Please read powerful words from Rev. Robert Jeffrey Sr. in Seattle Times op-ed calling for reparations to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the Black community for land forcibly taken by the City of Seattle fifty years ago. "Some might say that gentrification and displacement are a dispassionate affair from an invisible hand of the market. But Scripture teaches us otherwise; that it is the powerful that turn us into refugees and strangers in our own land."
Rev. Robert Jeffrey Sr. speaks about reparations and justice at today's press event.
Councilmember Sawant, Faith Leaders & Community Activists Unveil Legislation for the City of Seattle to Fund Affordable Housing and Reverse the Displacement of Black Working Families in the Central District 7/21/21 SEATTLE - Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, joined with Central District faith leaders, the Low Income Housing Institute, and community organizations to unveil legislation to support the New Hope Family Housing project and the compensation of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and others for land taken from them by the City of Seattle under the racist Urban Renewal programs of the 1960s. New Hope Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Robert Jeffrey Sr. documented this forced sale in a recent Seattle Times op-ed. The legislation will also fund affordable housing for displaced and low-income neighbors with roots in the neighborhood. Faith and community supporters of the legislation includes the New Hope Community Development Institute, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Seattle King County NAACP, El Centro de la Raza, Black Lives Matter Seattle, United Black Clergy, MLK Jr Committee Members, The Nehemiah Project, Women Rising, Clean Greens Farm & Market, Japanese American Citizens’ League Seattle, Bethany United Church of Christ, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Low Income Housing Institute and many in the Black community. View press conference: https://www.facebook.com/cmkshama/live/