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JumpStart Wins

Last Tuesday, the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld JumpStart Seattle; the progressive payroll tax WE built together in 2020 investing in items the City needs most. I’m hopeful we can now move forward, together, to build toward Seattle’s future through affordable housing, Green New Deal, workforce development, equitable economic resilience, and equitable development. My full statement on the court decision can be found here.

My quote from The Seattle Times article is below:

“Thanks to the city’s legal team and the broad coalition of businesses, labor unions, community-based organizations, affordable housing advocates, environmental groups, immigrant rights activists, and more — all who built JumpStart Seattle — our progressive payroll tax continues to be the law of the land,”

Community Self-Determination Fund

I’m thrilled that today the full council unanimously passed legislation creating a JumpStart Community Self-Determination Fund! This program is funded by revenue from the JumpStart progressive payroll tax, and is dedicated to investing in organizations and projects that are working to address displacement and redress the longstanding harms of discriminatory housing policies practices, like racist redlining and exclusionary zoning. By investing in these organizations and projects, the Community Self-Determination Fund will help to create greater housing stability in communities that are disproportionately impacted by housing insecurity and homelessness, face higher eviction rates, and have disproportionately lower homeownership rates and household wealth—disparities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Communities most impacted by displacement and past discriminatory policies and practices need to be first in line for community ownership and self-determination. However, policy barriers have previously made it difficult for smaller community-based organizations to access funding to purchase land or buildings to create affordable housing that is driven by and tailored to what their communities need. This fund will help community-based organizations acquire land and buildings, as well as build organizational capacity to create affordable housing paired with services, educational opportunities, space for small business, community and cultural space, and more—so that communities are the developers and owners of their own destinies. 

At the June 15th Finance and Housing Committee, we heard from community organizations, including El Centro, Filipino Community of Seattle, and Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) about their experiences working to create affordable housing tailored to the needs of their communities, barriers they’ve faced accessing the needed funding to acquire land, and how this JumpStart Community Self-Determination Fund will help remove those barriers

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Board of Health on Long COVID

During our June 16th Board of Health meeting, Dr. Duchin provided a briefing on the "Long COVID" and local data. The current COVID variants are more contagious than the previous ones. Since early April in King County, we have seen an increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations.

By now, we all have had COVID-19 or know a close relative or friend who has had COVID. We are still learning about all the long-term health conditions that occur post-COVID, like fatigue, dizziness, disrupted sleep, and respiratory problems among many other conditions that make it difficult to fully function the same as before contracting COVID.

The increased rates are an important reminder that we must continue taking all the precautions to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. To stay safe and limit the spread of COVID-19, please practice these prevention measures:

BREAKING NEWS: ALL Seattle Childcare Eligible for Capital Expansion Grants

Our American Rescue Plan Childcare Facilities dollars will be available soon to increase licensed capacity in preschool and childcare facilities across the City! A request for proposals is now available, this time with additional childcare organizations eligible to apply! The deadline to apply is July 19th. Learn more here.

HSD is pleased to announce the availability of up to $5,000,000 of Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery (CLFR) Funds and up to $1,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to increase licensed capacity in preschool and child care facilities across the City of Seattle. Providers interested in applying for this RFP must have experience in:
  • providing developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning programming;
  • working with Seattle children and families most disproportionately impacted by the effects of COVID-19; and
  • working with Seattle children 0 – 5 years old.

HSD is seeking applications from providers interested in capital improvements to their sites to increase licensed capacity and serve more children from birth to five years old. Funding awards will be made for the period of September 9, 2022-December 31, 2024.

Warning about Utility Scams

As Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities work to inform customers about resources available to help with utility bills, there has been an increase in scam reports of people posing as representatives of the City.

Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities will not call customers to demand immediate payment or personal financial information. If someone calls demanding payment rather than working with you to establish a payment plan, that is a scam. Customers who believe they’ve been contacted by a scammer should call (206) 684-3000 to verify their account.

If you or someone you know is behind on utility bills, please know that resources are available. Learn more about short- and long-term payment plans available to all customers. Income-eligible residential customers may also qualify for bill assistance programs.
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April Sims: What Juneteenth Means to Me

 

 
This year was the first time our state and city have recognized Juneteenth. Here’ a featured article from April Sims, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on the importance of recognizing Juneteenth, Freedom Day.
 
