Taking on ‘Bezos’ bullying,’ Sawant’s March on Amazon will start on Capitol Hill — UPDATE

Sawant below the Amazon Spheres at a rally last week

The next major free speech event at Cal Anderson Park? It will target Seattle’s largest publicly traded company and one of the largest employers of Capitol Hill residents in the city. UPDATE: A representative tells CHS the rally is now slated to take place at Seattle Central.

District 3 representative Kshama Sawant — go ahead and get your cut and paste CHS anti-Socialist Alternative comments ready, haters — and the Affordable Housing Alliance are organizing a Saturday, May 12th March on Amazon:

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Happy 70th birthday, Cal Anderson

(Image: Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives)

Cal Anderson, the man Capitol Hill’s central park is named for, would have turned 70 today.

Anderson died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 47 in 1995. Anderson lives on in Washington history as the state’s first openly gay legislator:

Anderson was a Democratic activist and an aide to Seattle City Council Member George Benson and to Mayor Charles Royer. He was a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army in Vietnam and called himself, “a Democrat who happens to be gay” (The Seattle Times). In the legislature Anderson backed gay rights legislation and battled initiatives that would discriminate against gays. He also worked for campaign finance reform, easier voter registration, and open access to government documents.

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Memorial Pathway will honor fight against HIV/AIDS, connect Cal Anderson to Capitol Hill Station

This mural of Cal Anderson was part of the park in 2012 on the “Big Red Wall” surrounding Capitol Hill Station construction (Image: CHS)

The search has begun for artists to create the AIDS Memorial Pathway, a Seattle AIDS memorial planned for Cal Anderson Park and the plaza at the heart of the development set to arise around Capitol Hill Station.

Artists have until the end of May to submit their proposals for the project “honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County” — Continue reading

CHS Pics | Seattle March for Science champions ‘underrepresented voices’

The March for Science returned to the streets of Capitol Hill this weekend with a focus on the underrepresented voices in its call for evidence-based policies in Washington D.C.

“We also can’t understate the importance of diverse perspectives and experiences in science,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said before calling out a roster of those voices. “How many know about Mamie Phillips Clark, the first black woman to earn a doctoral degree from Columbia, whose research on racism was vital to the Brown v. Board of Education decision?” Continue reading

Cal Anderson, starting point for Seattle’s ongoing shows of resistance, hosts March for Science again Saturday

March For Science

Speaking of Seattle’s robust roster of free speech events, Cal Anderson Park will, again, be the center of the Emerald City’s resistance Saturday. This time, the scientists are back:

Seattle March for Science 2018

The 2018 Seattle March for Science starts Saturday morning in Cal Anderson with a march to Seattle Center slated to step off at 11:30 AM. Last year, more than 25,000 people marched, organizers say. “One year later, despite significant successes, science and evidence-based policy are experiencing an ever-increasing assault by the current administration,” they write.

While the city is sorting out how to better cover the cost of policing its major events including rallies and marches, there is also some concern among local merchants around Cal Anderson Park about the resources available to help out when huge crowds descend on the public space and fill Capitol Hill’s streets. The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce recently brought business representatives together with representatives from City Hall to talk more about the issue and what resources could be made available to help.


Seattle’s March for Our Lives fills Pine from Cal Anderson to downtown with calls for gun control and kids ready to vote

Tens of thousands of students, friends, and family filled Cal Anderson and then proceeded to fill two miles of Pine from the park to downtown Saturday as the March for Our Lives protest put faces to the growing call for more to be done to address gun violence.

“We are infuriated,” student activist Asher said from the stage as the crowd listened to speeches and waited for the march to the Seattle Center to begin.

Activists from the student group Youth 4 Peace took the stage with long-stem roses, tossing them down to the ground while naming casualties of gun violence. “We are not afraid,” said Elijiah, 18 years old, from South Seattle. “Before you write any bills, before you make any decisions on guns, think about your children,” he said. “Think about your grandchildren and think about their children because whatever you write now will effect generations to come.”

Seattle area students rallied on Capitol Hill Saturday to march for gun law reform, drawing thousands of sign wielding supporters. Community members and students filled the park’s Bobby Morris sports field by 10:30 AM with temperatures in the mid forties but under fortunately dry skies to hear speeches from student activists, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Voter registration efforts were underway throughout the crowd and a group of students symbolically registered to vote together on the stage, cheered on by thousands.

Naleah M. 15 – Spokane, Central Valley HS, “There was a school shooting in our district, it was put on lockdown. We shouldn’t have to worry about that while we are trying to learn.”

