by Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) right this moment introduced the launch of the Black-Led Neighborhood Funding Fund with almost a quarter-million dollars in grants to seven organizations. Moreover, it endorsed a slate of calls for made by the King County Fairness Now Coalition for re-purposing underused public lands.
Each efforts underscore BLMSKC’s crucial to help Black-led organizations which have lengthy labored to serve the local people.
The Black-Led Neighborhood Funding Fund was shaped to direct latest donations again to the neighborhood. Of this primary grants spherical of $245,000, $170,000 was raised in reference to the June 12 March of Silence, which organizers now estimate drew 85,000 individuals to the streets of Seattle and mobilized hundreds of individuals throughout Washington state. Extra cash was raised by the board.
The grants introduced right this moment embrace lead items to Moms for Police Accountability and King County Fairness Now Coalition.
Led by Rev. Harriet Walden, Moms for Police Accountability has been main and therapeutic the Seattle neighborhood and holding the justice and police techniques accountable for 3 a long time. The Funding Fund will grant MPA $25,000 to help Rev. Walden’s management in figuring out the instant and long-term way forward for the East Precinct of Seattle Police Division, whose historical past is rooted in Black-led organizing.
King County Fairness Now Coalition, is a cadre of long-standing Black-led neighborhood
King County Fairness Now Coalition, is a cadre of long-standing Black-led neighborhood organizations in King County. It is going to obtain a grant of $50,000 to proceed to help the essential and emergency wants of Black youngsters and youth within the Central District.
Moreover, the Fund is making unsolicited grants to Black neighborhood media retailers, together with the South Seattle Emerald ($15,000), the Seattle Medium ($15,000), KRIZ-AM, the ZTwins ($15,000). Grants had been additionally made to authorized and political organizations serving the Black trans neighborhood, the Lavender Rights Undertaking ($50,000) and Black Trans Process Pressure ($75,000).
King County Fairness Now Coalition’s calls for deal with maximizing the neighborhood influence of presently underused public areas, in addition to reinvesting among the Seattle Police Division price range for neighborhood profit.
Particularly, they suggest:
The decommissioned Fireplace Station 6 on 23rd & Yesler turns into William Grose Middle for Enterprise, per the Metropolis of Seattle Equitable Improvement Plan.
The vacant Sound Transit Lot on Martin Luther King Jr. Method S. & S. Angeline St. turn out to be the Youth Achievement Middle.
The Paramount Nursing House, formally Black-owned and lately acquired by Washington State, revert to Black-community possession.
The Seattle Housing Authority Operations Website on Martin Luther King Jr. Method S. & Dearborn turn out to be reasonably priced housing.
A halt to improvement on the King County Data Website challenge on 13th & Yesler till it consists of equitable participation by a Black-led, community-based group.
A halt to improvement at Yesler Terrace W. till equitable it consists of participation by Black-led, community-based group.
A halt to the Washington State Division of Commerce’s corrupt Precedence Improvement Space proposal for the Seattle Vocational Institute. A brand new RFP course of ought to start that’s really open, clear and accountable to the Central Space’s Black neighborhood.
A halt to all predatory improvement within the Central Space and different historic areas of coloration.
The institution of a $500 million anti-gentrification, land acquisition fund to assist the Black neighborhood purchase property within the Central Space and help Black financial improvement. The fund shall embrace:
Technical help sources for Black contractors, to make sure equitable participation alternatives within the improvement of tasks of their neighborhood.
Entry to capital and culturally-responsive enterprise improvement coaching for small companies to develop their companies by taking part on coaching for small companies to develop their companies by taking part on public tasks.
A displacement mitigation fund for property house owners and small companies which have endured redlining.
Redistribution of $180 million from the Seattle Police Division (SPD) price range. Seattle faces a $300 million price range shortfall attributable to COVID-19. As an alternative of defunding schooling or scaling again on much-needed social providers in a recession, Seattle Metropolis Council should scale back SPD’s $363 million price range by at the least half to assist cowl the Metropolis’s deficit. This everlasting, annual reduce ought to result in elevated funding in Black-led, community-based organizations.
Funding of at the least $50 million from the SPD price range immediately into the Black neighborhood. It’s equally necessary to shift sources into Black-led, neighborhood organizations to make sure that COVID-19 doesn’t exacerbate the one widening racial useful resource and wealth hole.
A severing of all current contracts and all monetary ties between Seattle Public College District and SPD.
A dropping of all expenses in opposition to police violence protestors. The Metropolis Lawyer should not prosecute protestors—together with these arrested for violating curfew and dwelling in encampments. Protestors took to the streets to finish the murders of Black individuals by police. SPD unnecessarily escalated tensions and violence.
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is a grassroots, volunteer-run, social-justice nonprofit group centered on the empowerment and liberation of Blacks and different individuals of coloration via advocacy and direct motion. BLM Seattle facilities management on Black femmes, ladies, queer, and trans individuals organizing and taking direct motion to dismantle anti-black techniques and insurance policies of oppression.
Featured picture by Carolyn Bick