Taking Action

Where to Protest in Seattle August 28–30

After three months, calls for change continue.

By Stefan Milne August 27, 2020

After three months of protests in Seattle and across the country, this week made it again clear that not much has changed. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back. In Seattle, police continue to pepper spray crowds of protesters, including a group at a vigil for Summer Taylor on Wednesday night. So people are still in the streets. Below are events supporting Black and Indigenous lives this weekend. If you go, wear a mask. For more events, see this calendar—which contains daily and nightly marches. 

Fri, Aug 28
Virtual March on Washington
On the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, organizers ask that those not in the Washington DC area attend virtually. The march starts at 8am PST, to “restore and recommit to the dream Martin Luther King, Jr. defined in 1963.” At 6pm, there’ll be highlights, a musical performance, and a keynote. 8am & 6pm, Online

Black Joy Festival and Community Rally
This gathering seeks to create “a space for rest and celebration. Curated for Black folks by Black folks.” Organizers ask that non-Black people share the event flyer and consider volunteering at the event, which features 17 speakers, poets, and musicians throughout the day. 3pm–9pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park

Sat, Aug 29
Climate Justice for Black Lives
Racism and climate change are not separate crises. This rally and march calls for police defunding and community investment, as well for environmental justice, since “Black and Indigenous people are disproportionately targeted by environmental racism.” If you can’t attend, the group is asking for funding as well. 4pm–7pm, Jefferson Park

UW BLM Public Forum
The University of Washington Black Lives Matter has held protests at the campus’s Red Square every day this month. Here the group hosts a public forum to “address community concerns” and a mutual aid drive, gathering supplies for houseless people. 5:30pm, Red Square, 1302 NE Campus Parkway 

Sun, Aug 30
John T. Williams Memorial Rally/March
On August 30, 2010, Seattle police officer Ian Burke killed John T. Williams. Hosted by Seattle’s Black Indigenous Coalition, this rally and march remembers the Native woodcarver. 5pm–8:30pm, Space Needle

Show Comments