Elected officials have reaffirmed Seattle as a “sanctuary city” following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and now Capitol Hill community leaders want to take actions to further establish the neighborhood as welcoming and safe.
“We’re thinking about … what are some of the tactics that we can be explicit about,” Capitol Hill Community Council President Zachary DeWolf told CHS.
The group’s approach aims to provide sanctuary for people being harassed or discriminated against, educate and activate community members, and raise awareness. Continue reading
- Love wins (Images with permission to CHS)
In the wake of terribleness following the election victory of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a swastika appeared on a utility pole at Mercer and Belmont. One may have appeared there before but, before Election Night 2016, we had never seen that symbol, that bold.
“This is a historic LGBTQ neighborhood in Seattle,” a Capitol Hill resident who recorded the scene said, according to the Stranger. “Overnight, a swastika has appeared on a light pole… the after effects of Trump are real.” The Stranger reports a local business owner quickly painted over the hate symbol “so people in the neighborhood didn’t have to see it.”
Instead, they saw something else. Neighbor Roy sent CHS the pictures at the top of this post showing “the quick and awesome response by the community.” Continue reading
With reporting by Bryan Cohen
UPDATE: The neo-Nazis never showed at Cal Anderson Park Sunday evening, but hundreds of sopping wet people rallied and marched on Capitol Hill to say they weren’t welcome anyway. After the larger crowds of protestors dissipated, a smaller core remained and began a familiar slow-motion race around Broadway and Pike/Pine flanked by an increasing police presence before the “order to disperse” was finally given around 8:15 PM and the cat and mouse game came to an end with a group of around 100 anarchists and anti-fascists milling about in Cal Anderson.
Earlier in the night, Antifa counter-protestors braved the wind and rain to gather in the park to be ready to confront a skinhead group reported to be marching on Capitol Hill. A post on a white supremacist website appeared last week called for a gathering on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. From all appearances, that gathering did not occur. Continue reading