Important event: Police Practices Litigation Strategy Meeting

The Seattle NLG has a team willing to explore civil litigation to address police tactics used against peaceful demonstrators. The NLG & ACLU have brought similar litigation after the attacks on Occupy Oakland.
The idea is to possibly combine damages claims for individuals with a challenge to a policy of using torture, pain and force where it is not necessary, in lieu of arresting or removing people engaged in non-violent protest (or actually against people who are not engaged in any illegal activity of any kind, as in the pepper spraying of people on the sidewalk two weeks ago).

Where & When:

11/30/11 5:45 – 7:30 PM
Seattle University School of Law, Room 328 (‎901 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122)

West Coast Port Shutdown. December 12th!

Why we aim to shut down the Port of Seattle on Dec 12th

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 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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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

Occupy Seattle Now Visible at Westlake

Beginning Monday, November 28th, Occupy Seattle re-affirmed its visibility at Westlake Plaza with a daily Information tent and a General Assembly in the Park every Wednesday. In an effort to reach out to a broader audience and gain more participation in the movement, Occupy Seattle secured a weekly permit from Seattle Parks & Recreation to establish and maintain an information tent on the south side of Westlake Plaza. The permit will be renewed on a week by week basis. Adding to visibility at Westlake, our General Assembly unanimously approved holding an additional General Assembly every Wednesday at Westlake at 12pm. The first Westlake GA will be Wedsnesday, Nov. 30th.

Formed on October 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.

An Open Letter to SCCC President Paul Killpatrick on Sexual Assault as the “Last Straw”

An Open Letter to SCCC President Paul Killpatrick
on Sexual Assault as the “Last Straw”

November 27, 2011

Seattle Central Community College
Office of the President
Paul Killpatrick, PhD
1701 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

Dear Mr. Killpatrick,

I appreciate that SCCC may be less-than-willing hosts to the current Occupy Seattle encampment. However, I am truly saddened that you identified an attempted sexual assault as “the last straw” to evict Occupy Seattle.

SCCC and the Occupy Movement exist in the context of our broader culture and society where sexual assault is a significant social problem. Citing the attempted assault as a reason to evict the Occupy Seattle encampment takes appalling advantage of someone who has been the victim of a crime.

Using the attempted sexual assault to discredit a peaceful political movement is a reprehensible manipulation of a terrible situation. As a neighbor to SCCC, I am deeply surprised that no one in your institution–students, faculty or support staff–has yet publicly stated their opposition to your remarks.

I see from SCCC campus crime statistics that no sexual assaults have been reported in the last three years. As a former Women’s Center program director at a small college in Oregon, I can assure you that a lack of reports does not mean a lack of incidents. Rather, a lack of reports indicates an institutional climate where persons experiencing sexual assault do not feel safe enough to come forward for support.

Please do not politicize a personal tragedy for the political gain of your institution. There are other ways to work with the people at the Occupy Seattle encampment.

In solidarity with survivors,
Robin DeBates, MSW, LSWAIC
Volunteer with Occupy Seattle Medical Work Group

Human Rights Day/March to Defeat Violence Working Group

Contact: oshumanrightsdaymarch@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Occupies The Capitol! Bus with Us!

At 7:00am, Monday, November 28th, buses will depart from Seattle Central Community College to take an Occupy Seattle contingent to Olympia where we will say no to the intolerable budget cuts being proposed in the upcoming special legislative session. In conjunction with Occupy Olympia and other Washington state Occupy organizations, we will occupy the Capitol building to voice our opposition to the more than $2 billion attack on the 99%.

The proposed cuts represent one of the greatest assaults in our state’s history against the interests of workers, students, and the poor. As the 99%, it is our duty to oppose these cuts in the strongest possible terms. With this action, we bring enormous pressure to bear against the politicians seeking to cut social programs and education. The proposed cuts include:

· 13,000 legal immigrants would be cut from the state’s food assistance program–their only source of food aid because they are ineligible for federal food assistance.

· 35,000 people would be kicked off the Basic Health Plan, ending a program that subsidizes health care for poor.

· 21,000 people enrolled in the state’s Disability Lifeline and ADATSA (Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Treatment Support Act) programs would have their medical services cut off.

· Two wards at Western State Hospital would be closed eliminating some much needed inpatient psychiatric hospital services for the poor.

· Foster care, juvenile rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment programs would be slashed by $118 million.

· $150 million would be cut from funding school districts with a poor property tax base which will dramatically increase class sizes in affected districts and could shorten the school year.

· State colleges and universities will lose another $225 million.

· Funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs will drop by $240,000.

· The nuclear waste site cleanup program at Hanford–the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation–will lose $581,000.

This move comes on top of $10 billion in state budget cuts over the last three years, which have resulted in furloughs and layoffs for state employees, a 47 percent increase in tuition at public universities, the gutting of social and health services, and many other attacks on the basic quality of life for the 99 percent of Washington.

Formed on October 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.

Local 1488, the UW branch of Council 28 of the Washington Federation of State Workers AFSCME is providing buses and passenger vans to take people to Olympia for the opening day of the Special Session on Monday, November 28th. We are taking additional buses on Friday, December 2nd.

The first bus will leave Seattle for Olympia around 6:30 AM and the last bus will leave Olympia for Seattle around 5:00 PM on both of these two days.

http://occupythecapitol.org/

Declaration of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

*The General Assembly passed this statement on Oct 20th.

**However, the name “Decolonize/Occupy” was not passed. Majority (63/40) of the GA insisted on keeping the name “Occupy Seattle.”

AFFIRMATION of Decolonization of Seattle with Northwest Indigenous Peoples

WHEREAS, those participating in “Decolonize/Occupy Seattle” acknowledge that the United States of America is a colonial country, and that we are invaders and squatters upon stolen indigenous land that has already been occupied for centuries, Seattle being the ancestral land of the Duwamish and Suquamish people; and

WHEREAS, indigenous people of this land have continued to resist the violent conquest, oppression, exploitation and victimization by the invaders and colonizers since they first arrived on this continent; and as a result have endured a great amount of trans-generational trauma and woundedness; and that their experience strengthens this movement to expose those on-going inhumane crimes; and

WHEREAS, after centuries of disregard for the welfare of future generations, and the repeated disrespect and exploitation of the Earth, we find ourselves on a violated and polluted planet, lacking the Indigenous people’s wisdom and knowledge to live in balance, harmony and at peace with the community of Life; and

WHEREAS, the term “occupation” has been used by imperialists to colonize indigenous lands

WHEREAS, the term “occupation” has also been reclaimed by militant workers of color from Latin America (Oaxaca, Buenos Aires, South Korea, China among other places) to describe their occupation of factories, schools and neighborhoods, to strike back against the oppressive forces led by racism and capitalism. It is in this context that we use the term “occupy”

WHEREAS the borders of the United States of America are a colonial construct based upon the violent destruction of indigenous land across the continent and therefore illegitimate in our eyes

WHEREAS this land is currently occupied by descendants of slaves kidnapped from the African continent, as well as economic refugees forcibly displaced by the forces of capitalism and imperialism around the world, therefore

AFFIRMED, that we prioritize the involvement of indigenous sovereign people in the redesigning and rebuilding of a new way of living on their ancestral land in the context that there is one mother of us all, our earth mother; and

Awakening to compassion and extending an open hand of friendship and partnership, we hereby invite indigenous members of the Pacific Northwest and all displaced peoples to collaborate with us in this event remembering and reawakening to our original identity as humane beings – that is now initiated on this continent and worldwide simultaneously.

We intend to facilitate the process of healing and reconciliation and implore Indigenous Peoples to share their knowledge and wisdom of stewardship of the earth, water, fire and air to inspire and guide us restore to pure democracy rather than representative democracy as design failure in governing for collective survival; and to initiate a new era of cooperation and peace that is cross-cultural, intergenerational, inclusive and universal in practical application upon Mother Earth with the original indigenous inhabitants of this land.

Get Money Out of Politics

Occupy Seattle’s “Get Money Out of Politics” working group has placed amending the U.S. Constitution as its first priority. On January 21st, 2010, in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that “money” counts as “free speech.” In doing so, the court declared many existing campaign finance regulation laws unconstitutional, and placed severe limits on what we as a people can do about the toxic relationship between moneyed interests and our elected officials.

On either January 20th or January 21st, Occupy Seattle’s GMOP working group is planning to “celebrate” the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision. The purpose of this “celebration” will be a) to raise awareness about the Citizens United decision and its terrible effects on our democracy, and b) to mark the beginning of a sustained campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution.

On November 30th, Occupy Seattle’s GMOP working group is organizing a conference to present a long-term campaign strategy to amend the U.S. Constitution, and to explain how an enormous turnout for our day of “celebration” on January 20th/21st is critical to this strategy.

The location will be in the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305. The address is 4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA. The meeting is scheduled to
run from 7-9 P.M.

We encourage any interested organizations to send representatives to this conference. As capacity may be an issue, please RSVP so we may know how many to expect. Reply to getmoneyoutofpoliticsos@gmail.com

If you have any questions regarding this event, you can contact any of following organizers:

Craig Salins
(206) 949-3285
craigsalins47@comcast.net

Chris Natale
(724) 713-2130
cnatale@gmail.com

Jonathon Tong
(425) 361-8761
tongjm@comcast.net

Nat Latos
(206) 293-2777
platypuses@gmail.com

Karrsen Brannon-Young
(206) 972-8446
kbrannonyoung@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Occupies Thanksgiving

Occupy Seattle is pleased to announce a community Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday 11/24/2011 at Gasworks Park at 2:00pm. We celebrate the community we have created, the kindness and support we have received, and the hope we are inspiring by our work to shine the light on economic injustice. We gather as a community in support of Occupy Seattle and Occupy Wall Street. There is room for everybody at this Thanksgiving table, all 99% of us!

Folks interested in joining the community meal are invited to sign up at: www.luckypotluck.com/potluck/OccupySeattleThanksgiving

Statement from Members of Antifa, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

We are individual members of the Antifa working group at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle who have been involved in this movement since the beginning. Our working group is founded on the realization that we need to employ self defense in defending the principles of anti-racism, anti-sexism, among other liberatory principles to keep us and our communities safe.

We are fellow survivors of this racist, patriarchal, transphobic and ableist capitalist society. The capitalist system forces all of us to conform to its norms, and punishes those of us who can’t or don’t, with hunger, depression and homelessness. In the midst of pain, we all seek coping strategies. Some heal us, and others don’t. It is our hope that this movement will create alternative ways for people to cope with their alienation, and ultimately, that revolution will create a world where we don’t feel as alone, and as heavily reliant on drugs as we are here, today.

Drug use and addiction among our communities is a way in which people cope with the horror of this society. However, those same powerful drugs that temporarily relieve the pain and alienation of this society, also cause harm to the individuals who are using, as well as those around them. In our encampment at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, we have unfortunately experienced the negative impacts of drug use through violence and aggressive behavior. Our friends become unrecognizable under the influence of drugs. The drug’s behavior creates an unsafe space for people in the encampament and put us all at unnecessary risk and danger. The safety of the campers and all members of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle is a priority for the movement.

We recognize however, that not all violence in this camp originates from drug users. A lot of the sexism, racism and aggression that campers experience, also come from people who are clean and sober. It would be too convenient and dishonest to claim that all violent camp disruptions originated from drug users

We wish to differentiate ourselves from those who carry a liberal, middle class ideology, who use camp safety as an excuse to purge the camp of homeless people. This is not where we are coming from. In fact, many people involved in the Antifa working group are themselves homeless. We have argued and organized relentlessly against such middle class, racist ideology within this movement.

We want to build with everyone who has been oppressed by this system. Homeless people are some of the most oppressed. More and more of us will join its ranks through the high unemployment rates and foreclosures. Our concerns are with violent drug users, not homeless people. We reject the conflation of the two.

Currently, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle lacks the resources to engage with people who are addicted to drugs. We also lack the resources to prevent the effects of the drugs from creating an unsafe environment in the camp. For the safety of the campers, we are asking drug users to leave the encampment. We would like to support them to seek help to recover from their addiction. We ask them to do this because we wish for them to be a powerful part of our movement. We want their voices and their presence in building our revolutions.

We are also looking for chemical dependency counselors who utilize a harm reduction philosophy, to engage with Decolonize/Occupy Seattle. We need your resources and help. Please contact us at antifa.seattle@gmail.com

Quiet as it’s kept, drug use is rampant in all stratas and classes of our society. It is only homeless and working class people who get disproportionately criminalized for their use. The purging of drug users from our communities is aimed at denying the reality of class , race and gender oppression. Our movement needs to create an alternative way for us to work with healing and rehabilitating those among us who use drugs to cope. We look forward to building that.

SCCC Board of Trustees Unanimously Passed Proposal to Ban Occupy Seattle Camp

UPDATE: Seattle sues SCCC to Protect Round-the-Clock Presence and Free Speech Activities

–UPDATE 11/23 3:07PM–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HEADLINE: Occupy Seattle sues SCCC to protect round-the-clock presence and free speech activities
BYLINE: Olympia, Washington, November 23, 2011
STORY: Occupy Seattle has sued Seattle Central Community College in Thurston County Superior Court to prevent the college from evicting Occupy Seattle from the college’s campus. The suit challenges the validity of an “emergency rule” that would ban the presence of tents and other structures at the site based on concerns about health and safety. The suit claims that health and safety concerns identified in two King County Department of Health reports, including the presence of “uncontrolled dog food in uncovered bowls,” can be addressed through existing rules and enforcement by relevant agencies. The suit claims that enacting a broad “emergency rule” against tents is an “arbitrary and capricious” action, which is a violation of the college’s legal obligations. A hearing on the case is scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m.
Occupy Seattle is the local branch of an international movement, launched September 17, 2011 by Occupy Wall Street in New York City. The movement is generally unified around the need for economic justice and eliminating corporate control of the political system, protestors reflect a wide array of political and social concerns. Other occupations around the country, including Portland and New York City, have recently been evicted from their full-time sites, possibly ending the movement in those cities. Occupy Seattle representatives argue that a round-the clock political assembly is the signature feature of this movement, and its main vehicle for free speech.

–UPDATE 11/23 2:15PM–
One Occupier’s Observations of the Meeting:
As I understood it, Monday the administration will file the paperwork in Olympia to place a temporary ban on camping for the next 120 days while they pursue a more permanent change. So I assume Monday once the filing has gone through. However, the administration did make statements to the effect that they hope to work with organizers to provide for an orderly transition. Presumably this would occur during a yet as undetermined grace period.

For many in the administration, the “tipping point” seemed to be the attempted sexual assault that occurred over the weekend. There was also a fairly consistent lack of student support. Several spoke out against the occupation to express personal experiences having to do with safety. Mostly centering around various forms of repeated harassment, inconvenience, and a general sense of educational disenfranchisement as a result. The student body president appeared to try and straddle the line, both speaking out in support of the goals and intentions of Occupy Seattle, but ultimately against its practical reality.

I should probably also add that there were several moments of poignant high drama & tension. Including several disruptions and a truly bizarre moment wherein the Chairperson cut off one of the few faculty members of the board speaking out in favor of Occupy Seattle before then asking the faculty member to apologize for the chairperson having had to interrupt her.

–UPDATE 11/23 1:24PM–
More information on Occupy Seattle Camp Ban Here:

http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2011/11/23/occupy-capitol-hill-sccc-trustees-pass-emergency-rule-to-bar-occupy-seattle-camp

–UPDATED 11/23 1:16pm–
Tweets Taken from jseattle:

Trustees unanimously pass emergency rule #occupyseattle
20 minutes ago »

If emergency rule passes won’t be filed in Olympia until next week #occupyseattle
24 minutes ago »

President Killpatrick: Fridays attempted rape was last straw #occupyseattle
36 minutes ago »

I hope q13 is reporting on this #occupyseattle http://twitpic.com/7iilof
38 minutes ago »

Moment of poetry here. All media being pushed aside so trustees can screen a q13 report on sex assault #occupyseattle
40 minutes ago »

Occupier: set a date to close the camp so we can take the steps together #occupyseattle
48 minutes ago »

“We could pay for and address these concerns. Not going to back down without a fight” #occupyseattle

53 minutes ago »
American Federation of Teachers rep: #occupyseattle figuring out how to best make their impact

–ORIGINAL POST 11/23 10:55AM–
Jill Wakefield requested a special meeting for noon today (11/23) so the district’s board of trustees can vote on an emergency proposal to ban camping on college property. The ban, which would take effect immediately, is aimed solely at Occupy Seattle’s camp at the Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill.

Special Board Meeting Notification

Please be informed that a special Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled to be held on November 23, 2011, at 12 noon in the Seattle Community College District Office Boardroom, 1500 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

AGENDA:

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS (please sign in)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA / ACTION

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Fifteen minutes are regularly set aside for others to express their views on any matter except those restricted to Executive Session. Anyone wishing to speak to the items on this meeting Agenda will be recognized when the item is being discussed.

RECOMMENDED BOARD ACTION
Proposed Emergency Rule on Camping
ADJOURNMENTS

–UPDATE–11/23 1:27PM–
More info on Board of Trustees Meeting:
1) http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2011/11/22/occupy-capitol-hill-seattle-central-meeting-on-proposed-emergency-rule-on-camping
2) http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/11/23/seattle-central-board-of-trustees-will-vote-at-noon-to-evict-occupy-seattle-from-campus

Gender Equality Caucus

Current Contact:
email: occupygenderequality@gmail.com

For discussion forums online:
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/occupyseattlegenderequality

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

On Friday, November 25th, Occupy Seattle will join Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Bellingham and Occupy Everett in a statewide protest at Wal-Mart in Renton at 2:00pm.

With its long history of mistreating workers and suppliers, its recent announcement of significant cutbacks on employee health care, and its obscene profits, Wal-Mart is a prime example of how the 99% are suffering at the hands of the 1%.

Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world and proof positive of how big business is destructive to our democracy. While Americans are shopping at Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart is buying Congress. Last year, Wal-Mart paid over $4.3 million in campaign contributions (not to mention the monies funneled through donations to lobbying organizations) to protect its interests.

Unfortunately, its interests are not those of its employees. With $14.3 billion in profits in 2010, Wal-Mart still saw fit to eliminate health insurance coverage for part time employees, cut company contributions to employee health savings accounts by 50% and increase health care premiums 17% to 61% for over 2.1 million employees worldwide. According to an article in the Huffington Post, the average Wal-Mart worker makes $8.81 per hour, while the CEO makes $8990.00 per hour.

The Walton family (the largest shareholders of Wal-Mart stock and descendants of its founder) is the wealthiest family in the United States with an estimated net worth of $92 billion (according to Forbes’ latest ranking). That’s more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans combined. They directly gave $7,000,000 in political contributions in 2010 and billions more through their family foundations in an effort to buy our legislative process.
It’s time to Occupy Wal-Mart, to shine the spotlight on its many abuses and to support its millions of workers in their struggle for a living wage. Transportation will be leaving from Westlake Center starting at 12:30pm.

Occupy Black Friday: A Day of Protest, Celebration, Community, and a Really Really Free Market!

OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY
Friday, November 25, 2011
A day of protest and celebration with Occupy Seattle!

We invite you to forgo the shopping frenzy and participate instead in a day of protest, community, education, creativity and caring. We think this is more valuable than any holiday gift bought at the big box stores.

All afternoon there will be an arts and crafts booth for you to make homemade holiday gifts, a Really Really Free Market for free gift exchanges, and resources from the Seattle Good Business Network about supporting out local economy. Many great ways to re-think gifts and shopping this holiday season!

We also invite you to demonstrate against all that is wrong with corporate America and participate in a day of protest and education at area Walmarts as Occupy Seattle acts with other Occupy Movements around the state! Departure from Westlake shortly after Noon. To help carpool, call 206-412-9770.

SCHEDULE:

12pm: Rally with Speakers
‘OUR WalMart’ speaker
‘Life as a Macy’s Employee’ speaker
John de Graaf, Happiness Initiative
Laura Musikanski, Sustainable Seattle
Christine Hanna, Seattle Good Business Network

1:15pm: Singing with members of the Occupy Chorus, Seattle Peace Chorus and Seattle Labor Chorus

1:45pm: Bruce Lesnik, folk guitar with politics and humor

2:00: Jamil Suleman, Hip Hop Occupies

2:15: Singing with the Raging Grannies

2:30: Alan Genatossio, guitar

3:00pm: Community Square Dance! With the Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society

4pm: Seattle Good Business Network: Teach-In about supporting local economy

4:30pm: Meditation and Closing

Legal

Frequently Asked Questions of the Legal Team
– Legal Issues with Risking Arrest –

What usually precedes arrest?

Usually, but not always, immediately prior to arrest a warning will be given by the police to demonstrators. They will say which law(s) is (are) being broken and will say that anyone remaining will be arrested. The charges may include: trespass, resisting arrest, and obstruction of a government officer. Protestors may be given a choice whether to stay and be arrested or to leave.

How does an arrest occur and what are my choices?

You will be taken to transportation vehicles (may be handcuffed, frisked, walked with escort, carried on a stretcher, dragged/carried). Protestors have the choice to either cooperate and walk or to not cooperate and go limp so that you have to be carried.

What happens after I get arrested?

You will be processed at the police precinct. This means you will be placed in a holding area. You will be photographed, fingerprinted, and have your pockets emptied. You will also be asked for personal information. You are only required to give your name, address, and ID. You do not have to give your social security number. You may then be released from the precinct (“investigated and released”) or booked into the King County Jail.

Protestors have a choice whether to be voluntarily fingerprinted and how much personal information to give. The legal team encourages protestors to give their name to the police. Since 10/5/11, many people have been investigated and released at the precinct and not taken to jail. This has only occurred because they provided identification.

To date, police have primarily taken people to jail because they refused to identify themselves, had criminal history, and/or because the police considered them to be physically resisting detainment. Refusal to provide identification in the hope that the people arrested will get out more quickly actually has caused everyone to stay in jail for a longer period, with bail set for the entire group rather than on an individual basis.

Whether you are taken to jail or not, you may also be sent a court summons which describes the charges against you and assigns you a court date. Alternatively, you may receive a slip of paper telling you the violations of law that you are alleged to have committed. Even if there is no court date listed, it is your responsibility to discover and keep your court date in order to avoid the issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest.

If I am taken to jail, how long will I be there?

Once you are booked at the jail, if you are held on misdemeanor charges only, you will be seen by an employee of the Seattle Municipal Court, who can administratively release you on personal recognizance, depending on your current charges (not assault), your criminal history, and whether you have verifiable ties to the community. According to court rules, if you are not released by the person who screens you, you are supposed to be taken before a judge for a preliminary hearing by the next court day after you are detained. The judge may release you on personal recognizance or set bail.

There are many factors that determine whether or not you will be released on personal recognizance. These factors include, for our purposes, the prior court appearances of the accused person (specifically, whether they have failed to appear for a hearing), the nature of the crime (usually meaning violent vs. nonviolent), the defendant’s employment or academic status, their mental condition, the length of their residency, their ties to the community, any prior criminal history, the ability to list people who can vouch for their position in the community, the defendant’s probation or parole status.
If I have to post bail, how much is it? Will OccupySeattle bail me out?

In Washington there is a bail schedule amount established by court rules for the crime you are arrested for ($190 for trespass, $475 each for obstructing & resisting, $950 for assault). This is the amount you have to post to be released prior to going to court, unless you are released by the police at the precinct or by the court screener without bail at the jail.
If you choose to risk arrest, you should understand that it is likely that you will be released on personal recognizance by the time you get to court. The movement may post bail if the funds are available and the court does not release you on personal recognizance. If you have other resources to make bail, it is helpful if you can rely on those, as posting large cash bails will rapidly drain our funds. If the movement does post bail for you, please consider that you need to return for all your court hearings so that those funds are not forfeited and are eventually returned to the movement.

Are there any conditions on bail?
If you post the bail schedule amount, there are no conditions of release other than returning to court. However, once you go to court, the court can impose additional conditions of continued release if it determines that you are a risk not to return to court or a risk to commit a violent crime if released. Assault or resisting arrest may be considered a violent crime for this analysis.

What will happen if I violate the condition of my release?

The court may forfeit your bail (keep it) and take you back into custody (by means of a warrant for your arrest). If you are arrested for a new crime, the fact that you did not comply with conditions of release will be considered in determining whether you should be released without bail on the new charge(s).

If I need a lawyer and I cannot afford one, who should I call?

There will be public defense screeners at arraignment and you can screen with them for financial eligibility for public defense. Public defenders are available at all intake/arraignment hearings without you having to arrange for them in advance. OccupySeattle has a team of pro bono attorneys who may be available to defend you as well. If such representation is available, the lawyers will be at your first court hearing & will be available to meet with you before subsequent hearings. OccupySeattle’s legal workgroup tracks arrestees (if we have or learn your name) to find out whether you are still in custody and when you will appear in court, so that we can arrange legal representation. It is helpful if you are released to report back to the legal workgroup so we can track your court date and stop looking for you in the jail!

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED:
People can go to the Municipal Court website (http://web1.seattle.gov/courts/cpi/), choose “online services,” click on “defendant” on the menu bar on the left, and see if they have a court date scheduled. The service also shows charges, events and obligations (e.g., bail) in the case.

November 26: Radical Food Justice 101 and Gardening 101! Occupy Yesler Terrace!

Saturday, November 26th from 10am-3pm at Ground Up Yesler.

Come learn from youth leaders and adult allies who have been working hard for food justice from the ground up at Seattle’s historic Yesler Terrace. Come dressed for the weather and ready for hard work (Seattle layers y’all)!

From 10am-12pm we’ll learn some Composting and Winterizing 101 skills from GroundUP youth leaders, and take a break for a 1/2 hour lunch…

…and regroup at 12:30pm for a creative crash course in Food Justice 101 from C.R.A.V.E. youth leaders and spend the rest of the day (until 3pm) collaborating on a creative mural project that will be installed in GroundUP’s historic garden!

Come join us and get some radical Food Justice 101 and Gardening 101 lessons by some amazing youth leaders, community organizers, and adult allies! Give back to grassroots food justice programs while getting a powerful education and OCCUPY YESLER TERRACE!

More Info Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/238341742895189/

GroundUP Organics is an urban agriculture, food justice and food literacy program for youth, young adults and special populations located in the heart of the city of Seattle, WA. Youth ages 14-19 work together to learn about the soil, themselves and the connections we all have to each other and our community.

