WHEEL/Women in Black will be holding a May Day Vigil for homeless people who’ve died from 5-6 p.m. tonight – Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – outside Burien City Hall.

“Please join us in honoring and remembering Burien homeless people who’ve died, and in calling for compassion and justice for the homeless people of Burien,” organizers said.

In the year 2000, WHEEL – a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women – founded Women in Black vigils where they stand vigil whenever homeless people died outside, in public, or by violence in King County.

Attendees usually stand vigil at Seattle City Hall, though they’ve done many other vigils and rituals in the name of Women in Black over the years.

On May Day (Wednesday, May 1, 2024), they’re sponsoring a one-hour silent vigil from 5-6 p.m. outside Burien City Hall to support the Burien homeless community, and to build community ties with them and their supporters.

“Last year, at least seven people died without shelter in Burien,” organizers said. “At least four people have perished already this year, one just last Saturday. Burien has NO homeless shelters within City limits, continues to delay creating shelters, and passed the most cruel and onerous Camping Ban in the County – one so onerous and unconstitutional that even the King County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce it.”

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