N17: Day of Action and Solidarity! Rally in Support of Education and Jobs for the 99%

Come defend against the attacks on public education coming from Olympia and Washington, DC. Join us in front of the Seattle Central Community College Atrium at 2pm for a rally this Thursday to discuss the education and budget cuts and how we can fight back! Followed by a march to Montlake @3:30! This is part of a national day of action in support of the 99%.

From the FB Event: SCCC General Assembly and March: In the Face of Crisis Declare our Power https://www.facebook.com/events/#!/events/246182635435503/

At Seattle Central Community College students and occupiers will be holding a campus general assembly with students, workers, and faculty on campus. We want to learn from and help inform your ideas, goals and aspirations. We want to hear from the campus population – you’ll get the first chances to speak. We’ll end with a rally and speak out about the crisis of economy and education, how people are affected on campus and everywhere.

4pm – We’ll then be marching from Seattle Central to the University District to join students from all over the city for a city-wide rally.

Seattle Central, schools, and education the world over is under attack because of major economic crisis. It’s long past time that education not be a something for profit to be bought and sold but a basic human right.

We’ve been told our whole lives to leave it up to politicians. That we should just sit by and let them run the show. No more. They run a system that is making this crisis worse and worse while our futures, our lives, the lives of young people and the poor of the 99% are driven into the ground. Education should be free, and the world should belong to the people.

When students move millions follow.

Rise with us.

-Occupy Seattle club at Seattle Central Community College

From the FB Event: Our Bridges Need Work. So Do We. https://www.facebook.com/events/#!/events/313871968640071/

On November 17, people from across the area will converge at the functionally obsolete Montlake Bridge to demand our political leaders build bridges to good jobs — not make more cuts. This is part of a national day of action for jobs that’s happening in dozens of cities across the country.

We have a jobs’ crisis here in Washington. But instead of doing their part to get the economy moving again, Congress and the State Legislature are making more cuts.

We need jobs, not cuts:

* 45 bridges in King County are “structurally deficient.” 349 more are “functionally obsolete.”
* $6 billion of repairs are needed in Washington’s public schools.
* More than 800,000 people in our state don’t have access to affordable health care.
* We could create up to 30,000 new construction jobs in Washington with a general obligation bond next April.

Join us on November 17th at the Montlake Bridge. Meet at 3:30 pm for food and refreshments before a 4:00 pm rally and a 4:30 pm march.

Meet at the grassy area just west of the intersection of Montlake & Pacific: http://g.co/maps/vvt95.

This is an independently organized event by Working Washington.

12 Responses to N17: Day of Action and Solidarity! Rally in Support of Education and Jobs for the 99%

  • Vexxa says:

    Just wanted to say thank you very much for delaying the 20k+ commoners who needed to pick up their children and get home to make diner. Excellent move alienating people from garnishing sentiment for the movement. You’ve had the exact opposite effect that you intended I’m sure, as every single person stuck in your mess will resent what you stand for now.

    • rhettalden says:

      Vexxa – The Occupy Movement attempts to represent the 99% and in fact society as a whole by trying to move the dialog and agenda of our country to support families, children, and home owner like you. Some inconvenience happens to move the public dialog from one of elitism to one of inclusion. The protesters are sacraficing for our society and, indeed, you to make our country better for our children, our elderly, and ourselves. The “mess” is for you, Vexxa, and our future. Come and join us to improve our future.

    • John Ellis says:

      Vexxa,
      “Alienating people…
      delaying the 20k+ commoners…
      You’ve had the exact opposite effect that you intended”

      On the University Bridge and in the cars were those who represent the employed upper half of society with all the wealth. While those sitting down in a no-walk zone going nowhere, they represent the unemployed lower half with all the debt.

      Surely class warfare that has Empire USA split square down the middle. Comes now Vexxa to warn the likes of us, that his upper half has been inconvenienced and is not too pleased with with all the fuss, for our intent to get more public charity, will not be voted favorably, unless we show proper respect and humility.

      And so, with non-violent resistance the upper half we shall aggravate, and with a battle cry for freedom toward our lower half we shall rally the troops.

  • CommonCents says:

    “We need jobs, not cuts:

    * 45 bridges in King County are “structurally deficient.” 349 more are “functionally obsolete.”
    * $6 billion of repairs are needed in Washington’s public schools.
    * More than 800,000 people in our state don’t have access to affordable health care.
    * We could create up to 30,000 new construction jobs in Washington with a general obligation bond next April.”

    Wow, your logic really gives me a stomach ache.  

    Of course we could.  We could also buy everybody new cars, new houses, send ourselves all on exotic vacations and do anything else we wanted with a large enough general obligation bond. 

    But bonds are DEBT and need to be paid back with interest.  It’s like the moronic mindset that says, “Hey I’m broke, oh never mind, I’ll just open up another credit card account”.  Does the situation in Greece not make you think at all?

    And that’s one of the biggest problems with your movement.  Sure there are problems with corporate capitalism and they should be addressed.  But it is your CELEBRATED IGNORANCE in regards to all aspects of the financial system that is your biggest weakness.  Your too busy naming and shaming the producers in this economy to understand how it works.

