Last week, while I was down at the federal courthouse working on this story, a man (youngish) and a woman (not-so-youngish) approached me about the first-ever Everything for Everyone festival—a free, two-day event with music, lectures, workshops, etc. this weekend.
The young man, Blake Pendergrass, said the EFE festival was the first of its kind in the country and they'd have people coming in from Occupy communities in Chicago, Oakland, New York, and many other cities.
Saturday's events will happen in Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill—which the EFE festival is temporarily renaming "Sally Hemmings" Park—and its centerpiece event will be a panel called "Beyond the Gaystream: Why Equality Does Not Equal Liberation." Sunday's events will happen at Seattle First Baptist Church on First Hill and its main event, at 4 pm, sounds like the most incendiary one: "From Down with Mubarak to Down with the 1%, a Discussion of Strategy and Revolution."
That session, Pendergrass told me, would be a conversation/debate between the moderate-liberals who support Occupy and the radicals: a heated subject in Seattle since the Occupy movement first erupted.
It says something about our city—though I'm not exactly sure what—that these camps exchange so much vitriol. The Occupy movement in Oakland, for example, seems more unabashedly radical. OWS in New York seemed to get those two centers of gravity to peacefully coexist in a cosmopolitan, New York way. But in Seattle, the moderates and the radicals have been at each other's throats.
I'll be out of town, but if I could attend one event at the Everything for Everyone festival, it would be Sunday at 4 pm. The whole schedule is here.