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October 11, 9:32 AM click here to comment > 60

Update on Occupy Seattle – Oct. 11

The Parks Department and the Seattle Police were under instructions last night to inform people of the rules that apply to Westlake Park, but to not make arrests for camping at this time. The rule prohibiting camping in parks is a long-standing provision of the Seattle Municipal Code, which has previously been communicated to event participants. We continue to make City Hall available, which is an appropriate facility for camping associated with protests.

We have been patient with Occupy Seattle because we have been giving event participants the opportunity to respond to our offer of City Hall. We also wanted to ensure public safety for the large scale free speech activities planned for the long weekend.

This is consistent with our approach from the first day. We wish to support valid free speech activities, while working to bring Occupy Seattle into compliance with applicable city rules and regulations. Those efforts will continue. The Mayor’s Office and other city representatives are communicating with participants in the Occupy Seattle protests with the goal of resolving these issues.

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Comment from Kelli
Time October 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

And what was with the harassment last night with the headlights and noise intended to keep everyone awake? Was that part of your patience in action?! Or just a really dumb idea?

Comment from D
Time October 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

The 1st amendment and Section 4 of the Washington State bill of rights make it clear that there is no legal grounds to remove people from Westlake Park.

“SECTION 4 RIGHT OF PETITION AND ASSEMBLAGE. The right of petition and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good shall never be abridged.”

Comment from Lisa Stuhley
Time October 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have been told by fellow occupiers that the reason they do not want to go to city hall is because the occupation is growing and they fear there is not enough room to accommodate all of the occupiers. When that growth occurs, what other proposals do you have for us? I want to personally thank you for all the support you have given us so far.

Comment from kit cosby
Time October 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

Calling protesters campers does not give you a legal right to block a protest. Show me the code that states a Protest can not last over night! Show me the code that a protest can not use tents and sleeping bags to make a prolonged presence. Do not deny us our constitutionally protected right of assembly and protest. Let the world see Washington on Par with China in its human rights abuses.
(do not be like king George “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation” “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” “He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.” “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.” “He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.” Mayor McGinn you are a Tyrant!

Comment from B
Time October 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

They are not trying to remove them.* However they have no right to create structures. Unfortunately a tarp tied to something, a free standing tent, or unattended umbrellas are considered structures by other codes and rules. They may stay there, sleep there sit talk whatever, but they may not build structures. Unfortunately Seattle sucks for sleeping under the stars for 6 months of the year, and we just started the first month.

* I was not there and I don’t know what, if any, harassment acts may have been performed, or how various people who are passionate about their cause interpreted them.

Comment from kit cosby
Time October 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

Besides I don’t think there is enough camping room for the protesters at the proposed location. (unless you feel camping on concrete to be ‘accommodating’ to protesters http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/seattlecityhall/seattlecityhall1.gif

Comment from Brendan
Time October 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

Mayor McGinn, please stand by your verbal support and stop the police harassment. We know you’re under a lot of pressure to get the protests out of the way so we can return to the status-quo. We’re lucky to have a mayor who sees how truly awful the status quo is. Stand strong and have the courage to continue supporting peaceful democratic decent.

Comment from LaLamar
Time October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

Mayor now you are saying no umbrellas? Talk about taking away human rights! Saw where one person was taken away by ambulance for beginning stages of hypothermia. Poor judgment on your part.

Comment from fcfcfc
Time October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

Shame on you! Everyone knows your police department is ROGUE and does whatever it wants. AS IF you have any control over them in the first place. What a joke!

Comment from Lynne Flynn
Time October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Please continue to assist and aid the Occupy movement. You acceptance and support is laudable in light of the terrorist acts committed on other Occupy cities. You are a shining example.

Comment from ChrisBradbury
Time October 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

I am curious- if the protesters and honking generate too much noise for the residents-in-the-high-towers, why then are police loud speakers and commotion caused by the police okay?

Doesn’t that noise also disturb people? And why is it okay coming from the police and not the public for a non-emergency situation?

I appreciate your support of this movement, but I encourage you to keep your actions, and those actions of your police department in line with your statements.

Comment from Xavier Lopez Jr.
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

As someone who is standing on the sidelines, not on the protest front–at least not yet, I ask the Mayor as a concerned citizen to try to make things as positive as possible for the protesters–allow them to stay in the park, bring them toilet utilities, water and please figure out a way for the police to be under your control.

