150 days of protests for racial justice in Seattle: 'We're just getting started'
On the 150th day of protests for racial justice in Seattle, a call to action from organizers.
"Black lives matter every single day," said TK, an organizer of the Every Day March. "Not just on big days like this."
"Big things happen every day, even if it's little things," TK said. "It's the little things that created this big thing right here. Because if we didn't keep going for all those days up until this day, this day would have never came."
Six different groups joined together on Monday evening to commemorate 150 days of fighting for Black liberation and justice in Seattle. An unusually large crowd prompted a similar question from many organizers: where are you on all of the other days?
"You all came out when it's 150 days, but you all haven't been out here the last 150 days," said Tati, an organizer of the Every Day March. "You all came out here when Breonna Taylor didn't get justice but you weren't fighting for Breonna Taylor to get justice. You all came out here for George Floyd but what were you doing before?"
Demonstrators marched from Cal Anderson Park to Westlake Park where organizers spoke to a large crowd and Marshall Law Band performed songs from their new album, 12th and Pine.
"You can't go back," said River, an organizer, to the crowd. "You took a step, you took a stand, you basically took an oath: to protect and to stand with Black people, forever."
"We all are out here right now to fight the same fight," River said. "The same fight should bring you back out here every night. Black lives matter every single day. That's being embraced all around the world right now. It should not be quiet in Seattle."
A banner unfurled by organizers compared the 150 days that people have been marching for racial justice in Seattle, to the 381 days that the Montgomery bus boycott spanned.
Added at the bottom: "We are just getting started."