Safety Not Sweeps in Chinatown-International District (CID)

Safety Not Sweeps in Chinatown-International District (CID)

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Johnny Mao started this petition to Seattle Mayor's Office Bruce Harrell and

In light of worsening conditions for people in Little Saigon and the Chinatown-International District (CID) in Seattle - Massage Parlor Outreach Project, ChuMinh Tofu Eggrolls Mutual Aid, Asian Counseling and Referral Services and other community groups are requesting Seattle officials to stop targeting our neighborhood through the criminalization of poverty and encampment sweeps under the guise of public safety. This petition will send our request to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers Andrew Lewis, Lisa Herbold, and Tammy Morales.

The requests include placing a moratorium on sweeps and redirecting funding into these areas:

  • Maintaining sanitation and safety at current encampment sites
  • Funding and resourcing community-based responses to public safety
  • Long term housing options to mitigate the housing crisis

We also request committed and active participation in this project from the Mayor’s Office and City leadership, and a long overdue public hearing in Seattle City Council on the impacts of encampment sweeps.

Safety Not Sweeps in CID will improve the quality of life for people in the Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon and help save lives. No matter our differences, all of us want to ensure our families and communities are safe.

But in the last years, the City of Seattle has spent over $50 million dollars on “sweeps” to forcibly tear down encampments. People lose their identification, their medications, and their whole lives are disrupted. Sweeps actively make everyone in the neighborhood less safe because they worsen the conditions that lead to isolation, harm, and violence.

Factors that lead to decreased safety include housing instability, poverty, exploitative employment, and police misconduct. No one wants to find themselves in this situation, but right now people aren’t provided with enough housing or treatment services to help them on a path to stability and recovery.

This maintains the history of neglect and under-resourcing for our neighborhood, perpetuates a cycle of poverty and homelessness, and absolutely decreases public safety for all.

The Safety Not Sweeps CID campaign will improve lives by supporting the CID and Little Saigon community in promoting pro-active sanitation, community-based public safety, and housing options – so that people can overcome challenging situations, and the CID and Little Saigon can be a better place for families and communities.

The letter with full details of our requests to City of Seattle can be found here:
tinyurl.com/Little-Saigon-CID-Statement

To endorse and get involved: tinyurl.com/Little-Saigon-CID-Sign-On

To get the word out, see our Campaign Toolkit: http://tinyurl.com/CID-Toolkit

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