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Decolonize/Occupy Seattle March on Darigold! Friday, January 27th!

We call on all people to join with the United Farm Workers and Decolonize/Occupy Seattle to demand justice for Farm workers. On January 27, 2012 we will meet at Westlake at 2pm and march to the Darigold Headquarters at 1130 Rainier Ave. South. There we will rally at 3pm to call on Darigold to take immediate action to resolve the issues facing workers at Ruby Ridge. Transportation will be provided for those who need it.

The farm worker’s fight is the same fight against corporate greed that has led to the occupy movement. They are part of the 99%! JOIN THOUSANDS to demand that Darigold use its influence over its dairies to stop the abuses. Tell them they cannot ignore farm workers!!

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Occupy Seattle se une en solidaridad con La Unión de Campesinos
Seattle, WA-Enero 27, 2012
Contacto:
UFWsolidarity@gmail.com
(206) 745-0164

More info here: http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2012-01-19/occupy-seattle-joins-solidarity-united-farm-workers

People Ignited Against Citizens United: Today at Noon!

The following event is not endorsed by Occupy Seattle. It is a direct action organized by “Get Money Out Of Politics.”

A coalition of organizations including Move to Amend, People for Free Speech, Public Citizen, and Washington Public Campaigns, will take to the streets of Seattle January 20 and 21. The rallies will launch a public awareness campaign focused on corporate personhood and the Citizens United vs The Federal Election Commission ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as individual citizens. The events have been approved by Seattle Parks Department and GSA. A trained peacekeeping cadre of volunteers will also participate with the intent to prevent any clashes.

The January 21st event, “People Ignited Against Citizens United” will begin with a noontime rally at Westlake Park featuring singer, songwriter Jim Page, Congressman Jim McDermott, author Sarah van Gelder, The Raging Grannies and more, followed by a march at 2 PM which will end at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, at 2nd Ave and Marion St.

The goal is to build grassroots support for a Constitutional amendment which includes language making it clear that corporations are not people, that they do not have the same rights as individual U. S. citizens, and that money does not equal free speech. The two days are a kick off of efforts to raise public awareness about the effect of very wealthy donors and corporations on our elections process, particularly at the federal level.

For more information, contact:
Craig Salins, craigsalins47@comcast.net (206) 949-3285
Syd Fredrickson, gogreen@usa.com 206-679-5342
Jonathan Tong, tongjm@comcast.net
Maureen Van Hollebeke maureenvanh@yahoo.com (206) 349-2447

Updated Seattle Event information:

http://open.salon.com/blog/kennspace/2011/10/28/corporate_occupation_of_the_united_states_1

https://www.facebook.com/events/315384768492028/

Gender Explosion! Teach-ins All Day This Sunday!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
11am-6pm:

Residence Inn by Marriot – Meeting Room
800 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, Washington

Please join us this January 22nd for a day of learning and discussion to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We will be discussing multiple topics related to blowing apart gender “norms” created by our society which reinforce attacks against gender equality. This includes confronting the dangerous gender binary and the way it marginalizes any person who does not fit neatly within the boxes created for us, as well as the way the transgender community has continued to struggle to gain inclusion.

We will also be addressing specifically the importance of remembering this historic date to reflect on the successes achieved with the Roe v Wade decision as well as to address the current state of the attacks against access to reproductive health here in Seattle, across the country and around the world.

Schedule:

Race, Economics and Reproductive Justice — 11:00 – 12:30

Trans Marginalization — 12:45 – 2:15

The New Fight for Reproductive Rights: Roe v Wade 39 Years Later — 2:45 – 4:15

Gender Binary and Culture Jamming — 4:30 – 6:00

Please join us for one or all of these teach-ins. The format of the event will include a presentation by some members of the 99% who have knowledge about these specific topics followed by an open facilitated discussion where everyone is highly encouraged to share their experiences and opinions. Every single person has experiences unique to them which can help shape the discussion and the realizations that people will hopefully take away with them following this so…we need you here.

facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/331437453544082/

Occupy Seattle Joins in Solidarity with the United Farm Workers

Contact:
UFWsolidarity@gmail.com
(206) 745-0164

On January 27, 2012 Decolonize/Occupy Seattle will demonstrate their continued solidarity with laborers world-wide as we join with the United Farm Workers (UFW) in their long standing campaign for justice for the farm workers at Ruby Ridge Dairy, whose labor supplies the Darigold corporation with its dairy products.

