Excerpt from a statement put out on March 9 by The Latino Civic Alliance (LCA):
The Washington State Dept. of Licensing lacks effective leadership and people have been harmed as a result. New bureaucratic processes cannot address the fundamental underpinnings of what went wrong at DOL. The recent safeguards in place after the discovery of the privacy breach, which include a requirement for court orders to obtain information, do not change the culture or values at DOL.
Visit LCA's Website for the full statement: Details below
Seattle Indivisible joins The Latino Civic Alliance and a growing coalition in calling for the resignation or termination of DOL director Koehler.
Action: Demand Gov. Inslee Fire DOL Director Pat Koehler
Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1
Gov. Jay Inslee: (360) 902-4111, or email him using the link below.
“Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to support The Latino Civic Alliance’s call for the termination of Pat Koehler, the Director of the Washington Department of Licensing. Her agency facilitated the Trump administration’s attacks on our immigrant neighbors and friends by giving their personal information to ICE, against the Governor’s orders.Pat Koelher's actions are inexcusable, hugely disrespectful, and damaging to all Washington State residents."
Background - Community Leader Quotes:
“I sat on the interview committee that recommended Pat Kohler for the Director’s position at DOL. It is now clear that she was the wrong person and that DOL needs to make changes to restore public trust and faith after the injustices committed against communities of color targeted by the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And those changes need to start at the top.
- Jeffrey G. Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council
“LCA is asking Governor Inslee to ask for Pat Kohler to resign, and if she doesn't step down, he should use his executive power and remove her from the position. Stop with the excuses. We are prepared to support a new director that has strong leadership abilities and vision to change the culture at DOL and restore credibility”
- Nina Martinez, Latino Civic Alliance, Board Chair
Find the full text on the LCA’s statement on their website:
TUESDAY 11:45 AM: Resist Trump Tuesday Rally
915 Second Ave, Seattle, WA
We are proud to welcome Liz Hunter-Keller from Seattle Womxn Marching Forward along with Rhiannon Rasaretnam & Emilia Allard two of the amazing youth leaders organizing March For Our Lives Seattle.
Following the rally, we will proceed inside the Federal Building to meet with Senators Murray and Cantwell staffers from 12:30-1:30PM. Please let them know what you're concerned about
TUESDAY 7:00 PM: Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting
Featuring Sam Wollenberg of Betterplace.
Come join us at our weekly meeting this Tuesday to hear Sam Wollenberg share with us the Betterplace phone app, which will enable you to find causes that matter to you, choose how you’d like to help, and collect points to boost your activist rep.
Also on the agenda: Denuclearization in North Korea, March for Our Lives sign-making, and blocking the GOP efforts this week (S. 2155) to weaken Dodd-Frank oversight of Big Banks.
NOTE: Beginning March 27, we will move our weekly Tues. meetings to the Washington State Labor Council (321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)! Same time as always (7-9pm), but more central location!
Bring a smartphone and/or laptop computer, and bring a snack to share.
Enter from the parking lot in BACK of the church. We’re in the first room on your left.
This location can be reached on King County Metro routes 5 and 45
March 17, 11am-12:30pm at Garfield High School in the Quincy Jones Auditorium at 400 23rd Ave, Seattle
Students and Families Speak Out Against Gun Violence:
Rep. Jayapal and students of the Seattle March For Our Lives will host a town hall