Tomorrow (Friday, June 12), Black Lives Matter of Seattle and King County has planned a statewide general strike and march, with a few events happening locally.
A few local businesses will also be closing in observance—here’s our list, which is being updated as we learn about more:
- Kiss Cafe
- Sloop Tavern
- Maritime Pacific Brewing Company & the Jolly Roger taproom
- Peddler Brewing
- Fair Isle Brewing
- Secret Garden Books
- Hot Cakes
- Bad Jimmy’s
- Porkchop & Co
- Cupcake Royale
- Populuxe Brewing
- Reuben’s Brews
- Stoup Brewing
- Skål Beer Hall
- Urban Family Brewery
- Scandinavian Specialties
- Other Coast Cafe
- Miro Tea
- Annies Art & Frame
- Wild at Heart
- Miri’s Golden Gardens
The official BLM Seattle-King County silent march will start at 1pm at Judkins Park (2150 S. Norman St) on June 12, but there are a few local events scheduled as well.
- NW 65th St and 24th Ave NW, 5-6pm. This demonstration, organized by Sustainable Ballard, will continue to happen every Friday evening until protests resolve.
- Loyal Heights Elementary School, 1-3pm: At 1:15pm, the demonstrators will observe 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence, “in recognition of George Floyd and countless others. Please line up, safely distanced and wearing masks, between LHE and NW 80th St and 24th Ave NW. “
- Greenwood and NW 85th St, 5:30-8:30pm: At 5:45pm, demonstrators will be observing 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence on bended knee. “Please arrive on time or arrive and be respectful.”
- Sign-making at Ken’s Market in Phinney (7231 Greenwood Ave N), starting at noon. They’ll have a few sign-making supplies, plus snacks and water for those who plan to march.
Here’s more, from Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County’s webpage about the strike and march:
“On Friday, June 12, we urge everyone to spend their time and energy on direct action for lasting structural change. Don’t go to work, and don’t work from home.
If you can’t march, take this time as an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your local elected officials. This includes your mayor, city council, county executive, county council, county prosecutor, and state representatives. It helps if you collaborate with friends and neighbors, and reach out to people you know who are more familiar with the local issues. It’s up to you to make sure your local officials feel the pressure to improve police accountability and dismantle the structural racism that has been built into all of our institutions.”
If you know of other Ballard businesses closing in observance of the statewide strike or other local demonstrations, email us at email@example.com and we’ll add them to this post.
Photo: Sustainable Ballard