May Day 2013

Some local activists have recently been suffering intimidation tactics from law enforcement.  This is not a new development, I am not surprised that the FBI is being used to silence political dissent.  I am disgusted, but not surprised.  These past few years I have learned much about the lengths “my” government will go to in order to squash the voices of the people it purports to represent.  I have always questioned authority of the state, but recently I feel like I went down a rabbit hole.   “My” government is off it’s hinges, and out of control.

“FBI agents in Seattle and Olympia have reportedly been showing up at people’s houses, favorite jogging locations (a park), schools (Seattle University), workplaces, and at least one nonprofit (which serves street-involved youth), asking: “Do you want to talk about May Day?”

They’re also asking about people’s co-workers, roommates, romantic situations, and general social-mapping questions.

The agents are asking about May Day 2012, but it’s difficult to believe that their timing, when May Day 2013 is just around the corner, is pure coincidence. We’re all aware of the crap the FBI and US Attorneys have been willing to drag activists through and their fondness for “we know where you live, we know where you work, we know who you know” leverage—even when it’s convincing people to commit crimes they’d never normally engage in.”

~Stranger Slog:

“Do you want to talk about May Day?”

May Day Is Around the Corner, and the FBI Wants Us to Know They’re Watching posted by BRENDAN KILEY

It’s always a good idea to consider where the courage of dissent may take you.  I am grateful for individuals with the ability and make the decision to stand up for the rights of quiet and vulnerable voices.

PSA has some reasonable advice:

“What should we do on a day like today?  Foremost, do not panic. Take deep breaths, go for a walk (it is a beautiful sunny day in Washington), do whatever you need to do to stay focused and calm.”

“… Make a plan. What would you do if you were subpoenaed? Would you resist by appearing and refusing to testify? Are you prepared to go to prison?”

Telling- or YELLING-  the truth about the dishonesty and corruption within our governing body is a dangerous task.  Individuals responsible for the suffering of the under-caste will try to find any way possible to discredit those who are brave enough to do so.  People who seek power over others are scared to death of those who seek equality for everyone.  There has never been nor will there ever be enough money, power or control for those who believe it is their right to wield it, and their defenses are supported by a well trained force and an embarrassingly disproportionate military budget.

So it’s with an increasingly heavy heart that I report that they are at it AGAIN.  It wasn’t enough to subject the innocent to solitary confinement indefinite detention in order to intimidate our community of courageous truth seekers, so now the frightened moneymakers have sent an army of brutes door to door,  charged with intimidating our young.

High school and college are difficult times.  We discover that the world is not what was indoctrinated within us by our public education.  There are vast discrepancies between the stories we have been taught about our “honorable” country and the reality of it’s history.  Students learn about the dark side of what has been sold to us as “democracy”.  It’s no wonder that our youth are a target. Threatening our community by scaring college students into inaction towards the betterment of society is the act of a nation fearful of it’s citizens.

When so much of our governing body’s actions are at the expense of it’s citizenry and towards the benefit of it’s own wealthy caste, amenable to the suffering of the majority of it’s own “voting” body- it’s no wonder they are fearful.  Even as their hands are caught in the coffers, we are told it is for the good of the people that the bankers plunder our collective savings in an attempt to hold on to the ponzi scheme that is that is fiat  “capitalism”.

These words we are expected to accept – – “democracy”,  “free market”, “capitalism”   have all been bastardized, used to manufacture the consent   of society and create consumers for profit and the further empowerment of money makers.  I will likely never understand the cause for the infinite appetite of power and money.  I almost hope I never do.  I have heard theories- such as the exclusivity of breeding or side effect of caste resulting in sociopathy or the loss of empathy which is borne of all mammals (sounds legit), but I hope I never really discover the truth because I suspect it would break my heart.

This May Day, be careful, beware, be brave, stand firm,  KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, believe in your cause, seek and speak the truth.  Do not let fear tactics prevent you from doing what is morally just.

There will be protests, marches, and actions across the city on May 1st, and we need people to film the police at these events!

Here are SOME of the events planned for that day, and we need as many cameras as possible at all of them! 

-10AM Westlake

Salish CIRCA May Day 

-1PM 611 20th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98144

(St. Mary’s Church)

El Comite Immigration March

-6PM Seattle Central Community College

Anti-Capitilism March

FILM THE MAY DAY POLICE (Seattle May Day event list)

“Spring has sprung! This is a call for everyone who wants to celebrate May 1st by honoring the history and struggle of May Day. We will converge together in solidarity with our comrades facing repression from last year’s May 1st demonstrations and also to continue to stand against the oppression of our everyday lives in all forms, from the borders to the prisons and from bosses to the police. May Day is a day of tradition, a day to remember all our comrades that can’t be here with us and to remind each other that our struggle is global!”

We know the difference between right and wrong, and this is wrong:

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 Occupy Seattle protester claims police caused her miscarriage

 Elderly woman, Priest pepper-sprayed during Occupy protest

 Grand Jury Refusers: Five Months and Counting, Plus Solitary Since December

 Police pepper spray Occupy Seattle protesters, telegraph UK

ACLU of Washington State KNOW YOUR RIGHTS:


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  • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.

  • If you are not under arrest or detained, you have the right to calmly leave.

  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.

  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.


  • Do stay calm and be polite.

  • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.

  • Do not lie or give false documents.

  • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.

  • Do remember the details of the encounter.

  • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated


Stay calm. Don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights. Keep your hands where police can see them.

Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If the officer says you are not under arrest, but you are not free to go, then you are being detained. Being detained is not the same as being arrested, though an arrest could follow. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why.

You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. You have a right to refuse to answer questions. You should politely assert this right.

You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.


Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way and place your hands on the wheel.

You don’t have to answer a police officer’s questions, but you must show your driver’s license and registration when stopped in a car. In most other situations, Washington law does not make it a crime to refuse to identify yourself to a police officer.

If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. But if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent.

Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, sit silently or calmly leave. Even if the officer says no, you have the right to remain silent.


You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents or any other officials. You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country.

If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you are over 18, carry your immigration documents with you at all times. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent.

Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents.

RESIDENTS OF WASHINGTON should be aware that, because the state does not require proof of legal residence for issuance of a driver’s license, the license may not satisfy Arizona criteria for identification under the new Arizona racial profiling law. If traveling to Arizona, you may want to take a passport with you, if you have one.


If the police or immigration agents come to your home, you do not have to let them in unless they have certain kinds of warrants.

Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window so you can inspect it. A search warrant allows police to enter the address listed on the warrant, but officers can only search the areas and for the items listed. An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed on the warrant if they believe the person is inside. A warrant of removal/deportation (ICE warrant) does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.

Even if officers have a warrant, you have the right to remain silent. If you choose to speak to the officers, step outside and close the door.


If an FBI agent comes to your home or workplace, you do not have to answer any questions. Tell the agent you want to speak to a lawyer first.

If you are asked to meet with FBI agents for an interview, you have the right to say you do not want to be interviewed. If you agree to an interview, have a lawyer present. You do not have to answer any questions you feel uncomfortable answering, and can say that you will only answer questions on a specific topic.


Do not resist arrest, even if you believe the arrest is unfair.

Say you wish to remain silent and ask for a lawyer immediately. Don’t give any explanations or excuses. If you can’t pay for a lawyer, you have the right to a free one. Don’t say anything, sign anything or make any decisions without a lawyer.

You have the right to make a local phone call. The police cannot listen if you call a lawyer.

Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. Memorize the phone numbers of your family and your lawyer. Make emergency plans if you have children or take medication.

Special considerations for non-citizens:

  • Ask your lawyer about the effect of a criminal conviction or plea on your immigration status.

  • Don’t discuss your immigration status with anyone but your lawyer.

  • While you are in jail, an immigration agent may visit you. Do not answer questions or sign anything before talking to a lawyer.

  • Read all papers fully. If you do not understand or cannot read the papers, tell the officer you need an interpreter.


You have the right to a lawyer, but the government does not have to provide one for you. If you do not have a lawyer, ask for a list of free or low-cost legal services.

You have the right to contact your consulate or have an officer inform the consulate of your arrest.

Tell the ICE agent you wish to remain silent. Do not discuss your immigration status with anyone but your lawyer.

Do not sign anything, such as a voluntary departure or stipulated removal, without talking to a lawyer. If you sign, you may be giving up your opportunity to try to stay in the U.S.

Remember your immigration number (“A” number) and give it to your family. It will help family members locate you.

Keep a copy of your immigration documents with someone you trust.


Remember: police misconduct cannot be challenged on the street. Don’t physically resist officers or threaten to file a complaint.

Write down everything you remember, including officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from, and any other details. Get contact information for witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of your injuries (but seek medical attention first).

File a written complaint with the agency’s internal affairs division or le a complaint civilian complaint board. In most cases, you can fi anonymously if you wish.

Call your local ACLU or visit

State of the Movement: Lessons Learned From One Year of Occupy Wall Street


Here are some of the lessons I've learned as an activist since the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Sept 17, 2011.


Personal Empowerment = Social Empowerment


As we learn to accept and allow folks to use their own individual voices, the group is empowered. With OWS we are learning how to bring the best out of people rather than just condemn or judge them for their personal style, spiritual beliefs or political views. Welcoming new people to the movement should be a major focus of our activities if we want to succeed. The 99% is just waiting for someone to come along and say, "Join our side – we are all getting screwed by Wall Street and the multinational corporations!"

Last year we marched in the streets, set up occupy camps, and were arrested by unsympathetic corporate controlled police and political officials. Having been empowered personally by our connection to the movement and it's values, we can now begin to build that world we have all been dreaming about. 


This year people are at stage two of the process. In 2011 we focused on confronting the power structure with our demonstrations. We were an infant throwing a tantrum – crying and hoping to evoke sympathy from our parental authorities.


But on the one year anniversary of the movement it is perhaps time for us to stop asking the question, "Why won't the political, religious and economic elite reform the systems that oppress us?"


The answer to that question is obvious. The economic power structure is not interested in supporting any governmental, religious or financial reforms, let alone a global social revolution. Changing the system would be detrimental to their own self-interests, and butting our heads up against a brick wall becomes tedious after a while.

Instead, I beleive that we are now empowered and compelled to build this new world ourselves – DIY!


We are no longer waiting for any of our so-called "leaders" to do the work for us. Our infantile stage has now passed and it's time for us to mature as a movement, to put the past behind us – the political repression, and the negative corporate media propaganda.

Bottom line: it doesn't matter what CNN or NPR say about Occupy Wall Street! Most of the US media doesn't understand the altruistic, loving spirit of this movement, anyway. These values are foreign to them. They are only interested in asking, "Where's the money?" "Where are your political candidates?" 


