The planning was set over the course of a week, organized by three core members. This year’s Pride Parade would feature a surprise altar for Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four killed by Seattle Police Department officers Steven McNew and Jason Anderson on June 18.
Hundreds filled Kane Hall on Friday night to hear anti-racist activist, speaker, and writer Tim Wise at an event that was planned by UW Public Lectures months in advance, well before President Donald Trump became a reality.
As a result, much of what Wise discussed couldn’t be disentangled from current events, and in fact was directly correlated to them. At times, Wise’s cadences and motions matched that of a televangelist, and at other points he was a great comedic relief, but his words reflected those of an educated activist throughout the night.
“What I want to talk about is how we can understand white privilege as an operative thing that gives advantage to those so called,” he said.
Wise contended that white privilege tends to perpetuate American exceptionalism to sustain itself. American exceptionalism, to put it simply, is believing irrevocably in the concept that everyone can “pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” and that it’s all anyone needs to do to achieve middle class status or higher.
Citing safety concerns, author and professor Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor cancelled her event at Town Hall last Wednesday, due to death threats aimed at her and her family. Taylor, who was touring in support of her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, also cancelled an appearance at UC Berkeley that was to take place […] This came after Fox News posted her Hampshire College commencement speech, identifying it as an “Anti-POTUS tirade.”
A group of hodge podge high schoolers at The Center School spent their entire senior year preparing for last Friday’s presentations focused on social justice. The rooms were speckled with vibrant hair colors, fabulous femmes, amazingly creative clothing and immaculate make-up.
Teacher Jon Greenberg spearheaded the presentations, which first began in 2009.
“I felt confident enough about widespread quality to invite the press,” he said of the student projects, expressing pride in the young presenters. “They’re picking topics that are so close to them. They’re trying to act on it, to make this a better place for other people.”
Over the summer, Seattle’s #NoNewYouthJail movement’s future steps seemed unclear. After more than five years of protests, demonstrations, teach-ins and community outreach, it appeared the “youth jail” people had been fighting vehemently against would soon be constructed on 12th and Alder in the Squire Park neighborhood.
However, a hearing Tuesday evening showed the fight against King County’s $210 million “Children and Family Justice Center” — which, along with courthouses and youth program space, will house a 92,000 square foot juvenile detention center, replacing the current one — is far from finished.
A slew of unpublicized errors made by Seattle City and King County Councils was that evening’s focus.
The two defendants in the Jan. 20 UW shooting pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in the King County Courthouse.
Elizabeth and Marc Hokoana had their bails initially set at $50,000 each before the figure was reduced to $10,000 because neither of them have a criminal history, they’re unlikely to flee, and neither are receiving any income. Marc Hokoana was a pre-med student at the UW, but both the Hokoanas are banned from campus. Elizabeth Hokoana has since been put on unpaid leave.
The defendants waived their right to a speedy trial. Both are sticking to self-defense claims.
Steven Wells, one of the defense attorneys, painted his narrative by calling Joshua Dukes, the man shot, an accuser. It was also argued in their presentation that the scene on Red Square on Jan. 20 was enough to make the Hokoanas scared, citing Molotov cocktails. There were no Molotov cocktails thrown that night, according to the UWPD report.
“There’s a lot of things not in the police report,” Wells responded to that.
“If it was such a thing, it would be in the police report,” UWPD Major Steve Rittereiser said. “That was the first time I’ve heard that, but it’s not unusual to hear those types of things said as speculation in a case.”
Wells also claimed that Dukes had Facebook posts of his own that show premeditated violence, but has since deleted his Facebook account. The latter is false. Wells stated that he submitted the posts into evidence to the prosecuting attorney and The Daily is waiting to see if a records request for those items will be granted. In addition, there is only one search warrant of many that is currently open to the public.
Dukes, otherwise known as Hex, has made it clear that he prefers restorative justice in which the shooter and accomplice wouldn’t face jail time. Instead, they would have substantial conversations with those involved and with the community, as he doesn’t believe jail is the rehabilitative system it claims to be. The Hokoanas maintain the shooting was an act of self-defense.
Several firearm receipts were found in Marc’s glove box after he and Elizabeth turned themselves in Jan. 20. The 9mm glock found in the car was registered to Marc, but had Elizabeth’s fingerprints on it. The police filed a warrant for Marc’s Facebook page, from which they discovered evidence for premeditation.
Marc had sent “I can’t wait for tomorrow, I’m going to the Milo event and if the snowflakes get out off (sic) hand I’m just going to wade through their ranks and start cracking skulls” in his Facebook messenger. The person he was talking with, Brandon Caley, responded, “god, you gonna carry?” Marc replied “Nah, I’m going full melee…Lily it’s…Is* (sic)” Caley then sent, “GET EM (sic) just don’t end up in jail.”