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Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:14 AM

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Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:15 AM

1. Social Forum to be organized by Occupy Olympia


In city after city across the country public land Occupations are being evicted in what appears to be a nationally coordinated assault on the Occupy Movement and the First Amendment.

Occupy Olympia (WA) and the Alliance for Global Justice (fiscal sponsor of Occupy Wall St.) are organizing an Occupy Solidarity Social Forum Feb. 18-19, 2012 in Olympia, WA.

The self-organized, social forum-type gathering will create a space for Occupiers from many different local Occupations to share their experiences, network, strategize about methods and campaigns to raise this inspiring movement to the next level, and to consider ways that they can support each other.

Occupy Olympia is willing to host the Movement in this critical time when a face-to-face meeting can make a real difference. Olympia, WA has the advantages of a temperate winter climate, proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, use of Evergreen College for indoor meeting space, and over 100 local Occupiers willing to help with logistics.

Alliance for Global Justice is committed to raise the money needed so that a diverse cross-section of Occupiers can gather to talk about their successes and failures as well as about where they see this movement going and how to get there.

But we need your help to make this movement-building gathering the success it has the potential to be. We need $10,000-$15,000 for food, meeting space, airport shuttles, communication, outreach and live-streaming. We need even more to provide travel subsidies to achieve diversity of race, class, and geography.

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Thu Dec 29, 2011, 10:27 PM

2. Getting money out of politics events in Seattle 1/20-1/21

Get The Money Out Of Politics
Two Days of Action and Education
Move To Amend - Occupies The Courts - Friday

People Ignited Against Citizens United - Saturday
January 20 & 21 in Downtown Seattle

A broad coalition that includes Occupy Seattle, Move to Amend, People for Free Speech and other organizations is initiating two days of action to kickoff a public awareness campaign focused on amending the Constitution in order to limit the power of corporations to impact elections.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the Citizen's United vs. FEC ruling, which crippled our government's ability to regulate American campaign spending by huge, multinational corporations. The decision was based upon the assumption that corporations count as people with all the rights of a natural person, including free speech. It was also based on a previous ruling affirming that monetary expenditures are a form of free speech. Since there is no mention of corporations in our Constitution, and by no means are they granted the full rights of an individual, it is apparent that a corrupt, political court has taken it upon themselves to shape our legal and election system according to special interests.

This legal allowance of unlimited campaign spending by human-made legal fictions doled out by corporate lobbyist's behind closed doors, with a single-focused legal responsibility to generate profits, poses a critical threat to free and fair elections in the United States. The great wealth of corporations lets them misuse the political system and overpower human beings in the struggle to be heard. This immoral granting of natural rights to unnatural entities is leading to the decline of democracy, communities, the economy, and the natural world.

It is imperative that the American people are made aware of this threat to our democratic system. Furthermore, it is critical that our Constitution is amended to include language that makes it undeniably clear that corporations are not people, and that they do not posses the same rights as natural persons. This would clear the pathway for our Congress to regulate campaign spending.

· Join us on Friday, January 20, for a rally at the Federal Courthouse (700 Stewart Street.) as Move To Amend - Occupies the Courts! Bring signs and banners between 10- 4 to show your solidarity with your fellow humans, grassroots organizations and local governments countrywide, entertainment and speakers from 11 to 2. (At the US Supreme Court and 77 Federal Courts so far! 700 Stewart Street Seattle.)

The action continues from 12-4 on Saturday, January 21 with a rally, entitled: People Ignited Against Citizens United. We’ll have informative speeches, music, and interpretive activities at Westlake Park (4th & Pine).

At 2pm, we will march from Westlake to Seattle City Hall and continue on to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building (915 Second Avenue, between Marion & Madison).

Legalize Democracy!

Move To Amend Occupies The Courts January 20th, 2012:

Get Money Out organization involved in Citizens United January 20th, and 21st anniversary events: http://www.getmoneyout.com/

Occupy Seattle information and event information:

Occupy Olympia information and event calendar:

Move To Amend Olympia and Tacoma event planning and information:

Updated Seattle Event information:

Organizations involved in events January 20th, and 21st, 2012, a partial list:

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Thu Dec 29, 2011, 11:37 PM

3. Video of Working Washington occupying Kemper Freeman's office in Bellevue

Working Washington supporters took up the spirit of the season last week in Bellevue, but we weren't shopping for gifts — we came to pay a visit to multimillionaire Bellevue real estate developer Kemper Freeman, the Grinch Who Stole Congress.

