Monthly Archives: November 2011

General Assembly Proposals

Agenda Items:

Pre-Proposals:

 

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Passed Proposals:

6/13/12  :

Occupy Seattle will suspend all decision-making at General Assemblies until Wednesday October 3rd 2012, while continuing to hold Discussion General Assemblies Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.  If there is an urgent matter requiring decision during this period, an exception can be made to allow decision-making under the following conditions:

If twenty-five or more attendees at a Discussion Assembly vote in favor of holding a Decision Making GA, they can call one for the following week.  (This first discussion must be Livestreamed, and the scheduled Decision-Making GA must be posted on the OS calendar and in the GA section of the OS website at a minimum)

At that next week's Decision Making General Assembly there will need to be a quorum of at least fifty people involved in the consensus process for a decision to be made on a proposal.

If at any Discussion GA there is a "super-quorum" of one hundred or more attendees, they may propose and use consensus to pass a proposal or proposals, thus turning the Discussion General Assembly into a Decision Making General Assembly for that day only.
 
(With the exception of a super-quorum;  any decision made under this process, the meeting must be livestreamed, and the existing pre-proposal process still applies —  a pre-proposal needs to be made by Sunday evening 72 hours before GA, to Process and Facilitation and posted on the OS website's GA proposal section)

 

5/30/2012

We Reaffirm the OS “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” Statement and condemn any physical attack on persons or of political literature as described by Revolution Books as happening  at the May Day event May 1st, 2012 at Westlake. 
 
Background Information Presented by Revolution Books:
 
On May 1st at Westlake Park, a group of people seemingly part of the day’s protests verbally and physically attacked Revolution Books staff people. Instead of seeking to debate differing politics with substance, they approached en masse to bully and intimidate shouting “Statists! You’re a cult! Fuck Bob Avakian! Get out of here!” Members of this group attempted to provoke a physical fight by shoving, pushing and knocking things out of the hands of the Revolution Books staff people. During this time, two bins of progressive, radical and revolutionary books, and literature were taken and destroyed by dumping water over the literature. This attack was later upheld and celebrated by a post on an anarchist website on a page listing attacks on capitalist businesses and government institutions on May 1st. An almost identical attack occurred in Oakland on May 1st, also involving the destruction of books and literature with water. Destroying books and literature that contain ideas one doesn’t agree with is not, in essence, property destruction; it is censorship, and it is no different than book burning.
 
These actions are in clear violation of the “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” statement passed by Occupy Seattle on 11/16/11. Provoking and carrying out physical attacks or spreading slanders and gossip because of political differences is unacceptable. It is entirely different than principled discussion and debate, even sharp debate, over these differences. Such attacks have no place in the Occupy movement. They can only benefit a system that seeks to suppress Occupy and other movements of resistance by dividing people who have honest political differences. The U.S. government has a long history of fomenting and using such attacks to isolate and eliminate radical and revolutionary groups and individuals.
   

 

 

4/22/12

Occupy Seattle endorses the April 24-5 action by Share/Wheel, Real Change and Nickelsville to occupy Westlake Plaza and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEHKC) in protest of CEHKC's failed policies, with the demands that 1) data collection and outcomes should be used as tools, not weapons; 2) Provision of low-cost survival services must be prioritized; 3) CEHKC must create and promote an economic justice agenda.  Nickelsville, Share/Wheels, Real Change.

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4/04/12

OUR SAFER SPACE POLICY:

The members of Occupy Seattle feel that for the GA to be an effective forum for discussion, as well as reflective of our anti-oppression statement, we need to enact a Safer Space Policy.

A Safer Space Policy is a community agreement that sets the standards for how to participate and interact with other people in this space. It is expected that all those who are participating in the Occupy Seattle General Assembly comply with the Safer Space Policy and understand that if they do not they will be told to leave.

The person experiencing the oppressive statements, behavior, or dynamics will decide if the person violating the Safer Space Policy needs to be warned, if there needs to be a community response, or if that individual needs to leave.   The community will provide a collective decision on how to react to the oppressive behavior.  Process and facilitation will decide on a hand signal to be used to call attention to the behavior and it will be added to the orientation section that is read before each GA.

The following will not be tolerated:

- Verbal, physical, or sexual forms of aggression
- Violating consent or the boundaries of others
- Sexual harassment or unwanted attention
- Domineering behavior and/or taking up too much space
- Perpetuating systems of oppression (ableism, adultism, ageism, religious oppression, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, sizeism)
- use of drugs or alcohol during GA
This event is intended for us to build community, network, make announcements, plan and create projects, share resources, and have fun. Please do not consider this space to be a secure area to discuss anything that can be construed as illegal activity. This is not a value judgement; this is to ensure a safer environment for all attending.

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4/01/12

The new GA Schedule will be as follows:

(there will be no more discussion GAs on Monday and Thursday evenings)

Sunday Decision making GAs at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Westlake rain or shine.
By Sunday April 22 they will be changed to 2:00 p.m.
There is a noon discussion GA at noon on all Wednesdays at Westlake.
Decision making GA at 7:00 p.m. at WSCC every Wednesday evening.

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3/28/2012

Occupy Seattle's General Assembly that occurs on all Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Westlake will change to 4:00 p.m. 

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3/21/12
Occupy Seattle, in solidarity with the port truck drivers of Seattle, demands that the Washington state bills HB 2527 and 2395 be passed into law by the anniversary of Ceasar Chavez's birth, March 31st, 2012, or we shall take further direct action in consultation and solidarity with the port drivers.

If necessary we shall call on other Occupys, especially those located in major transportation corridors,  to take solidarity actions that they deem appropriate.
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3/19/12
Occupy  Seattle endorses the transphobia resistance marches, because gender expression shouldn't be an issue.
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3/11/12
"To celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th, it is proposed that the general assembly on Sunday March 11th be women centered.  this means that the process of GA will be led by women, the discussion topics initiated by women and speakers are the women present that evening.  We, the women of Occupy Seattle, want our male occupiers to hear our voices!  Therefore, we request men to attend and listen respectfully to us.  We believe that sharing our experiences will strengthen participation in the movement and help occupy Seattle to continue to grow and include all of the 99%!" brought by Mina to the 03/07/2012 GA and tabled until the 3/11, passed on 3/11
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2/29/12
1) Consensus Process – http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2012-03-01/general-assembly-consensus-process

2)  We, the general assembly of Occupy Seattle hereby endorse the Everything for Everyone Festival, planned in Seattle, Washington, USA in the month of August.
The Everything for Everyone festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. It indents to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization, for a mutual flourishing. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living. The Occupy movement has created a rupture of possibilities; this festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society. To provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in it's diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants. The festival aims to contribute to having a culture and way of life that is defined by “everything for everyone.”
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2/26/12
1)  Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the people both of Greece and Syria.  We are outraged to action against the oppression and austerity measures that the state is administering to it's people.  Occupy Seattle supports our Syrian and Greek comrades in their collective struggles in their streets.

2) Boycott Wells Fargo (proposal for Occupy Seattle General Assembly, 2/22/2012)
Occupy Seattle endorses the formation of a group to discuss, plan, and conduct a boycott of
Wells Fargo Bank. The boycott is intended to take place over a long period of time, like the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Montgomery bus boycott of 1956-1957 and the
United Farm Workers’ Gallo boycott of 1973-1978, among many others. Like these successful
boycotts in the past where people in great numbers withdrew their financial cooperation from
a corrupt system, the Wells Fargo boycott will urge people to divest their money from Wells
Fargo. The goal of the boycott will be to shrink Wells Fargo’s dehumanizing influence in our
society. This influence currently includes:

Expensive lobbying in state and federal legislatures
Zero federal taxes, Washington state tax loopholes
High profits paid to executives
Foreclosures on homes
Investments in multinational corporations that run American prisons and deportation
centers for profit (GEO and CCA)
Possible investments in companies like Seattle Steam that perpetuate environmental
destruction instead of promoting energy conservation and clean energy alternatives

The Wells Fargo boycott will be organized in collaboration with other organizations in the
Puget Sound area and with other Occupy groups around the country, who have already begun
to raise awareness of Wells Fargo’s part in the dehumanization of our society; The Wells Fargo Boycott will report back to OS about all the groups it collaborates with on this boycott and all others; the OS Wells Fargo Boycott organizing group will give frequent reports to the OS General Assembly about what groups it is collaborating with on the boycott and the details of that collaboration. Importantly, the boycott will emphasize positive alternatives to people at every opportunity, including providing information on local credit unions and the effort to create a public bank in Washington. And it will submit any requests for Occupy Seattle funding for informational flyers, signs, sound systems, and permits through the appropriate Occupy Seattle channels.

