What My Life Was Like as Racial Tension Erupted in Seattle

To say this week is overwhelming with every emotion is an understatement. Nick got word from his brother, Nate, and Nate’s wife, Kelli, that they delivered twins–a boy and a girl on June 21, 2017. Their names are Grady Cole Savage and Sawyer Elizabeth. They’re in a hospital just south of Salt Lake City, Utah near where Nick grew up. We are so proud and excited this morning because of this news. The babies are five pounds each, with lots of hair and everyone is in good health. This is good news because they are more than a month pre-mature. Here are the first pictures of them in this world:

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 5.24.15 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-22 at 5.24.43 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-22 at 5.25.03 PMIn Seattle in the days since Police killed Charleena Lyles, anger, grief, and tension has filled the streets. I share that fury and understand that people of color face a true struggle in our system that is biased against them, especially our policing. Here are some pictures from The Seattle Times:

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Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.34.03 AMIn addition to showing up at the vigil and rally the day Charleena was killed, I also went to City Hall and wrote this on my Facebook page afterward:

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The event I mentioned in the Facebook post above that I had to go to was a Community Listening Post with Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver that a group of gay neighbors and I have been planning.

Nick and I have been going from one event to the next for different things in addition to working our full-time jobs. It’s starting to feel like a lot. Here’s a picture of us at the event with Nikkita. Nick and I are on the back row on the left:

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 5.31.27 PMHere are some headlines from Seattle news that have been big, starting with news that Mayor Ed Murray may run as a write-in candidate after he stepped out of the race under allegations of child sex abuse:

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And, here are some of the national headlines from The Washington Post:

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P.S. Since I’m feeling so stretched for time lately and pretty stressed out, I haven’t had time to really sit down and enjoy writing this. So, you’ll notice this post is a bit rushed, but I feel it’s so important to capture what’s happening so you can see as it’s happening.

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