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Pacific Northwest Political Marches and Rallies


This collection consists of images of marches, protests, rallies, and sign waving demonstrations that took place across the Pacific Northwest following the election of President Donald J. Trump. The predominance of events in this database took place in Seattle, but Spokane, Olympia, Portland, and other surrounding cities are also represented. More than 20 individuals have donated photographs and video to the collection.

This collection attempts to capture the diversity of political opinion expressed across the region. It was not possible to gather photographs from every political event, but a concerted effort was made to document a representative snapshot of public protest since January 2017.

The material touches on issue areas including climate change and the environment, health care and reproductive rights, immigration and refugee policies, discrimination, women's and LGBTQ people's rights, Black Lives Matter, U.S. foreign policy, and the presidency of Donald Trump.

All of the signs, clothing, buttons, and stickers in the images have been fully transcribed and are text searchable. We have also described signs that are primarily visual, making them text searchable as well. Organizations that were mentioned on signage can be searched. You can see a full list of those organizations under the tab below. Finally, we have assigned issue area tags to most images in the collection. You can view the list of issue area tags under the tab below.

Data and image management, research and descriptive metadata for the Pacific Northwest Political Marches and Rallies was completed by Special Collections staff and students including Kristin Kinsey (Digital Projects Coordinator), Arielle Lavigne, Krista Kolodziejski, and Kamalla L Bennett in 2019. The original collections are archived in the UW Libraries Special Collections.

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2017 Events

Women's March
Women's March on Seattle, January 21, 2017

The Women's March on Seattle (also written as Womxn's March) was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The march was held in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington D.C., which occurred on the same day. More than 120,000 people participated in the Seattle march, which began at Judkins Park and ended at Seattle Center. The Women's March is believed to be the largest political march in Seattle's history (Katherine Long, "Record Seattle crowd asserts women's rights", Seattle Times, January 21, 2017).

On January 21, 2017, more than one million men, women, and children across the United States, and around the world, marched in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington D.C. The marches were held on the day after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, and were framed as a statement of opposition to the views and ideas put forward by President Trump.

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Emergency Protest Against Trump
Emergency Protest Against Trump’s Immigrant and Refugee Ban, Seattle, January 29,

January 29, 2017 was the second day of protests in Seattle against President Donald Trump’s travel ban (Executive Order 13769), which went into effect January 27. The order suspended entry into the country of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days and for an indefinite period for those from Syria. It also limited the total number of refugees to be admitted to the United States during 2017. Because of President Trump’s expressed desire to ban Muslims from the United States while campaigning and due to the Muslim majority of the countries affected, the order is often referred to as the Muslim ban. Many signs at the protest expressed support for Muslim citizens and those affected by unrest and violence in Syria, and many utilized the tag #NoBanNoWall to protest President Trump’s proposed wall between Mexico and the United States. The January 29th protesters gathered in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Plaza, where officials including Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Ed Murray, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, and Council member Kshama Sawant addressed the crowd.

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March for Science
March for Science, April 22, 2017

The Seattle March for Science occurred on April 22, 2017. This date was chosen because April 22 is also Earth Day. According to organizers, as many as 20,000 people attended the march, which began at 10 a.m. in Cal Anderson Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The march culminated at the International Fountain at the Seattle Center. The March for Science in Seattle was one of more than 500 similar marches taking place across the United States. Demonstrators marched in support of "robustly funded and publicly communicated science and evidence as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity" and also called "for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest", according to a statement put out by march organizers. Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray came out to show their support.

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Tax Day March
Tax Day March, April 15, 2017

President Donald Trump declined to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. Every other major-party presidential nominee, except Donald Trump and Gerald Ford, has released their tax returns to the public. President Trump has claimed he cannot release his tax return because he is being audited, and that the American public is not interested in seeing his returns. In response to his refusal, on Saturday, April 15, 2017, Tax March Seattle organized a march in downtown Seattle to demand that Trump release his tax returns. Tax day is a colloquial term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.

The march began at the Federal Building and ended at Seattle Center. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, educator and activist Jesse Hagopian, and All In Washington's Minji Jung were among nine speakers. Other organizations involved in the march include Indivisible,, local Union chapters, and the Women's League of Voters. Estimates about the number of participants range from between 5,000-10,000. Similar Tax Day marches took place across the United States.

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Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Rally, April 15, 2017

On Saturday, April 15,, 2017, Seattle Black Lives Matter held a march in downtown Seattle, called BlackLivesMatter 2.0 March. The march began at Westlake Center and ended at the U.S. District Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street, in downtown Seattle. Participants were encouraged to wear black knitted hats to show their rejection of discrimination. Organizers included Mohawk Kuzma (also known as Miles Partman) and Jessica Owens. Organizers estimate that around 7,000 people participated in the march.

