In the 19th century, state laws around the country defined rape as the carnal knowledge of a woman when achieved by force by a man other than her husband. According to a principle known as coverture, a husband had authority over his wife's person and property. Therefore, women could not withhold sex from their husbands. Similarly, enslaved women could not refuse sex with their masters or testify against them in court. After emancipation, the presumption that African American women had no say over what happened to their bodies persisted. For generations afterward, many men had impunity in raping black women.
Even white women had difficulty making the case that they had been raped. Evidence of physical injuries to prove resistance and corroborative testimony that a woman had cried out would improve her believability in court. But all-male juries and members of the judiciary often assumed that once a woman had consented to sex, any subsequent sexual activity was consensual. An unwanted sexual encounter could usually be classified as rape only if the woman was white and chaste, the perpetrator was black, and the act was violent.
Advocates for women's rights and racial justice started questioning these views in the mid-19th century, and their efforts helped reshape the meaning of rape in three important ways. First, legal remedies such as laws on criminal seduction and statutory rape made it easier to prosecute coercive but nonviolent sexual relations with acquaintances. African American activists insisted that black women could be victims of rape and that white men should be held accountable for assault. And feminists renamed a range of non-consensual acts, particularly with acquaintances and husbands, as rape.
In the late 20th century, second-wave feminism generated an anti-rape movement that identified sexual assault as an abuse of power that has been central to women's oppression. Feminists rejected the notion that only a violent stranger could rape a woman. In addition to coining the term "date rape" to describe unwanted sex with an acquaintance, they targeted sexual abuse within the family. Because of their efforts, in the 1980s states began to outlaw marital rape. Other reforms included revising rape statutes' requirements of corroboration and of the use of "utmost force" to prove resistance.
Feminists also exposed the extent of child sexual abuse within the home, schools and religious institutions. Rethinking rape as a form of power contributed to the recognition that boys and men could be victims and that rape is not solely a heterosexual crime. Only in 2011, however, did the FBI revise its definition of rape — for the first time since 1927. In Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI now includes any form of forced sexual penetration of a man or a woman as well as "non-forcible rape."
In recent years, as at every turn in our history, critics have chafed at the more expansive definitions of rape. As in the past, some may fear a loss of sexual privileges. Some skeptics have cast doubt on the extent and the damage of acquaintance rape. Others have tried to limit the meaning of rape to advance broader political agendas.
an active, non-coercive, continual agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent is not silence, agreeing to sex after being pressured into it, or getting a “yes” from someone while their judgment is impaired by substance use – the only thing that counts as consent is an enthusiastic “yes.” Consent can be revoked at any time, by anybody, for any reason. Only human adults can give consent.
SlutWalk Seattle has compiled a manifesto of political and legal recommendations to guide citizens and their elected officials in fighting rape culture.
Reduce DNA evidence backlogs
An evidence backlog exists at a crime lab when the lab receives more requests to analyze evidence than it can process. Even though crime lab capacity has increased dramatically over the past few years, backlogs continue to exist because the growth in the number of requests to analyze evidence exceeds crime lab capacity.
Eliminate untested sexual assault kits
Sexual assault kits (SAKs), often colloquially referred to as “rape kits,” sit untested in hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers and police evidence storage all across the country. The reasons for this include lack of funding, inadequate evidence-tracking systems used by law enforcement, and a failure to prioritize funding for cases of sexual assault.
The Washington State Legislature should require all hospitals, clinics, rape crisis centers and police stations to audit the extent of their untested SAKs, and make the results of such audits public.
Ensure every victim receives treatment from a certified medical forensic examiner
Sexual assault is unique as a crime because evidence often isn’t collected by a law enforcement officer. Instead, evidence is generally collected by the nurse or other health care professional who initially treats the victim after the assault. It is critical that such individuals are adequately trained to collect forensic evidence; without such training, the evidence collected is of a lower quality and more rapists walk free.
Ensure every victim receives a high-quality, compassionate response from law enforcement
Sadly, many law enforcement officers and detectives who work crimes of sexual assault aren’t adequately trained to handle such crimes. This reality was clearly demonstrated by the results from a recent study funded by the Department of Justice on the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments’ response to crimes of sexual assault.
The Washington State Legislature can take the following steps to prevent such occurrences among law enforcement in our state:
~~Commission the WSIPP to research the extent of such problems in state and local law enforcement and recommend areas for improvement.