Click here to watch our video and see what happened when we tried to grow Grinch Freeman's heart a few sizes bigger by occupying his office and singing grinch-themed carols. &list=UUhJt5aUjMPaCAnzoLmactcQ&index=2&feature=plcp

The owner of Bellevue Square Mall, Kemper Freeman earned the title of the Grinch Who Stole Congress by contributing almost $2 million to politicians who support deep grinchy cuts to education, healthcare, and unemployment benefits — people like Speaker of the House John Boehner, Congressman Dave Reichert, and initiative peddler Tim Eyman.

While Kemper Freeman and his fellow Grinches of the 1% are prospering so much they apparently have millions to spend on political contributions, many in Bellevue and other communities are struggling to find jobs and are feeling the bite of budget cuts at their schools and healthcare facilities. And yet the politicians still seem to be catering to their grinchy 1% funders instead of investing in our communities to create jobs.

That’s why we went to Bellevue Square last week: to see if we could grow this local grinch’s heart a few sizes bigger and take our politics back.

Click here to watch the video, and keep in touch: find out the latest about what Working Washington is doing in the Eastside and across the state by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and visiting us online at workingwa.org.

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Tue Jan 10, 2012, 05:27 AM

4. Occupy the federal court in Tacoma 1/20

1717 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

2:30pm--procession from Firemans Park
3:15 Street theater
4:00 Guest speakers Dorli Rainey, Riki Ott, Bob Hasegawa, Adam Kline
5:30 Human chain

Involved Democracy info {at} involveddemocracy.org
M2Aoly (at) gmail.com
Occupy Tacoma

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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:13 PM

6. Postponed due to weather

The "GET $ OUT OF POLITICS" Events in Tacoma on Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, are cancelled due to inclement weather.

That includes today’s events at UWT (which is closed completely) and St. Leo’s (the speaker, Dr. Riki Ott, can’t get there from where she’s staying).

All events will be rescheduled for dates, times and places as yet not decided. We’ll let you know when we know.

We ask folks to stay safe and to visit www.movetoamendolympia.org or www.involveddemocracy.org to watch for further details.

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Mon Jan 16, 2012, 02:53 AM

5. And an event 1/20 in Spokane

MARCH FOR OUR RIGHTS-Jan 20th at 11:30 AM Riverfront Park Carousel, and on to meet participants at the Rally at the Federal Bldg.

RALLY FOR OUR RIGHTS-Jan 20th at 12:00 PM Federal Courthouse 920 W. Riverside for speakers and music
Sponsored by Spokane Move to Amend Information on March and Rally: Call 509-926-9906

RECEPTION AND FORUM-Jan.20th at 2:00 PM Reception in City Council Chambers and 3:00 PM Forum With City Leaders and Occupy Spokane.
Co-Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane For information call 509-270-2453 or bethany72@comcast.net

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:11 PM

7. The 2012 Occupy Solidarity Social Forum 2/18-2/19


The 2012 Occupy Solidarity Social Forum.

With a format inspired by the one employed by the US Social Forum, the OSSF is an Occupy Wall Street conference to be held in Olympia, WA February 18th and 19th. Occupy Olympia is hosting the weekend of events, forums, actions, workshops and strategy sessions about and for the OWS movement. While the audience will be mostly regional, the OSSF is co-sponsored by the Alliance For Global Justice who is reaching out to Occupy organizations all over the US and encouraging their participation. We think that Olympia, between the two power houses of Occupy Portland and Occupy Seattle, will be a good meeting place to have face to face conversations that move us towards our next steps.
Get involved with organizing and register your workshop!

I found this info at the end of this excellent overview article on Occupy: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/31/demands-for-the-99/

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Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:00 AM

8. Workshop on nonviolent tactics in Seattle 2/4

American Spring: Strategies for Growing from Occupation to Liberation
Kazu Haga and Bill Moyer lead interactive strategy presentations and dialog
THIS Saturday, February 4, Noon-4pm in Seattle
Sunday - Kingian Nonviolence Intro Training by Kazu

American Spring
Saturday, February 4, Noon-4 PM
(Sunday training and meeting information in right column)

American Friends Service Committee
814 NE 40th Street, Seattle
Recommended donation: $5 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Kazu Haga - Oakland activist and Kingian Nonviolence trainer
Bill Moyer - Strategy and creative tactics trainer, co-founder of the Backbone Campaign,
(new) Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm - Kingian trainer and outreach coordinator for FOR's Bring Our Billions Home campaign

How do we seize this populist moment and create a more powerful movement for economic and social justice? How do we reinvigorate the people who came out for local Occupy efforts, but were later turned away, turned off, or burnt out? How do we build movement capacity, expand alliance, and increase cohesion and resolve so that the American Spring is builds our power to transform society? What can we learn from Kingian nonviolence to assist us in this effort?

Bill will present a unique collection of insights into the nature of conflict, strategy, and building power gathered from the country's leading community organizers, pentagon strategists, and the Backbone Campaign's many years of artful activism. Kazu share stories from his experience as part of Occupy Oakland and he and Kaeley will present concepts from Kingian Nonviolence and the lessons that apply to our current dilemmas and opportunities.

