Expect it to be quiet on Broadway this weekend. An Occupy Seattle splinter group is planning a silent march against the power of money in the political process slated to start in Cal Anderson Saturday morning and wind its way, vigil by vigil, up Broadway. #MicCheckWallSt, the group behind the protest, says it intends to get its message across quietly — without busting windows or tagging walls:
We are a peaceful group as stated in our Principles of Agreement and our mission statement. This means that as a group we do not engage in or support verbal, physical violence, or property destruction. Everyone participating is expected to respect and embody both those principles and mission in their ideas, actions, and the treatment of others in order to be considered a member of #MicCheckWallSt. If you can’t conform or adhere to those ideas we urge you to start your own group or organization.
Details on Saturday’s Capitol Hill Money Shouldn’t Talk march are below:
This is a silent flash march along Broadway, in and around Capitol Hill. During while we will be encouraging people to silently enter actual stores and well as meeting up at designated times in front of Bank of America, Chase, and U.S. Bank on the sidewalk to hold short silent vigils.
We’ll be meeting up at Cal Anderson Park by the water fountain at 10:30am before heading out to walk around Broadway.
Even if you can’t make it, please share the heck out of this *and* add your friends to the invite!!
What’s this about?
“Right now, with every dollar we spend, we give corporations more and more influence over our politics. Over our healthcare, our government, our society, and our future. With every dollar we give them more and more influence over our daily lives.
We think this is wrong. Money isn’t speech. And it definitely shouldn’t be a corporate megaphone with which to corrupt our system of government, bribe our politicians, and buy special treatment.
Buying their goods shouldn’t mean selling ourselves. We feel it’s time people started drawing direct attention to the silencing power of money as speech. As consumers, as voters, as citizens, as a society, as people, and as human beings, we can all agree, money shouldn’t talk.
Together let us reclaim our voices with silence.”
We will have small printed versions of the above statement contained in this invite for you to hand out if someone wishes to engage you in positive dialog about this action or wants a more information about the action and you do not wish to break your silence. We will also have small cheat-sheets available with a map and the times for the silent vigils in front of the banks.
In keeping with the message of the dollars tapped over our mouths, “silent” means remaining quiet. No chanting, singing, or drums, etc. As well talking amongst ourselves should be kept to a minimum. We make our point by engaging in eye contact with as many of the people that pass by as possible and holding it just a little bit too long.
We want to draw as much visual attention to the dollars and the messages you’ve written on them as possible. Corporate logos, wording, occupy gear, etc. will detract from this. So if you can, please try to wear plain clothing without any words, symbols, logos, or stickers. For that reason also, please do not bring signs to hold or flags to wave.
In between the silent vigils in front of the banks you are encouraged to make your way around Capitol Hill, up and down Broadway by yourself, with a couple friends, or in a larger group.
• 10:30am – Meet in Cal Anderson Park by the water fountain and get ready.
– There will be a brief orientation
– Printed versions of the statement will be available if you wish to hand them out
– Please bring a dollar bill with you if you can (we’ll have some extra)
– We’ll have some tape & spirit gum on hand.
– If you can bring some tape with you to share, even better.
– We’ll have markers on hand if you wish to write a message on your dollar.
• 11:00am – Walk around Broadway and or enter shops.
• 11:30am to 12:00pm – Silent vigil in front of Bank of America (614 Broadway East)
• 12:00pm – Walk around Broadway and or enter shops.
• 12:30pm to 1:00pm – Silent vigil in front of Chase Bank (301 Broadway East)
• 1:00pm – Walk around Broadway and or enter shops.
• 1:30pm to 2:00pm – Silent vigil in front of U.S. Bank (135 Broadway East)
• 2:00pm – March concludes.
See you there!!!
The Capitol Hill Times talked to people involved with Occupy Seattle spin-offs here.
On Valentine’s Day, the group orchestrated a money drop in the middle of downtown Seattle: