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September 2008 Newsletter         Subscribe to this newsletter


September 2008

In this issue:

Title VI - of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Staff Profiles

Kudos Corner

Announcements:

The Q-Hour LGBQT event flyer

Queer Youth Forum- Oct 7th Queer Youth Forum Oct. 7, 2008 flyer

City of Seattle Race and Social Justice - 2008-2009 Speaker Series: Dr. Raymond Winbush at City Hall Oct. 9, 2008

Save the Date! 6th Annual Seattle Race Conference
Oct 11, 2008 - Save the Date! flyer

Save the Date!- 13th Annual Human Rights Day
Dec 11, 2008 - Save the Date! www.seattle.gov/civilrights/events

6th Annual Seattle Race Conference

Movements for Reparations: Restoring Racial Justice, Building Unity, and Healing Our Diverse Communities

Brenda Anibarro, Policy and Outreach

The Seattle Race Conference has a tradition of bringing our community together to explore tough issues of race and social justice in the United States. This year, the sixth annual conference will focus on the movements for reparations and healing taking place in the United States.

The conference will take place Saturday, October 11th from 8am-4:30pm at the Seattle Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and editor of the anthology, Should America Pay: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations. Dr. Winbush will also give a lecture the day before the conference at City Hall. His City Hall lecture will take place Friday, October 10th at 9am at City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.

The Seattle Race Conference will give attendees an opportunity to learn the history of reparation movements, as well as legal strategies and first hand-accounts of organizing for redress. Workshop presenters include representatives of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, representatives from the land grant movement in New Mexico, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, the Japanese American Citizen League, a Holocaust survivor representing the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, and more.

The conference also will feature the "American History Exhibit- The Unspoken Truths" by Delbert Richardson. The exhibit chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to chattel slavery, the experience and impact of chattel slavery and the Jim Crow Era, and the contributions of African Americans to scientific, cultural and technological innovations in the U.S.

The Seattle Race Conference is coordinated by a volunteer committee chaired by L. Charles Jones and sponsored by a number of community organizations. The conference offer a unique opportunity for residents of all ages to come together to talk about issues of importance in our communities. For more information call (206) 448-9000 or visit www.seattleraceconference.org

 


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
By Greg Bell, Policy & Outreach

Here in Seattle, we recognize the City's responsibility to the community we serve and we are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination to help enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Seattle citizens.

One of the most powerful tools available to prevent illegal discrimination is Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in projects or programs receiving federally funded assistance.

Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

The Environmental Justice component of Title VI guarantees fair treatment for all people and provides for the City to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations, such as undertaking reasonable steps to ensure that Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons have meaningful access to the programs, services, and information the City provides.

Under Title VI, the term "federal financial assistance," can be broad. The courts have held that receipt of FEMA funds, local police's utilizing an FBI practice facility, and the receipt of Department of Transportation funds are examples of federal financial assistance. This breadth means that almost any state or local governmental entity has a requirement to comply with Title VI.

If someone you know or work with within the boundaries of Seattle feels that they have been discriminated against in governmental programs, projects or facilities, based on their Title VI protected class status, encourage them to call our office within 180 days of the alleged incident. We are the only City office charged to handle Title VI complaints and we will work with all parties to ensure that illegal discrimination remains unacceptable in Seattle.


Staff Profiles

Chenelle Love Chenelle Love

What is your position at SOCR?
Civil Rights Analyst

What do you love most about working at SOCR?
I love the work we do. It's interesting, challenging and there's rarely a dull moment. The learning experiences this job provides are never ending. I also love working with such a diverse group of people. I'm truly thankful to be surrounded by such amazing people every day. I've learned so much from not only the work itself, but my coworkers and the people we serve.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work// or who inspires you and why?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, volunteer work and travel.


Karina Bull Karina Bull

 What is your position here at SOCR?
I am a Civil Rights Investigator. Currently, I am working in the Intake Office.

What do you love most about working at SOCR?
I'm passionate about our work and there is a collective energy in the office that makes for a supportive, as well as fun environment. Plus, the work is challenging and I am always learning something new - about myself, the law and the community.

What are your hobbies or passions outside of work or who inspires you and why?
My biggest hobby is traipsing after my 2 year old daughter, Odessa, and preparing for the arrival of her sister, who is due at the end of November. In spare moments, I also enjoy outside activities, gardening, knitting, and attempting to play the guitar.


Kudos Corner

Our Civil Rights Analysts work tirelessly on investigating charges of discrimination. We received the following letter of thanks for the work carried out by Civil Rights Analyst Nolan Lim.

Dear Nolan,
Thank you for all the time and effort you put forth to assist me and my son with my case. I very much appreciated your responsiveness, competence, and how skillfully you negotiated my settlement.
My goals were met, and I am pleased with the settlement and believe it will help make positive changes here.
Again, thank you for such fine service. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is a real asset to the citizens of Seattle.

 

Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Julie Nelson, Director

For newsletter questions contact Brenda Anibarro, (206) 684-4514 Brenda.Anibarro@Seattle.Gov