#gentrificationstopshere #takeahikeike #reclaimMLK #whitefolks4blacklives
Dear White People of Seattle,
As rent and housing costs skyrocket in Seattle, many of us are feeling these effects: our paychecks aren’t stretching as far, we’re working multiple jobs, we’re having to move out of our homes, the gayborhood is being taken over by Amazon bros and hipsters. We are annoyed and we get to participate in a collective groan about Seattle’s changes.
At the same time, it’s important to draw attention to the racial injustices of gentrification, a form of neocolonialism. Even as some of us feel the negative effects of gentrification, we don’t experience its impacts in the same way as people of color. Cue institutionalized racism: in 1970, the Central District (CD) was 73% black and only 16% white. This was a direct result of discriminatory housing and lending policies, also known as redlining. Neighborhoods north of the ship canal bridge were notorious for being white only—and the CD, specifically, was the only place within city limits where black people could live. As a result of this forced containment, the CD emerged as a hub for black community, cultural institutions, and black-owned businesses. Fast forward 45 years: the CD is now only 19% black, and an overwhelming 57% white. This same process of whitening is in full effect in other Seattle neighborhoods. This painful irony is not lost on us: communities formed out of racial discrimination and resistance are now actively being torn apart and infiltrated by the same forces of white supremacy that enforced segregation to begin with.
Gentrification reaches further than displacing people from homes. It is driven by capitalism and the desire to make money. After properties are purchased and as new buildings are constructed, cleanup begins. “Cleaning-up” a poor neighborhood is usually talked about as making it “safer.” This is code language for over-policing and enacting violence toward poor, (typically) black and brown folks. From New York to Seattle, gentrifying neighborhoods are known to have significantly more policing, stop-and-frisks, and arrests for petty crimes. Would Eric Garner have been murdered for selling single cigarettes if he had not been in the gentrifying Staten Island? Would Oscar Perez Giron have been fatally shot at the SoDo light rail station by fare enforcers if south Seattle wasn’t gentrifying? These are only two stories of many, many more.
As white folks writing this, we recognize our own complicity in this process: many of us live in these very neighborhoods and are implicated in the displacement of people of color and poor people. Some of us are in this fight because our own working class and poor communities are also being forced out of Seattle. We can’t let immobilizing feelings of guilt or anger stop us from organizing. Gentrification is tearing communities apart and white folks have a stake and role in halting this violent process. Can we channel guilt, anger, or mourning toward something productive? Can we force profiteering developers and tech companies to exercise accountability toward long-time residents and communities that are being displaced? How can we challenge our complicity by shifting power toward racial justice?
Today is the day to begin to organize and demand the changes we need to build and maintain vibrant, healthy, self-determined communities. On MLK Day, we showed up both at the permitted march and at the action at Uncle Ike’s in solidarity with Black organizers demanding an end to gentrification, exploitation and violence. Business as usual at Uncle Ikes, a white-owned potshop that is profiting off of displacement of black community, cannot continue.
We’re saying no to racist drug sales. We’re saying gentrification stops here. We hope you’ll join us. If you are a white person interested in this fight, please sign up to join the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) in building a multi-racial campaign against gentrification. This campaign is led by the Black Book Club and will realize the demands listed below.
In fierce solidarity,
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
Link here for full statement by Seattle Black Book Club.
Ian Eisenberg, owner of Uncle Ike’s Recreational Marijuana Shop and owner of numerous properties in Seattle’s Central Area, YOU WILL:
1. Hand over 54% of his real estate holdings to the community for the purpose of community controlled low income housing.
2. Provide funds to be used for the legal defense of people of color with drug cases in Seattle and the cities that people have been gentrified to, and provide funds to the Black Community to lobby for retroactive marijuana laws.
3. Provide funds for community-selected organizers to fight economic instability in impacted communities of color.
4. Build or provide funding for a community controlled center that will have programs, which include but are not limited to, addressing economic disparities, food justice, and the education gap experienced by people of color.
5. Provide funds to assist people who have already been, or who will be, displaced by gentrification.
We are willing to take all necessary measures to satisfy the demands we’ve listed here.
Seattle Black Book Club
Now (and always) is the time for white folks to show up for racial justice and the movement for black lives. Join the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) at the MLK Day March on Monday, January 18th.
