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Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability

Mayor Murray addresses police reform and accountability
July 7, 2016 by Office of the Mayor

Today, Mayor Ed Murray delivered the following remarks regarding the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and police reform and accountability:


As I have said many times before, the issue of race and racism is the greatest challenge we face as a country, particularly as racism impacts the black community.

This week, within 24 hours, two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police officers.

I am deeply disturbed by police action resulting in the death of any person. And today my thoughts are with the victims’ families, children, and loved ones during this extremely difficult and sad time.


I know the black community are walking with a heavy heart and a sense of outrage, injustice and fear. Had Castile or Sterling been white, I believe they would still be here with us today.

Their deaths are two in a long line of tragedies that feed mistrust between communities of color and the police, particularly the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children of black men.

As I have said on the night of the Ferguson grand jury verdict, we cannot let this gulf of mistrust divide us and continue to cause this fear and pain.


This is why we must get police reform right in Seattle.

The Department of Justice should lead the investigations into these killings.

The shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police have brought the attention of the Department of Justice to many cities across the nation, including our own.

Since I became mayor, this City has been committed to working with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the federal courts to make dramatic reforms in the Seattle Police Department to comply with the federally mandated consent decree.


In partnership with the Department of Justice and the Federal Monitor that oversees our consent decree, we are creating a model Force Review Board that is being replicated across the country.

The Force Review Board reviews every serious use of force by a Seattle Police Officer. And present at every Force Review Board are representatives from the Department of Justice, the Monitoring Team, a civilian representative from the Office of Professional Accountability, and a citizen observer.

So unlike Minneapolis or Louisiana, the Department of Justice is already here, and we are working with them closely to create best practices in reviewing police uses of force.

Where other jurisdictions are just now contemplating where to start, we are already well down the road of reform, and other cities are coming to us to learn from our experience.

In fact, Chief O’Toole is in D.C. today at the Center of Policing Equity to speak at an event sponsored by the Department of Justice about the issues of race and policing.

In the coming months, I will send legislation to Seattle City Council that will expand and strengthen civilian oversight and independent review of the Seattle Police Department.

It is my goal to create a permanent citizen oversight commission that is the strongest in this city’s history.

It is my goal to create a more independent director of the police accountability process, on the model of the ethics and elections commission, which is completely independent of the mayor and council.

It is my goal to create a stronger auditor of the police discipline process on the model of an inspector general, with greater authority to investigate complaints.

And we will use a community process similar to the one used to hire Chief O’Toole to hire for these new roles.

As we move forward, our conversation cannot be about blaming black men, it must be about changing our institutions and systems.

As a white man, I stand as an ally in solidary with the black community.

But I cannot pretend to know their experience.

I cannot know the experience of black men and women everywhere, who live everyday with the fear that one small action of their part could make them the next victim.

I cannot know the experience of raising a black child in our society, and the daily worry that today might be the day they do not come home because they were taken by a bullet.

What I do know is that white Americans have work to do. We, the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of structural inequality, must use our privilege to construct a more just society.

This has been my commitment every single day as mayor.

Everything we have accomplished during my time in this office…

…pre-k, the minimum wage, transit, priority hire, parks and community centers, police reform, summer youth employment, our education summit…

…they are our response to addressing the issue of race and inequality.

To Seattle’s residents of color, your city cares about you. Your lives matter. The fact that we even need to state that Black Lives Matter is the result of our failure to address racism in our society.

To white residents of Seattle, let us work with our sisters and brothers of color to end structural and institutional racism.”

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Mayor delivers remarks on officer involved shootings

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray delivers remarks on the recent officer involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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Creating a task force on poverty


HB 2113 – 2015-16

Creating a task force on poverty.

History of the Bill
as of Wednesday, January 6, 2016 2:11 PM

Sponsors: Representatives Walkinshaw, Walsh, Kagi, Johnson, Appleton, Sawyer, Kilduff, Stanford, Jinkins, Zeiger, Santos, Ortiz-Self, Pollet, Ormsby

Feb 13 First reading, referred to Early Learning & Human Services (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report). (View Original Bill)
Feb 18 Public hearing in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 1:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 20 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
ELHS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 1st Substitute) (Majority Report)
Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Apr 29 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
May 29 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Jun 28 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.

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Join State’s Largest Anti-Poverty Effort, Volunteer With Free Tax Campaign

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From: Rainier Valley Post
Posted on November 10, 2014 by Editor

From the Free Tax Campaign:

Every year in Washington State, low-and-middle income individuals and families struggle to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Tax time can make an unstable situation even worse. Not only is Washington’s tax system the most regressive in the nation, but predatory tax preparers exploit people’s confusion around taxes, charging upwards of $300 for a tax return.

For instance, Maria, a single mother of two making $30,000 a year, has to regularly choose between education, car repair, and dental care. But during the last tax season, she received a $3,000 refund, secured by Free Tax Campaign volunteers at absolutely no cost. And this meant that she didn’t have to choose between meeting only some of her basic needs.

Starting as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago and led by United Way of King County, this effort is now county-wide and connects low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), considered the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

To reach our goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, we are recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits. Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities. Join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed!

Free Tax Campaign locations in Southeast Seattle:

Rainier Beach Community Center (Rainier Beach)
Rainier Community Center (Columbia City)


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Seattle Action Network Supports: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act


The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a fundamental shift in both the method and goal of federal cash assistance to the poor. The bill added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor. The bill was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America and was introduced by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL-22).

Bill Clinton signed PRWORA into law on August 22, 1996, fulfilling his 1992 campaign promise to “end welfare as we have come to know it”.

PRWORA instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which became effective July 1, 1997. TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program—which had been in effect since 1935—and supplanted the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training program (JOBS) of 1988.

The law was heralded as a “reassertion of America’s work ethic” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, largely in response to the bill’s workfare component. TANF was reauthorized in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.


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State’s top court may punish lawmakers over school funds

Stephanie McCleary

VIDEO – Oral Arguments

Washington State Supreme Court

Oral arguments: McCleary, et al v. State (Whether the State has met its duty under article IX, section I of the Washington State Constitution to make ample provision for the education of all children within its borders)

In 2007, parents Stephanie and Matthew McCleary along with the state’s largest teachers union, 30 school districts and others sued the state of Washington for not upholding its constitutional responsibilities to “make ample provision for the education of all children.” The McClearys and the other plaintiffs argued that the state was falling short of providing enough to accomplish that — even for basics such as school-bus transportation and paper and books.

They won at the Superior Court level in 2010. And they won again in the Supreme Court in 2012, when the justices not only ordered lawmakers to meet the 2018 deadline, but to show steady progress toward that goal each year.

The court based its order on the Legislature’s own definition, last revised in 2009, of what is needed to provide a basic education for all students. The tally, depending on whether more money for teacher pay is included, falls between $3.5 billion to $7 billion per two-year budget period. That would mean an overall boost of 10 to 20 percent to the Legislature’s $33.6 billion budget for 2013-2015.


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Veterans Affairs


Our office provides assistance regarding veteran-entitled benefits, such as, preparing VA application forms and documentation required by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We also provide assistance in documenting military training for college credit.

All veterans expecting to receive VA educational benefits should contact the Veteran Affairs office as early as possible to obtain appropriate forms and instructions. A Veterans Advising/Request for benefits form and your schedule must be turned in each quarter in order to receive benefits for that quarter.

As a vet, you may also be eligible for a tuition reduction. Basic eligibility requirements are that you need to be a Washington state resident and have received an honorable discharge which must be indicated on the DD 214. For more information please contact the Veterans Affairs office.

For more information on Veteran Educational Benefits please visit

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Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition Priorities


Important New From The Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition Website:

Our Priorities in Olympia

Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition’s website

396,000 Washington families now struggle every day to put food on the table.

Families face increasingly tough challenges to make ends meet and put food on the table. Over the past three years, the number of hungry families grew by 85% across Washington. Now when it is needed more than ever, our coalition supports a balanced approach to the state budget that restores and protects our state’s hunger relief system so we can ensure our neighbors can meet their most basic need: food.

