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!

Seattle’s March for Science will start on Capitol Hill

A message from January's Womxn's March (Image: CHS)

A message from January’s Womxn’s March (Image: CHS)

Cal Anderson’s role as a center of protest against the Trump administration will continue and Earth Day 2017 will take on even greater meaning as the Seattle component of the nationwide March for Science will start in the Capitol Hill park:

March For Science – Seattle

The march will gather in Cal Anderson on Earth Day morning April 22nd before stepping off for a journey to the Seattle Center’s International Fountain.

“Science is the best method we have for understanding the world. It should be an open process, used to serve all people,” organizers write. “If you wish to support those aims, please join us and march to support it.”

Seattle has been an enthusiastic participant in a series of marches and protests coordinated to demonstrate resistance to the social and economic policies pursued by President Trump. In January, the massive Womxn’s March stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center and included more than 120,000 people in its ranks. Also that month, an immigration rights protest marched across Capitol Hill. In February, Cal Anderson hosted an LGBTQ solidarity rally. More spontaneous protests in the wake of the election have also crossed the Hill. In March, Black Lives Matter marchers crossed the Central District. In the midst of it all, victories — here and there — have been struck in the courts and some have been inspired to step forward into new roles to help build resistance.

Now, for Earth Day and in response to Trump policies seeking to erode progress on slowing climate change, Seattle will take a scientific approach to speaking up for the environment.


Seattle takes Trump to court over sanctuary city funding threats

Millions in federal funds are on the line. But the City of Seattle is picking a fight with the Trump administration over sanctuary cities because of larger costs.

“Their war on facts has become a war on cities,” Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday in an announcement of a federal lawsuit brought by Seattle demanding legal clarification on a Trump executive order that threatens so-called sanctuary cities that don’t collaborate with immigration authorities with the loss of government grants. Continue reading

Nikkita Oliver’s run for mayor: housing, education, and ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

It's official. Nikkita Oliver turned in her paperwork Monday to enter the race to be Seattle's mayor

It’s official. Nikkita Oliver turned in her paperwork Monday to enter the race to be Seattle’s mayor

The newly formed Peoples Party of Seattle is putting all-in-one educator, attorney, spoken-word poet, and activist Nikkita Oliver forward as its candidate to take on Mayor Ed Murray for this year’s election.

Oliver’s decision to run and help launch the “community-centered grassroots political party” came after the election of President Donald Trump.

“I didn’t want to stand in a place of powerlessness,” Oliver said.

After the election, she started meeting people for coffee, talking about values and concerns. Oliver talked with the “aunties and elders” in her community about how people running on the same platforms yield the same results and maybe it’s time to try something different.

Over time, those conversations lead to the collective decision that “we need to transform our local government.”

The party formed and encouraged Oliver to run against Murray.

“I take what my community says to me to heart,” Oliver told CHS. “… I’m not going to act like I entered into this with ease. I take it very seriously.” Continue reading