March/Protest against the sand tar pipeline Seattle, WA. started in West Lake & ended in Capital Hill. It was in conjunction with the Washington D.C protest on 11/06/11; urging president Obama to Veto the projected pipeline.
SEATTLE WESTLAKE PROTEST INFORMATION REQUEST - PLEASE HELP
My brother was one of the individuals arrested at the black friday protest, possibly one of the last two but I’m not sure. I’ve seen a video of him being dragged away, but not of the events that led up to the arrest. He was the white man with brown hair having obvious troubles with breathing while being cuffed.
If anyone has any information regarding the arrests or was there and could tell me what happened, I would greatly, enormously, sincerely appreciate it. Please. I’m confused and scared and would just like to know exactly what happened.
REVERSE the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling!! Protests happened in Seattle, San Francisco, and LA, and Jefferson City, MO.
Stop Patriarchy and WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) co-sponsored the Seattle protest, and 15-20 people gathered at Westlake park in downtown Seattle protesting the recent Supreme Court ruling. From the Facebook event page…
“Hobby Lobby is a chain of about 500 stores run by the Green family in Oklahoma, Christian fundamentalists that refuse to offer birth control in their healthcare plan. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 IN FAVOR of Hobby Lobby, taking the stand that companies have no obligation to offer birth control coverage to their employees. Just last Thursday the Supreme Court ruled UNANIMOUSLY that certain buffer zone laws that are meant to keep hateful fanatics at a distance from abortion clinics violate the freedom of speech of said fanatics. So the buffer zones in Massachusetts are rendered invalid, and similar laws meant to protect women and clinics across the country are imperiled. Two Supreme Court rulings in favor of fundamentalists’ "freedoms” and against women’s humanity.“
From SF protest: There was overall shock and outrage, as well as an understanding that this is an emergency, and that the Hobby Lobby ruling came down in a context of a much larger assault on reproductive freedom. We marched up and around Union Square, and WORD led chants like "They say GET BACK, we say FIGHT BACK” and “The church and state don’t ovulate” Stop Patriarchy periodically explained why we were protesting and calling on others to join in, and leading chants of “Break the chains!” and “Abortion on demand & without apology!” and “Women aren’t breeders, women aren’t slaves!’ and "Fetuses are NOT babies!”
Seattle Mall Cop Arrested and Maced a bypassing Black Man during a Israel protest that he wasn’t involved in.
From the description:
Mall Cop Ignores White Guy Screaming Racial Slurs; Maces African American Bystander Instead Innocent bystander pepper sprayed and arrested by Westlake security during protest in Seattle Westlake Mall Cop Ignores Agitator, Maces African American Bystander at Israel Protest Westlake security pepper spray & arrest innocent bystander after he’s harassed by pro Israel supporter during protest Mall cop gets a call for a white man with his shirt off harassing and assaulting random people and protesters on the street. Cop finds him and squaring off with a passerby that he had shoved a moment prior (black man). Cop maces and arrests black man.
Everyone that witnessed the event is yelling “dude you are arresting the wrong guy”. Cop ignores them. White man walks off.
Ashamed that this happened in my city…
Demonstrators protest the violence in Gaza during a pro Palestine rally in Seattle. As protestors lined the sidewalks in Westlake Park, a pro Israel supporter walks by, harassing the demonstrators, yelling in peoples faces, screaming obscenities, and racial slurs. After crossing the street and harassing another group of demonstrators, the man tore off his shirt and began walking towards the group with fists clenched. As someone who wasn’t a part of the demonstration walked by, the pro Israel supporter turned and said something as he passed. The man then turned around as if he was going to swing, but thought better of it. The pro Israel supporter squared off with him, but a Westlake security guard who was watching the interaction pulled out his pepper spray, and sprayed the innocent passerby, grabbed him by the arm and tried to wrestle him to the ground.
Here’s what’s happening, according to witnesses: A man employed by the private company Valor Security, which guards Westlake Center, is unloading a can of mace in the face of 25-year-old Raymond Wilford, who says he was on his way inside the mall to meet a friend. You can see Garland’s full photo set of the incident here. What did Wilford do to deserve being pepper-sprayed in the face? The mall’s security director says the incident is under investigation and the company has no comment. Nor would he tell me the guard’s name.
According to a Seattle police report, the mall cop told officers that when Wilford “took an aggressive step towards him he deployed his pepper spray.” Westlake Mall Cop Ignores Agitator, Maces African-American Bystander at Israel Protest…..
while the video processes on youtube, here’s some photos i took from the westlake protest in seattle. i hear media is saying there were only a couple hundred people in seattle, but there was well over a thousand people. we went from westlake park to university of washington, approximately 4.5 miles