Workers at Ruby Ridge work long days without breaks, when they ask for water they are told to drink from where the cows drink and are threatened with guns when attempting to organize; many have experienced wage theft.Farmworkers are not included in the National Labor Relations Act and already one third of the organizers have been fired for trying to form a union.

Actions have already been taken to hold Darigold accountable for the injustice at Ruby Ridge, yet nothing has changed. Like many large corporations, Darigold continues to turn a blind eye to the abuses being suffered by the workers who labor to produce their milk and their profits. Farm workers and UFW supporters found themselves greeted by security guards when they traveled to Darigold’s headquarters to discuss a remedy to the abuses.

In response, the United Farm Workers started a petition (http://action.ufw.org/page/s/darigoldpetitionkids) and on January 27, 2012, with support from Decolonize/Occupy Seattle and the greater Seattle community, will deliver these petitions to the Darigold Headquarters.

We call on all people to join with the United Farm Workers and Decolonize/Occupy Seattle to demand justice for Farm workers. On January 27, 2012 we will meet at Westlake at 2pm and march to the Darigold Headquarters at 1130 Rainier Ave. South. There we will rally at 3pm to call on Darigold to take immediate action to resolve the issues facing workers at Ruby Ridge. Transportation will be provided for those who need it.

The farm worker’s fight is the same fight against corporate greed that has led to the occupy movement. They are part of the 99%! JOIN THOUSANDS to demand that Darigold use its influence over its dairies to stop the abuses. Tell them they cannot ignore farm workers!!

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Occupy Seattle se une en solidaridad con La Unión de Campesinos
Seattle, WA-Enero 27, 2012
Contacto:
UFWsolidarity@gmail.com
(206) 745-0164

En Enero 27, 2012 Decolonize/Occupy Seattle demostrara su continua solidaridad con los trabajadores del mundo al unirse con la Unión de Campesinos (UFW) en su larga campaña por justicia para los trabajadores en la lechería Ruby Ridge, la cual abastece a la corporación Darigold con sus productos lácteos.

Los trabajadores en Ruby Ridge trabajan largas horas sin descansos, cuando piden agua se les dice que tomen del agua que toman las vacas, y son amenazados con escopetas cuando intentan organizarse; muchas han sido víctimas del robo de dinero. Los campesinos no están incluidos en el Acta de Relaciones Laborales Nacional y ya una tercera parte de los organizadores han sido despedidos por tratar de formar una unión. “Le pedimos a la comunidad que se una a la causa para que Darigold escuche el sonido del llamado a justicia. Somos trabajadores, hacemos a Darigold fuerte y rica, y exigimos justicia. “-Margarito Martinez (Campesino y ex. Trabajador de Ruby Ridge)

Diversas acciones han sido llevadas a cabo para exigir contabilidad a Darigold por las injusticias que suceden en Ruby Ridge, pero nada ha cambiado. Como muchas corporaciones, Darigold se ciega a ver los abusos que sufren los trabajadores que laboran para producirle su leche y sus ganancias. Campesinos y apoyadores de la Unión de Campesinos se vieron recibidos por guardias de seguridad cuando viajaron a las oficinas executivas de Darigold para hablar sobre un remedio a los abusos.

Como respuesta, la Unión de Campesinos empezó una petición (http://action.ufw.org/page/s/darigoldpetitionkids) y en Enero 27, 2012 con el apoyo de Decolonize/Occupy Seattle y la comunidad de Seattle, entregaran las peticiones a las oficinas executivas de Darigold.

Hacemos el llamado a todas las personas para que se unan a la Unión de Campesinos y Decolonize/Occupy Seattle para exigir justicia para los campesinos. En Enero 27, 2012 nos reuniremos en Westlake a las 2pm y marcharemos a las oficinas executivas de Darigold en el 1130 Rainier Ave. South. Habrá un rally a las 3pm para hacer el llamado a Darigold para que tome acciones inmediatas para resolver los asuntos que enfrentan los trabajadores de Ruby Ridge. Habrá transportación para aquellos que la necesiten.

La lucha de los trabajadores es la misma lucha en contra de codicia que a llevado al movimiento Occupy. ¡Los campesinos son parte del 99%! UNASE A MILES para exigir que Darigold use su influencia sobre sus lecherías para frenar los abusos. ¡Déjeles saber que no pueden ignorar a los campesinos!

Occupy the Courts on Friday, January 20th has been cancelled. January 21st STILL ON!

Due to inclement weather, Friday’s Occupy the Courts event is postponed. A rescheduled date and time will be announced shortly. Saturday’s People Ignited Against Citizens United event will occur as
scheduled.

Stay tuned for more info.

Occupiers and Cannabis Activist Coalition

Contacts: Devin Smith and Michael Dare
e-mail: Ireallyneedcars@gmail.com, michael@dareland.com

Meetings: 12pm on Friday at Westlake.

The intent of the OCAC is to help Occupy Seattle in anyway it can. The OCAC will also be a way for cannabis activists and occupiers to work better together.

Occupy Seattle Calls for Diaz Resignation

January 12, 2012
CONTACT: Phillip Neel
(530)340-1980

Occupy Seattle calls for Diaz resignation
SEATTLE, Wash — On Tuesday, January 3, the Occupy Seattle General Assembly joined the NAACP and other community groups in calling for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department. The call is in response to the recently released Department of Justice report on its investigation of the SPD.

“In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s systematic use of excess force on the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, whether they be people of color or simply people without houses, Occupy Seattle hereby calls for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct,” states the endorsed proposal, which passed with a large majority.

The first large action in the campaign will be on January 14, 4pm at 23rd and Union, in the Central District. The rally will then march on the east precinct at 12th and Pine to hold a public speak-out, in which members of the community who have been brutalized by SPD can publicly voice their grievances.

“The time is ripe,” said Liam Wright, one of the organizers behind Occupy Seattle’s Bring Diaz Down campaign. “I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life and it’s always been like this. Excessive force, the explicit targeting of communities of color, constant abuse of the homeless. But we have a moment right now where the normalcy of it, the everyday acceptance, you know, is fractured. We have the possibility for something new.”

“And this isn’t just about what the DOJ has reported on,” added Carson Ivins, one of the presenters of the original proposal. “They mention the crackdown on Occupy, like how the use of pepper spray in Seattle is questionable, but I think it goes farther than just pepper spray. When we were rallying outside the Sheraton [to protest CHASE CEO Jamie Dimon] I was tackled by a plainclothes police officer for trying to help someone who had been knocked to the ground by a blow from one of the cops. This undercover, he literally tackled me from behind, smashed my face into the asphalt and nearly broke my arm. Excessive force is being used on us at almost every event, all because we are targeting the wealthy. And, you know, it’s the wealthy who the cops really protect and serve.”

When asked what Occupy Seattle would like to see come of the campaign, Wright said, “Well, we want to bring Diaz down. I mean, he needs to resign. After John T. Williams, after the repression of nonviolent protests, after this report, he just needs to leave. And all these officers repeatedly engaged in excessive force, in any kind of misconduct, they all need to be prosecuted. Not scolded. Prosecuted. But that’s just the beginning.”

“Afterwards we don’t just want a new face on this same practice,” added Ivins. “We want real systemic change. We are Occupy Seattle so we want a fundamental shift. I personally would like to see some sort of security commons, rather than a police department. Something that gives us a democratic infrastructure for oversight, a community-based network for public safety, instead of what we have right now. Because the department right now is simply a group of armed men who live in communities other than the ones they police. Armed men who are beholden to no one, especially the public.”
“The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that SPD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,” the Department of Justice report states. It goes on to say that, although systematic racial discrimination could not be proven due to lack of good record-keeping on behalf of SPD, “the investigation raised serious concerns that some of SPD’s policies and practices, particularly those related to pedestrian encounters, could result in unlawful discriminatory policing.”

Further interviews and details can be obtained by contacting the Bring Diaz Down Committee at Bringdiazdown@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.occupyseattle.org

Make our Intention Clear: Bring Diaz Down! March on January 14th.

Make our intention clear: Bring Diaz Down! marching to East Precinct (1519 12th Avenue), Seattle.

Join us for a speakout and rally at 23rd and Union on January 14th. Speak about your experiences with police brutality, inappropriate force, and harassment. We light the torches in honor of our dead, killed by the police. We’ll march to the East Precinct make clear our intention: Chief Diaz’s resignation and the prosecution of all officers who are repeatedly engaged in misconduct and excessive use of force. Bring signs, your passion, and determination.

