We asked some of our coalition members, volunteers, and supporters why they wanted to join King County Equity Now. #TapIn #EquityNow

Here's what they said:
“We’re not asking any longer, we have the solutions, we have the coaches, we have the instructors, we have the facilitators, we have resources for you. The only thing you have to do is grab a hold of it.” - @commpassageways
"King County Equity Now is trying to wrap our arms around all the folks that are on the ground and give them an elevated platform."

"People have been working really hard toward a new normal rooted in equity for a really long time."
"The organizers that pull King County Equity Now, we already talk to each other on a regular basis. We're in community. There's no way I wasn't gonna be a part of that." - Dominique Davis of @commpassageways
"The thing that pulled me into the movement was just this extremely beautiful focus on community."

"Lawyers mixed with activists mixed with organizers mixed with educators mixed with a ton of volunteers."
"So many genius Black people that have been able to help and my business, help me grow personally."

"It's contagious. Somebody see's you're doing something that works, like, why would I not do that?"
"People talk about equity as if it has something to do with equality but equity has everything to do with ownership. That's what Wa Na Wari is about."

wanawari.org
"This coalition is putting predatory developers on notice and taking back land."

"They were able to put pressure on the politicians."

"These systems can change...and it's bullshit that they haven't yet." - @theranjad
"Stopping more crime does not mean pointing guns at people. When people see what happens when you fund community, you're going to see that we don't need police." -@Sadenochill
"This could be a roadmap for how we could operate in the future."

"Our society will be the beginning of the shift and reforms that we all need."
"In a lot of ways, we're all fighting for our own survival just together. We want to make sure this is a place where we still belong in 20 years, 50 years, 100 years."

"Yeah I'm good with that 100."

Join the movement: kingcountyequitynow.com

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More from @KCEquityNow

Oct 18, 2020
1/ BREAKING: Current mayor targets Seattle’s Black community by slashing the Equity Fund in yet another display of anti-Blackness.

seattletimes.com/seattle-news/s…
2/ Despite the current Mayor's cultish refusal to cut from the police dept., her current budget plan slashes the $30M Equity Fund created last year to "combat displacement & advance community equity."
3/ The Equity Fund was funded by the City's massive $143.5M sale of the "Mercer Mega Block" in South Lake Union.

seattletimes.com/business/real-…
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Sep 29, 2020
ATTN: Sign up to tell the Liquor & Cannabis Board that it’s time to #PayTheFee and release 20 cannabis retail licenses for Black ownership in Seattle now. Details in thread below.

First session today from 5-8pm.

Registration: linktr.ee/kcequitynow
PW: LCBequi
In Seattle, & across Washington, Black people have been excluded from ownership in an industry that was built on their backs – cannabis.

Of the 48 cannabis retail stores in a rapidly gentrifying Seattle, ZERO are Black owned.
Those with money & power want to keep things exactly the way they are. They want the illusion of inclusion with wall murals & Black security personnel, but they have no interest in real equity.
Read 7 tweets
Sep 29, 2020
1/ FACT-CHECK: False.

Watch & learn more about our transparent democratic community-led participatory budgeting process here:
2/ PB goes like this:

Communities most affected by policing brainstorm new ideas on how best/equitably to spend some of our taxpayer dollars. City residents put forward project proposals & EVERYONE in Seattle votes on them. Winning proposals get funded!

/3 The task-force is hand-picked by a wealthy white mayor to represent the entirety of Black interests in Seattle, against our explicit overwhelmingly supported demands.

The "task force" is, as @WhyICHOOSE180 puts it, just a Bootleg Rolex:

Read 4 tweets
Sep 27, 2020
1/ BREAKING: Sean Goode (@WhyICHOOSE180) resigns from @MayorJenny's "task force" before it starts:

"The role...was not to bake the cake [or] identify the ingredients the community would like to be included but to merely put the icing on so it would be palatable to my people."
2/ "FIRST, any investment that does not align with a corresponding divestment in policing does not actually create the change we need.

Imagine Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center funding both cancer research and the spread of the disease. Sounds ridiculous, right?" #Right
3/ "Yet @MayorJenny plans to spend $100 million to resource BIPOC communities while continuing to spend several times as much on [policing systems] the very thing that perpetuates inequity throughout BIPOC communities."

Read 18 tweets
Sep 27, 2020
50 protestors who participated in BLM demonstrations—incl. family members of Summer Taylor—filed a major lawsuit against the City of Seattle & State of WA wrongful death, personal injuries, & civil rights violations by Seattle police.

southseattleemerald.com/2020/09/26/50-…
"Protesters suffered...injuries from chemical agents, blast balls, flash bangs, batons, and rubber and plastic bullets. These weapons caused deep bruising and scarring, permanent hearing loss, bleeding, brain injuries and burns from chemical agents."
Police used "militarized tactics" against protesters during arrest and in custody, causing multiple neck, wrist, & "knee injuries, bone contusions, muscle injuries, damaged fingers, damaged hearing, bleeding in the ears, amputation of a thumb, and cardiac arrest."
Read 7 tweets
Sep 25, 2020
#FreeTheFunds Thread:

On Tues, City Council—after tremendous pressure from 10s of thousands of community members—resisted Mayor Durkan’s anti-Black obstructionism & upheld their decision to divest from the SPD by less than 1% & invest modestly in Black communities.
Huge shout out to everyone who tapped in to make this organizing happen. To all who showed up, hit the streets, volunteered, donated, emailed/called & used your voice to defend Black lives: we see & appreciate y'all deeply.

All power to the people.

It should not take such prolonged, sustained community efforts for this minimal change. But we acknowledge that the Council’s move to override the Mayor’s anti-Black veto marks an urgent break from decades of votes to expand racist policing.

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