Immigration Activist Runs for Washington State Senate

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By A Staff Reporter

Mar 24, 2014

Activist Pramila Jayapal, the founder of Hate Free Zone in Seattle, Wash., is running for the Washington State Senate.

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Attorney and immigrant rights activist Pramila Jayapal, the founder of Hate Free Zone, which organized after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to bring local Muslims and non-Muslims together in harmony, has announced her candidacy for the 37th District seat in the Washington state Senate, the Seattle Times reported.

The incumbent, Democrat Adam Kline, will vacate the post at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

Jayapal, 48, is an outspoken advocate for the rights of immigrants and women and for social justice. It is her first try for public office.

“In my two decades of work for justice, I have seen the critical intersections between education, affordable housing, adequate family income, transportation, criminal justice and immigrant rights,” Jayapal told the Times.

“It would be an honor to have the opportunity to represent these very issues for this district that I love and have lived in for nearly two decades,” she said.

The 37th District stretches from Beacon Hill and south Seattle, where Jayapal lives, into Renton. It is one of the state’s most diverse districts, the Times said.

In 2008, Hate Free Zone changed its name to OneAmerica to remove confusion and reflect broader issues on immigration and social justice.

The Indian American activist stepped down as executive director of OneAmerica two years ago to focus more on national concerns and is currently a fellow at the University of Washington School of Law.

A former worker on Wall Street, Jayapal has received early endorsements from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and former King County executive Ron Sims, the Seattle Times reported.

At OneAmerica, she led a successful effort to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government to prevent the deportation of 5,000 Somalis nationwide. Jayapal has also served on the executive committee of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and led a new voter drive in Washington that registered more than 23,000 new Americans to vote.

Born in India and raised in India, Indonesia and Singapore, she was recognized in May 2013 among 14 Asian American and Pacific Islanders as White House Champions of Change.

In conjunction with that event, she said in a statement, “I’m a proud immigrant from India. My parents used their last savings to send me here for college when I was 16 because they wanted me to have the best education possible.”

“Now, a mother myself, I know what an enormous sacrifice it was to send a child so far away, knowing they would probably never return back. Through my years of work with immigrants from all over the world, I’ve witnessed even greater sacrifices from so many who came to America seeking safety, stability and economic opportunity.”

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been inspired by countless people on the ground who demonstrated tremendous resilience and courage as they struggled to make ends meet. I began my social justice career in international public health, running a $6 million loan fund for critical health projects. I had the opportunity, too, to spend two years living in villages and small towns across India, understanding problems and solutions that came from the ground,” she said.

“I have a remarkable opportunity to work at the national level on the most important questions of our time: passing immigration reform, but also how to navigate our rapidly changing demographics with grace, and how to build an economy that works for everyone, including people of color, women and the most vulnerable,” the Indian American attorney said.

“I’ll continue to dedicate my life to reaching for our nation’s beautiful founding ideals: that America is born of hope, possibility and justice, where each one of us has the choice, the opportunity and the responsibility to contribute our full selves to this beautiful place we call home.”

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Murray announces additional details on Income Inequality Symposium March 24, 2014

Also see the Ask the Mayor video from MARCH 25, 2014

Mayor Murray, Seattle University and Local Progress are presenting a one-day conference addressing income inequality and the role of the minimum wage in Seattle. The conference will be held on March 27 at Seattle University. It is free, open to the public, and will feature panelists and experts from around the country, as well as local experts and stakeholders.

The Symposium is a critical component of the Mayor’s efforts to address a cornerstone priority of his opportunity agenda: a meaningful increase in the compensation for Seattle workers. There are three primary goals for the Symposium:

Help inform ourselves of the rising income gap in our community and the complexities in addressing this issue,
Establish Seattle as a national leader in developing strategies to address income inequality, and
Serve as a model to catalyze a broader national movement to address the rising wealth gap in our country.

The Symposium is a part of the public engagement process being employed by the Income Inequality Advisory Committee which is charged with delivering to the Mayor a set of actionable recommendations to raising the minimum wage in Seattle by the end of April 2014.

What: Income Inequality Symposium

When: March 27, 2014, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Reception to follow

Where: Seattle University, Campion Ball Room, Reception to be held in the Student Center

Cost: Free, open the public and media (registration required). Refreshments provided. Lunch $5. Reception: no-host bar.

Web: http://www.iisymposiumseattle.com

At the Symposium, two studies commissioned by Income Inequality Advisory Committee will be presented. The studies, here and here, were conducted by Marieka Klawitter, Robert Plotnick, and Mark Long from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs; and Ken Jacobs, Michael Reich, and Annette Bernhardt from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Increasing the minimum wage is one of the most important decisions I will make as Mayor, and this process involved gathering as much authoritative research and data as we could to inform this decision,” Murray said of the studies.

“We wanted to understand who the low-wage workers are in our community. The UW study tells us that women and people of color disproportionately represent Seattle’s low-wage workforce. It also tells us that raising the minimum wage could significantly reduce poverty in our community,” Murray said. “The Berkeley study helps us understand how minimum wage increases elsewhere impacted workers and businesses in their respective communities, as well as the lessons learned from those experiences. Their findings suggest that a thoughtful and balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage can meaningfully address income inequality, while maintaining a healthy and supportive environment for small businesses and non-profit organizations.”

Panelists and speakers include: Nick Hanauer; San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos; Philadelphia City Councilmember, Wilson Goode; Chicago Alders Roderick Sawyer, Toni Foulkes, and John Arena; Seattle Councilmembers Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, and Kshama Sawant; Lori Pfingst, Center for Budget and Policy; Dorian Warren, Columbia University; Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley; Marieka Klawitter and Bob Plotnik, University of Washington; Jasmine Donovan, Dick’s; Saru Jayaman, ROCUnited; Dick Conway, Puget Sound Forecast; Maud Daudon, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Paul Sonn, National Employment Law Project, and other national and local experts, employers and stakeholders.

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Seattle University
914 E. Jefferson St.
Seattle, Washington 98122

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Ask the Mayor live from City Hall, March 25
March 14, 2014

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Seattle ChannelSeattle Channel’s live show Ask the Mayor is back with a new Mayor and a new format. The show is hanging up the phone on the live call-in show format and bringing in a live audience, more social media interaction, and a topic of focus during the second half of the hour-long program.

Mayor Murray’s first episode will premiere 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 live from Seattle City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room. The second half of this first show will focus on the debate around wages and inequality and the push to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Joining the Mayor in the minimum wage conversation will be the co-chairs of his Income Inequality Advisory Committee: Howard Wright, Seattle Hospitality Group CEO, and David Rolf, president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW, a service employees union for health care workers.

There is no cost to attend the live Ask the Mayor broadcast, however seating is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register online at http://www.askthemayor.evenbrite.com or call (206) 684-8821. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:45 p.m. The live show is 7 to 8 p.m.

Can’t join the conversation in person? Watch live on Seattle Channel cable 21 or online at http://www.seattlechannel.org. To submit questions in advance or during the live broadcast, e-mail askthemayor@seattle.gov or tweet @SeattleChannel using the hashtag #AskTheMayor.

And mark your calendar for upcoming broadcasts! Seattle Channel will produce future Ask the Mayor live broadcasts on a quarterly basis at locations across the city. Locations and featured topics are still in the works, but dates and times for the rest of 2014 are:

7 p.m., Wednesday, June 25
7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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MEET EAST PRECINCT CAPTAIN PIERRE DAVIS

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Captain Pierre Davis has over 29 years of service in the Seattle Police Department.

Davis has worked as a patrol officer, detective, first line supervisor and mid level manager in the West, South, Southwest and East Precincts, Narcotics, Gang Unit, Felony Fugitive Unit, Office of Professional Accountability, and Traffic Enforcement Unit. Most recently he served as the Operations Lieutenant in the Southwest Precinct.

His formal field of study was in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and he attended the West Point Leadership College, as well as Police Administrations Courses at the University of Washington.

“I am one of a great many officers that was recruited from the community from which I resided. I proudly come from a long list of friends and relatives whom have served the Seattle Police Department with pride and dedication.”

Meet the East Precinct’s new new captain, 29-year SPD vet Pierre Davis

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Davis mets community members from his precinct at last week’s EastPAC session. A big crowd showed to talk about the City of Seattle’s work to stop the renewal of the Waid’s nightclub liquor license (Images: CHS)

Newly promoted Captain Pierre Davis has been at the helm of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct for five weeks, meaning he’ll have to stick around just a couple weeks longer to outlast his predecessor. After Mike Edward’s short stint as Capitol Hill’s captain, Davis said he is settling into the job and getting ready for a the usual uptick in criminal activity as longer days and warmer temperatures approach.

“These things happen,” Davis said about the recent captain shuffles from inside his East Precinct office, as the sounds of a daily officers’ ping-pong match echoed in the background.

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