What I Witnessed in Seattle’s CHAZ / CHOP Zone

A former Seattleite comes home to see what activists have done with the place.

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Barricades are set up to prevent cars from entering the area (pedestrians may enter freely)
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There is now a sign that says “Capitol Hill Community Center” on the East Precinct building.
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Portrait of Charleena Lyles on the East Precinct, Capitol Hill, Seattle
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Rick Williams carves a wooden walking stick
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Nicolle Swims of The Black Ends gives a solo performance at CHOP. (Live video here.)
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A planted memorial to John T. Williams
  • reallocate resources to communities of color; invest in health and safety programs instead
  • release all protesters who have been arrested fighting for the right of all human beings to live free from the threat of racist policing.
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Artist and historian. PhD student researching religion, material culture, media, and politics. Bylines at The Wire Magazine, Art in America + more.

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