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October 6, 7:18 PM click here to comment > 160

Update on Occupy Seattle

I want to give the public an update on how my staff and City departments are working to accommodate the Occupy Seattle protests at Westlake Park.

We understand that Occupy Seattle wishes to have a sustained presence in Westlake Park for the purpose of expressing their views. From the outset we have been trying to work out a solution that meets the city’s needs and Occupy Seattle’s need to protest against wealth inequality in our country.

My staff has been reaching out to and communicating with members of Occupy Seattle. Here’s how we are proceeding:

  • We are providing a permit for protest activities at Westlake Park which will allow them to have an organizing tent that can remain overnight. As a condition of the permit, protestors will have to allow for cleaning of the park, protect park property, accommodate the other existing permitted events, and protect access to businesses.
  • We are making City Hall Plaza available for those that wish to stay overnight, with reasonable restrictions on the tents so as to allow free use of the plaza during the day. Unlike Westlake, City Hall also has restroom facilities available. Both the permit and the ability to set up tents at City Hall Plaza would last for two weeks, at which point we can assess whether the arrangement is meeting everyone’s needs and should be extended.

These are extraordinary times. We have seen the Occupy Wall Street movement take off in cities across the country, and there’s a reason for it. There is real anger about the unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in this country and the inequality it has produced. I share the values and the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We want to provide the opportunity for the people of Seattle to express their views. And we are.

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Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from bear
Time October 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Thanks Mike! Great to hear!

Comment from B Wilson
Time October 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thank you

Comment from Dan
Time October 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for your compassionate and thoughtful response, Mr. Mayor. I appreciate that you are leading a peaceful reaction to this presence in our city.

Comment from Robert Fenwick
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Thank you Major McGinn,

Sanity prevails in Seattle.

Comment from Shawn
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Thank you! I have to work every day, but I am at the protest in spirit.

Comment from Luke Walker
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Awesome! High five.

Comment from David Lichterman
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Thank you. That’s great news.

Comment from Michael Akers
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

This is a good gesture from the city and I applaud it. However, there were many people arrested the other day and that should not have happened at all. Surely the city and police could have come up with a better solution than ripping down tents and physically removing, through the quite dehumanizing and violent act of arrest, the citzens exercising their 1st amendment rights. The protesters are committed to non-violence, shouldn’t the city also be? Yes, sometimes our democracy is inconvenient. Thank goodness for that, sometimes we need to be inconvenienced in order to move forward in a positive manner.

Comment from chris
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Good to hear that we have officialS that believe as well :)

Comment from MarkG
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

A suggestion! Replace “protestors will have to allow for cleaning of the park” with “protesters will have to keep the park clean”.

Comment from Paul Clark
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

This is just one of many reasons I choose to make Seattle my home.

Comment from Anonymous
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Mayor McGinn! I am glad to see you took the time to reach a compromise!

Comment from Jason
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you Mayor McGinn and City Hall!

Also many thanks to the SPD and City Park Rangers for helping keep things civil and non-violent even in the face of a lot of anger and frustration. The world is watching, and you’re doing well.

To the protesters? Thank you for your dedication and hard work and presence. It’s inspiring. We’re watching and we’re with you! Keep it up!

Comment from Safer Guy
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you Mayor McGinn! :)

Comment from JoelBenjamin
Time October 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Spring has sprung in the Great Northwest. Thank you, Mayor McGinn!

Comment from Tsukina
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for this goodwill gesture!

Comment from Rachel Lyn Rumson
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm


Comment from happy heathen
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Well done Mike.

Comment from Michael Bzdawka
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Thank you Mr Mayor! Care to join?

Comment from Phoebe
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Well done McGinn, “this” is the kind of Mayor I voted for!

Comment from Pamela Vaska
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Dear Mayor McGinn, Thank you for supporting this peaceful protest. While I am not on the street with them, I am with them in my heart and spirit. Your gracious help is deeply meaningful and in character with my understanding of Seattle. Thank you.

Comment from Renart
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thanks Mayor McGinn! Hopefully more people will now come and take part. Thanks again!

Comment from Liz
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Awesome! Thank you!

