Last night, the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club was honored to provide support by request to the Charleena Lyles Remembrance Vigil hosted by Charleena’s family in Seattle’s Magnuson Park, within eyesight of the building where she was murdered three years ago.
It was a night of strength and beauty as families from across the country (and even from other countries) who have had loved ones stolen by police violence stood in solidarity together and with the greater Seattle community. The evening was filled with music, poetry, speakers, and dancing in candlelight, through which Charleena’s family shared and celebrated her spirit.
We cannot deny the hints of victory to come as the Seattle Police Department faces defunding and losing their tools of brutality, but we must keep the pressure up for Charleena and all those whose lives have been lost at the hands of white supremacy and the system designed to protect and enable it.
As a reminder, here are the demands Charleena’s family has put out:
- The cities of Renton, Federal Way, Kent, and Auburn, as well as the King County Sheriff office, drop the lawsuits that seek to destroy King County’s inquest process. (There’s a call to action and letter you can send here.)
- Officer Jason Anderson and Steven McNew, drop your lawsuit against King County that is preventing even an inquest that would give Charleena’s family basic answers about what happened the night she died.
- Defund the Police by at least 50% and reinvest that money in the community.
- Mayor Jenny Durkan, resign.
We’re glad to have provided some security in a space in where SPD—who took Charleena from her family—was not welcome.