‘I want them to know that they’re not alone’ — Seattle joins nationwide rallies for immigration rights

In a show of unity and solidarity just days before the nation’s Independence Day holiday, thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center to rally against current immigration policies, the mistreatment of immigrant families, and to protest the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separation of children from their parents.

Waves of families and activists poured off the light rail at Angle Lake station near Sea-Tac airport, and filled the street in front of the detention center while guards and cameras watched the crowd from the rooftop.

The Families Belong Together rally, a nationwide coordinated day of action, kicked off a week of activity directed at ICE treatment of immigrants and the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. The event at SeaTac brought together an estimated 6,000-8,000 people, including unions, veterans, human rights organizations, elected officials, and community members.

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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.


Officials unsure how many thousands to expect on Capitol Hill as plan for 2018 Seattle Women’s March comes together

In 2017, the first marchers reached Seattle Center before the last marchers left Judkins Park (Image: CHS)

For the thousands hoping to come to Capitol Hill for the January 20th Seattle Women’s March, we have two words for you: light rail.

In 2017, officials believe more than 120,000 people marched from the Central District’s Judkins Park as part of the march, the city’s contribution to women’s rights marches across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory. But, to be honest, they’re not sure. It was impossible to count. In 2018 with a year since the election passed and with some advocates saying it is time to move beyond demonstrations, nobody knows how many thousands will gather January 20th on Capitol Hill for this year’s rally and march.

Organizers and city officials are preparing and gathered Wednesday to plan for how to help those thousands get to and march off of Capitol Hill in the smoothest, safest, most First Amendment-y way possible. Continue reading

Mayor says Seattle Police won’t be part of any legal pot crackdown

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says her police department will not be part of any crackdown on the city’s legal pot businesses as reports spread of a plan to rescind a federal policy that has been key to state legalization.

“Let’s be clear: Our Seattle Police Department will not participate in any enforcement action related to legal businesses or small personal possession of marijuana by adults,” Durkan said in a statement released Thursday morning in anticipation of the planned move by Trump administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Federal law enforcement will find no partner with Seattle to enforce the rollback of these provisions,” Durkan said in the statement. “I have full confidence that Seattle, our Attorney General, and our Governor will lead to ensure our businesses, residents, and visitors are protected from this overreach.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Jewish Family Service deals legal blow to Trump refugee restrictions

Tuesday, CHS reported that the groups planning separate marches to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Seattle Women’s March against Donald Trump were joining forces for a 2018 march. That is good. Another good thing when it comes to resisting the policies of the Trump administration is a victory in court.

Capitol Hill-headquartered Jewish Family Service announced its part in a major legal victory battling Trump’s refugee restrictions last week:

We are gratified by U.S. District Judge James Robart’s rulingin the Jewish Family Service v. Trump and ACLU of Washington v. Trump cases, issued on December 23. Judge Robart’s order largely blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s most recent refugee restrictions, which suspended the admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are predominantly Muslim, for a minimum of 90 days. The restrictions also stopped the follow-to-join process, which reunites family members with refugees already in the U.S. The decision follows our December 21 hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

“We are grateful families will be reunited, and refugees who have suffered so much will be able to make it to safety,” Jewish Family Service president Michele Rosen and CEO Rabbi Will Berkovitz write. “As we celebrate this moment, we remember our ancestors who did not have anyone standing with them or for them.”

The ruling on the Trump ban “granted a nationwide injunction that blocks the administration’s restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The JFS case was joined with a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

JFS is located on 16th Ave. In 2012, the nonprofit celebrated 120 years of service and the opening of its new headquarters. Continue reading

Organizers of 2018 Seattle Womxn’s/Women’s Marches to join forces at Cal Anderson

Organizers planning two different Seattle marches on January 20th, 2018 to mark the anniversary of the 2017 nationwide protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump will work together on an event starting in Cal Anderson Park.

CHS wrote about the separate efforts earlier this month. Over the holiday break, organizers announced they will collaborate on a single anniversary march on Saturday starting in the Capitol Hill Park.

Power to the Polls: Anniversary of the Womxn’s March on Seattle/Seattle Women’s March 2.0 – 2018

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2018 Seattle Women’s March 2.0 will start on Capitol Hill — UPDATE: Power to the Polls

UPDATE: Groups are working together to organize one march on Saturday, January 20th and a day of civic action and community gatherings on Sunday, January 21st:

Weekend of action: 2018 Seattle Women’s March is only the beginning

In January of 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and his bizarrely sexist branding, women, womxn, and those who love them marched by the thousands in cities across the nation. In Seattle, the march stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center, with an unofficial 120,000 filling the route.

In January 2018 as many Trump administration efforts have been turned back and plenty more have taken root, organizers from the 2017 march are readying a reboot. Continue reading

‘Java with Jayapal’ in a Broadway cafe: Trump, GOP banking on resistance fatigue

(Images: Alex Garland)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) met up with the Capitol Hill community Wednesday morning for some intimate updates and Q&A. The session inside Broadway’s Espresso Vivace showed the representative is busy doing the best she can to block Trump-esque bills with little time to push her own agenda through Congress.

“I mean, in reality, on the floor, our game is unfortunately a lot of opposition,” Jayapal said Wednesday. “We don’t get the opportunity to put bills forward the way they should be, or even craft them. There used to be hearings where you could offer amendments and reasonable people on both sides of the aisle would support a sensible amendment. That really happens hardly at all.”

As a result, Jayapal says she puts her priorities elsewhere. She explained to the gathered group that her focus remains on constituent services, getting more people involved, changing the makeup of who is involved, and being present in communities.

Jayapal is still able to find a way to move some efforts forward. Continue reading

Resistance Postcard Writing Party

Join the Postcard Project for a Resistance Postcard Writing Party at Grapheme this coming Saturday, October 7 from noon-2:30 pm.

Mandolin Brassaw, owner of Grapheme created two of the designs for the Project and we’re thrilled that she’s sharing her beautiful, welcoming space for the writing party. We’ll have sets of postcards from the August 20th Work Party, stamps, pens, writing ideas, and addresses of representatives available.

The event is free to attend but a cash donation of $5-$10 will help us cover the cost of supplies (paper, ink, stamps) and enable us to pay stipends to the artists for their designs.

Join us for ten minutes or the whole writing party!

Can’t make it to the writing party? Find sets for the Postcard Project around town and online

Have any friends or family that would like a set? We’d be grateful if you could share this information in person, via email, or on social media.

Write your representatives on these artist-designed resistance postcards at the Postcard Writing Party on 10/7 at Grapheme!