Occupy Seattle

protesting wall street
4:48 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

In a season of protests, Amazon prepares for annual meeting

In this photo from Working Washington website, protesters give Amazon a taste of what the group hopes will be a big day for them, and the company.

With the Occupy Seattle protests having morphed into a movement targeting banks and companies that protesters believe do not live up to progressive ideals, the local protest movement self-dubbed “Working Washington” says it will be at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in force.

And, with continual protests focusing on its Seattle offices, as Seattle tech blog Geekwire reports, the company is warning protesters to stay off its property.

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May Day protests
2:17 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Tensions mount in Seattle on brink of May Day protests

Posters like this one and other information has some in Seattle concerned that tomorrow's May Day protests could get out of hand.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

From Mayor Mike McGinn worrying about violence to a guy on the street wondering if the ferries will run, tensions in Seattle are mounting over May Day protests.

Groups are planning May Day marches in Seattle to protest capitalism, immigration laws and labor practices, but the most consistent rallying cry is for a “general strike.” How many people will go on “strike,” how many will show up to rally and whether there will be an outbreak of violence on the streets are unknowns.

And that uncertainty appears to be jangling some nerves in the city.

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Occupy Seattle
3:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Protesters stage mock foreclosure on Wells Fargo Bank

Protesters staged a mock foreclosure of Wells Fargo Bank as part of a tax day protest.
Paula Wissel KPLU

In a scene reminiscent of last fall’s Occupy Seattle protests, several hundred people rallied in downtown Seattle today shouting that the 1 percent needs to pay more in taxes. 

Activists marched to the Wells Fargo Bank building on 3rd Avenue and stretched large faux yellow crime scene tape around part of it. They pretended to auction off assets such as the CEO’s salary.

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protesting wall street
8:58 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Occupy Spokane to host panel for 'Occupy the Courts' day

SPOKANE, Wash. – Occupy Wall Street has officially endorsed "Move to Amend the Constitution" as a primary mission.

Spokane groups will mobilize tomorrow as part of a nationwide effort called Occupy the Courts. It’s a move to urge lawmakers to rethink the Citizens United decision, passed two years ago tomorrow. Concluding that “corporations are people," the Citizens United decision overruled precedents that blocked corporate spending on political campaigns. Now, corporations can support or oppose candidates and contribute freely.

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protesting wall street
1:09 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Seattle video: Chase's Jamie Dimon sounds off on politics, 'whiny crap'

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon takes questions at a University of Washington business school event in Seattle on Nov. 2, 2011.
From UW through records reuest

"We've been doing nothing but investing in this town."

On Nov. 2, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon came to Seattle to address business leaders at an event put on by the University of Washington’s business school. The event attracted a great deal of heat from the Occupy Seattle protesters, which we wrote about: “Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase.”

Reporters were not allowed into the event to hear what Dimon had to say, though some were allowed to interview him before hand. KPLU was not among them.

We got a copy of a video of the event through the Freedom of Information Act. Inside, you can watch several snippets of his responses to questions as well as the full video of his speech at the Business Leadership Celebration event.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase

JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Occupy Seattle protesters, shown in front of a Seattle hotel on Nov. 2, did not meet face-to-face – but the protesters would have liked that.
Illustration by Justin Steyer

What happens when the captain of the financial industry is brought to Seattle to celebrate business leadership in the middle of a populist revolt aimed directly at the wealthy and financial companies?

Pepper spray. Arrests. Speeches. And a very nervous Seattle business school, caught in the crossfire, whose gala event of the year could be wrecked. What follows is a close look at the events and decisions leading up to the Nov. 2 clash in downtown Seattle gleaned from emails and documents obtained by KPLU. 

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Protesting Wall Street
5:19 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Washington To Evict Occupy Olympia Encampment

Governor Chris Gregoire says her Occupy Olympia eviction order comes as conditions in the camp deteriorate.

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 4:24 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Occupy Olympia has until midnight Thursday night to clear out of Heritage Park on Washington's Capitol Campus. Governor Chris Gregoire Thursday issued a cease-and-desist notice. Her move comes more than a month after the state asked for the voluntary removal of tents and two months to the day after the camp was established.

