FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2019
SpokesPerson: President, Seattle/King County NAACP
The Seattle-King County NAACP, wishes to make a statement about the displacement of women business owners in SeaTac.
This is a gross injustice. The Seatac Center Mall was a deteriorating former Casino, and it was through the will and determination of immigrants, chiefly African Muslim, Latino, and Indian immigrant families to make Bokaro Mall as it’s known in the community today: the Heart of Seatac’s International District. The Seatac City Center Coalition has fought for two years to be heard by their representatives, only to be told that they don’t belong here because of their faith and the color of their skin. This is the same kind of bigotry and racism that the NAACP fought against in the Mississippi Delta in 1963, and with voter suppression in Georgia in 2018.
The Seattle-King County NAACP calls on the City of Seatac and Inland Development to do the right thing, and we formally condemn the City of Seatac for their blatant indifference and racism. This must be said: Seatac is our Selma today. Just as former Alabama Governor George Wallace stood against the activists who wanted to march for freedom, Mayor Erin Sitterley and her allies on city council have time and time again stated, demonstrated, and pronounced that these Black and Brown lives do not matter to them.
This is unacceptable. The only just resolution to this is for the City to come to a moral revival and acknowledge their responsibility to respect and appreciate their citizens here. Our citizens and proud business-owners must be protected and celebrated, not gentrified. No matter where they come from, the color of their skin, or the god that they pray to, they are Seatac, and here is where they deserve to stay.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2019
SpokesPerson: Seattle/King County NAACP
On 7/29/19 the Seattle-King County NAACP has decided to withdraw from a Memorandum of Understanding with Alchemy Real Estate. The NAACP has taken this action in the interest of and solidarity with the community.
After weeks of negotiations with the developer and advocacy on behalf of Saba Restaurant, the Seattle-King County NAACP was unable to secure a written agreement and compromise with the owner of the restaurant, Workie Wubushet. The NAACP is withdrawing from the agreement in order to truly live our values and to reinforce our commitment to the community.
The values of the Seattle-King County NAACP are incompatible with business practices that exacerbate displacement and the increasing racial wealth gap in Seattle and King County. In King County, specifically the City of Seattle, the Black community is disproportionately affected by displacement and economic disenfranchisement. In the outset of this agreement, we worked in good faith to create office space for not just the NAACP but four businesses from the community that would help to anchor people to their communities. This was our vision and a reflection of our values.
For the last weeks, our NAACP President, and Housing Chair, Cliff Cawthon, have been working with community activists and Councilmember Sawant, as well as the developers. The numerous parties have not been able to come to an accord in the interest of our community.
We will continue to work to advocate for under-represented and under-served communities throughout King County and the City of Seattle. We firmly stand with the community and we will not settle for perpetuating the cycle of displacement and disenfranchisement that disproportionately impacts People of Color.
Seattle King County NAACP Praises the Victory of Skyway Tenants' Fight Against Eviction, Calls on King County Council to Pass Just-Cause Eviction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2019
Spokes Person: President, Seattle/King County NAACP
The Seattle King County NAACP wants to congratulate and uplift the victory of the Byrn Mawr tenants in Skyway, WA, against a racist attempt to evict multiple families from their housing complex. This is an example of the strength of people-powered advocacy. According to Byrn Mawr Plaza leader, Mergitu Argo, “this was racism. For the NAACP to step in and fight for us, it was helpful.”
Seattle King County NAACP President, and NAACP Housing Chair Clifford Cawthon, worked with community activists the week of June 17, 2019, to prevent the eviction of tenants at the Byrn Mawr Plaza Apartments in Skyway, WA. This was a fight that involved extensive advocacy from NAACP Housing Chair Clifford Cawthon, with the cooperation of Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
The Seattle King County NAACP branch is a 110-year-old organization, which was alerted to this situation by community allies, and after contacting the tenants and looking at the relevant evidence, sent a letter June 23, 2019, to the landlords on the matter. As of this Press Release, there has been no response from the landlords. Thereafter, the NAACP reached out to King County authorities and the landlords to seek a resolution. We were, and continue to be, proud to stand with tenants who are facing injustice, or anyone who is facing racial discrimination in King County.
The Seattle-King County NAACP wants to urge King County Council, Councilmember Larry Gossett (D2) and Council Chair Rod Dembowski (D1), to pass Just Cause Eviction Legislation.
We sincerely hope that they push this urgent matter forward toward fighting for Just Cause Eviction legislation, which would affect thousands of their constituents. This is an urgent issue for renters across King County, particularly in unincorporated areas. Across King County, hundreds of thousands of residents would be protected from being denied housing due to implicit racial bias or retaliation among landlords. As it stands, this is a core denial of everyone’s right of equality under the law.
**PRESS CONFERENCE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 AT 10:30 AM *
Airbnb and NAACP To Announce Partnership for Seattle
The Country’s Oldest and Largest Civil Rights Organization joins Airbnb to Launch Seattle Program to Spread The Benefits of Homesharing to Local Residents
Seattle, Washington - On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Airbnb will join together at the Northwest African American Museum to announce the regional launch of its national partnership. In 2017, the two organizations came together to announce a program that included targeted outreach to communities of color to help more people use their homes to earn extra income. Seattle is the second partnership launch of 2019 and part of Airbnb and the NAACP’s joint efforts to continue to ensure that the benefits of homesharing reach all communities.
The partnership between Airbnb and the NAACP includes commitments across the community that will be outlined at the press conference.
