Why We Are Running

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” 
-Indigenous Proverb
Our Seattle is a city that shows up–for $15 now, at the airport with our immigrant and refugee communities, at the womxn’s march, in council chambers to protest the new youth jail, to challenge the police bunker, and to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline! We are a city where the people mobilize for justice and equity. We deserve public servants who show up with the same tenacity and conviction for justice and equity with which we do.

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corporations; when progressive speak is not met with progressive action; when the people are silenced in the name of an outdated political process and democracy becomes nothing more than a meaningless slogan.

Now, more than ever, we need to be courageous to organize for justice, to draw hard lines in the sand, to protect those in our communities who are the targets of hate and bigotry. We need hope–the kind of hope which only grows through intersectional collective actions and movements to build the kind of world our children most need.

A world where the human right to clean water, housing, and education are not simply discussed but are implemented. A world free of state-sanctioned violence. A world where all people, regardless of class, creed, race, gender, or religion, are able to live healthy and free without the fear of threat or discrimination.

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.

Our Seattle has forgotten its greatest asset–the People!

And we, the People, require our Seattle be equitable, just, and responsive to the needs and concerns of the most marginalized in our communities. We require our Seattle be directed by the intersectional and equitable participation of our many communities in our local government. We require our Seattle put the needs and best interest of people over corporations and politics.

We, the Peoples Party, believe our Seattle is best led by us working together in accountable relationship with our elected public servants. For these reasons and our belief in the power and brilliance of our communities we are running Nikkita Oliver for Mayor.

Nikkita Oliver is a beloved and trusted name in grassroots organizing in Seattle. Whether on stages and in classrooms as a teaching artist, or in the courts and streets as a lawyer and legal observer, her track record, experience, and selfless dedication as a truly progressive servant of the people speaks for itself.

The Peoples Party of Seattle is running Nikkita Oliver to break down barriers and open doors for collective leadership that is willing, able, and experienced in divesting from practices, corporations, and institutions that don’t reflect the values and interests of our city. This campaign re-imagines the electoral process to transform governance systems and build community power that asserts the brilliance of all Seattleites.

Let us a build a better Seattle for our children; for our shared future together.
This is our Seattle. We make it what it is.