Mayor Murray to join ‘Stand for Compassion’ gathering on Thursday to call for greater respect to Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens

The March 15th beating of a homeless man who was sleeping on the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square has rallied a diverse cross-section of individuals and organizations who are holding a “Stand for Compassion” gathering from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 27th, near where the attack took place in Occidental Square.

The event is a call for community conversation and engagement – intended to raise broad-based awareness about the need for greater respect toward Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens, and to begin a public dialogue on how to build a culture of compassion and a safer city for everyone.

Attendees at the event will be asked to take a stand for compassion and a better Seattle by signing a pledge for continued support and participation in addressing this issue. Speakers include representatives from Alliance for Pioneer Square, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Real Change, Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Sounders FC, as well Mayor Murray and Seattle City Council. Additional supporters include CenturyLink Field, Compassion Network, Coalition on Homelessness, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Downtown Seattle Association and Seattle University among others.

A Facebook page has been established for the event with additional information and public comment. Mayor Murray released a statement about the incident last week.