Healing Spaces & Safer Places

Posted on: November 17, 2023

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In the face of challenges and violence, the Safe Passage team, also known as “the Blue Coats,” continues to make a profound impact in the South Seattle community. Safe Passage is a Boys & Girls Club initiative that works to support community safety in South Seattle.

The incident on July 28, where a shooter injured Safe Passage team members and others, highlights the risks they face while providing support in the community. Despite this setback, their resilience shines through.

The “Community Healing Space Activations,” initiated in 2020, have had a remarkable track record in reducing violence in the Safeway parking lot and in the South Seattle community. While they had to pause for a few weeks in August, they are now back in full swing, and the team is committed to serving as many in the community as possible. 

When the healing space reopened in late August, it was different. The parking lot was filled with resources, food, pastors, elected officials including King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, Seattle Mayor, Bruce Harrell, and Seattle City Council Member Tammy Morales. Supporters from various community organizations, including the YMCA, Community Passageways, Renegades for Life Youth Outreach, and Moms Demand Action, all joined Safe Passage in community. Marty Jackson, the executive director of Southeast Network the Boys & Girls Club program that oversees the Safe Passage team, said the team is ready for all who want to get involved and be in-space together.

The Safe Passage team continues to be resilient, adaptable, and committed to creating a safer and more supportive environment. The blue coats’ work to make sure everyone in the South Seattle Community has what they need to feel safe and secure and offer a place to heal. 

These violence interrupters need more support, both in terms of resources and involvement. As the Safe Passage team requests, everyone can contribute to community safety through their time, talent, or treasure. 

The evolution of the community healing space is truly inspiring. What began as a focus on deterrence has transformed into a beacon of support and unity for the community.

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