Stay tuned to GroundUP’s blog here at groundupproject.blogspot.com

and like GroundUP here on FB at https://www.facebook.com/pages/GroundUP-Organics/126637984105564?sk=info

CRAVE: Cultivating Radical Activism, Vitality, and Education – A grassroots food justice movement growing youth leadership with critical analysis, creative art, & direct action in South Seattle, WA, USA…and beyond

Stay tuned to CRAVE’s blog at craveseattle.blogspot.com

and here on FB at https://www.facebook.com/CRAVEcommUNITY

Hope to see you there! Spread the word!


STEPHANY K. HAZELRIGG
www.stephanykhazelrigg.org
nakedtruth.stereotypes@gmail.com
(206) 553-9338

Abandoned Building Occupied in the Central District

abandoned home occupied on 11/19/11

Independent participants of the Occupy Seattle Movement have decided to indefinitely occupy an abandoned home in the Central District on the corner of 23rd Ave and E. Alder and are currently calling for support.

The occupiers came to the home during their march for the National Day of Action against State Repression of the Occupy Movement called for by the General Assembly in Oakland. They first marched past the juvenile detention center on 12th Ave and then reached the abandoned home.

A neighbor said banks took the home after the previous owner died several years ago and it has been uninhabited since.

Several occupiers in front of the home made speeches. They addressed how predatory lending, rent hikes, property taxes on homes, and police harassment have driven the working and middle class black community from the neighborhood. This has allowed banks, developers and other gentrifiers to move in.

After the speeches an ad-hock assembly decided to occupy the home and brainstormed ideas including forming a work party to rebuild it for the community.

occupied abandoned home

Abandoned building occupied on 11/19/2011.

November 19th: Occupy the Super Committee Rally & Voices of the Revolution Concert!

SATURDAY NOV 19TH
WESTLAKE CENTER MAIN STAGE
12PM till 6PM

12:00PM TILL 1:00PM: JOBS NOT CUTS RALLY

http://allevents.in/Seattle/Seattle-Protest-to-Demand-Jobs-Not-Cuts!/252806074755187

See Below for More Details!

1:00PM TILL 2:00PM: SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS

2:00PM TILL 3:30PM: FLOWMOTION
Funk, Indie, Rock

http://www.flowmotion.net/whatsnew/

3:30PM TILL 4:30PM: OPEN MIC
[Bring us your songs, poems, rants, stories, and voices. Speak out about your experiences]

4:30PM TILL 5:30PM: CRACKER FACTORY
Rock

http://www.reverbnation.com/crackerfactory

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cracker-Factory/193562417341824

Occupy the Super Committee!
National Week of Action to tell Congress
WE NEED JOBS NOT CUTS

Join us at Westlake at noon to fight against the historic attacks against education, Medicare, Medicaid and all other social services coming from the “Super Committee”. The unelected, bi-partisan Super Committee is tasked with bringing a proposal for over $1.5 trillion in cuts to the programs we fought for decades to win. We didn’t create this crisis, and we won’t pay for it!

At a time of record unemployment and poverty, the politicians in Washington D.C. are threatening historic cuts to the country’s social safety net. By November 23, a bipartisan Congressional “Super Committee” will decide the fate of trillions in funding for extremely popular federal programs that seniors, the sick, the poor, students, workers, middle-class people, women, and others depend on. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education funding, and other social services are being targeted.

The politicians say the government of the richest country in the world is broke. But for decades these same politicians have bailed out banks, slashed taxes for corporations and millionaires, and wasted trillions on wars for oil profits.

It was these policies that led to massive government debts. We did not create this crisis, but they want us to pay for it. They want to gut our programs to pay for an economic crisis Wall Street created.

These same politicians and their Wall Street masters are now calling for “shared sacrifice,” but they have already bled us dry. Wages have been held down for decades, benefits have been slashed, jobs have been sent overseas, and millions of homeowners have been ripped off. More Americans are living in poverty today than ever before. And they want us to pay for their crisis!

We cannot afford any of the proposed cuts to education and the social safety net. We need to build massive protests in the streets to make our voices heard. One of the two co-chairs of the Super Committee is Washington State Senator Patty Murray. By organizing major protests throughout this state, we have a rare opportunity to attract media attention and have an impact on this national debate.

Initial endorsers include Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter), Cindy Sheehan (leading antiwar activist), Matt Gonzalez (Former President San Francisco Board of Supervisors), Jill Stein (Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party), Farheen Hakeem (National Co-chair of the Green Party of the United States), Gloria Mattera (Chair, Green Party of Brooklyn), Stephen Edwards (President, AFSCME Local 2858, Chicago, IL), Dan La Botz (teacher, writer, activist), Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party, Socialist Alternative, Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights

Dorli Rainey To Speak at Occupy Seattle

November 17, 2011.

Occupy Seattle is pleased to announce the line up for its Voices of the Revolution Rally on Saturday, November 19th from 12 to 6pm at Westlake Center Park.

The keynote speaker is Dorli Rainey, a long time activist, former schoolteacher, and school board member who has become the face of the Occupy movement by virtue of one picture and a life of activism. Born in Austria, Rainey came to the U.S. in 1956 following her work as a technical translator in the U.S. Army in Europe. She describes herself as an “all-around troublemaker.” “I believe change begins in the streets, and all citizens have the power to make a difference,” she writes in her blog. “Together we can make our voices heard in the ivory towers of government”. In addition to supporting Occupy Seattle, she is a member of Women in the Black an international network who “stand in silent vigil, calling for peace, justice and non-violent solutions to conflict.” Rainey has been called “a role model among activists that walks the walk.”

Her Appearance on Current with Keith Olbermann: http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/occupy-seattle-octogenarian-activist-dorli-rainey-on-being-pepper-sprayed-by-seattle-police-importance-of-activism

Musicians who will be donating their awesome talent in support of Occupy Seattle’s work to stop the moneyed interest’s corruption of our democracy include Flow Motion and Cracker Factory. Flowmotion, a hard working, longstanding Seattle group has been entertaining audiences in and around Puget Sound for years. A Flowmotion show is a “swooping ride through the fingers of rock fueled solely on the expert musicianship of its five parts, producing a sound that’s unmistakably huge”. Cracker Factory brings the powerful rocking sound of the 99% to audiences throughout Seattle.

N17: Day of Action and Solidarity! Rally in Support of Education and Jobs for the 99%

Come defend against the attacks on public education coming from Olympia and Washington, DC. Join us in front of the Seattle Central Community College Atrium at 2pm for a rally this Thursday to discuss the education and budget cuts and how we can fight back! Followed by a march to Montlake @3:30! This is part of a national day of action in support of the 99%.

From the FB Event: SCCC General Assembly and March: In the Face of Crisis Declare our Power https://www.facebook.com/events/#!/events/246182635435503/

At Seattle Central Community College students and occupiers will be holding a campus general assembly with students, workers, and faculty on campus. We want to learn from and help inform your ideas, goals and aspirations. We want to hear from the campus population – you’ll get the first chances to speak. We’ll end with a rally and speak out about the crisis of economy and education, how people are affected on campus and everywhere.

4pm – We’ll then be marching from Seattle Central to the University District to join students from all over the city for a city-wide rally.

Seattle Central, schools, and education the world over is under attack because of major economic crisis. It’s long past time that education not be a something for profit to be bought and sold but a basic human right.

We’ve been told our whole lives to leave it up to politicians. That we should just sit by and let them run the show. No more. They run a system that is making this crisis worse and worse while our futures, our lives, the lives of young people and the poor of the 99% are driven into the ground. Education should be free, and the world should belong to the people.

When students move millions follow.

Rise with us.

-Occupy Seattle club at Seattle Central Community College

From the FB Event: Our Bridges Need Work. So Do We. https://www.facebook.com/events/#!/events/313871968640071/

On November 17, people from across the area will converge at the functionally obsolete Montlake Bridge to demand our political leaders build bridges to good jobs — not make more cuts. This is part of a national day of action for jobs that’s happening in dozens of cities across the country.

We have a jobs’ crisis here in Washington. But instead of doing their part to get the economy moving again, Congress and the State Legislature are making more cuts.

We need jobs, not cuts:

* 45 bridges in King County are “structurally deficient.” 349 more are “functionally obsolete.”
* $6 billion of repairs are needed in Washington’s public schools.
* More than 800,000 people in our state don’t have access to affordable health care.
* We could create up to 30,000 new construction jobs in Washington with a general obligation bond next April.

Join us on November 17th at the Montlake Bridge. Meet at 3:30 pm for food and refreshments before a 4:00 pm rally and a 4:30 pm march.

Meet at the grassy area just west of the intersection of Montlake & Pacific: http://g.co/maps/vvt95.

This is an independently organized event by Working Washington.

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Mayor apologizes to Occupy Seattle for Seattle PD tactics

Mayor Apologizes to Occupy Seattle

November 16, 2011. While we are gratified that Mayor Mike McGinn has apologized to those who were pepper sprayed last night, his statement of apology does not go far enough to assure us that we are in fact protected by the Seattle Police Department or to hold the SPD accountable for their misuse of power.

Since the formation of Occupy Seattle, SPD has been excessive in its presence, its tactics, its violence and its spending with respect to our organization. Occupy Seattle is a movement dedicated to fighting for economic justice through nonviolent protest and nonviolent civil disobedience. The sheer quantity of officers, vehicles, weapons, hostilities and pepper spray was and is excessive and absolutely unnecessary.

We agree with the Mayor that restraint on the part of the police is in order and that a thorough review of the incident is warranted. We ask that the Mayor include Occupy Seattle in the review process as we are arguably the largest stakeholder in its outcome. We also suggest that the Mayor and the Seattle Police Department learn the lessons articulated by Norm Stamper, former Chief of Police for the city during the WTO protests who last week wrote about the protests “My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose.”
The Mayor’s apology asks that Occupy Seattle work with the city. We do work with the city. On this particular night, we had informed the police of our march and route in advance so as to assure public safety. Given that the police blocked our passage and then used pepper spray indiscriminately suggests that it is not Occupy Seattle that is unwilling to work with the city, but rather that SPD is not willing to work with Occupy Seattle. While pepper spraying nonviolent protestors is a high price to pay, perhaps this incident will lead to better treatment of Occupy Seattle participants by the SPD.

Formed on October 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.

Hip Hop Occupies with “Rise & Decolonize! Let’s Get Free” Rally Nov. 18th

Contact: Julie C (425) 223-7787
Email: HipHopOccupies@gmail.com
Hip Hop Occupies with “Rise & Decolonize! Let’s Get Free” Rally Nov. 18th

Unique blend of art, culture, and community empowerment from the ‘Occupy Movement’ Seattle, WA–Hip Hop Occupies and the POC Caucus of Occupy Seattle present an urban arts-infused event that redefines protest and self-determination. In partnership with APRFront, 206 Zulu, Dope Emporium, Black Orchid Collective, and over a dozen other local Hip Hop organizations, collectives, and businesses, “Rise & Decolonize! Let’s Get Free” aims to create a new model for engaging and empowering youth, people of color, and other voices within the ‘Occupy Movement’. The “Rise & Decolonize” program will feature a march down to Westlake, performances from over twenty local DJs, emcees, and b-boy/b-girl crews, speakers, live art and cipher spaces, as well as a survey to canvass and identify local demands around youth service, media justice, economic displacement, and other issues directly impacting underrepresented communities in Seattle. “Beyond entertainment, Hip Hop is a potent organizing base,” says Julie C, emcee from Hip Hop Occupies, “and through this event we are providing a timely access point and channel for our communities to be represented.”

“Hip Hop History Month [November] is a reminder of the struggle’s intensity and how under any circumstance and by any means, change can be made,” says King Khazm, Westcoast Regional Director of Universal Zulu Nation and founder of 206 Zulu, “Let us remember and overstand this legacy so that we can be the change we want to see, shaping our own future.” Jace Ecaj, veteran emcee from Black Stax and founder of Dope Emporium adds, “The actions of the movement are aligned with the consciousness of Hip Hop Culture. The time is now to create an infrastructure that reflects the attitude and respect for basic human rights and balance to the people.”

Event Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
Event Location: Westlake Park, 4th & Pine in Downtown Seattle

Event Schedule:
4:30-5:00pm: March from Seattle Central Community College to Westlake Park
5:00-5:30pm: Press Conference
5:30-8:30pm: Rally & Performances
8:30-10:00pm: Breakout ciphers
Background Information on Hip Hop Occupies

Hip Hop Occupies is a rapidly expanding international network of artists, activists, and cultural advocates from the Hip Hop grassroots who are educating, organizing, and agitating from the frontlines of Occupy actions all over the world. Local partners include Dope Emporium, 206 Zulu, Stop Biting, Hip Hop Congress, Fated Empire, B-Girl Media, Seattle CopWatch, Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center, Bump Local, Triple R, Cyphers, Black Magic Noize, Hidmo, BOC Music, the Multimedia Center, the Think Tank, Presidential Media, Mean Mouse, Spoken Visuals, All Power to the Positive, the Black Orchid Collective, and more. We seek to continue this growth and collect the representative allies from every city as well as support emerging leadership from our underrepresented communities in order to fuel the resistance, and to feed the vision of a better world for the generations that follow.

For more Information on Hip Hop Occupies and for full list of performers visit www.HipHopOccupies.com

Perspectives from Yesterday’s Pepper Spray Incidents: A Pastoral Lament for my Country

Reverend Rich Lange was pepper sprayed while engaged as a peacekeeper at a nonviolent protest on November 15th, 2011 in Seattle. We have shared excerpts of his story, with Mr. Lange’s permission, from a larger piece of writing that fully records the depth and breadth of his experience.

A PASTORAL LAMENT FOR MY COUNTRY
You could feel the tension and raw energy crinkling throughout the air as the marchers once again began their journey into downtown Seattle. The Occupy Movement is the prophetic voice calling out to the nation to turn from its ways of corruption. Those who camp are a rag-tag, motley crew made up of mostly young adults, mostly unemployed, almost all of whom are alienated and cast out of America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. They are our canaries, the first fruits being devoured by the Beast of Empire.

The police were once conceived to be a citizen force created to serve and protect the public. Today however, the police have been militarized and view the populace as enemy combatants, as threats to their well being. The police, like our Armed Forces, are well trained, disciplined and exceptionally talented. They follow a chain of command and are increasingly apprenticed into a culture of institutional conformity. Because America has always affirmed the right of dissent, the role of the police is to keep the peace. They are trained to enter the protesting arena as unfeeling protectors of property and people. What has changed in our time is that the police are entering the arena of protest as agents of provocation. They push and shove at will, they ride their bicycles up the backs of protesters, they engage in verbal abuse. Their commanders allow this breach of discipline. Their comrades silently condone the bullying. The police become the agitators encouraging violence. It is as if they are spoiling for a fight — a fight mind you against the citizenry, against the youth, the unemployed, and those who are trying to return America back to its promise…

On Tuesday night a small group of Seattle’s Occupy Movement left their camp to protest the destruction inflicted upon the Wall Street Occupy site. Throughout the march I, as a Pastor in full clergy alb, stole and cross, acted as a peacekeeper placing myself between the police line and the Occupy Movement. On four occasions I stepped between verbal battles between the police and the protesters. The point being that it was evident to all who I was and what my role was in this non-violent march of the few escorted by the many.

The incident was minor in nature. A girl, dressed in Anarchist black waving the Anarchist black flag was plastered side by side with an officer on the bike. They were jawboning each other. At one point her flag was thrust in his direction — a provocation yes – threatening?—no. The officer grabbed the flag and in the pulling, pulled down the girl. Her friends reacted jumping in to pull her away from the officer. It was at this point that the first wave of pepper spray went off.

I walked between the lines, I was alone, I was in full clergy dress, everyone knew who I was and what I was — with the protesters fleeing and the police line holding — with my back to the police and my hands waving the protesters to get back — alone in full alb, stole and cross — six officers turned their spray on me thoroughly soaking my alb and then one officer hit me full throttle in the face.

I praise the courage and compassion, the discipline and the decency of Occupy Seattle. Out of the rag-tag mob came help, grabbing my hands, leading me (I was blind by then) to the wall and administering care and concern for my well being. The protesters were assembled around all the wounded, and maintained the discipline of nonviolence. And they were not afraid. Against the wall in increasing pain and burning I realized I was in the midst of church.

The police, on the other hand, were afraid. Their quick use of chemical warfare reveals how cowardly they are. The unwillingness of their commanders to maintain discipline reveals how incompetent they are becoming — the only tool in their bag is brutality and like a drunken raging father beating wife and kids, the police have increasingly disgraced themselves. Step by step they are being shaped into the front face of fascism, the emerging police state that protects the property interests of those who have seized control of our government, commerce, media, and military.

To the police I say this — there are always the brutal ones in our midst. As colleagues you have the moral responsibility to police your own. If your commanders order you to brutalize your people you have a Higher Command that says, “disarm yourself, turn away from your sin, renounce the orders of unrighteousness.” And in doing so, cross the line, come over and join us because we are the winning side of history.

Letter from Broadway Business Improvement Association

If you have ideas, advice, and/or support on how to address this issue, please e-mail occupyseattle@gmail.com

The following letter was received today by Occupy Seattle via e-mail from Michael Wells, executive director of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and administrator of the Broadway Business Improvement Association, on behalf of the BIA. Mr. Wells prefaced the letter with the following note:

Hi there -

My name is Michael Wells and I am the administrator of the Broadway Business Improvement Association, as well as the Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. We have had some complaints from members about the safety and sanitation issues around the occupy encampment at Seattle Central Community College and the Broadway BIA advisors board has asked me to send a letter to Occupy Seattle outlaying these concerns.

We have many member businesses who are sympathetic with the political aims of the Occupy movement, please note this letter is not a reflection on political aims or goals around Occupy Seattle. Rather it is specifically addressing issues concerning the encampment at SCCC and concerns raised by the recent examination of the encampment by the King County Public Health Department.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Michael

Michael Wells
Executive Director
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
1641 Nagle Pl Ste 003
Seattle, WA 98122
p 206-328-6646
f 206-829-9140
michael@caphillchamber.org

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting an economically vital, livable community and promoting Capitol Hill as a unique urban neighborhood that is welcoming to everyone.

The content of the letter is as follows:

November 15, 2011

To whom it may concern,

The Advisory Board of the Broadway Business Improvement Association, representing over 150 businesses between Roy Street and Pine Street, has asked me write a letter laying out some of our concerns about the occupation of the Seattle Central Community College. Our concerns focus mainly on health, sanitation and safety.

The report from King County Public Health, dated November 11, 2011, points to a variety of serious concerns with the encampment, including:

  • Food borne illness risk factors
  • Communicable disease risks
  • Unstable structures with limited fire safety planning or access
  • Reports of drug dealing and illicit drug use
  • Sewage and waste water not properly disposed of, waste water disposal on ground and into storm drains
  • No effective hygiene facilities
  • Uncontrolled dogs defecating and urinating
  • Rodent activity and discarded/used syringes, needles on the ground.

These concerns are primary to the surrounding businesses. While many of the businesses (75% of Broadway BIA members are small, locally owned businesses) are sympathetic with the Occupy movement these sanitation and safety concerns are very troubling. We are concerned not only for our employee and customers experience on Broadway but for the financial burden and workload that has increased for Seattle Central Community College. Many of our customers are employees and students of the college.

We would like to see Occupy Seattle address the health and safety concerns around the encampment immediately. Surrounding business owners and residents would like to see immediate results.

Michael Wells
Executive Director
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
Broadway Business Improvement Association

Occupy Seattle Welcomes Dr. Cornel West

November 16, 2011.

Occupy Seattle welcomes Dr. Cornel West to its ongoing protest at Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill today around noon. Dr. West, a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, professor at Princeton University, known for his public radio show ”Smiley and West” as well as author of 19 books will bear witness to the struggles of Occupy Seattle as we fight for economic justice and to reclaim our democracy from the moneyed interests that seek to control it.

Formed on October 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.

Occupy Seattle Questions SCCC Allegations and Expenses

November 15, 2011. Occupy Seattle is disappointed that SCCC would level allegations against Occupy Seattle in the media as opposed to discussing the details of those concerns in the regularly scheduled meetings Occupy Seattle has with SCCC administration. Occupy Seattle understands the deep funding cuts facing the school, in fact our work is focused on changing the economic inequity in this state so that schools are adequately funded. We are committed to being respectful of the school and the community and look forward to continuing what we thought was a good working relationship to address all concerns.

Members of Occupy Seattle have not been vandalizing the school’s bathrooms. According to faculty member Kimberly McRae “I have worked in the building for 13 years and the south end bathrooms have been considered the worst. With the continued defunding of Community Colleges, SCCC was forced to cut custodial staff again, so the bathrooms have been even worse”. Occupy Seattle provides its members with the necessary sanitation facilities and members agree to abide by the tenets of Occupy Seattle’s Good Neighbor Policy which include respecting the learning environment and the buildings at SCCC.

Occupy Seattle is not the source of the drug paraphernalia found in or around a community college in the heart of a major urban area with well known drug problems. Athena Marsden, former teaching assistant at the daycare on campus said “Every day as part of our jobs, we picked up drug paraphernalia, needles, used condoms, cigarette butts, anything that threatened the safety of the kids. All that stuff was there way before Occupy Seattle”. Long time Capitol Hill resident Cathy Hillenbrand joking said, “If I had a dime for every hypodermic needle I’ve seen in that area over the years, I’d be in the 1%”.

Occupy Seattle adheres to its non-violence policy (as stated in Occupy Seattle’s Accountability Principles). In response to a movement dedicated to nonviolence, hiring of additional security guards is unnecessary and excessive, particularly in a time of severe budget constraints.

We request a full accounting of the dollars the school alleges has been spent as a result of our encampment so as to assure ourselves and the community that we are not being blamed for spending that is either unnecessary or inaccurately attributed to Occupy Seattle.

Formed on October 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.

Occupy Seattle Is Saddened and Outraged at SPD’s Attack of Peaceful Protestors

Occupy Seattle Is Saddened and Outraged at SPD’s Attack of Peaceful Protestors

Occupy Seattle is both saddened and outraged at the behavior of the Seattle Police Department this evening. We offer our sympathies to the many protesting patriots that were indiscriminately pepper sprayed including a 4’10” 84 year old woman, a priest and a pregnant woman who as of this writing is still in the hospital. We are grateful to the Seattle Fire Department for their assistance with the injured and their strong tradition of protecting and serving the entire community.

We condemn the outrageous behavior of the SPD in response to civil disobedience, a peaceful and time honored form of political protest. Like those who used civil disobedience to abolish slavery, to gain a woman’s right to vote, to end child labor in this country, to weaken segregation in the south and to end the Vietnam War, Occupy Seattle refuses to stand by while the moneyed interests continue to corrupt our democracy. We demand that the moneyed interests and that the SPD both be held accountable for their egregious behavior.

Please contact Mayor McGinn and Seattle Chief of Police Diaz to ask that SPD be held accountable and call for a halt to the use of pepper spray against peaceful protestors engaged in civil disobedience. Tell the Mayor and the Chief of Police that police are supposed to serve and protect the community and keep the peace, not attack people.

(Photo by Josh Trujillo of the SeattlePI)

Occupy the Capitol

Contact:

E-mail: occupythecapitol.os@gmail.com
#: 816-223-7652

Occupy Wall Street being raided by the police

The birthplace of our movement – Occupy Wall Street’s camp in Liberty Square (AKA Zuccotti park) have come under police raid tonight.

Reports indicate the area around the park has been sealed off and media are not being allowed in. Police are moving through the park, destroying tents and throwing away donated supplies. Subway stops nearby and the Brooklyn bridge have been closed.

There are unconfirmed reports of large numbers of arrests and pepper spray used.

Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in NYC and urge them to stay strong and resolute in the face of the aggression shown by Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD.

Livestream here: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc

Call Mayor Bloomberg’s office at 212 639 9675 and the NYPD 1st precinct at 212-334-0611 to demand they stop this raid and respect the 1st Amendment rights of the protesters

Seattle City Council Supports Occupy Seattle!

November 14, 2011.

Seattle now joins such cities as Los Angeles, Buffalo, NY, Victoria, BC, and San Francisco in its support of the Occupy movement. The Council today passed resolution 31337 recognizing and supporting the exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy Seattle as a fundamental right in the effort to redress economic injustice in America today. The resolution was introduced by Councilmember Nick Licata, cosponsored by Mike O’Brien and passed unanimously.

Occupy Seattle applauds the City Council for supporting Occupy Seattle and for recognizing the need for the City to do more to address the economic insecurity and destructive disparities that are at the root of the current economic crisis. In particular, Occupy Seattle urges the City to follow through on the resolution’s key steps:

1) review city banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in financial institutions that support our community.
2) address the circumstances and causes of home foreclosures in Seattle, the financial institutions involved in the foreclosures and the methods, tactics and apparent inequities in those foreclosures
3) address economic inequality and wealth disparities by identifying effective approaches to asset building, job training, access to banking and financial services, educational attainment, family support, and access to health care for historically denied populations
4) redress the adverse impact of both tax shifts and lost revenue to the City from exemptions or waivers allowed for City taxes
5) work with the State Legislature toward a more equitable tax structure in the state
6) reform city election campaign financing
7) use available resources to provide assistance for the most vulnerable people in Seattle particularly as Federal and State resources decline
8) urge Congress to support job creation, substantial investments in the nation’s physical and technological infrastructure and deficit reduction by adopting fiscal policies with equitable corporate and individual taxation
9) urge Congress to let the Bush era tax cuts expire
10) urge Congress to tighten regulation of the banking and financial sector and
11) urge Congress to increase community-building block grants for local schools and social services and protect public education from devastating cuts.

Formed on October 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.

Seattle City Council to Vote to Support Occupy Seattle Monday November 14th!

On Monday 11/14/11 at 2pm, the City Council will vote on resolution 31337 recognizing and supporting the exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy Seattle as a fundamental right in the effort to redress economic injustice in America today. Come to city hall to show your support for this measure which seeks not only to affirm our rights but also to review city banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in financial institutions that support our community; to address the home foreclosure crisis in Seattle; to address economic inequality and wealth disparities by identifying effective approaches to asset building, job training, access to banking and financial services, educational attainment, family support, and access to health care for historically denied populations; to redress the adverse impact of both tax shifts and lost revenue to the City from exemptions or waivers allowed for City taxes; to work with the State Legislature toward a more equitable tax structure in the state; to reform city election campaign financing; to use available resources to provide assistance for the most vulnerable people in Seattle; to urge Congress to support job creation, substantial investments in the nation’s physical and technological infrastructure and deficit reduction by adopting fiscal policies with equitable corporate and individual taxation; to urge Congress to let the Bush era tax cuts expire; to urge Congress to tighten regulation of the banking and financial sector and; to urge Congress to increase block grants for local schools and social services and protect public education from devastating cuts.

