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Hundreds of Seattleites marched through downtown and occupied a major intersection in peaceful protest on Saturday.

PROTESTS IN SUPPORT of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York have been growing in Seattle over the last few weeks. I can hear them, and occasionally see them, from my apartment, but until yesterday I never joined in. While I applaud those who voice their opinions through civil disobedience, I (and many others, it seems) was unclear on exactly what they were protesting.

I headed to Westlake Center for Occupy Seattle‘s planned march Saturday evening. Signs and statements ranged from reasonable to comical to Communist. I didn’t agree with everything I heard and saw, but that’s not the point. The point is when this many people ranging so drastically in ages, religious beliefs, political beliefs, occupations and personalities come together because they feel something is wrong, it’s probably worth paying attention to what they have to say.

Occupy Wall Street


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Michelle Schusterman

Michelle is a musician, writer, and teacher just trying to see the world while doing what she loves for a living. She's taught ESL in Salvador, Brazil and kindergarten in Suwon, Korea, and now she's a full-time freelance writer living in Seattle (just to keep the city alliteration going). She'll try pretty much any food once and believes coffee is its own food group.

  • j manning

    RE OWS The Federal Gov’t could donate a spare piece of land for a commune.
    Be sure its in a western state, said a eastern Conservative Talk Radio star, so they’ll
    have to walk. They don’t believe in corporate made cars and planes.

  • jmanning

    They don’t state their purpose on purpose. They’re trying to get everyone who’s “frustrated” to join.
    They’re leftists connected to the Working Family Party, the New Party, SEIU, ACORN, Democratic Socialists
    of America, Tides, George Soros, Obama and the Democrats. Leftists are a minority. We outnumber them.
    The more people they have, the public will think they’re huge, respect them and go along with the crowd. 
    Listen to Conservative Talk Radio,, GBTV, etc to get the truth, the other side of things.

    OWS is like the “protest” in Israel. They think Soros & a Democrat linked to Clinton planned 3 Tel Aviv concerts
    so it looked like a lot of people hated Netanyahu & he’d be toppled from power!

    The tactic may’ve been used in the Mid East’s Arab Spring around Million Man Marches. Obama planned Farrakhan’s Million Man March in DC… The MSM here tried to make the Muslim Brotherhood sound nice. They wear suits and appear to be like their oppostition, an Obama tactic…​media…from-muslim-brotherhood

  • Hal Amen

    jmanning, you so crazy.

    sweet photos, michelle. thanks for posting them.

    • Michelle Schusterman


      Thanks Hal!

  • Capitalist

    Does the word “Losers” ring a bell?

    • Ben Gebert

      True, these kids don’t even know what they are protesting. They hang out at westlake all day, every day anyway. They are not going to leave because of a Planned protest. Now, they just have an exuse to act like fools.

  • cleanelectric

    The deniers and ctitics of the Occupy Movements around the world are still in the first stages of grief over the realization that the world must change now. The banks, The media, The world’s governments, Oil companies, gas companies, coal companies, our agricultural system …. are all committing crimes against citizens and our earth.

    The deniers and critics are in the “denial stage”. Next they will move to sadness and fear. Next they will feel anger and they will come down and join the rest of the 99% on the street who are already at the “anger” stage of grief. When we have a majority on the street we will all “as one people” move to the final stage of grief and create a solution to solve this global problem.

    It is never to late to think critically, open your mind, and do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. We all have known since we were children that we collectively have been going down the wrong road for a very long time. It is time to shed the lies of media owned by government and government owned by media, and it is time to shed the indoctrinations of mega corporations owned by governments and governments control (ownership) of and in mega corporations.

    This is not just Wall Street or Seattle, this is a nine month old untold story, a global revolution which began in Tunisia and has spread around the entire globe. For the first time in history there are mulitplr revolutions in multiple countries at the same time. We all have the same core message, “people before profits.”

    This revolution is milti-faceted. This revolution is an economic revolution, a political revolution, an industrial revolution, and a social revolution all in one global outcry. You are one of the 99% — even if you don’t know it yet.

  • Ronald Barbour

    OWS lost the Battle of Westlake Park today and have withdrawn!


    The Kooks and Commies are gone!

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