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Community Speaks: Help Shape the Future of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 5:30 pm @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave SW Seattle
WA 98126
Erin McIntire, RET Strategic Advisor
(206) 256-5153

Please join us for a discussion about the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and your community.

FREE. Participants will receive a $25 gift card. Food Will Be Provided.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is a government agency that works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity. It enforces laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and contracting that occurs within Seattle’s city limits. It also leads the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to end racism in City government and to achieve racial equity across our community.

In late 2017, Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation that required the Seattle Office for Civil Rights to conduct a racial equity toolkit (RET) analysis to explore how changes to the office’s permanent structure, leadership appointment or designation, and duties and responsibilities could help the office accomplish its work.

We are reaching out to you and your community as a chance to work together in rebuilding our office so that it is accountable to you and your community. We are here to learn what role you wish we could play in your community, how we can build an accountable relationship with your community, and what your community’s biggest barriers are where we can provide support. This information will be included in a larger report to City Council to determine what changes need to occur to the Office for Civil Rights. City Council will consider the recommendations from this report and make any necessary changes to the department.

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2 thoughts on “Community Speaks: Help Shape the Future of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights

  1. The City is having to bribe people with gift cards and food to provide feedback on one of its signature virtue-signaling programs? What’s up with that?

    • Dig a little deeper- maybe, just maybe, they’re compensating people for their time. People get paid for giving their input in focus groups all the time… why should community work not be compensated in a similar way? Providing food and gift cards also helps to draw crowds of people that may not have ample free time (working class people) to give their input.

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