The current plan is for Occupy Seattle to move its camp to Seattle Central on Saturday night. A major protest’s base camp is moving to Capitol Hill bringing participants, press and police. Halloween festivities are planned. School officials met with Occupy representatives Thursday but Capitol Hill resident and occupier Phil Mocek said there wasn’t “much to report” from the meeting. “I think we made the school more comfortable.”
Occupiers have also reached out to organizers from the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance to assure them that the protest camp won’t interfere with the weekly Sunday market held on SCCC’s campus from 11a-3p at Pine and Broadway. Below is a note we received from Matt about the outreach and the letter he sent to the market group.
Maybe this whole camping on Broadway thing will work out just fine.
My name is Matt, and I’m a member of Occupy Seattle. I’ve seen a lot of press about possible conflicts between Occupy Seattle and the Broadway Farmers market. I would like to assure the Capitol Hill Community that there will be no conflicts.
After speaking with fellow occupiers, I sent the letter below to the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Association yesterday and received a friendly response which I shared with the General Assembly of Occupy Seattle last night. The Farmers Market folks made it clear they will be on the plaza at Seattle Central and do not need the grassy area where we will be camping. As we discussed in our General Assembly last night, we can easily make sure that we have no tents or equipment in the Market area. We are excited to be sharing the campus with the market, and will make the necessary accommodations. We have made it clear we will keep parking spaces open, and will make sure trash barrels are not filled up. We have also offered to help unload the farmers’ trucks if they want.
Some occupiers are planning on purchasing vegetables from the Market to make a “stone soup” which will be shared communally.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could please publish this email as well as the letter below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Thanks
peace and solidarity,
Dear Neighborhood Farmers Market Association,
We are writing as members of Occupy Seattle, concerning our decision to set up an occupation site at Seattle Central Community College on Saturday evening. We are aware of the Broadway Farmers Market on Sunday, and we have no intentions of disrupting this important community event. Our goal is to build a base of operations at SCCC in which we can organize ourselves to challenge the policies of the richest 1%, including policies that negatively affect small farmers. We appreciate your efforts to provide locally grown, sustainable food to consumers in our communities.
We would like to dialogue with you about how we can be good neighbors and how we can effectively share the space in a way that benefits participants in both of our events. If possible, we would like to know exactly where the Farmers’ Market will be located and when it starts so that we can share the campus space in a way that does not displace you. We will also be sure to keep our occupation site clean and safe so that we will not detract from your business. If you have any other concerns or questions please contact as soon as possible so we can try to incorporate your concerns into our planning processes.
Please note we do not represent the entire movement but we do wish to open up dialogue, and if this dialogue requires any decisions on our part we will bring those to our General Assembly and will encourage our peers to vote on them.
Members of Occupy Seattle