On the night of Tuesday, Dec. 15 and morning of Wednesday Dec. 16, occupants of the houseless community at Cal Anderson Park, as well as coalition groups, volunteers and advocates for the homeless, prepared for an anticipated full-scale sweep by the Seattle Police Department after weeks of escalating complaints and property destruction. Those involved in the effort contributed pallets, pieces of furniture and chain link fencing to serve as a barricade to thwart the police-led raid.
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.