Today (10/10) Mayor McGinn will be Speaking at 5pm – General Assembly at 5:45pm

On October 10th the Old Growth Alliance will be holding their Columbas Day Protest at Westlake Plaza right next to us from Noon to 4pm. We will be lending our support as much as possible.

Working Washington is hosting Rally for Good Jobs Now starting at 5pm when Mayor McGinn will be speaking to all assembled. We want to be out in force and show him how much we are supported! Come down to Westlake if you can.

This will be followed by our GA at 5:45pm, then a Candlelight Vigil at 7pm.

Info about Rally for Good Jobs Now and Candlelight Vigil from Working Washington:

No more bailouts. No more tax cuts for the rich. We are the 99 percent, and we need to tell Congress it’s time they listened to us.

Can you commit to attend and join the 99 percent? Just fill out the form to the right.

President Obama has proposed creating jobs with $50 billion to repair our bridges, roads and transit systems. He’ll pay it for it with a tax on millionaires. But Congress keeps saying NO.

Are you angry about the lack of good jobs in our communities? Then join us to stand up together. Let’s tell Congress to create jobs and rebuild the Middle Class.

The General Assembly has been moved to 5:45pm just for October 10th by request of Working Washington. Work groups will meet at 4pm before the GA.

35 Responses to Today (10/10) Mayor McGinn will be Speaking at 5pm – General Assembly at 5:45pm

  • Franklin Boeble says:

    The mayor has asked us to abide by rules to respect so-called corporate privacy rights. But that is wrong! There are no privacy rights because corporations are not PEOPLE! The rights of PEOPLE need to be upheld, not the rights of non-People! Nationalize Corporations and let the Free Humans reap the spoils! Human Rights for Humans Only!!!!

  • Debra says:

    I came down to the protest 3 days last week and I’m hearing a lot about how Obama is at fault. He is being characterized as being part of the problem and is being called out as a corporate shill. I hope that the protest doesn’t continue down this dangerous path that has been laid out and encouraged by the corporate media and the do nothing republican congress. We are falling right into the hands of the corporate powers and the Rebulicon agenda who wish to sully the work that Obama has been able to get accomplished over the past 3 years. Obama is not the problem and we the people should be smart enough to know what the corporate $$$ powers and the REPULICON powers are up to. They are sitting back laughing to see the protesters being fractionated by the “We want the President to Fail” agenda, that they have been pushing for since the day Obama took office. We have to be smarter than them and stronger. Please don’t turn on Obama he is the only chance we have right now…until we can organize into another party after the 2012 elections. We can’t beat the money right now…we must remain realistic.

    Sincerely…A Bleeding Heart Liberal

    • Steve Hunter says:

      Debra, I can appreciate your position. I am also a progressive, and here comes the BUT, but after using the left wing of the party to provide Obama with campaign “boots on the ground” in the 2008 election, he threw us under the bus. My “hurt feelings” will recover but what will not recover is the middle class and the poor with the likes of Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner and Jeffrey Immelt. Obama in my humble opinion is a neo-conservative. Will I vote for him again, yes, but I will have to hold my nose.

      • Mark says:

        He failed in so many ways. Vote for somebody besides the Republicrat candidate. There are more than 2 parties in this country.

      • Glenn Anderson says:

        I voted for Obama in 2008, I’m a lifelong Democrat. But, I will not vote for him again. He has caved on every issue he promised in his campaign. I didn’t vote for him because he could give a good speech. I expect him to stand by his word and knows what Democratic values are. We need someone who can stand up for our rights not someone who is unsure what they stand for. Let’s get a real Democrat in there. Otherwise it doesn’t matter . The Republicans are wining and their not even in power, what kind of leader is that? He needs to step aside for someone who really knows how to lead.

    • George says:

      http://wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/obam-a13.shtml

      This is a good article that objectively explains why Obama cannot be a Roosevelt.

