Nikkita Oliver, an organizer, attorney and community activist who led Seattle’s efforts to disappoint law enforcement agencies, is running for city council, they said on Wednesday.
Oliver, who ran for mayor in 2017 and took third place in an overcrowded elementary school, is running for mayor for vacant position 9 on the city council with the election campaign of M. Lorena González.
Oliver, using she / she pronouns, is the director of Creative Justice, a local nonprofit that uses arts-based programs as an alternative to imprisoning young people.
You are a founding member of the Seattle People’s Party and last summer you were a prominent leader of the mass protest movement that urged the Seattle Police Department to disappoint by 50% and invest in social and community programs. Oliver has also called for the complete abolition of the police.
“Satisfying basic needs is a foundation for community security,” said Oliver when announcing his campaign. “Our city deserves better options than violent policing and mass detention as our only public safety choice. Most of what we call crime happens because people’s basic needs are not being met. “
Oliver has set an agenda of progressive politics, which in many cases represents a radical change from the status quo.
“Seattle must tax the rich in order to support people who are forced to the bottom of the economy,” they wrote.
Oliver supports an immediate stop clearing homelessness camps, a sharp spike in spending on affordable housing, and the use of tiny house villages and hotels to house people in homelessness. They also called for a new fund within the city park department “to support people who use the parks as living space so that parks can sustainably and humanely respond to the needs of unprotected people”.
Oliver called for an end to Seattle’s contract with the King County Jail, a free and universal public transit system, calling on employers to allow workers to work from home and calling on the city to pay reparations to Black residents funded by cuts by the police department.
Oliver would fund 500 unemployed people to become community historians, community storytellers, musicians, and artists.
Other candidates for position 9 include Sara Nelson, co-owner of Fremont Brewing, Brianna Thomas, Rebecca Williamson, David Ishii, Mercedes Carrabba and Claire Grant.