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Racism Evolution: History to Hope Forum Series

Racism Evolution: History to Hope Forum Series presents a series of panels discussing their respective cultural perspectives. Panels include the following:

  • September 15 Indigenous People
  • September 29 African-American
  • October 6 Asian and Pacific Islander
  • October 20 Latinx/Hispanic
  • November 3 New Immigrants
  • November 17 Hope (the Science of Hope and its Application)

Each forum in this virtual series will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Get more details and register for each event at http://tacomapiercelwv.org/Forum.html.

Public Forum - PSRC Regional Transportation Plan for Vision 2050

Learn about and provide input to the Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation Plan for Vision 2050. See the PSRC power point presentation here. Learn about:

o What will change in the next 30 years?
o What assumptions should be made about land use and transportation needs in that period?
o How does regional planning affect local decision-making?

Watch the presentation recording at https://youtu.be/cQMIvtrNEWQ.

See answers to questions asked at the forum here.

Read about the PSRC Vision 2050 at https://www.psrc.org/vision

See the results of the PSRC public survey on the Future of Transportation, conducted March 2021, https://www.psrc.org/sites/default/files/tpb2021may13-pres-survey.pdf

Read about why transit should be funded by the State of Washington in this flier produced by Transportation Choices Coalition (to which LWVWA belongs): https://transportationchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/wa-state-step-up-for-transit.pdf.

The Forum is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Kitsap, Seattle-King, Snohomish and Tacoma-Pierce Counties.

Public Forum - February 17, 2021: The History We Were Not Taught: Washington State History Through A Racial Equity Lens

The History We Were Not Taught: Washington State History Through A Racial Equity Lens

February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm Register here: https://bit.ly/2M0WCqv

Open to the public; Free

DESCRIPTION: Many of the equity issues organizations and policymakers face today have their roots in intentional laws, policies, and practices that were created decades ago, but continue to impact every sector of our society today.

Knowing our history provides insight and a better understanding of why the inequities we see in our organizations, neighborhoods, and communities exist.

This knowledge then equips us to address these inequities through our advocacy efforts, decision-making, and resource allocation choices to eliminate structural barriers which continue to negatively impact historically-marginalized people and communities today.

This session will cover facts about Washington State's history that most of us were never taught, and how these events, laws, policies and practices are connected to disparities across sectors today.

Read about Speaker Mary Fertakis here.

Review the resource list provided by Ms. Fertakis here.

Review the comments and suggestions made by participants during the forum here

Review the feedback received from the follow-up survey sent to all who registered for the forum here

Requests to Pierce County Council and Tacoma City Council re adopt Revenue for Housing

This letter was sent to the Tacoma City Council on February 24, 2021, asking them to adopt the 1/10 of one percent local option sales tax for affordable housing.

This letter was sent to the Pierce County Council on January 28, 2021, asking them to include revenue for housing in their priorities for this year.

Request to Pierce County Council to Adopt Housing Tax

The following comments were sent to the Pierce County Council on January 5, 2021, their first business meeting of the new year, requesting that they take action to adopt the 1/10 of one percent local option sales tax for affordable housing. This is in support of a petition sponsored by St. Leo's Church.

The letter in the name of LWVTPC conveys this League's adopted positions which support the request.

Program Planning for 2021-22 - December 19, 2020

On December 19, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, LWVTPC will conduct its annual program planning session. This is the meeting at which ideas for the next League year (July 1 through June 30) are proposed.

When program planning results in an idea with enough support, it is further developed over the next few months and submitted through a review process to the membership for a vote. The national and state memberships vote through their respective convention delegates. At the local level, the membership votes at the annual meeting.

Download the agenda here

Download the diagram here

Register for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-Cgqj8sH9Yt9KVIG40b0o8R69llNOtN

Proposal to Change Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The League sent a letter to the Pierce County Council on December 15, 2020, as testimony regarding the proposed termination of the interlocal agreement that established the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Under the proposal, the Health Department would become a department of Pierce County, Tacoma would no longer be a partner, and the Board of Health would change.

The League has opposed this change. Read the letter here.

Pierce County Proposed Mental Health Plan; Tax Adopted 12/20

This plan was described to the Pierce County Council by the County Executive's office staff on October 19, 2020. Read the plan here. See the League's study on mental health here. There have been many system changes, as anticipated in the League's 2016 study, but this is the first report and proposed plan by the County since that time.

Read a review of this plan by League member Liz Knox here.

In December 2020, the Pierce County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2020-138s, https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/model/otDocDownload.cfm, which will institute the tax provided that a pilot project for Medicaid involving Elevate Health is approved by the state Health Care Authority by April 2021.

This article describes a conversation that League President Cynthia Stewart had with Councilmember Morell, who was the prime sponsor of the Ordinance about the reasons for that contingency provision.

Letter to City Council re: Library Funding 2021

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma Mayor and City Council, asking that they not make the reductions in library funding that were proposed by the City Manager here.

Also see the reply from Mayor Victoria Woodards here.

