After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors 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 After Charlottesville, Right Wing and Counter-Protestors Converge on Westlake — South Seattle Emerald

Paying Tribute to Charleena Lyles, No Justice No Pride Action Disrupts Pride Parade

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.

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Five Months Later, Amazon subcontractor SIS Takes Small Steps to Remedy Worker Mistreatment

Photo courtesy of Erin Sroka

When workers allied with SEIU in February, it came to light that, for the second time, Amazon contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) was allegedly discriminating against its own workers. After months of continued action, Muslim employees were finally given a list of accessible prayer rooms, but some still face repercussions for taking a stand.

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#NoNewYouthJail Movement Says Flawed Appeals Process Aided Juvy’s Construction

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.

via #NoNewYouthJail Movement Says Flawed Appeals Process Aided Juvy’s Construction — South Seattle Emerald