Please explore my website! My plan is to improve the efficiency of the city budget, upgrade our technology, and restore the voice of our community.
I am an outsider to the political world, but I want to focus on legislation that provides more EQUITY to marginalized communities and younger generations.
Imagine opening an app, with a user friendly interface such as facebook, and have a voice over legislative practices or how your tax dollars are spent? This technology has the capability to audit the effectiveness of our tax dollars and hold elected leaders accountable to the will of the people. I am not taking away traditional methods of engagement from those who prefer them, I am adding to the toolbox of our political infrastructure. I encourage you to email me or text me with questions!
I recommend watching my video above; however, here are a few applications of this technology. Past this section are my proposals for non-blockchain solutions to key issues.
Employees and workers would have a private platform to upload pictures, video evidence or recordings of employer misconduct, harsh working conditions, sexual harassment, and such recordings would automatically be sent to union reps and other entities tasked with ensuring workers' rights. In addition, they would have a way to interact with these safeguards without the fear of jeopardizing their jobs until a legitimate legal claim could be made.
Activists would also have a safe place to speak out on issues without repercussions and provide a level of privacy to ensure more engagement and reform. Petitions could be sent and validated with integrity through the e-signature feature. This would streamline and remove a lot of red tape imposed throughout the years.
Blockchain would also streamline these processes of obtaining and getting access to vital records like your birth certificate, state ID, vaccination records, licensing title deeds payroll, and would all be associated with your unique, yet changing, blockchain ID and would be accessible through your portal. Apple Inc is already in the process of adding a digital ID to their wallet. In addition, it would ensure the integrity of an e-signature which we've all gotten used to over quarantine.
As we get organized, we get more powerful. With blockchain, we would have considerable control over our legislative practices and be able repeal red tape put there by self-serving lobbyists. I would propose integrating a voting system or Pulse in which each Seattle resident could be assigned a wallet and an equal distribution of tokens that gives them an opportunity to cast a vote, like GoFundMe. Residents would have the capability to determine how grants are allocated, city projects, elections, small business ventures, property development, how much Police or Social Workers are funded. Blockchain allows for accountability and impacts to be already programmed in. Our elections would have integrity; people could provide feedback, fresh ideas, suggestions from new voices who want to contribute, and log complaints that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Currently, Seattle has a program called democracy dollars for residents who want to fund the campaigns of political candidates can do so at no cost to them. They receive $100 of city sponsored dollars. With great intentions at campaign finance reform, it lacks accessibility. Utilizing blockchain, residents would have a way to instantly transfer funds to the candidates of their choice vs. having to search through mail, print, sign, drop off. In addition, the accounting done by the treasurer would be streamlined so candidates would have access to these funds immediately without any threat of outside influence. Finally, the accounting features integrated into these funds would automatically track how candidates are using these donations instead of manually inputting individual transactions into outdated software systems.
One application for affordable housing would be to incentivize/re-zone parts of the city focusing on Co-op styles of ownership. Individuals would be able to have an equitable stake in a house or space and reside at 50.01% of the cost. The other 49.9% of the equity would be funded through fractional shares of equity from other members of the community that would mimic the role of a Real Estate investment trust. While they may have claim to equity, they would not have claim to inhabit the residence. As the appreciation of the property increases, so does the return on value to the stakeholders. Applying this strategy to an apartment complex, these owners of equity would be able to set a fair rental price vs a single landlord or company by an equitable voting system. They could assign their own requirements to occupy spaces like an apartment complex, such as removing the need for a credit check, deposits, pet rent. Additionally, renters would now have an affordable way to build equity, wealth, and be able to borrow against or sell their equity in desperate times. We need to stop the paycheck to paycheck cycle and refocus on building equity and passive income for marginalized communities and generations to come. Blockchain is imperative to this type of framing in our economic system.
With blockchain, there are a few different applications we could use. Body cam footage, case reports, and complaints from citizens would be uploaded to the city interface in real-time and prevent any attempts to alter or delete the information “accidentally”. Citizens could upload videos, recordings, and log complaints sent directly to the ACLU or other political coalitions. In addition, this interface could be programmed to identify Police officers who repeatedly abuse their power or who are ineffective at their job. I want to live in a society where victimless crimes are settled in civil court vs. a criminal one. The community should be able to dictate the level of accountability or consequences of actions and not personality types who have repeatedly broken the city's trust. When freedom, life, death, and opportunity are on the table, it is imperative to our democracy, that we restore these decisions back to the community.
