There were few signs of change at the Occupy Seattle camp Monday morning on Seattle Central’s campus following last week’s vote by community college trustees to invoke an emergency rule banning the camp from school property.
A lawyer representing Occupy Seattle filed a lawsuit to block the emergency rule on grounds the camping ban violates First Amendment-protected speech.
A Thurston County Superior Court hearing on the suit is scheduled for this Friday afternoon.
Occupy reps have said state and school officials told the group no action will be taken against the banned camp unti the results of Friday’s hearing are known.
SCCC president Dr. Paul Killpatrick told CHS he expects to work with campers for a peaceful eviction in coming weeks, not months.
In the meantime, some of the SCCC campers have traveled to Olympia this week for Occupy the Capitol efforts during the week’s special legislative session. Others affiliated with Occupy Seattle continue their takeover of an empty home at 23rd and Alder in the Central District. At Occupy’s Sunday night general assembly, the group voted to take part in this week’s planned West Coast port protests.
Monday morning, dozens of tents were still in place and campers were setting about tidying up and getting about their morning business as a TV news van set up on Broadway nearby. One barefoot man slept under a blanket in front of the row of chemical toilets. Another man moved a load of trash from an overflowing campus garbage can to a less-overflowing can.