This past June, a group of nine activists shut down 2nd Avenue in Downtown Seattle, in front of the regional headquarters of ICE. This protest – which blocked S…econd Avenue for three hours – has put 1000 2nd Avenue, an otherwise nondescript downtown building, on the map as the nerve center for ICE’s violence in our region. The building has since been the site of relentless protest, as people here and across the country call to abolish ICE.
I’m writing because last week, the Seattle City Attorney published an op-ed indicating he intends to prosecute the Anti-ICE 9. He has already filed charges against the climate defenders shut down the street in front of Chase Bank (a financial backer of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline) this past May.
It’s not too late to stop these prosecutions, and invite Pete Holmes to be on the right side of history. Please call, e-mail, and tweet at Pete Holmes TODAY to ask him to stop the prosecutions. Please share this e-mail with all of your contacts and urge them to make calls as well! Call scripts, sample e-mails, and sample tweets, below!
City Attorney’s Office phone number: 206 684 7757
Hello my name is ______________, [and I’m a Seattle resident (if applicable)].
I’m calling to urge Pete Holmes not to prosecute the Anti-ICE 9. They are activists who were arrested on 2nd Avenue on June 5th for protesting ICE. ICE is functioning as Trumps police force, carrying out his racist agenda. If Holmes uses city resources to prosecute the people who are courageously confronting ICE and Trump, he will be on the wrong side of history.
City Attorney’s e-mail: Peter.Holmes@seattle.gov
Subject line: Don’t prosecute the Anti-ICE 9.
Body: (feel free to personalize it!)
Dear Mr. Holmes,
I’m writing to urge you not to prosecute the Anti-ICE 9. They are activists who were arrested on 2nd Avenue on June 5th for protesting ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). ICE is functioning as Trump’s personal police force, carrying out his racist agenda and terrorizing families and communities. If you use City resources to prosecute the people who are courageously confronting ICE and Trump, you will be on the wrong side of history. The City of Seattle and your office should instead be focused on doing everything possible to protect our communities from ICE.
@CityAttyPeteH Now more than ever, we need people willing to stand up to the Trump regime. Whose side are you on, Trump’s police forces or brave protesters? Don’t file charges against the Anti-ICE 9. #Not1More #HistoryIsWatching #ChingaLaMigra
@CityAttyPeteH ICE is the crisis. Oil companies are the crisis. Protesters are not the crisis. Drop the prosecution of activists! #Not1More #HistoryIsWatching #ChingaLaMigra