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November 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Nearly 40 women were arrested after they stormed the Bellevue headquarters of the state GOP and refused to leave, as they called on the state’s Republican delegation in Congress to support changes to immigration law.
Among them were Peggy Lynch, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association.
The women were among nearly 200 people who participated in a rally and protest that began at the Bellevue Downtown Park and ended up both inside and outside the office building the houses the party headquarters.
Similar acts of disobedience took place in several other cities across the country as immigrant advocates try to get Republicans to act on a Democrat-sponsored immigration bill in the House.
About 50 police officers from Bellevue and other agencies responded to the protest and arrested the women after they refused repeated requests by the building owner to leave. They were arrested on first degree-criminal trespassing.
The protests occur as President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are now set to discuss immigration and other issues at the White House.
August 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM
About 100 demonstrators gathered at Westlake Center in Seattle this morning on a day they hoped would see fast-food workers walking off their jobs and demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Today’s protests are part of a national effort and were under way in cities across the country including New York, Chicago and Detroit.
UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. | At Westlake, a large cheer went up when workers were told protesters successfully closed down a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit.
Protesters said they went to three locations early this morning: a Starbucks in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue, Specialty’s Coffee in the 1000 block of Third Avenue and Top Pot Doughnuts in the 700 block of Third Avenue.
Vans were expected to take protesters to various fast-food outlets during the day while some protesters planned to focus their efforts in downtown Seattle.
Organizers say they hope that their demonstrations will build throughout the day, ending with a rally at Plymouth Pillars Park at Pike Street and Boren Avenue.
One Seattle demonstrator, David Rolf, president of SEIU, Local 775, which represents health-care workers, said it’s hard to predict exactly what would occur today, noting that demonstrations in the Seattle area three months ago were “a little viral and a little chaotic.”
Those earlier protests and demonstrations occurred at several locations in May.
Shortly after 8 a.m. today, a group of about 20 demonstrators arrived at a Subway shop at Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street downtown, and a handful of them went inside and unsuccessfully tried to get the woman behind the counter to join them.
Then outside the shop, one demonstrator spray-painted the word “Strike” on the sidewalk as the group chanted, “We want change. And we don’t mean pennies.”
Outside Columbia Center on Fourth Avenue, about 20 demonstrator were joined by two young men who said they walked off their job at Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery to participate in the strike.
“I feel like if no one stands up now, it will never happen,” said one of the men, a barista who identified himself simply as Tyler. He said he started work two weeks ago and is paid $10 an hour.
Their walkout didn’t close down the store.
At another Specialty’s, this one at Fifth Avenue and Union Street, a worker brought demonstrators a plate of sandwiches but said she could not join the group, which included her older brother.
“I feel for you guys, but I just can’t do it. I have too many bills to pay. And I love my job,” said barista Cambria McMahon, 19, who’s worked for Specialty’s for nine months. Her older brother, Garrett, 22, is one of two Specialty’s workers who joined the demonstrators an hour earlier at Columbia Center.
“It was definitely scary walking out,” he said. “But I feel if I don’t do something, countless people are going to be stuck in the same rut I am.”
Local demonstrators were expected to bring their protest to several other fast-food locations around town today.
At $9.19 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country.
Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports fast-food workers, but not the $15 hour minimum.
August 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM
UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. | The cab drivers started clearing out about 2 p.m.
Dozens of taxis blocked off Fourth Avenue in front of Seattle City Hall this afternoon to let the city of Seattle know the drivers want ride-share operators to be regulated.
Yellow Cab driver Salah Mohamed said he and other drivers created the loud downtown traffic jam because drivers have waited more than a year for the city to take action against competing businesses that have made it hard for them to earn a living wage. Those businesses include for-hire cars of unregulated ride-share operators.
Below is raw video from the scene of the protest.
May 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM
At least half of Seattle residents approve of the way the mayor and police handled the May Day protests that erupted in violence in downtown Seattle Tuesday, according to a KING-TV poll conducted Wednesday.
Half of residents said they approved of how Mayor Mike McGinn handled the protests (35 percent disapproved) and 56 percent approved of the police department’s actions (31 percent disapproved).
