Capitol Hill Community Post | Run- DO NOT WALK to Save Small Business

Washington State legislature aims to dramatically impact your business, income or access to affordable services

From D’Arcy Harrison Co-Owner of Emerson Salon

Apparently, state politicians feel small businesses need to add to their already high costs while simultaneously heaping on new restrictions that severely limit their business freedoms. If you are a big company, corporation, organization or union you hire a a lobbyist to speak on your behalf to help protect your legal interests…. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Central hosts Day of Remembrance for interned Japanese American students

From Seattle Central College
Seattle Central College will host a day of remembrance on Feb. 19, 2019 for the students whose lives and careers were derailed by the forced internment of Japanese Americans in 1942.

Starting at 10 a.m. Seattle Central will show the documentary “And Then They Came For Us” in the Broadway Performance Hall, followed by a discussion.

Beginning at noon, the campus will hold a candlelight remembrance at the campus’s historic Tsutakawa Fountain. Students in Japanese language classes will read the names of over 150 students of Japanese descent who were forced to leave Broadway High School, the school that later became Seattle Central College. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Ami Nguyen Announces Candidacy for Seattle City Council in District 3

From Friends of Ami Nguyen

Public defender and former tenants’ rights lawyer Ami Nguyen is running for the Seattle City Council in District 3, which includes the Central District, Capitol Hill, Yesler Terrace, Mt Baker, Madrona, Leschi, Madison Park and Montlake.

Nguyen is entering the race to bring a strong and nuanced approach to policy change in Seattle focusing on municipal justice reform, homelessness prevention, and childcare access. “I want to see more direct policy changes to reflect the values we stand for as a city” says Nguyen.

“As a public defender who has worked with the most vulnerable populations at Seattle Municipal Court, I look forward to pressing for policy changes that eradicates discrimination and unfair treatment of people of color, poor people, and individuals suffering from mental illness or addiction. I will put forth policies where social services replace ineffective punitive systems that excessively drain our budget.”

“My experience as a renter and tenants’ rights attorney has given me the insight to develop policies that empowers renters so that the system is no longer a tool only for the rich.” Says Nguyen, “The City has the duty to enforce habitability laws and fine slumlords without displacing tenants.”

Ami recognizes the high cost of childcare, forcing long-term Seattle residents to move to other cities. “Childcare costs should not prohibit families from staying in Seattle. Our city needs to provide resources to make obtaining child care licensing more feasible and subsidize child care businesses.” She plans to participate in Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Kshama Sawant Announces City Council Re-Election Campaign with Pledge to Tax Big Business to Fund a Major Expansion of Affordable Housing and Free Mass Transit

From Vote Sawant 2019

Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announced her 2019 re-election campaign by saying “what’s at stake this year is who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people”.

Councilmember Sawant went on to describe Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ bullying last year, when he threatened 7,000 jobs to try to defeat the Amazon Tax, then applied intensive backroom pressure to force its repeal a month after it was unanimously passed by the City Council. Councilmember Sawant continued, “I’ve seen firsthand the corrosive effects of corporate power and lobbyists in the back rooms of City Hall. That’s why my campaign is not for sale. As always, I don’t take a dime from corporations, CEOs, lobbyists or big developers.”

Councilmember Sawant was joined by community leaders from District 3 and around Seattle. Reverend Dr. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr – whose congregation resides in the heart of Seattle’s Central District, said: “Racism has taken on a new character. Wealth and privilege is the new mantra. We can’t sit idly by while multi-billionaires are displacing entire communities. What we’re against is the super rich dominating society while the homeless are being left on the street, where people with middle incomes are being driven further and further out of Seattle. That’s why I’m behind Kshama and her re-election.”

Two days earlier, Councilmember Sawant lead a successful initiative to delay the eviction of predominantly seniors at Halcyon Mobile Home Park. Reverend Angela Ying, who has been part of the fight to save Halcyon homes welcomed Kshama Sawant’s announcement to run for re-election, said: “Kshama has had our backs since day 1 when 85 elders at Halcyon homes began facing eviction. We have hers.”

