Occupy your Neighborhood!

Occupy your neighborhood!

Occupy Seattle, like Occupy Wall Street, is more than just an encampment. There are as many ways to occupy Seattle as there are people with concerns, urgency and ideas.

If you feel loss, betrayal and outrage at our political/economic system, you’re not alone. The Occupy movement is people realizing the system is designed for the few, not for us. Whether or not you are able to set foot in the main encampment, you are already part of the Occupy movement, and you can bring it to your neighborhood.

Whatever you can do, in whatever time you have, is exactly what we need.

You don’t need to use tents. Find your own images, symbols, ideas, actions. Tents in public places are important symbols of collective outrage at being treated as surplus people; but the movement is larger than all our tent cities. There are many ways to express that outrage, that loss of hope, and the urgent need to build new hope and new ways of occupying the planet together.

For example:
• Start a regular vigil at Chase bank or another local target.
• Have a weekly conversation about the issues, and invite your network of acquaintances.
• Talk about the ways you personally have been affected by the economic crisis.
• Meet in a coffee shop. Meet in a home. Meet in a studio or workplace.
• Advertise a public meeting at a community center..
• Show movies and discuss them. Start a book group.
• Write letters or op-eds together.
• Put a banner on your house or studio or meeting place.
• Put a sign on your bumper or your window or your sleeve
• Play some music. Make pictures. Start a neighborhood Occupy newsletter or zine.
• Arrange a mock trial of your favorite corporation.
• Sit or stand in silence.
• Have a community walk.
• SURPRISE THE REST OF US with new creative ideas on how to make known what you know.

Some principles some of us are trying to work with:
• Act on what you believe.
• Make decisions together.
• Take care of each other.
• Be accountable to each other.
• Listen to each other.
• Make space for people and ideas you might not understand. Step outside your comfort zone.
• Don’t wait for others to act on your behalf.
• Go public. Let people know that someone in your neighborhood understands and cares.

Let us help. There’s no central committee or leadership, but there are lots of us who have been doing this for a while and are eager to help you reach out and find how many people around you share your concerns. Can we come join a conversation in a coffee shop or living room or community center? Can we help you think of things to do? Can we help you find out if others in your neighborhood want to be involved? Can we show you how our General Assembly and work groups operate? Can we bring you some stickers or help make a banner or a yard sign or a car sign or . . . . .?

Come to a People’s General Assembly and meet other neighborhood occupiers and network with the rest of the movement and participate in direct democracy. If you can’t come, send someone. (Stay tuned for the announcement of a warm dry indoor location for General Assemblies.)

How can we hear from you? How can we help? There’s no manifesto, you don’t need permission. You are as much the center as anyone.

A few resources:
for Occupy Seattle: occupyseattle.org
for people to come talk with you: reachoccupyseattle@gmail.com
for more ideas about everything: howtooccupy.org

Occupy your neighborhood. Occupy your shared worries, your concerns, your outrage, your hopes. Occupy your heart. Occupy your voice. You are the movement for change. You matter.

Now is a really good time.

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14 Responses to Occupy your Neighborhood!

  • John Ellis says:

    51% voting majority is the 51% most educated and wealthy.

    51% most educated and wealthy own all the wealth, have all the power and in every way strive to enslave the lower half of society.

    51% voting majority all have great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe healthcare.

    How about a nationwide strike forever? What say for our 51% slave drivers, those who will stop enslaving us never, what say that from now until hell frozen over we lift not another finger for them ever?

    • Flyboy says:

      Do you make this drivel up as you go?

