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.

March is Women's History Month

During the month, we will be presenting items of interest related to the impact women have and are making.  We will also highlight efforts being made in confront gender inequity.  Resource links will be changing during the month, so check back often to see what's new.

 


I wanted to be an engineer, and there were many people who said I wouldn't make it. I would cry – I had tears falling on my hands, but I was still working on my keyboard.”

– The first African American woman to earn an engineering doctoral degree in Oklahoma, Dr. Pamela McCauley is Oklahoma’s ‘Hidden Figure.’ An Association of Women in Science National Governing Board Member, the STEM entrepreneur is also NSF I-Corps program director.

National Museum of Women's History is a good place to look.

On February 28, 1980, President Jimmy Carter wrote:

"From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this Nation. Too often, the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed."

These words, part of his message establishing the first Women's History Week in 1980, marked the beginning of a new chapter in American history; one in which recognition of women and their work, and the promotion of their rights became a more explicit concern. That initial effort was expanded in 1987, when March was designated as Women's History Month.

 

Videos from LWVUS Related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

A TED talk given by Cori Wong is about 15 minutes long, on the topic of “Feminist Friendship” (an approach she views as a necessary prerequisite to authentic connection / interpersonal learning). 

If you’d prefer something shorter, here is a 7 minute piece that helps provide some framing to getting prepared to engage at an individual level.

Racial Inequity Media References of Interest

The Green Book's Black History

Impact of Gentrification

Interview with Ijeoma Oluo on Privilege, Power, And Race.

Growing Up on the Road

Reflections on Becoming

Progressive Online Magazine, The Root

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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 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. Led by One WA Equality Campaign, the effort has the support of Governor Inslee as well as Washington's three former governors.

One WA Equality Campaign summarizes I-1000 as promoting "diversity, equity and inclusion in public education, public employment and public contracting for qualified women, veterans, people with disabilities, and people of color through Affirmative Action without the use of quotas. I-1000 would repeal I-200." I-200 is a discriminatory measure that passed in  1998.

The Campaign explains, "I-1000’s mission is to enable every qualified Washington citizen, regardless of race, gender, disability or military status to be protected from discrimination when seeking opportunities in public education, public employment or public contracting."

Want to know more about I-1000? This FAQ page is a great resource.

 

IMMIGRATION RELATED MATERIAL

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. 

Local Item of Interest:  there was an editorial by LWVTC member Jill Severn in the Olympian on December 21, which tells of the work underway supporting immigrants, including work by local faith communities.


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