Labor leaders also joined Sawant at the press conference. David Parsons, President of UAW Local 4121 representing 5000 academic workers at the University of Washington, said: “When I first met Kshama Sawant and asked her how we can work together, I’ll never forget what she said: ‘I will be unambiguously be behind your union and your members at every turn.’ And she has fulfilled that promise – always. That is something you can say about very few people, and particularly of those in elected office.”

John Frazier, President of WFSE Local 3488 at Harborview Medical Center, said: “We need someone who’s going to stand for working people, poor people, the voiceless. I’ve watched Kshama stand with us every single time when there was injustice. We cannot let corporations silence voices like Kshama.”

LGBTQ community leader and activist Mac Macgregor said: “If you want thoughts and prayers, there are many other offices to call. If you want action, her office is the one to call. Because hers is the one that gets stuff done.”

Juan Bocanegra, Supportive Director at El Comite and lead organizer of the May 1st Action Coalition, and a longtime leader in the fight for immigrant rights in Seattle, said: “The only way we will win is by getting people like Kshama who are willing to stick out their necks. Many politicians are afraid of big business. Kshama is not at all – it’s uncanny. Some people ask if she’s abrasive. These companies are the ones destroying our environment. The devastation of these communities, the destruction, that’s what’s abrasive.”

Shirley Henderson, the owner of Squirrel Chops, a small business in District 3, said: “We don’t need another corporate representative in city hall. We need someone like Kshama who has fought with small business, the LGBTQ community, and the poor…Kshama has proved herself over and over again to be the accessible City Councilmember we need, answering phone calls, holding rallies, and opening up her office to ordinary people.”

Shannon Morrison, lead organizer on the Indigenous People’s Day planning committee, a co-chair of CANOES for City of Seattle Native American Employees, and a member of the Tlinget tribe, said: “It’s been a personal experience to work alongside Kshama here on Duwamish land. She’s been supportive of us with replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, fighting for $15/hr, fighting to end homelessness, to divest from Well Fargo. All these issues have had an impact on the native community.”

Shua Sanchez, a member of UAW Local 4121 at the University of Washington, local musician and a key organizer in the struggle to save the Showbox Theatre, said: “A developer tried to sell off this cultural hub in Seattle. One hundred thousand people signed a petition at change.org. Then who did they call? Kshama! Because we organized and built a movement, we went from one vote on City Council to a unanimous decision to Save the Showbox.”

Ubah Warsame, who was a vocal supporter during Sawant’s successful 2015 re-election campaign, spoke about Sawant’s long track record of working alongside tenants to fight for affordable housing. At the press conference, Warsame said: “It is a must for Kshama to be in City Hall. She is the one that when we reach out, when people need her, she is there. Kshama, we’re with you, and we’re going to continue that fight together.“

Sawant made history in 2013 when she became one of the first socialists to win a major election in decades. She won re-election in 2015 by a wide margin, mobilizing over two hundred volunteers and raising a record $450,000 in grassroots donations. Though she cautioned that corporate cash would flood into this year’s election, she was confident that working people would build a powerful grassroots re-election campaign this year to defend their seat in City Hall.

Sawant added, “As a member of Socialist Alternative, I wear the badge of socialist with honor, and I’m excited to see candidates identifying as socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning elections across the country, and running right here in Seattle this year.”

The press conference was hosted at Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, which is under threat of being replaced by corporate development. Workie, the owner of Saba, said: “Our restaurant has been here for 20 years. Since I reached out to Kshama Sawant, the fear of being evicted was removed. Now I am not alone in the fight against gentrification!”

