Local House of “Artists” Receives S.W.A.T. Team Raid- Arraignment for Occupiers

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December 28, 2011.

Just hours before Christmas Eve, Seattle S.W.A.T Team surrounded a house in the 1900 block of East Spruce Street, only to find 2 unarmed Occupy Seattleites, who had been given a house key. After hours of lighting up the neighborhood with the shining headlights of 8 squad cars, a team of 15 Seattle S.W.A.T. entered the house with guns drawn and a battering ram. “The door was unlocked,” said Shanti, one of the individuals occupying the home. “No one was armed, everyone was peaceful.”

According to the Seattle Police Department, the raid came in response to a 911 call reporting several male and female subjects had unlawfully entered and occupied the residence. “The key was given to us,” said Cammi, another occupier.

The individuals have identified themselves as participants of Occupy Seattle and artists trying to better the community. The graffiti that was mentioned inside the home was a large mural on the wall, depicting a forest landscape.

The three Occupiers will be arraigned today at 9AM at King County Jail. Two are being charged with Criminal Trespass, and one charged with Weapons Violation. The individual charged with Weapons Violation was arrested on the lawn of the home, not inside, and willingly handed over a small-sized pocket knife before the arrest.

Formed on Oct. 1, 2011, Occupy Seattle is a leaderless movement of concerned Americans who have taken to occupying public spaces in order to focus our nation’s attention on the undue influence of large corporations on our government, elected leaders and our democracy itself. It is inspired by and modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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A Call For Mass Action Against The Suppression of The Occupy Movement

The following call has been announced by an independent group sympathetic to the Occupy movement and has not been sponsored or approved by Occupy Seattle General Assembly at this time:

A Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement

These past several months have witnessed something very different in the U.S. People from many different walks of life came together to occupy public space in nearly 1,000 cities in the U.S. They stood up to vicious police violence, they broke through the confines of “protest as usual,” and in the middle of all that, they built community. Even in the face of media attempts to ridicule, distort, and demonize these protests, their basic message began to get through. People throughout the U.S.—and even the world—took notice of and took heart from these brave and creative protesters.

The political terms of discourse began to shift; the iced-over thinking of people in the U.S. began to thaw. Standing up to the unjust brutality and arrests became a badge of honor. People began to listen to and read the stories of some of the victims of this economic crisis, and to share their own. And most of all, as the protests spread to city after city, the fact of people occupying public space forced open debate and raised big questions among millions as to what kind of society this is, and what it should be. Why does such poverty and need exist in the face of a relative handful of people amassing obscene amounts of wealth? Why do the political institutions of society seem only to serve that handful? Why do so many youth feel they face such a bleak future? Why does the insane destruction of the environment continue to accelerate? And what is needed to overcome all this?

Those who actually wield power in this country regarded these protests, and these questions, as dangerous, and reacted accordingly. Time and again those who wield power violated their own laws and ordered police to pepper spray, beat with clubs, and shoot tear gas canisters at the heads of people who were doing nothing more than non-violently expressing their dissent and seeking community. This reached a peak in the recent coordinated and systematic attacks of the past few weeks against all the major occupations. In fact, the mayor of Oakland admitted on BBC to being part of conference calls that coordinated national strategy against the occupiers. On top of all that, and in another blatant show of illegitimate force and power, they attempted to prevent journalists and photographers from covering these acts of repression—unless they were “embedded” with the police.

To put the matter bluntly, but truly: the state planned and unleashed naked and systematic violence and repression against people attempting to exercise rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed. This response by those who wield power in this society is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.

Now this movement faces a true crossroads. Will it be dispersed, driven into the margins, or co-opted? Or will it come back stronger? This question now poses itself, extremely sharply.

One thing is clear already: if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand… if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement… if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED, AND DEFEATED.

On the other hand, this too is true: movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.

The need to act is urgent.

As a first step in the necessary response, there must be a massive political mobilization on a day, or days, very soon to say NO! to this attempt to suppress thought and expression with brutality and violence. This mobilization should most of all be in New York, where this movement started… but it should at the same time be powerfully echoed all around the country and yes, around the world. This is a call for massive demonstrations—soon—carried out in public spaces where they can have maximum impact and exposure and where the authorities cannot pen in, suppress, and otherwise attempt to marginalize these demonstrations.

These demonstrations must be large enough to show clearly that people will not tolerate that which is intolerable… that people will not adjust to that which is so manifestly unjust. Such demonstrations, along with the efforts to reach out and build them, can draw many more people from passive sympathy into active support and can awaken and inspire even millions more who have not yet been reached. Such demonstrations can powerfully answer the attempt by “the 1%” to crush and/or derail this broad movement. Thousands and thousands in the streets, acting together, can seize new initiative and change the whole political equation. The urgent questions raised by Occupy—and other urgent questions that have yet to be raised in this movement—can once more reverberate, and more powerfully than before.

The repression of the Occupy movement must not stand. Act.

http://revcom.us/a/254/254crossroads-flier-en.pdf

An Open letter regarding the Non-violence Vs Diversity of tactics debate

The following letter was written by a participant in Decolonize/Occupy Seattle who wishes to remain anonymous. Views expressed are those of said activist speaking as an autonomous individual.

Open Letter to Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle,

I am writing concerning the debate about nonviolence vs. diversity of tactics. I can’t be at GAs this week because I am visiting friends and speaking about the port shutdown to folks from Occupy Wall Street in NYC. Please share this with people on all sides of the debate; I wished to raise some of these points in the GA on Tuesday but was never called on (which is okay, a lot of other people had crucial things to say). For transparency’s sake, I wish to emphasize I am definitely part of the broad “radical” tendency of Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle, but I do not speak for all radicals. We have no representatives or leadership structure; in fact, we are a loose grouping of like-minded activists, not an organization. Here I wish to emphasize a particular radical perspective that I think has been unfortunately drowned out by the polarizing debate.

First of all, I want to emphasize that when radicals argue for a “diversity of tactics”, we are not arguing for “anything goes.” If someone advocated a stupid tactic that would put all of us in unnecessary danger than the radicals would surely oppose this. There are all sorts of stupid tactics. Some of them, like trying to explain to a police officer why he should support a militant direct action would be considered “nonviolent.” Others, like setting off a bomb near cops stationed inside the family-friendly “green zone” of a demonstration, would be considered “violent”. We’d try to stop both of these because both of these would surely lead to violence coming down on folks who have not chosen to participate in a violent action – the first by giving the police info that could lead to violent arrests of fellow activists, the second because it endangers protesters’ lives.

In contrast, “diversity of tactics” means we are are open to all sorts of smart tactics that would be considered nonviolent by the mainstream society, as well as others that are similarly smart, but get labeled as “violent” by the mainstream media. Basically, I think we should start the conversation with the question: which tactics are smart and which ones aren’t? We may find we have more agreement there then we’d expect, agreement that’s getting overlooked in this debate about violence vs. nonviolence.

Given that, I think we need a clear, non-polemical answer to this question: why is this debate happening right now? If folks think it is because liberals are trying to take over the GA they need to prove it. If folks think it is because radicals are trying to take over the GA then they need to prove it. If it is for a different reason, what is that reason? I think answering this question will help us move forward.

My hypothesis is that this is coming up right now because the movement is at a turning point. We no longer have the camp, which brought out its own clear social groupings that have been in motion together since the fall. Some of these groupings have been dumpies (downwardly mobile urban professionals who the economic crisis has dumped into the working class), homeless folks, unemployed folks, and low wage workers. We are asking now: what new strategies can continue to mobilize these social groupings together ? What strategies can reach out to new groupings that we haven’t yet reached? Which groups should we be trying to reach? Is it possible to reach all communities at once? If not, which communities should be prioritized?

It’s clear the movement still has vitality, but it does not yet have a new direction. Really, we should be debating about how to find that direction. There is no reason why that debate should rip us apart, especially since it is entirely possible that some of us might choose to focus on some communities, and other might choose to focus on others, and that’s okay because we’ve already established a principle of autonomy in the movement.

Instead of having these debates in a healthy way, a few folks from the liberal faction of Occupy Seattle decided to frame the debate in terms of violence vs. nonviolence. It think this is unfortunate. We are trying to name and debate about the “elephant in the room” which is how this movement can grow as it enters its second phase. A few of the liberals have found the elephant’s tail and they are shouting “I found the elephant! We need to be nonviolent!”.

However, beneath their overzealousness lies some serious political concerns that can’t easily be dismissed, and need to be addressed through healthy political debate. Their main argument, as far as I can tell, is that unless we adopt a policy of nonviolence, they won’t be able to reach out to the groups they want to reach out to (groups that will be turned off by anything that can be labeled violent). This is a serious point that deserves a serious political response.

To give folks the benefit of the doubt, I’ll assume that not all of the folks who are for the nonviolence proposal are doing it simply to get funding from liberal groups. Some might be, but some of them are probably doing it simply because they want people from their communities to participate and may be getting strong criticisms from their communities for the actions that some of the radicals in Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle have done. This could be amplified as folks spend time with family over the holidays, and face pressure around the dinner table.

The main response from the radical faction, as far as I can tell, is equally serious: if we adopt a policy of nonviolence, then we wont be able to reach out to the groups we want to reach out to: groups that face systematic racist, sexist, capitalistic, and homophobic violence and will not participate if we are required to renounce our capacity for self-defense. Radicals also face pressure from our communities – life is getting increasingly harder, there is more and more drama going on as the economic crisis deepens, and people all around us are asking how we can come together to provide safety for each other as we struggle to get free. Just when we think Decolonize/Occupy could be a way to provide this safety, we are faced with a mandatory nonviolence proposal that will tie our hands and make it harder for us to do that.

I think if we could cut out a lot of the rhetorical fireworks and focus the discussion on these contending points, we might be able to reach a breakthrough. I do think some choices will need to be made about which community’s concerns we prioritize most, but this does mean that other communities need to be shut out of the movement and it does not mean we need to split.

For example, I think that this movement should be grounded in, and in solidarity with, the struggles of working class communities of color. Wall St. and the 1% get their profits by exploiting working class people of color more than they exploit working class white people. (Note, when I say working class I don’t just mean people who currently work, I also mean unemployed folks, and anyone who has been displaced, dispossessed, or separated from their land and the means of production by colonialism). I do think that this movement will not be relevant to working class communities of color if it relies on the police for safety. In a white supremacist society, people of color are far too likely to be attacked by police or by racist white people. For this reason, it is unfair and unrealistic to ask folks to check their capacity for self-defense at the door if they wish to join the movement. A mandatory nonviolence policy also puts at risk people of color who have been tirelessly building this movement from the beginning. That’s not right and we won’t let it happen.

However, I don’t think the radicals’ response to this demand has simply been “white people go home.” If you listen closely, folks are not saying white people have no role in the movement. Most radicals are simply saying the movement should not be white dominated and white people should not be telling people of color they can’t defend themselves.

Many of the radicals recognize that white people are not all the same, and that white women, queer, transgender, working class, and gender nonconforming folks are also much more likely to be attacked by police or by other violent, reactionary forces in society than white middle and upper class straight men are. We want to build alliances, and defending each other is part of that.

This piece by a few of the radicals argues that working class white people are actually facing less and less privilege under the system. The economic crisis has lead to even greater attacks on working class people of color, but it has also lead to attacks on working class white folks. It is in the interest of working class white folks to unite with working class people of color, and to be in solidarity with their struggles: http://blackorchidcollective.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/occupy-to-end-capitalism/. Not all radicals agree with this article, but it’s worth considering.

It’s important to emphasize that none of the radicals are advocating that Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle should take a position of guerilla warfare or armed revolutionary warfare right now. This is a straw-man argument that some liberals have raised to discredit us. Primarily, many radicals are concerned about our personal safety and our need to defend ourselves. People won’t join the movement if they know they will be needlessly unsafe within it.

At a broader level, many of us are part of this movement because we believe in taking responsibility for all aspects of our lives, including matters of security and accountability. We don’t believe in leaving these up to a racist, capitalist, sexist, and heterosexist police and judicial system. We wish to start building an alternative, rooted in the same principles of autonomy and direct democracy that animate the General Assembly. Many of us were central to attempts to provide safety in the camp. We are not saying we oppose this nonviolence proposal because we love violence. We are saying we oppose it because it limits our ability to take responsibility for ourselves and each other. In some respects, it actually means we’d have less freedom than we do outside of the movement, which seems backwards.

I am hearing from some white middle class folks that they can’t be associated with OS unless it takes a pledge of nonviolence because their own communities will see them as violent by association even if they don’t participate in violence themselves. They are saying that being in a movement that is labeled violent will hurt their organizing efforts more than it will hurt radicals if we are associated with a movement that is “nonviolent.” First of all, this is not accurate. In many of our communities, we will be seen as naive, whitewashed, bourgie, or not serious if we are associated with a movement that is known to require nonviolence for all of its participants. Worse, some reactionaries out there might think that they can take advantage of us more easily because the movement has required us to renounce our capacity for self-defense and we might be put at danger.

Given this, I don’t think the nonviolence proposal should be passed. At the same time, I don’t think that radicals should just dismiss liberals, including white middle class liberals, when they say that the defeat of this proposal will mean it’ll be harder for them to organize in their communities. I think that Occupy Seattle should work together to make it clear to the public that we are for a diversity of tactics, not mandatory self-defense or armed struggle. We should make it clear that folks who believe in nonviolence can still participate in the movement. We should also try to open up a dialogue about how organizers from white middle class backgrounds can go back to their communities and explain why Occupy Seattle has not passed a mandatory nonviolence resolution. This could be a great opportunity to educate and challenge folks, and to expand the movement.

At the same time, I think radicals should be careful not to catch people in the crossfire. (to be fair, most of us have been careful, but if the debate polarizes further this could become an issue). Not everyone who believes in nonviolence is white, and not everyone is a liberal. And some people who started out liberal have become radicals the past few months; others are somewhere in between. The vitality of the radicals so far is that we have not hardened into a rigid organization. We don’t have our own borders or leaders. We have many voices. We are open to new people joining; many of us are in fact new to organizing, and folks who are more experienced are working together for the first time. This is exceptional – it is not happening as much in other cities, and it is a major reason for the dynamism not only of Seattle’s radical scenes but of Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle as a whole. It is also a major reason for the sucess of the port shutdown. If we start to draw hard lines against everyone who belives in nonviolence then we will loose this vitality. If someone believes in nonviolence and they’re willing to shut down ports chanting “everything for everyone the revolution has begun”, then we should work together.

I’ve been doing research recently on the tactics police use when they try to infiltrate and destroy movements. One tactic they have used over and over again is to infiltrate liberal circles and label all radicals as violent extremists, or to suggest that radicals are police provocatuers to discredit them. Often, their goal is to join and encapsulate/ contain a movement within a limited and moderate set of goals. Another tactic they have used is to infiltrate radical circles in attempts to provoke an over-reaction against liberal nonviolence, and a premature split. They want radicals to become closed off, paranoid, and mistrustful so that our organizations and communities will no longer be accessible or attractive to new folks. I think Seattle’s radicals are too smart to fall for that. I hope Seattle’s liberals are as well. I have no evidence that there are police agents in Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle currently, but I do think that how we handle this debate will affect our long-term resiliency in the face of possible police interference.

One of the things that disappoints me about this debate is that there have been few folks who have made arguments from a principled, radical pacifist perspective. It seems most of the main arguments for the nonviolence proposal center around tactics, not principle. I worry that folks who believe in nonviolence on principle might be getting sidelined or silenced. I am not a pacifist today, but I first became an activist through Christian and interfaith organizing against the war in Iraq, and was deeply inspired by radical pacifists like Daniel Berrigan who burned a bunch of draft files with homemade napalm and went underground to evade the FBI because he thought that a violent, oppressive, racist state has no right to apprehend him and put him on trial. This goes a lot further than classic notions of civil disobedience where you’re supposed to turn yourself in to accept the legitimacy of the system minus the one law you are protesting because you think it’s unjust. In fact, I think Berrigan’s actions actually have a little more in common with some tactics used by anarchists, and I’m not sure, but I think he may have considered himself an anarchist pacifist.

Berrigan was working in solidarity with the Black Panthers and the Vietnamese resistance movements against colonialism. He wanted to build a nonviolent alternative to the armed solidarity work being done by groups like the Weather Underground. However, he didn’t distance himself from the Underground or from the Panthers or any other armed groups. He was not ashamed to be associated with the anti-war movement just because these groups were a part of it. Instead, he stayed in the movement and tried to create a nonviolent option for resistance through his own activity.

Instead of trying to impose mandatory nonviolence resolution, I encourage those who really believe in nonviolence to figure out ways to challenge the violence of the state, capitalism, patriarchy, rape culture, heterosexism, and white supremacy. We can work together on that. If you want to challenge it nonviolently, I respect that. But to be philosophically consistent, you shouldn’t collaborate with politicians, cops, and the system because the system is incredibly violent. Instead, you should think of ways to work with the radicals in Occupy Seattle to oppose the violence of this society. If you want to do that nonviolently, then organize yourselves to do it. I’m sure you will find support, even from those of us who may be labeled as “violent”. That’s what “diversity of tactics” is all about.

I’m not an anarchist, but I’ll end with a quote from an anarchist flyer that was distributed at the camp this fall. It is a reminder of why we are all here in the first place: “the greatest violence would be to return to normal.” After what we’ve all been through together we can’t just walk away from this movement without inflicting great violence on our own hearts, minds, and souls. Think about the level of of repression and denial that it will take to walk away and to go back to a “normal” life where you just put up with a future-less, dream-less reality full of endless work and economic anxiety. Trying to readjust to that just because you lost a debate in the GA is a recipe for misery. Doing that to yourself is way more violent then anything the radicals have done in this movement.

peace and solidarity,
participant in Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle

DEC. 23: DIE-IN TO STOP LETHAL INCINERATORS IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE.

Join us for a Die-In at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 at 1st and Pike Sts in front of Pike Place Market and 1/2 block from the highly polluting Seattle Steam incinerator now sickening neighbors. Bodies will sprawl across the sidewalk in death poses to symbolize the deaths and disease this filthy incinerator is causing right now in downtown Seattle. We will have flyers, signs, banners, and bullhorn to narrate our “deaths-by-incinerator”.

This incinerator must be stopped NOW to prevent Seattle Steam’s plans for increasing its Pike Place Market pollution 6-fold. This incinerator must be stopped NOW to prevent Seattle Steam from building a second, monster incinerator next to Pioneer Square.

