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OPINION: True Economic Recovery for Kent Means a Budget That Breaks Down Structural Inequities

by Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón


If we want a true economic recovery for Kent, we need a budget that breaks down the structural inequities that have left communities in Kent disconnected and disenfranchised for far too long. Too much of the Kent budget is focused on policing and not enough on our community’s needs.

These inequities have never been clearer. We are in the eye of multiple storms — amidst a global pandemic that is cutting through our Black, Brown, and low-income communities like a scythe and an economic recession that is devastating the finances of People of Color. Too many of us are in crisis mode. Every day, we see families grieving a sudden loss, facing food and housing insecurity, and worrying about their kids’ education.

To meet the scale of this need, Kent City Councilmembers need to act now with compassion and political courage and to step up to ensure a just recovery for all. Kent City Council must reject an austerity budget that balances our national crisis on the backs of already-struggling working families. This means rejecting proposals that hurt our communities — like the City’s plan to raise property taxes to hire more police — and ensuring that the wealthiest among us pay their fair share so that needed investments can be made in our city.

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Kent Youth Organization and Community Members to Rally at Kent Police Department

by Jack Russillo


Youth speakers will rally in front of the Kent Police Department Monday, August 17 to demand that the City of Kent and the Kent School District address issues of systemic racism.

The rally is organized by ForFortyTwo, an organization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth who are combating systemic racism in Kent. The rally will bring together Kent community members to list demands that involve defunding the police, invite local youth to tell stories of their experiences with police brutality, and offer tables where attendees can contribute ideas for community and school programs that uplift and support BIPOC groups instead of funneling them into systems of punishment and oppression. Community-funded food and water will also be provided for attendees, as well as a full medical team. The rally will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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