Police investigate 18/Mercer armed robbery

A woman reported she was robbed by an assailant who held a knife to her throat Saturday night near 18th and Mercer.

According to East Precinct radio reports, the armed robbery was reported just before 9:30 PM. The suspect held what was described as a “white handled” knife to the woman’s throat and stole her purse before fleeing in a waiting vehicle.

The suspect was described as a black male in his late 20s or 30s, around 6 feet tall, wearing a black knit hat and a black jacket. The vehicle was last seen leaving the area headed east on E Republican. There was no vehicle description available. There were no immediate arrests.

The victim was not seriously injured in the incident.

Capitol Hill Community Post | #ExposeRape, a Public Art Campaign Against Rape

Round3_Don't Rape by PUSPUS at Crybaby Studios 12781990_10154038229744668_502545347_nFrom the Expose Rape Coalition

Anti-Rape PSA campaign aimed at driving local awareness on national issue

Seattle, Wash., April 28, 2016 – #ExposeRape is a community coalition of anti-rape organizers and artists dedicated to dismantling rape culture in Seattle. #ExposeRape was formed out of necessity in response to the media attention given to a series of international high profile rape proponents and the lack of institutional action and accountability.

First, before we dive into our mission, just what is “rape culture?” According to the organization Women against violence against women, “rape culture” is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized sexual violence.”

Our mission is to expose and broaden the way that rape is viewed and defined, bust rape myths and create consent culture through public art. We are not compromising in our message and we don’t have to divide rape by the communities it affects. By highlighting a diverse group of artists in this project we aim to represent a wide range of experiences, all with powerful messages in combating rape culture.

The first project is a poster series plastered across the city of Seattle under the tag #ExposeRape. We have received submissions from 12 artists with anti-rape messaging. This project serves as a public service announcement in combating rape culture by calling into question rape myths and harmful norms around drinking, consent and sexual space.

While rape culture has sprung up in national public dialogue in reference to University campuses, a local effort to combat rape culture in more spaces than elite universities has been largely lacking.

#ExposeRape seeks to fill this gap in Seattle by sparking a dialogue in the streets.

Join the conversation during a forum on Thursday June 2nd at the old Value Village Warehouse on 11th Ave to exhibit the art and create a space for public dialogue and solution seeking on this issue.

Artists Featured


Eric Jolson Rhea Vega

Kaya Axelsson

Shogo Ota

Alex Garland

Oscar Arreguin Mendez

Ken McCarty

Crybaby Studios

CamCreature & Ms. 3

Amy Huber

Jazz Brown

Yoona Lee

I Want You Studio (Christian Petersen)

About #ExposeRape
As Seattle changes rapidly and density increases, many culture shocks are deeply felt, sexual violence and street harassment among them. Too often, this experience is suffered in silence. With the #ExposeRape project we are seeking to call out rape culture and create consent culture through public art.

Capitol Hill Community Post | High School Students Stage Real Stories of WWII Pilots

From The Northwest School
ww2heroOriginal play returns from 10-day tour in England; local WWII veterans expected to be in audience

Seattle, WA – Crates of Thunder, an original play written by professional director and playwright Laura Ferri and performed by a cast of Northwest School high school students, will be performed this Friday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. in The Northwest School’s 401 Pike Theatre. Several of the veterans and others whose life experiences are woven into the play are expected to be in the audience. A Q&A will follow the performance.

The play, fresh from a successful ten-day tour in England where it was featured in the re-opening ceremony of the American Air Museum (AAM) in Cambridge, looks at WWII through the lens of the war plane. It tells the story of the American Eighth Army Air Force in England, who flew the Boeing-built B-17, and their interactions with the British people and the Royal Air Force during WWII, as well as workers on the American home-front who built and ferried the planes across the country.

More a form of living documentary theater than a play with an A to Z plot arc, the play contains many scenes derived from the real life experiences of local WWII veterans and others who lived through the war. The play features stories drawn from oral histories conducted by NWS students, as well as other research, material drawn from historical visits in England, and transcripts and artifacts housed at the AAM and other museums.

Of special note is a scene written by cast member and Northwest School student Frank Garland, award-winning young playwright, who created it with the support of Hollywood screenwriter and Battle of the Bulge veteran Stewart Stern. The scene, one of the most moving of the play, features a poem written by Stern during his service, entitled “We Were Three.” Stern was in the audience at a Raisbeck Aviation High School performance last year and stood afterward to express his deep appreciation for all the play addressed. Said Stern: “This should be performed forever.”