      ‘Obama proposed an economic stimulus policy tailored to boosting corporate profitability, not jobs, and rejected any direct job creation by the federal government. After blocking efforts to limit executive pay at the bailed-out banks, the president demanded a 50 percent wage cut for newly hired auto workers as the price of bailing out General Motors and Chrysler. And his health care “reform” was driven by cost-cutting, not the extension of coverage to the uninsured.’

      • Glenn Anderson says:

        I agree, Obama has shown his support of corporations over the people’s rights. I will not vote for him unless he proves he knows what Democratic values are by standing up for them. Where do you think his $1 Billion champagne money is from. Corporations, not the people. The Republicans are in control and they aren’t even in power. What kind of leader is that? He needs to step down for someone who can lead the Democratic cause, because he has forgotten what our values are.

    • Deb Reed says:

      Thanks Debra, a very important message you have, please keep telling it…OK?

    • OccupyMarkD says:

      Nearly every piece of legislation proposed and pursued by the Democratic Party has been to further empower the corporations and banks that have ruined this country. They are no different than the Republicans when it comes to issues that effect the 99%. The only thing the working class can expect from Obama is more austerity measures and more capitulation to the banks and corporations that got him elected in 2008. The working class needs it’s own party to pursue its own agenda, an agenda that has not had a voice in government for many years. Obama and the Democratic Party have failed the 99%, they have failed the working class, they have only put up symbolic opposition to attacks on what are considered traditional Democratic Party groups.

      We are sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. They are both evil, why don’t we try something different instead of expecting those who have failed us for the past 40 years to do something different? We need our own party to pursue our own interests.

    • Warren Outten says:

      Obama is a fraud, look at the fraudulent birth certificate he provided when asked to prove his Amercian citizenship and he is a war criminal, continuing the illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan plus the war in Libya he started under the auspices of the UN. Have you ever read the constitution ? According to that document Obama should be impeached, yje only reason he is not being impeached is that our whole government in DC is criminal and they know it, seems the only people who don’t are the American people WAKE UP !! If you think Obama is not a corporate shill, perhpas you haven’t noticed all the JP MORGAN GOLDMAN SACHS people in his cabinet and the sorry state of this nation after he plundered it and gave all the money to the banking system ??? WAKE UP, GROW UP, quit being naive and stop being conned !!!

      • Ram Samudrala says:

        I don’t care that Obama is a citizen of this country—it’s a red herring. I believe he truly loves and cares about this country as much as ANY OTHER POLITICIAN and certainly more than ANY OF THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEES FOR PRESIDENT (except for Ron Paul who I also think is sincere but somewhat—it shouldn’t be “end the Fed”, but rather “make the Fed accountable”).

        I am an immigrant and a US citizen. I’m many things but one of the main things I do is science. I truly love and care about the philosophy that underlies the foundation of this country (Locke, Thoreau, Rousseau, Hobbes, etc.). I shun politics but I could be as valid as US President as anyone. So I reject the birther argument from the outset. I don’t care that someone is born in this country or not. I care that someone loves this country as much as or more than anyone born in this country. I believe Obama does.

        But Obama is not a scientist (he’d have to be smarter than he is for that). He’s a politician. He’s doing what he’s doing from the inside, as it were. Let him do this thing. We are going to do what we need to do also. When Obama won the election, the MAIN thing I remember from his victory speech was that “I cannot do it alone.”

        Obama is ONE person. To think that ONE person can affect how this country behaves is a flawed way of thinking. He’s human. And he was inexperienced and hired the wrong team the first time around but he has shuffled and seems to have gotten his groove.

        The President actually doesn’t matter. What matters are the courts. George W Bush’s influence isn’t just in his wars or tax breaks or medicaid, but rather the people he put on the Federal and Supreme Courts. Roberts and Alito are going to have a much bigger impact on the future of this country than George W Bush did. (Hey, didn’t some of them select him to be the President in 2000?)

    • Stan Lippmann says:

      Obama was born into the CIA. He can’t help who he is. None of us can. That said, it’s time to remove him from office now!

