It's been a while since I have posted on OlyBlog any videos from the peace vigil... Here's one recent video, the vigil/celebration/protest is still happening, every Friday, from 4:30pm to 6, at Percival Landing. And you're invited! If you don't like the signs, bring your own. Be the peace! Be there! And thanks to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra for the music!
Rally immediately at the Capitol, Legislative Building, to protest the Senate Budget, passed late last night. The budget cuts human and environmental services, favors corporate power, and is a massive privatization effort.
Rally immediately. Please call people you know, and ask them to call people they know, and then head to the Capitol.
Legislators are on campus in party caucus.
Let them know that the 99% cannot afford a budget that supports corporate power—with cuts to human and environmental services!
There will also be opportunity to discuss this topic and plan more rallying activities at General Assembly tomorrow, Sunday, 1pm at Sylvester Park.
These are also available on the OO website: occupyolympia.org/early-video-from-protest-this-morning-at-the-port-of-olympia
As class conflict increases around the globe, here in Cascadia the striking Longveiw, Washington port workers and their supporters are planning an occupation of EGT’s grain terminal.
In addition to bussing and flying to Longview, all of the West Coast longshoremen will shut down the ports for the entire coast in solidarity. The #occupation is planned for when the next ship arrives, so follow the twitter. When that ship sails in we will have to move quickly, strategically, purposely and with an unrelenting fury.
This occupation of the EGT grain terminal is influenced partially by direct anarchist input and influence on the social and cultural terrain, as well as by the burgeoning #occupymovement happening around North America. But in comparison to the other occupy sites springing up around the country; this is an occupation of an entirely different sort. #Occupying a port to stop the flow of capital into a multinational grain terminal to cause the corporation direct economic damage, whilst simultaneously shutting down the flow of commerce through the ports on the entire west coast of the USA in solidarity with a growing anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian movement rooted in local non-hierarchical open assemblies, such is happening in Longview and the US right now. Don’t let it pass you by.
I posted versions of this on Facebook and another blog, Peace is Possible. This is a work in progress, and is in definite need of editing for syntax and brevity / clarity / charisma:
UPDATE: Summary of defendants' pre-sentencing statements now available here.
Tomorrow is trial. I and five others are accused by the Navy of trespassing at Bangor Naval Nuclear Weapons base. We follow in the wake of the Plowshares Five http://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com/. The following article is also published in the June issue of Works In Progress.
I posted a report about yesterday's protest at Ground Zero, http://peacepotential.blogspot.com/2011/05/military-submarines-are-offensive.html —As an aside, I am currently being prosecuted by the Navy and DOJ on federal trespassing charges. I am accused of trespassing on federal property this past January, during the GZ MLK Jr. vigil and traditional civil disobedience activities...
p.s. next court date is June 1st
Rally and protest at Bank of America today, tax-day: among other questions people were asking why Bank of America, despite raking in massive profits, does not pay taxes!