~~Mandate that all law enforcement officers, detectives, and district attorneys who work crimes of sexual violence must undergo the sexual assault investigation and prosecution training outlined in RCW 43.101.270.
~~Direct the appropriate state agency to periodically issue a list of “best practices” recommendations to local law enforcement units regarding sexual assault, incorporating the latest research on effective criminal justice system response.
~~Direct the appropriate state agency to issue binding guidelines to law enforcement detailing how to fairly treat members of minority and other disenfranchised communities,and require all law enforcement officers, regardless of their unit, to undergo cultural sensitivity training to prevent unfair treatment.
~~Mandate that all law enforcement departments in the state develop a manual specific to investigating sex crimes that codifies the policies and expectations of detectives working such crimes.
~~Pass a law that requires the district attorney handling a sexual assault case to provide detailed reasons to the victim when a charge is rejected.
Policy Positions of SlutWalk Seattle
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE???
Please Join event: No more victim-blaming. No more slut-shaming. SlutWalk Seattle is part of an international protest movement fighting rape culture. The date of SlutWalk Seattle 2012 has changed to September 9th, 2012, from 12 to 4. Visit slutwalkseattle.com for more info.
August 28, 2012
My name is Leah-Lynn Plante, and I am one of the people who has been subpoenaed to a secret grand jury, meeting in Seattle on August 30. [update: meeting pushed back, see below]
This will be the second time I have appeared before the grand jury, and the second time I have refused to testify. The first time was on August 2. I appeared, as ordered, and I identified myself. Then the US Attorney asked if I would be willing to answer her questions. I said, No, and was issued another subpoena, this time for the 30th.
A month later, my answer is still the same. No, I will not answer their questions. I believe that these hearings are politically motivated. The government wants to use them to collect information that it can use in a campaign of repression. I refuse to have any part of it.
It is likely that the government will put me in jail for that refusal.
I hate the very idea of prison. But I know, if I am sent there, I will not be alone. I can only speak for myself, but I have every faith that the others subpoenaed to these hearings will likewise refuse. And I know that hundreds of people have called the US Attorney demanding that they end this tribunal. Hundreds of organizations, representing thousands of people, signed onto a statement expressing solidarity with those of us under attack and demanding an end to this sort of repression.
I know that those people will continue to support me, and the others subpoenaed, and the targets of the investigation. That spirit of solidarity is exactly what the state fears. It is the source of our strength, yours and mine. And that strength shows itself in every act of resistance.
Solidarity is What the State Fears
Because We Must
Because We Must is founded on the idea that all forms of oppression and, in turn, the struggles against them, are intimately connected. The subjugation of the earth, it’s non-human animal inhabitants, and the people that are not members of the wealthy white male elite are not unrelated phenomena.
*UPDATE: Leah’s date has been pushed back. It is no longer tomorrow (8/30). The event has been pushed back to September 13th…Details coming soon.
“I just got a call from my lawyer telling me not to come to the Grand Jury tomorrow. The date is being pushed back again. He will let me know the new date when he knows for sure and I will let you all know.
I do not know if the other people also had their dates changed yet. Stay tuned.”
Seattle Grand Jury is About Intimidation, and Social Mapping of Anarchist Movement
by WILL POTTER
“Sometimes, law enforcement believes this knocking-down-the-door, boot-on-the-throat intimidation is part of a crime-prevention strategy,” he said. But a more pernicious goal may be social mapping. The anarchist books and cans of spray paint can be sexy items to wave around a courtroom, he said, but “address books, cell phones, hard drives—that’s the real gold.”
During the raid at her home, Plante said, some of the agents were initially hyperaggressive, but seemed “confused” by finding nothing more sinister than five sleepy young people. “It seemed like what they expected was some armed stronghold,” she said. “But it’s just a normal house, with normal stuff in the pantry, lots of cute animals, and everyone here was docile and polite.”
