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City Launches Effort to Better Identify and Serve Marginalized Populations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/29/2015

City Launches Effort to Better Identify and Serve Marginalized Populations

SEATTLE – The City launched an effort today to better identify individual ethnic populations in Seattle to accurately understand their demographic makeup to allocate resources accordingly.

Governments use demographic data, including the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey, to allocate resources and set policy, however, disparate ethnic groups are often bundled into broad categories which can result in skewed data. Currently, for instance, 25 countries represent the “Asian American and Pacific Islander” (AAPI) category in the City’s data collection process, however, there are many differences among the unique groups within the AAPI classification as it relates to educational attainment, income, and health. At the State level, only 13% of Asian American adults lack a high school diploma, but disaggregated data finds that over 30% of Cambodian and Vietnamese adults lack a high school diploma.

The resolution signed today by Mayor Murray establishes a task force to recommend improvements to the City’s data collection process, including standardized data collection among all City departments and utilizing disaggregated data.

“Based on the way data is collected, certain populations in our city are invisible and are often overlooked when it comes to important resource allocation and service delivery,” said Councilmember John Okamoto, co-sponsor of the resolution. “Seattle will be one of the first cities in the nation to undertake this data disaggregation effort, if not the first, and I’d like to thank engaged community members for bringing this issue to my attention.”

“Seattle must be a more equitable City. We can achieve that by breaking down the generalizations that have underrepresented our communities of color and immigrants,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “More accurate and specific data will help the City deliver better services and improve outcomes for our residents. I applaud Councilmember Okamoto for his leadership on this issue

“I understand the broad strokes we sometimes place on our ethnic communities,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. This work takes an inclusive analysis in refining the data to help us do a better job of providing services and resources where they are needed. It is time we look at specific demographic information to help us achieve targeted solutions.”

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Councilmember Harrell to Pursue Proposal Allowing Formerly Incarcerated People Access to Vocational Jobs

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/15/2015

Councilmember Harrell to Pursue Proposal Allowing Formerly Incarcerated People Access to Vocational Jobs

Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell will introduce a draft resolution Wednesday to pursue a new certificate program to help individuals with criminal histories gain access to jobs that require a vocational license. Currently, a person with a criminal record cannot attain jobs in more than 90 career paths that require vocational licenses, including barbers, commercial fishers, or dental hygienists. The Certificate for Restoration of Opportunity Program (CROP), which is being pursued by Councilmember Harrell, would allow an individual to file for a civil motion certifying that the required time had passed, without any new arrests or convictions, and had met all the terms of their sentence. 

The CROP proposal expands on Council’s efforts to improve public safety and access to jobs.  Data from the 2013 Job Assistance “Ban the Box” Legislation has demonstrated laws helping individuals gain access to jobs benefits Seattle’s economy and reduces recidivism.

Legislation to enact the CROP program statewide was introduced during the 2015 State Legislative session. House Representative Brady Walkinshaw was successful in unanimously passing HB 1553 out of the House, but the bill did not pass out of the Senate Committee.  The bill will be re-introduced in 2016.

 

WHAT:
Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity discussion at the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee

WHEN:        
Wednesday, September 16
2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104

WHO:
Councilmembers
Mayor’s Office
Columbia Legal Services

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New tool created to track enforcement of minimum wage, paid sick leave, job assistance, and wage theft laws

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/11/2015

New tool created to track enforcement of minimum wage, paid sick leave, job assistance, and wage theft laws

SEATTLE – Today Mayor Ed Murray, along with the City Council and the newly-created Office of Labor Standards (OLS), unveiled a website that allows the public to track enforcement of Seattle’s minimum wage, paid sick and safe leave, wage theft, and job assistance ordinance. The dashboard compiles data collected by OLS and presents the information in a digestible format.

“The public needs to be able to see how the new Office of Labor Standards is working effectively to ensure workers are paid and treated fairly under Seattle’s strong labor laws,” Mayor Murray said. “This new tool allows employers and workers to access readily-available data to show the progress we’re making with enforcing our labor standards and historic minimum wage increase, and where we still need to improve.”

Councilmember Nick Licata said, “This dashboard helps bring to light that employees are being denied wages in Seattle. I’m heartened to know that workers have access to these statistics and that there’s a City agency dedicated to investigating and remedying the situation.”

As of June 2015, the dashboard shows that City has responded to over 3,500 employer and 800 employee questions about Seattle’s labor standards. Since the beginning of the year, OLS has opened 72 new investigations and closed 47 cases.

“The dashboard demonstrates the work we are doing to enforce Seattle’s labor standards, makes our work accessible and transparent to the public, and helps us better track our progress,” said Dylan Orr, Director of the Office of Labor Standards. “We hope this inspires employers to contact us with questions about their obligations, and workers to contact us with questions about their rights and to report violations.”

Every month, OLS will update the dashboard with information, including employee and employer inquiries; new, open, and closed investigations; employees receiving remedies; and the total amount of remedies recovered for employees.

“This new online tool transforms the way the city provides labor enforcement data to the public,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell. “Providing information in real-time and transparently ensures that we hold everyone accountable in order to protect our workers.”

