December 16th: Protest at 10th and Union! Community Over Capital!

This is not an Occupy Seattle endorsed action. I apologize for failing to put this tag up earlier. It is a direct action that engaged, committed participants are organizing.

DH

On Friday December 16th, there will be a rally at 5:15pm outside of Seattle Central Community College to highlight the issue of for-profit development and gentrification in the neighborhood. It will be followed by a march at 6 pm ending at the 10th and Union Warehouse. The plans for demolition of this warehouse will be taking place within a month. The 10th and Union area will make way for a 20% affordable or 80% unaffordable 79 unit, 6 story apartment complex over ground floor retail.

According to the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Plan, developers will be exempt from paying property taxes for 12 years if 20-30% of their units are set aside as “affordable” at rents between $850-1100/month. Unfortunately, “affordable” caters to individuals who earn atleast 65% of the Seattle median income. Most tenants in Seattle earn 55% of the median income, which means the rents are priced hundreds of dollars above whatmost people, and especially low-income people can afford. In short, these are not affordable rents.

Furthermore, these tax exemptions are contributing to our state budget problems. At the rate developers are participating in the program,by 2013, the Multi-Family Tax Exemption will cost taxpayers 150 million dollars. Ultimately, our tax dollars are subsidizing apartments
that are unaffordablefor the majority of people in Seattle; allowing developers to make huge profits at the taxpayers expense, and neglecting those who are truly in need of low-income housing.

This warehouse has also recently served as a site of contest. On December 3rd, around 4 a.m., sixteen participants of Occupy Seattle were arrested in the warehouse at 10th and Union during an action to reclaim space for the community. In the face of the recent slew of closures and cuts to libraries, community centers, and other public spaces, they 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.”

This protest is to further mobilize the community in a fight for educational spaces and local businesses as well as halt the development of unaffordable housing currently taking place.

This is a fight for community over capital.

56 Responses to December 16th: Protest at 10th and Union! Community Over Capital!

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends;
    This is a great idea, in my opinion. Let’s get a huge number of folks to show up for this!!!
    Way to go, Babylonia!! You write well; you speak well; and your heart is in a wonderful place!!
    I’ll be there , WITH BELLS ON!!!
    Thanks for listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

    P.S….Swat team be damned, I will be there, at 6:00 pm sharp, (or earlier) Let’s let Mayor McGinn; SPD Chief Diaz; and whoever else was involved… that we won’t take their B.S. protection of WEALTHY PEOPLE’S PROPERTY “RIGHTS”…LYING DOWN!!!…:-)

    Brad

    • Rarediel says:

      I’m glad, people that show up to this protest can get arrested and be removed from the Occupy movement. We need to remove the idiots from this movement in order to accomplish what we want.

    • kinison says:

      Well as long as you dont block traffic, it should go well. But who are we kidding, OS cant resist doing the same thing over and over again.

      To sum up Occupy Seattle

      1) Occupy someone elses property, throw raves, charge a cover and avoid paying all taxes, permits or fees (just like Autonomia).
      2) Block traffic and taunt the police into using force for sympathetic photo ops.
      3) Repeat until the local news picks it up.

  • John Ellis says:

    Virtually no one of the upper half of society will ever join our Occupy movement, as they hoard all the wealth, as evidenced by their all owning great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe healthcare.

    Whereas, 100% of the lower half of society would join us in a heartbeat if we tailored our movement to their wants and needs. For they are the uneducated and enslaved laboring class, all those who have no education beyond some high school.

    • Rarediel says:

      Sorry, 100% of the “lower half” of the community would not idealize a insane arsonist.

      • John Ellis says:

        When your trying to organize the impoverished laboring class and someone comes along in a belligerent and hostile way condemning you as doing bad, then realize that he has excessive wealth and knows for a fact that your doing a whole lot of good.

        • Rarediel says:

          What good? Name a few? Tell me how this benefits the OWS movement or the 99%? Why don’t you start talking with facts.