Breaking! Permit Issue Violating Constitutional Rights for “Rise & Decolonize! Let’s Get Free”

The community has been working diligently to organize the Rise & Decolonize National Event which is scheduled for Nov 18th, 5-10pm at Westlake, and requires amplified sound. It is an important event that is getting a lot of national attention due to the creative way we are bringing the voices of color and youth into the occupy movement table, and it is not just a showcase or dance party. We will be canvassing our communities with a survey, and having amplified sound is critical to educating people on issues, getting voices heard, and ensuring the event flows smoothly.

Hip Hop Occupies applied for a permit for Westlake Park over two weeks ago (the application is dated October 24th) and although we called Jeff Hodges, head of the permit office, almost every other day since, we heard very little except that he was “waiting on word from his superiors.” We were contacted Thursday morning finally, and notified that although our permit had cleared, we would not be allowed amplified sound after 6pm. We were told the decision came from Christopher Williams, superintendent of the Parks Department.

When I got in touch with him, he told us there were “seasonal interpretations” around the city’s 10pm noise ordinance, that if it were the summer time it would be okay, but since it was dark earlier, and because they have a “good neighbor” agreement with residents around the area, that he could not grant us an extension on the permit without seeming unfair to other groups that applied. I told him that had we been notified earlier of these restrictions, we could have taken them into consideration, but since we were not told at ANY point about the 6pm cut-off, and since what we are requesting is WELL WITHIN our legal, first amendment rights, that he should grant us an extension. He told me he would speak with the permitting office and get back to me, but still has not responded.

We are asking all of our partners, individuals, organizations, businesses, the media, everyone who can to PLEASE 1) EMAIL and 2) CALL EVERYONE on the list below so that come Monday morning, the city if FLOODED with HUNDREDS of requests that:

*The City of Seattle grant Hip Hop Occupies and POC Caucus of Occupy Seattle an extension on the permit so that we can have amplified sound for “Rise & Decolonize: Let’s Get Free” November 18th from 5-10pm.*

Please emphasize that as a member of the community, you fully value and endorse the mission of our event and believe that city should honor our request and our right to gather, protest, and organize through “Rise & Decolonize: Let’s Get Free,” and that denying us this right would be downright shameful and a violation of the first amendment. We aim to express that this is not just a show, or a group of random people who want to play and cause ruckus at Westlake, but that this is a serious, coordinated community effort that deserves to be honored as such.

1) Please do this as soon as possible! Copy and Paste ALL these emails into your “To” space when you send your email: Christopher.williams@seattle.gov, jeff.hodges@seattle.gov, mike.mcginn@seattle.gov, sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, nick.licata@seattle.gov, philip.roewe@seattle.gov,
jean.godden@seattle.gov, hiphopoccupies@gmail.com,

2) Please call and leave messages reiterating such for everyone on this list:

Superintendent of Parks Department:
Christopher Williams
Christopher.williams@seattle.gov
206-684-8022

Permit Office:
Jeff Hodges
jeff.hodges@seattle.gov
206-684-4080

Mayors Office:
Mike McGinn
mike.mcginn@seattle.gov
206-684-4000

Council Members:
Sally Bagshaw
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov
206-684-8801

Tom Rasmussen
tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov
206-684-8808

Bruce Harrell
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
206-684-8804

Jean Godden
jean.godden@seattle.gov
206-684-8807

Philip Roewe
philip.roewe@seattle.gov
206-684-8801

3) Finally, please fwd this information widely, share on your lists and
social networks, etc.

Thank you in advance for your continued support,

Julie C

Come and Visit the Learning Tent! Now Officially Open!

The Learning Tent at Decolonize/Occupy Seattle is now officially open! Come and visit!
Check out the ongoing calendar of workshops and teach-ins, or add an existing class of your own! *
Request a class or volunteer to teach one, and see what others have requested!
Check out the library, or bring us new books to share! **
* Our online calendar is currently in development. For now, please visit the Learning Tent for the latest updates on workshops and resources.
** More books and writing/art supplies are always needed. We are also in need of lamps and lanterns, blankets and pillows, dry erase markers, paper, shelves or containers for books, and clipboards.

The Occupy Seattle Learning Workgroup meets twice weekly, Wednesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 2pm, in the Learning Tent.

Environmental Justice

Contact: occupyseattleEJ@gmail.com

Police Department Spends Too Much

Breaking News: Police Department Spends Too Much

Recent reports have suggested that Occupy Seattle has cost the city $529,000, most of which is in police overtime pay. One has to wonder about the wisdom of spending that much of the strapped city budget and taxpayer’s dollars to “police” a non-violent group of folks committed to social and economic justice. Occupy Seattle abides by its non-violence (as stated in Occupy Seattle’s Accountability Principles) and no smoking, drugs or alcohol policies (as stated in Occupy Seattle’s Good Neighbor Policy). In response to a movement dedicated to nonviolence, the sheer quantity of officers and vehicles at all hours was and is absolutely unnecessary. It’s not that Occupy Seattle required or requested this expenditure; it’s that the police department overestimated the need and therefore overspent.

Bad budgeting and overspending by the police department is not the fault of Occupy Seattle; it is the fault of fiscal mismanagement by the police department.

Occupiers Call for a Breakdown and Justification of City’s Expenditures

As taxpaying citizens, Occupiers are calling for a breakdown and justification of the city’s expenditures.

How is it that that 50-300 peacefully assembled citizens warrant such a concentration of resources?

A spokesperson for the mayor has recently acknowledged that this figure breaks down to roughly $15,000 per day, with the vast majority spent on Police overtime. This means that close to 40% of the responsible precinct is logging a 4-hour OT shift at Occupy Seattle *every day*, or between 65 and 70 officers daily! This is more than 17% above normal payroll, numbers that would make a private business balk. Such a high ratio of overtime hours is well above the national average and presents a danger to the public, due to extreme fatigue and the resulting errors in judgment, lessened motor skills, and increased irritability. Excessive enforcement makes an area less safe, due to heightened tension on all sides. We call upon the City of Seattle and the SPD to use tax dollars more frugally and re-evaluate their tactics. Again, we call upon the city to breakdown and justify these large expenditures.

Proposal Checklist

 

Occupy Seattle Proposal Checklist

Most work and decisions within Occupy Seattle are handled by individuals and groups within the Occupation. If you want to do something, do it; you don’t need permission from the General Assembly (GA). But some decisions — official statements, organizational changes, major resource commitments — require broad support. Such items must be brought to the GA as a Proposal.
 
Since passed proposals represent the will of Occupy Seattle (OS), it’s important that they have a fair hearing and as all interested people as possible can contribute. Proposals can only be passed at regularly scheduled “decision” GAs (currently Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings). All proposals must be announced and posted at least a day in advance. The proposer is expected to follow the Proposal Checklist. The checklist is intended to avoid wasting time in the GA, so while it isn’t required, anyone skipping it might be asked to justify why their time is more important than that of others.
 
The Process and Facilitation Working Group can help you with the Proposal Checklist, advising you of people to talk with, other proposals to look at, and possible side effects. For help, find a member at camp, email processandfacilitation@gmail.com, or call Carol (206-283-9382), Shon (206-327-8773), Michael (206-790-7743) or Jack (206-300-5348).
 
 

Required steps

▢   Email your draft proposal to processandfacilitation@gmail.com with "Proposal" in the subject at least a day before voting. If you can’t email it, find a member of the Process and Facilitation Working group to help you.
▢   Read the proposal at a GA at least a day before voting. You must give a written version to the Agenda Facilitator at the beginning of the meeting.
▢   Email an updated version to processandfacilitation@gmail.com before the GA at which you’re voting.
▢   Present the Proposal at a Decision GA. Again, bring a (current) written version for the Agenda Facilitator.
 
 

Drafting the Proposal

▢   Is the proposal written correctly? A proposal should be written as:
  1. Background and Rationale: Why the GA needs to pass the proposal.
  2. Short Form: A one-sentence summary of the proposal.
  3. Long Form: The full statement, action, delegation, or rule the the GA will pass. Be clear and specific enough that others can interpret it without confusion.
  4. Implementation: How this proposal will be implemented or enforced. If work is required by groups, they must already exist and agree to the proposal. Don’t just assume someone else will implement it.
▢   Is the proposal an appropriate topic for the GA? It should be either
  • A formal statement or endorsement by Occupy Seattle,
  • A direction of significant OS resources, either money, supplies, or people,
  • A significant change in the legal or organizational structure of Occupy Seattle,
  • A creation, removal or change in mandate of power to an individual or smaller group, or
  • An internal rule or external action that requires consensus of all of Occupy Seattle to achieve.
You do not need a proposal to start a group, perform an action, or tell someone what you believe or why you are here.
 
 

Gaining Support and Improving the Proposal

▢   Have you discussed this proposal with the most relevant group(s) and updated the proposal based on their input? Although you can make a proposal without Working Group input, other people interested in the area can help find omissions or unintended consequences or refer you to related work or ideas.
▢   Have you discussed this with people with opposing views? By considering opposing views prior to the GA, you might avoid blocks that will cost assembly time and create unnecessary conflict. A good proposal is the product of consensus before it has reached the GA.
▢   Have you considered how it relates to past and planned proposals? Does it duplicate or conflict with other proposals? Working with the authors of such proposals will help you reach consensus. 
▢   Do you believe the Proposal will pass?  Don’t use a proposal just to get discussion about your idea. Announce that you’d like to talk about it, or bring it for discussion in a non-decision GA.
 

AMANDA PALMER JOINS OCCUPY SEATTLE’S DAY OF SOLIDARITY

November 10, 2011.

World renowned musician and one half of the critically acclaimed Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer will be performing at Occupy Seattle in Westlake Park on Saturday 11/12/11 at 5pm. Following her sold-out performance at Moore Theater on 11/9/11, Amanda decided to stay in town to support Occupy Seattle and donate her time and talent to the cause.

In addition to Ms. Palmer, other guest artists include Adrian Xavier, a reggae musician in the grandest traditions and DJ Michael Manahan who made his mark with integrity and staying power, serving up solid and sometimes slamming grooves.

Occupy Seattle’s Day of Solidarity Rally runs from 1pm to 6 and is organized to celebrate the many successes of the movement including:

· Successful occupations at Seattle Central Community College, City Hall and Westlake Center;
· Successfully creating community with respect for all;
· Living a new model of empowerment and decision making;
· Supporting thousands of Washingtonians as they broke up with their banks;
· 5000 marching on 10/15/11 to protest economic injustice and;
· Saying no to Chase Bank and Jamie Dimon.

Formed on October 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.

Faith and Spirituality

Contact: Tsukina Blessing/Michael Douglas email: occupychaplains@gmail.com

The Faith & Spirituality workgroup/Occupy Chaplains exists to bridge the faith communities and the Occupy Seattle movement. The workgroup supports the faith & spiritual needs of the Occupy Seattle community, coordinates communications & support flowing both directions between OS and local faith communities, offers outreach and education to faith communities, and sponsors faith-oriented direct action.

Faith & Spirituality meets irregularly – contact occupychaplains to get on the group list.

The calendar of events at the Occupy Sanctuary and sponsored by Occupy Chaplains is available online at

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=occupychaplains%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

Looking for the Minutes?

Look up!

Minutes and Proposals are now listed under the ‘G.A.’ tab. Check back regularly for updates on proposal announcements, or to scroll through the minutes which have now been archived (with audio!).

Occupy Seattle Declares ‘Break Up With Your Bank Day’ a Huge Success!

BECU, Seattle, was still counting the new accounts but told the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that 659 people opened accounts Saturday in just one branch. The credit union has 45 branches. The new accounts broke all the credit union’s records for opening new accounts on a single day. And that’s just one credit union of the many in Washington.

Through this action we continue to hold the big banks accountable for foreclosing on millions of families, cutting back on small business loans that create jobs, breaking FEC rules, and avoiding their fair share of taxes through offshore accounts and loopholes.

Feel free to keep telling the big banks at any time “it’s not me, it’s you”.

Rally for Port of Seattle Workers this Thursday

Blog by Nate Jackson cross posted from working washington.

The Port of Poverty celebrates the 1%

If you are the Port of Seattle and most of your workers make poverty level wages what do you do? You throw a party to celebrate your overpaid executives, the one percent.

The Port of Seattle calls itself “The Port of Prosperity.” We call it the “Port of Poverty.” The Port on November 10th is having a self-congratulating $1,750-a-table banquet for the overpaid executives. There is just one problem. They forgot to invite the people who actually create the wealth of the port: the workers. That’s why we are holding our own banquet to honor the Port Workers at the Bell Harbor Conference Center at 5:30 pm.

It’s not the “Port of Prosperity” for workers. It’s the “Port of Poverty.” Workers are not treated with the respect they rightly deserve. No one understands that better than the airport workers who were just fired for praying.

26 Hertz airport workers were“ suspended” a few weeks ago for practicing their religion. Now they have been sacked.

Sadly, Hertz is far from the only port company that is taking advantage of its workers. The average worker at the ports are working poverty level jobs with no benefits, no job security and rules that change on managerial whims. Meanwhile, the Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, still makes$400,000 a year. It’s not right and that’s why we are standing up for good jobs at the port.

On Thursday, November 10 we are holding our own banquet to honor workers who work hard every day, providing essential port services, and don’t get the respect we deserve. We stand together. Every job at the Port of Seattle should be a good job. Won’t you join us at the Bell Harbor Conference Center at 5:30 pm?

