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.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st - here are some ways to engage his legacy and take action in racial & economic justice movements led by people of color and poor people. 

Start your day with Statewide Poverty Action Network's Lobby Day where you can learn about legislative issues happening this session, meet with lawmakers, and make sure they know we're holding them accountable to a racial & economic justice agenda. Please register here!  

When: Monday, January 21, 2019  9 am - 3:30 pm

Where: St John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

They will provide free breakfast, and lunch. Childcare, interpreter services, and disability accommodations are available upon request with RSVP. Teens and children are encouraged to join this incredible day of advocacy at our state capitol!For more information, call Poverty Action at (206) 694-6794.

In the afternoon, you can bring your signs & join the annual POWER march! 

 

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Embracing Diversity Event:

Book/Movie/Talk

Read the book: If Beale Street Could Talk

The book is available for download, in audio-book format, from the Timberline Regional Library.

This novel by American novelist and social critic James Baldwin is a love story set in 1970s Harlem.

 

See the movieIF BEALE STREET COULD TALK  

At the Olympia Film Society, 206 5th Avenue SE, Olympia

January 25 – 31

Dir: Barry Jenkins / 2018 / US / 120 min

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.

 

Get together with LWVTC members and friends to watch the movie and take part in a post-movie talk

There are two showing of the movie League members will be attending and joining for discussion after the film.  

   Tuesday, January 29, at 7:00 pm.

   Wednesday, January 30, at 4:00 pm.

Please join us.

 

Other Opportunities

You can go to an exhibit where you can see paintings of a well-known African-American pioneer, George Bush, by a renowned African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence.  Both have strong local ties.  The exhibit runs through January 20, 2019, at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma.  While there is paid admission, entrance is free on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

 

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.  

You can see the official voter petition, including the complete text of I-1000, here. The following descriptions appear on the petition: 

Ballot Measure Summary: This measure would allow the state to remedy documented or proven discrimination against, or underrepresentation of, certain disadvantaged groups. It would allow the state to implement affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracting if the action does not use quotas or preferential treatment. It would define affirmative action and preferential treatment. The measure would establish a Governor’s commission on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and require the commission to draft implementing legislation and publish reports.

Initiative Provisions: This initiative to the legislature will restore affirmative action to remedy discrimination in employment, education, and contracting. It would negate I-200, a measure approved by voters in 1998 that changed state law to prohibit the government from discrimination against or granting preferential treatment to any person/group based race, sex, skin color, ethnicity or national origin. By effectively banning affirmative action, I-200’s passage has made it more difficult to recruit, hire, or promote applicants who are in under-represented populations.

Initiative Language: 
Ballot Title Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1000 concerns remedying discrimination and affirmative action. 
Concise Description: This measure 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. Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ] 

For more information about the initiative and ways to get involved in supporting it, visit YesOn1000.com

 

For a personal perspective on Affirmative Action and other aspects of being a person of color living in Seattle, you will want to read the interview with Ijeoma Oluo on Privilege, Power, And Race, entitled White Lies

 

 

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. 

League of Women Voters Responds to Trump's Oval Office Address

1/9/2019
THE PRESIDENT SHOULD FUND THE GOVERNMENT –---
NOT A BORDER WALL

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase released the following statement following President Trump’s address to the nation.

“What will keep our nation secure is not a wall, but a comprehensive immigration plan executed through a fully funded government. The real threat to the safety and security of Americans is the loss of paychecks for hundreds of thousands of hard-working public servants during the ongoing shutdown.

“Across the country right now, government workers are uncertain how they will pay their bills and feed their families if this shutdown persists. Critical government services including food assistance for needy Americans, agriculture subsidies for farmers, and health services on tribal lands are already threatened, causing anxiety for millions of our most vulnerable citizens.

“It is incumbent upon the House and Senate to work together across party lines to fund the government. We call on Congress to pass a bill that reopens the government without wasting taxpayer money on an unnecessary wall, and to defend it with a veto-proof majority.”

 

 

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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