Have you had worried family members and friends reach out asking if you are living near an anarchy or general chaos and danger in the streets? Yesterday I went down with our photographer, Jane Johnson, to capture what we saw. Labeled ‘CHAZ’, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in the national news this past week, it’s now being called ‘CHOP’, Capitol Hill Organized Protest in Seattle.
We’ve been to “the zone” a couple of times in the past few weeks, with police presence, and without. And since police boarded up the East Precinct on June 8, it has been considerably more peaceful. There are medic tents (they don’t allow any photographer and videography, for privacy reasons) and tents giving away free food, water, and other supplies. There are tents in the northern part of Cal Anderson Park as well as freshly planted gardens.
There is a stunning Black Lives Matter mural painted on Pine between 10th and 11th. Each individual letter is painted by a different artist. The Seattle Times covers how it came to be here and an aerial video captured by Kyle Kotajarvi here.
Instagram accounts of the artists (credit: Kyle Kotajarvi)
M: @moses_sun and more
R: @artvaultseattle Artist: @thekingfroshow