The Washington State Patrol and the Department of Enterprise Services have delivered a "Notice to Cease and Desist Camping" to Occupy Olympia at the state capitol...Occupy Olympia's encampment has served as a meeting place and organizing spot for demonstrations at the state capitol against state budget cuts to healthcare, education, and social services.
Disappointed that April's protests failed to stop the budget cuts, groups from all around the state of Washington will be gathering in Olympia to try it again. Folks from Spokane to Port Townsend will be traveling to the state capitol [Monday] to tell their legislature to find new revenue and continue state funding for vital social service programs.
As a testament to the far-reaching effects of the Occupy Seattle movement, the daily religious presence at the sanctuary tent includes ministers, rabbis, priests, yoga practitioners and more. When police unleashed pepper spray during earlier protest marches in November, those indiscriminately sprayed included peaceful members of the clergy wearing identifiable religious clothing.