Comment from Phil Mocek
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

City Hall is in a dead zone. Westlake Park is not.

Seattle Police Department are out of control. How many changes is Chief Diaz going to get? Who’s in charge, Mayor McGinn?

Comment from oregonbird
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Allowing the harassment of peaceful citizens gathered under the protection of the Constitution – allowing the police to remove every protection from the weather – that’s “working with” them? You just lost your next election, and you look like a provo agent to the rest of the world. We know that you will permit violence against the 99 Percent whenever it suits you – you are a traitor to your own people.

Comment from Julina
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Here is a point of view – what concessions does the city of seattle make in order to entice/draw or otherwise entice businesses especially the very large corporate business and banks to seattle? Can he/they not make some small concessions to the OTHER 99% of the populace who actually live and work in this loverly green city? Their legal dept can continue to come up with little pin prick details in the code/codes etc in order to say “you can’t be here” when in fact the WA State constitution and the united states constitution states that we can.
Mayor McGinn is getting boosts from his cooperation and support of the movement/group as a whole. He should see that and continue to provide the example to the rest of the cities. You work with us, we work with you – that is how government should be – for the good of the people.

Comment from Laurie
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/10/11/the-crazy-times-never-stop-at-occupy-seattle
It became clear to all but the most sleep-deprived of the protesters that all the police were doing was making intermittent announcements just to keep them from getting a good night’s sleep. It’s an escalation of infinitesimal, ever-more-annoying steps: First they took the tents away and made them sleep on the ground. Then they took even their most primitive structures away from them and told them they could lie on the ground with tarps directly over them. They took away their umbrellas. They refused to allow them to sleep in the one dry spot in Westlake Park. And now they were trying to heckle them into dissolution. What a bunch of passive-aggressive bullshit. What a shameful lack of respect they’re showing these protesters. To their credit, Occupy Seattle realized the SPD’s gambit and refused to take the bait. In their general assembly, which many conservative sites are mocking as a useless way to make decisions, they all agreed to get some rest in order to be refreshed for tomorrow. Many of them tucked in under their tarps and went to sleep. Others stood in front of police cars, blocking the headlights with their bodies so that the rest of their friends could sleep without the direct light shining on them, and sang a happy song. They seem to have survived another night.

Comment from Cat
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

The protesters weren’t even allowed to stand in one spot without being harassed last night. I know this due to several phone calls I received from my friends who stayed there last night. I am disappointed in our police department if they can’t find a better way to occupy their time. I understand making sure it’s a safe environment, but people have the right to stand, sit, and sleep. If not in a park (and how is that GIANT SIDEWALK considered a “park”) then on the sidewalk. If you can’t have a tent, fine. But people should be able to protect themselves from the rain and wind!

Comment from Lake Desire
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

McGinn, you revealed your Janus face yesterday when you spoke to us and hours later your police threaten us with eviction. Which side are you on?

Comment from Eric Tremblay
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Would the city be willing to work with Occupy Seattle to find some alternative site for the protest that BOTH sides agree to since the City Hall alternative seems to be unacceptable to Occupy Seattle? Please don’t limit your options to Occupy Seattle to moving to City Hall or going to jail. Get their input, you may find them more reasonable if you have more than those two options.

Comment from Michelle
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Mayor McGinn, your verbal support has been awesome. But remember that these are protests – they’re not meant to be comfortable or easy for anyone. Don’t chill our right to assemble by degrading the movement as “camping” and ordering our removal. Let us stay and be heard.

Comment from Roberta
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Mayor McGinn – while this seems well-intentioned on the surface – it also smacks of the worst kind of patriarchal paternalism…

Hmmm…”Respecting Free speech” (last time I checked) did NOT mean “I respect your right to free speech as long as you follow my rules and regulations and only exercise it when and where I say in a manner and style that I find acceptable”.

Since you seem confused about it…

Comment from Tolt
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

The protesters are not camping. They have the right to stay overnight in a public space as part of a political protest. That is part of a citizen’s right to freedom of assembly. Your choice to reframe the protesters as “campers” underscores your determination to erode our right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and “manage” protesters on behalf of the business sector.

Comment from Eric Tremblay
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I would suggest offering Occupy Seattle the eastern portion of Denny Park for four months similar to the term offered to Occupy Wall Street by New York Mayor Bloomberg.

