Watch | State of Black Community in COVID-19

Black community leaders, members, and elected officials came together to address the State of Black Community in COVID-19, and present the collective demand to allocate federal American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funding equitably. Specifically, community leaders called on the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. County to invest at least $300 million dollars from the recently awarded ARPA funding directly into the local Black community in Martin Luther King Jr. County.

Take action in support here. Find the full transcript here.

This collective, cross-sector call for direct investment elevates: the Black community in crisis pre-COVID; COVID-19's disparate impact and compounding harm; the wholesale exclusion of Black communities from federal COVID relief funding; and the impact of investment in Black community-centered models and current programming.

This virtual conference uplifted live, Black-led and centered funding equity solutions that Seattle and King County elects can fund immediately. Invited speakers included:

-Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Race, Wealth & Community at National Community Reinvestment Coalition Dedrick Asante Muhammed Bio

-Emijah Smith, Chief of Staff King County Equity Now Emijah Smith Bio

-Nyema Clark, Farm Queen Nurturing Roots Farm Nyema Clark Bio

-Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay Bio

-Munira Mohamed, Executive Director at East African Community Services Munira Mohamed Bio

-Brandon Hersey, Seattle Public School Board Member Brandon Hersey Bio

-Isaac Joy, President King County Equity Now Isaac Joy Bio

-K. Wyking Garrett, CEO & President of Africatown Community Land Trust K. Wyking Garrett Bio

-Kirsten Harris-Talley, WA State Rep for 37th District KHT Bio

-Jackie Vaughn, Executive Director of Surge Reproductive Justice Jackie Vaughn Bio

-TraeAnna Holiday, KCEN Media Director, Converge Producer TraeAnna Holiday Bio

🔊 “The Black community is owed. Period. Point Blank."

Listen to public comment highlights overwhelmingly in favor of investing of #Seattle's ARPA funding specifically directly into Black community here.

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