Monthly Archives: June 2012

GLITUR announces DRAG OUT CAPITALISM!!!

Contact: Ian Finkenbinder 216.236.4680
Email: ianfinkenbinder@gmail.com

GLITUR and Waid’s Restaurant Hosting

DRAG OUT CAPITALISM!

An Anti-Capitalist Drag Show

5/19/2012– The Grand Legion of Incendiary and Tenacious Unicorn Revolutionaries is happy to announce that we and the fabulous Bearded Lady J hosting a radical queer dance party this Friday, June 22nd, at Waid’s Restaurant in Seattle. This event, far from your run-of-the-mill celebration during the Pride season, will feature alternative queer voices and local talent such as Honey Bucket and Sashay Supernova in a drag show and dance party designed to bring revolution back to queer liberation.

On the 22nd, instead of attending for-profit club events costing more than $20 to enter, GLITUR invites you to join us in coming together to strike back against popular assimilationist models of mainstream gay rights. We know that our work does not begin and end with the attainment of a gay marriage bill in WA. State or with a begrudging presidential endorsement of it that seems more like a political strategy than real progress. And as long as ADAP is being cut, CeCe is behind bars for defending herself and anyone has to experience homophobia, transphobia, trans-misogyny, sexism or racism from the state or this capitalist society we will resist.

It will be 21+ with ID, and $5 to get in. All proceeds will go to Lifelong Aids Alliance, because Pride is about coming together and giving back, not turning a profit.

Bring The Fight To The Banks

This is a NON VIOLENT action. We want to remind the people of Seattle that the banks still need to be fought. Gather at Westlake for a march on the banks. Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Bring The Fight To The Banks – a Non-violent and non-vandalistic direct action

fight the banks non violent action

Friday, July 20 at 9:00am at Westlake Center

 
This is a NON VIOLENT/NON VANDALISTIC action by Occupy Seattle Peacefully.
 
We understand we can't tell people what to do but just know it is not welcome at this action. We want to remind the people of Seattle that the banks still need to be fought.
 
Gather at Westlake for two marches on the banks.
The first will be educating the public on the banks criminal activities.
The second we will bring to the Seattle City Council who said they agreed to pull Seattle's money out of big banks. THEY STILL HAVE NOT DONE IT. We want to remind them of their promise.
 
More details to come. Planning meetings are every Friday at the Convention Center's first floor @ 4 PM. If you would like to help in the planning we will see you there.
We want to gain the support of as many affinity groups as possible. If you know an affinity group that wants to help use their specific talents for a coordinated fight against the banks please send them this event page. Let's send the big banks and Seattle's City Council a message so loud they can't ignore it! Keep inviting your friends!
 

30, 50 next 200? The Student Debt Noise Brigade Grows

The Student Debt Noise Brigade is getting a great response and growing. Below is a great video of the last march. Join in on the next.

If you still need a reason to come out:

Read about the lenght the lenders go to:

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

"They would say, 'We don't care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,'" recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif.

Reynoso's son, Freddy, had been the pride of his family and the first to go to college. In 2005, after Freddy was accepted to Boston's Berklee College of Music, his father co-signed on his hefty private student loans, making him fully liable should Freddy be unwilling or unable to repay them. It was no small decision for a man who made just over $21,000 in 2011, according to his tax returns.

"As a father, you'll do anything for your child," Reynoso, an American citizen originally from Mexico, said through a translator.

Now, he's suffering a Kafkaesque ordeal in which he's hounded to repay loans that funded an education his son will never get to use loans that he has little hope of ever paying off. While Reynoso's wife, Sylvia, is studying to be a beautician, his gardening is currently the sole source of income for the family, which includes his 18-year-old daughter Evelyn.

And the loans are maddeningly opaque. Despite the help of a lawyer, Reynoso has not been able to determine exactly how much he owes, or even what company holds his loans. Just as happened with home mortgages in the boom years before the 2008 financial crash, his son's student loans have been sold and resold, and at least one was likely bundled into a complex Wall Street security. But the trail of those transactions ends at a wall of corporate silence from companies that include two household names: banking giant UBS and Xerox, which owns the loan servicer handling the bulk of his loans. Left without answers is a bereaved father.  Read more on the Huffiongton post this came from

 

Student Debt Noise Brigade

Video of a pots and pans ("casseroles") march on 6/13/2012 in Seattle by #MicCheckWallStreet (http://miccheckwallst.org) protesting student debt and rising interest rates. Police force them out of the road several times, but they persevere and complete their march against the rising costs of higher education.

