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Welcome to the CHOP ...and other camps

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as Free Capitol Hill, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest and the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), is an occupation protest and self-declared autonomous zone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The zone, originally covering six city blocks and a park, was established by George Floyd protesters on June 8, 2020 after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) vacated its East Precinct building.

Local governance in the zone is decentralized, with the goal of creating a neighborhood without police. On June 9, 2020, protesters demanded rent control, the reversal of gentrification, the abolition or defunding of police, funding of community health, and releasing prisoners serving time for marijuana-related offenses or resisting arrest, with expungement of their records.

Reactions to the zone have varied through the political spectrum. President Donald Trump referred to the occupants as "ugly Anarchists" and called for the governor of Washington and the mayor of Seattle to "take back" the zone, while Mayor Jenny Durkan on June 11 described the zone as "four blocks in Seattle that is more like a block party atmosphere. It's not an armed takeover. It's not a military junta. We will make sure that we will restore this but we have block parties and the like in this part of Seattle all the time ... there is no threat right now to the public." On June 14, USA Today confirmed the festive atmosphere, reporting that protesters who had previously clashed with police "have had their rough edges dulled by tens of thousands of tourists and sightseers. CHAZ has morphed into what looks and feels like a mini Burning Man festival."

Following the zone's founding, SPD Chief Carmen Best said that the police department was looking at different approaches to "reduce [their] footprint" in the Capitol Hill neighborhood but later said that officials were working to return police officers to the precinct. She stressed the "need to have officers responding to calls in a timely fashion. And with the occupation that's taking place, we're not able to do so in a timely way." On June 14, Chief Best spoke of having marched with Black Lives Matter (BLM) in the zone two days before: "I was looking at the 60,000 people that were there, signs saying, you know, defund the police, stop police brutality, you know, no qualified immunity. [...] And I just realized it was a moment, an epiphany, that this is a pivotal moment in history. We are going to move in a different direction and policing will never be the same as it was before."

On June 12, BLM protesters were reportedly negotiating with local officials to leave the zone. Four days later, the zone's roadblocks were replaced and moved, allowing for emergency service vehicles to pass through and decreasing CHAZ's size to three blocks.

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Seattle's Autonomous Zone Is Not What You've Been Told Some call it CHOP, some call it CHAZ, and no one knows quite what it is. But one thing is clear in a blocks-large swath of Capitol Hill: a community is taking shape



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Seattle's Autonomous Zone Is Not What You've Been Told

Some call it CHOP, some call it CHAZ, and no one knows quite what it is. But one thing is clear in a blocks-large swath of Capitol Hill: a community is taking shape

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Welcome to Seattle's "cop-free zone."

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Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is the heart of queer Seattle, where last year's Trans Pride Seattle March drew thousands. It's a place battling gentrification, where residents and small business owners feel caught in a stranglehold. It's a parking nightmare, where meters operate 14 hours a day, six days a week. It's a foodie wonderland, where you can devour a late-night Polish sausage or dine on $17 Thai water beetles. It's a nightlife Mecca, where spirits flow and music throbs. Just about anything you want to find in Seattle, you can find on Capitol Hill – and lately, that includes what some call the city's only "cop-free zone."

For the moment, much of the world seems to be looking at Capitol Hill, or at least the part of it called CHOP, or CHAZ. Peering into its ever-shifting boundaries, some see a spark of a movement that can incinerate systemic racism. Acolytes of Fox News detect a raging cauldron of antifa-led insurrection. But step inside the Jersey barriers that block off numerous streets, and you'll soon realize something else: It's a peaceful realm where people build nearly everything on the fly, as they strive to create a world where the notion that black lives matter shifts from being a slogan to an ever-present reality.

The people who stream through the area are a census taker's dream, a mix of different races, ages, genders, physical abilities, and class identities who rub elbows without seemingly rubbing each other the wrong way. Along the street, the collective mood runs from calm to contemplative, festive to mournful, the energy punctuated by the rhythmic call-and-response of today's call-to-arms: "Whose lives matter?" "Black lives matter!"

Inside one cordoned-off intersection, some 100 people focus on a lineup of speakers, including Mark Anthony. Jr., an African-American man in a clear plastic poncho and Seattle Seahawks facemask, who's participating in a daily info session known as a general assembly. "This is what love and unity looks like," Anthony, 32, says as he gazes upon the peaceful crowd.

Recently, this same intersection, site of one of the city's five police stations, wasn't so peaceful. Starting in late May and stretching into early June, Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers and protestors engaged in daily clashes outside the station. The seething confrontations were permeated with tear gas and punctuated by blast balls, tactics police deployed against protestors gathered in grief and rage over the death of George Floyd. But on June 8th, officers deserted and boarded up the gray-brick, blue-trimmed station, due to pressure, they say, imposed by area protestors. When police removed street blockades, people surged into the streets, reclaiming a space many believe is rightfully theirs.

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What It's Like to Eat Inside Seattle's Much-Discussed Protest Space

Food is only one part of the dynamic ecosystem at the CHOP (formerly known as the CHAZ). But the way people eat there offers a glimpse into the energy of the Capitol Hill community

by Gabe Guarente Jun 18, 2020, 11:00am PDT All photos by Chona Kasinger

https://seattle.eater.com...ood-eating

nOn Sunday afternoon, the smell of burning charcoal was strong around the blocks near Capitol Hill's Cal Anderson Park. There were servers cooking up hot dogs on two small grills near a free grocery market known as the No Cop Co-op on Pine Street, where people could grab bread, granola bars, water, and other supplies (the market is no longer in that location, for reasons discussed later in this piece). Across the way sat a small outdoor cafe with couches and chairs, which had a sign indicating it was a space to have conversations about decolonization. That was right next to a lending library offering literature about social justice issues, as well as free coffee, tea, and snacks.Over by the East Olive Street entrance to the park, there are several wooden planters with flowers and vegetables. The community garden was launched by Marcus Henderson, an urban sustainability expert, who has a deep interest in the ways food and social justice intersect, as he supports the Black Lives Matter protests in the city.

"I had been thinking about doing some guerrilla gardening in that area throughout the entire protests, just because everyone's been doing art and other forms of revolutionary expression," Henderson tells Eater Seattle. "And I believe gardening is an example of that, especially in public spaces. It kind of just took a leap of faith to bring a shovel down and get something started." (He could also still use some volunteers and donated supplies.)

This is the area originally referred to as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), now known better as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). It was recently the site of a series of tense standoffs between police and protesters, where cops in riot gear tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed demonstrators for nights on end. After much backlash over those violent tactics, police eventually withdrew their heavy presence in the area and boarded up the front of the East Precinct. It's possible they'll be back at some point.

But for now, many protesters, volunteers, and local business owners say the atmosphere feels safer without weaponized police in riot gear standing behind barricades, despite brazenly deceitful portrayals from right-wing media saying otherwise. Fox News was recently called out for digitally altering images in its coverage of the CHOP, falsely portraying the area as a lawless war zone, even though these descriptions have already been widely refuted. It must also not be forgotten that Seattle has a long history of reclaiming public land and buildings as direct action for and by BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities.

With so much national attention on the politics, it may seem a small thing to focus on food, which is only one part of the ecosystem at the CHOP/CHAZ. But the way people eat there offers a glimpse into the energy of the protest space, whether it's through pop-up community kitchens, street vendors selling items right in the middle of everything, or local restaurants trying to figure out their place as a support pipeline.


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This zone is problematic and violence is naturally happening but I do like this colorful piece

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Thanks to shootings, rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction, Mayor Durkin has announced Seattle will dismantle CHOP. Not quite the "summer of love" that was intended?

https://abcnews.go.com/US...d=71399727




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djThunderfunk said:

Thanks to shootings, rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction, Mayor Durkin has announced Seattle will dismantle CHOP. Not quite the "summer of love" that was intended?

https://abcnews.go.com/US...d=71399727




Sadly, this generation tries to replicate a lot of what was in the 60's and times are just different

'This Is A War Zone': Footage Of Shooting At CHAZ Live-Streamed Before 'Security' Can Delete It

'SUMMER OF LOVE' OVER: Seattle Mayor To Dismantle 'CHOP' Zone After Violence, Reports Say

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Seattle mayor says city will move to wind down "occupied" protest zone following 2 shootings11 hrs ago

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SEATTLE (AP) — Faced with growing pressure to crack down on an "occupied" protest zone following two weekend shootings, Seattle's mayor said Monday that officials will move to wind down the blocks-long span of city streets taken over two weeks ago that President Donald Trump asserted is run by "anarchists."

Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a news conference that the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. She said the city is working with the community to bring the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone to an end.

"The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents," Durkan said. "The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased."

A shooting Sunday night was the second in less than 48 hours at the edge of the zone, named for the Capitol Hill neighborhood near downtown that emerged during nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

The 17-year-old victim, who was shot in the arm, declined to speak with detectives, police said. Gunfire early Saturday left a 19-year-old man dead and another person critically wounded. It was not apparent if the shootings had anything to do with the protest.

Protesters cordoned off the several-block area, known as CHOP, near a police station after clashes with officers. Seattle riot squads unleashed tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bangs on large crowds of mostly peaceful protesters, drawing condemnation from many city leaders and a federal court order temporarily banning the use of the weapons on demonstrators.

After police largely abandoned the East Precinct building, protesters took over the area — with demonstrators painting a large "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street, handing out free food, playing music and planting a community garden. Its existence incensed Trump, who criticized Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats.

Peacefulness has prevailed during the day. On Monday, people lounged on the turf at a park, while volunteers handed out food, water and toiletries. Artists painted designs on wooden barricades, and a few candles burned in front of a sign on the police precinct listing people killed by officer.

At night, however, the atmosphere becomes more charged, with demonstrators marching and openly armed volunteer guards keeping watch. Among the demands are calls to shift funding for police to community health or other social justice causes.

Durkan said she planned to announce a plan Monday for addressing public safety in the area. "

After days of peaceful demonstrations, two nights of shootings have clearly escalated the situation on Capitol Hill," Durkan's office said in a statement. "We have been meeting with residents and small business owners to address their safety...

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Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.

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Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.



I wouldn’t be surprised- Trump called the protesters “thugs “ (the new N word) and “anarchists” and “agitators “ (one of George Wallace’s favorite terms).
His retarded son Eric called the protesters “ animals “.
So they are setting it up so they can paint all the demonstrators as criminals who must be dealt with swiftly and harshly
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PennyPurple said:

Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.

The mayor said they have always had set ups like these and are used to defusing them. They have people who coordinate with the groups who help dismantle them.

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The media has been lying about CHAZ/CHOP all along.

https://www.newsbusters.o...z-entirely

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The corporate media are under pressure to appear woke for sure so they're definitely reticent to attack these things directly, but I doubt CHOP is any worse for crime than anywhere else in America, except in the fevered dreams of libertarians.


Ultimately this doesn't look much different than the Occupy camps from a decade ago and I don't think it'll acheive much more than they did either. Worth it even if all it does is wind up the lawnmower dad libertarians, bursting blood vessels. We had our own Soviet here in Ireland for a week or two in 1919 biggrin


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Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.


Won't be the first time. My hometown area just marked 50 years since 4 students were murdered by the National Guard at the Kent State campus Vietnam War protest in 1970. And they were all white kids. They said it was "outside agitators", it wasn't. One of the victims lived in my sister's dorm.

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PennyPurple said:

Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.

I wouldn’t be surprised- Trump called the protesters “thugs “ (the new N word) and “anarchists” and “agitators “ (one of George Wallace’s favorite terms). His retarded son Eric called the protesters “ animals “. So they are setting it up so they can paint all the demonstrators as criminals who must be dealt with swiftly and harshly



Yep.


Do police know who are the violent perpetrators of the zone? The protesers are not shooting themselves.










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It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol

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It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol


lol lol lol

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It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol



Maybe they thought that was OK after being taught from most American history books...manifest destiny, indeed
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Billion dollar investment firm Smead Capital is leaving Seattle for Phoenix because of cost of living and of course... the CHAZ.

https://www.foxbusiness.c...to-phoenix



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poppys said:

PennyPurple said:

Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.


Won't be the first time. My hometown area just marked 50 years since 4 students were murdered by the National Guard at the Kent State campus Vietnam War protest in 1970. And they were all white kids. They said it was "outside agitators", it wasn't. One of the victims lived in my sister's dorm.

I have a feeling that it's not going to end well. More people are gonna get hurt and/or die.

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PennyPurple said:

poppys said:


Won't be the first time. My hometown area just marked 50 years since 4 students were murdered by the National Guard at the Kent State campus Vietnam War protest in 1970. And they were all white kids. They said it was "outside agitators", it wasn't. One of the victims lived in my sister's dorm.

I have a feeling that it's not going to end well. More people are gonna get hurt and/or die.

I hope not pray Hopefully they will just dismantle it and then continue to march in peace.

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PennyPurple said:



poppys said:




PennyPurple said:


Don't be surprised when the call the National Guard in to shoot American Citizens.




Won't be the first time. My hometown area just marked 50 years since 4 students were murdered by the National Guard at the Kent State campus Vietnam War protest in 1970. And they were all white kids. They said it was "outside agitators", it wasn't. One of the victims lived in my sister's dorm.



I have a feeling that it's not going to end well. More people are gonna get hurt and/or die.



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jjhunsecker said:

guitarslinger44 said:

It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol

Maybe they thought that was OK after being taught from most American history books...manifest destiny, indeed

Nah - it was just an occupy-style protest. Not sure who instigated the violence and it is sad that it took place, horrifying actually.

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I have a feeling that it's not going to end well. More people are gonna get hurt and/or die.


Trump wouldn’t think twice about issuing shoot to kill orders

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400 National Guard troops stand ready to defend 'key monuments' in DC as Trump threatens statue vandals with a decade in prison.

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This is hilarious....

One of the men shot in the CHAZ/CHOP wants to sue the police for not responding fast enough.
Good luck with that buddy. falloff

https://nationalfile.com/...st-enough/

You can't make this shit up. lol lol lol

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jjhunsecker said:

guitarslinger44 said:

It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol



Maybe they thought that was OK after being taught from most American history books...manifest destiny, indeed

Yes irony. hmmm Sounds like the same way this land was stolen, with violence/weapons, and later declared America by descendants of the early invaders.
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jjhunsecker said:


guitarslinger44 said:

It's the irony of ironies that the folks who set this up basically came in, took over land that wasn't theirs, set up borders with armed guards, and declared themselves their own country or whatever. lol



Maybe they thought that was OK after being taught from most American history books...manifest destiny, indeed


Nah - it was just an occupy-style protest. Not sure who instigated the violence and it is sad that it took place, horrifying actually.


Yeah reminds me of the occupy-styled protest in NYC. I wonder if they ever found the guy that a witness said, pulled up in an SUV, had a rifle, and shot into the crowd and drove off.
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This is hilarious....

One of the men shot in the CHAZ/CHOP wants to sue the police for not responding fast enough.
Good luck with that buddy. falloff

https://nationalfile.com/...st-enough/

You can't make this shit up. lol lol lol


So, so true. You can't make this shit up...


See the source image

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That bad cop is being prosecuted.

Wasn't good enough for the residents of CHAZ, they decided to keep the cops out.
Not the cops in Seattle's problem if the mayor lets the protesters set up a zone and not let the cops in.
At that point if you go in CHAZ you void your right to police services.

What don't you get? lol lol

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Businesses in Seattle are suing the city over CHOP... of course they are.

https://www.king5.com/art...25af14f129

They should just leave like Smead Capital. Let the city have their occupation. See how that works out for them.




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2elijah said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

Nah - it was just an occupy-style protest. Not sure who instigated the violence and it is sad that it took place, horrifying actually.

Yeah reminds me of the occupy-styled protest in NYC. I wonder if they ever found the guy that a witness said, pulled up in an SUV, had a rifle, and shot into the crowd and drove off.



I hope they do find him! He is cut from the same cloth as that asshole who ran his car through the crowd in Louisville.

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