Comment from Pete
Time October 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Occupy Seattle participants aren’t “campers.” They are protesters. Playing with semantics and reducing the role of the protesters belittles the movement. This is different.

Comment from Tom Chartrand
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Mayor McGinn,
I think you need to publicly address the discrepancy between your message of patience and the harassment and intimidation tactics carried out by many officers at the scene, especially last night. Thank you for your support for the aims of the movement, but it is empty if you do not address these problems.

Comment from Mike
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Mr Mayor –

Right now the whole city could benefit from you taking some moments to reconcile your professional position with your emotions.

Please take some time to do this. Either way, we need to know where you stand so we can move forward with or without you.

Thank you,

Mike
Seattle.

Comment from Lianne Lindeke
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

The 1st amendment and Section 4 of the Washington State bill of rights make it clear that there is no legal grounds to remove people from Westlake Park.
If this is accurate, as previously posted:
“SECTION 4 RIGHT OF PETITION AND ASSEMBLAGE. The right of petition and of the people peaceably to assemble for the common good shall never be abridged.”

Then the mayor and the city are obviously getting pressure from others. could it be corporate merchants getting nervous that protests will continue into their holiday shopping season?

Comment from JEH
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I think you need to model the behavior you want to see in the world. The site is a mess. Is that how you want the world to look? The protest is fueled by justified frustration but lashing out in anger will not help. The mayor supports the protestors. Don’t make it hard for the City of Seattle to participate in this movement.

Comment from Skylar
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

“working to bring Occupy Seattle into compliance with applicable city rules and regulations.” If only policy and law makers and their enforcers would bring big business and Wall Street “into compliance” with federal, state and local laws. Should this “no camping” ordinance really be the cities priority right now when there are many more, and much bigger problems to address?

Comment from Athena
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging… the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Yet another example of how americans have been robbed of freedom in the name of safety…

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. – Justice William O. Douglas

We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution. – Abe Lincoln

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. – Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Abigail Adams, Paris, Feb. 22, 1787

Shall I go on…

Comment from Grace
Time October 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m a middle class stay at home mom who would love to join the protest, which means bringing my baby. But I am scared of the police wanting to beat people. I don’t think the police should be so violent. From what I can tell the protesters aren’t hurting anyone. Mayor McGinn let people have free speech & freedom to assemble with out being terrorized by the police.

Comment from Diagaro@PDX
Time October 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I am seattle born and raised was an instigator and violent participant in the 99 WTO riots and I know your dirty game, I am in portland and thee train comes down just as much here denial of shelter and safety from the elements is blatent violation of human rights.
Look around you, do the right thing, resisting the change will only insure chaos and destruction of vital infrastructure by private anarchist cells when your uniformed thugs attack the peaceful protestors. This is a global movement and WE THE PEOPLE will not be cowed by gestapo behavior, people agree waking up this is a war against the social, political and dogmatic views posted by over 250 years.
If you doing like this come see me at the front lines, I’m ready to die for my cause, how about you?

Comment from Diagaro@PDX
Time October 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Haha defeated by auto correct . . .

Comment from Athena
Time October 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
-John F Kennedy-

I would think everyone would like to keep things peaceful, lets behave as such Mr. Mayor.

Comment from dougNielson
Time October 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Mayor, The lobby in City Hall is huge. Why not donate it to the Occupiers? Then I will believe you really support free speech and the right to assemble.

Comment from Katrina
Time October 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

Mayor: Can you at least encourage them to come up with solutions for America instead of defecate on our Flag? How about try and convince them how much this is hurting our poor economy and actually costing the City of Seattle? Yes Grass roots movements are good but this one doesn’t even have a main purpose! It needs a common goal or it could very well damage what little economy we have left! I feel so sorry for the small businesses struggling Downtown from this right now. May they be recognized by you Mayor so that they don’t loose what they are working so hard for. I would hate to see the hard working businesses close because some people decided to tell the world how crappy times are… Like we don’t already know!!! Get a job people! Create a job!!! get your hands dirty and be productive, to better our economy!!! not tear it down! Mayor your responsibility is to manage this don’t be apart of the destruction please!