"We have allowed people to express their First Amendment rights unfettered," Gregoire says. "We have been as patient as we could. And now it's time for them to go home."

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Protesting Wall Street
3:50 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Update: Arrests as Occupy protesters target Seattle port; Longview longshoremen go home

Seattle Occupy protesters confront police near the Port of Seattle's Terminal 18.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Police say "multiple" people have been arrested after dozens of protesters blocked an entrance to a Port of Seattle facility.

Police cleared a road near the entrance to Terminal 18 after about 100 Occupy Seattle protesters stopped traffic for about 20 minutes Monday afternoon. But a smaller group remained in front of the terminal, effectively keeping traffic from entering or leaving.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:04 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Deadline for Occupy to leave Seattle campus to be enforced

The scene at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Community College earlier this week. The protesters are supposed to be gone by this afternoon.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Anyone still camped out at the community college in Seattle this afternoon can be cited for trespassing and forcibly removed from the campus said Jill Wakefield, Chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges.

But she says she hopes it won’t have to come to that kind of confrontation with Occupy Seattle protesters at Seattle Central Community College. And, according to one Occupy resident, the protesters have been tearing down and cleaning up. They've even brought in a dumpster for the effort.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:25 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle appears unfazed by 72 hour notice to vacate

Occupy Seattle protesters appear unfazed by the order to be off the Seattle Central Community College campus by Friday afternoon, 72 hours after eviction notices had been posted.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Seattle Central Community College yesterday posted notice around its campus that Occupy Seattle, or anyone camping on its property, must remove tents and other property from the campus grounds or be charged with trespassing.

Roughly 24 hours later, nothing appears to have changed at the encampment ... except for protesters stringing up Christmas lights in campus trees.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:04 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Seattle college can evict Occupy protesters, judge rules

A camper at Occupy Seattle pulls on a jacket and walks among the dozens of tents there at Seattle Central Community College Nov. 15. A judge says they all have to go.
Associated Press

A Thurston County Superior Court judge says Seattle Central Community College can evict Occupy protesters who have been staying on campus.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:41 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Seattle gets reprieve from eviction, takes up squatting

An Occupy Seattle protester, who declined to be identified, enters a formerly boarded-up duplex Nov. 22 that protesters have taken over in Seattle's Central District to protest foreclosures.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Occupy Seattle can occupy the community college campus on Capitol Hill in Seattle at least until Friday, when a court hearing will decide if the college has the right to boot them off campus.

Meanwhile, some Occupy members in Seattle and along the West Coast have shifted from occupying with tents to occupying abandoned houses.

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Protesting Wall Street
10:17 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Update: Seattle PD investigating Occupy protester's claims of miscarriage

Jennifer Fox is shown in a screen grab from a YouTube video shot Nov. 15 during the protest in Seattle.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the claims of an Occupy Seattle protester that Seattle police officers are responsible for her miscarriage, according to The Seattle Times.

Occupy protester Jennifer Fox, 19, claims one officer hit her in the stomach with his foot, while another pushed a bicycle into the crowd again hitting her in the stomach, followed by an assault of pepper spray, according to an interview by The Stranger.

However, doubts about the woman's claims have begun to surface.

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Business
9:50 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Occupy Seattle plans to occupy Black Friday in Seattle

A Christmas credit card promotion on Seattle streets on black Friday in 2007. Occupy Seattle protesters say they want to join the festivities not disrupt the activities.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

If you’re a local chances are you’ll find yourself at Westlake Park on the day after Thanksgiving – given that it’s Seattle’s epicenter for everything Holiday related. There’s the Macy’s Parade, the carousel and the tree lighting ceremony.

And this year, Occupy Seattle wants to take part in the festivities. 

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

'Casually Pepper Spraying Cop' Meme Takes Off

Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
jockohomo.tumblr.com

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 6:56 am

When he walked down a line of seated Occupy protesters Friday at the University of California Davis and shot pepper spray directly at them, campus police Lt. John Pike likely never thought that video of the incident would go viral on the Web, that there would be outrage not only at the school but around the nation, or that "casually pepper spraying cop" would quickly become one of the year's top memes.

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