Comment from Jonnie Gilman
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thank you Mayor McGinn! I am so glad I voted for you!

Comment from Bill Reiswig
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Well done.

Comment from mandy varona
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This is good news. Thank you. Now, come down and speak to the crowd this Saturday and share your thoughts.

Comment from mandy varona
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I forgot to add the : ) and the <3

Comment from julie hamilton
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

i too want to thank you for supporting this great movement. it’s a good time for elected officials to listen to the people.

Comment from Lisa Ox
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Thank you so much for supporting. He Whose Ox Is Gored supports you right back, sir.

Comment from Tessa McKay
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Thank you. I’m glad I voted for you.

Comment from julia
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thank you! Seattle’s presence in this movement is important.

Comment from Kyle
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Thank you and your staff! You are a true patriot.

Comment from Kristen Fisher
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Thank you, Mayor and thank you Occupy Seattle. We stand in solidarity with you.

Comment from Jeannie Gorman
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Well done, Mr. Mayor. This is why I voted for you.

Comment from Poet
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Thank you for recognizing, affirming and being flexible to accomodate We the Citizens, Mayor McGinn. I am close by and do fully support peaceful, non-violent public freedom of speech. In fact, I will be at the ANSWER and other sponsored pro-peace event on Friday.

To the Occupiers: Thank you for representing many of us. I cannot do it at Westlake Park! I do fully support you when you behave respectfully to all others. We ARE ONE although so many still do not know it – yet. Peace

Comment from Social Apocalypse
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

It gives me immense pride to witness your civility and true effort at protecting the democracy that we are all so terrified of losing. We know it isn’t easy. Thank you so very much.

Comment from Cynthia
Time October 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Thank you for supporting this movement!

Comment from Becky
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

It’s great to hear that Seattle is supporting this movement!! Those people on the streets are representing so many more not able to be there. Two thumbs up for the mayor!

Comment from Rose Filer
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Thank you. :)

Comment from Joe
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This is some interesting backpedaling to try and keep the public happy with you. It doesn’t make up for the arrests, misuse of the law and resources that happened with the tents issue (how much money did all that police presence cost?). I’m still disappointed in you, McGinn.

Comment from Peter
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Wow, great job, Mayor! Really earned my respect by taking a stand for the people here.

Comment from Charles Rowin
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

i am fairly certain you are the first mayor of any city to show support for the people who voted for them. my hat’s off to you sir!

Comment from Lori
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Thank you Mr. Mayor this makes the city look great! Another reason I love it here!!!!! Please work with the police to drop the charges against the people that were only trying to stand up for their beliefs and what they felt would make a difference! Thank you!

Comment from Kimberly
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Yay Seattle! The movement has moved up to Bellingham, we begin our occupation tomorrow. Mayor McGinn, you rock.

Comment from Liam
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

It’s stuff like this, Mr. Mayor. It’s stuff like this that makes me glad I voted for you, despite the constant criticism from everyone else.

Comment from Paul
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thanks, Mayor McGinn. You did the right thing with Hempfest, and you’re doing the right thing now. You’re a friend to free speech, and it matters!

Comment from Jerry Whiting
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Thank you Mr. Mayor for stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing. I view this as an act of courage and compassion. Bless you.

Comment from daniel
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Thank you, Mr. Mayor!

Comment from Jeff
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Great news! I hope you can join in the protest some this weekend!

Comment from Lori
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Thank You!! This is amazing!!!

Comment from shaun
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Will property be returned to those who had it confiscated?? (tents)

Comment from hold
Time October 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

excellent and honorable move, sir! thanks for playing on our side!

waaaaaait a minute! this is a non-violent response! what…what? agh!

ok. what’s on tv?

Comment from Michelle
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Everyday I thank my lucky stars that I live in such a kind and progressive city. Thanks Mayor!

Comment from Patrick
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The protesters who were arrested should be absolved. Their ‘crimes’ hardly deserve the cost of a prosecution; especially in these economic times…

Comment from Kirk
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Truly, Seattle will eat itself and do enjoy your one term as Mayor (>>if<< the people of Seattle wise up). This democrat / leftist class warfare schtick is a nice attempt to distract from the colossal mishandling of the taxpayer's monies and trust (Obama's, the State of Washington's and the City of Seattle's debt). "real anger about the unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in this country." Nice try, but the "real anger" will be obvious to you and your ilk at the ballot box.

