Bring The Fight To The Banks – a Non-violent and non-vandalistic direct action

fight the banks non violent action

Friday, July 20 at 9:00am at Westlake Center

 
This is a NON VIOLENT/NON VANDALISTIC action by Occupy Seattle Peacefully.
 
We understand we can't tell people what to do but just know it is not welcome at this action. We want to remind the people of Seattle that the banks still need to be fought.
 
Gather at Westlake for two marches on the banks.
The first will be educating the public on the banks criminal activities.
The second we will bring to the Seattle City Council who said they agreed to pull Seattle's money out of big banks. THEY STILL HAVE NOT DONE IT. We want to remind them of their promise.
 
More details to come. Planning meetings are every Friday at the Convention Center's first floor @ 4 PM. If you would like to help in the planning we will see you there.
We want to gain the support of as many affinity groups as possible. If you know an affinity group that wants to help use their specific talents for a coordinated fight against the banks please send them this event page. Let's send the big banks and Seattle's City Council a message so loud they can't ignore it! Keep inviting your friends!
 

24 Responses to Bring The Fight To The Banks – a Non-violent and non-vandalistic direct action

  • donny1020 says:

    You say non-violent and peaceful but “We understand we can’t tell people what to do…” This is the same thing representatives from OS told Hispanic community leaders prior to May 1 and we know what happened.

    The same people making those statements then are the same people that co-opted the immigration march for their own selfish fringe political causes.The fact that OS has been destroyed at this point and is simply a tool of the neo-anarchist and fringe Trotskyite pretend revolutionaries should not be lost on anyone.

    Attendance at the GAs has been so poor for a reason and that is because the masses reject being told what to do and how to act by the sons and daughters of the wealthy who are simply playing revolutionary.

    The fact that these groups can set the agenda at any GA was discussed at the last GA but people at the GA did not understand why. The fact that the folks left can not organize more numbers than the Neo-Anarchist, which is 50 max, this says volumes as to the state of OS or is that DS?

    You should have been truthful and at least said that their is a 50/50 chance that this demonstration will be taken over by wealthy white men of military age wearing black sweatshirts who will then break windows and try to get the cops to club everyone and that we have no control over their actions.

    • Mason taylor says:

      with hooligans and vandalism and are absolutely determined to have MONITORS to prevent police provacateurs (and their gullible tools) from violating principle of non violent civil disobedience. They aren’t waiting for consensus approval for a dedicated non-violent action. They’re just going ahead with it. They have weekly planning meetings. I met Karen at Common Good Cafe 27 June after Cindy Sheehan spoke. (Cindy interviewed Hugo Chavez, was favorably impressed with his education and housing efforts in Venezuala, and you can buy her book). Before I met Karen I had already contacted Veterans For Peace asking if they would consider being monitors. Still waiting for response.

  • Larry says:

    Think about it: the “revolutionaries” in their stylish black hoodies can break windows anytime. They don’t need an Occupy event to break a window or spray paint a big A on some poor guys car so why do they prefer to do this vandalism during Occupy events?

    It’s simple. Occupy is a reformist movement. Anarchists hate reformists so they have attached themselves and their juvenile tactics to the Occupy movement in an effort to discredit it. And they have been successful. Participation in Occupy Seattle out is a fraction of what it once was. The workers, the faith community, the anti-war folks don’t show up anymore.

    This poster says this is a non-violent vandalism free event while at the same time assuring the Hoodie crowd that if they do show up and bust some windows and provoke a police response, well, we won’t criticize them for that. It’s just a diversity of tactics.

    • Mason taylor says:

      no violence at our ongoing weekly Wedgewood bank protests 11 am to noon 35th Ave NE & NE 85th Street And Mary for the second time is going to Roosevelt Trader Joes to leaflet the Wells Fargo inside the store today. Wells Fargo is part of ALEC, makes money by building privatized jails to lock up migrant workers.
      And Occupy NE Seattle continues to meet non violently in various libraries on Saturdays. Today at the NE branch How to Occupy the Envionment as individuals and as a group are topics 3 to 5 pm. July 7 Greenlake SPL branch 4to 5 pm Occupy Poetry! Bring your poems and music. Sat 7 July 10:30 am to 1 pm Lake City Chase, B of A, and Wells Fargo will get the heat of a roving, leafleting protest.

