Occupy Washington

occupywablog:

Come On Down by Brit Reed (aka Quiet Rumors

 

In every struggle art and music can be an important for inspiring others. In this struggle, a new song has been written by Brit Reed/Quiet Rumors. The song tilted “Come On Down” was inspired by her time with others occupying the Washington State Capital on Thursday April 7, 2011. The continuing calls for people to come down to the capital to join in the struggle against budget cuts to the most disenfranchised segments of our society was also a great influence to her song.

Today as California and Hawaii move to occupy their capitals, she dedicates this song to everyone who has had the courage to come down to their capitals (in WI, WA, CA, HI) or any other place to occupy on behalf of The People (with a capital P). 

April 7, 2011 Budget Cuts Rally by Sabra Chadiwalla 

Today, April 15, 2011 we will be continuing our opposition to the budget cuts which will, if passed, leave many people in Washington more desperate and hurting than at any other time in the past thirty years. 
Too often in our society we are told that we ought to look out for only ourselves. Our sense of real community has been broken down with that constant mantra, and the false representations of community which corporations continually throw at us. Enough is enough! It is time that we stand together in unity and solidarity. “An injury to one in an injury to all.” Our personal well being is tied to the collective well being of our communities. In order to win this fight we must stand together, link our arms and our wills to create a chain so strong that no one will be able to break it.
Too long we have allowed this class war to continue with the rich in constant offensive position, taking and taking what they want, while there has been very little defense from the working classes.  G. K. Chesterton said, “Among the rich you will be hard pressed to find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money, you must be dull enough to want it.” We must remember that there will be few if any from the upper classes who do not have a stake in the budget cuts. This is why we are seeing the cuts come to those of us in the more vulnerable sects of society, while the things that meets the ruling classes’ wants and needs go untouched. 
In the Seattle worker’s struggles for dignity, justice, and freedom around the turn of the century, Mr. Doodley, a Washington union activist said,”Do not ask for your rights; take them. There is something the matter with the right that is handed to you.” The time we’ve been waiting for is here! People young and old have had enough. In the past 6 years more and more occupations have sprung up. First it began with occupations of  Rochester University, then NYU, The New School, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Evergreen State College and LSU. Now we are seeing it with the occupations of state capitals, Wisconsin State Capital, Washington State Capital, and today the capitals of California and Hawaii will be occupied. We are not alone!
Mario Savio once famously said while standing on the steps of Berkley, “There is a time when the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to throw yourself upon the gears, upon the wheels, upon the leavers, upon all the apparatuses! And you’ve go to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!” And that’s what this is all about. If we believe that we live in a democracy, then we’ve got to realize that living in a healthy democratic state means people from all classes, all races, all groups of society having a constant say and a stake in what happens. This means we need to be in the streets. As it stands, simply voting every once in a while is no longer cutting it. We need to vote with our bodies in the streets of Washington and the halls of the Capital Building. Let us lift our voices so that we might be heard. Let us no longer ask for our rights, but demand them!
The time has come! the time is now! 
Come down to the state capital today at 2pm!
THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

April 7, 2011 Budget Cuts Rally by Sabra Chadiwalla 

Today, April 15, 2011 we will be continuing our opposition to the budget cuts which will, if passed, leave many people in Washington more desperate and hurting than at any other time in the past thirty years. 

Too often in our society we are told that we ought to look out for only ourselves. Our sense of real community has been broken down with that constant mantra, and the false representations of community which corporations continually throw at us. Enough is enough! It is time that we stand together in unity and solidarity. “An injury to one in an injury to all.” Our personal well being is tied to the collective well being of our communities. In order to win this fight we must stand together, link our arms and our wills to create a chain so strong that no one will be able to break it.

Too long we have allowed this class war to continue with the rich in constant offensive position, taking and taking what they want, while there has been very little defense from the working classes.  G. K. Chesterton said, “Among the rich you will be hard pressed to find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money, you must be dull enough to want it.” We must remember that there will be few if any from the upper classes who do not have a stake in the budget cuts. This is why we are seeing the cuts come to those of us in the more vulnerable sects of society, while the things that meets the ruling classes’ wants and needs go untouched. 

In the Seattle worker’s struggles for dignity, justice, and freedom around the turn of the century, Mr. Doodley, a Washington union activist said,”Do not ask for your rights; take them. There is something the matter with the right that is handed to you.” The time we’ve been waiting for is here! People young and old have had enough. In the past 6 years more and more occupations have sprung up. First it began with occupations of  Rochester University, then NYU, The New School, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Evergreen State College and LSU. Now we are seeing it with the occupations of state capitals, Wisconsin State Capital, Washington State Capital, and today the capitals of California and Hawaii will be occupied. We are not alone!

