We are staying at Westlake Park without tents! General Assembly tomorrow 10/07 at 6:30pm.

Update 10/05 @ 11:00pm
Police made 33 arrests today while Parks and Recreation employees removed tents. Those guarding the tents were arrested, many others stood around to document and witness. At that time Parks and Rec said we would not be allowed in the park after 10, but that was later rescinded. We are legally continuing to occupy the park but without tents.

There are still eight people in jail with bail set at $475 as of 11pm on 10/5.

We will meet in Working Groups at 4pm at Westlake and meet for a General Assembly at 6:30pm.

Update 10/05 @ 3:00pm
We, the General Assembly of Seattle, thank the mayor for ordering our arrest. Though the arrests were made on the false pretense that the occupation would be in conflict with future scheduled protests–when, in fact, these protests have all expressed their support for the occupation–though we have a right to peaceably assembly, and though we have done nothing to agitate the police: nevertheless, we thank the mayor. Our numbers will only grow stronger as the public contemplates the unjust arrest of thirty workers raising signs and tents, while the corporate thugs remain pampered in their private villas.

But the hand of justice is not long delayed. Let the strength of our resolve today serve to put Corporate America on notice that the ninety nine percent in Seattle will no longer bow to the will of the one percent.

We will not relent. We will not retreat. We are the ninety nine percent.

115 Responses to We are staying at Westlake Park without tents! General Assembly tomorrow 10/07 at 6:30pm.

  • Anonymous says:

    Outstanding! Screw us and we multiply!

  • Phaedra says:

    I just wrote the Mayor…

    Please stop harrassing the Occupy Seattle protestors. They are on public land that my tax dollars help pay for and they have every right to free speech. They are some of the only people trying to stick up for the screwed middle class and I am happy to listen to them rather than some other politicians blather and lies. They are MY VOICE out there while I work my butt off for you and yours for barely enough to live on. Don’t you and the police have better things to do? If not, I can give you a list.

  • Alexander Williamson says:

    So i have a lot of people wanting to join in when they dont have to go to work friday, sat, and sun. Can we get a post discussing plans for the next few days other than the general occupation? Perhaps a march for Saturday and or Sunday. I believe things will be stepped up a whole lot this weekend, but people need to know where to go, what time and something to do such as march or sit-in. Thank you very much.

    • Lisa Stuhley says:

      Greetings! I am organizing Reiki 4 Revolution to occur this Friday at 5:30. If you know of any Reiki Practitioners that might be interested in spreading some Reiki Energy healing, please let them know! I am asking folks to bring Reiki tables, chairs, blankets, hand sanitizer, water, cups and tissues. But none of these are necessary if you can only bring yourselves.

      Please email reiki4revolution@yahoo.com

    • Deborah says:

      Is there any one person who is arranging this? If so, how do we get ahold of them for more information on where/when to meet?

      • OccupyMarkD says:

        No, there isn’t just one person planning this. We are working together, like humans have done for millions of years (until a few thousand years ago), to make decisions fairly and take into account everyone’s voice.

        That being said, visit the official OccupySeattle Facebook page (www.fb.me/occupyseattle) for more information. There you can find events, photos, info, links, and our Live Stream (eventually). You can ask questions and join into the ongoing online conversation at the Facebook “OccupySeattle group page”, where people are voicing their concerns and fleshing out debate for the upcoming General Assemblies. Currently General Assemblies are held every day; 6:30pm during the week and 4:00pm on weekends. Work groups have their own pages on this website (see the “Work groups” tab above).


        To fight for democracy, we must live democracy

        • stopcorppam says:

          I see the General Assemblie meetings listed but does anyone have a specific time for a March Sat 8th and Sun 9th.

  • Alexander Williamson says:

    So i have a lot of people wanting to join in when they dont have to go to work friday, sat, and sun. Can we get a post discussing plans for the next few days other than the general occupation? Perhaps a march for Saturday and or Sunday. I believe things will be stepped up a whole lot this weekend, but people need to know where to go, what time and something to do such as march or sit-in. Thank you very much.

    • Dana Briggs says:

      Some of us do work; but, fully support what is going on and want to participate when we can

      • kt says:

        I absolutely agree. Could the GA propose a specific march/”all hands on deck” time for this weekend, so that our true numbers can know when to show up?

      • Remy says:

        Thank you very much for voicing your input. We ARE trying to get a schedule together.

        There was supposed to be a march today in solidarity with the students and the laborers, but SPD the Parks Department and the Mayors office decided to arrest us.

        Tomorrow is a nationwide march, I am unsure of time, those details should be coming out very soon. Also, the 7th and the 8th, it is my understanding that we still stand, rally and march with ANSWER against the Afghanistan War and with the Native Rights Rally (I apologize about slaughtering any names, all my adrenaline and apparently my memory is gone after the arrests.)

        The 10th at 6:30p.m. at 2nd and Stewart there will be a meet up and then a march for the World Homeless Day, http://www.worldhomelessday.org

        That is all the information I, personally, have.

        Solidarity! Thank you all for every little and big bit of support each and every single one of you has given.

        Remy

        • Reece says:

          Okay, while those all sound great, I want to protest Wall Street and be in solidarity with those in NY. While those other protests are very great causes, I am too focused right now to deter away from this movement. Please, tell me we are all joining forces this weekend to remain focused on wall street.

          • Anonymous says:

            I agree. We must keep a united message. We must not divide our movement. I look forward to a Friday or Saturday protest.

          • Remy says:

            I am sorry but that is the only information that I had and still have. I understand your wishes and concerns.

            Again, thank you so so so so much for coming to the site posting and voicing your position and views. We need more!

            Remy

          • kresis says:

            Other protests and meetups don’t distract from the Occupy movement. They add to it. They are related. The corporate media say we are unfocused, but we’re not. Nurses and teachers don’t detract. Enironmental concerns don’t detract. Look at the success of NYC. That said, I agree we need big convergence and look forward to it! See ya there…

          • Ram Samudrala says:

            And even having multiple message. I think there should be a core message, related to OWS, but we shouldn’t lose this opportunity to address other ills in the country with regards to the large military, and the police state. In fact, OWS illustrates that the financial industry has simple done what the military industrial complex and the police state have done. Consolidated their power and used it to wield political influence.

            –Ram

            http://www.ram.org

          • anniemo says:

            we are the 99% and each protest is our protest…they are we are all related

    • Stewart Green says:

      I would like to know where your at on plans and if you have a meeting scheduled.

  • david wong says:

    I looked at the most occupytogether web page, occupyseattle is the best, the demands and the goals are very clear, and it is best to save the 99% of the american and the usa, the hopes of the 99% american are dependent on you. you should lead the national movement in usa

    • WangChung says:

      they may be very clear but they were not very CLEARED by the GA, Of which the process we are only just figuring out how to operate.
      truth be told we are experiencing some very serious problems regarding “demands and goals”. Some few people in their small breakout groups are seemingly coming to consensus on matters that should absolutely be cleared by the greater consensus.Relatively status-quo doctrine is pushed through intto some sort of unofficial authority. We must rise up to fight this injustice in the early stages of the movement if we wish to create an aesthetic appearance that will appeal to those who will help us most, if we stray away from localism and consensus, we could ber lost to the great and mysterious powers that be, fallacies, class perpetuation….

      Let’s take our time.
      So fart I know only 2 things about Occupy Seasttle.
      We Occupy Seattle and we want Global Justice.

      The the rest be determined by true democratic process, please!

      • Andy the web guy says:

        WangChung, the demands have not been decided on, and neither has much else. The demands listed on the site are only potential demands; that’s why they’re available for voting.

        • Mike Hines says:

          As Andy said, the demands on the site were just a list of proposed demands for voting. We do need to explain it more clearly, but the list was generated by the demands work grow over the course of several days. We tried several voting methods in person, but it became clear that if we were going to decide on line-items in this way, it would need to have a written down form.