“That’s a really important point,” Potter said when I mentioned that detail. “There’s a huge disconnect between what the FBI and local police are being told and trained for, and what the reality is. There are presentations about ominous, nihilistic, black-clad, bomb-throwing, turn-of-the-century caricatures—the reality is that many anarchists are just organizing gathering spaces, free libraries, free neighborhood kitchens.”
see full story:
Federal Prosecutors in Seattle Are Dragging Activists into Grand Juries, Citing Their Social Circles and Anarchist Reading Materials
by BRENDAN KILEY
Refusal to testify at a federal grand jury, especially on political grounds, can result in jail time for contempt of court. (Video journalist Josh Wolf, for example, served seven and a half months in 2006 and 2007 for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury and turn over his footage of a protest in San Francisco.)
In a follow-up interview with The Stranger, Plante said she wasn't even in Seattle on May 1 and is neither a witness to nor a perpetrator of any related crimes. She is, however, a self-declared anarchist and thinks the FBI singled her out because of her political beliefs and social affiliations.
Plante had been summoned to Seattle by a federal subpoena, delivered to her in the early hours of July 25, when the FBI raided her home—one of several raids in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland in the past couple of months. FBI agents, she said, smashed through her front door with a battering ram with assault rifles drawn, "looking paramilitary." According to a copy of the warrant, agents were looking for black clothing, paint, sticks, flags, computers and cell phones, and "anti-government or anarchist literature."
"When I see a search warrant that targets political literature, I get nervous," said attorney Neil Fox, president of the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. (The Seattle chapter released a statement urging the FBI and the US Attorney to end the raids and drop the grand jury subpoenas.) Raids like those can have a chilling effect on free speech, he said, and a long-term "negative effect on the country—you want to have robust discussions about political issues without fear." He also has concerns about the scope of the warrants: "'Anti- government literature' is so broad," he said. "What does that include? Does that include the writings of Karl Marx? Will that subject me to having my door kicked in and being dragged in front of a grand jury?"
Grand juries, Fox explained, were originally conceived as a protection for citizens against overzealous prosecutors and are enshrined in the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. A petite jury—the more familiar kind, from 6 to 12 people—determines innocence or guilt during a trial. A grand jury is larger, from 16 to 23 people, meets with a prosecutor but no defense attorneys, and determines whether there's enough evidence to indict someone for a federal crime.
Nowadays, Fox said, grand juries are often used by prosecutors and investigators who have run out of leads. But grand juries are secret, so it's difficult to know what the prosecutor is really doing. And the effects of raids and subpoenas like the ones in Seattle and Portland may be more about putting on the dramatic public spectacle of dragging people through the mud than investigating a crime.
Doug Honig, communications director at ACLU of Washington, echoed Fox's concerns: "If it's not carefully conducted, it can end up becoming a fishing expedition looking into people's political views and political associations.
Rally at the Courthouse Support Grand Jury Resistors
700 Stewart St Seattle, WA
August 2nd was the first hearing of the Seattle grand jury that has been formed to investigate Northwest anarchists. Leah-Lynn Plante read a statement that detailed her non-cooperation and then proceeded to go inside the court house to refuse to answer their questions.
The remaining recipients of subpoenas either elected not to show up to the grand jury, had August 30 or another date on their subpoena, or have not been officially served; however now all the dates have been pushed back to the 13th of Septe
Please come out on Thursday September 13th to express your solidarity with the resistors and show your stance against the State's witch hunt.
BRING: Banners, fliers, NOISE makers, signs, and anything else to make this rally energetic and supportive.
Please check saynothing.info or nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com for updates.
FB event page:
The Occupy movement flourishes again in Seattle with the opening of “The Peoples Library,” in the Central District. Due to city-wide budget cuts, the City of Seattle has closed all branches of Seattle Public Libraries, beginning August 27th – September 3rd.
In response, a “People’s Library” has sprouted. Situated on the steps of the gorgeous- but- closed Douglass-Truth Library at 23rd & Yesler, a group of individuals who share some common ground with the Occupy movement, have gathered together to pick up the slack while the City cannot.
Providing a space for education and community building, and at no cost, this people-built library provides the following:
- A selection over 1000 donated books
- 4 internet workstations with free wi-fi
- A kids station with coloring and games
- Lunch Well stocked with shelves, tables, and milk-crates full of books, residents of the Central District are noticing what has sprouted… and are participating.
Neighbors bring donations of books and food; a mother and her 7 year old, walked away each with an armful of books.
“This is fantastic! It’s so healthy and nourishing for the community,” says Karen, a local resident and mother of two.
Families stop by, children play with puzzles, adults browse and share stories.