    • Mason taylor says:

      no violence at our ongoing weekly Wedgewood bank protests 11 am to noon 35th Ave NE & NE 85th Street And Mary for the second time is going to Roosevelt Trader Joes to leaflet the Wells Fargo inside the store today. Wells Fargo is part of ALEC, makes money by building privatized jails to lock up migrant workers.
      And Occupy NE Seattle continues to meet non violently in various libraries on Saturdays. Today at the NE branch How to Occupy the Envionment as individuals and as a group are topics 3 to 5 pm. July 7 Greenlake SPL branch 4to 5 pm Occupy Poetry! Bring your poems and music. Sat 7 July 10:30 am to 1 pm Lake City Chase, B of A, and Wells Fargo will get the heat of a roving, leafleting protest.

  • Larry says:

    An attempt to prevent a foreclosure on a family home in Minnesota that has included petitions, NON-VIOLENT actions, marches on bank offices and Freddy Mac offices and 23 arrests has received nationwide media attention and is compelling the bank to respond. It’s been effective because there has been no broken windows and no provoking the police to violence to distract from the message that a family is being victimized by the banks.

    http://occupywallst.org/article/june-21-national-day-action-cruz-family/

    Can we do that here? I doubt it. When Puget Sound Anarchists website posts are duplicated at the Occupy Seattle website that tells us who is running things.

    Let me add this: Anyone who doesn’t think the Seattle anarchist vandals have been infiltrated by the police or had one of their tribe turn snitch is naive. It’s only a matter of time before some of these window busting dummies are arrested on serious charges.

    My advice: anyone who suggests you commit an act of violence or vandalism is not your friend-stay away from them. Also, it is a felony to lie to a federal law enforcement officer, no matter how small and inconsequential that lie may be; do not talk to them about anything, including the weather, without your attorney present. They are definitely not your friend.

  • telos says:

    “We understand we can’t tell people what to do…” Yes you can, you don’t have to stay imprisoned in your wimpy Seattle personas. Say it loud, say it proud — “We’re not taking your Black Bloc rock throwing idiocy anymore.” And how do you do that? Let people know your Security people will be taking personal responsibility for seeing this is a safe, not-to-be hijacked event, that any black bloc types showing up will have their own personal escort and photographer. Get creative.
    Occupy Seattle has burned through any trust it once had with the activist community and ya ain’t going to rebuild it with pablum that still reeks of diversity of tactics.
    Show you mean business about being nonviolent.

  • Mason taylor says:

    When nuns pour blood on a missile site or pound hammers on a missile silo, get arrested, then try to explain in court why nuclear missiles are dangerous, they inspire me. When a few masked people crack corporate safety glass and try to hide in the mass of non-violent protesters to provoke police attacks, they seem arrogant and cowardly. Arrogant because they didn’t discuss their tactic with the other demonstrators beforehand. Cowardly because they refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and are unwilling to verbally explain themselves.

  • Mason taylor says:

    I live in a violent society. Men beating women, adults spanking kids, kids bullying kids, cars driving over pedestrians and bicyclists, drug companies covering up lethal side effects of their patent medicines, migrant workers literally dieing crossing the border looking for work, people of color always fearful of being stopped by police, the violence of more (privatized) jails, the violence of foreclosures so a few become richer, the bullying by supervisors, the threat of devaluation of my savings, the threat of inflation surpassing my meager social security, the continual threat of ID theft, and war after war after war. I’m tired and sick of violence. I want change. Is Occupy going to be an alternative to establishment violence? Or is it the same old shit?

    • nwwaterboy says:

      Speak out and get involved. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

  • Mason taylor says:

    Will we have easily identifiable monitors wearing bright orange vests, carrying walkie talkies, trained in non-violent methods of coping with hooliganism? Most of the large peace demonstrations and labor protests I’ve seen had monitors who could answer questions, call an ambulance for a medical emergency, had maps of the parade route, and could immediately summon help. Are we going to monitor ourselves, or let it fall to the cops by default? If we’re going to do it ourselves, how can we be more effective than we were on the first march of Mayday? There were no problems on the 3rd march, the march for Immigrant Rights on Mayday.

    • Larry says:

      The activists experienced in non-violence and the use of peacekeepers have abandoned Occupy. Those left are the diversity of tactics refuse to commit to non-violence crowd. Give ‘em some vests and see how they do.

      The third march on Mayday went OK because of enhanced police presence with emergency powers of arrest. The window busters had already sabotaged the day by then.

