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This is a monthly newsletter for people who want news, events & action alerts about public broadband, digital equity, affordable housing, tenant rights, housing justice, integrated & climate resilient transportation planning & more! 

Upgrade King County volunteers are working in collaboration with Upgrade Seattle on electoral evaluations of candidates for the 2021 local elections. 

Links to our working groups: Upgrade King CountyAffordable Talaris, and Ballard-Interbay Industrial Lands. 

Laura and Jay stand with Save The Ursula Judkins Forest campaign from The Last 6000 tree advocates
Image above shows Share The Cities Action Fund volunteers, Laura and Jay, holding signs as part of Forest Fridays with Last 6000.

Share The Cities' Working Groups

1. Affordable Talaris next meets on Monday, June 7 at 7 PM at Fritz Hedges Park near UW's campus. We need a few volunteers who will engage in community outreach in Laurelhurst this summer -- including tabling, canvassing, and postering. 
Email for info.

We stood in solidarity with the Last 6000, who are pushing for tree preservation on a wooded hillside that is currently slated for two large mansions. Learn more on their Instagram. Join the Last 6000 on Fridays at noon at the top of the Magnolia Bridge. Share The Cities' work for more affordable housing and to save trees at Talaris in Laurelhurst is connected to other struggles throughout our city and region. 

2. Upgrade King County is relieved that HB 1336 was signed into law. We are excited that community demonstrated a clear desire for public broadband throughout the legislative session. Thanks to each of you that took action and a special shout out to the many active volunteers in this working group. 

We are disappointed that Governor Inslee chose to sign HB 1336 and SB 5383 at the same time. This may lead to a legal challenge or ruling on what scope of public broadband is possible in WA State. This is an unfortunate outcome. Read more about this nonsense in Crosscut. Join us in the slack group to organize for next steps for digital equity, public broadband, and help us evaluate candidates for local 2021 elections. 

3. Housing Justice, Housing Stability and Ending Apartment Bans efforts: 

We call on Governor Inslee to extend the eviction moratorium in WA State. Contact him this week using an action alert letter from Washington CAN.

The #StayHousedStayHealthy campaign is a King County coalition for tenant protections and we are an active partner. Get updates by signing up here. Opportunities to take action will be posted in the slack group, too. Please RSVP and attend this Rally on Friday, May 21 at 12 PM

Do you want more Green Buildings in Seattle? A Magnolia design review meeting is coming up for 133 new homes above a grocery store. Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 PM. Read our call to action with Seattle For Everyone and The Urbanist about this important project that is part of Seattle's Living Building Challenge. Click here for a zoom link to meet up online on Wednesday, May 26 at 4:30 PM to get organized with us before the public meeting.

4. Ballard-Interbay Industrial Lands efforts continue with outreach to community organizations and elected officials. Email for info or join the #IndustrialLands slack channel. We are planning a maritime-industrial teach-in for October. Thanks to Ray for leading this work. 

Want to learn more about any of these efforts? Email
Volunteer needed: Do you use Tik Tok or Instagram? We'd love help getting our message out to more community members. 

Recommended Video:
State of Black Community in COVID-19
Recorded Live from King County Equity Now

"Black community leaders, members, and elected officials will address the State of Black Community in COVID-19, and present the collective demand to allocate federal American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funding equitably. Specifically, community leaders are calling on the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. County to invest at least $300 million dollars from the recently awarded ARPA funding directly into the local Black community in Martin Luther King Jr. County.

This collective, cross-sector call for direct investment elevates: the Black community in crisis pre-COVID; COVID-19's disparate impact and compounding harm; the wholesale exclusion of Black communities from federal COVID relief funding; and the impact of investment in Black community-centered models and current programming."

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Race, Wealth & Community at National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Emijah Smith, Chief of Staff King County Equity Now
Nyema Clark, Farm Queen Nurturing Roots Farm
Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilmember
Munira Mohamed, Executive Director at East African Community Services
Brandon Hersey, Seattle Public School Board Member
Isaac Joy, President King County Equity Now
K. Wyking Garrett, CEO & President of Africatown Community Land Trust
Joe Nguyen, WA State Senator for 34th District 
Kirsten Harris-Talley, WA State Rep for 37th District
TraeAnna Holiday, KCEN Media Director, Converge Producer

Link to watch: State of Black Community in COVID-19

Port of Seattle Testimony for
Seattle Cruise Control

Cruise ships are three times as polluting as airplanes, spew carcinogenic and other toxic particles from their smokestacks, and pump sewage and fuel oil contaminants into the ocean.

They harm marine and land ecosystems, threaten the survival of our resident orcas, cause sickness and premature death in people, and contribute to the climate emergency. AND THEY HAVE TERRIBLE LABOR PRACTICES! 

In July of 2020, the Port of Seattle cancelled a request for proposal for a new cruise ship terminal -- but stay tuned to Seattle Cruise Control for next organizing steps. Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on social media.

While there are no formal plans to re-start the discussion for a new cruise ship terminal, public comment is always welcome at Port of Seattle meetings. Public sessions of Port Commission regular meetings begin at 12:00 noon on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Reach out to us for testimony prep help,

Do you or someone you know need help with your internet bill or getting a discount on a new computer? 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
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Check out our twitter thread from a wonderful event with
Cancel Rent & Mortgages WA in Olympia on May 7, 2021.


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