The People’s Library aims to stay open from 10am-8pm every day until Sept. 4th, at which time Seattle Public Libraries including Douglas-Truth will re-open for business.
The library has no check-out system, no limit on number of books you can take.
Only a promise to either return what you have taken when you can, or pass it on to someone else.
At a time when our communities are facing huge losses of public resources due to budget cuts, the People’s Library and its creators serve as an inspiration that we as people can still engage and educate, despite increasing austerity and dependence on the almighty Dollar.
For more info on the People’s Library, please check out the following contacts:
Twitter: @duetobudgetcuts email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Aliana Bazara, 99% Media
It was never exactly rocket science. You didn’t have to be Einstein to figure it out. In early 2003, the Bush administration was visibly preparing to invade Iraq, a nation with a nasty ruler who himself hadn’t hesitated to invade another country, Iran, in the early 1980s for no purpose except self-aggrandizement. (And the Reagan administration had backed him in that disastrous war because then, as now, Washington loathed the Iranians.)
There was never the slightest evidence of the involvement of Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 9/11 attacks or in support of al-Qaeda; and despite the Bush administration’s drumbeat of supposed information about Saddam’s nuclear program (which was said, somehow, to threaten to put mushroom clouds over American cities), the evidence was always, at best, beyond thin and at worst, a potage of lies, concoctions, and wishful thinking. The program, of course, proved nonexistent, but too late to matter.
And the millions of protestors who took to the streets of the great cities (and small towns) of the planet in unprecedented numbers to oppose the coming invasion, waving signs like “No Blood for Oil!” “How did USA's oil get under Iraq's sand?" and “Don't trade lives for oil!” grasped perfectly well just what they had in mind — and more prescient still, they knew it would be a disaster. If only they had been listened to. Instead, they were generally dismissed in the mainstream media for their hopeless naïveté.
They were right. It was about oil (though not oil alone, given the over-determined nature of all events on this planet of ours), while so many of the sophisticated types as well as the geopolitical visionaries of the Bush administration proved dismally wrong, completely mistaken in their assessment of our world of energy and how it might be controlled. Now, more than eight years later, no one here even wants to think about Iraq and the multi-trillion-dollar war we fought there. Mission accomplished? You be the judge. Recent headlines indicate that the new Iraq is actually helping Iran evade the Obama administration’s oil sanctions. Think of it as the grim geopolitical version of slapstick comedy.
You Were Right When You Waved That “No Blood for Oil” Sign. Iraq Was About Oil
by Tom Engelhardt
And it gets worse…
"Tony Hayward, who resigned as chief executive of BP amid the fallout from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year, is set to become the head of another oil company.
Vallares, the investment vehicle Mr. Hayward co-founded with the financier Nathaniel P. Rothschild this year, agreed on Wednesday to buy Genel Energy International, an oil producer in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in a $2.1 billion deal."
Ex-BP Chief’s Firm to Buy Iraqi Oil Company in $2.1 Billion Deal
No Blood for Oil
by Clay Claiborne
All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed Monday, Aug 27 through Sunday, Sept 2. In response, let’s have our own library to provide reading materials, kid’s activities, and internet access during the closure. Everyone is invited to contribute!
All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed Monday, Aug 27 through Sunday, Sept 2. In response, let's have our own library to provide reading materials, kid's activities, and internet access during the closure. Everyone is invited to contribute!
DONATE books, magazines, any reading material. We especially need books for children and young adults.
COME to the Library on Monday, Aug 27!
Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way
BROWSE our collection.
LEAD arts and crafts activities or games with the kids.
BRING your neighbors.
This Library will be a community space, not controlled by any individuals or organization and welcome to all people and points of view.
BOOK DONATION LOCATIONS (check back as we add more):
-Bring them to the People's Library Monday morning.
-Cafe Racer in U District, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE
-PSKS on Capitol Hill, Monday 12-9, Wed 12-3, Fri 12-3 (Peace for the Streets by Kids for the Streets, 1814 Summit
Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122)
-Mockingbird Books in Greenlake. 7220 Woodlawn Ave
-Third Place Books in Ravenna, 6504 Ave NE
-Twice Sold Tales on Capitol Hill. Open everyday at 11am, close late (1 or 2 am)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SHARE? CONTRIBUTE TO OPEN SPACE AT THE PEOPLE’S LIBRARY!
