West Seattle, Washington
(EARLIER COVERAGE: Our photos of West Seattleites heading to the march)
(Gatewood pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen‘s aerial view of much of the crowd at the march’s starting point)
6:13 PM: With more than 100,000 participants, the Womxn’s March on Seattle lasted more than four and a half hours – from the first departures from Judkins Park around 11:15, to the Seattle Police announcement that the last marchers had arrived at Seattle Center around 3:50 pm, without incidents or arrests.
We covered marchers leaving West Seattle this morning (see those photos here); we appreciate everyone who has sent photos (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302) and expect to add more.
Above and below, Trissa Hodapp sent photos of her group, all West Seattleites, from the end of the route at Seattle Center.
Trissa says, “My daughter carried the sign almost the entire route. It was so powerful and had positive energy.” The signs told the story of the day – this next one was photographed by Samuella Samaniego:
She also sent this view from the Chinatown area:
Carl Guess shared the photo below, observing, “Love the juxtaposition of the gospel tune lyric and the flag.”
The sign shown with this group of “walking West Seattleites” was from the school of “cup half full”:
Some signs were handwritten:
And in many views – what stood out was the prevalence of the pink “pussyhats”:
Many family groups – next are Stephanie and Madeline Gerding, photographed by Patrick Gerding:
The next two are from Y-Ma, who e-mailed: “We got to Judkins around 10:30. The crowd, the energy & respectfulness was kind of overwhelming. I think it took us about 90 minutes after start to actually be able to leave the park vicinity. Coming down the hill – it was an absolute sea of people for as far as one could see.”
That sea of people rolled and strolled on through the Central and International Districts, and on to downtown – this view is from Sarah Cameron:
And this, from Laura Dedon Oxford:
Next photo, via e-mail – “Denise Nelson and Lisa Stencel representing West Seattle!”
And here are students from a school that marched on Friday too – Taproot School:
Thanks to Lynne Meddaugh for that photo.
So what happened at the end of the march route? Barbara Dobkin sent this photo of performers on the Seattle Center grounds:
ADDED 9:40 PM: More photos sent since we published the ones above – thank you, again! Citywide media now quotes organizers as estimating about 175,000 people participated. The next three pictures are from West Seattle photographer Vy Duong:
Anna Yates took her daughters, Genesee Hill Elementary students, and shared this photo:
Another mom who took her child – Panayiota Bertzikis, who we found out belatedly is a West Seattle resident and was also among today’s speakers! She shared this photo of herself and her one-year-old, who joined her onstage:
From J. Lardizabal, more West Seattleites representing at the march:
Thanks to Layne Ahlstrom for the next three photos:
And Alki artist Susan K. Miller is the only person to send a sketch! “Reporting the old-fashioned way! 😊 This was Judkins Park at 9:15a, when you could still see some grass. Focused on that ERA NOW sign, exactly like the one I marched with 40 years ago because as several signs said, ‘Can’t believe we’re still protesting this’.”
ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: More photos came in overnight – the next two are from Karen Berge, featuring a two-sided sign created by one of the West Seattleites with whom she marched, Mary Sheely (seen in second photo):
Kathryn Aupperlee sent photos of signs that caught her attention, including these:
ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: A few more photos have come in – these are from The Lees:
“We’re a local WS family from the Puget Ridge area. We took the bus route #125 in front of SSC to downtown but since the buses were full from DT to the park by the time we arrived at the SAM, we just walked up to the park. I pushed both my kids in the stroller from there to Judkins Park. I didn’t have a pink hat so I hair sprayed my hair pink. My daughter is a kindergartener at Sanislo Elementary. I am on the PTA board.”
And from Aneelah Afzali, the West Seattleite about whom we wrote on the eve of the march, for which she was a pre-march speaker:
This was one of ~400 marches – photos seen on Twitter even included one in Antarctica.
Game-playing for a good cause – it’s happening noon-10 pm tomorrow at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor). Connor Alexander (who you might know from the West Seattle Cyberpunks) sent the announcement:
You don’t have to play to contribute. Information on how to contribute without attending is in the invite. Also, you can attend and donate, but not play. People interested in learning how to play are encouraged to attend. This is a marathon, not a competitive tournament. All play is casual.
If you haven’t been to Meeples Games – which is a café and playing place as well as a store – it’s upstairs at 3737 California SW, NW corner of California/Charlestown.