3) May Day 2012
Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with and endorses the call for a general strike –A day without the 99%! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking –TAKE THE STREETS!
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2/19/12
Occupy Seattle will change its schedule to four General Assemblies only beginning February 27th.  On all Mondays there will be an Action-Brainstorming General Assembly.  On all Wednesdays there will be a Decision-Making GA.  On All Thursdays there will be a Discussion GA.  On all Sundays there will be a Decision-Making GA.  Passed 02/19/2012
Occupy Seattle approves adding Linda Julien, our present bookkeeper, as a signator to the OS BECU account for purposes, not of writing checks, but for obtaining account information.
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2/8/12
The port truck drivers are part of the 99%.  They have put their livelihoods and lives on the line for safety, justice, and human dignity.  They practice direct democracy, deciding their own course and actions, just as we do.  Occupy Seattle stands with them and their struggle for as long as it may go on in full solidarity.  To this end, Occupy Seattle endorses the Monday Port Truck Drivers' rally and the Feb 18th Occupy Our Hearts Solidarity Potluck.
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2/5/12
1) Occupy Seattle agrees to having Nathan Shields, Douglas Johnson and Kawan Baxter be signers on the Occupy Seattle Bank Account.

2) Occupy Seattle endorses the action to mobilize on the University of Washington campus between 11:00 a.m. and  1:30 p.m. against the arbitrary firings of custodians at the University of Washington
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1/29/12
1) Occupy Seattle allocates $400 as partial compensation for use of the warehouse in which all of its supplies are stored for the month of February in order to use this month to find safe storage space(s).  Proposer Carol Isaac – Thank you Sonya Rodgers, Phil Mocek and CDC for giving us this safe space for this long without requiring any rent.

2) In line with the fundamental principles of the movement, and in solidarity with Occupations across the country it is proposed that we move from a majority takes all voting system (regardless of percentage) to a consensus system.

Process and facilitation will require two to three weeks to make the necessary preparations. There are several consensus models to choose from, with possibilities of blending multiple approaches. The GA directs Process to listen and take from the conversation leading up to a cote on this proposal for direction and encourages all GA members to participate in Process meetings as time allows. The GA must come to consensus approval of the plan that Process brings forward at the end of those three weeks.

We cannot allow the dysfunction and divisiveness of the broken system we come from to entrench itself in our movement, therefor we affirm our commitment to self-representation, personal autonomy, and solidarity as we free ourselves from the tyranny of majority and move to consensus decision making for proposals in General Assembly. At the end of three months the General Assembly will decide whether to keep this system or return to majority voting.
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1/16/12
1) This General Assembly endorses Occupy Seattle's "Get Money Out of Politics" working group's January 20th event, "Occupy the Courts."  Karrsen Brannon-Young, GMOP, on January 12, 2012.
https://www.facebook.com/events/270552246315008/

2) Occupy Seattle endorses the current boycott at the Seattle Hilton Hotel, where workers are fighting for their jobs, and will encourage members not to patronize the hotel.
Occupy Seattle will stand with workers, starting with the first rally on Monday, January 16th at 3pm.
The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the boycott, and boycott-related events that are brought to their attention.
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1/8
1) The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, (NDAA), under its Title X – General Povisions, Subtitle D – Detainee Matters, section 1031 and 1032 and subsequent sections does not support the peoples rights in that they can be detained indefinitely without charges and without trial.  This does not adhere to the principles of the Constitution of the United States per the following;

Article III section 2, "…under which judicial power extends to all cases, trial of crimes by jury and where said crimes have been committed."
The 4th amendment, "No warrants shall issue but upon probable cause."
The 5th amendment, "…or crime a person shall not answer unless presented with or indicted by a grand jury…nor shall any person be deprived of life, liberty or property."
The 6th amendment, "…the right to a speedy and public trial…be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, be confronted with witnesses against him, and to obtain witnesses in his favor and assistance of defense council".
The 8th amendment, "…no cruel or unusual punishments inflicted…."
The 14th amendment, section 1, "…no state shall enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of U.S. citizens nor deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due proces of law nor deny within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…."
NDAA, section 1074 per the following;  "…implementing procedures to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System" is in opposition to the 14th amendment, "…the rights of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches.
The NDAA also negates Habeus Corpus, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, and the Non Detention Act of 1971.

The NDAA is in oppostion to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Geneva Convention Rights all of which the United States is one of the signatories.

We the people claim the right to exercise the Power of the Constitution of the United States regarding all lawful and unlawful orders wherever they may be.

We the people know our rights.  The American people have stood tall for liberty and justice for a long time and have sacrificed for these human ideals. We will not let them slip away or be eroded. "OUR Constitution, We Will Keep It!" -proposed by Bernard Weber

2) Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March.
Proposed by Norm Keegel.
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1/4/2012
1) We, of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, endorse answering Occupy Longview, WA's call to stand by ready to help plan and coordinate the action of blocking the EGT grain ship expected to arrive in Longview mid-January.  We join Occupy Longview in calling out to all occupies, from New York City down to Florida, all the way to the West Coast, to join in solidarity.  –  Proposed by Marianne Mork

2) I propose to add a 15 minute worker speak out at the beginning of non-voting GAs. GA has been a place to connect community struggles like foreclosure resistance, bank occupations, stopping environmental pollution, and resisting police brutality. A worker speaker will allow us in addition to connect workplace struggles to our movement. Most of us are part of the 89% who are unemployed, non-unionized, low waged, or casualized workers. Capitalism pits us against each other, non-unionized and unionized, immigrant and granddaughter of immigrants, employed and unemployed, low waged and lower waged, workers of color and white workers, fighting for the scraps and small pay checks. Together we can take action to support each other in our workplaces against unpaid or low wages, racial and gender discrimination, and unhealthy working conditions. Across industry, national border, migrant and employment status, we will uphold "an injury to one is an injury to all.  "  Proposed by Marianne Mork

3) Occupy Seattle endorses the letter below:
Dear Steven Colbert, Occupy Seattle would like to invite you to be our honored guest at a very special double birthday party the weekend of January 20th and 21st. We know you probably have other things to do, but we think this is more important. As you may be aware, the "Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission" decision is turning two years old on January 20th and we thought it would be nothing short of criminal if we did not celebrate the second anniversary of corporate emancipation. On that date two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that, because corporations are people too, they are entitled to the same first amendment rights as the rest of us fleshy mortals. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the court finally put an end to the discriminatory practice of treating corporations as second-class citizens, for no other reason than that they lack physical bodies and the physical organs to sustain them(including, but not limited to, hearts) and, in doing so, rectified one of the greatest and most glaring injustices of our time. Finally, after so many decades of struggle, corporations can finally express themselves freely, and spend as much money as they want doing it as the rest of us.
Being as we are incapable of detecting blatant and unapologetic sarcasm, we can tell from your show that you are one of the most passionate advocates of corporate rights alive in America today, second only to Newscorp, FoxNews, and the vast majority of their employees. Since none of those people returned our phone calls, we are reaching out to you. We're hoping that you might join us for this two-day celebration. There will be music, marches, and lectures by human-people. There will also be mock trials for some of the corporate-people who have given corporate personhood a bad name by doing things like stealing other people's houses and dumping poisonous chemicals on other people's farmland(including, but not limited to, JP Morgan Chase and Monsanto). If you can't come, or just don't feel like flying to the West Coast for the beginning of Citizen's United's terrible twos, could you, at the very least, plug the event on your show? That would be cool. Sincerely, Occupy Seatte

4)  Occupy Seattle Unanimously Endorses Solidarity Action with United
Farm-workers and begin building towards a May 1st General Strike in
Seattle. Proposed by: POCcupy Decolonize Seattle, Food Justice Work Group

Occupy Seattle endorses a solidarity action with United Farmworkers on
January 27, 2011 at 2pm from Seattle Central Community College to
Darigold Headquarters to demand that  immediate action be taken to
resolve the issues facing workers at Ruby Ridge dairy. That Occupy
Seattle calls for a coordinated national actions in solidarity with
Farmworkers and Immigrant workers to be carried out by the Occupy
movement on January 27, 2011.

