I’m interested in connecting with others who want to publicly engage others in dialogue. I’m not so much into the chanting/marching at this point in my life as I am conversation. Lets connect.
just in case my email or information needs to shared outside the tactical group.
I am willing to help plan and organize. Please call me. 206-525-6869
Sunday from midmorning on will be an all day organizational meeying with the work groups at Westlake. Come down, volunteer, there is an info table to check in at and work group members are wearing arm bands.
Are we going to occupy a park? which one? I thought that we were going to yesterday, but…?
Buttons, stickers and tshirts needed, this town loves good marketing and clever graphic design, red background w/ fist/space needle, the url underneath. Will look into screen printing and button making connections
I have wanted to set up online and onsite merchandise to raise funds and visibility. The GA recently opposed the idea of merchandising. Perhaps we can bring it up for reconsideration. At this point the only merchandise out there was tee shits made and domated by Adam Hand (see Occupy Seattle facebook updates). This unfortunately limits the ability to increase visibility and knowledge of the movement around town to attract or educate people to the movement. Logos with the OccupySeattle.org address on bumberstickers, hoodies, umbrellas, hats, buttons would help the growth and funding. It would be great if you want to try and get it going. Work to convince GA. You can count on me for my support and help. I am volunteering with several of the job groups to try and bring more organization to the movement. Sunday starting mid morning will be an all day organizational meeting day at Westlake with the workgroups if you can come jump in and participate.
I suggest DIY – I don’t particularly like mirroring the Disneycorporatelogo merchandising model. If ppl want *stuff* with Occupy logos they could organize an interactive art/workshop for ppl to screen/paint/design/print things for themselves. Art is fun and these events would give opportunities for more chatting and play.
lets wait to improve the position before making demands.
I’m in the outreach working group and am contacting unions for their support. So far I’ve had to leave messages for the heads of the Seattle Teachers Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union. Is there a person who is already coordinating a day for a union protest, like OWS in NYC will be marching with the unions on Oct. 5, 2011. I think that may be too quick for us in Seattle. Please email or contact me at 206-528-6143 or 206-660-5334. Thanks.
I signed up for the outreach and diversity team and will be contacting organizations… I am curious if there is a specific march or event coming up that I can promote? (206) 948-4548
The occupy seattle page now has a calendar you can view upcoming events.
It would be good to have a ‘teach in’ so all could share ideas of how to use non-violent tactics. The ‘Resources’ page provides good information (Gene Sharp’s link) and there are many more we could explore. There are opportunities for small groups to organize around an idea and act now.
I did not know there was a rally coming up in Seattle!! I am so excited and moved. I am requesting there be a date and time set up for a meditation mob or rally, whichever you want to call it. Keep it up.
–When Occupation will occur
–Communicating with the other groups
–Logistics of protests, demonstrations and occupations
–(Seems to have branched into it’s own group, but we did some of the leg work)
–Where are we marching, sitting it, etc.
–Maps of target banks to protest at and/or other institutions
–Create logical routes
–Organizing clinics from speakers
–Determining what Occupy Seattle would like to see as far as training
–Times and dates
–The tactical group is the liaison between all groups
Hey all, my name’s Mark D. and I’m with the Seattle branch of FSP. I had some “insights” to share with you, since I’m an FB admin.
Facebook tracks its users, we all know this. It’s natural to worry that a huge, faceless corporation knows so much about our lives, right? But that depends on to what they are using it. Facebook uses this data to try to get us to buy more stupid shit that we don’t need, so some other corporation can make a bunch of money off of shipping our jobs overseas where the can pay other human beings pennies a day to build things. Well, let’s reclaim this powerful technology for our movement! Let us use this vast pile of data to see how our movement is doing as it grows, and make regular report-backs about it and proposals on how to use Facebook more effectively.
To that end, I have made images of a few of the more interesting Facebook Insights graphs (please bookmark this Picasa web album: https://picasaweb.google.com/mjamesd/OccSeaInsights?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKnB-LzAl_qIGQ&feat=directlink). Sorry for the external site but I don’t think we can upload pictures here. I think they can be used to give more direction to our online work. I also think that we need to share this info with everyone — it’s so damn useful!
Anyway, I haven’t been able to analyze any of them yet, but I hope that we can use this data.
Glad to be working with you all.
Really interesting data! There have been some arguments among my friends about using facebook – but personally I don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel – and I don’t really care if someone tracks what I like. I have nothing to hide!
As in any siege, the “fighters” must rest. Sheltered rest provides for more rested fighters. Use the city hall space in shifts; while leaving at least half occupying the park at all times. Also, the tents at city hall will provide a constant reminder to our govt. officials that we have a voice now. Thoughts anyone. I am just feeling for all of you with the rains about to fall hard.
Is anybody else ready to move on to a new place. How about right under the Space Needle???
NO doubt! Plus, it won’t stop raining. I’m so cold, plus I think I’m scheduled to work tomorrow. Wish we could protest inside or in Florida.
I posted this on McGinn’s Oct 9th blog entry:
Mayor McGinn, I appreciate this forum where I can express my views publicly and for the historic record, and I appreciate your principled approach and superior handling of this situation compared with many other cities … however I am going to ask you to make a differentiation between *political speech* and *commercial speech* – they are handled differently by the law … and I will ask that you give *political speech* *favored status* and actually codify this into the Seattle Municipal Code… political movements that exceed say *50* people should be allowed to camp at Westlake, while commercial venues still have to follow normal regulations.
Its obvious the reason the protesters are at Westlake is because it is the most visible location. This visibility is needed to combat the bias of the corporate owned media.
Thursday, October 13, 2011OCCUPY SEATTLE CONTACT INFO
NEEDS LIST: http://www.supporttheoccupation.com
LIVE STREAM http://www.livestream.com/owsoccupyseattle
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815 1st AVE #115
Seattle, WA 98104
Hi I am with the outreach group but I thought I would pass some information to you. If you do not already know Karl Rove is going to be speaking at the Bellevue Westin on the corner of NE 6th and 104th ave ne in Bellevue Tuesday Oct 18th at 5:30. We should bus a bunch of us over to rally against that criminal. Joe Wilson will also be there so we can cheer a true American Hero at the same time. I am going one way or the other but it would be great if we could get a coordinated protest from Occupy.
First, let me emphasize the following:
1. I am not telling any individual what they can/cannot say
2. NOR am I advocating that we as a group tell any individual what they can/cannot say
3. I recognize that the police (as a collective force) do not have our interests in mind. We can debate all day if police are our friends/enemies or the 99%/tools of the 1% or whatever, but this post is NOT intended to go there. If we need to have that discussion I would like to have it in another post.
So here is my suggestion:
I would like to encourage people to steer away from divisive, confrontational, and tension building language; this would include in dealing with each other, in dealing with the police, in dealing with the mayor, etc.
Some examples of what I am talking about would be:
1. booing at the GA or “name calling” (I have seen both of course, and maybe even boo’d once myself)
2. “fuck the police”
3. “you are not one of us”
4. anything that creates an “us” vs “them”
Tension building, to divide and lead to violence, are tactics that infiltrators/agitators use to discredit us (police, critics, journalists). The links below give some examples of this (and also of infiltration in general).
The reason for my suggestion is:
If infiltrators/agitators use these methods to create tension and divide and discredit an organization/movement, then it seems to me we are helping them do their job by creating tension between each other and the police/gov’t agencies.
It is my personal experience that confrontational language also drives away people who want to participate in the movement. No matter what our hopeful outcome of this movement is, I think most of us will agree that we need numbers and support from a diverse audience to make it happen.
I would like folks to think of this as a tactical move:
1. that we simply are not doing the infiltrator/agitator’s job for them
2. that we want to gather as much support/diversity as possible
Anyway, something to consider.
Please see forums for this post:
As the movement grows, we need to add mass boycotts to the occupation and marches. We need to add the boycott as an effective proven (by labor unions, M. Ghandi and Dr. M. L. King) tactic to hit them where it hurts the most–in their pocketbooks.
Corporations we need to target by boycotting their goods or services are those that(for example):
1. Pay little or no taxes.
2. Exploit and/or abuse workers here or abroad.
3. Harm the environment here or abroad.
4. Spend excessive amounts of $$$ lobbying our politicians.
5. Pay their CEO’s and exec’s excessive salaries and/or bonuses.
(other offenses? Add them here.)
Target the most egregious offenders first and then work down the list.
To be effective, these boycotts need to be well publicized and supported by picket lines wherever helpful to involve maximum people and publicity. Unions may be helpful in this regard. Once hit a few of the worst offenders, lesser offenders will begin to get the idea and start cleaning up their acts before we hit them too.
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.
you might be tactical. i have been told stuff someone been working on it but when i see that something happen like sccc move happens. i don’t see that it is accomplished to make something successful. if you want to be succesful you need to look at big picture and think about everyone nd everything and every possibility before moving foward on a idea. not to dis but this has to be said
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