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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 09:52 AM
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#OccypySeattle update;
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 citys needs and Occupy Seattles need to protest against wealth inequality in our country.

My staff has been reaching out to and communicating with members of Occupy Seattle. Heres 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 everyones 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 theres 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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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 10:07 AM
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1. At national Rainbow Gatherings, at which there are generally around 10,000
people, there is a crew that cleans up the site and attempts to restore it to its original natural condition to the greatest degree possible.

Maybe offering/providing volunteer cleanup crews at every occupation site would be a good idea.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 10:07 AM
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