State of Washington Aviation Commission Planning Process

In 2019 the Legislature approved formation of a Commercial Aviation Commission, charged with identifying new potential airport sites to relieve congestion at Sea-Tac Airport. The Commission began its work in 2020. The schedule for development of recommendations is as follows:

1. Recommend a short list of no more than six airports by January 1, 2021
2. Identify the top two airports by September 1, 2021
3. Identify the single preferred location by January 1, 2022, by 60% majority vote

Background on the Commission and its purpose can be found here: https://wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/commission/home.htm.

In July, a WSDOT analysis of potential sites was released. This can be found in a more readable form in a power point at https://wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020/07/22/CACC-Presentation-July-22-2020.pdf.

One of the sites being analyzed is Tacoma Narrows Airport.

For more information, see the Commission's web site:https://wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/commission/home.htm.

Letter to Puyallup City Council re: Racial Justice

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma leadership, asking that they develop a unified statement about racial justice and establish a citizen task force for racial justice.

Letter to Puyallup Mayor and Council, September 14, 2020

Letter to Tacoma City Officials re: Civil Rights Investigation

Read the letter sent by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to City of Tacoma officials asking that they retain the Civil Rights Investigation section of the Office of Equity of Human Rights, rather than eliminating that section as a budget cut. The City has a revenue shortfall as a result of COVID, but the League asks that the City not select this particular function as a budget reduction. Letter to Tacoma officials, July 23, 2020

Open Letter to the Public

Read the open letter to the public from League President Cynthia Stewart regarding protests this week resulting from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis MN and calling for action to address racial inequality now. Read it here.

League Comment on 5-Year Homelessness Plan

On May 5, 2020, the Pierce County Council will be considering a resolution to approve a proposed 5-year plan for homelessness. After much consideration, the League has submitted written testimony to the Council asking that the Plan not be approved.

See the Plan here.

See the League comments here.

For more information, see the County Council agenda page on this issue https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/proposal.cfm?proposal_num=R2020-29.

For the most recent information about homelessness in Pierce County see https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/3715/Homeless-Programs (scroll down to see data).

Continuing...Many Faces of Homelessness

The January 30, 2020 Many Faces of Homelessness forum in Puyallup was recorded. Listen to sessions 3, Who's Responsible, and 4, What are others doing, here: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AvPvsD54gzVvKto&id=69F910EB3846C82A%21203493&cid=69F910EB3846C82A

Pierce County Proposal for 1/10 of 1% Behavioral Health Tax

This proposal is before the Pierce County Council for a final vote on March 10, 2020. Read the letter sent as testimony in support of the proposal here.

Read the letter sent to the Human Services Committee in support of this proposal when they deliberated on February 18, 2020 here. The Committee moved it forward without recommendation. For more information about what is proposed, see https://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/committeeMeeting.cfm?committee_cd=hs&meeting_dt=Feb 18 2020 9:30AM

See the mental health study here: http://www.tacomapiercelwv.org/files/report_for_web_10-23-16.pdf

Legislative Proclamation - League Centennial

On the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County, February 14, 2020, the Washington State Senate adopted this resolution in honor of the centennial. We were honored to have this recognition.

Centennial Proclamation

Resolution sponsor, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, introduces the proclamation in the Senate on February 14, 2020

LWVT-PC members Susan Eidenschink and Jacki Skaught, along with centennial celebrator Sue Lean, in the gallery during the proclamation ceremony

Sen. Jeannie Darneille with League members and staff member, Noelle Kappert, following the event

PSCAA Clean Fuel Standard

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has proposed a new rule related to fuel that would apply only in the four-county PSCAA region (King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Pierce). See a summary of the proposal here: https://pscleanair.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3944/Clean-Fuel-Standard-Draft-Rule-Summary_December-2019?bidId=

The League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County submitted a letter during the public comment period in support of the proposal. You can read that letter here.

League Editorial about WA State Tax Structure

Take a look at the editorial published in the Tacoma News Tribune on December 8, 2019, by Katie Baird and Cynthia Stewart.

Taxing Our Way Toward Greater Equality

Katie Baird, primary author, is a member of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and a Professor of Economics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Cynthia Stewart is President of the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Lead on Revenue for the League of Women Voters of WA.

2020 Annual Meeting

For the June 6, 2020 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting booklet with agenda and materials

Fact-Checking Resources

Here are some reliable resources for fact-checking statements or claims heard on any media sources.

American Library Association, an exhaustive and up to date list of websites, documents, and videos that can help the community evaluate information and fact check: https://libguides.ala.org/InformationEvaluation

Pierce County Library System Reliable Data Bases: https://polariscatalog.piercecountylibrary.org/POLARIS/search/misc/esources.aspx

CSU Chico Evaluating Information: https://library.csuchico.edu/sites/default/files/craap-test.pdf

University of South Australia - Video, Evaluating Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U3dkTLjuvE

Austin CC - Fake News and Alternative Facts; Finding Accurate News: https://researchguides.austincc.edu/c.php?g=612891&p=4257736 This guide for students, faculty and staff investigates the phenomenon of fake news, and provides proactive strategies to help them recognize fake news, and identify accurate sources.

Politifact: https://www.politifact.com/

Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/

Annenberg Public Policy Fact Check: https://www.factcheck.org/

Apfactcheck: factcheck@ap.org