    And your first amendment rights give you the right to speak, not obstruct traffic and places of business.  When you break the law in those regards and refuse to yield to the police charged to protect and serve the 99.9% of US who are not out there with you, then I support the police using whatever means necessary to restore it.

    • John Ellis says:

      “your logic really gives me a stomach ache… the moronic mindset… your CELEBRATED IGNORANCE…
      And your first amendment rights give you the right to speak, not obstruct traffic and places of business.

      He being of the 51% voting majority with all the wealth, his goal being to silence us, he starts by insulting our intelligence, and then ends by denying us the only right of self-defense we unemployed and impoverished people have — civil disobedience.

      You see, he has a dictator mentality and is most upset that we violate his emotions by denying him the right not to hear. Tough on him, for in a democracy no one has the right not to hear. Goodbye to him, for he must move to a police state if he wants the right not to hear.

  • msmikestew35 says:

    The producers of everything of value in society are the workers. The capitalists who buy our labor power do not produce anything – they steal part of the product we produce. This is the surplus product. Then the capitalist class as a whole figures out what they want to do with it.

    Right now, there is about $2Trillion of such stolen wealth that they do not know what to do with.

    • John Ellis says:

      Capitalist class includes anyone who because of capitalism is able to enrich themselves upon the misery of society. Namely, those who gain more wealth and property through capitalism then they would acquire without capitalism. Specifically, the 51% most aggressive and wealthy who are the voting majority. Painfully, the 51% with all of the wealth that Empire USA has plundered throughout the world.

  • CommonCents says:

    Dearest msmikestew35,

    The kind of society that your demanding by implication has never succeeded, is unAmerican and people outside of your stinky drum circle don’t want it! (yes that’s a stereotype but that’s the popular image of your movement)

    Your imagining a society with the all this nation’s wealth distributed equally among all people.  Sounds nice, it REALLY does! But you need to understand that the wealth this nation has is because of capitalism and not in spite of it.  There is a reason why socialism connotes such terrible images of dire poverty.

    Now, some good could come out of your movement (if it were  even founded with that intent.)  Fight crony capitalism, be mad about bailouts and scream at the FED for printing up absurd amounts of cash, causing the value of the dollar to decrease and the price of living to soar by at least 3-5% a year.

    Those are legitimate problems that really do make life difficult for all of us.  If you really want solidarity then speak to those issues instead of trying to insight class warfare by blaming the rich for all the countries problems.  The hard working rich.  That’s right, sure there are anomalies, but the majority of the wealthy in America are so because they work VERY hard.  I know thats not the aristocratic imagery you want to acknowledge but it’s the truth!  

    America really is a Land of Opportunity.  There are people all over the world who would die for a chance to be where you are and sadly some do.  And on the other hand there’s a group who camps out in a park for months now, terrorizing citizens and vandalizing property, demanding other people’s savings in so many abstract ways that they can’t even manage to articulate them as a group

    Shame on who?  Shame. on. YOU! 

    Your movement may have grown, but not in any way that is positive.  You’ve taken your own extremist anti-capitalist agenda and claim to represent all the 99%?  I am very much a part of that 99% and I’d like to make it clear that you DO NOT represent me.  

    Oh yeah, the “$2Trillion of stolen wealth that they do not know what to do with” aka savings?  Yeah,  “they” know exactly what to do with it.  As soon as conditions permit, they’ll invest it, allowing businesses to grow and hire people so that WE can have jobs and make a living.

    The problem with today’s capitalism is not capitalism itself but the government’s attempt to manipulate it.  If you want your movement to be worthwhile then fight that and stop pointing your “shame” finger with one hand while holding up your tin cup with the other to the “1%” you’ve decided to blame for all your problems.

    Sincerely, CommonCents

    • John Ellis says:

      “The kind of society that your demanding… never succeeded, is un-American”

      You see, CommonCents is of the 51% most wealthy, the 51% voting majority with all the wealth, the ruling class in every democracy there ever was. So he stands correct, our demand to have equal access to power has, since 1776, been most un-American.

      “your stinky drum circle…”

      Because so many of our unemployed have not a pot to urinate in, nor a window to throw to it out of, because his 51% voting majority does this to us, we are exactly what he forced us to be.

      “Your imagining a society with the all this nation’s wealth distributed equally among all people.”

      If 309 million Americans divided up all the wealth owned by our High Society, it having plundered by brutal imperialism half the wealth in all the world, perhaps $100 trillion, we would all be near millionaires.

      Seriously, all we want is a living wage, not for profit Medicare and not for profit Social Security.

      “the wealth this nation has is because of capitalism”

      Empire USA does not function by capitalism, that is an illusion, for plunder by brutal imperialism is the lubricant that gets things done.

      “you… trying to insight class warfare by blaming the rich for all our problems.
      “The hard working rich…
      “the majority of the wealthy in America are so because they work VERY hard.”

