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"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson
Millennials are now at an age where they are reflecting on their lives and are asking themselves what kind of society they want to build for our future generations. We need representation.
My career in mortgage finance gave me a comprehensive understanding of how money circulates, federal and state finance laws, core practices of the real estate industry that inhibit affordable housing. My skillset includes navigating through bureaucratic procedures and simplifying complex ideas of discussion to the average person. In addition, my knowledge and dedicated work with the homeless community over the years signals the need for creative and innovative leadership to solve the current and looming Crisis at hand.
Seattle is enriched with technological talent sourced from all over the world. We now have the capability to transition our financial system out of a traditional banking system and onto a decentralized blockchain (without the need for banks) in a very environmentally friendly capacity. The actions of the banks during the coronavirus demonstrated corruption when they were given the responsibility of distributing stimulus relief that left many small businesses in the dust. With ample evidence of misconduct and threats of cyber-attacks, a decentralized blockchain can restore power and voices to the people.
The core technology of cryptocurrency, the blockchain, has recently emerged as a well-behaved innovation with a wide range of applications, able to redesign our interactions in politics and society at large. As a technology, blockchain is quickly becoming unrivaled.
With the diffusion of blockchain applications, it will be finally possible for citizens to eliminate the need for heavy institutional control and design a new social contract based on consensus rather than coercion for a more transparent, autonomous, and innovative society.
A key application of blockchain in our city would integrate a voting system in which each Seattle resident could be assigned a "wallet" and equal distribution of "coins." That is, a chance to cast a vote on how grants, elections, small businesses, city projects, charities get funded with accounting already programmed in (think of Kickstarter or GoFundMe), the results of which would allow for secure, anonymous voting, monitored in real-time. Furthermore, it would thoroughly unveil how our tax dollars are being spent, provide data on the effectiveness of these projects, and finally, hold our elected officials accountable to the people vs. lobbyist corporations.
Blockchain, whether applied to voting machines, news curation, or the political system itself, it presents valuable qualities, particularly related to tamper-evident and permanent databases and record-keeping, that could enhance transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement in areas that materially affect democratic governance and sustainable development around the world. We must give it a chance.
I fully believe that these proposed solutions, among many of my other ideas surrounding affordable housing, homeless Crisis, transparency, police budgets, addiction crisis, healthcare, and public interface, will solve many of the systemic issues at large.
We live in 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. Particular religious 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.
My work with the homeless community found that Mutual Aid was highly effective and minimized overhead. 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 could profoundly impact this humanitarian Crisis. Transparency in this sector could save a lot of unnecessary spending. Finally, my 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.
With 44,000 people facing eviction in king county when the moratorium expires, Seattle could very likely double the population of the homeless community by ineffective action.
My outrage at the current system is as follows:
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 even a "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, iboga, peyote, mushrooms have time after time been shown to be a healthy alternative to spending the money to house them in jail. 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.
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 non-transparent in meeting the public. Obtaining this position, would allow me to educate, inform, and lead the collective interests towards initiatives free from corruption and lobbyist influences.
Every company I've worked for invests in understanding the pulse of it's employees and 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 know why).
This last year, Seattle had a wake-up call and found out that Police, rooted in racism and incentivized to criminalize the poor, were abusing their power without any accountability. How they have treated protestors is deplorable. Protesting is critical to bi-partisan freedom in our democracy and should be treated with the highest respect. While we still need people who enforce the laws of our government, we do not need to fund the militarization of Police against our most vulnerable group of citizens.
Their role should be protecting and SERVING the community and not excessively jailing its residents. There is absolutely no reason why Police should be called to a mental health crisis, sweeping homeless people trying to survive or non-emergency crimes.
It is time we gave Firefighters, social workers, and mental health professionals a raise by re-allocating unnecessary police funds and let them take on the responsibility of caring for the community. Consequences for actions are imperative to the structure of our society; however, mental health, victimless crimes, poverty, and mistakes should not have a permanent impact on an individual's freedom or future.
I've taken enough loan applications to know that EMTs, Counselors, social workers, mental health providers make less than 50k (on average 39k) while Police make (65k – 100k). With close to 200 officers leaving the department, we have close to 200 salaries and benefits we could use to fund more of these service response teams.
Poverty is a direct symptom of systemic racism in our country and deserves reparations.
Age 31, Born and raised in Redmond, Wa, Jordan has been an advocate to the homeless community, Black Lives Matter, blockchain technology in government, a living wage, and most recently Free Palestine. She is currently running for Seattle City Council 8