Community Conversations: #thinkpoverty + #talkpoverty = #endpoverty

Photo courtesy of smarnad

Photo courtesy of smarnad

Join the dialogue! This year, Solid Ground began sparking
Community Conversations to inspire civic engagement and action toward ending poverty. By instigating conversations and spreading awareness among our community members, we hope some great ideas will emerge to help us reduce economic inequalities. And via social media, you can read, share, and exchange stories about the causes of poverty and ways to end it today!

Our hope is that by engaging people like you in discussing strategies to reduce poverty, our community will be mobilized to address some of the things that perpetuate poverty – such as racism, lack of affordable housing, regressive tax structures, lack of resources for people living with mental health issues, and a credit system that penalizes the poor – and brainstorm solutions to the problem.

An excellent resource to help you start thinking and talking about poverty issues is “From Poverty to Prosperity” by the Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty. This article offers a national strategy for cutting poverty in half, and actions that can be taken immediately.

We want to hear from you! Help us start the conversation by sharing your ideas and thoughts on ending poverty. Join the ongoing Facebook and Twitter discussions with the @SolidGroundWA network; new topics are posed every Tuesday!

Start today! Share your personal stories. Learn from others’ experiences. Create an ongoing dialogue. Grow more aware. Find ways to take action. We hope that the conversation continues to show just how much the collective passion for ending poverty is alive in our community!

#thinkpoverty + #talkpoverty = #endpoverty

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Transportation Levy to Move Seattle: The City wants to hear from you!

Transportation is critical to the health and well-being of our community. The City of Seattle would like to hear the public’s feedback on the Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal and is encouraging community members to learn more and get involved in a number of ways.

Some background: In March 2015, Mayor Ed Murray introduced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing Bridging the Gap levy that expires at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that give us more transportation choices to move more people and goods in and around our growing city.

Prior to finalizing the proposal, the City is encouraging the public to provide input and be a part of shaping Seattle’s transportation future. There are a few ways to get involved:

1) Saturday, March 28, 10am – 12pm (presentation at 10:30am)
New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave S)

2) Monday, March 30, 6 – 8pm (presentation at 6:30pm)
Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St)

3) Tuesday, March 31, 6 – 8pm (presentation at 6:30pm)
West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW)

Transportation Levy to Move Seattle - Community Conversations flyer

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