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Clergy and Faith Leaders Arrested Opposing Youth Jail:

Nine people were arrested this morning including clergy, people of faith, and community members as they blocked construction of the youth jail and courts demanding Dow Constantine honor the #PeoplesMoratorium and the call for #NoNewYouthJail.

 

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Before dawn this morning, a multi-faith group of clergy and people of faith halted construction of King County Executive’s Dow Constantine’s embattled youth jail and courts by locking themselves to steel beams. This act of civil disobedience marks the end of the fourth week of the “People’s Moratorium,” a community-led effort to pressure the County to stop construction of the $233 million dollar facility and repurpose it away from incarceration and towards meeting basic human needs. The People’s Moratorium was launched a week after Executive Constantine ignored a letter from the No New Youth Jail Coalition, asking for the County to pause construction. With this morning’s action, faith leaders join others who have put their bodies on the line to bring attention to the growing consensus that this misguided project must be stopped.

Supporters of those locked down inside the construction site are gathered on the sidewalk on 14th Avenue, surrounded by an altar, banners, and candles, with fellow clergy members scheduled to speak. “Those of us here today share a moral vision for the County to shift away from building infrastructure that creates misery and trauma, and toward spending on basic human needs like housing and healthcare,” stated Dean Spade, member of the No New Youth Jail Coalition. “We’re praying for Dow to embrace his humanity and end a project that will bring harm and trauma to our communities. It’s time for human need to guide the spending of county resources, shifting away from caging children and towards helping them thrive.”

For photos, video, and updates, check out: https://www.facebook.com/NoNewYouthJailSeattle/

 

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