Comment from vj
Time October 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

since when did some obscure concern that an umbrella held by a sitting person constituted a “structure” trump the most cherished right of an american citizen – the right to free speech and to gather together in protest against perceived tyranny. i sincerely doubt our forefather’s intended that in order to exercise this basic right it was ok to force people to be exposed to hypothermia and harassment by law enforcement. shame on you mike mcginn! shame!

Comment from Melissa
Time October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

I am appalled and disgusted by the behavior of our ELECTED Mayor, and the Seattle Police Department. Seattle Police have proven time and time again they are dirty, corupt, and up to no good bullshit. Now harassing innocent, non violent protesters?? Are you kidding me? You are spending OUR TAX DOLLARS on Overtime for police, who are not even doing the job they are there for, which is protecting the people. They are harassing them, disrespecting them, and behaving in a way which is inappropriate for a law official. Period. I suggest you take a deep look in the mirror McGinn and decide who’s side you are truly on. Do you want to be Mayor again? Do you enjoy your job? It looks to me like you should be thrown out of office and never allowed to run for anything other then a marathon again. You have made horrible choices in letting the police bully the protesters, and I pray you fix that mistake immediately! Remember, the world is watching, todays youth are watching, and so far, your giving the youth of today reasons to hate police, and not have an ounce of respect for yourself, and the police department..the time has come for you to take your side.

Comment from Debra Morgan Pardee
Time October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

Give Occupy Seattle a one-time, open-ended conditional-use permit at Westlake Park. Along with food and medical tents, Occupy should be allowed a 10′x10′ walled canopy to shelter a specified number of participants willing to Occupy Seattle during the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. From 6 a.m. to midnight this shelter could be used to keep sleeping bags,backpacks and tarps dry and out of sight. Occupy Seattle is not “camping” … they are peacefully assembling for a single event.

Comment from Ehren
Time October 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

City Hall is hardly the most visible place in downtown Seattle for a protest to get their message out. The people of The United States of America (who aren’t wealthy enough to buy a lobbyist) have been following the advice of their elected representatives through this entire travesty of a financial crisis, and still the hope for many of finding work grows more bleak while corporations and banks continue to recieve record profits. The advice of those with the power to change policy is no longer valid, because it has been entirely ineffective.

Comment from Mark
Time October 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Mayor McGinn, I appreciate this forum where I can express my views publicly and for the historic record, and I appreciate your principled approach and superior handling of this situation compared with many other cities … however I am going to ask you to make a differentiation between *political speech* and *commercial speech* – they are handled differently by the law … and I will ask that you give *political speech* *favored status* and actually codify this into the Seattle Municipal Code… political movements that exceed say *50* people should be allowed to camp at Westlake, while commercial venues still have to follow normal regulations.

Its obvious the reason the protesters are at Westlake is because it is the most visible location. This visibility is needed to combat the bias of the corporate owned media.

Comment from Shannon
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Protesters should not be allowed to violate the same laws to which the remainder of the city (the true 99%) are held. The protesters should be welcome to go home at 10 PM and resume their protest in the morning. Bending or breaking the rules for them is wrong. For those in support of their message, please realize that the more “demands” that are made, the less sympathy I have for the cause. I have more respect for a protestor who does not break the law than one who sleeps in the rain – in Seattle, that IS called camping.

Comment from EW
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

PLEASE ENFORCE THE LAW TONIGHT. Who is in charge, the police or the protesters? I live in Downtown Seattle near Westlake Park, and I am tired of them breaking the law night after night and causing myself and over in my community to not feel safe. I am all for the protesters to be there during the day and during lawful hours, but this has gotten out of control.

Comment from Tsukina
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Mayor, Watched some of the livestream at 10:15 last night, and very impressed with the restraint of the police officers involved. Thank you.

Comment from bk55
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

It seems mighty suspicious to me that the Seattle crackdown is coinciding with Bloomberg’s crackdown in NYC. Other cities, all with different durations for their protests, are also cracking down at the same time.

McGinn, please stand for something beyond the tunnel opposition. Allow peaceful protest in our most noticeable public forum. Unlike other cities, City Hall is in a part of town that most people don’t frequent.

Comment from setupshowersbecauseyousmell
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

why don’t you loser leftists do something with your lives that is productive? these “protests” are nothing more than slacker angst and rebellion over a changing world that you are scared of. so typical of the loony left in seattle and other bastions of a dying liberalism that offers nothing and simply wants to vote themselves goodies from the public treasury. having said that, sure, you have a “right” to free speech in a public place. as usual, the mayor provides you as a convenient hobby horse to whom you can whine. go march on city hall then into the sound.