          Actually, in the subsequent meetings, we came to the conclusion (which was voiced to the GA with wide approval and no questions or dissent), that it makes more sense to get Occupy Seattle participants involved in the international communication about the overall goals of the Occupy movement… specifically interfacing with the open documents being posted by the Occupy Wall Street group. I was at the protests until 5 this morning and had asked another rep for help doing that, but was not able to arrange it today. I will work on it tomorrow though. We will put a statement to that regard on the website, and list the proposed demands from the Seattle group, hopefully with the ability to add more and discuss. I will work with Andy on that.

          In the meantime, we can discuss these issues at the GA if you have any questions about any of that. Mark, Morgan and Phil are three others that have been reps for the demands work group at different times, so they can also help facilitate.

          Thanks! – Mike

          • Alexander Williamson says:

            - Reform wall street and corporate law in the following ways;

            – increase the tax burden so that it is AT LEAST equal to what the middle class pays in taxes, if not more.

            – hold corporations responsible for their criminal actions by prosecuting individuals and imposing harsher fines. For example if a chemical company explodes and kills civilians as well as contaminating the local environment they should be held accountable for ALL monetary expenses and criminally accountable for reckless endangerment or manslaughter, just as any individual should be.

            - Increased Taxing of Capital gains.

            -patent reform to encourage domestic innovation and a competitive edge/ faster reviews for inventors

            - no more subsidies for agricultural giants producing destructive and wasteful crops which cost more to raise than they do on the market. example: being paid to let milk spoil or fields go unseeded/ Subsidizing corn sugars so that there is a massively inflated supply so that our supermarkets are inundated with corn by products that are more expensive to produce than what is paid for them on the open market at this time.

            - basic employee rights including rights to privacy, healthcare, family/vacation/sick leave and overtime.

            - stricter regulations on risky lending practices and speculator trading.

            - more audits and criminal review boards on the state and federal level.

            - no more broad sweeping bail outs

            -caps on profit margins when money is owed to the federal government

            - incentives for investing and cooperating with small business

            -reduced taxes on small business’s and entrepreneurs

            - stronger antitrust and anti-monopoly laws

            -Government reform and social policy

            -End the Iraq and Afghan wars

            – socialized health care or repeal the forced purchasing of health insurance …its unconstitutional

            – end the Drug war, by decriminalizing simple possession and legalizing all marijuana products and allow taxation on them. Retroactively releasing prisoners imprisoned for drug related charges

            – abolish the prison industrial complex which incentives incarcerating people for nonviolent crimes.

            – strengthen environmental protection laws while also encouraging more sustainable use of our resources , possibly through state run projects with low profit margins.

            – stronger limits on insurance and pharmaceutical corporation business models. encouraging generics and lower premiums.

            - repeal patriot act

            - increase civil rights and basic privacy such as outlawing, indefinite detentions, detention without trial or charges filed within 48 hours, wireless internet/ phone surveillance without a warrant, drug screens in schools and

            - allow all civil unions the same rights as married couples

            -continue funding or increase funding of planned parenthood

            -decrease our military spending drastically…it does not need to make up 54% of our anual federal budget.

            -stop using depleted uranium rounds in war

            -increase access to student loans for the middle class

            -socialize access to basic community college classes for local residents

            -abolish standardized testing like the WASL

            - Hold law enforcement members to a higher standard of legal responsibility when they are involved in acts of violence or harassment…no more getting off the hook when murdering woodcarvers.

            - Stricter guidelines for using tasers, pepperspray and deadly force. Tasers should be used when other methods of control have failed and should be second only to deadly force, because they ARE deadly force in some instances.

            - abolish mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines

            -increase the power and scope of state and local law
            This is a partial list of demands for social justice and change. It is no where near complete but encompasses many of my core beliefs regarding issues I think can be addressed in a practical and realistic way.

          • Diana McGinness says:

            -increase access to student loans for the middle class — NO!!

            Education should be FREE!!!!!!!! Or the cost to students drastically reduced so they don’t have go into debt to be educated.

            ADD:

            Home loans should be refinanced across the board at 3.5-4% at their current value.

            End using credit scores to determine insurance rates and stop using it to determine whether someone should be hired.

            Revamp the entire health care system from top to bottom to a Medicare for All system that is properly regulated and disciplined.

      • Anonymous says:

        Notice how the lamestream media is spinning the message and saying that the Occupy movement does not have demands. Anyone who doesn’t realize that WE THE PEOPLE are pissed off has had their head up their ass. It would be nice if we had true democracy in America, but we have a sham democracy. It serves the super rich but not the common man. We must not let our movement get hijacked.

  • GyanD says:

    I was down at the occupation last night and this morning, and was unable to talk with anyone who might be able to respond to this: I’ve got some ideas to get around the “No tents” mandate, that might just get some shelter for the participants, create greater visibility for the occupation, and will put the mayor’s office in a tizzy trying to figure out how to ban it. Can’t make it down until tomorrow morning, but can someone in charge please email me at gyandavies@gmail.com and tell me when and where to meet them so we can discuss and make this happen by tomorrow evening?

  • Princess says:

    So, I was down there and thought, ‘hmmm if we tie string to the trees to put up tarps like a make-shift roof, then people will be protected from the rain while sleeping on the ground’. Or we could keep putting tents up and see if the police really want to waste their budget on the Mayor’s ridiculous bias.

    Keep up the Good Fight!

  • David says:

    I agree with the previous post: So i have a lot of people wanting to join in when they dont have to go to work friday, sat, and sun. Can we get a post discussing PLANS and a TIMELINE for the next few days other than the general occupation? Perhaps a march for Saturday and or Sunday. I believe things will be stepped up a whole lot THIS WEEKEND, but people need to know where to go, what time and something to do such as march or sit-in. Thank you very much.

  • warning says:

    Was seeing some chatter on 4chan.org – some pranksters and troublemakers have been talking about disrupting various occupy movements, in order to confuse the message… even talking about property damage or worse to make police overreact. Similar to anarchists that inflitrated the WTO riots years ago. Please, please be careful, especially over the next few days.

    • Presenta says:

      Agree with your warning there. Yup, I was at WTO & personally scuffled with a brick-tosser at Macy’s (or was it still Bon Marche?). This person wore a ski mask and didn’t talk. Eyes looked like s/he was on speed, though. As we warned, breaking windows didn’t stick it to the man, we got maced, corporate media said we “turned violent.” Yeah, I know, they’ll say our demo “turned violent” even though it’s the police who are violent. Anyway, I always remain vigilant about agent provocateurs.

  • Anonymous says:

    i’m hoping to come down this weekend…but it must remain non-violent! if violence erupts (on the protestors side), i will turn away.

    • d. says:

      I know where you are coming from. Keep in mind that there may be an element of agitation in our ranks. These folks have right to be mad as hell. They very well may have been victims of police brutality or know someone who was.
      In Chicago yesterday someone broke a window during their march. The 99% started chanting, shame, shame. Counter violence with more non-violence. Don’t be afraid of what might happen. Time to take direct action. Little off topic… I think everyone who is on Facebook should be sharing links about this movement. We probably have friends that might want to join us or they may be on the fence. Let everyone know this is the time to take a stand. No more apathy!

    • AngelA says:

      We need people that can be nonviolent, that can talk about nonviolence, that understand what that means. Please come down. Bring your kids and family. Smile and have fun. If someone gets out of line, speak up! It takes a village to keep the peace – and you are part of that village! We look forward to having you!

      • Anonymous says:

        Boring leaders, you don’t get to control the ways in which people choose to show their dissent!

        The cops are not your friends! They will mace, beat or taze any one of you if they were ordered to. The police force is a necessary and inherently violent apparatus of the state. They are not there to protect you, their purpose is to protect capital FROM you. Indeed, All Cops Are Bastards.

