At least 40 activists gathered outside the lobby of the Canadian Consulate in Seattle to protest the arrests of water protectors and activists at the Gidumt’en checkpoint on land belonging to the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The land is under threat from Coastal GasLink, a project of TransCanada Corporation, who has been constructing a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that will carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located.
The consulate doors locked remotely as the activists walked into the lobby.
A consulate representative asked that the group quiet down.
A consulate official explains that they have received the petition, but that the group needs to leave the building.
Security is called, and the demand to exit the building is re-issued. Activists were determined to stay for two more songs. SPD never arrived and no arrests were made.
“In response to the call for a solidarity action on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 responding to the International Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Day of Action. This action will take place on unceded Duwamish & Coast Salish land at the Canadian consulate @ 1501 4th Ave Seattle WA.
Calling on all drummers and prayer warriors to show up in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en territories and all land defenders at the access point on Gidumt’en territory.
This will be a prayerful action. Please bring your drums, songs, copal, signs, etc.”
Indigenous people and allies from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Westlake Park on Duwamish (dxʷdəwʔabš) land for a rally and march to celebrate the 5th year Seattle has celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day. More than 150 people marched in the rain from Westlake Park long 5th Avenue to Seattle City Hall, where a rally was held. Evening events were held at Daybreak Star.
The process of ending the celebration of a genocidal, slave trading, lost navigator, was long, and thanks to tireless work by activists like Matt Remle and many others, the proclamation was voted on by the Seattle City Council and was signed into law by mayor Ed Murray in 2013.
The day of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, nearly a thousand people gathered at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to protest Trump’s nominee for his history of sexual assault and lies under oath.
Speakers from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Shout Your Abortion, Seattle Clinic Defense, political representatives, and activists spoke at the rally before the crowd marched through downtown Seattle to the US District Court at Stewart and 7th.
“The stakes are too high to stay home! All of our lives are literally on the line as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court threatens to roll back women’s rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and more. And, it’s not just that — we owe it to all the brave survivors of sexual violence who have come forward, like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, to ensure their stories were not shared in vain. We believe survivors. We will #StopKavanaugh.
This is it! The Senate is planning to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination on Saturday at 2:30pm. We say NO and this is our final opportunity to ensure every senator votes NO too! We are marching to remind them that the Supreme Court is the People’s Court.”
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 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.
NW Immigrants Rights Project
NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC
Latino Civic Alliance
Equal Rights 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
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.”
“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.”