2013 Legislative Agenda

Restore full benefits for families on the State Food Assistance Program:

Benefits for the State Food Assistance Program were cut in half on July 1 for 11,000 Washington households. These families now have less than $2 per person per day for food – that’s one third of the amount needed to purchase enough food to be food secure. Denying food to one group of children creates inequality that follows them to school. Restore $21 million to DSHS’ State Food Assistance Program to restore full benefits for 2013-15 biennium.

Fill the shelves of Washington’s food banks:

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides crucial funding to local food banks around the state. Food banks depend on EFAP funds to pay for food, transportation and operational costs. Despite the fact that food banks with EFAP grants have seen a 35% increase in visits since 2008, our emergency food system has not seen an increase in state support since 2008.
Add $3.7 million to WSDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program for 2013-15 biennium.

Protect the promise of the Local Farms, Healthy Kids Act for Washington’s kids, commmunities and economy:

Connecting farmers to local schools and markets makes Washington’s kids and communities healthier and Washington’s farms stronger. Funding WSDA’s Farm to School Program and Small Farms Program is good for kids and good for our local economy.
Restore $500,000 to keep WSDA’s Farm to School and Small Farms programs running during 2013-15 biennium.

Support a balanced approach to the state budget:

Our state budget has been reduced by $12 billion over the last 4 years. Social services have been cut far more dramatically than other parts of the budget – even at a time when need climbed to and has stayed at record highs. Social services are at a breaking point: additional cuts could result in the elimination of some programs because with less support, there isn’t enough capacity to continue.
We urge the Governor and the Legislature to take a balanced approach to creating a sustainable state budget that includes new sources of revenue and that reviews and reforms our current tax exemptions and expenditures.

Read more: Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition’s website

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2013 Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Monday, February 11

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Tentative Advocacy Day Agenda

Check-in and coffee and light breakfast at United Churches

2013 Legislative Agenda Pep Rally

Advocacy Workshops

Lunch and legislative district planning meetings

Walk to the Capitol Building with your Legislative District

Meet with your legislators

Back to United Churches for a debrief session

Click here for a more detailed agenda

About Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day (Advocacy Day)

Are you passionate about ensuring that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home? Do you want to unite with others to end homelessness in our state? Are you ready to join over 500 other advocates from around Washington to tell your elected officials how you feel?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then please join the Housing Alliance on February 11 in Olympia for our annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day!

The day includes:

Inside information and timely updates on affordable housing and homelessness legislation.
Workshops on how to talk to your elected officials and be the most effective advocate possible.
Meetings with your lawmakers for which you’ll be armed with key messages, supporting documents and facts to help share your story.
And an opportunity to feel the power of a strong and growing movement for affordable housing and an end to homelessness.

This year’s theme is “2-11: Hear the Call for Housing and an End to Homelessness.” Advocacy Day will help connect powerful advocates to elected officials in order to make the call to increase access to affordable housing and services and programs that prevent and end homelessness. This year’s theme was chosen in recognition that our date (2-11) is the same phone number (2-1-1) that struggling individuals and families call when trying to get connected to critical resources. This year lets all come out to Olympia and make the call together to ensure our message is heard loud and strong!

Can’t Attend? Take the Advocacy Pledge!

Even if you are unable to make it to Olympia on Monday, February 11, you can still make a huge difference and be an advocate for safe, healthy, affordable homes.

Click here to sign the pledge to call your legislator on Monday, February 11, and ask them to support the Housing Trust Fund.

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Sunday march against gun violence starts at Westlake

A rally to remember the victims of Sandy Hook and encourage state legislators to ban semi-automatic assault weapons, sponsored by Washington Ceasefire.

Speakers include Mayor Mike McGinn, State Senator Ed Murray, Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist, the Interfaith Amigos, Rev. Sanford “Sandy” Brown and CeaseFire Board President Ralph Fascitelli.

Josephine Howell, The Raging Grannies and Seattle Peace Chorus will also perform.


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Seattle Weekly: Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire Talks Gun Control in The Wake of Newtown Massacre

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn. rocked our nation. And for good reason. Rarely – even in a world where such senseless acts of violence seem more and more prevalent – are we faced with a horror the scale of what transpired Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.