Leaving the Way We Came In
December 9, 2011. On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011, Seattle Police Department posted a notice of eviction at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill. The notice gave 72 hours to vacate the premises. At noon on Friday, December 9th 2011, the 72 hours will have expired. The eviction notice caught many Occupiers by surprise, as Occupy Seattle participants and college administration had been working on a planned and peaceful re-location, however a date had not been finalized.
In preparation for a planned re-location, Occupy Seattle has been removing tents, supplies, and essential equipment from the camp. However, some structures remain, to include the Learning Tent, where faculty members of SCCC hold teach-ins regarding issues of economic and social disparity. On Friday, the American Federation of Teachers Union and the King County Labor Council are scheduled to hold one of these teach-ins at the Learning Tent. The session is expected to start at 12 noon and continue overnight.
Occupy Seattle fully intends to exercise the First Amendment rights guaranteed every American citizen by assembling in the South Plaza of Seattle Central Community College on Friday, December 9th. While the Seattle Police Department may elect to remove us from our chosen protest space on that date, we stand in solidarity with other Occupy Wall Street protests that have been so egregiously evicted from public land by continuing to protest regardless of accusations or threats leveled by SCCC or the SPD.