This is our port and we should benefit from all our hard work.

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

From Occupying Banks to Building Community


Occupy Seattle Tents packed next the farmers market on Sunday, October 30th. Photo by chadswaney.

Over the last week Occupy Seattle has been steadily building strength. And while actions like bank occupations, disrupting CEO talks and celebrating bank transfer day have grabbed national headlines, the camp at Seattle Central Community College has flourished.

Dozens of tents are packed in tight, the kitchen is bustling, the information booth is stock full of literature and other resources. This week there will be many events that continue to build that community: dance parties, multi-media nights, quilting (to support Rise and Decolonize!), meditation, guerrilla composting, teach-ins, and much, much more.

And there will of course be more actions: On Wednesday, a UAW sponsored Chase Bank Action; on Thurdsay, a rally for Port of Seattle Workers; and on Friday, a Veterans Day Parade.

However, before we march headlong into the future, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the last week. What follows is the Statement of the Bank Occupier of November 2, 2011 that was written by the five folks who went into the Chase bank branch on Broadway and E. Thomas in Capitol Hill, locked down, and shut down the bank for 2 hours. OccupySeattle.org hasn’t been able to post their statement until now, but it is definitely worth your time:

Statement of the Bank Occupier of November 2, 2011

We, independent members of the Occupy Seattle movement, are occupying this Chase bank to interrupt business as usual. We are here to show you that the polished, sanitized spaces of our day-to-day lives are places of horror. Banks don’t simply add arbitrary fees to debit cards or double your interest rates. They perpetuate poverty. They drive homelessness, and with it joblessness and the denial of healthcare. They force people out of homes through sub-prime lending and foreclosures, gentrifying neighborhoods in their wake by investing in real estate and construction firms that build condos and drive up market rates. They help make your “up-and-coming” neighborhoods whiter and wealthier and dispossess everyone needed to make them so. And for those who operate at the margins of society, committing victimless “crimes” or trying to save themselves and their families from starvation, banks are there to dehumanize them when they land in a private prison or get locked up in a immigrant concentration camp, like Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center (its extensive human rights abuse courtesy of Wells Fargo). All while executives reward themselves with millions for lives they have ruined and will ruin again, for a bottom line written in blood.

This movement isn’t just about bailouts. It’s not even about CEO salaries, corporate taxation, or campaign finance reform. The extremes of social and economic injustice most people experience today existed way before the recession, before Citizens United, and before executive pay skyrocketed in the last half-century. It’s about a culture. It’s about the logical consequences of capitalism. It’s about what those of us who grew up in America have heard since day one-the strong survive, the cream rises to the top. But the strength of those on top rests on the backs of millions who were never given a chance to achieve, the cream stays white, and the playing field is never even. It’s about the expectation your value value as a person lies in your ability to drain money out of other people, and not in your ability to pursue your dreams in solidarity with fellow dreamers.

We refuse to live in a world in which power matters more than human lives and transactions more than relationships. We refuse to live in a world where survival-“getting a job”-means increasing the wealth of our bosses. We refuse to live in a world, in a country that never outgrew slavery-only sublimated it to the point we don’t recognize it, because its whips and chains have been replaced by redlining and unaffordable healthcare, or else hidden in the prisons that warehouse the people of color once enchained out in the open. We refuse to live a world that inevitably confers privilege to upper-class, straight, white men, as it does under the rule of capital and the perpetual indentured servitude of the oppressed. We refuse to live in a world where we are accountable to anyone than our interdependent equals. We refuse to live in a world where we are anything other than absolutely free.

Live your desires. Join us. This world is ours-all of ours-and don’t let them tell you anything different. We will build it together.

In solidarity with you in your own struggles,
Occupiers of Seattle

Our Purpose

We, participants in Occupy Seattle, have independently chosen to occupy, to put our bodies on the line in order to shut down a location of Chase Bank.

Chase Bank, the corporation that owns it, and the system that it represents, act to defend and fortify the 1%. They enable the river of wealth from which the 1% drink, they make the flow of wealth from the many of the few possible and profitable. Chase Bank and every other bank make obscene profits from massive foreclosures and the suffering of people throughout the US and the globe.

Banks uphold and enable a rotting system. Both democrat and republican parties and the governing bodies they manage have proven incapable of solving this crisis; they’ve proven incapable of meeting the needs of people; they’ve proven incapable of stopping the mechanized domination of other nations and people. Rather than serve us, politicians serve the 1% and their system.

The list of grievances of the 99% is practically without limit.

Our occupations have proven once and for all:

Mic Check! [Mic Check!]

The world [The World]

Does not [Does not]

Have to [Have to]

Be this way! [BE THIS WAY!]

Banks are not only responsible for crisis, poverty, and extreme wealth inequality but they are also working directly against the Occupy movement. The day after the NYPD “kettled” and arrested 700 New York occupiers, the Chase bank donated 4.6 million dollars to the New York City Police Foundation-the largest in its history.

We are occupying this bank and risking our safety in order to show you, the people, we are fighting for a world without banks, without poverty, without the wealth of the world owned by a tiny minority. We are out to change the whole planet. Starting. Right. Here.

Today the call from Occupy Oakland goes out: “General Strike!” We stand with them. Occupy together. Occupy the world.

Get Money Out of Politics

Contact: getmoneyoutofpoliticsos@gmail.com

Facebook Group

Forum Group

 

Occupy City Council meeting 11/7 2PM

Seattle City Council will be unveiling the text of Nick Licata’s Resolution in support of Occupy Seattle.

The Resolution is likely to pass, and it would be nice to have a show of support for the Council, while also expressing to the Council who we are, why we are here, what we want, and what we have planned.

The Council starts at 2 PM, on the 2nd floor of City Hall (5th and James). After entering City Hall front entrance, take the stairs straight ahead up to the second floor, and continue to the left. There is seating for a few hundred, and last week only about dozen people showed up! Lets make our presence known and felt!

Afterwards we will march to Mayor McGinn’s office and share our progress, efforts, and demands with him.

Lastly, we will collect on the plaza on the 4th Ave side of City Hall, to meet one another and discuss future plans.

Occupy Seattle General Assembly 2011-11-06

Occupy Seattle General Assembly

  • Date/time: 2011-11-06 18:50
  • Location: Westlake Park
  • Minutes taken by: Phil Mocek
  • Audio archive: http://www.archive.org/details/OccupySeattleGeneralAssembly2011-11-06

Facilitation Team

  • Orientation: Braidon
  • Process mover: Hudson
  • Taking stack: Alberto
  • Agenda: Michael

Campers

  • ?
    • suggested to two staff members that we should do some role playing exercises
    • respect is earned not given
    • we're developing a bad reputation in the neighborhood
    • we've forgotten what we're here for
    • when the bars close
  • ?
    • happy to hear reaffirmation that GA is for making decisions that affect the entire collective
    • hopes that in the future, decisions that affect the entire collective, like rearranging camp, are passed through GA instead of decided upon by a small group of people who seem to think their need for things to be tidy and safe according to their own ideas is more important than collective decision making. Was upset this morning about this whole thing, which she only heard about as an announcement last night. Knows many other people are upset as well.
  • ?
    • Woke up this morning to small group of people saying everyone should get up and move their tents. Justification was that it was an emergency. Last time he heard this, it was people saying we needed to move to City Hall. Such emergencies being declared makes him distrust people.
  • Matt
    • Regarding tents: It's not okay to subvert democracy.
    • Regarding drug use: Putting together a program to meet people where they are. The drug problem is not an individual's problem, it's what happens when a community fails. Also inviting Narcotics Anonymous to come, not to preach but just to be here for people.
  • Zach – Wonders why people who have not been long have blankets and tents while some who have been here since the beginning do not.
  • ? – Agrees with Matt. Thinks we should invite NA. Cleaning up our messes is a great idea. Also, adults need to watch out for younger people here.
  • ? – Knows there was much frustration with tent moving today. Might have been easier to bring to GA. Let's not make it like moving them was not necessary for fire safety. She had difficult time maneuvering around camp. The move was necessary, but might have been easier to bring to GA first. Does not believe there was some sort of power motive to control the camp by doing so.
  • ? – Shares frustration with the way the decision was made. He would have agreed to do it, but opposes ignoring of the process by which we made decisions.
    • Woke up today feeling hopeful and feels more congruity out of people by whom he's surrounded today than he did yesterday.
  • ? – Energy and mood of tent has improved since we embraced no alcohol and drug policy. This means people can continue to do whatever they want but not risk the reputation of the 99 and the college. Let's feel free to occupy Westlake. Let's have lunch down there. We're preaching to the choir up here. Everybody agrees with us here, but not so down there.
  • Alyssa – Understands desire for autonomy, but is confused about drug and alcohol policy since there are people smoking pot at GA. People are upset about processes regarding tents, when in fact we have no way to enforce anything, including rules that are needed to keep us here.
  • ? – Suggestion: Assign four hours cleaning duty to people caught smoking. "If you're going to smoke on the property, you're going to clean off the property." Is homeless, but from this neighborhood. Is in recovery. Lost her kids, her man, then her mind. She's coming back. She has friends she doesn't want to leave behind. Don't judge people. Some people have not had the things we take for granted. This is the closest thing she's had to a home in seven months. Has seven friends trying to kick heroin. Can't keep it up. Wants to help with NA.
  • Zach/Tactical – He made announcement last night about moving tents. Was not here today, so can't address what happened. Apologizes, says it was grossly inappropriate for just making that announcement. Apologizes for any inconvenience today's actions caused. Didn't mean any harm, and is sure others involved did not either.
  • Neighbor Jen – Lives nearby. Happy we're here. Happy to hear about cleaning up the neighborhood. Most of the mess is not OS's fault, but if we help clean it, the neighborhood will love us. When we decide on a way to do cleanups, announce it to the neighborhood, the Chamber of Commerce, and maybe the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, because everyone will be pleased as punch. Reiterates that cigarette butts are not biodegradable.
  • Matt – Many people have medical marijuana. Consider that when trying to scrutinize people. Anywhere they're allowed to smoke, they're allowed to use their medication.
  • Ginger
    • Did much of the tent reorganizing this morning. Many people who are upset may be directing their anger directly at her. Her actions were purely to help make this site safe. Wanted to protect us from the threat of the fire marshal inspect us and have the police sweep us out. Agrees that whole process should have been communicated more and community should have been involved more. Was not involved in organizing process, simply saw it would be difficult and painful for many people. Attempted to do it in as respectful a way as possible.
    • Woman was here looking for her lost 16 year old daughter. Daughter became drug addict since leaving. Called police intending to have them sweep our camp looking for girl. Police did not do this because they believed the story — true — that the girl left camp. Had they come in and found the camp in the condition it was this morning, they would have tripped every five feet. Would have immediately been extremely difficult and compromising position for us. Understands if people are indignant about belief that there was urgency. But if we have underage kids here who police may be looking for, we're in very difficult situation.
  • Has been looking for group to start for a long time. Wants to find a way to fit in here. With her drug use, has repeatedly dumpster dove in this neighborhood. Has probably has a few messy sessions, and would like to help with cleaning.
  • ? – Thanks Matt for reminding us that some people have medical marijuana status. Asks that people smoke it elsewhere.
  • ? – Agrees regarding medical marijuana. It's used for medical purposes. If people have authorization, should not have to worry. But do to influx of people who smoke but do not have card, everyone has a problem. People are allergic. People abuse it. Understands that it should be available for recreational use. If you choose to smoke on school grounds, you may be taught that there are consequences for your actions.

Working group announcements

  • time: 19:29

  • Jordan

    • from Occupy Portland
    • is here to do groundwork and outreach and help out
    • if you have statements, letters, words of encouragement to send to Occupy Portland, please see her
    • needs three cold volunteers who would like to get away for the night, wash some clothes, and warm up. Ride will be here around 9pm.

Medical Working Group

  • Babylonia, on behalf of WG
    • have basic hygiene supplies (e.g., tooth brushes, deodorant, cough drops)
      • email OccupySeattleStreetMedics@gmail.com
    • collecting names of people who want basic first aid and street medic training
      • stop by medical tent to leave contact info
    • tweet health and wellness info @OccupyHealthy

Media Working Group

  • Carson
    • Gathering footage, stories, etc., for The Stranger
    • deadline is tomorrow
    • have footage of police brutality or stories to share, find him tonight

Faith and Spirit Group

  • Takina
    • first meeting tonight in front of tent after GA
    • come join if you'd like to be part of WG
    • tomorrow 11am: 40-50 chaplains coming to visit
      • want to know what's going on
      • where to bring food and clothes
    • 1pm reiki practitioner, 2pm vahi guy offering prayers and heart discussion on creating culture of education
    • schedule is on the board, and on Occupy Sanctuary Web page

Learning Working Group

  • ?
    • Learning tent is open for any workshops. See calendar inside to reserve.
    • Offer learning resources to the rest of the groups
    • Contact info at tent
    • Need help from ICT to set up online resources

Kitchen Working Group

  • Emily
    • need people to clean up after themselves
      • hard to feed while also cleaning up after everyone
      • if you spill sugar or coffee, wipe down, throw stuff in the compost
      • can always help with dishes
      • need steady volunteers to fill water at Cal Anderson Park
        • if you wonder why there's no water, you can go refill for us
    • need more resources to create hot water until we set up cooking facility on site
    • have decided to close kitchen during GA
      • gives them time to prepare food, organize, clean, and encourages GA attendance
  • ?
    • made contact with Compass Center, who delivered hot meal last week, but we only had one volunteer (him)
    • if we want hot meals M-F between 12:30-1pm, delivered, prepared, supplied, by the Compass Center, need people to step up to volunteer. They're doing us a great courtesy.

Hip Hop Occupies Working Group

  • Forest
    • Getting many requests to dance and sing for different workgroups
      • are not minstrels
      • are action-oriented working group

Permaculture Working Group

  • Albert
    • constructing passive solar greenhouse nearby
    • will soon have winter food production, water catchment, sand filter treatment, and stacking functions in demonstration project

Sanitation Working Group

  • Andrew
    • port-a-potties getting full
    • blocking off those that are full
    • to get through night, please use alternative restrooms
    • if over 21, please visit a bar
    • if under, Bauhaus Coffee open until 2:30
    • please stop throwing trash in port-a-potties; beer can takes up as much space as a couple good sized turds
    • please don't write graffiti in them; he's the only one who reads it

Sustainability Brigade Working Group

  • Tabitha
    • Take a good look around at our garbage cans. They're full.
    • get to know where we take garbage by 7pm for our pickup
    • please help take garbage to designated location
    • we're out of the bags we must put things in for pickup; getting more tomorrow
    • pickup spot changing from base of stairs to Harvard to concrete cove by Math and Sciences building
    • please clean up after yourselves
    • 5pm Wednesday will have guerrilla composting workshop off-site. Meet by steps, will walk over from there.
    • in five days, we'll no longer offer disposable dishes and utensils
      • please come up with your own
      • will be offering some; adopt and personalize

Tactical Working Group

  • Forest
    • friend owns Neighbors, the club at the far end of the alley. If we have bags of trash, take to far end of alley, largest dumpster

Peace and Safety Working Group

  • Forest
    • Camp Safety met last night to talk about heroine and non-marijuana drug use and how to deal with it while protecting our community. Suggests group discussion about how passive our response should be.
      • discussion will happen immediately after GA

Demands Working Group

  • Justin
    • demand we passed last week is kind of worked into the City Council resolution that is to be introduced at City Council meeting tomorrow 2pm at City Hall
      • supporting OS, looking at City finances, moving money to local banks, prevent cuts of social projects and education, start looking into how elections are financed, something about cops

Facilitation and Process Working Group

  • Ed
    • changing time: starting tomorrow, one hour before General Assembly
    • that's the time to bring proposals and announcements of proposals
    • starting tonight, when people are proposing, after discussion can:
      • have a vote
      • withdraw (possibly bring back another night)
      • withdraw proposal for five minutes to go talk with people who have expressed strong disagreement, then bring it back

Action Announcements

  • Jen the neighbor
    • noticed that Occupy Wall Street had a newspaper, so she made one for Occupy Seattle
    • copies are taped up around camp and at the information tent
    • please send suggestions, respectful feedback, and story leads to comradebunny@gmail.com
  • Bernie – Seeks bands to play November 11, Veterans Day
    • US Govt, Senate and House, are discussing ways to cut veterans benefits
    • have been 4487 deaths in Iraq, 33,163 wounded
    • 1300+ killed in Agh, 15k injured, 2066 Am and Afg civilians
  • Hilary – sisters organized for survival
    • hope to form Occupy the Capitol Work Group
    • did good job with banks, now time to attack legislators
    • On November 28, WA Legislature will begin special session in which they plan to slash 2 billion dollars more from our social safety net (health care, education, social services)
      • need to storm the Capitol and to occupy it, beginning 28th, continuing as long as possible
      • if interested in participating, meet after GA
  • ? – Would like as many people as interested to occupy Westlake Park starting tomorrow. Could use help with food, making signs. Suggests working in three-hour shifts. Let's not forget visibility and send clear message that this movement is not a partisan movement (Socialist, Communist, Democrat, Republican) but about truth. Wants to make signs to make it clear we're not jobless. Only jeers he's heard are from people on the street who say, "go get a job"
  • Bob
    • Reinforces that the plan was to use SCCC as base camp, get nourishment here, then march down to Westlake daily as a group in the streets.
    • Thursday 5:30p Pier 66 – will be big banquet for port officials
      • Working Washington and other groups will be holding their own banquet in the street, along with some other entertaining and fun things. Please don't miss it. Please be a part of it.
  • Anna
    • planning action for Veterans Day. Will read The Illiad. Takes ten hours to read. Seeks volunteers to read on Veterans Day.
      • if interested, meet her after GA

Announcements of Future Proposals

  • Shawn
    • proposal:
    • will probably bring it Tuesday or Wednesday
    • now that we have Camp Safety, there is much talk of revision Good Neighbor Statement so will be more clear what we hold each other accountable to here at SCCC
  • Ed
    • proposal: all decisions instead of passing by simple majority will require 80 percent majority
      • presenter: Ed from Process and Facilitation
      • rationale: streamline
    • proposal:
      • if previous proposal passes, nature of block will change from veto to blocking concern that simply asks for reconsideration and revote
    • proposal: start all GAs at 7pm, then work hard to finish by 9pm
      • 6:30 is too early, 7:30 too late
      • regular time that is better for everyone
  • Babylonia
    • proposal to help organize our camp
      • regarding enforcement or lack thereof, Nickelsville have an elected arbitration committee; security takes issues there
    • visited Nickelsville yesterday to learn how they organize their camp
  • Andrew
    • proposal: put numbers on on tents
    • rationale: organize in more sustainable way. Understands this is autonomous movement. Organization is critical.
      • pretend we're a new colony.
        • Week one was about growth. We grew.
        • Now we're in week two, which is a delicate process. It's about sustainability and self-organization. We need to organize in a manageable way. Keep in mind that we're under a microscope. Kilpatrick did not say that our actions are legal, just that they're not illegal. Second Pres has the opportunity to kick us out, he will. Was reported in newspaper last week that drugs, other than pot, were in camp. Also that there was violence. This gives the politician a bad reputation. Let's not slip up.
    • Will introduce Tuesday.
    • Number could be on inside.
  • Robbie, Medical and other WGs
    • proposal: conduct poll and issue statement about how we're growing
    • will introduce Friday
    • wants to show world how we've changed, that the movement includes many young people

Proposals

  • proposal: General Assembly will direct Legal Working Group not to discriminate between alleged non-violent crimes and alleged violent crimes when working for the legal defense of an Occupy Seattle person charged with a crime.
    • restated: General Assembly will direct Legal Working Group not to discriminate between alleged non-violent crimes and alleged violent crimes when working for the legal defense of an Occupy Seattle person charged with a crime. The GA may choose to give specific direction to the Legal WG on a case-by-case basis.
    • restated: General Assembly will direct Legal Working Group not to discriminate between alleged non-violent crimes and alleged violent crimes when arranging for defense of an Occupy Seattle person charged with a crime during Occupy Seattle events. The GA reserves the right to give specific directions on a case-by-case basis to the Legal WG.
    • presenter: Duff
    • rationale:
      • Consulted with Legal and Process and Facilitation. Reworded based on this.
      • Crucial because there is false dichotomy between alleged violent and non-violent crimes with which OS people may be charged by Seattle police.
      • Reality is that when doing actions in the street, Seattle Police will routinely falsify arrest reports, making non-crimes into crimes. These will make alleged non-violent crimes into alleged violent crimes.
      • Must take in revolutionary new reality that came to be because of our brave brothers and sisters at Chase Bank and at Sheraton on November 2, 2011. Non-violent and violent does not describe the conditions on the ground that we encountered with the cops.
      • One of our members was charged with a violent crime that came out of interactions with police on Wednesday. This alleged violent crime caused Legal WG to be hampered temporarily in its defense of the person who was charged.
        • Alleged violent crime was assault of police officer
        • new reality came into being Wednesday, that he hopes is regular reality, if one of us can be charged with assaulting a cop, 100 of us could be charged with such.
        • No fine line between violent and non-violent crime. This is counter-revolutionary concept that divides our group
      • when one of us is in jail, all of us are in jail, regardless of the alleged crime with which our member may be charged, falsely or correctly, by Seattle Police
    • discussion
      • ? – should support people accused of violent crimes, for very practical reasons. Most likely violent crime they'll be accused of is assault of police officer. Whenever police beat someone up, they accuse that person of assault as defensive maneuver. It's naive to believe someone accused of violent crime is guilty of it. Much more likely that police are lying.
      • ? – For those of us who have been arrested for any reason for the movement, should be supported. Many ways to support the cause, both non-violently and sometimes violently. We should support people regardless.
      • Corey, Legal WG – Understands the proposers intentions are good, but proposal is short-sighted. Puts horse before the card. Knows that the police lie. Has read hundreds of reports where they lie and contradict themselves in the report. At same time, are ethical considerations by which attorneys much abide in order to continue to be attorneys. If they find they cannot ethically represent someone, cannot withdraw because they'll be disbarred. Already know that 30 or so pro-bono attorneys will not be part of this if this proposal passes. That means you will no long have attorneys, and this proposal won't matter. Legal right now is working on a proposal so that we can ensure that we'll be able to quickly determine if the police officer is lying and we can give someone representation so that we can help everyone who is part of this movement. If this passes, lawyers cannot continue to be part.
        • response: Understands and respects. Is puzzled why this proposal which is neutral about nature of crime would cause attorneys any problems. Proposal says Legal WG shall not discriminate between violent and nonviolent crimes. Does not say we must defend all people accused of violent crimes, or all those accused of non-violent crimes. Has worked with many attorneys over the years and doesn't see whey this would be offensive or threaten credentials of any attorney.
          • Attorneys cannot withdraw from a case except in very specific circumstances. They won't want to get stuck in some cases and cannot risk being disbarred.
      • ? – Many things are considered violent. Smashing a window is very different than harming another person. Giving all the B.S., supports this proposal.
      • Patricia – So long as the discretion still exists to make a determination on whether or not to defend someone, proposal is okay as stop-gap measure until Legal puts forth proposal for adjudicative team that can better make these decisions. Very important to her that everyone understands what Duff is saying, which she understands to mean that we don't automatically defend every person for any crimes. That would be impossible. Recognizes that people are sometimes accused of violent crimes who should not be. Okay with this as long as it's temporary.
      • ? – This is a slam-dunk. It's a response to Legal's hesitation to defend Henry. Should vote ASAP. If Legal has concerns, should make another proposal soon.
      • Forest – Regarding lawyers: Those who feel it is unethical to support this movement should not be with us. There are other lawyers with better ethics.
      • Daniel – If the standard Legal is stating were so, then how did the Green River Killer get adequate defense. Look at record as William Kunsler. Support this movement even if a few of us end up in a control unit. Only relying on legal system to keep out of jail.
      • Matt – If you vote this down, understand that in the majority of times, people of color will be accused with assault of an officer. To the lawyers who find it unethical to defend those people: you're bordering on racism and unethical practices. Thought principle was innocent until proven guilty.
      • ? – Questions Corey's concern: Said lawyer could be disbarred. Does someone in jail need be assigned a lawyer in order to be bailed out.
    • vote
      • time: 20:48
      • majority favor
      • blocks
        • Akila – Does tax representation before IRS. Has option to tell clients upon further review of facts of their case is no longer to represent them. However, attorneys do not have that privilege. Puts pro-bono lawyer volunteers in jeopardy. Cannot ask people work for free then to lose their license. This is poor proposal. Legal WG is working on proposal to let people to continue working for free for movement and continue to eat.
          • Need or have other attorneys to work with us. Great. But those currently representing those who have been arrested will not have representation in the matter.
        • discussion
          • Nowhere in the proposal does it state that any pro-bono lawyers must take on any case. Would assume they'll be offered choice to represent someone whether crime is violent or not. Doesn't understand why block is valid.
          • Block is invalid. Said a whole bunch of nothing, most of which he disagrees with. Didn't say anything about the foundational principles of why we're here.
          • Not only is block invalid, supposed facts about losing licenses is completely invalid. Lawyers are there to accuse people accused of crimes, both violent and non-violent.
          • This is a slam-dunk. Let's not get upset because some people have bureaucratic problems.
          • proposer: Does not direct people to defend something they don't want to defend. Provides guidance; doesn't tie hands.
          • Agrees that we need to back everyone. But when we have problems with definite answers. The other day we had proof of someone's actions, and we're being asked to back no matter what. Agrees, not guilty until proven elsewhere. Legal team is here every day. We talk to them about our issues. Need their support. Won't get it from public defenders.
          • proposer: After intense discussions with Legal, Legal have committed to have aforementioned new procedures by Tuesday. Intent is to help Legal arrange timely representation. Henry stayed in jail 24hours extra when he should have been sprung with everyone else. Need to acknowledge new revolutionary reality. One goal is to unite camp and those who might be arrested, raising revolutionary consciousness of us all. Well on our way to doing that.
    • withdrawn
      • Deferring to Legal for two days. Will reintroduce Tuesday reflecting information Legal provides.
  • proposal: Amend no-contact with police policy "The community through P and S reserve the right to contact SPD in situations that pose imminent risk to any and all Occupy Seattle participants, with P/S being recognized as individuals that provide some degree of security that any decision to call SPD will be determined by P/S members on duty. Though recognizing individual rights, P/S will act as mediators in managing said amendment, recognizing that security is a community job. When determining whether SPD should be contacted, 1) all intercommunity options should be exhausted. That such incidents that XXX that may warrant calling SPD, kidnapping, and any other incidents that pose serious risk to Occupy Seattle participants, said amendment will be XXX. Actions will be determined by community vote. It is affirmed that community does not recognize SPD as legitimate law enforcement agency, yet if situations arise that risk safety of OS participant, it is said to amend the no contact with police policy.
    • Individuals participating in OS, right to call police when physical safety is at immediate risk or in danger of such . Should only do so if Camp Safety and general community are unable to resolve said situation or are unable to hear cries for assistance. 2) If police are notified caller should make known that police are on their way so people who would prefer to avoid contact can take action 3) Affirm all parts of no-contact policy
    • restated in one sentence: If someone on this camp or people who come off the street and become part of the movement find themselves in imminent danger to which the community cannot properly respond, authorities in place now should be at that person's disposal to mitigate death, trauma, and fear.
    • presenter: Andrew and Harvey
    • rationale:
      • November 5, around 5pm, a community meeting convened and recognized that safety and the physical well-being of all who recognize the occupy movement is our number one priority.
      • Inter-community action should be our only resort. Peace and Safety should have all tools a their disposal to avoid danger
      • Meat and bones is that any individual in immediate physical risk can notify SPD.
    • discussion:
      • Opposes. We as community should be able to defend our neighbors. We must step it up for those who are unable to defend themselves. Police should never need to be called. Police contact is never good.
      • Thinks proposal was long-winded way to say, "this proposal sucks; vote no"
        • This is not about personal feelings. Shares deep reservations about contacting police. Will be at Mayor's office tomorrow to talk about this.
      • proposer: This is about liability. If someone is being raped, someone at camp should not allow personal feelings about police to prevent stopping it. What precedent are we setting for the future of this movement? Are we to have no laws?
      • Would like to find a way to make everyone in camp feel like they're part of Peace and Safety, addressing violent actions as they arrive. If someone commits serious violent crime in this camp, wants that person to be put through our current rule. If someone attacks someone here, we currently do not have any way of addressing that within our community. We have no cohesive social contract. Doesn't necessarily support this proposal, but asks that we figure out how to address this. What do we do if someone commits serious violent crime in our camp. We need to know what to do in that situation.
      • Disagrees with Harvey and the proposal. Please respect him. He stood up to cops, yelling at them for over an hour. Respect the man and respect the process.
      • The people who want cops to stay away and those who want cops to come here are two sides of same crime. One wants to bring tyranny in, others to grow it internally. Some want thugs to come in, others want thugs walking around all the time. Tyranny of state vs. tyranny of individual.
      • Safety of everyone here is most important thing. Is it legal to tell someone he can't call the cops? Is this America still?
      • His understanding of existing policy: Not an absolute policy. Its words ended with "to the extent possible".
      • One primary concern is that we're conditioned to rely on the state, with people like cops taking care of us. More important to learn to deal with our own stuff instead of continuing to rely on racists.
      • This proposal sets us back a month, as does surrounding discussion. Asks how this affects language in statement passed weeks ago, Camp Safety passed days ago. There's no acknowledgement of that.
        • proposer: This does not build in anything, but affirms accountability statement, good neighbor policy, and duty of Peace and Safety people. Does not set back any previously passed resolutions, but puts in language consequences if situations result in bodily injury to a person. If someone comes to camp and steals $5000 of equipment, that's grand larceny. Who wants to lose that over a person's feelings about the police? They are in place now. Say someone comes and does $10,000 in damage…
          • But what does this add to previous resolutions?
            • Only consensus is distaste for police. Has deep reservations. If someone is stabbing him, please call the police.
      • proposer: doesn't say we co-depend on police, just provides avenue the Peace and Safety and community as a whole cannot handle without endangering people in the community. If his safety is in jeopardy and wants to call SPD he will.
    • vote:
      • time: 21:51
      • clear minority support, proposal fails