Blockchain would be able to audit how every donation is spent while measuring the efficiency of getting aid. Non-profits would also be ranked and reviewed by those utilizing their services and have access to a more extensive network of donors. Finally, a mutual aid category could be added in which a resident could write off their donations to a person in need directly.
The Seattle Times reported that "The Seattle-area vacancy rate was higher in 2020 than at any point in the last decade, according to CoStar. The 7.3% rate was up from 5.8% from a year earlier". Furthermore, the city of Seattle spent $627k just on monitoring vacant buildings? With office vacancies rising to 17%, this spending will most likely only worsen as many companies are transitioning to remote work.
Blockchain technology would monitor, tax, and incentivize homeowners/ investors who have vacant homes that could be used to house well-vetted demographics of the homeless community.
Rather than solely taxing or fining these owners, we could levy a program in which vetted homeless individuals could access vacant housing, provide necessary upkeep, or even small renovation projects based on the experience of the individual—resulting in a large portion of the homeless population getting access to housing and saving the city money, which would go towards helping more complex problems associated with homelessness.
One of the more useful applications of this technology, is that it would allow homeless people the ease of access to register and vote in our elections. Especially, on charter amendments that directly impact them.
Finally, blockchain is being implemented worldwide, and I feel like the United States is getting left behind. Before regulations are imposed by big businesses, banks, lobbyists, etc., I'd like to set the example for what the future of this technology holds for the city of Seattle. It is not a matter of if it will be implemented, it is a matter of when!
Ultimately, my largest objective would be to launch a city currency or token that will add millions if not billions to our city budget and divest from our traditional banking system. Using this token in everyday exchanges would potential grant us a way to fund universal basic income to residents. The marijuana industry is not allowed to put their "cash" into federal financial systems. Transitioning this liquidity to a Seattle city token, could generate huge revenue streams for social programs and save these industries $$$ and hassle of transporting cash. Sounds like a win win!
Police Institutions who have created their own "blue lives" culture have trained for decades on a foundation of slavery, classism, and racism, should not be trusted with the futures of our youth.
A criminal record can wreak havoc on someones future for the rest of their life. This can impact access to housing, employment opportunities, and perpetuate cycles of generational poverty and trauma. I want to live in a society where victimless crimes such as theft or malicious mischief (graffiti) are held accountable in a civil court, not a criminal one. It is imperative to democracy that the community dictate the terms of accountability for residents; not a system built on discrimination.
Repealing Qualified Immunity is critical to holding police accountable for their actions.
Until that time, we can get creative by investing in social workers, healthcare professionals, private security, emt's, and fire fighters for non-violent and mental health situations. We have been conditioned to believe that police are the only people to call in nearly every situation. This is simply not true. The liability they pose to the city, refusing to demonstrate any meaningful reform, and recent statistics which truly emphasize a failing grade in solving crimes or testing rape kits, I ask why would we continue paying so much into this department when other critical areas of social reform should be prioritized.
Until that time, I propose we rebrand Police Uniforms and Vehicles. While a uniform may be required in some instances, everyday use is perpetuating a "Stanford Prison Experiment" attitude that should be addressed. I'd like to see if it makes any difference in the approach by officers in everyday engagements.
Until that time, creating a public interface and organizing the public to ensure qualified immunity is repealed.
Until that time, IQ tests
Until that time, any misconduct by officers are held accountable by uploading evidence directly to the insurance companies on the public interface. The insurance companies are the only ones making any headway in firing officers who repeatedly abuse their power.
Until that time, Police officers should be required to pass a course in critical race theory before they are provided with a deadly weapon.
In 2020, the City of Seattle discharged 86 million gallons of combined sewage and untreated stormwater into local bodies of water. That figure is derived by adding up all the combined sewage discharges through the 82 outfalls listed in Table 5-4 of the most recent SPU report (pp. 65-83).
