We are so grateful to the hundreds of advocates, community leaders, students, and other civic-minded Washingtonians who gathered at the Northwest African American Museum for the Budget & Policy Center’s Budget Matters 2019 Policy Summit to discuss the racist impacts of our broken tax code – and how we can work together to advance bold policy solutions that will help address these systemic inequities. The half-day summit included two panels:
The illusion of race-neutral tax policy and tax reform movements: Creating a new vision to advance equity within tax policies and tax reform movements – featured tax policy and racial justice experts Misha Hill from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy; Michael Mitchell from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Andy Nicholas from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center. You can watch a video of this panel on TVW.
Getting a seat at the table: What needs to change so that communities of color have a decision-making role in how state revenue is spent – featured community leaders Sameth Mell of Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees & Communities of Color; Brenda Rodriguez Lopez of Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors; and Ramon Torres of Familias Unidas por La Justicia. A video of this panel is also available on TVW.
During the summit, Maketa Wilborn, a Seattle-based organizational development consultant, master facilitator, and artist visually captured the conversations using large scale illustrations. He also helped facilitate robust conversations during Q&A sessions and an end of the day wrap-up. Below are the illustrations from the summit that also incorporated comments and questions from attendees.