With anger, impatience, and youthful energy, thousands march from Capitol Hill in Seattle Climate Strike

“My name’s Darrius, I’m 17 years old, I attend Rainier Beach, and I love my city and my country.” — Darrius, center

With reporting and photography by Alex Garland

Some 3,000 or so students and supporters rallied in Cal Anderson and marched downtown where they met with thousands more Friday as Seattle joined the global Climate Strike effort.

Dozens of student speakers took a few minutes at the mic in the Capitol Hill park to call for officials to do more — and do more a heck of a lot faster — about climate change.

“I should be stressed about the acne on my face,” one 12-year-old said during their turn at the microphone. “I shouldn’t be stressed about how hot the earth is.”

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Sorry, Seattle Public School kids, your Climate Strike attendance will not be excused

Seattle Public Schools students attending Friday’s Climate Strike at Cal Anderson are going to learn the first lesson of advocacy and public service: self sacrifice.

The district won’t be excusing any absences Friday.

Wednesday, District 3 representative Kshama Sawant joined students at S Jackson’s Washington Middle School in calling on the district to release its thousands of students from class on Friday so they can attend the rally without chalking up an unexcused absence. Continue reading

Seattle City Council ready to support Friday’s Climate Strike in Cal Anderson

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District 3 representative Kshama Sawant is bringing a resolution to the full City Council in support of students participating in Friday’s Seattle Climate Strike at Cal Anderson.

The resolution to be presented and voted on Monday afternoon will show “support of the youth-led September 20, 2019 Global Climate Strike” and urge “Seattle Public Schools to support its students’ right to assemble and participate in the Global Climate Strike.” It will also affirm that city employees “may request unpaid leave for a day of conscience,” according to the council summary of the planned resolution. Continue reading

Students set to skip school and head to Capitol Hill as youth activists demand change through Seattle Climate Strike

Students also rallied in the park in March (Image: CHS)

For the past four years, Zoe has looked out into crowds of hundreds of people and spoke about a future she dreams about—a future where she doesn’t have to wear a mask while playing outside, where smoke isn’t filling her loved ones’ lungs during Seattle summers, where she feels confident that her children will have a future on this planet.

Seattle Climate Strike

Since she was 9 years old, this 13-year-old has been fueled by the urgency that is driving the climate crisis in Seattle. Every Friday she strikes from school at City Hall. Her weekends are filled with activism for the Green New Deal. And in two weeks, she is one of the many students across the nation and the state spearheading another Youth Climate Strike as organizers push to grow the events into an ongoing strike movement and align this next round in the effort to align with strikes planned around the world in September.

“I work on a lot of different issues, but it’s all intersectional,” Zoe said. “Climate change affects all things and all things affect the climate crisis.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Kinky Boots in Cal Anderson

Three Dollar Bill was forced to scale back its annual schedule of LGBTQ-favorite outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park this summer after a longtime source of funding from the city fell through thanks to the most bureaucratic of reasons. You missed it.

CHS stopped through Friday night for the only screening of the season, a showing of Kinky Boots that brought out a good crowd on a 70F+ night. The pictures will have to satiate your Three Dollar Bill Cinema appetite for now. More will come. Three Dollar Bill also produces the annual Seattle Queer Film Festival starting October 10th. Continue reading

Longtime Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema had to scale back in Cal Anderson this year — Here’s why

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At least a couple dozen. That’s how many emails and messages longtime Capitol Hill film nonprofit Three Dollar Bill Cinema received in the last couple of months, according to executive director Ben McCarthy.

The reason? This year, the organization behind Seattle’s annual gay film festival and summer cinema in Cal Anderson Park will only screen one movie — the British feel-good comedy Kinky Boots — during their yearly outdoor cinema in the park this Friday. Since the annual campy summer event’s start in 2008, the mini-film festival has always included three or more movie screenings spread out over a couple of days.

People are disappointed “it is only happening once this year and that it is something they look forward to,” McCarthy said.

He said the reason for scaling back the program was simple. This year, they didn’t get the Seattle Parks and Recreation grant that has “essentially funded the program” for years.  Continue reading

¡9/8/19 — Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2019 is ON! — 9/8/19!

A couple of weeks ago, CHS announced the 2019 Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day would not be happening this August.

That was true.

It’s happening in September.

Short notice? Maybe — but it’s good to stay nimble. Thanks to the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and friends, CHGSD 2019 will be Sunday, September 8th with a community sale in Cal Anderson from 10 AM to 3 PM.

You can REGISTER NOW for a space in the park — or let us know about your hastily arranged but still totally awesome yard/parking strip/garage/alley/stoop sale for the Garage Sale Day map.


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  • First Hill car prowl robbery: Police are investigating a First Hill car prowl as an armed robbery after the perpetrator was caught in the act Sunday night by the vehicle’s owner and dropped his gun in the ensuing struggle:
    Shortly after 5:00 pm on Sunday, East Precinct officers responded to the 1000 block of Spring Street for the reported robbery. The owners of the vehicle stated that they saw the suspect inside their parked car, removing items from it. A struggle ensued, with the suspect actively fighting to hold on to the stolen property. Nearby security officers heard the commotion and rushed over to assist. During the struggle, a 9mm handgun fell from the suspect’s waistband to the ground. The security officers were able to detain the suspect until officers arrived. Officers arrested the suspect. A check of the suspect’s name showed that he is a convicted felon, and thereby prohibited from possessing a handgun. A check of the gun showed that it was reported as stolen.
    Police say the 25-year-old suspect is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing the handgun that reportedly dropped from his waistband during a struggle over items ripped off from the vehicle. “A check of the gun showed that it was reported as stolen,” police write. The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery, felony gun charges, and possession of a stolen firearm. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Linus vs. the Cal Anderson Water Mountain

Brooke was enjoying the fountain at Cal Anderson with her Yorkie Poodle mix Linus when CHS stopped by for a chat. Brooke and Linus, a seven-year-old YorkiePoo, are Capitol Hill locals who visit Cal Anderson regularly. He loves running up and down in the fountain chasing water, so if you see them out, get ready for a show.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

SPD releases video plea for witnesses to March murder in Cal Anderson to ID shooter

A scene from SPD’s video on the March 2019 murder

Seattle Police have taken the unusual step of producing a video plea for witnesses to the March shooting death of a 21-year-old in Cal Anderson Park to come forward and help detectives solve the case.

“We know Hakeem was murdered in front of numerous witnesses, many of whom claim to be his close friends,” the narrator in the two-minute video says. “We also know that the suspect did not leave the park alone and that his identity is known to multiple people present that night.” Continue reading