The Northwest School is an independent, day and boarding college preparatory school, serving 500 students in grades 6-12. Founded in 1980, it is the only co-ed boarding school in Seattle, with fifteen percent of its students coming from countries around the world. Its interdisciplinary curriculum of humanities, arts, and sciences prepares students to think critically, act compassionately, and make a positive impact on the world. For more information, visit www.northwestschool.org.

Civic duty | Sawant ‘End Mass Incarceration’ forum, EastPAC community crime meeting

Thursday night brings overlapping opportunities to meet and learn more about how we police the streets of the East Precinct. The gatherings also present views of two strikingly different points in the path to crime and justice.

11217973_1158704170841245_4819840984223012997_nCity Council member and District 3 representative Kshama Sawant will present a forum discussion of efforts to expand the city’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program:

Please join me and the Capitol Hill Community Council on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm at the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E, 98112) to discuss how we can implement the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (L.E.A.D.) program in District 3 as a possible alternative to failed “tough on crime” policies.

EastPAC-Logo-2015-Small_3Meanwhile, the SPD-backed East Precinct Advisor Council will hold its monthly meeting with a focus on the latest crime trends and enforcement efforts around Capitol Hill and the Central District:

Please join us for our monthly meeting. We will review: The current SeaStat report for Seattle with a focus on East Precinct. The Micro Community Police Plans Current initiatives

EastPAC April Meeting
April 28th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM in room 142 at Seattle University’s Chardin Hall, 1020 East Jefferson

Ending Mass Incarceration | LEAD: An Alternative to Jail and Prison
April 28th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E

Delivery driver injured on Broadway after hit by load of glass

(Image: @adamantra via Twitter)

(Image: @adamantra via Twitter)

A delivery driver outside Broadway’s Perkins Glass was injured Wednesday morning when a reported 15 sheets of glass fell on him as he worked with the load, according to witnesses and Seattle Fire reports.

The driver suffered a head injury in the incident and was transported to the hospital. Seattle Fire described the injuries to the 35-year-old as minor. The incident was reported just before 10 AM and left shattered glass scattered across the Broadway bikeway.

Perkins Glass has operated on the 1400 block of Broadway since 1972. CHS talked with the family-run company in 2010.

City Council Notes | Seattle drinking water update, Business Improvement Area rules, Stonewall

Here are a few items of note from Monday action at City Hall:

  • Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 3.41.07 PMSeattle drinking water warning: The Council heard Monday that the Seattle Public Utilities warning that drinking water in the city’s older homes could be contaminated with lead can be, well, watered down. From SPU:
    Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said today that two days of extensive testing in five Seattle homes confirms the city’s water continues to be safe to drink. The utility started testing after learning last week that Tacoma Public Utilities had detected high levels of lead in four water samples taken from galvanized steel service lines. In response to that information, SPU asked Seattle residents to run their water before using it if the water had not been run for a while. SPU then initiated its own tests to see if the problems reported in Tacoma exist here. The Seattle test results announced today are well below the action level for lead of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The highest level recorded in Seattle’s tests was 1.95 ppb.

    SPU has also rolled out a new tool to look up information about the water pipes serving residences at www.seattle.gov/util/lead.

  • Switch to districts = more work = more City Hall employees: The City Council voted Monday afternoon to approve a new legislative staffer for each of the body’s nine elected members:
    In 2013, Seattle voters approved an amendment to the City Charter that changed the way that Councilmembers were elected. Beginning in 2015, seven of the nine Councilmembers were elected by district, with the remaining two positions being elected “at large.” The additional staff support provided by the new positions in this ordinance will be used to address the increased workload resulting from this switch to district elections.
    Some questioned why Council members need more support simply because of the switch to districts in Seattle. The Council voted 8-1 Monday to approve the new headcount.
  • Business Improvement Area rules: Monday, the full Council also approved a clean-up of the rules used to govern the city’s Business Improvement Areas — just in time for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 plans to greatly expand the neighborhood’s BIA.
  • Stonewall: Also passed Monday:
    A RESOLUTION expressing The City of Seattle’s fervent support for the designation of the area around the Stonewall Inn as a National Monument to be administered under the purview of the National Parks Service.