So, in their eyes the movement has been a failure, but the real transformation has been on a personal level with everyone involved in OWS. Our collective eyes have been opened because we have been educating one another. And our apathy is gone because we now feel empowered to affect the changes we want within our own communities – our households, our neighborhoods and our cities.


In reality, the Occupy Wall Street movement has now turned a corner. A paradigmn shift has taken place over the last 12 months which has brought us to this moment where occupy activists across the nation and around the world are finally becoming aware of one another and are acknowledging their solidarity. Students across the country have been marching in solidarity with the students of Montreal. Orgainzers from the Idignados movement in Spain have been talking with occupy groups in the US. Hordur Torfason has addressed American occupiers on how Iceland managed to create its peaceful revolution. US activists have corresponded with Anna Hazare about the social justice movement in India. Wherever one looks on the planet, you will find people activley involved in the transformation of their society.   


If this pro-democracy/anti-corruption movement is to succeed in the US, it will have to join forces with and become a full partner in the global movement for peace and freedom. We must listen and learn from our sisters and brothers throughout the world who are working to overcome corporate/state oppression. The movement can be easily stamped out in individual nations, but no one can stop something that is happening all over the planet in unison!


Many of the US activists have found roles within their own local occupy groups and in their local communities. Hundreds of Occupy working groups have been taking on a number of local and regional issues including the Keystone pipeline, Citizens United, GMO's, anti-labor union legislation, student debt, attacks on the rights of immigrants, police brutality, homelessness, unfair tax policies, etc. Wherever the need arises for support of the poor and middle class, occupiers seem to be there.


In Seattle folks are showing the way. Despite the usual infighting and burn-out isssues, the Occupy Seattle working groups have survived and some are actually flourishing. Operation "Mic Check" has conducted numerous money drops and organized flash mobs. The Student Noise Brigade marches every week. Activists in Seattle are organizing to open a free university and library as a response to student debt. 


To combat hunger and poverty, groups in Seattle are providing free food disribution programs. And now some occupiers are talking about forming a local worker controlled coffee co-op to counter the mainstream culture of corporate greed. 


With the urging and support of occupiers, the Seattle City Council and Washington State State Representative Bob Hasagawa are calling for the establishment of a publicly owned state bank as a way to bypass the rampant corruption and financial speculation taking place on Wall Street. 


So, the lesson of the occupy movement has been, "Don't wait for national leaders to create these new sustainable and equitable systems – build them yourself!"


Wall Street banksters are not going to reform themselves, no matter how many protests we stage, and regardless of how many activists are arrested. Since the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, money has become the only focus of national political campaigns. Any talk of abolishing the electoral college or of adopting publicly financed elections is ignored by both Washington, DC and the corporate media.


But even if our elected representatives refuse to listen to us, the hard work still must be done. At some point in this process, any objections or harassment from political officials will seem irrelevant because these new systems will be established at the local level without their assistance. The harsh austerity measures currently being forced on this country gives politicians a free license to cut all public funding for projects which promote the health, education and safety of our communities. 


Apathy and a sense of powerlessness have been two of the typical symptoms of a consumerist society. People have come to believe that nothing important ever happens unless major corporations, the media, politicians or celebrities are invovled. The Occupy movement has proven that kind of midset is totally false and it's counterproductive to personal and social development.


If your state refuses to set up a publicly owned bank, you can create a whole new underground economy through bartering and networking at the local level or within your own small community. Transfer your money from Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase to a small local bank or credit union.  


If the local government is allowing people to go hungry – feed them! If they are uneducated teach them valuable skills.


The change has to start somewhere! It's very obvious that our political leaders are unwilling to challenge the corrupt economic and electoral systems that have brought them to power. Our elected representatives are not going to take care of the people because they're far too busy bailing out their corrupt friends on Wall Street!


WIth the limited resources available among the occupy groups, great things have been accomplished already and much more can be done to turn the tide of corporate greed and effect change in our own commuities. Our most valuable resourse is, of course, people. The knowledge and skills that these individuals possess will be the necessary tools we need to transform our society. 


As we continue to bust the myths about our powerlessness, we must also understand the "power of non-importance". What I am referring to here is the fact that because the movement has been largely dismissed by our political leadership as ineffective and unimportant, we have actually gained more freedom to organize. It is better for that us that the "powers that be" ignore us rather than see us as a direct threat to their system. In this way, we are able establish our new set of values and co-operative social arrangements in obscurity – below the radar, so to speak.


Without the media's magnifying lense observing our behavior, it may be easier to work on the many of the group projects that occupiers have created. If you take away the negative corporate media scruntiny, you will most likely have a less insecure and less objectified movement. We are, after all, not really just "occupiers" anymore – we are individual human beings with real lives, authentic aspirations and important issues to tackle.


The media says, "You have no goals!"


I say, "Tell that to the activists who are trying to stop the homeforeclosures and end fracking!"


They say, "You have no organization!"


My response: "Explain that to the thousands of people who have been participating and organizing together at regional and national occupy conferences and forums in Gainesville, Des Moines, Olympia, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York City, etc." 


The corporate media myths are a lie. We are now entering a new era of confidence and action. You may not see mass demonstrations and encampents at the parks, but if you look closely underneath the curtain of censorship, you willl find a highly effective and relevant social justice movement that is slowly transofrming American and global society. We are probably in a situation much like the abolitionists after the Missouri Compromise, or the Dred Scott decision. Our campaign for economic and social justice has been ignored and vilified by the media, but eventually our goals will be met. We are the future… 


The uprising against Wall Street in New York City inspired an entire nation of activists to protest political and financial corruption.


It's becoming quite obvious to me lately that the rumors about the death of the occupy movement have been greatly exaggerated…


this article appeared in the Huffington Post and can be found here:

Mark Taylor-Canfield

Mark Taylor-Canfield is an independent journalist, activist and musician (and many other things…) from Seattle, WA


Find useful links to events and pages surrounding the one year aniversary of OWS.
Occupy Seattle Information Booth
Most days between now and #OS17, noon to 6:00pm
Westlake Park, 400 Pine
The Westlake Info Booth is gearing up for Occupy BirthdayWe will be @ Westlake everyday now. Stop and say Hi.
Bring us your ideas! (written format for distribution. thx!)
Global Banks and the 1% get extra special attention.

BACK TO THE ROOTS Closing Bell March
Today at 4:00pm at Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
Every Day between noe and $S17

WHEN:every weekday till S17, starting Tuesday September 4th, 4-6pm (rush hour)
WHERE: Federal Building, 2nd & Marion.4-6pm (rush hour)
HOW: Make it when you can. Bring signs.Suits with or without Nooses optional.C U in the crosswalks.
WHY: By joining the nationwide Occupy movement, we want to focus elected officials and the public on the majority’s desire to take our government and country back from the big-money interests that currently hold undue sway over decisions affecting us all. We are coming together in large numbers to affect this change.

Occupy Seattle One Year Anniversary Photo Exhibit-Alex Garland
9/17/12, noon- 3pm
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets 1814 Summit Avenue

Occupy One Year Exhibit Photo Show- by photographer Alex Garland has been extended. The show is availible for viewing during PSKS open hours: Monday, W and Friday noon-3 PM located at-1814 Summit Avenue (Denny and Summit) for public viewing. The center will be closed to the public on Friday September 21st.

Over 300 photos displayed in a unique format, highlighting Occupy Seattle andthe different groups, actions, and protests inspired by common grievances.This is an opportunity to view yourself, your friends, neighbors, or completestrangers, standing up, addressing the issues facing our country, and makingthemselves heard.

All call to washington state occupies! #OS17
September 17 at 12:00am until September 18 at 12:00am
westlake park, 400 pine

On the one year anniversary of occupy wall street, let’s show new york city that The Upper Left is still where it’s at!

Please join the working group and share ideas for Seattle’s #s17 birthday party!

Free U is organizing Facilitate Open Space Workshops

Alex Garland’s 1 Year Anniversary of Occupy Seattle photo exhibit @ PSKS, 1814 Summit Avenue

Occupy Sanctuary will be there with chaplains staffing it 10-7.

GMOP may be having an information booth set up for S-17.

Occupy Info sponsers….. BACK TO THE ROOTS Closing Bell RallyFederal Building, 2nd & Marion.4-7pm (rush hour)

#S17 #OWS Year 1: Silent Flash March 6:00pm

There will be cake, 6:00pm

The Health Care Working Group may also having an information table/tent on S17 at Westlake.

#OS17 working group

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Occupy Chaplains Recruiting

Occupy Chaplains is recruiting for more members.

We are seeking lay people, ordained ministers, seekers and peacemakers of any faith or spiritual inclination who feel a calling to support the transformation of American society into a more just and humane place for all. We see the Occupy phenomenon as a deeply spiritual movement. Its call for economic and political justice reflects the wisdom of many our world’s religions. While the more visible Occupy encampments are gone, there are a variety of groups protesting student debt, opposing home foreclosures, advocating for a state bank, developing neighborhood gardening, among other things.  


Presently our active membership draws from these traditions: Christian, Buddhist, Baha’i, Quakers, Sufi, earth-based spirituality, and native spirituality. We offer peaceful presence, a sanctuary tent at rallies, marching in solidarity, friendship, conversation, prayer and meditation. We also reach out to religious congregations and spiritual circles to facilitate heartfelt and faith-centered discussion on the Occupy movement and the issues it brings up.

There are many levels of involvement possible. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Serving as a liaison between Occupy Chaplains and your own community and neighborhood
  • Attending a weekly meeting of Occupy Chaplains
  • Joining us at an Occupy action
  • Offering meditation and pastoral care in the Sanctuary Tent
  • Offering meditation before the weekly Occupy General Assemblies.

You can request to be on our email list (one to three emails per week) by sending an email to:  

We currently meet every Monday at 10:00 AM to noon at the Interfaith Community Church located at 1763 NW 62nd St., Seattle 98107.

We are hosting an orientation meeting for those who wish to become more involved on October 13th from 10:00 AM to noon at the Interfaith Community Church. 

please RSVP to:

If you would like to discuss how you might become involved, message us or email

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The Department of Ecology Seeks Your Input on Local Clean-up Plans

Olympia City Hall

The Department of Ecology is seeking comments
OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is seeking comments on a proposed plan to clean up the former downtown Safeway site, now the site of Olympia City Hall, at 601 4th Avenue East in Olympia.

