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2023 Year-End Newsletter

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights’ 2023 year-end newsletter is available now! This issue features reflections our work in 2023, information about service animals in Seattle, and an update on next steps toward participatory budgeting project implementation. Also included is information about the 2023 Collective Network Request for Proposals, and a… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Year in Review

As 2023 comes to an end, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is reflecting upon the ways in which we worked in partnership with powerful communities to advance civil rights, end barriers to equity, and cultivate shared healing and belonging. Together, we:   Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Commissions … [ Keep reading ]

Join Our Upcoming Participatory Budgeting Information Sessions

December 5 and 12, 2023 at 6:00 PM Last week, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights announced six winning projects selected through Seattle’s $27 million participatory budgeting process. Community members are invited to join us at an upcoming virtual information session to learn about the next steps to move the… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Announces $27M in Winning Participatory Budgeting Projects

Six proposals selected through the community voting process SEATTLE (November 21) – Following a month-long voting period, Seattle’s $27 million participatory budgeting (PB) process resulted in six winning proposals to improve community safety through investments in education, housing, mental health, and economic development. Over 4,000 people voted on PB proposals… [ Keep reading ]

SOCR Commissions Meet with International Delegates

City of Seattle Commissions exist to advise the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on issues related to the communities they represent. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) leads four of the City’s Commissions: This fall, the World Affairs Council contacted SOCR and offered an opportunity for our Commissions… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Participatory Budgeting Vote Launches October 10th

Seattle Office for Civil Rights announces community members can vote to decide how $27.25 million of the City of Seattle budget will be allocated Seattle, WA – As the historic Participatory Budgeting (PB) process comes to a close, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) and third-party administrators Participatory Budgeting… [ Keep reading ]

SWC Inside/Out: An Interview with the Seattle Human Services Coalition

Welcome to SWC Inside/Out, an interview series with members of the Seattle Women’s Commission and the community members who inspire us. This is the third installment of the series. We are thrilled to be talking with the team at the Seattle Human Services Coalition about their recently released wage equity… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Human Rights Commission Seeks Candidates

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is currently recruiting to fill seventeen vacancies on the Seattle Human Rights Commission. The Commission seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds in human rights, law, public policy, advocacy, social services, education, and business. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, City Council,… [ Keep reading ]

Historic Race & Social Justice Ordinance Passed by Councilmember Morales, Mayor Harrell, Office for Civil Rights

SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales (District 2 – Southeast Seattle & Chinatown-International District), Mayor Bruce Harrell, and Seattle Office for Civil Rights Director Derrick Wheeler-Smith celebrated the unanimous passage of an ordinance officially codifying the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) into law. This will permanently solidify… [ Keep reading ]

Healing, Belonging, and Unity Highlighted at Race & Social Justice Summit

Featured speakers—Dr. Ben Danielson, filmmaker Gilda Sheppard, Rachel Heaton, community leaders and city staff Seattle, WA – The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), in partnership with Seattle Center and Converge Media, will host its annual RSJI Summit event on March 23 and 24 as a hybrid event. This is the first… [ Keep reading ]