Occupy Northwest - Bellingham and Tacoma

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:15 By David Bacon, Truthout | Photo Essay
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Bellingham and Tacoma, Washington - Grassroots people and political activists occupy parks in Bellingham and Tacoma, Washington, to support the New York City demonstration, Occupy Wall Street.  Occupiers erect and live in tent camps to protest economic inequality and its impact on working people, students, the poor and the young, calling it a protest by the 99 percent of the people who are exploited by a system that only benefits the top 1 percent.

In Bellingtham, Steve Riley sets up his tent,  while Mirami McAuliffe sits in the door of hers. Meanwhile, Kieth Morris gets something to eat in the camp kitchen.

In the communications tent in Tacoma, occupiers record a video and post it on the camp's web page.  Tom Thompson smokes a cigarette as he wakes up.

While cars stop at the intersection at the foot of the freeway off-ramp next to the camp, occupiers perform street theater, holding signs and wearing the Guy Fawkes masks made famous in the movie "V for Vendetta."

For more articles and images, see

See also "Illegal People - How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants" (Beacon Press, 2008) Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008.

See also the photodocumentary on indigenous migration to the US "Communities Without Borders" (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006).

See also "The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border" (University of California, 2004)

David Bacon

David Bacon is a writer and photographer. His new book, The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Migration, was published by Beacon Press. His photographs and stories can be found at

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