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In this roundup, Mayor Murray will not run for re-election, Amazon permanently gifts a shelter to Mary’s Place and the city council takes on the push for an income tax


May 22, 2017

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation. Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally. We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving. Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We hope you find it useful and let us know what you think!

Arts and Culture

King County Council Puts 'Access for All' on the August Ballot
If voters approve the initiative, primarily funded by a .1 percent sales tax on non-essential items, it will significantly increase equitable access to local art, science and culture heritage.

Seattle’s Free Community-Based Festivals Are Wrestling With a Cash-Strapped Future
With increasing economic challenges, leaders of free festivals like Folklife and The Station block party are questioning whether they will be able to continue.

Basic Needs

Amazon to Share New Building with Homeless Shelter in Seattle
Amazon will give Mary’s Place a permanent shelter inside one of the new office buildings.

Portraits of Homelessness
Pacific NW magazine invited residents of several homeless encampments in Seattle to share their personal stories, life lessons, frustrations and dreams based on their experiences living without permanent shelter.

Bellevue council refines homeless shelter parameters
Despite neighborhood pushback, Bellevue City Council voted 4-3 to move forward with the siting of the proposed permanent men’s homeless shelter at the King County-owned Eastgate site.

Economy

Council bucks the system, sets path toward income tax
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution for a citywide income tax, with the ultimate goal of overturning 1930s legislation that currently makes it almost impossible.

Poverty is now largely a suburban challenge
In the past decade — and for the first time — a majority of impoverished communities in our country are in suburban areas, requiring significant retooling of the way organizations and governments address community needs.

Education

One Tool for Dismantling Structural School Segregation in Seattle: Better Zoning
Seventy-two percent of land around Seattle’s top elementaries is zoned single-family, pricing out renters and those who can’t afford Seattle’s increasingly expensive real estate.

Environment

Dakota Access Pipeline Sees Its First Spill
The controversial pipeline, the subject of an extended protest near the Standing Rock reservation, has had a 84 gallon spill although it’s not yet operational.

26 Activists Arrested in Seattle #ShutDownChase Actions
The mostly native activists occupied JP Morgan Chase branches around the city to protest the bank’s funding of the Dakota Pipeline.

Health and Wellness

How Foundation Leaders Can Create Impact in the Uncertain U.S. Health Landscape
Two experts from FSG share thoughts on what changes to the Affordable Care Act means to foundations working on health care.

Sickness or safety? A new crisis for immigrants
Since the increasing national crackdown on immigration, local doctors at clinics that serve immigrants are seeing increasing no-shows, a sign of increasing anxiety over deportation.

Vibrant Communities

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Sues Feds Over Request to Stop Helping Undocumented People
The Justice Department sent local nonprofit Northwest Immigrant Rights group a cease-and-desist order for providing legal help to clients they do not formally represent. The NWIRP has counter sued in order to continue its education for immigrants.

Philanthropy

How donor-centrism perpetuates inequity, and why we must move toward community-centric fundraising
Vu Le of Rainier Valley Corps, critiques a donor-centered approach and says that model may be perpetuating the very inequity the sector seeks to address.

Other News

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray won’t seek second term: ‘It tears me to pieces to step away’
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s announcement that he is ending his campaign for re-election amid allegations of child sexual abuse ends a political career that has spanned decades.

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