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.


Approve Referendum 88

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.

However, a group opposed to I-1000 had a Referendum Campaign geared up and ready to start on April 30.  Between then and the end of July, they obtained sufficient signatures to get Referendum 99 on the November ballot. 

 At their August meeting, the LWVWA Board voted to support Referendum 88. 

The ballot title for this referendum is: Should Initiative 1000 be Approved [ ] or Rejected [ ]

This means supporters of Ref 88 have reached their goal to “let people vote” for Initiative 1000, as opposed to it becoming law through action of the Legislature.

LWVWA is also in favor of people voting!  In the next couple of months we will be offering whys and ways for members to encourage an Approved vote.  This will be affirmation of our previous endorsement of I-1000 and our longstanding commitment to the League position on Equality of Opportunity.

The concise description that will be on the ballot is: Initiative 1000 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.



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. 

    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.

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.


Racial Inequity Media References of Interest

Joy Harjo was recently appointed as U.S. poet laureate.   She is the first Native American to be so named.  In her appointment address, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said that Harjo helped tell an "American story" of traditions both lost and maintained, of "reckoning and myth-making."  Learn more about this distinguished American here.  


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


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.  


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