West Seattle, Washington
The photo and report were sent by Brenda:
She explains, “We stumbled upon an awesome refuge tonight at Endolyne Joe’s, celebrating their Canada menu. It was nice to get away for a couple hours and enjoy some poutine!” The Toronto menu itself is not an election reaction – it was launched almost a month ago; Endolyne Joe’s (a WSB sponsor) has special regional menus that change every few months.
“Nice chatting with you, neighbor.” That friendly goodbye, said as one participant left the “peace gathering” at Myrtle Reservoir Park tonight, summarized what it was all about – neighbors gathering with neighbors. We stopped by around 45 minutes into it, and at least 50 people were there.
It was informal – candlelight, pizza, children running around and playing. And a lot of talk. One person told another that she was worried some ongoing issues won’t be resolved in her lifetime. And certainly, nothing was going to be resolved in one night. But Mary Ellen Cunningham told us she had the idea for the gathering, while having trouble sleeping last night.
Sarah, who sent us first word of the gathering this afternoon, tells us tonight, “Thanks to all who came out to the peace gathering tonight – I know many were encouraged simply by your presence.” She adds that a mailing list is being set up “regarding further gatherings and ways to come together as a community,” so if you’re interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
The family of West Seattle High School Athletics star Nate Pryor – parents Maria and Tony, and sister Shoshana – looked on proudly late today as he signed his National Letter of Intent – he’ll be playing basketball on a full scholarship at Seattle University. WSHS head basketball coach Keffrey Fazio was beaming too:
And so were teammates:
Pryor is a senior point guard; you can see his stats here. He verbally committed to Seattle U last year, and now it’s official.
Also from the WSB inbox this afternoon:
Thought we needed a little positivity today. I collected some donations from my coworkers at Circa to take to a tent community down on E. Marginal Way.
Blankets, socks, clothes, towels, food, coats and toiletries. 💛💛💛 Taking them down now … with my husband and 9 year-old.
2:10 PM: Just out of the WSB inbox from Sarah, who describes this as a “peace gathering”:
Join us tonight at 5 pm at Reservoir Park on 35th & Myrtle for a time of being together as a community. This isn’t about joining to stand against our new president or the people who voted for him. It’s about joining together to stand FOR love, FOR justice, FOR equality, and to give a space for those who are grieving and afraid.
Bring warm jackets, picnic dinner, candles, games or instruments. We look forward to seeing you there.
3:02 PM: Sarah adds that this is a family-friendly gathering
5:42 PM: We are stopping by the event right now. Several dozen people of all ages are here, on the north side of the park by the play area.
10:23 AM: About 200 students from West Seattle High School have walked out of their classes and are headed south on California SW toward The Junction.
(Added: Reader video from Molly – profane language alert)
It’s been described to us as a reaction to last night’s election results.
10:50 AM: The group has reached The Junction. A TV helicopter has picked up on this so if you are hearing/seeing a helicopter, that is what is going on.
11:15 AM: Sorry about the site slowness – this has caused a huge traffic surge.
The group rallied at the Jefferson Square corner plaza (photos above and below) and then headed back to WSHS, where we’re told they’ll be talking with principal Ruth Medsker.
What participants were telling us is, what happened last night does not represent the future that they want, the America that they believe they belong to and belong in, and they will work to embody the values they want to see represented.
Organizer Max Lemke (photo below) told his classmates that they need to be better people, so that there is hope for their future. Love will trump hate, he told them.
(added) One woman passing by, describing herself as a “proud grandma,” high-fived some of the students:
11:48 AM: At the school, the principal took the students into the theater so they would have a place to talk. She said she understood they were angry and wanted to express it. Media were not allowed in.
ADDED 5:11 PM: Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Luke Duecy says, “During today’s student protest march at WSHS, students who walked out of school were marked absent and will need to make up any work missed. No students will be disciplined. Instead, staff talked with students about their desire to express themselves and they supported students’ emotional needs. No teachers walked with students. Two vice principals did for safety and security reasons. Some parents also joined.”
