Wednesday, March 29, 2017

12 points against King county and Seattle's new youth jail

12 Points Against the New Youth Jail


For more than five years, thousands of people  in Seattle have fought to oppose the construction of a new $210 million youth jail in Seattle’s Central District, the city’s historically African-American neighborhood. People from all walks of life--Black and brown people, criminalized people, queer and trans people, students, healthcare workers, anarchists, youth, social workers, migrants, clergy members, Raging Grannies, teachers, 75+ community organizations,  and more--have mobilized month after month since 2012 to reject the idea that any young person should be in jail and to demand that the City and County abandon the new youth jail project. Here are 12 points against the new youth jail.

This project was not approved by King County voters.
21% of registered voters in King County approved the tax levy to fund the new youth jail. The remaining 79% of registered voters either voted against the measure or did not vote. The measure would have received even less support than 21% of registered voters if the ballot had made it clear that it was funding a new jail for kids.

This project is an old-fashioned back-room land swindle.
The real purpose of this project all along has been to allow three large parcels of land in the Central District to be sold cheaply to King County Council/Seattle City Council members’ friends and families. These three large parcels of extremely valuable Seattle real estate have been deemed “surplus” by the County, which in reality means they are going to make tons of cash for developers and profit-mongers.  

This project claims that Washington is required by law to maintain cages for children.
This is factually untrue. In Washington State, it is illegal for children to be incarcerated in facilities with adults. There is no legal requirement that the State maintain incarceration facilities for children.

This project is being pushed by King County judges who believe that they are entitled to more luxurious facilities.
The judges have long demanded fancier courtrooms and nicer private chambers for themselves. The judges’ area in the proposed new jail is actually larger than the detention center.

Sleazy politicians are turning against this project now that it’s clearly underway.
Mayor Murray came out with statements against the youth jail at the same time that he was secretly pressuring others to continue moving the project forward. City councilmembers who repeatedly voted to approve the jail are now crying crocodile tears and wringing their hands about the harms of youth detention. We know their eyes aren’t full of tears but instead are concentrated squarely on saving their reputation with the voters in this election year.

This project is so fucking racist.
Black, Native, and immigrant youth are targeted by Seattle’s jail. Any claims of being a “Hate Free State” or a “Sanctuary City” are completely contradicted by the rates at which we lock up our Black, Native, and immigrant children.


Nationally and locally, 12% of young people are sexually assaulted each year while in jail, mostly by guards.
Putting children in jail is emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive. We pay the salaries of those who abuse, humiliate, and violate our young people while they are caged away from their families and communities.

The company attempting to build this jail (Howard S. Wright) is owned by an international corporation (Balfour Beatty) that makes billions of dollars building prisons and detention centers worldwide.
Balfour Beatty has built hundreds of jails around the globe. We should reject this corporation and refuse to let them make a profit in Seattle off the jailing and abuse of our children.

The gentrification and now techieficiation of the Central District, Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood, is well-documented. This has been a civically-supported and politically-funded decimation of the Black community.
Already more than 56% of the Black residents of the CD have been pushed out of the neighborhood between 1990 and 2010. Whether through red-lining, weed and seed, or abusive and racist police profiling, Seattle has been complicit in the destruction of Black lives.

Seattle’s claims to be progressive and a liberal oasis are a lie.
The progress offered here is only available to the wealthy, the white, and the well-behaved. Our city is not a sanctuary city if poor people are unwelcome; if houseless people are constantly attacked and maligned; if the police can kill with impunity; if undocumented people are pursued by ICE and rounded up into detention centers;  if there’s no affordable housing.

The site of the project is on stolen Duwamish land.
And the Duwamish people don’t build prisons for children.
















Given all this, this is what is required moving forward:
-The sculpture The Spirit of Our Youth by indigenous artist Marvin Oliver that was removed in January 2015 must be fully restored and returned to its original site.
-All buildings comprising the current youth jail must be demolished immediately and the land returned to the Duwamish people.
-Every young person inside the current youth jail must be released immediately with their record cleared and paid financial reparations for the harms they experienced while imprisoned.
-The City of Seattle must return to Black people all lands and homes stolen during the era of “Weed and Seed” in the Central District.
-Claudia Balducci, who has been the public face of this project, is fired immediately and barred from holding any further jobs in government due to her racism, malevolence, and outright lack of ethics. Dow Constantine, the King Couny Executive pushing the new youth jail, is fired immediately. Mayor Murray is removed from office. All members of the Seattle City Council and the King County Council who have voted for the youth jail in years past admit their culpability and immediately step down.

-King County immediately places the $210 million dollars previously tied to the new youth jail under the authority of formerly incarcerated youth and youth of color, who will have complete control in determining how to spend the money in ways that will benefit their families, schools, communities, and lives.

we would never discourage misdemeanor behavior !

and fuck your juvi and your jails and your police and your fucking cameras ! oh, yeah & you ! 
fuck you Judge. !!!

We will never and have never discouraged misdemeanor behavior !

Friday, October 30, 2015

mount octopus surf shop & show

 opening November 8th @4 pm with musical guests and snacks and zines and old time surf films !



located in gentrified Seattle's Central district @ 173 16th ave ~ 98122 (16th &Spruce two blocks north of Yesler )

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Request hours at the Juvi {youth cage torture chambers }

 day 7 of the national week of actions against youth incarceration was so amazing~ people coming together to speak out against jail and juvie and so much power and spirit ! With carnival like games of skill and cathartic screaming !
 Thank you so much to all of our amazing wonderful powerful friends for coming to the defense of our youth trapped behind walls ~ kidnapped by the state~ tortured for being young and wild and attempting to~ daring to be free !
 With puppies
 and carny's teaching us how it's done in the street ! ACAB !


 come with us just once and listen to the young people inside these walls, as they ask us to play their favorite song, ask us to smash out their windows, ask us to call their children and tell them~ i love you , come with us one day, and cry your eyes out and know how incredibly horrible it is that prisons exist !  FIRE TO THE PRISONS, COURT, JUDGES, GUARDS and fuk da Police !


 we could see the faces of young people staring at us, asking us to play songs for them, asking us to meet them when they get out, asking us to call their loved ones, asking us to get them out~ come back at 9pm and play Tupac !
it was a very long week and exhausting trying to understand muffled voices requesting everything!

WE WILL BE BACK ! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

the kids yell back. . . Open the window !

 report back from the second night of actions against youth incarceration !  walked down to the juvie to ask the kids what they need, what songs they wanted us to play, to let them know that they were not alone ! and they screamed out ~ OPEN THE WINDOW !


                          thanks to Food Not Bombs we all had a great snack attack and picnic ~
 we built this sick sound system platform and rolled around taking requests and playing sounds for freedom !


                                kids and big kids drew messages of hope for our friends inside
                                                                   we took the streets


                                                                Fire To The Prisons !

                         Panel discussion of the school to prison pipeline ~ School is a carceral site !


4 more days of actions and so far our minds have been blow with the level of excitement and commitment to ending this horrible machine of prison and child torture ! see you all tonight ~!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Let the kids free art show

Let the kids free ! 
Come join your favorite /
least favorite street artist/ 

propagandist
Friday May 22nd 2015 
@ Pipsqueak
173 16th ave & Spruce

for an evening of music ~ 
PIE ! & Selected hand-pulled
woodblock prints and posters 
& zines

in conjunction with The National Week of Actions Against Youth Incarceration May 17~ 23rd

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

monthly round up !


















                                                                          PIPSQUEAK !!!