Capitol Hill Community Post | Community invited to learn more about Volunteer Park amphitheater replacement

From Seattle Parks
Seattle Parks and Recreation and Volunteer Park Trust invite the community to learn more about the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund provides $900,000 in funding to move the community-initiated Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project forward through the final design phase and construction. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Public Health warns of overdose spike

From King County Public Health

Seven drug overdoses occurred today, January 17 in the north area of Seattle. None of the victims have died. Six of the seven individuals were transported to area hospitals for care. 

Public Health – Seattle & King County is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to track reported overdoses. At this point, we do not have information about the type of drugs consumed.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is advising people who use drugs to follow these steps to reduce the likelihood of overdose.

  • Have naloxone ready. You can get naloxone at needle exchanges and other community sites.
  • Do not use alone
  • Start low and go slow: Powders, pills and heroin may be contaminated with fentanyl that can kill rapidly. Start with a small amount and watch and wait before the next person uses. 
  • If you suspect an overdose, call 911 right away. The Good Samaritan Law protects you and the person overdosing from drug possession charges. More information on the Good Samaritan Law.
  • Seek treatment for drug use disorder to help stop using drugs – call the Washington Recovery Hotline for treatment resources. 1-866-789-1511.

If you suspect an overdose

  • Call 911 immediately and administer naloxone. Naloxone is a fast-acting drug that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. 
  • When in doubt – administer naloxone. Naloxone is not harmful if given to someone who is not experiencing an overdose. Naloxone is a short acting drug and a person can go back into overdose so be sure to monitor the person for several hours after naloxone has been administered.
  • When you call 911, be sure to explain what is happening exactly. Dispatch will send resources based on the anticipated need. Stay on the line. 
  • While waiting for medical help to arrive, if the victim is not breathing, someone needs to breathe for the victim. A majority of overdose deaths are due to respiratory failure, so rescue breathing is critical and rescue breaths will help the person survive. Give mouth-to-mouth breathing to the victim every five seconds until emergency services arrive. CPR may be necessary if no pulse is detected. 
  • Driving someone to the ER is not recommended. In cases of respiratory failure, someone can die in the time it takes to get to an ER.
  • If someone dies as the result of a suspected drug overdose please call 911 to report the death.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund announces funding programs for 2019

From the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces the 2019 funding opportunities for community-initiated projects. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund – support grassroots projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, cultural festivals, community organizing, and much more.

The Community Partnership Fund will change for 2019 and 2020. Grant awards will be up to $25,000 per project. With this change, NMF will continue to: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Hungarian Vizsla Lost in CD

I let my dog out last night (which I do everyday), I turned around, heard him dart and he was gone. Assuming he chased after a cat since he never leaves my side (velcro dog). We live at 26th and Cherry behind Twilight Exit. He is red, skinny, doesn’t have his collar on since we were washing it. He answers to Cass or Cassius. Super friendly. Please call 206-229-3265 and I’ll come get him or let me know where you spotted him. Again, super friendly. I’ll be up late waiting for phone calls.

Capitol Hill Community Post | 9-1-1 system down in Washington State — UPDATE: Still down

From King County

The 9-1-1 system in Washington State is down at this time. No calls are getting through to the 9-1-1 centers, either on landlines or cell phones.

People who are having an emergency in King County can call the ten-digit emergency number for the police or fire agency in their area on a landline or cell phone, or they can use Text-to-911 on their cell phone.

There is no estimate for restoration of 9-1-1 service. No additional details are available at this time.

From SPD: If you are having difficulty connecting to the Seattle 911 Center, please call 206 583-2111, 206 625-5011 or text 911

UPDATE 12/28/2018 7:55 AM: The 9-1-1 problems in Seattle and around the state have reportedly continued into Friday morning. KUOW reports a network malfunction at CenturyLink took out 911 service across Washington and in other states nationwide Thursday night.

UPDATE: 12/28/2018 10:26 AM: SPD says 9-1-1 calls are getting through — but be ready to call (206) 583-2111 just in case: