‘From Our Coast to Yours’: Alki banner sends love to Orlando


The Alki Statue of Liberty has long been a place to gather, a place for tributes, and today it becomes that again: Sam Samaniego decided to make a sash for Lady Liberty, as a show of love in the wake of this morning’s Orlando massacre. It’s inscribed ‘From Our Coast to Yours’ and as we write, they’ve added a banner along the base that you’re invited to sign:


Sam says she’ll of course be sending the banner to Florida – but before then, she sees power in the photographs people will take, and hopes that they’re seen in Orlando so people there know people here care:


15 years ago, Alki’s mini Statue of Liberty became a gathering place to mourn the 9/11 victims, and five years ago, it drew hundreds for a tribute on the 10th anniversary of the attack.

17 Replies to "'From Our Coast to Yours': Alki banner sends love to Orlando"

  • sc June 12, 2016 (8:25 pm)

    Hope is the thing with feathers

    that perches in the soul –

    and sings the tunes

    without the words –

    and never stops at all.

    Emily Dickinson

  • Ws resident June 13, 2016 (10:47 am)

    Is this still up?  When is it being sent to FL?

    If it’s still there I’ll make my way to Alki to sign it for sure!


    Seattle transplant from Orlando

    • WSB June 13, 2016 (10:53 am)

      WSR, we actually were headed to Alki to look, when we had to divert to the SWAT situation in Morgan Junction. Hoping to head that way once this is over.

      • WSB June 13, 2016 (11:59 am)


        • WS Resident June 13, 2016 (12:10 pm)

          Thank you for checking.  :)

  • Samuella Samaniego June 13, 2016 (1:30 pm)

    I’m a little bit in shock. Came home this afternoon and then I was going to the Statue to check the sash and banner. I never took it down. Its not that i do not believe you guys, i’m just, well i’m not sure how i feel. But I’m heading down there now. I don’t understand.

    • WSB June 13, 2016 (1:35 pm)

      Sam – Our report is based on a drive-by, albeit a drive-by with view of the west and south sides. It looked bannerless so we didn’t stop. If you didn’t take it down, I hope my eyes deceived me, then, and we’ll go back!

  • Samuella Samaniego June 13, 2016 (2:34 pm)

    Yes. It’s gone. And i definitely have no idea who removed it. I looked around within a generous radius of space. Checked the dumpsters also. 

  • Samuella Samaniego June 13, 2016 (2:38 pm)

    I just want it back. No questions asked. 

    • WSB June 13, 2016 (2:40 pm)

      I’m going to check with the media folks at Parks.

  • Samuella Samaniego June 13, 2016 (3:48 pm)

    Am calling around various City departments. Talked to Alki Cafe workers since they come in pretty early for work. No luck at all yet with specifics or reaching people. Can i just ask on this post who saw the sash and banner later in the day yesterday? 

    • WSB June 13, 2016 (3:54 pm)

      I’ll have a separate item up shortly. Parks just told me their crew removed it ‘after receiving complaints’ … I have a followup question asking where you can go get it.

      • West Seattle Hipster June 13, 2016 (4:06 pm)


        • WSB June 13, 2016 (4:12 pm)

          I’ve posted the separate story now. Even back in 2013 when we had several rounds of guerrilla art at the plaza, the policy was stated that a removal warning would be posted and then after a couple days if still there, the item would be taken away.

          Meantime, I will e-mail Sam this as well, but if you see this first – Southwest Crew Headquarters, 684-7457, is who you can call to get the banner back. I’m deciding who else to call for reaction. – TR

  • Samuella Samaniego June 13, 2016 (4:10 pm)

    The largest massacre since 911. And my fellow Americans cannot be memorialized there the way others can? I am in a different kind of shock. I am an American. I am an  Indigenous American. It cannot possibly be acceptable that I am not permitted to express love and a heartfelt loss like others have in this exact location.

  • SLSWESTSEATTLEGIRL June 13, 2016 (4:44 pm)

    Hi, do we know if anyone in West Seattle is planning on having any more vigils to honor the victims & their families?

  • JKB June 13, 2016 (7:18 pm)

    “Complaints” ought to be public.  Got something to say?

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