Look Back: Budget Matters 2019

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:

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Panelists: Andy Nicholas, Michael Mitchell, and Misha Hill

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.

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Panelists: Spanish-to-English interpreter Claudia Castrejon, Ramon Torres, Sameth Mell, and Brenda Rodriguez Lopez.

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.

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Maketa Wilborn facilitating end of summit wrap-up.

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.

Policy panel illustration by Maketa Wilborn
Community panel illustration by Maketa Wilborn

To see more photos from the summit, check out the photo album on our Facebook page!


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