The People’s Library is open from 10am-8pm every day through the end of September 2nd, after which we have been told our usual public library access will be graciously returned to us from those on high. Until then though, you can find the People’s Library on the steps of the Douglass Truth Library (2300 E Yestler Way). Show up to get your wifi access on, bring and/or take some books or zines to share, music, arts and crafts, enjoy community with folks, and finally, contribute to the Open Space with whatever you want!
Keep an eye on http://duetobudgetcuts.wordpress.com/ for further details/updates regarding the People’s Library.
Open Space will be taking place for the duration of the People’s Library. It is very simple. There will be a whiteboard (or possible just cardboard bulletin spaces) where folks can write down a time and specific location around the library where they will be hosting a workshop on a specific topic or other activity.
People’s Library fills in for Seattle Public Libraries during closure:
Seattle libraries are closed all week because of budget cuts, but a makeshift library in the Central District is still open to the public.
Activists started what they're calling the People's Library to protest the closure of city libraries. Located at 23rd and Yesler, the People's Library is offering Internet access and a variety of books.
"Literacy is important, and when you have austerity measures that threaten the ability for people to come together and use computers and to get books, it's really not good for the community," said People's Library organizer Charles Conatzer.
The new library might not have the same selection as the city's libraries, but this week it happens to be the only game in town. To help offset budget cuts, the city won't reopen its libraries until after Labor Day.
That move isn't sitting well with many library patrons.
Organizers say the People's Library will stay open through September.
SEATTLE’S LIBRARY CLOSES DOWN: The People’s Library opens for business
The thing about those book people, not to be confused withbookies which is a different kettle of fish altogether is that you just can’t keep them down.
Burn their books and they’ll just go out and print some more. They are a feisty lot by and large and not to be underestimated.
Seattle libraries are closed all this week due to budget cuts, but local activists have filled the vacuum for the entire week with what they call “The People’s Library.”
It’s located on the plaza at 23rd & Yesler outside of the Douglass-Truth Library in the Central District.
In a news release Emily Ravenscraft a spokeswoman for the group said, “The open air library has everything a library should have: books, computers, and even arts and crafts activities for the children.”
The library opened to the public Monday morning at 10am at which time all the books were in place and the computers were turned on and connected to the Internet.
Capitol Hill library closure: construction, People's Library and the last time (for now)
One of Seattle's more pitiful traditions is about to hopefully come to an end. It's time for our annual week of library closures around the city. The budget-minded sleight of hand has helped keep services and hours as robust as possible around Seattle through recent lean times while giving the library system's administrators a little summertime cost relief.
Leak Brings Safety of Hanford Nuclear Site Into Question
By Kim Murphy
"As part of the biggest, costliest environmental cleanup in the nation's history-disposing of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state-one thing was supposed to be sure: Toxic waste stored in sturdy, double-wall steel tanks wasn't going anywhere. That reassurance has been thrown into question with the discovery of a three-foot-long mound of radioactive material between the inner and outer steel walls of one of the supposedly safe tanks."
Hanford Double-Shell Tank Leaks Nuclear Waste
"The public interest group Hanford Challenge Friday released disclosed a memo from U.S. Department of Energy inspectors to the Washington State Department of Ecology detailing the leak.
Dated August 14, the memo acknowledges a highly-radioactive chemical waste leak that was detected in early August from Tank AY-102 on the floor of the “annulus,” the space between the two walls of the double-shell tank.
The dry radioactive waste was found in two locations, according to the memo, one of them in a “mound approximately 2 ft. x 3 ft. x 8 inches.”
Environment News Service
"“There’s been this presumption that the double-shell tanks at least are sound and won’t fail, and they’ll be there for us,” said Tom Carpenter of the advocacy group Hanford Challenge. Several days ago the group obtained a memo from the cleanup site detailing discovery of the mysterious substance.
“This changes everything. It is alarming that there is now solid evidence that Hanford double-shell has leaked,” Carpenter said in a separate statement on the discovery."
Possible Radioactive Tank Leak At Hanford Being Investigated
Some are concerned with the longer-term implications. Here’s why: There are a total of 177 waste tanks, some of them are single shelled and some have double-shells. The government has been moving waste out of the known worst of those single-shelled tanks for awhile and into the double-shelled tanks.