Ecology is accepting comments on these documents through Oct. 5, 2012. The documents may be viewed at:

*Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501
*Department of Ecology Southwest Regional Office, 300 Desmond Drive S.E., Lacey
*On Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Website

Here’s how you can submit comments:
Comments and questions may be directed to site manager Guy Barrett, Washington Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Contact Barrett by phone at (360) 407–7115 or e-mail at


Fidalgo Bay’s western shore in Anacortes.

The Department of Ecology is seeking comments
OLYMPIA – Continued cleanup of environmental contamination is planned in 2013 at the old Custom Plywood mill site on Fidalgo Bay’s western shore in Anacortes.

Comments will be accepted through Oct. 1, 2012, on the draft cleanup action plan and engineering reports,

In 2013, Ecology plans to:

*Remove old creosote dock pilings and other in-water concrete and metal structures.
*Dig up and dredge about 10 acres of sediment contaminated with dioxins and wood waste.
*Dispose of contaminated sediment off-site.
*Improve the near-shore habitat by reshaping an existing spit and jetty.
*Connect Fidalgo Bay with the wetland area that was created in 2011.

Here are locations where you can view copies of the draft documents:

*Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. Call 360-293-1910 for information.
*Ecology headquarters, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey. Contact Carol Dorn for an appointment at or 360-407-7224.
*Ecology’s Custom Plywood site webpage.

Here’s how you can submit comments:
*Mail them to Hun Seak Park, site manager, Washington Department of Ecology, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.
*E-mail them to


The Department of Ecology is seeking comments
OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on proposed changes to how the Washington Department of Ecology charges fees for certain kinds of air quality work.

Ecology will accept comments on these and other proposed changes through Oct. 2, 2012. You can review the proposed changes, along with related documents, on Ecology’s air quality rulemaking website.

Here’s how you can submit comments:
* Attend a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the auditorium at Ecology’s headquarters at 300 Desmond Drive SE in Lacey.
*Call in to the public hearing. Dial 360-407-3780, then enter PIN 980708#.
*Mail them to Elena Guilfoil, Washington Department of Ecology, Air Quality Program, P.O. Box47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.
*Email them to




Charges Dropped Against May Day Protestor Maria Jannett Morales


After reviewing YouTube video of the May Day riot, King County prosecutors dismissed all charges against a protestor accused of punching a bike cop.

Maria Jannett Morales, 30, was charged with assault in the fourth degree, a felony, for an incident that occurred near the intersection of First Avenue and Pike Street a few minutes before 6 p.m. on May 1, just as the day's rioting was starting to simmer down.

SPD's version of events was called into question by amateur video from the scene uploaded to YouTube. The footage seems to show Morales walking past Fry, obeying orders. Then, after a brief verbal exchange, Fry grabs Morales by the shoulders and hair and pulls her down.


Maria Jannett Morales: May Day Protestor Charged With Assaulting Cop Proven Innocent By YouTube Video, Attorney Says

One May Day protester charged with assaulting a police officer has already been exonerated after video footage contradicting SPD's version of events surfaced. Now the attorney for a second claims the cops have once again been caught on camera embellishing the facts.

SPD detective J.D. Mudd’s probable cause statement reads:  "Morales got right up to Officer Fry and said, 'Okay bitch,' then punched Officer Fry in the chest with a closed fist.  Officer Fry grabbed Morales with the intent of placing her under arrest." Morales is also accused of kicking another cop in the leg as she struggled to get free of Fry.

In the video, Shouting makes it difficult to decipher the entire dialogue, but Fry can be heard barking orders to "Move back!" with Morales responding, "We are moving back!" Morales shuffles to her right, and Fry grabs her by the shoulders and hair, pulling her down on top of the police bikes. The videographer is then forced to move down the street, away from the action.

see the video and read the article here:



Joshua Alex Garland Case Shows Why Dash-Cam Videos Should Be Public

King County Prosecutor's office dismissed charges against a photographer who had been arrested at the May Day protests. Prosecutors had charged 28-year-old Joshua Alex Garland, on assignment that day for Real Change, with assault for allegedly grabbing an officer's hand, twisting his arm and trying to pull him into the crowd. But lo and behold, videos posted to YouTube suggest it didn't happen that way at all.

As it appears from the video, Garland was pulled by an officer, not the other way around. Garland is the one carrying a camera and wearing sunglasses and a bandanna. His attorney, Andy Robertson, says he had already been pepper sprayed once that day.

Robertson credits prosecutors office for being "extremely professional" in their willingness to look at the videos with her and then drop the charges, without dragging Garland through a trial. But things would have turned out differently had there been no video.


Consent: Slutwalk Seattle

In the 19th century, state laws around the country defined rape as the carnal knowledge of a woman when achieved by force by a man other than her husband. According to a principle known as coverture, a husband had authority over his wife's person and property. Therefore, women could not withhold sex from their husbands. Similarly, enslaved women could not refuse sex with their masters or testify against them in court. After emancipation, the presumption that African American women had no say over what happened to their bodies persisted. For generations afterward, many men had impunity in raping black women.

Even white women had difficulty making the case that they had been raped. Evidence of physical injuries to prove resistance and corroborative testimony that a woman had cried out would improve her believability in court. But all-male juries and members of the judiciary often assumed that once a woman had consented to sex, any subsequent sexual activity was consensual. An unwanted sexual encounter could usually be classified as rape only if the woman was white and chaste, the perpetrator was black, and the act was violent.

Advocates for women's rights and racial justice started questioning these views in the mid-19th century, and their efforts helped reshape the meaning of rape in three important ways. First, legal remedies such as laws on criminal seduction and statutory rape made it easier to prosecute coercive but nonviolent sexual relations with acquaintances. African American activists insisted that black women could be victims of rape and that white men should be held accountable for assault. And feminists renamed a range of non-consensual acts, particularly with acquaintances and husbands, as rape.

In the late 20th century, second-wave feminism generated an anti-rape movement that identified sexual assault as an abuse of power that has been central to women's oppression. Feminists rejected the notion that only a violent stranger could rape a woman. In addition to coining the term "date rape" to describe unwanted sex with an acquaintance, they targeted sexual abuse within the family. Because of their efforts, in the 1980s states began to outlaw marital rape. Other reforms included revising rape statutes' requirements of corroboration and of the use of "utmost force" to prove resistance.

Feminists also exposed the extent of child sexual abuse within the home, schools and religious institutions. Rethinking rape as a form of power contributed to the recognition that boys and men could be victims and that rape is not solely a heterosexual crime. Only in 2011, however, did the FBI revise its definition of rape — for the first time since 1927. In Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI now includes any form of forced sexual penetration of a man or a woman as well as "non-forcible rape."

In recent years, as at every turn in our history, critics have chafed at the more expansive definitions of rape. As in the past, some may fear a loss of sexual privileges. Some skeptics have cast doubt on the extent and the damage of acquaintance rape. Others have tried to limit the meaning of rape to advance broader political agendas.


an active, non-coercive, continual agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent is not silence, agreeing to sex after being pressured into it, or getting a “yes” from someone while their judgment is impaired by substance use – the only thing that counts as consent is an enthusiastic “yes.” Consent can be revoked at any time, by anybody, for any reason. Only human adults can give consent.

SlutWalk Seattle has compiled a manifesto of political and legal recommendations to guide citizens and their elected officials in fighting rape culture.
Reduce DNA evidence backlogs
An evidence backlog exists at a crime lab when the lab receives more requests to analyze evidence than it can process. Even though crime lab capacity has increased dramatically over the past few years, backlogs continue to exist because the growth in the number of requests to analyze evidence exceeds crime lab capacity.

Eliminate untested sexual assault kits
Sexual assault kits (SAKs), often colloquially referred to as “rape kits,” sit untested in hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers and police evidence storage all across the country. The reasons for this include lack of funding, inadequate evidence-tracking systems used by law enforcement, and a failure to prioritize funding for cases of sexual assault.
The Washington State Legislature should require all hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers and police stations to audit the extent of their untested SAKs, and make the results of such audits public.

Ensure every victim receives treatment from a certified medical forensic examiner
Sexual assault is unique as a crime because evidence often isn’t collected by a law enforcement officer. Instead, evidence is generally collected by the nurse or other health care professional who initially treats the victim after the assault. It is critical that such individuals are adequately trained to collect forensic evidence; without such training, the evidence collected is of a lower quality and more rapists walk free.

Ensure every victim receives a high-quality, compassionate response from law enforcement
Sadly, many law enforcement officers and detectives who work crimes of sexual assault aren’t adequately trained to handle such crimes. This reality was clearly demonstrated by the results from a recent study funded by the Department of Justice on the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments’ response to crimes of sexual assault.

The Washington State Legislature can take the following steps to prevent such occurrences among law enforcement in our state:

~~Commission the WSIPP to research the extent of such problems in state and local law enforcement and recommend areas for improvement.
~~Mandate that all law enforcement officers, detectives, and district attorneys who work crimes of sexual violence must undergo the sexual assault investigation and prosecution training outlined in RCW 43.101.270.
~~Direct the appropriate state agency to periodically issue a list of “best practices” recommendations to local law enforcement units regarding sexual assault, incorporating the latest research on effective criminal justice system response.
~~Direct the appropriate state agency to issue binding guidelines to law enforcement detailing how to fairly treat members of minority and other disenfranchised communities,and require all law enforcement officers, regardless of their unit, to undergo cultural sensitivity training to prevent unfair treatment.
~~Mandate that all law enforcement departments in the state develop a manual specific to investigating sex crimes that codifies the policies and expectations of detectives working such crimes.
~~Pass a law that requires the district attorney handling a sexual assault case to provide detailed reasons to the victim when a charge is rejected.

Policy Positions of SlutWalk Seattle


Please Join event: No more victim-blaming. No more slut-shaming. SlutWalk Seattle is part of an international protest movement fighting rape culture. The date of SlutWalk Seattle 2012 has changed to September 9th, 2012, from 12 to 4. Visit for more info.


A statement from Leah-Lynn Plante on her refusal to testify before the grand jury

August 28, 2012

My name is Leah-Lynn Plante, and I am one of the people who has been subpoenaed to a secret grand jury, meeting in Seattle on August 30. [update: meeting pushed back, see below]

This will be the second time I have appeared before the grand jury, and the second time I have refused to testify. The first time was on August 2. I appeared, as ordered, and I identified myself. Then the US Attorney asked if I would be willing to answer her questions. I said, No, and was issued another subpoena, this time for the 30th.

A month later, my answer is still the same. No, I will not answer their questions. I believe that these hearings are politically motivated. The government wants to use them to collect information that it can use in a campaign of repression. I refuse to have any part of it.
It is likely that the government will put me in jail for that refusal.

I hate the very idea of prison. But I know, if I am sent there, I will not be alone. I can only speak for myself, but I have every faith that the others subpoenaed to these hearings will likewise refuse. And I know that hundreds of people have called the US Attorney demanding that they end this tribunal. Hundreds of organizations, representing thousands of people, signed onto a statement expressing solidarity with those of us under attack and demanding an end to this sort of repression.

I know that those people will continue to support me, and the others subpoenaed, and the targets of the investigation. That spirit of solidarity is exactly what the state fears. It is the source of our strength, yours and mine. And that strength shows itself in every act of resistance.

Solidarity is What the State Fears
Because We Must




Because We Must is founded on the idea that all forms of oppression and, in turn, the struggles against them, are intimately connected.  The subjugation of the earth, it’s non-human animal inhabitants, and the people that are not members of the wealthy white male elite are not unrelated phenomena.


*UPDATE: Leah’s date has been pushed back. It is no longer tomorrow (8/30). The event has been pushed back to September 13th…Details coming soon.

I just got a call from my lawyer telling me not to come to the Grand Jury tomorrow. The date is being pushed back again. He will let me know the new date when he knows for sure and I will let you all know.
I do not know if the other people also had their dates changed yet. Stay tuned.”

Seattle Grand Jury is About Intimidation, and Social Mapping of Anarchist Movement

“Sometimes, law enforcement believes this knocking-down-the-door, boot-on-the-throat intimidation is part of a crime-prevention strategy,” he said. But a more pernicious goal may be social mapping. The anarchist books and cans of spray paint can be sexy items to wave around a courtroom, he said, but “address books, cell phones, hard drives—that’s the real gold.”

During the raid at her home, Plante said, some of the agents were initially hyperaggressive, but seemed “confused” by finding nothing more sinister than five sleepy young people. “It seemed like what they expected was some armed stronghold,” she said. “But it’s just a normal house, with normal stuff in the pantry, lots of cute animals, and everyone here was docile and polite.”

“That’s a really important point,” Potter said when I mentioned that detail. “There’s a huge disconnect between what the FBI and local police are being told and trained for, and what the reality is. There are presentations about ominous, nihilistic, black-clad, bomb-throwing, turn-of-the-century caricatures—the reality is that many anarchists are just organizing gathering spaces, free libraries, free neighborhood kitchens.”
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Political Convictions?
Federal Prosecutors in Seattle Are Dragging Activists into Grand Juries, Citing Their Social Circles and Anarchist Reading Materials

Refusal to testify at a federal grand jury, especially on political grounds, can result in jail time for contempt of court. (Video journalist Josh Wolf, for example, served seven and a half months in 2006 and 2007 for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury and turn over his footage of a protest in San Francisco.)

In a follow-up interview with The Stranger, Plante said she wasn't even in Seattle on May 1 and is neither a witness to nor a perpetrator of any related crimes. She is, however, a self-declared anarchist and thinks the FBI singled her out because of her political beliefs and social affiliations.

Plante had been summoned to Seattle by a federal subpoena, delivered to her in the early hours of July 25, when the FBI raided her home—one of several raids in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland in the past couple of months. FBI agents, she said, smashed through her front door with a battering ram with assault rifles drawn, "looking paramilitary." According to a copy of the warrant, agents were looking for black clothing, paint, sticks, flags, computers and cell phones, and "anti-government or anarchist literature."

"When I see a search warrant that targets political literature, I get nervous," said attorney Neil Fox, president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. (The Seattle chapter released a statement urging the FBI and the US Attorney to end the raids and drop the grand jury subpoenas.) Raids like those can have a chilling effect on free speech, he said, and a long-term "negative effect on the country—you want to have robust discussions about political issues without fear." He also has concerns about the scope of the warrants: "'Anti- government literature' is so broad," he said. "What does that include? Does that include the writings of Karl Marx? Will that subject me to having my door kicked in and being dragged in front of a grand jury?"

Grand juries, Fox explained, were originally conceived as a protection for citizens against overzealous prosecutors and are enshrined in the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. A petite jury—the more familiar kind, from 6 to 12 people—determines innocence or guilt during a trial. A grand jury is larger, from 16 to 23 people, meets with a prosecutor but no defense attorneys, and determines whether there's enough evidence to indict someone for a federal crime.
Nowadays, Fox said, grand juries are often used by prosecutors and investigators who have run out of leads. But grand juries are secret, so it's difficult to know what the prosecutor is really doing. And the effects of raids and subpoenas like the ones in Seattle and Portland may be more about putting on the dramatic public spectacle of dragging people through the mud than investigating a crime.
Doug Honig, communications director at ACLU of Washington, echoed Fox's concerns: "If it's not carefully conducted, it can end up becoming a fishing expedition looking into people's political views and political associations.

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Rally at the Courthouse Support Grand Jury Resistors
700 Stewart St Seattle, WA
9/13/12 12:00pm

August 2nd was the first hearing of the Seattle grand jury that has been formed to investigate Northwest anarchists. Leah-Lynn Plante read a statement that detailed her non-cooperation and then proceeded to go inside the court house to refuse to answer their questions.

The remaining recipients of subpoenas either elected not to show up to the grand jury, had August 30 or another date on their subpoena, or have not been officially served; however now all the dates have been pushed back to the 13th of Septe

Please come out on Thursday September 13th to express your solidarity with the resistors and show your stance against the State's witch hunt.

BRING: Banners, fliers, NOISE makers, signs, and anything else to make this rally energetic and supportive.

Please check or for updates.

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Aliana Bazara

Aliana Bazara

The People’s Library- Community Building at its Best

kids and booksThe Occupy movement flourishes again in Seattle with the opening of “The Peoples Library,” in the Central District. Due to city-wide budget cuts, the City of Seattle has closed all branches of Seattle Public Libraries, beginning August 27th – September 3rd.

In response, a “People’s Library” has sprouted. Situated on the steps of the gorgeous- but- closed Douglass-Truth Library at 23rd & Yesler, a group of individuals who share some common ground with the Occupy movement, have gathered together to pick up the slack while the City cannot.

Providing a space for education and community building, and at no cost, this people-built library provides the following:

  • A selection over 1000 donated books 
  • 4 internet workstations with free wi-fi 
  • A kids station with coloring and games 
  •  Lunch Well stocked with shelves, tables, and milk-crates full of books, residents of the Central District are noticing what has sprouted… and are participating. 

Neighbors bring donations of books and food; a mother and her 7 year old, walked away each with an armful of books.

“This is fantastic! It’s so healthy and nourishing for the community,” says Karen, a local resident and mother of two.

Families stop by, children play with puzzles, adults browse and share stories.

The People’s Library aims to stay open from 10am-8pm every day until Sept. 4th, at which time Seattle Public Libraries including Douglas-Truth will re-open for business.

The library has no check-out system, no limit on number of books you can take.

Only a promise to either return what you have taken when you can, or pass it on to someone else.

At a time when our communities are facing huge losses of public resources due to budget cuts, the People’s Library and its creators serve as an inspiration that we as people can still engage and educate, despite increasing austerity and dependence on the almighty Dollar.

For more info on the People’s Library, please check out the following contacts:


Twitter: @duetobudgetcuts email


By Aliana Bazara, 99% Media

You Were Right When You Waved That “No Blood for Oil” Sign. Iraq Was About Oil.

It was never exactly rocket science. You didn’t have to be Einstein to figure it out. In early 2003, the Bush administration was visibly preparing to invade Iraq, a nation with a nasty ruler who himself hadn’t hesitated to invade another country, Iran, in the early 1980s for no purpose except self-aggrandizement. (And the Reagan administration had backed him in that disastrous war because then, as now, Washington loathed the Iranians.)


There was never the slightest evidence of the involvement of Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 9/11 attacks or in support of al-Qaeda; and despite the Bush administration’s drumbeat of supposed information about Saddam’s nuclear program (which was said, somehow, to threaten to put mushroom clouds over American cities), the evidence was always, at best, beyond thin and at worst, a potage of lies, concoctions, and wishful thinking. The program, of course, proved nonexistent, but too late to matter.

And the millions of protestors who took to the streets of the great cities (and small towns) of the planet in unprecedented numbers to oppose the coming invasion, waving signs like “No Blood for Oil!” “How did USA's oil get under Iraq's sand?" and “Don't trade lives for oil!” grasped perfectly well just what they had in mind — and more prescient still, they knew it would be a disaster. If only they had been listened to. Instead, they were generally dismissed in the mainstream media for their hopeless naïveté.

They were right. It was about oil (though not oil alone, given the over-determined nature of all events on this planet of ours), while so many of the sophisticated types as well as the geopolitical visionaries of the Bush administration proved dismally wrong, completely mistaken in their assessment of our world of energy and how it might be controlled. Now, more than eight years later, no one here even wants to think about Iraq and the multi-trillion-dollar war we fought there. Mission accomplished? You be the judge. Recent headlines indicate that the new Iraq is actually helping Iran evade the Obama administration’s oil sanctions. Think of it as the grim geopolitical version of slapstick comedy.

You Were Right When You Waved That “No Blood for Oil” Sign. Iraq Was About Oil

by Tom Engelhardt


And it gets worse…

"Tony Hayward, who resigned as chief executive of BP amid the fallout from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year, is set to become the head of another oil company.

Vallares, the investment vehicle Mr. Hayward co-founded with the financier Nathaniel P. Rothschild this year, agreed on Wednesday to buy Genel Energy International, an oil producer in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in a $2.1 billion deal."

Ex-BP Chief’s Firm to Buy Iraqi Oil Company in $2.1 Billion Deal

by Julia Werdigier



No Blood for Oil

by Clay Claiborne


Leak Brings Safety of Hanford Nuclear Site Into Question

Leak Brings Safety of Hanford Nuclear Site Into Question
By Kim Murphy

"As part of the biggest, costliest environmental cleanup in the nation's history-disposing of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state-one thing was supposed to be sure: Toxic waste stored in sturdy, double-wall steel tanks wasn't going anywhere. That reassurance has been thrown into question with the discovery of a three-foot-long mound of radioactive material between the inner and outer steel walls of one of the supposedly safe tanks."

Hanford Double-Shell Tank Leaks Nuclear Waste

"The public interest group Hanford Challenge Friday released disclosed a memo from U.S. Department of Energy inspectors to the Washington State Department of Ecology detailing the leak.

Dated August 14, the memo acknowledges a highly-radioactive chemical waste leak that was detected in early August from Tank AY-102 on the floor of the “annulus,” the space between the two walls of the double-shell tank.

