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Hello Maker community and friends -

We hope you're all safe and healthy.

Saturday night (5/30), Seattle Makers was broken into and ransacked, with several thousands of dollars of damage and theft.  No staff or volunteers were here at the time, and no one was hurt.  While we're momentarily discouraged, this loss of property is nothing compared to the loss of life and liberty that Black folks in this country suffer every day.  We understand the rebellion in Seattle and around the country is a reaction to systemic injustice.  Seattle Makers stands with all those demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Tony McDade, and all Black folks murdered by the State.

We regret that a few opportunists took advantage of legitimate and critical, justice-seeking protests to carry out criminal actions.  We are also saddened at this senseless destruction aimed at our community of members, donors, and volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide access to handwashing, PPE to those in need, and access to tools and education outside of exclusive universities and corporations.

We won't let the actions of a few individuals stop our progress or vision.  Thanks to Jeff, Jon, Ana, Joy, Jeremy, Jessica, and the management at Kidder Matthews for their prompt and thorough response over the weekend.

 
Bouncing Back - We've Got This

Seeing as we're a makerspace, staff and volunteers put our maker ingenuity to work and sprang into action to address the break-in.  Our entry door was kicked in and broken beyond repair; we used leftover lumber and brackets to barricade and/or reinforce each entry door in the building.
The window by our door was broken to gain entry.  We laser cut a stronger 1/4" acrylic replacement window out of the remnants of the intubation box we provided for Valley Medical Center. 
Our security cameras and base station were torn apart and destroyed.  Unfortunately no footage was uploaded or retrievable.  We've addressed vulnerabilities in our security system to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.
Our cash box with ~$400-500 in donations for PPE was pried apart and emptied.  We've replaced it with a stronger safe.
Several masks, shields, and our safety glasses were stolen.  We appreciate that our uninvited guests are staying true to our values of Safety First.
Our 3D printed Groot was stolen; all that remained was his party hat and sash from our 2nd birthday party.  We will rebuild him.  We have the technology.
Additionally, several Lenovo laptops were stolen.  We're still learning the full extent of what was taken and/or damaged.

We've removed any expensive equipment, and taken the 3D printers home to continue printing PPE for medical professionals who are still waiting for PPE in order to re-open their offices safely.

 
What's Next

Today we will return to the work of making PPE for the community, and supporting Makers here and around the world in responding to Covid-19, and harnessing skills and tools to bring ideas to life.

If you're looking for ways to support the protests in in a meaningful way, please donate to Black Lives Matter - Seattle/King County.  Organizers are hard at work providing support for protesters in Seattle, Minneapolis, Louisville, and other cities.
Donate to BLM-Seattle
If you'd like to help us recover our losses, and support our efforts to bring safety, technology and tools to all, (and most urgently, PPE and handwashing to underserved communities in Seattle), please donate on our website.
Donate to Seattle Makers
Thank you for your generosity and support.
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