Occupy Seattle protester in pepper spray incident served on Issaquah School Board

December 13, 2011

Occupy Seattle protester Dorli Rainey, 84, turned into the unlikely face of Occupy protests nationwide after police used pepper spray against demonstrators last month.

Dorli Rainey

The incident came as the latest chapter in a long record of civic engagement for Rainey, a former Issaquah School Board member.

Seattle police officers used pepper spray against Rainey and other protesters Nov. 15 as the group blocked a downtown Seattle street and ignored orders to disperse. In the moments after the incident, a photographer captured Rainey as pepper spray and a material meant to dilute the irritant dripped from her face.

“I’m not a dangerous person,” she said days after the incident. “I did not ask for this fame. I really did not ask for this.”

The photo — by seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo — soon started to go viral, as bloggers and media outlets reposted the image. Then came calls from journalists around the globe. Rainey appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” the day after the incident.

“My whole life has turned upside down,” she said. “My phone rings constantly. My inbox keeps telling me to clean it out.”

Detective Mark Jamieson, Seattle Police Department spokesman, said officers use pepper spray after warning demonstrators and exhausting other options to disperse the crowd.

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Occupy Seattle protester in miscarriage case is Issaquah graduate

December 13, 2011

Jennifer Fox, a protester at Occupy Seattle and a 2011 Issaquah High School graduate, skyrocketed to national attention in recent days after she said she miscarried following a confrontation between police and protesters, even as police and the media questioned the claim.

Fox, 19, attributed the miscarriage to kicks and pepper spray from police. The teenager is seen in a video screaming after police used pepper spray against Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park on Nov. 15.

Fox initially told The Stranger, a Seattle alternative newspaper, she suffered a miscarriage after the confrontation, but she has not provided medical documentation to the media during subsequent interviews.

The viral video and Fox’s reported miscarriage attracted national attention, including from The Washington Post and Forbes.

Occupy Seattle protester in miscarriage case is Issaquah graduate

November 23, 2011

NEW — 10:35 p.m. Nov. 23, 2011

Jennifer Fox, a protester at Occupy Seattle and a 2011 Issaquah High School graduate, skyrocketed to national attention in recent days after she said she miscarried following a confrontation between police and protesters, even as police and the media questioned the claim.

Fox, 19, attributed the miscarriage to kicks and pepper spray from police. The teenager is seen in a video screaming after police used pepper spray against Occupy Seattle protesters at Westlake Park on Nov. 15.

Fox initially told The Stranger, a Seattle alternative newspaper, she suffered a miscarriage after the confrontation, but she has not provided medical documentation to the media during subsequent interviews.

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Local man joins Occupy Seattle protest

November 15, 2011

The ongoing demonstrations at Occupy Seattle and other Occupy Wall Street-inspired rallies launched a national discussion about economic and social equality.

The local demonstration also attracted Reece Allawatt, a Sammamish resident, Eastside Catholic High School alumnus and recent Gonzaga University graduate.

“It’s like the Constitution says. It’s ‘we the people.’ We’re the ones who have the power,” he said. “If we don’t like the way that our representatives are representing us as a people, then we have the right to voice our dissent.”

In between LSAT preparation and part-time jobs, Allawatt joined the crowd at Occupy Seattle.

“Some of us Occupys have real jobs that we actually have to take part in,” he quipped.

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Occupy movement comes to Sammamish

November 15, 2011

The Occupy movement in New York, Seattle and other big cities is coming to Sammamish from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at Inglewood Hill Road and 228th Avenue.

The group, comprised of middle-class citizens from a range of occupations, with diverse political views and at different stages of life, invites the citizens of Sammamish to join them in a peaceful, orderly Occupy Sammamish demonstration.

Learn more at MoveOn.org.