Comment from Gary Phillips
Time October 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I believe tin the Occupy Seattle movement and hope it will grow. And it will. The use of Westlake center is a public open space and they have every right to use it day and night. They and the country have a valid reason to be upset with local and federal government. Stimulus money was abuse by the local governments. Stimulus money was abused by Wall Street and the Banking industry….all American Tax payer dollars. All of this must and will come out eventually. I support all protests against the government. I protest the war in Afghanistan. The mission was to find and kill Bib Ladin. Mission accomplished. Bring the troops home NOW. WE don’t belong there fighting a war that cant not be won and does not meet our mission statement. Shame on the US Government….Congress and the President. They are unfit to serve the people of the USA

Comment from Mary Paterson
Time October 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

My heart and mind go out to the occupiers more than to the people living and working downtown who are inconvenienced by their presence. I also work downtown and have spent only a very little time at the protest. I happened to be there when Indigenous People’s Day was having its rally under the arch. Some of what they had to say was very relevant to the protestors, who mostly didn’t come over to listen.
It is hard to know what to do. The 24/7 protesters are much younger than me, have a lot more hair dye and tattoos than me. BUT THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THERE, trying to mobilize our semi-sleeping city to action!
I look at some of the footage of the occupy wall street protest and see much better weather than ours! Surely, this has made it more possible for them to be there 24/7. Dealing with police actions is another factor: in Seattle, there seems to be a mix of lenience and harrassment: protesters are technically tolerated to sleep overnight but not to have any kind of shelter at all? No tents, no lean-to’s, no umbrellas even? And police headlights shining onto the nighttime encampment? And occasional loudspeakers? That is allowing the protesters to be there overnight technically only. Indeed, actions not aligning with words.
What is the answer? If I were a 24/7 occupier, I would need to have shelter, as in tents, and I would need to have nights without loudspeakers and headlights. I know City Hall is not the space the occupiers have staked a claim to, but it’s a public space, a visible space, and proper facilities could be set up there. Protesters could occupy Westlake Center plaza all the rest of the time, from morning til night, and then get a better rest at night at City Hall Plaza. Perhaps this would give the movement some longevity as we head into our dreary, wet season. It would also increase the visibility of the movement. I hope protesters consider this option. It’s not “compromise” as in bargaining, it’s compromise in the Ghandian sense–changing one’s mind or altering demands because it makes sense to and does not detract at all from the essential truths of one’s demands.

Comment from Elona Easton
Time October 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

People have a right to protest the Wall Street barons who sucked the life out of the housing-mortgage market and who nearly bankrupted our economy. It’s about time that the 99% spoke up. Mayor, leave them alone. You should be out there protesting with them. The Bankers/Corporations nearly bankrupted our city as well, by causing the collapse of the Seattle housing market. I don’t care how poorly some activists may act; they are representing those who cannot demonstrate so loudly … like me!
Please let them “occupy Seattle” as a statement!

Comment from Annalisa S.
Time October 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I like the comment that protests are not supposed to be comfortable or easy for people (it’s certainly not comfortable for the protesters right now). Regarding people who live in the area not feeling safe–I think that if the protesters had done anything remotely threatening to anyone by this time, it would have been all over the news. These people are there because they want to make the world a better, safer place for everyone. If chaos and open revolt were their aim, they would not be peaceably assembled in an open space where all of their actions are open to constant scrutiny by law enforcement and the public. And rather than viewing the protesters as an inconvenient nuisance, why not recognize that they and their supporters are exercising a right that supposedly sets this country apart from oppressive regimes that deny their citizens free speech and the right to peaceable assembly? This is our democracy in action!

Detractors and critics are also saying that this movement does not have a unifying message. Well, even if it did have an obvious “point” and specific demands, that wouldn’t bring it any more respect or cooperation from the people who just want it to go away. But what they also can’t, or more likely refuse to, see is that the Occupy movement’s strength lies in its refusal to limit it’s aims to a simple sound bite. Yes, it’s about challenging the power of those who control the Market. But it’s more holistic than that. The changes that will create lasting social equality and increase our Gross National Happiness (isn’t that really what it’s all about in the end?)–these are all interconnected. Financial regulation is not a “magic bullet” that will raise the poor out of poverty, create equal educational and economic opportunity between the have and have-nots, transform the ghettos into safe, vibrant neighborhoods, protect and preserve the natural environment, and dismantle the racist and sexist ideologies that I believe are at the heart of the world’s suffering.

