Help 'De-Escalate' Washington's Police Departments

**Please put these musical fundraisers on your calendar! On Wednesday, September 20, 6:30pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Swing Left will be hosting a Jazz-Trio night to flip Washington’s 8th Congressional District: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103438363089753

And on October 7, 5:30pm at Optimism Brewing Company, Seattle Indivisible is proud to help sponsor ‘SEA NO 8 – A Benefit Concert for Indivisible Project,’ featuring Seattle’s “soul ambassador” Tiffany Wilson! https://www.facebook.com/events/230457644151803/

Action: Sign I-940 ‘De-Escalate’ Washington to Hold Police Accountable

Yesterday, another police officer (this time in St. Louis, MO) was found not guilty of the murder of a black man, despite being caught shouting “Gonna kill this (expletive), don’t you know it” on camera before the shooting. Here in Washington state, too, our ‘malicious intent’ standard makes it virtually impossible to convict an officer – out of 213 police shootings in the state between 2005 and 2014, only one officer was even charged.

The De-Escalate Washington Ballot Initiative, I-940, aims to restore trust between police and communities by, among other things, removing the de-facto immunity given to officers and requiring de-escalation and mental health training.

Please go to deescalatewa.org to learn more about the initiative! To help it become law, you can 1) request a petition, sign it yourself, and collect signatures from friends 2) sign up to volunteer 3) donate to the campaign so they have the resources to meet the December 22 deadline.

Background:

http://www.stltoday.com/…/article_c7ee91ad-e65b-5da6-84cb-0…
http://projects.seattletimes.com/2015/killed-by-police/

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