With a $3million dollar investment. We could harness this new Sewage and waste technology to provide energy and water to the city. Colorado already has a similar system in place. Costs would be recouped within 5 years. The technology generates energy from the biogas it creates out of household wastewater, including sewage. Carbon is extracted from the wastewater and pumped into digesters kept at 38°C filled with bacteria. These produce biogas – mostly methane – that is then burned to make heat and electricity.
Retrofitting areas of the city, most vulnerable to upcoming heat waves with hemp concrete, tree canopies, and plant based parking lots could provide much needed relief to residents facing future soaring temperatures and slow the overflow of our sewer systems.
We live in one of the richest nation and one of the wealthiest states in the "free" world. Homelessness should not exist! There are some wonderful people with big hearts working in our community, severely underpaid and overworked. I feel that current structures incentivize non-profits with a "for-profit business" model. Particularly, evangelical charities continually create unsafe and predatory environments. Many of the LGBTQ and vulnerable demographics of the houseless community choose to remain on the streets for safety concerns because of these practices.
My work with the homeless community over the years, found that the amount of time and energy it takes to be homeless is a huge factor in getting prolonged. Having resources available on a centralized platform and in a localized area to access them could profoundly impact this humanitarian Crisis. Transparency in this sector could save a lot of unnecessary spending. Finally, a priority would be to end the unethical sweeps of people's only possessions without any recourse or plan to transition them from their current situation.
Earlier this year, the federal government partnered with Uber and Lyft in order to provide rides to vaccination stations. With that same concept of thinking, we could partner with companies like Airbnb or VRBO to help assist in placing vetted members of the homeless community into housing when shelters are full. Seattle has a 6% tax on Airbnb properties and spends nearly 600k of city money to monitor vacant buildings. Money is being wasted on projects that could go towards supporting members of the homeless community with more complex issues.
With estimates of 60k people facing eviction in king county when the moratorium expires, Seattle could very likely double the population of the homeless community by ineffective action.
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We have the technology to be completely transparent to the community being represented by our current officials. Unfortunately, I have felt the past year that our leaders have been ineffective and not-transparent in engaging the public on their platform. Obtaining this position, would allow me to educate, inform, and lead the collective interests towards initiatives free from corruption, special interests, and lobbyist influences.
Every company I've worked for, invests in understanding the "pulse" of their employees, yet our government seems to skip over a crushing majority of their constituents without any accountability as to why they make the decisions they do. We are a very educated and respectful city.
I am going to do something that no politician has ever done, until a better interface is set up. Please do not abuse this privilege, but if you have a major concern, legitimate question about my platform, or a brilliant idea please text me/call me on my cellphone:
In my last job, I was very used to handling high volumes of calls, messages, and emails. I would also like to incorporate systems used by influencers in order to meet the needs of the public. Such as hosting Instagram Lives, Facebook Lives, Answering questions, Seattle Think Tanks.
We need a public interface, incentivizing community engagement in their government.
My career in mortgage lending gave me an inside look at many of the flawed and discriminatory practices that continue to exist in real estate today. With inflation and the Cost of homeownership rising to unprecedented levels that our current"livable wage" can't address, tokenizing real estate on the blockchain, unionizing renters, and reforming discriminatory lending practices, and reforming our current zoning laws could have an enormous economic impact on building wealth for future generations vs. a small pocket of wealthy developers.
Addiction and mental health have plagued Seattle communities. Without access to healthcare and safe places for our most vulnerable to heal, addiction is left unchecked. Investing in medical treatments such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, peyote, psilocybin have been shown to be a healthy alternative to jailing them. Until we regain control of our healthcare industry free from pharmaceutical influences and lobbyists, this is a strikingly effective method of giving someone another chance at life. The commonality in programs that prove effective, such as AA, is an acceptance from community.
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Designated zones in the city allocated for electrically/ solar powered golf carts free for residents to use. No cars would be allowed in those zones except for residents who live there. Seattle's largest carbon output stems from vehicle emissions. The yellow lines represent roads used for alternative methods of transportation like electric golf carts, bicycles, scooters, etc. I’d like to provide alternative transportation methods, support, and access to resources.
In addition, I'd like to connect these routes with “expression zones” in which people could create art, music, ideas, access internet/technology, access social workers, mutual aid, and designated conversation areas in which the public could engage with their community. People need an outlet. Please see design ideas.