  • Larry says:

    This Documentary about Occupy shows the power of non-violence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr6JNd7lJ0o&feature=youtu.be

    Sadly Seattle has lost it’s momentum as a non-violent movement for real change. It’s our fault for allowing ourselves to be co-opted. I intend to stay involved with Occupy but I’ll travel to other cities to do it. Occupy Seattle is beyond repair.

  • Mason taylor says:

    it needs constant buffering. Too bad it wasn’t sent via html 4. I AM able to view newer you tube videos that utilized updated version of HTML. Maybe if I use Seattle public library computer with Windows I could view itwithout constant delays that result in doubling viewming time and inconvenience of having to constantly hit play icon.

  • Larry says:

    It’s been two months since the boys and girls in hoodies busted windows at a federal building and some banks during an Occupy march. They’ve done a day or two in jail, talked to their attorneys, and likely been offered an opportunity to reduce their charges/sentences by turning snitch. I wonder what they chose to do?

    Federal Property Crimes:

    A federal property crime is not only a federal offense but is also a felony. An individual facing federal property crime charges may actually face prosecution not only on a federal level but at a state level as well. This does not qualify as double jeopardy under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, one may face whatever state penalties are associated with the crime and the federal penalties as well. This may add up to years in prison, heavy fines, and much more.

  • Larry says:

    It’s been two months since the boys and girls in hoodies busted windows at a federal building and some banks during an Occupy march. They’ve done a day or two in jail (enough to know they don’t like it), talked to their attorneys, and likely been offered an opportunity to reduce their charges/sentences by turning snitch. I wonder what they chose to do?

    Federal Property Crimes:

    A federal property crime is not only a federal offense but is also a felony. An individual facing federal property crime charges may actually face prosecution not only on a federal level but at a state level as well. This does not qualify as double jeopardy under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, one may face whatever state penalties are associated with the crime and the federal penalties as well. This may add up to years in prison, heavy fines, and much more.

  • Boswell says:

    I agree. While I would say that the Trotskyites, while I disagree with them, can be worked with, the black block idiots are another thing entirely. Now that OS has gone to no decision making GAs until the fall (which makes no sense, because if you can’t organize people in the summer you will certainly not be able to organize them when it’s cold outside) and has suspended budgeting things because of lack of donations coming in, the obvious should be said: Occupy Seattle is dead.

    Worse yet, the Occupy Movement is dead. This is why the Right is stronger in America than the left: The right makes their battle plans in the style of General Patton, while the left makes their battle plans in a style similar to Jerry Garcia. Nine months after the start of Occupy and what has happened? NOTHING. The American people have turned away from Occupy and it has not even come up with ONE concise demand.

    You know why so many Americans supported Occupy? Because they wanted us to be the left-wing Tea Party. They were hoping we would come up with a political agenda and run people for office, in primaries against the so-called “progressive” Democrats and highjack their corrupt party from them or as third party candidates. I have news for you people: THE THOUSANDS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS WHO SUPPORTED OCCUPY IN THAT ONE BIG MARCH IN OCTOBER WERE NOT ANARCHISTS! MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK ANARCHISTS ARE DANGEROUS IDIOTS!

    So, Occupy, instead of doing what the people they claim to represent wanted them to do and got involved in politics, instead gave in to the small minority of people who are anarchist and stayed away from making demands and pursuing a political program. Now, after refusing to take a stand and fight for achievable change Occupy has allowed these trust-fund “revolutionaries” to smash things and isolate themselves from the bulk of the American working class.

    In the end, Occupy can best be described as the inoculation the left needed. Some day there will be a political movement in this country that will bring real progressive, left of center change. When that movement comes and the kiddies-in-the-hoodies try to co-opt it like they have Occupy, we will have the failure of Occupy to serve as a warning. We will be able to say “keep them out of here! We don’t want this to turn into another Occupy Movement!”

    That will be the legacy of Occupy: the lasting lesson the left had to learn about not allowing anarchists morons to spoil our work. Occasional, pragmatic Reds can be worked with (like CPUSA) but the kiddies in the hoodies? No way.

    A famous anarchist named John Zerzan has said that anarchist need to separate themselves from the left in what he calls “post left anarchy.” Well, it is time for us Progressives, Greens, Socialists and Social Democrats to abandon these idiotic anarchists. The future will be ours only after we create a “post anarchist left.”

    Someday we will have a true, nationwide movement of progressive. Today is not that day. Occupy is not that movement.

