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Over the last three weeks, protesters have visited the personal residences of three public officials living in District 4 and 5: Mayor Jenny Durkan, Councilman Alex Pedersen, and Councilwoman Debora Juarez.  

Lead by Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, protesters vandalized the gate at Mayor Durkan’s home with graffiti on June 28.  On July 16, from 9 PM to midnight, they yelled into a bullhorn at Councilman Pedersen’s home and spray-painted the street outside his home. 

On the morning of July 20, they returned, trespassed and vandalized Councilman Pedersen’s house with insults and profanity.  His front door was tagged with words like: “Don’t be racist trash,” “Hope your children are raised better,” and “Get the f**k out.”

Protesters have also twice trespassed upon Councilwoman Juarez’s doorstep to leave “defund the police” literature; and on Sunday, July 19, they marched on her home late into the evening with a megaphone. She spent last weekend sequestered in a hotel room after SPD detectives advised her of planned activities at her home.

This pattern of unlawful intimidation towards public officials is an attack on representative democracy in the City of Seattle.  The trespass and vandalism of elected leaders’ homes is criminal.

Despite it all, the Seattle City Council and Council President Lorena Gonzalez have failed to in any way denounce the intimidation tactics.   President Gonzalez and Councilmember Theresa Mosqueda, in particular, have shown no moral leadership or courage in that regard as they each jockey to become our City’s next mayor.

We support the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of assembly and speech, but those freedoms do not extend to activities at public officials’ residences or on their doorsteps.  It crosses legal and moral lines to set foot upon an official’s home.

Please take a few seconds to immediately click on this link and send an email to the Seattle City Council demanding that President Gonzalez denounce the intimidation of City officials at their homes and doorsteps and related vandalism.  We are better than this.
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