Join us for this interactive session in person, so that we can learn from the past, share tools, and begin to craft a vision for moving forward. If you would like to participate via webstream, please contact Bill Moyer at bill@backbonecampaign.org.
For an introduction to Bill and Kazu tune into Mind Over Matters on 90.3 KEXP
Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 7:30-8 AM

Kazu Haga of the Positive Peace Warrior Network and Bill Moyer of Backbone Campaign will be radio guests on the "Sustainability Segment," which features interviews with inspiring leaders and grass roots activists on environmental, social, and economic issues affecting life and the future of our planet.

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Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:12 AM

9. Get The Money Out of Politics Free Lunch - Occupy Election Fundraising 2/17 Bellevue

Get The Money Out of Politics Free Lunch - Occupy Election Fundraising

Friday February 17th, 2012 - Bellevue Washington

Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 Northeast 4th StreetPresident Barrack Obama will be in Bellevue collecting a wheelbarrow of money. - The Election Money Lunch with President Barrack Obama is sold out. So we have decided to have a free lunch for all of us unable to attend the election money lunch.

Peoples Picnic for the 99%
An alternative to President Obama's fundraiser luncheon in Bellevue
Friday February 17, 12-3 PM
Bellevue Way and 4th Ave NE

For people who don't have a few thousand spare dollars for lunch, we are offering a Peoples Picnic for the 99%. Don't let income inequality get you down! You can get into our event for $0 per (paper) plate, and we invite you to be a guest speaker for two-minutes at our citizens speak out on how money in politics has affected them personally. Small contributions will offset picnic costs, and canned food will be delivered to the embattled Seattle port truckers who are on strike. Our picnic fare will include rice and beans provided by Food Not Bombs, and bologna sandwiches (Baloney in honor of what we get when big money runs elections).

Please RSVP here to let us know you're attending:http://www.facebook.com/events/365559186805803/

President Obama, who is having a more typical fundraiser lunch across the street at the Bellevue Westin for people who can afford the high admission fee, is also invited to attend our event and make good on his claims to want to hear the concerns of all Americans. Whether he shows up or not, everyone's invited to come on stage to talk about how well they feel our current election process is serving them, and offer ideas for improving the system.

This event is a project of the Occupy Seattle Get Money Out of Politics workgroup, which is also building local support for the nationwide campaign to overturn the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and to re-establish limits on campaign contributions. If you'd like to learn more about us, you can stop by one of our regular meetings, Sundays at 3 PM on the second level (south side by escalators) of the Washington State Convention Center.

Barack Obama is having lunch with supporters on Friday, February 17th in Bellevue. The fact that in order to win a Presidential election, candidates (including a president who should be working on other things) must spend their time collecting election money that demands influence, - and that does not listen to those who do not have money and influence, - showcases how poorly our political system serves its citizens, and how well it serves the rich and influential.

Because of this, we will be staging a picnic for the 99% nearby at the same time. President Obama will be sent an invitation. This will be a lunch for regular folks to talk about how the they aren't being served by the current election process, and offer ideas for improving things. Canned food donations are requested and will be given to the port truckers, who are fighting for their collective bargaining rights to combat appalling work conditions.

President Obama won't be able to collect large donations from each attendee, but
he will get a valuable lesson in what is wrong with our political system.

Also - invite your friends! If you require transportation to Bellevue, please message Chris Natale, the event moderator. Members of the 99% have volunteered to give car rides from various spots around town.

We appreciate all attendees respecting that this is a non-violent event.


The following are items that we appreciate guests bring one or more of:

-Canned food, which will be donated to striking port truckers. More information: http://www.policyshop.net/home/2012/2/10/strike-at-the-seattle-port-truckers-buck-an-unfair-system.html
-Food and soda (specifically bologna sandwiches)
-Picnic blankets
-A sign, related to a desire for all of the 99% to have a fair voice in our election process.

Occupy The Government!
(because they already are - $1000 a plate and up, and it's sold out!
Sold out. Sold out. at $1000 a plate... c'mon down, and eat across the street for free!).

(If you would like off this list - just let me know,
Kenn Dzaman)

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Tue Feb 28, 2012, 06:13 AM

10. Get money out of politics--3/17 in Tacoma

Move to Amend Olympia, Occupy Tacoma, Involved Democracy,
League of Women Voters, Washington Public Campaigns
& Sustainable Tacoma-Pierce


“Get Money Out of Politics”
Citizens to Occupy Streets of Tacoma
In Support of Constitutional Amendment

Date: March 17, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Tollefson Plaza (corner of 17th & Pacific Ave’s, across from
Tacoma Art Museum), Tacoma, WA98402

Event Contact:
Molly Gibbs
mollygibbs3 {at} gmail.com

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Sun Mar 11, 2012, 11:15 PM

11. Occupy Orcas Island to oppose home foreclosures 3/15

You're invited to a special rally to end home foreclosures in our community!

