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November 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM
The Associated Press
Fifteen protesters were arrested outside a Wal-Mart store in Factoria as they called on Black Friday shoppers to consider how the retailer compensates its workers.
Authorities said about 100 protesters who gathered outside the store Friday were asked to disperse, and those who remained blocking the street were arrested. Casey Hoag, a spokesman with the protesters, said the goal of the mobilization was to get Wal-Mart’s attention while also drawing the attention of shoppers.
“We’re trying to make them understand that Wal-Mart needs to pay a living wage and respect their workers,” Hoag said.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jennifer Spall said the company offers a competitive compensation package, including wages, benefits, retirement and educational opportunities.
“We are extremely competitive with our retail peers,” Spall said.
Spall said the protest had no impact on business Friday and that the Factoria store saw a steady stream of customers. At one point Friday morning there weren’t any remaining carts for incoming shoppers, something Spall said she’d never seen before.
The local protests were part of a nationwide effort targeting Wal-Mart.
May 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM
One of the two suspects who threw rocks through the mayor’s windows overnight waved at his wife before walking away, according to a police report about the incident. The Seattle Police Department is looking for two suspects who threw rocks through windows of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s home in Greenwood early this morning, his spokesman confirmed. The windows of the mayor’s living room and dining room were broken.
A police report released today by the mayor’s office says the mayor’s wife awoke to the sound of breaking glass on the west side of her house at about 12:35 a.m. She looked out the window and one of the suspects “waved at her” before walking south on Dayton Avenue North.
The mayor’s wife called 911 and police and the mayor’s security detail responded, said spokesman Aaron Pickus. The police report said a K9 officer searched the area but couldn’t find the suspects.
Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb said police are investigating the incident.
No one was hurt.
The rock-throwing follows a day of protests in downtown Seattle during which windows of several businesses and government buildings were broken.
May 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM
Today certainly wasn’t the only time protests turned ugly – be it intended or not – in Seattle-area history. Here’s a look at some of the more notable events:
Occupy Seattle: The downtown Westlake Park area was the focal point of days of protests in late September/early October of last year. There were dozens of arrests as the city grappled with the legality of demonstrators camping out in the public space. The local protest was part of a national movement aimed at making ecomonic policies fairer for “the 99 percent.” Big banks were a primary target.
Mardi Gras riot: A riot broke out in the Pioneer Square neighborhood on Feb. 27, 2001, when Mardi Gras partying turned violent. One person, Kris Kime, died of injuries sustained during an attempt to assist a woman being attacked.
WTO in Seattle: The meeting of world leaders in November 1999 resulted in a downtown curfew zone after vandals clashed with police and damaged property over a three-day period. A movie about the event starring Woody Harrelson, called “Battle in Seattle,” premiered in 2007. Estimates of the number of protesters ranged as high as 40,000. Police arrested 157 people, but they ended up being released for lack of evidence. The chaos resulted in the resignation of Seattle police chief Norm Stamper a few days later. (Archive: Seattle Times WTO photo gallery and map chronicle.)
The Rodney King verdict: During the early morning of May 1, 1992, about a hundred people were involved in violence downtown that involved broken windows, looting and overturning cars. The following night on Capitol Hill, there was more violence and damage, along with a confrontation between police and a mob outside East Precinct police headquarters. In all, 180 people were arrested, 149 of them adults.
May 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Protesters have broken windows in several places in downtown Seattle this afternoon, part of worldwide May Day demonstrations and protests, and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Seattle Times photographers and reporters on the scene have sent many photos from the streets.
View May Day protest in Seattle in a larger map
Live updates on this story: May Day in Seattle: Damage in the “thousands and thousands”
April 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Administrators with Seattle Community Colleges have backed down from proposed rules that would have restricted protests on the district’s three community college campuses — a proposal that in itself brought protests from faculty and students, who questioned the constitutionality of the rules.
The proposal would have limited the places on campus where people could protest, required non-students to register with campus police 24 hours in advance of a protest and restricted protesters to holding only one sign that could be no larger than 3 feet by 5 feet.
“Our colleges stand for both safeguarding free speech and providing excellent education,” wrote Chancellor Jill Wakefield in a message to faculty and students. “Our policies need to strike a better balance between the two. With your help, we will find that balance.”
Wakefield wrote that she is taking the proposal “off the table,” and instead adding three provisions to the original rule that governs the use of campus facilities. Those provisions include allowing protests only between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and prohibiting camping.
Laurel Holliday, a faculty member at South Seattle Community College who first raised questions about the proposed rule changes, said by email that she was disappointed by Wakefield’s latest proposal.
“It is vague, lacking any concrete new rule proposals, and includes ‘feel good’ references to free speech while, at the same time, its title includes ‘Balancing First Amendment…’” she wrote. “The First Amendment can not be ‘balanced’ with anything.”
According to the college, 65 people spoke at two public hearings on the proposed rule change, most in opposition. The American Civil Liberties Union also outlined a list of concerns with the proposal and its potential for violating the Constitution.
Wakefield said she would convene a “stakeholder group” of students, faculty and staff to look at the issue again. Meanwhile, the revised provisions will be introduced at the next Board of Trustees meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. in the first floor boardroom of the district office, 1500 Harvard Ave., Seattle.
The meeting will be open for public comments, but no vote will be taken.
April 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union raised questions Wednesday about the constitutionality of proposed new rules that would regulate protests on Seattle Community College campuses.
The Seattle Community College District held the second of two public hearings on the proposal Wednesday. It was preceded by a campus protest.
According to the ACLU, the regulations impose prior restraint on people who wish to engage in free speech by requiring non-students to register with campus police 24 hours in advance.
“Washington courts have been very clear this violates the Constitution,” said Doug Honig, spokesman for the ACLU.
The proposal would also prohibit protesters from carrying more than one sign, and restrict the number of hours that a protest can take place. Both restrictions are “completely arbitrary,” Honig said.
The rules also would restrict non-student access to a very small area of campus, and ban protesters from distributing materials that advocate unlawful conduct.
“Under the restrictions they have written, Martin Luther King himself would have been prevented from handing out flyers that promote a peaceful sit-in on campus,” Honig said.
The district’s Board of Trustees will take up the rules later in the year.
December 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM
Occupy Seattle protesters must leave the Seattle Central Community College campus where they’ve been camping, a Thurston County judge ruled on Friday,
According to Braden Pence, the attorney for the group and one of the protesters, the judge allowed the college to post an eviction notice at the site on Monday, giving the group three days to move before the police are called.
About a month ago the group moved to the college from Westlake Park after several clashes with police.
In making the ruling, the judge cited health and safety risks as a reason for evicting the campers but did not rein in their right to protest.
Under the Washington Administrative Code college campuses must allow protest space, and Pence said that staying overnight – as opposed to occupying the area only in the daytime – is part of the protest. It allows the group to build community, he said.
Mark Taylor-Canfield, spokesman for the group, said the ruling was expected “because all across the country the encampments are being evicted.”
He said the group is looking for a place to camp in a warehouse, where it may be able to lease the space.
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