Historic Vote on I-940, De-Escalation Initiative
After months of following the progress of failed legislation in 2017, collecting signatures to get I-940 to the Legislature for the 2018 session, and advocating for it, we are pleased to post this News Release written by Thurston County resident Leslie Cushman, Co-chair of DeEscalate Washington:
In an historic vote, the state legislature has passed I-940 and ESHB 3003, to address police use of deadly force. To move forward, De-Escalate Washington leadership and law enforcement sat down to hear each other and listen. The process brought the parties together and paved the way for collaboration and an agreement on I-940.
Together, I-940 and the agreed upon policy in ESHB 3003 strengthen and clarify the measure so that implementation goes more smoothly and the legal standards for the “good faith” standard are more clear.
I-940 and ESHB 3003:
· Require violence de-escalation and mental health training.
· Require first aid training for all officers and require that police render first aid at the earliest safe opportunity.
- Removes the de facto immunity and adopts a reasonable officer standard.
- Requires completely independent investigations of use of deadly force.
- Requires notification of Tribal governments where a tribal person was injured or killed.
- Brings diverse community stakeholders into the process for input on policy.
Gun Safety: A League Priority
Pamela Goodwin, President LWV Florida, statement:
As Floridians continue to grapple with the massacres at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, our state is mourning yet another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. At least 17 people have died, while many others have been injured. Our thoughts are with the Parkland community and those families forever impacted by today's unspeakable tragedy.
The shooter, now in custody, was reportedly a former student who apparently chose an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle to use as his weapon. These types of weapons have been used in mass shootings again and again, including Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; San Bernardino, California; Orlando, Florida; Sutherland Springs, Texas; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Right now, the Florida Legislature has before it legislation to ban military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines but has failed to act.
This shooting is further proof that semiautomatic weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians. They are weapons of mass destruction. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida call upon our Legislature currently in Session to hear and pass the ban on assault weapons — HB 219 and SB 196.
Our hearts break for the young lives that were ripped away in a senseless and all-too-common act of brutality. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is committed to fighting for smart, responsible gun legislation. The federal government will not change these laws; the state of Florida can and should protect its citizens, and most importantly its children.
League of Women Voters US Statement regarding immigration:
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.
It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.
The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nationls.
HOW WE WORK
League members work on a variety of issues over each program year. A series of General Public meetings began in January 2018. You can read about the meeting that have been held so far on out Program Reports page. Interesting stuff.
Upcoming General Meetings are detailed on the Upcoming Events page. Come and join us!
On Feb 17, 2018, League members gathered for an annual “Program Planning” meeting. They reviewed both National and Local League positions, went through a structured process to come up with recommendations for changes to both. A summary table of results is available here.
For our National position there is a recommendation for adding specific language related to climate change to our positions on Natural Resources. We sent this recommendation off to National League.
Our Local position recommendations will be brought to the Annual Meeting in May for a vote of the membership. Further information about this meeting, as welll as decisions made, will be posted here as they become available.
Fianlly, one of our primary events that serves to spotlight LWVTC activities, as well as raise funds for our Education Fund, which we use to underwrite our Public meetings, is our Education Fund Benefit Luncheon. This will be held in the Fall of 2018, so watch for it on our Upcoming Events page.