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."

4/ "We’d be spending $100M each year on trying to create true public health and safety, while SPD received more than 4X that amount in 2020 alone...We will never accomplish...true public health & safety w/o intentionally divesting from the status quo."

5/ Because @MayorJenny refuses to divest from policing, "there is no possibility for an investment strategy that is coupled with a strategic divestment, which virtually nullifies the effectiveness of these dollars." #AntiBlack

6/ "SECOND, this process [is] designed to divide communities of color...If the money to support BIPOC communities doesn’t come from divestments from our failed policing model, where will it come from? All signs point to the mayor pulling from the recently passed JumpStart tax."
7/ "JumpStart was passed due to the efforts of a broad coalition, including racial justice, environmental justice, & climate justice organizations." "That money was earmarked for "much-needed COVID relief, affordable housing, and equitable development."

8/ "JumpStart passed DESPITE @MayorJenny’s veto, and now @MayorJenny seems to be planning to spend that revenue to fill her $100 million promise — thus pitting those who fought for JumpStart against those fighting to divest from SPD and invest in Black communities." #AntiBlack
9/ "Meanwhile, @MayorJenny refuses to contemplate serious cuts to the City’s bloated policing budget, leaving BIPOC communities to fight each other for $100 million while SPD receives that amount nearly four times over." #AntiBlack #FreeTheFunds
10/ "THIRD, a task force handpicked by @MayorJenny is not a participatory budgeting (PB) process. Too often, people most "impacted by the City’s investments have no say in how the dollars are spent." PB is a democratic process where community members decide part of the budget.
11/ PB goes like this: the City collects taxes from its residents. That's us! We brainstorm new ideas on how best/equitably to spend some of our dollars. Residents present project proposals & EVERYONE in community votes. Winning proposals then get funded!

12/ "For the outcome of the process to truly reflect community needs, the process itself needs to be community designed & controlled w/ the City playing a supporting role." You can’t begin w/ chairs hand-selected by @MayorJenny & eventually get to community voice on the back-end.
13/ "Participatory budgeting is a process for which the groundwork is already being laid [by King County Equity Now], with the Black-led research soon to be funded by City Council."

See kingcountyequitynow.com/blackresearch
14/ So, "what the mayor is suggesting is this: she selects the co-chairs and the areas of investment, and then the community can have a voice. This is a modified 'Seattle Process' and doesn’t give power to those who will benefit the most if this money is well spent." #GateKeeping
15/ "We are at a unique time in our country, in our county, and certainly in the city of Seattle where our collective voices and actions are finally beginning to influence the direction our government goes."

16/ "No community is a monolith, so it is not in our homogeneity but in our HARMONY that we hold our elected officials accountable to what is best for the collective 'us.'

17/ "I am not the only person who has been asked to join the task force and has declined."

Community leaders @HolidayTraeanna of @AfricatownCLT & Dominique Davis of @commpassageways declined as well the same reasoning.

18/ "Can our communities benefit from this investment? Yes! Let’s just make sure that the process is the equivalent to a Rolex and not the bootleg Seattle Process with a [fool's] gold crown."

#FreeTheFunds #ParticipatoryBudgeting #DivestToInvest #EquityNow #DurkansAntiBlack

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

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.

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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.
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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:

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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.

"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."
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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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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."
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