Plans for Saturday’s Occupation of Seattle Central Community College

At the General Assembly on October 24, 2011, Occupy Seattle decided to begin a mass occupation at Seattle Central Community College on Saturday, October 29. We’re really excited about this Occupy Seattle expansion! Join us! Don’t miss out!

October 29th Schedule:
5pm: March from Westlake to SCCC
6:30pm: SCCC Speak-Out
8pm: Halloween Party Begins!
8:30pm: Tent-Raising

Bring your Tent and a Pumpkin! Come in Costume!
Rumor has it there will be prizes…(there will be no prizes).

Occupy Seattle will only succeed if you show up! And camp out! Occupy Together!

FULL POSTER:

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/caphellfullposter.pdf

QUARTER-SHEET/HANDBILL:

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/caphell4up1.pdf

*Occupy Seattle Anti-Oppression and Accountability Principles:

http://occupyseattle.org/resource/occupy-seattle-anti-oppression-and-accountability-principles

*Declaration of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle:

http://blackorchidcollective.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/decolonize-occupy/

There will probably be multiple invitations for this event, but it’s all the same thing. Don’t get confused.

39 Responses to Plans for Saturday’s Occupation of Seattle Central Community College

  • msmikestew35 says:
  • Plytyme says:

    Is this still on since SCC has rejected Occupy?

  • Wyrug says:
  • changeitup says:

    The Citizens of Seattle own City Hall – we should insist to the Mayor and City Council that OS be allowed 24-7 use. OS needs to be visible to a broad cross-section of the 99%, not congregating in the bosom of Capitol Hill, at an institution which works hard to give folks the tools to combat inequity….
    The ‘occupation ‘ of SCCC on Saturday is mis-guided and needs to be reconsidered

    • reeznble foke says:

      agreed changeitup, why not occupy B of A instead! Take them by storm! SCCC is a struggling CC who fully supports our mission, does not want trouble, and may begin to resent us! We want them on our side, not against us, let’s not agitate our friends! agitate the bankers! agitate the investment brokers! agitate Wall St!

    • Bradford B. Morrison says:

      dear changeitup:
      please spend a few nights at City Hall encampment and then see if your opinion remains the same. Seems like a cool idea, City Hall 24/7, at first glance. However, it turns out that there is a very significant problem at City Hall outside veranda , the “occupied” location. AS IT HAPPENS, the VERANDA is TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE MOST POPULAR “CRACKHEAD” (and other street drugs)PARK in SEATTLE (JEFFERSON between 3rd and 2nd). Many of the OCCUPIERS have had many things STOLEN, often from right out from under their NOSES!! One man I talked to said he had had $1500.00 worth of electronic equipment stolen. Backpacks ,sleeping bags, etc. have been popular theft items also. I am only guessing, but I believe it is likely that most of the theivery is being done by DRUG USERS from that area.
      So, what to do?? I personally would like to try SCCC next, and with our growing group of OCCUPIERS becoming large enough to occupy WESTLAKE PARK 24/7; SCCC 24/7; City Hall(maybe, if security is tightened up there) at least during current hours (8pm-7am for camping); and OTHER AREAS also, on a rotating basis, possibly a roving “tent city” associated with private land owned by Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, or other organizations, religious or secular, who are in sympathy with the OCCUPYSEATTLE (and the wider OCCUPY the WORLD) movement.
      Thanks for listening
      Peace and Love
      Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

      • SukkahMan says:

        Right across the street from SCCC is Cal Anderson Park which is another homeless refuge. I have pictures of people camping out all over the park and the Lutheran church across from the park has free meals twice a week which draws quite a homeless crowd. All of the problems that the City Hall camp had will be present at SCCC…plus a police precinct three blocks away.

    • ThereisNoThem says:

      Ditto on the other comments. It is also not nearly big enough. Also from my experience there is not much cross-section exposure at city hall, I believe if things can be well-run and community friendly at SCCC people who have fears can be won over. It can be a new day for Occupy Seattle, actually having a habitable place!

  • Flyboy says:

    Starbucks on Westlake said business was booming………………

  • occupumpkin says:

    As a son of a community college teacher, I believe that a protest held at a community college is not only ridiculous, but it directly opposes the overall sentiment of the “occupy-together” movement. Because of the state deficit, state and community colleges have been forced to lay-off teachers and increase class sizes. Teachers and colleges need our support–as many of you know, the teachers in Tacoma are fighting for their unions collective bargaining rights. How can we help them… or am I wrong–did they ask for our presence in SCCC?

  • mscsw says:

    OS website needs to be updated once or twice a day. SCCC has said it will not support the movement. And there is going to be a Halloween Party? It sounds more like a frat party than a serious movement. And just to be clear, I am in support of the movement, I just think we will get more people to support us by showing a more mature attitude. The baby boomers are suffering, and a larger populations than the X’ers.

  • occupumpkin says:

    If there is no OS at SCCC this Saturday (10/29) where are the OS crew going to be? Is there any organized march or protest? Halloween could convalesce the energy that needs to rise up after we’ve heard the news about Scott Olsen in Oakland. People are angry, homeless and abused by police. While this movement isn’t directed at police brutality, but at the unfair economic trends, the violence only strengthens the resolve and determination as “The Whole World is Watching.”

    • SukkahMan says:

      The Cuff (the largest gay bar in town) will be having its annual Halloween bash this Saturday. There is a costume contest at 10 p.m. with a first prize of $1,000 (which would buy a lot off of the “needs” page). Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Even is a protester did not win the contest, there will be perhaps a thousand loaded gay men who might be willing to get involved or make a donation:))

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Well, Friends:
    I guess I better get down to Westlake Park….gettin off to a late start today. Baseball WORLD SERIES fever finally took over my “soul”, but probably for one night only…7-5 Texas Rangers late in game 6…yadda, yadda, yadda…
    Anyway, I believe we should consider keepin on keepin on with our Saturday plans at SCCC, and play it by ear. If there are 100 police there waiting to arrest anyone for “trespassing”, we can reconnoiter, if necessary. I PERSONALLY have the view that a stubborn stand by OCCUPYSEATTLE in the face of significant police presence (that is, trying to have a Halloween Party and pitch tents and OCCUPY even if they start arresting us)would be negative overall for the accomplishment of our ultimate goals…(especially if the TEAR GAS and/or RUBBER BULLETS came out). HOWEVER, I COULD BE WRONG!!…TIME WILL TELL!!
    Please, everyone remember: we are in this for the long haul, and REGARDLESS of what happens SHORT-TERM, the SUN WILL RISE IN THE EAST again tomorrow (and on Sunday, Oct.30th as well…LOL), as it has, according to the Astronomers and other scientists, for over 4 BILLION YEARS in a row now!! So, chin up, laugh, love,dance, sing,play music, PARTY HEARTY,( and cry too,if you are feelin’ it)!!; GET the SLEEP you need whenever and wherever you can, and STAY WARM and SAFE!!!

    Thanks for listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

  • ThereisNoThem says:

    There is support at SCCC for the movement among staff and students, I am in the SCCC Occupy Seattle Club. It presents a great learning opportunity for the students. I believe to stay at SCCC long term we need to keep it tight. NO drugs/drinking, no violence, no middle of the night noise all the time, (there are condos right across the street). IF we can allay fears and become a positive presence I believe those that have reservations about this move

    • SukkahMan says:

      The same problems facing the City Hall basecamp will be present at SCCC (where I used to be an employee). Across the street is Cal Anderson Park which is another homeless refuge. Lots of drugs, alcohol, and even a church that feeds the homeless twice a week drawing quite a crowd. That crowd will find its way to the SCCC camp just like the City Hall camp and the same problems will arise.

  • ThereisNoThem says:

    sorry hit enter..All I’m saying is. LET”S BE GOOD! SCCC is our friend, and could be a great ally.

  • reeznble foke says:

    I have heard the administration there does now want us there. is this true?

  • reeznble foke says:

    I have heard the administration there does now want us there. is this true?

  • Laura H. says:

    If you’re going to use the facilities of an institution, especially one that is cash strapped, I think being good neighbors would mean keeping the place clean and contributing to the maintenance of the facilities being used. For example, this would mean cleaning the bathrooms and contributing toilet paper (or money for toilet paper.) You can’t just suck public institutions dry.

    • Flyboy says:

      OS has always “cleaned up”, this parks department clean up and park rangers presence is just harassment, it appears they are “sucking themselves dry”…….Toilet paper is only one dollar for 4 rolls at the Dollar Tree, the use of which could not be “sucking them dry” People will coome from all over wanting to attend SCCC.

  • Laura H. says:

    Seems odd that the tent raising is planned during the middle of the Halloween party…

  • SukkahMan says:

    While I am proud to have been arrested for pitching my tent in Westlake Plaza, I feel it is time to move onto the next step. Pitching my tent again will not break a single bank, end government corruption, or bust a single greedy corporation.

    Seattle is at the forefront of cyberspace and Occupy Seattle can “occupy” that space without a permit, without threat of tear gas, and without complaints from a single local business. There is already a great website, twitter, livestream, etc. And from THIS basecamp, each protester can go recruit three other protesters to start a credit union account, register to vote, and promote local businesses (remember that Gates and Jobs started in a garage). Each protester could find three people to refinance a home loan with a credit union, or a car loan, or even a credit card loan. THIS will break a bank quicker than pitching my tent next to the Farmer’s Market at SCCC (where I used to work).

    Each member/protester could register three other people to vote. This is how local offices are elected (such as mayor, city council, etc.) Occupy Seattle should even start looking for members to endorse on the next local election. Occupy Seattle could take over local offices and reclaim government. Steven Gyllenhaal has an excellent article on the Huffingtonpost discussing this strategy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-gyllenhaal/occupy-your-own-backyard_b_1017320.html

    We have enough talent within the movement to have an online GA so that EVERYONE can join in, not just those that can make it downtown. And I propose that GA votes become blind ballot…so that a protester could vote against a popular proposal without feeling awkward or intimidated.

