One of the police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor will lose his job. Thats not the justice people have asked for.
One of the police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor will lose his job. That's not the justice people have asked for. DAVID RYDER/ GETTY IMAGES

It's Juneteenth! There are marches and rallies around the country celebrating this 155-year-old commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Big events are happening all over the States, including many in Seattle throughout this weekend. Here's the crowd arriving in Jimi Hendrix Park for speeches and performances:

This baby's got a question:

Durkan upstaged by "Mayor Teargas": Speaking at the Not This Time! rally in Judkins Park, Mayor Durkan was overshadowed for a brief moment by a protester dressed as "Mayor Teargas."

Here's a closer look at that costumed demonstrator from this weekend:

And here's Pike Place Market: I guess it's better than nothing.

BLM at Pike Place Market for Juneteenth from r/Seattle

I've been tied to my desk all day—and in endorsement meetings! the next SECB process is in full swing!—but here are some updates on CHOP from The Stranger's Jasmyne Keimig:

Since it's Juneteenth, organizers have called for a Blackout of CHOP, asking white people to remain on the perimeters of the zone in order to give Black people the space to come together, talk, and celebrate the holiday together. This didn't necessarily happen. White people are still roaming up and down Pine and other corners of the protest. However, white and non-Black volunteers are stationed around the perimeters of Bobby Morris Playfield, requesting that white people remain on the cement so that the field can be a place for Black people to listen to the roster of speakers.

The white people are mostly listening to that request and being respectful of the moment. CHOP feels pretty empty as of this writing, but my guess is that thousands of people are currently participating in one of the several Juneteenth marches and events happening around the city today.

There was a moment of tension outside the East Precinct earlier this evening, when a small group of "agitators" were attempting to break into the station. A brief brawl broke out while I was there and medics, CHOP security, and other protestors stepped in to deescalate. Eventually, the two men calmed down and organizers were able to refocus the crowd's attention onto more constructive efforts and lead a mass of people down to the playfield. A group of protestors remained at the entrance, asking Black and Indigenous people to come up to the mic to say their piece.

One of my new favorite stops when I got to CHOP.
One of my new stops when I go to CHOP. JK
Go visit the Decolonization Conversation Café (DCC): Since Free Capitol Hill/CHAZ/CHOP emerged last Monday, the Decolonization Conversation Café has been a steady and stable presence within the protest area. Located right on 11th and Pine, there are several couches and chairs fenced in by barricades that have signs communicating the daily program/discussion topics (What has the last month of protesting meant to you? How can we decolonize Seattle? What's next? etc.) as well as guidelines for being in the space which is centered around Black Lives Matter.

There, Non-Black people and Black people talk with each other about racism in the workplace, the freedom that comes with anarchy, and how to better support the Black community, among many topics. Whenever I hear protestors talk about "remembering why we're really here" I think of the DCC—a lot of the work that goes into undoing racism and building a more supportive and inclusive community starts with talking with your neighbor.

The organizers of DCC are asking for chairs and for more people to come out of their homes and into the space to talk about racism.

Thanks, Jasmyne!

Who ordered the evacuation of the East Precinct again? It's still a bit confusing. Here's what Assistant Chief Tom Mahaffey said, in an email sent on June 7 and obtained by Crosscut: "It is the strong position of both Chief [Carmen] Best and myself that we will not abandon one of our facilities to those who are intent on damaging or destroying it." But the next day it was abandoned. Still, no one has claimed responsibility for ordering the officers to stay away.

Some other stories we just published on Slog:

  • CHOP Medic Intervened in a Sexual Assault in Cal Anderson
  • Whole Foods Workers Say Management Told Them to Take Off Their BLM Masks or Leave

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    Trump's mad at Fox: The network showed Biden expanding his lead over Trump to 12 points in a recent Fox News poll. Trump lashed out, saying, "Fox is terrible!"

    Another belligerent distraction: Trump says he won't watch the NFL if players kneel during the National Anthem. Boo hoo.

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    As of last night Virginia Mason Memorial had no intensive care or non-intensive care beds available.

    There were multiple patients waiting for hospital bed space overnight.

    This was after at least 17 patients had already been transferred out of the county.

    Several individuals are still currently waiting for available bed space.

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