Name – Fred
# -206 453 4471
This is Future Man. When I was there organizing yesterday (Sunday) there was NO fundraising work group. This is very important. This should be more than just a fundraising group, we need to have a group which is managing the money that comes in and figuring out how the group can best allocate funds.
The work groupo is here. My name is Pete, I am the Fundraising Rep. I don’t know how you missed us. My tent is clearly marked Fundraising Tent and I circulate through the crowd regularly. We made an announcement Saturday that we have a mailing address to send cashiers checks, money orders and freight to Occupy Seattle 815 1st AVE # 115 Seattle, WA 98104.
We got me set up and my contact info on occupyseattle.org late last night. You may now email and call mne direct.
A Pay Pal account is almost ready and we have three people working on a credit union account and a Fiscal Sponsorship under an existing 501 C3 organization.
What I need: MORE Fiscal Sponsorship options ready to go as soon as possible.
Thanks for writing. If you would like to join the group, contact me.
The Fundraising Work Group was organized early last saturdat along with the formation of all the other work groups. It originally consisited of myself, my daughter, Tai, Rachel and Rhoda. A few others (I apologize for not remembering your names, so much has happened in a short amount of time.)
Tai is ready to handle a Pay Pal account when the information she needs is solid for her to use. Rachel and Rhoda began researching Fiscal Sponsorships. We imediately built a list of potential interested organizations. My daughter and I hit the streets to find cash for imediate needs that had not been donated.
With the help of Zac we aquired a POBOX (Zac paid the entire first 3 months… Thanks Zac !!)and we began communicating what we can and cannot recieve through the mail.
So to answer your question, there has always been a fundraising group working very hard for the occupation.
If someone contacts me to discuss what is being done re fund raising, would like to help. thanks. 206-719-8305
PS when i tried to signup for emails it gave an “Access Denied ” reply.
Hello Patrick. I understand your frustration about the email. It took a couple of days for the internet team to work all of the bugs out of our web page with so much new and fast coming information to stay on top of. I think they did a wonderful job, in fact every single person involved in Occupy Seattle has been stellar. There is nothing like the passion of doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do that is empowering!
We need at least two more people in the fundraising group and as the occupation grows we will need even more. The best way to help is to come on down to the occupation and join the group here on the ground. There is always plenty to do.
If you can’t make it down and would like to work at home, re-tweeting our address and list of needs every 30 minutes would be extremely helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 253 324 4248 ~pete
Now after nearly a week of rain and trying to work outdoors without a consistent power source, and also being interrupted by the cops, things are really coming together. It was frustrating but we have to remember how much everyone has done to get organized in such a short amount of time and in adverse conditions.
Thankyou Kyle for contacting the Fundraising Group. Come on down and join us on the ground or post our address and list of needs everywhere you can think of regularly. there is alot of information flowing about everything having to do with Occupy Seattle, repetitive info flowing about what we need and where to send it is very important. Any questions, feel free to call me 253 324 4248 ~pete
How will the group pay for medical supplies and food?
Medical supplies and food are mostly donated and not purchased. This is also true of all other supplies. We have collected about $1,200 cash and spent less than $200 for imediate and crucial items that we had not yet recieved by donation when they were needed in 6 days even though one day was so rudely interrupted by a police raid.
Our post office box is pre-paid for 3 months and we put out the word for cashiers checks/money orders right away and will have the ability to cash them in a few days when our non-profit status is finalized. We will go to the POBox tomorrow to see what has accumulated this week.
In addition to recieving donations from supporters of anything they think we might need we also have a list of things that we still need for people to donate. We have asked that those who would like to use a personal check or credit card to help fund us that they purchase something and send it to us or bring it down to the occupation until our non-profit status is finalized (in a few days) and our Pay pal account will become active.
This is a great way to get things started because it allows us to recieve as much assistance as possible without using the small amount of cash we have been able to collect on-site so that we can maximize the efficiency of money vs. needs and still have cash available for anything pressing that we have not already aquired.
I would love to help in some way and have a little experience fundraising. But I do NOT have a penny to my name- would I be on my own, or would I have some tools/support at my disposal?
Thankyou so much for your interest. You do not need experience or money to contribute. You will not be alone. This group started with three working from home doing research and two on the ground here at the occupation. After one week we finally have others interested in joining the group and we number about eight now.
Most groups have six to eight people but “on the ground fundraising is all day, everyday, and you cannot leave the cash unattended or take it with you when you need to eat or pee etc. it has to be handed off to someone else in the group, so as the occupation grows we will need a few more people to join us.
There are several ways to help: come down to the occcupation and take a turn being responsible for a collection box, re-tweeting the fundraising needs regularly 24 hours a day, and helping to find people who may want to donate things that we need.
Feel free to contact me at the occupation or call me direct with questions and to join the group!
Yesterday the SEIU (Service Employee’s International Union)issued a Union Wide endorsement of support for Occupy Wall Street in support of the demonstrations that began on Wall Street nearly three weeks ago.