We will gather in the parking lot on the east side of 23rd and Jefferson, next to the Garfield High School gymnasium, starting around 12:15. Look for the CARW banner and signs! The march is planned to head west on E Jefferson St. from Garfield High.
Join the CARW text list to get updates on where to find us, and for future updates about racial justice events and specific calls to action. We won’t share your phone number or text you constantly. Get your phone number on the text list here: http://goo.gl/forms/4iIu9nzDYo
MLK Day workshops (9:30-10:50) and rally (11:00-12:15) at Garfield High School precede the march, all organized by the MLK Seattle Celebration Committee 2016. Schedule and workshop list at: www.mlkseattle.org
Even if you can’t be there in person, you can support CARW and our partner organizations by making a donation to CARW at cash.me/$carw.
For more information and to get involved, share your info with us here.
We are being asked to show up right now, and we need your help.
Last year, Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old was murdered by Cleveland police. The officers who killed him have never been charged. Last week, it was leaked that the "experts" investigating the case deemed his murder reasonable. In response, Tamir’s family has called for a new, independent prosecutor.
I need your help getting the petition out to as many people as possible. Can you sign the petition and then post it on social media? If we all share this out today, we have the capacity to reach tens of thousands of white folks who want justice for Tamir.
Here’s the petition: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/tamir_rice?recruiter_id=19254
Thank you for your continued commitment to racial justice!
Blockade at the Northwest Detention Center Happening Now!
Happening right now in Tacoma, Washington, Northwest Detention Center Resistance Coalition members are locked down to prevent the morning’s deportation buses from leaving the privately run facilities.
Watch Live Now: http://notonemoredeportation.com/2015/09/21/Tacoma
Diverse coalition of activists risk arrest to stop immigrant deportations, call for immediate end to detentions. Community members lock down for what has become a global human rights issue
Today at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, more than 20 community members are locking down to prevent the morning’s deportation buses from leaving the privately run facilities.
The goal is not only to prevent the day’s immigrant deportations, but also to protest the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants, highlight the moral injustice of privately-run for-profit detention centers and their collaboration with the local police departments creating a road to detention, and call for an end to all immigrant deportations and detentions.
Banners spread next to protesters read “Climate Justice means Ending Deportations” “Queers Demand and End to Detention” and “Not1More”, speaking to how immigration is an environmental issue and issue of gender justice.
"Climate change is resulting in worsening drought and super-storm conditions which displace millions across the globe. These climate refugees will number 200 million by 2050. World leaders and communities across the U.S. need to end these unjust deportations and commit to policies that stop climate change." says Jill Mangaliman, one of the protesters locked down today and executive director of Got Green.
Members of TWAC (Trans and/or Women Action Camp) carry signs protesting ICE’s controversial practice of placing transgender detainees in solitary confinement. While transgender women only make up 1 out of 500 detained immigrants in this country, they make up an alarming 1 out of every 5 confirmed sexual assaults in immigration detention.
Participants of today’s blockade, which include Rising Tide Seattle, the Raging Grannies, and other groups fighting for climate justice, economic justice, reproductive justice, worker rights, and more, vow to keep returning to the detention center for future actions as long as unjust detentions and deportations continue.
No meeting on Wednesday, Sept 9th….rescheduled for:
September CARW Meeting
Thursday, September 24th 6pm – 8:30pm
Potluck at 6pm, meeting to start shortly after
@ Jackson Place Co-housing (800 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle, WA 98144)
EVERYONE who is interested in organizing with CARW is welcome to join.
This meeting will be an opportunity to come together, discuss current events and take action for racial justice. We look forward to working with long-term CARW organizers and meeting folks who are new to the group.
Please contact Becca with any questions: rbccameredith // (206) 802-8813
See you in a few weeks!
- Fragrances may be present, although we will request all participants refrain from scented products.
- Interpretation and childcare will be provided to the best of our abilities upon request.
