I am Sheley Secrest. I am a mother, an attorney, an activist and friend. I have spent my adult life making Seattle a better and more inclusive place for everyone. I have worked to house the homeless, find justice for the wronged, and bring fairness to business practices. Now I want to bring my knowledge, energy and skills to the Seattle City Council. So that you will know me better, let me share a little bit about myself.
20 years ago, I was a young mom to young children, but I worked my way through law school with the help and support of my community. I am fighting for economic justice! That is why, as a policy analyst for the Alliance for a Just Society, I helped to organize the food workers strike that led to $15 an hour in SeaTac. It is why, while at the NAACP, I worked with the ACLU to restore voting rights to felons. I also worked with Office of Labor Standards to enforce and uphold labor practices in Seattle. And it is why I fought for and won the inclusion rule to make Sound Transit hire minority owned businesses.
I am fighting to reform criminal justice! I served for four years on the City of Seattle Office of Professional Accountability, where I worked with City Council and Mayor’s office on creating stronger systems of civilian oversight and reviewed completed police misconduct investigations and auditor reports. Eventually, I brought in the Department of Justice and after a nine-month investigation, the DOJ and the City of Seattle entered into an agreement embodied in the consent decree to eliminate unconstitutional policing.
I am fighting for social justice! While serving on the Black Community Impact Alliance, we secured the purchase of the YK building and this spring it will open to 130 young adults making less than $19,000 a year. My job as part of the McCleary lawsuit was to record the experiences in public schools for black and brown children. Experiences like having to use photocopies of textbooks rather than...textbooks. I even worked with Seattle City Council members Nick Licata and Bruce Harrell to confront the problem of abandoned houses due to predatory lending as the first step to turning around our neighborhoods.
I am Sheley Secrest and I am fighting for you. I will not spot fighting for you. I will not stop fighting for civil justice, social justice, criminal justice and economic justice until there is JUSTICE FOR ALL.