As our community grapples with creating better and more responsive emergency systems (what many refer to as “defunding the police”) we at DESC want to share what we’ve learned during decades of experience working with marginalized people and doing crisis response. Continue reading “Building better crisis response systems”
Juneteenth (Fri June 19) marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 and the date when the last enslaved people received the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, two years after it happened. Despite the lack of federal recognition, this holiday has lived on through yearly celebrations, parades, and activism.
DESC stands with our community in calling for the major changes needed to overcome the systemic racism in our society that manifests in so many ways and especially in the killing of black people by police. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only some of the most recent examples of the outcomes of our country’s pervasive and persistent racial injustice. We share our grief and solidarity with the Black, indigenous, and other people of color whose lives are harmed continuously by racism.Continue reading “Black Lives Matter”
Update from April 8, 2020
The COVID-19 emergency continues to present evolving challenges to all of us at DESC, but I’m proud to share that we continue to rise to these challenges thanks to our incredibly dedicated team of employees and our many partners in the community. Continue reading “DESC’s activities related to COVID-19”
A recent KOMO TV piece about emergency calls to DESC’s programs in the 500 block of Third Avenue did not provide a complete view of what is occurring and why. Continue reading “A Note About Our Main Shelter”