Per the decision made at the 10/7 General Assembly. The march originally planned for Noon on 10/8 has been moved to 5PM. This is to support the Indigenous people’srally also being held at Westlake tomorrow from Noon to five. The organizers of this event have spoken in solidarity with our movement and we want to show respect and solidarity with them.
Rally still starts at noon and there WILL be many other activities among occupiers going on all day at West lake, so please come down for those. It is specifically the march that has been moved.
WORKING GROUP UPDATES
1. TXT MSG GROUP
- If you want to know what’s going on with Occupy Seattle, text 68398.
- We are working on crafting concise, appropriate messages.
- If you have questions, please come to the work group on 10/8 at 4pm.
- We share considerable common ground. Let’s work together to make more specific demands.
- There is a poster near the food tent. If you have demands, write them down.
3. FINANCE & LEGAL
- If you want to discuss needs or share concerns concerning fundraising and banks, please come to the work group meeting on 10/8 at 4pm.
- We’re here to keep you safe!
- 3 Question Temperature Check
1. Do we want a local credit union account?
2. Do we want an on-line, transparent account?
3. Do we want to be tax-deductible?
4. PEACE AND SAFETY
- Remember that we are a peaceful protest. It is everyone’s duty to keep the peace and vibe-watch.
- We will be wearing orange bands/duct tape/bandanas/ties to identify our work group.
5. OUTREACH -
- It is the outreach team’s job to make sure everyone, even those who are not at the GA, to be represented and heard.
- Tomorrow, we are standing in solidarity with indigenous peoples. We are decolonizing the occupation!
- Please welcome every new person to our movement. We need each other to grow.
6. MEDICAL –
- Medical will have a meeting after the GA.
- We are starting to make 8 ft sleeves to protect sleeping bags and piles of blankets.
- Remember this is marathon not a sprint. If you have a fever or extreme fatigue, it’s time to take care of yourself.
- ITEMS NEEDED: Blankets, Hats, Gloves, Lights, Shelving, Storage, Painter’s Plastic.
7. STORAGE AND SUPPLY –
- We’re losing emergency storage soon, so we’re working on new storage solutions.
- Contact Info:
- Lost items can be found behind the medical tent.
- SUPPLY ITEMS NEEDED: Clear, plastic totes (all sizes), Batteries (all sizes)
- POWER STATION ITEMS NEEDED: Deep Cycle Batteries (car batteries ok), Cigarette Lighter Adapters, Car AC/DC Inverters
- DRIVERS NEEDED.
8. INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS -
- We are here to make things easier for you. We are enablers to facilitate communication.
- Please e-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NEED: Translators.
9. FOOD –
- Important considerations:
1. where our food/drink sources are coming from
2. how to waste less
3. is this a communal food kitchen or is it just for occupiers?
- KITCHEN ITEMS NEEDED: Sandwich and Bread Fillings, Prepared Coffee, Carafes, Prepared Meals.
- PEOPLE NEEDED to prepare meals!
10. MEDIA –
- We need to define the event on 10/8. We will discuss this later in the GA.
11. INFORMATION –
- On 10/8, there will be an informational booth set up.
- NEED: Work group information (such as e-mails, phone #s, statements of purpose, definitions).
12. TACTICAL –
- We suggest giving the Native Alliance our full solidarity and then doing Occupy Seattle outreach afterward.
- 10/15 is a National Day of Action.
- The week of October 23rd is a week of divestment. Let’s take our money back from the banks.
- We have been told there will be a large police presence at 10/8′s rally. They have said they will be there to keep us safe.
- We propose ‘Sunday Schools’ where we bring in people with varying expertise to educate us on tactics and the issues.
13. DIRECT ACTION –
- Meet us at the Bank of America after GA.
1) 10/8′s event schedule
2) Adjusting GA time
3) Native Alliance Rally
4) Adding educational groups
5) Organizational logistics
6) Legal Team proposals
- General Announcements
- Closing Statements
Suggestions for the Agenda:
Suggestion – Discuss the idea, proposed by a Channel 13 reporter, that an Occupy Seattle representative meet with a banker.
Response – This should be delegated to the MEDIA work group, who will report back to us.
First Topic: How to Clarify/Organize the 10/8 Event.
Clarification: The tentative schedule was that Occupy Seattle would march at 12pm, then split into small groups of less than 5 people (to not be considered a gang) and do direct outreach in the city.