In essence, “the tao that can be spoken is not the ultimate tao,”

Comment from Margaret Ashley
Time October 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

You are against 99% of the American people. They are fed up with the likes of you. Give the 99% some room. They are within their rights. Do you want another WTO ’99 Seattle.

Comment from Rob Moitoza
Time October 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Protesters are not costing the city any money. The policing and arresting of citizens is costing the city money. Call off the police. Allow the people their constitutional rights without harassment. Problem solved.

Comment from alana
Time October 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

What folks are doing on the east coast:

Truly amazing.

Early this morning in New York, faced with the threat of eviction, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were joined by union members, by community organizers, and by thousands of other New Yorkers standing in solidarity with them.

And because they refused to back down, the park’s owners had to. Brookfield Properties, the “global asset manager” that owns Liberty Plaza, withdrew their request to clear the park.1

This victory in New York shows how powerful we can be when we all stand together—the 99% occupying Wall Street, the other occupations that have sprung up across the country, and the hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement standing in solidarity with them.

Now Occupy Wall Street is calling for a huge day of action tomorrow to protest Wall Street greed, with events all across the country and the world.2 If you haven’t been down to show your support for your local occupation, tomorrow is the day to do it.

Click here to find an occupation near you tomorrow.

When the news broke yesterday that Mayor Bloomberg was planning to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, the response was amazing.

Occupy Wall Street protestors vowed to hold the park and called for a show of solidarity from the broader community. More than 500,000 people signed petitions from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, AFL-CIO, CREDO, and many other groups. The petitions were delivered to City Hall, and tens of thousands across the country backed them up with calls demanding the mayor not interfere with the protests.

And this morning, thousands of New Yorkers converged on the park to peacefully stand in solidarity with the protesters and make sure they weren’t evicted.

Tomorrow is the opportunity for all of us, all across the country, to stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Click here to find the Saturday occupation near you.

Thank you for all you do to make our country better.

–Van, Natalie, Billy, Jim, Ian, Somer, and the rest of the Rebuild the Dream team

Comment from alana
Time October 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for this forum as well, Mayor McGinn. Here’s an update how NYC responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s attempts to evict protesters from parks (from the Rebuild the Dream team):

Early this morning in New York, faced with the threat of eviction, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were joined by union members, by community organizers, and by thousands of other New Yorkers standing in solidarity with them.

And because they refused to back down, the park’s owners had to. Brookfield Properties, the “global asset manager” that owns Liberty Plaza, withdrew their request to clear the park.1

This victory in New York shows how powerful we can be when we all stand together—the 99% occupying Wall Street, the other occupations that have sprung up across the country, and the hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement standing in solidarity with them.

Now Occupy Wall Street is calling for a huge day of action tomorrow to protest Wall Street greed, with events all across the country and the world.2 If you haven’t been down to show your support for your local occupation, tomorrow is the day to do it.

When the news broke yesterday that Mayor Bloomberg was planning to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, the response was amazing.

Occupy Wall Street protestors vowed to hold the park and called for a show of solidarity from the broader community. More than 500,000 people signed petitions from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, AFL-CIO, CREDO, and many other groups. The petitions were delivered to City Hall, and tens of thousands across the country backed them up with calls demanding the mayor not interfere with the protests.

And this morning, thousands of New Yorkers converged on the park to peacefully stand in solidarity with the protesters and make sure they weren’t evicted.

Tomorrow is the opportunity for all of us, all across the country, to stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Thank you for being a part of this movement and seeing the biggest picture.

Comment from alana
Time October 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for this forum as well, Mayor McGinn. Here’s an update how NYC responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s attempts to evict protesters from parks (from the Rebuild the Dream team):

Early this morning in New York, faced with the threat of eviction, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were joined by union members, by community organizers, and by thousands of other New Yorkers standing in solidarity with them.

And because they refused to back down, the park’s owners had to. Brookfield Properties, the “global asset manager” that owns Liberty Plaza, withdrew their request to clear the park.1

This victory in New York shows how powerful we can be when we all stand together—the 99% occupying Wall Street, the other occupations that have sprung up across the country, and the hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement standing in solidarity with them.

