King County Council, District 7

Saudia J Abdullah

Question

Black wealth remains near zero due to centuries of systemic anti-Black racism and is on a trajectory to only worsen. In Seattle, white wealth is nearly 20x more than Black wealth. What specific actions will you take to close the Black-white wealth gap?

  1. How much of the Black-white wealth gap will you close while in office? 

  2. Who are you working with in the Black community to close it? 

  3. How will you support investing federal funding directly and specifically into the Black community in the next two years?

Answer

Advertising through direct outreach to vendors and agencies of the $25 million in COVID Relief funding for economic development ear marked for BlPOC owned business. Create contracting oversight within the county to increase the access of black owned vendors to all County Request for Proposals, 3 Bid process or other contracting options. Increase and enforce the small contractors clause in all county contracts to ensure that large vendors are not dominating the landscape. Collaborating with State legislatures to increase access to pre-apprenticeship and vocational programs in the K-12 school system with a focus on black student post high school success. Work with college access programs to engage HBCU’s to offer information, tours, and financial aid packages to Black Students. Dismantle the system of hierarchy that sees black people hired at the county but not promoted into management and decision making positions. Create county wide policy the require racial and gender diversity on promotional panels.

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