The dry radioactive waste was found in two locations, according to the memo, one of them in a “mound approximately 2 ft. x 3 ft. x 8 inches.”

Environment News Service

Washington State: Possible radioactive leak at Hanford tank farm

"“There’s been this presumption that the double-shell tanks at least are sound and won’t fail, and they’ll be there for us,” said Tom Carpenter of the advocacy group Hanford Challenge. Several days ago the group obtained a memo from the cleanup site detailing discovery of the mysterious substance.

“This changes everything. It is alarming that there is now solid evidence that Hanford double-shell has leaked,” Carpenter said in a separate statement on the discovery.",0,2831821.story

Possible Radioactive Tank Leak At Hanford Being Investigated

Some are concerned with the longer-term implications. Here’s why: There are a total of 177 waste tanks, some of them are single shelled and some have double-shells. The government has been moving waste out of the known worst of those single-shelled tanks for awhile and into the double-shelled tanks.

Tom Carpenter heads the Seattle-based watchdog Hanford Challenge. He says what if this possible leak shows that the double-shell tanks are more venerable than we thought?

“Then we’re going to have to look for something else to do," he says. "Because frankly we’re out of room in the double-shelled tanks. There is not a whole lot of room left to move waste around.”

Another question: If this tank is proven to be leaking — can the tanks last the nearly five decades it’s going to take to stabilize this radioactive waste in glass?
Listen to the story:

Hanford's storage tank overview:

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen. Photo courtesy of Dept. of Energy



Five environmental groups say the state Department of Ecology didn't consider water quality standards when when it approved plans to rebuild Enloe Dam near Oroville, WA. Water quality is one of many considerations in a proposal by the Okanogan County, WA PUD to rebuild the Enloe Dam to generate electricity.

The PUD has been working for seven years toward restarting operations at the dam. The dam was built in 1920 but stopped producing power in 1959 when it became cheaper to buy from the Bonneville Power Administration.

The environmental groups claim that if the dam is rebuilt, it will nearly dry up the Similkameen (sim-IL'-ka-MEEN') River. The Wenatchee World reports the five groups have filed an appeal with the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.



Representatives from Okanogan County PUD made a presentation at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce on the utilities efforts to license Enloe Dam to once again generate hydroelectric power. The dam and powerhouse, which are about 3.5 miles up the Similkameen River from Oroville, have not generated power since the mid-1950s. The PUD has been trying to license the dam with a new modern powerhouse and generators, this time located on the opposite bank of the river.

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The Okanogan Public Utility District obtained a new license for power generation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1983, but the license was withdrawn in 1986 because the dam's impact on anadromous fish had not been addressed. A second license for a 4.1 megawatt plant was granted in 1996, but was again rescinded on the same grounds in 2000. Yet another application was submitted in August 2008, seeking to build a new powerplant to generate 9 megawatts, fed by a new intake channel

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“Okanogan PUD ratepayers are going to take a big hit for this expensive and unprofitable project,” said Jere Gillespie of CBEP. “We are calling on the Okanogan PUD to replace its out-of-date 2008 analysis and provide ratepayers with a realistic evaluation of Enloe Dam economics. We think such an update will show that the dam project is not a wise investment for ratepayers and should be dropped.”

You can download the economic analysis here:

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Foster Fanning



Congrats to Shanti and boo for this ridiculous charge having been dismissed :)

Shanti Wyatt's Case regarding Occupy Sukkot. October 13 2011 is Dismissed as of August 16th 2012.  Some words from Shanti's lawyer – "The prosecutor emailed me yesterday informing me that she is dismissing."



The following is a description from the Occupy Sukkot (facebook) Event:
By Emma Epstein, Andy Barr and Robert Beiser:

The eight-day festival of Sukkot reminds us of the abundance we have, and how very fragile that abundance is. The sukkah that we build, reminiscent of the fragile huts built in the days the Israelites spent wandering through the desert, represents shelter in a time of crisis, “the halfway point between slavery and liberation.” We are again at a halfway point. The movement has begun – will it take hold?

This space will not only serve as a metaphor for the shelter of the Israelites. It will be a space to challenge economic injustice, racism, oppression, displacement, and exploitation that so many in our country and world face.


Occupy Seattle in Pictures: Police Arrest 10, Then Stand Down, But Forbid Sleep

last night the protesters defiantly erected a tent in celebration of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. A number of people sat inside the tent peacefully, determined not to be intimidated by police orders banning any structures (other than the permitted medical tent) in the park. Others formed a human chain around it.

When we arrived at Westlake, the demonstration was in full swing. A lively and entirely peaceful crowd was chanting in the middle of the park, next to the newly erected tent.

Signs proclaimed the demands and messages of the protesters

Suddenly, the police moved in to take down the Sukkot tent and to arrest the people in it, as well as those blocking the way to it

Seeing the number of police on the scene, I asked one of the officers: "Who is keeping the rest of the city safe?" He said, angrily, "Other cops!"

please see wonderful photo essay from Zoltan here:

Daily Kos

photo credit
Joshua Trujillo 

Mainstream Media Continues to Disappoint

Mainstream Media Continues to Disappoint

By Aliana Bazara

Overall, May Day was a success! Our numbers were strong throughout the day, we fed tons of people with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, (200 served at breakfast), we had music and dancing, community conversations, and 3 marches.

Reflecting on the vandalism: Arguably, what hurt us the most was not the property destruction itself, but the mainstream media sensationalizing it. Our entire event (breakfast, lunch, speakout, music, and marches included) lasted 9 hours. The property destruction lasted 20 minutes. Yet the focus of the 10:00 news and the cover of The Seattle Times was the destruction.

It comes as no surprise that there was vandalism on May Day. It happened all across the country. Historically, that precedent has already been set. What is surprising is that there was so little of it. It was done and over within 20 minutes, and failed to resurface again for the rest of the day.

What is equally surprising is the lack of police intervention while the vandalism was taking place. No immediate actions were taken, nor were any immediate arrests made by SPD, despite the acts being committed in broad daylight with hundreds of people around. I realize SPD’s desire to be cautious due to recent misconduct allegations against them but they still have a duty to protect. Instead, what I noticed was a curious lack of police intervention during the minutes when vandalism erupted.

I have come to accept that this movement attracts all types of people- including those that throw rocks and break windows. The fringe element was there on Tuesday, but that’s all it was- a fringe element. A small fraction of people creating havoc for a small fraction of the day.

I wish there was some way we could get the general public to see past the mainstream news, whose only purpose these days seems to be to instill fear in people and sell commercials. I wish they could see the level of commitment, passion, and love for the world and one another, that is present within Occupy.

Happy Mayday!!

Welcome to the festivities!

Stay tuned for updates:

12:30 pm Live stream estimates about 1000 people in attendance.

Check out Public Transit updates here:

Here are some usefull links for real time social media:




May Day Schedule of Events

Event Schedule:
9AM: Breakfast & Worker Speakout at Westlake Park4th and Pine in downtown Seattle
11AM – 4PM: Hip Hop OccupiesEntertainment/Speakers at Westlake Park
12PM: Anti-Capitalist March from Westlake Park
3PM: Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living March from Westlake Park
5:30PM: Anti-Border Rally at Westlake Park
7:30PM: May Day Assembly

9:00 – 10:45: Breakfast, Meet & Greet, Set-up
10:45 – 11:00: Opening Remarks
11:00 – 12:00: Performance Block – Primary DJ: Sean Malik
11:00 – 11:05: Speakers – Maru Villalpando (2.5m) & Aaron Dixon (2.5m)
11:05 – 11:25: Black Magic Noize (20m)
11:25 – 11:30: Prince Capone (5m)
11:30 – 11:35: Jamil Suleman (5m)
11:35 – 11:45: Ms. Kash (10m)
11:45 – 12:00: DJ Sean Malik Spins/ B-Boys
12:00 – 12:55: Performance Block – Primary DJ: Cues
12:00 – 12:05: Speakers –Occupy Chaplains (2.5m) & Duff B/Red Spark (2.5m)
12:05 – 12:10: Zulu Kids (5m)
12:10 – 12:15: Beloved (5m)
12:15 – 12:20: Tre’Shawn (5m)
12:20 – 12:30: Youth Speaking Truth (10m)
12:30 – 12:40: Kama of Kalamashaka (10m)
12:40 – 12:55: DJ Cues Spins/B-Boys
12:55 – 2:05: Performance Block – Primary DJ: Seabefore
12:55 – 1:00: Speakers – Jace Ecaj (2.5m) & Gregory Lewis (2.5m)
1:00 – 1:30: Wapifasa Block w/ Notorious Potential, Too Chill, Massiah & Mic Flont (30m)
1:30 – 1:50: Maria Guillen, Stephany Koch Hazelrigg & Members of Sea Fandango Community (20m)
1:50 – 2:05: DJs Seabefore Spins/B-Boys
2:05 – 2:55: Performance Block – Primary DJ: Too Quick
2:05 – 2:10: Jadis Sue Floe (5m)
2:10 – 2:15: Dan Manno (5m)
2:15 – 2:25: Dee.Ale (10min)
2:25 – 2:35: Spyc-E (10m)
2:35 – 2:40: Speakers – Black Orchid Collective (2.5m) & Didi (2.5m)
2:40 – 2:55: DJ Too Quick Spins/B-Boys
2:55 – 4:00: Performance Block – Primary DJ: Seabefore
2:55 – 3:00: J.Infinite (5m)
3:00 – 3:05: Ethos (5m)
3:10 – 3:25: Sista Hailstorm (15m)
3:25 – 3:30: Speakers – Chris Rodriguez (2.5m) & Tabitha Milan (2.5m)
3:30 – 3:45: Suntonio Bandanaz (15m)
3:45 – 4:00: Walidah (15m)
4:00 – 4:15: Closing Remarks/ Opening Up Cypher Spaces (DJs Breakdown now, band sets up)
4:15 – 6:00: Baron DeKalb holds down Cypher Space, hosted by J Revels
6:00 – 7:00: Break Down & Clean Up
more info here:
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Occupy Seattle May Day General Strike fund

Occupy Seattle May Day General Strike Legal Fund

Occupy Seattle May Day General Strike Callout
Public Event · By Occupy Seattle
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
No school. No work. No shopping. Let’s Shut it Down

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Mayor McGinn and Deputy Mayor Address Operation Jungle Defense Protesters

Mayor McGinn and Deputy Mayor Address Operation Jungle Defense Protesters

By Aliana Bazara

Approximately 60 people gathered Friday evening in front of the Mayor’s house in Greenwood to protest the impending eviction of a homeless community in West Beacon Hill, known as The Jungle. The protest was organized by several Occupy activists and included residents (both homeless and non-homeless) of Beacon Hill, Wallingford, and Seattle. After 2 hours of talking, playing chess, eating, and sharing stories of why they were there, the crowd was greeted by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. A circle quickly formed around the officials, and deep conversations and questions began.