- For additional accessibility needs please contact Becca (rbccameredith // (206) 802-8813)
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites’
July 25th Public Workshop:
White Folks Showing Up for Racial Justice
Saturday, July 25th, 2015
09:30am to 1:30pm
Suggested Donation $5 – $20
*Light lunch will be provided*
Southside Commons (3518 S Edmunds St, Washington 98118)
*This workshop is for white people interested in getting involved in CARW and/or supporting racial justice organizing in Seattle*
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) is holding a public workshop on Saturday, July 25, 2015. This workshop is a training opportunity for:
- White folks who are new to racial justice organizing in Seattle and are interested in CARW’s work
- White folks who want to strengthen their relationships and skills for working for racial justice in white communities
In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, black churches being torched with little to no media attention, and the patterned and regular killing of unarmed black people by police, security guards, and vigilantes every 28 hours in this country, this workshop brings us together so we can collectively build skills and relationships to change our legacy of violence. As white folks, we can refuse to be silent, we can refuse to numb ourselves to this violence, and we can demand that all black lives be treated with the dignity and respect that should be afforded to all people. And we’re better able to do these things when we challenge individualism and build each other up.
If you’ve been asking yourself what you can do in the face of this legacy of violence, come join us at our public workshop, which will include:
- Intro to CARW: who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved
- Anti-Racism 101 & the Current Movement Moment: Analysis building to better understand and participate in the dismantling of white supremacy, racism, and anti-blackness
- White Folks Showing Up for Racial Justice: An exploration of the strategic roles that white people can play in building a movement for racial justice and collective liberation
- Action and Reflection: An opportunity to practice and reflect upon building relationships, boldly dialoguing about racism, telling personal stories, and calling more white people into the movement through role playing and door knocking
During the 4-hour session we will present some of the anti-racist analysis that is foundational to CARW’s work. We will also focus on relationship building and cultivating our analysis through actions we take together. We hope this training helps propel you on your journey to becoming a stronger white ally, accomplice, and organizer for racial justice in your relationships, family, work, school, or volunteer activities.
- There is a ramp into the building.
- The space is not fragrance free (primarily due to cleaning products), although we request all participants refrain from scented products and we will have scent free soap available.
- Location is next to lightrail, bus numbers 7/8/9, and there’s free street parking.
- This training will involve moving through neighborhoods and door knocking. Let us know on the google RSVP form if you need any accommodations related to physical mobility.
- Interpretation and childcare will be provided to the best of our abilities upon request. Please let us know one week ahead of time if these services will help you access the event!
- For additional accessibility needs fill out the RSVP Form and/or contact Kelsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please join CARW for our third annual Visionary Politics Panel, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. A multi-racial panel of movement leaders come together to discuss how our day-to-day organizing can lead to transformative social change. Panelists will discuss strategy, grassroots campaigns and visions of liberation. This will be an exciting dialogue, with inspiring voices, and will launch CARW’s 2015 organizing year.
We will start this event with a potluck and some social time for folks to get to know each other. If you can, please bring something to add to the table. Potluck 6-6:30, Panel 6:30-9:00.
— Maru Mora Villalpando – NWDC Resistance (Not1More Deportation)
— Gary Perry – Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
— Jill Mangaliman – Got Green & Gabriela-Seattle (Bayan)
— Mara Willaford – Outside Agitators 206
— Zemzem Ahmed – Women of Color for Systemic Change
This event is open to all — the CARW base, friends from partner organizations, and broader public – bring your friends!
Kids are welcome, and there will be a kids play area set up, but childcare will not be provided.
Access info: Southside Commons is wheelchair accessible. Please do not wear scents including perfumes, hair products, lotions, etc. to this event. The event space does use chemical cleaners and soaps, so it is not a chemical-free space. We will provide scent-free soaps in the bathrooms, and ask that all attendees use them during this event. There will also be a designated scent-free seating area. ASL interpretation will be provided for this event. We will provide further information as we confirm (video/audio recording, transcription, etc.)
HUGE thank you to Interpreters for Social Justice, who will provide ASL interpretation for this event. If you work with a grassroots org that has ASL interpretation needs, you can contact them at socialjusticeterps at gmail dot com.
Be sure to save the date for this too…
“White Folks Making Commitments to Racial Justice” (https://www.facebook.com/events/317349218462520/)
February 11 (Wednesday) at 6pm
If you are a white person looking for ways to get involved in the struggle for racial justice, we encourage you to join us for CARW’s first membership meeting of the year. Check out the Facebook page for further info.