The Black Lives Matter movement was founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. The movement was created after the murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent failure of the judicial system to hold his killer, George Zimmerman, accountable for his crime. According to organizers, "Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks' contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression."

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People's Climate March
People's Climate March, April 29, 2017

The People's Climate March in Seattle, Washington, was one of several hundred Climate Marches that occurred across the nation on April 29, 2017. The Seattle march was hosted by the group Walk to Save Oak Flat. The march was scheduled to take place on the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency, and was meant to draw attention to critical issues facing the environment. Protestors demanded solutions to climate change and protections for clean air, water, and land. Many also decried President Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling, greenhouse gas emissions, and more. The march began at Occidental Park in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, and moved north, ending in Westlake Park. According to organizers, at least 3,500 people attended the march. Following the march, a free event called the People's Climate Action Summit was held at Seattle University. The summit offered lectures, workshops, and discussions on climate justice, sustainability, activism, and more.

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May Day March for Workers
18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights May 1, 2017

As many as ten thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle on May 1, 2017 as part of the 18th Annual May Day marches, demonstrations, and rallies. Anti-war veterans, Black Lives Matter demonstrators, Anonymous & Co., Revolutionary People's Party, Seattle Antifascists, and more all held marches, demonstrations, and rallies around Seattle. The largest event was the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights, organized by El Comité. Several thousand marchers, including numerous labor organizations such as the Service Employees International Union, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, and many more, marched from Judkins Park in the Central District to Seattle Center. At 11:00 am, music and speeches were given before the march headed westbound down Lane Street. Native Northwestern Hand Drummers joined the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dance group in leading the procession.

May Day (May 1st) has long been known as a day for demonstrations in cities across the United States. May 1, 1886 was the first day of a three day labor strike in Downtown Chicago; three years later, the International Socialist Conference declared the day "International Workers Day". The history of May Day demonstrations in Seattle can be understood as a continuation of the spirit of the 1999 WTO Protests ("Battle of Seattle"), where at least 40,000 protestors took over downtown Seattle to protest the meeting of the World Trade Organization. Six months after the WTO protest, an internationally coordinated protest was scheduled for May 1, 2000. For the past 18 years, Seattle has held May Day protests, demonstrations, and marches. While the vast majority of participants have engaged in peaceful demonstrations, Seattle's May Day events have gained a reputation for violence, which has generally been attributed to anarchist and anti-capitalist groups.

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Stand Against Communism Rally
Stand Against Communism Rally, May 1, 2017

On May 1, 2017, nearly 150 people gathered at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle for a rally they titled "Stand Against Communism". The rally, hosted by Vancouver, Washington group Patriot Prayer, was meant to serve as a counterpoint to planned leftist demonstrations also being held in Seattle on that day (namely, the 18th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights which was held concurrently). According to a statement put out by Patriot Prayer, their rally was intended to show "support for the Police, Trump, Freedom, and America" on a day (May Day) that has "traditionally [been] a day that Communist and Antifa [Anti-Fascists] run wild through downtown Seattle". They also encouraged supporters to bring thin blue line, American, and Trump flags. After the speeches commenced, the group marched briefly through the Belltown and Downtown Business District neighborhoods before returning to Westlake Center. After the march, numerous small scuffles occurred between Patriot Prayer protestors and groups of anarchists and anti-fascists.

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March for Truth
March for Truth, June 3, 2017

On June 3, 2017, several hundred people participated in a "March for Truth" through downtown Seattle. The March for Truth on Seattle was held in solidarity with other March for Truth protests held on the same day across the country and the world. The nationwide organizers of the protests laid out their four main objectives as follows: 1) An independent commission [to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election and Russian ties to Donald Trump] must be established, and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests; 2) As much information [regarding the investigation} should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible; 3) Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity; 4) If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

The Seattle march began at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, and featured speeches and performances by organizer Demi Wetzel, Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa, Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold, Edwin Lindo, Tyler Valentine, Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, Ty Nolan, Jamie Margolin, and Daniel Oljavo. Members of various Indivisible groups took part in the march, including Indivisible Tacoma, Indivisible Bainbridge Island, and Indivisible North Seattle. The Fighting Instruments of Karma marching band led the marchers down East Pine Street, through downtown, and finally to Seattle Center.

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Seattle Stands with Our Muslim Neighbors
Anti-Sharia Rally and Seattle Stands with Our Muslim Neighbors Demonstration, June 10, 2017

On June 10, 2017, two rallies converged outside of Seattle City Hall. One, calling itself the March Against Sharia, was sponsored by the group ACT for America. ACT for America describes its mission as "protecting and preserving American culture". They have also been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group, due in part to repeated claims by founder Bridgette Gabriel that practicing Muslims cannot be loyal citizens to the United States of America. ACT for America sponsored multiple anti-Sharia rallies across the US on the same day. Members of the alt-right group Patriot Prayer (along with organizer Joey Gibson) attended in support of the anti-Sharia demonstration.

