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January 2022 Newsletter

  • January 10 - WA State's Legislative Session begins, Statewide Tenant Rights Summit, Affordable Talaris meeting
  • January 11 - DEIS Industrial & Maritime Lands Public Comment, Share The Cities Action Fund workshop
  • January 12 - Seattle Council Committee meeting, WA Leg. Digital Equity Public Comment, DEIS Industrial & Maritime Lands Public Comment
  • January 13 - Upgrade King County meeting
  • January 31 - Public comment (written) deadline for DEIS Industrial & Maritime Lands
  • Other events to watch for: Share The Cities Community Education volunteer training
This newsletter is a long one. Grab a snack and a refreshment before reading or bookmark to finish later! Thanks for your patience, understanding, and being with us in community. -LL
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Call To Action

Thanks to the The Urbanist for publishing our call to action about Seattle's Industrial & Maritime lands.

Seattleites have the opportunity to provide feedback on four alternatives guiding the future of our Industrial and Maritime lands during two city-hosted upcoming public hearings: Tuesday, January 11th, 10am, and Wednesday, January 12th, 6pmWritten comments will also be accepted through January 31st.

Ahead of the evening hearing on January 12th, Share The Cities Action Fund will host a workshop to discuss the proposed alternatives, talking points, and sample public comment. The workshop will take place on January 11th at 7pmRegister in advance here. Two awesome writers for The Urbanist will be part of the workshop, Ryan Packer and Ray Dubicki.

You can read Share the Cities Action Fund’s detailed thoughts about Seattle’s proposed Industrial and Maritime Strategy in our advocacy document.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm to learn about our priorities for this comment phase. There will be guest speakers, talking points, and more. Advance registration is recommended. We are also working to learn about the priorities from 350 Seattle's Maritime Solutions group. We hope to learn about the Duwamish River Community Coalition about their priorities in a future meeting.

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We will be attending this to learn & listen.

Statewide Tenants' Rights Summit!
¡Reunión cumbre estatal sobre los derechos de los inquilinos!

The Summit will be on January 10, 5-7pm. Spanish/English interpretation will be available.  // La Cumbre se celebrará el día 10 de enero, de 5 a 7 de la tarde. Se ofrecerá interpretación en español e inglés. Register here:

Cosponsored by: Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Resident Action Project, Transit Riders Union, King County Housing Justice Project, Bellingham Tenants Union, Tenants Union of Washington, Eastside for All, Be:Seattle
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2022 WA State Legislative Session

  1. Find the bill:
  2. Use the "COMMENT" button to send a supportive message
  3. Track the bill & sign in "PRO" day before committee hearings
  4. Check social media for lobby days, small group meetings with legislators @STCActionFund
  5. We closely follow the work of Washington Community Alliance and subscribe to their newsletter "The Tally". Please support their work with a donation and follow them on social media! Take action with Washington Community Alliance today. What are you waiting for? 
Follow Share The Cities Action Fund on Twitter for all the up-to-date info. We will be tracking new bills every week.


Let’s Close the Digital Divide in WA State! 
Join Black Brilliance Research here for analysis, updates, and guide to support.
House Bill 1723 will increase access to affordable internet, devices, and digital skill training.

Quick info:

  1. DIRECT LINK TO TESTIFY – Sign up by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11th
  2. Track the bill and sign in “PRO” on Monday, January 10th, before committee hearings here.

Use the “COMMENT” button to send a supportive message and updates here.

Upgrade King County encourages you to speak up for Right To Fair Repair & Right To Fair Service: Send a comment in support to your elected officials using this link here. Learn more about Right To Repair from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. 


 The governor’s request middle housing bill, sponsored by Senator Mona Das and Representative Jessica Bateman, sets state-wide standards that empower cities to lift restrictions on modest-sized, naturally more-affordable homes, like duplexes and triplexes.  

No hearing dates are set, but we expect one soon--we’ll keep you posted. Here’s how we are making the case for state-level leadership to tackle Washington’s housing crisis and end exclusionary zoning.  

Our Structure & Areas of Focus: 

Share The Cities is two distinct organizations. Our Community Education (501c3) side focuses on community engagement and education events. Our Action Fund (501c4) helps people speak to their electeds and take action on policies that matter most to them.

Green Zoning 

  • Green Zoning - We use the term "Green Zoning" as an umbrella phrase to mean work that leads to more climate-friendly cities, like green buildings and transit abundance. This includes looking at the unintended harms of design review, historic preservation, exclusionary zoning; plus lending and financing barriers. Want to help us "End Apartment Bans", teach people about Seattle's Industrial & Maritime Lands, or join the Affordable Talaris working group? Let's connect! 

Coalition Work 

  • Housing Justice - Share The Cities Action Fund is part of the Stay Housed Stay Healthy coalition. We are winning tenant protections across King County. We are also part of House Our Neighbors coalition. Stay tuned for more info and opportunities to take action. 
  • Seattle Cruise Control - Share The Cities Action Fund is working closely to support Seattle Cruise Control. They work to educate Seattle-area residents and electeds about the big harms that cruise ships cause locally and globally. 
  • Police Accountability - Please consider calling into council this week to let them know that the Seattle Police "ruse" was wrong and that the city endangered all of us with this lie. 
Working Groups
  • Upgrade King County focuses on Public Broadband and Digital Equity.   We want YOU to give public comment on Tuesday 1/11 to the #WALeg about #DigitalEquity.
  • Affordable Talaris focuses on land use in NE Seattle. We have meetings every other Monday at 7 pm. This work is largely under the umbrella of Share The Cities Community Education.
  • Ballard-Interbay Industrial Lands working group is very active this month. We are hosting a workshop on Tuesday evening, (and maybe another event by the end of January). We want YOU to give comment on the Draft EIS for Seattle's Industrial & Maritime plan. See above. 
Administrative Support is needed for both organizations. 
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Accounting
  • Compliance
  • Bill Tracking
  • Curriculum Materials for Outreach
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Support
  • & so much more

Need a quick check-in to learn more about any of these efforts by phone, email or zoom? Send us an email

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Recommending Listening:
Hacks & Wonks: December 1, 2021 (w/ Laura Loe) Crystal Fincher interviewed Laura Loe, Founder and Executive Director of Share The Cities, which both educates around and advocates for affordable housing and reasonable housing policies that serve the communities they're in. Discussions include the continued legacy of racially motivated redlining, the controversy of golf courses, and how LEGO and The Sims have formed a new generation of city planners.

Hacks & Wonks: Week in Review: January 7, 2022 (w/ Rich Smith) Fantastic discussion about land use issues across the state and in Seattle. Important discussion about the Kent Cop who had Nazi insignia on his office door. 

Two Parts w/ McGinn: Hacks & Wonks Week in Review: December 31, 2021 & Reflections with McGinn, Part 2: Durkan's Legacy and Mayor Harrell's Opportunity
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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