It’s been a busy few weeks at Occupy Tacoma. We can’t thank you enough for your second package filled with thermal underclothing, fleeces, jackets, hats and facemasks. The weather has been hovering in the 30′s all week, and so many occupiers have expressed their sincere gratitude for the extra warmth your donations provided them. (sorry for the lack of light in the video; it gets dark now around 4pm and I didn’t get the donations passed out quickly enough to catch the end of daylight).
We’ve been participating in a growing number of inter-occupation actions with Olympia, Seattle, and other cities across the entire west coast as well as planning and executing smaller actions on a local level. On December 6, Occupy Tacoma joined with throngs of concerned citizens on a march to the Tacoma City Council to protest cuts on social services and first responders. On December 12, Occupy Tacoma held an informational demonstration at the Port of Tacoma to promote our solidarity with the both the ILWU’s fight against the anti-union EGT in Longview as well as the efforts of independent truck drivers organizing against the Goldman Sachs-backed SSA terminal in Los Angeles. Tacoma chose not to form a blockade as we do not have SSA or EGT terminals in our port. A smaller group from Occupy Tacoma traveled to Seattle to participate in their port shutdown. A wonder montage video of the day’s events made by some local highschool students can be seen below.
Our next planned action will be a birthday party for the Bill of Rights at our park on December 15, with members and groups from our community joining us in a celebration that will include a reading of the Bill of Rights, speeches, and a birthday cake with other refreshments. We are also preparing to send a contingent down to Olympia, WA on the morning of the 15th as of this morning we are hearing that a possible eviction notice from the state will be delivered today to the Occupy Olympia campground there.
We in Tacoma continue to have an excellent relationship with our local police force, and as evictions of other Occupy camps continue to rise, we are more determined than ever to continue our peaceful presence in Occupation Park. Your generosity and continued support have been invaluable to keeping our spirits up and our toes warm. Thank you all, and we look forward to updating you soon…