Why:
Occupy
Seattle reaffirms a commitment to global economic justice. Over a third
of Ruby Ridge farmworkers have been fired for asking for a union and
suing owners over unpaid wages, hour violations, and even assault.
According to workers, the dairy owner, supported by a multi-million
dollar loan from a major lender, carries a rifle in his truck and has
threatened workers. This action will begin building towards a May 1st
Global General Strike with farmworkers, migrants, and economic refugees,
unionized and non-unionized labor to achieve economic justice and human
rights for everyone. Occupy Seattle is a union for all workers,
especially the 89% of workers who are not unionized. For more information visit on the worker struggles at Ruby Ridge and the solidarity action with the United Farmworkers on January 27, 2011 visit:
 http://action.ufw.org/page/s/darigoldpetitionkids?source=web

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1/3
1) All money in the Occupy Seattle general fund be spent using the 80% consensus of the occupiers who choose to vote D\during a weekly meeting scheduled and made public on the site at least 1 week in advance. Amendment: Money authorized by The Occupy Seattle General Assembly remains Occupy Seattle until and unless it is spent for the purpose authorized. Each work group or affinity group which is authorized to spend money will report at least once a week to the General assembly about the status of the authorized funds.

2) That all money be accounted for and publicly accessible. Copies of all receipts be made. The current balance, (original and copies) of the receipts, money spent and donations be publicly accessible, both in hard copy and digitally.  The current balance be put on a tab on the Occupy Seattle website and the money subtracted and added each week be accounted for on the website and updated in this tab on a weekly basis.

3) Money donated to specific projects by work groups, or affinity groups may only be spent for purposes authorized by those groups unless otherwise specified by the donors at the time of collection.  This includes monies raised via we-pay.  This respects the intent of donors and the work done by these groups to secure funding for their projects.
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12/23
Occupy Seattle supports the United Black Clergy.  They will be holding a prayer vigil January 04, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Mt. Baker Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of 25th and Jackson against the police abuses and highlighting the Dept. of Justice Report on Seattle City Police Department."  Douglas Johnson
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12/21
1)   Publish open letter to people of Wukan expressing a) support and sympathy for their situation and b) respect and admiration for their bravery and moral resolve. Letter can be found at http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-19/open-letter-people-wukan-participants-occupy-seattle

2)   Adopt statement acknowledging that US Constitution does not recognize corporations and stating that they are not people, should not be treated as such. Call for Constitutional amendment that humans, not corporations, have rights. Statement is as follows
"The General Assembly of Occupy Seattle,
Convinced that one critical threat to free and fair elections, and authentic democratic self-governance comes from the fact that corporations have been defined as legal persons,
Declaring that persons are rightfully recognized as human beings whose essential needs include clean air, clean water, and safe and secure food,
Deeply disturbed that the granting of Constitutional protections to corporations has compromised, or resulted in the destruction of our communities, economy, democracy and natural world in many ways,
Convinced that the solution must be comprehensive, and remembering that those who believed defining people as property was immoral did not call for ending one or two parts of slavery, but for abolition of the institution of slavery,
Recalling that corporations are human-made legal fictions, and that human citizens are the source of all legitimate power in any democracy,
Deeply concerned that corporations need only profit for survival, and that such profit and survival are often in direct conflict with the essential needs and rights of human beings,
Having observed that the great wealth of large corporations lets them misuse the legal system to overpower human beings and communities, thus denying We The People’s rights,
Recalling that corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, that The People never granted constitutional rights to corporations, but that individual judges and courts have misguidedly done so without Our consent,
Particularly disturbed that the rollback on legal limits on corporate spending in elections creates an unequal playing field enabling corporations to influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions,
Having seen that large corporations own most of America’s mass media and use that media as a megaphone for their own agenda, drowning out other voices,
With conviction that defining property as people is fundamentally immoral and a threat to real people, all other life forms, and the planet,
Be it resolved that Occupy Seattle calls for the abolition of corporate personhood. We join the tens of thousands of people, grassroots organizations and local governments across the country in calling for an Amendment to the Constitution to firmly establish that money spent on political campaigns must allow for an equal voice for all people, that human beings, not corporations, have natural rights protected by the Constitution, and that the rights of human beings will never again be granted to artificial entities or property."
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12/20
Occupy Seattle is a leaderless and leaderful movement. We are all leaders.
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12/16
1) Occupy Seattle supports hotel workers in Seattle and everywhere who are fighting for living wages, benefits, job security, and respect on the job. Occupy Seattle endorses the upcoming rally at the Edgewater Hotel on Monday December 19th at 4pm, where workers are fighting for their jobs.

2)The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the Edgewater rally.
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12/7
1) OCCUPY BEYOND NOTICE: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED, JUST YET!
a) Leaving SCCC, we will make every effort to communicate to all especially to tent occupants who don't participate in OS events about what the Eviction means: the letter of the law and the effect of the Eviction Notice–that if they are still camping in a tent by the end of the 72 hours on Friday, Occupy Seattle will not try to protect their belongings or protect them from arrest. [Legal observers and Peacekeepers will of course be present and active as necessary.]
b) Friday when the 72 hours is up, Occupy Seattle will begin a 24 hour Teach-In on or near the former encampment at SCCC.
c) For the 24 hour Teach-In Occupy Seattle will use 4 structures, surrounded by people who are willing to risk arrest to protect their right to protest and freedom of speech.  These structures will consist of: one open canopy tent, to protect active Teach-In workshop leaders from the weather; one Sanctuary Tent, for Occupy Chaplains to care for Teach-In participants, many of whom suffer from PTSD-like symptoms; one zip-up tent for teach-in leaders and participants to rest in between workshops; and one Promise Pile, a compact, tarp-covered structure made from piled Occupy Seattle folded and bound tents, personal supplies, and general OS  supplies including some from Medics, Information, Sanctuary, etc.  This Promise Pile will be Occupy Seattle's visual call to the communities of Seattle, communities of fatih, neighborhoods, and especially "underwater" businesses and owner-occupied homeowners struggling to get re-negotiated mortgages to keep their homes and businesses, to provide Occupy Seattle participants with a place to live or camp while they continue to fight for the whole 99% of us to have our shares of security.
d) The theme of the Teach-In will be Occupy: Past, Present and Future! Each workshop will address this theme in one way or another: for instance re Wealth, Poverty, Class, Race and Education; or re Ever Enough?–How a country with Plenty experiences so much Lack. People of Color and other groups will be especially encouraged to participate in and lead workshops, to share their experiences and perspectives. Workshop leaders will be expected to make their workshops participatory, giving participants ample opportunity to talk amongst themselves, ask questions and offer comments.  People's Mike will be used [as default-standard not mandatory] for whole-group address and discussion.
e) At the end of the 24 hour Occupy teach-in, participants will join in a rally from 11 am to 3pm, with speakers, music and culture-sharing, fun and surprises.
f) At the end of the rally 3 things will happen.  The March To Defeat Violence will assemble on the sidewalks and corner of Broadway and Pine.  Continuing encampment participants will pick up their packed tents and belongings, joining with the march. The rally's final, spiral dance will join with the march.
g) If a suitable location has been found by march time for Occupy Seattle to re-establish one or more encampments that are walking distance from SCCC, the rally will move into General Assembly mode before beginning the Defeat Violence march. Depending on the decision/s of a 1PM People's Assembly at the rally, the march could include one or more encampment locations in its route to a rally site that may be an encampment location or the original destination, Westlake Plaza, or both, depending on what the Assembly decides.  City, faith and neighborhood efforts to provide suitable encampment space, guidelines, agreements and oversight may still be forthcoming on the day of rally.

Occupy Your Home (Planet)!
If you would like to discuss the information presented in these documents, please start a thread in the Forum.