The Occupy Seattle General Assembly has passed the following resolution, here in part: “In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s systematic use of excess force on the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, whether they be people of color or simply people without houses, Occupy Seattle hereby calls for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct…”

Check out the Occupy Seattle Calendar for more info.

Full proposal below:

In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s systematic use of excess force on the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, whether they be people of color or simply people without houses, Occupy Seattle hereby calls for the resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct.

John Diaz has been Chief of Police since August of 2010. Shortly after his inauguration, the city was thrown into uproar over the vicious murder of native woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle Police officer. The officer, though resigned, has never been charged for the crime. This murder brought to the surface many of the long-standing forms of repression that exist in the city of Seattle, all of which are directly facilitated by SPD, especially those officers who engage in repeated acts of excessive force.

The SPD disproportionately targets the homeless, who, through the passage of so-called “civility laws” have been deemed an effectively illegal population of economic refugees, constantly harassed, told to “move along” and, if they do not comply, violently beaten, arrested and even murdered. The department also disproportionately targets communities of color, whether by enforcing foreclosure evictions on behalf of the big banks, maintaining enormous Stay Out of Drug Areas which ban those with certain charges from entire regions of the city, or simply through direct racial bias.

The Department of Justice has clearly found SPD to be engaged in a pattern of excessive use of force, in which officers tend to escalate rather than de-escalate conflicts by verbally and physically abusing suspects. In addition, the DOJ has criticized the complete lack of oversight within the department, which very rarely brings repeat offenders up for administrative review. These practices have continued under Diaz, whose initial response to the findings was that they were simply wrong. He claimed that “the department is not broken” and is stubbornly refusing to make even the relatively mild changes in protocol suggested by the DOJ. Additionally, those officers outlined in the report as repeat offenders have yet to be held accountable for their actions.

Moreover, under Diaz, the city of Seattle has seen one of the most concerted, militant and violent repressions of a non-violent protest movement since the WTO protests. SPD has engaged in a systematic attack on Seattle’s Occupation, earning the city international infamy as news got out about the pepper-spraying of 84-year old Dorli Rainey, as well as the pregnant Jennifer Fox, who was pepper sprayed, kicked in the stomach and soon after miscarried. The department sent in a SWAT team with automatic rifles drawn in order to arrest protesters who had occupied a community center slated for demolition in Capitol Hill, to be replaced now by high-income condominiums. They threw percussion grenades at occupiers demonstrating for workers’ rights in the Seattle Port Shutdown, where police horses spooked by these very grenades then proceeded to trample protestors. Early on in our Occupation they sent in the special Gang Unit to dismantle our encampment at Westlake, taking down tents, tarps and even umbrellas and arresting those who resisted.

Diaz, as Chief of Police, is not only responsible for continuing SPD’s regular practice of escalation, racial profiling and excessive force, he is also directly responsible for giving the orders to crush the most vital, hopeful protest movement in the world’s recent history. This police department enforces the rule of the 1%, an untenable, unjust dominion which will not be allowed to continue.

For all of these reasons, we call for the immediate resignation of John Diaz, Chief of the Seattle Police Department and the prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct.

An Open Letter to the Participants of Occupy Seattle from a Member of the Faith Community

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We in the Faith Community have supported the Occupy Seattle movement almost since its emergence some months ago, and this support has been increasing through forums and workshops at many places of worship, providing meeting space for work groups, being “on site” at Seattle Central Community College, and being part of marches and demonstrations. Two local clergypersons were injured during these events, as were others from the Movement. What Occupy is calling in and of today’s social and economic structure resonates so very strongly with us in terms of justice, equality, and personhood.

It is because of these shared values that many of us were deeply disturbed, distressed in fact, that an adoption of a nonviolence policy was rejected at the General Assembly this past Tuesday, December 20th. Nonviolence is a deeply held value by us. It is the policy that enabled the civil rights movement, not only to be born, but to last, increasingly gained the hearts of millions in this land and throughout the world. It is the policy that empowered the anti-Viet Nam protests. It is the policy that gave strength and sustenance to the farm labor movement. It reaches the deepest part of the human spirit, it has always ultimately prevailed and grown. The Occupy Movement itself has captured the political and public moral high ground with its creatively bold actions rooted in nonviolence. It is nonviolence that calls forth that which is genuine and right, and which ultimately triumphs good over evil, be it personal or societal.