    • sp5937 says:

      Your posting says:

      • Start a regular vigil at Chase bank or another local target. (I don’t go there anymore, I changed banks)
      • Have a weekly conversation about the issues, and invite your network of acquaintances. (I discuss things with friends daily, especially the stupidity of your movement)
      • Talk about the ways you personally have been affected by the economic crisis. (I was unemployed for 27 months, just got a new job. That is how I was affected, but I didn’t go live in a tent with a bunch of filthy stinky people)
      • Meet in a coffee shop. Meet in a home. Meet in a studio or workplace. (I meet there when I want to have coffee with my wife or a friend)
      • Advertise a public meeting at a community center..(Advertise WHAT?!)
      • Show movies and discuss them.(What movies do you recommend?) Start a book group.(What books does the movement recommend? )
      • Write letters or op-eds together.(Write letters? Don’t you detest the USPS?)
      • Put a banner on your house or studio or meeting place.(What should the banner say?)
      • Put a sign on your bumper or your window or your sleeve (And again, what should it say>)
      • Play some music.(Your recommendations? I play music all the time, but it is Gospel…will that work?) Make pictures. Start a neighborhood Occupy newsletter or zine. (What is a ZINE?????)
      • Arrange a mock trial of your favorite corporation. (Bwa ha ha ha…how stupid!!! What will that accomplish? Suppose I do a mock trial of occupiers? Will that work if I find you all guilty of being stupid?)
      • Sit or stand in silence. (People do this all the time…when I am shopping I stnad in silence deciding which tool I want off the shelf…)
      • Have a community walk. (My wife and I walk the neighborhood for our health all the time, so nothing new here.)
      • SURPRISE THE REST OF US with new creative ideas on how to make known what you know. (What I know is that you all need to go home and leave the rest of us alone…take YOUR stupidity home, once and for all. SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE))

      • John Ellis says:

        Yes, but without my stupidity shining light upon it, how would your brilliance ever be made known?

    • REPUBLIC says:

      EVERYONE NEED TO DE-OCCUPY AND DE-COLONIZE THIS TERRITORY AND RETURN TO THE OLD LAND OF OUR ANCESTORS.

      IF YOU KEEP ON RANTING ABOUT MODERN DAY SLAVERY AND CHANGING THE GOVERNMENT TO SOCIALISM, THEN YOU ARE GUILTY HYPOCRITES FOR NOT LETTING THE INDIGENOUS TRIBE TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT.

  • John Ellis says:

    And so, if the upper half of society has a dictator mentality,
    what can government possibly do to change it?

  • sp5937 says:

    Mr. Ellis (and I DO use that “Mr.” loosely), where did you get YOUR education? Or did you? Maybe if you were to get out there and get some REAL (and not TENT provided) education, you could move up into that 51% ranking you are so envious of!!!

    The movement you are part of shoud just transfer on to Africa or Iran or Russia or some place that does not have the freedoms you are having. And I hope you know WHY you have these freedoms!!! You are just a bunch of stupid jerks. Go home, live a REAL life.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      John Ellis is the 51% that once he gets the government changed he will be come the Totalitarian President of the United Socialist Soviet States of Amerika (USSSA.

      Everyone worships him.

      • John Ellis says:

        REPUBLIC is the voice of our Web site Administrator, yonder unknown creature that allows all the confusion to be posted, he generating most of it personally.

        So, I shine great light to force all the darkness in this WEB site to give way, REPUBLIC follows close behind posting new darkness to force all my old light to give way, surely a zero sum gain the two of us are playing.

        And so, in ignominy shall the two of us go to your graves, “Died without a following” engraved on our tombstones and a big zero life history with not a high watermark to cause some remembrance in a living soul.

        Therefore, as I have a conscience that won’t allow me to change, as REPUBLIC needs a conscience giving him some ability to change — what say we go for it?

        • REPUBLIC says:

          John, why are you claiming that I am a creation of the Website Administrator. Once again talking out without solid proof. Is this a future socialist preisdent talks without proof. You should be charged with slander to accuse the Website Administrator of something that you have no proof of. Besides you like to demonize and label anyone who cannot be chiseled and have different opinions. Is that what is socialism all about? Suppress and shut them out of society? How can I be changing my mind if you are the prime example that makes socialism look like a totalitarian and authoritarian by eliminating the opposition.

          1. The Website Administrator, in my opinion, believes in the First Amendment the freedom of speech. Why shut the contraversy? I thought is part of being Amerikan dream to have different of opinions and debate among the people.

          2. Everytime someone adds a comment you comeback with rhetorics, saying the same things over and over without solid proof.

          3. You are trying to chisel the rough edges of this group to make them perfect society blocks. You never agree with anyone. Seems like conversation is one way with you, just like an authoritarian nation. Where their heads will be cut off if someone in the group oppose you. Republic has agreed with some of the conversations as well other individuals comments. Has anyone ever agreed with Republic with anything at all? The answer is simply no, because Republic is conservative therfore it is evil according to your closed mind.

          4 I bet that if I was a perfect block and I would agree to eat your meals with a bunch of potatoes and no meat and gravy, you would get along with me just fine. I offered my friendship to you and asked to exchange phone numbers, but you chose to keep your mind and heart closed.

        • REPUBLIC says:

          John, why are you claiming that I am a creation of the Website Administrator. Once again talking out without solid proof. Is this a future socialist preisdent talks without proof. You should be charged with slander to accuse the Website Administrator of something that you have no proof of. Besides you like to demonize and label anyone who cannot be chiseled and have different opinions. Is that what is socialism all about? Suppress and shut them out of society? How can I be changing my mind if you are the prime example that makes socialism look like a totalitarian and authoritarian by eliminating the opposition.

          1. The Website Administrator, in my opinion, believes in the First Amendment the freedom of speech. Why shut the contraversy? I thought is part of being Amerikan dream to have different of opinions and debate among the people.

          2. Everytime someone adds a comment you comeback with rhetorics, saying the same things over and over without solid proof.

          3. You are trying to chisel the rough edges of this group to make them perfect society blocks. You never agree with anyone. Seems like conversation is one way with you, just like an authoritarian nation. Where their heads will be cut off if someone in the group oppose you. Republic has agreed with some of the conversations as well other individuals comments. Has anyone ever agreed with Republic with anything at all? The answer is simply no, because Republic is conservative therfore it is evil according to your closed mind.

          4 I bet that if I was a perfect block and I would agree to eat your meals with a bunch of potatoes and no meat and gravy, you would get along with me just fine. I offered my friendship to you and asked to exchange phone numbers, but you chose to keep your mind and heart closed.

    • John Ellis says:

      sp5937
      “you… shoud just transfer on to Africa
      or Iran or Russia or some place that does
      not have the freedoms you are having.”

      If you lived in Africa, Iran or Russia — not would your conscience be submerged in the blood of over a million slaughtered in Iraq. Forced to support Empire USA while it plunders all the world by brutal imperialism, how can one be so locked in darkness as to think that freedom to butcher people into body parts is an “unalienable right… the pursuit of Happiness?”

  • REPUBLIC says:

    I am almost sure that the freedom that we have in the USA was because of a constitution that was written by people who believed in individual freedom. As a protestor enjoys this freedom of speech where is not available to the rest of the world, yet, many people despises this constitution. Sounds like oxymoron.

    People should have a true taste of European and United Nations socialism where your freedom in not God given, but government given.

  • John Ellis says:

    Ben Franklin experienced three years of the French Revolution first hand, so when he returned home by boat in 1776 he quickly assembled all his slave owner buddies and gave this speech,

    “Fellow slave owners and lovers of big business plantations, we have no time to loose, for the rich nobility in France have failed to gratify fully the men of the educated middle-class, so all those who supervise laboring men, all the cops who establish a police state for the laboring men and the young officers who slave drive young laboring men in the military, they have invented the guillotine and many rich and noble heads will soon roll into bloody baskets.

    “So, we need to create a paradise for middle-class men, such that these the gods of society get all the free sex their heart desires from laboring class girls, get a court system that turns the laboring class into a police state ruled by men of the middle-class, in essence a paradise on earth for men with middle-speed brains.”