        If you want to play at revolution you’re going to have to pick sides sooner or later. Whose side are you on?

        • Anonymous says:

          There are no sides amongst workers in a capitalist system that oppresses all those who are not abusive owners of capital, and that includes the police force. Those brothers and sisters are also part of the 99%.

          We cannot combat violence with violence, because we are then only implicating ourselves in the physical oppression of other human beings, and system Occupying force is so critical of.

  • Kip says:

    Know your rights, and know the law! From what I can tell, putting up tents is not allowed in parks, nor is staying there after the park closes for the night. If you don’t want to be arrested, I’d avoid doing that.

    http://www.seattle.gov/parks/reservations/ParkPropertyUse.htm

    If you need or want to use park property for a non-park use, you must obtain permission from the Department of Parks and Recreation, usually in the form of a Revocable Use Permit.

    “Permits for Non-Park Use of Park Property” includes any private use of park land or park open space that limits or diminishes the public’s ability to use or enjoy park land, even temporarily. This would include activities such as making repairs or changes to your property, installing or replacing utility lines, storing belongings on park property, and adding or removing landscaping.

    Park lands include parks, playgrounds, viewpoints, boulevards, and other land under control of the Department of Parks and Recreation. If you are not sure, please check with the Department before proceeding. You can phone the Department’s Property Management office at 206-233-7935 or you can click on the titles to the right to read more about Revocable Use Permits.

    Permits are revocable upon thirty (30) days notice or immediately upon failure of the Permittee to comply with the terms and conditions of the Permit. Unauthorized use of park property, including failure to apply for and obtain a Revocable Use Permit, is unlawful and subject to enforcement actions or other remedies as specified in Seattle Municipal Code 18.30.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are plenty of unjust laws. The purpose of the law that you quoted was not to control the freedom of speech. The occupation and the tents can be seen as speech (if corporate money can be seen as speech). First amendment!! When laws become about controlling people and not about creating a better society, then the laws are void (that is my philosophy).

    • PABLOSHARKMAN says:

      Too many movements around the world occupy public and do not abide by the juntas’ or dictatorships’ or school administrations’ or companies’ laws to disband and go home. We ended up in jail blocking the Texas-Mexico border bridges for many righteous protests in the 1980s and ’90s. Teachers and others in Oaxaca? They barricaded streets, and Brad Will, an American journalist, was gunned down and murdered. They continued on. We have to stop this play by their rules paradigm game — the laws are unjust, and the police and city folk work within that paradigm. Of course there are thousands of city codes prohibiting almost everything we might be attempting as a protest against the vanguard. We have to push back until it hurts them, and us.

      Look, I just helped facilitate a teach in today at a suburban community college, Green River. The Attack on Higher Education. Students need leadership on one level and a sense of how other students around the globe have been protesting throughout history. There is so much erased from our collective histories that today’s students do not realize that student-led revolts in Athens, in Germany, in Taiwan, at Berkley, Kent State, other schools, led to change — even societal change. That involved deaths at the hands of National Guardsmen and cops. This tent city ordinance is just another step toward demoralizing us all.Don’t let it! But take solace in the fact that students around the world have died for their causes, so breaking the no rope on trees law or no tents in parks ordinance, well, we have to step it up and break some of those laws.

      Come to our next Teach in, Oct. 26, 11-1, Green River CC, Auburn, and give voice to your cause to students who want grassroots training and models —

      http://grccteachin.wordpress.com

      Contact us, through the Speak Out! section. The state of WA wants to cut journalism, film departments, any subject that would give students tools to resist and fight back. Help our schools by coming out and showing and telling what is going on in Seattle when these students are scared, broken and working three part-time jobs to pay off potentially $60 K student loans and thus they do not want to rock anyone’s boats, especially McDonald’s U or Bill Gates Factories R Us.

      Live on, y Viva Ocupado Seattle!

  • Roniz says:

    Are you going to tweet the GA tonight.

  • Taylor and Solomon says:

    Don’t worry folks, many of us are coming down from Bellingham on Friday/Saturday. Love You! Hang in there!

    • Alexander Williamson says:

      heehe. ill see you guys when you get down here. Today was intense. I hope we can all meet up down there. maybe we can cook some meals on wheels food not bombs style for people? in any case, lets all rally and rep bham. hugs to all you up north!

      • Future Man says:

        Everyone stay strong!
        We’ll be bringing a ton of people down as the week progresses.
        Been working all day on lining up rideshares.

  • Reece says:

    Lots of us want to join in this weekend, and I’ve been reading other posts, but there seems to be no updates about what to expect this weekend. Please, get some updates up fast.

  • Roniz1 says:

    Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
    Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA
    THIS DOCUMENT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE NYC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
    TRANSLATIONS: FRENCH, SLOVAK, SPANISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN
    As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

    As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

    They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
    They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
    They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
    They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
    They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
    They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
    They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
    They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
    They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
    They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
    They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
    They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
    They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
    They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
    They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
    They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
    They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
    They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
    They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
    They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
    They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

    To the people of the world,

    We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

    Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

    To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

    Join us and make your voices heard!

    Read it, Know it, Live it, Print it and hand it out to everyone you know.

  • Aley says:

    Peaceful protests are a right of all citizens. Major McGinn remember your roots, you grew up in a time of protest. You know how it works, remember the past, humble yourself and let the people alone!

    • Roniz1 says:

      I want to condemn some of the actions of Occupy Seattle at the confrontation with the police. When the whole world is watching you dont want to be seen as an enemy to the general public and by shouting “Cops, Pigs, Murderers” at the police is not going to get the support up for a peaceful protest things like this will only bring in more trouble makers and more problems.
      Remember the police are just like us part of the 99% they have just as much to lose as the rest of us. Also if you treat the police right they will treat you right.

      • Princess says:

        I agree some comments that are yelled out are extreme (such as ACB) and very antagonistic, but anyone can yell anything out and they have the freedom to do so. The anger behind the more extreme statements should be understood, they do not come from thin air, those slogans represent a history of police misconduct that have been noticed by select groups of people. Police are people and part of the 99%, but that won’t stop them from pepperspraying you in the eyes if they are told to by whoever is commanding them. Don’t ever forget that the police do not protect you anymore. And the comment of ‘if you treat the police right, they will treat you right’ is something that should be true, but is not. Since the police are people too, then they will either treat you right or wrong just like the person next to you will either treat you right or wrong.

        But yeah, I agree the more antagonistic comments being yelled should be reserved. I think most of us realize that the cops are not our enemy, but currently, they are a tool of our enemy.

  • Reece says:

    Updates please.

  • Karen says:

    I see no reason to stray from simple support of the statements by occupy wall street – helpfully copied here by Roniz1. This is the information we must keep putting in front of the american people who will listen. we eventually stopped the vietnam war. we can change our political system too – it’s our right, and our very real need. We must keep informed and keep sharing the truth. we must focus on the problems of our plutocracy.

  • Of The 99 says:

    As a 9-5er (okay, 8:30 -5:30), I just wanted to reiterate my support for the occupation and my regret that my job (my means of staying healthy, housed, and involved) keeps me from being down at the site more. It’s been great experience (I was there Saturday and some of Monday) to watch the beginnings of what I hope is a never-ending headache for anyone who opposes the occupation, feels hassled by protests, and doesn’t understand what all the marching around is about. I’ve lived here for around 20 years and consider the WTO uprising an important life-altering event. Shit, I wish it could happen every week. It’s time to shake up the complacency, light a fire under apathy’s ass, and remind Seattle (and every city in the country) what it means to be a citizen of a democracy. When you have a grievance, you don’t get bitter and whine about being a “victim.” You get out of the house, onto the streets, and let the public know. You air your grievance! MARCH! RALLY! PROTEST! DISSENT! DISOBEY! It gets hard to remember sometimes, but PEOPLE have the power. I raise my glass to you all and hope to see you soon.

