Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

Seattle, WA, 12/4/2011

Contacts:

**Names and Phone Numbers Redacted***

occupyseattle@gmail.com
www.occupyseattle.org

Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

On December 3rd, around 4 a.m., sixteen participants of Occupy Seattle were arrested in a former community center at 10th and Union during an action to reclaim public space.

As the participants planned the future of the space, SWAT and other SPD forces entered the building to forcibly remove them. Everyone present was arrested and held for criminal trespass; six people were arrested and held for obstruction of justice. Journalists present were barred from entering the block.

Earlier the same day, Frank La Rue, the United Nations special rapporteur for the protection of free expression, announced that the U.N. was drafting a document which criticized the U.S. government for severe and ongoing violations of Occupy demonstrators’ human and
constitutional rights.

In the face of the recent slew of closures and cuts to libraries, community centers, and other public spaces, participants sought to restore the warehouse, formerly the Union Cultural Center, to its use as a “supportive educational space for teaching, sharing and creating vibrant culture,” in the words of the UCC mission statement. Similar actions in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Boston suggest a new direction for the Occupy movement.

After entering the building at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of people from the neighborhood and Occupy Seattle immediately began cleaning and organizing the space. Lights were strung, bands and DJs played a free concert, people were fed, and a large general assembly discussed how to utilize the 36,000 square feet. Plans included supporting homeless people, opening a community art space, and providing free childcare and resources for drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. The assembly reached consensus to maintain the space as a strictly drug and alcohol free zone.

The warehouse, scheduled to be demolished in two weeks, will be the site for six-story luxury apartments, part of larger development plans for E Union Street which have already received widespread criticism from neighborhood residents.

Arrestees available for interviews.

17 Responses to Reclaimed Community Center Evicted by SWAT Team; 16 Arrested

  • Flyboy says:

    Let’s move back to Westlake where thle park has been taken over by permanant (day and nite) carnavil tents

  • TomD says:

    Actions like this–re-inhabiting former public spaces, as well as foreclosed homes–are brilliant and inspirational.

    But I don’t understand why this news wasn’t broadcast more timely and widely. If people from Occupy are explaining the rationale, and heavy irony of arrests, for these occupations to local media, it’s not getting out there as much as it could be.

    For the first 24 hours after this happened on Capitol Hill, most of the information I got was on the Occupy Wall Street website, and when I went to Occupy Seattle for particulars about the vigil for those arrested–that was announced on OWS–I didn’t find anything.

    Anyway, Thank you, Occupiers!

    • John Ellis says:

      This WEB site is a disaster, something only the rich could love. So, bring the problem before the General Assembly for a vote, get a committee of concerned occupiers and take control of it.

  • John Ellis says:

    For when legalized killers come at you with their bully clubs smashing away, sitting still and smiling pretty, this is nothing short of — passive solidarity most friendly while collaborating with the enemy.

    So, run here, there and everywhere, block the blows, grab for the clubs, be kind enough to throw back the free gifts they bombard you with, make citizen arrest when cops violate the law — and when police start a riot — its because they intent to brutalize above the law.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Read my blog about EO 11110 signed by JFK and let me know what you think. If we can revive this the national debt will go away in no time, and more money in our pocket. The Federal Reserve is making the rich richer.

      • John Ellis says:

        Now if your going to have any success protecting your excessive wealth, should you not be somewhat coy about it?

        • REPUBLIC says:

          ??

          Protecting excessive wealth? I don’t have anything more than my basic needs and $400 in my credit union account. If that is accumulation of wealth, let me know. I will give that $400 away to OS or you if you need it.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    EVERYONE DO YOU WANT TO GET RID OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE? WELL I STUMBLE UPON THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED BY PRES. JFK TO STRIP AWAY POWER TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE, BUT NEVER ENFORCED DUE TO HIS ASSASSINATION 10 DAYS LATER.

    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET RID THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND BRING BACK THE SILVER CERTIFICATE. SEARCH FOR THE EO 11110 AND I BET WE WILL GO TO A PATH OF TRUE DEMOCRACY WHERE OUR NATL DEBT CAN BE PAID OFF AND MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKET. ALTHOUGH PRES. REAGAN REPEAL IT IN 1987. LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT WE MUST SHUT DOWN THE TRUE EVIL THE FEDERAL RESERVE.

    I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS DON’T LIKE MY CONSERVATIVE VIEWS, BUT THIS IS NOT JUST HELPING THIS GROUP BUT EVERYONE IN THE USA.

  • John Ellis says:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are
    created not equal so that true happiness can be
    achieved. For only in this way can everyone
    experience compassion, pity and charity toward
    those who have less, in a way that produces a
    grateful response toward those who have more.
    For we are not superior to nature, life being not
    a right but a free gift that we do not deserve from
    nature, and in humility we should obey all the
    organic laws established by nature.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Did you read the EO 11110?

      I see you went on to talk about something totally off the wall. Help me out here would you?

  • REPUBLIC says:

    THE TIME IS NOW! LET US ALL MOVE BACK WHERE OUR ANCESTORS ARE FROM.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Hail Socialist Amerika!!

  • REPUBLIC says:

    INTERPOL — immune from any U.S. courts’ orders, including any protecting the privacy of American citizens — can now tap your phone, look at your tax returns or medical records and you can’t do anything about it.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35109

  • John Ellis says:

    U.S. CONSTITUTION — DID IT
    (1) Abolish chain slavery?

    (2) Abolish bond slavery?

    (3) End a genocide that was well under way, one that ended up a holocaust for all the indigenous tribes from New York to California?

    (4) Prevent the 10% most educated and wealthy from hoarding 90% of the wealth?

    (5) Prevent the laboring class lower half of society from unending economical slavery?

    (6) Stop in the slightest all of the plunder by brutal imperialism of Empire USA?

    (7) Prevent corporations from establishing a money dictatorship over all of American politics?

    (8) Bottom line, such an illusion of good generating darkness and hiding misery — Has it not done more harm then good?

  • REPUBLIC says:

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO LEAVE THIS LAND AND MOVE BACK TO WHERE OUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM. NOW IS THE TIME!!

    THIS GROUP IS NOT ANY BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT THAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE NOR IT IT WILL BE BETTER FOR WHAT YOU WANT IT TO BE; BECAUSE YOU STILL IN THE LAND OF THE INDIGENOUS TRIBES.

    STOP THE INDIGENOUS TERRITORY OCCUPATION AND MODERN DAY COLONIZATION.

    STOP OPPRESSING THE INDIGENOUS TRIBES AND GIVE UP THIS LAND NOW.

    EVEN IF YOU CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT TO SOCIALISM, UTOPIA, FASCISM, COMMUNISM, OR TOTALITARIAN WE ARE STILL OCCUPYING THEIR LAND.

    MOVE, MOVE NOW! FREE THE LAND THAT OUR ANCESTORS UNJUSTLY OCCUPIED AND COLONIZED IT!

    MOVE, MOVE NOW! THIS IS MODERN DAY UNJUST COLONIZATION!

    MOVE, MOVE NOW! DEPART AND FREE THE LAND OF THE INDIGENOUS TRIBES NOW!

    IF WE DON’T DISSOLVE THE GOVERNMENT NOW AND LET THE INDIGENOUS TRIBES RUN THIS TERRITORY, THEN YOU ARE ALL HYPOCRITES AND SELFISH AND NO BETTER THAN THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT.

    • Bradford B. Morrison says:

      Just stuff it, REPUBLIC!! The principle involved here is similar to the “reparations” idea vis-a-vis the African Americans. Although I feel badly about what some of my ancestors did to native tribes, and also to tribal people from Africa who were enslaved; I was born here and am not personally to blame for what happened in decades before I was born. Where would I go, as a person of part English, part Scottish, part African, and (probably) part Native American ancestry?? Could I successfully “OCCUPY” vacant land in Scotland or England or Africa, or maybe the cliff dwellings of New Mexico or Mesa Verde in Colorado??…(AS a somewhat humorous aside, maybe I am doing my part for “reparations” by playing Texas Hold-’Em Poker at Tulalip Casino and paying $12.00-$15.00 per hour for the priviledge of doing so…lol). Anyway, I must say, REPUBLIC, just STUFF it and COME UP WITH a BETTER, more DOABLE and more PRACTICAL IDEA!! Thanks!!

      Thanks for Listening
      Peace and Love
      Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends;
    If the Eviction from SCCC stands , then let’s remind Mayor McGinn, SPD Chief Diaz, and all the propagandistically brainwashed folks who actually believe that OCCUPYSEATTLE is responsible for the RATS which have existed on this planet for millions of years, and the drug needles which have existed for many many decades; and whatever else we are accused of but are not in fact responsible for;that WE AIN’T GOING HOME and GIVING UP!! I would like to suggest that one way to do this would be to RE-OCCUPY WESTLAKE PARK, without tents, 24-7, with at least 300-500 folks, at least for a few days, just to show folks our TRUE SOLIDARITY!!

    Thanks for listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad