Topic: Occupy Seattle
You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.
October 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM
The Seattle Community College District has tweaked the language of a proposed rule to regulate free speech on campus after the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington raised questions about the rule’s constitutionality last week.
The new language encourages off-campus groups to register with the college before engaging in free-speech activity on the campus. Previously, the rule required off-campus groups to register.
Last week, in a letter to the college, the ACLU voiced concerns that requiring registration before engaging in free speech was unconstitutional. ACLU spokesman Doug Honig said the group is reviewing the change.
In a letter to the college community, Chancellor Jill Wakefield said the ACLU voiced its concerns in a letter that arrived the afternoon before a public hearing, “when there was no time to incorporate and discuss any changes,” she said.
Wakefield said the new rules were drafted by a task force during a series of meetings that she praised as being collaborative. The rules, she wrote, make it clear that the district — North, South and Seattle Central community colleges — is “a limited public forum for First Amendment activities and are meant to provide a reasonable time, place, and manner for people to engage in First Amendment activities at the District. They also provide clarity around the use of the campus for First Amendment activities by both college and non-college groups.”
College officials decided they needed free speech rules after the Occupy Seattle movement made Seattle Central Community College its home base for several months in the fall of 2011. The new rule prohibits overnight camping.
The proposal will go to the school’s Board of Trustees Dec. 5 for a second reading and vote.
September 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM
The nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement might have made a ruckus when it started in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, 2011, but a march celebrating its anniversary in downtown Seattle tonight didn’t.
The loudest part of an Occupy Seattle march of about 100 people with dollar bills taped over their mouths were the bicycle brakes of police officers slowly rolling alongside them. Marchers silently coursed through streets surrounding Westlake Park with a giant banner ahead of them reading “Get money out of politics.”
Gabriel Plummer, 20, passed out information about Occupy Seattle offshoot organization #MicCheckWallSt to shoppers and diners gawking at the unusually quiet demonstration.
“There are a lot of groups that branched off of the Occupy movement, but we’re all here letting people know we’re still working together,” said Plummer, who camped with Occupy Seattle for months last year.
The improvised march slowed sparse traffic as it weaved through downtown avenues between Pine Street and Pike Street, but business owners in the area were appreciative protesters didn’t disrupt the area with noise or violence.
“I actually think this is a lot better way to get a message out,” said Urban Outfitters manager Jessi Woodland. “It’s a lot better than vandalism because then you’re just sharing your anger and not much else.”
But not everyone was enchanted with the march. Among them was a 53-year-old woman who, after searching for a job for two years, was holding a sign reading, “Lost my job, no employment, anything helps, God bless” as marchers passed by. She said she may need help, but didn’t think the Occupy movement was offering her any.
“I’m sick of them because they’re a huge disruption to everybody,” she said. “They make tax-payer funded police watch over them like they’re children, when they could be watching over somebody else who needs it.”
Seattle’s branch of the movement started in early October last year, but Occupy Seattle member Mark Taylor-Canfield said participating in a nationwide day of celebration could better illustrate a solidarity still within the movement.
After the march, Taylor-Canfield shouted a short speech in sentences that the crowd echoed to amplify it, ending with, “They tried to stop us for a year, but we’re still here – get used to it!”
July 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM
The Seattle Police Department SWAT team and detectives entered a Judkins Park apartment of Occupy Seattle members early Tuesday morning with a search warrant to seize suspected evidence of May Day-protest crimes including vandalism, according to Seattle Police Department’s online blotter.
Detectives contacted the four individuals in the apartment in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South before entering just before 6 a.m., the blotter post says.
However, an Occupy Seattle spokesperson said in a news release that police charged in while all four residents were sleeping and threw down a stun grenade. That kind of grenade is non-lethal but its loud bang and bright light are meant to temporarily disorient the senses.
SPD says it was successful in finding what it wanted and that the material “will be useful in the investigation.” All four residents were cooperative with investigators and were released from the scene after being interviewed, the SPD blotter said.
Occupy Seattle activists said they were outraged by what was on the search warrant and started organizing a Tuesday night march to SPD’s East Precinct to publicize the incident.
About 50 people showed up at Westlake Park Tuesday night for a protest that looped around SPD’s East Precinct and ended at Cal Anderson Park. Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen live-Tweeted from the gathering. Though plenty of insults were aired toward law enforcement, the event ended peacefully.
July 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The money drop is part of a protest against the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which ruled that companies have the same rights as individuals when speaking about and donating to political campaigns. First Amendment rights had previously applied to individuals but not associations of individuals.
Each dollar will be stamped with ”End Citizens United. Money as speech silences us all.”
“The money will naturally go back into general circulation,” says the fundraiser website. “As it passes from hand to hand, from one person to the next, it will continue to spread its message.”
The group encourages anyone to organize similar money drop protests by printing the stamp out on money at home. Angela Vogel, one of the event’s organizers, said stamping the printed money is legal because it’s designed not to obscure serial or denomination numbers.