This incinerator must be stopped NOW to thwart Seattle City Council’s plans to radically ramp up still further Seattle Steam toxic pollution and kill many Seattleites. Seattle Steam “owns” the city council. In October, 2011, City Council voted 9-0 to support aggressive expansion of Seattle Steam pollution. In classic 1% style, Seattle Steam will tolerate no opposition to its plans to make more than $500,000,000. and kill many people in Seattle.

Join our Die-IN on December 23 at noon—before this incinerator wrecks your health, too!

For more information about campaigns to stop incinerators across Washington State, see: www.nobiomassburn.org

An Open Letter to the People of Wukan From Participants of Occupy Seattle

An Open Letter to the People of Wukan From Participants of Occupy Seattle,

Brothers and sisters in Wukan, we write to you to express our support and sympathy for your situation, and to communicate our deepest respect and admiration for your bravery and moral resolve in taking control of your own village.

We would also like to express our deepest and most heartfelt condolences regarding the death of Mr. Xue Jinbo. There are no words that can adequately express this feeling, or do true justice to the matter, but in whatever way you would accept, we wish to express our shared sadness for this tragedy, and to honor both Mr. Xue’s bravery and his sacrifice.

From what we know, at the time this letter is being written, there are approximately 20,000 men, women, and children in your village holding the space of your own community and asserting with your bodies both your refusal to cooperate with things that are not right and your inherent human right to manage the affairs of your own lives.

As we understand it, after discovering that Mr. Xue’s death appeared to be the result of being tortured by the police, you forced all government representatives, including the police, out of the village. We understand that you are demanding redress of the attempted land seizures and full democratic elections before government officials are allowed back.

In response, however, we understand that instead of investigating the circumstances of Mr. Xue’s death or meeting your demands that the government has encircled your village with soldiers and is not allowing the passage of persons, food, or water in or out. It is our understanding that these means are intended to force you to abandon your demands, and to allow them to retake control of your village and return to ‘business as usual’. We also understand that the government has cut off all communications in and out of the village, and that they are controlling information available in China about your situation including publishing intentionally false and misleading news articles and television reports.

We also understand that the government is actively trying to subvert members of your community, offering them money and other gifts to break solidarity with the village and align with the CCP. Although there may be some who have accepted these offers, it is our understanding that at this time the vast majority of your community has stayed in solidarity, and that as a community you are strong. We are inspired by your dedication to unity.

Insofar as we understand your situation this immoral behavior of your government and the private industry behind it, are an instance of the same pattern of corruption and exploitation now prevalent everywhere in the world, including Seattle and all in all of the United States. Your courageous refusal to allow Country Garden to seize your farmland, however, and your refusal to be intimidated by police violence seems to us a particularly brave and noble occasion in the growing motion of ordinary men and women all around the world coming together in great number in refusal to cooperate with what is not right, and cooperating instead with one another in creating the world that is best for all.

We wish, first of all, for your safety in the current situation, and that the resolution be as benign as possible for all, including justice for Mr. Xue’s family. Second, in whatever should happen in the days ahead in your village, we wish to always share with you a solidarity in this work, based on an underlying knowledge that we are one, and that we are all best served when we love one another and always remember our unity.

We write with the certain knowledge that a better world is possible for all, and that our cooperation and unity will bring it about more quickly.

With Love and Gratitude for all,

Participants of Occupy Seattle

Occupy Chaplains: Presence Not Presents – Free Gift Certificates

Head out to your local mall and pass these out to people – “Would you like a free gift certificate?”. To make a true “demonstration,” you need to hand out samples – put up a pair of chairs and a sign that says “non-judgmental listening here” or carry a sign that says “free hugs.”

Try to interrupt the commercial trance with humor, with kindness, and help people hook up with the real spirit of the holidays!

Recent Findings of the Department of Justice and SPD’s Response

This morning, the Deparment of Justice released a report detailing excessive use of force by the Seattle Police Department and failures of oversight by supervisors. While the DOJ has attempted to demonstrate that the City of Seattle is acting in good faith to end these abuses and protect the Constitutional rights of citizens, police actions during the West Coast Port Shutdown (WCPS) protest undermine this claim.

The Seattle Police Department has gone to the press in order to release footage of alleged instances of violence done by protesters at the WCPS protest on December 12th, 2011. This announcement has been paired with a request from the SPD for the general public to identify protesters on-scene at the demonstration without pretense of due process.

Confusingly, the released footage also contains footage of police violence against peaceful demonstrators, including pulling a peaceful female protester to the ground by her hair, destroying a banner carried by peaceful protesters, and snatching a sign away from a protester. This incident caused the peaceful protester’s glasses to fall off his face and was an unnecessary escalation into violence. This situation was de-escalated by other protesters nearby as can be seen in the video.

Occupy Seattle has been, since its founding, a non-violent organization. Assertions made by the Seattle Police Department and Mayor McGinn’s office to paint Occupy Seattle as a violent protest is neither grounded in fact and is of disingenuous intent. Seattle’s long history of peaceful civil disobedience is shamed by public officials’ attempts to undermine this movement.

Occupy Seattle encourages and supports a free press. The SPD’s attempt to manipulate the media narrative in this case makes a mockery of journalistic integrity. Furthermore, their attempts to widely broadcast the faces of non-violent demonstrators only attempts to spur a witch-hunt against persons in the video engaged in peaceful protest.

This is a bold-faced attempt to chill free speech and has the potential of opening up those persons to discrimination for their constitutionally protected political views. The violence that took place at the port demonstration was not at the urging of OS and our members, but instead was left to the Seattle Police Department, which used flash-bang grenades and brutally beat dozens of citizens, including a member of the clergy. Leveling these serious charges, while releasing imagery of the protest as a whole, exposes hundreds of peaceful protesters present to retribution from a misled community which does not bear the burden of investigation. That is left to law-enforcement.

The SPD’s move to release these accusations paired with video is nothing short of an intimidation tactic designed to suppress Seattle citizens’ right to peaceful assembly, afforded by the First Amendment, which has turned 220 years old this week. Furthermore, the SPD is attempting to distract the public from the shameful violence used against demonstrators on that day. Occupy Seattle condemns and denounces this specious move to discredit this movement.

Police violence during the WCPS protest is part of a pattern of excessive use of force and failure to de-escalate in situations involving minor offenses that has been chastised by the Department of Justice. Many examples of police violence during the WCPS protest correspond directly to cases detailed by the DOJ in their report released today, December 16, 2011. This can be found by reading Section IV, part A of the letter that we have attached. While US Attorney Durkan and Assistant Attorney General Perez attempted to demonstrate that the City of Seattle is being pro-active about police accountability during this morning’s press conference, police action during the WCPS protest discredits their claim.

http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/documents/spd_findletter_12-16-11.pdf

Occupy Olympia Being Evicted! Tonight at Midnight!

Please come show your support! Need reinforcements!

Defend the Bill of rights protest!

on 12/15 in honor of the 220th anniversary of the Bill of rights being added to the constitution a protest is being organized to protest 2 new bills being voted on by the Senate that would seriously compromise civil liberties. The following press release was just sent out from the organizer of the protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Rev Aaron Elijah Colyer
Outside the Box Ministries
(702)449-5893
Bill of Rights Day March against the NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill and SOPA Internet Censorship Bill
Seattle, WA, USA – December 15, 2011
Citizens are taking to the streets to protest the expected signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and the Internet Censorship Bill, also known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). These treasonous and unconstitutional acts violate the sovereign and inalienable rights that belong to ALL people.
Members of various community organizing groups will participate in the march and demonstration which will be between 5pm-8pm beginning at Westlake Park and ending at the Federal Building in Downtown Seattle.
This will be a peaceful, non-violent demonstration to celebrate Bill of Rights Day, which is December 15th, and to declare our disapproval for the anti-constitutional actions taken by our government against the people it is sworn to serve, protect, and represent.

A Flyer for the protest that can be printed and shared can be found at:

http://i.imgur.com/tB0TM.jpg

Solidarity! Meet at 2:15pm Tomorrow at King County Jail to Stand Up to Violence!

Mads J. was arrested on Dec 12th at Terminal 18, when the police threw the flash bomb and tear gas. They are trying to charge him with Felony Assault of police officer. This is the most serious charge among the 11 arrested.

We need you to come to his hearing tomorrow. We all know what went down that day. Police violence went wild and now they slap our people with charges to demobilize and demoralize us. We need to show them that Decolonize/Occupy stays together and sticks up for our people against violence.

We need you, tomorrow *THURSDAY* Dec 15, King County Jail Court, meet 2:15pm at 5th and James.

December 16th: Protest at 10th and Union! Community Over Capital!

This is not an Occupy Seattle endorsed action. I apologize for failing to put this tag up earlier. It is a direct action that engaged, committed participants are organizing.

DH

On Friday December 16th, there will be a rally at 5:15pm outside of Seattle Central Community College to highlight the issue of for-profit development and gentrification in the neighborhood. It will be followed by a march at 6 pm ending at the 10th and Union Warehouse. The plans for demolition of this warehouse will be taking place within a month. The 10th and Union area will make way for a 20% affordable or 80% unaffordable 79 unit, 6 story apartment complex over ground floor retail.

According to the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Plan, developers will be exempt from paying property taxes for 12 years if 20-30% of their units are set aside as “affordable” at rents between $850-1100/month. Unfortunately, “affordable” caters to individuals who earn atleast 65% of the Seattle median income. Most tenants in Seattle earn 55% of the median income, which means the rents are priced hundreds of dollars above whatmost people, and especially low-income people can afford. In short, these are not affordable rents.

Furthermore, these tax exemptions are contributing to our state budget problems. At the rate developers are participating in the program,by 2013, the Multi-Family Tax Exemption will cost taxpayers 150 million dollars. Ultimately, our tax dollars are subsidizing apartments
that are unaffordablefor the majority of people in Seattle; allowing developers to make huge profits at the taxpayers expense, and neglecting those who are truly in need of low-income housing.

This warehouse has also recently served as a site of contest. On December 3rd, around 4 a.m., sixteen participants of Occupy Seattle were arrested in the warehouse at 10th and Union during an action to reclaim space for the community. In the face of the recent slew of closures and cuts to libraries, community centers, and other public spaces, they sought to restore the warehouse, formerly the Union Cultural Center, to its use as a “supportive educational space for teaching, sharing and creating vibrant culture.”

This protest is to further mobilize the community in a fight for educational spaces and local businesses as well as halt the development of unaffordable housing currently taking place.

This is a fight for community over capital.

PRESS RELEASE: Occupy Seattle: A New Phase for the Workers’ Movement

December 13, 2011
CONTACT: Seattleportsolidarity@gmail.com

[Note: This article was written by several members of Occupy Seattle who were closely involved with organizing for the December 12th West Coast Port Shut Down. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect all of Occupy Seattle.]

Occupy Seattle: A New Phase for the Workers’ Movement

SEATTLE, Wash — Monday, December 12th, Occupy protesters and allies shut down several major ports along the West Coast. In Seattle, we stopped all evening work at Terminals 18 and 5, causing millions in profit loss to major corporations Stevedoring Services of America, American President Line, and Eagle Marine Services.

Yesterday’s actions drew a wide swath of the 99%. Protesters of all ages demonstrated, and people of color turned out in large numbers. The protests included a coordinated city-wide high school walkout, a rally emceed by Hip Hop Occupies, and a three mile march to the ports. The shutdown was organized by members of Occupy Seattle in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and with the struggles of LA, Oakland, and Seattle port truckers and Longview longshore workers. Occupy Seattle’s People of Color caucus produced need-to-know guides for the action.

The shutdown was solidly an Occupy action, funded by the heartfelt donations of occupiers and their supporters, and a hefty donation from Occupy Oakland. We received absolutely no material support from any union. This was a direct action in the truest sense of the term: it was rapid-fire, organized on a shoestring budget, bypassed stalling bureaucracy, and mobilized the energy of an inspired community united against economic injustice.

The actions were planned with special attention to the long tradition of democracy and direct action within the ILWU. We picketed Terminals 18 and 5 in light of the longstanding ILWU principle of respecting other pickets. Union policy dictates that if arbitrators rule that picket lines are too dangerous to cross, ILWU workers will be compensated for the work they missed.

The protests were wildly successful. Truck drivers and port workers repeatedly expressed support for the protesters, waving and honking as they passed.

Terminal 18–the Port of Seattle’s largest and busiest terminal–was the first to be shut down. Protesters took the main intersection, swiftly forming a blockade of roadside debris to stop the incoming shift, while redirecting outgoing traffic onto one lane. This effectively blocked three gates, while the fourth had been shut down by the port in anticipation of the action. The Seattle Police Department, not protesters, temporarily stopped workers and truckers from leaving the port by forming a bike chain as protesters yelled at them to “let the trucks through.”

Under pressure from protesters, police backed away, but later stopped traffic once again, stating that they were trying to clear the road for police convoys to enter. In solidarity with the protesters, the truckers honked their horns loudly and persistently, and the frustrated calls of the crowd forced the cops back off the road. Occupiers then continued to direct traffic out of the port, delivering flyers of Scott Olsen’s statement to drivers as they passed (see below).

At 5pm, reports came through that the union arbitrator had ruled in favor of protesters, deeming the picket too dangerous to cross. The shipping company called off work at Terminal 18 for the evening. In accordance with union contract, dispatched longshore workers were nonetheless paid for their time.

Protesters then proceeded to Terminal 5, the location of the Port’s only other ship that day, chanting “Whose Ports / Our Ports.” Approximately one hundred protesters formed a human barricade and moving picket line at the terminal gate, while another hundred stood by in support.

Some protesters who remained at Terminal 18 were herded onto the sidewalk. When they tried to maintain the blockade, conflict escalated. The police used pepper spray and flash grenades to disperse protesters, in one case forcibly pulling back the head of a protester to spray him in the face. A few protesters flung road flares and a bag of paint at the police in retaliation. In the resulting chaos, a number of protesters were arrested.

The crowd of Terminal 18 dissipated and joined Terminal 5. After two hours of picketing, the union arbitrator once again ruled in favor of protesters, calling off work at the terminal.

The Occupy Movement Strikes Back

Many of us showed up to this action having learned from the experiences we’ve had in the short months since we began assembling together. Having previous engagements with the police, we knew to protect ourselves. Legal observers and medics were interspersed through the crowd, and the majority brought bandannas and scarves to cover their noses against flash bombs and other chemical weapons utilized by the police. Some of us sported the goggles that we learned to use after pepper spray incapacitated activists during the march on Chase Bank.

Occupy Seattle’s action was one of the last in the day, following successful port shutdowns in Longview, Portland, Oakland, and other places. A hundred of our friends in Bellingham continued to break the flow of capital by protesting on the railroads, some locking themselves to the tracks in defiance. Solidarity was extended to us even from Japan, where the International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba made a statement of support.

We send our sincere thanks to Oakland and Portland for extending their protests in response to the police aggression in Seattle that left several of our friends with stinging eyes and ringing ears. We extend our support and love to Houston and San Diego, where the police have used similarly aggressive tactics.

Today, we stand in solidarity with the unemployed, the underemployed, the incarcerated, and the 89% of the working class who don’t belong to unions. We stand in solidarity with students protesting education cutbacks and rising debts, with low-wage workers protesting union-busting, with those facing foreclosure, and with the unemployed. We believe that a workers’ movement does not merely belong to the unionized, nor does it recognize imposed political borders. This is the building of a new movement. We rise from our roots in the labor movement, the civil rights movement, and anticolonial struggles across the world.

For ongoing updates on the West Coast Port Shut Down action:

www.westcastportshutdown.org

Truck Drivers Statement:

http://riseanddecolonize.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/an-open-letter-from-americas-port-truck-drivers-on-occupy-the-ports/

More information on Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) and Goldman Sachs:

http://www.alternet.org/economy/153393/how_goldman_sachs_and_other_companies_exploit_port_truck_drivers_%E2%80%94_occupy_protesters_plan_to_shut_down_west_coast_ports_in_protest/

ILWU Guiding Principles (See in particular #4 regarding community picket lines):

http://www.ilwu-local13.org/history-guiding-principles.html

Appeal from Scott Olsen to Longshore Workers:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=1bt_ZhyioBUcmOXXMGrrv1p6BdcXM2V1-IgvsCy0HEQfzjKu1KgophSB_8qKk

Victory: Occupy Seattle Shuts Down the Port!



Today, demonstrators picketed and blockaded terminals 18 and 5 at the port of Seattle, the only terminals with ships actively unloading. At both terminals the unions arbitrator decided the longshoremen should not cross our picket line. In other words…

WE SHUT THE PORT OF SEATTLE DOWN!

You can learn more about the day’s event’s from our live blog and about why we did it here.

On a personal note, I’d just like to say how proud of everyone involved here and down the entire coast where shipping was also disrupted in Longview, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. We are showing the 1% that the 99% are powerful and we are building a movement that will take this planet back.

Port Shut Down With Mt. Rainier in the Background

General Assembly Temporary Schedule and Locations

Dear Occupy Seattle,

Our General Assembly (GA) tonight at Westlake Park decided on a schedule for GA meetings.

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Fridays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Sundays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.

If the attendance is greater than the Convention Center can handle, we may have to change this plan, but during the holidays this may work fine.

Stand by for Christmas Day decision. We failed to address the fact that the Convention Center may be closed then.
We can make that decision at a future GA.

And Discussion General Assemblies (GA) will be held:

Wednesdays, 12pm, at the Westlake Park Outdoors on the south end.
Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. beginning at the Westlake Park Outdoors on the south end. That assembly may choose to take a walk together to the Pike Place Market to have a GA in the midst of the people visiting the market, throwing fish, busking and generally there for fun. We will be first checking out what the rules, busker needs, and sensibilities etc. are that we need to know about.
It is meant to be fun while teaching the process.

LIVE BLOG: West Coast Port Shut Down Seattle

Monday December 12th – The occupy movement and its allies up and down the West Coast are shutting down major ports to take a collective stand against the 1%, their budget cuts, their union busting, and their brutal crackdown of occupations across the country.

Below you’ll find major updates, livestreams and twitter feeds.

Major Updates

Major updates will be posted here throughout the day.

ALERT: LEGAL NUMBER FOR Occupy Seattle in the Guide booklet is wrong. The RIGHT NUMBER IS 206-403-8741. PLEASE SPREAD. SORRY!

