Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County Calling for Statewide General Strike

by Emerald Staff

On Saturday, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) called for a statewide strike, march and day of action in support of the Black community on June 12.

The social justice organization will host its own march and rally in Seattle on that date.

The announcement followed a meeting between BLMSKC and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan earlier in the day, where the group presented a list of demands, which read as follows:

“We demand that all law enforcement at demonstrations turn on their bodycams and leave them on throughout the entirety of their shift. With that, we understand that this is only the beginning of this conversation. Per the ACLU, we want the access and use of the recorded data from bodycams to be taken out of the hands of the police. Furthermore, more regulations must be put in place into how this data is distributed. – Mayor Durkan agreed

“We demand the city divest $100 million in the police budget that would be used for militarized weapons and equipment and reinvest those funds in de-escalation teams, street outreach, crisis intervention teams, mental health diversion teams, housing, and PPE – Mayor Durkan agrees to a divestment that is reinvested in our community needs. It was also agreed that $100 million may not be enough to meet the needs.

“We demand the end of sweeping homeless encampments, as it violates CDC guidelines in treating and supporting people and families experiencing homelessness – Mayor has a tentative plan that includes housing/shelter options. ULMS would be interested in continuing the discussion with the Mayor’s office as they have more data to share on the matter.

“We demand that the City of Seattle drop the Inquest Lawsuit with King County – The Mayor will be speaking with the City Attorney about this matter.

“We demand that Community Oversight be a part of the police contract bargaining process – The Mayor mentioned the CPC expressed this also. We shared that the community will need a better relationship with the CPC and that we, BLM, are willing to assist with.

“We demand the City of Seattle to develop a fully funded and staffed Black Commission to address these and further issues in the future – Mayor Durkan agrees to its formation, staffing and funding support of the commission.”

BLMSKC is encouraging all communities across the state to hold their own events in solidarity on June 12.

Featured image: Black Lives Matter rally by Victoria Pickering