Occupy Seattle

Protesting Wall Street
12:24 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

For Wall Street protests, what constitutes success?

Demonstrators associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement face off with police Friday in the streets of New York City's financial district.

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 9:33 am

Wall Street protesters avoided a showdown Friday that could have forced them from their Manhattan camp, but they still face the same question that would have confronted them if they had been evicted: Where do they go from here?

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Protesting Wall Street
12:57 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Occupy Seattle protesters still say they won't abandon Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle organizers pack up some supplies in anticipation of the city removing a large tent. However, protesters say they don't plan to leave Westlake Park.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Mayor Mike McGinn has once again told Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park that they must follow the rules against camping in the park. 

Occupy Seattle protesters say they will expand to City Hall but won’t abandon Westlake.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:11 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle mayor 'patient' with 'Occupy Seattle' in park

'Occupy Seattle' protesters begin their wet and soggy day on Monday.
KPLU

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he's being patient with the Occupy Seattle protesters camping out for a second week in the downtown Westlake Park.

Occupy Seattle issued its own statement Tuesday saying it will stage a march Saturday in coordination with the Occupy Wall Street protest against corporate power.

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Protesting Wall Street
7:34 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Homeless find home at Occupy Seattle, so is it still a protest?

Protesters or homeless or both? What's happening to the Occupy Seattle gathering at Seattle's Westlake Park has some wondering, but those you ask have an answer to why they are there.
Jake Ellison KPLU

More and more homeless people are joining protesters occupying Seattle’s Westlake Park. The Occupy Wall Street movement has a special attraction for people who sleep on the streets.

When you walk through Westlake Park, in the heart of downtown Seattle’s shopping district, you notice the donated tarps and sleeping bags on hand to keep people warm. And there's a big tent where you can get a cheese sandwich or receive first aid.

If you don’t have a home, it seems like a good place to hang out. 

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Protesting Wall Street
12:20 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Occupy Seattle: Still at Westlake Park, still wet and still staying

Getting the basics at the Occupy Seattle protests in Westlake Park. Protesters say they have been allowed to put up a single bigger tent for food and some first-aid supplies.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Occupy Seattle protesters continue to weather the rain and exposure, with the aid of one structure for storing and distributing food and some first-aid care.

Monday morning, roughly 50 occupiers of Westlake Park milled about while many still slept or huddled against the rain under plastic tarps and whatever other makeshift barriers they could create to stay warm and dry.

One protestor and organizer said she intended to stay in the park indefinitely or until the "National Guard rolls in with tanks."

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Seattle Protests
11:33 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Seattle protests grow larger as Portland protesters spend night in tents

Protesters crowd Portland streets in support of Occupy Wall Street protests. Many Portland protesters spent the night in parks as Portland Police decided not to enforce no camping laws.
Greg Wahl Stevens Associated Press

Protests in Westlake Park are expected to grow in size Friday and Saturday as labor union members and Afghan war protestors join Occupy Seattle protestors.

Union representatives have visited Westlake Park and voiced their support for Occupy Seattle protesters.

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War in Afghanistan
4:50 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

More protesters heading to Westlake Park

Protesters associated with ANSWER Seattle plan to join Occupy Seattle protesters in Seattle's downtown Westlake Park.
ANSWER

Seattle’s Westlake Center continues to be a very busy place this week as the site of several protests scheduled for tomorrow.  Although the rallies are being held by separate groups, their messages are related. 

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Protesting Wall Street
1:44 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Hundreds march in LA in economic protests

LOS ANGELES — A downtown Los Angeles march in sympathy with New York's Wall Street demonstration has spilled into an intersection and police have formed containment lines.

Some organizers of the Thursday afternoon march appear to be trying to get demonstrators back onto sidewalks.

One group also has entered the lobby of a bank.

About 500 union members, students, activists and others have been marching among downtown high-rises containing offices of banks and other financial businesses.

Protesting Wall Street
9:50 am
Thu October 6, 2011

'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

A much-diminished group of protesters stuck it out Thursday, a day after 25 protesters were arrested and all their tents removed from Westlake Park.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Occupy Seattle demonstrators vow to press on, despite yesterday's arrests of 25 protesters who refused to remove their tents from a downtown Seattle park.

Early Thursday morning roughly 30 people were in their sleeping bags huddled under awnings of businesses that boarder the east side of Westlake Park. By noon there were roughly that many protesters still in the park.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:10 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally in New York's Foley Square on Wednesday.

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 1:02 am

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions have announced that they're now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Update: Police arrest at least 20 Occupy Seattle protestors

For the latest updates on this story see: 'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

Police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press. Demonstrators tussled with officers as they made a last stand, attempting to block police from removing a few tents left at the park.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:31 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy movement spreads, including to some unlikely Northwest places

It may have started in New York, but now the Occupy movement is reaching to cities around the world and even starting up in small Northwest towns.

"Spokane, Seattle, Auburn, Portland, Salem, Yakima..."

That's Jason Caryl of Pasco. And those are just a few of the places that have started up their own Occupy movements in the Northwest. Others you might not expect are: Occupy Seaside, Oregon and Occupy Idaho Falls.

The movement has been mostly organized on Facebook and Twitter. It has been criticized for being too loose, with no clear message or demands.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:05 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Mayor Mike McGinn's statement on Westlake Park protest

I support the efforts of the protestors at Westlake Park to address this country’s economic situation. In my budget speech last week, I stated:

"We are facing unprecedented inequality in this country. It is always true that bad times are harder on the poor. But we have not seen income inequality this great since 1928, the year before the Great Depression started. The top 1% control 34% of the nation's wealth. The top 10% control 2/3rds of the nation's wealth. It is an unprecedented grab by the most powerful to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie."

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Protesting Wall Street
6:36 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle organizer will 'absolutely' stay in park, defying mayor

Members of Occupy Seattle on Monday afternoon.
Jake Ellison KPLU

For continuous updates throughout Wedensday see this story.

 

One of the early organizers of the "Occupy Seattle" protest and camp still in place in downtown Seattle says he will "absolutely" stay in Westlake Park.

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told “Occupy Seattle” to take down their tents and leave the park during the night when it and other Seattle parks are normally closed to the public.

"I have a moral obligation to stay," said Pete Whipple, one of the organizers who has been staying in the park since Friday. "I don't see how I can leave now."

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