SOLUTIONS: GREEN NEW DEAL

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With Seattle City Council’s final vote on the 2022 Budget, our campaign has wrapped for the year! Check out the Solidarity Budget coalition’s press release and recap here.

Together, we held the line: Seattle is the only major US city to divest from policing and reinvest in community for a second year in a row, successfully pushing back against a national backlash fueled by white supremacy and political elites whose power depends on keeping us divided.

As we continued divesting from harmful policing, we also had some big wins for climate justice:

  • $192M for affordable housing and an additional $1M for Tiny House Village expansion and upgrades
  • $17.5M for community-led alternatives to policing, including restorative justice in schools; expanding civilianized 911 response; expanded mobile mental health services; and gun violence prevention 
  • $16M for Seattle’s Green New Deal (see below!), including $14M JumpStart Green New Deal investments and $2M in community climate resilience and Indigenous-led sustainability projects  
  • $4.2M in safe streets for walking, biking, and rolling, including new sidewalks in Districts 2 & 7; and expansion of the Vision Zero and Home Zone programs
  • A first step towards new progressive revenue, with a City Council commitment to study and propose new revenue options by July 2022. 
  • And more! 

Despite these wins in the 2022 City budget, Seattle is still spending $26 on police for every $1 spent on climate action. If we’re serious about eliminating climate pollution and Seattle’s Green New Deal, we have to flip this script. ,

Are you ready to join us in 2022? Our Seattle Green New Deal Team will be back in the new year with community events, trainings, and new campaigns — sign up here to get updates and get involved!

 

SPOTLIGHT: Seattle Green New Deal wins in the 2022 City Budget
Seattle’s Green New Deal calls for eliminating our city’s climate pollution by 2030, while creating thousands of good, union jobs and healthier neighborhoods for all Seattle residents. On top of the JumpStart Green New Deal investments, totalling $14M, Solidarity Budget won an additional $2M for community climate resilience investments. This includes:

  • $1.7M for energy upgrades to the Northeast and Southwest branch libraries, which will 1) kickstart the transition of City-owned buildings off fossil fuels and 2) provide life-saving cooling in two neighborhoods hit especially hard by this summer’s heat wave
  • $180K for clean-energy, sustainability and cultural preservation upgrades to the Duwamish Longhouse and cultural center
  • $100K for a community climate resilience roadmap, which will map City-owned buildings that can be upgraded to serve as clean air & cooling centers and what’s needed to ensure every Seattle resident can be within 15-min walk or bus ride of this life-saving infrastructure

Despite these wins in the 2022 City budget, Seattle is still spending $26 on police for every $1 spent on climate action. If we’re serious about eliminating climate pollution and Seattle’s Green New Deal, we have to flip this script.

Are you ready to join us in 2022? Our Seattle Green New Deal Team will be back in the new year with community events, trainings, and new campaigns — sign up here to get updates and get involved!

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