Seattle marches against immigration ban

Thousands in Seattle protest for a second night against Trump’s immigration policies


Thousands of people gathered and marched in Westlake Park on Sunday — the second straight night in the Seattle area of protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.


Thousands of people gathered and marched in Westlake Park on Sunday — the second straight night in the Seattle area of protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Trump signed an executive order Friday that banned Syrian refugees indefinitely, halted the United States’ refugee program for 120 days and placed a 90-day travel ban on people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The ban initially included U.S. permanent residents and visa holders.

Speakers at Sunday’s gathering included Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and others. The Sunday evening rally was planned for several days, following Trump’s executive order that targeted undocumented immigrants and cities with sanctuary policies.

Other protests were held throughout the state, including one near Peace Arch at the Canadian border and another at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, according to KING 5.


The art of protesting Trump


In the days leading up to the inauguration, many D.I.Y sign-making nights have popped up around town in anticipation for a variety of events in Seattle over the weekend protesting President Donald Trump.

One such event was held in the basement of the Columbia City Church of Hope in South Seattle. More than 100 people on Thursday evening moved through the church basement, which had become a maze of art supplies and craft tables all donated by the attendees.

 Popular Gureilla Art techniques include linocut, screenprinting, stencils and patch design.

Cascadia Now and the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition, both non-profit, community groups focused on grassroots organizing, sponsored the Thursday event. All age-groups and identities were represented in the crowd, and neither food nor art supplies were at risk for running out.


Besides organizing for systematic disobedience against the Trump administration, what brought this group together was clearly a love of art. Every inch of space was occupied by everything from impromptu screen printing lessons to linocuts.

Event organizer Brandon Letsinger said the event won’t be the last time that Seattle residents will take up brushes to voice resistance to Trump.

“We’re here to create a visual sign of resistance” Letsinger said. “This night is only the first of many.”


Angela Davis voices support for No Youth Jail movement

 Angela Davis speaks to sold-out Town Hall for MLK Unity Day

Thursday’s event included live music, poetry and prayers lead by Duwamish and Lakota tribal leaders. Front-and-center was a reserved section that included Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and nearly 15 No Youth Jail activists.

 Dr. Val Hunt and her students from Seattle Central’s Professional Ethics class, first in line for Angela Davis

Among the first people in line to see activist and scholar Angela Davis at Town Hall on Thursday were Seattle Central College faculty member Valerie Hunt and her students from her Professional Ethics class. They’re a diverse group of women — some of whom have only recently heard of her and others who long have admired Davis for her decades of activism.

“I believe that if you believe in it, you have to live it, and Angela lives it.” Hunt said.

 No Youth Jail activists raise their fist in support of Angela Davis' opposition to mass incareration.

Davis stated her support for the No Youth Jail movement while standing side-by-side with Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, who along with the rest of the city council members in attendance received most of the many of the night’s pointed audience questions from those opposing the proposed juvenile detention center.

The direct dialog between the two groups had the audience on the edge of our seats. For a moment Seattle’s own local politics overshadowed the honored guest, but Davis seemed more than happy to be witnessing direct action at work.