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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Come to Town Hall Saturday for a Conversation About Occupy Seattle

Posted by on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

So Occupy Seattle has survived its rocky start. They've got a semi-secure location and they're building a community and outreach. But what happens now? We worked with Town Hall Seattle to set up a conversation about the future of the movement—does it get swallowed up by the Democrats in time for the 2012 elections? Does the Occupy movement head to Olympia to try to advocate for greater change on a local level? Does the whole thing just peter out when winter hits?

The panel will try to find answers to these questions, and you'll have time to ask questions, too. So come on down to Town Hall on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30 pm. It's free.

Here's the panel:

* Nick Licata (moderator), Seattle City Councilmember
* Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council
* Josh Farris, from Occupy Seattle's Tactical Working Group, member of IBEW local 46 and Iraq Veterans Against the War
* Frank Greer of national political consultants GMMB
* Nick Hanauer, co-author of THE TRUE PATRIOT and THE GARDENS OF DEMOCRACY (both with Eric Liu), and Seattle entrepreneur/investor with Second Avenue Partners
* Tabitha, from Occupy Seattle's Sustainability Brigade and Kitchen, also a liaison with Seattle Central Community College
* JM Wong, from Occupy Seattle's People of Color Caucus, also a student at SCCC

Let's get to the bottom of all this, Seattle!


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Will in Seattle 1
Wait, a panel of elites can't represent the 99 percent ...

That said, free is Good.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM · Report this
the hippy fest has lost sight of the goal it never had.

the means is not the end.

butt when you've got no end the means will have to suffice......
Posted by campout on November 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM · Report this
Does the City Council really want to get involved in the drugs, alcoholism and violence of Occupy Seattle? From their very own website…

General Assembly notes:

-There's a lot of people who don't get rest at night because of drunkards and pot smokers who party all night long. Their response was “fuck you”.

-You have a woman currently at the camp who is being sexually harassed\assaulted by another woman and this has been going on for awhile. If and when the campus president hears wind of this, he will have little choice but to shut down the camp. For all anyone knows, the woman in question is a sex offender. The police should have been called after she was given one warning and persisted on harassing the other woman.

-people are considering leaving if we don't put something in place to deal with violence, drugs, and alcohol use.

-Tired of drama and fights, inside and outside of camp, day and night. Wants it to stop.

-The Compass Center will give us lunch Monday - Friday

-liberals and progressives are quickly dismissed by fellow radicals when have never engaged in radical ideas, without opportunity to develop deeper conclusions

- I didn't camp here last night, but I've been here the last couple days. I have noticed there's been violence and drug and alcohol use. 

- last week that drugs, other than pot, were in camp

-we're allowing behavior such as sexual predation, thievery, and violence, to run amok, affecting safety of camp and movement at large.

-Regarding drug use: Putting together a program to meet people where they are. The drug problem is not an individual's problem, it's what happens when a community fails. Also inviting Narcotics Anonymous to come, not to preach but just to be here for people.

-Understands desire for autonomy, but is confused about drug and alcohol policy since there are people smoking pot at GA.

-Don't judge people. Some people have not had the things we take for granted. This is the closest thing she's had to a home in seven months. Has seven friends trying to kick heroin. Can't keep it up. Wants to help with NA.

-Woman was here looking for her lost 16 year old daughter. Daughter became drug addict since leaving. Called police intending to have them sweep our camp looking for girl.

-Has been looking for group to start for a long time. Wants to find a way to fit in here. With her drug use, has repeatedly dumpster dove in this neighborhood.

-Camp Safety met last night to talk about heroine and non-marijuana drug use and how to deal with it while protecting our community. Suggests group discussion about how passive our response should be.

-should support people accused of violent crimes, for very practical reasons.

-Has been lots of partying that breaks the agreement between us and Seattle Central. That could cause us to lose our camp quickly.

-Everyone around her seems to be violent. If this movement shows no regard for this suffering, she wants no part of it.

And then there's the media reports:

Woman Tries to Slash Man WIth Broken Bottle At Occupy Seattle CampNovember 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm Jonah Spangenthal-Lee
Posted by It's a fucking circus on November 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM · Report this
In your heart you know he's right 4
I hope they think of a way to makes this movement more elite in a good way. Whenever "progressive" types gather in any spot (music festivals, protests, Capitol Hill) it seems to attract all the human garbage. At occupy Portland there have been two heroin overdoses in two days and Sam Adams has stated that he will now clear the area.
Posted by In your heart you know he's right on November 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM · Report this
Will Licata get to the bottom of Occupy Seattle's plan to prioritize the power of the Indians over the 'colonizers' and the role of the Earth Mother in these United States once they succeed?

From Occupy Seattle:

"we prioritize the involvement of indigenous sovereign people in the redesigning and rebuilding of a new way of living on their ancestral land in the context that there is one mother of us all, our earth mother"
Posted by Sugartit on November 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Apparently a society filled with littering drunks, druggies, ODs, sexual assaults, regular assaults, fights, yelling, pot heads, crusties and hobos all shitting into buckets in the cold rain and twinkling their fingers for 3 hours to decide on pizza toppings is the kind of society these folks are trying to push on us.

I'm definitely not a member of that 99%.
Posted by Maybe anarchy isn't all it's cracked up to be? on November 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@3 actually, in statistical studies, it has been proven that participants in Occupy protests use drugs LESS, have violence LESS, and rape LESS than the general population.

Misallocation of police resources if you ask me.

Better put the cops near the bars around sporting events if you actually care about crime.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM · Report this
"in statistical studies"

Will, you ass isn't where statistical studies are usually pulled and the two ODs at Occupy Portland yesterday didn't come from your ass.
Posted by Sugartit on November 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM · Report this
People of Color Caucus. Good to know people will be judged by the color of their skin in Occupy Utopia.
Posted by Person of! on November 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM · Report this
pissy mcslogbot 10
odd how smearnipple (@8) is all about only pointing out the negatives of the occupy movement (Ods, sexual assault et al), while of course when it happens in general society as well, he has nary a peep.,

what a total concern troll. christ it is so obvious, blatant and tiresome.
Posted by pissy mcslogbot on November 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM · Report this
internet_jen 11
@ 10 and 'we' go as far as to joke about sexual assault in prisons.
Posted by internet_jen on November 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM · Report this
pissy mcslogbot 12
@11: yes, sometimes people here do joke about that; we/they also joke about catholic priests, but the difference is where the place those jokes eminate from; As in one to enlighten or make light of as a coping mechanism - vs - one only to tear down and lessen humanity.

Posted by pissy mcslogbot on November 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM · Report this
Sounds like Occupy Seattle is turning into another Nickelsville, which is probably an insult to the folks living in Nickelsville. It was a noble cause while it lasted. What is it for now?
Posted by move Occupy to 65th and I-5 on November 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM · Report this
Ah, a panel, that's so Seattle. Let me see who's on it: Ah, politician, spin men, the .alt media, labor, a pacifist, women and minorities. Excellent, your ass is covered.
This meeting of the The New Boss is the Same as the Old Boss Committee is now adjourned.
Posted by LiberatusQuirkus on November 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM · Report this

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