Concern: Tomorrow there is a rally in support of Native Peoples Alliance. Will this detract from their rally?
Response – We spoke with Native Alliance and they agree with whatever decision we make.
Concern: We need logistics concerning crossing streets and sidewalks. We need more organization.
Response: This should be delegated to the Peace and Safety Committee and Tactical Group.
Question: Do we have a permit to march?
Concern: We need to clarify the event.
Ideas: 1) March from Westlake at 12pm to the Bank of America Columbia Tower.
2) Stay at Westlake and do outreach/connect.
Straw Poll: Should we stay here tomorrow?
Outcome: Majority said yes.
Suggestion: Marching and staying at Westlake are not mutually exclusive. We should stay while the indigenous peoples rally is here and then march afterward.
The Occupy Seattle movement stays at Westlake during the Native Alliance Rally, then marches between 5-6:30pm.
ACTION: MOTION PASSED.
We need to break up into Outreach groups, and also change the GA time.
ACTION: TABLED FOR THE NEXT GA.
Second Topic: The Legal and Finance work group wants to know if Occupy Seattle wants a local credit union account, an on-line, transparent account, and whether or not we want to be tax-deductible.
Straw Poll: Do we open a credit union account?
Outcome: Majority yes.
Straw Poll: Should we accept offers from organizations who can make us tax-deductible?
Outcome: Majority no.
THIRD PROPOSAL: The Legal and Finance work group should bring specific proposals to the GA.
ACTION: MOTION PASSED.
Third Topic: Organizational Logistics.
All working groups should have a representational color (duct tape, bandana, tie, etc.) and a legend so people who know who to talk to.
ACTION: MOTION PASSED
1. There will be a breakdown/informational meeting concerning Seattle Cop Watch after the GA.
2. On 10/8, there will be a Welcome Wagon set up at 10am. We need your support!
3. On 10/8, there will be a controversial movie playing at Uptown Movie Theatre at 7:30pm. The movie is about the independent revolution in Bangladesh and has a political statement that aligns with Pakistan.
4. The Old Growth Alliance asks us to remember to have great respect for native and indigenous cultures and also offers their support for Occupy Seattle. If you have questions, there is information posted by the Affinity Group sign. The Old Growth Alliance will be at Westlake Park on Monday, October 10th, from 12-4pm.
6. On Wednesday, 10/12, at 12pm, there will be a city-wide campus walk-out. Look up ‘Occupy Seattle Walk-Out’ on Facebook for more information.
7. Suggestion: Anyone who wants to should bring tarps and tents on 10/8.
8. Police were ticketing people after a certain hour (around 10?). Make sure to put up signs that say ‘Don’t Honk’.
10. Reminder: We need to respect everybody. We will not turn anybody away.
11. Meet on 10/9, at 7pm, at Uptown Espresso, for an organizational meeting about the movement to stop police brutality on 10/22. We want to make this a powerful day where the oppressed are heard and we stand with them. Also, there is a hunger strike at Pelican Bay prison in CA. They are protesting inhumane conditions and fighting for a better world. If you want more information, look for a ‘how to make a revolution’ sign. We also gather around the red tablecloth.
Thomas – 213-254-8241
Sonya – 206-501-5715, email@example.com
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail – email@example.com
# – 206.327.8773
Tonight ANSWER Coalition and others will be rallying at Westlake Park to protest ten years of the Afghan War. They’ll be sharing there permit with Occupy Seattle.
General Assembly starts at 6:30! Be there!
Details from ANSWER:
Protest and Die-In
Fri., Oct. 7, 4:30pm
Seattle Central Community College
Broadway and Pine
March to Westlake
for 5:30pm die-in and program
Money for Jobs, Healthcare & Education, Not for Corporations & the Pentagon!
Friday, October 7, 2011 will be the exact 10th anniversary of the U.S./NATO war on the people of Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of Afghani people have been killed, wounded and displaced, and thousands of U.S. and NATO forces killed and wounded. The war costs more than $118 billion per year— $330 million per day—at a time when social programs are being slashed. Jobs and education continue to be cut while the trillion-dollar military budget increases and corporations make record profits. Millions of people can’t find a job. Stand up—Fight Back! Only the people united can make real change!
Minutes by Chris Natale
Work Group Statuses:
-$300 for bailing out those arrested in yesterday’s arrests will be used.
