“This report on Equity and Social Justice shows the progress of the King County Strategic Plan and our “fair and just” ordinance, which requires that we intentionally consider equity and integrate it into our decisions and policies, our county practices, and our methods for engaging communities.” Dow Constantine. King County Executive
On October 12th, 2013 over 100 people gathered in SouthEast Seattle to strategize how to achieve racial equity in discipline and education. Watch the panel of speakers: Marcus Harden, SouthEast Seattle Education Coalition; Susan Enfield, Highline School District Superintendent; and Anita Morales, Seattle Public Schools. Moderated by Scott Winn, City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, and Veronica Santana-Ufret, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism.
Roundtable member Julie Nelson, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and Micheal Nguyen, a teacher at Roxhill Elementary School, are both members of the Equity and Race Advisory Committee to the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
PINW & MEDC Consultant Collective
The consultant collective – Minority Executive Directors Coalition and the People’s Institutue NW – have completed there initial assessment of the RSJ Roundtable. The consultant collective developed a multi-level process for group discovery, short and long-term visioning, benchmarks and outcomes. The assessment process for the Roundtable will help members individually and collectively identify the following objectives.
- To determine to what extent constituent knowledge of and involvement in Roundtable work is utilized by represented organizations.
- To determine how the concept of “keeping family and community at the center” of Roundtable work is manifested in the work of Roundtable representative organizations.
- To determine expectations and support needs of Roundtable members.
- To determine Roundtable interest in establishing mechanisms for accountability.
PINW MEDC Roundtable Report Issue 1 7-13-11 Final
A new video – The Race and Social Justice Initiative: Working for Racial Equity in City Government – highlights the work of RSJI and features the voices of Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable members, Mayor Mike McGinn, City employees and RSJI staff. The video focuses on the work to eliminate racial disparities and how working together as government and community to achieve racial equity is critical.
Youth from Seattle Young People’s Project came out in force last month to launch the new Education Justice Campaign, which targets the drastic racial disparities in school discipline rates in Seattle schools.
The campaign has already received the endorsement of the Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable, whose members include over 25 well-respected community organizations and individuals.
Click here to read more.
Excerpted from Real Change News
Racial disparities continue to plague Washington State residents. 1 in 4 African Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans live in poverty, compared to 1 in 10 whites. At its current pace, it will take 45 to 50 years to close the achievement gap between students of color and their White counterparts. In Washington, infant mortality rates among African Americans are almost twice as high compared to Whites, 8.1 deaths compared to 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Racial disparities deny people of color the right to a decent quality of life with access to quality health care, a good education, a clean environment, and job opportunities. Yesterday, WCAN released The Color of Cuts report to highlight how state budget cuts are affecting communities of color in our state. Sixty-eight community organizations endorsed the report (click here to see the full list) and more than 70 people joined us for the release at the International Community Health Services clinic. KOMO news , the Slog, and various multilingual and ethnic papers covered the report release. The report documents that communities of color are bearing the brunt of budget cuts while big corporations and special interests continue to get billions of dollars in tax breaks.
Contact your lawmakers about the Color of Cuts report. The report includes concrete ways to eliminate racial disparities in our state budget, share these recommendations with your lawmakers (800-562-6000):
1. Reject cuts to services that will have negative impacts — intentionally or unintentionally — on immigrant communities and communities of color.
2. Reject policy proposals that will have the effect of widening racial or economic inequality.
3. Support proposals that bring greater transparency and accountability to tax exemptions.
4. Support proposals to raise revenue in support of vital public services for all.
In order to promote racial equity in our state, lawmakers must close outdated tax loopholes to preserve critical programs. Click here to view photos from the release. Click here to read the report.
Excerpted from the Washington Can Blog