Comment from Gabe Herbertson
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Still not good enough. You have to not interfere in anyway with where the protest is right now, other than bring in porta-potties, allowing tents or providing shelter for the people there to stay warm and safe through the winter. DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND, AND JOIN THE OCCUPATION FOR THE SAKE OF THE HUMAN RACE! BE THE 1ST MAYOR TO ACTUALLY BE A PART OF THEIS REVOLUTION AND STOP BEING PART OF THE 1%!

Comment from David
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Outstanding approach. Thank you for supporting free speech!

Comment from Charlie Smith
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Thank you very much, Mayor McGinn. Would you like to drop in and visit the demonstration? You would be welcome. It is clear that you understand what this is about. We are your friends.

Comment from theresa brennan
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Thank you.

Theresa one of the 99

Comment from Ami
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

This is why I voted for you and why I am proud to call Seattle home. Thank you for upholding the people’s right to peaceably protest and for understanding the importance of this moment in our history. Things have got to change and we are the only ones who can make it happen.

Comment from Luke
Time October 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

OMG Seattle ROCKS!!! Great job Mr. Mayor. And let us forgive, and cultivate compassion for those police officers who carried out the arrests! At the behest of the ruling class (to which those officers do not belong), we have all learned to fight each other over their scraps. Let us thank the officers and even their supervisors for giving us to opportunity to forgive, and to remember that they are our brothers and sisters in this struggle!

Comment from Melissa Snell
Time October 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

Thank you!! Your kind support is appreciated!!

Comment from Neal Lekwa
Time October 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

Mayor McGinn, Oslo mayor Fabian Stang was faced with similar difficult decision. Following Norway’s terrible lone gunman shooting and bombing, the equivalent of our 9/11 but waged by a domestic citizen, he had to decide how to characterize and deal with it. Instead of pointing blame at others, leaders in Norway saw it as a sign they had to re-examine their own system. What caused this kind of demonstrative behavior in a citizen.

Though our protests by citizens are based on legitimate domestic protests, which you acknowledge, they do call for similar inward looking on behalf of government, as well as social, education and religious servants.

Why is our society stalemated and hopelessly dysfunctional – a question our demonstrations and Occupy Seattle should invite us all to ask.

Comment from Tim
Time October 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

It’s either a gesture of good will, or a safety measure to insure that these folks don’t rip the place apart – nor get ripped apart. My vote would be the latter. A+ for keeping them safe and somewhat organized while demonstrating. However, he missed a golden opportunity to give them all bicycles – to ensure that more of those costly, deadly, and underutilized bicycle lanes get some attention. Let’s hope that the voters in Seattle remember ALL when they vote.

Comment from Chaim Eliyah
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:02 am

Okay, wow, a big-city mayor with the balls to publicly stand up to capitalism? If you need campaign calls made or doors knocked on, I’ll be in touch.

Comment from Neal Lekwa
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:03 am

In all instances, non-violence as Gandhi taught, MLK advocated that proved so useful in drawing attention appropriately, is ALL that is ever needed. Thankfully, WTO violence of any kind is NOT even being discussed; and all demonstrators warn against and denounce any sort of demonstration other than non-violent, peaceful protest. Your cooperation shown is a blessing in answer to peaceful protest! Thank you!

Comment from Lina
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

Thank you for supporting & providing the necessary tools for people to be able to peaceful voice their concerns. Your team sets a wonderful example for the rest of the country to follow. (From Chicago)

Comment from C Doyle
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:25 am

Thank you Mayor McGinn

Comment from Don Glenn
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

Thank you! Work with the responsible ones and give them your support.Let them know your fears and look out for the crazies. The world is watching.. Time to keep a cool head.. Work together..We’re all on the same side, alive.

Comment from cleanelectric
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:46 am

The support you express in your press releases shows that you know that you are also a 99%-er. Please come down and repeat this support in person at our rally.

