Tai Kulystin

Occupy Seattle SCCC Good Neighbor Statement

Occupy Seattle (OS) supports all those that are struggling to make public education accessible for students and workers of all ages and backgrounds.

Many of us involved with OS are students from SCCC and other institutions of higher education. OS stands in solidarity with students and staff on campus and people who struggle against the policies that make education inaccessible–through tuition hikes, cuts to staff, and hikes in transportation fees. We stand in solidarity with those amongst us who have been shut out of campuses because of tuition hikes and those who have lost their jobs or suffered worse working conditions because of budget cuts.

OS will be respectful of the learning environment of the campus, this involves being peaceful and respectful while in route to the restrooms during school hours and respectful treatment of the facilities in the building.

OS will refrain from tagging or the defacement of land or structures at SCCC.

OS also respects the work of the custodial staff and request that all people associated with OS, agrees to clean up after ourselves so as not to overload the custodial staff. The porta-potties available at the site or offsite will also serve to not overload existing indoor facilities.

OS supports the FARMERS MARKET and wants to make our occupation supportive of their use of SCCC space.

Camping on the plaza should cease on Sunday during Farmers Market and breakdown hours will be 6:30am-5pm on those days.

OS supports good relations with our neighbors, supports a healthy learning environment, as well as the healthy need for OS campers to sleep.

In order to fulfill our commitment to being good neighbors as well as to allow other occupiers the sleep they need, OS will limit excessive noisemaking (i.e. drumming/music/loud behavior) to the following hours:
Mon-Thurs : 5pm-9pm
Fri 5pm-11pm
Sat 10am-11pm
Sun 10am-9pm

Drugs/alcohol/smoking policy:

OS wants to create an environment that is conducive for people of all ages, all disabilities as well as people of all different backgrounds.

OS is aware of SCCC’s policy of no drugs or alcohol on campus and we will do our best to inform new occupiers of this

We will also inform new occupiers that at SCCC, smoking is limited to designated areas (which will be marked in at least two areas at the perimeter of OS SCCC encampment)

OS asks all individuals associated with OS to support the mission of the occupation and be responsible both for themselves as well as for the people around them

Behaviors should be accountable to the safety and well being of all occupiers.

OS will display signage and provide handouts at the info booth in order to show awareness and respect for our good neighbor guidelines

A Memo from SCCC President Dr. Killpatrick Regarding Occupy Seattle

The following was sent at 4:14 pm today, October 28th, to the Seattle Central Community College Campus Community regarding Occupy Seattle and our intention to camp on the SCCC campus. Under Washington code the occupation is legally allowed on campus! Read the full memo below:

Seattle Central Community College Memorandum

TO: Campus Community

FROM: Paul T. Killpatrick, President

DATE: October 28, 2011

SUBJECT: Occupy Seattle Update

I would like to update you on the intentions of Occupy Seattle to have an encampment at Seattle Central Community College for their lawful freedom of speech activities.

Over the past few days, I have been in discussions with legal counsel, representatives from the community, city and state, and also with members of Occupy Seattle. In my discussions with legal counsel, we learned of ambiguity in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as it applies to college property.

My primary concern remains the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding Capitol Hill community.

Yesterday, I met with representatives from Occupy Seattle. They declared that regardless of college policies and college concerns, they intend to continue their action. While I remain concerned about a host of possible adverse impacts (personal safety, financial impact, etc.), the WAC, as it is currently written, allows this occupation to take place.

Occupy Seattle has assured me that they will not interfere with the mission of Seattle Central Community College, which is: “To promote educational excellence in a multicultural urban environment, and provide opportunities for academic achievement, workplace preparation, and service to the community.” They also offered a number of other assurances, including: providing porta-potties, garbage and recycling containers, protect college property from damage (graffiti, grounds damage, acts of vandalism, etc.,), self-policing their group, and not interfering or disrupting authorized events such as the Broadway Farmers Market or performances at Broadway Performance Hall. They also assure me that their activities will not interfere with the college’s ability to offer a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff. I expect Occupy Seattle to honor these assurances.

Occupy Seattle’s intention is to begin their encampment on the South Plaza lawn beginning this Saturday, October 29. They informed us that they plan to continue their activities at Westlake during the day and camp at Seattle Central at night.

We will be monitoring the situation closely and will continue to keep the college community informed.

City Hall still open for camping! Permit has not been revoked.

Clarification on the state of City Hall:

Our permit has not been revoked! The group of generous volunteers that have been staffing City Hall voted tonight that they were no longer going to perform the staffing functions there due to lack of support as well as theft and other problems.

This group does not have the authority to say that City Hall is closed for camping completely and did not have General Assembly approval. We have volunteers who are on-site tonight that are keeping City Hall open and people can still camp there.

We are getting ready for The Global Day of Action/Night of 500 Tents Oct. 15th, join us!

Global Day of Action/Night of 500 Tents Schedule:

  • 12:00pmGlobal Day of Action Rally
  • 3:00pmMarch to Chase Bank
  • 5:00pmTent Raising Ceremony
  • 6:30pmGeneral Assembly

(Musicians will also play throughout the day; see more events on our calendar)

Seattle needs your help to reclaim our occupation. We can not maintain our space unless we attain critical mass, and we need everyones help to do it. Seattle is one of the top corporate headquarters of the world. It is important for the integrity of this movement and this country that we, the people of the great Northwest, let the powers that be, the powers that surround us, know that this occupation is not going anywhere. So this Saturday, bring your tents and your Sunday best.

Meet at Westlake center, and we will decide from there where we will set up base camp.

Show your support of this event on Facebook, go say you’re attending!

Police have backed off after arresting 10 occupiers of a Sukkah tent.

