by Tiffany Hearsey
The killings of John T. Williams, Jesse Sarey, Giovonn Joseph-McDade, and Jacqueline Salyers by police devastated Seattle-area communities. Now, their families honor and preserve their memories with public memorials. Williams’ Honor Totem Pole towers above a throng of tourists at Seattle Center. The patch of grass where Joseph-McDade took his last breath now hosts a bench — a resting place for a grieving mother. In Tacoma, a cross overlooking a freeway brings together an Indigenous community in remembering Salyers, a mother of four who was pregnant at the time she was shot and killed by a Tacoma policeman. And at the CID’s Wing Luke Museum, a memorial quilt bears the name “Jesse.” Sarey’s family, and others who grieve the lives of their loved ones killed by police, hold on to the hope of healing and a fight for justice so that police who kill will be held accountable.
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by Mark Van Streefkerk
This year’s Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) will take place online, and feature more short- and feature-length films, documentaries, and animated films than ever before in the festival’s history. Streaming with the help of partner Northwest Film Forum from March 4 to 14, SAAFF will virtually screen 123 films by or about Asian Americans in the U.S., grouped into 15 programs, and will hold one drive-in movie event.
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by Elizabeth Turnbull
Next to the Space Needle and below a 34-foot-tall totem pole, a crowd of a few hundred people set their phone timers to ring at 4:12 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 30, as a reminder to observe a moment of silence at the exact time and date that a Seattle Police officer fatally shot John T. Williams, a celebrated Native American wood carver, 10 years ago.
In 2012, on what would have been John’s 52nd birthday, John’s brother Rick Williams, with the help of other family members and craftsmen, erected the totem pole they had carved and which stands near the Space Needle today. At the vigil on Sunday, Rick Williams spoke about the memorial space and about memories of his brother.
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by Carolyn Bick
Unknown drivers appear to have threatened marchers at two different points in a prayer walk on the evening of Aug. 30, according to videos posted to Twitter. The walk was meant to commemorate John T. Williams, the Indigenous man whom a Seattle Police Department (SPD) officer shot and killed 10 years ago. The car at one of the points of the prayer walk hit at least one demonstrator, according to the demonstrator’s Twitter account.
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