Tom Carpenter heads the Seattle-based watchdog Hanford Challenge. He says what if this possible leak shows that the double-shell tanks are more venerable than we thought?
“Then we’re going to have to look for something else to do," he says. "Because frankly we’re out of room in the double-shelled tanks. There is not a whole lot of room left to move waste around.”
Another question: If this tank is proven to be leaking — can the tanks last the nearly five decades it’s going to take to stabilize this radioactive waste in glass?
by ANNA KING, NPR
Listen to the story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=159959785&ft=3&f=159959785
Hanford's storage tank overview:
Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen. Photo courtesy of Dept. of Energy
ENLOE DAM PROJECT CRITICIZED BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS
Five environmental groups say the state Department of Ecology didn't consider water quality standards when when it approved plans to rebuild Enloe Dam near Oroville, WA. Water quality is one of many considerations in a proposal by the Okanogan County, WA PUD to rebuild the Enloe Dam to generate electricity.
The PUD has been working for seven years toward restarting operations at the dam. The dam was built in 1920 but stopped producing power in 1959 when it became cheaper to buy from the Bonneville Power Administration.
The environmental groups claim that if the dam is rebuilt, it will nearly dry up the Similkameen (sim-IL'-ka-MEEN') River. The Wenatchee World reports the five groups have filed an appeal with the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.
PUD UPDATES OROVILLE CHAMBER ON LICENSING EFFORTS FOR ENLOE DAM
Representatives from Okanogan County PUD made a presentation at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce on the utilities efforts to license Enloe Dam to once again generate hydroelectric power. The dam and powerhouse, which are about 3.5 miles up the Similkameen River from Oroville, have not generated power since the mid-1950s. The PUD has been trying to license the dam with a new modern powerhouse and generators, this time located on the opposite bank of the river.
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The Okanogan Public Utility District obtained a new license for power generation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1983, but the license was withdrawn in 1986 because the dam's impact on anadromous fish had not been addressed. A second license for a 4.1 megawatt plant was granted in 1996, but was again rescinded on the same grounds in 2000. Yet another application was submitted in August 2008, seeking to build a new powerplant to generate 9 megawatts, fed by a new intake channel
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ENLOE PROJECT ON SIMILKAMEEN RIVER NOT COST EFFECTIVE
“Okanogan PUD ratepayers are going to take a big hit for this expensive and unprofitable project,” said Jere Gillespie of CBEP. “We are calling on the Okanogan PUD to replace its out-of-date 2008 analysis and provide ratepayers with a realistic evaluation of Enloe Dam economics. We think such an update will show that the dam project is not a wise investment for ratepayers and should be dropped.”
You can download the economic analysis here: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Document/view/documentid/981/
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Congrats to Shanti and boo for this ridiculous charge having been dismissed
Shanti Wyatt's Case regarding Occupy Sukkot. October 13 2011 is Dismissed as of August 16th 2012. Some words from Shanti's lawyer – "The prosecutor emailed me yesterday informing me that she is dismissing."
The following is a description from the Occupy Sukkot (facebook) Event:
By Emma Epstein, Andy Barr and Robert Beiser:
The eight-day festival of Sukkot reminds us of the abundance we have, and how very fragile that abundance is. The sukkah that we build, reminiscent of the fragile huts built in the days the Israelites spent wandering through the desert, represents shelter in a time of crisis, “the halfway point between slavery and liberation.” We are again at a halfway point. The movement has begun – will it take hold?
This space will not only serve as a metaphor for the shelter of the Israelites. It will be a space to challenge economic injustice, racism, oppression, displacement, and exploitation that so many in our country and world face.
last night the protesters defiantly erected a tent in celebration of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. A number of people sat inside the tent peacefully, determined not to be intimidated by police orders banning any structures (other than the permitted medical tent) in the park. Others formed a human chain around it.
When we arrived at Westlake, the demonstration was in full swing. A lively and entirely peaceful crowd was chanting in the middle of the park, next to the newly erected tent.
Signs proclaimed the demands and messages of the protesters
Suddenly, the police moved in to take down the Sukkot tent and to arrest the people in it, as well as those blocking the way to it
Seeing the number of police on the scene, I asked one of the officers: "Who is keeping the rest of the city safe?" He said, angrily, "Other cops!"
please see wonderful photo essay from Zoltan here:
Discussion GA at 7:00 PM at Westlake every Wednesday evening.
