Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Original message shared in an email from our friends at WHEEL on August 5th:
From a new Medical Examiners Office list of homeless deaths, Women in Black learned of FIVE more outdoor/violent homeless deaths that occurred very recently in our County, bringing this year’s death toll up to 41. This horrible high rate of death—including five homicides and five suicides--is shocking and unprecedented.
We are heartbroken to be standing vigil outside the Seattle Justice Center (5th/Cherry) from noon to 1 PM Wednesday, August 12th, when we’ll honor and remember:
**Ivan Maryansky, 32:
died by suicide in Ravenna on 7/4.
**Michael Bippes, 50: stabbed to death in Auburn (on the Interurban Trail) on 7/7.
**Rafael Avalos-Martinez, 35:
died on Beacon Hill on 7/9; cause of death pending.
**Albert Capps, 61:
died in Tukwila on 7/16; cause of death pending
**Charles Piner, 51:
died in a wooded area at 7th/James on 8/1; cause of death pending.
We’ll dedicate this vigil to the memories of three beloved friends who died recently: Joseph Newbury, Sonja Al Ashwal, and Phil Rosenberg.
It couldn’t be clearer, in light of these deaths: Seattle desperately needs more shelters and organized encampments, now...
Please don’t waver in your support for new shelters and encampments, and please--today!--urge Mayor Murray and Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim to stay the course and remain calm and firm in their support and plan for new encampments in Ballard and Interbay:
Mayor Murray (206) 684-4000,
(you’ll fill out a “comment” form)
Deputy Mayor Kim (206) 684-8381, email@example.com
THANK YOU for your solidarity, support and action!
WHEEL/Women in Black
WHEEL (parent organization of our women’s shelter) gathers with
Church of Mary Magdalene
to hold “
Women in Black
” silent vigils every time a homeless individual dies on the streets of
began in May 2000 and are held to honor the lives of those who have died as well as to draw visibility to the issue. When they learn of a death, they gather the following Wednesday at noon at the
Justice Center (5
), where they stand in silent vigil for an hour. Supporters also leaflet passersby with information about the vigil and how the community, working together, can solve homelessness. Sadly, this year
Women in Black
is bearing witness to the highest rate of homeless deaths that they’ve seen in their 15-year history. Already this year, at least 41 homeless men and women have died outside or by violence. To join the phone/email notification list for the vigils, call WHEEL at 206-956-0334 or email