    And by the way, just because you can’t make an eight-second sound bite out of something, doesn’t mean it’s unclear. It’s the media’s job to LEARN what we’re about. If folks don’t understand, they need to come down and talk with people who are involved. Quit being spoon fed by the networks and become an aggressive news consumer. Dig for facts, form opinions; it’s so much more satisfying then pablum.

  • Alexander Williamson says:

    Hey i really sympathize with everyone getting arrested and pushed around, but we need to be careful about the accusations of police brutality of abuse. It’s like the boy who cried wolf. When it actually happens people will be desensitized and our movement will have a tarnished credibility. Now i know most of you haven’t been throwing that term around and i thank you all for that, but for those people who are; please stop. The police and rangers are “just doing their jobs” which you dont have to agree with even, but i think they have shown pretty good restraint thus far. This is nothing like WTO or even Iraq war protests in the past when rubber bullets, CS spray, tear gas, pepper spray/mace and possibly worst…batons were used to injure people. We are choosing to break laws…yes i know that we should have 1st amendment rights, but its debatable what that means exactly and we have to take it all in stride. At least we are not being beaten and imprisoned or killed like in other countries. If you choose to use civil disobedience then you choose to face possible arrest, harassment and if you are really unlucky… burning eyes. This is all part of the sacrifice we (I) choose to make for this cause and is why we should be respected. but we shouldnt complain and get verbally abusive to police because of this. If youve been involved in civil disobedience in the past, you know that this is all to be expected, and thus far iam impressed at the restraint we’ve seen, honestly. Police are the 99% as well, they are tired and have feelings just like everyone else, lets try and respect that until we are given an individual reason not to. Sorry about this rant, but i just think maybe people who are new to the protesting culture may be a bit sensitive or prone to exaggerate and this cause needs all the legitamacy and integrity we can get in order to grow and include all factions within the general public. like it or not the media picks up on drug use, ” liberal hippie clothing and dread locks” and claims of police brutality and runs with them as headlines. Im not judging anyone…(i look like a hippie hehe) but im just saying we need to be aware of this and we need to be strategically intelligent if we want this to be a long term exponentially expanding movement. Thanks, peace, love and respect everyone.

    • Neal Lekwa says:

      Williamson’s right. We treat civil disobedience with respect. Though it sometimes becomes necessary – as it has (again) now – it comes with a burden. To do the next right thing whatever that reveals itself to be. The point about the police being one of us (99%) was good, too. We either tough out the first stages, non-violently, measuring our responses, or lose our chance to have it broaden and include more people. As he implies, we all have to ultimately win at this, together, or none of us win. And we are winning. Everything about this is good – I was down there last night to try and help protect the tents – so let’s keep our momentum. I’m proud of every last one I met involved in this.
      Let’s show them how to win, together! That’s leadership..

    • Jonathan Betz-Zall says:

      I strongly agree with this post, and would like to add some wisdom from a well known Portland African American activist, Sharif Abdullah. Here’s his statement “Why I’m going to Occupy Portland”:

      Well, the short answer is that my old friend, co-teacher and wise man, Native American activist Calvin Hecocta, called me up and asked me to come to “Occupy Portland” (on Thursday, 6 October at noon on the waterfront). (Since this was the second phone call that I’ve gotten from him in ten years, I thought I’d better pay attention.)
      As Calvin knows, I am not a fan of empty demonstrations and protests. Been there, done that, got the scars to prove it. From what I’ve seen, there’s been a lot of vented anger and frustration in the “Occupy” activities, but, the goals of the “movement” (and, if it really is a “movement”) remain unclear. Anger and frustration do NOT make movements. Never has… It can actually be counter-productive, and is a great breeding ground for hotheads, police agents and assorted crazies.
      As you know, I have long been an advocate for a visionary, inclusive transformation of society. I have been calling for such a transformation, based on our values and on a clear vision of a positive future for all beings. I have been calling for this for decades.
      As I told Calvin, I’ve been following the “Occupy” movement in the alternative press, and I have not yet seen a vision emerge. Even more than that: I have not heard people talking about the Spirit that must be an integral part of any real change. We must transform this society – not because we’re angry at corporate greed, but because that’s what it will take to save the Earth and save our souls. The Earth is Sacred – corporations are not. (No, I’m not talking about “religion” – I’m talking about freeing the Spirit from “religion”, the way that we must free our economy from “Wall St”.) The answer to the global pandemic of despair, depression and suicide is to create a society of meaning, where humans belong… and corporations are the servants, not the masters.
      I said all this to Calvin. After a pause, he said, “Well, if you come, the vision and the spirit will be there!” Pretty hard to argue with his logic!
      So, I go to “Occupy Portland”, not because I’m angry or frustrated or afraid – I’m not. I’m going to share a vision: the vision of a society where both Wall Street and the US Capitol are turned into museums, where people dismantle the toxic systems and structures by imagining and creating brand new ones, where we roll up our sleeves and do the hard work and heavy lifting of creating a world that works for all beings.
      I’m going for another reason: to bear witness that there IS a new society waiting to be born. Whether its “Occupy Together” or some other manifestation, the new society is not only necessary — it’s inevitable.
      So… if you can remove the anger and frustration from your heart (or, at least, keep it under control), if you can be a model of nonviolence, vision and Spirit, I invite you to come out and hold the energy of a world for all. You can do so in Portland, or wherever the “Occupy” activities are closest to you.
      Peace,

      Sharif

  • Mike says:

    My brother gave his life. Your contribution is necessary.

  • Tax Payer and Concerned Citizen says:

    You are a shame to hard working people of all income levels. You destroy the city. How much money did you cause hard working business owners and employees with your wasteful occupation. You didnt mind them losing money and possibly their jobs as long as you got your 10 seconds of attention. You want to march and protest due so, but don’t occupy and destroy public property. You left the park filthy with your occupation. You cost hard working people income from loss of revenue. I hope more of you are arrested. I applaud the Seattle Police. They should have arrested you all the first day you protested. Try giving to the community not taking from it…..

    • Princess says:

      1. We are the hard-working people of all income levels.

      2. The Occupation is still happening, so no past-tense! The park is constantly being cleaned up by those occupying it. Through-out the protest today as arrests were happening, Occupy Seattle was behind the park rangers cleaning up the garbage left behind.

      3. How much money did Mayor McGinn waste on having practically the entire police force block two lanes of traffic today to take down some tents after one day of protest? That wasn’t Occupy Seattle’s fault, that was McGinn’s fault.

      4. You will find that this is more than 10 seconds, this is more than one day. We will not be silenced. I hope you eventually realize that you, too, are part of the 99%.

      • Tax Payer says:

        The Hard Working people are at work they don’t have time to Occupy a park. They work and the Hard Working People without jobs, Don’t have time either. They are looking for Work. You put up tents you knew that was againt the law and park regulations. So your message is it’s okay to break the law as long as it fits your wants or needs. I wonder do all criminals use that excuse. If a crime is committed such as theft or vandalism against your property would you tell the police, it’s okay the criminal must have had a good reason. Breaking the law is breaking the law. You want to protest do it legally.

        • Anaximander says:

          “The Hard Working people are at work they don’t have time to Occupy a park. They work and the Hard Working People without jobs, Don’t have time either. They are looking for Work”

          People with jobs don’t work 24 hours a day, you cretin. They have vacation days, sick days and their time after their work day ends is their own.

        • Princess says:

          Some hard-working people are at work, like me. I go to the protest in between school and work. I don’t have the time to Occupy, but others do and I AM GLAD that they can represent me and the other people that cannot be there! You cannot assume who is there and why they are, you have no idea what is actually going on. The law was put there by the people, and misused by McGinn to attempt to disassemble a peaceful protest. Oh, the last time I told the police about a theft (someone stole my purse and ipod), they told me they couldn’t do anything about it… They didn’t even try.

