#BlackLivesMatter Protest – Fridays in September

Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Ballard!

When: Friday, Sept 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:00 – 6:00 pm and every Friday until protests resolve.
Where: NW 65th St & 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA

We invite you to join us in person to stand up for Black Lives Matter each Friday at 65th and 15th and from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

We are showing up in support every Friday as long as protests continue and #BlackLivesMatter demands are on the table. At first we had about 800 folks join us to show support. Now our group has dwindled to 35-50. This is a marathon (or maybe a relay race), so please sub in whenever you can. Bring signs that express the demands of the movement (e.g. “#DefundThePolice”, Invest in Black Communities, “#BlackLivesMatter”, etc.) We will also have Black Lives Matter signs available for you to pick up at the corner of 15th & 65th. Please tweet and share this event with your network.

PLEASE WEAR MASKS & FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. We can spread out south of 65th on 15th for space. Do NOT attend if you are sick, exhibiting symptoms, or if you believe you have come into contact with someone who had COVID-19.

This event is being organized to give Ballard neighbors an opportunity to come together and express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not intended to compete with other actions and protests around Seattle. But it will provide an opportunity for those who may be unable to participate in those actions to make their voices heard… and to begin organizing further solidarity actions in our neighborhood. If you cannot join us in person, make noise and let people know you care from home! Lots of neighborhoods have been joining together and showing appreciation for the people laying their lives on the line. Go to your front porch, window, or roof top and make noise by banging pots or pans together or with an instrument at 5 pm on Friday to let people know #BlackLivesMatter!

Read the updated list of demands here.
Read the original list of demands and Mayor Durkan’s responses here.

Can’t Make the Protests? Want to Help More?

If you can’t march, take this time as an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your local elected officials. This includes your mayor, city council, county executive, county council, county prosecutor, and state representatives. It helps if you collaborate with friends and neighbors, and reach out to people you know who are more familiar with the local issues. It’s up to you to make sure your local officials feel the pressure to improve police accountability and dismantle the structural racism that has been built into all of our institutions.

Take action now!

Sign this local petition to defund the Seattle Police Department, organized by Seattle COVID-19 Mutual Aid and supported by Nikkita Oliver and other Black/Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) organizers in Seattle.

Write or call our local politicians
Let them know that you support the demands being made by BLMSKC: