MODEL LETTER TO SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT
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Dear President Killpatrick,
I support the Wall Street protest movement, and I urge you not to allow police to violate citizens' Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. The city government wasted tens of thousands of dollars paying police overtime to arrest, harass, and evict peaceful protesters from Westlake, leaving protesters no option but to relocate elsewhere. You, on the other hand, can avoid wasteful expenditures, huge headaches, and terrible publicity by simply providing protesters a space outside your college to demonstrate peacefully.
This is in your interest because a central issue protesters are highlighting is the need for more government investment in education, rather than bank bailouts, subsidies, and tax breaks for the richest 1% of the population and Wall street firms. Seattle Central Community College and other colleges are being absolutely devastated by budget cuts. The only way to begin to reverse these catastrophic budget cuts, which are aggravating the economic crisis, is increasing taxes on those who can afford them most - millionaires and corporations - and investing in jobs programs to stimulate the economy. Wall Street protests in Seattle and across the country also are pressuring the government to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz estimates have cost U.S. taxpayers $3 trillion.
Protesters have pledged to continue cleaning up after themselves, not to damage any property, and not to interfere with the Farmers' Market. The Farmers' Market has informed the protesters that they they have no problem with the protesters' presence.
The protesters and the ML King County Labor Council is mobilizing thousands of union members and supporters to participate in the protest. We are all urging you, specifically:
1. Not to allow police harassment of students, staff, or other community members camping in front of Seattle Central Community College
2. Not to retaliate against students or staff who support these protests against education budget cuts
Support for relocating the protest to your college has already been demonstrated by a student walkout of 300 Seattle Central Community College students, by the the faculty union, student government, campus publications, staff members, and Student Leadership. To guard against possible restrictions on citizens' Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly, students and faculty are organizing emergency meetings to plan student walk-outs and high profile protests if necessary that would only bring further headaches and negative media coverage, which we hope you will avoid.