        • Rarediel says:

          The OWS should back away from this stupid protest, it is just one step backwards for the whole movement.

          • OccupyMarkD says:

            Gentrification is a huge issue for communities of color and impoverished communities. Corporations and banks destroy neighborhoods by destroying jobs (creating crime and causing foreclosures) then they come in and buy up the land at basement prices. Then they tear it down and build upscale condos for the well-to-do. It is a cycle of terror that you obviously have not had to think about. The history of Seattle in the past 30 years is littered with gentrification. Pretty much every neighborhood has or is currently going through it. Fremont and Ballard are two big examples of past gentrification. Currently Capitol Hill and Columbia City are suffering through it. Families are kicked out to make way for buildings with higher rent, thus destroying the local culture and community and making way for a whitewashed community with a whitewashed culture. Local businesses fade away, pushed out by rising rent. Then the department stores and big box stores can make their way into the city. This destroys even more jobs, depresses wages, and pushes the last remnants of the past out of the area for good.

            Your comments are not only offensive but are completely wrong. This is exactly the kind of action that Occupy should be doing. In order to grow stronger, it must speak for those in our communities that have lost their voice due to the 1%’s social engineering experiments. Occupy must orient towards the most oppressed in society and fight to make their needs the order of the day. In order to grow as a nation and a world, we need to lift the bottom of society up. There has been no better time since the Great Depression fo the 1930s to do so.

          • Tamarack says:

            yes Mark D, I completely agree, I’m glad the first article in this thread has got us started, and your contribution is appreciated.

          • Rarediel says:

            Those “people” moving into those appartments are part of the 99%. Ballard and fremont are awesome. I see you failed to mention south lake union. Yeah, Amazon expanding its workforce is making us lose jobs? Get a clue. South Lake Union was a crime/drug infested mess before paul allen fixed the whole area. It doesn’t destroy jobs it creates them. There are reasons why cities flourish, big businesses and things to do in walking distance. You are talking nonsense without any data to back it up. Gentrification brings business and more jobs to a area. People that live there are the 99% and I for one am glad to have lower crime in my area.

        • REPUBLIC says:

          Be advised John Ellis will slander, demonize, label, and seclude anyone expressing their freedom of speech. Don’t be fooled by this person a TRUE PAID ACTOR. It is either you agree with him or get nuetralized because others may just shed light on this paid wealthy actor.

    • kinison says:

      Im a democrat who makes 30k a year. Most of what Occupy Seattle is doing, I dont support. This is not gentrification, this is simply protesting about being evicted from a warehouse you have no right to occupy in the first place. Nobody is going to join the movement when most of your protests involve breaking the law and provoking the police into a violent confrontation.

      • REPUBLIC says:

        Okay, 30k is not much, but at least you work and try to depend on the government. The true American relies on one self and will help their neighbors when in need. I went to one of OS and the stench could be spotted a block away. I witnessed dirty perhaps infected syringes, garbage, alcohol containers scattered around, needless to say, if I had a penny for each cigarette butt I saw I would be able to give all that money from the OS trying to get a free handout from the government.

        • kinison says:

          I work, but do not need to depend on the government. But I have no kids and dont own a car, if I did, that would take a huge chunk out of my take home pay. My sister in law works at SCCC and while she said the first floor bathrooms were always pretty bad, its a bit worse with the protesters and she is not used to seeing people be so braven and open about their drug and alcohol use in broad daylight.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Be adviced that we have a paid actor by the 51% that is trying to confuse the whole OS.

    • donny1020 says:

      And this is what has gone wrong with the OWS movement. Good natured, passive aggressive Satellites have allowed the movement to be hijacked by operatives from the ISO and the SEP or one of the other fake-revolutionary Trotskyite fringe groups or a collection enviro ELF types.

      These groups fully understand how to game the system to achieve hegemony over weakly organized popular movements. This was one of the major death nails to the US Labor Party. The Party allowed these folks to participate and they took this as an invitation to take it over.

