Yesterday was the twelfth day of protests by UW's Black Lives Matter group held at the base of the campus's George Washington statue. JK
Last week, the University of Washington's Black Lives Matter coalition (UW BLM) kicked off its month-long installation of resistance art at the George Washington statue in Red Square on the university's campus in support of the list of seven demands
put forth by students in June.
Inspired in part by the activist art in Capitol Hill Organized Protest, protesters with UW BLM have organized daily programming at the statue that includes banner making, chalk art, poetry, and performance that reflects their feelings about the university. They do this work every day from 4 pm -7 pm.
And every day, the university has removed all the art on and around the statue, wiping off chalk and paint and throwing away protest signs supporters have propped up around the base. The cleaning is standard practice by the university for any chalking or graffiti that violates university policy, but to the group it symbolizes something more.
"Well, obviously we're doing something right," said a representative from UW BLM who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the university. "If they're doing everything in their power to cover it up, that just means we're making progress."
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