LIVESTREAM: Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant Debates Democrat Frank Chopp Tonight

Democrat Frank Chopp of the Washington House of Representatives’ 43rd legislative district has agreed to debate his opponent, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant. Sawant received over 10% in a blanket primary against Chopp, allowing her to run against him in the November election on a separate ticket, that of Socialist Alternative.

Their historic debate will be held this evening, September 25, at 7:30 PDT (10:30 EST) at the Seattle University Student Center. You can watch the event live by clicking here.

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Please consider making a donation to Vote Sawant today and help strike a blow against corporate politics in 2012.

* A maximum donation of $900 can sustain a full-time organizer for a month.

* $500 will allow us to print 250 yard signs.

* $200 will help pay for a political consultant to analyze the most likely voters.

* $30 will allow us to make a laminated full-color sign for our tables.

* $10 will help us maintain our website for a month.

Make donations at VoteSawant.org

Other Ways You Can Support our Campaign:

1) Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VoteSawant

2) Volunteer
We are running a 100% grassroots, working-class campaign. We rely on ordinary people contributing their time and energy to build our campaign. We need you to get involved! There are many things that we need help with, so you can definitely pick a task that works for you! Sign up at www.VoteSawant.org

3) Endorse
Invite the candidate and/or a campaign representative to talk with your organization about an endorsement. Please also contact us if you want to personally endorse as an individual. Include exactly how you want to be listed, for example, as “John Gallup, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 member.”

4) Get organized – Join Socialist Alternative!
We have weekly activist meetings, events, and education programs to help understand the key lessons of past movements, revolutions, and how to change society.

For more information or to get involved in the Sawant campaign and/or Socialist Alternative:
www.VoteSawant.org
www.SocialistAlternative.org
(206) 486-0099
VoteSawant@gmail.com

Red vs. Blue: Kshama Sawant to Debate Frank Chopp

Breaking News! Kshama Sawant to debate Frank Chopp. Democrat Frank Chopp of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 43rd district since 1995 and current Speaker of the House has agreed to debate his opponent, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant!

Join Socialist Alternative Club at Seattle University as Chopp and Sawant discuss their campaigns and how they plan to address the needs of the 99%!

Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30pm (PDT)
Seattle University Student Center, Room 160

Like and share this event on Facebook:

Please consider making a donation to Vote Sawant today, and help us strike a blow against corporate politics in 2012.

* A maximum donation of $900 can sustain a full-time organizer for a month.

* $500 will allow us to print 250 yard signs.

* $200 will help pay for a political consultant to analyze the most likely voters.

* $30 will allow us to make a laminated full-color sign for our tables.

* $10 will help us maintain our website for a month.

Make donations at VoteSawant.org

Other Ways You Can Support our Campaign:

1) Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VoteSawant

2) Volunteer

We are running a 100% grassroots, working-class campaign. We rely on ordinary people contributing their time and energy to build our campaign. We need you to get involved! There are many things that we need help with, so you can definitely pick a task that works for you! Sign up at www.VoteSawant.org

3) Endorse
Invite the candidate and/or a campaign representative to talk with your organization about an endorsement. Please also contact us if you want to personally endorse as an individual. Include exactly how you want to be listed, for example, as “John Gallup, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 member.”

4) Get organized – Join Socialist Alternative!
We have weekly activist meetings, events, and education programs to help understand the key lessons of past movements, revolutions, and how to change society.

For more information or to get involved in the Sawant campaign and/or Socialist Alternative:
www.VoteSawant.org
www.SocialistAlternative.org
(206) 486-0099
VoteSawant@gmail.com

Occupy Wall Street one year anniversary

As anyone who ever spent time in Zuccotti Park during the encampment phase of Occupy knows, OWS was in disarray from day one. It continually teetered on the edge of implosion due to conflicting forces within and opposition from police and political forces without.

Organized chaos (or chaotic organization) was always OWS’s calling card and to some degree it succeeded against all odds, and against the predictions of professional pundits. This morning’s blockades were a combination of demonstrators “winging it” and careful planning beforehand among a cadre of local activists who have come to know and trust one another over the battles of the past year.

