I attended a press conference Jan. 11, called for by those opposing the $210 million dollar juvenile jail facility, and I found a group of dedicated community activists who are determined to see that this facility is never built. It, like the proposed $149 million militarized police bunker, is the absolute antithesis of what we need in this town.
A militarized police bunker with room to train our policemen — deep underground, with tanks and assault weapons — and a juvenile jail that will incarcerate the youngest among us is absolutely the wrong direction.
And we’re not buying it. No juvenile jail, no militarized police bunker.
The “crimes” in this city, considered so heinous as to require our incarceration, pale in contrast to those of big businesses such as Wells Fargo, who continue to operate in spite of their massive criminal behavior.
The true crimes here are yours, city government, for allowing this enormous imbalance of resources. For allowing big business to take over our town and provide nothing for those who have been pushed aside. It is inequality that is the problem here and no amount of jails can correct that.
The opposition to both these facilities is strong and growing. Remember, this is Seattle, the city that stopped Shell.
Cynthia Linet | Seattle
Cynthia Linet is an attorney, political activist and artist of “The Gun Show by Cynthia Linet” on Facebook and YouTube. The Gun Show is on display at the Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central College.