    • Freethinker says:

      Debra,

      While you bleed over Obama, he is undermining Social Security and Medicare with sneaky maneuvers like cuts to the payroll taxes that have kept them safe from General Budget abuses for the past 70 years. His total modus operandi is the sneak attack and undermining whatever he opposes.

      The sooner you recognize that he is a Reaganite, the less befuddled you will be. He is no friend of liberals, progressives or any of us in the 99 Percent!

    • Still hopeful? says:

      Though I voted Obama in 2008 to keep Moose & Squirrel out of office, I’ve about as much hope in Obi-Wan Kenobi as I do in Obama at this point. But, until the Jedi are able to field a serious candidate, you make an interesting point. Can we cling to the hope that, should Obama be reelected, he’ll have nothing to lose and therefore feel emboldened to make good on some of those campaign promises from the first time around? Like weeding out the influence of money on elections? Like he told all of us progressives he was going to do?

      That would be lovely, but pardon me if I don’t hold my breath. For all I know he may have fully intended to keep every promise, but for whatever reason he’s failed to come through, on government transparency, accountability for the banks, Gitmo, political contributions, jobs, etc. Does he lack the will? Or the power? Is he complicit or simply impotent? Either way, he’s simply become the more sympathetic face of the same broken system. Now 4 years later we have to go through this same process again, knowing that nothing has been done to repair it.

      We don’t need a new party as much as we need to end the influence of corporate money in elections. Otherwise, whatever new party comes along, it will still have to go begging to the deeper pockets to fund campaigns. Meet the new party, same as the old party.

      • Ram Samudrala says:

        ONE area where Obama hasn’t disappointed is his selection of judges, esp. for the Supreme Court. If he gets another term, he could flip the court from its current centre right majority to centre left. That would influence politics in a LONG way.

        If any of the Republicans are elected, guess what the Court will look like?

        (I assume we’re agreed that our current system is okay, it’s just the corrupting influence of private money in politics is what we’re really objecting to.)

  • Richard Wells says:

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has, and it never will.” Our only hope is the ever increasing number of 99%’ers willing to take it to the streets, and demand a change to business as usual. Obama is a conservative, and a corporatist – always has been – and unless the 99% can keep the pressure on he will continue to listen to the likes of Geithner, and Immelt. Washington, D.C., has always been a fool’s game, but it’s a game that has to be played. Elect progressives, push Obama to the left, and remember that the only two forces in politics are organized money, and organized people – the 99%’ers have to become the organized people (the money will follow.)

    • sudopinion says:

      The money will follow?!?!?

      The money is pushing back if you hadn’t noticed. It has taken the form of police-actions and mass-arrests. What this movement needs is a game-changer and only the unions can provide that.

      • Richard Wells says:

        Yup. There are millionaires down at Westlake. Granted, we’ll never have or get as much as the corporate interests, that’s why we need the people. The unions could be a game changer, but when was the last time you encountered a militant union?

        • sudopinion says:

          I suppose if someone important were to martyr themselves for the cause this might get some traction…however from what I can tell, there is an obscene amount of decent here on the site at least. I can’t imagine that anyone’s gonna stick their neck out until occupyseattle has a cohesive voice.

  • Lloyd says:

    Where is the form on the right?

  • Candy Geussel says:

    The unions are our only hope. They control Obama. They are the answer to everything. Once capitalism is destroyed then they will get rid of the politicians. The unions will take over and run everything. There will be no more problems and everything we need will be unionized so everyone can work when they want to.

    • Dave Simmonds says:

      Speaking of unions, I just wanted to point out how much I love cheese – like a very sharp cheddar or camembert…Mmmmmmmm!

  • toby1d says:

    March On Medina….we need to plan one soon. Medina is the second richest zip code in America.

  • Anonymous says:

    That would get their attention! :^)

    • Scott says:

      Most likely they would just call the police and report undesirables in their neighborhood. Do you think you would intimidate them? Good lord, this is Washington. Rich people have guns!

