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Seeking Environmental Justice: Heat waves disproportionately affect BIPOC communities

The history of housing and urban policies have made certain neighborhoods within the Seattle area astronomically more at risk of health disparities during hot summer days.

Federal Judge Upholds Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Law

A federal judge has struck down a challenge to Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance from the Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHA) and other landlords represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation. Seattle’s ordinance, born through community organizing and drafted by our office, bars landlords from asking about or adversely acting… [ Keep reading ]

Official Statement from Seattle Office for Civil Rights Regarding Capitol Hill Pride Letter

For Immediate Release On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Capitol Hill Pride organizers Philip Lawson and Charlette LeFevre sent an email communication addressed to the NAACP, staff at the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission, and the Washington Human Rights Commission, among many other Washington State officials, regarding the reparations fees for the Taking B(l)ack Pride… [ Keep reading ]

Juneteenth: A Celebration and Reflection

Juneteenth is a time for celebration and reflection. For more than 150 years, Black people across America, especially in the South, have hosted jubilees on June 19 to celebrate the joy and resilience of the Black community. At the same time, the day can be a painful reminder of how… [ Keep reading ]

Join our I LOVE CENSUS DATA virtual conversation

Thanks to tremendous community effort, Seattle achieved one of the highest 2020 Census participation levels in the nation! What’s next? What happens with that Census data? How will the City of Seattle use this data to make decisions? How is any of this information useful to you? Get answers to these questions and more by joining our I Love Census Data virtual conversation series. UP NEXT: Food Security… [ Keep reading ]

Support Housing for Black Trans Women and Femmes

With King County’s plan to close its jail in downtown Seattle, we have an opportunity to center the experiences of those most impacted by institutional harms and injustices, specifically the experiences of Black trans women and femmes.

White Nationalism: Like “Cyanide in Your Drink”

At least six SPD officers attended the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021. This rally concluded with an armed and deadly insurrection at the nation’s Capitol Building. As reports came in, Seattle received the disheartening news that no other city in the country had a… [ Keep reading ]

The Shape of Trust: Stories of Racism, Racial Equity, and Belonging in the Workplace

Free tickets available for live performances on June 4, 5, and 13 Based on stories of racism, racial equity, resilience and belonging collected from the City of Seattle workforce, The Shape of Trust examines ways racism and its intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression are embedded in the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Commends City Council’s Confirmation of Mariko Lockhart as Permanent Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Jenny Durkan Commends City Council’s Confirmation of Mariko Lockhart as Permanent Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seattle (April 29, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the 8-0 vote by the… [ Keep reading ]

Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month with an evening reception at City Hall April 24

Open to all, this Wednesday evening reception at City Hall features an art display of t-shirts decorated by sexual assault survivors, guest speakers, and resource information.