Seattle, Washington: Lummi Tribe leads anti-coal protest at Seattle port

IdleNoMore protests coal trains

by , The Seattle Globalist,  March 22, 2013

In Canada, the birthplace of the “Idle No More” movement, six members of the Cree tribe are nearing the end of a 1000 mile trek to the nation’s capital to protest the enduring poverty of indigenous Canadians.

For marchers closer to home, the protest route on Thursday was barely four miles long. But the cause was no less urgent. About 300 of them walked drummed, chanted, and sang from downtown to the Port of Seattle. “It’s like a more profound, righteous version of Occupy,” one of the protesters remarked.

Members of the Luumi tribe, who led the march, say their ancestral burial ground at Cherry Point, near the Canadian border, is threatened by SSA Marine’s plans to build a coal shipping terminal to China on the land. The march ended at SSA Marine’s office.

Brit Reed, a 24-year-old Evergreen College student who hails from the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, listed off the reasons she came to protest: the coal will expose the surrounding community to health risks, including asthma; the environment will become more toxic for fish and wildlife; burning coal causes global warming. “And it’s just really disrespectful, digging up someone’s sacred site,” she said. Continue reading

Committee to Stop FBI Repression condemns Seattle SWAT raid

Statement by Committee to Stop FBI Repression | July 11, 2012

source: Fight Back News Service

We have received reports, that this morning, July 10 2012 , the Seattle Police Department raided an apartment – targeting well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective. A statement from the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network), notes “This apartment has been a hub for organizing the Everything 4 Everyone festival in August – to bring together West Coast forces for a cultural and political event building on the year of Occupy.”

In the United States today the forces of repression and reaction, ranging from the FBI to local police forces are trying to intimidate those who are standing up for peace, justice, equality and liberation. The examples are many, including the repression directed at Arabs and Muslims, the coordinated attacks on the occupy movement, and FBI raids on anti war and international solidarity activists.

We condemn this act of political repression and send our solidarity to all those who were targeted in this raid.

December 12: Occupy Protesters Target Ports – a Special Report

Protests targeting West Coast ports on Monday stopped work shifts and shipments for hours with major disruptions at the ports of Long Beach and Oakland.

Hundreds of people gathered at ports in the early morning hours from San Diego all the way up to Vancouver, Canada. Protesters targeted in particular, terminals owned by a company named SSA Marine because it is co-owned by the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, and grain exporter EGT for anti-union activity.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, thousands of whose workers are employed by SSA Marine, did not sanction the action but respected the Occupiers’ picket lines. While some workers complained to press about a day’s worth of lost wages, an open letter by four port truckers decrying their working conditions, and in support of the spirit of the port shutdown, has received broad attention. In it, they say “we believe in the power and potential behind a truly united 99%. We admire the strength and perseverance of the longshoremen. We are fighting like mad to overcome our exploitation, so please, stick by us long after December 12.”

Protestors significantly disrupted business at the Longview, Washington port, where companies sent workers home citing health and safety concerns. In Seattle, Washington hundreds of protestors shut down at least one port terminal and police turned out with flash bang percussion grenades to disperse the demonstrators. Here in Southern California, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles saw hundreds of Occupy activists gather near Harry Bridges park and block shift changes for several hours. Police then pushed protesters out of the area, and arrested a small number of people. The longest port occupation appears to be Oakland’s, where protestors disrupted traffic into the port until 4am December 13.

Uprising correspondent Lydia Breen was at the Occupy the Ports action at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles yesterday and filed this special report.

Lydia Breen is with The Trailer Trash Project online at

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Seattle police arrest protesters in offshoot of Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, October 6, 2011

By Christine Clarridge and Jennifer Sullivan | McClatchy-Tribune News Service

SEATTLE — Seattle police swept through Westlake Park on Wednesday, making 25 arrests as they clashed with protesters and hauled away tents set up by the Occupy Seattle movement.

The hours-long showdown-in one of downtown’s most popular gathering spots-began just after lunchtime, as some demonstrators refused a city order to remove the tents.

The Occupy Seattle protest, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City and elsewhere, had gone on since late last month at the downtown federal building and Westlake without much notice. But as the Westlake crowd grew and tents multiplied over the weekend, city officials decided this week to enforce rules against camping in parks.

On Wednesday afternoon, police and park rangers moved in.

Christopher Williams, acting parks superintendent, said demonstrators could stay in the park, but only during park hours of 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. He also said tents are not allowed. Continue reading