Confronting Racism

Do not accept what is; confront it and move toward what should be. This page will present examples of what LWV-TC and other like-minded organizations are doing to move toward a truly diverse and inclusive community.


 LWVWA Endorses Initiative 1000 -- Equality through Affirmative Action

League of Women Voters of Washington has endorsed, and will work to support, Initiative 1000, a statewide Initiative to the Legislature concerning affirmative action. The measure would improve the state's ability to address and remedy cases of discrimination in jobs, schools, and business.  

You can see the official voter petition, including the complete text of I-1000, here. The following descriptions appear on the petition: 

Ballot Measure Summary: This measure would allow the state to remedy documented or proven discrimination against, or underrepresentation of, certain disadvantaged groups. It would allow the state to implement affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracting if the action does not use quotas or preferential treatment. It would define affirmative action and preferential treatment. The measure would establish a Governor’s commission on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and require the commission to draft implementing legislation and publish reports.

Initiative Provisions: This initiative to the legislature will restore affirmative action to remedy discrimination in employment, education, and contracting. It would negate I-200, a measure approved by voters in 1998 that changed state law to prohibit the government from discrimination against or granting preferential treatment to any person/group based race, sex, skin color, ethnicity or national origin. By effectively banning affirmative action, I-200’s passage has made it more difficult to recruit, hire, or promote applicants who are in under-represented populations.

Initiative Language: 
Ballot Title Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1000 concerns remedying discrimination and affirmative action. 
Concise Description: This measure would allow the state to remedy discrimination for certain groups and to implement affirmative action, without the use of quotas or preferential treatment (as defined), in public education, employment, and contracting. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ] 

For more information about the initiative and ways to get involved in supporting it, visit


For a personal perspective on Affirmative Action and other aspects of being a person of color living in Seattle, you will want to read the interview with Ijeoma Oluo on Privilege, Power, And Race, entitled White Lies


Let's Start Now to Learn About Others Through an Embracing Diversity Event:


Read the book: If Beale Street Could Talk

This novel by American novelist and social critic James Baldwin is a love story set in 1970s Harlem.

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See the movie: If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award winning movie Moonlight,  wrote and directed the film adaptation of this novel. The film will be release on November 30, 2018.

      Trailers are now available at this site.

Join LWVTC members and friends for post-movie dinner and talk

As soon as If Beale Street Could Talk is showing in a local theater, a date and time will be set for this event.  Start reading, check this site again for further details, and join the conversation.


AND: You can go to an exhibit where you can see paintings of a well-known African-American pioneer, George Bush, by a renowned African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence.  Both have strong local ties.  The exhibit runs through January 20, 2019, at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma.  While there is paid admission, entrance is free on the 3rd Thursday of each month.


During the 2018 Convention in Chicago, the National League of Women Voters(LWVUS) held several workshops to introduce their new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy:  LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice.  



The LWVUS priority statement related to Immigration is: Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; market economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. 

11/28/18 -- Peter Carrs is a Seattle film maker who recently released a film entitled SO CLOSE TO AMERICA that looks at US immigration policy particularly as it relates to migrant farmworkers. The film is 23 minutes in length and can be found HERE.

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