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LWVWA endorses Initiative 940,
De-Escalate Washington!

At its August meeting, the LWVWA Board voted to endorse Initiative 940, De-Escalate Washington! This statewide initiative is seeking to update and improve law enforcement training and community safety. In the words of the campaign, “It-

  • Requires training for violence de-escalation, mental health, and first aid.
  • Provides that police should render first aid at the scene.
  • Applies a good faith standard for use of deadly force and removes the de facto immunity. 
  • Requires completely independent investigations of use of deadly force when there is injury or death.
  • Brings diverse community stakeholders to the table for the development of standards and curriculum.
  • Includes Tribal governments in investigations where a tribal person was injured or killed.”

The League is excited to endorse this initiative and we need your help to get it onto the ballot and approved! We are forming a statewide committee to take on various aspects of this work-from signature gathering to writing press releases and everything in between. If you want to be involved with this committee, contact Heather Kelly (hejokelly@gmail.com) and Nikki Hurley (nhurley1009@gmail.com; 410-300-6195) to find the best way to get plugged in. If you want to volunteer directly for the campaign or work only intermittently on this project, you can check out the events calendar on the I-940 website to find an event near you: http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar. If you are in or near Seattle, we would love to have you at the next Social Justice Committee on Sunday, August 27th from 3:00-4:30 at the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County office (1620 18th Ave, Suite 101 Seattle, WA 98122) to talk in more detail about the initiative and the work we plan on getting done!

Let’s get to work!  



Membership and Leadership Development Training

September 8 – 10, 2017

Who: Local league MLD team members, coaches, representatives from state board, state coordinators

What: Practical and actionable ideas to enhance your League’s visibility and grow membership 

When: Friday, September 8, 2017 start 5:45 PM Friday (dinner brought in) Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11 AM.

Where: Holiday Inn Express, 2333 NW Vaughn, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $100 registration/person – includes training, Fri & Sat nights lodging (whether hotel or homestay), Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and breakfasts.

Lodging: Shared hotel rooms or a limited number of private room homestays (League members’ homes)

Register:  LIMITED SPACE MAY BE AVAILABLE or get on the waitlist


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2017 Directory of Elected Officials?

The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County produces a statewide directory. An online version is available here or to request a printed copy, please contact the Seattle League office info@seattle.lwv.org for a printed copy. Please include your name, address and phone number.
They Represent You Directory of Elected Officials

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The League of Women Voters of Washington is a nonpartisan organization. We participated in the Womxn's March in Seattle. We marched peacefully to show our support for the protection of voting rights, health care, the environment, women's rights, and civil rights. As women and defenders of our democracy, there is more that unites us than divides us.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.



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