1. Press Release: Free Music and Politics Festival To Take Place in Seattle August 11-12

    chisparoja:

    We received this from the Everything for Everyone Festival Coordinating Committee.  They ask that others repost and spread this press release.

    Contact: Natalio Perez (347) 541-7305 e4e.fest@gmail.com  www.everythingforeveryone.org @e4efestival

    Seattle, WA - Seattle organizers announce a free, two-day, political and cultural festival called Everything for Everyone meant to connect people from around the country interested in taking the spirit of Occupy to a new level, aimed at changing everything.

    Everything for Everyone will be fertile ground for developing a new political and cultural ecosystem where radical ideas, analysis and strategy are shared, debated, challenged, and advanced.

    It begins outdoors on Saturday August 11th in Jefferson Park’s Northwest corner on Beacon Hill with a program running from 11am to 7pm, featuring guests from around the country. People will be participating in debates, workshops, panels, live music, and the arts.

    On Sunday, August 12th, a plenary discussion will take place at the First Baptist Church on Capitol Hill from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  At 9:00 pm, the Festival comes to a close with a live concert and dance party at the nearby Highline Bar.

    Organizer Carol Isaac says, ”Occupy’s explosion in the streets exposed the smoldering discontent of millions here and all around the globe.  From shutting down banks and the West Coast Ports to directly meeting the daily needs of the suffering, a new force has awakened to challenge the fundamentals of this system.  We aim to provide a national meeting toward that end.”

    Endorsers of #e4e include the General Assemblies of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Seattle and Occupy Portland, as well as local and national organizations such as the Black Orchid Collective, the Red Spark Collective, Advance the Struggle and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.  A few of the performers over the two days will be: The Super 8, Suntonio Bandanaz, DJ Eazeman, JulieC and River Grimm.

    A variety of panels, workshops and debates will focus on issues ranging from student and worker organizing, foreclosure defense, revolutionary strategy, and capitalism’s threats to our environment.  Other activities will include a film screening, a self-defense class and arts and theatre workshops.

    A full schedule of events and more information can be found at www.everythingforeveryone.org.

     

  2. chisparoja:

    Early Tuesday morning, the Seattle Police Department raided the home of our friends, community members, and key organizers in Decolonize/Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective. They were faced with assault rifles to their heads, flash bang grenades and an armed SWAT team.

    The Seattle…

     
  3. We have our posters! Everything for Everyone Festival in Seattle, August 11th and 12th.

     
  4. chisparoja:

    If you’re in the Seattle area, come through tonight!

     
  5. chisparoja:

    Phil of the Red Spark Collective talks to Alyona Minkovski of RT about the recent SWAT raid on the home of Occupy Seattle organizers and members of Red Spark.

    My collective. My house. We woke up to the sound of flash grenades on Tuesday morning at about 6AM, all so they could enter an apartment with assault rifles pointed and seize two flyers, a notebook, and a handful of articles of clothing.

    REBLOG (and follow this tumblr, it’s our new Red Spark website)

     
     

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  7. an-occupied-blog:

    So angry today…. SPD using a SWAT team with battering ram and flash bangs raided the home of some of my friends looking for “anarchist materials” and “clothing”. So many things wrong with this….

    First off, since when is reading material illegal? Or for that matter black clothing? They gonna start hassling everyone in Seattle with a black hoodie?

    Second, the people who were raided are not anarchists, Red Spark Collective is a communist group. Hey SPD, might want to learn a little about political ideologies before you start labeling people. Of course, anarchists are always used as a boogie man….

    Third, their excuse for this is related to the vandalism on May 1st. Since when is breaking a window cause for a no-knock, early morning raid with flash bangs and automatic weapons? We all know that these kinds of raids frequently go wrong and people, often completely innocent people, get shot and killed. Is vandalism worth risking the lives of innocent people? Is it worth the expense and man power when SPD is cutting back services due to budget constraints?

    When will they come for you due to your beliefs and thoughts?

    Fuck the SPD!

    (Source: radical-leftism)

     

  8. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

    The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

    After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

    When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone.

    This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).

    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.

    The E4E site will update this with more as we receive it, including hopefully statement from those involved. The raid is a heavy-handed threat delivered by armed police aimed at intimidating specific people – but also st suppressing the work to continue the Occupy movement in Seattle, and create E4E as a space for radical gathering.

    Contact: Liam Wright, Red Spark Collective, redsparkcollective@gmail.com

    selucha = Natalio Perez, by the way. This shit was fucked.

