Taking Action

Where to Protest in Seattle July 10–12

After more than a month, calls for change continue.

By Sam Luikens July 10, 2020

Image: Stefan Milne

The protests keep coming: against racism and police violence (and this week against ICE). What’s come of it? On Wednesday Decriminalize Seattle implored Seattle City Council to redirect funding for the police department to solutions that don’t require cops. And the movement appears to be gaining more traction with city council, but the deep changes haven’t come yet. Until then, you can keep calling on elected officials and keep marching. Public gatherings aren’t for you? Here’s a list that includes virtual events.

Fri, July 10
Manny’s Walk
On March 3, Tacoma police killed Manuel Ellis. As investigations continue, Ellis’s family waits for the results of what was supposed to be an independent and transparent inquiry into police killings as outlined by Initiative 940 (it has so far not been, according to a Seattle Times report). On Friday, action groups Justice for Manuel Ellis and Tacoma Action Collective will lead a memorial walk to remember Ellis’s final moments. The organizers ask that participants don masks, carry signs, and bring flowers to the corner of 96th and Ainsworth where Ellis was killed. 2pm, 1815 102nd Street South, Tacoma

Sat, July 11
Rollout Day
Skaters and unicyclists join with other wheeled protestors for a rally that aims to “erase hate” and assert that Black Lives Matter. Speeches from community leaders begin at the Luna Girls sculpture on Alki Beach and participants will roll to the Statue of Liberty Plaza. People on foot are invited too. 2pm–4pm, Harbor Avenue Southwest and Fairmount Avenue Southwest, Seattle

Sun, July 12
Protest Against ICE
Billed as a rally against family separation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, this protest encourages participants to stand up for those who have been displaced by the law enforcement agency. 1pm, 401 Pine Street, Seattle 

Morning March
Each weekday, protesters led by Black women gather at Cal Anderson Park. They’re calling for at least a 50 percent budget cut for the Seattle Police Department and want the funds redirected to community-based services. Friday’s march will include a yoga session. Organizers welcome signs and noise makers. 8am–11am, East Pine Street and Broadway, Seattle

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