NAACP Snohomish County to investigate whether media, fellow councilmembers are targeting Josh Binda

 

Josh Binda

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Snohomish County said Thursday that it has launched an investigation into alleged targeting of Lynnwood City Councilmember Josh Binda by the news media and fellow city councilmembers.

Specifically, the organization said it is investigating if misinformation is being used to justify actions against Binda. In a press release, the NAACP of Snohomish County stated that it “recognizes that young black voices are often maliciously silenced and the investigation aims to shed light on any injustices Councilmember Binda may have faced.”

Binda, who was elected to the city council in 2021, has been the subject of ongoing controversy in recent months. Previously, he was fined $500 for using $2,913.09 of his campaign funds for personal use and failing to file documents about his expenses on time. Binda also received backlash when he filmed a video in the Lynnwood council chambers about his then-upcoming Love Conquers All tour. When it was uncovered that Binda had been paid over $20,000 for his speaking tour, he was accused of using his status as a councilmember and city property for personal gain.

“Given the current climate in the country, we are deeply concerned that young black voices are being targeted and suppressed,” said NAACP Snohomish County President Janice Greene. “Having recently witnessed the attempt to silence Representatives Justin Pearson and Justin Jones in Tennessee, we realize this may be endemic nationwide. Discriminatory behavior has no place in our County, and we plan to expose it if it exists.”

 

  1. It’s about time! Everything I’ve read in Lynnwood Today has been aimed at making Binda look as bad as possible. I wondered if anyone was going to step up and counter the opinions being put forth as news. Thank you, NAACP. I’m not sure if the weekly print edition is owned by the same people as Lynnwood Today, but there is nowhere in that publication to print letters to the editor. The same slant is then picked up and published by the Everett Herald. Again, thank you NAACP.

    1. Hi Catherine — Please note that we don’t have a print publication — that is the Lynnwood Times and their coverage of this issue has differed in a variety of ways from ours. We welcome both letters to the editor and comments on this or any other topic of concern to Lynnwood. — Teresa Wippel, Publisher.

      1. Thank you for correcting my misunderstanding about any connection between Lynnwood Today and Lynnwood Times. At least you make it possible for people to respond to your articles.

  2. As an outside observer, it seems to me like Binda did some bad things while in office and the NAACP has really not put any evidence forward otherwise. I don’t like the idea of bureaucrats or elected officials getting away with wrongdoing just because of their political alignment/race.

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