Today the Occupy Seattle Fundraising Group was contacted by the Seattle Office of the SEIU and offered a firm commitment to back us. we can vote to accept or reject at todays (Friday October 7th)General Assembly at 6:30PM
This will allow us to open a credit union account and activate Pay Pal, and greatly increase the budget for Occupy Seattle as the movement grows.
Posted by Pete Whipple/Occupy Seattle Fundraising Group Rep. 10/7/2011 1:20AM
Things have come along well enough for our Legal Group to start working on it. They are the best contact for the most up to date info.
Hidden Hand Tattoo in Fremont is offering $40 Tattoo’s (half price) starting today with all of the proceeds going to Occupy Seattle!
They have a really cool Occupy Seattle poster on their site that you can download and print:
Go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hidden-Hand-Tattoo/206194492739
Located in Fremiont in the alley next to Fun Hole. Get your 99% Tattoo for $40 and all the proceeds go to Occupy Seattle.
Show Solidarity. We are the 99% … Get yours Now! I got mine!
We have a storage space we would like to use three blocks away so we can carry supplies back and forth (we can’t always get a car into Westlake whenever we want, and we don’t use gas this way.)
If you are interested in sponsoring this, please contact fundraising or storage and transportation direct.
We have grown the fundraising group from a posicle stand to a dynamo in just one short week. The majority of fundraising responsibilities has been turned over to volunteers in our legal group who hav accounting and non-profit backrounds.
For more information, contact our legal group and talk to Akila, Rhoda or Rachel.
We still need volunteers on the ground to help with fundraising on-site at the Occupation by being stationed at the welcome table to recieve donations and answer questions.
If you would like to volunteer in the fundraising group and work from home we need people to contact potential sponsors and donors such as t-shirt makers, button and sticker makers, and benefactors for things such as recycling and garbage service, porta potti’s, storage units and anything else you can think of.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
OCCUPY SEATTLE CONTACT INFO
Fundraising Contact: Fred 206 453 4471
NEEDS LIST: http://www.supporttheoccupation.com
LIVE STREAM http://www.livestream.com/owsoccupyseattle
General Assembly Minutes, Contacts, etc. http://www.occupyseattle.org
815 1st AVE #115
Seattle, WA 98104
This list will track donations and needs. Items selected from this list will autimatically be subtracted from the needs list. Everybody use it for efficiency!!
Last night the Seattle cops confiscated about 125 tents and arrested 7 people. Some of the tents had backpacks and other personal belongings inside them including a list of phone numbers belonging to one of the Occupy Seattle Workgroups. Of the 7 arrested some have been released without charge and some have been held for booking.
You may not want to make an appointment to go down to the Parks Department Revolutionary Tent Storage Facility and reclaim your property because they will ask for your name and contact information in order to retrieve it (that is if you can find it and all it’s parts) among the pile of tents that they tossed without care into the back of a few pickup trucks and without any regard whatsoever as to it’s value to the owner. To make matters worse, they could be gathering this information so that they can send you a citation in the mail.
… Just because talks between Occupy Seattle and the Mayor’s Office broke down afetr he would not allow OS to keep tents on the City Hall Plaza during the day, (we would like tents 24hours per day in order to show solidarity with the people of more than 140 American cities and in Japan, Tokyo, England, Italy, Libya, and the other dozen or so Country’s (Whole Country’s) who are “occupying” their own community centers 24 hours per day) and also to join in solidarity fellow citizens around the globe who have been doing the same thing since the first uprising in Tunisia began 9 months ago, and since the overthrow of three middle eastern governments since then. (Each Country has one common complaint, “People Before Profits.”)
… Just because we had a single propane cook top to try feed and to heat hot water and keep soup warm for over 200 people every day, rising to 3,500 people or so last Saturday, including a large number of homeless individuals (some chronically) from all walks of life, old women, people in wheel chairs, Vietnam War Vets, Gulf War Vets, Iraq Vets, Afghanistan Vets, and countless troubled teens….…
… a cook top that we were forced to use because we were not allowed to use any electricity from any of the parks 6 or so padlocked duplex power outlets, and just because only about 1/2 a dozen businesses out of the entire Global Revolution (as far as Seattle is concerned) whom are unfortunate enough to be directly facing or adjacent to Westlake Park are directly affected by this act of free speech which is also protected by the First Amendment (yes, the first one.) (( But that is another story about the traditional community function of a “village green” or “town center” that has been depicted throughout history.))
… Just because these are the only reasons that talks between the Mayor and a large group of Seattle Citizens known as Occupy Seattle are protesting in exactly the same manner as tens of thousands of fellow protesters in most of the rest of the entire world is no reason for the Seattle Police to be harassing us the way that they have been doing to all of us for more than two weeks now.
All of the police officers that I have personally talked to (except one tonight) have been nice and we have all found common ground together when nothing else is going on and we can chat freely. We talk to the cops the same as when we all talk together while Occupying at Westlake … that is until the police “receive orders to engage.”
THEN the police took dozens of tents and arrested more than 25 people. Then… they said we can sleep in the park only if we are in sleeping bags and tarps. Then…. during two days of torrential rain with southerly winds gusting strong enough to break umbrellas (which by the way are not allowed at Westlake by protesters, but presumably OK for shoppers to have while in the park) the cops would not allow 75 all night/all day protesters and homeless to sleep under the awnings of the building which is facing the park.
The cops made everyone move into the driving rain which had weather conditions creating a wind chill factor of 32 degrees (freezing) at 15mph wind speed @ 40 degree’s Fahrenheit. We are not out here for fun. We have a good reason to be here. During this weather 5 people suffered the early stages of hypothermia including a man who called an ambulance on himself, I drove a man to a warm bed in West Seattle which was offered to him by a complete stranger and fellow protester, and I warmed 3 people in my car, including a 17 year old girl that is 3 months pregnant and to date has had no pre-natal care… and six other homeless individuals pooled their money together to share a single hotel room to dry off and get warm for just one night.
Next …the cops carried out more than a dozen more arrests, 10people, then 2more, and 2 more, all for minor things like 2people out of a group of more than 2,000 marching from Westlake to the Bank Of America Tower and back on 4th … arrested for sitting in the street while the other 1, 9998 + marchers were on the sidewalk … and then the cops said we couldn’t even sleep in the park at all when the park located in the middle of downtown Seattle “is closed” as is everything else for blocks if not miles around … and they were ordered to spend several nights in a row kicking anybody who wasn’t standing to wake them up and keep us awake.
I did manage to prevent one cop from waking the protester next to me because I pointed out to the cop that he was one of the many protesters who had brought their children with him and his boy (about 3years old) was fast asleep in a snug sleeping bag next to him on one of the few starry nights that we have had out here in the last two weeks.
During this whole government melee against citizens of Seattle, the cops took our “outreach tent”, which was not just a food and medical service meant to serve those of us who are exercising our First Amendment Rights in America in solidarity with people around the globe, but our human services tent was also for all of the teen kids on our streets for diverse and ever growing homeless population our city that has plagued us for years.
The cops took our port-a-potties from Westlake which were donated by a supporter of occupy Seattle (and not provided to us by the city as was falsely reported in tv news) so that once again there is nowhere for anybody to use a restroom downtown for miles around downtown in the middle of the night, or even during the day for that matter in most cases, unless you buy a sack of French fries, cup of coffee, or stick of gum except for the other two port-a-potties that Occupy Seattle supporters have nine blocks away in their encampment at Seattle City Hall. This is certainly an awkward chapter for a mayor that has upwards of 2,000 to 2,500 Occupy Seattle Protesters taking part in the Global Revolution at any given moment.
NEXT … … the cops descended upon us all in overwhelminmg numbers at 6:00 in the morning yesterday, (more than 75 cops) and they confiscated more than 125 tents in the name of the Seattle Parks Department, arrested 7, took our information booth’s “patio awning.” and left those of us left in such disarray that the morning commuters and general public think that we cannot even clean up our own trash when the reality of it all is that we as a large group of citizens occupying Westlake who have more than 16,000 additional supporters on-line: are trying to do just that.
If it were not for the mayor’s office refusal to allow us such a large group on the street to have sanitation, electricity, shelter, basic human services, and an acknowledgment that this is not about Seattle’s precious Westlake, the park’s annual Christmas Merry-Go-Round, or the local Christmas shopping retail statistics, this is all about world wide corporate money (mostly American money) derailing global politics, free speech, corporate environmental suicide, vs. common people in 140 U.S. cities and dozens of Countries in the free and not so free world getting together to do the right thing as a global community simply because it is the right thing to do.
I think that WE in America who support the American Occupy Movement and the people willing to camp out voluntarily in these conditions should go hassle all of the people across our great nation who slept in tents last night (without the interference, arrest and seizure of personal property by government and police) at shopping malls around this country in order to be the first on their block to buy the new I-phone… and we should ask them if we may borrow their tents for the revolution now that they are done purchasing a new phone and their night sleeping in a tent outside a shopping mall is done.
Susan Mason – Teamsters
206 687 3648
She can help us get donations of items/services from Teamster members.
She has alson been in contact with the Washington Labor Council. They want to provide a grill cook and permits.
206 310 3087 … she manages 4 bands and they want to do a fundraiser off site and a concert at Westlake
Josh – Our Washington — an OS fundraising concert at 164 S. Washington on Friday Oct.28th @ 9:30PM ..$5 at the door.
Chris Fergelic Macy’s CSO Support. 206 506 7156
Lil Red Event Planning – 425 298 8148
Peace for the streets by kids of the streets PSKS
Elaine Simons 206 726 8500#1
1814 Summit 98122
Stickers — Sarah Zesmer
415 846 2394
Fred OS Fundraising 206 453 4471
Gabriel OS Legal/Finance 206 651 5207
Fiscal Sponsorship Possibilities:
Alliance For Global Justice (same sponsor as OWS)
847 987 3865
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