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SOCR News – October 2018

Seattle celebrates 5th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall this October 8 to break bread, share stories and performances, and honor the diversity and resilience of Native American cultures and traditions, as part of the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The event featured city government officials and Council members, as well as speakers Ayanna Fuentes, a youth activist, artist and singer/dancer, and Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an actress and singer-songwriter activist for environmental and social justice.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first recognized by Seattle in 2014 when the City Council unanimously voted to designate the second Monday in October as a recognition of the history, culture, and struggles of the first inhabitants of the Americas. The state of Washington and Seattle do not recognize Columbus Day as a paid holiday.

The event was organized by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

For a photo album of the celebration, click here.

The 2017 SOCR Annual Report is here

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has just released its 2017 Annual Report, summarizing the work we achieved to enforce civil rights laws in Seattle, pursue policies that advance racial and social justice, and advance efforts to end institutional racism in City government.
The report is available in English and Spanish. Click here to view a copy.

SOCR adopts new mission, vision, values

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has adopted a new vision, mission, and a set of values to guide how it enforces civil rights and how it promotes racial and social equity in Seattle.

The new statements were the result of months of staff meetings, frank discussions, and soul searching about how SOCR serves Seattle – and how much it needs to improve to make a lasting difference in our communities. The final results were reached by staff consensus.

Here are the results of that process:

Vision: A city of liberated people where communities historically impacted by racism, oppression, and colonization hold power and thrive.

Mission: To end structural racism and discrimination through accountable community relationships and anti-racist organizing, policy development and civil rights enforcement.

  • Authenticity in working towards racial equity and practicing and applying principles of anti-racism
  • Community led solutions and accountable community relationships
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Thoughtful planning
Our office will be applying these values and statements as we move forward with strategic planning.

Calling all artists!

The Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative team is looking for art to display at this year's RSJI Summit, to be held this October 23-24 at Seattle Center.

We are seeking works that will elevate the summit space by speaking to race, racism, and/or resistance to racism in the Pacific Northwest.This call is open to all artists in King County and surrounding areas. Artists of color, including Black, Indigenous, LatinX, and API artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration
  • Only one work per artist will be selected
  • All sample files must be in JPEG format
  • Please include a brief bio and an artist statement
Submissions must be received by October 15, 2018, 5 p.m. Please email or .
Each selected artist will receive $600 for their participation in the Summit. Selected artists will be required to participate in an artist panel at the Summit.
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