Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier

A sign erected by encampment members at their main entrance. Photo by Kelsey Hamlin

Along a muddy path next to a section of the Burke Gilman trail in Ravenna, 25 activists joined the residents of a homeless encampment Wednesday hoping to halt a sweep. When the Navigation Team’s outreach group arrived, they were surprised to see a band of activists with linked arms acting as a human barrier to vehicles. The outreach notified the rest of their not-yet-arrived team, which then called for SPD back-up. Two more police vehicles arrived, but there was no physical confrontation and no arrests.

Activists rotated through the encampment to provide a presence during the sweep. A few discussed the oddity of Seattle Police Department’s (SPD’s) Navigation Team uniforms. Everything was normal except one item: a Blue Lives Matter patch with “NAV” at the bottom left.

via South Seattle Emerald

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Seattle Womxn’s March 2.0 Attracts Thousands

Saturday marked the one- year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency and welcomed the anticipated follow up to one of the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States.

Joining sister marches spanning cities across the country, Seattle’s Womxn’s March 2.0 served as a reminder that many of the thousands who poured into the streets last year to protest Trump’s inauguration have sustained their fight against patriarchy, misogyny, and violence against women they feel his presidency has emboldened.

Like last year, the 2018 iteration of the Womxn’s March began at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill and ended at Seattle Center. But it struck a slightly different visual than its predecessor:

There were noticeably fewer people of color, but an early focus on the Indigenous and Two Spirit community.

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After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protesters Converge on Westlake

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Arthur Ford continues yelling “Black Lives Matter” in the face of a Proud Boy with the mic. Mario Cater, who raised his fist, remained smiling behind him the whole time. Behind those two one can see Joey Gibson, the organizer. [Photo by Kelsey Hamlin]

In the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, protesters gathered at Denny Park and marched to Westlake in Downtown Seattle yesterday to confront a right wing group called Patriot Prayer. On their way, however, protesters encountered human barricades of police, canisters of pepper spray, and flashbangs.

via South Seattle Emerald

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