Comment from david
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:50 am

Thank You, Mayor McGinn! What a vast difference between your attitude and that of Paul Schell. (Anyone remember 1999?). These are extraordinary times.

Comment from Michael Springer
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:19 am

I am stunned. Thank you mayor McGinn!
The 99% have awoken!

Comment from Scott
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

Thank you mike! You are helping to show the rest of the country that even those in power are not heartless!

Comment from Paula
Time October 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

Please…stop the arrests & ensure that Occupy Seattle continues to be easily visible to the public. Remember…this protest is peaceful & doesn’t have anything to do with Seattle, unless you take away the protesters rights, including freedom of speech, Thanks!

Comment from Robert Walker
Time October 7, 2011 at 5:19 am

It’s good to see a decision that respects the First Amendment. I appreciate your thoughtful response.

Comment from Mitch Topeka
Time October 7, 2011 at 5:27 am

Dirty hippies; grow a pair. Instead of crying and utilizing your time by “marching”…go look for a job.

Comment from David Taruski
Time October 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

Thanks Mayor McGinn! City and state governments should be supportive of American citizens’ right to speak out and be heard. Although I am not present at this protest, I am with them in spirit, and I am proud that Seattle’s city gov’t is doing the right thing! This is what America is all about!

Comment from Gary Huston
Time October 7, 2011 at 6:19 am

Mayor McGinn, You’re Fired! I will be voting against you in the next election.

Comment from Paul
Time October 7, 2011 at 6:24 am

This is great. Thank you for bringing a dose of Seattle sanity to the fore.

Comment from Steve Liebig
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

Thank you, Mike. You showed yourself as our First Citizen, today! I am proud to be a Seattle-ite.

Comment from Jane Cutter
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

When you say a permit is being” provided” does that mean the Occupy Seattle protesters are being exempted from paying the Park and Rec hourly fees and application fee? the application fee is $50 and the hourly rate is $10, this could really add up fast for a group of mostly unemployed protesters. The permitting process is one in which “free speech” is not free.

Comment from The 99%
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

Hi Moderator. I know you think you’re just doing your job. I know you think that by filtering out the people that know this is just a ploy by McGinn, that you’ll acheive the victory you seek. You won’t. Are you a part of the 1%? Do you have billions of dollars? Are you a ceo that makes 475 times as much as the people below them? I and others have attempted to post about this decision by McGinn to attempt to “legitimize” our protest. We do not require his “legitimization,” what we require is for him to stand with us, or keep the hell out of it. Rather than “allowing one tent” how about he recognize the fact that we are the public, in a public park? Rather than “allow us to stay at city hall at night” which is a mile away from the site, he not have people arrested for defending their property in a public place for a peaceful protest against the hypocrisy and injustice in our systems?

You silence those who dissent. You are wrong to do so, but it is to be expected. We will not be going anywhere. Reconsider if your job or your children’s lives are more important. Be strong. We are the 99%, and we are legion.

Comment from Paul
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:34 am


Comment from Mark
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:36 am

Excellent. Thank you for listening, responding & working with us.

Comment from Leon Trotsky
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

Lame, this is what happens when the inmates run the asylum.

Comment from Cate Haaland-Wiles
Time October 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

Thank you, I appreciate your willingness to stand with the people

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Time October 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

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Comment from jaunita
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

Thank you so much. If I still lived in Seattle, I would be there applauding your efforts to accommodate the occupiers. I will be going to the DC protest showing solidarity.

Comment from Jennifer Riker
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thank you and please continue the support.

Comment from Joanna
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thank you for your support of Occupy Seattle!

Comment from Janet
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

Glad to see this help coming from the city. As a 72 yr. old woman, I applaud these people and wish I were physically able to join in. It’s time America woke up – it’s long overdue.

Comment from Voter
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

Thank you, for this and many other things you have done while in office, I’ll be voting for you again. You are continuing to keep Seattle moving forward.

Comment from You
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

Thank you Mayor MC-G.
With regards, thanks for encouraging the development of a free market for the dispensaries.

Comment from Kirk
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

Weird. Original post truncated w/some not so special chars.. Re-send.