      Most of the proponents of this fringe ideology are the children of the petty bourgeois class who believe the working class and its organizations lack the ability to act in their own interest and it is only with the knowledge and passion that these fringe groups posses will a true workers movement move forward.

      If there is any doubt to this I would simply ask that you read the platform of either the International Socialist Organization or the platform of the Socialist Equality Party. It contains assertions that are clearly contemptuous and hateful towards organized labor and their members.

      While no worker has asked any of these groups to represent them, workers have joined the American labor movement on a daily bases. The legislative tools used to restrict organized labors strength were promoted by groups such as the ISO and the SEP.These people who promote this ideology have never represented anyone other than the small handful of lunatics that comprise their own membership.

      Clearly, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle has simply degenerated into a group of Trotskyite fake-revolutionaries and a group of pacifist navel gazers who will go along with anything out of fear of confrontation.

      As long as this continues the Occupy movement will never gain popular support nor the support of the working class. Occupy Seattle has simply degenerated into a group of white upper middle class folks masturbating and getting arrested.

  • John Ellis says:

    (1) We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are not created equal, but are endowed by nature with more then an ability for only ingrate mutual gratification, equals giving equal gifts expecting equal in return. For happiness is a giving action that produces a grateful response, with compassion, pity and charity being given in a way that encourages a heart warming grateful society.

    (2) As this day of life is more then anyone deserves, everything we own belongs to those who have less then us, such that most guilty should we feel it ever we miss an opportunity to give all we can give.

    (3) Nature is our guarantee of life, liberty and a freewill, the freedom to pursue happiness as we perceive it to be. For we humans have no rights, especially not the right to cannibalize nature by an illusion that we have unalienable rights that give us power over the laws of nature. For nature guarantees us life, but only so long as we preserve nature which is the source of all life.

    • John Ellis says:

      (4) The poor shall not rob from the rich by government charity funded by the rich. Likewise, the rich shall not rob from the poor by government fraud of a starvation minimum wage. For minimum wage shall be sufficient for those doing manual labor to supply a quality home and healthcare for their family.

  • Dane says:

    Similar crap was going on in San Francisco,when I was in the area,it was invaded by Yuppies in the 90’s,during the silicon valley boom,these people, ( I call them useless pieces of human waste) were going Co-Op,and buying these apartment buildings,many of these people were elderly,and living on low fixed incomes,and had lived in these apartment buildings for 30 years,so were paying relatively what would be considered below market rents,they were claiming owner wanting to occupy buildings,or looking for unrealistic reasons to evict these people,all these people are greedy,and only think of money,they could care less who they step on,or create hardship for,as well as the fact that they are throwing someones grandmother out in the street,who has no financial resources to relocate if they wanted to,it appears these same pieces of human waste are getting their way in western washington,like Seattle,Bainbridge,and Vashion islands.

    • John Ellis says:

      The above belligerence, hostility and “crap” was put here by one with excessive wealth.

      • REPUBLIC says:

        Be advised John Ellis will slander, demonize, label, and seclude anyone expressing their freedom of speech. Don’t be fooled by this person a TRUE PAID ACTOR. It is either you agree with him or get nuetralized because others may just shed light on this paid wealthy actor.

  • John Ellis says:

    Empire USA has absolutely no ability to do anything in a sincere and straightforward way. Always dubious and devious, always some sucker-bait to gain the advantage and enrich itself upon your misery. For empire building is all about plunder by brutal imperialism, and it being such a stench in the nostrils of any man with integrity, only under cover of an illusion of good can an empire accomplish what it needs to survive.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Be advised John Ellis will slander, demonize, label, and seclude anyone expressing their freedom of speech. Don’t be fooled by this person a TRUE PAID ACTOR. It is either you agree with him or get nuetralized because others may just shed light on this paid wealthy actor.

  • Rarediel says:

    I support OWS movements when they actually make sense, but this protest is just ridiculous. Capitol Hill is what it is today because of gentrification. People that will be renting those apartments are still part of the 99% or do all of you fail to realize that? Busy areas will have higher rent than non-busy areas. It is incredibly naive to think that you can get the same type of rent in busy part of a city than you would in, lets say, Tacoma.

