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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
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.
The letter in the name of LWVTPC conveys this League's adopted positions which support the request.
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
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Register for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-Cgqj8sH9Yt9KVIG40b0o8R69llNOtN
The League has opposed this change. Read the letter here.
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.
Also see the reply from Mayor Victoria Woodards here.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Annenberg Public Policy Fact Check: https://www.factcheck.org/