Far Right Rally Brings Twice The Number of Counter Protestors to Seattle City Hall

8/18/18

While the numbers of the far right groups like Patriot Prayer, III Percenters, Proud Boys, and others seem to grow, they are consistently outnumbered by antifascists, leftist organizations, labor groups, and community activists. While firearms were present on both sides, the far right group were heavily armed with both rifles and sidearms.

SPD kept both sides separated by at least 50 feet and metal barricades, although far right activists were seen walking through the counter protest side. Armed militia and III Percenters acted as security, having people open their bags, having them drink their water to prove it wasn’t acid, and checking the guns of protestors on their side that were not white.

The far right group marched around the block twice, but were prevented from interacting with counter-protestors. Three on the counter protest side were arrested for non dispersal, but only minor scuffles and brief confrontations were spotted between the groups.

Hundreds fill Westlake in protest of Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of families

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Hundreds filled Westlake Park in downtown Seattle in protest of ICE enforcement of federal policy to arrest and detain immigrants seeking asylum and separating families in the process. WA Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal spoke on the separation of children from their families and the conditions at the detention center she visited.

“I promised these women that we will get them out and we will reunite them with their families…We are building a movement to make sure that we get them out of there and we get this policy reversed…The UN Human Rights Commissioner has already weighed in on this and has said that this is a violation of the rights of the child. The United States of America had to have the UN Commissioner on Human Rights tell us that this is a violation. We should know that already! It is outrageous that we are doing this…We are going to have a mass mobilization. Hopefully you will hear about it in the next 24 hours and you will get details on it.” – Pramila Jayapal

“All over the country, thousands of people are organizing rallies, marches, vigils in 60+ cities to protest the cruel separation of children from their parents at the border and the conditions in which Trump is holding children in detention. Congress has the power to stop tearing families apart b/c all #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoEstanSolas #ChingaLaMigra

Join the Rally, on Fathers Day, June 17th, at noon, and stand in solidarity with asylum seekers who have been separated from their children. We are gathering endorsers and speakers now, and will be posting more info soon. See current endorsers below.

1) We demand the immediate release of the imprisoned asylum seekers—mothers and fathers all—and that they be reunited with their children.

2) Washington State agencies and the City of Seattle should not collaborate with or facilitate immigration enforcement, detention, or deportation.

3) Finally, the State of Washington immediately closes any public and privately owned immigration prisons.

ENDORSERS
NW Immigrants Rights Project
NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC
Casa Latina
CAIR Washington
Latino Civic Alliance
Equal Rights Washington
Seattle Indivisible
ACLU Washington
The Truman National Security Project
Womxn’s March Seattle / Seattle Womxn’s Marching Forward
Refuse Fascism Seattle”

– Families Belong Together/Familias Unidas No Divididas

https://www.facebook.com/events/2121249018088293/

Anti ICE Activists Lock Down and Block Traffic on 2nd Ave

June 5th, 2018

At 7:30 am, 9 activists locked together with “lockboxes” set up a blockade on 2nd Ave. at Spring St. in downtown Seattle in protest of deportations and ICE’s treatment of detainees. Led by chants of “Chinga La Migra” and “Fuck ICE”, activists held up the morning traffic until approximately 2 hours before streets were re-opened. Nine activists were arrested after being cut from their lockboxes by the SPD “cut team”.

Maru Mora Villalpando explains why they are on 2nd Ave. protesting ICE. 

 

“From 1000 2nd Avenue in Seattle to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, we say, ICE out of Washington State! Activists are locked down RIGHT NOW outside Washington State’s deportation epicenter at 1000 2nd Avenue in downtown Seattle. Come down NOW and show support, as we say, Abolish ICE! Chinga la Migra! Bring your signs, bring your friends, as we rally on the public sidewalk.