Make no mistake. Nonviolence is not passive, but rather a robust effort to create and model the conditions that foster genuine and sustainable equality and justice. It is both a moral and pragmatic choice—the most profoundly revolutionary source of strength available to us. As noted in A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, “It is not a myth that violence can alter events. It is a myth that it gives power to the people.”

We are concerned that for many in the Faith communities, this rejection will impact standing in solidarity with you. Many of us want be with you, helping hold up the critical social and economic concerns you raise. Many of us would like to continue this conversation, possibly through an Occupy Seattle Working Group, possibly helping facilitate an understanding of nonviolence and developing nonviolence tactics.

We urge Occupy Seattle to seriously reconsider adopting a policy of nonviolence. The cause is right. We want to stand with you.

Peace,

Mike

The Rev. Mike Jackson, Assisting Priest
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
Seattle, WA
comprose@earthlink.net
206 – 909 – 3336

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

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

December 28, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupy Olympia Being Evicted! Tonight at Midnight!

Please come show your support! Need reinforcements!

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

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

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

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

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

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

DH

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

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

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

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

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

This is a fight for community over capital.

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

Compiled by the POC Caucus of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaving the Way We Came In

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

 

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

 

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

 

POC Caucus Requests Support from Legal Community.

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

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

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

In solidarity,

People of Color Caucus
poccupy.decolonize@gmail.com

D12: WEST COAST PORT SHUTDOWN Schedule and Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our message:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twitter #occupytheport and #occupyseattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posters/ Flyers

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

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

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

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

Handouts (attached)
Interview with ILWU Members About D12

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

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

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

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

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

The 99% must fight back NOW!

JOIN US ON DEC. 17!

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

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

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

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

December 8, 2011.

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

This is a class action lawsuit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Monday, the whole world will be watching.

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

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

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

December 6, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Killpatrick’s Memorandum On “Occupy Seattle Exit Strategy”

M E M O R A N D U M

TO: Campus Community

FROM: Paul T. Killpatrick,
President

DATE: December 5, 2011

SUBJECT: Occupy Seattle Exit Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupy your Neighborhood!

Occupy your neighborhood!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now is a really good time.

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Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

Seattle, WA, 12/4/2011

Contacts:

**Names and Phone Numbers Redacted***

occupyseattle@gmail.com
www.occupyseattle.org

Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrestees available for interviews.

Imminent potential police raid at 10th and union

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

Occupy Seattle Now Visible at Westlake

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

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

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

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

November 27, 2011

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

Dear Mr. Killpatrick,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Declaration of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

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

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

AFFIRMATION of Decolonization of Seattle with Northwest Indigenous Peoples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Money Out of Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupy Seattle Occupies Thanksgiving

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

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

Statement from Members of Antifa, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trustees unanimously pass emergency rule #occupyseattle
20 minutes ago »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Board Meeting Notification

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

AGENDA:

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS (please sign in)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA / ACTION

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

RECOMMENDED BOARD ACTION
Proposed Emergency Rule on Camping
ADJOURNMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE:

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

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

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

2:00: Jamil Suleman, Hip Hop Occupies

2:15: Singing with the Raging Grannies

2:30: Alan Genatossio, guitar

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

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

4:30pm: Meditation and Closing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you there! Spread the word!


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

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

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

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

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

See Below for More Details!

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.reverbnation.com/crackerfactory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorli Rainey To Speak at Occupy Seattle

November 17, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When students move millions follow.

Rise with us.

-Occupy Seattle club at Seattle Central Community College

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

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

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

We need jobs, not cuts:

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

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

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

This is an independently organized event by Working Washington.

Occupy Seattle Welcomes Dr. Cornel West

November 16, 2011.

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

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

Occupy the Capitol

Contact:

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

Seattle City Council Supports Occupy Seattle!

November 14, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your continued support,

Julie C

Come and Visit the Learning Tent! Now Officially Open!

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

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

Police Department Spends Too Much

Breaking News: Police Department Spends Too Much

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMANDA PALMER JOINS OCCUPY SEATTLE’S DAY OF SOLIDARITY

November 10, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Money Out of Politics

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Proposals for November 2nd’s General Assembly

First Proposal: To endorse this equality statement as Occupy Seattle and to encourage it be read before every General Assembly.

Equality Statement

Our solidarity is based on the principle that occupiers are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behavior that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our movement.

In this movement, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behavior that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a movement.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns.

Our movement must reflect our commitment to equality. We must be mindful that all sisters and brothers deserve dignity, equality and respect.