Whose Streets? Our Streets!

  • Traffic Stops Must Stop Leading to Black Deaths

 

About WSOS

For over a century, the laws and policies that govern how we use streets in Seattle, WA, have largely been written, enforced, and adjudicated by white people.  Whose Streets? Our Streets! (WSOS) is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) workgroup, convened in July 2020 by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, dedicated to reviewing and revising laws and policies to better meet the needs and support the lives of all street users — in particular, the BIPOC community who have historically been excluded from the full and free use of this shared public space.

WSOS uses a pro-equity, anti-racist framework to review laws and policies governing the use of streets and also develop a vision of, and recommendations for, how our streets can be safe, thriving places without the use of armed police.

Organizing Values

  • People First. Place over Space. 
  • System changes over individual changes.
  • Decriminalizing poverty. 

Recommendations

  1. Cease involvement of the police in traffic enforcement.
  2. Prioritize non-punitive methods for making streets safer.
  3. Abolish enforcement of actions that don’t harm other people.
  4. Invest in communities of color, and trust, support, and invest in the owners and experts of those communities.

Our full values, principles, and recommendations can be found here.

What’s Happening Now

In 2022, WSOS is partnering with SDOT’s Vision Zero team to conduct community conversations about public safety and produce a report of our findings and recommendations from BIPOC community members.

Who should define what safety is?

  • Public Safety is currently defined by politicians, institutions, and legal structures as police, jails, prisons, probation, tickets, and more.
  • Public Safety as defined by community is Peacemaking, Transformative Justice, reproductive justice, food justice, housing justice, educational equity, a healthy environment, a Just Transition, and more.

Safety should be defined by the people who feel unsafe, not by those who are insulated from harm.

Join WSOS

We are looking for BIPOC community members to join our workgroup!

Workgroup members receive a stipend of $45/hour. We are currently looking for people with strong community connections or with specific skillsets in: communications, facilitation and events. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Who We Are

Whose Streets? Our Streets! Workgroup Members:

Royal Alley-Barnes. Executive Director, Center on Contemporary Art.
Juan Jose Bocanegra. MEChA. El Centro de la Raza. La Raza Unida Party. American Indian Movement.
Clara Cantor. Community Organizer, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.
Alex Lew. Transportation Planner, Sound Transit. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Board.
Ayan Musse. Community organizer. Decriminalize Seattle. Seattle People’s Party. The People’s Institute Northwest.
Renaissance the Poet. Community Organizer, 350 Seattle.
Evalynn Romano. Community Organizer. UW Public Health Researcher. Clinical Social Worker.
KL Shannon. Community Organizer, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Seattle People’s Party. Jobs With Justice. Mothers for Police Accountability. Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project. Seattle MLK Coalition.

Organizational mentions for informational purposes only. WSOS members are not representing organizations in an official capacity.

 

Contact 

KL Shannon (Chair) – [email protected]