*Moderator*, me thinks you missed one of the sweet and tender hooligans death threats. Check “The 99%”‘s comment today at 7:31 am, denoting McGinn’s cave to the less than 30 protesters in the formerly great City of Seattle, which still isn’t good enough for the unwashed extremist ultra minority. And to top it off, the threat to kill the Mayor’s children:

“Reconsider if your job or your children’s lives are more important.”

Up w/free *hate* speech!

Comment from Jennifer
Time October 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

Truly a mayor of the people. Such a rarity to see a government official acting from a sense of reason, practicality, and humanity rather than from political self-interest. Thank you.

Comment from Jon
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks to the mayor and his team for trying to keep things calm on all sides while accommodating the protesters first amendment rights and keeping Westlake from looking like a homeless camp. This is why I love Seattle and will be voting for you again.

Comment from Skylar
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
–Thank you for being a thoughtful leader, Mayor McGinn!

Comment from Vic
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thanks, Mayor McGinn. Now let those arrested the other day out and I’ll be “99%” impressed.

Comment from Chad Lupkes
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

Bravo. Looking forward to seeing the Mayor and City Council members in Westlake Park talking to people as well.

Comment from Mark McGurk
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

This is what happens when you elect a hippie Mayor.

Comment from Trumbly
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

May you only be Mayor for one term.

Comment from sumi
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

thanks, Mayor McGinn

Comment from mark dyball
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

thank you for listening. love from london

Comment from H.E.
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’m impressed by how sensible this is. Thank you.

Comment from Daniel Sniadoski
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

Mayor McGinn,

This is what should have been done the first time around, not as a reaction to the bad publicity the unnecessary arrests produced.

Good job for thinking ahead.

Comment from Jon
Time October 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

Good decision, and it will server all interests.

Comment from Ron Ellison
Time October 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

An intelligent response.

Comment from Simeon
Time October 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

Thanks Mayor McGinn.

Comment from Abby London
Time October 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thanks for standing behind this movement.

Comment from ginamarie emanuel
Time October 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

@Mitch Topeka—-it is the Mayor who has finally “grown a pair”—-thanks Mayor McGinn for standing up to those would quash dissent and showing your solidarity with the American People…@ the 99% and Kirk Time to The Mayor: if have received any threats from protesters, remember that it is a leaderless Movement and one hateful person does not represent me or anyone else besides themselves—so I’m very sorry you’ve experienced that. Thank you so much, again, for your support.

Comment from Mary Travers
Time October 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

Thanks for the support of the People’s Protest. Thank you for coming up with a compromise that allows what you,as Mayor, need and what we, the people, need. This is a leader.

Comment from iChris
Time October 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

Weird, the city never rolled out the red carpet like this for any of the tea party protests. The city also never had to worry about cleaning up the park because tea parties always left it cleaner than when they arrived.

It’ll be interesting to see how involved the democratic party is with the Occupy protests. Obviously the number of people participating in these “gatherings” hasn’t come close to the number that have participated in tea party events, but it could gain momentum. Whether these protests can keep things civil is another question. I can’t recall any incidents where tea party protestors were arrested. But ‘Occupiers’ seem to be getting in trouble with the law already. If things get out of control at these democratic-party approved protests, it could turn the public against them quickly.

Personally, I originally had tentative support for the protests against the bailed out banks and corruption. But when the anarchists started demanding free college education, free healthcare, bigger govt solutions, seizure of property, and four more years of Obama, it became clear to me that these people have very different goals for the country than cleaning up the corruption on Wall Street.

Comment from derek
Time October 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

thank you for standing with us mayor McGinn.

Comment from Mack
Time October 7, 2011 at 11:45 am

Dear Mr. McGinn: This is a step in the right direction. Additionally, I need to hear how you are dropping all charges against those who were arrested at Westlake, and then I will support this proposal and campaign for you.

Dear Seattle: It is possible for local and state leaders to do the right thing, even though the dynamics of money and power make it unlikely that national and world leaders will do so. Please give Mr. McGinn a chance. Perhaps he is one of those who actually does want to do the right thing. Perhaps Seattle really is the place we all hoped it is. Let’s hold open the door of possibility for Mr. McGinn to show us that he’s going to do the right thing.