          We have a Right to Assemble and a Right to Free Speech, we ARE protesting legally. It was a manipulative maneuver on McGinn’s part to take away tents from people sleeping in the rain, but then again McGinn probably doesn’t care to change the government and it sounds like neither do you.

          • Tax Payer says:

            Again, you make excuses for breaking the law. Again you openly admit to breaking the law. You also keep passing up the fact of how much loss revenue you caused the hard working people at all the businesses at West Lake Center and the surrounding blocks.
            The people made the laws by voting for representatives to pass those laws. You don’t agree with a law, then work with the City, County, and State to change the law. You don’t do that by occupying a park. You do that by writing the the representatives and going to the council meetings to make your voice heard legally. Also not surprising how people that protest result to name calling when your not agreed with. I.e. the cretin comment.

        • Jeremy says:

          First of all, lack of employment does not equal lack of work ethic. Most of the people protesting worked their asses off to get through school, incurring massive amounts of debt in the process, only to find out that there are no jobs available to them. Sure, I guess they could take their engineering degrees and go find work at Wal-Mart, but that isn’t going to pay their student loans off let alone get them insurance, a place to live, and a way to support their family. The “unemployed = lazy” theory is incredibly simple minded, if not flat out ignorant. Lastly, I’m failing to see the connection you are trying to draw between peaceful protesters who set up tents and a thief or vandal. False equivalency aside, there is a distinct difference between laws designed to protect society from wrongdoing, and laws that are exploited in an effort to disrupt inconvenient protest movements. It would be like criticizing Rosa Parks for encouraging criminal behavior by sitting at the back of the bus. All laws are not equal. Some laws are unjust and should be broken in order to make a point.

          • Jeremy says:

            That should read, “it would be like criticizing Rosa Parks for encouraging criminal behavior by REFUSING to sit at the back of the bus.”

        • Remy says:

          Breaking the law is breaking the law? Well, yeah! It was also against many laws for you to eat at the same restaurant as a person of colour about 50 years ago. It was illegal for a little “black” girl to go to school with little “white” girls. It was illegal to use the same toilet.

          Laws which do not promote the well-being of society as a whole do not belong in place and it is our right to disobey them. And personally, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, both foreign and domestic. I am fulfilling my obligation to defending this country against the domestic enemies, and I say “domestic” in a very loose term because though these tyrants may have a U.S. Passport or be chartered into existance in one of the 50 States of this nation, they sure don’t help out “thier” country very much.

          I have no problems doing what you and the country originally paid me to do and asked me to do. I will not stop fighting just because I see I was lied to by our government and you ask me to quite down and move along. Your tax dollars have paid off! I don’t know how to stop fighting the people who fuck you over and destroy us as a people and a nation.

          Remy

        • d. says:

          … but you are wrong. I know that being objective is hard for all of us. We are the 99%. We may or may not have a job but we will be heard, we will protest, we might break laws because that is need to change the statues quo. Corporations break laws everyday with no repercussion. We are tired of the greed and injustice in this country and throughout the world. Politicians take no action due to their complicity. This is the beginning of the possibility of a truly democratic world. We will prevail.

        • JJ says:

          We are doing this for you “The have to work too hard.” One could say a crime is a crime, corporations murder for profit. If someone murdered your baby/wife/brother legally wouldn’t make you a little civilly disobedient?

    • Rev. Gloria Kalteich says:

      First of all, let me say that WE did NOT leave the park. WE the PEOPLE are still at the park, or planning our next return to the park, recruiting others to come down and join us our peaceful protest. WE are not all homeless, we are not all jobless, some of us are teachers and most of us contribute to our communities in ways that cannot be measured just in the dollars we spend or the people we feed, ALL of us are members of a profoundly sick society. A society so sick that you can say we left the park dirty, when in fact our belongings were ransacked, our political signs, (which, in a pile were taken and thrown away by the parks department), and our defenders arrested and processed at a nearby police station. The mess the Parks Department seemed least concerned with was the horse manure, which didn’t come from the campers. The fact is, Mayor McGinn issued a public statement yesterday saying he supports our efforts, myself and many, many other people wrote to and called the Mayor asking him to let us stay. I called the Parks Department and was told that they work for the Mayor. The Mayor is SUPPOSED to work for the PEOPLE. The Parks Department is SUPPOSED so work for the PEOPLE. What we went through in our eviction today is PRECISELY what we are fighting for. If McGinn worked for the people, he would have listened to us and let the protest tents stay and NOT had people arrested. I cannot help but wonder who he IS working for.
      There is no power like the power of the people. We are with you in Solidarity-from Seattle to New York to Cape Town, South Africa we are one people fighting for our world.
      See you in the streets!
      Rev. Momma Glo

      • jy314159 says:

        I am very disappointed and McGinn should be ashamed. The park is a public place, built for The Public to use and what if not The Public are we? Throwing people out of the park like that was a despicable act by a desperate, small-minded man. If he and the Parks Department think that this will dissolve the protest they better think twice. There is only so much the citizens can take and we are saying we can take no more. This movement will only grow from here, the people will only be bolder, and our numbers will only swell. Mayor McGinn, I’m here to say you did not succeed in your attempt to strangle the revolution today. See you tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that…

    • Remy says:

      Mr or Mrs or Ms Tax Payer,

      First off, thank you so much for coming to our website. Second, thank you so much for voicing your opinion and your issues concerning us with us.

      Now, I am going to break apart each little sentence you said to us because I do not think I am understanding you. It is very important to be heard and understood so… here we go.

      “You are a shame to hard working people of all income levels.” I have been at Westlake Park since the beginning yet I cannot wrap my mind around how people standing up for their rights is a shame to you all that still have a job of various income levels. I have seen no shame in the countless donors of food, clothing, tarps, coffee, batteries, money, time and conversation who came from work to speak with us and share their stories. The people who subjected themselves to Seattle’s wonderful traffic jams after working a hard day just to come and support us may have different words to say about us.

      “You destroy the city.” Fallacy, untruth and really vague. Nothing was destroyed by the protestors. The city is not in ashes. Windows are still in place in every, single, store that surrounds us.

      “How much money did you cause hard working business owners and employees with your wasteful occupation.” Actually, a couple of bystanders present at the arrests today worked with money and figured that the SPD, Parks Dept. and the Mayors Office wasted a good couple thousand dollars and their show today. With budget cuts, and a nice hit to their pensions, the SPD/Parks followed orders and wasted tax dollars to arrest people who have nothing more to lose and decided to stand up for you, the tax payers and hard working people of this destroyed city. The business owners? I doubt that the occupation did any damage which could even begin to compare to the money stolen to feed to top. But, I have not solid facts here concerning their lose and earnings over the past 5 days to compare with a list of loses and earnings since 2008 with the beginning of the recession/housing bubble burst whatnot.

      “You didnt mind them losing money and possibly their jobs as long as you got your 10 seconds of attention.” This statement, well, with this statement it is obvious to me that you, Tax Payer, have not listened to the movement. We do not want any one to lose their jobs, we would rather they work and recieve an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s work, and to have benefits which are affordable and reasonable. 10 seconds of attention? It took SPD/Parks about 2 hours.

      “You want to march and protest due so, but don’t occupy and destroy public property” Thank you for supporting our right to protest and march. Yet, we did not destroy public property, and we are using our occupation as a form of protest.