Police are surrounding Westlake right now, they are using bicycles as barricades around the structure. There have been five arrests as of 10:39pm, there are quite a few people inside a structure and the police are taking people out of it one by one and arresting them. It has remained non-violent, the energy at Westlake is high but peaceful.

You can watch events as they unfold here on our Livestream. This page will be updated as things unfold.

Update 10:53pm: Arrest count is up to eight, there are still five people sitting in the tent sitting in a circle with their heads bowed and arms linked, there are a few police in the tent as well working to get them out.

Update 11:07pm: To clarify, the structure that has been taken down is a Sukkah tent put up by an occupier, the supplies/medical tent is still up and untouched by the police.

Update 11:36pm: Police are withdrawing. The paddywagon and bike police have left, currently there are just a few officers left on scene.

Update 11:41pm: The arrest count according to our legal team is 10, the police have backed off from the park for another night.

Update 12:09pm: Morale is quite high at Westlake, a few police remain across the street but the majority have left. Occupiers are rejoicing and energetic.

Protest Mitt Romney’s Fundraiser for the Wealthy

Right now, Occupy Seattle participants are protesting outside the Grand Hyatt, where Mitt Romney is having a private fundraiser for the wealthy!

If you can’t make it down to protest in person we encourage you to go to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page and tell him this yourself:

Dear Mitt,
Corporations are NOT people.
Love,
Occupy Seattle

General Assembly Guidelines & Hand Signals

Principles of Process

1. All decisions are made by the General Assembly. No decisions that effect or represent the whole are made by working groups. WGs focus proposals to bring to the assembly and they coordinate the work.
2. Yelling really loud does not put you on stack. Come to the front and get on stack if you have a proposal or an announcement. Never repeat what someone else already said.
3. Assembly time is precious. Think 3 times before you speak. “Does this really help the assembly make a better decision?”
4. Nothing is more precious than the thoughts of the quiet. Nothing is more precious than the words of the silenced. Speak Up. Please. Especially when it’s really hard.
5. Facilitators make space and move the process . Facilitators never present content or represent someone else’s thoughts. The assembly is responsible for keeping the facilitators in line.
6. The assembly is responsible for signing to the facilitator. If the assembly doesn’t sign the facilitators do not have anything to facilitate.
7. No one else can speak for you. That’s why we need you here.

Basic Hand Signals:

1. Twinkling: I like this! I support what this person is saying! I agree!
2. De-Twinkling: I don’t like this! I disagree!
5. Direct Response ‘Gun Fingers': It means only I have a correction, a fact, or a clarifying question. Do not use this to state a different idea or to argue values or to make a counter-proposal.
4. Ears (hand to ear): I can’t hear what’s being said!
4. Wrap it up (Wagon Wheel): This is taking too much time. I get your point, please finish.
3. Point of Process (triangle): Process is not being followed/Off topic.
6. Block: I believe the vote we have just taken is against the foundational principles of why we’re here.

It is the role of the facilitators to see these signs from the General Assembly and call on them.

Westlake Park Use Permit 10/12/11 – 10/26/11 Page 6

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Westlake Park Use Permit 10/12/11 – 10/26/11

This is the permit we were given on the 12th of October for use of Westlake Park.

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City of Seattle “Latest Information” 10/12

On the City of Seattle’s website they have posted their rules for our occupation of Westlake and City Hall, as of 10/12 it is as follows (looks like the only thing updated was the specific municipal code regarding camping):

LATEST INFORMATION
Owners of tents or other belongings removed from Westlake can contact Cynthia Thurmond of the Seattle Parks Department at (206) 684-4075 to arrange for pickup during regular city business hours.

The City of Seattle supports the free speech rights of individuals and groups. We are also committed to protecting the public and providing for other legitimate uses of city property.

Accordingly:

WESTLAKE PARK:

  • Use of the Park shall comply with all City, County, State and Federal laws and rules.
  • Westlake Park is to remain open to the public and no exclusive use is allowed.
  • Persons may not block off public access to any portion of the park. All park pathways, walkways, stairwells and access ways must remain open all times.
  • Similarly, persons may not block public access to any private property adjacent to the park.
  • It is illegal to camp* in public parks in the City of Seattle. The mayor has made City Hall Plaza available for sleeping in tents between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am.
    *Seattle Municipal Code 18.12.030
    4. “Camp” means to remain overnight, to erect a tent or other shelter, or to use sleeping equipment, a vehicle, or a trailer camper, for the purpose of or in such a way as will permit remaining overnight.
  • One Informational and/or First Aid Canopy will be allowed, subject to reasonable restrictions on size and location. All equipment should be set up in the south end of the park. No other tents or structures are allowed.
  • Climbing in or hanging materials from trees within the park is not permitted.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will need access to the park for general maintenance and cleaning from approximately 7:00 pm to 10:00 am daily.
  • Other permitted events are scheduled to occur in the north end of the park. Occupy Seattle should not interfere with these events, and should remain south of the tree line when other events are ongoing.
  • Dispose of all trash properly. Follow all City recycling rules.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be kept or consumed in the park.
  • Amplified sound is permitted for speeches and announcements between 9:00 am and 10:00 pm only. Comply with relevant City noise rules, at http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~public/toc/25-08.htm
  • CITY HALL PLAZA:

    • Use of City Hall Plaza will comply with all City, County, State and Federal laws and rules.
    • The City is making City Hall Plaza available for those demonstrators who wish to stay overnight, with reasonable restrictions on the use of tents to allow free public use of the plaza during the day.
    • Two portable toilets will be available on the Plaza for use between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Tents may be set up on the Lower Plaza only on the Fourth Avenue side of City Hall, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    • Demonstrators will remove all structures including tents, tables, furniture, personal articles, etc., and are responsible for returning the area to its original condition by 7 a.m. each day.
    • Demonstrations in other areas are prohibited.
    • No amplification may be used.
    • The interior of City Hall is closed to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., except for scheduled events.
    • Fires (including open fires, stoves, fireplaces or any other heating devices) are prohibited.
    • Demonstrators will not interfere with the operation of the Homeless Shelter located in the City Hall Red Room, nor will they interfere with anybody entering or leaving the building.

    IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
    Seattle Parks Department: (206) 982-4583
    Seattle Police Department: 911 (if emergency) or (206) 625-5011 (non-emergency)

    Regular updates and information will be posted on this page (www.seattle.gov/occupyseattle)

No Arrests at Westlake Tonight, Though It Is Quite Cold. Need Blankets & Warm Clothing

Around 11pm we had unconfirmed reports of nearby police getting into riot gear and loading vans, no confirmation as to where they were headed. At 11:17pm the police on site announced on the loudspeaker from their car that Westlake park is closed and that anyone staying on site is subject to arrest.

It is now 11:44pm and we are still waiting for any police to show up or not. We have no official word as to whether or not they will. We will be posting on Twitter, Facebook, and updating this post as much as possible throughout the night should something happen.

You can also watch the Livestream which is live as of writing this post and will hopefully be broadcasting should anything occur.

Update @ 12:41am Things have calmed down at Westlake, no cops in riot gear have arrived, just the two patrol cars are present as they have been all day. It is unknown whether more cops will appear tonight.

Update @ 1:40am It is quite cold down at Westlake right now. Donations of blankets and warm clothing are needed urgently! Please help.

Occupy Seattle’s Demands to Mayor McGinn As Of Oct. 11, 2011

1) To the Mayor

— First and foremost, we demand that Mayor McGinn meet with nominated representatives of Occupy Seattle in order to discuss our long term goals.

2) Practical Demands
— Four large tents for Medical, Kitchen, Supply and Info/Tactical
— Twenty four hour parking at City Hall (One space for supply purposes)
— Twenty four hour occupancy shelters for health and safety of protesters
— Twenty four hour access to first floor of City Hall for access to restrooms, meetings & etc.
— A written statement from Mayor McGinn regarding right to indefinite occupancy of City Hall site.

This list of demands has been so resolved and passed by the General Assembly of Occupy Seattle this Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

General Assembly Tonight 10/11 at 6:30pm: Westlake? City Hall? Both?

Tonight’s General Assembly will be tackling the question: should we stay or should we go? (No one says those are mutually exclusive). We will be working on our strategy for tonight and the next few days. The Mayor has asked us to give him our demands for staying at Westlake (not our overall demands, mind you), and we will be forumating that.

News from Tactical: We are making preparations to move the supply and medical tent to City Hall. We are moving the tent because we are unsure if it will be able to stay tonight and we do not want our supplies confiscated! This does not mean we all have to move to City hall, but due to the differing information we are getting from the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle PD we want to be on the safe side. This can always be moved back.

We need at least one more pickup truck and driver to help with the move. More would be appreciated of course! If you are available call Neal 206.412.9770. This will be updated once we have enough volunteers!

Current needs: Hot food, dry socks, and volunteers for food and medical. This is not a comprehensive list, just immediate needs. Help is greatly appreciated!

Despite Police threats, Mayor’s office assures no arrests tonight. Can’t say same for tomorrow

Police have given an order to de-camp. They are trying to facilitate breaking down the medical tent and moving all of us to City Hall Plaza even though we have not agreed to move. This has come from Lt. Nollette of SPD.

According to Legal: “The police are currently acting against the city’s orders. The mayor’s office is calling the police to tell them to back down for tonight.”

As of writing this at 11pm there have been no arrests, but that may change.

Update 11:25pm The mayors office has given us 24 hours to come up with our demands concerning relocation, encouraging us to move to City Hall Plaza. “If we don’t come up with something reasonable in the next 24 hours they will arrest everyone in the park, and will keep doing it every night until we move.”

Despite what the Mayor’s office said the police are NOT backing down and will arrest people tonight according to the Lieutenant on site.

Update 11:47pm Regardless of whether the cops are acting with or without City Halls backing, we need folks to be ready and awake, stay calm, and should breaking down & arrests occur, try to move toward the Medical Tent.

We need people to come down and help! Come document, come show your support!

Anyone with a camera or cellphone please take as many pictures and videos as you can, send them to Media (occupyseattle.media@gmail.com) and Internet Communications (occupyseattleict@gmail.com) and post them wherever you can.

Update 10/11 12:02am Still no arrests at this point. Cops now say they may not arrest people tonight but that they could.

Update 12:11am “No arrests will occur tonight.” according to the Mayor’s Office. They came down to Westlake to let everyone know that, but they “can’t say the same for tomorrow night.”

General Assembly Notes 10/10

Seattle General Assembly 2011-10-10 17:57

  • Minutes prepared by: Phil Mocek

Facilitation Team

  • Facilitator: Hudson
  • Process mover: Sarah / Lady Gaga
  • Taking stack: Shawn
  • Time keeper: Doc

Personal Statement

  • expression of solidarity with various ethnic groups

Agenda

  • working group report-backs
  • proposals
  • announcements

Minutes

Working group announcements

Outreach Working Group

  • representative: Ally
  • those who camp invite part-timers to camp to experience the full Occupy Seattle experience
  • part-time participants of committee invite campers to perform outreach and work with the group throughout the day
    • opinions wanted and needed; please make them heard

Demands Working Group

  • representative: Kevin
  • might be changing name of working group
  • mission statement: The Demands Working Groups' purpose is to facilitate the process of determining Occupy Seattle's movements and objectives.
  • We invite you to join the Facebook conversation. Find it through the website. This will improve with poll and forum that is interactive and will include as many people as possible.
  • Will have an Internet terminal here and XXX

Internet Communications Working Group

  • representative: Jack
  • Discussion forums will be working tomorrow, after that, a wiki.
  • mission statement:
  • The Internet Communications Working Group provides tactical tools, IT infrastructure, support, and advice to other working groups to facilitate online communication among groups and between Occupy Seattle and the Internet community.