    Occupy Seattle needs to endorse a credit union and give members of the protest movement easy to follow instructions for transferring accounts. I talk to people that think one has to be a member of a union to join a credit union. They don’t know how to change that direct deposit account at work and the thought of moving a home loan seems pretty intimidating. How about a workgroup dedicated to helping people transfer funds? BECU has this great pdf. file giving instructions for moving an account. http://www.becu.org/pdfsource/6946.pdf

    Occupy Seattle could/should also start a list of local businesses that reflect the values of the movement that members/protesters could support. And Occupy Seattle could encourage members/protesters to start a business.

    If we quit doing business with the 1%, they will go by the wayside. And we can do this from the comfort of our homes. Occupy Seattle is smarter and could/should set a national standard.

  • mscsw says:

    Shukkaman, you are right, lets ALL move on to the next step. Working to end corporate greed, big banks, corrupt politics. Lets take this national attention and make progress for the greater good.

    • SukkahMan says:

      As I read responses online to the OWS movement, a common comment is, “I wonder how many of those protesters voted in the last election?”. We should really make sure every protester is registered to vote and we should promote/endorse local candidates. The Tea Party did not have to pitch any tents to effectively take over the Republican Party. Surely, we are smarter than a bunch of Republicans wearing corporate tea bags on their head:))

      When I was in jail, police were mocking us for running into Seattle’s Best and Starbuck’s Coffee everyday for supplies while claiming to be anti-corporate:)) Does anyone know a local coffee shop that does business the way we like? I would love to see a list of such companies where I could spend my dollar. If we quit buying products that say, “Made in China/overseas”, the jobs will come back to the USA. Again, how does pitching my tent do this?

  • Flyboy says:

    Just pitch your tent, it’s not time to “move onto the next step”

    • SukkahMan says:

      Come on, you can find three people to change accounts, register to vote, and to use a local business that they may not have known about. Its easier to do this than to pitch a tent in the Seattle rain with police just two blocks away. Trust me…I pitch my tent every night somewhere in the city trying to dodge police. Meanwhile, I am talking to people while sipping latte’s at Vivaci’s and having more of an impact. Try holding a marguerita at your local watering hole and see how easy it is to convince people to move their funds. Its easier than talking people into pitching a tent…lots of people don’t want to get involved in another WTO.

      • Flyboy says:

        We need more people like you, we are not ready to “move on”

        • SukkahMan says:

          I am going to accomplish more talking to gay men about changing their bank accounts to a credit union and buying locally than pitching my tent again. And I can do that on a Saturday night at an underwear party at my leather bar while sipping on a rum and coke. I don’t need a permit to do so, I won’t turn off people that might be sympathetic to the overall message but not to “camping”, and I’ll get a good blowjob while doing it.

          If you were playing World of Warcraft…would you pitch a tent?? We’re smarter than this:))

  • Artful Bodger says:

    5:09PM – UPDATE – In a statement released Friday afternoon, SCCC president Dr. Paul Kilpatrick says that the Washington Administrative Code does not prohibit Occupy Seattle’s planned activities on the school’s campus.

    http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2011/10/28/occupy-seattle-central-a-letter-from-occupy-to-the-farmers-market

  • msmikestew35 says:

    Many people had hopes that Obama’s election meant a reversal of the process of rich getting richer at our expense. All those hopes have now been shattered. Obama has been revealed as a pliant tool of the bankers and big corporations.

    We need to seriously discuss the state (government) to come to an understanding of why voting does not matter. To do this requires a *class* analysis of society.

    Engels and after that Lenin did this work and it would be instructive to read their writing.

    To summarize, the state is a result of a society of classes – one oppressing the other. The oppressed class invariably tries to rise and the task of the state is to prevent or limit this class mobility. The state is a tool at the disposal of the oppressor class.

    Modern society can be divided into two main classes – those with the means of production (meaning money, factories, patents etc) and the rest of us who have to work. The former is the capitalist class and the latter (us) is the working class.

    The capitalist class increases their share of surplus value society makes as they *own* the means of production, which the working class requires to produce value. We can’t produce value merely based on our labor. So we are compelled to go to them, and work according to the rules they decide upon. We live in an economic dictatorship – the dictatorship of the capitalist class.

    The more oppressed layers among us invariably rise against this by various means. The State functions to keep these conflicts from boiling over. For this, the state uses the police, military (in the international setting), courts and prisons.

    Here is a link to Lenin’s ‘State and Revolution’ :

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

  • Ralphiesmom says:

    I have only been around on the fringes, but I want to thank all of you who have done the heavy lifting. Glad Occupy has found a stable-seeming home. So much work to do — and I do not believe registering voters when there is no one (who works for us) to vote for is a worthwhile effort, so we have to think outside that box IMO.

    Thanks again, you folks, and looking forward to the ongoing process. Will be in support as I can.