But the mayor didn’t get a bump in his overall approval ratings, according to the poll. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they disapprove of the job the mayor is doing in office compared with 32 percent who said they approve and 19 percent who said they weren’t sure.
The survey of 500 Seattle adults was conducted for KING-TV news on Wednesday by SurveyUSA. The margin of error ranged from plus or minus 4.2 percent to plus or minus 4.5 percent.
May 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Protesters have broken windows in several places in downtown Seattle this afternoon, part of worldwide May Day demonstrations and protests, and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Seattle Times photographers and reporters on the scene have sent many photos from the streets.
View May Day protest in Seattle in a larger map
Live updates on this story: May Day in Seattle: Damage in the “thousands and thousands”
May 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM
Weather: Snowing at Snoqualmie Pass, in May. Chilly this morning, as in the 40s. A high only in the mid-50s, but there might be sunbreaks, and rain today. Something for everyone. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Second best … probably good enough: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has been rated the second best airport in the country for the availability of Wi-Fi and numero uno for its coffee (of course), according to Travel & Leisure magazine. Coffee is a no-brainer. Wi-Fi availability had only to go up, because, as you might remember, it used to cost ya. … That’s the good news. We ranked just 15th in cleanliness (ewww, is it the restrooms?) and 10th in overall service.
Home invasion in Mukilteo: Four were arrested in a robbery at a home in Mukilteo overnight. Three men entered the home and robbed those inside. All four took off in a car. Police chased them. They stopped their car and ran. Cops caught them, though. All of the suspects are from Kent.
May Day protests: Could be a traffic mess in downtown Seattle today as thousands march as part of a global strike to support workers. Let’s hope things remain peaceful, as organizers say. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said last week there were signs “others” may show up “with the intention of using the public demonstrations as an opportunity to commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free-speech activity.”
Bleach in the eyes of a toddler: As you might imagine, the story of the mother charged with putting bleach in her young toddler’s eyes has generated outrage among readers. From our story: The mother said “the girl’s eyes had been swollen shut for about four weeks and that the child slept almost 22 hours each day,” according to charges. The child might be left permanently blind.
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March 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM
Several hundred people gathered in front of Seattle’s federal courthouse around noon today to protest provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare mandate that they said requires employers to pay for contraception and abortions regardless of the employer’s religious affiliations or concerns of conscience.
The protest was one of 140 held in cities across the country, according to one of the Seattle event’s organizers, Suzanne Harmon.
The events were staged to take place just as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments over the law, starting Monday. The justices of the nation’s highest court could uphold the law, strike it down or eliminate some provisions, according to the Associated Press.
In addition to the controversial provision that calls for employers to pay for healthcare that provides access to contraception, sterilization and abortion, the law also calls for changes in the number of people receiving healthcare coverage, what must be covered and who pays for it.
Of particular interest to insurance companies, are two key provisions, AP reports. One is the so-called individual mandate that requires most people to carry health insurance by 2014 or pay penalties. The other is the requirement that insurers cover everyone who applies even if they have a pre-existing condition, like diabetes, which can produce high medical costs.
While a great many people at Friday’s protest claimed to have strong religious convictions, the rally also drew many who said they were concerned about the mandate’s infringement on the principles of the First Amendment and others who said the government should not be in business of mandating anything.
Dino Rossi, who ran for state governor in 2008, said that every citizen, even self-described atheists, should be concerned about the mandates.
Rossi said he doesn’t believe that having a conscience is a crime and that he was there to stand up “for religious freedom for every American.”
Dr. Tom Curran, of St. Vincent de Paul’s in Federal Way, said, “I love my country and my faith and they should not be put in opposition.”
Kaelen Burton, of Healing the Culture, read from a homily written by Father Sammi Maletta.
He said, ‘We cannot and will not follow this law. We will close down our schools, our hospitals, our nursing homes, our orphanages … We will go out of business before we pay to have a child murdered.”
“It’s strong language,” said Burton, who introduced the rally’s speakers, “But it is really what this is about.”
The group cheered and shouted “Amen” when Rossi asked those in attendance to pray for the president and to ask that God “soften his heart.”