-People are coming forward with many additional funding and supplies since yesterday’s arrests
-Donations: we cannot currently accept credit cards and checks. If you would like to use a credit card or check, please buy something from our donation list and deliver it to us.
-We could use more fundraisers
-debate on whether we should accept financial donations until assembly has decided on lawyers.
Interruption: Phone call from NYC
-NYC Reads Statement of Purpose, will be posted on website soon
-Request for more tents, blankets and sleeping bags
-About half those arrested yesterday will be arriving by bus at Westlake Park ~7:30pm
Looking for food from restaurants, churches, community groups… whoever can help us. Email us.
Announcement: We have started a library. Bring us books!
Internet Communications Group:
-firstname.lastname@example.org is the email you can offer any help to the internet communications group at.
-need to update website to explain we are working to coordinate with with global movement by posting NYC’s list of demands
-Facebook groups are being created to represent online wing of each working group. We will have a list soon. Currently have:
-outreach and diversity
-go to facebook.com/occupyseattle
-follow official Twitter Feed at OccupySeattle
-request to start direct action work group. Outreach stands in solidarity with this idea
-let’s implement a weighted system to better represent minorities
-financial transparency: proposal to give all money raised so far to Portland branch until we can implement financial transparency
-debate: some people would rather use the money to bail out person first. Resolved: we will bail him out, but using
-looking for recruits
-world liaison is necessary
-discussion of other locations
-tomorrows demonstrations have permits that allow structures. Proposal to have as many tents as possible
-new flash mob groups with targeted messages. Meeting is important, but going out and meeting people is just as important.
-tomorrow is a big antiwar, anti-militarization protest. Protest as FBI/CIA Federal Building. Recruiting office
-Please, all groups are open. Get involved!
-set time for each meeting: Accepted
-rotation of facilitators, and training. Accepted.
-meeting times: 6:30pm for general assemblies weekdays. Work group meeting times are up to individual work groups. Accepted
-tomorrow: discuss process for 10-15 minutes before tomorrow’s general assembly. Accepted
-notify people of meeting through calendar, online. Accepted
-facilitators should never advocate or present their own opinions. Accepted
-proposal for legal council. if you get arrested: call 206-447-3900 dial 0 to talk to a real person that will transfer you to a legal council Lisa Druggart. Accepted
-proposal for a bank run initiative tabled, sent to direct action group. Accepted
-proposal: community tent for storage of items. Rejected
-Suggestion: talk about location later. Rejected, but no consensus reached on location
-online sign up for kitchen, cooks, transportation. Go to occupyseattle.org.
-rally Saturday 12pm @ Westlake park. Bring everyone!
-SEIU pledges support for Occupy Wall Street Movement. 2.1 million members nationwide!
A recent story by King5 News has caused some confusion by giving the impression that we are moving our occupation from Westlake park to City Hall in anticipation of ANSWER’s march to Westlake to mark the 10 Year anniversary of the Afghanistan war. Just to be clear, General assembly has NOT agreed to move and we are staying at Westlake. ANSWER’s march does not conflict with what we are doing and our two movements stand in solidarity with each other. We will remain at Westlake and support their rally and they in turn have shown nothing but support for our presence and our occupation.
This statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
Mayor McGinn has issued another statement in support of Occupy Seattle. He said:
We are providing a permit for protest activities at Westlake Park which will allow them to have an organizing tent that can remain overnight. As a condition of the permit, protestors will have to allow for cleaning of the park, protect park property, accommodate the other existing permitted events, and protect access to businesses.
We are making City Hall Plaza available for those that wish to stay overnight, with reasonable restrictions on the tents so as to allow free use of the plaza during the day. Unlike Westlake, City Hall also has restroom facilities available. Both the permit and the ability to set up tents at City Hall Plaza would last for two weeks, at which point we can assess whether the arrangement is meeting everyone’s needs and should be extended.
After his previous statement, this is quite a relief. We had already been told we could stay at Westlake, but now we will have a permit as well! We will not be moving from Westlake, though we may take up occupation at Town Hall as well.
E-mail – OccupySeattleLegal@gmail.com
Phone – 206-403-8741 (on-call phone, always carried by one member of the legal team; please reserve for emergencies and use e-mail for general inquiries)
UPDATE: According to our lawyer all the people who were arraigned at court today have been released without bail. There is at least one person who was not arraigned today and we are still waiting for more information on that front. We will get you more information as our lawyer gets it to us. The occupation is going strong.
This thread is for anyone who is looking for Rideshares or who is willing to give people rides from around the State (or anywhere else) to Occupy Seattle.
Come down to Westlake Park at 4th between Pike and Pine today! We are holding a General Assembly at 6:30pm and meeting within Working Groups before that at 4pm.
UPDATE: Arraignment has been changed to 1:30 pm.
Court for the people being arraigned today is at 1:30 pm at the jail, 1st floor, courtroom 2, at 5th and James. We have been informed by our attorney that some people are showing up to the wrong location. If you know anyone that has let them know they need to go to 5th and James. And let’s get people down there to support them! The latest from our attorney is that 6 people are being arraigned, two will be held on bail, and four will be released without bail this morning. There are still at least two individuals unaccounted for. Our lawyers are working tirelessly to find them and find out what is happening.
This information comes to us directly from our Lawyers. There are six people who were arrested today at Westlake Park who will be arraigned starting at 10:00 a.m. on October 6th. All of them have been charged with obstructing. They will be arraigned at the Court House in Seattle. The occupation is continuing through the night, without tents, in the rain. Please, come down and show your support for Occupy Seattle and the 99%.
We have called a General assembly for tonight at 6:30pm in Westlake Park. We will be discussing what happened today, what we can do from here, and anything else that comes up. If you are interested in being part of the conversation come down and make sure your voice is heard.
Update 10/05 @ 11:00pm
Police made 33 arrests today while Parks and Recreation employees removed tents. Those guarding the tents were arrested, many others stood around to document and witness. At that time Parks and Rec said we would not be allowed in the park after 10, but that was later rescinded. We are legally continuing to occupy the park but without tents.
There are still eight people in jail with bail set at $475 as of 11pm on 10/5.
We will meet in Working Groups at 4pm at Westlake and meet for a General Assembly at 6:30pm.
Update 10/05 @ 3:00pm
We, the General Assembly of Seattle, thank the mayor for ordering our arrest. Though the arrests were made on the false pretense that the occupation would be in conflict with future scheduled protests–when, in fact, these protests have all expressed their support for the occupation–though we have a right to peaceably assembly, and though we have done nothing to agitate the police: nevertheless, we thank the mayor. Our numbers will only grow stronger as the public contemplates the unjust arrest of thirty workers raising signs and tents, while the corporate thugs remain pampered in their private villas.
But the hand of justice is not long delayed. Let the strength of our resolve today serve to put Corporate America on notice that the ninety nine percent in Seattle will no longer bow to the will of the one percent.
We will not relent. We will not retreat. We are the ninety nine percent.
Despite the statement Mayor McGinn posted regarding our occupation, specifically being told that we will not be allowed to have tents after this afternoon, and the presence of police not once but twice throughout the day there were no arrests during day 4. Many of us were certain there would be. As of 4am on day 5 there has been no police presence since around 9pm and no arrests have been made.
There are two protests scheduled to be held in Westlake in the next week that Mayor McGinn mentioned in his statement, using them as reasons to evict us from Westlake. The protests are put on by ANSWER Seattle and Native Peoples’ Alliance with Friends and Allies respectively.
Jane Cutter of ANSWER Seattle stated, “We urge no one to be fooled by this transparent attempt to pit progressive causes against each other. We see the Occupy Seattle protest as being one and the same with our planned Oct. 7 protest against the 10th anniversary of the Afghan War. In fact, our young ANSWER activists in New York City were among those arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 with the Occupy Wall Street protest. It’s time to ‘unoccupy Afghanistan’ and support the poor, not the war.
“Similarly, our brothers and sisters in the Native Peoples Alliance with Friends and Allies, which is hosting the Oct. 8 Indigenous People’s Day event, see the Occupy Seattle protest for social justice as interconnected with their cause which is justice for Indigenous people and political prisoners.”
Of course, those of us occupying Westlake will not just tolerate the protests but welcome them, and no doubt many of us will join in as well. We all stand together.
We are looking for any individuals who would be willing, if and when the police come to arrest people here at Westlake, to come down to Westlake and to camp out without tents so that we can keep the occupation going through the evening. Please, if you are willing and can come down here, come on down and join us! Let’s keep Occupy Seattle going at Westlake Center.
The local chapter of the AFL-CIO is drafting a letter of endorsement for the Occupy Seattle movement. We happily accept their support.
First and foremost we need your participation!