2) Whereas they have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers' healthcare and pay
Whereas they have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance
Whereas they continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit
Whereas they have erected a system that profits from sickness and fails to encourage health through prevention and early intervention
Whereas medical bills are responsible for about 60% of all personal bankruptcies
Whereas there are about 50 million uninsured Americans and many more under-insured
Whereas the US spends more per person and as a proportion of the nation's wealth on health care than any other wealthy nation and our health care outcomes are worse
Whereas a high proportion of health care spending is wasted on advertising, marketing, lobbying and investor profit
Whereas if we spent the same amount on health care per person as other wealthy countries we would be projecting budget surpluses instead of deficits
With the approval of the General Assembly:

Occupy Seattle recognizes that access to healthcare services is an essential human need and should be provided for all. Therefore, we call for a publicly financed nationwide system of public health and comprehensive health services available to all regardless of ability to pay. The system must provide prevention services and encourage practices for good health, both to lower costs and to improve health.
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11/29
Adopted conflict resolution policy:

As the Occupy Seattle community grows and moves forward, we need to make clear how we resolve conflict, harm, and violations of our
principles within OS community space and hold  each other accountable to the OS community.  Harm, conflict and violence in our community are a direct result of the system of oppression and violence which our movement is fighting against. We’ve all been shaped by this system and we all need to work together to heal and transform ourselves and our community.
Occupy Seattle as a collective will adopt these accountability principles to handle conflict, harm, and violations of community agreements within our community:
-Working together and listening over opposition and banishment
-Respect for the humanity of all individuals involved
-Participation, transparency, and responsibility to the community
-Close attention to power dynamics of privilege and oppression
-Focus on healing instead of punishment, obedience, or ‘getting even’
The process which we propose involves these steps:
Emergency De-escalation:
When a public conflict occurs, everyone present may come together and
attempt to de-escalate and figure out how best to immediately keep
everyone safe (i.e asking people causing harm to leave for a short
time until an accountability circle can be convened).
Community Accountability Circle:
An accountability circle is formed with the goal of transforming and
healing our community.
The transformative justice group will be available to facilitate an
accountability circle between two days and one week of the incident.
An accountability circle is an open, transparent process gathered to
understand the conflict, heal those involved of oppression and
violence, and make OS a safer space.  Anyone in the Occupy Seattle
community who feels affected by the incident in any way is encouraged
to participate (i.e. campers, work groups, caucuses)  The circle may
use a talking stick, to ensure that all voices are heard, and may grow
as it needs to.
Anyone may be requested to engage in the accountability circle by
another individual or group, including camp safety, and may be
unwelcome in the occupation if they refuse.
Facilitation from the transformative justice group will guide the
process, and support the accountability principles. The accountability
circle will hear everyone’s experience of: what happened, how and why
the harm came about, and what might repair the harm done. The circle
will then attempt to reach consensus on the next steps for resolution
including agreements to remedy the harm, conditions for participants
to remain welcome in the Occupy Seattle community, and strategy to
ensure that accountability conditions are adhered to.
The accountability process will be adaptable to the community.  The
transformative justice group will provide resources, trainings, and
maintain the evolution of the accountability process.
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11/26
1)  Solidarity with Occupy Oakland. Port Shutdown. Two actions: 11/30 and 12/12.
On Dec 12th, Occupy Seattle will join the rest of the West Coast Occupy movement in a mass march to the port with the  intention of shutting it down.  The march will begin at 1 PM at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.  If you come late, check the #occupyseattle twitter account for the march’s current location.  Information about the Coast-wide day of action can be found here: http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/.  Similar actions are already planned in LA, San Diego, Oakland, and Portland.
Why shut down the port?
a) We will shut down the port to resist the budget cuts that target working class people.
The 1% are confident they can cut our health care, education, food aid, and social services because they think we won’t fight back.  They are wrong.  If they cut our society to pieces, we will cut their profits.  We know the port is a major source of profits for the 1%, especially during the holiday season when they ship goods produced by Asian workers under horrible labor conditions to American malls where increasingly broke workers buy holiday presents on credit, worried about whether we we loose our jobs, foodstamps, or health care.  We are tired of worrying, so now we are fighting back.  A port shutdown will hit the 1% directly in their wallets.  Happy Holidays you scrooges.
b) We will shut down the port to bypass the corporate-controlled politicians and to confront the 1% who really call the shots. Some members of Occupy Seattle will be occupying the Capitol against Gregoire’s budget cuts.  The rest of us here in Seattle will Occupy capital – the port facilities of the big corporations – against the same cuts.
Capital means the machines, trucks, ships, stores, cafes, hospitals, etc. – all the things that the corporations own and we work on to make their profits.  One of their biggest pieces of capital is the port of Seattle.  We know the 1% controls the politicians who are cutting the working class’s standard of living.  So instead of begging politicians to stop cutting us, we will do what our fellow occupiers did when they occupied Wall Street and we will go straight to the source of the problem: the big corporations, including the corporations who profit from Seattle’s port. If they cut our livelihoods, we will cut their profits.
c) We will shut down the port to defend workers’ right to organize, and to assert that the Occupy Movement is part of organized labor
Everyone knows Goldman Sachs is the 1% of the 1%.  They control Stevedore Services of America (SSA), a major player in the port of Seattle.   SSA is repressing immigrant port truckers who are trying to organize in their workplace in the port of LA, which is why Occupy LA put out the call for solidarity picket lines at ports up and down the West Coast on Dec. 12th.
By honoring this call, Occupy Seattle will be showing that we also are the labor movement.  Because the 1% uses repressive labor laws and union busting firms to disrupt organizing efforts, only 11% of US workers are organized into trade unions. On the 12th, Occupy Seattle will take a stand to defend our right to organize on the job. We also recognize that the U.S. working class is starting to get organized in the Occupy movement, which makes us part of organized labor.  Many of us occupiers are trade unionists, and many of us are also the 89% of US workers who are not in unions, the large sections of the US working class who are unemployed, underemployed, students, houseless. Our picket lines might not have the same legal standing as official union picket lines, but when the unions first started picketing back in the day they were also considered illegitimate.   Occupy Seattle’s picket lines are still picket lines organized by workers, in solidarity with fellow workers.   Dec 12th is the first of many actions that Occupy will take as a new wing of the labor movement.
d) We will shut down the port in response to the police violence and harassment the Occupy movement has faced nationwide.
The 1% uses union busting tactics to shut down our organizing on the job and their cops use pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs to repress our organizing in the streets and plazas.  We know that if the 1% wanted to, they could tell the police to stop all this repression.  But they are apparently not embarrassed when global media broadcasts images of veteran Scott Olson with his head smashed in,  or 84 year old Dorli Rainey with her face full of pepper spray.  They  don’t care when their cops hit a member of Occupy Seattle,  a pregnant woman, in the stomach, after which she miscarried.  They didn’t care when their cops killed the late Oscar Grant or the late John T. Williams either.  They don’t care as long as their goods get shipped and their profits flow.  On Oct 2nd, Occupy Oakland shut down the port of Oakland in response to the police violence they faced.  On Dec. 12th we will do the same in Seattle.  Let’s show the forces of repression that when they stomp the flames of freedom they just spread the embers.
e) We will send a warning to EGT, the multinational conglomerate that is trying to bust the International Longshore and Warehousemen’s Union.  EGT is refusing to honor the ILWU’s contract in Longview, WA.  Our action is completely independent from the ILWU.  They are not organizing this action, and we are in no way attempting to co-opt or control their struggle.  However, we are inspired by Longshore workers’ direct actions against  EGT, we are angered by the repression they are facing by the cops and courts, and we know that if the 1% busts the ILWU they will try to drive down all of our wages and working conditions next.  If ILWU members were to ask us to stand in solidarity with them at any time we would join them in a heartbeat.  We hope our action on the 12th will show EGT that we are serious about this and that we are capable of disrupting business.  They should honor the ILWU’s contract because next time it could be their business.
