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 American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During the month, LWVTC will be providing Asian American and Pacific Islander historical facts.  We will also make note of persons who have or are now making significant impact.

Facts:

The Chinese arrived first.  Chinese immigrants came in the mid-19th century to work on the railroads and gold mines.

The origin of Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month dates back to the 95th Congress (1977-1978) when five joint resolutions were introduced proposing that a week in May be designated to commemorate the accomplishments of Asian/Pacific Americans

People:

Dr. Lena Wen, President, Planned Parenthood.

Hon. Gary Lock was the first Asian American Governor of Washington.

Hon. Mary I. Yu, Supreme Court Justice

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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

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” find (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.

A TED talk given by Titus Kaphar asks, "Can art amend history?"

A two-part PBS documentary is a review of the Reconstruction period in our history, covering both its modest successes and its failures.   Click here to find out more about Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

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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 endorsed and  worked to support Initiative 1000, a statewide Initiative to the Legislature concerning affirmative action. 

In a last-minute move, the Washington Legislature on Sunday, April 29, night passed Initiative 1000, a measure that overturns the state's 20-year-old, voter-approved ban on affirmative action. Voting largely along party lines, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate propelled its passage in both chambers.

 


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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