Black Lives Matter Protesters Block Seattle's Main Thoroughfare

Protesters chanting “Black lives matter” blocked traffic on Interstate 5 in Seattle, Washington, on the evening on June 15, in support of justice for black victims of police violence and to demand the defunding of police.

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) have said they are committed to continuing protest action until their demands are met. Some of the group’s key demands are that the city of Seattle divest at least $100 million from the police budget, with a focus on the demilitarization of the police force; community-based health care reform; and an end to the school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects black and non-white youth.

Activist Joey Wieser posted this photo and video from the protest with a quote from Emily Badger of the Washington Post: “Block a highway, and you upend the economic life of a city, as well as the spatial logic that has long allowed people to pass through them without encountering their poverty or problems. Block a highway, and you command a lot more attention than would a rally outside a church or city hall — from traffic helicopters, immobile commuters, alarmed officials.” Credit: Joey Wieser via Storyful