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    Uptown Unites around Arts District

    By Sally Bagshaw and Alberta Bleck   Last Thursday evening we hopped on our bikes and headed to Uptown, one of our favorite, fast-growing neighborhoods in the city to discuss Arts & Culture Districts, a designation the City applies to communities with a rich culture and history of art and creativity. You may be asking […]


    Homelessness: Rare, Brief, and One-time

    More than 10,000 people experience homelessness in this region on any given night.  For more than a decade, Seattle has been working with King County’s Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) to house these people, yet each year the number of unsheltered continues to grow. Part of this can be attributed to the lack of housing […]


    Councilmember Sawant’s Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

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    Councilmember Sawant’s Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

    SEATTLECouncilmember Kshama Sawant released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on marriage today:

    “Today’s Supreme Court decision marks a historic victory for the movement for LGBTQ justice. Here in Seattle, we will celebrate marriage equality this Pride weekend, starting at tonight’s third-annual Trans* Pride and ending on Sunday at the citywide Pride Parade.

    “The court’s decision shows the power of the LGBTQ mass movement in driving forward this change. It is no accident that the Supreme Court’s rulings both today and in the overturning of DOMA in 2013 came just days before the massive annual LGBTQ Pride celebrations. It is no accident that the major steps forward in marriage equality took place after hundreds of thousands across the U.S. protested in 2009 in response to California’s Proposition 8.

    “Let us use this momentum to address the ongoing injustices LGBTQ people face every day: in their workplaces, in finding affordable housing, in being pushed out of their communities by big developers, and in confronting hate crimes and police brutality. In 29 states, it is still legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation. Transgender people in particular experience especially high rates of poverty, unemployment, and hate crimes, including murder.

    “While we celebrate, we recognize how far our movement has to go to win full LGBTQ justice.

    “The movement in Seattle is fighting back against hate crimes and gentrification. We need an end to LGBTQ homelessness, and full shelter funding to provide beds for all LGBTQ youth. We also need an LGTBQ community center – Seattle is one of few major cities without one. We need to end the massive displacement being driven by big developers. Gentrification threatens to push this community out of their historic home in Capitol Hill, along with the LGBTQ small businesses that are also being displaced.

    “This weekend’s Pride events will be a historic celebration of decades of LGBTQ activism in the fight for equality. This victory should also be a launching point for building a powerful movement to address the culture of discrimination and violence faced by LGBTQ people, women, and people of color. This means uniting and working together to overcome the domination of society by the 1%. Let’s cut across all the ‘divide and rule’ methods used against us.

    “We will not rest until we win full equality and justice for LGBTQ people, and all those who face discrimination under this system.

    “I hope you’ll join me at the Trans*Pride celebration tonight and the Pride Parade on Sunday.”


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    Igniting Young Minds

    Congratulations to the four exceptional Seattle students selected at the Associated of Washington Cities (AWC), Center for Quality Communities scholarship.  Today, at the AWC conference in Wenatchee, WA, I was impressed by these young leaders who reminded me of possibility and gave me a glimpse into a future of heightened civic engagement. The scholarships constitute […]


    Councilmember Rasmussen’s Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

    Councilmember Rasmussen’s Statement on Supreme Court Marriage RulingSEATTLE – Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the first and only openly gay man to serve on the Seattle City Council, today released the following state…


    Update on the lowrise legislation

    Last week in the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee (PLUS Committee), we voted out the lowrise legislation that we have been deliberating over for the past couple of months. The bill makes several changes to the multi-family code to ensure that new development in lowrise zones is at-scale with the neighborhood, while continuing to […]


    UP #371 – June 30 Arts Reception for Council Candidates

    Art and Democracy don’t need to be separate. Check out this reception for non-profit arts organizations, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle City Council candidates.


    Seeking Ethics and Elections Commission Applicants

    The City Council is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC). The deadline to apply is this coming Tuesday, June 30. The SEEC ensures an honest electoral process and an ethic of principled…


    Councilmember Okamoto Statement Regarding Potential State Shutdown

    Councilmember Okamoto Statement Regarding Potential State Shutdown
    SEATTLE – Councilmember John Okamoto issued the following statement following a Committee briefing regarding the potential impacts of a State shutdo…


    State, Pass a Budget!

    In the absence of a budget agreement, the State is on the verge of a shutdown will halt services to over 28,000 individuals throughout the county – including 10,000 Seattle residents – who receive State-funded family caregiver support, congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation and a host of other services. In addition, 11,000 elderly and individuals […]