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OPINION: Loved Ones Lost to Police Violence Make Case for HB 1054

by Deborah Jacobs


Giovonn Joseph-McDade was a 20-year-old Green River College student when Kent Police officer William Davis shot him to death after a vehicle chase in June 2017. According to his mother, Sonia Joseph, Giovonn was a humble kid with a passion for sports, especially football, who kept fit, healthy, and positive, and had three younger brothers who loved and looked up to him.

On Jan. 12, the House Public Safety Committee in Olympia heard public testimony on House Bill 1054 (HB 1054), legislation that has the potential to save lives like Giovonn’s, needlessly and tragically taken at the hands of police. HB 1054 deals with multiple police tactics that have resulted in the loss of life and injury to the people of Washington state, including a ban on vehicle pursuits. It’s a bill that deserves a vote on the House floor as soon as possible and in its strongest form.

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Kent Youth Organization and Community Members to Rally at Kent Police Department

by Jack Russillo


Youth speakers will rally in front of the Kent Police Department Monday, August 17 to demand that the City of Kent and the Kent School District address issues of systemic racism.

The rally is organized by ForFortyTwo, an organization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth who are combating systemic racism in Kent. The rally will bring together Kent community members to list demands that involve defunding the police, invite local youth to tell stories of their experiences with police brutality, and offer tables where attendees can contribute ideas for community and school programs that uplift and support BIPOC groups instead of funneling them into systems of punishment and oppression. Community-funded food and water will also be provided for attendees, as well as a full medical team. The rally will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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