BlackLivesMatter-Seattle,WA-10/1/16

     On a quiet rainy Saturday afternoon small groups gathered at Westlake Center in the heart of Downtown Seattle. For many including myself this was our first BLM Rally, there was a rigidity in the air, the weather was shitty and the turnout seemed low. But they kept coming, most in groups but some alone. At 5:30 I counted 3 dozen, at 6 maybe 70, by 7 over 200. The cold rain seemed to act as a stimulant, something tangible to fight against in the moment. There were speeches, tangents, interruptions by outside parties, by 8 the crowd stood 300 strong and were riled up, ready to March.

Middle Eastern American Stands Up For Black Lives  

Middle Eastern American Stands Up For Black Lives

 

How does this work, this is my first one, are a lot of people gonna come?
— New BLM Attendee
10 minutes before the March on Pine & 3rd  

10 minutes before the March on Pine & 3rd

 

BLM Protestor Debates with 1 Nation Foundation educator discussing the right direction for Black Americans in these turbulent times.

BLM Protestor Debates with 1 Nation Foundation educator discussing the right direction for Black Americans in these turbulent times.

BLM was started by George Soros,how can a white man lead a so called black movement?
— 1 Nation Foundation Member
White Women Steps Up.

White Women Steps Up.

Recite, Their are so many known victims, I often ponder on the victims we don't know.

Recite, Their are so many known victims, I often ponder on the victims we don't know.

     The march began right after 8, this stew of humanity consisted of everyone you could think of. Middle aged white women,queer black women,kids,cops,beatniks reliving their childhoods,hot news anchors,black nationalist,christian extremist,thrill seeking photographers,scared onlookers,night and rain. We stampeded down from 3rd and Pine, hit 1st and marched all the way down to a fan packed Safeco Field, we shed over half the crowd by the time we made it too the stadium, The Mariners lost by 1.

Lights,Camera,BlackLivesMatter.

Lights,Camera,BlackLivesMatter.

Stampeding Down Pine!

Stampeding Down Pine!

They ain’t doin it right man, they need to march to the courthouse everyday, speak their language, pressure the judges, there,s a federal courthouse up the road,march on that!
— BLM Onlooker
The front line fragments momentarily in a moment of transition.

The front line fragments momentarily in a moment of transition.

Miles Partman Leads The March.

Miles Partman Leads The March.

My Night Ends At Safeco Field.

My Night Ends At Safeco Field.

      I left the March at Safeco exhausted and satisfied yet puzzled, there was something essential lacking. It seems the movement isn't quite a movement, it's a blast of ideas and energy, a supernova, with the potential to produce more organized effective forms of social dialogue. To survive it needs to evolve, I'd rather not see it devolve into a voice that solely relies on slogans,celebrity activism and feel good rhetoric. The near future's unclear, one thing,s for certain though, I'll be back for more.