DONATE to Seattle Black Book Club (SBBC): Funding supports their coalition work, including #BlocktheBunker, #NoNewYouthJail and #NoNewPolice. SBBC is a Black led community organizing group which focuses on alleviation of racial oppression and strives for Black liberation.
SIGN the Seattle Community Pledge for Powerful Communities to take action and make clear you say 1) No to Building a Police Bunker, 2) No to Hiring New Police Officers, and 3) No to Building a Youth Jail:
JOIN & SHARE #BlocktheBunker on social media for updates on council meetings, policy considerations and coalition efforts:
CALL, EMAIL & MEET with city council members to demand they #BlocktheBunker and divest from policing.
- Demand the Mayor and Councilmembers Herbold, Harrell, Johnson, Juarez, Bagshaw, Burgess and Gonzalez #BlocktheBunker and say #NoNewPolice and #NoNewYouthJail
SAMPLE SCRIPT: Hi, my name is ______ and I live in District __. I’m calling to express my concern with the – now delayed – plan to spend $149 million dollars on a police bunker. While we know this delay is a victory, it means the city can revisit the current plan at any time they choose. Please defund this bunker project completely.
I also do not want the city to invest in the proposed $210 million dollar youth jail. Our city voted in October 2015 to turn away from incarcerating children in our city; and therefore cannot in good conscience build a facility that will do just that. And we should not hire 200 new police officers. Police are already over policing too many communities and are causing real harm to black, brown and houseless people throughout this city.
Please DO NOT invest in these recklessly expensive projects that deprive communities of the services they need. There are better public safety alternatives than investing in police, alternatives that cost far less in taxpayer dollars and black and brown lives. Services that have proven to be the real solutions to supporting families and decreasing crime.
- Thank Councilmembers O’Brien and Sawant for their continued support to permanantly #BlocktheBunker. And their standing up to say #NoNewPolice and #NoNewYouthJail
ATTEND Seattle City Council Meetings to show your solidarity with #BlocktheBunker
The Gender, Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee meets at 9:30AM every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. The committee is facilitated by chair, Councilmember Lorena González. This committee has oversight on issues of community safety and equity. The agenda is posted to the committee website at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Seattle Channel airs all meetings live and archives past meeting videos.