— OneAmerica (@weareoneamerica) December 19, 2016
Since Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, hate crimes have been reported throughout the nation, including in Washington state, where a sign at a mosque in Redmond has been vandalized twice in a month. Incidents against LGBTQ and Jewish communities have also been reported.
In an effort to combat discrimination, vandalism, and violence, officials designated Washington State a hate-free zone at a Tuesday press conference, just as elected leaders did following 9/11.
“We stand ready to take on any federal actions that undermine this state as a sanctuary and refuge for all people. Just as we did fifteen years ago, we reaffirm our promise to each other and declare our state, the state of Washington, a hate-free state,” said Congresswoman-elect Pramila Jayapal.
— Anton Coleman (@ColemanAnton) December 19, 2016
She was joined by Gov. Jay Inslee, Congressman Adam Smith, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Congressman Derek Kilmer, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Ed Murray and city council member Lisa Herbold, among other political and organization leaders.
A group of activists protesting the proposed construction of a new youth detention center interrupted Constantine and Murray during the press conference, the Stranger reported.
“We must never compromise when it comes to our country’s core values of equality, justice and opportunity for all,” DelBene tweeted Tuesday. On November 21st, she introduced a bill prohibiting religious registry.
All members of Washington’s Democratic Congressional delegation also signed onto a formal statement, which says:
“In the wake of recent events, we strongly believe it is our moral obligation to continue to fight injustice and policies rooted in racism and condemn hateful rhetoric, hate crimes, and hate threats against our fellow residents. We stand together now to say: We respect women. We value black lives. We stand with our LGBTQ community members. We stand with immigrants and refugees and people of all faiths. We value and support those with disabilities.”
— Maha J (@mahazja) December 19, 2016
The Seattle City Council also recently approved a resolution declaring that Seattle will continue to be a welcoming city, condemn hateful words and actions and implore Trump to denounce recent attacks and hate speech.
“… The results of the 2016 presidential election should not prompt or encourage any notion that the Constitutions and laws of the United States and the State of Washington, and the Charter and laws of The City of Seattle, would support in any way any acts of bigotry, sexism, racism, xenophobia, transphobia, or homophobia …”
Regardless of the declaration by Washington’s elected officials and the ongoing hateful actions across the nation, the Electoral College affirmed Trump as the next president on Tuesday.