Hundreds cross Capitol Hill in march against Trump policies separating immigrant families

Hundreds of marchers traveled across Capitol Hill Thursday night from St. Mark’s to St. James in a show of solidarity against the separation of immigrant children from their families.

The “Stop Separating Families” march filled blocks of Broadway “in protest of the Trump administration’s policy that separates immigrant families at the southern border.”

Thursday’s event was quickly organized just days after details about the detention and separation of family has become more widely reported and understood.

A nationwide day of Families Belong Together marches and protests is being planned for June 30th.

Bishop who showed the ‘power in love’ to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to appear at Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s

Presiding Bishop Curry

“There is power in love, Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even oversentimentalize it,” the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry said as he made international headlines with his 13-minute long sermon at last month’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle. “There is power, power in love.”

The Episcopal rock star is now on tour and will be visiting Washington this month with a planned Evensong service at Capitol Hill’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral on Thursday, June 14th at 7 PM: Continue reading

‘Amazingly, there don’t seem to be any injuries’ — Truck flips in 10th/E Highland collision

A two-car collision on E Highland at 10th Ave E left a truck flipped on its roof and a sports car’s front-end mangled but miraculously nobody was hurt in the Friday night crash.

Preliminary reports indicate one driver was taken into custody for investigation of DUI but CHS has not yet confirmed the arrest with police.

Seattle Fire units rushed to the scene just after 6 PM for a serious “heavy rescue” incident but found occupants of the truck had been able to climb out on their own. “Amazingly, there don’t seem to be any injuries,” said one officer reporting on the scene via East Precinct radio. The crash also knocked down street signs at the corner.

The investigation and emergency response temporarily blocked traffic and buses on 10th Ave E but the street was reopened after about 30 minutes as the collision scene on the corner continued to block E Highland and police processed the scene.

UPDATE 4/2/2018: Police say the driver of the flipped truck had been traveling eastbound on E Highland at the time of the collision. The 34-year-old woman was evaluated for DUI and booked into King County Jail. Court records show she has not yet been charged.

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Halted by the Depression, $10.5M project to complete Saint Mark’s will begin this spring

building-access-new-1024x464Thanks to the Great Depression, Capitol Hill’s Saint Mark’s was never truly completed. This spring, construction will begin to clad the amazing old church in proper limestone and replace the depression era glass windows that have somehow held up for 88 years:

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, the iconic building situated on a prominent bluff high above I-5, is Seattle’s most visible symbol of faith. Construction of this “beacon on the hill” began in 1928, but was halted after the stock market crash of 1929, and never fully completed. The enormous concrete walls were never meant to be exposed to the elements, and the cheap depression-era glass windows were not meant to be permanent. In 2012, chunks of concrete began to break away from the exterior walls, posing a safety risk, and it became urgent for Saint Mark’s Cathedral to address the deteriorating state of the walls and windows. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Sanctuary at St. Mark’s

dsc00160Born into the painful years following the Great Depression, Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s Cathedral has helped provide a space for shelter and contemplation during hard times before. Sanctuary, a new artwork woven through with pop culture and politics was installed earlier this Inauguration Week and now hangs the length of the Cathedral Nave’s southeast pillar:

Through woven texts, sheet music, DVDs, and archival documents affixed to the textile’s face, the work integrates popular and sacred music, a supernatural soap opera, and records of gay politics, sexuality, and culture in Seattle. Sanctuary brings together craft, sociopolitical, and personal histories.

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Blotter | 10th Ave E gunpoint robbery, shootout at 23rd/Union

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  • 10th Ave E hold-up: A group of possibly three suspects reportedly held up a female victim at gunpoint as she walked along 10th Ave E waiting for a bus early Monday morning. According to East Precinct radio dispatches on the incident, the victim was robbed by a suspect armed with a silver pistol just after 2 AM along 10th Ave E near Galer where the victim was walking when she was approached by the group. The victim then walked to a nearby residence to call police but by then nearly 20 minutes had passed and the suspects were nowhere to be found. SPD is investigating the hold-up as an armed robbery.
  • Thanks to neighbor Alex Crick for the picture from the police response Friday night

    Thanks to neighbor Alex Crick for the picture from the police response Friday night