“When you break apart a community such as this one, forcing individuals to leave their support mechanisms and fend for themselves, you are creating even greater safety concerns,” said Ben Holden, resident of Beacon Hill.

The issue that no social services had been offered to these individuals prior to the eviction notice, was raises, and the Mayor responded saying that Fire Station 39 has been opened as a shelter and there is space at The Fry Hotel and City Hall Shelter.

Enoch Madison, a US Army veteran, homeless resident of, and spokesman for The Jungle, advised that 60-70% of the residents of The Jungle are Veterans who are already on long wait-lists for housing. “The shelters are not safe or clean. People there have lice and scabies. We’re not hurting anyone where we are (in The Jungle). Please, please, please, I am begging you, don’t kick us out.”

The Mayor defended the eviction, explaining that he had an obligation to keep the community safe and cited that a gun linked to a previous crime was found at the encampment recently. The crowd barked back, with shouts of “What community are you keeping safe?” Karen Studders, a lawyer and Occupy Wall Street activist asked the Mayor, “Would you evict the residents of Greenwood if a gun was found in this community?”

Studders poses an interesting question, a double standard that deserves investigation. Why should those that are homeless be considered more of a threat than those that have homes? As more and more Americans face unimagined poverty, the mindset of “us” versus “them” seems to be disappearing. The “middle class” is losing its status and seems to be realizing that they too, could face similar treatment.

The question and answer period continued for an hour and a half on the sidewalk of Dayton Ave. N. & N. 87th St., and went remarkably smooth as it was done in typical Occupy fashion. A stack was taken, points of process were called, and clarifying questions were asked.

The biggest question of the night remains unanswered. Will residents of the Jungle be forcibly removed? Receiving 3 different answers from the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, and the SPD standing by, the future is unclear. So activists exchanged information last night and agreed to be ready for an immediate response should an actual eviction take place.

Imminent Eviction of Residents of Beacon Hill’s “Jungle” Pulls at Heartstrings of Occupiers

Imminent Eviction of Residents of Beacon Hill’s “Jungle” Pulls at Heartstrings of Occupiers

By Aliana Bazara

Reminiscent of Occupy Seattle’s eviction from Seattle Central Community College back in October, residents of Beacon Hill’s “The Jungle” are scheduled to be evicted this week in much the same fashion. According to a KING 5 news report last week, the Seattle Police Department will soon post an eviction notice at the encampment, giving the homeless 72 hours to pack up and disappear. Sympathizing with residents of “The Jungle,” around 10 Occupy activists took a trip to visit the endangered community in West Beacon Hill to see if there was anything they could do to help.

“I asked them what they needed most right now. Aside from support, they said they could use a place to shower. So Josh and I built them a shower,” says Delgado, a 35 year old social worker and member of the Camp Safety work group of Occupy Seattle.

Delgado and other Occupy activists plan to do more than build a shower. They are planning a good ol’ fashioned protest. After speaking with several residents of “The Jungle,” Delgado was dismayed to hear that no social workers had been to the site yet, despite reports from KING 5 suggesting otherwise. “No one from the City sent me here. I came on my own because I feel bad for these people. The shelters are full.” Enoch Madison, a 45 year old veteran of the US Army and resident of “The Jungle”, told Occupiers that the majority of the people residing in “the jungle” are either already on long wait lists for housing or weren’t “lucky” enough to be selected for the shelter lottery systems. Enoch says that his community is safe, drug-free, and sanitary. When asked about the recent reports of gunshots in the area, he says “They didn’t come from here.” Upon investigation of the shots fired, no weapons or evidence of gunfire was found at the scene.

Día Internacional del Trabajador y la Huelga General Mundial

Hip Hop Occupies para Descolonizar presenta Subir & Descolonizar II, en solidaridad con el Día Internacional del Trabajador y la huelga general mundial. Estamos invitando a artistas, jóvenes, familias y la comunidad de Seattle para que guarden la fecha y se unan con el pueblo este Primero de Mayo desde las 9am-4pm en el parque de Westlake. Vamos a tener un día de música y arte en vivo, baile, sesiones de cypher, y mucho más con en el espíritu de Hip Hop y la resistencia creativa. ¡También en memoria recordamos a todos los que están en centros de detenciones y a Trayvon Marvin, Rekia Boyd, Shaima Alawai, Rhamarley Graham, Kenneth Camberlin Sr., Wendell Allen, John T. Williams, and y todos aquellos que han perdido sus por el odio, racismo, y supremacía blanca sistemática e internalizada! ¡Ningún ser humano es ilegal!


9 a.m.-11 a.m. Desayuno y Asamblea General

11am-4pm actuaciones, altavoces y mitin incluyendo a:

206 Zulu Kids, Black Magic Noize, Jamil Suleman, Prince Kapone, King Khazm, Youth Speakin’ Truth, Kama, J.Infinite, Milu, Notorious Potential, Too Chill, Massiah, Mic Flont, Man Danno, Ethos, Maria Gullien, Stephany Koch Hazelrigg, Members of the Seattle Fandango Community, Jadis Sue Floe, Dee.Ale, Sista Hailstorm, Baby J, Suntonio Bandanaz, Jace Ecaj, Spyc-E, Ms. Kash, Baron Dekalb more! DJs Gumbeaux, Cues, SeaBefore, & Too Quick on the decks. Sonido por: Spoken Visuals

4:30-7 p.m. La marcha de la coalición del 01 de Mayo comienza en el centro donde marcharan hacia la Iglesia Santa María. Pueden marchar o esperar en el centro de Seattle donde se van a reunir a las 5pm para el Mitin de la Coalición del Primero de Mayo en 3rd y Univeristy st en Wells Fargo.

Antecedentes del Primero de Mayo: En conmemoración de la masacre de 1886 de Haymarket en Chicago, El Día Internacional del Trabajador (May Day) históricamente ha celebrado y honorado la resistencia de todos los trabajadores del mundo. A medida de resistir y descolonizar, reconocemos a las miles de personas en todo el país que llevaron acabo una huelga general de tres días en apoyo de la jornada laboral de 8 horas el 1 de Mayo de 1886.También recordamos la Gran Boicot Estadounidense de 2006 (El Dia sin el Migrante), donde millones de trabajadores migrantes y refugiados económicos salieron a las calles para hacerle frente a la ley anti-inmigrante y racista HR 4437, enfrentar los ataques racistas contra los migrantes y todas las víctimas de la violencia económica en el mundo. Este Primero de Mayo, La “Primavera de América,” similar a un día sin los migrantes en el 2006, estamos en contra la explotación de todas las personas en el mundo. ¡Si el capital, bancos y las empresas pueden cruzar las fronteras, también todas las personas tienen el derecho de migrar! Similar a como Hip Hop trasciende las fronteras en movimiento y espíritu, nosotros como personas empezamos el proceso de construir un mundo mejor, descolonizar nuestros cuerpos, mentes, corazones y nuestras comunidades.

¡El mundo entero está mirando, otro mundo es posible!

Julie C

International Worker’s Day and the Global General Strike

Hip Hop Occupies to Decolonize is proud to announce we have solidified the performance line up for Rise & Decolonize II, in solidarity with International Worker’s Day and the Global General Strike! Please join the facebook event page here: and share with friends! We are inviting artists, youth, families, and the broader Seattle community to save the date and join us at Westlake Park from 9am-4pm for a day of music, live art, dance, cypher sessions, and more in the spirit of Hip Hop and creative resistance, as well as in remembrance of Trayvon Marvin, Rekia Boyd, Shaima Alawai, Rhamarley Graham, Kenneth Camberlin Sr., Wendell Allen, John T. Williams, and all those whose lives were lost to systemic and internalized white supremecy.

Our tremendous inter-generational, mixed-medium, multicultural, line-up honors voices from our communities and includes performers ages two and up featuring:

206 Zulu Kids, Black Magic Noize, Beloved 1, Jamil Suleman, Prince Kapone, King Khazm, Youth Speakin’ Truth, Kama, J.Infinite, Milu, Notorious Potential, Too Chill, Massiah, Mic Flont, Man Danno, Ethos, Maria Gullien, Stephany Koch Hazelrigg, Members of the Seattle Fandango Community, Jadis Sue Floe, Dee.Ale, Sista Hailstorm, Baby J, Suntonio Bandanaz, Jace Ecaj, Spyc-E, Ms. Kash, Baron Dekalb more! DJs Gumbeaux, Cues, SeaBefore, & Too Quick on the decks. With sound by: Spoken Visuals!

We are also VERY excited to announce our special guest WALIDAH, (, who is a world-renowned historian, reporter, revolutionary and spoken word artist. (Thanks to Sam Chesneau w/ Seattle Central Community College for hooking this up.) Stay tuned for more announcements on speakers and live-art coming soon!

May Day Background: In commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, International Worker’s Day (May Day) has historically celebrated and honored the resistance of all workers of the world. As we rise and decolonize, we acknowledge the legacies of the tens of thousands of people across the country who carried a three day general strike in support of the 8 hour work day on May 1, 1886. We also remember the Great American Boycott of 2006 where millions of im/migrant workers and economic refugees took to the streets to stand up against H.R. 4437, racist attacks against Im/migrants and all victims of economic violence across the globe. In the” American Spring”, similar to a Day Without Im/migrants, we stand up against the exploitation of all people worldwide. If capital and corporations can cross borders, so can all humans! Just like Hip Hop transcends borders in movement and motion, we as people decolonize our bodies, minds, hearts, and communities.

The whole world is watching, another world is possible!

~Julie C

Ride Free Area Advocacy Update

Ride Free Area Advocacy Update
by Elaine Simons

As most readers know, King County Metro will eliminate the Ride Free Area (RFA) in the heart of downtown Seattle as of September, 2012. This will make life even more difficult for everyone who relies on this transit option, whether they live in downtown or come here from around thee city and the county to access services.

We need you to COMMENT on this change before the Friday, April 13 deadline. Below are key talking points to help you make a strong case to King County and Seattle City Council members, and to both executives, that we need a mitigation plan that will really work for everyone who relies on this service.

We also need you to ATTEND and SPEAK UP at two upcoming King County Council meeting:
Monday, April 16 @ 6.00 p.m.
Friday, April 25 @ 9.00 a.m.