1:25pm: Twitter reports, we have at least 350 energetic people as speakers hype up crowd!
1:30pm: Have begun the march down 4th to the Port of Seattle! Beautiful banner declaring, “Rise and Decolonize!” Beautiful people chanting, “Shut down the West Coast!” and “Whose Streets? Our Streets?”
1:45pm: Live stream reports crowd of 700 marching South on 2nd Ave.
2:00pm: Reports of choppers circling the crowd
2:10pm: Occupy Seattle Twitter reports marching passed the stadiums, taking up 4 lanes of traffic on 4th Ave: “Seahawks supporters cheering us on!”
2:40pm: KIRO tv has live chopper feed, livestream and twitter reports. Sherrif’s dept. chopper, as well.
2:50 Almost to the port. King county sheriff helicopter flying right over head- “cop heli noisey. increasing volume of the people!” the energy is awesome!
3:06pm: March approaching Marginal Way! On the global livestream! Seattle Livestream reports we are 1,000 strong!
3:10pm: Port Truckers honking in solidarity! Cops on top of bridge looking down at protestors.
3:15pm: March arriving at the port with cheers and chants and Truckers sound their horns in support! Live stream reports more than a thousand people! the crowd stretches back several city blocks and a second crowd waiting for the marchers at spokane rally point!!
3:25 pm: one entrance to the port shut off, traffic blocked. Police in riot gear and bicycle cops arrive.
3:40pm: reports of 2 arrests. Mic Checks explain how to prevent the arrival of the swing shift and create a blockade for trucks.
3:45pm: second entrance blockaded. all gates to terminal 18, owned by Goldman sacks it shut down!
3:55pm: Witness reports 1 police and 2 coast guard boats.
4:00pm: police prevent worker traffic from exiting the port at end of shift, crowd chants “please let the workers go”
4:10pm: police allow workers to leave port.
4:45pm: The port gates are being blocked. The police have formed bike lines in front of the pickets. ” west side of port is shut down for night”
4:50pm: No work will be done at terminal 18 tonight. we shut it down!! on to the next terminal! Contingent staying at termonal 18 to make sure it stays closed. Other group moving to T5
5:00pm car hits two protesters and drives away- witnesses report licence number. witnesses have photos.
5:00pm: witness reports pepper spray, flash bangs? (had 2 loud bangs) used on protesters at 18- some on the sidewalks. barricades and horses used by police as “tools” to control crowd. Police gave no warning before deployment of weapons. 8 -12 arrests
6:00 pm: demonstrators have moved to terminal 5. over 200 picketing, 24 blockading.
6:05pm: after mounted police, tear gas, pepper spray and flash grenades cleared terminal 18 picket is holding down terminal 5.
6:20pm: the police have left.
6:45pm: “The longshore workers are standing by at the union hall waiting for the arbitrator to decide whether they’ll be sent to work here. so we need to maintain the picket line for sometime longer. Please stay if you can.
Invite friendst to pier 5 (3443 West Marginal Way SW), we have a lively picket line going there. We have the future of the worker’s movement here. Everyone on the picket line is having a great time.”

Live Streams

owsoccupyseattle:

Watch live streaming video from owsoccupyseattle at livestream.com


Also check out hiphopoccupies and occupybellingham (who is visiting Seattle for the day).

Twitter

@OccupySeattle:




Trusted Users:

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Occupy Seattle Speaks Out for the December 12th West Coast Port Shut Down

Yesterday a group of occupiers got together for a potluck to build unity and do some last minute organizing for tomorrow’s west coast port shut down (March begins at 1pm tomorrow at Westlake Park here in Seattle). Here’s what a few folks had to say about why they support the shut down:

Unfortunately do to technical difficulties (I wanted to cry after hitting the delete button by mistake) these are the only testimonials available now, so you’ll have to come on out tomorrow to find out why people are coming together to shut down the port!

Protect Our Rights

http://www.porwg.org/

POR was begun by Nathan S (nash@porwg.org).

West Coast Port Shut Down, Seattle: What You Need To Know

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT:

The West Coast Port Shutdown:
SEATTLE

Contents
Statement by People Of Color Caucus
Why are we doing this?

Safety and Legal Issues
Transportation (it’s free!)
Map

Brought to you by the People Of Color (POC) Caucus

Essential Things To Know

West Coast Port Shutdown: Your Guide to Being as Safe as Can Be

Compiled by the POC Caucus of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle.

Click here to download our PDF Guide to the Seattle Port Shut Down.

BEFORE YOU GET THERE
1. Bring at least one piece of valid picture I.D, and if you have it, official documentation of your legal right to be in the country.
2. Know by memory/write on your arm the phone number of a support person. The Occupy Seattle legal number is 206-403-8741.
3. Let someone know where you will be at all times. Find at least one other person at the action and know where they are at all times. Support and protect each other.
4. Avoid carrying bags, purses, backpacks, which may get stolen/lost if you are arrested.
5. Do not bring drugs, weapons, alcohol. For obvious reasons, do not bring your smartphone.

IN CASE OF ARREST
6. If you need prescription drugs, bring them in their original containers, and bring a copy of the prescription. Don’t risk arrest if you’re going to need to take your own medicine at regular intervals of less than about 48 hrs.
7. If you have outstanding warrants for any reason, your bail may be raised and it may result in you being singled out from other arrestees.
8. Know that if you don’t live nearby, if you are arrested you may be legally required to return to this area to go to court on one or more occasions, and not on your schedule.
9. Don’t risk arrest if you’re not a US citizen; our system is pretty messed up, and regardless of your legal status, immigrants can be put in danger by these arrests.
10. If you are differently-abled, consider the fact that the police and jail authorities are not obligated to give you the level of care and consideration you would receive otherwise.
11. Juveniles (under-18s): the consequences of arrest could include getting schooling impacted or living situations disrupted (e.g. CPS).

ONCE YOU’RE THERE:
When on Port of Seattle land, you are on public land: you are not trespassing UNLESS you enter the fenced sections which are leased to corporations with their own security force. Regardless it is legal to be on the sidewalks and parking lots. You do not need to keep moving as long as you clear a path for others to walk down the sidewalk.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:
You do not have to talk to the police. If they speak to you, ask, “Am I free to leave?” If they say yes, walk away slowly. If they say no, you are being detained. If they ask, provide your name; otherwise you do not need to speak to them. Use your current legal name. Only a judge has the authority to order you to answer questions.

You are not required to reveal your immigration status to police officers.** It is better to say nothing than to lie.

If they stop you in your car, provide your license and registration. You do not have to consent to a search or answer questions.

Be aware that police will try to lie to you and intimidate you in order to get you to do what they want.

**There is a Seattle City and King County “Don’t ask” ordinance about people’s immigration status. HOWEVER, if you are booked, the police may find that you are undocumented and hand you over to ICE detention center.

RIGHTS WITH PORT POLICE:
- Once you are on “port property,” that is jurisdiction of the Port Police.
-The Port Police are teamsters: they ultimately answer to the Port Commissioners.
- Folks who are on Seattle streets are subject to SPD and Port Police
-Something to keep in mind: they may be working together.

- The larger the group, the more likely port police will be seeking to enforce trespass/dispersal order
- Under WA state law, you never need a permit for a sidewalk, parks and other public forums (like lawn of city hall and plaza in front of the jail)
-Don’t have to be moving (i.e. marching) but just make sure people a lane to walk through.
If we are asked to disperse, the police have to give us proper warning. Police need owner’s permission to give dispersal order on private property.

- They must give an audible dispersal order (we must be able to hear it).
After the order has been give we need to:
o Make sure everyone can hear/has heard it & note the time/date
o Cops need to voice their authority for giving order
o Need to give you a time frame
o Need to tell where to leave.
§ We can ask. Where do you want us to disperse to? Which direction is it safe to walk in without getting arrested?
– They need to give THREE orders
– Sometimes they give the dispersal order only to intimidate; you can choose to hold your ground after an order has been given.

MEDICAL:
Occupy Seattle Street Medics have established a site away from the port action where people can come warm up, dry off, and have some down time on Monday, 12/12. This location has internet access, so if people want to stay connected and monitor via livestream, that’s an option.

The location is Jigsaw Renaissance, in the INScape building (former INS building).
This location will be staffed by at least one street medic from 3pm to 8pm.

It would be amazing if anyone had connections to large coffee urns for coffee, hot water (for tea/hot cocoa), and maybe cider. Also amazing if anyone has the ability to gift some coffee, tea/hot cocoa, cider and snacks.

Occupy Seattle Street Medics and other medics working the port protest should be able to give directions to this location. The bus service from the port isn’t great, but Jigsaw is only two blocks south of the International District station/transit hub.

Google will lead you astray…
The address is actually 815 S Seattle Blvd, but google maps will show 815 Airport Way.
It is between 5th and 6th, just south of Uwajimaya.
The exterior of the building is always locked, but there will be a phone number posted to call, and hopefully our exterior door bell will be functioning as well.

Leaving the Way We Came In

December 9, 2011. On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011, Seattle Police Department posted a notice of eviction at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill. The notice gave 72 hours to vacate the premises. At noon on Friday, December 9th 2011, the 72 hours will have expired. The eviction notice caught many Occupiers by surprise, as Occupy Seattle participants and college administration had been working on a planned and peaceful re-location, however a date had not been finalized. 

 

In preparation for a planned re-location, Occupy Seattle has been removing tents, supplies, and essential equipment from the camp. However, some structures remain, to include the Learning Tent, where faculty members of SCCC hold teach-ins regarding issues of economic and social disparity. On Friday, the American Federation of Teachers Union and the King County Labor Council are scheduled to hold one of these teach-ins at the Learning Tent. The session is expected to start at 12 noon and continue overnight.

 

Occupy Seattle fully intends to exercise the First Amendment rights guaranteed every American citizen by assembling in the South Plaza of Seattle Central Community College on Friday, December 9th. While the Seattle Police Department may elect to remove us from our chosen protest space on that date, we stand in solidarity with other Occupy Wall Street protests that have been so egregiously evicted from public land by continuing to protest regardless of accusations or threats leveled by SCCC or the SPD. 

 

POC Caucus Requests Support from Legal Community.

POC caucus requests the support from the legal community for the safety of our friends, families and communities:

We are the People of Color Caucus, part of the Occupy/Decolonize movement. On December 12, 2011 at 1pm we are participating in the coordinated shut down of the West Coast Ports. As people of color we have made a call out to our communities which consists of First Nations, non citizens, survivors of the prison industrial complex, economic refugees (immigrant workers), and survivors of systematic state sanctioned violence. People of color have been targeted at direct actions in the past.

Because we are preparing for the potential of arrest during this Port Action, we are requesting pro bono legal assistance for the Port Action and afterwards. We are looking for law students, attorneys, paralegals, and the legal community as a whole with experience in civil, criminal, and immigration law who will provide their assistance pro se. Any legal assistance you can offer is greatly appreciated. We will compile a list of legal representation who have agreed to assist
pro-bono before, during the Port Action, and afterwards. Thank you for listening, and thank you for your time.

In solidarity,

People of Color Caucus
poccupy.decolonize@gmail.com

D12: WEST COAST PORT SHUTDOWN Schedule and Events

Actions are planned in every major west coast port city, plus Houston, TX; blockades of Walmart distribution centers in Salt Lake City, Denver, and more.

Meet at Westlake Plaza (4th & Pine) for a 1pm rally, then march to blockade the Port of Seattle. (Heads up! Geo from the Blue Scholars will be at Westlake at 1pm. For more info, visit www.hiphopoccupies.com)

There will be two rallies near the port at 3pm and 6pm at the Spokane Street fishing area, just to the east of the Spokane St. bridge, near the intersection of SW Spokane St & SW Manning St. under the West Seattle bridge.

FREE, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BUS from Westlake Center on Pike St. (next to Sephora) to the Port of Seattle LEAVING EVERY HOUR at 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15pm! Questions about the Occupy Bus? Call Noel (206)794-6838.

Because of limited space, consider metro buses, such as routes #125, #122, #132, #21, or #22 from Westlake Center to the Port. Get off the 125 at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St., and walk east along the Alki bike path beneath the West Seattle bridge. Occupy Seattle members will meet you there!

CALL FOR BIKE SWARM/CRITICAL MASS: Bike enthusiast, bike owner and bike rider to meet at Westlake Plaza at 1 PM to lead the march to the port.

Our message:

* Solidarity with immigrant port truckers in Seattle and LA who are exploited by SSA, owned by Goldman Sachs. Stop discrimination, unsafe conditions, and poverty wages.
* Send a warning to multinational grain company EGT, which is trying to bust the ILWU in Longview, WA. We act independently of the ILWU but we are in solidarity.
* Against police repression and evictions of occupations. A coordinated response to their coordinated attacks. Occupy everything!
* Against austerity! They say cut back, we say fight back. If they cut the working class, we will cut their profits by stopping trade.

For more info on WHY we are occupying the ports, check out this statement: http://occupyseattle.org/resource/west-coast-port-shutdown

- To dispel rumors: We are not planning on trespassing on federal property, we are not planning on breaking into the actual port terminals, we are not planning on sabotaging equipment.

- Rallies will be family-friendly with food, speeches, entertainment, etc. They are on public land, near sidewalks and the bike path. There is never any guarantee with police, but these rallies are legal and should be relatively safe.

-Picket lines will go to other parts of the port. These lines will involve various levels of risk of arrest and possible police violence, which will be made clear to everyone so people can choose whether or not they want to participate.

For more information in general, check out: www.westcoastportshutdown.org, http://occupyseattle.org/, or call (206) 424-4547.

Please invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318022101544266/

Twitter #occupytheport and #occupyseattle

Press release: http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-07/support-grows-seattle-port-shutdown-december-12th-press-release

Statement by the People of Color Caucus of Occupy Seattle: http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-05/letter-poc-caucus-friends-family-and-community-dec-12-port-shut-down

Statement by Hip Hop Occupies: http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-06/dubs-hip-hop-occupies-call-action-west-coast-port-shutdown

Video about the shutdown, featuring Boots Riley: http://youtu.be/OGqncu3wlEI

Here are a lot of the outreach materials that have been produced by various groups here and in Oakland. Please print these out and help distribute them in your communities:

Safety Guide for the West Coast Port Shutdown: Click here to download our PDF Guide to the Seattle Port Shut Down.

Posters/ Flyers

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/wcpsbw.pdf

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/wcps.pdf

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/wcpsbw.jpg

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/wcps.jpg

Handouts (attached)
Interview with ILWU Members About D12

Please donate to help us cover the costs of buses, food, etc: https://www.wepay.com/donate/42135?ref=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=donation

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D17: 12pm March and Protest to STOP LETHAL INCINERATORS IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE.

We will march from Seattle Central Community College to Pike Place Market.
Starting at the corner of E. Pine St. and Broadway, under marquee.

Two Seattle Steam incinerators threaten to turn downtown Seattle into a Lethal Pollution Zone. One incinerator near Pike Place Market is already burning “dirty” waste wood and sickening neighbors. The huge 50MW, $80M incinerator planned near Pioneer Square would emits hundreds of tons of killer particle pollution and make $500,000,000. for Seattle Steam.

Because of large federal subsidies for both incinerators, the people of Seattle are literally paying to poison themselves. AND the entire Seattle City Council recently voted to support a further expansion of lethal Seattle Steam pollution. In classic 1% style, Seattle Steam “owns” Seattle City Council to assure no obstacles in the way of obscene profits!!

The 99% must fight back NOW!

JOIN US ON DEC. 17!

For more information about lethal incinerators and the campaigns to stop them: www.nobiomassburn.org

Seattle Port Shut Down Flyer

December 12th, Shut down the port!

US District Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order In Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Washington State Patrol

Contact: occupyseattle.media@gmail.com
Phone: 206-552-0377
URL: www.occupyseattle.org

US District Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order In Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Washington State Patrol

December 8, 2011.

At 1 PM on December 6, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan granted a temporary restraining order that immediately suspends the Washington State Patrol’s policy of banning demonstrators from the state capitol campus and surrounding parks.

This is a class action lawsuit.

Successfully seeking the order was lead plaintiff Mark Taylor-Canfield, representing a class of people to whom the Washington State Patrol have issued or may issue these unqualified banishments. This class includes Occupy Seattle participants who were banned and/or arrested while attending demonstrations at the state capitol in Olympia.

The restraining order will be in effect until January 5th. During this time Taylor-Canfield and Occupy protesters who received the trespass warnings will be allowed onto the state capitol campus property and surrounding parks to attend the ongoing demonstrations taking place during the current special legislative session.

The temporary restraining order does not affect ongoing criminal proceedings against protestors arrested at the Capitol for defying the bans.

Taylor-Canfield and his attorneys have argued that the “Trespass Warnings” being issued by the Washington State Patrol are a violation of the First and the Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution.

They maintain that placing restrictions on people’s freedom of movement in this way violates their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, and in Taylor-Canfield’s case, freedom of the press. The attorneys are also arguing that the bans have been forced on people without due process of law – a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Judge Bryan has scheduled another hearing for January 5th. At that time the court will consider the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction.

West Coast Port Blockade: Short Film and Interview with Rank and File Longshore Workers

Confused about labor politics and the West Coast Port Shut Down?

Here’s a video about the December 12th Port Shutdown:

And here’s an amazing interview with two rank and file longshore workers:

http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/content/interview-ilwu-members-about-d12

To some of the organizers here in Seattle, this quote from the interview speaks to exactly why we are doing this:

These ports are the people’s ports. Ports belong to the people of the Pacific Coast. The money came from the taxpayers in California, Oregon and Washington. EGT was subsidized by the Port of Longview. So the people have the right to go down there and protest how their tax dollars have been ripped off.

This action has spread to Denver and Salt Lake City with blockades of Wal Mart distribution centers, plus a port blockade in Houston, and an action by railway workers in Japan! Updates are here: http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org.

On Monday, the whole world will be watching.

Support Grows for Seattle Port Shutdown on December 12th! – Press Release -


Occupy Seattle – December 07, 2011
WEBSITE: www.occupyseattle.org
CONTACT: Seattleportsolidarity@gmail.com

As of November 27, 2011, the Occupy movement in every major West Coast port city have joined Occupy Oakland in calling for and organizing a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade and Shutdown on Monday, December 12, 2011.