After a closing prayer, the group sang “God Bless America.”
February 9, 2012 at 7:04 AM
The notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell. And Occupy Seattle plans a counterprotest.
According to the News Tribune of Tacoma, Margie Phelps, daughter of the Topeka, Kan.-based church’s founder, tweeted Wednesday night that the church will attend the boys’ memorial service to “remind” Gov. Christine Gregoire “they died because of her rebellion,” a reference to her support of same-sex marriage.
Occupy Seattle responded by calling for a counterprotest. The group’s Facebook page said its members don’t intend to disrupt the funeral, but want to “protect it from Westboro’s abhorrent message,” according to the News Tribune.
Braden Powell, 5, and his brother Charlie Powell, 7, were killed Sunday in a fire set by their father, Josh Powell, in his Graham-area home during a supervised visit.
The funeral service for the boys is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Life Center Church in Tacoma.
January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM
UPDATE AT 1:27 P.M.: The demonstration is ending and people are moving away from the bank. There were no arrests.
UPDATE AT 1:18 P.M.: The demonstrators have reached the bank and are outside chanting “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” and “Hey, you billionaire, pay your fair share.” Only people who work in the building are being allowed inside.
ORIGINAL POST: About 200 people are marching from a rally at Seattle’s Westlake Park to Wells Fargo bank’s corporate officers on Third Street to protest the bank.
The noontime rally and march is organized by the advocacy group Working Washington, which says the bank is not paying its fair share of taxes. The demonstrators are carrying a giant check depicting the $18 billion in special tax benefits they say Wells Fargo has received from Congress.
Following a rally, the demonstrators are marching to Wells Fargo’s Seattle corporate offices at 999 Third Ave. Traffic will likely be impacted. The route will go from Fourth Avenue to Madison Street and then to the bank.There is not points to locate on the map
In response to today’s protest, Wells Fargo’s Lara Underhill released the following statement:
“Over the past 10 years Wells Fargo has paid more than $30 billion in income taxes to federal and state authorities and billions more in other taxes, and it fulfills all tax obligations. Wells Fargo expects to pay significant income taxes for 2011. We are committed corporate citizens of Washington state employing more than 4,300 Washington team members. We donated nearly $2.7 million to Washington nonprofits in 2011, with a significant portion going towards human services and educational organizations.”
January 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM
Seattle Public Schools teachers, free for the afternoon because of furlough time, took to the streets Tuesday afternoon to protest state budget cuts to K-12 education.
The teachers, many wearing red “for ed,” gathered at six spots across the city in an attempt to show the effect of the cuts.
The half-day furlough resulted from the Legislature’s decision last year to cut 1.9 percent from state funding for teacher salaries. Seattle Public Schools made up for some of that reduction from other parts of the budget but also agreed on a day and a half of furloughs. The first furlough took place Aug. 31, a teacher preparation day.
“We’re out here saying, ‘fund us.’ We understand there has to be a balanced budget, but there are probably some other places where you can balance the budget besides on the backs of school children,” said Kim Depew, a math teacher at West Seattle High School. Depew was standing among some 30 others at the junction to West Seattle — Southwest Fauntleroy and Alaska Way Southwest.
Tuesday’s furlough marked the first time in recent memory the district closed school for budget reasons, Seattle School Board President Michael DeBell said at an executive committee meeting Tuesday morning.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. But with the Legislature debating how to address a fresh $1.5 billion shortfall, more education cuts are still on the table.
“Legislators don’t seem to be getting the message: they must come up with more revenues for public education,” said Jonathan Knapp, vice president of the Seattle teachers union, which organized the protest. ”They don’t seem to understand that when they don’t fund schools, schools can’t run.”
The six locations: Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Rainier Avenue South; Northwest Market Street and 15th Avenue Northwest in Ballard; Northeast 45th Street and Northeast Sandpoint Way near University Village; Southwest Fauntleroy and Alaska Way Southwest in West Seattle; Broadway Avenue East and East Pine Street on Capitol Hill and Northeast Northgate Way and 1st Avenue Northeast at Northgate Mall.
Seattle students who have been organizing their own protests were planning to wear red Tuesday to show solidarity with teachers.
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