Process and Facilitation Working Group

  • presenter: Shawn
  • Concerns have been expressed about process and transparency, so group's documents will be posted to Google Docs and to the Facebook page.
  • They encourage more people to sit in on Group meetings.

Emergency Announcement

  • direct action happening at 6:30pm
  • support the homeless; shelters closing
  • march with them to 2nd and Stewart

Food Working Group

  • representative: Ginger
  • working to make food healthy and sustainable
  • went to Ballard farmers market over the weekend
    • they were very generous
    • they all support us
    • food needs to be cooked tonight so it can be eaten tomorrow
    • volunteers for tomorrow would be good too
  • If you want to help, contact information is in the food tent and on website.
  • we cannot cook food on site
  • we can re-heat some food
  • clarification: request for cooks is for people who want to cook at home, then bring prepared food downtown
    • Group can help with transportation and supply of food
    • just need your kitchen and your love

Media Working Group

  • mission statement:
    • 1) to communicate to press and news media the various principles, strategies and events of OS as determined by the general assembly through press releases, interviews and direct communications
    • 2) to monitor news media, report to the GA and other working groups, and to counter any disinformation or misrepresentation of Occupy Seattle movement that may appear in the for-profit press and news media
    • 3) to contribute strategic and practical ideas for framing and maintaining ownership of the OS identity as determined by the General Assembly

Information Working Group

  • representative: Timber
  • need a mission statement from each working group to display at table
  • need regular updates from working groups

Proposals

  • proposal: Modify block policy such that when a block is enacted, and it is not overturned, the proposal is tabled, then a coalition will be formed to discuss and revise the proposal, then it will be brought back to the next general assembly.

    • source: Process and Facilitation Working Group
    • rationale: has been some concern that block is effectively killing proposals
    • temperature check: how do people feel about the proposal?
      • mostly approval
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • XXX
      • I'm told sometimes it takes days to get something through at Occupy Wall Street. Please have patience.
      • Please explain how the coalition is formed.
        • Coalition is voluntary group of individuals concerned about the proposal to be reviewed and brought back to the GA
      • Will the coalition be open to people who cannot be here for GA?
        • should be the responsibility of the concerned parties to find meeting time that works for the coalition
      • Does this mean that any block can send a really popular proposal back to the drawing board?
        • XXX
      • Was under the impression that a block could be overridden by 4/5 majority
        • This does not affect that, so if you have 4/5 opposition to block, block does not go back to the drawing board
      • How do we include majority groupings? XXX
        • not sure how to respond now
      • maybe that's something to address in XXX
    • vote 18:27
      • passes
  • proposal: Minutes from the website along with notes from the global occupy movement be made available at info table daily

    • source: Outreach Working Group
    • rationale: concerns about online activity going on behind our backs
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • In what form will they be made available?
        • outreach Working Group would assign someone to make paper copies available at Information
      • Can't people get it at public library Internet terminals?
        • Some people don't want to leave or to deal with computers.
        • Passers-by will have something to look at
      • You have to be a resident of Seattle to use library computers
        • You may be able to use them for 30 minutes even if not a resident.
    • vote: 18:32
      • passes
    • facilitator comment: this might have been taken care of between working groups
  • timekeeper comment: please bear with us as we try to streamline this process

    • lots of people have proposals they're trying to pitch to us and we're trying ot ensure they're concise and important right now
  • proposal: On October 15, XXX against Bank of America

    • source: Tactical Working Group
    • rationale: this is international day of action; important to show solidarity
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • What is this day of solidarity about?
        • organized by Occupy Wall Street people in NY
        • working with October 20 movement; they're protesting against Bank of America
      • As far as I know, the Oct 15 action is about day of XXX
      • Is it only Bank of America targeted, or all banks and financial institutions
      • This is a question about how Tactical Working Group should focus our efforts. We chose to target Bank of America because that's what others are doing that day. We are of course against banks in general.
      • XXX
        • not prepared to discuss this idealogical concern at the moment
      • also we have march at 12pm on Saturday. Let's work around that.
        • This is about action earlier in the day against bank of America
    • vote 18:39
      • passes
  • proposal: Grant Tactical Working Group authority to disburse funds from petty cash overnight

    • source: Tactical Working Group
    • rationale: We're always here and since we coordinate between other groups; we can take responsibility for overnight petty cash
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • How will accounting be handled?
        • Fundraising Working Group has already split off daily budget from overall. Tactical will only be working from daily budget overnight when nobody else is here to do so.
      • What does it mean to use the petty cash at night when you're using it during the day.
        • In case of emergency or immediate needs, need some cash.
      • Is there a limit on the petty cash?
        • Guess: about $200 per day. Haven't checked with Fundraising.
      • What kind of emergencies?
        • can't predict
    • vote 18:43
      • block: I take a block very seriously. I don't do this lightly. Have genuine concern.
        • too much authority in any one person's hands
        • asked for examples and limit
        • one individual could spend $200 on something they think is emergency
        • would like greater clarification, oversight, and require that more than one person authorize
        • direct response: How many people in this group are spending the night tonight? I am. We need 24-hour occupation. If we could forsee emergencies, would not be emergency. No time to mistrust each other. Let's pass, trust, move on.
        • direct response: Proposal says temporary
    • proposal withdrawn
  • revised proposal: Should tactical committee be able to dispense funds from petty cash funds at night on a temporary basis?