Announcements

  • ? – Tomorrow at 7pm, will be DJ and movie projected inside. If you're cold, go inside or dance.
  • ? – When participated in Chase shutdown, witnessed one of most radical protesters, never sees, never sees here. Got under paddy wagon, and was stretched when van moved away with police holding. Yelled, licked his wounds, and went crazy like a Viking. This crazy man must have been immune to handcuffs. Only people of color and those who are not much of a threat to the police were man-handled.
  • ? – SCCC Day Care is slated to be cut. Sounds like they're engaged in same struggle as us. Thinks we should take that on.
  • Bernie – Friday march to support veterans may change to get better exposure and more veterans. Please call your relatives, email veteran friends, let them know about Friday.
  • ? – From this week on, she and other community artists will start having Thursday art-making programs for young people (or kids of all ages), to help amplify our message. This Thursday, hope to get 99 knitters and crocheters to come make 99 9" squares, which they'll put together and give the blanket to someone who really needs it. Bring supplies if you have them.
  • ? – Has idea to help save friend's small business bicycle shop at 2nd and Stewart because of big condo development.
  • Forest – Joint activity discussion postponed until tomorrow's GA.
  • ? – Can go to St. James Cathedral during day to relax in peace and pray. Sees animals around. Please take care of them before taking care of themselves. Consider getting umbrellas in anticipation of rain.
  • Shawn – When someone purports to speak for group, such as Legal tonight, consider checking with others. Also, we still do not screen proposals.
  • Michael – Hillary from Sisters Organized for Survival
    • Occupy Olympia meeting will be tomorrow 5pm at Learning Tent

Adjourned 22:01

General Assembly notes 11/05

Occupy Seattle General Assembly

  • Date/time: 2011-11-05 19:00
  • Location: Seattle Central Community College
  • Minutes taken by: Phil Mocek
  • Audio archive: http://www.archive.org/details/OccupySeattleGeneralAssembly2011-11-05

Facilitation Team

  • Facilitator: Carol
  • Agenda:
  • Process mover:
  • Taking stack:
  • Time keeper:

Working group announcements

Faith and Spirit Working Group

  • Sakina
    • house of peace established at camp
      • will have chaplains ever day
      • 9am yoga happens here
      • 6pm sit
      • sufi dancing and singing after GAs

Food Working Group

  • Ginger
    • have orientation trainings for new volunteers every Saturday 10am
    • always need dishes washed
      • anyone can volunteer any time to wash dishes
    • phasing out use of disposable dishes
      • due to cost on environment, cost on donation resources, garbage
      • one week from now, if you want free food, must have your own bowl, so please claim one and get in habit of keeping track of it
      • response: not everyone can bring a bowl
        • Elvina – has ability to stock up on needed cutlery
        • Ginger – kitchen is capable of providing dishes for campers' use
          • will greatly increase need for people to wash dishes

Tactical Working Group

  • Zach (also from November 5 Bank Transfer Day WG)
    • today was great success
      • believes 30-40 people closed Chase and Bank of America accounts
      • about 10 people signed up with local credit unions during march today
      • swing by BECU at 2nd and Pine or Seattle Metropolitan at 3rd and Columbia (who had sandwiches, coffee, t-shirts for us)
      • had great sit-in and speak-out at 4th and Pine despite police trying to make us leave
    • yesterday and today, Tactical discussed having cleanup and reorganization of structure of camp structure
      • keep camp clean, safe, accessible, easier to move through
      • tomorrow 10am
      • encourages everyone to help us clean up our camp

Legal Working Group

  • Corey
    • realizes we have many questions for them
    • to answer, considering arranging Legal Q&A about dealing with police encounters, things to report to Legal regarding misconduct

Outreach Working Group

  • Lorrie
    • trying to get more outreach events happening around city
    • need to set a good example here
      • need peace and cooperation
      • cut down on violence, drugs, alcohol, loitering
    • if you're here, encouraged to get involved
    • want everyone to understand that we're not just here to occupy, but to get things done
    • if we all chip in, we'll get things done

Announcements of Future Proposals

  • Harvey
    • proposal: amend police no-contact policy under certain circumstances:
      • incidents that will directly threaten or endanger safety and/or health of those at camp
      • public use or consumption of drugs and alcohol is not permitted
      • we should abide by noise ordinance, particularly when people are trying to sleep at night
        • it is affirmed under good neighbor policy
      • zero tolerance for theft, physical altercations that may or may not result in harm or bodily injuries
        • extenuating circumstances will be considered
      • not saying we need police; can police ourselves, but should reserve right to exercise our right to call police under some circumstances
      • will be in our best interest to ensure our safety and longevity of this movement
    • final draft available tomorrow
    • many people he's in contact with show support for this
  • Duff
    • change policy regarding to something like, Legal WG will defend all occupiers engaged in a Seattle Occupation event when charged with any crime and provide that person with contacts for pro-bono representation, bail that person out and otherwise defend this person unless full GA decides to make exemption from this blanket defense policy
      • in other words, we should assume that all occupiers are worthy of defense
      • must not allow situation like Henry's to develop again
    • amend general assembly directive that they will only defend, represent, and bail out of jail those occupiers accused of non-violent crimes
      • emergency GA Thurs night caused many people to think that division between violent and non-violent crimes is inadequate to reflect realities on the ground when interacting with police
      • reflects widespread understanding that Seattle PD routinely falsifies reports so minor charge becomes major charge, seems on paper to be violent but actual incident involved nothing violent
  • Mohawk
    • intends to propose: three-strikes policy on drug and alcohol use. First strike, kicked out for the day. Second, 38-72 hours. Third: permanently. But if you're alcoholic or drug-addicted, can find help with better managing oneself.
      • intends just to set some ground rules
    • intends to propose: similar to drug/alcohol policy; if you have problem, should find resources to help like counseling
    • regarding smoking in tents: there is straw everywhere. Let's avoid Great Fire of Occupy Seattle. Tents will burn fast from one cigarette spark.

Announcements

  • Ginger
    • Was on peace and safety crew last night that dealt with the woman
      • regarding Henry getting poked with needle
        • entered tent and began dialogue with people inside
        • as continued, were working on getting them to leave camp
        • during process, Henry picked up needle with gloved hand
        • went to find bottle for makeshift sharps container, bottle she brought was not adequate
        • she feels responsible, never dealt with this before
        • in process, Henry accidentally poked himself in the chest
      • tried to get people to leave for a few hours, eventually broke down into psychotic break
      • commotion and noise resulted in belief that best thing was to eject people from camp
      • police soon showed up; unknown if called or just showed up
      • police and fire truck showed, examined people who were visibly high on heroine, then left
      • people were left on street corner to fend for themselves
      • peace and safety crew felt that camp mandate required that IV drug users needed to be removed for safety
    • request more discussion and more specific parameters for future situations
  • Josh
    • Have been occupying foreclosure auctions every Friday
    • two Fridays ago, shut it down
    • since, went to King County Council and demanded that the put a foreclosure moratorium and force banks to do the right thing
      • got two commitments so far
    • need more people this Friday
      • will occupy the auction, then visit Attorney General's office
    • 9:30am Friday, 600 1st Ave
    • nobody should have their dreams auctioned off in this state
  • Ed
    • this is Occupy Wall Street not Occupy Palestine
    • APAC, Israel PAC is having fundraiser in Seattle tomorrow night
    • let's tell them nobody should be buying Congress, particularly those who spend it to make Congress spend our
    • 4:30pm Westin Hotel between 5th and 6th, Virginia and Stewart, about an hour
      • plenty of time to get back for GA
  • Forest
    • just got out of jail after being locked up since Oct 16
    • saddened by disharmony in community
    • on Monday, has surprise for GA. Please attend.
  • Sharla
    • thanks everyone for handling of situation last night; contained it well
    • Camp Safety will meet tonight at 9:30 at Safety Tent to begin discussing everything; please join
  • Mohawk
    • willing to do laundry
      • has washer and dryer at home
      • can't do blankets, but shirts, socks, etc. okay
      • leaving at 3pm Sunday, returning Monday 9am
  • ?
    • Learning Tent opens Sunday 10am
    • nice selection of books
    • around 1pm will be teach-in on socialism and revolution
  • Chris Mobley
    • just read article today on Capitol Hill Seattle blog about child care program here at SCCC slated to closd Dec 15 due to budget cuts
    • let's oppose this
    • working families who attend SCCC are organizing to oppose and find alternatives
    • we could easily find common cause with their struggle

Discussion

  • time: 19:44
  • Prior to GA, were having group discussion about:
    • what makes our would make us feel safe in this situation of occupation
    • what we want to do in order to become safer
  • Mohawk
    • observed situation with IV drug users last night
    • people did better job of dealing with it than he's seen before
    • dumping them street-side was not good; need to look out for each other
  • Scott
    • grew up in Puget Sound, attended Fauntleroy Elementary
    • works for Sound Transit, only non-union agency in the state
    • about to lose house to presumptive foreclosure
      • because he's arguing with Bank of America
      • told them he'll stop paying if they don't return stolen payments
        • have paperwork to prove, looks bad for bank
      • Bank of America tried to break into his house
      • called police
      • Kirkland Police did not arrest anyone
      • installed cameras and recording equipment
      • was then sued by Webster Bank
      • asks us to go to King County Records, Superior Court Webster Bank NA vs. Scott McAllen
      • Webster Bank is suing on behalf of Bank of America
        • suit extended by Judge Bruce W. Hillyar
      • has never been arrested, but may now be because BWH may be most powerful man in Washington State
        • try to find his picture; probably cannot
        • as presiding judge last year appointed himself to Scott's case
    • response: suggest contacting The Consumerist, national website that many people read about people being screwed by big corporations when story goes from local to national

Adjourned 19:54