The few dozen March Against Sharia members were met by over 500 counter protestors, calling themselves Seattle Stands with our Muslim Neighbors. This group, representing local religious, LGBTQ, labor, and community organizations, gathered at Occidental Square before marching to Fourth Avenue to address the March Against Sharia protestors. Imam Jamal Rahman, of the Interfaith Community Sanctuary, addressed counter protestors before they headed to City Hall.

According to Facebook statements made by organizers, the purpose of the counter protest was to "say loud and clear that hate and Islamaphobia are not welcome here". Activists also set up an "Ask an American Muslim" booth where attendees could engage with members of Seattle's Muslim community. Throughout the rally, Seattle Police, armed with clubs and wearing riot gear, maintained a wide barricade between the two protests by encircling the March against Sharia protestors with fences. Police deployed pepper spray and arrests were made following a fight that broke out after the rallies had concluded.

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43rd Annual Seattle Pride Parade
43rd Annual Seattle Pride Parade, June 25, 2017

The 43rd Annual Seattle Pride Parade took place on June 25, 2017. The parade began at 11 a.m, and proceeded along 4th Avenue from Union Street up to Seattle Center, lasting about 2 ½ hours. The city estimates that about 200,000 people attended the event. The parade encountered minor clashes with protestors over the course of the event. An anti-gay religious group tried to take over the head of the parade, but they were rebuffed by marchers. Also, Black Lives Matter protestors held a sit in on the parade route to honor Charleena Lyles, a Seattle mother of four who was killed by police earlier in the month.

The Seattle City Council, the Seattle Police Department, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Public Libraries, Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Alaska Airlines all had representatives participating in the parade. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray also participated. Different stops along the parade route were staffed by announcers who spoke to the crowds. Announcers included Abbeu Roads, The Lady B, Dontella Howe, TylahMay Jackson, Violet Deville, Diva le Deviant, Tricky D and Dynasty.

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Trump Impeachment
Trump Impeachment March, July 2, 2017

On July 2, 2017, around 100 people attended a march to demand the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The march was organized in part by Free Speech for People and Indivisible groups. The protestors demanded that President Trump be held accountable for his foreign business dealings, travel bans, the widening investigation into his campaign's relationship with Russia, the banning of cameras from press briefings, as well as what they perceive to be his violations of the Constitution. Organizers contend that President Trump has violated at least three articles of the constitution, including the Foreign Emoluments Clause, the Domestic Emoluments Clause, and obstruction of justice. The group of concerned citizens rallied at Seattle Center at 11am before marching down 2nd Avenue to end at the Federal Building at 2nd Avenue and Marion Street.

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Indivisible Stop Trumpcare
Indivisible Stop Trumpcare Sign-Waiving Demonstration, July 12, 2017

On July 12, 2017 protestors gathered at a busy intersection in front of the University of Washington Medical Center to "defend the principle that healthcare is a human right". The goal of their demonstration was the show their rejection of the American Health Care Act (also known as Trumpcare or AHCA). The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) is a United States Congressional bill to partially repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Rejected Senate amendments would have renamed H.R. 1628 the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017, or Health Care Freedom Act of 2017. It would repeal the parts of the Affordable Care Act within the scope of the federal budget.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the AHCA would increase the number of uninsured people by 23 million over 10 years, but would decrease the federal budget deficit by $119 billion over the same period (about 1%), mainly by cutting Medicaid coverage for lower income Americans. Both the House AHCA bill and Senate BCRA bill would cut taxes largely for wealthy Americans. If enacted, insurance premiums are projected to decrease for younger, healthier, and wealthier people, while older and poorer people would likely see their premiums increase.

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Medicare for All March
Medicare for All March, July 25, 2017

On June 25, 2017, the national organization Millions Marching For Medicare 4 All organized a rally on the plaza of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. They came to voice their support for a national single-payer health care plan based on Medicare. Medicare is the single-payer, national social insurance program administered by the federal government since 1966. As of 2015, more than 55 million Americans received coverage through the Medicare program. This demand for a modified health care system came on the heels of the election of Republican President Donald J. Trump, who made repealing the Affordable Care Act a campaign promise. The rally was scheduled to take place between 11 am and noon.