  • Larry says:

    I was listening to mayor McGinn on the radio this morning. I’m unhappy with him over several issues and will not vote for him but that doesn’t mean he never gets anything right.

    He talked about a community meeting where anarchists from Occupy shouted down the questions from the audience and his responses. He got up and left and continued the conversation outside until the anarchists came out and shouted and heckled to make conversation impossible.

    Why would any thoughtful person who desires to make real change in our communities want to be involved in a group that engages in this sort of juvenile behavior. Note that these juveniles weren’t challenging the Mayor’s views or offering their own. They were just preventing an exchange of opinions and ideas.

    Around the country the Occupy movement has some remarkable achievements, is evolving, thriving and moving in different directions. Occupy Seattle hasn’t accomplished anything meaningful that I’m aware of and is a severely tarnished brand. It is dead and stinking. So back to low attendance rallies at Westlake with a couple book tables set up by the socialists and the RCP roaming the crowd trying to sell their silly newspaper. They’ve been doing that for decades and how much real change has it accomplished?

  • anonymous_os says:

    You all use “anarchist” as a dirty word (quite ignorant). I am an anarchist, but also a pacifist. I have a lot of respect for thoughtful, caring, loving, considerate anarchists. I personally am not offended when “Black Bloc” “anarchists” destroy bank windows, etc. because I realize that society can function quite wonderfully without the big banks.

    http://www.rt.com/news/indian-children-banking-system-637/

    I highly recommend the free documentary “Anarchism In America” or at least read the Wikipedia definition before throwing around ignorant rants against anarchy.

  • anonymous_os says:

    Just my opinion: people are not coming out to Occupy Seattle because they are disillusioned. Maybe they thought that they could just wave some banners and that magically everything would change. Seriously, most Americans are too busy with their own lives and also, most people actually do have jobs and are making ends meet.

    Until things get REALLY bad, Americans in general will not do anything. We are like the proverbial frog in the pot of water. Now, if unemployment suddenly spiked to 30% and people were hungry – then shit would start to happen immediately.

    But don’t worry, with the national debt and the greedy bankers still in power, and with peak oil upon us (already happening), with a quickly growing global population, the shit will hit the fan.

    At least we have the framework for a movement already made. If something catastrophic happened, Occupy Seattle is ready to go.

  • Steve Leigh says:

    As the statement of unity on the OS website says, let’s not label each other and think that ends the argument.–We need to be able to have open and honest disagreements about strategy , tactics and politics. There are large divergences among anarchists, socialists, liberals, etc. We need to respond to specific positions , tactics etc. not lump large groups under vague labels. When particular tactics are detrimental they need to be called out. The majority needs to be able to set its tactics for particular actions and enforce those decisions. I believe OS needs to drop the window smashing tactics of May 1 and try to rebuild a broad movement that can appeal to much of the 99%!—BUT– We need to defend all OS activists against police repression, no matter what we think of their specific tactics or politics :

    The Seattle International Socialist Organization stands in solidarity with Seattle activists raided by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) Tuesday morning, July 10, 2012. Police attacks on the physical safety and civil liberties of political activists are shameful and indefensible.

    Witnesses report that police forcibly entered the apartment of several activists associated with the Red Spark Collective and Decolonize/Occupy Seattle. Police threw flash grenades before ransacking the apartment and searching the activists’ books and belongings. Paperwork handed to the activists by SPD detectives asserted that police were looking for “anarchist materials” and items related to May 1st actions.

    This is obviously nothing but an attempt at intimidation of activists—both those directly attacked and anyone else organizing against the 1%. The right to possess “Anarchist materials” or any other political literature is theoretically protected by the First Amendment to the state and U.S. Constitutions. Possession of such materials is not a crime, nor is it proof of commission of a crime. There is no reasonable excuse for police to be investigating political opinions and physically attacking people and personal property.

    The police claim that this is related to May 1. Yet on May 1, when some windows were broken downtown, police for the most part stood back and made few arrests. Instead they are using a few easily replaced windows as an excuse to destroy the irreplaceable civil liberties of activists over two months later. This should make it even more clear that the police are defenders of the power and wealth of the 1% against the rights and freedom of the 99%.

    All the civil liberties we have today were fought for and won over decades of struggle against the 1% and their agents . Activists in the 60’s and 70’s forced the police in Seattle and across the U.S. to formally dismantle their political spying operations. The post-9/11 era has given police an excuse for renewed repression. Attacks against Arabs and Muslims and other supposedly potential “terrorists” have become common place. Under Obama , the pace has quickened, with U.S. citizens now subject to imprisonment without trial. Anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago have been recent victims of raids and Grand Jury investigations.

