Guidance for Protesting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement and Guidance from Fred Hutch on June 12, 2020

Over the last two weeks Fred Hutch has spent time listening, sharing and understanding the social realities that are shaping our work, our workplace climate and our broader community. While our efforts to address these realities are ongoing, based on what we heard, we are taking action now to promote change at our organization and in the community — and end racial injustice. 

We stand with the victims and families of police brutality and systemic racism inherent in the United States. We believe that Black Lives Matter. For those who want to be more active in their support during this time, here are some ways to participate meaningfully, with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

1) Vote in local and federal elections. If you need to register in the state of Washington, go to The Office of the Secretary of State website.

2) Sign petitions, write your representatives and write op-eds for your local papers. If you don’t know who your representatives are, visit Ballotpedia.

3) Educate yourself:

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seattle local)
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Debby Irving
  • Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us by Benjamin Watson
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
  • The Color of the Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • Guide to Allyship website

4) Elevate the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented voices. Shop and stores owned by people in marginalized communities.

5) Discuss racism with family, friends, neighbors and your community

6) Donate to local and national fundraisers and organizations, including, but not limited to:

7) Support minority run local businesses

8) Listen.

If you are attending a protest, and are asymptomatic for COVID-19, please do the following:

  • Wear a mask or face covering that fully covers your nose and mouth. 
  • Strongly consider wearing or having ready access to goggles or eye protection for added protection (avoid wearing contacts). 
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently. 
  • Avoid sharing drinks, carrying other’s signs or touching objects that others have touched. 
  • Attempt to limit your group size and maintain six feet of physical distance whenever possible during the activity. 
  • Try to avoid crowded activities that involve shouting or singing in close proximity to others, and avoid those who are not wearing masks or face coverings if possible. 
  • Bring your own water, food or other personal items.

After participating, self-monitor for COVID-19 for 14 days after the activity. If you develop any symptoms, stay home, self-isolate and get tested.

For those who want to be more active in their support during this time, here are some ways to participate meaningfully, with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind. These recommendations came from our employees through the dialogue that we have had over the last two weeks.  Learn more.

Last Modified, June 12, 2020