Support Initiative 1776.  

Initiative-1776 would expand prohibitions on discrimination by the state; limit the current prohibition on preferential treatment; require that government agencies work to ensure no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations; and expand public availability of disease-related data.

Initiative 1776 achieves the following:

  • Redefines Affirmative Action to require that all candidates must be qualified to receive public education, employment and contracting opportunities;

  • Prohibits age discrimination in public employment, public education & public contracting;

  • Defines preferential treatment for the first time in state law;

  • Prohibits Quotas; but allows Goals & Timetables to achieve Diversity;

  • Expands Affirmative Action to include all Veterans;

  • Expands the terms sexual orientation and LGBTQ+ to all state anti-discrimination laws.

  • Requires Washington state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Washington residents who voluntarily give their fully informed consent for a vaccination, at no cost to the patient;

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers is pushing for bail reform, body cameras and a citizen oversight board.  June 12, 2020, Everett Herald

 

Fact Sheet: Justice in Policing Act 2020    The Justice in Policing Act is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. The Justice in Policing Act would:

1) establish a national standard for the operation of police departments;

2) mandate data collection on police encounters;

3) reprogram existing funds to invest in transformative community-based policing programs; and

4) streamline federal law to prosecute excessive force and establish independent prosecutors for police investigations

 

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley  @RepPressley·

May 29

For too long, Black & brown bodies have been profiled, surveilled, policed, lynched, choked, brutalized & murdered at the hands of police officers. We cannot allow these fatal injustices to go unchecked any longer. Today, I’m introducing a Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality.  H. Res 988

 6/4/2020 Excerpt of letter from Senator Manka Dhingra:

Democrat, LD 45

"As vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, and as the only prosecutor in the Legislature, I am committed to using my position to carrying that banner. Senate Democrats are working on potential legislation in several important areas:

  1. Prohibiting the use of chokeholds.

  2. Prohibiting law enforcement agencies in our state from accepting surplus military equipment.

  3. Requiring the use of body cameras statewide.

  4. Prohibiting law enforcement officers from covering their badge numbers while on duty.

  5. Requiring state collection of data on police use of force.

  6. Strengthening de-escalation and anti-bias training for law enforcement officers.

In the months to come, I will continue listening to communities of color and others disproportionately affected by police use of force. I will continue pushing for their voices to be heard in the halls of power and for the ideas they bring forward for change. I hope you will join me."

 

House and Senate Democrats unveiled sweeping legislation June 8, 2020 to overhaul policing in the U.S., following weeks of national protests. The Justice in Policing Act, would prohibit police from using chokeholds, create a national registry to track police misconduct, lower legal standards to pursue criminal and civil penalties for police misconduct, and ban certain no-knock warrants.sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

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