In Seattle, the shutdown begins at 1pm with a mass march from Westlake plaza to the port. The marchers will rally at 3pm at the Spokane Fisherman’s Pier directly adjacent the port. A second rally is being held at 6pm for supporters arriving after work

Though the Seattle port shutdown is being held in solidarity with the occupation of the state capitol in Olympia against proposed budget cuts, this is not the sum of its purpose.

“The ports are Wall Street on the waterfront – without them running, Wall Street makes no profits. If they cut our livelihoods, we will cut their profits,” said Maria Guillen, an Occupy Seattle Organizer. “By building for this, Occupy Seattle will show that we also are part of the workers’ struggle. The Decolonize/Occupy movement is a union for everyone, especially that 89% of the workforce who are not unionized, including immigrant laborers, such as Seattle’s own port truckers making poverty wages and suffering racial discrimination, as well as working women of color who still make significantly less than their male counterparts. Our picket lines are picket lines organized by working class people, in solidarity with fellow workers.”

Each Occupy is organizing plans for a mass mobilization and community pickets to shut down their local port. The mobilization of over 60,000 people that shut down the Port of Oakland during the general strike on November 2, 2011 is the model for the West Coast efforts. Organizers state that a police attempt to disrupt the port blockade or police violence against any city participating will extend duration of the blockade on the entire coast.

Though the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) cannot legally be involved in the planning of this action, there is much support for it from rank-and-file port workers.

“It appears that some working class people will set up a community picket line on the waterfront on December 12th,” commented Gabriel Prawl, local longshoreman and co-convener of the Million Worker March of the Pacific Northwest.

“They have been passing out fliers this week with four demands printed on them,” Prawl continued, referencing the movement’s four major demands to: 1. Stop Police Repression. 2. End Austerity Measures. 3. End Union Busting, especially against port truckers trying to organize across the West Coast. 4. Fight for transnational grain conglomerate EGT to negotiate in good faith with longshoremen.

“As a longshoreman, I notice that one of these demands is in direct solidarity with me, which I appreciate,” Prawl explained. “I have nothing to do with this decision to picket the waterfront, nor do any longshoremen that I am aware of, but I notice that these peoples’ demands are righteous. Many differences between economic classes have traditionally been aired out on the waterfront throughout the last century, including long before my union existed.”

Prawl was also insistent that, despite comments by union leadership, the rank-and-file longshoremen are beholden first and foremost to their own union principles. “As West Coast longshoremen, we follow a set of 10 guiding principles to help us do the right thing in situations like this. Principle number four states that we respect any picket line as if it were our own. And we hold this principle more sacred than the sanctity of any contractunder which we work.”

Further interviews and details can be obtained by contacting the Occupy Seattle Port Solidarity Committee at Seattleportsolidarity@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.westcoastportshutdown.org and www.occupyseattle.org.

D12: Updates on Transportation to Port Shutdown! Free, Wheelchair Accessible Bus Shuttle!

OCCUPY SEATTLE WILL BE SHUTTLING DEMONSTRATORS FROM WESTLAKE TO THE PORT ACTION DECEMBER 12th.

Take Occupy Seattle’s FREE, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BUS from Westlake Center on Pike St. (next to Sephora) to the Port of Seattle LEAVING EVERY HOUR at 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15pm! Questions about the Occupy Bus? Call Noel (206)794-6838.

Did I mention it’s FREE?

Because of limited space, also BE PREPARED TO TAKE A METRO BUS, such as routes #125, #122, #132, #21, or #22 from Westlake Center to the Port. GET OFF at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St., and walk East along the Alki bike path beneath the West Seattle bridge. Occupy Seattle members will meet you there!

Do you have a CAR? Feel like BEING HELPFUL? Call Pete at (925)658-2013 from the Transportation Workgroup to be an ON-CALL DRIVER during the demonstration, OR to coordinate carpools back to the city when you leave the demonstration.

You can also visit the following facebook event page to find a driver / rider near you to coordinate:

https://www.facebook.com/events/268926283156517/

This is crucial to ensuring that we can get as many people out to (and back from!) the Port Shutdown, as well as ensuring that it will be accessible to all peoples regardless of disability, age, or any physical hindrance.

For UPDATES on day of PORT SHUT-DOWN/ call (206)424-4547.

Dubs Up! Hip Hop Occupies Call-to-Action for West Coast Port Shutdown

Dubs Up! Hip Hop Occupies Call-to-Action for West Coast Port Shutdown

Group issues solidarity statement & artist all-call for participation in 12/12 rallies

Seattle, WA–Hip Hop Occupies is calling upon youth and artists in Seattle and beyond to come out in full force December 12th in support and solidarity for the West Coast Port Shutdown. HHO endorses this day of direct action as not only an opportunity to make a political statement against budget cuts and on-going police brutality, but also to create a strategic profit loss within the toxic capitalist economic system. From Seattle to San Diego, oppressed peoples of all backgrounds are mobilizing to shut down the power of the 1% in this coordinated national effort. We choose to occupy capital, not capitol buildings, because we are no longer waiting to have our voices validated at the whim of elected officials.

It is the fact that the Port Shutdown is pushing the “Occupy Movement” in a more active, coordinated direction that Hip Hop Occupies stands in solidarity. It has historically been a West Coast tradition to push the envelope of culture and struggle in this way. From the Black Panthers to Freestyle Fellowship, from NWA to the 1919 Seattle General Strike, the West Coast stays innovating. Following in the footsteps of these West Coast innovators in both Hip Hop and Revolutionary struggle, Hip Hop Occupies to Decolonize Seattle is helping to coordinate rallies at 1pm, 3pm, and 6pm on Monday, December 12th. We are asking all our allies in the artist community to come MC, paint, dance, and create in the name of freedom and self-determination.

Event Date: Monday, December 12th, 2011

Event Locations: Westlake Park, 4th & Pine in Downtown Seattle, Port of Seattle

Event Schedule:

12:00pm: Hip Hop Occupies Artist Check-In at Westlake

1:00pm: Rally and Performances at Westlake Center

3:00pm: Rally & Performances at Port of Seattle

6:00pm: Rally & Performances at Spokane Street Fishing Area
To participate, perform, speak and/or share at any of the D12 rallies in Seattle, call (425) 223-7787, email HipHopOccupies@gmail, and then show up at Westlake Park on 4th & Pine at 12pm on 12/12 for the artist check-in.

Video of Support for D12 featuring Boots Riley of the Coup: http://youtu.be/OGqncu3wlEI
For more info on the West Coast Port Shutdown visit: www.westcoastportshutdown.org
For more Info on Hip Hop Occupies to Decolonize visit: www.HipHopOccupies.com

Notice Of Tresspass 12/6/2011

Notice Of Tresspass 12/6/2011 SCCC

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Class Action Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court on Behalf of Occupy Seattle Protesters

Contact: occupyseattle.media@gmail.com
Phone: 206-552-0377
URL: www.occupyseattle.org

Class Action Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court on Behalf of Occupy Seattle Protesters

December 6, 2011.

Attorneys from the Seattle law firm Keller/Rohrback have agreed to represent protesters who have been banned from state property by the Washington State Patrol during demonstrations at the state capitol building in Olympia, Washington.

The case has been filed with the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA (CASE NO. C11-5994RJB).

United States District Judge ROBERT J. BRYAN ordered the first hearing to convene at 11:30 AM Dec. 5th at the Federal Courthouse in Tacoma.

The attorneys are asking the court to issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to stop the WSP’s practice of banning protesters who have not been charged with any crime.

The Occupy Seattle legal team has stated that these actions by the WSP violate the rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly as guaranteed by the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Protesters who have been detained by police are being warned that they are prohibited from entering the state capitol campus grounds and nearby parks which are owned by the State of Washington.

Protesters who have subsequently challenged the WSP ban by attending the demonstrations have been arrested at the state capitol and charged with criminal trespass. They have been prohibited from visiting the capitol campus for one year.

Journalist Mark Taylor-Canfield is the lead plaintiff in the case. He was detained by Washington State Patrol officers on Nov. 28th and banned from the capitol campus for 30 days. Taylor-Canfield and his lawyers maintain that the WSP ban also violates the constitution’s guarantee to freedom of the press because his is being barred from covering the protests as a journalist. Since he can’t attend the demonstrations at the state capitol without facing arrest, he is being prohibited from serving as a witness, conducting interviews with protesters, or doing live reports from the scene.

The plaintiff also maintains that the “no trespass” orders are being given to persons without due process of law. Therefore, the lawsuit claims that both the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendments have been violated by the Washington State Patrol in these cases.

Killpatrick’s Memorandum On “Occupy Seattle Exit Strategy”

M E M O R A N D U M

TO: Campus Community

FROM: Paul T. Killpatrick,
President

DATE: December 5, 2011

SUBJECT: Occupy Seattle Exit Strategy

A Thurston County Superior Court judge on Friday upheld a Seattle Community College District emergency rule that prohibits camping on the Seattle Community Colleges’ property.

The Emergency Rule is an amendment to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 132F-136-030, outlining permissible activities on the Seattle Community Colleges’ property. The new rule states: “College property may not be used for camping, defined to include sleeping, carrying on cooking activities, storing personal belongings, or the erection of tents or other shelters or structures used for purposes of personal habitation.” The rule will be in effect for 120 days. The college district has started the process to adopt a permanent rule.

I will be meeting tomorrow morning with representatives of Occupy Seattle to establish a timeline for posting of trespass notices and a peaceful and orderly exit strategy.

I would like to share with you the text of the address I made last Thursday at the General Assembly (GA) of Occupy Seattle stating our commitment to working collaboratively with Occupy Seattle to ensure a peaceful and orderly exit strategy:

“Thank you for allowing me a few minutes to address your General Assembly.

My name is Paul Killpatrick. I am the president of Seattle Central Community College.

I wish for you to know I am supportive of many things that you believe in. I am here tonight to discuss a possible exit strategy from Seattle Central. I’ve had weekly meetings with some of your members and I understand that Seattle Central was not your first choice to relocate – with good reason. We are not set up to host an encampment. To that end we need to discuss an exit strategy – a strategy that will ensure that no one will be injured, that violence will not be used.

I hope that we can send a message of peace and true communication to the rest of the world – that when reasonable people assemble solutions can be found. That is why I am not waiting for the courts to decide if an injunction is possible or not.

I wish to start a good faith effort today. Let us show the rest of the world that Seattle is different. We can make this work. To quote Cornel West, “Occupy is not a place, it is a movement.” This is my message to you tonight. Thank you.”

On Friday, I sent a follow-up email to a representative of Occupy Seattle stating, “The college is still interested in having an open discussion with interested members of Occupy Seattle. As I said at the G.A. last night, the college is committed to seeking a peaceful resolution and an orderly exit strategy. This is something that is going to take collaboration between the college and Occupy Seattle.” I requested this message be posted on Occupy Seattle’s website in the form of a “Message from Dr. Paul Killpatrick, President of Seattle Central.”

Further information about the Emergency Rule along with a link to the news release is available on the Chancellor’s Blog.

The last six weeks have been difficult and tense for many of us. I hope we will see a peaceful resolution to this situation soon, and I hope that Occupy Seattle finds a new, more manageable home.

SCCC Eviction! 72 hour notice posted today, December 6th!

BREAKING NEWS:

SCCC issued 72 hour notice to vacate dated today, 12-6-11.
Link to document: http://photobucket.com/noticeoftresspass

Legal team will be responding.

All evening GAs post eviction will be held at 7:00 p.m. every day at Cal Anderson Park on the center plaza near the restrooms.

The noon Wednesday GA at Westlake will be held per usual at noon.

Stay tuned for more information.

Weekly Budget proposals

4/2/2012- Intergroup agrees to suspend budgets for a while, in order to ensure all current bills get paid, and to conserve remaining funds.

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 3/26/12 intergroup meeting—
No requests

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 3/19/12 intergroup meeting—
ICT: $70
FNB: $40
Direct Action: $30

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 3/12/12 intergroup meeting—
ICT: $40
FNB: $60
Food: $40
Ikko Ikki: $50
Total budget: $190

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 3/5/12 intergroup meeting—
Info: $20
Engineering: $20
ICT: $80
Food Not Bombs: $60
Gender Equality: $200
Media: $50
Total budget: $430

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 2/27/12 intergroup meeting—
Information: $20
Food Not Bombs: $40
Food: $20
ICT: $20
Total budget: $100

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 2/20/12 intergroup meeting—
Outreach $20
Information $20
Food Not Bomb $100
ICT $30
Food $40
Livestream $70

Total Budget $280

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 2/6/12 intergroup meeting—
Food $40
Food Not Bombs $140
Information $50
ICT $70
Ikko Ikki $50
Outreach $50

Total budget $500

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 1/16/12 intergroup meeting—

Arts and Entertainment $100
Food Not Bombs $105
UFW Action $150
Finance $40
Gender Equality $80
Outreach $25

Total budget $500

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 1/9/12 intergroup meeting—

Food Not Bombs – $130
Outreach – $50
Morale – $200
City Hall – $120

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 1/2/12 intergroup meeting—

Supply and Storage-
$460
Engineering-
$180
Arts and Entertainment-
$110
ICT-
$50
Food Not Bombs-
$160

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at the 12/27 intergroup meeting

$203 for Food Not Bombs

$285 for Legal – Bail/Bond

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at 12/20 Intergroup meeting

Medical $150
Food Not Bombs $203
Outreach $50
Tactical $50
Wukan Warriors Temporary WG $50

The following workgroup budgets were proposed at 12/05 Intergroup meeting

$200 For Food group
$100 For Environmental Justice Workgroup to help cover cost of fliers and direct action materials
$100 for Food not bombs to help them cover costs associated with feeding camp
$70 for ICT to help cover cost of server hosting
$150 for media to cover costs of 2 wi-fi hotspots and several flipcams
$100 For outreach to help with various expenses
$100 for sanitation to help cover trash pickup etc
$350 for Port action

Full minutes and explanation of costs can be found at http://forum.occupyseattle.org/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=2124

West Coast Port Shutdown

Why Shut Down the Port of Seattle on Dec 12th?

Longshoremen Struggles 1985-2010, The Struggle Continues:

http://westcoastportshutdown.org/content/longshoremen-struggles-1985-2010-stuggle-continues

On December 12th, Occupy Seattle will join the rest of the West Coast Occupy movement in the West Coast Port Shutdown. We will be shutting down the Port of Seattle with a mass community picket/ blockade.

Occupy Seattle’s General Assembly voted unanimously to endorse the call to action put out by Occupy Oakland. Port blockades are planned in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Seattle.

- We will march to the port beginning at Westlake Park at 1 PM

- There will be two rallies near the port at 3 PM and 6 PM at the Spokane Street fishing area, just to the east of the Spokane St. Bridge, near the intersection of SW Spokane St & SW Manning St, under the West Seattle bridge. (the 125 bus goes there from downtown and from West Seattle; get off at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St. and walk east along the Alki bike path)

- Come to the Spokane St. fishing area anytime after 3 and Occupy Seattle members will meet you there to show you where to find the port picket lines

- If you can offer carpool transportation or need a ride please see : http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-07/port-action-car-pool-plans

If you come late, please check #occupyseattle or #occupyseattleport on twitter for the march’s current location. Information about the coast-wide day of action can be found here: http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/.
Please invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318022101544266/

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This action is aimed only at commercial shipping and will not be targeting commuter passenger ferries used by the 99%.

Why shut down the port?

1) We will shut down the port to resist the budget cuts that
target working class people.

The 1% are confident they can cut our health care, education, food aid, and social services because they think we won’t fight back. They are wrong. If they cut our safety net to pieces, we will cut their profits. The port is a major source of profits for the 1%, especially during the holiday season when they ship goods produced by Asian workers under horrible labor conditions to American malls where increasingly broke workers buy holiday presents on credit, worried about whether we will lose our jobs, food stamps, or health care. We are tired of worrying, so now we are fighting back. A port shutdown will hit the 1% directly in their wallets. Happy Holidays you scrooges.

2) We will shut down the port to bypass the corporate-controlled politicians and confront the 1% who really call the shots.

In December, some members of Occupy Seattle will be occupying the Capitol building; the rest of us here in Seattle will occupy capital: the port facilities of transnational corporations. Together, we fight against the same cuts.

Capital means the machines, trucks, ships, stores, cafes, hospitals, etc. – all the things the corporations own, which we work on to make their profits. One of their biggest pieces of capital is the port of Seattle. We know the 1% controls the politicians who are cutting the working class’s standard of living. So instead of begging politicians to stop cutting us, we’ll do what our friends did when they occupied Wall Street and go straight to the source of the problem: the capitalists. The ports are Wall Street on the waterfront – without them running, Wall Street makes no profits. If they cut our livelihoods, we will cut their profits.

3) We will shut down the port to defend workers’ right to organize.
We assert that the Occupy movement is part of the workers’ movement.

Goldman Sachs is the 1% of the 1%. They control a majority share of Stevedore Services of America (SSA), a major player in the port of Seattle. SSA is repressing immigrant port truckers who are trying to organize in their workplace in the port of LA, which is why Occupy LA put out the call for solidarity picket lines at ports up and down the West Coast on December 12th. Port truckers in Seattle are also face low pay, discrimination, unpaid time wasted at entry gates, etc., and we are in solidarity with them.

By building this solidarity, Occupy Seattle will show that we also are part of the workers’ movement. Because the 1% uses repressive labor laws and union busting firms to disrupt organizing efforts, only 11% of US workers are organized into labor unions. On December 12th, Occupy Seattle will take a stand to defend our right to organize on the job. We also recognize that the U.S. working class is starting to get organized in the Occupy movement, which makes us part of the workers’ movement. Many who are involved in the Occupy movement are members of unions. Many of us also make up the remaining 89% of U.S. workers who are not in unions, as well as the large sections of the U.S. working class who are unemployed, underemployed, students, and homeless. Our picket lines might not have the same legal standing as official union picket lines, but when the unions first started picketing back in the day they were also considered illegitimate. Occupy Seattle’s picket lines are still picket lines organized by working class people, in solidarity with fellow workers. December 12th is the first of many actions that Occupy will take as a new wing of the workers’ movement.

4) We will shut down the port in response to the police violence and harassment the Occupy movement has faced worldwide.

