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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.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn

Comments

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.