Organizers say the “overwhelming response” to the event has prompted a move to a larger venue for Thursday’s Pecha Kucha Seattle vol. 58: #BlackLivesMatter.
The move is good one for Capitol Hill-area neighbors — Mount Zion at the corner of E Madison and Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney Ave will host Thursday night’s forum. Pecha Kucha events typically feature 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each in a format designed for concise and lively presentations.
Thursday night’s presentation will examine Seattle’s response to the issues of race and social justice raised by Ferguson and incidents like Eric Garner’s death. A wave of rallies and protests beginning in late November started on and crossed Capitol Hill and have continued into winter.
Monday marks the 29th anniversary of the first official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the country.
“Bring your family, your friends, your co-workers to this historic venue in celebration of Martin Luther King’s lasting legacy,” the organizers ask, “and show Seattle that yes, #BlackLivesMatter_SEA”
ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES, 1999 — “Riot police move east on Pine Street as they drive protesters up to Capitol Hill on Nov. 30, 1999” — Seattle Times photo used with permission. Our look at “The Battle for Capitol Hill” is here.
The apparent policing strategy deployed on the streets is also familiar. “The marchers want to head west, back to downtown on Olive,” The Stranger’s Ansel Herzreported Monday night. “Police won’t let them. ‘You’re going east,’ cop yells. Crowd: ‘Why?'”
A standoff: The marchers want to head west, back to downtown on Olive. Police won’t let them. “You’re going east,” cop yells. Crowd: “Why?”
The crowd’s response Monday night is a question people on Capitol Hill have been asking since at least WTO in 1999 when protesters were seemingly herded out of downtown and into Capitol Hill, filling the streets with jack-booted police and sometimes violent clashes. Five years back, CHS looked at the situation on the 10-year anniversary of riots:
Monday: While a planned walkout involving Garfield and area high school students failed to generate much activity Monday afternoon, a demonstration calling for justice for Mike Brown is slated to begin Monday night at Westlake. The group organizing has been involved with some of the larger marches that took place last week downtown, in the CD and on Capitol Hill.
UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the mayor’s office about ongoing protests in the city: Murray: City supports peaceful protests, has no tolerance for property damage
SEATTLE (Dec. 1, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray has released the following statement on ongoing planned protests in downtown Seattle:
“In Seattle in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision this past week, we have seen hundreds of peaceful protesters engage in free expression about the critical issue of race and social justice.Continue reading →
The window at the 12th Ave Ferrari dealership was once again a victim of the anarchists
Images: Alex Garland for CHS
A group of around 60 demonstrators tossed rocks, broke windows and smashed fences as they marched and ran through the streets around Broadway and Pike/Pine Saturday night in an anticapitalist protest in solidarity with recent Ferguson-related demonstrations.
Marchers masked up, got a pep talk and headed out from Seattle Central’s plaza around 10:30 PM on a night with temperatures in the mid 20s. Anarchy banners were on display, not the posters and signs that had been on display in the week’s Ferguson demonstrations. Continue reading →
A week of protest continued around downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill Friday as hundreds of protesters pushed their way inside Westlake Mall and Pacific Place before marching up Pine to Capitol Hill. UPDATE 4:02 PM: An attempt to stop the march from returning to downtown at Pine and Boren resulted in a clash between police and protesters that included SPD deploying flash bangs and the use of pepper spray.
Original report: A crowd of marchers around 200 people deep spent part of the cold and soaked afternoon marching through the streets around Broadway and Pike/Pine as the streets around East Precinct once again went into lockdown. In addition to the continued anger over the decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for shooting a black teen to death, the protest also included some specific Capitol Hill targets. The protest crowd stopped at 10th and Pike to rally where “Lost Lake, Cafe Vita, Comet Tavern & Neumos profile Somali Youth,” one journalist reported on Twitter. Continue reading →
A second day of protest in Seattle over the decision to not charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown brought out a much younger crowd of students and organizers for a march from 23rd and Union across Capitol Hill to downtown’s federal courthouse.
“This is a peaceful rally and anybody that’s going to be part of this is gonna be peaceful,” an organizer shouted through a bullhorn as the march paused in the intersection of Broadway and Pine before continuing downhill Tuesday afternoon.
Many of the students protesting Tuesday called for a federal investigation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August slaying. CHS spoke with students from area schools Garfield High School and the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences participating in the march. Seattle Public Schools said that more than 1,000 students walked out at Garfield Tuesday afternoon.
Monday night’s protests were mostly peaceful until later in the night when crowds pushed their way onto I-5 and tangled with police resulting in five arrests.
Tuesday’s rally and march was organized by the King County Seattle NAACP.