stop veolia seattle meeting – mon april 20 6:30pm – hillman city collaboratory, seattle

Exciting news on the Stop Veolia front! As you know this is an important intersectional campaign bridging labor, disability justice, anti-privatization, environmental justice and Palestine solidarity.

Executive Constantine’s office has agreed today to take some action on Veolia/Transdev’s contract with Metro by Monday. The coalition is calling for an emergency meeting Monday night to evaluate Constantine’s offer together & to determine our collective response. We also honor individuals’ and organizations’ choices to take autonomous action.

When: Monday April 20, 6:30 pm

Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 rainier ave s, seattle, wa 98118

It would be amazing to have more engagement from our coalition members. Organizational reps please forward this invitation to your constituents.

Presently, our coalition includes:

Block the Boat Northwest
CISPES (Community in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador)
CodePink – WA
Freedom Socialist Party (Seattle)
JVP-Seattle (Jewish Voice for Peace)
No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign
Puget Sound Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)
QuAIA (Queers Against Israeli Apartheid)
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Rising Tide
SUPER UW (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights)
Transit Riders Union
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)
WISH! (Washington Incarceration Stops Here!)

Looking forward to seeing folks Monday and building together going forward.


Veolia is the largest privatizer of water in the world, the largest privatizer of transportation in North America and a main profiteer of Israeli apartheid. In King County, Veolia took over a union-represented contract for Access paratransit service and busted the union. Access users report that the service has greatly deteriorated. Access drivers not only took a major pay cut but have been subject to “flex time” scheduling where they don’t know what time they will be working until the day they are scheduled or if they will be working at all. Folks with disabilities and the elderly are most directly impacted, and we support their leadership in determining how Access can best meet their needs. We are also in solidarity with Access drivers to bring the service in-house so that they can depend on stable jobs, salaries and benefits.

Sunday Jan 11 Meeting

We’re having the first Block The Boat Northwest meeting of the year in the WA Convention Center. The meeting space on the 2nd floor West is quite public, but is also part of the State infrastructure that has been used by many groups. We start at 4 PM Sunday January 11. Please bring your ideas for 2015.

Carpools available for the action today

Today in honor of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and in protest of the Zim Djibouti’s arrival and Zim maintaining business as usual in Seattle while Israel maintains its inhumane blockade, exploitation and collective punishment of Palestinians, Block the Boat Northwest will have a demonstration at the port from 4-5pm followed by an open meeting.

Carpools will leave from the flat open parking lot at 2nd and Pike downtown at 3:30.

Block the Boat Northwest – Statement in Solidarity with Mike Brown

Block the Boat Northwest
Statement in Solidarity with Mike Brown

November 20, 2014

Block the Boat Northwest is a coalition of Pacific Northwest activists committed to disrupting ‘business as usual’ with the State of Israel until Israel ends its violation of the human rights of Palestinian people everywhere. Today, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. We are reminded again that we are in a joint struggle against a brutal hyper-militarized police state that dehumanizes the lives and experiences of poor people, the indigenous inhabitants of the land, and people of color, from Palestine to occupied Duwamish land.

On August 9, 2014, 18-year old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for walking in the middle of the street. Witnesses report that he was unarmed, holding his hands over his head as he was shot once in the chest and five times in the back. The cold-blooded murder of yet one more young black male launched ongoing protests in a community that had long suffered from poverty, racism, and police brutality. As expected, the police responded with extreme violence and repression. Today, as we await the grand jury decision on whether to indict officer Wilson, we reflect on the similarities between state repression in the US and Israel, where law enforcement translates into state-sponsored violations of the human rights of occupied peoples.

The hyper-militarization of police forces in both countries is obvious. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard to support law enforcement in Ferguson, violating people’s right to gather and protest the murder of an unarmed black male, while Israeli soldiers, members of the official so-called Israeli Defense Forces, daily maintain an illegal occupation in Palestine, disrupting every aspect of the everyday life of Palestinians. In the US, the KKK has rallied in the defense of Brown’s murderer, just as in Israel, soldiers protect the criminal Israeli settlers, whose very presence in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank is illegal. In both countries, the state uses tear gas, rubber bullets, sound cannons, mass round-ups and incarceration to repress lawful protesters denouncing the violation of their human rights. In both countries, the police are so afraid of the truth coming out that they have harassed, threatened, and attacked the press. Photo evidence shows riot police firing tear gas directly at reporters in Ferguson and forcefully taking away their cameras, just as we know Israeli soldiers prevent journalists from covering their crimes and those of other Israeli settlers committed daily in occupied Palestine.

Today, we stand in solidarity with the brave people of Ferguson as they bring national and international attention to rampant law enforcement violence and police brutality against their community. We stand in joint struggle with the people of Ferguson and with the Palestinian people. We call for an end to the militarization of police everywhere, and for an end to the dehumanization and criminalization of poor people, people of color, and communities in resistance from Ferguson to Jerusalem.

In struggle,
Block the Boat Northwest


Block the Boat Northwest – Statement of Solidarity With Missing Students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico – English/Español

Block the Boat Northwest’s Statement of Solidarity
With Missing Students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico

November 20, 2014 – Block the Boat Northwest is a human rights coalition committed to disrupting the State of Israel’s apartheid-based commerce.

On September 26, 2014, students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, Mexico traveled 250km to the city of Iguala to protest the Mexican government’s discrimination in education funding. The students were intercepted by local police and fired upon by officers. Many fled or escaped. Many did not escape: the students were not arrested, but turned over to local organized crime leaders acting as agents of the police and government. The result was a horrific mass murder not far from Iguala.

Of the group of 100 students who carried out the protest for equal access to and self-determination of education, six are confirmed dead, and 43 are still missing and presumed dead. Survivors speak of a coordinated action between army, police, and organized crime groups to cover up the act and hide the remains of those killed. These police actions to kill protesters occurred in close proximity to the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Mexican Army in Iguala. The army clearly exerts absolute control over Iguala and the state of Guerrero – there is no doubt who is in charge of the police and their criminal agents. The U.S. government equipped and trained the Mexican army and police in the latest counterinsurgency tactics which they are now using in conjunction with other criminals to murder, jail, and terrorize the Mexican people.

One case in point: Nestora Salgado, leader of a community police force in Olinalá, Guerrero and a naturalized U.S. citizen and resident of Renton, Washington, sits in a Mexican federal prison. The corrupt governor of that state, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, who stepped down since the disappearance of the 43 students, refused to free her after a federal court found the charges against her had no merit. She is still being held despite Governor Aguirre’s resignation.

Since the killings of the Ayotzinapa students, Mexican citizens from all walks of life have risen in solidarity with the disappeared. The corruption of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration is an underlying cause of the Iguala massacre and for other similar massacres that occur in Mexico with alarming frequency. The horrific reality of the culture of corruption and collusion between Mexican Federal troops, local police, and business interests has inspired an enormous resistance and calls for President Peña Nieto’s ouster.

Distinctions between local and federal police in Guerrero are largely irrelevant. In 2014, governance in Mexico reflects the unchecked power of police and military rule through the use of extrajudicial killings. Searches for the remains of the Ayotzinapa students revealed other undocumented mass graves. The degree of corruption and violence is staggering.

US ‘free trade’ and anti-drug policies are at the heart of the problem. Trade agreements like NAFTA force Mexican farmers to abandon traditional farming practices, leaving few alternatives for income. This directly contributes to the Mexican narco-state. US trade policies in Central America directly contribute to the problems in the state of Guerrero and beyond. Meanwhile, the private prison industry, or the reformatted slave plantation, is a rapidly growing business. Drugs produced in throughout Latin America are transported to the US to make their way to poor, black and brown neighborhoods as a method of counterinsurgency. People are selectively kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured and murdered according to what is convenient for big business and repression (government officials, cartel bosses and enforcement agents) as the drugs move along their path to the US and Canada. US and Mexican intelligence agencies are directly and consciously involved in the war on drugs as a tool of profit and control.

With the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa we see a direct attack on a strong, spirited and self-determined people. Just as we support the Palestinian struggle for self-determination against the State of Israel, we also support the struggle of those in Ayotzniapa for the same. We also acknowledge that Seattle rests on occupied Duwamish and Suquamish territory and we align ourselves with the Duwamish and other indigenous peoples of the Northwest who struggle against empire and for self-determination. Other geographical areas in the purview of Block the Boat Northwest are in various occupied Coast Salish Territories.

Block the Boat Northwest calls for the immediate resignation of President Peña Nieto and an end to the US funding of the Mexican military and their surrogate death squads. We urge all parties to compel the immediate reform of the corrupt Mexican judicial system and to bring justice for all disappeared individuals. President Peña Nieto’s exorbitant estate holdings are testament to massive fortune the ruling class has stolen and now runs for its own benefit. We must abolish and oppose so-called ‘free trade agreements’ like NAFTA, Plan Puebla Panama (Mesoamerica Project), and the Merida Initiative that redistribute wealth into the hands of the few like President Peña Nieto at the cost of forced displacement, poverty and mass murder for everyone else, such as the 43 disappeared. The US must end its “War on Drugs,” admit that it is only a tactic in its war on the planet and impoverished peoples, and cease to use it as a decoy to cover its actions and true intentions.

