"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
The Seattle Peoples Party is a community-centered grassroots political party led by and accountable to the people most requiring access and equity in the City of Seattle. SPP recognizes the troublesome nature of the current political structure and seeks to be a meaningful alternative. Acknowledging the need for cautious and thoughtful participation in the political structure, we understand political participation to be only a portion of many necessary strategic steps towards justice for all.
Many people possess a profound and deep lack of trust in “the system.” It is this lack of trust coupled with the need and desire to be solution builders from which SPP was birthed. SPP strives to shorten the distance between politics and the people by designing a political organizing body which is directly accountable to the people and the communities.
SPP has zero interest in making a party where the community relies upon remote leaders for answers and solutions. Instead, WE know the answers and solutions we most need fundamentally lay within the genius of the community. For this reason we ask to partner with the communities of Seattle to develop equitable political strategies and solutions which place people over profits and corporations.
What We Stand For
Government, including local government, is not working for the people. The obstacles impeding justice for all are greater than ever before–even in “progressive” Seattle.
Many of us in the Peoples Party have been forced from our homes by unmanageable rent increases. But we are not alone. In fact, displacement has become the story of so many Seattleites. Construction cranes, blocked roads, and rerouted buses are the status quo. Developer driven re-zones and growth are swallowing our city whole!
The residents who made the Emerald City the innovative and cultural gem it is today are being pushed out and replaced with murals, cultural relics, and colorful crosswalks. Seattle is quickly becoming a museum of our contributions–a place we can visit but we cannot live.
The current state of bureaucracy is a manifestation of what happens when bigotry and racism go unchecked and unchallenged; when politics and politicians work for their own interests and the interests of corporations; when progressive speak is not met with progressive action; when the people are silenced in the name of an outdated political process and democracy becomes nothing more than a meaningless slogan.
If we are to thrive beyond the next four years of the current administration, our Seattle needs to invest in and protect the residents who make Seattle home. We must develop a participatory government structure where the people–not corporations, politicians, or developers–determine what growth and innovation looks like for our Seattle.
We need public servants who are led by and accountable to the grassroots; who are responsive and humble; who are unafraid to listen and act; who unapologetically take on historical and present day injustices; who embrace the requests, critiques and criticisms of all communities as an opportunity to be better.
We work on projects that:
- Are led by those most impacted by the issues
- Build local community power
- Increase political transparency
- Aim to better the material conditions of communities
- Support sustainable and healthy practices for organizers
- Maintain an accessibility framework
This is our Seattle. We make it what it is.