Because of their relationship to contracts-legally binding documents which enforce an agreement not to strike or engage in other direct actions-any trade union which publicly supports our picket line on Dec 12th could face fines and other retributions. The trade unions cannot take stances in support of this action, hence the ILWU leadership’s attempts to distance themselves from it. This does not prevent individual union members from supporting this action. We are organizing this action by speaking with and reaching out a hand in solidarity with  the struggles of organized workers in the ports, but we will be careful not to act in their names unless we are explicitly asked to do so.  Until then, we will talk to rank and file workers-unionized and non-unionized – and they will determine their relationship to our action for themselves.
We are not calling on ILWU members to do a strike or job action.  We know their contract does not allow them to honor our picket line by refusing to cross for political reasons.  These are the limitations of union contracts and labor law which prevent cross-industry solidarity.  Given these limitations, all we are asking from ILWU workers is intentional neutrality. The ILWU contract does say that workers can stand aside if they feel our picket line or the police response to it creates an unsafe situation for them, especially if it creates a situation where emergency vehicles wouldn't be able to get into the port in the case of an accident on the job.  The arbiter will rule in their favor if our picket line actually appears to pose such a safety threat.
We want to emphasize to ILWU members that our ability to show the corporations our capacity to shut down the port could ultimately work to their advantage.  It is worth noting that when the president of the Longview local of the ILWU came to Occupy Oakland's General Assembly last week to speak, he opened with these words about the Nov. 2nd Oakland port shutdown: ”When Nov 2nd happened, and it was against EGT in respect to the ILWU and Local 21, you cannot believe what you people did for the inspiration of my union members who have been on the picket line for six months now! “
For video footage of this, see:
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdQCZSQ99I )
We aim to build trust and open communication between Occupiers and port workers leading up to this action.  On Nov 30th, we will be marching from Westlake Park to the ILWU union hall to deliver a letter of solidarity to the union. The march begins at 2 PM and we will arrive at the hall at 4.  At 6 PM, we will hold a mass community-labor meeting at Southwest Youth and Family Services, 4555 Delridge Way SW to discuss the struggle in Longview and the port action on the 12th. ( Please note this event is not organized by or sponsored by Southwest Youth and Family Services, we are simply using the space to meet. )
f) We will shut down the port as part of the second phase of our movement
With this Dec. 12th action, the Occupy movement is undertaking a transformation.  When we started occupying Seattle Central Community College, many people told us, “don’t disrupt life for the 99%, go disrupt it for the 1%.”  They said the same thing when we joined labor unions to occupy a bridge on Nov 17th.  These criticisms missed the fact that our camps have enhanced life for the 99% by providing educational opportunities, food, and shelter, and have stood as a visible reminder of the need for deeper social change.  However, we hear your criticism – we should be disrupting the 1% more than we are.  That’s why we’re occupying the port, as well as abandoned buildings owned by banks, wealthy developers, etc.
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11/22
1. New AG to look into indoor spaces. No personal agreements on behalf of OS.
2. 12pm open-discussion GA at Westlake every Wednesday starting 11/30.
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11/20
1. Mohawk: No smoking in tents or flammable area, no open flame in straw area or tents. Additional detail: first consequence: kicked out for night or 8-10 hours, after both sides of story heard. Second: kicked out 24-78 hours. Third: Banned permanently or required to do community service.
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11/16
1. Liam: Occupy Seattle has many different politics and visions within it. This is our strength. We will not allow any in our movement to be singled out and attacked for their politics whether they be anarchist, progressive, communist, liberal, socialist, radical, etc. We welcome healthy debate among and between each of these groups, but debate is very different from irrational attacks and fear-mongering. We will defend each other and our movement.
If people are partaking in actions which are damaging to the movement or risk the safety of its members unnecessarily, this should be dealt with as a separate matter, outside the purview of this statement of principle. But no one will be allowed to ostracize or demonize our fellow occupiers for their world views or goals. Unless that be a world view or goal which is decisively against the general unity and aspirations of the movement, such as: fascists, the openly racist, sexist, or homophobic, white-nationalist populists, ageist, ableist, etc. No action, except those passed by the General Assembly, represent Occupy Seattle as a whole. We do, however, stand in solidarity with actions taken against the powers that be by any group or individual within this movement.
2. Josh: Proposal to Organize and Occupy in Solidarity
We officially establish and re-affirm that this occupied space at SCCC, and all future occupied spaces in Seattle are: public spaces, Occupy Seattle spaces, and activist spaces. These spaces are not individual or private spaces. Given the following logistical and strategic concerns for how we can operate effectively as a community and as a political action, including: our collective need for more adequate infrastructure, problems with black mold, bed bug infestation, threats to security, the placement of pallets, bigger tents with heat and lighting, the installation of electrical infrastructure, rubbish in walk ways, police raids, placement of honey buckets, wind blocks, continuing expansion, and other developing issues and concerns.
We therefore give working groups the right to make adjustments to infrastructure and perform their respective work so long as it is announced before the General Assembly (GA) in a respectful way.
Twelve hours notice shall be given to the community, in the form of a GA announcement, regarding large-scale restructuring of camp or emergency actions which affect everyone. Such announcements will also be posted on the announcement board at the Info tent, and it is the responsibility of our community (including working group members) to spread information about urgent working group actions by word of mouth, to those not able to attend a particular GA.
In the course of all work by any working group, every effort should be made to respect individual property and autonomy.
Regarding Process and Facilitation: When such GA announcements are made, a temperature check will be done to determine whether the working group should proceed with their work, or if the project affects the community too broadly to proceed without discussion. When it is determined that more community discussion is needed, interested individuals are invited to join an immediate working caucus after GA has disbanded to discuss the proposed work and contribute information or consultation as needed. The results of this caucus will be a proposal that must be brought before the following GA for democratic consensus or rejection. However, given the urgent nature of some of these announcement/proposals, the GA must receive the working group proposal on the following day regardless of it being a regular scheduled voting day. Every effort will be made by working groups not to overburden the GA with unnecessary restructuring announcements. Routine work should not be announced at the GA.
In the event that a working group has information or reasonable belief that there is an imminent emergency which threatens the stability of our movement (such as an impending police raid), we give working groups the ability to take immediate action as needed to resolve the threat.
Regarding the need for accountability to our democratic process and to our community: Individual autonomy should be respected so long as it does not endanger the democratically derived authority and greater efforts of Occupy Seattle. It is recognized that unity, and maintaining the integrity of our democratic process, are core values of Occupy Seattle. When individuals within our community engage in behavior that appears to threaten our democratic process, action must be taken to help people change or end such behavior. Disputes and conflicts are to be addressed by individuals through a conflict resolution process. In cases where a person is seen to have offended the entire community, then a community conflict resolution process will happen, to be detailed in a later proposal, or by later amendment of this proposal. As an absolute last option, after all other efforts at conflict resolution have been exhausted, individuals who are seen as circumventing the General Assembly’s process should be barred from organizing within GA working groups for a period of a week after the first offense, then barred from the Occupy Seattle activities at large for a period of a month after the second offense, and barred from Occupy Seattle for a year after the third offense. Charges of circumventing the GA’s process shall be brought before the GA for adjudication until some point in time when another process of conflict resolution is formed or this proposal is amended.
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11/9
1) Occupy Seattle joins the struggle of students, faculty and staff at Seattle Central Community College and other colleges and universities to defend public education and all other social services against the vicious attacks coming from Olympia and Washington, DC, The fight to defend education and social services is our fight. We say no to tuition hikes, budget cuts, and layoffs. We say cancel student debt. Quality education is a right, not a privilege. It should be free. Unite to defeat budget cuts and fight for instead full funding for education and all other social services.

