Thank you to all of the advocates, community leaders, policymakers, students, and other civic-minded Washingtonians who joined us on November 17 for Budget Matters 2020 Virtual Summit — Where we go from here: Ensuring an equitable recovery. We are grateful for and inspired by all of you!
The current public health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are exacerbating deeply rooted inequities. What would it look like for an economic recovery to center community well-being? How can we get resources directly to the people who need them most? What role can advocates and lawmakers play to fund the investments needed for a robust and equitable recovery? Together, we will build an economy that works for everybody.
Longtime champion for justice, Paola Maranan, moderated an opening panel conversation that featured Pamela Duncan, CEO and President of Metropolitan Development Council and Toni Lodge, CEO of The Native Project (pictured left to right, above – Abigail Scholar, executive director of Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors and steering committee member of Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, pictured second from left, was unable to attend). Learn more about our speakers here.
Breakout sessions focused on three critical policy areas: Basic needs, Cash assistance, and Progressive revenue. Speakers included local community leaders as well as members of the Budget & Policy Center team. Learn more about the breakout sessions here.