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Solidarity Against Hate
Solidarity Against Hate, August 13, 2017

On August 13, 2017, the following groups held a counter-rally to protest what they described as "far-right extremists" who planned to gather at Westlake Park: Greater Seattle IWW General Defense Committee Local 24, Seattle Solidarity, Seattle branch of the Freedom Socialist Party, Seattle branch of Radical Women, ANSWERSeattle, Seattle Party for Socialism and Liberation, SAFE in Seattle, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Seattle Veterans for Peace Chapter 92, Clifton Wyatt (former President of Local A 751 International Association of Machinists), Washington Federation of State Employees - Local 304.

According to the events Facebook page, the purpose of the protest was to demonstrate "solidarity with our targeted community members against the barrage of hate and violence coming from the ever-emboldened far-right." The march began at Denny Park and moved towards Westlake Park, but were rebuffed and pepper-sprayed at numerous police barricades. Initially, organizers estimated that 200 people or less would attend their event. However, the day before the march was scheduled, a terrorist drove a car into a crowd of anti-fascist protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer. This led to an additional 600 people indicating that they were interested in attending the event on Facebook.

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Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally
Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally, August 13, 2017

On August 13, 2017, the group Patriot Prayer held a rally in Westlake Park. Their mission, according to the event Facebook page, was as follows: "Seattle is running our state with a pedophile as a mayor. The West Coast has slowly been infected with communist ideologies throughout our entire culture. It is a belief that the individual is weak and that we are all victims. This is the lie of the century. No matter who you are, we are all amazing people with the ability to do anything that we put our minds to. These liberal strongholds run off of hatred and negativity. Patriot Prayer will bring in a positive message to Seattle that the people are starving for."

The day before the rally was scheduled to take place, a terrorist drove a car into a crowd of anti-fascist protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer. This event dramatically increased the tension between Patriot Prayer and a scheduled anti-fascist counter protest (called the Solidarity Against Hate Rally). Many attendees of the Patriot Prayer rally wore quasi-military gear and waved pro-Trump flags. At least four members of the white-supremacist group The Proud Boys were present, identifiable by their black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts.

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Say No to the Nazis
Emergency Rally - Say No to the Nazis, August 20, 2017

On August 20, 2017, the organization Americans For Refugees & Immigrants (AfRI) called for a demonstration against white supremacist violence, the Trump presidency, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism, racism, as well as the influence of Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller in the White House. This rally was held in response to the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017, where Heather Heyer was killed. AfRI decried President Trump's response to the "violence, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and racism in Charlotte" as "lukewarm", according to their Facebook page. The event was also supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Washington Congressman Adam Smith, and the Truman National Security Project.

Demonstrators gathered at Westlake Park to hear speeches from Michael Ramos, of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Ross Cohen, of the Truman National Security Project, Cary Moon, candidate for Seattle Governor, Sheley Secrest, Vice President of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Chris Vance, former chair of the Washington State Republican Party, Rabbi David Basior, of Kadima Reconstructionist Community, and Rabbi Jim Mirel, rabbi emeritus at Temple B'nai Torah.

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Global March for Elephants
Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, October 7, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, and Lions was held in Seattle. The march, hosted by Seattle Global March Elephants-Rhinos-Lions and Emerald City Pet Rescue, began at 11:00am at the Seattle Center Broad Street Garden. Marchers were led to Westlake Center by the dance group Samba OlyWa, who were dressed as tigers. Speakers included Drew Abrahamson from Captured in Africa Foundation and Carl Thornton from Pit-Track. The focus of the march was on banning trophy hunting, banning the ivory trade, fighting extinction, and defending animal conservation. Later in 2017, President Donald Trump would announce a reversal of a ban on trophy imports from Zimbabwe which had been imposed by the Obama administration. Two days later, after immense public blow-back, President Trump tweeted to suggest that he would instead maintain the ban.

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Nationwide Solidarity March
Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace, October 14, 2017

The Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace took place on October 14, 2017. The march started at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square at 11 am. According to their Facebook event page, organizers billed the event as "a day for people to come together to share their love and compassion to call out the hatred and violence that is taking place in our society. This is a day for people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being.". Co-organizers and supporters included One America, Faith Action Network, Truman International Security Project, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, Washington Dream Coalition, De-Escalate Washington, Neighborhood Action Coalition, CAIR Washington, Codepink Seattle, OXFam, ACLU, Food Justice, The Union of Academic Student Employees at the University of Washington, and Americans for Refugees & Immigrants. Cary Moon, who was then a candidate for Seattle Mayor, Tae Pheonix, and other activist organizers spoke to the crowd.

Near the end of the march, local musician Tae Pheonix requested that marchers get down on one knee and join her in singing the national anthem. This symbolic gesture was done in solidarity with professional athletes, led by football player Colin Kaepernick, in taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the murder of black Americans at the hands of police.

