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Remembering a Peaceful Protest that Led to the Creation of El Centro de la Raza

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King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg dedicated a photo of Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas last month at the Hall of Justice in the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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gossettKing County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg dedicated a photo of Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas last month at the Hall of Justice in the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The 1972 Seattle Times photo shows Gossett and Maestas just before a take-over of the Seattle City Council Chambers. Their act of civil disobedience helped lead the way to the creation of El Centro de la Raza at an abandoned Beacon Hill school. Maestas and Gossett were both leading advocates for social justice.

King County Councilmember Gossett has been on the King County Council since 1993. Maestas was the director of El Centro de la Raza for over three decades. Maestas passed away in 2010. Satterberg purchased a copy of the photo at auction and wanted to display it at the Prosecutor’s Office.  Before the dedication, Gossett met with Satterberg and PAO staff and told the history of the event and their successful movement at establishing El Centro de la Raza.

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and Dan Satterberg.

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