With a majority of city council now supporting defunding Seattle Police Department, protesters continue to call for budget cuts and other racial equity changes. If you want to join them, here are four more events in the coming week. Don't feel safe at public gatherings? See this list, which includes virtual events.
Fri, July 17
D5 Protest for the Pledge
Seven of the nine Seattle city council members have said they’ll vote to reallocate funding for SPD to community-based systems. So far, council member Debora Juarez hasn’t committed to the 50 percent cut advocates have presented. So Allies United will partner with D5 for Racial and Social Justice to call on Juarez to do just that. Participants living in the Fifth District are encouraged to join this protest the location of which will be determined soon. Not sure of your district? Check here. 6:30pm, NE 123rd Street and Lake City Way NE This protest has been canceled.
Sat, July 18
Pay the Fee Rally
King County Equity Now Coalition links up with local Black-led organizations like Africatown Seattle and Creative Justice for a protest calling for investments in a future Youth Achievement Center, Black and Brown community ownership, and affordable housing. Speakers will cover voting rights and the harms of gentrification, while performers like Ready Ron Beats and YungBree will provide music. 2pm, 23rd Ave S and S Jackson Street, Seattle
Sun, July 19
Protest Against ICE: The Sequel
Echoing calls from last week’s rally, organizers want U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop putting kids in cages. This time, participants are encouraged to each bring 10 other people eager to “listen, learn and take action” against oppressive policing. 11am, 401 Pine Street, Seattle
Mon, July 20
Strike for Collective Justice
On Monday, labor unions and activists plan a nationwide strike for Black lives. This local strike and protest—organized by Black Minds Matter, East Side for Black Lives, and Defund SPD—seeks racial, economic, and climate justice. 1pm, 117 S Washington Street (Occidental Square), Seattle