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No Ban, No Wall, Justice for All! October 15, 2017
No Ban, No Wall, Justice for All! October 15, 2017

On October 15, 2017 the No Ban, No Wall, Justice for All! rally was held at Westlake Park in Seattle. This rally was hosted by Americans for Refugees & Immigrants in partnership with: The Truman National Security Project- Seattle Chapter, The Washington, Immigrant Solidarity Network, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Oxfam, Washington Dream Coalition, ACLU of Washington, One America, Neighborhood Action Coalition, United Auto Workers 4121, Faith Action Network, and Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace. The goal of the rally was to "protest the Muslim Ban, the deportation of the Dreamers, anti-Semitism, police brutality against people of color and the unconstitutional probing of immigrant's social media." (Facebook page for No Ban, No Wall, Justice for All) At the rally, Americans for Refugees & Immigrants demanded: the revocation of the Muslim Ban in its entirety; that all undocumented youth be protected from deportation and detention; Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth; that the proposed DHS policy modification for the Privacy Act of 1974, Systems of Records, be discarded in its entirety; and finally, the public support of these demands by elected officials on both sides. (Facebook) On the day of the rally, over 200 demonstrators came together to show their solidarity for the cause.

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Trump-Pence Must Go
Trump-Pence Must Go Rally and Stand Up To Trump, Fight White Supremacy Rally, November 4, 2017.

On Saturday November 4, 2017 two rallies where held in Downtown Seattle. This Nightmare Must End: Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! Started at 12:00pm at Seattle City Hall and was hosted by North Seattle Progressives, Refuse Fascism, and Refuse Fascism-Seattle. With about two hundred participants in attendance this rally sought to bring an end to what they termed "our national nightmare" i.e. the Donald Trump and Mike Pence regime, a regime that Refuse Fascism organization believes disregards basic democratic rights, and suppresses dissent and resistance.

The other rally held at Seattle City Hall on November 4, 2017 from 12:00-4:00pm was Stand up to Trump, Fight White Supremacy. This event was hosted by Puget Sound Anarchists and Insurrectionary Youth Action (IYA). The goal was to "put an immediate halt to the functioning of the Trump regime. According to their website, members… are attempting to stage an event… modeled after the Occupy movements of 2011" ( Both of these rallies were held in the same location and started at approximately the same time.

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4th Annual Black Lives Matter
4th Annual Black Lives Matter Not Black Friday protest., November 24, 2017

On Friday, November 24, 2017, the 4th Annual Black Lives Matter Not Black Friday protest was held at Westlake Park in Seattle. The protest was hosted by the Black Liberation Front Seattle. Protesters gathered together peacefully at Westlake Park and after a brief march returned to link arms in front of the Westlake Center mall blocking one of the entrances to the shopping center. Chanting "black lives, not Black Friday" "into the streets, out of the stores," they also demanded justice for African Americans killed by police officers, invoking the name of Charleena Lyles who was fatally shot by Seattle police over the summer. The protest offered a stark contrast between the holiday festivities and tree lighting occurring at roughly the same time at Westlake Center. Although demonstrations on Black Friday have become an annual event over the last few years at Westlake this year's protest was smaller than in the past drawing only a few hundred demonstrators.

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UW Walkout Against Graduate Tax Hike
UW Walkout Against Graduate Tax Hike, November 29, 2017

The UW Walkout Against Grad Tax Hike was held in Red Square at the University of Washington in Seattle. The walkout, was hosted by UAW Local 4121 and the UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and was part of larger national day of action against the GOP Tax Plan, which included taxing tuition waivers (Facebook). At the University of Washington students took action in three ways; 1) In a white board writing campaign at Red square, 2) Storming congress members, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Jamie Herrera Beutler via twitter about the tax bills impact on the students and 3) by joining AFT (American Federation of Teachers) members to deliver the petition to Dave Reichert's office (Facebook). On December 20, 2017 the Senate passed the GOP Tax Plan, considered to be the largest overhaul of the nation's tax code in three decades. Prior to the passage of the Tax Reform Bill, the section focused on taxing graduate students tuition waivers as income was removed.

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2018 Events

MLK Jr. March
Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. March, January 15, 2018.

The 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally was held on January 15, 2018 to pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. It was organized by the Seattle/King County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee which is composed of a variety of diverse groups that come together annually to host this event. This year's activities started with an opportunity fair, workshops and rally at Garfield High School and finally a march at 12:30pm to downtown Seattle.

The theme of this year's celebration was "Take a Knee for Justice" which was derived from the controversial move by National Football League players who decided to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. The theme speaks to the need for justice throughout our society: locally, nationally, and globally. Through the theme "Take a Knee for Justice" the MLK Celebration Committee highlighted "our responsibility to correct the injustices of the world, from our criminal justice system to our schools, to senseless military misadventures that threaten human right and rob our funds." ( This year's celebration also coincided with the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.'s assassination.