Why are we at 1000 2nd Avenue?
1000 2nd Avenue is the deportation epicenter of Washington State. Everything we consider “la migra” is housed here. It’s time for us to stop allowing the business as usual of deporting our community members in this anonymous downtown office building. We’re here to say: “Chinga la Migra!” “Abolish ICE!”

What parts of the deportation pipeline are at 1000 2nd Avenue?
ICE’s lawyers: On the 29th floor is the Northwest headquarters for the ICE Office of Chief Counsel, the lawyers who face off against our community members argue for their deportation every day.
ICE’s investigators: On the 23rd floor is the Northwest headquarters for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, the agency’s investigative branch. Although Seattle and King County claim to be “sanctuaries” for immigrants, the Seattle Police Department and the King County Sheriff actively collaborate on joint task forces with this branch of ICE leading to prosecutions and deportations.
Seattle Immigration Court: On the 25th floor, the Seattle Immigration Court, under the control of avowed white supremacist Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice, processes thousands of deportations every year.
The Border Patrol: On the 22nd floor, Customs and Border Protection has their Seattle field office. This agency is charged with tracking down and arresting our people on the border, and feeding them into the deportation machine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has become Trump’s police force. The US spends more money on immigration enforcement than on all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Trump’s cops have absolutely no oversight, and they are taking their marching orders from a president with a Racism First agenda. Trump’s cops have no place in our city, and we’re taking to the streets today because we want them gone.

Accessibility info: Several bus lines and the light rail serve 1000 2nd Avenue. We will be on public sidewalks. Legal observers and peace keepers will be present.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/187017988679310/

March on Amazon leads demonstration through Capitol Hill

Seattle, WA – March 12, 2018

“With its planned vote on a new tax on its largest 3% of Seattle businesses, the city will be up against history Monday afternoon, District 3 representative and Socialist Alternative firebrand Kshama Sawant said Saturday as she prepared to lead her “March on Amazon.”

“This will be a historic victory,” Sawant told CHS. “This will be seen by every city where Amazon is building towers. But also every city in the United States. Because every city is facing a housing and homelessness crisis.” – http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2018/05/what-we-heard-at-the-march-on-amazon-as-seattle-business-tax-fight-comes-to-a-head/#comments

 

 

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Multiple Activists Arrested After Blocking Street In Protest of Chase Bank

Seattle, WA – May 7th, 2018

Activists erect “tarpees”, structures originally designed for Standing Rock, in the middle of 2nd Ave between Union St. and University St. in downtown Seattle. Their protest of Chase Bank and it’s continued investment in climate change brought a large response from both Seattle police and fire.

14 activists were arrested, 10 at street level, 4 sitting on tarpees.

From the Facebook event page…

“We’ll be honest — we’re angry. For over a year we have been calling on JPMorgan Chase to stop financing new tar sands pipelines. We’ve held huge protests, made front page news, delivered a petition signed by 152,000 people. We even met with their Pacific Northwest management.

And now… now we have learned that since Trump took office, JPMorgan Chase has quadrupled its investments in tar sands and increased its financing of coal by 2,100%. Yeah, the hurricanes may be brewing and the wildfires raging, but the 1% gotta make some more money, right.

And it gets worse: Chase is currently trying to block its own shareholders from introducing and voting on a resolution that would force it to complete a study into its tar sands investments.

We have no other option — on May 7th we are going to #ShutDownChase all over again.

We’ll be meeting at Westlake Park for a brief rally with speakers before traveling to visit a nearby bank, where we will meet with others.

What: #ShutDownChase – Rally & March
When: May 7th, April 30th, 9:30 AM
Where: Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle

May 7th will be a major National Day of Action targeting JPMorgan Chase. There will be actions in at least a dozen cities across the county, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas and, of course, Seattle. The Day of Action comes a week before Chase’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and it is the perfect time to make sure that its shareholders hear about its tar sands investments. To make this happen, we’re going to need a lot of help.

We hope that you can join us.

#ShutDownChase”

https://www.facebook.com/events/584000771959994/

May Day Seattle 2018