A foldable version of the map above with a three-day itinerary and detailed explanation of events was handed out at various intersections in the Wall Street area throughout the morning

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Stand with the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resisters: Act Now!

Leah-Lynn Plante, grand jury resister, needs your support.

Stand in solidarity with the Seattle’s Grand Jury Resisters on Thursday. It seems very likely that two of the people subpoenaed to the Grand Jury in Seattle will be jailed for their resistance. We are calling on all our supports to come out and show their support by attending a solidarity demonstration in their community. Below are details about solidarity actions currently being held.

Seattle, WA: Rally outside the hearing at noon in front of the Federal Court House (700 Stewart St). In the event that a contempt hearing is held that day, please be prepared to come inside the courthouse for to support the resisters. You’ll need photo ID and court-appropriate clothes. Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t be able to get past metal detectors and security guards.

Vigil from Noon on the September 13th till noon on September 14th.

Portland, OR: Rally in front of the Federal Court House (1000 SW 3rd Ave, at Salmon) at 12:30pm until 3:30. We will be giving live updates from Seattle.

Minneapolis, MN: Rally in front of Minneapolis City Hall (350 S 5th Street) from noon to 1 pm.

If you are planning a solidarity action in your city or town, email us and we will post it to the website. If there is not a solidarity action in your community, organize one. Email us if you need support to do so.

Check out Matt Duran’s statement on resisting the grand jury released today:

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To join the petition effort, please follow these simple steps:

1) Go to Faxzero .

2) Fill out the form with your name and email address under Sender information.

3) Fill out Jenny A Durkan under Receiver Name and (206) 553-0882 for the Receiver Fax Line.

4) Copy the text at the bottom of this email into the box that says “Type text to appear on the cover page”. Personalize the text in the box to include your name and also anything else you would like to say.

5) Enter the confirmation code

6) Click the Send Free Fax Now button at the bottom of the box.

7) Check your email and click on the confirmation link. Clicking on this link will actually send your fax.

8) Wait for the email that confirms that your fax has been sent.

9) Once you have sent the fax, please CALL the U.S. Attorney’s office at (800) 797-6722 to confirm that they received it. We suggest something like the following script:

“Hello my name is Agnes Driver, and I just sent your office a fax to ask that Jenny Durkan call off tomorrow’s grand jury hearing and end the investigation. I’m calling now to confirm that you received it. Would you check for me please?”

The person answering the phone may offer some general assurance that they are receiving faxes. If they do, please be insistent: “Please, it is very important to me that Ms. Durkin receive my message, and that my voice be added to the opposition to this grand jury. Would you please double-check to verify that you’ve received my message. My name, again, is Agnes Driver.”

It may take a few minutes for them to find your fax. Please be patient while they do. Once they confirm that they have your message, remember to thank the staff for accommodating you.

10) Please send CAPR a message at nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com, to let us know that you sent the message, and what response you received when you called.

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Fax message: End the Grand Jury Investigation of the Anarchist Movement

To: Jenny Durkan

United States Attorney for Western Washington

Seattle, Washington

Fax Line : (206) 553-0882

Ms. Durkan:

I am writing to add my voice to the hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have telephoned you, written and signed declarations, and demonstrated in cities around the country demanding an end to the grand jury witch-hunt of anarchists and aligned activists in the Pacific Northwest.

This case clearly shows that your office is persecuting political dissent. It is despicable that the US attorney and the FBI are harassing and intimating this group of people for their political beliefs. I demand that the grand jury investigation be ended immediately, that the governments repression of social movements stop, and that any items seized in the raids be returned to their rightful owners.

Signed,

OWS Activists Protesting the RNC/DNC Need Your Help

We have taken our message to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and gotten positive press coverage for Occupy and #S17, but we’re having an issue with getting back to New York City. Plans for buses fell though and at this point 40-45 people are stuck here in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’re trying to raise funds so the people who came from NYC can get back. Some of the people have court dates that are related to Occupy actions.

The bottom line is we’re stuck in North Carolina unless you donate.

If you can help, please do, and please let others know that we need support via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Click here to donate. Thanks!