Strike For Black Lives

What can we accomplish together in a single day? Seismic change.

Today, July 20th, tens of thousands of workers across the country are striking to demand government and corporations take action to confront systemic racism and economic injustice that is harming Black and Brown communities across the country.

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, SEIU 775 and SEIU 1199NW are leading a day of direct action in solidarity with local and national labor unions that plan to #StrikeforBlackLives.

Join us to take direct action every hour, on the hour, to advocate for Black lives. Demands and links to take action are below. 

At 12PM, join us on Facebook as we strike together for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.


“Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted.” A. Philip Randolph



Demand it with us:

8:00 AM | #1 – Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Washington State

Governor Inslee and Secretary Wiesman,

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle King County and demand that racism be declared a public health crisis in Washington State.

Racism is killing Black people—by fueling police violence and by maintaining the deadly socioeconomic conditions that contribute to serious health and other issues that drastically impact the quality of life for Black people. 

Washington state has the tools and existing resources to authentically counteract the many ways that decades of systematic oppression and discrimination shorten our lives or kill us outright, and we refuse to let the demand for justice fall silent without accomplishing meaningful policy change in all the areas that impact our health, prosperity, and safety: education, healthcare, justice reform, accessible and healthy food, and safe, affordable housing. 

We demand racism be declared a public health crisis in Washington state, and that elected officials at every level use their executive, legislative, and regulatory authority to begin to rewrite the rules and adjust policies, economic priorities, and access to democracy so that Black communities thrive.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, secretary@doh.wa.gov


9:00 AM | #2 – End Youth Incarceration in King County by 2026

Executive Constantine, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle King County and demand you end youth incarceration in King County by 2026.

We do not serve our children, especially Black, Indigenous and other children of color by focusing our energy and resources on their serving time.Youth thrive when youth are well. Incarceration is traumatic and dehumanizing and often robs youth of their constitutionally mandated rights and strips them away from family and community support.

Black Lives Matter Seattle King County, on behalf of all Black, IPOC and ally stakeholders in King County, demand Public Health Seattle King County and Executive Constantine immediately commit to end youth incarceration by 2026, and, repurpose and leverage the full capacity of the existing facility to identify, address, and reduce the number of Black, IPOC and court-involved or incarcerated youth, and instead provide for their holistic needs.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: kcexec@kingcounty.gov


10:00 AM | #3 – Defund the Police

Mayor Durkan, Chief Best, Councilmember Gonzalez and Councilmember Herbold,

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle King County and demand you defund the Seattle Police Department by 50%. 

The city must divest at least 50% from the police budget, with an emphasis on divesting from militarization and badge-gun jobs. We demand:

  • A renegotiated police union contract with a focus on community oversight and accountability for officers regardless of seniority.
  • A community-selected director of the Office of Police Accountability by 2021.
  • De-escalation training for individual officers and specialized teams—de-escalation should be the default for every police interaction.
  • An independent body to investigate all allegations of misconduct and police brutality, not only those that result in death.
  • Demilitarization of the Seattle Police Department; SPD must relieve itself of the military surplus and refuse to purchase or accept additional military equipment.
  • A shift of funding from police budgets into community services and community capital, resulting in a smaller force and more civilian jobs.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: jenny.durkan@seattle.gov, lauren.truscott@seattle.gov, Lorena.Gonzalez@seattle.gov, Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov


11:00 AM | #4 – End Cash Bail in Washington State

Governor Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson, and Washington State Judges, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand you end cash bail in Washington state.

Everyday an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail, which disproportionately hurts Black and Brown people and their families. 

When people who are jailed without conviction solely because they cannot financially afford to buy their freedom, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children. Even if they’re later found innocent of the crime they were charged with, they may eventually turn to theft or another type of crime to make ends meet. 

Remaining in pretrial detention results in 4:1 increase in jailable convictions. In 2015, pretrial detainees constituted 62% of the total jail population in Washington. Black people constituted 5% of state residents, but 11% of people in jail and 18% of people in prison. 

We demand an end to cash bail in Washington state, and that it not be replaced with other racist tools that unnecessarily jail Black and Brown people.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, bob.ferguson@atg.wa.gov, serviceATG@atg.wa.gov, Brionna.Aho@atg.wa.gov, supreme@courts.wa.gov


12:00 PM | Strike With Us Now

Join us on Facebook as we strike together for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.



12:10 PM | #5 – End Legal Loopholes for Hate and Bias Crimes Against LGBTQ+ and BIPOC residents in Washington State

Governor Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson, and Washington State Judges, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand an end to legal loopholes for hate and bias crimes against LGBTQ+ and BIPOC residents in Washington state.

The under-reporting of hate crimes, even in times of increased hate crime activity, is a result of long-standing distrust of law enforcement, a lack of cultural responsiveness, particularly for Black LGBTQIA+ peoples, and confusion over which acts are criminal and how they are tracked, reported, and prosecuted. 

Enacting ordinances and laws to criminalize and punish hate crimes has not only proved ineffective in deterring hate-based activities, it often has a disproportionate impact on people of color, particularly Black people. 

We demand all elected officials and candidates at every level use their executive, legislative, and regulatory authority through a community informed process, to better understand the reality of hate and bias crimes in Washington state and standardize tracking, and, we demand Washington state lawmakers end legalized discrimination against Black and LGBTQIA+ peoples.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, bob.ferguson@atg.wa.gov, serviceATG@atg.wa.gov, Brionna.Aho@atg.wa.gov, supreme@courts.wa.gov


1:00 PM | #6 – Dismantle The School to Prison Pipeline

Governor Inslee and Democratic and Republican Leadership, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand you dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

We no longer accept “political will” as an excuse for the epic failure of lawmakers to pass a Capital Gains Tax. We the people are the political will.

