Community & Family Resources
Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V)
Seattle voters should have received ballots for the February 12 election. Seattle Public Schools has two measures on the ballot. Prop. 1, the Educational Programs and Operations levy, and Prop. 2, the Building Excellence V capital levy. These two levies replace existing levies and fund critical day-to-day school operations, salaries, Special Education programs, athletics, safety improvements and construction of new schools, including a new building for Viewlands Elementary.
Want to learn more about Props. 1 and 2? Visit www.seattleschools.org/levies
Please vote. Ballots are due by Feb. 12.
Neighborhood Street Fund Viewlands Sidewalk Information
Sign-up for the 2 upcoming meetings and voting times.
Broadview Branch Seattle Public Library
Thursday, January 31
6:00 – 7:30 pm
12755 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Lake City Community Center
Tuesday, February 5
6:30 – 8:00 pm
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Click on the Projects Map Link, double click the map to enlarge the area on 3rd Ave. N.W. across from ViewlandsSchool in the N.W. Broadview District 5 area of Seattle, then click on the Red Marker showing our project.
Can’t make it to a meeting?
No sweat! We are excited to introduce an online scoring option this cycle. A link to rank projects online will be available on our website January 28 – February 22. We will send you an email again once online scoring opens.
3 Tips for participating in this phase:
- Plan ahead: if you will be joining a community meeting, plan accordingly to arrive no later than the meeting start time.
- Do your research: in-depth project proposals will be available on our website January 28. Get to know the projects proposed in your district prior to attending a meeting or ranking online.
- Share: invite friends, family, and neighbors to participate, even if they reside in a different district.
Reading & Research on Race & Social Justice
Tierra states that her presentations are never about making people believe the information she is giving. It is to make people think and look at it more closely. There are no quick answer on how to speak to our kids about the racial problem we have, the answer is to better educate ourselves so that we may guide our children accordingly. The great part is that we can take them on the journey with us and get them involved as well.
- They came before Columbus – Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
- Civilization or Barbarism – Cheik Anta Diop
- The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea – Robert Sussman
- A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
- At the Dark End of the Street – Danielle McGuire
- White like me – Tim Wise
- Warriors Don’t Cry – Melba Patillo Beals
- The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
- Jane Elliot – Rock Newman Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9s0as_d_4&t=894s
- Hidden Colors Documentaries 1-5 (these are available on Amazon and at the Seattle Public Library)
- Prof. Kaba Kamene – The Life History of the Human race
- Joy DeGruy – Understanding the Human Condition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sut93ecpOs8
- Black Wall Street Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuSfoOzqsiU
- Tim Wise – Racism, White Denial and the cost to White Privilege https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrA7ksL9sag
RULER: Promoting Emotional Literacy
Advocating for Gun Violence Prevention Measures
- Require universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm.
- Re-enact a federal ban on the sale and possession of military-style assault weapons.
- Lift any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence.
- Increase the Federal minimum purchase age to 21 for all long-guns (rifles), which is the current federal minimum age for handguns.
- Require firearm safety training prior to the purchase of a firearm.
- Develop a state registry that allows one to voluntarily opt-out of the ability to purchase a firearm.
- Restrict non-Washington state residents from purchasing any firearms in Washington state.