Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is a community organizer, cultural worker, artist, attorney, and candidate for Seattle City Council Position 9. Nikkita has lived in Seattle, WA since 2004 and has served as a community support and cultural worker with Urban Impact, the Union Gospel Mission’s YROC (Youth Reach Out Center), the Urban Youth Leadership Academy, Seattle Urban Academy, Who’s Next?, Year Up, and Writers in School. They are currently Executive Director of CREATIVE JUSTICE--an arts-based healing-engaged space for youth.
1. Seattle is facing a dire housing crisis that city policies can solve. With the city’s Comprehensive Plan implementation on the horizon, now is the time to think big and bold about housing in Seattle.
2. Divest from Policing to Invest in Community
Seattle spends far too much of its revenue on cops and courts, while our communities lack basic necessities. City policies can change to invest in human needs. We must address the root causes of harm, invest in culturally responsive community-led care solutions, and stop punishing people for the failures of the system.
3. Environmental Justice
A Seattle Green New Deal can eliminate climate pollution by 2030, address historical injustice and to create thousands of good jobs. SEATTLE FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL has already been leading the way and it is time that the City Council follow the lead of the people.
4. Children, Youth, and Families Deserve to Thrive
City policies can give young people, parents, and households the support they need to thrive -- not just thrive -- in Seattle.
5. Racial & Social Justice
The wealth gap in Seattle is unjust and racialized. City policies can help to close it. When we alleviate the burdens of the most marginalized, all will benefit.
6. Disaster Relief & Preparing for Disasters
When disaster strikes, people with the most wealth have the easiest time, and poor people and BIPOC are in the most danger. City policies could make a difference in preparing all of Seattle for the next time the air is full of smoke, or for when the next pandemic or earthquake hits us.
7. Thriving Sustained Local Arts and Culture Community
Local artists and cultural workers are essential to the health of our communities. Arts and cultural practices promote the mental, social and spiritual health of our communities, and access to the arts helps young people thrive.
8. Universal Healthcare
Healthcare is a human right. Access to quality healthcare, including mental healthcare, should not be dependent upon someone’s employment, marital status, immigration status, or gender. Ensuring that everyone has health care prevents expensive emergency room visits, reduces the spread of disease, and improves everyone’s health in the City, as well as reducing contact with the criminal legal system.
9. Democracy and Participation
We need the people of the City, especially working people, to have more say in what goes on in our city. That means how we develop the city, and how we generate revenue and what we spend it on.
we build safety. Meeting basic needs is a baseline for community safety. Our city deserves better options than violent policing and mass incarceration as our only choices for public safety. The majority of what we call crime happens because people do not have their basic needs met. In order for us to create the safer city we imagine, we need affordable and social housing, equitable transportation, affordable childcare, fully funded schools with school counselors, restorative justice coordinators, and health services, more culturally responsive and accessible youth programs, health and sex education that teaches healthy relationships, accessible mental health supports, an array of community-based options for supporting domestic violence survivors and restorative and transformative responses for those who cause harm, civilianized 911, community-based drug user supports, and thriving wage employment opportunities. We must make investments in mobile mental health and crisis support teams immediately, so we can get the right care to people experiencing emergencies when they need it.