Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

11th LD Democrats Newsletter - June 2020

Virtual Meeting


Tuesday, June 16th at 7pm

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Black Lives Matter
America is in mourning, and millions are holding a collective wake in the streets of our cities.  As a nation, we are mourning the more than 1200 black lives that have been ended prematuraly by police over the past five years.  We are mourning George Floyd.  We are mourning Ahmaud Arbery.  Manuel Ellis.  Breonna Taylor.  Philando Castile.  Eric Garner.  Trayvon Martin.  We are mourning all the lives lost and the dreams destroyed by a white supremacist ideology that infects many of our country's institutions.

Our nation, our citizens, and our leaders have committed many horrific acts of violence and have engaged in horrendous oppression over more than 400 years of history.  But our nation is not lost to the sins of our past and present.  We can hope for and work toward a future of our country that is emblemized more by justice than injustice, more by equity than inequity, more by the protesters in our streets than the white supremacists who attack them.

Our constituents in the 11th are mobilizing to force forward a better future.  Protests have been organized in
Renton, Tukwila, and Seattle.  View the resources below to learn more about what activists are doing and pushing for at this pivotal moment and how you might participate in the movement.
BLM Resources
You can learn more about the national movement to make sure that black lives matter at the Black Lives Matter webpage.

Learn more about what is going on in our area at
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.

Toolkits from Black Lives Matter.

Here is a good resource on learning
how to be a good ally.

And even more resources for prospective allies here.

An anti-racist reading list from The New York Times.

Understand the scale of violence and oppression by visiting Mapping Police Violence and looking at the data.

Learn about the 8 policies against police brutality that can't wait at
Red Lion Hotel
During this COVID crisis, we have seen how the inequities and injustices of our society have been heightened.  The public health crisis has presented a greater danger to people who do not have the personal resources to cope with the demands of our public health authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The County government has put resources into ensuring that those residents of King County suffering from homelessness are able to safely social distance, even as they do not have a permanent home to shelter in.

The actions of the County bring us to the Red Lion Hotel in Renton.  The County has placed more than 200 unhoused individuals at the Red Lion Hotel in Renton.  There has been considerable opposition from the City Council and Mayor of Renton, based on stereotypes about the unhoused.  Activists have endeavored to support those who are currently residing at the Red Lion.  You can read more about the situation and the data that the County and City are debating at
The Seattle Times.


There are two resolutions that we will consider this month:

Resolution on Washington Anti-                          Discrimination Act
           Resolution on Defunding Police
           Resolution on Red Lion Hotel

Proposed Agenda

We are looking forward to an exciting June meeting!  It will be held on Zoom.

7:00 – Call to order
7:01 – Land Acknowledgment
7:03 – Pledge of allegiance
7:04 – Approval of agenda
7:06 – Approval of April minutes
7:08 – Welcome new attendees
7:10 – Consideration of resolutions
  1. Washington Anti-Discrimination Act
  2. Resolution on BLM
  3. Resolution on Red Lion Hotel
7:40 – Guest speaker on Police                   Accountability

7:50 – Break

8:00 – Chairs report
8:05 – Appointment of PCOs
8:15 – WSDCC report
8:25 – KCDCC report
8:35 – Electeds time
8:45 – Good of the order
9:00 – Adjourn

Interesting Links

  • Ferguson, Missouri, just elected its first black mayor
  • Minneapolis is planning to disband its Police Department
  • Black Lives Matter protest in Renton
  • Protests around the world for Black Lives Matter
  • The Seattle Times on the success of the Red Lion Hotel in Renton

As the State begins to reopen, we know that we are still facing the COVID public health and economic crisis.  Our community is now the most deeply affected in the region.  When you are going outside, dining at restaurants, or going out for needed items, remember to wear a mask and maintain social distance with those outside your direct household.

If you or anyone you know is facing any issues during this coronavirus crisis, please take a look at our
11th LD Resource Page or send an email to

Pride 2020
June is Pride Month.  While the outdoor and public events are largely cancelled, local organizations are still planning to celebrate Pride this year.  Check out 
Seattle Pride to learn about the events they are planning or the Renton LGBTQ Community to learn about their "Pride @ Home" weekend plans!

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