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We have an OPPORTUNITY to help youth in our community! Restorative Community Pathways would divert money from the racially disproportionate JV criminal legal system and invest in community-led programs that support youth, community and racial justice. It would help 100s of youth! KC Council is taking public testimony TONIGHT. Sign up to comment or email your councilmembers. Support youth. Support community. Act now! Nikkita Oliver Choose 180 Community Passageways
Want to draft an email? Here's a sample message:
I am writing to ask you to support and fully fund Restorative Community Pathways, a community response to harm, in the county’s biennial budget that is before you right now. This is an opportunity to make an immediate and significant difference for youth and build a safer and more just community. It’s an opportunity to make King County more racially just, to provide meaningful support to youth and families, to end a harmful and racist cycle of punishment, and to give victims a voice in the process. By supporting RCP, you will advance equity and social justice in King County.
RCP will create a community-led accountability and restoration process, led by skilled community navigators and community-based supports working together to prevent future harm and criminal legal system involvement. Navigators will begin building relationships and community supports with youth and their families very quickly, co-creating a plan with the young person and their support system based on needs and strengths to ensure successful interventions. The plans will be evidence-based, holistic, therapeutic, and ongoing. At the same time, harmed parties will be empowered; they’ll be offered opportunities for restorative mediation to repair harm. Formal prosecution rarely results in compensation; this program offers immediate compensation and provides a restorative process that includes a lasting emotional impact.
Our current system harms youth, especially Black youth, Indigenous youth, and youth of color (BIPOC). On average last year, BIPOC represented 72% of the youth prosecuted and 86% of the youth incarcerated in King County. The system is harmful, ineffective, and costly. I urge you to end this cycle by investing in a community-driven support system that leads with racial equity and care for our young people, their families, the harmed parties, and our community. Vote for a budget that fully funds RCP and diverts from the harmful juvenile legal system.
Please include your KC council district number in the subject line. To find out your district number, go here: https://www.kingcounty.gov/council/councilmembers/find_district.aspx
Best to email your council member directly. Here's a list:
• Jeanne Kohl-Welles: [email protected]
• Girmay Zahilay: [email protected]
• Claudia Balducci: [email protected]
• Rod Dembowski: [email protected].gov
• Kathy Lambert: [email protected]
• Joe McDermott: [email protected]
• Reagan Dunn: [email protected]
• Pete von Reichbauer: [email protected]
• Dave Upthegrove: [email protected]