CAPITOL HILL AUTONOMOUS ZONE
THE DEMANDS OF THE COLLECTIVE BLACK VOICES AT FREE
CAPITOL HILL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list
of demands is neither brief nor simplistic. This is no simple
request to end police brutality. We demand that
the City Council and the Mayor, whoever that may be,
implement these policy changes for the cultural and historic
advancement of the City of Seattle, and to ease the struggles
of its people. This document is to represent the black voices
who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days
of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from
the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that
night, June 8th, 2020.
Justice System Demands
- The Seattle Police Department and attached court system
are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand
abolition. We demand that the Seattle Council
and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police
Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus.
This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for
Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also
demand that the city disallow the operations
of ICE in the city of Seattle.
- In the transitionary period between now and the
dismantlement of the Seattle Police Department, we demand
that the use of armed force be banned entirely. No guns, no
batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons, especially
against those exercising their First Amendment right as
Americans to protest.
- We demand an end to the school-to-prison
pipeline and the abolition of youth jails. Get kids out of
prison, get cops out of schools. We also
demand that the new youth prison being built
in Seattle currently be repurposed.
- We demand that not the City government,
nor the State government, but that the Federal government
launch a full-scale investigation into past and current
cases of police brutality in Seattle and Washington, as
well as the re-opening of all closed cases reported to the
Office of Police Accountability. In particular, we
demand that cases particular to Seattle and
Washington be reopened where no justice has been served,
namely the cases of Iosia Faletogo, Damarius Butts, Isaiah
Obet, Tommy Le, Shaun Fuhr, and Charleena Lyles.
- We demand reparations for victims of
police brutality, in a form to be determined.
- We demand that the City of Seattle make
the names of officers involved in police brutality a matter
of public record. Anonymity should not even be a privilege
in public service.
- We demand a retrial of all People in Color
currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a
jury of their peers in their community.
- We demand decriminalization of the acts of
protest, and amnesty for protestors generally, but
specifically those involved in what has been termed “The
George Floyd Rebellion” against the terrorist cell that
previously occupied this area known as the Seattle Police
Department. This includes the immediate release of all
protestors currently being held in prison after the arrests
made at 11th and Pine on Sunday night and early Saturday
morning June 7th and 8th, and any other protesters arrested
in the past two weeks of the uprising, the name Evan Hreha
in particular comes to mind who filmed Seattle police
macing a young girl and is now in jail.
- We demand that the City of Seattle and the
State Government release any prisoner currently serving
time for a marijuana-related offense and expunge the
- We demand the City of Seattle and State
Government release any prisoner currently serving time just
for resisting arrest if there are no other related charges,
and that those convictions should also be expunged.
- We demand that prisoners currently serving
time be given the full and unrestricted right to vote, and
for Washington State to pass legislation specifically
breaking from Federal law that prevents felons from being
able to vote.
- We demand an end to prosecutorial immunity
for police officers in the time between now and the
dissolution of the SPD and extant justice system.
- We demand the abolition of imprisonment,
generally speaking, but especially the abolition of both
youth prisons and privately-owned, for-profit prisons.
- We demand in replacement of the current
criminal justice system the creation of
restorative/transformative accountability programs as a
replacement for imprisonment.
- We demand autonomy be given to the people
to create localized anti-crime systems.
- We demand that the Seattle Police
Department, between now and the time of its abolition in
the near future, empty its “lost and found” and return
property owned by denizens of the city.
- We demand justice for those who have been
sexually harassed or abused by the Seattle Police
Department or prison guards in the state of
- We demand that between now and the
abolition of the SPD that each and every SPD officer turn
on their body cameras, and that the body camera video of
all Seattle police should be a matter of easily accessible
- We demand that the funding previously used
for Seattle Police be redirected into:
- Socialized Health and Medicine for the City of
- Free public housing, because housing is a right, not
- Public education, to decrease the average class size
in city schools and increase teacher salary.
- Naturalization services for immigrants to the United
States living here undocumented. (We demand
they be called “undocumented” because no person is
- General community development. Parks, etc.
- We demand the de-gentrification of
Seattle, starting with rent control.
- We demand the restoration of city funding
for arts and culture to re-establish the once-rich local
cultural identity of Seattle.
- We demand free college for the people of
the state of Washington, due to the overwhelming effect
that education has on economic success, and the correlated
overwhelming impact of poverty on people of color, as a
form of reparations for the treatment of Black people in
this state and country.
- We demand that between now and the
abolition of the SPD that Seattle Police be prohibited from
performing “homeless sweeps” that displace and disturb our
homeless neighbors, and on equal footing we
demand an end to all evictions.
- We demand a decentralized election process
to give the citizens of Seattle a greater ability to select
candidates for public office such that we are not forced to
choose at the poll between equally undesirable options.
There are multiple systems and policies in place which make
it impractical at best for working-class people to run for
public office, all of which must go, starting with any fees
associated with applying to run for public office.
Health and Human Services Demands
- We demand the hospitals and care
facilities of Seattle employ black doctors and nurses
specifically to help care for black patients.
- We demand the people of Seattle seek out
and proudly support Black-owned businesses. Your money is
our power and sustainability.
- We demand that the city create an entirely
separate system staffed by mental health experts to respond
to 911 calls pertaining to mental health crises, and insist
that all involved in such a program be put through
thorough, rigorous training in conflict de-escalation.
Education System Demands
- We demand that the history of Black and
Native Americans be given a significantly greater focus in
the Washington State education curriculum.
- We demand that thorough anti-bias training
become a legal requirement for all jobs in the education
system, as well as in the medical profession and in mass
- We demand the City of Seattle and State of
Washington remove any and all monuments dedicated to
historical figures of the Confederacy, whose treasonous
attempts to build an America with slavery as a permanent
fixture were an affront to the human race.
source | transcribed by @irie_kenya and @AustinCHowe
Although we have liberated Free Capitol Hill in the name of
the people of Seattle, we must not forget that we stand on
land already once stolen from the Duwamish People, the
first people of Seattle, and whose brother, John T.
Williams of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe up north was murdered
by the Seattle Police Department 10 years ago.
Black Lives Matter — All day, Every day.