#NMOS14 Vigils in Washington State

On Saturday, August 9, police in Ferguson, MO fatally shot Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old who was walking to his grandmother’s house. The epidemic of police and vigilante violence against people of color, particularly black people, leaves a wake of pain and grief that we must deal with as a community.

National Moment of Silence 2014 events are are vigils, not protests or rallies.This is a peaceful gatherings of friends in the same location to pay respects to victims. You’re allowed to gather together in small groups, peacefully. I reiterate: peacefully. No bullhorns. No loud music. If you encounter police and are asked what you’re doing, inform them that you and your friends are gathering to remember friends of yours that passed away. If they ask you to move along, you can ask why they are requesting it and when it became against the law for friends to gather together in public. If they insist, do not resist. Move along, together, to a nearby location. Share via social media where you’ve moved. Thank you.

Links are to the Facebook event pages. Please share it around and get people to go!

DO NOT GO TO A NATIONAL MOMENT OF SILENCE VIGIL WITH THE INTENTIONS OF ATTENDING IT FOR ANONYMOUS’S NATIONAL DAY OF RAGE. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. NMOS vigils are meant to mourn the deaths caused by police brutality. Do not co-opt these gatherings and turn it into something else. Don’t be a jackass.

What to bring: A red sash to wear on your right arm or wrist to identify yourself to your fellow participants, candles, signs expressing solidarity, photos of the slain. Please wear black if possible.

What not to bring: Bullhorns, protest gear, signs that express hatred toward the police, etc.

Please use good judgement. This is a vigil, a community gathering to express our feelings. It is not an opportunity to start shit with the cops or incite a riot.

These are all held TODAY, August 14th. For all three of these vigils, gather at 4pm and silence starts at 4:20pm.


Bremerton Waterfront Fountain Park
Bremerton, Washington 98337

At the Large Fountains by the Ferry Terminal.


Queen Anne Baptist Church
2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109


(It seems like Vancouver’s vigil is located in Portland.)

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204
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Map of #NMOS14 Vigils on Police Violence on August 14


Find a National Moment of Silence vigil in your town. Vigils are today, 7 ET/6 CT/5 MT/4 PT.

Hey FYWashingtonians, there are 3 National Moment of Silence vigils being organized in WA! In Seattle, Vancouver, and Bremerton. Click within to find more details. I hope some of you can attend, please stay safe!


This just happened in Seattle. A group of nonviolent protestors in support of Palestine were being harassed by a WHITE MAN, this fucking mall cop comes out and maces and detains a black man WITH NO AFFILIATION TOWARDS EITHER GROUP. RAYMOND WILFORD, AN INNOCENT BLACK MAN JUST WALKING INTO THE WESTLAKE MALL. The protestors are actively telling the mall cop that he MACED THE WRONG GUY, that the black man did nothing wrong, and he still handcuffs him and DENIES him water to flush out his eyes being offered by the protestors. I’m so disgusted. I have been to this area and mall many times in my life and I no longer feel safe going. I hope to god he presses charges and that this scum sucking shitstain loses his job. I’m so scared right now. I’m so fucking scared. Source here, but let the video speak for itself. 

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Study: Healthy eating is privilege of the rich


Nothing new, but I am glad to see 1) data to back up what everyone knows, and 2) strong wording. “Privilege of the rich” is not a phrase I’m used to reading in mainstream news.

SEATTLE — A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published Thursday that says the government should do more to help consumers eat healthier.

An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, the journal Health Affairs said, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

Inexpensive ways to add these nutrients to a person’s diet include potatoes and beans for potassium and dietary fiber. But the study found introducing more potassium in a diet is likely to add $380 per year to the average consumer’s food costs, said lead researcher Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

"We know more than ever about the science of nutrition, and yet we have not yet been able to move the needle on healthful eating," he said. The government should provide help for meeting the nutritional guidelines in an affordable way.

He criticized some of the marketing for a healthy diet — for example, the image of a plate of salmon, leafy greens and maybe some rice pilaf — and said a meal like that is not affordable for many Americans.

Food-assistance programs are helping people make healthier choices by providing coupons to buy fruits and vegetables, Monsivais said, but some also put stumbling blocks in front of the poor.

