Posts for 'Civil Rights'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY AFFIRMED AT SUCCESSFUL NLC CONFERENCE

November 22nd, 2013

The business meeting of the National League of Cities (NLC) was the concluding event at last week’s annual conference, which we hosted in Seattle this year. The business meeting approves policy positions that comprise the legislative platform for NLC, and also elects the new officers for the coming year. A key highlight in the policy […]

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY ENDORSED BY NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

June 27th, 2013

The Supreme Court was the big story on Wednesday, striking down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. However, on the same morning the Board of the National League of Cities (NLC) took a major stride towards equality by approving “A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE FREEDOM TO MARRY AND FEDERAL NON-DISCRIMINATION FOR GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES”, after […]

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PAID SICK LEAVE: GOOD IDEA, WRONG LEGISLATION

September 13th, 2011

On Monday, September 12, by a vote of 8 to 1 the Council approved legislation requiring Seattle employers to provide paid sick leave days to their employees. I voted against the legislation, although I believe that paid sick leave should be ensured to all people in a humane and just society, and appreciate the work […]

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LEGISLATIVEPALOOZA APRIL 25: SODO ZONING – WAGE THEFT – CHIHULY

April 28th, 2011

On Monday, April 25, the City Council met for over two hours, and unanimously approved three major pieces of legislation – reflecting the wide range of issues that we deal with as a Council.  The SODO zoning legislation is designed to encourage good development while protecting the character of our South Downtown neighborhoods.  A new […]

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APPRECIATING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

March 22nd, 2011

Events in Wisconsin and other states threaten the rights of hard-working public employees.  On Monday, March 7 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31271 supporting the right of public employees to collective bargaining (essentially, the right to join and be represented by labor unions)*.  The resolution also declared March 8 as “Public Employee Appreciation […]

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HOUSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

February 28th, 2011

The City Council identified domestic violence as one of our priority issues for 2010.  We acted on that priority in response to the Mayor’s proposed cuts in domestic violence programs in his 2011 budget.  The Council unanimously voted to restore Victim Advocate positions in the Seattle Police Department, and funding for the treatment of indigent […]

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