City Hall still open for camping! Permit has not been revoked.

Clarification on the state of City Hall:

Our permit has not been revoked! The group of generous volunteers that have been staffing City Hall voted tonight that they were no longer going to perform the staffing functions there due to lack of support as well as theft and other problems.

This group does not have the authority to say that City Hall is closed for camping completely and did not have General Assembly approval. We have volunteers who are on-site tonight that are keeping City Hall open and people can still camp there.

8 Responses to City Hall still open for camping! Permit has not been revoked.

  • Artful Bodger says:

    Unfortunately not soon enough apparently. I can’t blame the long term volunteers for walking out. Maybe the next wave of volunteers will be represented at the GA.

    • pmocek says:

      Anyone who wants to participate in the GA can do so. It’s unclear to many people what has been going on at City Hall Plaza. We voted to remain at Westlake, and have repeatedly acknowledged that City Hall is a safe place to sleep in a tent at night. No decisions were ever made by the GA to use the site for anything else.

  • msmikestew35 says:

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/occu-o22.shtml

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    There is an essentially anti-capitalist thrust to the protests. They reflect an emerging recognition that the profound problems confronting broad masses of people—the “99 percent”—cannot be resolved by a few patchwork reforms.

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    The task is to make clear that these aspirations cannot be met by piecemeal reforms and that the as yet somewhat ill-defined political strivings of masses of people reflected in the Occupy movement can go forward only to the extent that they are transformed into a conscious political struggle to break the grip of the financial oligarchy on the levers of political power.
    Marxism long ago addressed the question of the relationship between reform and revolution, explaining that rather than the accumulation of “reforms” somehow leading to revolution, the situation is the reverse. Any serious reforms are always the by-product of mass struggles by the working class that threaten the very existence of the capitalist order. And Marxism has made clear the relationship between immediate demands and socialist revolution.

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  • Laura H. says:

    Hmmm, I’ve only been down to OS twice, and I know that they were cooking, collecting food, running a medical tent, and providing space for tent storage. Where have YOU been? It’s only a few blocks from Westlake.

    How can coordination be so bad down there? I just brought food donations down yesterday. Guess I won’t be doing that any more.

  • pmocek says:

    I’ve attended every General Assembly for the past two weeks, and I’ve yet to hear a report of City Hall Plaza being used as anything but a place to sleep without harassment from the police. I don’t know what else goes on there, and I’m confident that I’m not alone in this regard among people who are heavily involved with Occupy Seattle.

    Most workgroup meetings are held at Westlake Park between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. General Assembly is at Westlake Park at 6:30 most evenings, 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After General Assembly until late at night, informal discussions are held at Westlake Park, as is various entertainment that stems from Seattle Police Department’s nightly dedication of scores of officers to guarding the park from tents, blankets, picnics, and umbrellas. Weekend rallies and marches convene at Westlake Park. Every day, there are a calendar of events, almost all of them at Westlake Park.

    Today’s calendar of events (none at City Hall Plaza):

    • 12:00pm Process and Facilitation Meeting
    • 1:00pm Non-Violence and De-Escalation Discussion
    • 2:00pm Decolonization Workshop
    • 3:00pm Internet Communications workgroup meeting
    • 3:00pm Workshop: Psychological First Aid and Activist Self-Care
    • 4:00pm Performance by Vamola! Brazilian Samba group
    • 5:00pm How to Get Money Out of Politics: Sunday Afternoon Occupy Public Policy
    • 6:00pm Meditation/Silent Reflection
    • 6:30pm General Assembly
  • jwilson says:

    As an observer I can offer this:
    1)find a location where a permanent set up can be obtained (includes food area, medical area, supplies and meetings can be held). That will give better communication and order to the process. The location isn’t as important as long as people are not being harassed or kept awake by police and where your community will be known so other can join in easily.
    2)have regularly scheduled marches in the financial district where everyone can participate.
    3)encourage a diverse group to be involved in the GA so everyone is represented.
    4)don’t let the group be hijacked by special interest group or those with a different agenda. It doesn’t look good to have radicals (I refer to march yesterday where some people thought the police brutality march was also the Occupy march, and then were surprised to see the antagonistic behavior at the end. This does not look good for the Occupy cause.
    5)Stay true to the mission …fixing politics and wall street!
    6)Don’t become fragmented…this is what the media will capitalize on. Be united, organized and strong.
    You have some very committed people who are working very hard. I admire your tenacity and hope that Occupy Seattle will grow as did NY.

  • Aristokronik anarkist says:

    I was down there last night and there was a guy selling oxycontin. The so called “tent goddess “and her entourage are theiving all donations (food)then going up to westlake to hustle volunteers up there to donate more to them (city hall). drug pushers ruined the protest movement way back in 70′s, lets not be bllind to those who are playing us for a fool …the crew of degenerates who control tent city hall are drinking malt liquor on property. fucking sloth culture and the goddamn vulutres…As soon as folks get to city hall they bolt for portland..That s how bad seatle is

  • Aristokronik anarkist says:

    I was down there last night and there was a guy selling oxycontin. The so called “tent goddess “and her entourage are theiving all donations (food)then going up to westlake to hustle volunteers up there to donate more to them (city hall). drug pushers ruined the protest movement way back in 70′s, lets not be bllind to those who are playing us for a fool …the crew of degenerates who control tent city hall are drinking malt liquor on property. fucking sloth culture and the goddamn vulutres…As soon as folks get to city hall they bolt for portland..That s how bad seatle is