    • source: Tactical Working Group
    • rationale: tactical is only group that has 24-hour presence. Always at least 2-3 people here. Any would require those people's approval.
    • temporary, only at night
    • vote: 18:50
      • passes
  • proposal: Student walkout is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon: should we pursue permit for sound system and other equipment?

    • source: Tactical Working Group
    • rationale: Cannot use this equipment without permit
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • cost?
        • $100 for Westlake Park.
      • How much money do we have?
        • Much more than $100
      • Didn't Mayor give us a two-week permit?
        • This permit that McGinn gave us does not include sound equipment. This permit is about sound.
    • vote: 18:53
      • passes
  • proposal: Adopt statement: Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street's declaration of grievances and will continue to identify local grievances.

    • source: Demands Working Group
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • Where can we read those?
        • posted on NYC website and on our site, and around the encampment
    • vote: 18:56
      • block:
        • This document defines into two groups: us and them. This separatist view is incompatible with the fundamental view of togetherness, unity, standing together. The blaming XXX of making others responsible for our problems renders us powerless. We cannot change them, we can only change ourselves. Our personal power is of no use against them. The movement asks that we recognize our power — our power together, and this document creates a "them" which we are powerless against, and divides us.
          • Have you read it?
            • yes
        • point of process: can't change the process because you don't like what someone says. I don't agree but don't like exclusion.
        • point of process: If people meant to move ahead, remember that this is the gesture, not this. Blocker gets two minutes, so "move it ahead" doesn't make a big difference
        • point of process: We don't vote for against people; we vote for or against proposals. Solidarity with Wall Street.
          • I think the solution is to not vote on the block, but re-vote on the proposal. If the proposal gets 4/5 in favor, it passes. If less than 4/5, it goes back to any coalition willing to work through, address concerns.
        • vote: (all in favor of approving proposal): 19:03
          • passes
  • facilitator comment: next three don't seem like proposals: one about a march, political discussion, open mike. Meet me here to clarify whether they're proposals.

  • facilitator comment: clarifying some proposals, please don't go away

  • proposal: We propose to stand in solidarity with previous statement

    • source: Circus, who coordinates with Peace and Safety Working Group yesterday we proposed to agree with statement that OS is non-violent movement
    • clarifying questions and concerns:
      • We're being asked to reaffirm a proposal we already passed.
        • We've been waiting to confirm this as part of going forward with our mission statement.
        • If everyone here seems to be in agreement with non-violence, than I have no proposal.
    • proposal withdrawn: 19:10
  • Why are we XXX

    • someone on KPLU said "we will stay until the tanks roll in"

Announcements

  • AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) are printing our fliers for free
  • XXX with the student walkout: On Wednesday at noon, schools all over the city, including UW, Seattle Central, Seattle University, South Seattle, Shoreline. Maybe: Antioch, Seattle Art Institute, Cornish, Nathan hale, are walking out. We want all of you to be here to greet us. We'll be here at 2pm, and have a speak-out from students, occupiers, and homeless youth who cannot be students. Will also have workshops. Some will begin right after the speak-out. Some others will be scheduled at XXX time in advance. We welcome anyone who has curricula prepared to involve students in to speak to representatives from the various schools after the GA. We'll gather under the Romax sign. Also, we want many more people involved in these walk-outs. If you can help us flier, be there at the walkout, start your won at your school, or plug in with one already at your school. I don't know how to contact arts and entertainment. Need banners, can a rep from that committee please meet us?
  • Currently there are only three people taking minutes. There is a lot going on and sometimes we want to talk. We need to be held accountable for accurate and reliable information. Mail occupyseattleict@gmail.com or check in after the GA.
  • I understand that we don't want the police to police us. I understand that we don't want people to start policing within us. There was an incident this morning that could hurt our presence here. We need the community to protect the community. I'd like discussions about this to continue. If this incident had been released to the media and general public, it could cause problems for us and our stay here. My personal fear is while most GA members that attend are peaceful, this can be swept away by one person's actions.
  • emergency: Police announcement. Keep everybody out of the awnings or police will come and arrest all of them.
  • In light of strong XXX in statement of solidarity, would like to repeat invitation to join discussion with demands Working Group. Meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 4:00. There is online discussion on the Facebook demands group. See people with ping armband.
  • If your birthday is coming up and you have parents or grandparents, ask them to come down here for your birthday. Use the puppy eyes.
  • Welcome to the end of the GA and the beginning of our candlelight vigil. To kick it off, is Joshua. It's dark in Seattle and in the world. We need light. Tonight we will light the lights to make visible our righteous anger, our commitment to change and our hope for a new world.
  • Sarah teaches song, "Rich Man's House"

Adjourned 19:30

Sanitation

Current Contact:

Andrew: andrew.merklinghaus@gmail.com

Mission Statement: “To help maintain a plesant and healthy enviroment to advance the movement”

Upcoming Events: Rally for Jobs, Student Walk Out and International Day of Action

The coming week is shaping up to be a busy one for Occupy Seattle. Please join us for any and all of the following events.

Monday, October 10 at 5pm – Rally for Good Jobs Now
Followed by a Candlelight vigil at 7pm.

Info from Working Washington:

No more bailouts. No more tax cuts for the rich. We are the 99 percent, and we need to tell Congress it’s time they listened to us.