      “You left the park filthy with your occupation.” Ac-tually!… No we didn’t. When the tents were set up originally we had a nice order to things. We had bags set up for Garbage, compost and recycling and things were in a rather neat fashion. Then, it rained A LOT and Target showed up to film their commercial/show. This pushed us back into the trees and cramped up the space. Then once the Target equipment had left we were not able to do much because we were waiting on SPD/Parks to possibly evict us. Parks used the “filth” as an excuse to stop the occupation, to attempt to stop the movement and to side with the Corrupt. We were doing the best we could in crampt quarters and were MORE than willing to clean up after ourselves.

      “You cost hard working people income from loss of revenue.” See above.

      “I hope more of you are arrested.” We will not let you down.

      “I applaud the Seattle Police.” Right on, that is your right. Many of the 25 that were arrested were standing up TO the Police FOR the rights of the policemen and women.

      “They should have arrested you all the first day you protested.” See now here you are contradicting yourself. Didn’t you just say that if we wanted to protest to do so?

      “Try giving to the community not taking from it…..” I didn’t see any one take ANYTHING from the community. I saw a lot of giving. Would you be willing to stand up for the rights of a community and people that you don’t know, people who back-talk and disrepect you? These people did a great service to the community. They had nothing else to give but themselves.

      Thank you, and have a wonderful day at work tomorrow. I am very happy that you are lucky enough to have a job. You see, I have a job as well, and I am not ashamed of these people, and I will be with them again tomorrow before I go to work.

      We will not fall to the level of those that oppress us and demean us. We will fight your anger and ignorance with love and education. We will not allow “business-as-usual” to continue. We will not step aside. We will not be silenced.

      Remy

    • jj says:

      We realize that you work hard. Most people in this country now have to work so hard to satisfy coorporate greed, political greed due to the hoarding of resources by corporations. It is our hope that you will have more time to participate in the democracy. We are giving up our lively hoods to make this case. Parks can be rebuilt. New Jobs are possible. Government doesn’t love people, coorporations don’t. We want a caring system that is set up to create a society in which we have time to care for our children, love our families instead of coming home too tired to stay awake. I hope the best for you.

    • Rosalind says:

      You want to leave things status quo, so our children have no future? Just sit back and let other people work to change things for the better.

      I wish a herd of elephants would Occupy your front yard, and leave a GIANT mess for you. Oh wait, you probably own a shitty chicken-coup condo in Bellevue.

  • cleanelectric says:

    Occupy Seattle
    815 1st AVE #115
    Sea, WA 98104

    We can accept cashiers checks/moneyorders, sleeping bags, camping mattresses, backpacks, non- perishable food, flu/cold medicine, socks, warm jackets, thermal undergarments, hats, umbrellas, “Energizer, Energy to go XP 18000″, gloves and freight.

  • cleanelectric says:

    We can accept cashiers checks/moneyorders, sleeping bags, camping mattresses, backpacks, non- perishable food, flu/cold medicine, socks, warm jackets, thermal undergarments, hats, umbrellas, “Energizer, Energy to go XP 18000″, gloves and freight

  • Alexander Williamson says:

    - Reform wall street and corporate law in the following ways;

    - increase the tax burden so that it is AT LEAST equal to what the middle class pays in taxes, if not more.

    - hold corporations responsible for their criminal actions by prosecuting individuals and imposing harsher fines. For example if a chemical company explodes and kills civilians as well as contaminating the local environment they should be held accountable for ALL monetary expenses and criminally accountable for reckless endangerment or manslaughter, just as any individual should be.

    - Increased Taxing of Capital gains.

    -patent reform to encourage domestic innovation and a competitive edge/ faster reviews for inventors

    - no more subsidies for agricultural giants producing destructive and wasteful crops which cost more to raise than they do on the market. example: being paid to let milk spoil or fields go unseeded/ Subsidizing corn sugars so that there is a massively inflated supply so that our supermarkets are inundated with corn by products that are more expensive to produce than what is paid for them on the open market at this time.

    - basic employee rights including rights to privacy, healthcare, family/vacation/sick leave and overtime.

    - stricter regulations on risky lending practices and speculator trading.

    - more audits and criminal review boards on the state and federal level.

    - no more broad sweeping bail outs

    -caps on profit margins when money is owed to the federal government

    - incentives for investing and cooperating with small business

    -reduced taxes on small business’s and entrepreneurs

    - stronger antitrust and anti-monopoly laws

    -Government reform and social policy

    -End the Iraq and Afghan wars

    - socialized health care or repeal the forced purchasing of health insurance …its unconstitutional

    - end the Drug war, by decriminalizing simple possession and legalizing all marijuana products and allow taxation on them. Retroactively releasing prisoners imprisoned for drug related charges

    - abolish the prison industrial complex which incentives incarcerating people for nonviolent crimes.

    - strengthen environmental protection laws while also encouraging more sustainable use of our resources , possibly through state run projects with low profit margins.

    - stronger limits on insurance and pharmaceutical corporation business models. encouraging generics and lower premiums.

    - repeal patriot act

    - increase civil rights and basic privacy such as outlawing, indefinite detentions, detention without trial or charges filed within 48 hours, wireless internet/ phone surveillance without a warrant, drug screens in schools and

    - allow all civil unions the same rights as married couples

    -continue funding or increase funding of planned parenthood

    -decrease our military spending drastically…it does not need to make up 54% of our anual federal budget.

    -stop using depleted uranium rounds in war

    -increase access to student loans for the middle class

    -socialize access to basic community college classes for local residents

    -abolish standardized testing like the WASL

    - Hold law enforcement members to a higher standard of legal responsibility when they are involved in acts of violence or harassment…no more getting off the hook when murdering woodcarvers.

    - Stricter guidelines for using tasers, pepperspray and deadly force. Tasers should be used when other methods of control have failed and should be second only to deadly force, because they ARE deadly force in some instances.

    - abolish mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines

    -increase the power and scope of state and local law
    This is a partial list of demands for social justice and change. It is no where near complete but encompasses many of my core beliefs regarding issues I think can be addressed in a practical and realistic way.

    • Alexander Williamson says:

      this list above was compiled from my own personal beliefs and opinions online and in person with members of the movement. I still hear from the media and nearly all critics that we need a specific goal(s) Obviously this is still taking shape and a totally democratic process but narrowing the demands can bring more potency to this diverse group. I personally think our main goal should be RESTRUCTURING THE TAX CODES FOR CORPORATIONS so that corporations pay at least what the middle class pays annually (getting rid of loop holes and frivolous write offs and deductions) AND CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND LENDING PRACTICES. While ideally i agree we need to change many aspects of society including the war on drugs and on “terrorism” I think we need a message all of the 99% of Americans will get behind. Then we can start checking other things off the list. My parents and neighbors would join in tomorrow if this type of focus was articulated, but as it is we kind of looks like people wanting a million social changes at once. Sorry if this sounds critical, but im just trying to think sustainable and realistically about this movement. thanks.

    • Jesse says:

      Lets keep this in focus, just a little. I’m all for ideas, but lets try to keep it relatively close to an economic justice core. Additionally, I’d ask that anyone posting “demands”: (1) consider the hostility of this word, (2) use the demands page, and (3) make it abundantly clear at the beginning of the post that these are the desires of an individual, not the group. Certain news sources and blogs have been pulling lists like this and calling them “official demands”. It is duplicitous, but we can help mitigate this by prefacing any such list with the sentence “These are my *individual* demands/wishes/grievanes/etc.”

  • Richard Kline says:

    Those in the occupation are far more representative of our community than those hiding behind the law. We’ll get our community on; with flowers and hamburgers. All of the 99%—including those in blue during working hours—are welcome to and build the community.

    Tread on a weed and it grows. In time we’ll harvest and pass the pipe around . . . . And that’s no dream.

  • Frankie says:

    I agree with the list of demands that Alex proposed but I also agree that there needs to be a focus on specific demands to further extend the cause. The one thing that I didn’t see on Alex’s list that I think needs to be the main focus is CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.
    Nothing can be achieved on any of these other issues until finance reform is enacted.

