Seattle high school students rally against racial injustice

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Motivated by the Trayvon Martin case, high school students took their message into downtown Seattle, outside the King County Courthouse. 

There are all kinds of ways to share your message. But for this group, their protest was their poetic justice.

"I like poetry because it's a way for me to express myself," said organizer Tay Tay Maris. "I mean, I could write down how I feel, but if I write it in a song or in spoken word, I get to express myself with all my emotions and what I'm thinking in that moment."

Students took turns at the mic - some recited poetry, some sang, others spoke about their desire for fairness and equality. 

Maris helped launch Youth for Justice, which organized the rally. It was motivated by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case as well as immigration reform and prison conditions. 

Alondra Garcia-Garcia took part in a five-day hunger strike against long-term solitary confinement.

"It gave me more power,” he said. “I was really trying to get my message out because I believe it's just torture."

And as the King County council debated ending the policy of ICE Holds inside, demonstrators demanded it outside.

"Because they have deported my cousins, my uncles, my aunties," recalled Garcia-Garcia.

There was no real counter protest, but there were counter-voices, like Craig Keller with the organization Respect Washington.

"Mob justice is not justice and this is just like mob justice in training. They think they know, but they don't know. They need to visit a courtroom and respect the system," said Keller.

Some of the demonstrators then moved from the King County Courthouse to Westlake Park where police moved in to keep it peaceful and directed the crowd that spilled into the street, back onto the sidewalk. There were no arrests.

 
 

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