I’m STILL Getting Married to 10th and Union Warehouse! Community POTLUCK!

The following was written by occupier Babylonia Aivaz

Instead of a culture of death, destruction, and despair, I choose
life, love, and liberation!

BRING FOOD< INSTRUMENTS

Yes, I’m in love with a 107 year old building! How is that possible?
Well there must obviously be a deeper story…

On December 3rd, in this very same 10th and Union Warehouse, 16
activists (including myself) joyfully linked arms in a circle, and
fearlessly faced arrest for a cause in which we believed strongly.
That cause was COMMUNITY SPACE. Our intent in occupying that warehouse
was to reclaim it as a community center to address the needs of our
neighborhood: communal artspace, free childcare, etc. We had started
the occupation with 200 people who collectively worked to clean the
rooms and prepare for a brainstorm discussion on how to use the space
to best help our neighborhood.

The moment we entered the warehouse we became a true community. We
became self-motivated. We worked co-operatively. We thought only of
others well-being. We explored 36,000 square feet like children,
giggling and dreaming at the possibility of all that space. We played
with conveyer belts, riding up and down. The kind you always want to
sit on in the airport luggage dispensers. We strung up lights. We
adapted toilets. We removed pounds and pounds of unecessary building
materials. We fed 200 people. We dreamed. We dreamed. We dreamed.

I was and am constantly transformed by this whole event.

The warehouse is slated to be demolished in a week to make way for
luxury apartments whose destiny is to disintegrate our unique creative
culture and render our neighborhood even more unaffordable. Why
couldn’t we have had a community artspace and museum there instead?
What our neighborhood and the world needs is more togetherness,
collaboration, and sharing not corporate gentrification.

So Capitol Hill, LOVE YOURSELF! Lets celebrate what we are: quirky,
creative, open-minded, progressive love beings who absolutely love
being. Lets be together! Lets honor my love of this building as well
as Capitol Hill, the transformative power of community spaces, and
each other. It’s all we’ve really got at the end of the day!

This will take place at the warehouse of 10th and Union on Sunday 1/29 from 1PM to 4PM

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179409232160431/
For news coverage see:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/138158504.html

THANK YOU!

10 Responses to I’m STILL Getting Married to 10th and Union Warehouse! Community POTLUCK!

  • BoogaBooga says:

    Babylonia ROCKS! I love this kind of humor and street theater.

  • Bradford B. Morrison says:

    Frinds;
    Talk about a wonderful, creative idea for humorous, loving, caring, consciousness raising!!!
    Babylonia, you GO WOMAN! Party on,and change the world having FUN!!! C YA at 1:00 PM!

    Thanks for Listening
    Peace and Love
    Loudmouth Karaoke Brad

  • dglosecki says:

    how do we provide housing and commercial space for a growing city if not by private development? the government can only afford to build for the bottom 10-20%, if that. the average citizen will have to wait 20 years for this housing and business space to lose its new status so they can afford to rent/buy/lease it. that is how development works. development is necessary to create dense urban areas, reduce sprawl and enable civilization to sustain itself. it may not be the ideal means to get density, but when viewed with the many other dense urban, mixed-use developments going on in seattle, this project is a part of a “good” thing. the issue of gentrification that tends to follow new housing needs to be addressed; but calling for a stop to developing density is not the means to address this issue.

    • ReverendBonobo says:

      I’m curious to know – what is “the means” to address this issue? Do you have an action planned?

    • btraven says:

      The promotion of density is bogus. Simplicity and room to breath, away from the maddening crowds is what is needed from health and wealth (root comes from “well-being”).

      Density promoters should live amongst themselves and leave the rest of us alone.

      • btraven says:

        It’s disappointing that this CMS setup doesn’t allow posters to edit their comments. Geesh.

        In any case, in my above post, “from” should read “for.”

      • dglosecki says:

        density is the only way our planet can sustain 10 billion people.
        whether you like it or not, if we do not live denser, we will continue to overrun and ruin what remains of the natural environment,destroying the resources that enable our species and countless other species to survive. density reduces the amount of resources a human settlement consumes and can be wonderful, if done right: walkable,transit-connected neighborhoods that provide immediate access to food, work, culture and other basic services without reliance on the car. density is also conducive to human relationships and enables the spread and creation (through chance collaboration) of new ideas (like occupy). modern technology solves much of cleanliness issue that plagued dense cities in the past. properly built, density makes for a better quality of life. that’s why it’s so expensive to live in seattle, because it’s successfully dense and thus desirable – hence gentrification which is the true issue that needs to be addressed, not so much density and develepment.

  • ReverendBonobo says:

    I’m honored to have been a part of organizing this event. I think it’s becoming too easy for the public and the media to ignore typical protests with sign-carrying marchers, but theater and wacky humor go a long way (as long as you’re willing to risk looking silly in public, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea).

    The story was picked up by news media around the world (just Google her name and look at the results from the UK, Netherlands, China, Vietnam…). Some reports fail to see past the “weird news” angle, but enough gave the full story that the serious message behind the action reached a wide audience.

    On a more personal level, I was changed by this event. I have lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for ten years now, and have never felt as connected to my neighborhood or my neighbors as I did yesterday. I’m also ready to get down with lots more street theater.

  • thisisthetime says:

    Babylonia!
    Congratulations to you and your marriage person. This is Performance Art at it’s finest. I am truly inspired. May your Blessings continue and May You and Your Marriage Person Live Happily Ever After. Thank you.
    …this is the time…

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Why didn’t anyone buy the warehouse and made it a community center. I forgot I am thinking backwards again. What I meant was why didn’t you get it for free from the government?