— Mike (@georgetownmike) November 10, 2016
Police estimated the crowd at more than 700 marchers moving onto Capitol Hill. UPDATEx2: Police say the group has fully formed and is closer to 5,000 to 6,000 marchers.
The rally started at 4 PM and included speakers denouncing the election victory of Donald Trump and celebrating the call for a general strike on Inauguration Day. After a march toward the downtown Federal Building, the protest circled back toward Westlake and began to splinter.
“Not my president” chants and signs proclaiming fights against racism and homophobia were the order of the night.
The protest was peaceful and there were no reported arrests as of this update.
UPDATE 6:45 PM: It is not clear where the march is headed as the protest has reached 10th Ave E and Prospect near St. Mark’s.
The protest joins rallies and marches in cities across the country Wednesday night.
UPDATE 7:05 PM: As the march reaches Roanoke, it appears the protest is headed for the University of Washington. Police have been busy coordinating with state troopers to make sure I-5 onramps and exits are blocked off to the protesters.
Police are also busy in downtown Seattle where five people were shot and a search for the gunman seen leaving the area is on. The shootings were first reported around 6:45 PM long after the marchers had left the area.
UPDATE 7:36 PM: The remaining large group of marchers is crossing the University Bridge and leaving Eastlake. There have been reports of some scuffles with police but still no arrests and no reports of significant damage.
UPDATE 9:00 PM: The march has continued with protesters circling through the University District and the UW campus. There have been some attempts to enter I-5 but so far groups have not been successful in reaching the freeway and disrupting traffic on the interstate.
UPDATE 9:41 PM: Marchers, still numbering around 2,000 according to police, were last reported headed south on Eastlake back in the direction of downtown Seattle.
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Original report: Frustration, confusion, sadness, and a path forward are on the minds of Seattleites as a series of events are being held Wednesday in response to Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton.
“Regardless of tonight’s national results, tomorrow Seattle will remain a city guided by the values of equality, inclusion and openness,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement Tuesday night. “Tomorrow we will continue to support women, we will welcome as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and tomorrow Black Lives will still matter. Our City will remain strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it.” Murray planned a pre-noon conference to address the media about the results.
UPDATE 11:55 AM: In his brief conference, Murray said he believe Seattle can help lead the country forward. “Cities matter,” the mayor said. “We can make a difference.”
Despite the support for Trump, Murray said it would be a “mistake” to view half the nation as misogynists and authoritarians and that “ongoing economic inequality in America” was a root cause for the Republican victory.
Murray also said immigrants and the Muslim community remain welcome in Seattle and that his own LGBTQ community must not surrender progress of recent years.
“We will not lose some of our gains, the rings on our fingers,” Murray said.
Murray also expressed grave concern about Republican threats to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking on immigration, Council member Lorena Gonzalez vowed “We will not back down.”
There were no policy announcements but Murray did say Seattle, even if federal money is cut, will remain a “Sanctuary City” and is moving forward on a series of agreements with the Mexican Consulate.
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City Hall will also host a noontime “post-Election gathering” and rally featuring officials and community leaders including Murray, Pramila Jayapal, newly elected to replace Jim McDermott in Congress, and representatives from groups including the Capitol Hill Community Council:
post-Election gathering featuring Congressmember-elect Pramila Jayapal, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and other community leaders
Still We Rise
TODAY — Wednesday, November 9th
Seattle City Hall
UPDATE 2:30 PM: During her time at the mic during the noontime rally, Kshama Sawant called for a nationwide strike on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017.
“I know yesterday’s results were difficult,” Working Washington director Sejal Parikh said in an email announcing the rally. “I know many of us feel scared, confused, frustrated. I know I was left wondering why half the country hates who I am and my existence. We have a lot of processing to do.”
Via her Socialist Alternative party, District 3 representative Kshama Sawant, meanwhile, announced a 4 PM protest at Westlake:
Join us in the streets to demonstrate mass opposition to Trump and his agenda!
Build a movement to fight racism, sexism, and Islamophobia!
– No Border Wall! Stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants!
– Tax rich millionaires like Trump! Fund healthcare for all! Make college free!
– Black Lives Matter!
– End rape culture
– Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline — Green Jobs now! — #NoDAPL
The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump. The Democratic Party has failed. This is the result of the Democratic Party leadership backing Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders. It is time to build a new party of the 99%.
Hundreds of anti-Trump protestors demonstrating at Seattle's Westlake Mall. pic.twitter.com/6zFyiPKb7t
— Elisa Jaffe (@ElisaJaffe) November 10, 2016
In the wake of Election Night, dozens of people joined protests that blocked late night traffic on E Pike and Broadway and included dancing, shouting, and a series of small arson fires, police said. There were no arrests.