He mentioned, as an example, a Washington state policy making it difficult to buy potatoes with food assistance coupons for women with children, even though potatoes are one of the least expensive ways to add potassium to a diet.

The study was based on a random telephone survey of about 2,000 adults in King County, Wash., followed by a printed questionnaire that was returned by about 1,300 people. They note what food they ate, which was analyzed for nutrient content and estimated cost.

People who spend the most on food tend to get the closest to meeting the federal guidelines for potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium, the study found. Those who spend the least have the lowest intakes of the four recommended nutrients and the highest consumption of saturated fat and added sugar.

Good note at the end of the article that this doesn’t even venture into trying to eat organic or local; this is just about getting basic nutrients. Also good note that this is just what people can afford to eat, assuming there’s even a grocery store with fresh produce available to them.

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Hey, everyone. So this is really, really important. Especially people in the TACOMA, SEATTLE AREA.

Early this morning (Sat. June 21) around 3:00 AM my husband saw somebody jump our backyard fence and snatch our 15 week old puppy, Fennris. Everything happened so fast, and it was completely unexpected so by the time we went after them, they had already gone. 

The puppy is about 15 weeks old, an Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature husky). He weighs around 6-7 lbs and his coat is white/gray/black and he has bright blue eyes. He is wearing a blue collar with a nametag on it that reads “Fennris”. 

We believe somebody grabbed the puppy, got into a car and drove away. 

Please, please, please anyone in the Tacoma, WA area keep an eye out and if you see anything at all or hear anything PLEASE contact me right away. 

If you don’t live in the Tacoma, WA area I would greatly appreciate it if you could signal boost this to your followers. 

Fennris is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet, and he’s young and he’s scared. He’s not just a pet, he’s a family member. Please help us find our puppy. 

We are offering a $500 reward for his safe and unharmed return.

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In Seattle, Washington, an aged and allegedly “haunted” coke machine has been in the same spot for over fifteen years, but despite its outward appearance the machine is fully functional. In fact, the machine has always worked. Some of the drinks it dispenses are normal Coke products, but some are products that are no longer on the market and don’t exist any more. Some of the buttons are labeled as a “mystery” and give a random product when pushed. The business closest to it, a locksmith, state that they have never witnessed anyone restocking the machine at any time, No one ever has, and the mystery of it has attracted tons of people to test out the machine for themselves. It’s also pretty interesting to note that the prices for the sodas have risen over time, recently being from 55 cents to 75. I guess ghost machines have to pay the bills somehow.

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Mt Rainier, Washington.

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America’s fifty states have a lot in common, but if their internet search histories are any indication they also have significant differences. Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms, and questions each state was searching for more than any other. The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online. 

ARKANSAS:  Atkins Diet / End of Days / Lap Band Surgery / Learn to Read / Walmart Jobs
Analysis:  In 2013, Arkansas was declared the most obese state in America, and evidently they did something about it because in 2014 they’re now the second most obese.

… >:(

WASHINGTON:  Circumcision / Dungeons & Dragons / Gluten / Judas Priest (band) / Non-Alcoholic Beer / Pho, Quinoa / Rachel Maddow (TV Host) / Unicorn Tattoo / Happy Hour /

Analysis:  At dinner parties in Washington state, it’s customary to follow the quinoa course a gluten-free dessert. After that, everyone retires to the library for a non-alcoholic beer and a casual conversation about circumcision. 

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trans women in seattle: do not see dr rob killian

he treats trans women as if they were cis men, and will threaten to take away your hormones if you disagree with him (and will go through with it!)



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"Why does McDonald’s need four years to bring their workers out of poverty?"

Things I love about Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s take on the $15 minimum wage plan announced by the mayor:

  1. She starts by crediting people around the country who have been organizing for $15/hr.
  2. She points out structural issues with the way the Mayor’s plan was developed and announced.
  3. She raises serious questions about the extended timeline.
  4. She points out that she led a process to develop a plan that was never voted on.

Kshama Sawant is kind of my hero right now.

Listen to the interview. It’s the best. - CM