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Friday, October 7, 2011

Occupy Westlake Park at Noon on Saturday

Posted by on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Posted earlier and moved up.

You've been watching the Occupy protests on Wall Street, in Seattle, Portland, and a zillion other cities. You've wanted to help.

After all, you're among the 99 percent of non-rich people getting a raw deal while fat cats tootle around in yachts made of foie gras. But you haven't heard how to join the protesters without sleeping on the sidewalk or, like, getting arrested. Maybe you have a bad back, maybe you have a job, or perhaps you can't get arrested.

Yet you want the protests to succeed.

Then there's this: Saturday at noon, everyone who supports the Occupy Wall Street actions is being asked to haul their butts down to Westlake Park (Fourth Avenue and Pine Street). Union workers, protesters, and the organizers of Indigenous Peoples' Day—which has a permit for the park beginning at noon—are asking you to join them.

"Come down for both Occupy Seattle and Indigenous Peoples' Day," says event organizer Jack Whitehouse. He says issues for the permitted rally and the Occupy movement "are all interconnected. I want them to come down!"

You'll have lots of company. The local SEIU affiliate is asking its 42,000 members to show up at Westlake Park on Saturday, and yesterday the King County Labor Council announced that its 75,000-person membership is being asked to join the protests. So plan to go on Saturday. Facebook this. Tweet this. Pack a sandwich and take your friends.

There's activity today, too, if you just can't wait.

At 4:30 p.m. today, a march will begin at at Seattle Central Community College and head down to Westlake Park by 5:30 p.m. It's permitted for the Afghanistan War 10-year anniversary, but Jane Cutter, coordinator of ANSWER Seattle, says "we want as many people as possible" who support Occupy movement because "we see it as the same struggle."

So again: Saturday, noon at Westlake Park; Friday evening at Westlake Park.

 

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Matt from Denver 1
Fuck all y'all - I want me a foie gras yacht!
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
@1 I could sell you a map and detailed instructions for where to get one.

Are you comfortable with weapons?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on October 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM · Report this
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TLDR; YACHT OF FOIE GRAS FUCK YES!!!!!!!!
Posted by itsthetruthruth on October 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM · Report this
OuterCow 4
With bells on, bitches!
Posted by OuterCow on October 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM · Report this
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Come on Seattle! Have you seen what's going on in Portland. We're not going to let them show us up, are we?
Posted by tacomagirl on October 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM · Report this
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My son and I will be there on Saturday.
Posted by Jude Fawley on October 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM · Report this
The_Shaved_Bear 7
I can't physically be there. What's the best way to show support otherwise????
Posted by The_Shaved_Bear on October 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Tingleyfeeln 8
How much of this yaght can you eat ans still stay afloat? Or does getting fat from it help you float after the yaght is eaten?
Posted by Tingleyfeeln on October 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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Haven't made it down yet but I'll be there on Saturday. Thanks for posting.
Posted by noahg on October 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM · Report this
PTrig 10
Anyone want to put a bid in on the time when SLOG posts the first pictures of the marchers breaking windows on Capital Hill?
Posted by PTrig on October 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Rotten666 11
I'm only going to show up those fuckers in Portland.
Posted by Rotten666 on October 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Tingleyfeeln 12
@10, how about if businesses which support the cause put 99 posters in their windows? It will be like the businesses in the ghetto which avoided destruction during 60's race riots by writing "SOUL" on their shops.
Posted by Tingleyfeeln on October 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM · Report this
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This is perfect for me - I need a few things from Sephora right there anyway.
Posted by gloomy gus on October 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 14
@12 - I think lamb's blood might be more effective.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 15
@10: Dumb people do dumb things. That is a proven fact, and it doesn't take a genius to point it out. Do you have a point, or are you just getting this on the record so you can sit back and say "I told you so" when the inevitable happens?
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on October 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 16
@15 - I like the bit in this flier about keeping an eye out for other demonstrators being stupid. It's probably a good point for everyone at the protest to keep in mind.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Tingleyfeeln 17
@12, no need to get TOO biblical here.
@15 hopefully the dumb people stay away. But if the ruling powers don't start listening it's almost inevitable. Not advocating this, just acknowledging an ugly truth of large uprisings. If anyone is dumb enough to start smashing windows, hopefully they will be smart enough to smash the RIGHT windows.
Posted by Tingleyfeeln on October 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Jennifer Nicole 18
@7: You can send items and funds to their Post Office Box. Right now, their greatest need is for warm blankets, hand warmers, gloves, etc. to get them through the late evenings. You can also call local restaurants and pay for food to be delivered to the protesters. They prefer hot, healthy food, of course, but are grateful for any food at all, including pizza and donuts.
Posted by Jennifer Nicole http://awakenedaesthetic.com on October 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM · Report this
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"Hopefully the dumb people stay away"
Then who would protest?
Posted by _db_ on October 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM · Report this
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If you can't protest because of distance or work, or you just are not into protesting but still think the message is worth supporting, consider going to your big bank, if you have one (Chase, Citibank, BoA), closing your account and opening a new account at a credit union, and tell the bank why.

I think I read this idea on a Slog comment a few days ago. What are the chances that that could catch on as part of the Occupy solidarity?

BECU apparently lets you open an account on line.
Posted by Jude Fawley on October 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Baconcat 21
Let's have a Slog meetup beforehand.
Posted by Baconcat on October 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM · Report this
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Anyway we can get the local non active military to come out and join in their uniforms. I heard about that happening in NY and it seems like a pretty powerful image
Posted by BusyB on October 7, 2011 at 1:59 PM · Report this
Hernandez 23
@21 That's a great idea!
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on October 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM · Report this
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BECU does allow you to open an account online and it's super easy to do. I closed my BofA account years ago and told them exactly why I did it. They said "oh".
Posted by bright71 on October 7, 2011 at 2:03 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 25
@21 for the win
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on October 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 26
Occupy Slog Happy
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on October 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM · Report this
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www.occupyseattle.org
facebook - occupy seattle
Posted by kt on October 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 28
@21 - I kind of assumed we would. It hadn't even occurred to me that no one had posted anything about doing that.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM · Report this
Baconcat 29
Slog-ccupy Seattle
Posted by Baconcat on October 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM · Report this
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I for one am relieved people are finally occupying something above and beyond their facebook pages.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on October 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM · Report this
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In reply to 7 (Shaved Bear) go to occupyseattle.org. There are needs for material good (socks, sleeping bags, first aid stuff) as well as donated food. All this is detailed in the "Needs" section of the website. Also, there are working groups to organize and sustain different components of the movement. Each has contact information on the website, depending on your interest, ask to be put on the working group list serve and dive in!!
Posted by radon.daughter on October 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Phoebe on NE 79th 32
@10: Now they're getting into extortion tactics, lovely.
Posted by Phoebe on NE 79th on October 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 33
@29 - When and where, Baconcat?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Baconcat 34
@33: Hm, Seattle Coffee Works? It's local and they're at 1st and Pike, so a quick walk. Should be quiet enough to get sorted before walking over as a group
Posted by Baconcat on October 7, 2011 at 2:52 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 35
@34 - Time? Elevenish?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Baconcat 36
@35: Sounds about right. Meet between 11 and 11:30, walk over at 11:45?

That gives people enough time to mingle, chat, IRL troll and whatnot.

So, what do you say Dominic? Promote Slog-ccupy Seattle?
Posted by Baconcat on October 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM · Report this
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I totally support the cause, but it’s a matter of time before the peaceful protestors become an unruly mob. Mark my words there will be mayhem and destruction in downtown Seattle once the anarchist idiots get their groove on
Posted by iliad on October 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 38
@37 - First anarchist I see acting up gets punched in the face until he's begging the cops to protect him.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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All I'm sayin is - wouldn't it be more f*ck youish to climax this protest on a weekday, during capitalist business hours? Just sayin.
Posted by Wedgwood99 on October 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 40
@39 - I thought blocking the bridges into and/or out of Mercer Island would actually get the attention of the 1%, but that'd take far more people than I am.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM · Report this
PTrig 41
@32, are you referring to @12's suggestion for the 99% window displays? Brilliant piece of slight of hand.

@15, do they really have to do dumb things every time there is a chance for a transcendental event in town? Could anything be done to keep the inevitable march of the vandals from moving up the hill? If it does happen, can there be shame brought down upon these individuals?

I do not want to sit back and say, "I told you so." I would rather my comment be a warning to those peacefully demonstrating to be aware of others who may try to use this gathering for a simple thrill and cause to be reckless.

Also, those covering this event will be able to responsible for how it is broadly remembered. If mayhem ensues in Capital Hill tomorrow, will it be reported on more enthusiastically than a possible gathering of thousands for a righteous cause?

Posted by PTrig on October 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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Shaved_Bear & Other folks who really can't be there- Occupy is a massively virtual movement! If we can't have our feet on the ground, we can still have our heads in the wires! Online activism is a vital part of it all- Tweet, post, like, share, spread the word! Send food & supplies with others who CAN get down to the physical occupation! (list of things Occupy Seattle still needs here: http://occupyseattle.org/site-page/needs ) Write inspirational poetry. Write fiery rants! Write impassioned notes of gratitude to others involved. MAKE NOISE! As they say- the revolution will not be televised... so it's up to the wireheads to get it out there where everyone can see it!
Posted by Flashwitt on October 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM · Report this
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You can show your support here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wal…

"Our campaign page will be live at the Occupy Wall Street Square in New York and we will have a massive counter ticking up to show how many people from across the world are joining. Let's make this huge! "
Posted by liviane on October 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM · Report this
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You can show your support here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wal…

"Our campaign page will be live at the Occupy Wall Street Square in New York and we will have a massive counter ticking up to show how many people from across the world are joining. Let's make this huge! "
Posted by liviane on October 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM · Report this
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I've already seen video of the Seattle Occupation, and yes, those anarchist IDIOTS are involved. I want to just knock them over and stomp on them. Most of them are trust fund babies, anway, so stomping on them is stomping on an extension of the top 1%...LOL
Posted by cattycat on October 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM · Report this
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Check it for photos of October 7th's Occupy Seattle

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a…
Posted by Alex Garland Photography on October 7, 2011 at 11:12 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 47
march moved to 5 p.m. - still meeting at the coffee shop at 11? from the occupy seattle Fb page:

Occupy Seattle
Per the decision made at General Assembly tonight, the time for the march on Saturday has moved from Noon until after the Indigenous People's rally event tomorrow. the new time is 5PM
Posted by mr. herriman on October 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM · Report this
Knat 48
Photos on the Atlantic site of different protests around the country. The guy in the center of the "Seattle, Occupied" photo is #38, and he was not having a good time.
Posted by Knat on October 8, 2011 at 1:32 AM · Report this
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Has march been moved to 5PM?
Posted by tiktok on October 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM · Report this
mr. herriman 50
according to FB last night and this morning, yes, it's been moved to 5.

tell me, are we still meeting? same time, same place?
Posted by mr. herriman on October 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM · Report this
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I'm disabled but want to show up today... Is it true that it's at 5 now?
Posted by jcarcinogen on October 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM · Report this

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