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A Message to the Community

By Patricia Lally, Director
Seattle Office for Civil Rights

In recent days, many of us have heard or read about comments and in some cases, actions inspired by racism, xenophobia, sexism and hate.  These words and actions have no place in the City of Seattle.  Our City is committed to human rights and racial equity, where those who live, work and visit feel safe and welcome. As Seattle Mayor Edward Murray made clear, “The City of Seattle remains committed to our values of equality, inclusion and openness. We will continue to be a city that supports women, that welcomes as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and that recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We are strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it."
The Office for Civil Rights upholds and enforces the City of Seattle’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. We are an important resource: if you, your family or someone you know experiences harassment or discrimination based on their race, religion, national origin or other protected classes, please contact us at (206) 684-4500 or visit

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