2) Occupy Seattle joins the struggle of students, faculty, and staff against the attacks on public education and social services by building for and carrying out these three actions:
a) Rally and protest here at SCCC on 11/15. We're calling it “Defend education for 99%”.
b) Occupy the Supercommittee. This is a week of action that's been called nationally against the mass attacks coming from this unelected Supercommittee. $1.5 trillion targeted public education, Medicare, Medicaid, and all other social services. A mass rally is called for Saturday 11/19. We build for that and also a weekday action in which Occupy Seattle will occupy the Federal building and shut it down.
c) In Olympia on the 28th, a bunch of groups are building for a mass action that was announced here by Sisters Organizing for Survival that we should join this effort. We should vote to join this also, to go down to Olympia and occupy the Capitol.

3) Whereas our constitutional rights, especially the right of free speech and the right of peaceable assembly is critical to this movement, the Legal workgroup seeks authority from the GA to do two things:
a) Legal asks for authority to approach and retain a law firm to represent Occupy Seattle free of charge for the purposes of considering a lawsuit to enforce our constitutional rights. Legal would only consider law firms that have the resources and a reputation for fighting for constitutional rights which in legal's opinion would do justice to Occupy Seattle's principles of anti-oppression, equality, and fairness. One such firm we would approach would be Davis Wright Tremaine, the firm most identified with fighting against governmental limits on first amendment rights including the cases of Berger vs Seattle and Nicklesville, both of which Davis Wright Tremaine won.
b) Legal seeks authority for another thing. Though authority over decisions to begin or end a lawsuit and all other major decisions would remain with GA, Legal asks for the authority to make day to day strategic decisions. Of course, Legal would provide weekly written and oral reports on all litigation activity.
c) (amended proposal) Legal will provide a workshop.

4) a) Put Hip Hop Occupies' event, 'Rise and Decolonize' on Occupy Seattle's press schedule
b) (amended proposal) On November 18th, GA is re-scheduled for 2pm
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11/8
For direct action, Tactical WG will serve as hub for communication, scheduling, inter-team and Occupy Seattle participation, and if desired, assistance.
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11/4
(amended proposal): Camp Safety team be established as mandated security, trained and identified as members of this team. Membership is voluntary. No one will be permitted to be functioning member of team prior to proper training and member training for term of membership. The GA can recall this team at any point. Security is everyone's responsibility and we're free to organize in affinity groups to keep each other safe.
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11/1
1) We will have all General Assemblies at Seattle Central Community College, starting on Friday.
2) We endorse Plans in the Works for Occupy Black Friday.
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10/28
1) Adopt Occupy Seattle SCCC Good Neighbor Statement (for more info check GA minutes 10/28)
2) We call on the City of Seattle to Withdraw Funds held in Financial Institutions that received Tax Payer Funded Bailouts in the Aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. We also call of the City of Seattle to transfer these Funds to State and Local Banks.
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10/26
1) Provide Full Support of Planning and Actions for November 5, that Bank Transfer Day Tempora
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10/25
Put our Money in BECU.Checks Require 2 Signers.No debit or ATM card. Finance does Books Weekly, and Reports Back to GA. More than $1000 requires GA Approval. Finance Committee has at Least 3 People. Signers Approved by GA. Four Positions Kept Filled.
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10/24
1) Begin a Mass Occupation at SCCC on Saturday, with Tents, to Prepare for it All Week, and to Keep Occupying SCCC until we vote to do otherwise.

2) We have an Action at Chase Bank this Saturday at Noon, before they close.

3) All Proposals will Be Brought to Facilitated Discussion a Minimum of One Day Prior to Vote.

4) There Will Be Four Decision-Making GAs per Week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Other GAs, held Nightly or as Desired, will be for Discussion, Refinement, and Debate of Proposals, Amongst Other Things.
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10/21
1) Have a Facilitated Assembly During the Day for General Discussion of Topics for Which Minutes will be Kept.

2) Open a Club Account –Not a Business Account—at BECU tomorrow using a Federal Tax ID, Corey Registered for Occupy Seattle today (unincorporated political association for banking purposes only).
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10/20
1) This Saturday, Proposals will be Suspended and Replaced with Open-Ended Discussion about Actions and Ideas to Move Message of Occupy Seattle Forward.
2) Allow Media Committee to Talk to Police for Reporting Purposes.
3) The People of Color Caucus produced a document extending solidarity to Indigenous People Locally, Nationally, and Globally. Occupy Seattle Supports this Statement.
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10/19
Occupy Seattle will be a Cop Free Zone to the Best of Our Ability.
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10/18
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Have a Day of Solidarity, in Conjunction with National Day beginning with People’s Movement Rally at Noon, and the March Against Police Brutality at 2pm.
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10/16
1) Move GA to 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2) Outreach Working Group will Start to Design Materials.
3) Adopt Principles of Anti-Oppression and Accountability Based on Those from Occupy Boston.
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10/14
1) 10/15 GA be Shortened to Work Group Reportbacks only.
2) Create a Steering Committee Made Up of the People of This Movement Who are Responsible for the Agenda of the GA and Relieve Facilitators of this Duty.
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10/13
Occupying Westlake and City Hall are Two Options and as a Movement We Can Support Both.
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10/12
1) To Stay Here at Westlake Indefinitely.
2) We have a Mass Re-Occupation of Westlake, with Tents, Starting Saturday Night.
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10/11
10 This Proposal is Only Applicable to Those who Want to Move to City Hall for Night-time Occupation. We Demand that Mayor McGinn meet with Nominated Representatives of Occupy Seattle in order to Discuss Long-Term Goals. List of Practical Demands

a) Four Large Tents for Medical, Kitchen, Supplies and Info
b) 24-hour Parking at City Hall: one space for Supplies
c) 24-hour occupancy Shelters for the Health and Safety of Protestors
d) 24-hour access to 1st Floor of City Hall for access to restrooms, meetings, etc.
e) Written Statement from Mayor McGinn regarding the right to indefinitely occupy the City Hall site.
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10/10
1) Modify Block Policy. When a Block is Enacted and it is not Overturned, the Proposal is Tabled. Then a Coalition will be formed to Discuss and Revise the Proposal, then it will be brought back to the next General Assembly.
2) Minutes from the Website Along with Notes from the Global Occupy Movement Should be Made Available at the Info Table Daily.
3) Temporarily Grant the Tactical Working Group the Authority to Disburse Funds From Petty Cash Overnight.
4) The Student Walk-out is Scheduled for Wednesday Afternoon. We Should Pursue Permit for Sound System and Equipment.
5) Occupy Seattle stands in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of Grievances and Will Continue to Identify Local Grievances.
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10/09
1) Let’s Sleep in Shifts for Rain Protection.
2) Don’t Call the Police on Each Other, We Should Solve our Own Problems Instead.
3)No Arrestable Direct Action that Threatens Occupy Seattle as a Whole can be Undertaken Without GA approval.
4) Change the GA time for 10/10 to be 5:45pm in order to Accommodate Events, such as the Candlelight Vigil at 7pm.
5) The Internet Communications Work Group Would Like to Put Notification on the Occupy Seattle Website Notifying Everyone of a Student Walk-out on Wednesday and the Saturday Global Protest.
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10/08
1) Tactical Should be the Liaison Between Occupy Seattle, the Parks Department, the City Government, and the Police.
2) The Inter-Team Work Group Meeting will Meet Every Night after GA to have GA orders disseminated between Working Groups. It will be made up of 2 Reps from every Working Group and they should be changed as much as possible to re-train Transparency.
3)Tactical Should Function as a Liaison between the Working Groups.
4) Each Work Group should have a Mission Statement Prepared by Tomorrow.
5) Reserve Porta Potties for Overnight Campers and Lock Them During the Day. If People are in Desperate Need There are Lock Combos at the Medic Tent. We will keep this Situation until Funds are Raised and There is a Better Solution.
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10/07
1) Occupy Seattle stays at Westlake during the Native Alliance Rally, then marches between 5 and 6:30 pm.
2) The Legal and Finance Work Group Should Bring Specific Proposals to the GA concerning a local credit union account, a transparent, on-line account, and the issue of being tax-deductible.
3) All Working Groups Should Have a Representational Color and a Legend So People Know Who to Talk To.
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10/06
1) General Assemblies are at 6:30pm on Weekdays. Work Group Meeting Times are up to Individual Work Groups.
2) Rotation of Facilitators and Training for those Facilitators
3) Hold Orientation 15 Minutes before General Assembly.
4) Notify Public of Meeting Times Through On-line Calendar.
5) Facilitators Never Present or Advocate Opinions.
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BLOCKED PROPOSALS
10/6
Have a Community Tent for Storage of Items.
10/08
1)Create a Sustainability Work Group to Guide the Actions and Implement the Ideas for a Sustainable Occupy Seattle.
2) Let’s Call Everybody Volunteers, not Representatives, Co-ordinators, or Anything Else.
10/14
When Tents are Erected Tomorrow, We Do Not Enter Them.
10/16
Fundraising Committee and other Appropriate Working Groups be Authorized to Organize a Mass Potluck Sometime in the Next Two Weeks.
10/19
1) This Saturday, After the Two Demonstrations, We March to SCCC to Set up New Base Camp, and Maintain a Daytime Presence at Westlake through GA, Work Groups, Direct Action, etc.
2) We Will Not Call the Cops On One Another in this Movement.
10/20
In solidarity with Indigenous People Around the World, Occupy Seattle will Change Its Name to Decolonize/Occupy Seattle.
10/23
Have a Mass, Indefinite Occupation of SCCC, with Tents, and Prepare for it All Week.
10/27
Adopt Occupy Seattle Good Neighbor Guidelines
11/1
Occupy Seattle will be officially a non-violent movement. We don't tolerate people who are violent toward others, whether members or non-members. If someone is violent, he or she will be removed from the camp and allowed to discuss the situation later. And right now to propose a resolution in the future about a conflict resolution.
12/20
Commit to using methods of non-violent civil disobedience at all of our demonstrations and define violence as unprovoked physical aggression.
12/21
recommend that intersections not be occupied with fewer than 100 people, make earnest effort to have contingency plans for circumstances when too few people show up
12/23
1) Proposal to clarify Occupy Seattle’s stance on violence
Whereas, this is a violent world, and
Whereas, justice must be achieved by any means necessary, and
Whereas, the US police force have firebombed Detroit panthers and imprisoned and murdered, and
Whereas, there are combat veterans and lethal people amongst you,
Affirmed, Occupy Seattle is violent and reserves the right to engage in violent tactics during direct actions. Furthermore, violence shall be defined as unprovoked physical acts of aggression, threats to engage in such acts, and any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as concepts of race, skin pigmentation, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or creed.
Not Blocked, but Tabled (both proposals by same proposer):
2) Proposal to clarify Occupy Seattle’s stance against violence
Whereas, this is a violent world that Occupy Seattle works to alleviate and transform, and
Whereas, acts of violence cause more violence, and
Whereas, the uncertainly of Occupy Seattle’s stance on violence deters people from supporting us, and Whereas, the corporate controlled establishment has the biggest guns and just passed the NDAA which codifies indefinite detention of citizens, Affirmed, Occupy Seattle is nonviolent and shall engage in nonviolent tactics during direct actions. Furthermore, violence shall be defined as unprovoked physical acts of aggression, threats to engage in such acts, and any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as concepts of race, skin pigmentation, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or creed. Additionally, Nonviolence shall be defined as actions that are not violent.

