However, I want to share this with you,
The Summer after my graduation from the University of Washington is when I first launched SawariMi. During that summer, my heart shattered when the back-to-back police killings of Alton Sterling (July 5, 2016) and Philando Castle (July 6, 2016) occurred just after celebrating Independence Day. In response, I organized for students and colleagues to travel together and attend the Alton Sterling March for Justice, a Black Lives Matter march that was in downtown Seattle on July 21, 2016. That was the 1st Black Lives Matter march I'd ever attended and having the support of my friends and peers there was invaluable.
After leading in the front-lines of that march, I struggled with how I could do more. When I looked at coverage of the event from news outlets like the Seattle Times and Q13Fox I wasn't happy with the <500 word briefs and few pictures that were used to summarize the event. I wished they'd said more about the organizers, the participants, the victims and their stories. I wished they would have captured more by taking more photos and adding descriptive details. Then I realized that when a member from outside of our community 'summarizes' our stories then we are left with an unsatisfactory watered-down 2 paragraph overview paired with a few photos that barely capture the moment.
I launched SawariMi in response to the low quality coverage of Black Lives Matter events. After finishing that summer job, before the end of 2016 I attended, photographed, produced videos and high quality posts for the following events, some of which would not have received any media coverage otherwise:
- Seattle Black Panther Party Revolutionary Forum and Film Festival
- The UW Bothell #NotMyPresident Walkout
- Small Owned Black Business Saturday Market
- Seattle Women's March Against Hate
- B.U.I.L.D. Seattle's Public Viewing of The 13TH Documentary
- March for Allepo in Downtown Seattle
- Women.Weed.Wifi's Seattle Black Market
- No New Youth Jail Protest outside of Mayor Ed Murray's home
All Power to the People.
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