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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
1/7/2009  4:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Clarks Office - David Yeaworth, (206) 684-8802 Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Richard Conlin
Councilmember Tim Burgess
Councilmember Sally J. Clark
Councilmember Jan Drago
Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Richard J. McIver
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

CITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS THREATS AGAINST GAY COMMUNITY
City Council Members speak out in support of Gay-friendly bars targeted with ricin threat

SEATTLE Members of the Seattle City Council spoke out strongly today against ricin threats made to several gay establishments in the city with the following statement:

We condemn the threatening letters sent to a number of gay establishments operating in the greater Capitol Hill area and to the Stranger newspaper. We are maintaining ongoing contact with the Seattle Police Department to stay apprised of the situation, with hopes that the offending parties will be swiftly apprehended.

The Seattle Police Department and the FBI are investigating the source of these letters and are reaching out to targeted establishments. We applaud the diligent work of these enforcement agencies and their high-priority response to this threatening situation.

We would like to affirm that the City of Seattle has a zero tolerance policy toward messages that incite hate and prey on fear. Whether this is a serious threat or not, the Seattle City Council, in partnership with the Seattle Police Department, asks the community to be on alert for any suspicious activity and immediately report such activity by calling 911.

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