Music: "Cherubs (No Vocals)" by Josh Woodward

FBI Harrassment in Seattle – Some Tips on Staying Strong

Note: this post originally appeared on PugetSoundAnarchists.org and can be read in full here:

http://pugetsoundanarchists.org/node/1792

Over the past few weeks the FBI has contacted and spoken with at least two individuals who have been involved in Occupy Seattle. In both instances, the agents have threatened to take these individuals away from their loved ones. From what is known, these individuals were contacted because of the events surrounding the May 1st General Strike.

It is unknown what specific allegations and accusations the FBI is leveling against these individuals, but the standard tactic of the FBI is to exaggerate the seriousness and consequences of an offense in order to scare someone into cooperating with them or becoming an informant. We would like to remind everyone involved in Occupy Seattle that under no circumstances should anyone talk to the FBI. Anything that is said to them, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can potentially put someone else at risk.

Some tips if you, or someone you know, has been targeted by the FBI:

1: Do not talk to the FBI if they approach you. Simply refuse to answer any questions pertaining to your or others’ opinions or activities. Agents will typically use various manipulative tricks to get information out of you—threats, intimidation, claiming that they already know more than they actually do, claiming that another person has already spilled the beans, etc. Stay strong and keep silent—they do not care about you, they only want to use you to hurt others.

2: If you are contacted by the FBI, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you need help raising funds or finding a lawyer, seek help from friends.

3: If possible, make a public statement that explains what the FBI was asking. This is an important step, as it will prevent paranoia from spreading, something the FBI desires to happen within a social movement.

4: Remember that there are thousands of people on your side, ready to help and protect you to the best of our abilities. Anyone whose lives are negatively impacted by the FBI will be supported and no one will be forgotten. Reach out to your comrades and not the FBI.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2012/05/29/inside-the-fbi-entrapment-strategy/

Occupy the Screen!

Mission Statement:

Occupy the Screen! is founded to further the mission of the Local Seattle Occupy Movement using cinema to educate, create meaningful dialogue and bring people together to transform the world.

Contact Email: e_simons@psks.org

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Second Casseroles Demonstration – Seattle

End Student Debt March – Started at SCCC and ended at a park very close to Seattle University.

Noise Brigade – Againist Student Debt

The student debt crisis is cripling lives and killing dreams.

Back when a High School diploma guaranteed a decent job, we created the free public education system. We believed that education was a right, not a privilege. A High School diploma isn't what it used to be. A college degree is now a requirement.

But, instead of making a college education free for all those who want it, we've fallen victim to the contradictory rhetoric that "education isn't free" and access to education is about "personal responsibility". To believe that, you must also believe that poverty is the responsibility of poor children. That their futures must limited based on their parents means.

The government voted to *double* the interest rate on all federal student loans effective July 1st. Meanwhile they are loaning out *trillions* of dollars at * 0% interest* to Wall Street banks. The same banks that *stole and then lost* trillions of dollars in fraud and abuse. The same banks who then used those 0% interest loans to give themselves hundreds of billions of dollars in bonuses and compensation.

A student loan should be about education. Not restricting access to the disadvantaged. Not for pushing people into poverty. And not for profits that benefit the very rich at the expense of the rest of us.

So yes, education isn't free. But a massive payout from economic fraud is. Partially because students are going to pick up the bill.

We think this is wrong.

  • Stop interest rates for doubling July 1st.
  • End student debt.
  • Bring a pot.
  • Make noise.

Student Debt Noise Brigade – Event Time and Place

Wednesday. 6/13. 7:00PM. SCCC. Invite your friends.

https://www.facebook.com/events/252948364820779/

Print the poster!

Shell’s Epic Private Party #Fail

Update 10:20am 6/8/12: We we’re working with the Yes Men on this one. Check out the full story here.

Original Post

Last night Logan Price, a Seattle Occupier who’s now living in New York, managed to infiltrate a private party thrown by Shell Oil at the Space Needle to celebrate the launch of its Arctic drilling program. He caught this amazing video.

He also has some photos on twitter.

Logan sent us this explanation:

“It all started with a malfunction…. of the event’s centerpiece, a scale model of the Kulluk, one of the rigs heading up north, which was sitting in a basin of liquor (rum and coke?) next to an ice sculpture in the shape of an iceberg.

I guess the photo-op was meant to be a symbolic tapping of the Arctic. There was a ridiculous three-foot-high scale model of their Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, and the mini-rig had a tap to pump liquor for the guests.

“The guest of honor was an elderly Japanese man introduced as the original Chief Engineer of the Kulluk rig who used to work at Mitsui back in the ’80s. But when the man went to turn on the ‘rig,’ the liquor went everywhere – and the first to be hit was another elderly guest, the widow of the man who’d actually designed the Kulluk back in the 1980s.