Just mentioning in case you saw the Seattle Fire units and/or heard the sirens: What was briefly a “full response” dispatch to the 4500 block of SW Director in Fauntleroy has been scaled back to one engine. Instead of a house fire, it turned out to be a problem with a food smoker.
This morning, we heard from Tom, whose family had decided not to go to the Womxn’s March on Seattle but wanted to invite others to join a small “solidarity march” around The Junction. We caught up with his group as they headed out from California/Edmunds around quarter till 1, after the sun had emerged from the clouds.
As for the main march downtown – per SPD, after more than two hours, the last of the marchers have finally left Judkins Park, as the front of the group arrived at the end of the route more than 3 miles away. The crowd has been estimated at well over 100,000. No incidents reported along the way, we can say from monitoring police frequencies and other emergency channels. We’ll have an update later with photos from participants (got a photo to share? email@example.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!).
That’s a brand-new sign – in San Simeon, California – along The Whale Trail, the shore-based network of whale-watching spots established by the West Seattle-based advocacy group of the same name. The photo is from TWT executive director Donna Sandstrom, who is in California to launch six new TWT sites, including that one. And this comes as her group celebrates a new grant announced this week by a national organization:
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced that The Whale Trail, based in Seattle, will receive a $50,000 Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award for their project, “The Whale Trail Northern California,” to develop interpretive signage on the northern California coast focusing on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), extending the trail of signage already found in the Olympic Peninsula.
The award is one of five grants totaling $215,000 awarded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to expand public awareness of ocean and Great Lakes conservation issues in partnership with America’s national marine sanctuaries.
“The Whale Trail will help engage Americans in understanding how they can change the future for the southern resident orca, since all the issues that have brought the SKRW to the brink of extinction are human-caused,” said Kristen Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “Supporting local partners and their efforts to conserve this magnificent species is at the heart of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s work and well represents the goals of the Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards.”
“The Hollings Award will make it possible for coastal visitors and residents to learn more about where and when to watch whales from shore. The northern California coast is a key part of the range for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. With NMSF support we’ll build awareness of these iconic and beloved pods, the threats they are facing, and the role that we can each and all play in their recovery,” said Donna Sandstrom, founder and executive director for The Whale Trail.
The Hollings Award to The Whale Trail was provided in partnership with NOAA Fisheries. The purpose of the Hollings Awards is to foster a better understanding of ocean and Great Lakes issues that leads to increased stewardship of natural and cultural marine resources, including the eight endangered and protected species that are part of NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight campaign. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks projects that inspire local communities to conservation actions, seeking innovative ideas that partner with America’s marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries to draw needed attention to endangered species such as the Southern Resident Killer Whale.
“NOAA Fisheries is pleased to be a partner in these education and outreach projects that support stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat,” said Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations for NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.
Established in 2005, the awards represent the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s commitment to the legacy of former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings who authored an extraordinary range of laws to safeguard America’s ocean and coasts. Senator Hollings was committed to increasing knowledge of our ocean’s value through research and education.
NMSF is supporting four other organizations with Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards that support projects in California, Georgia, Michigan, and Hawaii. The five funded projects connect with a wide geography of sanctuaries in U.S. waters, and support critical education and outreach initiatives on ocean and Great Lakes conservation and endangered species awareness.
NMSF has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants through the Hollings Awards program from its Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and other sources since 2005 to approximately 70 organizations.
While the Southern Resident Killer Whales are considered “residents” here, they range into waters far to the north – Canada – and south – California – to find food, so TWT’s awareness campaign is vital along many hundreds of miles of shoreline.
10:42 AM: After receiving a photo from the bus-chartering moms in Gatewood (shown atop our daily-preview list), we decided to head to The Junction to check out people catching buses to head to the march starting point in the Central District. And we found lots of them, of all ages!
The buses were jammed – even with Metro adding more, in the 9 am hour, they were leaving full, with some having to wait for the next one. This photo was texted from aboard a Route 21 bus caught along Avalon:
As we headed back south to WSB headquarters on the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy line, we saw an obviously march-bound group waiting at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, so we pulled over for this photo:
They told us they were awaiting rideshare vehicles – and that the group was twice this size but the others had already left.
