About six weeks after its first official meeting, the first rally/protest involving Occupy West Seattle has just been officially announced. The group says it will target Chase Bank in The Junction tomorrow (Tuesday, March 13th), in connection with other rallies/protests nationwide. Read on for the news release we received via e-mail this morning:
Occupy West Seattle has been percolating for a few months now and on March 13th, 2012, the movement will deliver its first rally. Calling it their “birth,” the movement has chosen to introduce itself on March 13th for several reasons… all of them surrounding CHASE Bank.
1) This is the same day of national Occupy actions against CHASE, originally called for by Occupy Atlanta. Many newer Occupy Neighborhood groups all around Seattle, will be joining other groups across Washington & our nation protesting in solidarity. There will be a march through the West Seattle Junction to the local CHASE branch..
2) It’s JP Morgan CHASE CEO Jamie Dimon’s birthday. There will be a “celebration” for Mr. Dimon with cake, balloons, and music.
3) This is the same day the “CHASE 5” will have their trial. Back in November Occupy Seattle held a day of action to correspond with the visit to Seattle by Jamie Dimon. On this day 5 brave occupiers chained themselves inside a local branch of CHASE, and were arrested. These 5 protesters will be having their day in court on the 13th. Occupy West Seattle wants to support for the “CHASE 5”
The event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Occupiers will meet in the Junction on the corner of Alaska & California Ave. for a parade to the local CHASE branch, where the “celebration” will take place in conjunction with a community picket line. This is intended to be a peaceful action that will be fun for the whole family.