Posts for 'Anti-Racism'

My Comments About Anti-Chinese Legislation

August 6th, 2015

On August 3, 2015, I was pleased to vote for a Seattle City Council resolution condemning the racist anti-Chinese legislation and policies that were so ubiquitous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This resolution cannot undo the harm done in the past. But acknowledging this history and recognizing the immense contributions Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans made […]

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On Juneteenth – Build the Struggle against Racism

June 19th, 2015

Sisters & Brothers, Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the end of the Civil War and the smashing of slavery – one of the most brutally oppressive systems the world has known. While the institution of slavery is gone, racism is not. There are now more black men ensnared in the criminal justice system […]

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Press conference with pepper-sprayed teacher

February 2nd, 2015

  Garfield High School teacher and social justice activist, Jesse Hagopian, announced at a press conference on January 28th that he is filing a lawsuit against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) after being pepper sprayed as he walked down the street. The incident, which was captured on video, occurred after […]

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MLK Day Rally Speech Outside Youth Jail, January 19, 2015

January 19th, 2015

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015, I gave the following speech outside of our local youth jail. My Sisters and Brothers, Greetings on this day of remembrance for the great fighter and radical, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many thanks to the MLK Celebration Committee, and all who, through their dedication, ensured […]

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SPD Chief O’Toole to Answer Questions About Policing of Protests

January 9th, 2015

On Monday, January 12th at 9:30 am at City Hall, Chief O’Toole and other leading officials from the Seattle Police Department will answer questions from Councilmembers about the SPD‘s policing of the Black Lives Matter protests over the last several weeks. It is important that civil rights activists and social justice advocates come to this […]

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No New Youth Jail: Build the Struggle for Racial Justice

October 13th, 2014

For many months, civil rights activists and community leaders have been organizing against the construction of a new youth detention center in King County. At many council meetings they have clearly articulated how this jail would exacerbate institutional racism in Seattle, and how the $210 million dollars could be spent on better projects than a […]

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2014

October 6th, 2014

After weeks of collaboration with Indigenous Rights activists, on Monday, October 6th, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of Resolution 31538, declaring the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the City of Seattle. It was an honor to work with activists to draft the legislation, and to sponsor it. Check out […]

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Letter Sent in Solidarity with Hunger Striking Detainees

March 11th, 2014

The following letter was sent on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dr. George C. Zoley, CEO of GEO Group Inc. One Park Place, Suite 700 621 Northwest 53rd Street Boca Raton, FL 33487 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Nathalie R. Asher, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations U.S. Immigration […]

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Victory for custodians at the Harborview Medical Center!

March 7th, 2014

This post is a follow-up on our office’s ongoing work with custodians at Harborview Medical Center who had been experiencing discrimination and harassment from their managers. For more background, check out our previous post that contains the letter we sent last month urging Harborview to end the harassment, and this Seattle Times article. Tuesday night the […]

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Letter Urging Harborview to End Racial Harrassment

February 26th, 2014

The following letter was sent on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine & Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Department of Medicine, University of Washington Health Sciences Center, C-314 Box 356350 1959 NE Pacific Street Seattle, WA  98195 Ms. Johnese Spisso, Interim Harborview Director & Vice President for Medical Affairs […]

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