The 1% uses union busting tactics to shut down our organizing on the job and their cops use pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs to repress our organizing in the streets and plazas. We know that if the 1% wanted to, they could tell the police to stop all this repression. But they are apparently not embarrassed when global media broadcasts images of veteran Scott Olson with his head smashed in, or 84-year-old Dorli Rainey with her face full of pepper spray. They didn’t care when their cops kicked Jennifer Fox in the stomach, after which she miscarried. They didn’t care when their cops and security guards murdered Oscar Grant, John T. Williams, Jesus Mejia or Aiyana Jones. And in Egypt, the US-backed military regime has killed dozens of revolutionaries
and injured thousands since November 19 alone. They have called on the American Occupy movement to stand with them in solidarity.

The global 1% does not care about this state violence as long as their goods get shipped and their profits flow. On Nov 2nd, Occupy Oakland shut down the port of Oakland in response to the police violence they faced. On Dec. 12th we will do the same up and down the coast. Let’s show the forces of repression that when they stomp the flames of freedom they just spread the embers.

5) We will send a warning to EGT, the multinational conglomerate that is trying to bust the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

EGT Development is refusing to honor the ILWU’s contract in Longview, WA, and we wish to stand in solidarity with the ILWU in their struggle against this union busting. Our action is independent from the ILWU; we are in no way attempting to co-opt or control their struggle and they are not controlling us. However, we are inspired by Longshore workers’ direct actions against EGT, and we are angered by the repression they are facing by the cops and courts, which is similar to the repression we are facing. We know that if the 1% busts the ILWU they will try to drive down all of our wages and working conditions next. We hope our action on the 12th will show EGT that we are capable of disrupting business. They should honor the ILWU’s contract because next time it could be their business.

Our decision to picket/ blockade the port is not deterred by the recent memo written by International ILWU President, Robert McEllrath, and quoted by the Longshore and Shipping News. We agree with the statement that the Occupy Oakland Port Blockade working group put out regarding our movement’s relations with the ILWU: http://westcoastportshutdown.org/content/clarification-nature-call-west-coast-port-blockade

In particular, we’d like to highlight that ILWU Local 21, Longview, Washington, was strongly heartened and encouraged by the overwhelming support shown for them by the historic November 2 port shutdown in Oakland. Their local president spoke at Oakland Occupy’s rally last Saturday, thanking us for our support. He and other ILWU rank and file members marched with us that day.” In particular, local 21 president Dan Kaufman said:
”When Nov 2nd happened, and it was against EGT in respect to the ILWU and Local 21, you cannot believe what you people did for the inspiration of my union members who have been on the picket line for six months now!”
For video footage of this, see: ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdQCZSQ99I )

We’d also like to highlight that: “The ILWU rank and file have historically honored community picket lines in the port — for example they refused to cross community picket lines to unload cargo from apartheid South Africa.” They honored the community picket line set up by Occupy Oakland on Nov 2nd, and the ILWU Coast Committee cautioned its members that if a similar situation develops on Dec. 12, longshoremen should “stand in a safe area and await a decision by employers to call for an arbitrator.” This is similar to past situations where ILWU members have honored community picket lines. It allows the ILWU a legal out, not to cross the lines, if the picket lines are large enough to pose a threat to their safety, as interpreted by the arbitrator.

We aim to build trust and open communication between the Occupy movement and port workers.

6) We will shut down the port as part of the second phase of our movement

With this Dec. 12th action, the Occupy movement is undertaking a transformation. When we started occupying Seattle Central Community College, many people told us, “don’t disrupt life for the 99%, go disrupt it for the 1%.” They said the same thing when we joined labor unions to occupy a bridge on Nov 17th. These criticisms missed the fact that our camps have enhanced life for the 99% by providing educational opportunities, food, and shelter, and have stood as a visible reminder of the need for deeper social change. We agree though that we should be disrupting the 1% more. That’s why we’re occupying the port, as well as abandoned buildings owned by banks, wealthy developers, etc.

We will occupy everything.
We believe everyone deserves the rights to housing, education, food and safety.
We believe our lives are worth more than our labor power.
We believe our community members should not die under the harsh rule of the 1%. We are simply laying claim to what has always been ours.
Everything for everyone.

For more info, and to give suggestions, please contact: seattleportsolidarity@gmail.com

Guide to Port Shutdown: Click here to download our PDF Guide to the Seattle Port Shut Down.

People of Color / Decolonize Caucus

Current Contact: poccupy.decolonize@gmail.com

Occupy your Neighborhood!

Occupy your neighborhood!

Occupy Seattle, like Occupy Wall Street, is more than just an encampment. There are as many ways to occupy Seattle as there are people with concerns, urgency and ideas.

If you feel loss, betrayal and outrage at our political/economic system, you’re not alone. The Occupy movement is people realizing the system is designed for the few, not for us. Whether or not you are able to set foot in the main encampment, you are already part of the Occupy movement, and you can bring it to your neighborhood.

Whatever you can do, in whatever time you have, is exactly what we need.

You don’t need to use tents. Find your own images, symbols, ideas, actions. Tents in public places are important symbols of collective outrage at being treated as surplus people; but the movement is larger than all our tent cities. There are many ways to express that outrage, that loss of hope, and the urgent need to build new hope and new ways of occupying the planet together.

For example:
• Start a regular vigil at Chase bank or another local target.
• Have a weekly conversation about the issues, and invite your network of acquaintances.
• Talk about the ways you personally have been affected by the economic crisis.
• Meet in a coffee shop. Meet in a home. Meet in a studio or workplace.
• Advertise a public meeting at a community center..
• Show movies and discuss them. Start a book group.
• Write letters or op-eds together.
• Put a banner on your house or studio or meeting place.
• Put a sign on your bumper or your window or your sleeve
• Play some music. Make pictures. Start a neighborhood Occupy newsletter or zine.
• Arrange a mock trial of your favorite corporation.
• Sit or stand in silence.
• Have a community walk.
• SURPRISE THE REST OF US with new creative ideas on how to make known what you know.

Some principles some of us are trying to work with:
• Act on what you believe.
• Make decisions together.
• Take care of each other.
• Be accountable to each other.
• Listen to each other.
• Make space for people and ideas you might not understand. Step outside your comfort zone.
• Don’t wait for others to act on your behalf.
• Go public. Let people know that someone in your neighborhood understands and cares.

Let us help. There’s no central committee or leadership, but there are lots of us who have been doing this for a while and are eager to help you reach out and find how many people around you share your concerns. Can we come join a conversation in a coffee shop or living room or community center? Can we help you think of things to do? Can we help you find out if others in your neighborhood want to be involved? Can we show you how our General Assembly and work groups operate? Can we bring you some stickers or help make a banner or a yard sign or a car sign or . . . . .?

Come to a People’s General Assembly and meet other neighborhood occupiers and network with the rest of the movement and participate in direct democracy. If you can’t come, send someone. (Stay tuned for the announcement of a warm dry indoor location for General Assemblies.)

How can we hear from you? How can we help? There’s no manifesto, you don’t need permission. You are as much the center as anyone.

A few resources:
for Occupy Seattle: occupyseattle.org
for people to come talk with you: reachoccupyseattle@gmail.com
for more ideas about everything: howtooccupy.org

Occupy your neighborhood. Occupy your shared worries, your concerns, your outrage, your hopes. Occupy your heart. Occupy your voice. You are the movement for change. You matter.

Now is a really good time.

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Letter from the POC caucus to friends, family and community: Dec 12 Port Shut down

OPEN LETTER TO OUR PEOPLE OF COLOR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

Please join us for the West Coast Port Shutdown on December 12!

Occupy Seattle’s General Assembly voted unanimously to endorse the call to action put out by Occupy Oakland. Port blockades are planned in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Seattle.

At 1pm on Monday, December 12th, Occupy Seattle will march to shut down the Port of Seattle through a mass community picket and blockade in solidarity with the rest of the West Coast Occupy movement and all those who value people over profits. The march will begin in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park on Monday, December 12th at 1pm where we will make our way down to the port. Join us in standing up in support of the Longview, WA Longshoremen struggle for justice against the multinational grain exporter EGT.

This day of direct political action is an opportunity for all peoples to come together as a unified front to make both a political statement and a strategic profit loss to those 1% who have assumed power over our powerful majority; the 99%. It is vital that we as people of color come out in mass numbers in solidarity with other West Coast movements to represent the reality that WE, indeed, are the majority, that WE, publicly and collectively reject capitalist systems that make commodities of us all, (particularly people of color,) and that WE, indeed, are powerful.

If you come late, please check #occupyseattle or #occupyseattleport on twitter for the march’s current location. Information about the coast-wide day of action can be found here:http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/.
Please invite your friends on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/318022101544266/

WHY WE FORMED AND WHY WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THIS ACTION AND MOVEMENT:

The POCcupy/Decolonize Caucus of Occupy Seattle is composed of Indigenous peoples, people of color, non-citizens, economic refugees (immigrant workers), survivors of systematic state sanctioned violence and survivors of the prison industrial complex. We are involved in “Occupy Seattle” to build a revolutionary movement that acknowledges the United States historical legacies of colonialism, imperialism, slavery, and genocide within/outside this nation that has brought about extreme poverty and state-sanctioned militarized violence to many communities. We rise and decolonize, reclaim and reaffirm our voices in a global struggle against a toxic capitalist economic system that has kept us in inhumane living and working conditions. Through capital, the 1% controls politics and implement inhumane laws that exploit and deprive our communities of our human and worker rights.

In solidarity with queer people of color and survivors of the prison industrial complex, we acknowledge our liberation is interlinked and we must build from an anti-oppression framework a people-led movement. On D12 we strike back against the attacks on our communities. From inhumane budget cuts that will eliminate vital services and hurt millions of people, the 1% has built their wealth on the systematic genocide and slavery of our ancestors and the exploitation of the earth through economic and militarized terrorism. We cannot remain silent when politicians and the 1% blame immigrant workers for an economic recession we did not create. As the United States detains innocent people who escape for survival, we strike back at the 1% whose laws are illegitimate in our eyes. We do not believe that being arrested for trespassing private poverty is a legitimate excuse to physically attack us. We do not recognize the rules created by the 1% to exploit and violate our rights. We’ve always been the 99% and we cannot afford to live in fear anymore. We shut down the west coast in solidarity with truck and port workers and show our community strength to build a better world.

In mainstream media, they depict “the Occupy” movement as a “white” “middle-class” struggle, which furtherinvisibilizes our narratives and experiences as people of color, economic refugees, womyn, queer folk, and other disenfranchised communities in the “occupy” movement. As POCcupy/Decolonize caucus we have witnessed how the police strategically target people of color at Occupy Seattle and utilize violent methods to arrest us. We stand in solidarity with our comrades and will not let any of our people go. This is nothing new, as we understand how the 1% has historically targeted and used the police to attack our communities and inhumanely imprison our families, friends, and love-ones in detention centers and prisons. Our bodies are not for sale. Our bodies are not “cheap labor.” Our communities will not be terrorized.

POCCUPY/DECOLONIZE CAUCUS PRINCIPLES:

We know that as people of color we face a legal system dominated by white supremacy. “More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day. (http://www.sentencingproject.org) We will do everything in our power to support our members who are arrested or face any legal consequences due to their political activity with our movements. We share an understanding that our communities are targeted by state violence, and the legal system and because of this we know our communities are more vulnerable and need to be in united when faced with State repression.

We will not pressure people to face arrest. We trust our members to know themselves, their situation and whether it is safe for them to face arrest. State violence is unpredictable and we know people of color are prime targets when the forces of the State decide to repress our movement.

We are occupying buildings, streets, centers of production, our communities, and our bodies. We are decolonizing buildings, streets, centers of productions, our communities, and our bodies. We decolonize and occupy to build the communities we wish to live in and create the world we believe is possible.

We know that our communities overlap and intersect and that many of us are part of several communities. We support members of the queer community, working class and poor people, people of different abilities in this caucus and our wider community. We understand that “oppression of one is oppression of all” and will do our best to ensure no injustice done to anyone in our struggle for social justice.

“Like abuse, resistance takes many forms. Sometimes the result is progress, even revolutionary change.” -The Revolution Starts at Home, Chen, Dulani, & Piepzna-Samarasinha

We will support our ever expanding membership as fully as possible. We need to be accountable to each other and we need to be able to have honest conversations about our work and relationships within our community.

We will organize in support of people of color who are currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system. As we seek to decolonize our consciousness at people of color we remember the wisdom of precolonial times where those on the front lines, captured, or wounded or lost in battle were honored as warriors. It is important today for us to remember and stand for our warriors as we continue our struggle for racial and social justice with them in mind. Many of them are made invisible by the state and are in need of our attention and support. Troy Davis. Oscar Grant. Jesus Mejia. Aiyana Jones. John T. Williams. “We are losing many of our leaders to the prison industry. We are losing many warriors. We are losing much of our future. “– Luis J Rodriguez


“CONDUCT YOUR
BLOOMING IN THE
NOISE AND WHIP
OF THE WHIRLWIND.”
Gwendolyn Brooks

SCCC Faculty member responds to Administration’s claims about Occupy Seattle

The following email was written by SCCC Faculty member Jeb Wyman and sent out widely to SCCC faculty and students. It is being reprinted here with his permission.

RATS, TRASH, AND NEEDLES. OH MY. By Jeb Wyman

A few of my colleagues have expressed gratitude to our administrators for their decisive actions to oust Occupy Seattle from the south lawn. I want to throw my roses to the matadors in the ring, too.

After last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, it was clear just how well they’d done. As it happens, that same afternoon, not long after the last smack of the gavel, I introduced poli sci faculty Jawed Zouari, who was delivering a lecture titled “From the Tunisian revolution to Occupy Seattle.” I told the crowd of about eighty students that the Trustees had just voted unanimously (a united front!) to ban camping on campus.

One student clapped enthusiastically. “GOOD!” he said. “Those guys throw needles in childcare centers.”

Maybe a dozen others glared at the young man—got to admire his guts—but that’s not the point. The point is that the young man seemed really to despise those nutjobs camped out in the rain. He despises them because, as far as he’s concerned, so it seems, they’re the scum of the earth.

It’s no secret how he came to feel that way. He and lots of others. Only ten days before, the administration pulled off a little media blitz. Quickie pieces appeared in the Seattle P-I, the Tribune, King 5, even KUOW (who cleverly rehashed King 5’s single-source story).

The news was all about rats, trash, drugs, dogs, booze, beer cans and used hypodermic needles in a children’s playground. Oh, and some stolen soap.

Now, let’s be honest, our “College of the Year” drops the ball now and then. Not this time, though. Home run! Rats, trash, and needles stuck in the public imagination like pedophilia to Penn State. Big schools like UC Davis are drowning in bad press (hapless pepper-spraying cop), but Seattle Central showed commanding form. With breath-taking efficiency and a cost-effective approach, the Occupy tribe were branded half-human drug addicts and drop outs. And they brought rats, the college said. You might call it propaganda with panache. Touche.

For sure, rats are a cherished institution at our institution. They’ve been crapping on my desk for years. Rats and the college go back a long ways, a Tom and Jerry kind of thing. Some old-timers might even remember a City Collegian article about rats in the culinary dept. kitchen, nibbling through flour sacks. (Funny, admin stamped out the 42-year-old student paper shortly after. Wonder why!)

Of course, if you spend much time at Seattle Central, you’ll get cozy with needles, too. Since 1994, I’ve parked in the lower level of the garage. On most mornings I detour around a puddle of sour pee (that bracing odor wakes you up!) in the stairwell. I’ve stepped over many a hypodermic needle on those stairs. And over broken gin bottles, stolen purses, beer cans in paper bags, empty plastic baggies. My car has been broken into three times. The garage was once equipped with security cameras, but they were—you can’t make this up!—stolen years ago.

A few years ago, the campus president locked up all first-floor bathrooms after too many homeless took sink baths and too many overdosed dope addicts were found sprawled in the stalls.

And in mid-October—that’s, uh, a few weeks before Occupy moved in—our facilities director put out an email blast (with great accompanying pix!) bemoaning that graffiti, vandalism, trash, needles, and “cleaning up the feces, and urine, and vomit left almost daily at our doorsteps” cost the school about $200,000 a year.

Sorry to gross you out, but I’m just quoting directly.

The point is, facts and first-class propaganda have nothing to do with each other. Only a fool would deny that. Quite the contrary, our administration knows what they’re doing. We’re not talking amateurs. This is poetry in motion. Salute!

Rats, trash, and needles hits ‘em in the gut, but you gotta do more than that. You gotta hit ‘em in the head, too. That’s what numbers are for. Well, how about $20,000 a week? That’s the price of Occupy on this impoverished campus, according to the administration. And that means killing off classes. (Maybe $20k is just a “ballpark” figure, with no documentation, but prove me wrong!). How about 2000 square feet? That’s the size of the lawn the Occupy hoard is crammed on, according to the administration, like slum dwellers in Mumbai. (It’s actually about four times that size, but who’s measuring?)

In case you missed it, last week’s packed Board of Trustees meeting was a multi-media propaganda tour de force. After 15 minutes of obligatory “public comment” time (yawn!), there was serious testimony. One student was reported to be dropping out because, he said, he shouldn’t have to put up with Occupy. “And I think he’s right,” said Pres. Killpatrick. (no word whether he was passing his classes!) One other student said she’d been “harassed” four times by Occupy people (and they’d only been on campus 13 school days). She complained, she said, to Dean Evans, who told the poor thing that her hands were tied because “the school is being held hostage.” (a hostage situation? Sounds like a job for the SWAT team.)

We heard from vice-presidents and chancellors and assistant attorneys general. And when Karen Strickland, who represents 1000 faculty as union president, requested time to speak, she was told to shut up and apologize! Magnificent! That’s how you do it.

The coup de grace was a gut-wrenching viewing of a Q13 FOX broadcast (“We report. You decide!”) about a lurid “alleged attempted sexual assault” in the squalid Occupy encampment. Occupiers tell me that the strange girl stumbled up to the camp—drunk, ruffied, incoherent and already half-naked—and they brought her in to the camp to get her off the street. If so, that sure was a dumb idea!

A lot has been made of the “educational” opportunities Occupy offers. For sure, classes are abuzz and people are talking. A lot. About the profound undermining of publicly funded higher education. About the grotesque and rapidly widening income gap in this country. About a financial system that is sinking the middle class. About soaring lines at food banks and people cut off from basic medical and dental care. About whether our future has to look like the past.

I could go on and on.

“Education”? Honestly. Think this is going to help our graduates score jobs or claw their way up the corporate ladder? Give me a break. Far better they learn how to get things done. Let our administration show ‘em how.