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Women's March on Seattle, January 20, 2018
Women's March on Seattle, January 20, 2018

The 2018 Women's March on Seattle (also written Womxn's March) took place on Saturday, January 20, 2018, on the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration. The march began at Cal Anderson Park, where a pre-march rally opened with prayers from members of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women group, who led the march, and speeches by current and former elected officials, including Mayor Jenny Durkan. The march proceeded west on Pine Street and north on Fourth Avenue, ending at Seattle Center. Tens of thousands of demonstrators participated in Seattle, while hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated throughout the United States and in other countries. On Sunday, January 21, organizers of the march created Womxn ACT on Seattle, designed to be "a day of action, not just demonstration" (Seattle Womxn Marching Forward). Events included voter registration, panel discussions, trainings, and various drives for charity.

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UW College Republicans Rally and UW Stands in Solidarity Against Hate Rally, February 10, 2018
UW College Republicans Rally and UW Stands in Solidarity Against Hate Rally, February 10, 2018

On February 10, 2018 the University of Washington campus witnessed two rallies; a rally hosted by the UW College Republicans and UW Stands in Solidarity Against Hate. The UW College Republicans invited speakers from the Vancouver, Washington based conservative group, Patriot Prayer. UWCR assembled in UW's Red Square at 1:00 PM where participants listened to speeches by Joey Gibson, an American conservative political activist and founder of Patriot Prayer, and Chevy Swanson, president of College Republicans at the University of Washington. This event was deemed by UWCR as a free speech rally.

A counter-protest rally (UW Stands in Solidarity Against Hate) organized in part by the UW International Socialist Organization assembled at the Husky Union Building at 12:00pm. An hour later the participants marched to Red Square to protest the UWCR rally where police had set up barricades to keep the two groups separate. Confrontations from these rallies resulted in the arrest of five participants and the burning of an American flag. A statement on the UW International Socialist Organization's Facebook page reads, "We, the undersigned organizations, have shared an understanding and commitment to confront racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and oppression on our campus and in our community."

The UW International Socialist Organization stood in solidarity with Anti-Capitalists of UW, CARE at UW, Huskies for Food Justice, Huskies for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Evans School Partnership for Community and Diversity, International Socialist Organization at UW, Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Solidarity Committee, Seattle Clinic Defense, Social Equity Educators, Socialist Alternative at UW, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights at UW, United Students Against Sweatshops at UW, Veterans for Peace, and Young Democratic Socialists at UW. Members of Refuse Fascism also participated in this event.

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Seattle Student Walkout for Gun Control Reform, March 14, 2018
Seattle Student Walkout for Gun Control Reform, March 14, 2018

On March 14, 2018 Washington State students participated in a nationwide school walkout to protest gun violence and petition lawmakers to reform gun laws. Several thousand students from Roosevelt and Nathan Hale high schools, University Prep, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Bush School marched to the University of Washington and assembled in Red Square. Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle City Council members including Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González, and several students from Roosevelt High School addressed the rally calling for common sense gun reform and encouraging students to register to vote and make their voices heard.

The impetus for this event originated with the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, which took the life of 17 students. Students took it upon themselves to seek legislation for gun reform following this tragic event. The walkout was supported nationally by the Women's March Network and locally, by the Seattle Young People's Project who encouraged students throughout Washington to participate in walkout events. The Seattle School Walkout was also supported by Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny A. Durkan through legislation that urged Seattle Public Schools to support its students' right to assemble and protest Congress' inaction to end gun violence in the nation's schools and communities.

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Seattle March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018
Seattle March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018

The nationwide March for Our Lives was led by students across the country to address the epidemic of mass school shootings and gun violence. Specifically the event grew as a result of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives. The march in Seattle was organized by a student-led group March for Our Lives Seattle. Their Facebook page states "We, the youth of Washington, are infuriated. Infuriated with the lack of action regarding gun violence by the U.S. Congress and by our Washington State legislators…." Rallies in Seattle accompanied a march which started at Cal Anderson Park and ended at Seattle Center near the Key Arena. Specific goals of the march included; universal background checks, banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles, ending the effective ban on federally funded research into gun violence, and raising the legal age to own a gun in Washington State from 18 to 21.