 

Camp Safety

Contact:
Sharla Laurin 360-770-3113
oscampsafety@gmail.com

David Delgado
oscampsafety@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Accountability Principles and Process

OS Accountability Principles and Process

As the Occupy Seattle community grows and moves forward, we need to
make clear how we resolve conflict, harm, and violations of our
principles within OS community space and hold each other accountable
to the OS community. Harm, conflict and violence in our community are
a direct result of the system of oppression and violence which our
movement is fighting against.
We’ve all been shaped by this system and we all need to work together
to heal and transform ourselves and our community.

Occupy Seattle as a collective will adopt these accountability
principles to handle
conflict, harm, and violations of community agreements within our community:

●Working together and listening over opposition and banishment
●Respect for the humanity of all individuals involved
●Participation, transparency, and responsibility to the community
●Close attention to power dynamics of privilege and oppression
●Focus on healing instead of punishment, obedience, or ‘getting even’

The process which we propose involves these steps:

Emergency De-escalation:
When a public conflict occurs, everyone present may come together and
attempt to de-escalate and figure out how best to immediately keep
everyone safe (i.e asking people causing harm to leave for a short
time until an accountability circle can be convened).

Community Accountability Circle:
• An accountability circle is formed with the goal of transforming and
healing our community.

• The transformative justice group will be available to facilitate an
accountability circle between two days and one week of the incident.
An accountability circle is an open, transparent process gathered to
understand the conflict, heal those involved of oppression and
violence, and make OS a safer space. Anyone in the Occupy Seattle
community who feels affected by the incident in any way is encouraged
to participate (i.e. campers, work groups, caucuses) The circle may
use a talking stick, to ensure that all voices are heard, and may grow
as it needs to.

• Anyone may be requested to engage in the accountability circle by
another individual or group, including camp safety, and may be
unwelcome in the occupation if they refuse.

• Facilitation from the transformative justice group will guide the
process, and support the accountability principles. The accountability
circle will hear everyone’s experience of: what happened, how and why
the harm came about, and what might repair the harm done. The circle
will then attempt to reach consensus on the next steps for resolution
including agreements to remedy the harm, conditions for participants
to remain welcome in the Occupy Seattle community, and strategy to
ensure that accountability conditions are adhered to.

• The accountability process will be adaptable to the community. The
transformative justice group will provide resources, trainings, and
maintain the evolution of the accountability process.

Important event: Police Practices Litigation Strategy Meeting

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

Where & When:

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

West Coast Port Shutdown. December 12th!

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

On December 12th, Occupy Seattle will join the rest of the West Coast Occupy movement in the West Coast Port Shutdown. We will be shutting down the Port of Seattle with a mass community picket/ blockade.

Occupy Seattle’s General Assembly voted unanimously to endorse the call to action put out by Occupy Oakland. Port blockades are planned in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Seattle.

– We will march to the port beginning at Westlake Park at 1 PM

– There will be two rallies near the port at 3 PM and 6 PM at the Spokane Street fishing area, just to the east of the Spokane St. Bridge, near the intersection of SW Spokane St & SW Manning St, under the West Seattle bridge. (the 125 bus goes there from downtown and from West Seattle; get off at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St. and walk east along the Alki bike path)

– Come to the Spokane St. fishing area anytime after 3 and Occupy Seattle members will meet you there to show you where to find the port picket lines

If you come late, please check #occupyseattle or #occupyseattleport on twitter for the march’s current location. Information about the coast-wide day of action can be found here: http://www.westcoastportshutdown.org/.
Please invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/318022101544266/

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Why shut down the port?

1) We will shut down the port to resist the budget cuts that
target working class people.

The 1% are confident they can cut our health care, education, food aid, and social services because they think we won’t fight back. They are wrong. If they cut our safety net to pieces, we will cut their profits. The port is a major source of profits for the 1%, especially during the holiday season when they ship goods produced by Asian workers under horrible labor conditions to American malls where increasingly broke workers buy holiday presents on credit, worried about whether we will lose our jobs, food stamps, or health care. We are tired of worrying, so now we are fighting back. A port shutdown will hit the 1% directly in their wallets. Happy Holidays you scrooges.

2) We will shut down the port to bypass the corporate-controlled politicians and confront the 1% who really call the shots.

In December, some members of Occupy Seattle will be occupying the Capitol building; the rest of us here in Seattle will occupy capital: the port facilities of transnational corporations. Together, we fight against the same cuts.

Capital means the machines, trucks, ships, stores, cafes, hospitals, etc. – all the things the corporations own, which we work on to make their profits. One of their biggest pieces of capital is the port of Seattle. We know the 1% controls the politicians who are cutting the working class’s standard of living. So instead of begging politicians to stop cutting us, we’ll do what our friends did when they occupied Wall Street and go straight to the source of the problem: the capitalists. The ports are Wall Street on the waterfront – without them running, Wall Street makes no profits. If they cut our livelihoods, we will cut their profits.

3) We will shut down the port to defend workers’ right to organize.
We assert that the Occupy movement is part of the workers’ movement.

Goldman Sachs is the 1% of the 1%. They control a majority share of Stevedore Services of America (SSA), a major player in the port of Seattle. SSA is repressing immigrant port truckers who are trying to organize in their workplace in the port of LA, which is why Occupy LA put out the call for solidarity picket lines at ports up and down the West Coast on December 12th. Port truckers in Seattle are also face low pay, discrimination, unpaid time wasted at entry gates, etc., and we are in solidarity with them.

By building this solidarity, Occupy Seattle will show that we also are part of the workers’ movement. Because the 1% uses repressive labor laws and union busting firms to disrupt organizing efforts, only 11% of US workers are organized into labor unions. On December 12th, Occupy Seattle will take a stand to defend our right to organize on the job. We also recognize that the U.S. working class is starting to get organized in the Occupy movement, which makes us part of the workers’ movement. Many who are involved in the Occupy movement are members of unions. Many of us also make up the remaining 89% of U.S. workers who are not in unions, as well as the large sections of the U.S. working class who are unemployed, underemployed, students, and homeless. Our picket lines might not have the same legal standing as official union picket lines, but when the unions first started picketing back in the day they were also considered illegitimate. Occupy Seattle’s picket lines are still picket lines organized by working class people, in solidarity with fellow workers. December 12th is the first of many actions that Occupy will take as a new wing of the workers’ movement.

4) We will shut down the port in response to the police violence and harassment the Occupy movement has faced worldwide.

The 1% uses union busting tactics to shut down our organizing on the job and their cops use pepper spray, batons, and handcuffs to repress our organizing in the streets and plazas. We know that if the 1% wanted to, they could tell the police to stop all this repression. But they are apparently not embarrassed when global media broadcasts images of veteran Scott Olson with his head smashed in, or 84-year-old Dorli Rainey with her face full of pepper spray. They didn’t care when their cops kicked Jennifer Fox in the stomach, after which she miscarried. They didn’t care when their cops and security guards murdered Oscar Grant, John T. Williams, Jesus Mejia or Aiyana Jones. And in Egypt, the US-backed military regime has killed dozens of revolutionaries
and injured thousands since November 19 alone. They have called on the American Occupy movement to stand with them in solidarity.

The global 1% does not care about this state violence as long as their goods get shipped and their profits flow. On Nov 2nd, Occupy Oakland shut down the port of Oakland in response to the police violence they faced. On Dec. 12th we will do the same up and down the coast. Let’s show the forces of repression that when they stomp the flames of freedom they just spread the embers.

5) We will send a warning to EGT, the multinational conglomerate that is trying to bust the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

EGT Development is refusing to honor the ILWU’s contract in Longview, WA, and we wish to stand in solidarity with the ILWU in their struggle against this union busting. Our action is independent from the ILWU; we are in no way attempting to co-opt or control their struggle and they are not controlling us. However, we are inspired by Longshore workers’ direct actions against EGT, and we are angered by the repression they are facing by the cops and courts, which is similar to the repression we are facing. We know that if the 1% busts the ILWU they will try to drive down all of our wages and working conditions next. We hope our action on the 12th will show EGT that we are capable of disrupting business. They should honor the ILWU’s contract because next time it could be their business.

Our decision to picket/ blockade the port is not deterred by the recent memo written by International ILWU President, Robert McEllrath, and quoted by the Longshore and Shipping News. We agree with the statement that the Occupy Oakland Port Blockade working group put out regarding our movement’s relations with the ILWU: http://westcoastportshutdown.org/content/clarification-nature-call-west-coast-port-blockade

In particular, we’d like to highlight that ILWU Local 21, Longview, Washington, was strongly heartened and encouraged by the overwhelming support shown for them by the historic November 2 port shutdown in Oakland. Their local president spoke at Oakland Occupy’s rally last Saturday, thanking us for our support. He and other ILWU rank and file members marched with us that day.” In particular, local 21 president Dan Kaufman said:
”When Nov 2nd happened, and it was against EGT in respect to the ILWU and Local 21, you cannot believe what you people did for the inspiration of my union members who have been on the picket line for six months now!”
For video footage of this, see: ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtdQCZSQ99I )

We’d also like to highlight that: “The ILWU rank and file have historically honored community picket lines in the port — for example they refused to cross community picket lines to unload cargo from apartheid South Africa.” They honored the community picket line set up by Occupy Oakland on Nov 2nd, and the ILWU Coast Committee cautioned its members that if a similar situation develops on Dec. 12, longshoremen should “stand in a safe area and await a decision by employers to call for an arbitrator.” This is similar to past situations where ILWU members have honored community picket lines. It allows the ILWU a legal out, not to cross the lines, if the picket lines are large enough to pose a threat to their safety, as interpreted by the arbitrator.

We aim to build trust and open communication between the Occupy movement and port workers.

6) We will shut down the port as part of the second phase of our movement

With this Dec. 12th action, the Occupy movement is undertaking a transformation. When we started occupying Seattle Central Community College, many people told us, “don’t disrupt life for the 99%, go disrupt it for the 1%.” They said the same thing when we joined labor unions to occupy a bridge on Nov 17th. These criticisms missed the fact that our camps have enhanced life for the 99% by providing educational opportunities, food, and shelter, and have stood as a visible reminder of the need for deeper social change. We agree though that we should be disrupting the 1% more. That’s why we’re occupying the port, as well as abandoned buildings owned by banks, wealthy developers, etc.

We will occupy everything.
We believe everyone deserves the rights to housing, education, food and safety.
We believe our lives are worth more than our labor power.
We believe our community members should not die under the harsh rule of the 1%. We are simply laying claim to what has always been ours.
Everything for everyone.

For more info, and to give suggestions, please contact: seattleportsolidarity@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Now Visible at Westlake

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

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

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

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

November 27, 2011

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

Dear Mr. Killpatrick,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human Rights Day/March to Defeat Violence Working Group

Contact: oshumanrightsdaymarch@gmail.com

Occupy Seattle Occupies The Capitol! Bus with Us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://occupythecapitol.org/

Declaration of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

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

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

AFFIRMATION of Decolonization of Seattle with Northwest Indigenous Peoples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Money Out of Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupy Seattle Occupies Thanksgiving

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

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

Statement from Members of Antifa, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trustees unanimously pass emergency rule #occupyseattle
20 minutes ago »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Board Meeting Notification

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

AGENDA:

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS (please sign in)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA / ACTION

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

RECOMMENDED BOARD ACTION
Proposed Emergency Rule on Camping
ADJOURNMENTS

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

Gender Equality Caucus

Current Contact:
email: occupygenderequality@gmail.com

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

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE:

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

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

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

2:00: Jamil Suleman, Hip Hop Occupies

2:15: Singing with the Raging Grannies

2:30: Alan Genatossio, guitar

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

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

4:30pm: Meditation and Closing

Legal

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

What usually precedes arrest?

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

How does an arrest occur and what are my choices?

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

What happens after I get arrested?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you there! Spread the word!


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

Abandoned Building Occupied in the Central District

abandoned home occupied on 11/19/11

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

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

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

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

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

occupied abandoned home

Abandoned building occupied on 11/19/2011.

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

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

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

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

See Below for More Details!

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.reverbnation.com/crackerfactory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorli Rainey To Speak at Occupy Seattle

November 17, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When students move millions follow.

Rise with us.

-Occupy Seattle club at Seattle Central Community College

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

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

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

We need jobs, not cuts:

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

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

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

This is an independently organized event by Working Washington.

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Mayor apologizes to Occupy Seattle for Seattle PD tactics

Mayor Apologizes to Occupy Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter from Broadway Business Improvement Association

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

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

Hi there -

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

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

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Michael

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

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

The content of the letter is as follows:

November 15, 2011

To whom it may concern,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupy Seattle Welcomes Dr. Cornel West

November 16, 2011.

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

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

Occupy Seattle Questions SCCC Allegations and Expenses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo by Josh Trujillo of the SeattlePI)

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E-mail: occupythecapitol.os@gmail.com
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Occupy Wall Street being raided by the police

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle City Council Supports Occupy Seattle!

November 14, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your continued support,

Julie C

Come and Visit the Learning Tent! Now Officially Open!

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

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

Environmental Justice

Contact: occupyseattleEJ@gmail.com

Police Department Spends Too Much

Breaking News: Police Department Spends Too Much

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proposal Checklist

 

Occupy Seattle Proposal Checklist

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

Required steps

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

Drafting the Proposal

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

Gaining Support and Improving the Proposal

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

AMANDA PALMER JOINS OCCUPY SEATTLE’S DAY OF SOLIDARITY

November 10, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

Faith and Spirituality

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for the Minutes?

Look up!

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

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

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

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

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

Rally for Port of Seattle Workers this Thursday

Blog by Nate Jackson cross posted from working washington.

The Port of Poverty celebrates the 1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

From Occupying Banks to Building Community


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

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

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

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

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

Statement of the Bank Occupier of November 2, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Our Purpose

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

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

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

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

Our occupations have proven once and for all:

Mic Check! [Mic Check!]

The world [The World]

Does not [Does not]

Have to [Have to]

Be this way! [BE THIS WAY!]

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

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

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

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