WEST SEATTLE PROTESTS: Hundreds march from High Point to Delridge

2:06 PM: We are at Walt Hundley Playfield, where West Seattle’s next protest march is about to start. Organizers just told us they plan to go west on Myrtle, north on 35th, east on Morgan/Sylvan, then on Delridge to Boren STEM K-8. Updates to come.

3:05 PM: After several speeches (added: some video above, including Karen Taylor singing the Black National Anthem), the march is about to leave the playfield.

3:17 PM: Headed out, NB on 35th.

3:47 PM: Approaching Delridge.

3:54 PM: Now on Delridge, stopping just north of the precinct, chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police” and “Black rights are equal rights.” Also, “Say his name/George Floyd.”

(added) And an invitation for the police whose building was yards away:

4:07 PM: The hundreds of marchers have now headed northbound for the endpoint, Louisa Boren STEM K-8. The organizers were a group of 5friends who say they just came up with the idea less than a week ago because they thought there should be more marches “in more urban communities.’

4:37 PM: The march is over; some participants are still rallying in the Boren parking lot.

(Photo courtesy Alex)

More photos later.

6:01 PM: We’ve added some photos above. Still to come: Video from just before the march. The speakers had many messages, including this one that was repeated by multiple speakers: Marching is not enough. “You have to put in the work,” said Amanda Scott. “There’s so much work to be done.”

18 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE PROTESTS: Hundreds march from High Point to Delridge"

  • Alicia June 14, 2020 (4:35 pm)

    Thank you to the organizers and participants! It was great to hear this out my window as I was working this afternoon. May we achieve real change in Seattle and across the US!

  • Elizabeth June 14, 2020 (5:36 pm)

    Thank you organizers! This was my first protest and I felt welcomed and understood exactly what was going on. You’d never know y’all planned this in a week. You did a wonderful job and I will be happy to march with you again.

  • Greg June 14, 2020 (6:13 pm)

    To the organizers: thank you. This was very well done and an important step. To WSB: thanks for covering this. 

  • Onion June 14, 2020 (6:34 pm)

    Strange time. We have the worst US administration ever, and a once in a hundred years pandemic. On top of that social injustice has boiled over. I support the marchers but marching will cause spikes in the contagion. Wish I could join you but I’m in a vulnerable group. Please everyone, stay safe.

    • Jill June 15, 2020 (11:27 am)

      Hi Onion, Good news on this! As reported yesterday  morning on WSB:  “SO FAR, NO PROBLEM FROM PROTESTS: Noticed this tonight on the city webpage about ongoing free testing: ‘To our knowledge and based on volunteered information, there is no evidence so far of people testing positive for COVID-19 from attending protests in Seattle.’”  —Of course no one is saying it won’t happen or that people shouldn’t be careful. Just passing along positive news that’s been reported so far.

  • momosmom June 14, 2020 (6:40 pm)

    And everyone was wearing masks and social distancing!

    • WSB June 14, 2020 (6:46 pm)

      Most people were wearing masks. And it was fairly well distanced.

  • Tracey June 14, 2020 (6:51 pm)

    My pets urgent trip for emergency care was rerouted because of the protests.   While seizing in the car, my cat and I had to reroute to avoid protesters despite pleading to get through.  I appreciate the cause but wonder if anyone will say my pet’s name tonight?  

  • Katy Lloyd June 14, 2020 (10:15 pm)

    So grateful to the 5 for planning this and making it happen. It makes my heart so happy. I couldn’t join you today but got your flyer the other night (at 35th and Morgan), and posted a photo of it on Facebook. Let’s keep doing the work West Seattle!

  • Mamata Das June 14, 2020 (10:42 pm)

    Salute all the protester for “Black lives Matter,True Justic,Police brutality,Racism is our Pandemic.As a Parent and teacher my deepest painful slogan is “Black  Students Matter.

  • Sara E June 14, 2020 (10:48 pm)

    I was there in heart and spirit! Thank you for organizing in our neighborhood! 

  • D June 14, 2020 (11:09 pm)

  • Glen S June 15, 2020 (3:06 am)

    Glad to see change in west Seattle around high point alot better than the projects that used to be there. 

  • Terremoto June 15, 2020 (11:02 am)

    Thank you.  Would have attended if I wasn’t in a vulnerable group health-wise. No justice, No peace. BLM.

  • M June 15, 2020 (8:33 pm)

    Again again! When?? Or how about a silent mass march next?  Silence is powerful too!

  • Kelly June 15, 2020 (8:52 pm)

    So powerful and hopeful!  Thank you to the organizers, thank you to all who participated.  

    • Colleen O June 18, 2020 (10:45 pm)

      “Marching is not enough” – love it. 

  • Seattle Sue June 16, 2020 (9:50 am)

    Ok, I admit to never hearing the Black National Anthem  before. Karen Taylor did a fine job of singing it out, with the strength of heart it deserves. Thanks to the great organizers!

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