Sign R-88 to vote on equality in Washington state

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Jun 21 73 Comments

TLDR: we need 130k valid signatures from registered voters of WA, to put an important bill back into November's ballot. Everyone can help even if you don't live in WA.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

An important referendum measure (R-88) is underway to allow Washingtonians to vote on the issue of discrimination and equality. In order for R-88 to qualify for the November ballot, it needs to gather 130K valid signatures by 7/27. I believe this is an issue that everyone should know about.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?
In 1998 more than 58% of the voters supported a ballot measure (I-200) that barred the state from “discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, education and contracting.”

On 4/28/2019, the last night of the legislative session, the WA state legislature replaced I-200 with I-1000, which reinstates identity markers, such as race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, to be used in public education, hiring and government contracting. In response, a group of Washingtonians filed R-88 in order to put this issue back into the hands of voters. See details here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FLy4Y9J7LA

HOW CAN I HELP?
1. All Registered Washington voters: Sign R-88 by 7/15 at 88 Kirkland Salon (88 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland WA 98033) during business hours (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM except Sundays) or find a map of signing locations on LetPeopleVote.org/signing-location/. You can also send your office building location to signr88g@gmail.com to be connected with a volunteer or signing meet up all over Washington state.

2. All Citizens and Permanent Residents: Donate at LetPeopleVote.org/donate/. All donations will be used towards signature gathering.

3. Everyone anywhere (visa holders included):
Volunteer by spreading the word and picking up an official R-88 form to collect signatures! This is a true grass root effort!

WHAT DOES MY SIGNATURE MEAN?
Signing R-88 is neither a vote in favor of nor against I-1000. It is a vote to let the people of Washington decide the issue by putting I-1000 onto the November ballot.

Sincerely,
A Concerned Washingtonian

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TOP 73 Comments
  • Amazon / Design bWkn32
    Good. About time someone stood up for equality. Affirmative action perpetuates stereotypes, we don't want it in Washington.
    Jun 21 1
  • Facebook public2
    Wayy too long. Tldr?
    Jun 21 26
    • Facebook sFcp20
      No I have interviewed hundreds of times in fb and attended quite a lot debrief meetings, i am sure we are not biased to any race or gender. We may bias to people from rich family because they had better education and eventually perform better. That is different from being a racist. I support better public education and better chance for poor kids, but better chance for some races?No, that’s racism. The process is broken because there are racists in the country. And some of those racists brought up I-1000, to legalize racism and want to treat people differently based on race.
      Jun 24
    • Microsoft @FB
      Btw., I grew up dirt poor. As in sometimes did not have enough money for bread and on good years had bananas or oranges for Christmas. That didn’t stop me, on the contrary it motivated as it was clear bot tho me and my parents that education is the only way to escape that severe poverty. I’m all for trying to help the less fortunate have a better chance at life through education regardless of race or other traits. But I don’t agree with favoring or penalizing anyone for their immutable traits.
      Jun 24
    • Facebook public2
      That's awesome you've been able to achieve upward mobility! So how do you fix something that is obviously broken? If we flipped a coin and it ends up on heads 500 times in a row in theory I could argue that with every flip there is a 50% chance of tails but wouldn't you be suspicious? That to me is where we are at today. We have basic rules discrimination but in reality the outcomes are stil so far out of whack that clearly it's not working. The playing field may be level but perhaps many are unable to even make it to the field. How do we fix that?
      Jun 24
    • Microsoft @FB
      The answer is you try to debug the process and see where it’s breaking down and fix the root cause. You shouldn’t throw something on top to just massage the results you don’t like without understanding the underlying cause. Is it a pipeline problem (eg not enough people from subgroup X get a degree in Foo)? Or is it that they are not considered for interviews at all, or they make it to the interview stage but don’t get the job? Basically gather data at each stage of the funnel and understanding if and where there’s a problem.
      Jun 24
    • Facebook public2
      Sure, sounds great. Who is going to do that? Unfortunately with society it's going to also be all of the above. Decades of media, stereotypes, unconcious bias, etc. If you go and ask that board full of men why they don't have any women do you think they will pinpoint why?
      Jun 24
  • CentralReach
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    I like long beaches on the walk.
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    Visa holders shouldnt be involved in U.S. politics until they become citizens...
    Jun 21 4
    • Amazon / Data loveorange
      Disagree, the law involves all living beings here in US. Anyone can help within legal boundaries.
      Jun 21
    • Amazon / Product
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      Many visa holders children are US citizens and this new law reinforces racial discrimination in public education from first grade. My kids education is the only reason why I care about it. Just became a citizen recently and donated $2000!
      Jun 22
    • CentralReach
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      BXjf that is an interesting perspective that I didnt consider. Thank you for the input. I am all for repealing I1000 btw.
      Jun 22
    • Amazon / Product
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      Then go online and donate! The R88 campaign has hired professional signature gatherers in addition to volunteers - that is the only way to meet the signature requirements. But signatures cost money.

