City A nice letter.
We just received this letter regarding the Saturday Mourning story.
I’ve been reading all articles (even some of the stuff in SLOG) about the slayings with some level of disgust at minor factual errors, general tone or outright slander of the victims. After speaking with several of the survivors of the event and hearing first hand what really happened, I have to thank you and Thomas for capturing it correctly in the “Saturday Mourning” article posted on thestranger.com.
If you’ve haven’t received much feedback yet you should know that people who are closest to this event are praising the writing and the honest portrayal of what happened and links to the article are flying around like crazy within the community’s information sphere. Some of the stuff that’s been on the news, especially the national outlets, (Egad! do they do any fact checking?) has been fairly damaging and that makes your contribution that much more important.
I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Burning Man event but we have a very active local community based around the annual festival. Last night an icon within the larger burning man culture, David Best, was in Seattle and spoke about turning grief into lasting positive change. David is known for building stunning temples out in the middle of the Nevada desert. (do a google image search for “david best temples”) Anyway, as a service to the city and with David’s help, the community is going to build a similar temple somewhere on capitol hill to remember the victims of Saturday’s shootings and to help the healing process for everyone. The goal is to raise $5k and build the temple within two weeks. There is going to be a fundraiser art party downtown this Saturday 04/01/06…the location hasn’t been arranged yet but I’m guessing it might be at consolidated works.
Anyway, thank you again for your work. A lot of people appreciate it.