Jeb Wyman
Faculty, Dept. of English

Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

Seattle, WA, 12/4/2011

Contacts:

**Names and Phone Numbers Redacted***

occupyseattle@gmail.com
www.occupyseattle.org

Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

On December 3rd, around 4 a.m., sixteen participants of Occupy Seattle were arrested in a former community center at 10th and Union during an action to reclaim public space.

As the participants planned the future of the space, SWAT and other SPD forces entered the building to forcibly remove them. Everyone present was arrested and held for criminal trespass; six people were arrested and held for obstruction of justice. Journalists present were barred from entering the block.

Earlier the same day, Frank La Rue, the United Nations special rapporteur for the protection of free expression, announced that the U.N. was drafting a document which criticized the U.S. government for severe and ongoing violations of Occupy demonstrators’ human and
constitutional rights.

In the face of the recent slew of closures and cuts to libraries, community centers, and other public spaces, participants sought to restore the warehouse, formerly the Union Cultural Center, to its use as a “supportive educational space for teaching, sharing and creating vibrant culture,” in the words of the UCC mission statement. Similar actions in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Boston suggest a new direction for the Occupy movement.

After entering the building at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of people from the neighborhood and Occupy Seattle immediately began cleaning and organizing the space. Lights were strung, bands and DJs played a free concert, people were fed, and a large general assembly discussed how to utilize the 36,000 square feet. Plans included supporting homeless people, opening a community art space, and providing free childcare and resources for drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. The assembly reached consensus to maintain the space as a strictly drug and alcohol free zone.

The warehouse, scheduled to be demolished in two weeks, will be the site for six-story luxury apartments, part of larger development plans for E Union Street which have already received widespread criticism from neighborhood residents.

Arrestees available for interviews.

Imminent potential police raid at 10th and union

Please come support occupiers at the old union cultural center. Public space not private waste. 10th and union.

Occupy Participants Reclaimed Public Space

“We are going to occupy the warehouse at 10th and union, we need people to show up and help us occupy the space and help improve it. Show up and help us make a safe place to be and occupy this warehouse slated for demolition for more apartments.”

- Independently-Organized Participants of Occupy Seattle

EDIT: (12:10pm, 12/4) Fourteen participants arrested last night. More information to come.

General Assembly Proposals

Agenda Items:

Pre-Proposals:

 

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Passed Proposals:

6/13/12  :

Occupy Seattle will suspend all decision-making at General Assemblies until Wednesday October 3rd 2012, while continuing to hold Discussion General Assemblies Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.  If there is an urgent matter requiring decision during this period, an exception can be made to allow decision-making under the following conditions:

If twenty-five or more attendees at a Discussion Assembly vote in favor of holding a Decision Making GA, they can call one for the following week.  (This first discussion must be Livestreamed, and the scheduled Decision-Making GA must be posted on the OS calendar and in the GA section of the OS website at a minimum)

At that next week's Decision Making General Assembly there will need to be a quorum of at least fifty people involved in the consensus process for a decision to be made on a proposal.

If at any Discussion GA there is a "super-quorum" of one hundred or more attendees, they may propose and use consensus to pass a proposal or proposals, thus turning the Discussion General Assembly into a Decision Making General Assembly for that day only.
 
(With the exception of a super-quorum;  any decision made under this process, the meeting must be livestreamed, and the existing pre-proposal process still applies –  a pre-proposal needs to be made by Sunday evening 72 hours before GA, to Process and Facilitation and posted on the OS website's GA proposal section)

 

5/30/2012

We Reaffirm the OS “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” Statement and condemn any physical attack on persons or of political literature as described by Revolution Books as happening  at the May Day event May 1st, 2012 at Westlake. 
 
Background Information Presented by Revolution Books:
 
On May 1st at Westlake Park, a group of people seemingly part of the day’s protests verbally and physically attacked Revolution Books staff people. Instead of seeking to debate differing politics with substance, they approached en masse to bully and intimidate shouting “Statists! You’re a cult! Fuck Bob Avakian! Get out of here!” Members of this group attempted to provoke a physical fight by shoving, pushing and knocking things out of the hands of the Revolution Books staff people. During this time, two bins of progressive, radical and revolutionary books, and literature were taken and destroyed by dumping water over the literature. This attack was later upheld and celebrated by a post on an anarchist website on a page listing attacks on capitalist businesses and government institutions on May 1st. An almost identical attack occurred in Oakland on May 1st, also involving the destruction of books and literature with water. Destroying books and literature that contain ideas one doesn’t agree with is not, in essence, property destruction; it is censorship, and it is no different than book burning.
 
These actions are in clear violation of the “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” statement passed by Occupy Seattle on 11/16/11. Provoking and carrying out physical attacks or spreading slanders and gossip because of political differences is unacceptable. It is entirely different than principled discussion and debate, even sharp debate, over these differences. Such attacks have no place in the Occupy movement. They can only benefit a system that seeks to suppress Occupy and other movements of resistance by dividing people who have honest political differences. The U.S. government has a long history of fomenting and using such attacks to isolate and eliminate radical and revolutionary groups and individuals.
   

 

 

4/22/12

Occupy Seattle endorses the April 24-5 action by Share/Wheel, Real Change and Nickelsville to occupy Westlake Plaza and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEHKC) in protest of CEHKC's failed policies, with the demands that 1) data collection and outcomes should be used as tools, not weapons; 2) Provision of low-cost survival services must be prioritized; 3) CEHKC must create and promote an economic justice agenda.  Nickelsville, Share/Wheels, Real Change.

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4/04/12

OUR SAFER SPACE POLICY:

The members of Occupy Seattle feel that for the GA to be an effective forum for discussion, as well as reflective of our anti-oppression statement, we need to enact a Safer Space Policy.

A Safer Space Policy is a community agreement that sets the standards for how to participate and interact with other people in this space. It is expected that all those who are participating in the Occupy Seattle General Assembly comply with the Safer Space Policy and understand that if they do not they will be told to leave.

The person experiencing the oppressive statements, behavior, or dynamics will decide if the person violating the Safer Space Policy needs to be warned, if there needs to be a community response, or if that individual needs to leave.   The community will provide a collective decision on how to react to the oppressive behavior.  Process and facilitation will decide on a hand signal to be used to call attention to the behavior and it will be added to the orientation section that is read before each GA.

The following will not be tolerated:

- Verbal, physical, or sexual forms of aggression
- Violating consent or the boundaries of others
- Sexual harassment or unwanted attention
- Domineering behavior and/or taking up too much space
- Perpetuating systems of oppression (ableism, adultism, ageism, religious oppression, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, sizeism)
- use of drugs or alcohol during GA
This event is intended for us to build community, network, make announcements, plan and create projects, share resources, and have fun. Please do not consider this space to be a secure area to discuss anything that can be construed as illegal activity. This is not a value judgement; this is to ensure a safer environment for all attending.

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4/01/12

The new GA Schedule will be as follows:

(there will be no more discussion GAs on Monday and Thursday evenings)

Sunday Decision making GAs at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Westlake rain or shine.
By Sunday April 22 they will be changed to 2:00 p.m.
There is a noon discussion GA at noon on all Wednesdays at Westlake.
Decision making GA at 7:00 p.m. at WSCC every Wednesday evening.

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3/28/2012

Occupy Seattle's General Assembly that occurs on all Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Westlake will change to 4:00 p.m. 

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3/21/12
Occupy Seattle, in solidarity with the port truck drivers of Seattle, demands that the Washington state bills HB 2527 and 2395 be passed into law by the anniversary of Ceasar Chavez's birth, March 31st, 2012, or we shall take further direct action in consultation and solidarity with the port drivers.

If necessary we shall call on other Occupys, especially those located in major transportation corridors,  to take solidarity actions that they deem appropriate.
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3/19/12
Occupy  Seattle endorses the transphobia resistance marches, because gender expression shouldn't be an issue.
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3/11/12
"To celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th, it is proposed that the general assembly on Sunday March 11th be women centered.  this means that the process of GA will be led by women, the discussion topics initiated by women and speakers are the women present that evening.  We, the women of Occupy Seattle, want our male occupiers to hear our voices!  Therefore, we request men to attend and listen respectfully to us.  We believe that sharing our experiences will strengthen participation in the movement and help occupy Seattle to continue to grow and include all of the 99%!" brought by Mina to the 03/07/2012 GA and tabled until the 3/11, passed on 3/11
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2/29/12
1) Consensus Process – http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2012-03-01/general-assembly-consensus-process

2)  We, the general assembly of Occupy Seattle hereby endorse the Everything for Everyone Festival, planned in Seattle, Washington, USA in the month of August.
The Everything for Everyone festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. It indents to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization, for a mutual flourishing. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living. The Occupy movement has created a rupture of possibilities; this festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society. To provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in it's diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants. The festival aims to contribute to having a culture and way of life that is defined by “everything for everyone.”
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2/26/12
1)  Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the people both of Greece and Syria.  We are outraged to action against the oppression and austerity measures that the state is administering to it's people.  Occupy Seattle supports our Syrian and Greek comrades in their collective struggles in their streets.

2) Boycott Wells Fargo (proposal for Occupy Seattle General Assembly, 2/22/2012)
Occupy Seattle endorses the formation of a group to discuss, plan, and conduct a boycott of
Wells Fargo Bank. The boycott is intended to take place over a long period of time, like the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Montgomery bus boycott of 1956-1957 and the
United Farm Workers’ Gallo boycott of 1973-1978, among many others. Like these successful
boycotts in the past where people in great numbers withdrew their financial cooperation from
a corrupt system, the Wells Fargo boycott will urge people to divest their money from Wells
Fargo. The goal of the boycott will be to shrink Wells Fargo’s dehumanizing influence in our
society. This influence currently includes:

Expensive lobbying in state and federal legislatures
Zero federal taxes, Washington state tax loopholes
High profits paid to executives
Foreclosures on homes
Investments in multinational corporations that run American prisons and deportation
centers for profit (GEO and CCA)
Possible investments in companies like Seattle Steam that perpetuate environmental
destruction instead of promoting energy conservation and clean energy alternatives

The Wells Fargo boycott will be organized in collaboration with other organizations in the
Puget Sound area and with other Occupy groups around the country, who have already begun
to raise awareness of Wells Fargo’s part in the dehumanization of our society; The Wells Fargo Boycott will report back to OS about all the groups it collaborates with on this boycott and all others; the OS Wells Fargo Boycott organizing group will give frequent reports to the OS General Assembly about what groups it is collaborating with on the boycott and the details of that collaboration. Importantly, the boycott will emphasize positive alternatives to people at every opportunity, including providing information on local credit unions and the effort to create a public bank in Washington. And it will submit any requests for Occupy Seattle funding for informational flyers, signs, sound systems, and permits through the appropriate Occupy Seattle channels.

3) May Day 2012
Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with and endorses the call for a general strike –A day without the 99%! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking –TAKE THE STREETS!
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2/19/12
Occupy Seattle will change its schedule to four General Assemblies only beginning February 27th.  On all Mondays there will be an Action-Brainstorming General Assembly.  On all Wednesdays there will be a Decision-Making GA.  On All Thursdays there will be a Discussion GA.  On all Sundays there will be a Decision-Making GA.  Passed 02/19/2012
Occupy Seattle approves adding Linda Julien, our present bookkeeper, as a signator to the OS BECU account for purposes, not of writing checks, but for obtaining account information.
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2/8/12
The port truck drivers are part of the 99%.  They have put their livelihoods and lives on the line for safety, justice, and human dignity.  They practice direct democracy, deciding their own course and actions, just as we do.  Occupy Seattle stands with them and their struggle for as long as it may go on in full solidarity.  To this end, Occupy Seattle endorses the Monday Port Truck Drivers' rally and the Feb 18th Occupy Our Hearts Solidarity Potluck.
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2/5/12
1) Occupy Seattle agrees to having Nathan Shields, Douglas Johnson and Kawan Baxter be signers on the Occupy Seattle Bank Account.

2) Occupy Seattle endorses the action to mobilize on the University of Washington campus between 11:00 a.m. and  1:30 p.m. against the arbitrary firings of custodians at the University of Washington
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1/29/12
1) Occupy Seattle allocates $400 as partial compensation for use of the warehouse in which all of its supplies are stored for the month of February in order to use this month to find safe storage space(s).  Proposer Carol Isaac – Thank you Sonya Rodgers, Phil Mocek and CDC for giving us this safe space for this long without requiring any rent.

2) In line with the fundamental principles of the movement, and in solidarity with Occupations across the country it is proposed that we move from a majority takes all voting system (regardless of percentage) to a consensus system.

Process and facilitation will require two to three weeks to make the necessary preparations. There are several consensus models to choose from, with possibilities of blending multiple approaches. The GA directs Process to listen and take from the conversation leading up to a cote on this proposal for direction and encourages all GA members to participate in Process meetings as time allows. The GA must come to consensus approval of the plan that Process brings forward at the end of those three weeks.

We cannot allow the dysfunction and divisiveness of the broken system we come from to entrench itself in our movement, therefor we affirm our commitment to self-representation, personal autonomy, and solidarity as we free ourselves from the tyranny of majority and move to consensus decision making for proposals in General Assembly. At the end of three months the General Assembly will decide whether to keep this system or return to majority voting.
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1/16/12
1) This General Assembly endorses Occupy Seattle's "Get Money Out of Politics" working group's January 20th event, "Occupy the Courts."  Karrsen Brannon-Young, GMOP, on January 12, 2012.
https://www.facebook.com/events/270552246315008/

2) Occupy Seattle endorses the current boycott at the Seattle Hilton Hotel, where workers are fighting for their jobs, and will encourage members not to patronize the hotel.
Occupy Seattle will stand with workers, starting with the first rally on Monday, January 16th at 3pm.
The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the boycott, and boycott-related events that are brought to their attention.
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1/8
1) The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, (NDAA), under its Title X – General Povisions, Subtitle D – Detainee Matters, section 1031 and 1032 and subsequent sections does not support the peoples rights in that they can be detained indefinitely without charges and without trial.  This does not adhere to the principles of the Constitution of the United States per the following;

Article III section 2, "…under which judicial power extends to all cases, trial of crimes by jury and where said crimes have been committed."
The 4th amendment, "No warrants shall issue but upon probable cause."
The 5th amendment, "…or crime a person shall not answer unless presented with or indicted by a grand jury…nor shall any person be deprived of life, liberty or property."
The 6th amendment, "…the right to a speedy and public trial…be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, be confronted with witnesses against him, and to obtain witnesses in his favor and assistance of defense council".
The 8th amendment, "…no cruel or unusual punishments inflicted…."
The 14th amendment, section 1, "…no state shall enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of U.S. citizens nor deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due proces of law nor deny within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…."
NDAA, section 1074 per the following;  "…implementing procedures to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System" is in opposition to the 14th amendment, "…the rights of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches.
The NDAA also negates Habeus Corpus, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, and the Non Detention Act of 1971.

The NDAA is in oppostion to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Geneva Convention Rights all of which the United States is one of the signatories.

We the people claim the right to exercise the Power of the Constitution of the United States regarding all lawful and unlawful orders wherever they may be.

We the people know our rights.  The American people have stood tall for liberty and justice for a long time and have sacrificed for these human ideals. We will not let them slip away or be eroded. "OUR Constitution, We Will Keep It!" -proposed by Bernard Weber

2) Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March.
Proposed by Norm Keegel.
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1/4/2012
1) We, of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, endorse answering Occupy Longview, WA's call to stand by ready to help plan and coordinate the action of blocking the EGT grain ship expected to arrive in Longview mid-January.  We join Occupy Longview in calling out to all occupies, from New York City down to Florida, all the way to the West Coast, to join in solidarity.  -  Proposed by Marianne Mork

2) I propose to add a 15 minute worker speak out at the beginning of non-voting GAs. GA has been a place to connect community struggles like foreclosure resistance, bank occupations, stopping environmental pollution, and resisting police brutality. A worker speaker will allow us in addition to connect workplace struggles to our movement. Most of us are part of the 89% who are unemployed, non-unionized, low waged, or casualized workers. Capitalism pits us against each other, non-unionized and unionized, immigrant and granddaughter of immigrants, employed and unemployed, low waged and lower waged, workers of color and white workers, fighting for the scraps and small pay checks. Together we can take action to support each other in our workplaces against unpaid or low wages, racial and gender discrimination, and unhealthy working conditions. Across industry, national border, migrant and employment status, we will uphold "an injury to one is an injury to all.  "  Proposed by Marianne Mork

3) Occupy Seattle endorses the letter below:
Dear Steven Colbert, Occupy Seattle would like to invite you to be our honored guest at a very special double birthday party the weekend of January 20th and 21st. We know you probably have other things to do, but we think this is more important. As you may be aware, the "Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission" decision is turning two years old on January 20th and we thought it would be nothing short of criminal if we did not celebrate the second anniversary of corporate emancipation. On that date two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that, because corporations are people too, they are entitled to the same first amendment rights as the rest of us fleshy mortals. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the court finally put an end to the discriminatory practice of treating corporations as second-class citizens, for no other reason than that they lack physical bodies and the physical organs to sustain them(including, but not limited to, hearts) and, in doing so, rectified one of the greatest and most glaring injustices of our time. Finally, after so many decades of struggle, corporations can finally express themselves freely, and spend as much money as they want doing it as the rest of us.
Being as we are incapable of detecting blatant and unapologetic sarcasm, we can tell from your show that you are one of the most passionate advocates of corporate rights alive in America today, second only to Newscorp, FoxNews, and the vast majority of their employees. Since none of those people returned our phone calls, we are reaching out to you. We're hoping that you might join us for this two-day celebration. There will be music, marches, and lectures by human-people. There will also be mock trials for some of the corporate-people who have given corporate personhood a bad name by doing things like stealing other people's houses and dumping poisonous chemicals on other people's farmland(including, but not limited to, JP Morgan Chase and Monsanto). If you can't come, or just don't feel like flying to the West Coast for the beginning of Citizen's United's terrible twos, could you, at the very least, plug the event on your show? That would be cool. Sincerely, Occupy Seatte

4)  Occupy Seattle Unanimously Endorses Solidarity Action with United
Farm-workers and begin building towards a May 1st General Strike in
Seattle. Proposed by: POCcupy Decolonize Seattle, Food Justice Work Group

Occupy Seattle endorses a solidarity action with United Farmworkers on
January 27, 2011 at 2pm from Seattle Central Community College to
Darigold Headquarters to demand that  immediate action be taken to
resolve the issues facing workers at Ruby Ridge dairy. That Occupy
Seattle calls for a coordinated national actions in solidarity with
Farmworkers and Immigrant workers to be carried out by the Occupy
movement on January 27, 2011.

