Supporting each other

Dear D5 Neighbors, Our letter this week brings hope that many of you are now (or soon) back in your homes lit by electricity, with running water that doesn’t need to be boiled, nor toilets that need to be flushed using buckets of snow. Like many of you, we worried...

Stay in the Struggle for True Safety

When Council Member Kitchen’s “HEAL” initiative passed last week, it created a timeline for racial justice action. By March 4, City Manager Spencer Cronk must return to council with a plan to “disallow” camping in four high-visibility locations throughout the city. In...

Discomfort is Not a Public Safety Risk

Greetings D5 for Black Lives Community, Discomfort is not a public safety risk The argument against allowing unhoused people to camp in visible places is often phrased in terms of “public safety.” The data does not support that public camping makes the community less...

Where do we go from here?

Dear D5 for Black Lives Community, Since our last newsletter, White supremacists attempted a coup on the US Capitol. A violent mob waved Trump flags and posed for selfies with Capitol police. As many have noted, if the perpetrators had been Black, police would have...