Seattle City Council member Nick Licata and Lockhaven resident Sue Taylor
More than 80 Lockhaven residents and community members jammed into the Ballard Senior Center last night for an informational meeting moderated by John Fox of the Seattle Displacement Coalition. An extraordinary panel of experts and advocates was on hand to answer questions and offer support:
- Dulcie O'Sullivan
Department of Planning and Development
- Nick Licata
Seattle City Council
- Eliana Horn
Tenants Union of WA
- Ryan Weatherstone
Legal Action Center
The Lockhaven fiasco is part of a pattern of cities being remade according to the dictates of developers who don't care about community, quality of life, or anything else that impedes them from sucking the maximum amount of money of their properties. Even if that entails treating human beings like garbage to be disposed of.
Another note from the meeting: What we're now calling the steering committee—basically the people who have been printing up flyers, talking to the media, doing this blog, etc.—need you. We invite any Lockhaven residents who want to be involved to attend our smaller organizational meetings and help us out. Strength in numbers! If we didn't get your contact info last night and you'd like to help, please write to LockhavenTenants@Outlook.com.
How far we take this is up to us. The meeting made it clear that our allies are everywhere.
Speaking of which, a HUGE thank you to the Ballard Senior Center. This meeting would not have been possible without them. The Center has from the beginning been incredibly supportive and generous. We love you, Ballard Senior Center!
|Dulcie O'Sullivan chatting with members of |
the Tenants Union of Washington State
Terrible picture of our panel. Left to right: John Fox, Nick Licata,
Eliana Horn, Dulcie O'Sullivan, and Ryan Weatherstone