Trump Executive Order Banning Travel from Majority Muslim Countries Sparks Massive Protests at SeaTac Airport

January 28th, 2017

Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven countries where Islam is the dominate faith did not spare Seattle. Within three hours of learning two people were being held at SeaTac airport, thousands of protestors gathered to demand their release. Joining protests at airports across the country, activists demanded an end to the ban and a release of all travelers being detained. As more activists arrived, Sound Transit announced via conductor that trains would be stopping at SeaTac, but the doors would not be opening due to a “security issue on the platform”. The stoppage of the light rail has been condemned by King County Executive Down Constantine. While some activists chose to stay and continue blocking entrances and exits, others began to leave around 11pm. According to many reports, Port of Seattle police began using force, arresting at least 4 individuals, and pepper spraying many others. The two travelers detained under the executive order were released the next day.

Executive Order From Donald Trump Granting Immediate Approval of KXL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline brings large crowd to Westlake Park

January 24th, 2017

In protest of the previously thought dead Keystone XL Pipeline and the previously delayed Dakota Access Pipeline’s revival through an executive order from Donald Trump, hundreds arrived in just 5 hours from the onset of organizing in Seattle’s Westlake Park. After a rally with drumming and speakers, a short march brought activists to the Westlake branch of Wells Fargo where activists entered while drumming and singing. Although Westlake security attempted to prevent entry and eventually lowered the metal door preventing entry to Westlake Mall, no arrests were made.

 

Thousands In Seattle Protest Trump’s Inauguration

January 20th, 2017

Hundreds of students who walked out of Seattle schools joined hundreds marching for immigrant rights in a march and rally against the Inauguration of the 45th U.S. president. The march wound through Seattle before making it’s way to Westlake Park where speakers talked as the crowds grew in size. Eventually, several hundred marched to the University of WA. You can read more about those events here…https://southseattleemerald.com/2017/01/21/uw-student-shot-during-anti-trump-milo-yiannopoulos-protests/

Seattle Marches For Aleppo

Victor Steinbrueck Park – Downtown Seattle

December 16th, 2016

We will be gathering at Victor Steinbrueck Park (park next to Pike Place with the totem poles) and marching to the Russian Consulate to rage for Aleppo. This event is also in collaboration with Americans for Refugees & Immigrants.

The people of Aleppo are being massacred by the Assad regime and Russia and WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. We condemn the lack of action by world leaders.

NEVER AGAIN IS NOW. Please do your part and come show your support.”

-https://www.facebook.com/events/1831351687150186/

A crowd of approximately 60-70 marched from Victor Steinbrueck Park through the streets of Seattle, and back, in an effort to bring attention to the devastation in Syria. The event started with speakers at Victor Steinbrueck Park before marching along the sidewalks. As demonstrators moved across the street from Westlake Park, a man started shouting “If you don’t like it here, go home!”.  A scuffle soon broke out as words were exchanged. Seattle Police, who were accompanying the march, soon arrived and could be heard telling the aggressive man, “They are not here to protest against the United States.” to which the angry Seahawks fan retorted “I can say whatever I want”. There were no arrests.

 

The People From Oceti Sakowin Camp

Standing Rock, North Dakota – November 16th-21st, 2016