Community Updates Going Forward

by msjones

Friends,

We started these updates in early March to help tech workers stay informed about COVID-19 and ensure social distancing strategies didn’t upend community connections. Our goal was to highlight stories about how the innovation economy in our region was leading in uncertain times. As the pandemic and its economic fallout intersect with the renewed momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have hope this is a true turning point in history. To capture a more holistic view of what’s happening in our region, we are broadening the scope of our updates to include meaningful racial equity work both in tech and in the community.

Stay safe!
The sea.citi Team
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COVID-19 Ten Weeks In

by msjones

This has been a hard week as we grapple with how to communicate with you. We have not centered our work on the experience of Black folks in tech — nor in the community — in the past and do not want to be disingenuous claiming solidarity with the movement for Black lives. We want to avoid the cycle of private outrage → public statement → donation → silence + inaction while also knowing that Black Lives Matter.

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Roadmap to Recovery: Staying “Home” — COVID-19 & Homelessness

by msjones

In our third installment of the Roadmap to Recovery Series, we were joined by Walter Washington, Senior Director of Housing Services at Wellspring Family Services. Wellspring’s  services are concentrated in four areas: mental health, family homelessness, early learning, and basic needs.  Each year, Wellspring helps thousands of children and families break the debilitating cycles of instability, homelessness, and adversity to achieve positive, permanent change in their lives. The organization is focused on building trusting relationships and long-term solutions in the communities it serves.

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Roadmap to Recovery: Transportation Infrastructure & COVID-19

by msjones

For our second Roadmap to Recovery event, we were joined by Alex Hudson, executive director of Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC). Founded in 1993, TCC is a policy and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to making transportation accessible to all in Washington State. Focused on structural reform, TCC works upstream to influence legislation and policies that affect funding for departments of transportation and transit agencies.

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