The “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest over police violence and the slaying of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has spread across the nation, around the world, and onto Capitol Hill. Thursday night, an incident that echoes with the themes of violence in the name of public safety, race, and the power and the role of media in protest will be the subject of a forum at Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum.
Earlier this month, Seattle freelance photographer and frequent CHS contributor Alex Garland captured pictures and video of a disturbing incident outside the Westlake mall in which private security targeted a black man with pepper spray after a fracas broke out at a protest against violence in Gaza.
Garland will be on hand along with a panel for Thursday’s forum described as “a community discussion about what happened at Westlake, and what we can do as a community beyond recognizing events like these as unjust.”
More details on Thursday night’s free event are below. Continue reading
The First Amendment will be in full effect this week as May Day’s marchers cross the Hill and activists rally. We’ll have more on preparations on Capitol Hill soon. Tuesday, a smaller group crossed the neighborhood on its way downtown as a few dozen high school students marched and rallied against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Their destination was 2nd Ave’s Federal Building where the group blocked the entrance for a short time — and drew a stern look from a security agent.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced it would delay planning for the 1,700-mile pipeline that would run between Alberta and Nebraska. Opponents are concerned about the proposed pipeline’s impact on Nebraska’s “ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region.”
MARCH FOR LIBERTY!
TELL KEY BANK:GIVE BLACK SEATTLE ITS BUILDING BACK!
ST. PATRICK’S MONDAY, MARCH 17 RALLY AT 3 PM
AFRICATOWN´S HISTORIC LIBERTY BANK BUILDING
2320 E. UNION STREET
MARCH AT 4 PM TO KEY BANK ON CAPITOL HILL
1224 MADISON STREET
Seattle’s Black community worked hard and pulled together to build its own bank in 1960s.
They bought their own land, designed their own building, laid their own bricks, and began to thrive.
The WA state government killed Liberty Bank and gave its land to Key Bank as a gift in the 1980s.
Key Bank made out like bandits in the recent securitized foreclosure land grab.
Then they pulled their banking services out of the Africatown Central District last year.
Now, they want to profit by liquidating the Liberty Bank building in a back door real estate sale.
JOIN US AGAIN WEDNESDAY
TO ENSURE LIBERTY’S BUILDING IS PRESERVED FOR ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN AFRICATOWN HISTORY!
At the Landmark Hearing for the Historic Liberty Bank Site
Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 3:30 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor – Rm 4060
The bank was unanimously nominated for designation at the February hearing but this is the hearing for designation and more support is needed. The community is encouraged to send comments of support and come out and support to: Erin Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org
After a surprise anti-gentrification protest blocked the buses for a short time to start the work week, Seattle Police cruisers were on hand Tuesday near Microsoft Connector stops on Capitol Hill.
The Connector system is running as usual, a company spokesperson told CHS Tuesday.
The police presence came after two protesters unfurled a banner and handed out flyers Monday morning while blocking the corporate shuttles — and a few public buses — on Bellevue at Pine. “The Microsoft Connector bus is an active agent in the hyper-gentrification of Capitol HIll and other rapidly transforming Seattle neighborhoods,” the flyers read.
The Microsoft Connector includes 22 routes with 74 busses total in the Puget Sound region. Around 250 passengers ride each day from Capitol Hill to Redmond/Bellevue. Those busses average about 70% capacity, according to the company. In total, the Connector serves about 3,000 people per day. According to Microsoft, 65% of those who ride the connector drove to work alone prior to the system’s availability.
In San Francisco, protests against corporate shuttle systems have grown into a significant political issue and occasional public safety threat. So far, Seattle’s incident seems more like a well calculated publicity stunt. The attention it generated has been significant — for example, Monday’s visitor total for CHS was the second highest daily total in the last 12 months and the post was linked to from sites including the Seattle Times, New York Times, Cnet, The Verge and the SF Chronicle, to name a few. “Google bus” protests spread to Seattle, the Chronicle headlined their take on the incident. We shall see.
(Image: Tides of Flame)
Meanwhile, as the Microsoft transportation system appeared to not miss a beat on Tuesday, another protest action targeted a different tech giant and changing Seattle neighborhood. “Train blockaded at Amazon HQ,” boasted this post at the Tides of Flame site explaining that the latest protest targeted the Seattle-based online retail and services company for its work with the Central Intelligence Agency. “This new data cloud will help the CIA coordinate their massacres, assassinations, and terrorism across the planet,” the unidentified protesters wrote.
Two days of anti-corporate protest activities with similar MOs might have you wondering what’s next.