IF YOU’RE MARCHING: Please send a photo – we will have a separate report later with photos from the march. firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 206-293-6302 (our 24/7 round-the-clock number) – thank you!
IF YOU’RE NOT MARCHING: As added to our daily preview list, a local family is organizing a small solidarity march around The Junction – meet at Uptown Espresso (California/Edmunds/Erskine) at 12:30 pm.
ABOUT THE HATS: If you don’t know the background of the pink hats many are wearing … go here.
11:30 AM: As of a minutes ago, the march is officially on the move, having left Judkins Park (and all the overflow spots where people are waiting along the route to Seattle Center). If you are headed downtown for some other reason – keep in mind that traffic/access will be affected for hours. TV helicopters are over the crowd; this is the most reliable feed we’ve found so far.
12:28 PM: After more than an hour, SPD says the march has now spread almost entirely across the full official route of more than 3 miles – as the front of the march approaches the end of the route at Seattle Center, some have yet to leave Judkins Park at the start of the route.
2:45 PM: The march is in its fourth hour and some are still on the route to Seattle Center – just passing Spring Street, according to the latest police-radio update, plus SPD via Twitter:
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) January 21, 2017
All the estimates we’ve seen so far have participation at more than 100,000 people. Again, we’ll have a separate report later with the photos we’ve received (thank you!) and summary details.
3:04 PM: Some buses are still on reroutes – be aware of this if you’re trying to get home. For the C Line, we checked with Metro: “The C Line has been rerouted further west on Mercer to Queen Anne Ave. It is traveling south on QA to turn left on Denny Way, then right on 1st, left on Broad and right onto 3rd Ave.” We don’t know how much longer this will last, though.
3:29 PM: Metro also now has a free shuttle running “on 5th Ave between Mercer and Broad Streets” to go south back into downtown from Seattle Center to catch buses back this way.
First, if you’re going to the weekend’s biggest event – the Womxn’s March on Seattle from Judkins Park to Seattle Center – today:
METRO INFO: Extra buses are promised.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION INFO: On the march website.
If you’re marching and have a photo to share later – email@example.com – thank you!
(ADDED 10:08 AM) LOCAL SOLIDARITY MARCH: From Tom – “My wife and I have decided that we are feeling too anxious to take our kids to today’s big march after the shooting at UW yesterday. But our daughter was really excited about it, and we want to do something. We’ve decided to go march around the Alaska Junction. Is there anyone else who wants to show solidarity but isn’t up to the big march who’d like to join us? We were thinking of meeting at 12:30 by Uptown Espresso but are flexible on time. And a big thank you to those who are going to the big march, with or without your kids!!”
Questions? E-mail Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BACK TO ORIGINAL LIST) Now, here’s what (updated: else!) is happening on the peninsula:
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY: It’s been 8 years since the Duwamish Tribe built and opened its longhouse in West Seattle. 10 am-5 pm, join the celebration, starting with the documentary “Promised Land” at 10 am, a reception at noon, cultural program at 1. Admission free. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
COMMUNITY SEMINAR WITH WORLD CHAMPION: Miriam Cardoso leads a community seminar at Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor) 2-4 pm, in support of the ongoing food drive – details here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
WINTER CLOTHING SWAP: 4-7 pm at The Community General Store: “We will swap gently used women’s clothing and accessories, while enjoying hot (spicy!) chai and some delicious snacks.” (5214 Delridge Way SW)
KLEZMER BANDS: Two in concert at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm – Orkestyr Farfeleh and Klez Katz – details in our calendar listing, including how to make a reservation if there’s room left. (7904 35th SW)
MOTHERS AND SONS: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest, “the Tony Award-nominated play about a mother’s reckoning with the life and legacy of her late son.” (4711 California SW)
CHAMPAGNE HONEYBEE: 9 pm at Whisky West – singer/songwriter with ukuleles! 21+. (6451 California SW)
MICHELE D’AMOUR & THE LOVE DEALERS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE ON OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR … see it all here.
Before we move on into Saturday, photos from two more school demonstrations on Inauguration Day:
Those are students from Taproot School, an independent K-5 school based at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. And on Delridge, students from Louisa Boren K-8 STEM rallied on Friday afternoon:
Thanks again to everyone who shared photos – email@example.com is the best way, and if news is breaking, you can text us at 206-293-6302.