The original protest by Ayotzinapa students called for equal access to education funding for rural as well as urban schools. Making this not just about equal access to state designed curriculum and apparatus, but also an issue of self-determination and of what kind of education is valued and thus of what kind of life is valued.

The mass of graves in Guerrero are testament to the failure of the Mexican government to respect the basic human rights, freedom and bodily integrity of its citizens and all those living within its borders. It also shows the willingness of the US Government to sit by and do nothing–except for send more military forces and equipment to help with repression of popular rage–while maintaining the policies that perpetuate unequal access to wealth in Mexico, the United States, and in occupied Palestinian lands.

Now is the time to cut off all U.S. military aid to Mexico. Now is the time to make the theft of these young lives in Guerrero a turning point in U.S.- Mexico relations.

-Block the Boat Northwest Coalition


Español – Spanish Translation added 2.2.2015:

Block the Boat Northwest  (Seattle, WA, EEUU)
(Bloquear el Barco Noroest)—Declaración de Solidaridad con los Estudiantes Desaparacidos de Ayotzinapa, Mexico

20 de Noviembre, 2014 – Block the Boat Northwest es una coalición de derechos humanos dedicada a bloquear el comercio del apartheid Estado de Israel.

En el 26 de septiembre, 2014 alumnxs de la Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos en Ayotzinapa, Mexico viajaron 250km a la ciudad de Iguala para protestar en contra de la discriminación del financiamiento de la educación por el gobierno mexicano. Los alumnos estuvieron interceptados por los policías locales y disparados por oficiales. Muchos huyeron o escaparon. Muchos no escaparon: los estudiantes no se detuvieron, pero estuvieron pasados a dirigentes locales del crimen organizado actuando como agentes de la policía y el gobierno. El resultado fue un asesinato en masa horrífico no muy lejos de Iguala.

Del grupo de 100 alumnos que hicieron la protesta para el acceso igual a y la autodeterminación de la educación, seis están muertos de hecho, y 43 están desaparecidos y presumidos muertos. Sobrevivientes hablan de una acción coordinada entre el ejército, la policía, y grupos de crimen organizado para encubrir el acto y esconder los restos mortales de los matados. Estas acciones policiacas para matar los manifestantes pasaron en la proximidad muy cerca del Batallón 27 de Infantería del Ejército Mexicano en Iguala. El ejército ejerce claramente el control absoluto sobre Iguala y el estado de Guerrero – no hay dudas acerca de quien está encargado de la policía y sus agentes criminales. El gobierno de los EE.UU. equipó y entrenó al ejército y la policía de México en las tácticas más actuales de contrainsurgencia que están usando ahora en conjunto con otros criminales para matar, encarcelar, y aterrorizar al pueblo mexicano.

Un caso en punto: Nestora Salgado, una lidera de policía comunitaria en Olinalá, Guerrero y una ciudadana naturalizada de los EE.UU. y residente de Renton, Washington, está encarcelada en una prisión federal mexicana. El gobernador corrupto de eso estado, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, quien se abdicó desde la desaparición de los 43 alumnos, rechazó darle la libertad después de que una corte federal encontró que ningún cargo contra ella tuvo razón. Ella está encarcelada todavía a pesar de la resignación del gobernador Aguirre.

Desde los asesinatos de los alumnos de Ayotzinapa, ciudadanos mexicanos de todos tipos se han levantado en solidaridad con los desaparecidos.  La corrupción de la administración del Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto es una causa subyacente de la masacre de Iguala y de otras masacres similares que pasan en México con una frecuencia espantosa. La realidad horrífica de la cultura de corrupción y colusión entre las tropas federales mexicanos, policía local, y los intereses comerciales ha inspirado una resistencia enorme y llamadas para la resignación del Presidente Peña Nieto.

Las distinciones entre policía local y federal en Guerrero no son relevantes. En 2014, la gobernación en México refleja el poder impune de policías y militares por el uso de los asesinatos extrajudiciales. Búsquedas para los restos mortales de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa han revelado otras fosas clandestinas. El nivel de corrupción y violencia es espantoso.

Las políticas estadounidenses de “comercio libre” y “contra droga” están en el fondo del problema. Acuerdos como el tratado de comercio libre esfuerzan campesinos mexicanos abandonar prácticas tradicionales, dejando pocas alternativas para ingresos. Esta contribuye directamente al estado narco mexicano. Las políticas de comercio del EE.UU. en Centroamérica contribuyen directamente a los problemas en el estado de Guerrero y más allá. Mientras, la industria de encarcelamiento privado, o la plantación esclavadora modernizada, es un negocio que está creciendo rápidamente. Drogas producidas en América Latina están trasladas a los EE.UU. a los barrios pobres, negros y morenos como un método de contrainsurgencia. Personas están secuestradas, encarceladas, torturadas y matadas selectivamente según lo conveniente para los grandes negocios y la represión (los políticos, jefes de carteles y lxs policías) mientras las drogas hacen su camino a los EE.UU. y Canadá. Las agencias de inteligencia de los EE.UU. y México están involucradas directamente y conscientemente en la guerra contra las drogas como una herramienta de ganancia y control.

