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.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THURSTON COUNTY --LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE BOOK GROUP

LWV TC Let’s Talk About Race Book Group   We will be obtaining our books, and conducting our sessions, via the PageTuners Book Club Kits.

Our first read was So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.  Two separate groups had lively and engaging discussion of this book.

Our March book is  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and we had scheduled There, There by Tony Orange for April.

Due to the need to cancel the March and April meeting, due to the COVID-19 virus crisis, we have had to put discussion of these reads "on hold."  

Rescheduling will be done as soon as we are confident about the ability to hold in-person meeting.  But, reading is still a GO!

 

IMMIGRATION RELATED MATERIAL

Upcoming Public Meeting to address   Who is Allowed to Be an American? Supporting justice and fairness for our immigrant and refugee neighbors

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County (LWVTC) is sponsoring a community forum to address:

  • the latest threats faced by our immigrant and refugee neighbors,
  • steps being taken locally and statewide to mitigate these threats, and
  • actions we can take to support these efforts.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Mason County, the Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance and other organizations focused on protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees, this forum supports the League’s positions on immigration as stated in Impact on Issues 2018-2020:  

Speakers who have been invited:

  • Rabbi Seth Goldstein from Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia with words of inspiration about his congregation’s commitment to “welcome the stranger.”
  • Steffani Powell (practicing US Immigration Law in Olympia and member of Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance): a brief update on current issues and concerns e.g., restrictions on asylum applications, new “public charge” rules, and denaturalization efforts.
  • Ximena Velazquez-Arenas (attorney drafting rules to implement Keep Washington Working legislation (SB 5497). SB 5497 requires the state Attorney General to develop model policies limiting immigration enforcement in public schools, health facilities and shelters to ensure safe access for immigrants in Washington State.
  • Monserrat Padilla (director of 180 member Washington Immigration Support Network (WAISN): will provide an update on the WAISN legislative agenda including bills passed by the 2020 State Legislature.

For more information, please contact Karen Tvedt at tvedtkl@msn.com or 360-584-4526.

 

LWVUS Position

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

    The current Immigration System is far from meeting our expectations. In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status.
    The League supports federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations.  
    The League also opposed the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, which would have put immigrant youth at risk of deportation and opposed actions at our borders to separate children from their families at the border and funding a wall at our southern border. During the 2018 Convention in Chicago, IL, League members marched in support of immigrants and families while protesting this and other pieces of related legislation. The League also opposed the Trump Administrations “Public Charge Rule,” which directed immigration officials to limit the entrance of immigrants who they deemed would become: more dependent on government funding” to meet their basic human needs.
    Because of a request made in 2016, the League clarified part of its position on immigration “to mean that simple illegal re-entry is not considered a ‘serious crime’ for League advocacy purposes.”
   In the 115th Congress (2017-2019), the League opposed the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy by the Trump Administration. In response, the League again advocated for passage of a clean DREAM Act in Congress. The LWVUS Lobby Corps lobbied both the House and the Senate on this issue.
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June 17, 2019 -- Second Annual Hispanic Rountable Community Summit

LWV-TC participated in this summit, as an Exhibitor, as well as audience members.  It was especially fun to watch Amber Huffstickler as she did her graphic recording of the proceedings. 

              

   

 

One of many take home messages was that fully understanding, and being able to meet organizational goals in, a Multi-Cultural America is an evolving process.  It was suggested that it is important to have cultural awareness, gain in cultural competency, and enhance behavior with cultural humility.  The lively discussions made it easy to start a list of barriers that need to be addressed as League works on our confronting inequity agenda:  money, safe spaces for non-white voices to be heard, strong partnerships.

Having attended the Summit gave the three LWV-TC members who attended the opportunity to connect to the heart as well as the head.  We heard from informative speakers about immigration policy and the history of Latinx people in the United States.  We also heard the stories about how those policies hurt families, from the speakers and from individual attendees.  It was an opportunity for members from the dominant culture to listen and witness.  We learned a lot we can use to start a process of change.

 

 

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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.  


LWVWA Policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.

We will actively work to remove barriers to full participation in this organization regardless of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.

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