    “Who is next after this? What will this do to our local economy? We have to put our collective foot down to this gentrification!”

    What does this even mean? Why don’t you actually use facts to back up your claim, how has gentrification harmed capitol hill?

    You idealize a madman who shot himself and committed criminal arson? People that show up to this protest are doing harm to the OWS movement, you are the reasons why the OWS movement isn’t taken seriously.

    • John Ellis says:

      People who buy a condominium are of the 99%? Try again, like among the country club-class and of the 20% most educated, aggressive and wealthy.

      By the way, you most educated and aggressive you, do you own a set of golf clubs?

      • Rarediel says:

        Actually I don’t own golf clubs, I spend my free time cooking dinners at the Orion shelter, tutoring at the house of hope in University Village, and doing interview training for homeless youth in Seattle. Do you not understand that you don’t have to be a billionaire to buy a condo? 1% = billionaires 99% = rest of us. Some of us are aggressive for different reasons. I am aggressive because I see a movement that has ideas I support being pulled down like idiots like yourself. I see something I work towards everyday being pulled through the mud because of protests like this. I am angry that people cannot see past their own ignorance and are as dogmatic as the people they despise.

      • Rarediel says:

        Just letting you know, you failed to address any of my points.

        • REPUBLIC says:

          Rarediel you cannot get through this person becausr he is just ranting about the same old things. You should read his comments. They are pretty much the same things that he says. He never answers anyone points because he doesn’t really know what he is saying. This men thinking is artificially induced by chemicals that are either ingested orally or inhaled.

          If someone expresses their freedom of speech he or she is considered a paid actor or wealthy.

      • John Ellis says:

        Very few of the Country Club-class are millionaires. For they have brains to fast for flunky lower management, brains to dumb to ever be rich, and brains just perfect for upper management, robot stooges who know how to follow orders.

      • REPUBLIC says:

        Do not listen the fluctuates coming out of his buttocks. This person make well above $60K and he has a nice home and a new car. He know nothing about anything that is going on with the OS, so his main agenda is to disrupt, sabotage and confuse.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      You know I realized that you wanted to see facts like I do, but john will comeback with a rhetoric, rant. And slander. Because he is one of the people that are confusing the whole OS. It is sad but true. This man will keep repeating (copy & paste) from a word document and just makes no sense at all. Please excuse john he is a little mentally challenged not genetic, but self induced by chemical eother that he ingested or inhaled.

  • John Ellis says:

    What do you call democracy — when the 51% most educated and wealthy vote to enslave, not only the lower half of society at home, but enslave the lower half of society worldwide?

    How about we call it Empire USA? And how about we agree that America will always plunder by brutal imperialism — until we bar the 25% most wealthy from voting, from holding office and from having anything to do with politics?

    • Rarediel says:

      Powerful words, but alas, no substance. Vote to enslave? What legislation? I love how you call it Empire USA, have you lived in Somalia? North Korea? Rural China? Son, you don’t know what real slavery is like. You randomly state percentages that have no meaning, get a clue.

      • John Ellis says:

        01% High Society (80% of property)
        10% Country Club class (10% of property)
        40% Educated Middle-class (10% of property)
        50% Uneducated Laboring-class (no property)

    • Tamarack says:

      Eilis’s comments are anti-democratic in character, not because of their substance, but because of the space they consume. One dude taking up 2/3 of the space when other people have something to say. It is no different than large corporations that dominate the media. They dominate not because they have a good message, but because they have enough power to dominate the space. Disney dominated because it controlled advertizing space. Welcome to Disneyland Mr. Ellis! How about a rule on this site that prevents space domination?

  • John Ellis says:

    “Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to other, even the dull and ignorant, for they too have their story.”

    • Rarediel says:

      Again a comment that means nothing had does not support the reason for this protest. How is this building against the 99%?

    • REPUBLIC says:

      He made this comment quiteba few times. I know that he copy and paste the useless information to confuse you and I and the rest of this occupy movement.

