Thousands made their way from Cal Anderson Park to the Seattle Center Saturday in a third year of marching for women’s rights in Seattle and as part of the national Women’s March movement. There were fewer people compared to the two previous marches in the city with the 2017 inaugural march of around 120,000 people setting the record for largest demonstration in Seattle’s history and the largest event ever hosted in Cal Anderson. The 2019 march still brought out thousands to the streets of Capitol Hill.
Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi and Monserrat Padilla led the morning rally to start the day in Cal Anderson. “We have to be more than just marching today, we have to donate, volunteer, we have to lead,” said Echohawk-Hayashi, executive director of Chief Seattle Club.
“I’m undocumented and unafraid. Transgender and unashamed. A woman and unapologetic about it,” Padilla shouted into the mic. The crowd cheered. Padilla, coordinator with the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, then asked the audience to call out after her, “Trans women are real women.” Continue reading →
Despite national controversy and local concerns about diversity and respect for annual MLK Day actions and celebrations, a third year of January marching and organizing for women’s rights activism is coming to Seattle with Cal Anderson again an epicenter of action in only a few short weeks.
Liz Hunter-Keller, the communications chair for Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, which organized the inaugural march in 2017 and has continued to shepherd anniversary events, estimated that 50 to 70 organizations are involved in making this year’s Seattle Womxn’s March a reality.
“There has to be more work and more connection, and more love and more understanding and that comes from deeper experiences, like the ones we’re going to try to provide at Seattle Center,” Hunter-Keller said.
The Seattle events haven’t been easy to pull together. The 2018 Women’s March in Seattle was planned by another group as officials and organizers were unsure how many thousands to expect on Capitol Hill. Continue reading →
“I grew up believing that being female was weak. That my tears…meant I was weak, and that I should be able to take it…And so, when I was assaulted and when I was raped, I didn’t tell because I thought it was my fault for my weakness, or because I went out, or because maybe I wore something, or maybe I had something to drink. Somehow, it was going to be my fault…I think that it’s time that we stopped thinking that taking it is somehow a positive thing. I think that it’s time we stopped buying the idea that, if we speak up, we’re bitches or pushy broads or battle axes or any of those pejorative comments that people use to describe strong women.”
Those were the words of a woman, one of many, who spoke at a vigil held in Cal Anderson Park Wednesday night to protest the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and respond to the allegation that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford and others.
“Our tears might look like weakness on one level but they are part of our strength, because being strong doesn’t mean I don’t feel sad,” the woman continued. “There are lots of other people who have been oppressed for a very long time and I’ve done my best to try to use whatever privilege my white skin gives me to stand up and speak for other people and be a decent ally. Today I’m here for myself as well, and I hope that we all will put value on ourselves as well and stand up and, if anyone’s getting treated like that, don’t take it.” Continue reading →
Capitol Hill’s monthly art walk brings a dose of political action in May. Tonight from 6 to 9 PM at E Mercer’s Generations gallery, NARAL Pro Choice Washington will host an event with artist Mari Shibuya and State Rep. Nicole Macri.
“I’m doing this event with NARAL to promote access to reproductive health care, and I am very glad to support them,” Macri said. “What they’re aiming to do at this event is to make sure we keep and elect legislators both in the House and the Senate in Olympia who will be strong pro choice voices.” Continue reading →
Sunday night, the #metoo movement shaped many of the most memorable moments at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony. District 3’s City Council representative Kshama Sawant is helping lead another #metoo moment in a downtown rally marking Thursday’s International Women’s Rights Day:
Neighborhood activist and videographer Aurea Astro has put together her look at the 2018 Seattle Women’s March. CHS provided her some views of the scene from above. Her clips give you some of the inspirations behind what was happening on the ground.
More coverage of the march and the weekend’s actions from CHS can be found below. Continue reading →
During an event Sunday at The Riveter for Womxn Act on Seattle, Fleur Larsen encourages a panel of women to discuss their lives, to their enjoyment (Image: Kevin Teeter)
By Kevin Teeter, UW News Lab/Special to CHS
Capitol Hill coworking gathering space The Riveter was bustling Sunday. The events, which also included voter registration, free yoga, and meditation classes, followed the momentum of Saturday’s Seattle Women’s March and were part of community “hubs” in neighborhoods across Seattle.
Sunday marked a day of action for Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, an organization that supports movements related to feminism and social justice in Seattle. Throughout the city, food drives and voter registration booths were set up, and lectures and exhibitions were held.
Around 50 people were gathered for the 1 PM panel, as a yoga class went on downstairs. Backlit by the sun through a wall of windows, Seattle-based event-facilitator and speaker Fleur Larsen moderated a panel on intersectional feminism, keeping the mood light while leading discussion of the serious topics exploring the feminist movement concerned and how gender overlaps with class, race, ethnicity and other identities in discrimination and oppression.
“Feminism has been a white women’s movement that has been latent with racism and classism, so we’ve got some clean up to do,” Larsen said. Continue reading →
Thousands of people from in and out of the Seattle area made their way to Cal Anderson Park Saturday morning for this year’s Seattle Women’s March with strollers, signs, pets, and pink hats in tow. Everyone gathering in the park had a reason for marching. Some wrote out their reason on their clothing or carried it on a sign.
Janet Caragan, from Gig Harbor, Washington, was among the people in the largest rush arriving at 9 AM. Caragan was unable to attend last year’s march, but said she was excited about attending more Women’s Marches in the future. She said she wished more young people would participate in the march and other political movements.
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Capitol Hill, stretching from Cal Anderson Park to downtown Saturday for the 2018 Seattle Women’s March. It was the start of a weekend of activism and, officials, say the largest event the neighborhood’s central park has ever hosted.
“We stand together with one heart, one mind,” Deborah Parker, legislative policy analyst for the Tulalip tribes, said in her time at the microphone addressing the massive crowd assembled on the park’s Bobby Morris playfield.
Parker and tribal representatives from across the region began the day’s event with songs and prayers for missing and murdered indigenous women.