For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Contact: K.L. Shannon, Police Accountability Chair, (206)890-4422
Gerald Hankerson, President of the Seattle King County NAACP, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-249-1786
March and Rally in Solidarity With the Charleston 9
NAACP and Faith Leaders Call for an End to the Violence
Seattle, WA--On Tuesday, July 7th at 5pm, hundreds of local community members will gather at First AME Church in Seattle to rally and march in solidarity with the Charleston 9. Organized by the Seattle King County NAACP and Washington Christian Leadership Coalition, the event will be an opportunity for the community to come together in the wake of the tragic attack that left nine unarmed black people dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Local leaders will be joining together to call for an end to the structural and systemic violence that has been targeted at communities of color, and black people in particular, for centuries.
From the flyer: "The violence against and upon black people must be stopped. The blind hatred toward people of color has to come to an end. The extension of genocide that is being done to our people through mass incarceration; the school-to-prison pipeline; poor access to food, healthcare, and education; gentrification; police brutality; and vigilante violence is wrong, unethical, and anti-American. If we cannot feel safe in our own churches and homes, then where can we feel safe?"
What: March and Rally in Solidarity with the Charleston 9
When: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 5:00pm
Where: Rally to begin at First AME Church (1522 14th Ave. Seattle, WA. 98122), march from First AME to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
Who: Local community members, the Seattle King County NAACP and Washington Christian Leadership Coalition