The group is still raising money for a $5,000 goal through a website called WePay.
#MicCheckWallSt, which also organizes the Student Debt Noise Brigade in Capitol Hill, held a similar event on Valentines Day earlier this year with $500.
“It was a really good test run,” Vogel said. “We want to get more people involved so it’s very important to do things that are exciting and fun and safe for everybody.”
April 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM
Occupy Seattle protesters gathered outside the Greenwood home of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Friday to complain about the eviction of a homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” from a Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Occupy spokeswoman Aliana Bazara said about 20 protesters were meeting with the mayor this evening hoping to resolve the issue.
The protesters have threatened to camp out at the mayor’s house if their concerns are not addressed.
February 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM
About 40 protesters calling for the resignation of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz occupied City Hall outside of the Mayor’s Office Monday. The protesters, who said they were part of the Occupy Seattle movement, voted earlier in the afternoon to remain at City Hall until Diaz steps down as chief.
The protesters first interrupted a regularly scheduled City Council meeting a little after 2 p.m. Several addressed the Council and said that Diaz did not have the mandate of Seattle citizens and should be removed. The group left peacefully within about 10 minutes and headed up to the 7th floor. At 5:30 p.m., they were occupying the public waiting area outside the Mayor’s office.
The protesters unfurled a red banner from a 7th floor balcony that said “Bring Diaz Down” and sat on couches and the floor outside the mayor’s office. Mayor Mike McGinn was not in the office. About a dozen uniformed Seattle police officers waited in the ground-floor lobby of City Hall. City Hall is usually locked and closed to the public at 6 p.m.
Phil Neel, one of the protesters, said the protest was not specifically against McGinn, who hired Diaz in 2010 and has stood by him through several highly publicized incidents of police use of force against minorities. Neel said the group chose the mayor’s 7th floor offices because it is “the seat of power” and that the city’s politicians had been complicit in failing to prosecute officers for excessive use of force.
The protesters called for the prosecution of Ian Birk, the Seattle police officer who resigned after a review panel found that his shooting of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams was unjustified. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded in December that the Seattle Police Department had engaged in a pattern of excessive use of force and is now negotiating a settlement with the city that could lead to changes in the department.
“All officers who engage in a pattern of excessive use of force should be prosecuted,” Neel said.
City Councilman Nick Licata said that the protesters probably were in touch with young people who had had negative experiences with the police. But he said, “We’re going through a DOJ review. We have a process in place to as how do we do better policing. That’s the way to go about it.”
December 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM
In 2011, Seattle Times photographers and videographers captured the screaming of the Blue Angels and first flights of the Boeing Dreamliner, slipped underwater to see salmon swim in the Elwha River and traveled far and wide to create videos for seattletimes.com. If you missed any of these videos or would like to view them once more, here are some of our favorites from 2011.
1. Removing the dams, restoring a river. As a part of a special report on the removal of the Elwha River Dams, photographer Steve Ringman hiked with scientists and dived into streams in order to document the hard work of scientific field work. In doing so, he gathered amazing video of fish swimming by and the environment that will be forever changed by the dam removals.
December 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Five Occupy Seattle members could face criminal charges after police say they were squatting inside a vacant house near Seattle University.
On Wednesday afternoon, police received a 911 call about a person entering a vacant and boarded up house in the 1200 block of East Jefferson Street. Officers arrived and found a rear door handle of the house unlocked. While officers waited for backup, that door was locked and five people walked out of the front door house with their hands raised, according to Seattle police.
All five people identified themselves with the “Occupy Seattle” movement.
Inside the house police found a new door lock/deadbolt in a box. When officers brought the box out of the house, one of the five said that it was theirs and that they planned to change the locks at the home, police said.
Officers were unsuccessful reaching the property owner.
The five people were questioned and released. Officers sent request for trespassing charges to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel.
According to a recent story by Associated Press writer Manuel Valdes Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken a new tack: Squatting in vacant properties.
In Seattle, protesters took over a boarded up duplex across the street from Garfield High School. They have painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and they have strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”
December 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM
A Seattle minister says he has requested an investigation after alleging officers struck him several times in the head at Monday night’s Occupy the Ports protest, on Harbor Island.
“Physically, I’m feeling pretty rough,” but felt fine spiritually, Helmiere said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. Scrapes to his face were still throbbing, but a headache was gone, he said.
Helmiere says he joined the Occupy march to support short-haul truckers, “some of the most underpaid and exploited laborers in our city.” They earn close to $30,000 a year and often work in unhealthy conditions. Many truckers honked appreciatively at the afternoon marchers.
The 5 p.m. melee Monday happened near the Terminal 18 entrances, while a larger group walked on the lower West Seattle Bridge to Terminal 5. “I went there specifically to try and be a nonviolent presence and voice in a situation I could see getting out of control,” Helmiere says.