     

  9. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY.

    Kasama received this shortly after the police ended their ransacking of the Seattle apartment. We will cover events and statements as they emerge.

    Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted automatic weapons.

    The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”

    After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.

    When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone.

    This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective (part of the national Kasama network).

    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.

    The E4E site will update this with more as we receive it, including hopefully statement from those involved. The raid is a heavy-handed threat delivered by armed police aimed at intimidating specific people – but also st suppressing the work to continue the Occupy movement in Seattle, and create E4E as a space for radical gathering.

    Contact: Liam Wright, Red Spark Collective, redsparkcollective@gmail.com

     

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  11. Vandalism =/= Violence

    this. is. not. that. complicated.

     
  12. May 1st, the people’s holiday. A day to fight. A day to dream. Wherever you are, celebrate the fuck out of #m1gs. Be the crisis. Be the rebellion. Pueblo a la calle! Luchamos hasta vencer!

     

  13. selucha:

    Hey everyone,

    Also please reblog this and share it among radical and revolutionary minded folks. I would really appreciate it! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality. Please consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days. Thank you in advance for your support! If I can get half of my followers to contribute just $5, that alone will account for a full 10% of our goal. There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks!

    -Natalio

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    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide, Advance the Struggle, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Troy Davis Collective

     

  14. Hey everyone,

    I don’t make a habit of asking for things, and to be honest I’m pretty awful at it. However, I’d like to make an exception here and ask that you consider reblogging this and sharing it among radical and revolutionary minded folks; I would really appreciate it! Please also consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days, i.e. you get to keep your money if we don’t hit our goal. Thank you in advance for your support! There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality, so you can be sure I think it’s legit :-). 

    -Natalio

    ———————————————————

    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide

    (Source: selucha)

     

  15. Hey everyone,

    Also please reblog this and share it among radical and revolutionary minded folks. I would really appreciate it! If we are successful, this festival could be a catalyzing event for the development of a new radical and revolutionary mainstream on the west coast and in the United States more generally. Below you can read the statement on our Kickstarter account, and you can view our website here. I relocated 3 weeks ago from New York to Seattle to help organize this festival and make it a reality. Please consider making a pledge to help us reach our goal; even $5 or $10 makes a huge difference, and your pledge only becomes a donation if we raise $11,000 within 30 days. Thank you in advance for your support! If I can get half of my followers to contribute just $5, that alone will account for a full 10% of our goal. There are also some really awesome incentives for donating, including t-shirts, posters, and photobooks!

    -Natalio

    ———————————————————

    The Everything for Everyone Festival is a free, two-day music, art, and politics festival scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington on August 11th and 12th.

    In 2011, the rule of the 1% began to be challenged in brand new ways. A wave of discontent with the old older of things began in Egypt and Tunisia in the Spring. This wave gained strength and momentum into the Fall with the Occupy movement. Now in 2012, there is a desire coming from everywhere on the planet to continue that spirit of resistance of 2011, and to develop it in new and meaningful ways. This desire for change is not manifesting itself in the traditional forms of opposition to the current system, nor is that desire seeking just to “fix” the old oppressive order to make it seem “fairer” to the relative few on the planet.  

    The desire is for a new form of popular struggle, and a new content of the way we relate to each other as people and to our planet - our common home. This desire is not for merely balancing the budgets or repairing the social safety nets in just a few countries, but rather making everything for everyone all over the planet. We would like to invite those all over the world with this desire to come together in a celebration of the world we seek to bring into being, and to exchange our ideas about how make that happen.

    The Everything For Everyone Festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. The festival intends to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization between different ideas, for a mutual flourishing of those engaged in different aspects of a common struggle and those who have yet to participate. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living.

    The Occupy movement has opened eyes and created new possibilities. This festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society, and to provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in its diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants.

    To make this happen, we need your help. $11,000 is needed just to cover some of our initial costs, including permits, PA equipment, and travel costs for speakers and performers. As you consider whether or not to back this project, remember that your pledge is not merely to fund a festival; it will directly contribute to creating a new culture, forging new relationships among people, and building a new world in which everything truly is for everyone.

    Your companions on the road to freedom,

    The Everything for Everyone Coordinating Committee

    Initial endorsers: Occupy Seattle, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland, Sanhati, Kali Akuno-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Black Orchid Collective, Student Anarchist Study Group, Red Spark (Kasama Project), Rising Tide