Pro-Black advocacy & policy community organizing nonprofit achieving measurable markers of equity for WA’s Black community. #PayTheFee #FreeTheLand #EquityNow
Oct 18, 2020 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
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."
Sep 29, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
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.
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.
Sep 29, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
1/ FACT-CHECK: False.
Watch & learn more about our transparent democratic community-led participatory budgeting process here:
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!
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
Sep 27, 2020 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
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."
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.
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
Sep 23, 2020 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
Today, we and @DecrimSeattle are encouraged to see the @SeattleCouncil—emboldened by the support of tens of thousands of BIPOC community members (that's y'all!)—resist @MayorJenny ’s bullying tactics and anti-Black obstructionism.
Specifically, @SeattleCouncil upheld their decision to divest from the SPD by 3 million dollars—less than 1% of SPD’s annual budget—and invest modestly in Black communities.
Sep 21, 2020 • 24 tweets • 12 min read
An entirely non-Black @SeattleCouncil is introducing a bill that guts efforts to divest from policing & invest in Black community. Ignoring calls from 1000s & 1000s of Black community members & capitulating to a wealthy white mayor is unacceptable. It is anti-Black.
Let’s properly frame this move: the Black & white wealth gap in Seattle is $433,000.00. We are owed quite literally trillions for exploited labor, police violence, economic exclusion, discriminatory housing practices & more.
Sep 21, 2020 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
.@MayorJenny is worth at least $6M—with her partners assets likely closer to $20M*.
That is, Durkan has more personal wealth than all aid provided to Seattle's entire Black community during COVID.
This reflects systemic racism w/ no end in sight & no plan from Mayor or Council
.@CMLGonzalez recently pledged $3M towards internet, hardware, childcare, transportation & training for Black people—necessary investments in Black communities to participate in a 2021 democratic budgeting process
1/ @CMLGonzalez pledging to divest from police & invest in community
“I think it’s important for me as an elected official, as an elected official who is a non-Black Mexican American in this country, to say that I take personal responsibility for every vote that I have taken...”
2/ “...vote that I have taken that has contributed to the expansion of law enforcement and those legal systems at the expense of community based investments.
And I owe it to all of you to say that I am sorry for those votes.”
Sep 14, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
(1/4) Emijah Smith—longtime Black education equity advocate, grandmother & community giant—on KCEN's education equity solutions:
The key "is accountability, reallocating resources, stronger healthier partnerships with our school system, community ownership and access to land."
The massive coalitions that consist of "Black, Indigenous and people of color led organizations" and "individuals ranging from data analysts to community builders and lawyers...developed a plan backed collectively by decades of research & community building.”
Sep 9, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
(Thread) Systemic inequity is deadly.
Failed policies and anti-Black action shorten Black lives.
Failed policies like the Seattle letting 47-acres of farmland—gifted to the City to host camps for inner-city kids—to sit vacant for over 7 years. All while Black neighborhoods remain food deserts.
Sep 7, 2020 • 15 tweets • 5 min read
(Thread) Tomorrow @SeattleCouncil returns from recess to vote on the 2020 rebalancing budget.
TODAY we & @DecrimSeattle are hosting a caravan across all 7 districts to urge CMs to overRIDE the mayor's veto & invest in Black communities.
"For decades, while the Black community was told there weren’t enough resources to invest in the community, the Seattle Police Department’s budget grew to half a billion dollars completely unquestioned." - Research Director, Shaun Glaze (@InclusiveData)
Sep 5, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
READ:One City. Two Neighborhoods. A 30-year difference in life expectancy.
"Babies do not choose where they are born. But their parents’ ZIP code has a shocking bearing on the quality and length of life they can expect to live."
"Streeterville is a neighborhood of mostly white, affluent, college-educated families living in townhomes and high-rise condominiums along the shore of Lake Michigan. A baby born there in 2015 could expect to live to 90.
Sep 4, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
1/ “Seattle, I mean, like most American cities, has a historic disinvestment in the Black community – and not even just a disinvestment, but like actively hurting and harming Black folks right from the creation of the I-90 lid to the upzoning in the Central District.
2/ “City policy is literally being pushing Black people out, telling us to go here and then saying, ‘Actually we're going to take that property from you.’
Sep 4, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Featured Member Organization: Wa Na Wari
“The whole premise of @KCEquityNow is in the name: equity. People talk about equity as if it has to do with equality but equity has everything to do with ownership.
(Continued in thread) #Unity#FreeTheLand#EquityNow#BuildAfricatown
“It has everything to do with the inherent value of agency, of being able to be self-determined. That’s what Wa Na Wari is about. It’s about ownership. It’s about self-determination, it's about agency. It’s about being able to imagine the future we want and actively creating it.
Sep 3, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
THREAD: Senait Brown's open letter to son Malcolm:
"One day you will look back & find the footprints your mother has left behind...I hope you will see the revolutionary fire that sparked my audacity to become a Black mama & bring you into this world."
Liberation requires that we "divest from inherently racist institutions like the New Youth Jail [& policing]," & "develop a collective 'sense of empowerment' & consciousness in our community; plant seeds, build & invest in an infrastructure rooted in our own self-determination."
Aug 29, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Thread: Yesterday,@communitypassageways, @ICHOOSE180, United Better Thinking (@wjimersonjr) & others hosted the: "Who's Next: We Want to Live" rally to bring awareness to gun violence in Seattle's Black community—and the urgent need to invest in community programing to combat it.