Can you commit to attend and join the 99 percent? Just fill out the form to the right.

President Obama has proposed creating jobs with $50 billion to repair our bridges, roads and transit systems. He’ll pay it for it with a tax on millionaires. But Congress keeps saying NO.

Are you angry about the lack of good jobs in our communities? Then join us to stand up together. Let’s tell Congress to create jobs and rebuild the Middle Class.

Wednesday, Oct 12 at 12:00pm – All Seattle Student Walk Out
UW and Seattle Central students to converge on Westlake by 2pm
Facebook Event

Our Generation has had our future stolen from us. Across America, we are graduating from college buried under crushing student loan debt, only to find that our nation has no jobs and no use for us. Our families are losing their homes to foreclosure. Our parent’s retirement savings have vanished. We have no future unless we stand up and fight for one. We must take back what the Top 1% has stolen from us. We must fight to save ourselves from the slavery imposed by student load debt. On Wednesday, 10/12, at noon, we will begin the fight for our future. Join us. Walk out of your school at noon. Meet at Westlake Center at 2:00pm.

We are not the Powerless. We are not Alone. We are the 99%.

Saturday, October 15 – International Day of Action in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

Actions planned all over the world. It’s time to flood the streets!

Today (10/10) Mayor McGinn will be Speaking at 5pm – General Assembly at 5:45pm

On October 10th the Old Growth Alliance will be holding their Columbas Day Protest at Westlake Plaza right next to us from Noon to 4pm. We will be lending our support as much as possible.

Working Washington is hosting Rally for Good Jobs Now starting at 5pm when Mayor McGinn will be speaking to all assembled. We want to be out in force and show him how much we are supported! Come down to Westlake if you can.

This will be followed by our GA at 5:45pm, then a Candlelight Vigil at 7pm.

Info about Rally for Good Jobs Now and Candlelight Vigil from Working Washington:

No more bailouts. No more tax cuts for the rich. We are the 99 percent, and we need to tell Congress it’s time they listened to us.

Can you commit to attend and join the 99 percent? Just fill out the form to the right.

President Obama has proposed creating jobs with $50 billion to repair our bridges, roads and transit systems. He’ll pay it for it with a tax on millionaires. But Congress keeps saying NO.

Are you angry about the lack of good jobs in our communities? Then join us to stand up together. Let’s tell Congress to create jobs and rebuild the Middle Class.

The General Assembly has been moved to 5:45pm just for October 10th by request of Working Washington. Work groups will meet at 4pm before the GA.

General Assembly Notes 10/08

QUICK TRAINING NOTES

Principles of Process

1. All decisions are made by the GA. No decisions are made by working groups.
2. WGs focus proposals to bring to the assembly and they also coordinate the work.
3. Assembly time is precious. Think 3 times before you speak. Does this really help the GA make a better decision?
4. Yelling really loud does not put you on stack. Come to the front and get on stack for anything longer than a sentence. Never repeat what someone else already said.
5. Nothing is more precious than the thoughts of the quiet. Nothing is more precious than the words of the silenced. Speak Up. Please. Especially when it’s hard.
6. Facilitators make space and move the process forward. They never present content or represent someone else’s thoughts. The assembly is responsible for keeping facilitators to this. The assembly is responsible for signing to the facilitator. No one else can speak for you. That’s why we need you here.

Basic Hand Signals:

1. Twinkling: I approve! Good for you!
2. De-Twinkling: I do not approve. I do not like it!
3. Point of Process: This does not help our process.
4. Wagon Wheel: Stop talking. We get it. Move on.
5. Direct Response ‘Gun Fingers': You’re saying something that I have something really important to say to. Only if it’s pertinent to the situation, otherwise get on the stack. DR trumps stack.
6. Block: You use this if everyone else has made an agreement that this is fundamentally wrong to what we stand against. If you block, you should have a very good reason to tell everyone else they’re wrong.
7. SPEAK UP!

WORK GROUP REPORT BACKS:

TACTICAL:
1. We are going to make some proposals tonight!
2. Get involved through the webpage forum on-line! It is our duty also to keep each other safe here tonight.

SUPPLY:
1. You need to volunteer. E-mail: info@publicmeanspublic.org
2. NEEDS: Food in Batches (one kind in large amounts), Shelving, Prepared Foods, Clear, plastic Totes (all sizes), Blankets, Drink Mix, Basins, Pens, Markers, Solar Panels, Deep Cycle Batteries, Connectors for Car Batteries, Terminal to Car Adapter.
3. NOT NEEDS: Perishable Foods, Hand-warmers, Cold Medications, Gloves.

DEMANDS:
1. Website will be updated with an on-line forum and poll.
2. Work group tonight at 9pm and everyday at 4pm.
3. The National Occupy Group has come up with a set of demands which are awesome, but we are also hoping to localize our demands. Ideally, up to a state level with actual results that will show we have succeeded, and that will change the lives of the people in our beautiful state!

-EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT-

We just had two arrests at 4th and Pike. There is a meeting to arrange people to march to the jail in support, at the medical tent in 5 minutes, in support of our brothers and sisters!

INTERNET:
1. We will be moving to the website — www.occupyseattle.org. The forum needs registered members! Go to the website and register!
2. NEEDS: Batteries.

TXT MSG GROUP:
1. If you’re interested in getting daily updates sign up by txt messaging 68398 and type in the word ‘occupy’.
2. Currently we are having technical difficulties. It might take a few days.

Question: What will the TXT MSG contain? Who decides this? When is it decided?
Response: Currently, we are using a distributed administrative system. 10 random people have complete access to this list. If anybody here feels it’s important to talk about what these msgs are going to say. Meet after GA. I do not want to be the guy in charge. We are the 99%.