    If a candidate tries to be honest and moral and not take funds from lobbyists and corporate interests, he/she will likely not win. So to win a major election they either need to be billionaires or have lots of money coming in from corporate interests. And of course if they take money from these special interests, then they are indebted to them and will vote for those organizations interests. We need to have PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING REFORM so that we can start to take the money out of politics. Then those politicians will be on more of a level playing field in the elections and we will be more likely to get those honest and progressive officials that will really be able to fight for those important issues on Alex’s list.

    Lastly, please keep the protests peaceful and non-violent because violence will not further the cause in fact it will kill the cause. If people start to get angry and violent, ask them to calm down. Remember those icons that came before; Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and others. I hope to join you all this weekend. Please keep everyone in the loop about what plans are for meetup etc.

  • rshannon says:

    The biggest obstacle to campaign finance reform is without a doubt the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case which held that corporations are “persons” within the meaning of the First Amendment, and that campaign contributions are political speech protected by the First Amendment. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and no legislation will trump it. Because this is a constitutional ruling, there will be NO campaign finance reform until the decision is overturned, and that requires a constitutional amendment (or a very different Court). So…

    If you want campaign finance reform (and the vast majority of Americans do) please support the related demand to end “corporate personhood” and get involved in the work of Move to Amend (http://movetoamend.org) which is leading this critical fight.

  • robert says:

    there were some arrests and looked like a lot of police moved in calmed down right now

    0ct 6

  • Mike checka says:

    A few thoughts that popped up in my dome today:
    - outreach to local unions including spd’s explaining how they are part of the 99%.
    - cont contacting the mayor and let him know these are peaceful demonstrations
    - contact city council urging they adopt a resolution supporting the peaceful demonstrations
    - goal of continuing demonstrations nationwide at least until 2012 elections whereby a write in candidate is determined and all vote for that ticket.
    - Do NOT allow capital D democrats to coopt this movement!!! Watch out for move on.org, etc.

    • Jesse says:

      Mike, I recommend that you send your ideas directly the appropriate working group. Outreach to unions can go to Outreach. Contact with the mayor can go to Outreach or Media. Goals can go to Demands.

  • Roxie says:

    Hi everyone!

    I called my Senators this AM– Patty Murray (866) 481-9186 and Maria Cantwell (888) 648-7328 and requested they make
    public statements in support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement!

    It’s the time MORE of us spoke out in MORE ways, whether we can
    come to downtown Seattle or not….

    Those who took the time to come downtown, state their views and peaceably assemble in support of ALL those who need JOBS, PEACE
    and HEALTHCARE deserve the rest of US who maybe can’t make it
    down there today, to show support in any WAY they can…

    Every day we should encourage more action on the part of our friends, relatives and representatives to build this movement-
    it’s peaceful, it’s right and it’s TIME!!!!!

  • Tolt says:

    We should support the demands already stated in the declaration from Wall Street. If we do this, it will illustrate clarity, coherence, and a unified front. The Occupy Wall Street demands are well crafted. See link here;

    http://www.care2.com/causes/occupy-wall-street-issues-first-official-declaration.html

  • len martin says:

    keep it up we are with u and we are growing everyday

  • Dana Briggs says:

    “Corporate America is intent on eliminating taxes on
    all capital incomes. They do not care if record
    budget deficits are the result. Many of their more
    right-wing friends, including those in Congress,
    actually want larger deficits. They see chronic,
    record deficits as producing the budget crisis
    necessary to use as an excuse to privatize Social
    Security and dismantle what remains of the Roosevelt
    New Deal programs of the 1930s.”
    (Jack Rasmus)

    “The principal power in Washington is no longer the
    government or the people it represents. It is the
    Money Power. Under the deceptive cloak of campaign
    contributions, access and influence, votes and
    amendments are bought and sold. Money establishes
    priorities of action, holds down federal revenues,
    revises federal legislation, shifts income from the
    middle class to the very rich. Money restrains the
    enforcement of laws written to protect the country
    from abuses of wealth-laws that mandate environmental
    protection, antitrust laws, laws to protect the
    consumer against fraud, laws that safeguard the
    securities markets, and many more.”
    (Richard N. Goodwin, former speechwriter for John F.
    Kennedy)

    “The boys of capital, they … chortle in their
    martinis about the death of socialism. The word has
    been banned from polite conversation. And they hope
    that no one will notice that every socialist
    experiment of any significance in the twentieth
    century-without exception-has either been crushed,
    overthrown, or invaded, or corrupted, perverted,
    subverted, or destabilized, or otherwise had life
    made impossible for it, by the United States. Not one
    socialist government or movement-from the Russian
    Revolution to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, from
    Communist China to the FMLN in [El] Salvador-not one
    was permitted to rise or fall solely on its own
    merits; not one was left secure enough to drop its
    guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and
    freely and fully relax control at home.”
    (William Blum)

    “Political will is the ultimate determinant of
    spending priorities. There’s always money available
    for war and corporate bailouts; there’s rarely money
    available for social programs.”
    (Adolph L. Reed, Jr.)

    “[The ruling elites] know who their enemies are, and
    their enemies are the people, the people at home and
    the people abroad. Their enemies are anybody who
    wants more social justice, anybody who wants to use
    the surplus value of society for social needs rather
    than for individual class greed, that’s their enemy.”
    (Michael Parenti)

  • Anonymous says:
  • CherylannB says:
  • Kellen says:

    kt
    Not to accuse anyone personally of sabotaging the revolution :) In fact I haven’t really met many a-holes recently at all : ) We are all putting in heart and effort, we are all sincerely trying to listen to one another and seek reciprocal relationship with all. I am so thrilled to be dedicated to something useful, something fair, the unknown with limitless potential.yes

    We are all here at Westlake Park from a wide array of backgrounds and social understanding, we are all at our own special place in the great movement. I have concern with the facilitating process as conducted over the past 5 days, in this case the work group having formed so soon to create the tentative demands list. There was not a fair representation in the consensus, it was simply the few people who got into the first the working groups. If their reason for being in such a hurry to create that specific declaration of our purpose was to seize on the opportunity for media attention and provide a populist rallying point, Then we have given in to the political trend of posturing and manipulating .Operating on the basis of how we might appeal to major media and hoping to avoid appearing aimless as a group is to sell out to the sensationalist media machine which incidentally, also seeks to marginalize worker’s action by sticking a label on it for it’s consumers to goggle over. Also by elevating ideas of the privileged (and incidentally white skinned) oligarch who happened to be there for the first meetings for a rushed press release we rob the voice of those who are coming into the conversation later. The current gets set, the elite idea is raised up to an elite position and granted an element just the way it already is. It should have been discussed and voted on at general assembly whether or not there should even be any outreach to the press in the name of Occupy Wall Street and then, what exactly would constitute said outreach. Statements under the Occupy Seattle name should absolutely never be offered to anyone without the expressed consent of the GA.

    We are Occupying Seattle. We are in global solidarity with struggles for justice. We need not, join align or be a part of a “national movement”, our primary goal right now is to build our numbers, build the people’s base support. If we are aligned with Occupy Wall St we risk being subservient to a power structure suggested to us by a foreign and more powerful entity and we give up our democratic autonomy. Also to focus the movement solely or primarily onto Wall St and the banks is seemingly to ignore so much injustice and atrocity that many of Us deal with and dwell on daily. It is a Farce to expect that the long exploited working classes should rise up to join a bunch of whiny white kids who now don’t have a job because supposedly we are the 99% and we got sold out!

    Let’s stop using the 99% slogan for that reason, and simply that it’s literal meaning is absolutely not understood by consensus, What is 99%? many curious or skeptical onlookers may ask and do. I acknowledge that such a slogan with it’s implications does have an appeal top a great many people worldwide but I would suggest that we try and begin phasing it out.