Comment from Tom Palmer
Time October 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Will you join us for a day in the streets?

Comment from Todd Foster
Time October 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Mr. Mayor… I believe that what you are doing should be duplicated across the nation. We need to be heard by everyone. More cities need to be involved. We do not wish to hurt anyone, just be heard. I will pass this across the nation to family and friends with the hopes of them joining our cause. Thank You Sir.

Comment from Smart
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

So glad I don’t need to be in Seattle very often.

Comment from Karl Puder
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for being a sensible public official, accommodating the needs of your populace under reasonable constraints for public safety. It makes me want to move to Seattle.

Comment from Daniel Kim
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thank you Mayor McGinn. Finally, a public servant thinking about civil rights and support of peaceful protest over corporations’ interest.

Comment from The 99%
Time October 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

We are not the Left. We are not the minority. And if we are unwashed, our apologies, but we have more important things to do than smell good for elitists.

The threat being posed to “the mayor’s children” is the same threat being posed to all our children. The real threat of there being no America left for them. No land of the free, no home of the brave, just a bunch of simpering cowards that want to give a thumbs up to someone for “having the balls” to call Parks and Recreation, tell them to go down and issue eviction notices, then follow up with arrests of those people who disagreed with the stance the Mayor took concerning the public using the public space for a peaceful, righteous protest.

This divisive nonsense perpetuated by the continued ignorance of the masses has to stop. That is what we are there for. We are not children screaming for handouts, we are proud, sovereign American citizens. If you do not want to be an American, and would prefer to just be a number to some corporation out there that sees you as nothing but an expendable tool, which they can discard the moment you are no longer useful, then you are a fool.

If you wish to persist in your folly, may you gain the wisdom inherent in that choice.

Also, my personal apologies to the Moderator. There was obviously some delay in the posts being put up.

Comment from Shawn H
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Bravo Mayor Mike. Your PR team needs a raise!

Comment from Tim McGuire
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Our mayor is a breath of fresh air. If only more leaders would be more like our mayor. Thank you Mr Mayor!

Comment from Sacto Messenger
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm


Comment from D.C.
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

What a completely thoughtful, sain and logical response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign. You are setting a wonderful example of how elected politicians should accurately listen to, respond and support the people. Wish the NYC mayor would take a cue!

Comment from Kirk
Time October 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for the clarification “The 99%” wrt your “…We will not be going anywhere. Reconsider if your…children’s lives are more important.”

Guess what. Life isn’t fair. While you may seemingly be contrary to capitalism, it is the finest system available to mankind and perpetuates their freedoms. There’s obviously two sides to the story. Yes, a business may let employees go, usually based on economic realities, and not some random “no longer useful” absolutist paradigm. However, an employee can also take their skills elsewhere, to the detriment of the employer. There is a tension here obviously, yet the worker, choosing in their own self interest (working hard, furthering their knowledge, improving their overall skills, et. al.) has the advantage in a free society. Yes, competition is hard, yet it is usually right. And, for a business that chooses cronyism over competency, they will be the loser in the end.

So, this movement is indeed squarely of “the Left” (look up the Adbusters folks…). Redistribution is the slavery of others, pure and simple. If you want it, earn it, don’t try stealing it. Talk to those whom are in Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea and ask them about their “workers’ paradise”…or wait, they’ll be killed or “re-educated” if they tell you the truth.

What is really quite interesting in the 10 Commandments is that the third lengthiest commandment is around coveting others possessions. As well, the Scriptures state it is not money, but the *love* of money that is the root of all evil. If you’ve been given much, you should give of your time, treasure and talents to others. Having a government compel one to do so in an unreasonable way simply leads to opposition and contrariness. Let an individual’s conscience and reasoned arguments move them to give more of themselves. Don’t punish creativity, risk taking and the striving for excellence.

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Comment from Joan
Time October 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thank you. I hope those anarchists from Eugene don’t come up and ruin our peaceful protest.

