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  1. Following are Mayor Durkan's remarks delivered on July 1, 2020: Thank you to everyone for being here. Today, City departments and I will provide quick updates on Capitol Hill, but I'd like to largely focus on the continued work we are doing and must continue to do to live up to this moment in our nation's history, and to meet the demands of community to reimagine policing and to invest in our communities. CAPITOL HILL For weeks, we had peaceful demonstrations on Capitol Hill. While thousands have peacefully protested in the area over the last weeks, the public safety threat in recent weeks have been well documented. The multiple acts of gun violence have resulted in tragic deaths of two individuals, both teenagers. Multiple others were seriously wounded. For weeks I have been consulting with city Departments and particularly with Chief Best and Chief Scoggins, on the best ways to reduce the number o
  2. Seattle Gay News recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover operating expenses impacted by COVID-19 and the subsequent loss of considerable advertising revenue. Seattle Gay News and Angela Cragin are organizing this fundraiser. Seattle Gay News Needs Your Support Now! As the third oldest LGBTQ+ publication in the U.S, the SGN has been your independent advocate and voice of the LGBTQ+ community in Seattle and Washington state for 47 years. From gay marriage, child adoption, AIDS, domestic rights, and every other issue affecting the community, the SGN has been and is a central force of change - for you! Who is the Seattle Gay News? You! Every member of the LGBTQA+ community, and everyone who is concerned with social justice. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice ev
  3. Durkan's executive order bans "unlawful assembly" for 10 days by Renee Raketty - SGN Staff Writer After 24 days of occupation by Black Lives Matter protesters, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on Seattle's Capitol Hill is no more. Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order on Wednesday to clear the CHOP and the homeless encampments at Cal Anderson Park. The Seattle Police Department, Bellevue Police Department and the Seattle office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation swept through the several block area with tactical vehicles, batons and body armor, making 44 arrests by day's end. "Our job is to protect and serve the community," explained Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best during a Wednesday press briefing. "Our job is to support peaceful demonstrations, but what has happened here on these streets over the last two weeks is lawless, and it's brutal, and bottom line, it is simply unacceptable." Du
  4. The following is an official statement from the City of Burien. On Tuesday, June 24, the City of Burien learned that 38 of the 40 Pride flags that had been installed in downtown Burien had been removed and stolen. The flags had been installed by Discover Burien in support of Pride Month, a time when communities across the country celebrate the dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) people as well commemorating the Stonewall riots that began on June 28, 1969. The Burien Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident. They encourage anyone who may have seen something to call (206) 296-3311. The City of Burien supports the values that Pride represents: equality, fairness, visibility, and empowerment for LGTBQ+ people. The City's leadership sanctioned the installation of the flags on publicly owned light poles as they have done for several years. In past years, th
  5. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Early in the morning of July 1, Seattle police swept into the CHOP encampment around the East Precinct at 11th and Pine, taking back the building they had vacated on June 8, and arresting protestors. According to multiple sources, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order for police to clear out CHOP at 5:00 a.m. on July 1. By 5:23 a.m., the operation was underway. "Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area," the SPD said on its Twitter feed. "Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order." Videos of the scene show police in riot gear blocking 12th Avenue north of Pine Street, and then moving south on 12th, securing the precinct building and the surrounding streets. "Disperse southbound on 12th or you will be