Central District church burglary, graffiti investigated as hate crime

Sunday as its congregation prepared to celebrate the church’s 67th anniversary, leaders at the Central District’s Curry Temple CME arrived to find a terrible mess inside the 23rd Ave house of worship and hateful messages spray painted across the walls.

“Our church has been vandalized & items were stolen,” a message posted to the church’s Facebook page reads. “We had worship service we also had our 67th anniversary celebration at 3 o’clock the Devil is a Lie we should not be defeated and no weapon formed against us will ever prosper.”

Police are investigating the burglary and vandalism as malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute. The damage and messages are similar to the destruction that happened last month at the Africatown Center. In that investigation, police said a volunteer had been arrested in connection with the case.

At Curry Temple, the church is vowing to overcome the damage. A donation page has been set up and parishioners and the community are planning to gather Saturday at 10 AM for a prayer vigil and “call to action.”

“We are calling for Faith based leaders and Community leaders & Members to come together, stand with Curry Temple in Solidarity in [the] the Central District,” the announcement reads. “We are like a tree planted by water we shall not be moved.”


This week in CHS history | 2015 minimum wage pizza closure, rent control town hall, La Cocina Oaxaquena

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Capitol Hill Community Post | 5th graders hold “camp-in” protest to teach lesson in accountabililty

UPDATE 4/22/16 10:00 AM: CHS stopped by to get some pictures of the action Friday morning. Good luck, 5th graders. And, yes, we are all 5th graders! Solidarity.

From Christine Stepherson — Mother of 5th Grader at Stevens Elementary


SEATTLE – Fifth grade students at Stevens Elementary are gaining valuable lessons this week about accountability, using your voice and civil disobedience. In response to cancellation of their camp-out, they will be “camping-in” – setting up tents across the school lawn and boycotting the first hour of school with picket signs to protest the principal and Seattle Public Schools unilateral decision to cancel their trip for a procedural error made by Stevens’ administration.

WHO                     5TH Grade Students of Stevens Elementary School and their parents

WHAT                   Student “camp-in” protest and boycott of first period. 30+ students of Stevens Elementary, with their parents, will set up tents across the school lawn, complete with homemade picket signs to bring attention to the lack of accountability at their school. Students and parents will be available for interviews on site.

WHERE                 Stevens Elementary

1242 18th Ave E

WHEN                  Friday, April 22, 2016

8 – 9:30 a.m. 

WHY:      In their final year of elementary school, these students have been denied the annual rite of passage that upper classmates have enjoyed for years. For many Seattle Public Elementary students, the 5th grade camp is the much awaited reward and privilege that culminates in their final year before graduation. For some students it is the first time they have been exposed to camping, nature and science in action. Instead they and their parents received abrupt notice this week from the formerly absent Principal Kelly Archer cancelling the scheduled and promised camp:unnamed (1)

“I’ve been looking forward to camp all year as the last experience with kids I’ve been in school with since kindergarten,” said Sofia Sevenko, an 11 –year old 5th grader at Stevens. “We don’t understand how this could be taken away two weeks before we’re headed to camp.”

 “I am really bummed they cancelled camp. Every 5th grade gets to go and ever since kindergarten we thought we were going too,” said Antonio Costa an 11-year-old Stevens’ student since kindergarten. “All the kids have gotten together and we’re protesting at recess every day but we still haven’t heard from the principal exactly why it was cancelled. I don’t understand why they just can’t say.”

This poor communication and lack of accountability is just one incident in a 6-year cycle of mismanagement at the school that has resulted in urgent parent communication to the district, legal recourse over special education and heightened dissatisfaction with the school by teachers and families.

“The letter said it was because of school staff missing deadlines. We have been teaching these kids about timeliness and responsibility, not to mention accountability — and they’re told their camp was cancelled for a dropped ball?” said parent of 5thgrader Traci Paniora. “I know how hard I have been trying to instill these ideals into my son’s responsibility vernacular. What kind of example is this administration setting?”

*Principal Archer was on medical leave for the last three months after several years of parents calling for her resignation and lawsuits filed over mishandling of special education dollars. The cancellation of camp is the first communication the Stevens community received that she had returned to the school on Monday, April 18.