Comment from karen w
Time October 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thank you Mayor McGinn,

Even though I am not currently part of the protest, I may join or support the activity. There is definitely something wrong with our imbalance of wealth and power of corporations. The USA doesn’t mean anything to corporations that are bigger than countries and more powerful than governments. Thanks to the supreme court, they can spend as much as they want to elect politicians to do their bidding. Thank you, again, for supporting free speech and allowing Occupy Wallstreet a place to tell the world about the 99%.. I hope the movement grows and something can be done about the monopolies that run us. I am not against wealth or capitalism, but something is obviously out of control now.

Comment from gabe
Time October 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

hey Kirk you should study more history and read less fiction. You moron.

Comment from Ali
Time October 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

While you may agree with their sentiments, you represent the entire city not just your affiliations. You need to remain objective & unbiased in your position. If it is disruptive & causes the City more money in Police overtime, city clean-up, etc. I would hope that you would rescind the permits & send them on their way. You are NOT in the mayor’s office to promote your personal agenda.

Comment from One of the 99%
Time October 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Capitalism, socialism, communism, et al.. they’re all in pursuit of the same endless growth. Endless growth in a finite system is a cancer and a cancer means a certain end for the victim. We can do better!

Go Mike McGinn – the best mayor of a major metropolitan in the USA!

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Comment from Tom Palmer
Time October 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Threats belittle the one making them.It is a sign of ignorance,a life with no meaning,or value.This is bigger than that.Thanks to the Mayor for being big enough to over look the politics,and understand the need for voices to be heard.

Comment from Kirk
Time October 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Howdy gabe.

I appreciate the ad hominen response. Through it, you have support my thesis and points.

God blesss, Kirk.

Comment from Pennie
Time October 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Let’s see. In NYC the response to the “no microphones” edict was creative and has made quite a stir beyond Wall Street. It would be great if the response to “no camping at Westlake” made a similar impact. What might that look like?

Comment from Mark
Time October 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

One question, Mr. Mayor. What in the he** do you think these protestors wish to replace capitalism with, hmmm? This country was not founded on a principle of equality of outcome. It was founded on the principle of freedom and individual liberty. The founding fathers knew, far better than you or these idiots at Westlake park or on Wall Street, that man has the God-given right to pursue whatever path of endeavor he/she chooses without interference from a centrally controlled bureaucracy. The malcontents at Westlake Park and Wall Street want a livelihood GIVEN to them with no strings attached and with no contribution required of them to society. “Income Equality”???? Puhlease!! What Marxist crap. Who do you think fuels the engine of the economy?? If your answer is “government”, you are just another Keynesian fool. The simple fact that you are standing up for what these clowns are screaming about illustrates how out of depth you are as an “elected” office holder.

Comment from David Taruski
Time October 8, 2011 at 2:03 am

Dear iChris,

Your “US and THEM” party politics drivel is sooooo tired… Stop. Please! We get it, the Tea Party is AWESOME!!!

Comment from tj
Time October 8, 2011 at 3:49 am

Mr. Mayor, pretty clever figuring out that being re-elected by a 99-to-1 margin would be great.

Just kidding! Considering some of the tragedies downtown in recent years, I hope the people affected appreciate this approach – it’s unique and envisions the saner, kinder future our Republic deserves.

Comment from Barbara Andrews
Time October 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

You are the extraordinary Mayor for the extraordinary times. Thank you for your support of a huge and nonviolent movement PEACE!!!!.

Comment from Randall Thompson
Time October 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thank you Mayor McGinn!

Comment from Nicholas A. Angelozzi
Time October 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm

When you are done your stint in Seattle would you please come to my town and run for mayor. I don’t know what party you belong to and I don’t care.

Comment from Fibbles
Time October 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Can’t wait for this moronic buffoonery to be over…go home you hippies.

Comment from William Wilson
Time October 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

PLEASE Keep your police from ticketing motorists for honking in support of the protestors… It is bad form and does not go unnoticed by your potential voter base.

Comment from Judy
Time October 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thank you for your support Mayor McGinn. I have been waiting for people to take it to the streets since 2008. I would love to hear you and other politicians lead the way on campaign finance reform. We need a public system to get corporate money out of politics. I am glad I voted for you!

