Support Affirmative Action in WA

Back in 1998, a WA state ballot initiative called I-200 passed that effectively banned affirmative action. Finally, after 20 years, legislators are trying to correct this with SB 6406, which has a hearing scheduled this Friday! SB 6406 would partially reverse I-200, and would be a step toward fair treatment of underserved groups by restoring an affirmative action component to the award of public contracts.

We can’t waste this opportunity, so we’re giving you multiple ways to help get this bill passed!

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

ACTION 1: Tell Your State Reps to support SB 6406

Find your one state Senator and two state House Representatives (and save them to your phone if you haven’t already):
http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Script: 

“My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [City or Neighborhood]. I would like [representative] to support SB 6406, which would restore an affirmative action component to the award of public contracts.”

ACTION 2: Tell the State Government Committee to Support SB 6406

Email the State Senators on this committee (which will be holding the Friday hearing) using your own words. Remember, personal stories always help!

Senate State Government Committee:
 
Chair: Senator Sam Hunt (D) 22nd District  sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov
Co-Chair: Senator Patty Kuderer (D) 48th District  patty.kuderer@leg.wa.gov
Ranking Member: Senator Mark Miloscia (R) 30th District mark.miloscia@leg.wa.gov
Senator Rebecca Saldana (D) 37th District rebecca.saldana@leg.wa.gov
Senator Hans Zeiger (R) 25th District hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov

ACTION 3: Attend the Friday Hearing

Take the time to help with this bill by showing up in Olympia on Friday to lend your voice. The hearing will be held at 8 AM at the address below. You can also leave comments on the bill here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/6406

Location: Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504

Background: 

-   http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6406&Year=2017
-   https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/its-time-for-washington-to-repeal-its-affirmative-action-ban