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Friends;
    A sidewalk protest at the former community center is what is planned. Breaking into the building is not planned, at least as far as I know. Rarediel’s points are interesting and have some merit, in my opinion. (By the way, Rarediel, if you have internet conversations with John Ellis, you will get really pretty mixed up and goofy information and opinions from him. He also likes to accuse anyone who makes sense (but disagrees with him); of being a paid commenter of the wealthy. He has done it to me as well, and several others. If I was you, Rarediel, I would generally ignore John Ellis’s commentary. In MY opinion, Ellis’s writing is borderline incoherent. He DEFINITELY speaks ONLY for HIMSELF, on this commentary part of this site.
    Anyway, the reasons , IN MY OPINION, why a demonstration Friday at 6:00 pm at 10th and Union, is, indeed a GOOD IDEA, are as follows:1) It is very important to let the “powers that be” who called the SWAT team and Fire Dept on us for their 3:30 AM raid on the community center; THAT WE DON’T TAKE “NO” for an answer just completely lying down because we are AFRAID of problems like ARRESTS; PEPPER SPRAY; and other POLICE BRUTALITY TOOLS!!!…MOST of us are maybe a little bit afraid, BUT WE WILL NOT BE COWED by those kind of tactics!!!…(I actually have been pepper sprayed once, and hit in the jaw by an SPD officer using his bicycle inappropriately… it was not so bad, really…I WILL NOT GIVE UP on trying to make the world better, more sane and just).
    2) That building MAY or MAY NOT be undergoing demolition soon. So far, the project has been delayed for several months, according to the website of the management company guiding the project. I believe that a demonstration outside on the sidewalk, if we can get at least 200 people (500 would be even better); or, anyway, however many we get, such a demonstration might help influence the management company to let us use the property for a combination shelter and/ or rehab center or …(many other folks have other ideas too.) This would presumably (in MY opinion, but maybe I am wrong)only be possible, of course, if the demolition project was delayed for several more months. (one idea is that maybe we could just use the space for the winter months, since the weather is cold and wet and tent camping may not be everyone’s “cup of tea” so to speak.
    3) I believe, Rarediel, that it is wonderful for you to be so supportive of the occupy movement, and that if your heart is set on changing the world through totally non-confrontational, peaceful tactics with no chance of being arrested, pepper-sprayed, or brutalized in any other way by police; then that is all well and good FOR YOU! But, additionally, it does not seem to me to be that helpful to denigrate the ideas and efforts of other folks who want to be a bit more “edgy” in their tactics in trying to change things around and make a better world.
    In other words, your above stridently opinionated comment to the effect that “This protest is stupid” is simply your opinion, and YOU MAY WELL BE WRONG, Rarediel!! Your fears, I believe, of being arrested for a hopeless cause, are somewhat justified, but IN FACT, it is not clear to ME, and Babylonia, and many others, that THIS CAUSE is hopeless. Indeed, time will tell! Please consider joining the protest anyway, Rarediel, and if you still feel that it is “STUPID” after giving it a try; then by all means, try to talk folks into your way of thinking. You may be right, and if so, we need all the persuasion we can get!
    Gotta go…more later

    Thanks for listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad
    (a non-camping occupier for about 600 hours so far since Oct. 1st)

    • Rarediel says:

      “Rarediel, that it is wonderful for you to be so supportive of the occupy movement, and that if your heart is set on changing the world through totally non-confrontational, peaceful tactics with no chance of being arrested, pepper-sprayed, or brutalized in any other way by police; then that is all well and good FOR YOU! But, additionally, it does not seem to me to be that helpful to denigrate the ideas and efforts of other folks who want to be a bit more “edgy” in their tactics in trying to change things around and make a better world.”

      I do not believe that all change has to be peaceful, but saving this building isn’t something I would fight for in person. The OWS movement has many more pressing issues to deal with in my opinion. First of signing up everyone in the movement to vote, educate them on their legislators and get them to support legislation that improves their quality of life. I believe it is VERY important that the OWS movement members be self critical and should point out when things just don’t make sense.

