OCA - Seattle Member Doug Chin Leads Fight to Recognize Donnie Chin
Longtime director of the International District Emergency Center, Donnie Chin was tragically killed in an early morning shooting on July 23, 2015. Donnie helped make Seattle's International District, containing much of the AAPI population of the city, a safer place for children and families.
Donnie's death came as a shock to the Seattle community, who were outraged that this pillar of the community became a victim of crime. Doug Chin, an OCA - Seattle board member, historian, and longtime community activist, helped fight to get a park that Donnie helped create named after Donnie after his passing.
"The Chinatown/International District Community commends Mayor Murray and the City Council for bringing forth the resolution to rename the International Children's Park after Donnie Chin," said Doug Chin. "The Asian American community and many others overwhelmingly want the name change so that Donnie's legacy as the founder of the park and the guardian who gave his life to helping others and making the community a safer place is preserved."
Though the park is an important step towards recognition, the fight to ensure that the International District is safe is still ongoing, as made clear byan editorial
by the Seattle Times. However, we can count on both Doug Chin and OCA - Seattle to continue to be an important part of that fight! See the Seattle Mayor's statement on the renaminghere.