Events listed here are NOT necessarily sponsored or endorsed by Occupy Seattle or approved by the General Assembly. Many events are put on by work groups, outside organizations or individuals in solidarity to our movement.
Times are subject to change. Please click on individual events for more details. Check back regularly for the most up to date information.
Send an email to OccupyseattleICT@gmail.com In the subject line put "Calendar item"
WHAT: In the body of the email put a name for the event, as well as a short description.
WHEN: the date, time (start and end), recurring events will be scheduled for 8 repeats.
WHERE: place for the event
Indicate if it's an event sponsored by Occupy Seattle as a whole (something that would need to have been brought up in GA), a Working Group event, an independently organized Direct Action or an Event sponsored and organized by an outside allied group.
The Secret to Solar Power
Two factors have hurt the industry’s growth. The first is abstract and well ingrained in the American psyche: the negative association of “green” technologies with inefficiency and idealistic, hippie-fueled impracticality. The second is concrete and recent: the sleek, vacant headquarters of Solyndra, the infamous federally subsidized solar-panel manufacturer that went bankrupt in 2011.
The advantages of such a system are obvious. Not only would Americans pay less for energy, but with solar they would also provide power back to the grid at peak hours, when utilities are the most taxed — and when they turn to their most expensive and dirtiest “peak” power plants, which are standing by for just such occasions. We would also avoid some blackouts, because fewer houses would be reliant on the grid, and transmission failures wouldn’t cascade in the same way. By some estimates, 500 megawatts of rooftop solar — roughly the total amount of solar that California installed just last year, equivalent to about 80,000 residential systems — would have prevented the blackout of 2003 and saved the U.S. economy several billion dollars.
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Solar Leasing: Key Market Driver As Government Incentives Dry Up
New residential financing mechanisms and third party ownership models will be the key drivers through 2015, says Pike.
They expect the distributed solar market to grow from $66 billion in 2010 to more than $154 billion annually by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18%, raising world capacity from 9.5 gigawatts (GW) to more than 15 GW.
Between 2006-2010, total global capacity of many renewable energy technologies – including solar PV, wind power, concentrated solar power (CSP), solar water heating, and biofuels – grew at rates ranging from around 15% to nearly 50% a year. Solar PV, the dominant form of renewable distributed energy generation, increased the fastest of all renewable technologies during this period.
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Community Solar Gardens, A First for New Mexico
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, the city of Taos and the Clean Energy Collective of Carbondale, Colorado have entered into a 1.2 megawatt agreement to launch New Mexico's first community solar gardens.
Under this model, members can buy solar panels located in community arrays, on the roofs of schools and parking lots.
The Clean Energy Collective builds and maintains the solar gardens, and the local utility agrees to buy electricity from them. Members receive the same tax credits and electricity discounts as they would if the panels were installed on their own roofs. The panels have warrantees for 50 years.
This makes it possible for people to use solar even if they are renters or have properties that can't accommodate solar, and makes solar accessible to people of more income levels.
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Small Solar is 40% of US Project Pipeline
Favorable incentives and financing models continue to fuel interest in small solar projects, with installations at schools, municipal buildings, hospitals and retail stores now accounting for 40% of the US pipeline, reports NPD Solarbuzz.
More than 1,300 projects underway are between 50 kilowatts (kW) and 500 kW in capacity with a cumulative PV generation of about 200 MW, they say in the US Deal Tracker report.
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View and download the Major Solar Projects List on Slideshare
From: OS Main Facebook
First and foremost we need your participation!
We Are Raising Funds to Pay For one year’s rent on a server for Occupy Seattle and the dozen occupations we currently serve and to allow us to increase that number. Our servers are currently paid for and donated on a month to month basis.
We can always use help with technical services and content creation. You can reach our services group through email@example.com
We need office space, warehouse space, and space to set up camp or communal living quarters.
Needs we still have:
– medical (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please either review our Working Group page and contact the group/person with whom you can co-ordinate sharing your support, add an “event” to our calendar or just come down!
1) Please show your support for our folks in court! (check out the main page soon for more dates and details)
2) We currently have no base camp. The best thing you can do is to donate your time. Bring your ideas, willing hands, and an open mind and heart. Check our Calendar for a current schedule of General Assemblies, Work Group meetings and other events.