Yonathan D. – 17 – Lynnwood, Edmonds-Woodway HS, “I feel like coming here [will be] more impactful. It’s been 20yrs since Columbine, if we don’t do anything, who will?

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What you need to know about Saturday’s March for Our Lives Seattle

Students outside Garfield High during the March 14th walkout

Kids are leading the procession but plenty of Washington dignitaries will be on hand Saturday as the March for Our Lives student-led protest march starts at Cal Anderson.

Senator Maria Cantwell and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be among the speakers at the march’s 10 AM start on Capitol Hill, organizers announced. They’ll be joined by student organizers including Rhiannon Rasaretnam of Maple Valley’s Tahoma High School. CHS spoke with Rasaretnam earlier about her group’s efforts as part of a nationwide day of student marches. “I feel like youth around the nation seeing that students can take the lead on this inspires them to increase their own role in their own community,” Rasaretnam said.

“It is time to keep our schools safe and adopt common sense gun reform,” Ferguson said in the announcement of his planned appearance. “Our youth are taking a leadership role to address gun violence. I’m proud to join the young voices who are Washington’s future leaders.”

March for Our Lives Seattle
Saturday, March 24th, 10 AM. March expected to begin at 11 AM.
Starts at Cal Anderson before marching down pine to downtown and on to Key Arena
Getting there: Officials advise marchers use Capitol Hill Station and avoid trying to park in the area
Why: Student organizers are asking for “action on banning assault rifles, banning bump stocks nationally, raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, ensuring school safety without use of firearms and calling on members of Congress and corporations to stop accepting support from or providing support for the NRA.”

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Students from across state coming to Capitol Hill for March for Our Lives protest

The students from March for Our Lives Seattle made a trip to Olympia to spread their message (Image: March for Our Lives Seattle)

With Mayor Jenny Durkan set to lead a town hall Thursday night addressing the youth-led push against gun violence, a coalition of students from across the state has announced its members will be part of the March 24th protest march slated to begin on Capitol Hill:

A coalition of Washington State students today announced that they are working to unite their communities to stand in solidarity with the March for Our Lives protest, a student-led demonstration created in response to the most recent mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Protest marches are scheduled throughout the country on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Seattle’s demonstration begins at 10:00 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill and will be marching to Key Arena.

Maple Valley student Rhiannon Rasaretnam tells CHS she was inspired by the student activism at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the wake of the Valentine’s Day deadly mass shooting at the school. “I feel like youth around the nation seeing that students can take the lead on this inspires them to increase their own role in their own community,” Rasaretnam said. “I want the focus to be on the face a lot of these marches are being led by the students.”

The Tahoma High School student is joining Ballard High’s Emilia Allard to organize the coalition effort that they say also includes students from public and private schools in Gig Harbor, Marysville, South Seattle, and other local communities. Rasaretnam said that students gathering in Seattle from communities across the region is an important part of the message. Continue reading

Seattle student walkouts planned in response to Parkland school shooting

(Image: Everytown)

A movement of students calling for gun control reform following the country’s latest school mass shooting is inspiring a wave of walkouts and marches including one planned for Saturday, March 24th starting at Cal Anderson.

A Seattle component of the March for Our Lives effort is planning to gather on 11th Ave on March 24th for a march to Seattle Center. Everytown, a nonprofit dedicated to gun control and addressing gun violence led by Michael Bloomberg, is organizing the events:

Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action. On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C and in local communities across the country to demand action from our leaders. Join us in the March For Our Lives, as we fight for an America that is free from gun violence.

A school day walkout, meanwhile, is being planned for Wednesday, March 14th as the organizers from the Women’s March movement plan to rally in cities across the country. Continue reading

Project to replace Pike/Pine natural gas mains begins next week

The electrical grid. Our sewage system. The underpinnings of an old neighborhood facing an ongoing population spike need care and maintenance — and, sometimes, a full replacement. A Puget Sound Energy project to replace major swaths of 1980s-era main gas pipes beneath the core of Capitol Hill is set to begin next week.

“In an ongoing effort to deliver safe and reliable energy to our Seattle-area customers, Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas system maintenance program will soon be underway in your neighborhood,” a bulletin on the project sent to customers reads. “The work requires PSE to replace the existing, underground natural gas main, installed in the early 1980’s, with corrosion-resistant plastic main. We are committed to completing the work with as little inconvenience to you as possible.” Continue reading