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-…
4/ At the time of sale, the current Mayor shamelessly put out a press release claiming quickly that “[u]nder @MayorJenny, the City of Seattle [would] nearly double homeownership opportunities for families earning under 80% area median income."

durkan.seattle.gov/2019/09/mayor-…
5/ FACT-CHECK: To date, the community has not seen a dime of this supposed investment.
6/ When asked about slashing the $30M Equity Fund & its implications to Black people, current @MayorJenny’s office shrugged it off stating: “seeing as the $30M had not yet been spent…the City used the money to help rebalance the budget & and address our $300M revenue shortfall.”
7/ Let that sink in. In 2020, the current Mayor chose to PROTECT the bloated police budget and SLASH one of the minimal programs meant to support equity, Black, low-income, and working-class folks access housing.
8/ In a national uprising against anti-Black policing & anti-Black inequity, facing only worsening gentrification, what does @MayorJenny put on the chopping block?

The $30M Equity Fund intended to support affordable housing & equitable land development.
9/ These are the policy decisions that create the Jim Crow, Apart-heid state we see in Martin Luther King Jr. County.

@MayorJenny, your budget is a moral statement. This is white supremacist policy. This is white supremacist decision-making. We see you.

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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.

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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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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.

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PRESS CONFERENCE | Black Brilliance Research Kick-Off

WHEN: Mon 9/28 (TOMORROW) @ 4:00pm
WHERE: King County Equity Now & @decrimseattle Facebook Livestreams
We'll announce the formation of a 100+ member Black community-led research team, in partnership with local Black-led orgs including Bridging Cultural Gaps, East African Community Services, Freedom Project, Wa Na Wari, more.
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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."
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Imagine Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center funding both cancer research and the spread of the disease. Sounds ridiculous, right?" #Right
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southseattleemerald.com/2020/09/26/50-…
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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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