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November 16, 2008

Citizens Request Human Rights Commission in Snohomish County

Live in Snohomish County?  Care to help create a citizen-led Human Rights Commission that “has the authority, and the resources, to provide equal opportunity and safety for all of the residents and visitors to Snohomish County.”  A citizens group, which has been meeting for a year, proposed an ordinance that would create a small staff, with guidance from a 7-person Commission and the originating citizens group, to do outreach, education and dispute resolution.  

First thing that is needed is for people to show up and tell the Snohomish County Council this Monday morning at 10:30 – TOMORROW - in Everett to tell the council-members that you agree it is needed and is worthy of being created and supported by the Council.   You can do that by email or by phone.  Go to the organization’s website for info on how to have input to the hearings. 

Why do it?  According to the site,

This ordinance provides tools for individuals to use when they feel they have been the victims of any sort of discrimination. It seeks to bring parties together through dispute resolution methods. The committee came together in response to incidents which occurred in the county that demonstrated a need for such resources.

Date/Time/Place or Email - More from the site:

Council Hearings are held Mondays at 10:30am in the Council meeting room in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, Robert J. Drewel Building (Admininstration Building East), 3000 Rockefeller, Everett. Please call the Council office at 425-388-3494 to confirm events or for additional agenda information, or e-mail to contact.council@co.snohomish.wa.us.

The meeting on November 17 is the last date before the new budget will be adopted.  Show support for the Ordinance by being there.  Public testimony will be taken so plan to tell your story if you have one that demonstrates the need for the Human Rights Commission.  It must be brief.  Each speaker is limited to three minutes.

To read more about why the ordinance is needed in Snohomish County, click here.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 16, 2008 at 10:45 AM in Current Affairs, Policy, Taking Action | Permalink


This is a democracy and we get the government we insist on. Going to a council hearing is a pretty small effort to get a big return. A local commission that offers dispute resolution as a way of settling a dispute as an alternative to an expensive court case seems like a good investment by and in our community.

Posted by: Ann | Nov 16, 2008 8:26:25 PM


Indeed. I get the sense that we are more prepared to pitch in as citizens that we've been in a long, long time. I certainly hope so.

Posted by: Lynn | Nov 17, 2008 5:14:05 PM

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