How to make Capitol Hill feel safer for the neighborhood’s LGBTQ community, especially during peak nightlife hours, is a question that seems to elude any simple answers. Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is hoping to hear some solutions at an open community forum the councilor and candidate to lead District 3 organized for Tuesday night at All Pilgrims Church.
The forum will be moderated by Danni Askini, executive director of the Gender Justice League, and is slated to include the following panel:
Zach Pullin – Acting President, Capitol Hill Community Council
Lils Fujikawa –Queer Network Program Coordinator, API Chaya
Raven E. Heavy Runner – Acting Co-Chair, Northwest Two-Spirit Society, MSW
Christie Santos-Livengood – UW Graduate Student, Master Public Health
Shaun Knittel – President & Founder, Social Outreach Seattle; Seattle Gay News Associate Editor
Marta Idowu – Seattle LGBT Commission Liaison, Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Sawant is not generally seen as a leader on council when it comes to public safety, but it’s likely to be a key issue in this year’s Council District 3 race. Statistics and anecdotal accounts point to an increase in bias crime incidents within the newly formed district, which includes Capitol Hill and the Central District. The political concern is definitely on the rise.
For Sawant, her bread-and-butter issues of economic inequality and affordable housing are crucial to preserving LGBTQ culture and safety on Capitol Hill.
“I want to make an appeal to everyone to connect these (crime) issues to larger economic issues,” she told CHS. “Underlying all of this is that people of color, LGBTQ people, working people are finding this city increasingly unlivable.” Continue reading