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The Year of Resistence

Protesters Blocking the intersection of 5th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Naomi Ishisaka

There is great injustice across our land. From the militarized walls of our border to police shootings of our precious young men of African descent, there is injustice across our land. From the corporate takeover of the halls of justice to the great poverty in this land of unimaginable wealth, there is injustice across our land.

Black Lives, Blue Privilege

All those who truly believe that Black Lives Matter need to fight for an end to all forms of anti-Black racist violence, including those enacted by police on Black bodies and lives.

Seattle Youth Lead the Movement

Often excluded from decision-making spaces, and devalued and discounted by mainstream culture, youth in Seattle are still the most vocal, militant, and visible group on the front lines of political actions. They are the ones speaking out against structural racism and oppression.

Tips If You Are Stopped By A Police Officer

Stay calm. Don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights. Keep your hands where police can see them.

Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why.

You have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself.

You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “patdown” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.