The King County Council will vote on this plan in May. The Time to Advocate is NOW.

SKCCH’s Single Adults Advocacy Committee is RFA Advocacy Central! Next SAAC meeting is on Thursday, April 12, from noon – 1.30 p.m. at Plymouth’s Simons Senior Apartments, 2119 Third Ave. in Seattle.


SKCCH has been working with other stakeholders to develop a ROBUST and JUST mitigation plan in response to the loss of the RFA that will offset the negative effects of losing this community resource on people who live, work, visit, shop, and access services in downtown Seattle. A successful solution will be comprehensive, and will include a free, public option for navigating downtown. Secondary elements should include making it easier for people who are elderly or have disabilities to obtain reduced fare permits, and securing more bus tickets for human service providers.

Our public transit system can and must be accessible to and inclusive of people who are homeless, low income, disabled, elderly, and that the whole community benefits when the system works for all people. We believe that the King County Council and Executive and the Seattle Ciy Council and Mayor working together can preserve the most valuable elements of this vital public good, and improve on the public transit access for vulnerable community members.

We are advocating strongly for the following elements:
A free, public loop service that operates daily and is available to everyone and can accommodate the passengers who need it

A predictable schedule with service frequency at least every 20 minutes
Hours should ensure that people who rely on overnight-only shelters can get to and from those locations without excessive waits or walks very late at night or very early in the morning.
A route or routes that maintain access within the broad downtown area, and helps people get to key locations (including Harborview Medical Center and other hospitals, the International District, and key resources not currently in the RFA).

SPEAK YOUR PIECE! Please submit comments during this extended comment period, and invite others to do the same.
* How does the Ride Free Area currently help you or the people you work with?
* What will the loss of this service mean?
* How do people from OUTSIDE of the downtown area and from AROUND King County use the RFA to help them access needed services and programs?
* What mitigation services will help people continue to be able to get around?

The comment period has been EXTENDED to this Friday, April 13.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Monday, April 16 at 7.00 p.m. the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a special meeting to receive public input on the proposed service changes. There is an opportunity to offer Public Testimony about the proposed system-wide changes to Metro Service, including the loss of the Ride Free Area. JOIN us and help build the case for a strong response that will benefit the general public.

Monday, April 16
Sound Transit’s Board Room at Union Station
401 South Jackson Street, Seattle
6:00 p.m. open house
6:30 p.m. presentation
7:00 p.m. public testimony

The Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will also hear public comments at its regular meeting:
WHEN: Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Council Chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle.

Board Decision Overturned. We Have Been Heard…Maybe

Board Decision Overturned. We Have Been Heard…Maybe


April 10, 2012 – by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

On April 5th, a second public hearing was held at Broadway Performance Hall at SCCC to hear concerns about revisions to WAC code 132F-136 and the implementation of code 132F-142. These changes would directly limit First Amendment rights on Seattle Community College campuses. Nearly 200 people were in attendance, and many rallied against the proposal, ranging from teachers to Student Council representatives.

“We heard you…” a point made and reiterated in a letter from Chancellor Jill Wakefield. The letter outlines Wakefield’s removal of WAC 132F-142 due to the public outcry but will move forward with revising WAC 132F-136 (last revised 1984) to include: “hours of operation (section 14), camping (section 15), and incorporating Due Process to Trespassing (section 050).”

On the surface this appears to be a great victory for First Amendment advocates and the Seattle community. However, there are some inconsistencies and foreboding wording in WAC 132F-136. We have been heard…maybe.

Section Two states: “In general, the facilities of the college shall not be rented to, or used by, private or commercial organizations or associations, nor shall the facilities be rented to persons or organizations conducting programs for private gain.”

This section has already been compromised by the college as Balagan (a private nonprofit theatre company) operates The Erickson Theatre. Erickson was originally funded by private donors for the purpose of Seattle Central students. I am not sure what defines the “In general” but this section needs to be completely overhauled. If the SCCD cannot hold themselves accountable to their already implemented WAC, then how can they proclaim to follow their proposed amendments?

Section Seven states: “Handbills, leaflets, and similar materials except those which are commercial, obscene, or unlawful in character may be distributed only in designated areas on the campus where, and at times when, such distribution shall not interfere with the orderly administration of the college affairs or the free flow of traffic.”

This seems perfectly acceptable, but who is define to “obscene”?

Merriam-Webster defines obscene as “disgusting to the sense.” Now who is to decide what is disgusting to the senses? What is acceptable to some is “obscene” to others. Who decides here? According to the WAC, “The decision of the manager of campus security or designee will be the final decision of the college.”

Section 15 of the WAC, which addresses camping on school grounds, states: “Camping is defined to include sleeping, carrying on cooking activities, or storing personal belongings, for personal habitation, or the erection of tents or other shelters or structures used for purposes of personal habitation.” I don’t know if whoever wrote this has been to Seattle Central during finals week, but countless students pull all-nighters then take an hour between classes to rest on one of the 4th floor chairs. I once saw 5 students taking sanctuary during finals madness on campus. A New York judge ruled that “the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not allow the city to prevent an orderly political protest from using public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression.”

So I guess if a student takes a nap on campus he will have to hold up a sign saying, “My nap is a political protest, leave me alone!”

Amendment One states that those who commit unlawful acts in regards to the WAC will be “requested by the campus president, or his or her designee, to leave the college property.”

Now I hardly see President Killpatrick coming out of his administrative castle to tell someone to leave, and I assume that his designees would be campus security. So my question is: “If campus security kicks you off the property, and you have to appeal to campus security, then how can this be unbiased?” Campus security cannot be delegated this responsibility.

The appeals process should run through an unbiased committee made up of faculty, students, and administrators; this is the only way to avoid a conflict of interest.

Section Three of the Amendment states: “When the college revokes the license or privilege of any person to be on college property, temporarily or for a stated period of time, that person may file a request for review of the decision with the manager of campus security within ten days of receipt of the trespass notice. The request must contain the reasons why the individual disagrees with the trespass notice.”

The proposed WAC amendments do not elaborate beyond this as to how this process would work. This is a glaring omission from the amendments, and must be addressed.

I have nothing but the utmost respect for campus security; they have always conducted themselves in a professional manner and have been courteous to students. They should however, not deal with administrative responsibilities, as they’re not administrators.

Wakefield in her letter speaks highly of supporting the First Amendment and of all the people that came out to voice their concern. I commend her for the acknowledgment, but it seems hollow and overdue. She notes that some WAC supporters voiced concerns that, “At times, members of outside groups have harassed our students and followed them across campus and to their classes.” Obviously, this is reprehensible, but is already covered by RCW 9a.46.110.

This is not the issue at hand: it is a red herring slipped in to defend the proposals. What we’re talking about is preserving our First Amendment rights, which has nothing to do with clearly criminal activities, such as stalking, or menacing students.

We have been heard…maybe.

Originally Published by New City Collegian:

Free Speech Battle Over Protests Looming at Seattle Colleges

A major battle over free speech is being waged on local college campuses in Seattle. The Seattle Community College District Board of Trustees wants to revise the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for Seattle colleges. The district is proposing new rules
[ ] that would regulate protests on all three of the city’s state funded community college campuses.

Organizations opposed to the board’s proposals include the ACLU, the Seattle chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, student councils at all three of the district’s colleges, and Occupy Seattle.

About a hundred Occupy Seattle participants set up camp at Seattle Central Community College last fall after being pushed out of Westlake Park by police. SCCC president Paul Kilpatrick and the school administration went to court to evict the demonstrators from the campus, and on December 10, 2011, the occupiers were forced to leave [ ]. A Thurston County Superior Court judge has allowed the college to impose new rules which prohibit camping on the campus, on an “emergency” basis
[ ].

Prior to this ruling, there had been no rules regulating encampments on state college campuses in the state of Washington.

Among other proposals, the new set of rules would:
-restrict the size of protest signs to a maximum of 3 feet by 5 feet
-impose a limit of one sign per person.
-place restrictions on where protests can take place and how long they can last. Student groups would be forced to end their demonstrations after eight hours, whereas off-campus organizations like Occupy Seattle would only be allowed to rally for five hours at a time.
-prohibit protests outside of designated “free speech zones” on campus
-require non-student groups to notify the college 24 hours in advance of demonstrations.

Protesters who violate the rules could be arrested by Seattle police and charged with trespassing.

At the first board hearing on Tuesday March 27, Karen Strickland, president of the Seattle chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said that if the changes are adopted, her organization’s march banner will not be allowed on campus.

“Some people’s views have not been appreciated,” she told them. “Free speech, just like access to public higher education, is a core part of democracy. And that’s what we need to fight for! Right now in our country there are all kinds of threats to democracy.”

Although the school district claims that the process of adopting new rules actually began in 2010, Occupy Seattle activists have interpreted the proposed rule changes as a direct response to their occupation of the college. They claim that the district is placing a prior restraint on any future protest activity at the school.

Washington State law requires an open public comment period before any new state college rules can be established. In compliance with this requirement, the SCCD Board of Trustees held a public hearing on March 27. Due to the overwhelming community response to these proposed rule changes, the school district scheduled another hearing a week later.

On April 5, about 200 people participated in the second hearing held at the Broadway Performance Hall on the campus of Seattle Central Community College. Seattle Community College District Vice Chancellor Carin Weiss was “the presiding official over the proceedings.” SCCC president Paul Kilpatrick was in attendance, along with a representative from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Derek Edwards.

Weiss opened the hearing by stating that the purpose for the new rules is “to establish reasonable controls on demonstrations at the college campuses.”

She asserted the Board of Trustees is attempting to propose rules which will maintain a balance between the rights of people to protest and the needs of the administration to limit disruptions to the educational process.

LaRond Baker from the Washington ACLU spoke against the proposed rules, citing limitations on the rights to freedom of speech and assembly that are protected under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

“We are opposed to the rules on several grounds and we believe they will not be upheld by the courts,” she said.

The ACLU maintains that any rule which requires non-student groups to notify the college 24 hours in advance of protests is illegal and would be considered ‘prior restraint’ under the Washington State Constitution.

Baker also criticized a proposed prohibition on the distribution of potentially “libelous” material on campus. She described the language of the proposed school district rule as “vague” and warned that under the board’s proposal, “persons passing out handbills on campus could be charged with a criminal offense.”

She concluded her public testimony with the following statement: “The Washington ACLU is opposed to these new rule changes and we ask the Board of Trustees to withdraw their proposal.”

Seattle Central Community College staff member Kelly McHenry told SCCC President Paul Kilpatrick, “As a college librarian, I love the free exchange of ideas. Because of this, I have to stand up against anything that infringes on the First Amendment.”

