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.

 

MAY IS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 

 

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

 

We will be posting interesting and informative articles and options for learning more about the various cultures that contribute to our state's identity throughout the month of May.
Here is a book, hot off the press, by a young author, looking at current day issues.  

New Waves

A Novel

Written by Kevin Nguyen
A wry and edgy debut novel about race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship 

“A knowing, witty, and thought-provoking exploration of love, modern isolation, and what it means to exist—especially as a person of color—in our increasingly digital age.”—Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere

Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company’s sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he’s nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech startup’s user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret—and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo’s computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her private online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend.

With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know one another? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?
And, here is a link that takes you to a "trailer" about a five-part series of programs that will be shown on PBS. 
The first two programs will be broadcast on KCTS, Channel 9, at 8:00 pm, under the name Asian Americans, as follows:
May 11 -- "Breaking Ground: A Question of Loyalty" Immigrants adapt to life in America.
May 12 -- "Good Americans; Generations Rising" Asian Americans fight for equality.
Additional programs on KCTS:
May 20 -- 2:00 pm  -- "Good Americans; Generations Rising" Asian Americans fight for equality.
May 20 -- 4:00 pm -- "Breaking Through."
WA Commission on Asian Pacific American website  https://capaa.wa.gov/ provides information on the range of activities and issues of current interest to Asian Pacific American communities.
You will see a sample list of activities that will happen around the state to celebrate the APA Month on their Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/wacapaa

 

LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE -- BOOK GROUP 

Our LWVTC book group is still on hold.  But, reading while cloistered is popular.

In recognition of May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here are three books written by Asian Pacific American authors what have received rave reviews.

The Joy Luck Club  by Amy Tan

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Asian American Dreams by Helen Zia, recommended by Lin Crowley, Asian Pacific Islanders Coalition SPS Chapter Co-Chair/South Puget Sound Census Program Manager

 

If you have a book you would like to recommend, let Peggy Smith rpps4u@comcast.net (360-754-4305), know, and it will be posted on the LWVTC website on the page:

 

Upcoming Opportunity

'Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwudeygqjIoGNZ-op3W-mCyM83M-ODYSkZk'

 

In partnership with MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry), NAAM (Northwest African American Museum) invites you to a virtual dialogue on the  topic of democracy in the United States. Moderator, Moni Tep and guest speaker, Gennette Cordova — writer and founder of the nonprofit Lorraine House — will explore the topics of voter suppression, demographics that are included and excluded from the voting process, how to sift through information on candidates, and personal reflections on their participation/non-participation, plus the historical significance of those choices. We encourage you tune in to the dialogue AND participate by submitting your own questions in Zoom. Don't miss this important conversation.

 

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE BOOK GROUP

 

Rescheduling of actual group meetings will be done as soon as we are confident about the ability to meet in-person.  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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