    23rd/Union gunfire: A scary scene unfolded around the busy corner of 23rd and Union Saturday night around 5 PM as multiple witnesses reported seeing a gunfight break out between a male shooter on foot and at least one other vehicle speeding away from the area around the Midtown Center parking lot. A large contingent of police arrived in the area and teamed up before approaching the scene where some witnesses reported more than 20 shots were fired. Nobody was reported hit by the gunfire and no suspects could be located when police arrived. Shell casings from at least two guns were found at the scene and multiple businesses in the are sustained damage from flying bullets, a SPD spokesperson tells CHS. The spokesperson said the department’s gang unit is investigating.

Lummi Nation raises environmental awareness by bringing totem pole to Capitol Hill

A 22-foot totem pole made one of its first stops on a 5,000-mile journey Thursday night at Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s.

The Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers brought the pole to St. Mark’s Cathedral to celebrate the nation’s victory against coal export at “Xwe’chi’eXen” — Cherry Point.

Seattle City Council member and former chair of the Washington chapter of the Sierra Club Mike O’Brien spoke at the event that brought together Lummi Nation members, environmentalists, representatives of Earth Ministry and the Sierra Club, and interested members of the public for a ceremony and celebration.

“The work that’s happening here today gives me hope,” O’Brien said. Continue reading

What kind of house $15 million will get you on Capitol Hill

In a neighborhood where the average property is now worth $1 million, one of Capitol Hill’s newest listings is setting a highwater mark for real estate prices across the city.

This weekend’s $15 million listing of the Samuel Hill mansion at 814 E Highland is now the most expensive “single family home” for sale in Seattle:

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY ~ Noted Sam Hill Mansion commissioned in 1910. A peerless and creative collaboration of passion & brilliance. Located on one of Seattle’s most beautiful tree-lined streets in the stately Harvard-Belmont Historic Landmark District. Reminiscent of a true Manhattan Brownstone. Dramatic in form & contemporary in style, this sophisticated & chic residence frames unobstructed views of Lake Union, Olympic Mts & Puget Sound. Stunning rooftop terrace with two fireplaces & spa. Iconic!

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CHS Pics | Faith leaders, Seattle officials again lead march across Capitol Hill against gun violence

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As hour after after hour fell by in a dramatic filibuster over gun control on the Senate floor, another ceremony was repeated Wednesday night across our own Capitol Hill. For the second time in three years, marchers gathered at St. Mark’s and passed down Broadway on their way to St. James to mark another American shooting massacre.

“Let us pray for our sisters and brothers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities here and across the nation,” said Mayor Ed Murray, leading a prayer after the marchers arrived at St. James Cathedral on First Hill. “May they know our love, our support, our advocacy, in the light of this horrific act fueled by hatred and cruelty. In the face of hatred, may there be love. In the face of violence, may there be peace. In the face of prejudice, may there be pride.”
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Capitol Hill’s Streissguth Gardens celebrates 20 years as public green space

Friday, Dan Streissguth will celebrate the best decision he has ever made. You can be there to celebrate with him.

May 6th, the Streissguth Gardens will mark 20 years of public ownership just off Broadway E, just north of the Blaine Street Steps. From streissguthgardens.com:

Join us on National Public Garden Day, May 6th, 2016 From 1-4pm we’ll be celebrating with punch and cookies, a look back in time through the garden, some historical documents about the garden, new brochures, and a new sign. The private garden will be open for self tours. At around 2pm we’ll gather for some informal words.

In 1996, the family of Dan and Anne Streissguth gifted an acre of carefully cultivated hillside to the City of Seattle. Meanwhile, the City also purchased a larger tract of greenbelt to the south. With the Streissguth’s maintaining two adjacent private gardens and continuing work from to clear the greenbelt property of invasive ivy to make way for more than 600 native plantings, the area is an oasis on the northwestern edge of Capitol Hill.

Dan Streissguth tells CHS the decision to give away a portion of the family land was the best decision he has ever made.

“It’s the focus for our lives,” Streissguth said. “One of the main things for our son also. Over the years, he’s become very involved in the public garden so it’s become a main feature of his life, as well.” Continue reading