      If this were true, that those most rich are the most ambitious, then we the unemployed poor are the most lazy. Comes now common horse sense, for brains like sex appeal and wealth pass from father to son. For the more intelligent one is the less they have to work, with the super intelligent High Society never having to work at all.

      “I am very much a part of that 99%”

      Actually its 99.99999%, for not one in a hundred thousand is of the High Society. So, why are you so completely brainwashed as to support such a rich nobility monocracy and slave driver concept of society?

      For you are of the 51% most aggressive and wealthy, those who enrich themselves upon the misery of society, you fully well know it and want not to part with your share of the wealth and power in it.

  • CommonCents says:

    Since so many of you have been more concerned with who I am than with what I have to say, I think it’s only fitting that I introduce myself.  

    About those aristocratic gene’s you were describing, idk, i don’t think I’m ugly but I’m no brad Pitt.  I’m slightly overweight and have a tendency to break out, my father is also not fit for GQ.  I am a 24 year old student at the University of Washington majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a minor in Human Rights.  I started out at a community college because my high school grades wouldn’t have gotten me into UW.  I’ve had to take a couple of breaks in my schooling to save money.  I am currently enrolled in 22 credit hours and work about 30 hours a week to pay for my education.  I make just under $10.00 an hour plus tips working graveyard shifts on the weekends.  I don’t know what percentage of the population that puts me in, but frankly I don’t give a damn!

    I live with my parents to save money so I don’t have to take out student loans.  that’s not something I like to brag about, being 24 and living with my mom, but I know that paying for my education is my responsibility so I sacrifice some cool points to do it without overwhelming myself with debt.  I’m lucky, not everyone has that option of living with family, but even without it, working through school is still possible.  

    I don’t want it to be left unsaid that I understand that I am lucky, that many are less fortunate than I.  I do feel for them.  I think that what I am most grateful for personally, is that I have been taught and have learned to work hard.  I have had at least part time jobs since I was old enough to legally do so and had paper routes and mowed lawns before that.  

    In my “brainwashed” understanding life is not fair but hard work does pay off.  It pays off in different ways for everyone, but it does pay off.  I know that I will be successful because I know that I will work hard.  I can’t say how much I’ll make or what percentage of the population that’ll put me in or what you’ll call me, but I do know that I will be content, as I am now.

    Like I said, there are many positive directions that the occupy movement could have gone.  But based on recent developments and your comments suggesting that its no longer about 99% but the 49%(?) out to “aggravate” the rest of the population I can see that you’ve chosen otherwise.

    Here’s a point of order for the GA Mr. Ellis.  One of the biggest obstacles for the Human Rights movement and other movements like it is that people misunderstood what a “right” is, and by using rhetoric that claims irrational “rights” they undermine the validity of that same movement.  Civil disobedience is NOT a right.  You may feel that it is morally justifiable and I agree that at times it may be.  But that is not what constitutes a right.  You do have a right to speak.  You do have a right to assemble.  You do not have a right to vandalize property, throw things at police officers, camp where camping is not permitted or stop traffic to force people to listen to you.

    Well occupier friends, it’s been real! But I’m afraid this is my farewell for now.  I’ve got a lot of school work to do in the next few weeks and don’t have enough time for this.  I just had to say my piece, because on Thursday you did succeed in getting my attention, like much of America, and I am now outspokenly against what you stand for.  I won’t lie, if one of you says something intriguing enough, I’ll respond, I love a good debate.

    Until the next time, when I come back to give you another dose of,
         CommonCents!

    • John Ellis says:

      THE RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE

      “Civil disobedience is NOT a right.”

      In the uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain and China, when students were being crushed and slaughtered by tanks in the Tiananmen Square protests in China — students throwing rocks at police — is that a right?

      ORGANIC RIGHT
      The instinct for survival being such that men will always take all they can take, take all that the laws of men will allow, governments of men are nothing more then the 51% most aggressive and wealthy enslaving the lower half of society.

      Therefore, the lower half of society has an organic right to destroy all control the 51% most wealthy has over them by harmless non-violent civil disobedience, making impossible for such slavery to continue.

  • msmikestew35 says:

    Dear CommonCents –

    Your comment that socialism has not succeeded must be further examined. Socialism was attempted in a technologically backward country (Russia). It did not have the technological capacity to withstand the relentless assault from the capitalist countries that stood far above it at the time.

    Under incredibly difficult conditions, the socialist revolution was ultimately betrayed. After Lenin’s death, Stalin tightened his grip on the party, Trotsky and the Left Opposition were sidelined, later subject to bloody purges – which by the way was hailed in the American media – and managed to create the situation whereby capitalist property relations could later be restored.

    This was the prediction Leon Trotsky made. And it did come true with the integration of Russia into the capitalist economy.

    Thank you for saying that you are a student. This is not easily accessible information. But now you have no excuse either. This information is available in the WSWS archives and I hope you give them a look.

    Not only is socialism possible but it is the natural transition from capitalism so that the level of sophistication workers have built under capitalism can benefit us all and that work can be carried forward to far greater heights than is allowed under the limiting and outmoded profit system.