Seattle demonstrators rallied at Westlake Park before marching through downtown, only to return to Westlake Mall in an attempt to disrupt shopping. Demonstrators marched through with hands raised, shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” while some knocked over trashcans. After a few minutes of disruption, the demonstrators marched out to the street and proceeded to Pacific Place, where security guards rushed to shut the doors. Protestors struggled with the doors before overpowering the guards on the other side and going through the doors. They then marched up the escalator to the top floor where they chanted and banged on railings, calling attention to the protests in Ferguson and killing of Mike Brown. Demonstrators then headed up Pine to Capitol Hill where they gathered at The Comet, Cafe Vita, and Lost Lake, protesting business owners David Mienert and Jason Lajeunesse and the comments made about East African organized crime.
From one event Facebook page…
“The RCP supported October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality has called for another demonstration for this Black Friday at 1pm meeting at Westlake (4th and Pine). The RCP, however, does not and cannot control the narrative of resistance to police violence. The RCP’s attempt to use the life of Mike Brown and all victims of police violence for the furtherance of their party’s message is shameful and should be pushed against.
This is a call for all anti-capitalist and anti-police individuals to descend on Westlake this Black Friday and counter the RCP narrative and take the streets in solidarity with Ferugson. The police, with their historical roots in slave patrols, are only continuing to uphold the colonial monster by murdering black women, children, and men with disgusting consistency. Down with the police and the (“post”)-colonial world that upholds them!
Show up, brings fliers, banners, heart and whatever else! Feel free to add suggestions and ideas to this Facebook event page. Invite your friends and comrades.
Rest in Power Mike Brown
Rest in Power Oscar Grant
Res in Power Oscar Perez-Girion
Rest in Power John T. Williams
In Solidarity with all who Fight Back Against the Police!
The link to “main” event below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/689033867818555/” – Anti-Colonial, Anti-Police, Anti-Capitalist Contingent at Black Friday Ferguson Solidarity Demo
From another event Facebook page…
“Inspired by and in solidarity with –
– Mike Brown and the Ferguson Freedom Fighters battle against the national guard
-Oscar Grant and Oakland continuing the on going rebellion
– The Flatbush rebellionof 2013
-The Legacy of the BLA
-The England Rebellions of 2011
-John T. Williams and the generations of Indigenous Rebellion
-Africa Town and the Occupations of the Horace Mann and the Coleman school buidlings
– Assata Shakur and the whole Shakur family
It’s time to remember our past and begin challenging ourselves.
Ferguson is burning. What is Seattle gonna do about it?
Shutting down Nordstrom, Macy’s, et. al.. appropriating Westlake and shutting down traffic is great. The more merrier. But scum just as bad as any of the nordstrom family, rest on the top of hill five blocks east. Scum of the lowest filth. Hipster scum. ironic racist tech bro scum.
Capital Hell has undergone hyper gentrification over the last few years. The first wave of this was brought to us by the early hipsters. These early hipster have matured into some of the biggest power players in this city.
Liberal White Seattle makes it easy to be a racist. Programs like Weed and Seed were celebrated, by black leaders. It easy for white folks here to go about their lives in a privileged peace while black and brown people live in a near constant state of insecurity and absolute alienation rooted in self hate. The center of this disturbing hipster culture is Capital Hell….
This Anti-blackness doesn’t come from nowhere. It comes from a history of slavery and genocide. Anti-blackness is re affirmed in Pro Capital and Pro State (police, jails, and government) culture. Capital Hell currently sits as the local heart of this Beast…
Business owners David Mienert and Jason (Jace) Lajeunesse, putting profit ahead of black lives, made up some conspiracy of a cell of “organized crime” of East Africans operating on the hill. This conspiracy was seemingly concocted in order to bully SPD into increasing police patrols and beats on Capital Hell, particularly around their specific properties. They also gave threats of bringing in the U.S. Attorneys office to the mainstream media.
Both the Mayor of Seattle (who is being sued by a former black female employee for wrongful termination based on factors of race and gender) and the City Attorney (in Seattle more black men are behind bars then not) thanked David Mienert by name in their election speeches.
These small business owners of capital hell, as well as the rest of them but profit before black lives.
This is how capitalism works today. Anti -blackness is completely intertwined with Capitalism and the State.
In contrast Anti state is directly intertwined with Pro Blackness…”
–Black Friday Takeover on the Hill FB Event Page