This march, recognizing that many of the participants would soon reach eligible voting age, also had a large emphasis on voter registration and encouraged participants to let their voices and votes be heard in upcoming elections. The color orange was prominent at the march. After the 2013 death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, orange was chosen to bring awareness to gun violence due to its boldness and visibility. Speakers and performers at the events included Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

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March for Science
March for Science, April 14, 2018

The March for Science in Seattle took place on April 14, 2018 as part of a national event held by other cities throughout the United States. The 2018 march sought to raise awareness of the assault on science and evidence-based policy under the Trump administration. The 2018 theme was "Science’s Silenced Voices" which focused on "the need to bring underrepresented voices of STEM to the forefront" according to March for Science organizers. In addition, the 2018 march focused on promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and supporting policies and actions that benefit the well-being and protection of all including the healing and longevity of our planet for future generations. The March for Science began in Cal Anderson Park with a few hundred participants in attendance. The participants then marched from Capitol Hill through downtown Seattle to the Seattle Center. Notable speakers at the event included: Pramila Jayapal, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district; Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from California; Jamie Margolin, Student Activist and Zero Hour Organizer; Dr. Marco Hatch, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Huxley College of the Environment at WWU; Geneva Betnel and Megan O'Reilly, Straw Collection Activists; Adriana L. Germano, Third-Year Ph.D. Student in Social Psychology at the UW; Timothy (TJ) Greene, Board Member for The Nature Conservancy and Former Makah Tribal Council Chair and Chief of Police; Nick Montoni, Founder of oSTEM at the UW; and Cheri Cornell, J.D., Executive Director, Washington Women for Climate Action Now.

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Seattle Open Carry March, May 20, 2018
Seattle Open Carry March, May 20, 2018

The Seattle Open Carry March took place on May 20, 2018, at McGraw Square in downtown Seattle. Dozens of demonstrators attended, many of whom came with firearms to open carry as they marched. The rally was hosted by Patriot Prayer. According to the event’s Facebook page, “The intent isn’t to antagonize, but to exercise a right that is under attack.” Joey Gibson, who is running for the United States Senate and is the founder of Patriot Prayer, attended and spoke at the rally. The rally also provided attendees an opportunity to support Washington I-1621, which allows concealed carry on public and private school grounds. From McGraw Square, Gibson led demonstrators on a short march through downtown toward the Federal Courthouse at 5th Ave. and Spring St. Seattle police created a bicycle barrier to separate the marchers from counter-protestors.

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2019 Events

Women's March on Seattle, January 19, 2019
Women's March on Seattle, January 19, 2019

On the second anniversary of the first Women's March, organizers of the 2019 event, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, planned a three day series of activities that extended from January 19th through Martin Luther King's Day on January 21st. These included marches, activism workshops, trainings and community specific events at various venues around Seattle. The main themes for the 2019 event were centered on building power through community, protest and activism. According to the organizers statement "Building power asks us to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually resilient. A failing healthcare system, structural institutional oppressions such as racism and ableism, sexual harassment, intimidation and assault, gun violence, threatened autonomy over our own bodies, and stigmatization of mental health issues work against our health, safety, and well-being, and do not serve us. This year, we claim… our time to thrive is now. The keys to our collective healing and wellness lie in our ability to listen to each other, lift each other up, fight for each other, remember who we truly are, and live our greatest gifts. We claim the right to our bodies–abled, disabled, trans, cis, old, young, and beautiful–to be accepted, nourished, embraced, and ours only. We want health and wellness for every womxn." This collection of photographs documents the rally at Cal Anderson Park culminating in a march down Pine St. and 4th Ave. to Seattle Center on Saturday, January 19th.

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Organizations Mentioned in the collection database.