    As for declaring Ourselves to be a “non-violent movement”, or “protest”; it was absolutely not approved by consensus at GA. Non-Violent is an excluding, word generally understood among folks by it’s connotative definition which implies harm or or threat to any aspect of any life form. The literal definition of violence however, more inclusive, definition #2 says violence is: “Strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive natural force.” By this definition or Peaceful Occupation is actually violent in nature as it full of powerful emotion, unpleasant to those who seek to hold on to the comforts of their power structure, and hopefully and eventually total destructive to authoritarian hierarchy passed down through the generations by conniving manipulation and the status quo conservative attitude of the lunken-proletariat.

    Professor Gizmo needs a Monkey.
    We are a peaceful occupation

  • Laura H. says:

    Hi,

    Have the organizational meetings been moved permanently to 6:30 pm? How about protests? These 4:00 pm sort of times don’t work for us working people who’d like to come out in support.

    While we’re at it, I think there’s too much emphasis on the campout/sit-in rather than on specific events. Only a few of the people who support this cause have the time and willingness to camp out, but many would come to rallies at specific nonwork times.

    Thanks, and keep up the good work,

    Laura H.

    • Anonymous says:

      both OCCUPATION and events are needed. I say more power to those with the time and dedication to camp out. we all need to chip in as much as we can. This has the potential to save money, lives and our environment in the long run. its worth what ever you could possibly put into it. …thanks for the enthusiasm though!

      • Laura H. says:

        Sure, both are great, but if no clear events are advertised, a lot of support is going to waste. I haven’t seen any concrete information about events I would/could go to (outside of standard work times, Occupy Seattle only) here.

    • Karen says:

      agree! I have not been able to do much except drop off supplies yet. March is being organized on Oct 15 noon at westlake per occupytogether/seattle portal. Also moveon organized protest happening at westlake Oct 16 2pm to highlight need for jobs.

  • Anonymous1 says:

    Occupy MEDINA! Lets take it to their door steps.

  • AnonyMouse says:

    I will be down at Westlake, or city hall(once we have more people why not utilize both? it’s closer to BofA & bank headquarters anyway)…or heaven forbid the courthouse continuously for the next few weeks. That said ive been hearing a strong demand for a more specific schedule of events to be published. If we dont get this laid out soon, we will exclude a lot of interested people who we need in order to strengthen this movement. Lots of people who work all week would like to have specific actions outlined for the weekend or evenings rather than a day by day tweet alert. This does not mean that we shouldn’t still continue the 34/7 occupation, but rather that we need to add more structured event times in addition. TEACH INS, intersection SIT INS, MARCHES, SIGN WORKSHOPS, OVERPASS BANNERS, MUSIC or the GA (just list a time for an action meeting and announce what the action will be once people show up if you’re worried about police counter-security) We need to utilize media and publicity just as strongly as corporations do…but run by and for the 99%. Lets start thinking bigger and broader about delivering our message. The Freeway overpasses are seen by thousands more people daily than Westlake. Lets get creative guys. THERE WILL BE A HUGE SHOW OF PEOPLE POWER SATURDAY…unions, college groups and ANSWER, SNOW coalition, SDS, just to name a few. So lets publish some times for a march or two. maybe a morning and afternoon march? Please everyone, this is a crucial time to seize the momentum we’re gaining. Many people ive spoken to, myself included, would really like to see some street marches this weekend…not sidewalks.Seattle antiwar groups have always done impromptu marches as well as permitted ones, I think giving protesters something to physically do other than just standing is very important and keeps people coming down each day. Also a week long itinerary of action would be great to see ….even if subject to changes would help a great deal. Sorry if im coming off as bossy but Ive been hearing a lot of people in the community expressing these ideas. As always, love and respect to you all, stay peaceful and respectful. Stay strong!

  • Roniz123 says:

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  • I AGREE WITH AnonyMouse says:

    ive been hearing a strong demand for a more specific schedule of events to be published. If we dont get this laid out soon, we will exclude a lot of interested people who we need in order to strengthen this movement. Lots of people who work all week would like to have specific actions outlined for the weekend or evenings rather than a day by day tweet alert. This does not mean that we shouldn’t still continue the 34/7 occupation, but rather that we need to add more structured event times in addition. TEACH INS, intersection SIT INS, MARCHES, SIGN WORKSHOPS, OVERPASS BANNERS, MUSIC or the GA (just list a time for an action meeting and announce what the action will be once people show up if you’re worried about police counter-security) We need to utilize media and publicity just as strongly as corporations do…but run by and for the 99%. Lets start thinking bigger and broader about delivering our message. The Freeway overpasses are seen by thousands more people daily than Westlake. Lets get creative guys. THERE WILL BE A HUGE SHOW OF PEOPLE POWER SATURDAY…unions, college groups and ANSWER, SNOW coalition, SDS, just to name a few. So lets publish some times for a march or two. maybe a morning and afternoon march? Please everyone, this is a crucial time to seize the momentum we’re gaining. Many people ive spoken to, myself included, would really like to see some street marches this weekend…not sidewalks.Seattle antiwar groups have always done impromptu marches as well as permitted ones, I think giving protesters something to physically do other than just standing is very important and keeps people coming down each day. Also a week long itinerary of action would be great to see ….even if subject to changes would help a great deal. Sorry if im coming off as bossy but Ive been hearing a lot of people in the community expressing these ideas. As always, love and respect to you all, stay peaceful and respectful. Stay strong!

    • Chris says:

      I agree with the people who have been asking for some set times and events. Who ever runs this site; can you please put something together or add a calendar page. obviously we are staying put, but for the folks coming and going it would be really helpful. Thank you!

  • 00michelle00 says:

    How are you all doing down there? My husband Chris has been there since yesterday morning and I’m wondering he and the rest of you are faring without tents…I hope to join you all tomorrow!

  • Lloyd Gerald Marshall says:

    Any updates?

  • mraz says:

    Some cannot be with you physically, but we’re there in spirit. Thank you for being tough for all of us.

  • David Amar says:

    Hi All, I’m French, and have been living in Seattle and the US for 5 years. I always wondered what the American people where waiting for. Rebelling against corporate greed has been a French tradition for so long, and appears so normal to me.
    Let me give you a piece of French advise: SHOW COHESION AND SOLIDARITY, A DEMONSTRATION OF UNITY AMONGST THE PEOPLE IS REALLY WHAT WILL GAIN RESPECT TO THE CAUSE.
    Let’s all show up dressed in white (for peace) and carrying a Red rose (for love). trust me, the news will be delighted to catch us on camera, and the awkwardness of the police, unable to dismiss us for a bunch of unemployed thugs.

  • David Amar says:

    by the way, I do not own a flower shop

  • David Amar says:

    Refusal of corporate greed. Boycott of major banks, take your money to non for profit credit union. Boycott Monsanto and its product, boycott trans-fat. Deny them of your hard earned money.
    Staying in the park also won’t do much, Block major arteries and stop the traffic, March and show yourself.

  • Ben says:

    Good work, and don’t trust the media, don’t trust the ‘leaders’ of this movement. You are the leaders – listen to each other. I’ll try and show this weekend.

  • Dktr_Sus says:

    The people in the stores and offices around us are the 99% — are we being especially careful to help them understand us while we are in the park? They could be our strongest supporters — or biggest critics (and we don’t need critics — we are begging for more to step up and join us)

    This is funny — but something we should discuss: “Wall Street Occupied” – http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-6-2011/wall-street-occupied

    • David Amar says:

      About having a porter potties fund, just go around and collect change from the participants for honey buckets…?

  • David Amar says:

    Through History, it has been shown over and over.
    Tyranny and greed fails in front of people’s will.
    This is our time now, let’s fill in the ranks of those who fight for justice and the rights of man.