When: This Thursday, March 15
11:30am - 1:00 pm

Where: Eastsound Waterfront Park, as part of our weekly Occupy Orcas Island event

We'll videotape the rally and post it on youtube, so come with signs and your voices!

My feeling is that we need to stand up for those in our community that have fallen into the abyss of an economy wrecked in large part by the very banks that got bailed out with our tax dollars. Here is a great chance to do that!

Following below is the content of an email from MoveOn with more information.

Please join us, and spread the word!

* * *

President Obama could help twelve million homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage.
But the president needs to hear directly from us.

Here's the story: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hold 60% of mortgages—but the agency that oversees them is run by Ed DeMarco who refuses to allow underwater homeowners to adjust their mortgages to reflect the true value of theirhome.

Homeowners are struggling to make ends meet. And helping them not only means saving their homes, it will also stabilize the market and help get the economy back on track for everyone.

President Obama has the power to replace DeMarco and make sure Fannie and Freddie provide relief to the millions of Americans struggling with mortgage debt.

That's why on Thursday, March 15—the same day the Senate banking committee meets in D.C. to discuss the fate ofhomeowners—we're organizing big rallies at Obama for America campaign offices [and town squares] around the country.

We'll tell the president: "We're sinking in underwater mortgages—throw the 99% a lifeline to keep us in our homes." In communities without OFA offices, we'll rally in front of Wall Street bank branches, homes threatened by foreclosure, [and town squares] to let the public andthe media know that the 99% is standing up to save our homes.

Will you take part in your local "Save Our Homes" rally on Thursday, March 15?

In late January, MoveOn members organized events at OFA offices calling on President Obama to order a real investigation into Wall Street banks. Just days later, the president did just that! We know that when Obama voters and volunteers get together, the president listens.

Now, we need him to step up to help struggling homeowners. We'll support him in taking bold steps—from demanding that Fannie and Freddie readjust mortgages, to replacing anyone who continues holding back the housing recovery.


1. "Co-Chairs Grijalva, Ellison Call for Justice for Underwater Mortgage Holders," Congressional Progressive Caucus,February 29, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271863&id=36461-7862500-hA%3DJ9Ux&t=4

2. "Edward DeMarco: The Ideologue Who's Holding Homeowners—and the Economy—Hostage," The HuffingtonPost, February 14, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271260&id=&t=4&id=36461-7862500-hA%3DJ9Ux&t=5

3. "People Power vs Banker Power: Score One for the People," Nation of Change, January 25, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271862&id=36461-7862500-hA%3DJ9Ux&t=6

-- Sharon Abreu
POB 969, Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-5773

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Sat Apr 21, 2012, 09:07 PM

12. Occupy Microsoft in Bellevue 4/26


ONE HUNDRED and TWELVE OF US did it last November when we Occupied Sammamish at 128th.

Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home, retire with dignity and give their kids a better life. Everyone of us has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is our contract with one another. It can be fulfilled-but only if we work together. Too many at the top are grabbing the gains. The super-rich who got tax breaks should now pay full fare and help create jobs here, not overseas. Together we must rebuild our country; reinvest in our people and jump-start the industries of the future. (from MoveOn American Dream)


The Sammamish/Issaquah MoveOn.Org House Group invites citizens of the Eastside to JOIN US Thursday, April 26 from 3:30 to 5:00 at the corner of 148th Ave. and NE 40 St. in Bellevue. Our signs will show the ten most critical steps to get our economy back on track and restore the American Dream.... Invest in Infrastructure, Create Energy Jobs, Invest in Education, Medicare for All, Make Work Pay, Secure Social Security, Fairer Tax Rates, End War-Invest at Home, Tax Wall Street, and Strengthen Democracy. Bring YOUR signs to help us capture the attention of the traffic leaving the Microsoft campus at this time. Sign ideas: support for Planned Parenthood, Women's Health, Marriage Equality, Get out and vote for This American Dream, Immigration policies……

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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:13 PM

13. Declare your community an eviction free zone.


Join us for our Eviction Free Zone Training in Tacoma, WA April 28 & 29, 2012.
Location: First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, 621 Tacoma Avenue

This is an incredible opportunity for us West Coast activists to learn from the best. The City Life/Vida Urbana organizers have saved over 100 families from eviction, often selling the home back to the residents at less than half the cost of the mortgage they had owed the banks. Our Fall podcast Bail Out America - Occupy Our Homes featured the amazing work of this organization and now we have brought them to our home turf to share their organizing strategy.

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