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Share The Cities
April 2022 Newsletter 


In this newsletter: 

  • YIMBYTown - a conference about fair and sustainable cities 
  • Party on April 28th with us and to celebrate Laura’s birthday! 
  • Fundraising support ask 
  • Annual Meeting May 7th
  • Upcoming partner events
6 photos from the conference, email if you want an audio description of the images.
4 photos from the conference, email if you want an audio description of the images.
Share The Cities Action Fund and Share The Cities Community Education volunteers and leadership attended the 2022 YIMBYtown Conference in Portland. The event gave us opportunities to support legal representation for renters, we sang with youth to protest freeway expansion, and we listened to panels about tree canopy, historic preservation, social housing, and federal zoning reforms.

You can listen to the live streams of all the panels by visiting the conference website. We appreciated the focus on housing abundance, as it fits into a broad range of strategies to make our cities climate-friendly, more fair and more welcoming. 

Laura's favorite workshop was Gender, Sexuality and Abundant Housing. "Cities have historically always been sanctuary for the queer community. Yet as American sexuality and gender roles have expanded and evolved, our housing paradigms have not, and the LGBTQ population suffers from higher rates of housing precarity on every metric. How can zoning codes and housing policy more broadly make a community more inclusive, welcoming and affordable? This panel will acknowledge the ways that the norms of “single family homes” mirror the norms of heteronormativity, and more broadly touch on the need for further overlap and collaboration between LGBTQ+ advocates and those for abundant and affordable housing." Watch / Listen here:
Join Upgrade King County volunteers who are working towards public broadband and digital equity, in saying YES to an East King County Public Utility District.

On April 23 please gather signatures for EKC PUD with the Ecosocialist Caucus of Seattle DSA. Signature gathering will be in the proposed PUD service area, roughly north of I-90 to the Snohomish border. Fill out this form to arrange transportation buddies, and more! 

And then on April 28 come to our party from 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm in Columbia City.

Space is limited, so RSVP for the party today

Upgrade King County needs volunteers to continue our work. We also need many larger organizations working on this issue. Does your King County-based organization want to work on public broadband but needs help understanding the technical aspects of this issue? Please reach out and we can support you.

Share The Cities 

Share The Cities Community Education

  • #WallingfordForAll will meet online on May 3 to discuss our work in May and June knocking on doors and talking to neighbors about a proposed historic district. We also are hosting a virtual event on May 24 about Climate, Trees & Historic Districts. Wallingford residents and businesses are needed to support Wallingford for All
  • Our founder, Laura Loe, has been asked to speak to a local high school classroom about redlining and housing and racial covenants in May. 
  • Affordable Talaris’ volunteers will be tabling at a number of events this summer.

Share The Cities Action Fund

  • Join us in supporting the House Our Neighbors campaign for social housing in Seattle.
  • Live in Shoreline? Please stay engaged during upcoming comprehensive plan changes.
  • Shelter space is limited, tiny house villages place limits on couples and pets, sweeps are wrong and destabilize people when they need stability the most. These are our neighbors and friends. Email and tell them to Stop The Sweeps and provide community members experiencing homelessness with the supports they are asking for. This past week one of the two camps we've been supporting since 2020 was "swept". It was painful, scary, and heartbreaking. Sweeps are immoral. Read this thread.
  • Join us to support an East King County Public Utility District on April 28 from 5:45 - 7 pm in Columbia City. RSVP here. Thanks to Transit Riders Union, 350 Seattle and Ecosocialist Caucus of Seattle DSA for getting the word out. Donate to the public power campaign here.

Join us for an upcoming teach-in in Northgate near light rail! Space is limited. Please check out the eventbrite link to learn more, get details, and please reach out with questions! 

Support our two organizations with a donation today! 

Follow Share The Cities Action Fund on Twitter. 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.  

Share The Cities Community Education also needs your support for our community canvassing, tabling, educational events & more. Thank you to everyone who stepped up to raise over $5K for our Wallingford For All community engagement efforts. 

Upcoming Events for YOU! 

Pledge to Replace Car Trips with Bike Trips

This May, Cascade Bicycle Club is launching "Bike Month is Climate Month", and we are inviting you to join our Pledge to Pedal: Commit to replacing one car trip a week with a bike trip in May. It’s a great way to gradually build a habit of using climate-friendly transportation. However much time you spend on your bike, you can join the Pledge to Pedal community today!
Sign up to participate and learn more here: 

Home Dedication  - Copper Pines 4/23
On April 23rd from 10am to noon, join Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties in welcoming 7 new homeowners to Seattle. Meet these brand new homeowners who helped to build their home and welcome them to Seattle. 
RSVP to Jennifer Corrick at

Tech 4 Housing

Do you work in tech and want to advocate for affordable housing? Tech 4 Housing is starting up our meetings again (after a COVID hiatus) and would love to have you join! Upcoming advocacy efforts include supporting the I-135 social housing initiative, the upcoming Comprehensive plan process, and fighting the repeal efforts of the capital gains tax. Our group is open to professionals, students, and tech enthusiasts, in technical or non-technical roles.
Learn more on our website and twitter, and email to get involved! 

The Eviction Process: What Seattle Renters Need to Know  4/27

Join guest speakers from the Housing Justice Project and the Tenants Union of Washington as we discuss the eviction process step by step. We'll review your rights, how to respond to notices, and the various resources available to Seattle renters at each step. This is a tenant power bootcamp from Be:Seattle.
Register here to receive your Zoom link:
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 support our houseless neighbors.
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