Supporting our immigrant communities – Casa Latina

If there was ever any doubt, it’s now gone: President Trump’s policies result in those who need the most receiving the least. This is especially true of the immigrant community. Men and women who came to the US looking to build a better life are finding themselves to be the targets of unjust policies and hateful rhetoric. Yet even as this injustice grows, we are surrounded by strongholds of progressive values.

Casa Latina is one of those strongholds. Casa Latina is a vibrant, immigrant worker rights organization that empowers low-wage Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing. Programs include day labor and housecleaning dispatch, English classes, job skills and safety trainings, and community organizing for almost 750 worker members—all of these take place at Casa Latina’s three-building campus at the southern edge of Squire Park and are now, more than ever, essential to helping immigrants in our community feel welcomed, safe, and empowered.

Since President Trump’s inauguration, Casa Latina staff have organized know your rights workshops and immigration forums to educate its members about how to protect themselves and advocate for themselves. This and other work supporting the immigrant community will continue indefinitely, but it’s not possible without considerable support. If you are interesting in contributing to Casa Latina’s work, please consider:

  • Donating at https://casa-latina.org/donate. Your gift fuels Casa Latina’s work welcoming, defending, and empowering Latino immigrants in our neighborhood.
  • Hiring a worker at https://Casa-Latina.org/get-involved/hire-worker.When you hire an immigrant worker from Casa Latina, you hire him or her with dignity at a fair, living wage. This act of solidarity with the immigrant community puts dollars directly in the pockets of those who need them.
  • Finding Casa Latina on Facebook at https://Facebook.com/casalatinanonprofit to learn more about their work and to be connected with opportunities for action.

While the current political climate attacks the immigrant community, THANK YOU for raising it up and celebrating it as irreplaceable and essential to the prosperity of our neighborhood, city, and country!

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Survey on Seattle Townhome Design, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI), Seattle Design Guidelines and Municipal Codes

Many Seattle neighborhood residents express their concerns with the evolving look and feel of Seattle's low-rise residential areas. In response to those Seattleites interested in the appearance and livability of higher density townhome and rowhouse developments, a 20-question online survey was prepared to gather some collective feedback from anyone who would like to participate.

Why bother?

A community-wide collective voice is always helpful during the City's 'early design guidance' reviews conducted on selective multi-family developments.  As you may already know, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) typically invites the public to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues which the public believes should be addressed in the design relative to a given project. After a two-week comment period, the SDCI Director then proceeds with his review of the submission.

It is anticipated that with this survey, the collective thoughts from Seattle residents reflecting on some of the area's townhomes might promote a more thoughtful scrutiny of low-rise multi-family development submissions.  The Seattle Design Guidelines and Municipal Codes have been somewhat effective in raising the bar overall compared to residential developments from a couple decades ago. Yet there are still some examples where it appears that guidelines and regulations have been waived or bypassed. The collective voices will help to instill the significance of the City's attention in design and density reviews.

How can you share your opinion within 10 minutes?
Here is a link (https://tinyurl.com/SeattleTownhomes) to a brief online survey for those in the community to provide their thoughts regarding the recent townhomes and rowhouses being built throughout the city.

Single-family, midrise and high-rise residences have not been included for this particular survey. Please provide your feedback by May 1st so the results can be shared with those involved in the multiple design reviews at the SDCI.  Please visit: https://tinyurl.com/SeattleTownhomes

Download Preliminary Results

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Did You Know? You can Attend Meetings of the Central Area Land use review Committee CALURC

The Central Area Land Use Review Committee (LURC) is a volunteer committee of neighborhood residents who are working to give those who live here a voice in decisions that shape our environment.  The LURC meets with developers and designers and advocates on behalf of residents.  Meetings are held at least monthly and more often as needed.  Currently, the LURC is working with community partners including the Historic Central Area Arts and Culture District, the Central Area Collaborative, and others to produce a set of design guidelines that are specific to the Central Area. To learn more, see the Central Area Land Use Review Committee on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/CentralAreaLURC/.

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