    It is in the interest of all activists of any political persuasion and all people who care about freedom of speech, press and association to quickly and strongly condemn this raid and any subsequent arrests or trials.

    This is a blatant attack on activists and organizers in Seattle and an aggressive display of political repression. It will not stand ! Solidarity with all political activists!

  • Larry says:

    I predict less than two dozen people for this event who are not book selling socialists or RCP newspaper pushing members or thrill seeking “anarchists.”

    Not two dozen experienced committed activists will show up for this. The occupy brand is dead in Seattle. As I said earlier it is back to the days of ineffective poorly attended rallies at Westlake.

  • donny1020 says:

    I completely understand the need for solidarity but it is as though solidarity with those that dominate the conversation at DS is more important to you than the actual goals and aspirations of the broader Occupy movement. I would remind you that the Occupy movement was a movement based on the singular issue of income equality. It was not a group who came together under the banner of the ISO, RCP, SA or any fringe socialist organization or any school of neo anarchist thought.

    Since those initial days OS has morphed into a platform for fringe political groups and pretend revolutionaries. The issue of income equality has taken the back seat to issues represented by activist from other causes. Groups that have raised the issue of income equality for decades have been attacked and maligned to the detriment of the Occupy movement as a whole.

    To much time has been spent worrying about the feelings of these fringe groups which include neo-anarchist and Trotskite and Maoist political groups. Yourself, a representative for the ISO have put forward an agenda that elevates not only the importance of your own fringe political ideology and those of your political organization as well. The ISO entered into political neutrality agreements with many of these groups in an effort to dominate and subjugate the broader Occupy movement. When you glorify the need for solidarity with these groups you have been very selective. You have not come out publicly chastising the neo-anarchist for their physical attacks on representatives of the RCP on May Day. It is as if you want to ignore that this even took place. This may be due to the fact that ISO members simply stood their and failed to act. Better the RCP then the ISO, right?

    Anyway, the coalition of these fringe political ideologies that have dominated DS through designed have done little to further the cause and effectively have alienated the working class. Whenever I read your responses I am taken with your view of activist of the 60′s and 70′s which you have a fondness for it. The reality is they accomplished little if anything for the American working class. Their anti-war stance was mainly out of a sense of privilege rather than simple opposition to the war in Viet Nam. While the sons and daughters of the working class were sent to fight the sons and daughters of the wealthy were free to attend higher education where they worked to ensure their position of privilege were protected. That privileged position allowed them from having to step into harms way. This was the reality of those times not the make believe world which you claim to have existed.

    Those same folks that protested in the 60′s and 70′s quickly used their educations to further dominate and oppress the working class. In many instances they used their employment positions within higher education to dominate Unions such as AFSME and dictate to the working class how their organizations should be run.

    While you are always quick to defend the actions of those that have hijacked the Occupy movement I personally can not, and will not take you seriously until you acknowledge the corrosive effects of fringe political groups on the broader movement. I cannot take you seriously until you publicly denounce DS attacks on organized labor. I can not and will not take you seriously until you denounce the neo-anarchist groups and those individuals from the ISO that stood by as those individuals that manned the RCP book table were physically attacked on May 1. I can not take you serious until you acknowledge that representatives from DS purposefully mislead and lied to representatives of El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social in an effort to co-opt their May 1 activities. I will not take you seriously until you apologize to the public for the negative effects that DS was responsible for on May 1. It was the tactics of DS on May 1 that reduced the participation at the march by some estimates of 75%.

    Of course this is just my 2 cents and nothing else but I can assure you that those of us who are working class find very little of what DS has become as representative of the working class.

    • anonymous_os says:

      People can do things in any way they choose. Whomever organizes an event can structure things as they see fit. If you feel that OS is dominated by a certain ideology, then invite people who share your “ideology” to OS and speak up with your ideas. Furthermore, why accuse people of being “pretend revolutionaries.” Maybe some people actually are revolutionaries insofar as they want and are working toward the vision of revolution.

      Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the working class to accomplish something for the working class. Therefore, if little was accomplished, then I would blame either the ruling class for overwhelming power, or the working class for insufficient effort. Just as today, if the working class wants something, then they need to get off there ass and get it done. Don’t blame the ISO, RCP, or anarchists for the level of accomplishment.