Wednesday Jolt: Protest Kids and Phoenix Jones

By Afternoon Jolt October 12, 2011

Today's Winner: Occupy Seattle

The Occupy Seattle demonstrators got a boost today when students from local colleges and universities headed down to Westlake Plaza, swelling the protest ranks to nearly 500 folks.

Student participation also added a tangible legislative agenda item to the local protests as students expressed chagrin over higher ed funding cuts in Olympia.

(Professors at the UW—the University of Washington Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP-UW—voted last night to support the protests.)

The 2011-2013 state budget comes with harsh cuts to higher ed—a $639 million cut, for about a 20 percent hit.

Some context: Higher ed funding dropped from $3 billion in the 2009-2011 budget (10 percent of the $30 billion state budget) to $2.4 billion slated for the 2011-2013 budget (8 percent of the $32 billion state budget.)

And keep in mind, the funding drop is even worse than the numbers show because in order to maintain the services that $3 billion in higher ed funding paid for in 2009-2011, we’d certainly have to spend more than $3 billion in 2011-2013—not, as we are,  $639 million less.

Protesters voted 108-17 to take the city up on its offer (with stipulations) and move the protests to City Hall tonight. The city reached a deal on the specifics of the migration from Westlake to city hall this afternoon. The SPD has been authorized by Mayor Mike McGinn to arrest protesters who violate no camping rules in Westlake tonight.

Today's Loser: Phoenix Jones

Seattle's famous masked crusader Phoenix Jones can't seem to catch a break. Already potentially facing assault charges for allegedly pepper spraying four people in Pioneer Square last weekend, and having been unmasked by the Smoking Gun, Jones has now suffered perhaps the worst indignity a caped crusader can face.

In news broken by The Gutters earlier today, Batman went on-record, calling Phoenix Jones a "douche."

Batman could not be reached for comment.
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