WHO: Seattle Unit President, NAACP
Janaye Ingram, Director of National Partnerships, Airbnb
Jacquelyne Ward-Richardson, National Fair Housing
WHAT: Announcement of partnership between Airbnb and NAACP Seattle
WHEN: Wednesday June 5, 2019
WHERE: Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our Economic Opportunity “Game Changer” issue by visiting http://www.naacp.org/issues/economic-opportunity/.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb exists to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, providing healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 6+ million unique places to stay in nearly 100,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 30,000+ unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ markets around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.
In April, NAACP President and Prison Chair Denise Ransom met on behalf of the Black Prisoners Caucus at the Monroe Correctional Complex to connect with the organization and build relationships to support their vision and mission.
On May 17th, the NAACP met with Mike Obenland, Superintendent of the Monroe facility (pictured, with NAACP President Sadiqa Sakin, right, and NAACP Prison Chair Denise Ransom, left), to begin open dialogue on behalf of the Black Prisoners Caucus as we move forward and advocate for issues and topics that are important to their organization. The most-urgent agenda item of discussion was the ability for prisoners' families to be able to come up for an annual Juneteenth celebration. The Black Prisoners Caucus does have various topics they're passionate about and formed committees which include Education, Legislative, Health and Family.
Next month, a meeting will be held with the Department of Corrections to continue to build relationships and bring important issues and topics to the forefront.
The Seattle King County NAACP is appalled at the news coming out of Missouri and Alabama on abortion bans this week.
The NAACP has a long history of supporting women. Women in NAACP (WIN) was founded in part to serve as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children. Our own NAACP chapter spoke at Planned Parenthood Lobby Day in March 2019 on the importance of reproductive health access and sexual education.
Here's how we can help end this assault on women's rights. We fight. We vote or we register to vote. We boycott establishments supporting misogyny. We volunteer at health clinics. We donate to local organizations that fight for reproductive rights. We speak to those around us about the devastating effects on abortion bans, especially to those who don't understand the disastrous effects these laws have. We vote out those politicians who don't believe women have the ability to choose what happens to their own bodies.
The NAACP Seattle King County is watching and will fight for women's health, we cannot keep letting history make the same mistakes. We will always fight against misogyny and ignorance, and we ask you to join us.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019
Spokes Person: Sadiqa Sakin, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is so pleased and proud that ten of our talented high school students are headed to the NAACP ACT-SO Nationals to complete in Detroit this July 2019. This is particularly special, as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary of the Seattle King County NAACP ACT-SO.
Since 1978, NAACP ACT-SO has been a yearlong enrichment program that culminates in a local and national competition where students compete for scholarships and prizes totaling over $250,000. The NAACP ACT-SO Program, known as the “Olympics of the Mind”, was developed to enhance and showcase the academic and artistic achievements of high school students of African descent, and seeks to promote positive self-esteem, academic and artistic excellence, and positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional community. This includes areas of STEM, humanities, performing and visual arts, and business.
We need the community’s help!
The NAACP ACT-SO program is volunteer-operated and fully funded through community donations. In addition to programmatic expenses, our youth rely on donations to help fund their trip to the National Competition. Below are ways you can help send our youth to the NAACP ACT-SO National competition in Detroit in July!
Ways you can help:
$1,370 fully funds one student trip
$400 funds one student a plane ticket
$295 funds 10 medals
$200 funds one workshop
$179 funds one night hotel stay
$150 funds materials needed by the students
$75 funds an accompanist
$50 funds 1 person per night in the hotel (Students share rooms)
$25 covers meal expenses for one student for one day
Support builds up confidence. When the community supports our children financially we are pouring into their future success. Thank you for your contribution!
Seattle King County NAACP ACT-SO Co-Chair
We, the Seattle King County NAACP, are saddened to hear of the shooting in the Central District on the afternoon of May 10th, 2019, which left one dead and two injured. It's reported the police gang unit was doing a regular emphasis patrol in the Central District neighborhood and other neighborhoods affected by gun violence. It's unfortunate and devastating to continue to hear reports of gun violence/death in our community, this is not a culture we should tolerate. We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 206-233-5000.
Seattle King County NAACP
Religious Chair-Tramaine Palms
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is working to aid and educate the community over measure I-940, which passed in fall of 2018 in thanks to Washington State voters.
The NAACP Seattle King County supports I-940, as it makes it easier to prosecute police offices in situations of use of deadly force. It also requires police training to de-escalate volatile situations and avoid the use of deadly force, as well as requires of police mental health intervention and first aid on the spot.
I-940 is an important step toward better Police Accountability and Criminal Justice. Without this overhaul being effectively put in place and trainings moving forward of police officers, there is far less accountability in instances of deadly force used by police officers as it relates to people of color. In our continued efforts to educate the community on its rights as well as implementation of I-940, the NAACP Seattle King County is holding another Community Discussion this Thursday, May 9, from 6-8pm, at WEA Hall at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA. Our NAACP President Sadiqa Sakin will be presenting, among other Board members and guests, all are welcome!
We thank our many community partners who support this passed measure, and aid in its education and accountability of enacting into law.
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is clear in our inclusion and acceptance of all religions and creeds.
The mission statement of the NAACP declares that the mission of the Association is to ensure the “…political, educational, social, and economic equality rights of all persons…” Thus, the NAACP decries the discrimination or violence against any individual or group of people through any means, including religious discrimination.
The NAACP both locally and nationally have stepped forward to denounce religious discrimination in any form, incident after incident. We are grateful to be working with other like-minded groups in the community on coming together to eliminate discrimination in its many forms, and welcome other groups to join us.