We Are Raising Funds to Pay For one year’s rent on servers for the dozen occupations we currently serve and to allow us to increase that number.
Donations – we can now accept donations online!
Donations – we can accept donations, money orders and checks made to “Occupy Seattle” in the mail:
The UPS Store Occupy Seattle
815 1st Ave #115
Seattle, Wa 98104
Non-perishable goods only. We can accept packages of any size.
We need office space, warehouse space, and space to set up camp or communal living quarters.
Needs we still have:
- medical (contact email@example.com)
Please either review our Working Group page and contact the group/person with whom you can co-ordinate sharing your support, add an “event” to our calendar or just come down!
Needs we might have again in the future:
Food and Kitchen
Please contact Sonya Rodgers by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 206.501.5715 if you are interested in feeding occupiers at direct action events, socials, or GA’s.
Please feel free to make a pot of soup, chili, potatoes, or what-you-will (vegetarian preferred but not required) and bring it to any direct action. Events are listed on the calendar. A double recipe of something hearty will feed 20-25, and is a great contribution!
- 1000w power inverter
- universal power chargers
- propane tanks
- 12/3 electrical cords
- power strips
- one by four lumber
- Hardware store gift cards
- mechanic’s tools
Site Maintenance and Sanitation
- Large trash cans
- Wooden pallets
- CB walkie talkies
- Gardening tools
- Charging equipment
- Deep Cycle Batteries
- Portable Power Source – Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit,energizer xp18000 universal battery pack or other similar universal batteries.
- Art supplies
- Markers and all sign making materials
- Quality Sign Cardboard
- Colored ribbon (any colors)
1) Please show your support for our folks in court! (check out the main page soon for more dates and details)
2) We currently have no base camp. The best thing you can do is to donate your time. Bring your ideas, willing hands, and an open mind and heart. Check our Calendar for a current schedule of General Assemblies, Work Group meetings and other events.
strong>Remember! The police are part of the 99%! So far in Seattle we have seen nothing but polite, nonviolent administration on their part.
UPDATE 10/5/11 @ 2:50PM: Arrests are being made. 7 arrests so far. No violence so far. Police not targeting those of us with cameras.
UPDATE 10/5/11 @ 2:00PM:Cops out in full force. 20-30 ground policeman, in addition to mounted calvary. Dispersal order being issued now. Around 300 protestors.
UPDATE 10/5/11 @ 11:50AM: We have word that the parks department will serve us an eviction notice sometime between 1:00PM and 1:30PM, and thereafter the police will arrest those who wish to defy the notice. Those who do not wish to be arrested should move to the pavilions near where we originally occupied. If you do not want what you have to be taken by the police, we suggest you move your things to the pavilions.
UPDATE 10/5/11 @ 4:30AM: Despite the threats that came there have been no further sightings of cops since yesterday and no arrests at Westlake Park. We stand in solidarity!
UPDATE 11:30PM: It looks as if the arrests may not come tonight, but they may come later. In any event, we will be going strong at 7:30AM tomorrow with a march.
UPDATE 8:30PM: Arrests are speculated to be around 10:00PM. The movement has decided to stay in the square as long as possible and regroup as quickly as possible to resume the normal schedule.
UPDATE 10/4/11 @ 7:30PM: Arrests seem to be imminent. The group has voted to stay, and staying we are. Come down, get arrested, or document others getting arrested. Let’s let our voice be heard!
We have about 30 tents and 125 people currently at 3:00am on October 4th. We need more people!
The Mayor has told us we cannot stay another night. He wants us to move, but we are not moving. We are in danger of being arrested at any time starting now. We invited him to come to the general assembly meeting tomorrow and we’re hoping to help him understand
We need people to come and occupy with us more than anything!
Come whenever you can for as long as you can, we are there 24/7 from now on and not leaving until further notice. We will be marching at 7:30am, 12pm, and 4:30pm October 4th starting at Westlake Park. General Assembly will be held from 4pm until it’s over, with a march at 4:30pm.
We’re happy to take: Hand cleaner, non-parishable food, pre-made coffee, water, tents/shelter structures, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, socks, blankets, warm clothing, flashlights, markers, cardboard, flyers, folding tables, AA batteries, rope, storage bins, dustpans, ice box, ice, MORE PEOPLE!
… and probably more things. If you can think of it, we probably could use it.
Why are we here? What do we want? What do we need people to do?
We are currently occupying Westlake Park 24/7
Show your support! We are the 99%.