“We are not fighting against the future, we just want to be included in it.” — Ester Little Dove John, a movement elder with Black and Native American ancestry who has lived in the Beacon Hill community for over 20 years.
Through a letter in the mail, Esther Little Dove John learned that the small Beacon Hill apartment complex that she has called home for the past 12 years had been sold. Through the City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections, Dove learned that permits had been applied for to build a large complex of at least 40 tiny, “pod” or small efficiency type units. Dove came together with neighbors and friends to and decided to fight for a just transition. They knocked on the doors of neighbors to let them know about the planned development. They encouraged neighbors to write letters to the City of Seattle asking for more public input before any permits were granted. Dove and her friends have joined forces with the Got Green Climate Justice committee. They are calling on Mayoral Candidates and City Council members to flesh out the details around how they will be here for the longtime residents who are being pushed from the city, and what they will do to stop displacement.
What You Can Do To Help:
Contact the Durkan campaign: On Twitter @JennyDurkan, Facebook at facebook.com/JennyDurkan/
Contact the Moon. Campaign: On Twitter @CareyMoonforMayor, Facebook at facebook.comCaryMoonforMayor/
— Ask “What will you do to protect and multiply low-income housing in Seattle?”
— Ask “Would easier to support policy that makes it easier for residents from the City of Seattle to return to their old neighborhood.”
Hear Dove tell her story: seattlegentrificationtimeline.weebly.com/interviews.html
Stand with Dove on October 25th:
Show up for Low Income Housing on Beacon Hill
When: Wed, October 25th at 6:30pm
Where: Jefferson Community Center(3801 Beacon Ave S)
Who: Everyone who loves justice is invited to attend and give relevant testimony.
What: In response to that organizing and public outcry, Department of Construction and Inspections has promised they will schedule a neighborhood meeting for additional input. That Meeting is open to the public.
For more info call Hodan Hassan at (206)290-5136 or email [email protected]