OUTREACH:
1. We had a table today and talked to so many people who have never been here before.
2. NEED: flyers and people to print flyers! and Volunteers!

LEGAL:
1. 2 people were arrested at the intersection for not moving when the police came. Our lawyers have been informed.
2. If you have any questions about what’s legal, what’s safe, or what we are, find Gabriel Bell or some other legal person.

MEDIA:
1. We have no political affiliations. So if you feel like you want to join the media committee, speak to anyone of the media committee members and we will add you to our e-mail list. All of our members should be wearing green armbands so you can identify them quickly.
2. Our intent as part of the committee is to observe, document, and report on the positivity of this movement. We are the 99%.

PEACE AND SAFETY:
1. At this moment, there is a group on Facebook for peace and safety volunteers. There is no one in it.

AGENDA:

Proposals:
1. Tactical
2. Conflict Mediation
3. Porta Potties
4. Semantics and Equity
5. Sustainability
6. Corporations

Announcements
Personal Statements

-Clarification- : Groups or Individuals are welcome to submit proposals.

MOTION: AGENDA APPROVED.

PROPOSALS:

Topic: The purpose of the GA is to frame strategy. Tactical finds out how to realize this strategy.

FIRST PROPOSAL: Tactical should be the liaison between Occupy Seattle, the Parks Department, and the City Government, and the Police.

Question: Why Tactical?
Response: Tactical implements action. From strategy, we move to how-to, how-to includes who we talk to.

MOTION: PROPOSAL APPROVED.

Topic: Working Groups and Tactical

SECOND PROPOSAL: The Inter-team communication Working Group will meet every night after GA. To have GA orders disseminated to all the other working groups. Made up of 2 reps from every Working Group should be changed up as much as possible to retain transparency.

MOTION: PROPOSAL APPROVED.

Topic: Tactical as Liaison

THIRD PROPOSAL: Tactical should function as a liaison between the Working Groups.

MOTION: PROPOSAL APPROVED.

Topic: WG mission statements.

FOURTH PROPOSAL: Each Work Group should have a mission statement prepared by tomorrow.

MOTION: PROPOSAL APPROVED.

Topic: Porta Potties

Discussion: We have a generous donor that pays $650 a month for overnight campers. If we want this during the day, we have to have $.

FIFTH PROPOSAL: Reserve PPs for overnight campers and lock them during the day.

Question: How much is it to increase PPs or pumping?
Answer: $105.50 for each addition PP not counting service per month. If people are in desperate need we can have the combo lock at medic.

Amendment Proposal: Reserve PPs for overnight campers and lock them during the day. If people are in desperate need the lock combos are the medic tent. We will keep this situation until funds are raised and we have a better solution.

MOTION: PROPOSAL APPROVED.

Topic: Sustainability

SIXTH PROPOSAL: Create a Sustainability WG to guide the actions and implement the ideas for a sustainable Occupy Seattle. To occupy is to sustain.

General Consensus: Restate your proposal and come back!

DENIED

Topic: Semantics and Equality

SEVENTH PROPOSAL: We need to clarify our terms. Let’s call everybody volunteers not representatives, coordinators, or anything else.

General Consensus: Restate your proposal and come back!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. There will be a march to the jail to show support for the 2 arrested. Follow up at Sephora in 10 minutes.
2. We need to boycott corporations. Meet at PPs tonight and before the GA tomorrow.
3. There is a student walk-out on Wednesday at 12pm. Seattle College Campuses will be at Westlake by 2pm for a demonstration. If you are interested, discuss at the 5th and pine sign after the GA.
4. There were ‘how-to guides for Occupy Seattle participation’ at the info booth that stated information Occupy Seattle did not consent to. Such as film illegal activity and send these videos to the police. (OUTREACH Response: We don’t speak for everybody and we need your input. Come help us put together materials.)
5. Legal and Tactical have been informed there is a lawsuit to prevent keeping us under the awnings. We need to discuss where we draw the line? Legal does not have enough $$ to defend everyone.

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT – There are lots and lots of cops by the tents and tarps and our stuff! Protect our stuff!

6. Tomorrow’s Agenda –
2pm – Sunday School training on Civil Disobedience, How to Speak to the Press
3pm – Internet Communications Meeting
4pm – Understanding who Broke the Economy
6:30pm – General Assembly

7. We need banners on the freeway. Need more Arts & Entertainment activity. E-mail us! Facebook us!

Please Call the Mayor’s Office + Police: Insist We Be Able to Protect Ourselves from the Elements!

We need to be able to keep ourselves dry and warm! Please call the mayor’s office (206) 684-4000 and call the police (206) 625-5011 and insist that they allow us to protect ourselves from the rain for tonight! Please be polite but insistent.

There is a lot of confusion about what is going on at Westlake right now as some structures have been taken down by the police. From the Occupy Seattle Police Spokeswoman:

In Westlake Park no structures are allowed (aside from our supply/food/medical tent!) and sleeping under the awnings is not allowed. You cannot have tarps tied down to anything, but you can have them covering yourself. You can have umbrellas but someone must be holding them at all times, if left unattended they are considered to be structures. Blankets and sleeping bags are okay! We are not being kicked out of the park at this time.

General Assembly Notes 10/07

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.

2. DEMANDS
– 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:
info@publicmeanspublic.org
– 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 occupyseattleict@gmail.com.
– 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.

AGENDA

– Proposals
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
– Chants

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.

PROPOSALS

First Topic: How to Clarify/Organize the 10/8 Event.

Discussion:

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?
Response: No.

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.

FIRST PROPOSAL:
The Occupy Seattle movement stays at Westlake during the Native Alliance Rally, then marches between 5-6:30pm.

ACTION: MOTION PASSED.

SECOND PROPOSAL:
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.

FOURTH PROPOSAL:
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

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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.

Supply & Storage

Current Contacts:
Thomas – 213-254-8241
Sonya – 206-501-5715, info@publicmeanspublic.org
E-mail – os.supplyandstorage@gmail.com

ANSWER War Protest and General Assembly Tonight 10/07

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!

Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street

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.

We are legally allowed to be at Westlake AND City Hall Plaza.

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.

Legal

Current Contact:
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)

General Assembly 10/06 at 6:30pm, Working Groups Meet at 4pm

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.

We will try to stream the General Assembly live on the Occupy Seattle Live Ustream, tweet the goings on @OccupySeattle, and post the minutes on this site.

Occupy Seattle protesters preparing for arrest [Video]

General Assembly Tonight 10/05 at 6:30pm

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.

End of Day 4: 10/04

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.

Needs

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.

Donate to our server

Donations – we can now accept donations online!

Donate with WePay

Donate to Occupy Servers Fund

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 occupyseattlestreetmedics@gmail.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:

Personal Gear

  • Socks – wool/polypropelene/silk  (these stay warm when wet)
  • Hats – knit stocking type
  • Insulated gloves
  • Mylar Emergency Blankets
  • Neosporin
  • Lip balm
  • Foot powder
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillow cases
  • Folding Chairs
  • Tarps
  • Plain flat colored T-Shirts to Print Occupy Seattle shirts
  • Food and Kitchen

    Please contact Sonya Rodgers by email: info@publicmeanspublic.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!

    Engineering Needs

    • 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
    • Flashlights/lanterns/headlamps
    • CB walkie talkies
    • Wheelbarrow
    • 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
      • Notepads
      • 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.

    General Assembly Notes 10/3

     

    Overview
    The General Assembly (GA) began out of our normal configuration.  We started in our work groups which consist of: Peace & Solidarity; Legal; Tactical; Outreach, Diversity, & Welcoming; Fundraising; Internet Communications; Media; and Arts & Entertainment.  After meeting in those groups we moved back into a GA format and representatives from each group informed us what each group discussed.  We then launched into a heated discussion on three topics: drugs and alcohol in the camp, police and policing ourselves, and should we stay in Westlake or move to another location.
     
    Legal
    We have open communication with the mayor’s office and the cops via our lawyer.
     
    Outreach
    Working on outreach to People of Color, unions, teachers, and every group we can think of!  Unions are generally on board with what we are doing.  We have a message from Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Union expressing their solidarity.  National President of AFLCIO also issued a strong statement of solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and will march in NYC on Wednesday.  Lee Newgent, the Executive Secretary of the Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council is willing to meet with us tomorrow morning and then will be meeting with members of the trades commission.
    “Don’t wait for permission to make a contact, contact anyone and then let us know!”
     
    Fundraising
    We have a UPS Store Box!
    Outreach Seattle
    815 1st Avenue #115
    Seattle, Wa 98101
    We can accept freight and money orders.  We are too small for fiscal sponsorship, but are working on getting a paypal up for online donations.
     
    Internet Communications
    Our priority for the website is to get forums up ASAP so that all groups can communicate on there.  We are committed to using the #OccupySeattle hashtag and now the @OccupySeattle twitter account.  We are holding a virtual meeting at 9pm for those who want to meet that way.  Anyone taking videos please inform us about them, email OccupyTVSEA@gmail.com
     
    Media
    We are looking for spokespeople so that if we are approached by the media we can control the message.  If you are interested contact the media group.
    Two things are clear: We are in line and in support of Occupy Wall Street and we are the 99%
     
    Arts & Entertainment
    There is an event on Facebook for Saturday at 5pm when there will be hoopers, spinners, twirlers, stilt walkers, etc.  We want to stage a creative commotion!
     
    Tactical
    We could move to City Hall Plaza, the mention of which spurred quite a bit of dialogue.  Many people were concerned about visibility and safety.  If we moved there is no more guarantee we would be any safer in the new place, city hall could choose to kick us out regardless.  “If we camp out in the Master’s house how do we know the Master will not try to control our movement?”  We all are committed to keep the protest going no matter where we are.  There was consensus to stay.  “We don’t cooperate with them, they cooperate with us.”
     
    Peace & Safety
    We are peaceful and non-violent.  It was mentioned that the current (at that time) method of dealing with purposeful violence or those using alcohol or illegal drugs was to call in the cops.  This provoked a lot of discussion.  Most people felt that violence in our community should be delt with by ourselves, and that there is no reason for activists to call the police in on other activists.  A few people reminded us that the police are part of the 99%, but there seemed to be a general consensus that we should be able to police ourselves and that we don’t need to call the police.
     
    GA Discussion
    There was a general agreement not to use drugs or alcohol in camp, and an agreement not to call the police.
     
    We discussed the idea of having a Plan B so that we have a place to go in case the place we’ve chosen is interrupted, but there was no consensus on this.  Many people just think the occupation of Westlake should continue and we should not be moved regardless of police presence.  Many people think our efforts should be to take over every park in Seattle, not just Westlake.
     
    We agreed to march three times on the 4th: at 7:30am, 12pm, and 4:30pm.
     
    Near the end of the GA we received a text from our legal representation: “tents will not be allowed on Westlake after tonight.”  Supposedly we will be given a heads up before they take action, not sure how accurate that is.
     
    The Mayor’s Office asked to meet with us tomorrow (October 4th) and there was agreement that he or his rep should come speak to the General Assembly.  We all agree that we need more people!
     

    Why Are We Here? [Video]

    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%.