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  • 1Sky
  • 350 Seattle
  • 500 Women Scientists
  • 98th Rainier Scout Group
  • ACT for America
  • ACT Now Seattle
  • ACT Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition (ANSWER Coalition)
  • Act on Climate
  • Action Front Collective
  • Alt-US National Park Service
  • Amazon
  • American Action
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Federation of Government Employees
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Federation of Teachers Washington
  • Americans United For Separation of Church and State
  • Animal Liberation Front
  • Anonymous
  • Anti-Fascist Action
  • Antifa
  • Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Backbone Campaign
  • Bainbridge Island Education Association
  • Bikers Against Bullies USA
  • Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Boycott NRA Now
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Breitbart News
  • Casa Latina
  • CeAtl Tonalli
  • Chase Bank
  • CHEER Seattle
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
  • City of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission
  • City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission
  • Code Pink
  • Community Alliance for Global Justice
  • Compassion Works International
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • De-Escalate Washington
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Delta Airlines
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • DESC
  • Dykes That Ride
  • Earth Ministry
  • Eat with Muslims
  • Ecologists Without Borders
  • El Comité
  • Emerald City Pet Rescue
  • EMILY's List
  • Endangered Species Coalition
  • Entre Hermanos
  • Everett Resistance Movement
  • Facebook
  • FairVote
  • Faith Action Network
  • Fox
  • Freedom Socialist Party
  • Freedom Socialist Party - Radical Women
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Future Voters for 350ppm
  • GABRIELA Seattle
  • Gay Fathers Association of Seattle
  • Gender Justice League
  • Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
  • Grandmothers Against Gun Violence
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Greater Seattle General Defense Committee
  • Green Party of Washington
  • Greenpeace
  • Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
  • Hilltop Madrinas
  • Indivisible
  • Indivisible Bridge Island
  • Indivisible North Seattle
  • Indivisible Skagit
  • Indivisible Tacoma
  • Industrial Workers of the World
  • InfoWars
  • Inlandboatmen's Union
  • Interfaith Community Sanctuary
  • InterIm Community Development Association
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • International League of People’s Struggle
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • International Socialist Organization
  • Jefferson County Immigration Rights Advocates
  • Kadima Reconstructionist Community
  • Kinder Morgan
  • King County Metro Transit
  • Klu Klux Klan
  • Lake Tapps Resistance League
  • Lake Washington Education Association
  • Lake Washington High School
  • Lambert House
  • Lathing Acoustical Drywall Systems Local 1144
  • McDonalds
  • Mercy for Animals
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington
  • MetroPCS
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Monsanto
  • Muslim Association of Puget Sound
  • Na'ah Illahee Fund
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Health Program Western Washington
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORMAL)
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Park Service
  • National Rifle Association
  • National Science Foundation
  • Neighborhood Action Coalition
  • North Seattle Friends Church
  • North Seattle Progressives
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network
  • Northwest Two-Spirit Society
  • Not This Time
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union
  • Olympia Indivisible
  • One America
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families
  • Oregon National Guard
  • Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity
  • OutRight
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation
  • Pasado's Safe Haven
  • Patriot Prayer
  • PAWS
  • People of Whidbey Elegantly Resisting
  • People's Congress of Resistance
  • Physicians for a National Health Program Western Washington
  • Pilchuck Audubon Society
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Plant for the Planet
  • Plant for the Planet Academy
  • Plateaupians for Peace
  • Port of Seattle
  • Port-Wide Pride
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Pride@Work AFL-CIO
  • Progressive Millennials for Action
  • Project Drawdown
  • Public Health Seattle and King County
  • Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
  • Puget Sound Communities 4 Impeachment
  • Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club
  • Puget Sound Socialists
  • Pull Together
  • Radical Women
  • Raging Grannies
  • Rainbow City Band
  • REACH Evergreen Treatment Services
  • Reclaim Democracy!
  • Reconciling United Methodist Churches
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc.
  • Red Line Tacoma
  • Refuse Fascism
  • Rhino Ride
  • Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps
  • SAFE in Seattle
  • Samba OlyWa
  • Satanic Temple
  • Schools Under 2C
  • Scouts for Equality
  • Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Seattle Clinic Defense
  • Seattle Democratic Socialists of America
  • Seattle Derby Brats
  • Seattle Education Association
  • Seattle Gay Families
  • Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission
  • Seattle Immigrant Rights Action Group
  • Seattle Peace Chorus
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Seattle Raging Grannies
  • Seattle Solidarity Network
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Seattle Transit Riders Union
  • Seattle/King County MLK Celebration Committee
  • Seattle Young People's Project
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Seven Star Women's Kung Fu
  • Sex Workers Outreach Project of Seattle
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice
  • Sisters & Associates of St. Joseph of Peace
  • Snoqualmie Valley Indivisibles
  • Social Equity Educators
  • Socialist Alternative
  • Socialist Students
  • Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
  • Solutionary Rail
  • Sound Wave
  • Starbucks
  • Starbucks Partners Pride Alliance Network
  • Stevens Pass Climate Team
  • Student Public Health Association
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • T-Mobile
  • Tacoma Migrant Justice
  • Teamsters Local 117
  • Temple B'nai Torah
  • The Cascade Legion
  • The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band
  • The Lighthouse for the Blind
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Proud Boys
  • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • The World Peace Prayer Society
  • Three Percenters
  • Truman National Security Project
  • Trump Proof Seattle
  • Uber
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Unionbay
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • United Farm Workers
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
  • United Food and Commercial Workers 21
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance
  • United Way of King County
  • University of Washington
  • Vashon Climate Action Group
  • Veterans Administration Puget Sound HealthCare System
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Walmart
  • Washington Education Association
  • Washington Federation of State Employees
  • Washington Federation of State Employees AFSCME Council 28
  • Washington State Nurses Association
  • Washington Women for Climate Action Now
  • We R Native
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Whole Washington
  • Wolf PAC
  • Workers World Party
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • YouthCare

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