“The guy in charge kept asking the old engineer to fix it but he obviously had no idea how to turn it off. Shell’s PR people got REALLY worked up, and the designer’s widow started yelling. At this point the guy who was presenting the new ad campaign told me to turn off my camera and got pretty aggressive.”

Logan (who grew up on Vashon Island) helped capture an equally wacky moment last year when Obama told him at a fundraiser that Bradley Manning “broke the law.” That’s expected to have an effect on the army private’s case.

New Occupy Label – Occupation Records

Based in London, Occupation Records is a new Record Label in support of the Global Occupy Movement

Occupation Records is a benefit record label raising funds for, and spreading the messages of the Occupy and related movements through the release of benefit albums, alongside merchandise and live events. The label is an attempt to bring the ethos of Occupy into the music industry in a very practical way. It is run under the ethos of Occupy. All the profits from the album are distributed to the global Occupy movement and related and allied movements.

Decisions are made by consensus, all members are represented by a union, finances transparent and open, with distribution and manufacture being ethical and transparent. The label has also initiated community engagement projects such as most recently “School of Rockupy” were young people are joined with music artists to write, produce, record and distribute a track in one day getting their message out utilizing the processes of Occupy.

The next School of Rockupy will be taking place in June 2012 – details of the first edition with Kate Nash can be found at School of Rockupy

Members of the collective behind the label are also actively involved in Occupy London. Adam Jung, Artist and Industry Relations for Occupation Records, said: "Occupy has pushed the demand to address social and economic inequality to the fore by continually developing creative new ways to spread our message. Occupation Records and today's release of Folk the Banks utilizing a pay what you can afford format is offering another alternative."

Union 16 – Case Dismissed – 200 occupy warehouse

A Seattle judge has ruled 16 activists were not trespassing after they occupied a vacant Capitol Hill building in December. Some 200 activists occupied the Union Cultural Center at 10th and Union for about 10 hours before they were forced out in a pre-dawn SWAT raid by Seattle police.

Union 16 – Not Guilty – 200 occupy warehouse

A Seattle judge has ruled 16 activists were not trespassing after they occupied a vacant Capitol Hill building in December. Some 200 activists occupied the Union Cultural Center at 10th and Union for about 10 hours before they were forced out in a pre-dawn SWAT raid by Seattle police.

According to court records, Judge Judith Hightower ruled the building was abandoned, incapable of being trespassed. The building had been empty for more than a year and was scheduled for demolition two weeks after the activists moved in.

Hightower dismissed the trial May 24; it was slated to start this week. The 107-year-old building had since been demolished to make way for new mixed-use development.

Kimberly Mills, spokesperson for the City Attorney's office, tells CHS the judge denied the prosecutor's request to reconsider the ruling.

Braden Pence, who represented some of the UCC 16, says the ruling calls into question how and why Occupy crackdowns were carried out.

From: CHS

For some background on the

10th and Union Occupation

10th and Union Warehouse Marriage Celebration

 

 

We The People Power Festival

What do Creativity, Joy, Democracy and Love all have in common?

People Power!

Create and play at the Fremont Solstice Celebration at Gas Works on June 16! Join: We the People Power Festival

Description

We the People Power is a celebration of creativity, sustainable living and grassroots democracy, with hands-on fun for everyone! Building on the excitement of the 24th Annual Solstice Parade, we invite you to dance and play, discover a personal passion, connect with others who share that passion, and get involved in making a positive difference in our community.

Are you passionate about Art? Sustainability? Grassroots Democracy? Health? Wellness? Caring for the Earth? Do you want to work with others to celebrate and share that passion with the larger community? Come to our work parties to learn more, meet co-collaborators, have fun and get involved!

Help co-create an environment where people have an abundance of ways to learn and have fun with their friends, their families. Participants will meet new people and discover the joy and purposefulness of being part of a community that celebrates and serves the greater good.

Facebook Event Page

 

Free University Seattle

books outdoorsFREE U SUMMER IS HERE!

Free University Website

The Summer Series has now begun to take shape! We now have an initial listing of courses and activities with times and places at our website.  Keep an eye on the website for a much easier to follow calendar coming soon! We are still sorting through all of the results from our many survey participants. There is a lot of people interested in learning way more together than what is currently listed under the summer series, please be patient while we take the time to translate survey results into more summer courses.

If you want to participate in this process, please fill out the Doodle poll to express your time availability for helping out: http://www.doodle.com/4apsrzemnd9w5c6i We will also be undergoing much needed improvements to the website over the next few weeks, as we now have volunteers with much better web design knowledge to help out!