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A Call to Action: Still Seeking an Equitable Resolution from the City of Seattle

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

We are still seeking an Equitable Resolution from the City of Seattle and Seattle’s Department of Parks & Recreation

A big THANK YOU to the 100+ community members who took the time to support our Bother of BUILD, André Franklin in his continuous battle with the City of Seattle and Seattle’s Department of Parks & Recreation. If you are unfamiliar with the situation and interested in learning more, check out our A Call to Action: Support for André Franklin blog. We wanted to provide you with an update on the status of the situation.

In response to André’s request for a resolution to an ongoing Anti-Black toxic work environment, the City of Seattle chose to remove him from using his skillsets to benefit Black-IPoC communities and placed him into a “6-month Special Assignment”. This assignment has him assigned to go to all 200+ Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities to document: keycard readers, security cameras, door locks, and other access and security systems, and then enter this information into a database. This temporary role is not a permanent solution, does not leverage his skillsets nor helps support the needs of the Black-IPoC community.

As of today, we have had dozens of Black-IPOC community members use their voices in support of André’s situation. Through our previous email campaigns, the City of Seattle has received dozens of emails requesting an equitable resolution to this solution. It is very disappointing and disheartening to see the City of Seattle fail to respond to dozens of emails from Black-IPoC community members as well as not working to be creative to leverage the proven skillsets that Mr. Franklin has, to help further the City of Seattle's own proclaimed mission, values and goals around Race and Social Justice and to create programs and activities that foster joyful, safe and a thriving environment for Black-IPoC communities.

In order to further push for a response, we are asking supporters to participate in sending a second round of emails to Elected officials and leaders in the City of Seattle. To ensure they respond this time we are including a Public Disclosure Request. This request, like the others, is a simple email; however, under the Freedom of Information Act, the City of Seattle mut respond to these requests.

We will keep fighting for change and we hope that we can count on your continued support. Again, thank you for your desire to understand and your support in this fight for change.

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There is definitely a problem with Seattle parks and Recreation when they won’t use talented people of color to help the youngsters in the community. Andre was a big part of my son’s life throughout middle and high school and it pains me to know so many other young people will miss out due to the ignorance and arrogance of Seattle parks and Rec administration. It is time for the administration to grow up and do the right thing. all you are doing is continuing to damage our community instead of supporting good employees and our kids. Shame on you Seattle, Shane in you

Oct 26, 2021
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Thanks for your feedback and sharing how André has personally impacted your son. Please don’t forget to use the link above in the blog to send a email in super of André. #BUILD206 it’s a lifestyle 💯✊🏽

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