by Elizabeth Turnbull
In the early morning of Saturday, June 20, following two shootings directly outside of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) barricades, fire department safety protocols and the pleas of volunteer medics and bystanders collided.
At 2:19 a.m., bystanders called 911 after a young adult male was shot on 10th Avenue and East Pine Street.
Following the gunshots, protesters began clearing the street in front of Rancho Bravo restaurant in order to allow potential Seattle Fire Department (SFD) medical vehicles to enter after hearing confirmation, by monitoring live fire department dispatch communications, that a medical vehicle was coming to assist the victim, according to David Lewis, a fixture at the Seattle protests who was on site the night of the shooting.
“Everyone was clearing the way for all medical staff continuously,” Lewis told the Emerald. “Of course we want — we needed the medical staff, we needed them to be here and with that confirmation we were clearing all cars, all people.”
Continue reading CHOP Protesters Pleaded for Help and Received None
by Reagan Jackson
Let me preface this with one important point of clarity: Mary and I don’t owe anyone an explanation about what we chose to do. We are accountable solely to and for our community and to the call for Black healing to which we are responding. However, as a commitment to my greater calling as a healer, I have decided I will gift you with the additional emotional labor required to provide folks with more context. This is so people can educate themselves about the necessity of Black healing spaces and possibly expand their understanding of this work and our framing of it. You’re welcome.
On Monday, June 15, 2020, Mary Williams posted an Open Letter to the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) on Facebook. In it she expressed her longing to take what started out as a powerful protest in services of defunding SPD and protecting Black lives — and has since devolved into a tent city encampment co-located with a quasi-political street fair — and make it a space of healing for Black folks.
Continue reading The Tea on Our Juneteenth Black Out and the Necessity of Black Healing Spaces
(This article originally appeared on Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and has been reprinted with permission.)
One man was reported dead and another person was shot and wounded in an overnight shooting at the Capitol Hill protest zone.
Police have confirmed the shooting but have not released further details. It was not clear if any suspects were in custody.
UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: Seattle Police have confirmed CHS’s early reports on the shooting and say that a 19-year-old is dead and that there have been no arrests:
Continue reading One Reported Dead, One Wounded in Overnight Capitol Hill Protest Zone Shooting
by M. Anthony Davis
With the soon to be released video for their latest single, Opaque, Seattle band King Youngblood is emerging as a prominent voice for youth currently fighting to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” King Youngblood frontman Cameron Lavi-Jones tells me, “That in the process [of] writing, shooting and editing this video, we had to add more names to the list of people to dedicate this to.” Continue reading With New Video, Opaque, King Youngblood Lends Voice to Marginalized Communities