Following May Day evening’s anti-capitalist march and its rapid devolution into a reported frenetic crazed mess of excessive SPD flash bangs, pepper spray, and some trashcan flipping anarchists, Saturday brought two #Blacklivesmatter protests, demonstrations which received significantly less media coverage than their Friday counterparts. The actions were a show of solidarity with the civil unrest that has rocked Baltimore, originally sparked by the police killing of Freddie Grey. The day’s marches remained peaceful, with no property damage, arrests, or other altercations occurring. Below are photos that were taken at Saturday’s rallies, and look through my tweets for in-the-moment coverage. Also peep some of my shots in today’s Morning Fizz on Publicola.
On Saturday, January 10th, #Blacklivesmatter protesters calling for police accountability marched from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to the King County Youth Detention Center at 12th and Alder in the Central District. The march was organized by an activist group called Women of Color for Systemic Change, and remained entirely peaceful without arrests or other incidents. The march shut down several intersections along Rainier avenue south and elsewhere where protesters discussed broader institutional racism and more specific issues such as gentrification in Seattle and the proposed construction of a new 210 million dollar Youth Detention Center. Many bystanders raised their hands or fists in solidarity with the march. Below are photos taken at the event.
On Sunday December 14th, organizers of and supporters of the local #Blacklivesmatter movement took to Century Link field and stadium to not only protest systematic racism and police brutality at the popular and well attended Seahawks versus the SF 49er’s football game, but to also highlight the innate hypocrisy and racism present within the NFL and NFL fan bases. The protesters occupied the street adjacent to the stadium on its west side, and held a sit-in where numerous speakers spoke about the movement and racism in Seattle and America as a whole.
On December 6th over 1200 people gathered at Garfield High School to protest the recent Ferguson grand jury ruling not to indict officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black male Michael Brown, in addition to the Staten Island grand jury ruling not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, racial profiling, police violence, and institutional racism. The march was organized by University of Washington students and peacefully occupied numerous intersections along 23rd Avenue & Jackson street where individuals of color spoke out against said issues and offered personal experiences in a racialized society. The march ended at Seattle Police Department Headquarters where a silent vigil was held for those lost to police violence and more speeches were given.
Also, read my coverage of the second #Blacklivesmatter march that day which resulted in 7 arrests.
Following the original permitted a #Blacklivesmatter protest that started at Garfield High school and ended with a sit-in outside the Seattle Police Department Headquarters, a breakaway protest formed and headed North through downtown Seattle. The march chanted, dodged SPD bike squads & cars, twice attempted to access the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and conducted a largely peaceful protest. Protesters were apprehended during the course of the march – SPD reported making seven arrests – and use of force was frequently employed via pepper spray, tackle take downs of protesters, shoving, and other forms of aggression. This reporter witnessed no property damage or physical assault of police officers committed by protesters. Below are photos and video taken during this protest.
SPD officers guard off ramp from Alaskan Way viaduct.
“Who is paying you guys to be here?” asks SPD officer guarding Alaskan Way viaduct off ramp. Crowd laughs.
Photos of mine from last Monday’s protests over the #Ferguson grand jury ruling not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black male Michael Brown featured on the PubliCola blog at Seattle Met. March remained peaceful until clashes erupted between Police & protesters as protesters tried to march onto the I-5 freeway via an on-ramp. Read CHS blog coverage here, and watch video of the incident taken by me below.
More shots & video from the rest of last week’s protests coming soon.