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  • Willow says:

    Thinking about feeling underwhelmed by Obama’s first term, I realize the best thing we got from his election is the certainty that most of us want change and are willing to come out in mass numbers when it seems possible. It can be possible without the two sides of one coin, especially if we find common ground with the Teabaggers on returning our country to the constitution (updated for modern times, with women and brown folks included).

  • Alexander j Williamson says:

    This movement is amazing! keep up the good work. All those of you who camp out in the wind and rain and cold…you are heroes. Lets keep showing the pundits and naysayers that we are not just a flash in the pan. We will remain, we will occupy this city!!! I think we should make a request to the media, that they put up information (phone numbers, emails, addresses, and websites) of our local/regional elected officials and ask for specific reform regarding the creation of an equitable tax structure, anti corruption laws and corporate regulation. If we have specific demands attached with specific instructions on how people can be the change they want to see in the world, we will make real progress. I think the sooner we have some basic demands and calls to action (like the planned bank switches and withdrawals from the big 4 banks this week) the larger this movement will get. people are simply apathetic and overwhelmed as a whole. We need to empower the 99% and create an outline for real, measurable, social change. I am willing to participate in any peaceful civil disobedience for this purpose and would love to see others give me some input on this idea. Give the occupiers a productive reason to get arrested hehe. If you agree with my ideas, please try and suggest this course of action to others so we can discus it at the GA soon.
    Thanks for listening, Alex

  • Alexander j Williamson says:

    This movement is amazing! keep up the good work. All those of you who camp out in the wind and rain and cold…you are heroes. Lets keep showing the pundits and naysayers that we are not just a flash in the pan. We will remain, we will occupy this city!!! I think we should make a request to the media, that they put up information (phone numbers, emails, addresses, and websites) of our local/regional elected officials and ask for specific reform regarding the creation of an equitable tax structure, anti corruption laws and corporate regulation. If we have specific demands attached with specific instructions on how people can be the change they want to see in the world, we will make real progress. I think the sooner we have some basic demands and calls to action (like the planned bank switches and withdrawals from the big 4 banks this week) the larger this movement will get. people are simply apathetic and overwhelmed as a whole. We need to empower the 99% and create an outline for real, measurable, social change. I am willing to participate in any peaceful civil disobedience for this purpose and would love to see others give me some input on this idea. Give the occupiers a productive reason to get arrested hehe. If you agree with my ideas, please try and suggest this course of action to others so we can discus it at the GA soon.
    Thanks for listening, Alex

  • Big Finance Capital Exposed says:

    Hi All,

    I just thought I’d chime in with a paradigm that might result in less cognitive dissonance.

    Big Finance Capital rigged the monetary system (debt-dollar tyranny) in order to “rake” 5% of the nation’s money supply in “interest,” primarily to themselves (they have most of the “wealth,” by definition).

    They then create an electoral process that is entirely dependent on…

    Good idea?

    Best person for the job?

    Cold debt-dollar cash?

    Yeah, you got it – the debt-dollar cash.

    So, only two types of people have a chance to be in government in almost all cases. Big Finance Capital and those who sign on to their program, kiss the ring and become a Big Finance Capital operative (its a con, so they will never tell you… you gotta figure it out yourself).

    $30 million every two or six years to run for Congress – win or lose…

    You got that kind of “play money?” If you did, would you blow it on a Congressional run?

    Oh, and Big Finance Capital controls the media – both directly and through the their corporate front advertising.

    An easy solution is to defund these crooks – despise everything and anything big. Shop small, local and pay cash (they get a cut of every credit card transaction – they are master “rent seekers!).

    If the media promotes a candidate – DON’T VOTE FOR THEM!

    It is like a guy in a white van promoting the nice little puppy to the kid walking to school… and that’s not hyperbole – IT REALLY IS LIKE THAT!

    At least, if you buy into this paradigm instead of ditching it like a pair of dimes.