Mario Savio once famously said while standing on the steps of Berkley, “There is a time when the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to throw yourself upon the gears, upon the wheels, upon the leavers, upon all the apparatuses! And you’ve go to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!” And that’s what this is all about. If we believe that we live in a democracy, then we’ve got to realize that living in a healthy democratic state means people from all classes, all races, all groups of society having a constant say and a stake in what happens. This means we need to be in the streets. As it stands, simply voting every once in a while is no longer cutting it. We need to vote with our bodies in the streets of Washington and the halls of the Capital Building. Let us lift our voices so that we might be heard. Let us no longer ask for our rights, but demand them!

The time has come! the time is now! 

Come down to the state capital today at 2pm!

THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!

(Source: occupywamedia)

FRIDAY! April 15, 2011 COME TO THE CAPITAL!

Time: 2p-4p

Where: the capital!

We are building a presence to show the politicians we are still in opposition to the cuts and willing to be there and voice our opposition! Casual attire recommended! 

Philosophers Not Bankers!

Philosophers Not Bankers!

Locked out of the Capitol. 

Locked out of the Capitol. 

first night of occupations. 

first night of occupations. 

Thousands rally at state Capitol to protest budget cuts | KING5.com| Seattle and Washington Political News

(video report at link)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — With chants of “We are one!” and “Put people first!,” thousands of union members rallied at the state Capitol Friday, urging lawmakers to spare public programs from deep budget cuts as they seek to address a looming $5 billion deficit.

The Washington State Patrol estimated 7,000 people gathered outside the main legislative building, while labor group leaders put the figure closer to 12,000. Busloads of protesters arrived throughout the morning, most were members of public and private unions from around the state. They congregated on the Capitol steps, where they held speeches, rallied and carried signs.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, called it “The biggest demonstration I’ve seen in years.”

House lawmakers plan to vote in the next day or two on a budget proposal that would reduce state spending by $4.4 billion for the 2011-2013 budget cycle. Senate leaders will unveil their own plan next week.

Friday’s rally caps several days of boisterous demonstrations in Olympia over proposed spending cuts that labor groups say will place an unfair burden on working families. In each rally this week, activists encouraged lawmakers to target tax loopholes instead of making cuts to education, health and social services.

"I’ve been doing this for 24 years for the union. It is the worst I’ve ever seen. I’m concerned that we’re going on a race to the bottom," said Tim Welch, Washington Federation of State Employees.  "We have no intention of disrupting business. But we do have an intention of making ourselves known and getting our message across."

Unlike Thursday, Friday’s demonstration was peaceful. On Thursday some 500 protesters gathered at the Capitol. The State Patrol escorted 30 protesters out the House of Representatives after they interrupted the proceedings. Troopers arrested 17 demonstrators who were accused of trying to push their way into the governor’s office.

And the last two nights, about 20 activists slept on the marble floor in the Capitol rotunda for a sleep-in rally. Their message to lawmakers: Close big business tax loopholes and save programs for the poor and needy.

"So we are going to stay here. We are going to maintain an occupation and a presence in this building for as long as we can," said Mark Taylor-Canfield, protester. "And there are some people willing to be arrested if that’s what it takes. But we’re hoping that doesn’t have to happen."

While the sleep-in protesters left quietly Friday morning, they promised to be back, possibly for another sleep-in Friday night.

"This is an ongoing movement," said one protester.

Labor Battles Hit Washington State: Protesters Demand Legislature Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

WASHINGTON — Inspired by the uprising in Wisconsin over workers’ rights, Washington state residents have turned out at the state Capitol this week to protest deep budget cuts the legislature is considering to address a looming $5 billion deficit.

The protesters are arguing the state should close tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy individuals before cutting valuable public services. Organizers are expecting anywhere from 4,000-6,000 people on Friday and said it could end up as one of the largest protests in the state in years.

"The main message is directed at the legislature," said Tim Welch, spokesman for the Washington Federation of State Employees. "Budget cuts are going so deep and we’re cutting so deeply into the safety net that we really want them to consider closing several billion in closing tax loopholes. We just don’t think it makes sense to give big tax breaks to banks and to those who own private jets…when you’ve got potentially more slots closing up at state colleges and universities."

The anger at corporations has been reflected in protesters’ chants: “Hey hey, ho ho. Corporate greed has got to go!" and "Cut tax loopholes!" Fuse Washington, the state’s largest progressive organization, also launched "Living Greedy" site — a parody based on the popular Living Social site focusing on how the state can fix its budget problems.

One tax deduction targeted by protesters “exempts banks from paying taxes on the interest income they make from first mortgages,” according to The Olympian. It would bring in about $86.6 million in taxes in 2011 if eliminated.

"Every single proposal that has come out of the legislature has made cuts on the back of the working people, the poor people, the immigrants, the students," said Kathy Cummings, communications director for the Washington State Labor Council. "Not one single tax exemption for corporations has been touched. We had something like $6.5 billion in business tax loopholes just last year. It’s getting way out of hand. The only way we can get their attention is by banging on their doors, sleeping in the Capitol, having rally after rally."

occupywamedia:

Budget Cuts in WA State (by FrameofDesign)

Interviews with occupiers from inside the capital Thursday April 7, 2011