Now Occupy Wall Street is calling for a huge day of action tomorrow to protest Wall Street greed, with events all across the country and the world.2 If you haven’t been down to show your support for your local occupation, tomorrow is the day to do it.

When the news broke yesterday that Mayor Bloomberg was planning to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, the response was amazing.

Occupy Wall Street protestors vowed to hold the park and called for a show of solidarity from the broader community. More than 500,000 people signed petitions from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, AFL-CIO, CREDO, and many other groups. The petitions were delivered to City Hall, and tens of thousands across the country backed them up with calls demanding the mayor not interfere with the protests.

And this morning, thousands of New Yorkers converged on the park to peacefully stand in solidarity with the protesters and make sure they weren’t evicted.

Tomorrow is the opportunity for all of us, all across the country, to stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Thank you for being a part of this movement and seeing the big picture.

Comment from FM
Time October 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Likewise I sent this to Portland’s mayor and I want to added to Seattle’s voice! I sometimes live there . . .
I do not know who is behind the letter of complaint (Portland Bureau of Development Services) against the occupiers (not campers) but this is beyond a “Portland” issue and needs to be respected. So far the city has been wonderful!!
See article below.
Thank you
F M
Portland OR 97221

LONDON (Reuters) – For an October revolution, dress warm. That’s the word going out – politely – on the Web to rally street protests on Saturday around the globe from New Zealand to Alaska via London, Frankfurt, Washington and, of course, New York, where the past month’s Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired a worldwide yell of anger at banks and financiers.
How many will show up, let alone stay to camp out to disrupt city centers for days, or months, to come, is anyone’s guess. The hundreds at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park were calling for back-up on Friday, fearing imminent eviction. Rome expects tens of thousands at a national protest of more traditional stamp.

Comment from shep
Time October 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

What is the goal…. Everybody has something to say but has no plan to fix anything! They got my city tied up with drama that is unneccessary…. Do something or pack up your crap and get the heck out of OUR park!!!

Comment from 99%er
Time October 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

McGinn, you are a liar. When you sic the pigs on PEACEFUL people exercising their constitutional rights, you are NOT supporting us. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY WE PROTEST. YOU have NO RIGHT to STOP US from exercising our rights. The first amendment does not say “the freedom of speech shall not be abridged, unless Mike McGinn says so.” Fuck the lying sack of shit, Mayor McGinn.

Comment from Steve Hunter
Time October 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I fail to understand what ever gave anyone in government the right to restrict free speech and the right to assemble so long as it is”peaceful” as I read the first amendment. When those in power feel the need to control its citizenry by restricting its constitutional freedoms then it is time to change that power structure. The whole point to protesting is to get attention paid to its a groups grievances. So what if it disrupts traffic, is noisy and is inconvenient isn’t that the point? I think that our founding fathers would be ashamed at how we have allowed ourselves to be herded like sheep by our governments.

Comment from Kevin Johnson
Time October 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Mr. Mayor: I think that as a lawyer you know what the rights of citizens are and that governement has no rights, saving the 11th amendment, police officers, however, are merely a gang of thugs whose only contribution is that they are in an industry that ONCE did some good for civilizing a wild out of control nation of people. Today, they are the wild out of control bunch and this protest is showing why it needs to exist if for no other reason than to show WHO is out of control and why people have to take up their own causes. Government Vs. Citizens. Citizen demand rights. Government that yields to the demand of enforcing and protecting citizens in the exercise of those rights. Basic, simple, and easily done for men and women of integrity. All this is showing about this city is the hatred held by men and women who have promised to serve the citizens but lie! They have their own agenda and serve only themselves. I had a judge tell me once that he wasn’t going to do anything that make the police mad because they will find a way to make him need them and then they will not show up! Maybe the focus should be on CONTROLLING LEGISLATURE that has some actually teeth to bring both government and corporate bad actors to account for their conduct. Maybe what we need are police to police the police, and a system of law that allows the removal of any officer of any entity or corporation that has committed conduct that has cause the American economy to go downward while at the same time enrich the few! Now that some legislature that has the potential to serve citizens and it makes it easier for public servants to do their jobs without corporate interference or political interference. Maybe, Maybe. We Must Try to Settle this country back into the hands of the people. NOT Corporations and NOT governments’ offices and office holders.

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