by Phil Manzano
When talking about his run for Renton City Council, Joseph Todd’s voice breaks slightly and wavers. “I’m sorry, I get a little emotional here.”
He recalls George Floyd’s death a year ago, which sparked a worldwide racial reckoning.
“When we saw a man get murdered in daylight, it begins to bring home, for real, for real, that these systems are trying to kill you,” Todd said. “So that’s why when we created the Renton Residents for Change, it was really all about, ‘We have to get ahead of this.’”
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by Chamidae Ford
Cliff Cawthon recently announced his candidacy for Kent City Council position 4, running against incumbent Toni Troutner. The adjunct professor at Bellevue College is centering his campaign around community development and engagement.
Continue reading Cliff Cawthon Makes Community Development Focus of Kent City Council Run
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.
Continue reading OPINION: True Economic Recovery for Kent Means a Budget That Breaks Down Structural Inequities