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Thank you to both org's volunteers & action takers
February 2022 
Read on for updates about: 
  • Wallingford For All
  • Coalition Support
  • Action Alerts for Washington State Legislature, King County & City of Seattle
  • Why your support matters 
  • Recommended Listening, Reading, Viewing
  • Join us at YIMBYTOWN April 11-13 in Portland, Oregon. Jerusalem Demsas will be a keynote speaker at the 2022 conference.
collage of images of Wallingford, including maps of historic area proposal

Stay Tuned for more info about this effort from Share The Cities Community Education.
~40 volunteers have come together to talk to neighbors about the potential historic district in Wallingford. Share The Cities Community Education is building a web page, creating field materials and planning to knock on doors in March. We need about $5-6K to support this project. Please donate here by giving to our fiscal sponsor Angels For Angels on PayPal. This is a tax deductible donation. 
screenshot of tweet with images of Kshama and sign from protest
Coalition Support this month included:
  • Standing in Solidarity with Starbucks Workers at the rally in front of Starbucks Workers
  • Supporting the Stay Housed Stay Healthy coalition's model legislation work to protect tenants throughout King County, including door knocking in Kenmore, WA. 
  • Connecting organizers and activists to a variety of resources and other housing justice leaders to build stronger coalitions and develop better strategies towards housing as a human right. This includes House Our Neighbors, a rad group of UW Students and other local folks who reach out to us for support! We love being a civic matchmaking organization. 
  • Speaking up twice at King County Council to give testimony in support of the King County EDI. Learn more about Equitable Development
  • Laura Loe will be guest speaker at upcoming tenant workshop for Be:Seattle
We need monthly sustaining donations to both our Community Education & Action Fund organizations for our coalition support work. More organizations reach out every week and we often have to say not right now, because we don't have the funds to pay staff. 
two blooming artichokes

Action Alerts, WA State Legislative Session & more! 
  1. Interbay PDA bill -- HB 1773 is moving forward. Support this bill, AND ask that youth voices and Indigenous communities are included in leadership positions in the PDA. 
  2. Digital Equity bill -- HB 1723 is moving forward. Sign in PRO to support this bill. Phone Chair Carlyle and let him know how you've been impacted by digital inequity. 
  3. Washington CAT Action Team (350 Washington) -- Weekly alert for Feb 21, 2022 
  4. Sightline Institute -- Take action to support backyard cottages today!
  5. Transit Riders Union  -- Sound Transit & Fare Enforcement Action Alert: Tell Sound Transit, no courts or collections
  6. Housing Benefit Districts -- Click through to view the call to action from Housing Development Consortium
  7. Follow Stop The Sweeps on Instagram to learn how to support their work.
  8. WA State's 16 year transportation package needs advocacy to make it stronger. Read The Urbanist for great analysis and talking points. 
(These are all time-sensitive actions!) 

A couple of thoughts: 
  • Right To Repair, Middle Housing and many more important bills did not move forward this session
  • It often takes multiple years for a bill to pass. All the actions you took this year were not wasted. We are grateful to everyone that took the time to call, tweet, email & meet with their electeds. Please celebrate that your voice & sacrifice were powerful. It is hard to measure change in the middle of the change happening. 
Follow Share The Cities Action Fund on Twitter for all the up-to-date info. We will be tracking new bills every week. Please visit this webpage to donate to support our lobbying, political mobilization and coalition support work. We need to raise $45K this year by December 15.  
Map of Ballard & Interbay study area for the DEIS
Ray Dubicki writes in The Urbanist:

"From now until March 2nd, Seattle is taking comments on a proposal to change the zoning rules in the city’s industrial zones. Based on the work of the former mayor’s Industrial and Maritime Strategy group, the changes will address evolving manufacturing and maritime industries while protecting the lands from being gobbled up by big box stores and other commercial uses. As we have covered, you should comment on Environmental Impact Statements because that’s where the city considers the widest array of options before making a decision. 

The idea to rezone the city’s industrial lands is a good one. The specifics will be better once fine tuned. The underlying justification needs a lot of help. The Environmental Impact Statement must struggle with the racialized history that formed our industrial areas in the first place."  

Please take action by March 2nd. Email or via the questionnaire in the Summary Story Map using this link: HERE

Please check out this amazing webpage with talking points from Duwamish River Community Coalition

Recommended Reading
  • NY Times Article: The Next Affordable City Is Already Too Expensive
    In Spokane, Wash., home prices jumped 60 percent in the past two years. The increase is fueled by buyers fleeing the boom in cities like Austin. Who will have to flee next?" 
    by Conor Dougherty
  • Laura Loe, Share The Cities' founder, was quoted extensively in a The Seattle Times article. "Twenty-one point seven acres in Seattle being an invisibly gated community — that's not fair housing”. To work on fair housing in NE Seattle, join our working group Affordable Talaris who continue to meet every other Monday.
Please visit the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, take action to defund SPD by at least 50%, and work with folks living outside in your community to make sure they are safe. Support Seattle Transit Riders Union Solidarity Fund to distribute propane & food to houseless neighbors. Check out past newsletters here. Need help during these tough times? Please reach out, and we will try to connect you to resources as best we are able.
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