Protesters took over an area in Seattle and it's now a self-governed community

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I think this is fascinating, and I'm curious to see what happens next. I love the concept of self-governed communities.

Is it perfect? Hell no! It's a bunch of flawed humans trying to do something different in response to the insane shit that happened there recently. That's precisely the point: it's something different. Something different is certainly necessary over there.

More info on their websites:

https://capitolhillautonomous.zone/index.html

https://capitolhillaz.com/

They have a subreddit too:

https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomousZone/

An interview with the person who started the farms in Chaz: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2020/06...le-gardens

It seems that a group on 4chan has been spreading all sorts of false news about this place, so if you've heard some bad stuff, it might have come from there. Check their FAQ to see what the people in the actual community have to say about it. The subreddit also has residents there posting, so that's a good place to look as well.

Some interesting quotes:

Quote:I live in an apartment within Chaz. What a crazy past few days. Just want it to clarify a few things..
  • No one has come knocking on my door
  • No one has threatened me or demanded money in exchange for protection
  • Everyone i've met has been amazing
  • There are no armed guards protecting the area
  • I've never seen this area more alive. I can't put it to words. There's just an amazing vibe around the entire area.
  • There is no cow
  • I've never felt more safe in the area
  • Everyone is getting along
I'm renewing my lease next month and I hope to be a resident of Chaz for a long time.
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo...az_what_a/

Quote:I think we’ve been legit in a bubble. I’ve been fielding questions and concerns from people downtown, in First hill, and in CD asking about organisation, goals, armed patrols, and creating sustainable ag in Cal Anderson park. Like...It’s legit just a public space without cops where people come together to listen to one another and where people still go about their daily lives lol.
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo...e/ftm7rcx/

Quote:A lot of people seem to be ridiculing it based on assumptions and expectations they made up themselves. I live on the other side of Washington but it's pretty obvious they're not trying to "secede and start a new country". It's not supposed to be sealed off and independent from the rest of Seattle, you can walk in and out freely as far as I can tell. It's not supposed to be the start of a revolution. The only people I've heard claiming any of that are the people that are criticizing it. Raz seems to be narcissistic and violent but other than that one person everyone involved seems to be having fun and chilling. That's it. Just chilling without police or traffic. Free food and entertainment and a place to organize. Why are people making it out to be something way bigger/more extreme than it really is? I don't think anyone expects anything out of it, much less for it to last very long, but it's a cool experiment and a middle finger to the government which I think a lot of people are feeling right now

Edit: very weird how this post was untouched for almost an hour until 5:00am on the dot I got 4 comments disagreeing, and entirely missing my point, in less than 5 minutes. Did y'all start your shift on the brigade patrol?
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo..._the_hate/

I'll occasionally update this post as I find more interesting information.
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#1
I think this is fascinating, and I'm curious to see what happens next. I love the concept of self-governed communities.

Is it perfect? Hell no! It's a bunch of flawed humans trying to do something different in response to the insane shit that happened there recently. That's precisely the point: it's something different. Something different is certainly necessary over there.

More info on their websites:

https://capitolhillautonomous.zone/index.html

https://capitolhillaz.com/

They have a subreddit too:

https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomousZone/

An interview with the person who started the farms in Chaz: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2020/06...le-gardens

It seems that a group on 4chan has been spreading all sorts of false news about this place, so if you've heard some bad stuff, it might have come from there. Check their FAQ to see what the people in the actual community have to say about it. The subreddit also has residents there posting, so that's a good place to look as well.

Some interesting quotes:

Quote:I live in an apartment within Chaz. What a crazy past few days. Just want it to clarify a few things..
  • No one has come knocking on my door
  • No one has threatened me or demanded money in exchange for protection
  • Everyone i've met has been amazing
  • There are no armed guards protecting the area
  • I've never seen this area more alive. I can't put it to words. There's just an amazing vibe around the entire area.
  • There is no cow
  • I've never felt more safe in the area
  • Everyone is getting along
I'm renewing my lease next month and I hope to be a resident of Chaz for a long time.
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo...az_what_a/

Quote:I think we’ve been legit in a bubble. I’ve been fielding questions and concerns from people downtown, in First hill, and in CD asking about organisation, goals, armed patrols, and creating sustainable ag in Cal Anderson park. Like...It’s legit just a public space without cops where people come together to listen to one another and where people still go about their daily lives lol.
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo...e/ftm7rcx/

Quote:A lot of people seem to be ridiculing it based on assumptions and expectations they made up themselves. I live on the other side of Washington but it's pretty obvious they're not trying to "secede and start a new country". It's not supposed to be sealed off and independent from the rest of Seattle, you can walk in and out freely as far as I can tell. It's not supposed to be the start of a revolution. The only people I've heard claiming any of that are the people that are criticizing it. Raz seems to be narcissistic and violent but other than that one person everyone involved seems to be having fun and chilling. That's it. Just chilling without police or traffic. Free food and entertainment and a place to organize. Why are people making it out to be something way bigger/more extreme than it really is? I don't think anyone expects anything out of it, much less for it to last very long, but it's a cool experiment and a middle finger to the government which I think a lot of people are feeling right now

Edit: very weird how this post was untouched for almost an hour until 5:00am on the dot I got 4 comments disagreeing, and entirely missing my point, in less than 5 minutes. Did y'all start your shift on the brigade patrol?
https://old.reddit.com/r/CapHillAutonomo..._the_hate/

I'll occasionally update this post as I find more interesting information.
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