FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2019
CONTACT: Spokes Person: Sadiqa Sakin, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
Seattle, WA— [April 4, 2019]- The Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP, under President Sadiqa Sakin, who took office January 1, 2019, declared today, in this year 2019, our NAACP chapter's realignment with community needs. The nation’s most prominent civil rights organization is prioritizing critical policy advocacy and social justice work needed to ensure the rights of all people.
One of the NAACP's most crucial community engagements in 2019 is fair housing. The greater Seattle King County area housing market is still flourishing, but most working- and middle-class
families struggle with fair and affordable housing. With housing prices up, that drives the working and middle classes, and specifically people of color, out of the city and closer to poverty and homelessness. The Seattle King County NAACP's Housing Committee has been meeting with local legislators over tenant/landlord laws and initiatives in affordable and fair housing.
Our Seattle King County NAACP administration focuses on community race relations, including building relationships with local organizations and emphasizing the importance of diversity trainings; most recently we've been working with Issaquah School District Superintendent, Dr. Ron Thiele, in April of this year after a racist photo a student posted went viral. We are at the forefront of calling for police accountability in incidents where it appears the victim(s) will not receive a fair review; the NAACP was the first organization calling for an independent investigation of the SPD shooting death of Iosia Fatelogo in January of this year.
We acknowledge, most importantly, however, that our NAACP membership is the driving force of our continued success in the community. Their continued support through membership, donations, and volunteer hours make this NAACP branch effective and powerful. Our membership this year has gone up a spectacular 250%, and we thank each member for being a part of the community and encourage others to join! Our Board is made up of volunteers only; our membership is our life blood as well as our direct lifeline to the community.
The Seattle King County Chapter celebrates its 106th year this year. We look forward to continued service of the Seattle King County community and working on issues that concern its citizens the most.