On July 7, 1993, singer Mia Zapata of the Seattle punk band the Gits was raped and strangled to death on her way home from a local gig.This still-unsolved crime inspired members of Seattle's arts and music community start up Home Alive, a non-profit organization focused on educating, protecting, and assisting anyone living under the threat of violence. Home Alive strives to reduce all forms of oppression, including rape, domestic abuse, gay/lesbian bashing, and racially motivated crime through education of both the mind and body. The organization sponsors self-defense classes as well as informational seminars, all on a "pay what you can" basis. Over the years, countless artists have answered Home Alive's call to arms, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Joan Jett (one of the organization's most outspoken supporters) by performing at benefit concerts and providing tracks to fundraising projects such as the double CD "Home Alive: The Art Of Self-Defense." Some
of these funds were set aside to continue the search for Zapata's killer with the help of a private investigator. But the money has since run out, and the murderer remains at large.If you want to find out more about Home Alive and what you can do to help, call (206) 329-8254 or point your browser toward www.homealive.org. If you have any information that could help solve the murder of Mia Zapata, call Detective Dale Tallman of the Seattle Police Department at (206) 684-5558. Please take note that these are toll calls.