ***

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28ers Present: CODE (Correction Officer De-Escalation Education)

The criminal justice system is widely inattentive towards the successful rehabilitation of the incarcerated, often seen as punitive or racist. For-profit prison lobbyist push legislative attention and policy away from those who need it most, resulting in a lopsided over funding of prison construction and under-funding of drug treatment, educational programs, violence prevention programs and mental health. 

The 28ers is partnering with All of Us Or None to showcase Code, an educational and informative film on how to manage inmates with mental disorders.  Please join our free event and learn more about how money in politics affects criminal justice policy!

CODE (Correction Officer De-Escalation Education)

Filmmaker Dixie Gamble gained unprecedented access to the prison system and interviewed inmates, correctional officers, and mental health experts. Part documentary and part training film CODE is a public/ private partnership that examines the problem of mental illness in the correction system. No pie charts and no graphs; real people talking about a real problem, in search of real solutions that benefit officers, inmates with mental illness and the families of both.

Interviews with CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS and INMATES sharing their stories of living with MENTAL ILLNESS in PRISON.

Where: The Headquarters Coworking, s, 320 North E Street #100, San Bernardino, CA 92401

When: Sunday, August 28 at 7 PM - 10 PM


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The 28ERS Presents | Showing "Where To Invade Next"

Where To Invade Next

Thursday at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

| THE 28ERS PRESENTS | Solving With Solutions: Showing Michael Moore's "Where To Invade Next"

Infamous, loud, equally tiresome and charming to fans and foes alike, Michael Moore's given opinions about the state of America & received his own return fire. He's explored a panoply of the nation's concerns: the death of labor unions (Roger & Me); corporations run amok (The Big One); guns, race & violence (Bowling for Columbine); Bush's War on Terror (Fahrenheit 911); our healthcare crisis (Sicko), and until recently, market fundamentalism (Capitalism: A Love Story).

The polemicist and comedic agitator has spent a lifetime diagramming America's many diseases, but for the first time of his directing career, he offers a profoundly beautiful and moving film about solutions rather than ills. By voyaging across Europe--and other parts of the world--Michael Moore looks at solutions that already exist and asks, "Why don't we invade other countries for their ideas rather than their resources?"

Please join The 28ers for this inspiring and moving film--one that couldn't come at a better time, given that this July 28th will also be on the same day that the Democratic Convention will coronate their Queen, $hillary Clinton--AKA the Debbie Downer of Progressive Politics.

We hope you will join us to talk about the solution we must enact together: forever severing private wealth from politics with a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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The Current Disastrous State of American Politics, And How to Fix It

A Brief Comprehension


For many people. understanding how money influences the politics of American democracy is a daunting task. However, these TED talk videos below, done by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, do a very good job at introducing the foundational concepts of money in politics. The 28ers was founded upon the very idea that for a truly great United States of America, the political system must work without the overriding influence of corporations and instead to the broad constituents of the American people.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim


There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.


Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform


Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and a offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.

Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it


Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it's just the first problem.

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