Comment from Shawnna
Time October 9, 2011 at 12:41 am

While I appreciate the Mayor’s thoughts and comments, I’m concerned that these brave souls are not allowed any shelter whatsoever from the elements while in Westlake Park. That is unacceptable.

Those who seem to believe that this is ‘the Left’ or some sort of anticapitalism effort, consider this: In 1995 the Banksters owned 19% of all assets as a percentage of GDP in the US, in 2002 they held 38%, in 2007 they held 58% and as of 2009 they hold 63% of all assets as a percentage of the US GDP. We’ve witnessed the greatest transfer of wealth in our history – and more importantly, it isn’t by accident. While I recognize even facts like that will have little impact on those who don’t want to face the reality that the US is corrupt at every level – facts are facts. It’s about time the 99% stood up to the corruption! I’m incredibly proud of every single individual who is participating! It gives me hope!

Comment from Spencer Leamer
Time October 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

Mike…you are an idiot. I hope these hippie protesters come and occupy your front yard.

Comment from peter
Time October 9, 2011 at 3:18 am

Why do you want us to roll out of westlake everyday and go sleep in front of city hall? The place is a wasteland of humanity every evening when the officeworkers go home and the skate punks take over the sidewalks. When you offer to spend the night with us then I will take you seriously. Having never spent the night in down town, much less out side on the sidewalk, I am shocked at the lack of human resources the downtown offers, parks and public restrooms are almost non-existent. The streets depopulate every evening and become a lonely wastland of homeless people and aimless youth. While not looking forward to spending the rest of the winter occupying westlake, it is the only place that offers a modicum of public access and safety. After seeing the “kettleing” tactics of police lately I am really concerned about setting up an occupation without a few exits.

Comment from Delilah
Time October 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

Great solution shows reasonable governing. Can you now dismiss the traffic tickets people got for innocently showing support by honking? That sure looks like harassment!

Comment from Mike Regan
Time October 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thank you for your kind gestrue, and accommodating measures.

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Time October 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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Comment from Bob McCall
Time October 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

You make me proud of Seattle. Well done Mike McGinn.

Comment from kate kaprosy
Time October 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Thank you, mayor. Your wholehearted support is appreciated.

Comment from Thomas Martin
Time October 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

How can you justify letting the Seattle PD do what Boston PD just did?!

Comment from Susie CreamCheese
Time October 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

You said: “…a solution that meets the city’s needs and Occupy Seattle’s need to protest against wealth inequality in our country” You don’t quite get it. They are one and the same.

Comment from Jason
Time October 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Thanks, Mike! It’s nice to have a Mayor that empathizes with THE 1%!

Comment from DeeBee
Time October 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Now the piggies start to arrest.

By protesting peacefully, we are gaining more acceptance from the ignorant masses, however, needing a permit to protest is completely unconstitutional and has been ruled as such in the Supreme Court 80 years ago and never overturned.

Take our rights back. Dismantle the fed, world bankers and multinationals in bed with governments.

Comment from arvind
Time October 14, 2011 at 12:53 am

Dear Mayor, Thank you very much for your support and provisions.
Best wishes.

Comment from Julian
Time October 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

Dear Mayor McGinn, I also want to thank you for supporting the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Seattle movement, and for offering the use of City Hall Plaza as well as Westlake Park. Tonight, the movement is going to erect tents in Westlake Park. I know that you have to be fair to all, but as you plan and direct, please keep in the front of your mind that this is an important movement, and a pivotal time. Please do everything you can to support these protestors and their message. Thank you.

Comment from Charles Rowin
Time October 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

RIGHT! so far there have been arrests and the cops are getting restless and so are the people. unless you wish to have a volotile situation on your hands, you best tell the police to back off. the people will not be bullied forever, history tells us so.

Comment from Jason
Time January 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Yes. High Five Mayor McGinn. My girlfriend was groped in that park by two occupy losers as she waked home from work. You don’t seem to understand that they are NOT the 99%. I understand that math is not your strong suit. Life, being the bell curve that it is, proves that the occupy losers are just the other 1%. They DO NOT represent the middle class. The middle class occupy the middle of that bell curve and just want to make an honest living. You are completely out of touch with reality.