      You say it is to stand up to the “powers that be,” but at what cost? The OWS movement already has many PR related issues and protests like these, I believe, give bad representation to the movement as a whole.

      It would be different if this building was a Official homeless shelter or a school, hospital, etc.

      “In other words, your above stridently opinionated comment to the effect that “This protest is stupid” is simply your opinion, and YOU MAY WELL BE WRONG, Rarediel!!”

      Yes, my comment was strident. I feel strongly for the unfortunate and try to do my part every week. That is why I am so opposed to this protest. What are the gains? What are the losses? I see no gain and a lot to lose, credibility is incredibly important to the OWS movement to get the rest of the 99% with us.

      • Bradford B. Morrison says:

        Rarediel;
        I agree that there is probably only a small chance of LEGALLY re-occupying the property at 10th and Union. But I want to take that chance, because the potential gains are vast. It is a huge building, which could probably be used as a shelter fot 400-700 people. Additionally, it might be big enough for a combination day-care center and possibly learning center and music and arts center. The place is frickin’ HUGE!! (Pardon my French…LOL!!!)
        So, Rarediel, and everyone, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE try to think POSITIVE, and GIVE IT A GO!! If we fail here, well, we’ll just try something else. I do not forsee any arrests if we just demonstrate outside on the sidewalk, and maybe march through the streets on our way there. Or, we could even just walk there on the sidewalk. (Possibly, our “walking through the streets at rush hour ” tactic may, in the long run, need to be re-evaluated for overall effectiveness…I just don’t know.)

        Thanks for listening
        Peace and Love
        Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

      • donny1020 says:

        I know these folks, most come from a upper middle class single child family whose parents were over indulgent. They lack any racial or ethnic identity and have a habit of adopting or stealing cultural identity of others. For most of their young white lives they have been on the outside. They weren’t creative, they couldn’t paint or draw, they weren’t musician , (although many dress in stupid uniforms and play African drums), neither were they athletes. For the most part they were unpopular and frightened. For the most part they lacked a partner and were sexually repressed.

        They become attracted to the group or groups for sex. Within the group the individual who exposes the most radical and often stupid thing is given credibility. I have known someone voted for and placed in increasing positions of authority by simply using the word fuck. the more often she said fuck in public speeches the greater authority was seeded to he her. For her it was a joke and she realized how truly malleable most of these so called bourgeois radicals are.

        Most live in fantasy land. Some though while still having these fantasies, try to manifest them in the real world. Their quest is for political power. This is why you will see them championing every cause in the book. They are actually looking for a group that has a an identifiable weakness that they can exploit and achieve their hegemonistic goals over.

        This is why you will see the Trotskyite groups like the ISO, RCP, SEP…. disingenuously align themselves LBGT cause. No one ever brings up the fact that in the two socialist countries that continue to exist, Cuba and the DPRK homosexuals are routinely put to death. What these groups are doing is simply looking for a weakness in one of those community organizations so that it can be exploited. They take the strategy with community groups, minority groups and labor groups, always searching for a weakness to exploit.

        Why, because in their mind they honestly believe in a world revolution like in some movie. To us that are sane world, we realize the idiocy in their vision. They are truly harmless though, just like with the Occupy movement they destroy everything they touch just like the spoiled little white suburban children do.

        This why they act the way they do, this why an important message regarding income equality gets lost. To this group who is primarily from the upper middle class, they lack any real experience that will although them to understand the working class.

        They complain about no jobs but havn’t attemted to learn a trade. At the same time the alighnate the trade workers who has been most impacted by todays economic reality. They cry about student lones while the sons and daughters of the working class have been forced to join the military and engage in war on behalf of their class. They lack the will to actually help others but complain what others have not done for them. They talk about people of color as if they could understand in any fashion other than the most superficial. They are so contemptuous that they believe they have a stake in a class struggle where they are truly the enemy.