Why:
Occupy
Seattle reaffirms a commitment to global economic justice. Over a third
of Ruby Ridge farmworkers have been fired for asking for a union and
suing owners over unpaid wages, hour violations, and even assault.
According to workers, the dairy owner, supported by a multi-million
dollar loan from a major lender, carries a rifle in his truck and has
threatened workers. This action will begin building towards a May 1st
Global General Strike with farmworkers, migrants, and economic refugees,
unionized and non-unionized labor to achieve economic justice and human
rights for everyone. Occupy Seattle is a union for all workers,
especially the 89% of workers who are not unionized. For more information visit on the worker struggles at Ruby Ridge and the solidarity action with the United Farmworkers on January 27, 2011 visit:
 http://action.ufw.org/page/s/darigoldpetitionkids?source=web

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1/3
1) All money in the Occupy Seattle general fund be spent using the 80% consensus of the occupiers who choose to vote D\during a weekly meeting scheduled and made public on the site at least 1 week in advance. Amendment: Money authorized by The Occupy Seattle General Assembly remains Occupy Seattle until and unless it is spent for the purpose authorized. Each work group or affinity group which is authorized to spend money will report at least once a week to the General assembly about the status of the authorized funds.

2) That all money be accounted for and publicly accessible. Copies of all receipts be made. The current balance, (original and copies) of the receipts, money spent and donations be publicly accessible, both in hard copy and digitally.  The current balance be put on a tab on the Occupy Seattle website and the money subtracted and added each week be accounted for on the website and updated in this tab on a weekly basis.

3) Money donated to specific projects by work groups, or affinity groups may only be spent for purposes authorized by those groups unless otherwise specified by the donors at the time of collection.  This includes monies raised via we-pay.  This respects the intent of donors and the work done by these groups to secure funding for their projects.
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12/23
Occupy Seattle supports the United Black Clergy.  They will be holding a prayer vigil January 04, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Mt. Baker Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of 25th and Jackson against the police abuses and highlighting the Dept. of Justice Report on Seattle City Police Department."  Douglas Johnson
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12/21
1)   Publish open letter to people of Wukan expressing a) support and sympathy for their situation and b) respect and admiration for their bravery and moral resolve. Letter can be found at http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-19/open-letter-people-wukan-participants-occupy-seattle

2)   Adopt statement acknowledging that US Constitution does not recognize corporations and stating that they are not people, should not be treated as such. Call for Constitutional amendment that humans, not corporations, have rights. Statement is as follows
"The General Assembly of Occupy Seattle,
Convinced that one critical threat to free and fair elections, and authentic democratic self-governance comes from the fact that corporations have been defined as legal persons,
Declaring that persons are rightfully recognized as human beings whose essential needs include clean air, clean water, and safe and secure food,
Deeply disturbed that the granting of Constitutional protections to corporations has compromised, or resulted in the destruction of our communities, economy, democracy and natural world in many ways,
Convinced that the solution must be comprehensive, and remembering that those who believed defining people as property was immoral did not call for ending one or two parts of slavery, but for abolition of the institution of slavery,
Recalling that corporations are human-made legal fictions, and that human citizens are the source of all legitimate power in any democracy,
Deeply concerned that corporations need only profit for survival, and that such profit and survival are often in direct conflict with the essential needs and rights of human beings,
Having observed that the great wealth of large corporations lets them misuse the legal system to overpower human beings and communities, thus denying We The People’s rights,
Recalling that corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, that The People never granted constitutional rights to corporations, but that individual judges and courts have misguidedly done so without Our consent,
Particularly disturbed that the rollback on legal limits on corporate spending in elections creates an unequal playing field enabling corporations to influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions,
Having seen that large corporations own most of America’s mass media and use that media as a megaphone for their own agenda, drowning out other voices,
With conviction that defining property as people is fundamentally immoral and a threat to real people, all other life forms, and the planet,
Be it resolved that Occupy Seattle calls for the abolition of corporate personhood. We join the tens of thousands of people, grassroots organizations and local governments across the country in calling for an Amendment to the Constitution to firmly establish that money spent on political campaigns must allow for an equal voice for all people, that human beings, not corporations, have natural rights protected by the Constitution, and that the rights of human beings will never again be granted to artificial entities or property."
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12/20
Occupy Seattle is a leaderless and leaderful movement. We are all leaders.
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12/16
1) Occupy Seattle supports hotel workers in Seattle and everywhere who are fighting for living wages, benefits, job security, and respect on the job. Occupy Seattle endorses the upcoming rally at the Edgewater Hotel on Monday December 19th at 4pm, where workers are fighting for their jobs.

2)The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the Edgewater rally.
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12/7
1) OCCUPY BEYOND NOTICE: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED, JUST YET!
a) Leaving SCCC, we will make every effort to communicate to all especially to tent occupants who don't participate in OS events about what the Eviction means: the letter of the law and the effect of the Eviction Notice–that if they are still camping in a tent by the end of the 72 hours on Friday, Occupy Seattle will not try to protect their belongings or protect them from arrest. [Legal observers and Peacekeepers will of course be present and active as necessary.]
b) Friday when the 72 hours is up, Occupy Seattle will begin a 24 hour Teach-In on or near the former encampment at SCCC.
c) For the 24 hour Teach-In Occupy Seattle will use 4 structures, surrounded by people who are willing to risk arrest to protect their right to protest and freedom of speech.  These structures will consist of: one open canopy tent, to protect active Teach-In workshop leaders from the weather; one Sanctuary Tent, for Occupy Chaplains to care for Teach-In participants, many of whom suffer from PTSD-like symptoms; one zip-up tent for teach-in leaders and participants to rest in between workshops; and one Promise Pile, a compact, tarp-covered structure made from piled Occupy Seattle folded and bound tents, personal supplies, and general OS  supplies including some from Medics, Information, Sanctuary, etc.  This Promise Pile will be Occupy Seattle's visual call to the communities of Seattle, communities of fatih, neighborhoods, and especially "underwater" businesses and owner-occupied homeowners struggling to get re-negotiated mortgages to keep their homes and businesses, to provide Occupy Seattle participants with a place to live or camp while they continue to fight for the whole 99% of us to have our shares of security.
d) The theme of the Teach-In will be Occupy: Past, Present and Future! Each workshop will address this theme in one way or another: for instance re Wealth, Poverty, Class, Race and Education; or re Ever Enough?–How a country with Plenty experiences so much Lack. People of Color and other groups will be especially encouraged to participate in and lead workshops, to share their experiences and perspectives. Workshop leaders will be expected to make their workshops participatory, giving participants ample opportunity to talk amongst themselves, ask questions and offer comments.  People's Mike will be used [as default-standard not mandatory] for whole-group address and discussion.
e) At the end of the 24 hour Occupy teach-in, participants will join in a rally from 11 am to 3pm, with speakers, music and culture-sharing, fun and surprises.
f) At the end of the rally 3 things will happen.  The March To Defeat Violence will assemble on the sidewalks and corner of Broadway and Pine.  Continuing encampment participants will pick up their packed tents and belongings, joining with the march. The rally's final, spiral dance will join with the march.
g) If a suitable location has been found by march time for Occupy Seattle to re-establish one or more encampments that are walking distance from SCCC, the rally will move into General Assembly mode before beginning the Defeat Violence march. Depending on the decision/s of a 1PM People's Assembly at the rally, the march could include one or more encampment locations in its route to a rally site that may be an encampment location or the original destination, Westlake Plaza, or both, depending on what the Assembly decides.  City, faith and neighborhood efforts to provide suitable encampment space, guidelines, agreements and oversight may still be forthcoming on the day of rally.

Occupy Your Home (Planet)!
If you would like to discuss the information presented in these documents, please start a thread in the Forum.

2) Whereas they have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers' healthcare and pay
Whereas they have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance
Whereas they continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit
Whereas they have erected a system that profits from sickness and fails to encourage health through prevention and early intervention
Whereas medical bills are responsible for about 60% of all personal bankruptcies
Whereas there are about 50 million uninsured Americans and many more under-insured
Whereas the US spends more per person and as a proportion of the nation's wealth on health care than any other wealthy nation and our health care outcomes are worse
Whereas a high proportion of health care spending is wasted on advertising, marketing, lobbying and investor profit
Whereas if we spent the same amount on health care per person as other wealthy countries we would be projecting budget surpluses instead of deficits
With the approval of the General Assembly:

Occupy Seattle recognizes that access to healthcare services is an essential human need and should be provided for all. Therefore, we call for a publicly financed nationwide system of public health and comprehensive health services available to all regardless of ability to pay. The system must provide prevention services and encourage practices for good health, both to lower costs and to improve health.
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11/29
Adopted conflict resolution policy:

As the Occupy Seattle community grows and moves forward, we need to make clear how we resolve conflict, harm, and violations of our
principles within OS community space and hold  each other accountable to the OS community.  Harm, conflict and violence in our community are a direct result of the system of oppression and violence which our movement is fighting against. We’ve all been shaped by this system and we all need to work together to heal and transform ourselves and our community.
Occupy Seattle as a collective will adopt these accountability principles to handle conflict, harm, and violations of community agreements within our community:
-Working together and listening over opposition and banishment
-Respect for the humanity of all individuals involved
-Participation, transparency, and responsibility to the community
-Close attention to power dynamics of privilege and oppression
-Focus on healing instead of punishment, obedience, or ‘getting even’
The process which we propose involves these steps:
Emergency De-escalation:
When a public conflict occurs, everyone present may come together and
attempt to de-escalate and figure out how best to immediately keep
everyone safe (i.e asking people causing harm to leave for a short
time until an accountability circle can be convened).
Community Accountability Circle:
An accountability circle is formed with the goal of transforming and
healing our community.
The transformative justice group will be available to facilitate an
accountability circle between two days and one week of the incident.
An accountability circle is an open, transparent process gathered to
understand the conflict, heal those involved of oppression and
violence, and make OS a safer space.  Anyone in the Occupy Seattle
community who feels affected by the incident in any way is encouraged
to participate (i.e. campers, work groups, caucuses)  The circle may
use a talking stick, to ensure that all voices are heard, and may grow
as it needs to.
Anyone may be requested to engage in the accountability circle by
another individual or group, including camp safety, and may be
unwelcome in the occupation if they refuse.
Facilitation from the transformative justice group will guide the
process, and support the accountability principles. The accountability
circle will hear everyone’s experience of: what happened, how and why
the harm came about, and what might repair the harm done. The circle
will then attempt to reach consensus on the next steps for resolution
including agreements to remedy the harm, conditions for participants
to remain welcome in the Occupy Seattle community, and strategy to
ensure that accountability conditions are adhered to.
The accountability process will be adaptable to the community.  The
transformative justice group will provide resources, trainings, and
maintain the evolution of the accountability process.
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11/26
1)  Solidarity with Occupy Oakland. Port Shutdown. Two actions: 11/30 and 12/12.
On Dec 12th, Occupy Seattle will join the rest of the West Coast Occupy movement in a mass march to the port with the  intention of shutting it down.  The march will begin at 1 PM at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.  If you come late, check the #occupyseattle twitter account for the march’s current location.  Information about the Coast-wide day of action can be found here: http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/.  Similar actions are already planned in LA, San Diego, Oakland, and Portland.
Why shut down the port?
a) We will shut down the port to resist the budget cuts that target working class people.
The 1% are confident they can cut our health care, education, food aid, and social services because they think we won’t fight back.  They are wrong.  If they cut our society to pieces, we will cut their profits.  We know the port is a major source of profits for the 1%, especially during the holiday season when they ship goods produced by Asian workers under horrible labor conditions to American malls where increasingly broke workers buy holiday presents on credit, worried about whether we we loose our jobs, foodstamps, or health care.  We are tired of worrying, so now we are fighting back.  A port shutdown will hit the 1% directly in their wallets.  Happy Holidays you scrooges.
b) We will shut down the port to bypass the corporate-controlled politicians and to confront the 1% who really call the shots. Some members of Occupy Seattle will be occupying the Capitol against Gregoire’s budget cuts.  The rest of us here in Seattle will Occupy capital – the port facilities of the big corporations – against the same cuts.
Capital means the machines, trucks, ships, stores, cafes, hospitals, etc. – all the things that the corporations own and we work on to make their profits.  One of their biggest pieces of capital is the port of Seattle.  We know the 1% controls the politicians who are cutting the working class’s standard of living.  So instead of begging politicians to stop cutting us, we will do what our fellow occupiers did when they occupied Wall Street and we will go straight to the source of the problem: the big corporations, including the corporations who profit from Seattle’s port. If they cut our livelihoods, we will cut their profits.
c) We will shut down the port to defend workers’ right to organize, and to assert that the Occupy Movement is part of organized labor
Everyone knows Goldman Sachs is the 1% of the 1%.  They control Stevedore Services of America (SSA), a major player in the port of Seattle.   SSA is repressing immigrant port truckers who are trying to organize in their workplace in the port of LA, which is why Occupy LA put out the call for solidarity picket lines at ports up and down the West Coast on Dec. 12th.
By honoring this call, Occupy Seattle will be showing that we also are the labor movement.  Because the 1% uses repressive labor laws and union busting firms to disrupt organizing efforts, only 11% of US workers are organized into trade unions. On the 12th, Occupy Seattle will take a stand to defend our right to organize on the job. We also recognize that the U.S. working class is starting to get organized in the Occupy movement, which makes us part of organized labor.  Many of us occupiers are trade unionists, and many of us are also the 89% of US workers who are not in unions, the large sections of the US working class who are unemployed, underemployed, students, houseless. Our picket lines might not have the same legal standing as official union picket lines, but when the unions first started picketing back in the day they were also considered illegitimate.   Occupy Seattle’s picket lines are still picket lines organized by workers, in solidarity with fellow workers.   Dec 12th is the first of many actions that Occupy will take as a new wing of the labor movement.
d) We will shut down the port in response to the police violence and harassment the Occupy movement has faced nationwide.
The 1% uses union busting tactics to shut down our organizing on the job and their cops use pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs to repress our organizing in the streets and plazas.  We know that if the 1% wanted to, they could tell the police to stop all this repression.  But they are apparently not embarrassed when global media broadcasts images of veteran Scott Olson with his head smashed in,  or 84 year old Dorli Rainey with her face full of pepper spray.  They  don’t care when their cops hit a member of Occupy Seattle,  a pregnant woman, in the stomach, after which she miscarried.  They didn’t care when their cops killed the late Oscar Grant or the late John T. Williams either.  They don’t care as long as their goods get shipped and their profits flow.  On Oct 2nd, Occupy Oakland shut down the port of Oakland in response to the police violence they faced.  On Dec. 12th we will do the same in Seattle.  Let’s show the forces of repression that when they stomp the flames of freedom they just spread the embers.
e) We will send a warning to EGT, the multinational conglomerate that is trying to bust the International Longshore and Warehousemen’s Union.  EGT is refusing to honor the ILWU’s contract in Longview, WA.  Our action is completely independent from the ILWU.  They are not organizing this action, and we are in no way attempting to co-opt or control their struggle.  However, we are inspired by Longshore workers’ direct actions against  EGT, we are angered by the repression they are facing by the cops and courts, and we know that if the 1% busts the ILWU they will try to drive down all of our wages and working conditions next.  If ILWU members were to ask us to stand in solidarity with them at any time we would join them in a heartbeat.  We hope our action on the 12th will show EGT that we are serious about this and that we are capable of disrupting business.  They should honor the ILWU’s contract because next time it could be their business.
Because of their relationship to contracts-legally binding documents which enforce an agreement not to strike or engage in other direct actions-any trade union which publicly supports our picket line on Dec 12th could face fines and other retributions. The trade unions cannot take stances in support of this action, hence the ILWU leadership’s attempts to distance themselves from it. This does not prevent individual union members from supporting this action. We are organizing this action by speaking with and reaching out a hand in solidarity with  the struggles of organized workers in the ports, but we will be careful not to act in their names unless we are explicitly asked to do so.  Until then, we will talk to rank and file workers-unionized and non-unionized – and they will determine their relationship to our action for themselves.
We are not calling on ILWU members to do a strike or job action.  We know their contract does not allow them to honor our picket line by refusing to cross for political reasons.  These are the limitations of union contracts and labor law which prevent cross-industry solidarity.  Given these limitations, all we are asking from ILWU workers is intentional neutrality. The ILWU contract does say that workers can stand aside if they feel our picket line or the police response to it creates an unsafe situation for them, especially if it creates a situation where emergency vehicles wouldn't be able to get into the port in the case of an accident on the job.  The arbiter will rule in their favor if our picket line actually appears to pose such a safety threat.
We want to emphasize to ILWU members that our ability to show the corporations our capacity to shut down the port could ultimately work to their advantage.  It is worth noting that when the president of the Longview local of the ILWU came to Occupy Oakland's General Assembly last week to speak, he opened with these words about the Nov. 2nd Oakland port shutdown: ”When Nov 2nd happened, and it was against EGT in respect to the ILWU and Local 21, you cannot believe what you people did for the inspiration of my union members who have been on the picket line for six months now! “
For video footage of this, see:
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdQCZSQ99I )
We aim to build trust and open communication between Occupiers and port workers leading up to this action.  On Nov 30th, we will be marching from Westlake Park to the ILWU union hall to deliver a letter of solidarity to the union. The march begins at 2 PM and we will arrive at the hall at 4.  At 6 PM, we will hold a mass community-labor meeting at Southwest Youth and Family Services, 4555 Delridge Way SW to discuss the struggle in Longview and the port action on the 12th. ( Please note this event is not organized by or sponsored by Southwest Youth and Family Services, we are simply using the space to meet. )
f) We will shut down the port as part of the second phase of our movement
With this Dec. 12th action, the Occupy movement is undertaking a transformation.  When we started occupying Seattle Central Community College, many people told us, “don’t disrupt life for the 99%, go disrupt it for the 1%.”  They said the same thing when we joined labor unions to occupy a bridge on Nov 17th.  These criticisms missed the fact that our camps have enhanced life for the 99% by providing educational opportunities, food, and shelter, and have stood as a visible reminder of the need for deeper social change.  However, we hear your criticism – we should be disrupting the 1% more than we are.  That’s why we’re occupying the port, as well as abandoned buildings owned by banks, wealthy developers, etc.
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11/22
1. New AG to look into indoor spaces. No personal agreements on behalf of OS.
2. 12pm open-discussion GA at Westlake every Wednesday starting 11/30.
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11/20
1. Mohawk: No smoking in tents or flammable area, no open flame in straw area or tents. Additional detail: first consequence: kicked out for night or 8-10 hours, after both sides of story heard. Second: kicked out 24-78 hours. Third: Banned permanently or required to do community service.
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11/16
1. Liam: Occupy Seattle has many different politics and visions within it. This is our strength. We will not allow any in our movement to be singled out and attacked for their politics whether they be anarchist, progressive, communist, liberal, socialist, radical, etc. We welcome healthy debate among and between each of these groups, but debate is very different from irrational attacks and fear-mongering. We will defend each other and our movement.
If people are partaking in actions which are damaging to the movement or risk the safety of its members unnecessarily, this should be dealt with as a separate matter, outside the purview of this statement of principle. But no one will be allowed to ostracize or demonize our fellow occupiers for their world views or goals. Unless that be a world view or goal which is decisively against the general unity and aspirations of the movement, such as: fascists, the openly racist, sexist, or homophobic, white-nationalist populists, ageist, ableist, etc. No action, except those passed by the General Assembly, represent Occupy Seattle as a whole. We do, however, stand in solidarity with actions taken against the powers that be by any group or individual within this movement.
2. Josh: Proposal to Organize and Occupy in Solidarity
We officially establish and re-affirm that this occupied space at SCCC, and all future occupied spaces in Seattle are: public spaces, Occupy Seattle spaces, and activist spaces. These spaces are not individual or private spaces. Given the following logistical and strategic concerns for how we can operate effectively as a community and as a political action, including: our collective need for more adequate infrastructure, problems with black mold, bed bug infestation, threats to security, the placement of pallets, bigger tents with heat and lighting, the installation of electrical infrastructure, rubbish in walk ways, police raids, placement of honey buckets, wind blocks, continuing expansion, and other developing issues and concerns.
We therefore give working groups the right to make adjustments to infrastructure and perform their respective work so long as it is announced before the General Assembly (GA) in a respectful way.
Twelve hours notice shall be given to the community, in the form of a GA announcement, regarding large-scale restructuring of camp or emergency actions which affect everyone. Such announcements will also be posted on the announcement board at the Info tent, and it is the responsibility of our community (including working group members) to spread information about urgent working group actions by word of mouth, to those not able to attend a particular GA.
In the course of all work by any working group, every effort should be made to respect individual property and autonomy.
Regarding Process and Facilitation: When such GA announcements are made, a temperature check will be done to determine whether the working group should proceed with their work, or if the project affects the community too broadly to proceed without discussion. When it is determined that more community discussion is needed, interested individuals are invited to join an immediate working caucus after GA has disbanded to discuss the proposed work and contribute information or consultation as needed. The results of this caucus will be a proposal that must be brought before the following GA for democratic consensus or rejection. However, given the urgent nature of some of these announcement/proposals, the GA must receive the working group proposal on the following day regardless of it being a regular scheduled voting day. Every effort will be made by working groups not to overburden the GA with unnecessary restructuring announcements. Routine work should not be announced at the GA.
In the event that a working group has information or reasonable belief that there is an imminent emergency which threatens the stability of our movement (such as an impending police raid), we give working groups the ability to take immediate action as needed to resolve the threat.
Regarding the need for accountability to our democratic process and to our community: Individual autonomy should be respected so long as it does not endanger the democratically derived authority and greater efforts of Occupy Seattle. It is recognized that unity, and maintaining the integrity of our democratic process, are core values of Occupy Seattle. When individuals within our community engage in behavior that appears to threaten our democratic process, action must be taken to help people change or end such behavior. Disputes and conflicts are to be addressed by individuals through a conflict resolution process. In cases where a person is seen to have offended the entire community, then a community conflict resolution process will happen, to be detailed in a later proposal, or by later amendment of this proposal. As an absolute last option, after all other efforts at conflict resolution have been exhausted, individuals who are seen as circumventing the General Assembly’s process should be barred from organizing within GA working groups for a period of a week after the first offense, then barred from the Occupy Seattle activities at large for a period of a month after the second offense, and barred from Occupy Seattle for a year after the third offense. Charges of circumventing the GA’s process shall be brought before the GA for adjudication until some point in time when another process of conflict resolution is formed or this proposal is amended.
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11/9
1) Occupy Seattle joins the struggle of students, faculty and staff at Seattle Central Community College and other colleges and universities to defend public education and all other social services against the vicious attacks coming from Olympia and Washington, DC, The fight to defend education and social services is our fight. We say no to tuition hikes, budget cuts, and layoffs. We say cancel student debt. Quality education is a right, not a privilege. It should be free. Unite to defeat budget cuts and fight for instead full funding for education and all other social services.

2) Occupy Seattle joins the struggle of students, faculty, and staff against the attacks on public education and social services by building for and carrying out these three actions:
a) Rally and protest here at SCCC on 11/15. We're calling it “Defend education for 99%”.
b) Occupy the Supercommittee. This is a week of action that's been called nationally against the mass attacks coming from this unelected Supercommittee. $1.5 trillion targeted public education, Medicare, Medicaid, and all other social services. A mass rally is called for Saturday 11/19. We build for that and also a weekday action in which Occupy Seattle will occupy the Federal building and shut it down.
c) In Olympia on the 28th, a bunch of groups are building for a mass action that was announced here by Sisters Organizing for Survival that we should join this effort. We should vote to join this also, to go down to Olympia and occupy the Capitol.

3) Whereas our constitutional rights, especially the right of free speech and the right of peaceable assembly is critical to this movement, the Legal workgroup seeks authority from the GA to do two things:
a) Legal asks for authority to approach and retain a law firm to represent Occupy Seattle free of charge for the purposes of considering a lawsuit to enforce our constitutional rights. Legal would only consider law firms that have the resources and a reputation for fighting for constitutional rights which in legal's opinion would do justice to Occupy Seattle's principles of anti-oppression, equality, and fairness. One such firm we would approach would be Davis Wright Tremaine, the firm most identified with fighting against governmental limits on first amendment rights including the cases of Berger vs Seattle and Nicklesville, both of which Davis Wright Tremaine won.
b) Legal seeks authority for another thing. Though authority over decisions to begin or end a lawsuit and all other major decisions would remain with GA, Legal asks for the authority to make day to day strategic decisions. Of course, Legal would provide weekly written and oral reports on all litigation activity.
c) (amended proposal) Legal will provide a workshop.

4) a) Put Hip Hop Occupies' event, 'Rise and Decolonize' on Occupy Seattle's press schedule
b) (amended proposal) On November 18th, GA is re-scheduled for 2pm
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11/8
For direct action, Tactical WG will serve as hub for communication, scheduling, inter-team and Occupy Seattle participation, and if desired, assistance.
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11/4
(amended proposal): Camp Safety team be established as mandated security, trained and identified as members of this team. Membership is voluntary. No one will be permitted to be functioning member of team prior to proper training and member training for term of membership. The GA can recall this team at any point. Security is everyone's responsibility and we're free to organize in affinity groups to keep each other safe.
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11/1
1) We will have all General Assemblies at Seattle Central Community College, starting on Friday.
2) We endorse Plans in the Works for Occupy Black Friday.
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10/28
1) Adopt Occupy Seattle SCCC Good Neighbor Statement (for more info check GA minutes 10/28)
2) We call on the City of Seattle to Withdraw Funds held in Financial Institutions that received Tax Payer Funded Bailouts in the Aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. We also call of the City of Seattle to transfer these Funds to State and Local Banks.
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10/26
1) Provide Full Support of Planning and Actions for November 5, that Bank Transfer Day Tempora
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10/25
Put our Money in BECU.Checks Require 2 Signers.No debit or ATM card. Finance does Books Weekly, and Reports Back to GA. More than $1000 requires GA Approval. Finance Committee has at Least 3 People. Signers Approved by GA. Four Positions Kept Filled.
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10/24
1) Begin a Mass Occupation at SCCC on Saturday, with Tents, to Prepare for it All Week, and to Keep Occupying SCCC until we vote to do otherwise.

2) We have an Action at Chase Bank this Saturday at Noon, before they close.

3) All Proposals will Be Brought to Facilitated Discussion a Minimum of One Day Prior to Vote.

4) There Will Be Four Decision-Making GAs per Week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Other GAs, held Nightly or as Desired, will be for Discussion, Refinement, and Debate of Proposals, Amongst Other Things.
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10/21
1) Have a Facilitated Assembly During the Day for General Discussion of Topics for Which Minutes will be Kept.

2) Open a Club Account –Not a Business Account—at BECU tomorrow using a Federal Tax ID, Corey Registered for Occupy Seattle today (unincorporated political association for banking purposes only).
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10/20
1) This Saturday, Proposals will be Suspended and Replaced with Open-Ended Discussion about Actions and Ideas to Move Message of Occupy Seattle Forward.
2) Allow Media Committee to Talk to Police for Reporting Purposes.
3) The People of Color Caucus produced a document extending solidarity to Indigenous People Locally, Nationally, and Globally. Occupy Seattle Supports this Statement.
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10/19
Occupy Seattle will be a Cop Free Zone to the Best of Our Ability.
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10/18
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Have a Day of Solidarity, in Conjunction with National Day beginning with People’s Movement Rally at Noon, and the March Against Police Brutality at 2pm.
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10/16
1) Move GA to 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2) Outreach Working Group will Start to Design Materials.
3) Adopt Principles of Anti-Oppression and Accountability Based on Those from Occupy Boston.
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10/14
1) 10/15 GA be Shortened to Work Group Reportbacks only.
2) Create a Steering Committee Made Up of the People of This Movement Who are Responsible for the Agenda of the GA and Relieve Facilitators of this Duty.
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10/13
Occupying Westlake and City Hall are Two Options and as a Movement We Can Support Both.
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10/12
1) To Stay Here at Westlake Indefinitely.
2) We have a Mass Re-Occupation of Westlake, with Tents, Starting Saturday Night.
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10/11
10 This Proposal is Only Applicable to Those who Want to Move to City Hall for Night-time Occupation. We Demand that Mayor McGinn meet with Nominated Representatives of Occupy Seattle in order to Discuss Long-Term Goals. List of Practical Demands

a) Four Large Tents for Medical, Kitchen, Supplies and Info
b) 24-hour Parking at City Hall: one space for Supplies
c) 24-hour occupancy Shelters for the Health and Safety of Protestors
d) 24-hour access to 1st Floor of City Hall for access to restrooms, meetings, etc.
e) Written Statement from Mayor McGinn regarding the right to indefinitely occupy the City Hall site.
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10/10
1) Modify Block Policy. When a Block is Enacted and it is not Overturned, the Proposal is Tabled. Then a Coalition will be formed to Discuss and Revise the Proposal, then it will be brought back to the next General Assembly.
2) Minutes from the Website Along with Notes from the Global Occupy Movement Should be Made Available at the Info Table Daily.
3) Temporarily Grant the Tactical Working Group the Authority to Disburse Funds From Petty Cash Overnight.
4) The Student Walk-out is Scheduled for Wednesday Afternoon. We Should Pursue Permit for Sound System and Equipment.
5) Occupy Seattle stands in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of Grievances and Will Continue to Identify Local Grievances.
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10/09
1) Let’s Sleep in Shifts for Rain Protection.
2) Don’t Call the Police on Each Other, We Should Solve our Own Problems Instead.
3)No Arrestable Direct Action that Threatens Occupy Seattle as a Whole can be Undertaken Without GA approval.
4) Change the GA time for 10/10 to be 5:45pm in order to Accommodate Events, such as the Candlelight Vigil at 7pm.
5) The Internet Communications Work Group Would Like to Put Notification on the Occupy Seattle Website Notifying Everyone of a Student Walk-out on Wednesday and the Saturday Global Protest.
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10/08
1) Tactical Should be the Liaison Between Occupy Seattle, the Parks Department, the City Government, and the Police.
2) The Inter-Team Work Group Meeting will Meet Every Night after GA to have GA orders disseminated between Working Groups. It will be made up of 2 Reps from every Working Group and they should be changed as much as possible to re-train Transparency.
3)Tactical Should Function as a Liaison between the Working Groups.
4) Each Work Group should have a Mission Statement Prepared by Tomorrow.
5) Reserve Porta Potties for Overnight Campers and Lock Them During the Day. If People are in Desperate Need There are Lock Combos at the Medic Tent. We will keep this Situation until Funds are Raised and There is a Better Solution.
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10/07
1) Occupy Seattle stays at Westlake during the Native Alliance Rally, then marches between 5 and 6:30 pm.
2) The Legal and Finance Work Group Should Bring Specific Proposals to the GA concerning a local credit union account, a transparent, on-line account, and the issue of being tax-deductible.
3) All Working Groups Should Have a Representational Color and a Legend So People Know Who to Talk To.
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10/06
1) General Assemblies are at 6:30pm on Weekdays. Work Group Meeting Times are up to Individual Work Groups.
2) Rotation of Facilitators and Training for those Facilitators
3) Hold Orientation 15 Minutes before General Assembly.
4) Notify Public of Meeting Times Through On-line Calendar.
5) Facilitators Never Present or Advocate Opinions.
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BLOCKED PROPOSALS
10/6
Have a Community Tent for Storage of Items.
10/08
1)Create a Sustainability Work Group to Guide the Actions and Implement the Ideas for a Sustainable Occupy Seattle.
2) Let’s Call Everybody Volunteers, not Representatives, Co-ordinators, or Anything Else.
10/14
When Tents are Erected Tomorrow, We Do Not Enter Them.
10/16
Fundraising Committee and other Appropriate Working Groups be Authorized to Organize a Mass Potluck Sometime in the Next Two Weeks.
10/19
1) This Saturday, After the Two Demonstrations, We March to SCCC to Set up New Base Camp, and Maintain a Daytime Presence at Westlake through GA, Work Groups, Direct Action, etc.
2) We Will Not Call the Cops On One Another in this Movement.
10/20
In solidarity with Indigenous People Around the World, Occupy Seattle will Change Its Name to Decolonize/Occupy Seattle.
10/23
Have a Mass, Indefinite Occupation of SCCC, with Tents, and Prepare for it All Week.
10/27
Adopt Occupy Seattle Good Neighbor Guidelines
11/1
Occupy Seattle will be officially a non-violent movement. We don't tolerate people who are violent toward others, whether members or non-members. If someone is violent, he or she will be removed from the camp and allowed to discuss the situation later. And right now to propose a resolution in the future about a conflict resolution.
12/20
Commit to using methods of non-violent civil disobedience at all of our demonstrations and define violence as unprovoked physical aggression.
12/21
recommend that intersections not be occupied with fewer than 100 people, make earnest effort to have contingency plans for circumstances when too few people show up
12/23
1) Proposal to clarify Occupy Seattle’s stance on violence
Whereas, this is a violent world, and
Whereas, justice must be achieved by any means necessary, and
Whereas, the US police force have firebombed Detroit panthers and imprisoned and murdered, and
Whereas, there are combat veterans and lethal people amongst you,
Affirmed, Occupy Seattle is violent and reserves the right to engage in violent tactics during direct actions. Furthermore, violence shall be defined as unprovoked physical acts of aggression, threats to engage in such acts, and any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as concepts of race, skin pigmentation, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or creed.
Not Blocked, but Tabled (both proposals by same proposer):
2) Proposal to clarify Occupy Seattle’s stance against violence
Whereas, this is a violent world that Occupy Seattle works to alleviate and transform, and
Whereas, acts of violence cause more violence, and
Whereas, the uncertainly of Occupy Seattle’s stance on violence deters people from supporting us, and Whereas, the corporate controlled establishment has the biggest guns and just passed the NDAA which codifies indefinite detention of citizens, Affirmed, Occupy Seattle is nonviolent and shall engage in nonviolent tactics during direct actions. Furthermore, violence shall be defined as unprovoked physical acts of aggression, threats to engage in such acts, and any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as concepts of race, skin pigmentation, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or creed. Additionally, Nonviolence shall be defined as actions that are not violent.

 

Camp Safety

Contact:
Sharla Laurin 360-770-3113
oscampsafety@gmail.com

David Delgado
oscampsafety@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Accountability Principles and Process

OS Accountability Principles and Process

As the Occupy Seattle community grows and moves forward, we need to
make clear how we resolve conflict, harm, and violations of our
principles within OS community space and hold each other accountable
to the OS community. Harm, conflict and violence in our community are
a direct result of the system of oppression and violence which our
movement is fighting against.
We’ve all been shaped by this system and we all need to work together
to heal and transform ourselves and our community.

Occupy Seattle as a collective will adopt these accountability
principles to handle
conflict, harm, and violations of community agreements within our community:

●Working together and listening over opposition and banishment
●Respect for the humanity of all individuals involved
●Participation, transparency, and responsibility to the community
●Close attention to power dynamics of privilege and oppression
●Focus on healing instead of punishment, obedience, or ‘getting even’

The process which we propose involves these steps:

Emergency De-escalation:
When a public conflict occurs, everyone present may come together and
attempt to de-escalate and figure out how best to immediately keep
everyone safe (i.e asking people causing harm to leave for a short
time until an accountability circle can be convened).

Community Accountability Circle:
• An accountability circle is formed with the goal of transforming and
healing our community.

• The transformative justice group will be available to facilitate an
accountability circle between two days and one week of the incident.
An accountability circle is an open, transparent process gathered to
understand the conflict, heal those involved of oppression and
violence, and make OS a safer space. Anyone in the Occupy Seattle
community who feels affected by the incident in any way is encouraged
to participate (i.e. campers, work groups, caucuses) The circle may
use a talking stick, to ensure that all voices are heard, and may grow
as it needs to.

• Anyone may be requested to engage in the accountability circle by
another individual or group, including camp safety, and may be
unwelcome in the occupation if they refuse.

• Facilitation from the transformative justice group will guide the
process, and support the accountability principles. The accountability
circle will hear everyone’s experience of: what happened, how and why
the harm came about, and what might repair the harm done. The circle
will then attempt to reach consensus on the next steps for resolution
including agreements to remedy the harm, conditions for participants
to remain welcome in the Occupy Seattle community, and strategy to
ensure that accountability conditions are adhered to.

• The accountability process will be adaptable to the community. The
transformative justice group will provide resources, trainings, and
maintain the evolution of the accountability process.