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Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant led the group of Black Lives Matter protesters as they made their way to Mayor Durkan’s home. The group of protesters feel that Durkan has not done anything to meet their demands.
“We demand action now because the delaying tactic that is often used by big business type political establishment is far too common under capitalism. They tell the movement, we will get what we want later. Let’s have more studies, stakeholder groups, presentations by experts. Let’s do it right. Let’s not be hasty like those impetuous socialists.”
– Kshama Sawant
The mayor was not home when the protesters arrived. Her office did release a statement in response to the protesters.
“Seattle has a long tradition of peaceful protest and advocacy for progressive change, and Mayor Durkan strongly supports those rights. Mayor Durkan will continue to listen to leaders in Seattle’s Black community. She is working hard to translate the calls for change into real, tangible systemic changes to policing and all the other systems needed for strong and healthy communities. She has prioritized these as Mayor, with investments in housing, education, youth opportunity, and economic equity. She proposes investing an additional $100 million into the Black community.
– Statement from Mayor’s office
On Wednesday the Seattle budget committee is meeting to discuss Durkan’s proposed budget cuts which include a $20 million cut to the Seattle Police Department.
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