In this week's paper you'll find a story from the Seattle suburbs, where Latino residents of Burien are facing a nativist backlash from City Council candidates and outside anti-immigrant groups who want to repeal protections for religious minorities and undocumented workers.
But there's a resistance to Burien's wave of Trump-style politics, too: A new political action committee has registered to raise money for council candidates who support protecting the city's sanctuary ordinance from repeal. Burien For All, managed by a board of directors that includes state legislator Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien), Burien City Council member Lauren Berkowitz, and nightlife entrepreneur Dave Meinert, filed paperwork for their campaign a day after the Burien City Council voted to send the repeal measure to the November ballot.
"Right now the strategy of Burien For All is just to raise money, and when we get closer to election day make decisions about how to deploy that towards our goals," Burien For All political consultant Jeff Upthegrove told The Stranger. "There is a campaign organization called Burien Represent that already has a No on Initiative 1 campaign, and we are most likely going to follow their lead in terms of strategic approach."
The difference between Burien For All and Burien Represent, Upthegrove said, is that Burien For All seeks to fund the candidacies of Krystal Marx, Pedro Olguin, Jimmy Matta, and Nancy Tosta. In November, these candidates will face off against a "Burien Proud, Burien First" slate of politicians who oppose Burien's sanctuary city ordinance, safe injection sites, and seek to restore "law and order" to the city.
For more background on the candidates and these races, read the story here.