In the wake of the housing bubble crisis people in Washington state cannot provide for their basic needs and a once-robust safety net has been shredded leaving everyone vulnerable, and the state of Washington relying on an archaic system that upholds racism from the cradle to the grave.

We demand fully funded education. We demand free childcare and all day kindergarten. We demand access to healthy foods. We demand affordable public transportation. We demand wellness services, safe parks, and clean water. 

We demand elected officials and candidates at every level use their social, executive, legislative, and regulatory authority to do their duty and pass a capital gains tax in 2021. Invest in education and people first.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, ltgov@ltgov.wa.gov, andy.billig@leg.wa.gov, Mark.Schoesler@leg.wa.gov, Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov, jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov, Rebecca.Saldana@leg.wa.gov


2:00 PM | #7 – End homeless encampment sweeps, during COVID and beyond

Governor Inslee, Mayor Durkan, Executive Constantine, King County Council, and Secretary Wiesman,

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand an end to homeless encampment sweeps, during COVID and beyond.

We demand the cities and the state redirect all funds currently spent to sweep people without shelter towards more effective responses that address the true needs of people, disproportionately Black, indigenous, and other people of color who bear the brunt of the crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable homes. 

These funds must be used to support skilled community-based teams who can integrate outreach and behavioral health care, and are able to connect people directly with shelter or housing options that work for them. We demand cities comply with CDC guidelines about how to support people without shelter during COVID-19: ensure access to basic sanitation, clean water, food, and health care; do not move people except to individual housing options. 

We demand the city of Seattle in particular immediately and through a transparent process identify all public buildings and land that can provide immediate access to sanitation, or used for temporary or permanent shelter or housing.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, jenny.durkan@seattle.gov, kcexec@kingcounty.gov, rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov, Girmay.Zahilay@kingcounty.gov, kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov, jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov, Dave.Upthegrove@kingcounty.gov, claudia.balducci@kingcounty.gov, Pete.vonReichbauer@kingcounty.gov, joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.gov, reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov, secretary@doh.wa.gov


3:00 PM | #8 – PPE and Ongoing Testing and Medical Care for All Incarcerated Persons in Washington State and Those Who Come in Contact with Them.

Governor Inslee, Secretary Wiesman, and Washington Dept. of Corrections, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand PPE and ongoing testing and medical care for all incarcerated persons in Washington state and those who come into contact with them.

People incarcerated in Washington state are not only disproportionately vulnerable to a disease like COVID-19, they’re a part of the state’s essential workforce. According to the Washington State Department of Corrections website: “The Coyote Ridge Corrections Center textiles factory is typically producing 1,800 to 2,000 clothing garments a week. They are still making garments but now are producing over 500 protective gowns a day and have the hope of making 2,100 gowns a day.”

These workers are not paid a fair wage for this work, or any job while incarcerated. They leave prison often with crippling debt as an added barrier to successfully rejoining community. This is life-threatening, racist exploitation, and it needs to stop.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, secretary@doh.wa.gov, doccorrespondenceunit@doc1.wa.gov


4:00 PM | #9 – Free Public Transportation and an Immediate End to Fare Enforcement on Sound Transit and King County Metro

Executive Constantine, King County Metro, Ms. Cummings, and King County Council, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand free public transportation and an immediate end to fare enforcement on Sound Transit and King County Metro.

Every human being has a right to safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible public transit. Public transit must be paid for by corporations and the wealthiest section of the population, not by further squeezing poor and working people. 

Accessible transit means affordable transit, and people shouldn’t have to choose between their next meal and their ability to get to the doctor, or risking excessive force by fare enforcement because the cost is too high; we know enforcement is racially targeted, and it has led to the harm and loss of Black and Brown lives. Enough is enough. 

We demand a moratorium on fare enforcement through 2020 on King County Metro and Sound Transit services.

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: kcexec@kingcounty.gov, rob.gannon@kingcounty.gov, terry.white@kingcounty.gov, geoff.patrick@soundtransit.org, mary.cummings@soundtransit.org, rod.dembowski@kingcounty.gov, Girmay.Zahilay@kingcounty.gov, kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov, jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov, Dave.Upthegrove@kingcounty.gov, claudia.balducci@kingcounty.gov, Pete.vonReichbauer@kingcounty.gov, joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.gov, reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov


5:00 PM | #10 – Restore the right to vote for people convicted of felonies as well as those currently incarcerated

Governor Inslee and Democratic and Republican Leadership, 

I stand with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and demand you restore the right to vote for people convicted of felonies as well as those currently incarcerated.

Taking away voting rights of incarcerated peoples is rooted in Jim Crow South racism, and disproportionately hurts Black and Brown communities most. 

In Washington, Black people constituted 5% of state residents, but 11% of people in jail and 18% of people in prison. That isn’t racial equity, it is state-sanctioned, systematic disenfranchisement. 

We demand the state of Washington restore the voting rights of all incarcerated peoples in 2021. 

Demand Action Now >>

If the link does not open in your email app, copy the text above and email to: tara.lee@gov.wa.gov, nick.streuli@gov.wa.gov, ltgov@ltgov.wa.gov, andy.billig@leg.wa.gov, Mark.Schoesler@leg.wa.gov, Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov, jt.wilcox@leg.wa.gov