Each space depending on the location should have a unique theme. Some ideas I had, include drum circles, meditation spaces, yoga or exercise areas, artist spaces, live music, conversation tables, outdoor comfortable workspaces with internet, opinion/speech stage, and area for buskers.
Last year we saw an explosion of pet adoption, art, expression, and I'd like to expand off this idea. Expression of the collective consciousness breathes life into new perspectives, motivates the uninspired to become passionate in very serious topics, and provides the energy to maintain such convictions. Please understand I am not a professional in the art of park design, however I created this picture modeled off of Cal Anderson Park to use as an example. Please note, I would want the community to decide on the space and layout. We have some talented folks in this city.
My grandmother was a woman before her time and her work as a social worker, raging liberal political candidate in Idaho, grant writer, intellectual, and activist has deeply inspired me. I remember reading one of the papers she wrote on race when I was in high school that changed my life. She is Native/Hispanic. Her paper cited many stories and observations surrounding her five children's adolescence and adulthoods (half of her children “looked strikingly white” and the other half looked strikingly native/Hispanic) in which discrimination affected important opportunities surrounding employment, education, housing, friend groups, and negative interactions with the criminal justice department. This was a profound realization that changed how I viewed the current systems in place. I found myself obsessed with literary works from Howard Zinn. I learned that even if racism did not exist, the systems would still impact communities of color disproportionately.
The first day of protests for George Floyd in Seattle, in which Police yanked a pink umbrella away, was my first experience witnessing the structure of my society crumble. I look at that day and the days following, as the beginning of our community coming together to prioritize solidarity, compassion, and critical thinking. CHOP in the first couple weeks exploded with creative expression, powerful conversations, education, and speeches. CHOP was the first time I felt FREE. I was saddened to see it destabilized with suspicious acts of violence right before a “patriot protest”. Regardless, I learned so much about the systemics of racism and how it has affected nearly every single institution of control in a way I’ve never heard before. This lit a fire in my heart to support and become an ally to this movement in any way I could. Queue the death threats.
The Battle of Portland was a very powerful and impactful moment in my life. I had been watching videos on social media about protestors getting abducted by unmarked vans, mom’s getting tear gassed, veterans getting beaten, and I refused to sit back. I felt in my heart and soul that our democracy was in jeopardy. I went on the Next-Door App and buy nothing groups to ask for supplies. Conveniently, many GenX members offered old gas masks, bullet proof vests, defensive military equipment left over from WTO protests many years ago. Mother’s and other supporters provided masks, snacks, and medical supplies that I loaded into my car to take down. I was stunned at how many people helped.
In full Camo Gear, gas mask, body armor, and sign that read, “SEATTLE IS HERE”, I wanted the FED and whoever else was monitoring the situation to know that Portland was not alone despite their attempts of dividing Seattle activists that weekend. The protests were invigorating to be a part of. I witnessed mothers, veterans, teachers, witches, and other members of the community coming together. They stood up to injustice with the possibility of losing their freedom, their life, or even getting coronavirus. I saw every generation, every demographic of color, sexual orientation, gender, profession, even religious affiliations become a hive of unified consciousness. The FED lost the narrative shortly after. That unity and solidarity, as fireworks, tear gas, and rubber bullets grazed by, will forever be burned into my mind.
Last year I tried to listen, educate myself, educate my very racist Facebook page, and be a witness to injustice. I did not want to be perceived as some "white women" with a savior complex. I wanted to be an ally and supporter of the cause in any way I could, so I did not take a role of leadership. I think I have a lot of great ideas and was offered an opportunity to put them out there. First and foremost, I am running to represent millennials and to add a voice to the discussion of our future. I am running as an Ally to the Black Lives Matter movement, I am not running to be a leader of it. I am running to restore power and give a voice to the most vulnerable in our communities. I am willing to sacrifice my life, my reputation, whatever it takes to liberate us from this cycle of oppression.
Seattle needs healing
Age 31, Born and raised in Redmond, Wa. Recently leaving her career as a mortgage lender, Jordan has been an advocate to the homeless community, Black Lives Matter, a proponent of blockchain technology in government, a living wage, most recently Free Palestine and wishes to focus on the community full time.