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Communities of Opportunity

Brother's KeeperCommunity of Opportunity (COO) started as an innovative partnership in 2014 between King County and Seattle Foundation based on the research that where a child grows up—the community in which they live—greatly impacts their health and well-being. This unique public-private and community-based partnership allows for a greater achievement impact and broader system change than if we approached the work in independent silos. Complex challenges require new approaches and real community engagement. This requires that community members be at the table from the beginning to harness their perspectives, relevant knowledge and lived experience. Community members have a vitally important role in shaping COO. Since 2015, over 90 community residents along with 45 community organizations and their leaders have co-designed solutions in partnership with our subject-matter experts at King County and Seattle Foundation. The COO mission is creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity in King County so that all people thrive and prosper, regardless of race or place.

The COO Interim Governance Group will meet to review applications and take a vote on recommendations at their March 17, 2017 meeting. For more information, click here


Celebrating Black History Month

Click here for information on the 10 year anniversary of the county logo

Black History Month is the history of our nation. Black History Month had its beginnings when famed activist, writer, and preeminent historian Carter G. Woodson influenced the American Historical Society in 1926 to designate the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” Carter G. Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History ( now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), chose the month of February because the birthdays of two individuals who were very influential in the lives of African Americans—President Abraham Lincoln, and former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass—were born in February. In 1976, as America celebrated its bicentennial, Negro History Week became Black History Month, a celebration recognized in the U.S. and Canada. Black History Month is a time to remember the important people, events, and contributions of African Americans, historically and currently, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. It is also a time to illuminate the contributions of black Americans in the United States and the world community. Take time this month to learn something new: http://www.blackpast.org/

Click here to read the King County Council's proclamation of the month of February as Black History Month in King County.


Councilmember Gossett featured on Prosecutor's Partners


What’s Happening in District 2

It’s Winter and there are some exciting events happening. Here are a number of events happening throughout the district you may enjoy.

University District Farmers Market
Saturdays, year round
9am - 2pm
University Way NE (the "Ave"), between 50th & 52nd streets, Seattle, WA 98105

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts Exhibit
February 1 - March 19, 2017
11am - 5pm, daily
Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts is an exhibition that highlights the many accomplishments of African Americans and other minorities who dared to overcome social norms and prejudices to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of world class dancers. The exhibit is organized by Dance Theatre of Harlem, California African American Museum, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The colorful history and powerful social and artistic impact of the renowned ballet company and school is brought to life in the exhibition’s more than 250 objects, including costumes, historical photographs, set pieces, and documentary video excerpts from four dramatically-staged ballets that are iconic to the company: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird.

Organized by Dance Theatre of Harlem, California African American Museum, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C. For more information on the exhibit visit: http://www.naamnw.org/

Getting Real about the Racial Impacts of Policy
Thursday, March 9, 2017
3pm - 5pm
Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Are you ready to make sure your elected officials are passing legislation that promotes racial equity? Ready to expose and strike down bills that will negatively impact communities of color? If so, get ready! Columbia Legal Services, the Statewide Poverty Action Network and other pros at analyzing policy through a racial equity lens will share tips and tricks on how to make elected officials listen. You'll come away understanding how current bills could impact your non-profit organizations, clients, and community. You'll also hear what work is already underway and how you can make an impact on what gets through Olympia. This community meeting is FREE, but space is limited, so please register soon at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-real-about-the-racial-impacts-of-policy-tickets-32180158721

Northwest Tap Connection’s 3rd Annual Close the Gap Dinner, Dance & Auction
Friday, March 10, 2017
6pm - 10pm
Renton Pavilion Event Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S, Renton, WA 98057

Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban studio specializing in Rhythm Tap and all forms of dance located in the heart of Rainier Beach. But Northwest Tap is not just a dance studio.... this studio is about social justice and community. The studio bridges the gap for underserved youth and teaches the students about history, community, to work together, how to be leaders, and how to deal with discipline. This non-profit organization makes a real difference.

“Close the Gap” is a progressive scholarship program that supports discounted classes and enriching opportunities for youth; preparing them to be competitive in arts education and performances. I hope you will come see and hear about the amazing things this program is doing in our community.

$75 Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://closethegapnwtapc.bpt.me Cocktail attire or black tie optional. Live band. Dance after dinner.

BlackPast Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, March 11, 2017
6pm, reception and 7pm dinner
Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Come dine and celebrate in support of the largest Black History web site on the internet. This event will feature Juan Huey-Ray and the Sounds of the Northwest Choir, cuisine from four African-American-owned Seattle restaurants, Joyce Taylor from KING TV will emcee the evening, feature remarks from BlackPast founder, Dr. Quintard Taylor, include a historical reenactment by Euell A. Nielsen and you will have an opportunity to personally bring African-American history to life. For more information on this event and ticket purchase, visit http://blackpast.bpt.me/?blm_aid=23755

Montlake Community Club Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7pm - 8:30pm
Boyer Children's Clinic, 1850 Boyer Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

All residents, property owners and business operators, 18 years of age or older, with street addresses in the Montlake neighborhood are members of the Montlake Community Club. Email: board@montlake.net for more information.

Free Credit Counseling Workshop
Wednesday, March 22 & April 26, 2017 (workshops held every 4th Wednesday of the month)
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, 105 14th Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98122

This is a workshop to inform and educate you on your credit report. You can receive a copy of your credit report, learn how to read your credit report, what items impact your credit score rating, how to improve your credit score and learn about the fair debt collection practice act. This workshop requires registration, call 1-800-368-1455 or call 206.461.3792 for additional information.


King County Takes on Racial Disproportionality in our Juvenile Justice System

In 2001, King County implemented the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, or JJOMP. Its intent was to decrease the number of juveniles being detained in King County’s Youth Detention Center. While we were successful in drastically reducing the Average Daily Population (ADP) from approximately 200 in 2000, to our current ADP of approximately 60 youth, racial disproportionality increased in catastrophic ways.

For example, fifteen years ago, about 36 percent of youth in our detention facility were African American. Today, African American youth account for over 60 percent of the ADP. These numbers are beyond unacceptable, and call for a new paradigm shift in our system. As a result, in the fall of 2015 we convened the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee (JJESC), a group of activists, organizers, and community members unlike any King County government has organized in the past. Many of the members of the JJESC represents our incarcerated juvenile population in terms of race, ethnicity, life experience, and cultural expertise.

While dismantling racial disparity is our top priority, it is just one part of a paradigm shift we are undertaking in our Juvenile Justice system. We need to stop criminalizing our youth, since studies show the longer and deeper a young person sinks into our system, the worse the outcome. This is not only counter to what our systems are SUPPOSED to do, it is counter to our stated principles of Equity and Social Justice. For more background information on this effort please visit:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/News/release/2015/July/29-racial-disparity-justice.aspx.

Community input on our workgroups will be critical to our success! Please check for the time and place of the JJESC monthly meetings.

Contact Councilmember Gossett

Main phone:
206-477-1002

TTY/TDD:
206-296-1024

Fax:
206-296-0198