OLS encourages questions about the dashboard and Seattle’s labor standards, including reports of violations, by email (laborstandards@seattle.gov), phone (206-684-4500) and walk-in appointments at the downtown office (810 Third Avenue, Suite 750 Seattle, WA 98104). Information about Seattle’s labor standards can be found at www.seattle.gov/laborstandards.

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Joint Mayor & Council Statement on Passage of All-gender Restrooms Legislation

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/10/2015

Joint Mayor & Council Statement on Passage of All-gender Restrooms Legislation

SEATTLE – Today Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmembers Jean Godden and Bruce Harrell issued the following statements after the Council unanimously passed legislation requiring all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing and future single-stall restrooms as all-gender facilities. The legislation also clarifies existing law allowing individuals to use the restroom of their chosen gender identity or expression. The legislation was a recommendation from the Mayor’s LGBT Task Force and the City of Seattle’s LGBTQ Commission.

“The action taken today by the City Council will make Seattle a more welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation,” said Mayor Murray. “No one should live in fear when they use basic accommodations most of us take for granted. That’s why we sent this legislation to the Seattle City Council. I applaud the Council for taking this important step to provide respect and safety for members of the transgender community.”

This legislation will provide for all-gender restroom facilities and amend the Seattle Municipal Code so that single-occupant restrooms will no longer be restricted to a specific sex or gender identity. Single-occupant restrooms in City facilities and all public accommodations (including restaurants, coffee shops, stores, etc.) must have signage that makes it clear that they are not gender exclusive and allow use by any person regardless of sex or gender identity, rather than just “men” or “women.” The Seattle Office of Civil Rights (SOCR) will be responsible for enforcing these changes.

Despite existing laws protecting a person’s right to use a restroom consistent with their gender identity, transgender and gender nonconforming people are frequently excluded from using facilities consistent with their gender identity, and use of gender-segregated restrooms can create unnecessary risk for transgender and gender nonconforming people.

“Everyone, regardless of gender, deserves the ability to meet their most basic needs. All-gender single occupancy bathrooms are practical and help ensure everyone has equal access to a quality life,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “This small step represents acceptance and freedom for many. I’m proud Seattleites are as dedicated as I am to pursuing equality and eliminating inequity wherever it exists.”

“Enacting this civil rights legislation that requires all single-stall restrooms as all-gender restrooms should not be understated,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology committee. “This is an inclusive and progressive measure that ensures all individuals have equal access to take care of their health needs. Let’s be defined by our compassion and inclusiveness.”

In July of this year, the Mayor and his LGBT Task Force released an action plan to support LGBTQ safety. The Task Force was convened in response to anti-LGBTQ hate crimes or incidents reported to Seattle police. The plan is organized into four areas: Public Safety, LGBTQ Youth, the Built Environment, and Public Understanding. One of the key Built Environment proposals was for the City to clarify that individuals have the right to use a restroom appropriate to their gender identity or expression.


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Councilmembers Issue Statements on Death of Donnie Chin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/25/2015
Councilmembers Issue Statements on Death of Donnie Chin
SEATTLE – Council President Tim Burgess, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Councilmember John Okamoto issued the following statements in response to the tragic d…

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Councilmember Harrell to Host Panel on Reducing Student Suspensions, Ending Racial Disparity in School Punishment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/16/2015
Councilmember Harrell to Host Panel on Reducing Student Suspensions, Ending Racial Disparity in School Punishment
SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Commit…

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Councilmember Harrell’s Statement on President Obama’s New Fair Housing Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/9/2015
Councilmember Harrell’s Statement on President Obama’s New Fair Housing Rule
SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell,chair of theCouncil’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee,issued the following state…

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Councilmember Harrell Statement on Launch of Body Camera Pilot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/18/2014
Councilmember Harrell Statement on Launch of Body Camera Pilot
SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of theCouncil’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regar…

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Property Crime Reduction Laws Announced by Councilmember Harrell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/4/2014
Property Crime Reduction Laws Announced by Councilmember Harrell
Seattle – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, announced three new policy proposa…

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Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

City of Seattle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/1/2014

Councilmember Harrell Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Body-Worn Cameras

SEATTLECouncilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s body-worn camera announcement:

“I applaud President Obama’s announcement to allocate $263 million for a new program that will provide body-worn cameras for the police and expand training for law enforcement agencies. Specifically, the President’s proposal is a $75 million investment over three years that could help purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras nationwide. The Body-Worn Camera Partnership Program would provide a 50 percent match to states and cities who purchase body-worn cameras and hardware storage.

“I am in favor of our City applying for this grant with the goal of full deployment of body cameras for the Seattle Police Department in 2016. Seattle is currently on schedule to begin the body camera pilot at the end of this year with a complete assessment report completed September 2015.

“I have long advocated for body cameras, a progressive game-changing effort to improve public safety, police accountability, and transparency. Body cameras provide impartial evidence and build trust with the community. The public deserves to have clear video evidence of police and civilian interactions, so we can more accurately examine incidents of police misconduct and produce video and audio evidence when shootings occur. One solution to allow us to better understand what happened at Ferguson is to deploy body cameras on all police officers.”

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