The horrific shooting deaths of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17 inspired prayer services and candlelight vigils in cities around the country, although the way some cities chose to honor the #Charleston9 didn’t exactly stick to the subject. A not-so-solemn vigil held in the streets of Harlem, for example, included several flag burnings and the reciting of a piece by cop killer Assata Shakur.
This evening was Seattle’s opportunity to march in solidarity with the #Charleston9, although city councilmember and “proud socialist” Kshama Sawant also promoted the event as a march against the racist violence in the “8 cities where black churches were burned” — apparently unaware that investigators, in conjunction with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, have declared several of the fires to be accidents started by lightning or electrical shorts.
Sawant’s political supporters brought along this banner to show their solidarity with the victims of the Charleston shooting.
Socialism was also a big theme among the signs carried, along with shutting down the prison industrial complex, and so on.