Con la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa vemos un ataque directo contra un pueblo fuerte, animoso y auto-determinado. Así como apoyamos la lucha de lxs Palestinxs para la auto-determinación contra el Estado apartheid de Israel también apoyamos la lucha de lxs en Ayotzinapa para lo mismo. También reconocemos que Seattle está construida arriba de las tierras de los pueblos originarios, lxs Duwamish y Suquamish y nos alineamos con lxs Duwamish y otros pueblos indígenas del Noroeste que luchen contra el Imperio y para la auto-determinación. Otras áreas geográficas en el ámbito de Block the Boat Northwest están ubicadas y varios territorios ocupados de lxs Coast Salish.

Block the Boat Northwest exige la resignación inmediata del Presidente Peña Nieto y el fin de la financiación estadounidense del militar mexicano y sus sustitutos escuadrones de la muerte. Urgimos a todos partidos exigir la reforma inmediata del sistema judicial mexicana y llevar la justicia para todxs lxs desaparecidxs. Las propiedades exorbitantes del Presidente Peña Nieto son un testigo a la fortuna masiva que ha robado la clase gobernante y que ahora maneja por sus propios beneficios. Tenemos que abolir y oponer tales dichos “tratados de comercio libre” como TLC, Plan Puebla Panamá (Proyecto Mesoamérica), y la Iniciativa Mérida, que redistribuyen la riqueza a las manos de unas pocas como el Presidente Peña Nieto por el costo del desalojo, la pobreza y el asesinato en masa de todxs lxs demás, como los 43 desaparecidos. Los EE.UU. tiene que dejar su “guerra contra las drogas,” confesar que es sola una táctica en su guerra contra el planeta y pueblos empobrecidos, y dejar de usarla como una distracción  que esconde sus acciones e intenciones verdaderas.

La manifestación original de lxs alumnxs de Ayotzinapa exigía al acceso igual a la financiación para las escuelas rurales igual como las urbanas. Significa que no es sólo un asunto de acceso igual al currículo y los aparatos del Estado, pero también un asunto de la auto-determinación y cual tipo de educación tiene valor y así cuales tipos de vidas tienen valor.

Las fosas masivas en Guerrero son un testigo al fracaso del gobierno mexicano de respetar derechos humanos básicos, la libertad y la integridad corporal de sus ciudadanxs y todxs viviendo a dentro de sus fronteras. También muestra la voluntad del gobierno estadounidense mantenerse al lado y hacer nada—menos enviar más esfuerzos militares y equipo para ayudar con la represión de la rabia popular—mientras mantiene políticas que perpetúan el acceso desigual a la riqueza en México, los EE.UU., y las tierras ocupadas de Palestina.

Ahora es la hora de cortar todo apoyo militar a México. Ahora es la hora de hacer el robo de estas vidas jóvenes en Guerrero un punto de inflexión  en las relaciones entre Mexico y los EE.UU.

—Block the Boat Northwest Coalition
(La Coalición de Bloquear el Barco Noroeste)

Block the Boat Action Saturday Nov 29th, 4-5pm

On Nov 29, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Block the Boat NW will protest the arrival of the ZIM DJIBOUTI at the Seattle port. This is not a blockade. Open meeting of Block the Boat NW will immediately follow the action.

Gather at Spokane St. Fishing Area on the Spokane St. Bridge above the Duwamish Waterway between Klickitat Ave SW & W Marginal Way SW

There will be hot beverages and snacks.


BtBNW directions to term 18 Spokane Street fishing area

How to get to term 18 via meeting at the Spokane Street fishing area, of which the offices of Zim and SSA are just down the way west of.

Spokane Street fishing area is immediately east of SSA Marine term 18
1050 SW Spokane St.
Seattle, WA 98134

Spokane Street fishing area, just east of the Spokane St. Bridge, SW Spokane St, under the West Seattle bridge. The 21 & 21 Exp goes to 1st & Spokane, and 125 bus also goes from downtown and from West Seattle; all stop west of there in West Seattle, at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St. and can walk back east along the Alki bike path. Drivers can find parking in these areas and walk over.

There is a convenient dirt parking strip median on the road west of SSA near the front of the Zim office park, fits 20 cars, and there are several parking spaces at the fishing spot. It has been discouraged to park by Spokane & Alaskan Way.