McHenry opposes the regulation of demonstrations because she believes colleges and universities should encourage rather than limit public discussion.

“Allowing for free expression is part of the educational process,” she argued. “Are you also going to limit what films students should see and what books they can read?”

Zack Robertson, head of the SCCC student government, read a statement to the board of trustees:

“We oppose the new rules because we find them unnecessary. Regulations already exist that prohibit disruptions of classrooms, vandalism, etcetera. Why do we need new rules when these issues have already been addressed?”

Robertson also opposed the idea of ‘free speech zones’.

“We have measured the area on campus that is being designated for this purpose ,” he said, “and found it to be less than 400 square feet. It’s about the size of a small one bedroom apartment. That is clearly unacceptable.”

One eloquent statement came from Sange, a 20 year old immigrant from Gambia who is enrolled at Seattle Central Community College.

“You may have forgotten why people from around the world come to this country,” he said. “Where I lived we had no protections on our freedom, so let me say something to you.”

Sange then proceeded to read the Declaration of Independence .”We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he recited.

When he was finished reading he received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Broadway Performance Hall.

Although hundreds of people have participated in the public hearings, no one has spoken in favor of the new college district rules.

A board of trustees meeting is scheduled for April 12 to access the results of the public comment period. Despite the community outcry, school district officials could vote to approve the proposals on that date. There is nothing in the state law that requires the board to follow all public recommendations. Student groups say they will picket the meeting if they are not allowed to participate in the next step of the decision making process.

According to the state law governing changes to the WAC rules, if the community college district board decides to make significant changes to their original proposal, another series of public hearings will be required to provide for more public comment.

After the college school district hearing on April 5, one anonymous Occupy Seattle activist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask addressed a large crowd of students and teachers outside the building.

“If they approve these new restrictions on our freedom of speech and assembly,” he said, “We will have to be ready to immediately challenge the rules by breaking them. We need hundreds of people on campus holding two signs or standing outside of the designated protest areas. We can’t let them take away our First Amendment rights! I’m willing to go to jail to defend my freedom of speech! Are you?”

Local Author Mark Taylor Canfield, published in Huffington Post:

Trayvon Martin Killing Sparks Strong Reaction in Seattle; Thousands March

An estimated three thousand people gathered in Seattle Sunday to show support for the family of Trayvon Martin and to protest the killing of the Florida teenager.

In attendance was Trayvon Martin’s cousin, Cedric President-Turner. He spoke to the capacity crowd at Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church, saying, “We need to march! We need to make sure things like that never happen again.”

Protesters wore hoodies and carried boxes of Skittles candy and cans of ice tea. Shaniqua, a 20 year old woman from the Ranier Valley neighborhood explained the symbolism.

“That’s what Trayvon was wearing and that’s what he had in his hands the night he was killed,”
she said. “We are all Trayvon Martin. It could have been my brother or anyone else here who might ‘look suspicious’ because of the way they dress or the color of their skin.”

Accusations of violence by law enforcement towards racial minorities in Seattle is not uncommon. The killing of local Native American woodcarver John T. Williams by Seattle police officer Ian Birk in 2010 sparked a series of demonstrations against racism and police brutality.

Currently, civil rights activists are demanding the resignation of police chief John Diaz. The Seattle Police Department has been investigated by the US Department of Justice due to allegations of racial profiling and excessive use of force. As a result, many residents of the city take the death of an unarmed black man very seriously.

Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church Pastor Kenneth Ransfer told those assembled for the march, “The death of Trayvon Martin is going to ignite the civil rights movement – that’s what it’s going to do! Today I see gathered here black folks, white folks, brown folks, people of all colors joining together – diversity! It’s time to paint the rainbow for justice.”

Hundreds of demonstrators were forced to wait outside the church because the building was filled to capacity. At 4:30 p.m. the marchers began to move towards Martin Luther King Jr. Park. March organizers led the protesters with the chant, “Justice For Trayvon – Arrest Zimmerman!”

At MLK Park Reverend Harriet Walden, president of Mothers for Police Accountability addressed the spectators with a story about her personal experiences while living in Sanford, Florida – the town where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26 by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. Walden says that her own sons Tunde and Omari were roughed up by police.

“It takes a village to bring up and care for a child,” she said. “Our village is alive and awake and agitating for justice. We are ready to fight the long battle for freedom!”

Seattle NAACP president James Bible was nearly speechless. “Words do not do justice to the heartbreak we all feel today about what has been taken away from us during Black History Month,” he said. “Racism raised its ugly head and took away a young black soul. Every mother has been shaken to the core because somebody could shoot their son only because they are brown.”

Bible invoked the name of another African American man who was killed by Seattle police in 2001 – Aaron Roberts.

Seattle school district teacher Jesse Hagopian spoke about what he calls the new “Jim Crow,” referring to discriminatory laws passed after the civil war in the southern US which denied African Americans their right to vote and barred them from using the same facilities as whites. His statement about Trayvon Martin’s death was angry and defiant.

“He was killed because he was a young black man in America. The new Jim Crow laws profile us! Today there are more black men in prison in the US than the number of slaves that were living in this country in 1860.”

A student from Garfield High School proposed that people in Seattle should wear hoodies every Wednesday as a silent protest against the killing of an unarmed man.

Cedric President-Turner relayed a message from Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton to the marchers in Seattle:

“She just wanted everybody to know that she thanks you all for coming out and supporting this cause. Because it’s not just for the death of my cousin. It’s about what’s going to happen in the future.”

Local Writer Mark Taylor Canfield’s article; published by Huffington Post can be viewed here:

SCCC Public Hearing for limiting civil liberties!

SCCC will be having a “secret” meeting on Tuesday, March 27th to discuss limiting civil liberties on the SCCC campus. I say “secret” because the meeting was not publicized anywhere save this little article. No students or teachers were made aware. Let’s do what we do best and rally the troops!!

A little bit about why you should attend.
The Board of Trustees is seeking to do the following:
• To define first amendment rights to “includes, but is not necessarily limited to, informational picketing, petition circulation, the distribution of informational leaflets or pamphlets, speech-making, demonstrations, rallies, appearances of speakers in outdoor areas, protests, meetings to display group feelings or sentiments, and/or other types of constitutionally protected assemblies to share information, perspective or viewpoints.”
• Limitation of expression of these rights to the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
• Limitation of expression of these rights to a span of 8 hours for college groups and 5 hours for non-college groups.
• Limitation of people to carrying only one sign and limiting signs to no larger that 3’ x 5’ (this would preclude us using our banner!).
• Prescription of locations at which expressions of first amendment rights may occur.
• Creation of obstacles that may dissuade groups from expressing first amendment rights at Seattle Community College campuses.

Occupy 1500 Harvard Ave.- SCCC Public Hearing Facebook event page:

Sukkot ~ Hung Jury!

Shanti Wyatt who was arrested October 17th at Westake with around twelve other OS members while sitting around a Succhot, a tent put up in celebration of the Jewish holiday, chose unlike the others to have a jury trial. We learned today that there was a hung jury.

Occupy Sukkot-Seattle

For Immediate Release: Chase Bank Occupiers: Not Guilty. “A Huge Victory”

Thursday, March 15th, five occupiers who shut down a Chase Bank in the city of Seattle on November 2nd of 2011 heard their verdict: Not Guilty. When the unanimous decision by the jury of six was announced today the shock, and elation, of the five occupiers and their supporters swept the room. “This sets a totally new precedent,” said one young woman.

The verdict was read at 4:15 of the third day of trial, having come after days of argument, examination of witnesses and cross examination. The City, having brought the charges, put the manager of the Chase Bank branch on the stand as well as three members of the Seattle Police Department. One had been working as private security for Chase Bank that day while wearing a police uniform.

Danielle Simmons, one of the defendants, after trial said, “I am in shock. The jury decided that our actions were justified and whether this is because they thought it was somehow lawful or just the right thing to do, something is changing, and I think it’s beautiful.”

On the day of November 2nd the five, now innocent occupiers, chained themselves together inside of the Chase bank using what is commonly known as a “lockbox.” When a march of about 200 arrived the branch was finally locked down and customers were informed that they should leave. The branch remained closed for the rest of the day.

“This is a huge victory for the Occupy Movement,” added Liam Wright, another defendant. “Every step of the way this bank occupation and the follow up has been more successful than we could have ever hoped for. We wanted to make clear to everyone that we don’t want a world defined by banks, we don’t want to live under them. We want to be human beings living together, free from the dead weight of financial profiteering.”

Liam Wright concluded, “They act like we will live under the rule of banks and money forever. But they can’t stop us. They can’t jail us.”

One of the occupiers, Michael Stevens said, “Right now the American political and corporate establishment is headed for another election. If anything, candidates might disagree about how much they want to limit birth control or how long the military should put off bombing Iran. This is so horrifying it’s ludicrous. Meanwhile, we are determined to end the rule of banks and billionaires — over us and over this whole planet. This doesn’t even appear on the radar of ‘official politics,’ yet millions agree with us.”

The defendants Danielle Simmons, Liam Wright, Sarah Svobodny, Hudson Williams-Eynon, Michael Stevens and their lawyers Braden Price and David Hancock, are available for interview.

Contact for the defendants:

Braden Pence (Lawyer) – 206.551.1516,

David Hancock (Lawyer) – 206.422.0848,

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Strike Rally in support of Seattle port truck drivers

Strike Rally in support of Seattle port truck drivers

@E. Marginal Way and Hanford, under the viaduct.
Several buses ( 21, 22, 35, 56, 57, 85, 116, 118, 132), stop nearby
This Monday, February 13th, 9am

Over the last two weeks non-unionized short-haul truckers at the port have refused to work until they receive better treatment. For months they’ve been trying to build an association to fight back. They face horrendous conditions on the ports – extremely low pay, harassment from law enforcement and trucking companies, exorbitant fees charged by the companies that more than once have resulted in “negative” paychecks for the drivers. Because of this they’ve stopped work, first at just one company, but it has since spread to many companies, slowing all traffic at the port. They’ve asked us to support them at a strike rally they’ll hold on Monday. We’ll be there with banners and flyers. Their situation is desperate, and it’s extremely important we show solidarity, we’re there to say “We support the Settle truck drivers and their association.”

Depending on how their actions go there may be future ways we can help out. People from Occupy have also organized a food drive for the truckers – who aren’t making any money while they’re out. Donations of food can be taken to the Puget Sound Labor Agency. For more information contact

We’ve won three fights in the last week, will be having some victory parties soon, and we hope to turn our momentum to support the drivers.

Solidarity and Struggle!