 

TACOMA (June 19, 2022) — Washington will recognize Juneteenth as an official State holiday for the first time this year. This increased recognition of Freedom Day — long celebrated by Black Americans coast to coast — provides an opportunity for Black people to share our resilient history, the country’s history, with our broader community.

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and Black resilience. As a Black woman, Juneteenth for me is about celebrating freedom — past, present, and future — and remembering my ancestors. As a labor leader, Juneteenth offers an opportunity for me to share my family story and lift up the transformative power and potential of organized labor in the ongoing struggle for economic and racial justice.

My grandfather was a sharecropper in Louisiana. When he protested the practice of paying white farmers more for their cotton than Black farmers, he had to flee with his family to escape lynching. They fled to northern Louisiana to stay with relatives. There, my grandfather was told he was welcome to stay, so long as he kept his head down and his mouth shut. But my grandfather dreamt of a better life, not just for him, but for his children and his children’s children.

So he migrated to Washington, where he got a job at the Hanford nuclear plant in Pasco, and for the first time in his life, earned a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. He made enough to send for the family, but he still wasn’t free. In those days, Pasco was a sundown town, and it was no more safe than staying in Louisiana had been. So he moved the family to Seattle, where he got a job as a janitor at a department store represented by the Teamsters, and for the first time in his life, he had both the racial and economic justice that he had so fiercely sought. He found respect as a Black man, and respect as a worker.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the United States, a country formed in many ways by stolen labor on stolen land. Black labor built the country we live in; we’ve put in 400 years of sweat equity that continues today.

Almost 160 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was read out in Galveston, Texas, Black workers are unionized at higher rates than all other workers, active participants in organized labor’s fights for workers’ rights and recognition.

Black workers are at the core of our economy, performing many of the essential jobs supporting the services our communities rely on, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, we’ve seen Black workers face heightened backlash and retaliation from employers for exercising their rights to organize, to be paid a fair wage, and to be safe at work.

Still, Black workers are leading inspiring organizing efforts here in Washington and across the U.S., even in the face of attempts to weaponize racism and xenophobia to divide working people and break worker solidarity.

We are seeing a resurgence of worker organizing across the United States. One thousand petitions for union recognition have been filed with the NLRB as of May 31; we haven’t hit that 1k mark this early in the year since 2010. The fight for economic justice and the fight for racial justice, twin struggles that drew my grandfather to Washington State, continue on.

On Juneteenth, we remember our ancestors’ resilience that lives within us today. The fight for freedom is not yet won. But on Freedom Day, we celebrate what we have overcome, and revel in the joy, community, and solidarity with one another that will always see us through.
 

April Sims of Tacoma is Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The WSLC is the largest labor organization in Washington state, representing the interests of more than 600 local unions and more than 550,000 rank-and-file union members. Learn more at wslc.org.

This column was originally posted by the South Seattle Emerald.

My Statement on Roe v. Wade

Cities like Seattle value reproductive freedom and will continue to be a safe haven for individuals looking for access to comprehensive healthcare which includes abortions. We need to show our support not only with statements but actions including funding for safe abortions. We need to make sure we protect people seeking care by implementing and enforcing policies to prevent harassment and disruption at abortion clinics, including safety regulations and anti-nuisance regulations. Cities will continue to be the forefront of protecting our most vulnerable, and we will come together to fight to make reproductive justice a reality in Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Rec is Hiring for the Summer

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hiring for multiple positions this summer, including lifeguards, wading pool attendants, camp counselors, recreation attendants, and cashiers. They have permanent, temporary, seasonal, full-time, as well as part-time opportunities available, including positions for people as young as 16.
 
If you or someone you know loves working with people and is looking for a fun and meaningful job this summer, please apply today and share these opportunities with your networks. See what’s available here.

Plan for light rail service impacts during “Future Ready” projects starting July 11

Preparations continue for significant Link light rail maintenance activities beginning July 11, with periods when passengers will need to allow more time for trips as Sound Transit gets ready to open major light rail expansions. Please check out this release from Sound Transit on what to expect and how you can prepare.
In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
Budget Chair/Finance & Housing Chair
Seattle City Councilmember
Position 8, Citywide/At-Large
Office: 206.684.8808 
Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov
 
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