Thursday, December 08, 2011

You Have History: Occupied Seattle in 1970, 1978, and 1985-'93 | Slog:

"Time to stop occupying and start doing!" someone threw at me recently on Facebook.

With all due respect and even acknowledging Occupy Seattle's flaws, I call bullshit: Occupying is doing. And there's more than one way to Occupy: If you didn't like the ragtag Westlake occupation and you don't like the SCCC increasingly homeless-encampment occupation (which, hey, if you don't like it, your chief problem shouldn't be with Occupy but with homelessness), so what? These two Occupy Seattles already were different from each other, and the next incarnation has yet to be written. It looks like Occupy Seattle's days are numbered at SCCC, but I believe the tactic of physical occupation of spaces still has plenty of life in it.

It also has inspiring history in Seattle.