This Associated Press video shows Helmiere, in a light-tan jacket, before police pull him down from behind, next to a metal barricade. After that, he says in the essay:
An officer pulled me down from behind and threw me to the asphalt. Between my cries of pain and shouts of “I’m a man of peace!” he pressed a knee to my spine and immobilized my arms behind my back, crushing me against the ground.
Moments earlier, officers were moving gradually to clear the street, until someone tossed a lit flare at them, and police rushed to seize people. (A police account and photos show a paint bag and steel rebar also hurled at them.) Helmiere seemed to be in the most precarious spot, with bicycle and mounted police on one side, a hard barricade of wood and metal at his back, and the crowd to his right.
“Officers used the force necessary to ward off attacks and or to effect arrest,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt told crosscut.com.
In all, police made 11 arrests. Helmiere’s complaint would be handled by the SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability. Seattle police haven’t yet returned a call for comment.
December 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM
UPDATE: 8 p.m.: Seattle police say 11 protesters were arrested at the Port’s Terminal 18. Earlier reports had but the number at more than a dozen.
Police said some protesters hurled items at officers, and one was struck in the face with a bag of paint.
Evening shift workers at Terminals 5 and 18 didn’t come in, though the Port sent out a news release saying there was minimal impact to cargo movement.
“We’re claiming victory because we shut it down,” said protester Chris Eaton.
The protest is continuing at Terminal 5.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: More than a dozen protesters have been arrested on Harbor Island, as a clash with police included the use of pepper spray and at least one flare thrown toward officers on horseback.
By 5 p.m., many protesters had moved toward Terminal 5 for a 6 p.m.rally, but some stayed behind at Terminal 18 and were clashing with police.
At least two concussion grenades also were used.
UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Traffic is now moving off Harbor Island, where protesters and bicycle police earlier bottled up departing traffic.
“You guys should have been here in the morning,” a trucker told one of the young Occupy demonstrators who were acting as road flaggers where two lanes merge. Police and maybe 200 demonstrators were in the area. Most Port commerce was done by the time Occupy arrived here, so there was relatively little effect on trade, except to show solidarity with protests elsewhere morning demonstrations happened.
Earlier, a trucker who identified himself as Jeffrey Wheeler was stuck in a line. “I can barely make a living doing what I’m doing at $29,000.”
Truckers are now honking in apparent support of the aims of the demonstration despite being delayed, but some other car and pickup drivers earlier in Sodo yelled insults.
UPDATE 4 p.m.: A group of protesters, many with faces covered, are standing on or near barricades on Harbor Island. A few shouted “p.i.g.” In the looming standoff with police.
About 40 bicycle officers are facing them, as another part of the protest continues at a Terminal 18 gate.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Police have arrested at least three people on Spokane Street near Terminal 18.
Officers holding their bicycles in front of them advanced on the crowd in the street, trying to force them off the street so they weren’t blocking traffic. Traffic started slowly moving again about 3:45 p.m.
Some protesters still are blocking the gate into the terminal, while others rally nearby.
Todd Shipyard employees Rene Velasco and Lukic Jelenko were at a dead stop in their cars stuck outside the picket line. “We’re sympathetic. We understand,” said Velasco. “But we have to work. We have families.”
UPDATE 3 p.m.: About 500 protesters are rallying near the Terminal 18 south gate at the Port of Seattle, in support of a coastal “Occupy the Ports” event that temporarily slowed or stopped truck traffic in several cities.
“Word has gone out among drivers to stay home, nothing is moving,” said Paul Marvy, a researcher affiliated with a campaign to organize or regulated port trucking.
Demonstrators at 3:30 p.m. were blocking lower Spokane Street, and traffic was stopped in both directions. Many truckers have honked in support of the march.
Police gave a warning that protesters’ actions were illegal as they blocked streets, which also are filled with Seahawks fans trying to make it to the stadium for tonight’s Monday Night Football game.
ORIGINAL STORY: About 300 Occupy Seattle supporters left Westlake Park about 1:30 p.m. marching south, and will eventually gather at one or more Port of Seattle terminals as part of “Occupy the Port” rallies up and down the West Coast.
Port rallies are expected at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Seattle police have officers at all Port entrances. At Terminal 18, where protesters activities could disrupt business, police began gathering and setting up steel barricades shortly after 2 pm.
One officer said they hope the protest is peaceful, but if people are determined to break the law to be arrested, “We’ll do our best to accommodate them.”
Linda Averill, a Metro bus driver and transit union member, spoke at length against news reports that portray splits among labor unions about support for today’s protest. She called for an organizing effort that included the working class, and pointed that today’s rally is to support longshore workers and port truck drivers.
About The Today File
The Today File is a general news blog featuring real-time coverage of Seattle and the Northwest. It is reported by the news staff of The Seattle Times and edited by Assistant Metro Editor Nick Provenza.
Trending with readers