While it is not directly related to the WSHS protest, we also are including a statement Seattle Public Schools has issued in the election’s aftermath:
Seattle Public Schools serves a rich and diverse school community. Our students speak 143 languages/dialects and come from 147 countries. Media coverage of the candidates’ positions on immigration, ethnicity, gender, and religion permeated our students’ lives over the last year. Even our youngest students were aware of the polarizing rhetoric. Today, we have heard directly from families who are feeling anxious and concerned.
The election outcome doesn’t change or influence the district’s direction, priorities, mission, or values. Seattle Public Schools continues to remain dedicated to providing positive school climates that promote student learning and development.
We are committed to building school communities where all students, families and staff are safe, respected and engaged. We will not tolerate bullying, intimidation or any other actions that sustain and advance prejudice and bigotry. Our commitment to the wellbeing of each and every student is stronger than ever.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘INTERVIEW DAY’ AT THE MOUNT: Until 7 pm today, interviews and tours are offered during a job fair at Providence Mount St. Vincent. (4831 35th SW)
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET COMMITTEE: The business of local government goes on, and right now, the City Council’s Budget Committee is talking again about councilmembers’ proposed changes to the mayor’s budget – as they continue to get to the point where any chances have to leave the budget balanced, meaning changes that add cost also have to spell out where the money will come from. The proposals are linked to the agenda, which you’ll find here; the meeting is live on Seattle Channel, online or Cable 21.
WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK HALA REZONING WORKSHOP: We’ve been reporting on the proposed rezoning in “urban villages” as part of the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). West Seattle has four UVs, and the first “community design workshop” for one of them, Westwood-Highland Park, is tonight. From the city calendar listing:
The goal of this workshop is to help inform City Council about your community’s vision of how our Urban Villages should look, feel, and function in support of important citywide goals for increased affordability, design quality, and housing options in neighborhoods throughout the city.
We welcome a lively interchange of ideas and opinions on the recently proposed zoning changes for your neighborhood, including where the boundary for urban villages should be drawn, what mix of zones best support the context and conditions of local areas, and how to encourage more housing options and elements of livability (including neighborhood amenities such as frequent and reliable transit, community-serving businesses, parks and schools).
The workshop is in the library at Chief Sealth International High School, 6 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)
DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm in the Denny library, it’s the PTSA’s “family meeting,” with information about updates and opportunities. (2601 SW Kenyon)
AMERICAN LEGION POST 160: 8 pm monthly meeting at Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC: The Loose Heels, 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(WSB photo, November 2015)
As we continue looking ahead to holiday events, Eastridge Church confirms that it will again be giving away turkeys and groceries on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at its two campuses, including West Seattle:
Are you thinking about the holidays?
Thinking that you could use a little help? We would like to help you!
Eastridge Church will be giving away a total of 1,500 (between our 2 campuses) 10-12 pound turkeys, potatoes, vegetables, gravy packet and stuffing FREE to families!
The locations of our campuses are:
4500 39th Avenue SW in Seattle
24205 SE Issaquah Fall City Rd in Issaquah
We will start at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 19th and continue until they are all gone!
This is always a no-questions-asked event.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:57 AM: We start with a crash at 6th and Roxbury that initially drew a “heavy rescue” response, though some of the units already have been canceled.
7:05 AM: All but two SFD units have been canceled from that crash, and it does not appear anyone’s being transported by medic unit.
7:10 AM: SDOT says three of the four lanes are blocked at the scene and traffic is alternating through the remaining lane. If you usually use Roxbury in that area, try another route, or wait a while. SFD, however, has fully cleared the scene.
8:02 AM All lanes are open again, per SDOT.
From Mayor Ed Murray via e-mail:
Regardless of tonight’s national results, tomorrow Seattle will remain a city guided by the values of equality, inclusion and openness. Tomorrow we will continue to support women, we will welcome as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and tomorrow Black Lives will still matter. Our City will remain strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it.
In Seattle, our results show a city ready to lead in building a more equitable and progressive future.
As we look forward, we will challenge our people to live up to our values, to ensure we build on the foundation that was laid tonight and that we foster the equitable, inclusive world we envision.
Just in case you heard them and wondered – we have heard reports of apparent fireworks set off in multiple neighborhoods, from Arbor Heights to North Delridge, just as the presidential election was called for Donald Trump, who has just given his first speech as President-elect.