        A cop that I know that was at the DEC 12 action overheard me say that the working class not only has to fight the boss but now also has to fight their sons who claim to be acting in the interest of the worker. He said that was funny as he witness several nice cars like Mercedes and Lexus’s coming to pick up individuals who took part in the action. Still, they don’t understand why the working class rejects them.

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Rarediel;
    1) try to ignore John Ellis’s commentary; he does not speak for occupy seattle, just for himself.
    2) Please, if you feel comfortable with it, contact me via my e-mail at bradbmorrison@hotmail.com I would like very much to discuss this with you, and the movement in general. You sound like you are a sensible person, and I and everyone else needs all the good ideas we can get!!…:-)

    Brad

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Yes, Rarediel, credibility is certainly important. I do not see anything bad occurring to our credibility from demonstrating on the sidewalk outside the 10th and Union building. There IS certainly a credibility problem with the occupy movement, but MOST of it is CAUSED by UNTRUE SMEAR CAMPAIGNING by the MEDIA, and politicians and SCCC board of trustees types (who fabricated the story about how the occupyseattle encampment was responsible for “rodent and/or RAT problems” in the area, when the REAL TRUTH is that RATS have been around for MILLIONS of YEARS, and VERY MUCH in EVIDENCE for DECADES at SCCC.( Please read Jeb Wyman’s e-mail about rats pooping on his desk at SCCC for years…very funny, you’ll enjoy it if you read it). So, long story short, OCCUPYSEATTLE did not bring the RATS, and were (possibly illegally) SMEAR CAMPAIGNED about RATS by SCCC administration, and SCCC lawyers, and the MEDIA. As we speak, I am in the process of getting an appointment with Dr. Paul Kilpatrick, the President of SCCC, and the Legal team of SCCC, and the Board of Trustees of SCCC; to dicuss a PUBLIC APOLOGY by them to OCCUPYSEATTLE, and to the Judge in Olympia who(in my opinion…I WAS THERE, at the HEARING on Dec.2nd) was lied to by an SCCC lawyer about the RAT issue. And believe me, there DEFINITELY WAS NO EMERGENCY, in MY opinion, but the Administration was just caught between a rock and a hard place, and decided to LIE and EXAGGERATE to influence opinions so they could get their “EMERGENCY RULE” clause enacted legally and remove the OCCUPYSEATTLE encampment. They should, in my opinion, be very ashamed of their lying ways.
    So, once again please, I encourage everyone, and very especially YOU, Rarediel, to THINK POSITIVE, and COME to 10th and Union at or before 6:00 pm Friday, Oct. 16th. Or come later, if you cannot make it by 6:00!!

    Thanks for listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

    • Rarediel says:

      I have not mentioned any of the PR problems that are made up by the media. I follow the OWS movement and read and have went to show support of a few of the protests. All I am saying is that, this protest I will not get behind. It doesn’t have any ground to stand on.

  • Tamarack says:

    This is an excellent overview of one form of gentrification that has dominated our city for a very long time. I hope the action on Friday is the first of many, and that this action will begin the process of educating OS and the broader public about affordable housing and the vagaries of capitalism, a system whereby housing is rationed by profit not by human need.

    I also think you should delve into this warehouse story in more detail. I would like to know who owns the building, who (which agency) has granted them permission to do the project, the specific terms of the deal, the political actors involved, and who is financing the deal? Answers to these questions will educate all of us, and help all of us gain a deeper understanding. Keep up the good work!

  • John Ellis says:

    For some reason the corporate rich, those who own these WEB pages and all the hardware and software therein, have decided to turn up their paid actor confusion to a crescendo. All part of the grand illusion of freedom of speech in a most corrupt spider web called the WEB.

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Be advised John Ellis will slander, demonize, label, and seclude anyone expressing their freedom of speech. Don’t be fooled by this person a TRUE PAID ACTOR. It is either you agree with him or get nuetralized because others may just shed light on this paid wealthy actor.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    WARNING —– JOHN ELLIS IS A WEALTHY PAID ACTOR