Occupy Seattle: "The Chase 5" Victory Over Chase Bank

Press Release from 'The Chase 5'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Chase Bank Occupiers: Not Guilty.  “A Huge Victory”

CONTACT:

The defendants Danielle Simmons, Liam Wright, Sarah Svobodny, Hudson William-Eynon, Michael Stevens and their lawyers Braiden Price and David Handcock, are available for interview.

Contact for the defendants - 206.963.3748, itsrighttooccupy@gmail.com

Braden Pence (Lawyer) – 206.551.1516, braden@pencefirm.com

David Handcock (Lawyer) – 206.422.0848, david@defenderoftheaccused.org

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Thursday, March 15th, five occupiers who shut down a Chase Bank in the city of Seattle on November 2nd of 2011 and heard their verdict: Not Guilty.  When the unanimous decision by the jury of six was announced today the shock, and elation, of the five occupiers and their supporters swept the room.  “This sets a totally new precedent,” said one young woman.

The verdict was read at 4:15 of the third day of trial, having come after days of argument, examination of witnesses and cross examination.  The City, having brought the charges, put the manager of the Chase Bank branch on the stand as well as three members of the Seattle Police Department.  One had been working as private security for Chase Bank that day while wearing a police uniform.

Danielle Simmons, one of the defendants, after trial said, “I am in shock. The jury decided that our actions were justified and whether this is because they thought it was somehow lawful or just the right thing to do, something is changing, and I think it's beautiful.”

On the day of November 2nd the five, now innocent occupiers, chained themselves together inside of the Chase bank using what is commonly known as a “lockbox.”  When a march of about 200 arrived the branch was finally locked down and customers were informed that they should leave.  The branch remained closed for the rest of the day. They were charged with 1st degree criminal trespass.

“This is a huge victory for the Occupy Movement,” added Liam Wright, another defendant. “Every step of the way this bank occupation and the follow up has been more successful than we could have ever hoped for.  We wanted to make clear to everyone that we don't want a world defined by banks, we don't  want to live under them.  We want to be human beings living together, free from the dead weight of financial profiteering.”

Liam Wright concluded, “They act like we will live under the rule of banks and money forever.  But they can't stop us. They can't jail us.”

One of the occupiers, Michael Stevens said, “Right now the American political and corporate establishment is headed for another election. If anything, candidates might disagree about how much they want to limit birth control or how long the military should put off bombing Iran. This is so horrifying it's ludicrous. Meanwhile, we are determined to end the rule of banks and billionaires -- over us and over this whole planet. This doesn't even appear on the radar of 'official politics,' yet millions agree with us.”

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  • Guest - Liam Wright

    Please forward this release to your press contacts and lists.


    We have an opportunity to break into the national press with this. It is a big victory! Let's seize this moment. If you would like a .pdf or a .doc of the release please email itsrighttooccupy@gmail.com. We will have someone checking it regularly for the next several days to follow up on press, etc.


    Thanks all!

  • Guest - With The Sun I Rise Up

    Reblogged this on <a href="/http://withthesuniriseup.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/171/" rel="nofollow">With The Sun I Rise Up</a>.

  • Guest - Jane

    Thank you the lawyers Mr. Braden Price and David Hancock!

    Celebrate our hiros - Danielle Simmons, Liam Wright, Sarah Svobodny, Hudson Williams-Eynon, Michael Stevens's "NO Gulty" victory!

    As one of the millions homeowners who's family also lost the home by Chase Bank, I want to thank you very much from my heart!

    Love you all!


    Jane

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