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    Council Passes Historic Police Accountability and Reform Legislation

    Seattle, WA — By a vote of 8-0, Council unanimously approved Council Bill 118969, a measure related to Police Accountability.  The legislation, primarily sponsored by Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), is the first of its kind in the country and creates new, powerful, civilian- and community-led oversight systems that will effectively ensure constitutional […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Ruling Affecting Immigrants’ Legal Access

    Councilmember M. Lorena González  (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after Federal Judge Richard Jones issued a nationwide order that temporarily prevents the Department of Justice from issuing cease and desist orders to immigration lawyers: “Today’s ruling demonstrates that lawyers and advocates defending immigrants and refugees will not back down in the face of […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on Federal Judge’s Block on Sanctuary City Order

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge William Orrick blocked the Trump administration’s order to withhold federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities”: “Today’s victory in court proves once again that when cities stand with their immigrant and refugee communities, they win. Trump is not only on the […]

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    Councilmembers Burgess’ and González’s Statements on the Seattle Police Monitor’s Assessment of Use of Force

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) and Councilmember Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide) issued the following statements following the Seattle Police Monitor’s assessment that Seattle Police Department (SPD) has achieved initial compliance with the provisions of the Consent Decree between the Department of Justice and City of Seattle: “The Monitor’s assessment is great news for […]

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    Councilmembers González and Burgess, Mayor Murray Announce $1 Million for Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray today announced their intention to dedicate $1 million to establish a “Legal Defense Fund” (LDF) to aid Seattle immigrants and refugees.  Following expanded federal enforcement targeting all immigrants, the officials announced the creation of the LDF to support Seattle residents and workers with limited […]

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    Councilmembers González and Juarez’s Statement on Seattle’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Lawsuit

    Councilmembers M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) and Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement following the City’s announcement that it will sue the federal government over President Trump’s Executive Order targeting so-called, “Sanctuary Cities”: “We’re all-in on this lawsuit. Make no mistake, the City of Seattle will not be coerced into […]

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    Council Urges Congress to Approve the ‘Equality Act’ for LGBTQ Rights

    Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to introduce and adopt “The Equality Act,” which would grant equal protection to LGBTQ residents across the United States.  Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on New Executive Order

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the release of the latest Executive Order on immigration: “No one is fooled by this Executive Order.  It reiterates ill-conceived federal action based in xenophobia rather than fact. If anything, this repackaged order affirms that the Trump administration believes they can’t win against […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement Following Shooting of Deep Rai, Sikh Kent Resident

    SEATTLE – All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after India-born Kent resident, Deep Rai, was attacked in his driveway in Kent on Friday, allegedly being told “go back to your own country” before being shot: “Seattle is home to thousands of South Asian community members.  We began last week by condemning anti-Semitic […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement of Support Following Threat to Jewish Community Center

    All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after yesterday’s bomb threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island: “We are horrified by yesterday’s bomb threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in Ballard. As leaders of Seattle and neighbors to Mercer […]

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