      Also share on social media and ask all of your friends to donate! I pinged every person on my contact list and raised $4000 last week.

      I find many people (especially white people) afraid of talking about it, or you are labeled a racist or white supremacy. It is time that we all talk about it and take some action!
      Jun 22
  • Amazon FzQw74
    Consider race for education and work opportunity? Fucking racists
    Jun 21 1
  • CentralReach
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    I-1000 should be repealed
    Jun 21 1
    • Groupon / Eng sleepy
      Or at least be voted
      Jun 23
  • This is America. There is literally so much opportunity to be had. I went from making $7.25/hr to $40/hr with no degree. Hard work and dedication are the parents of possibility.
    Jun 21 3
    • Amazon / Data loveorange
      Well said! Join the volunteer and/or donation www.letpeoplevote.org to be part of the standup😀
      Jun 21
    • People can vote though?
      Jun 22
    • Google SignR88
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      The "let people vote" in this context only means "let people vote on I1000 instead of letting legislators pass it silently". They already passed I1000, so unless we get enough signatures and put it back in to Novembers ballot, you won't have a chance to vote about it. So please at least provide your signature, by:
      1) Sign R-88 by 7/15 at 88 Kirkland Salon (88 Kirkland Ave Kirkland WA 98033) during business hours (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM except Sundays)
      2) Or find a map of signing locations on LetPeopleVote.org/signing-location/.
      3) You can also send your location to signr88g@gmail.com to be connected with a volunteer or signing meet up all over Washington state.
      Jun 22
  • Google OWql35
    Thank you so much for letting us know about this important issue! Voters should vote on this instead of letting politicians decide it.
    Jun 21 1
  • Google OWql35
    https://time.com/5606137/12-police-sue-san-francisco-discrimination/. White cops suing because they were discriminated against
    Jun 21 0
  • Groupon / Eng sleepy
    OP, do you know the current status of the signature collection?
    Jun 23 5
    • Amazon JLEd15
      Volunteers are actively collecting signatures at the moment. Please visit yellow dot cafe or one of our signing locations online to sign the petition yourself. You can also follow the link in the original post to volunteer as a signature collector!
      Jun 23
    • Amazon / Product
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      I can’t speak for the current overall status. My very anecdotal observation is that there are only 4 weeks left and the majority of the white people who are supportive of R-88 are still afraid of speaking up. Things have to be done secretly - donations are made in spouses name, signatures are provided via snail mail, no one talks about it on social media because it is not PC... it is so sad.
      Jun 24
    • Amazon / Other ayendeNaya
      There's no discussion of it at all on the various discussion groups at Amazon. Anyone who brings it up would be feathered and tarred. Meanwhile people collecting signatures for climate change or board diversity have no problems blasting out their petitions company wide.
      Jun 24
    • Groupon / Eng sleepy
      Sad. What stops you to discuss it here?
      Jun 24
    • Google OWql35
      So sad! Silent majority who are afraid of retaliation if speaking equal for all under the law
      Jun 24
  • Amazon Xnsjg
    I don't need a convoluted law that is put together by so many interest groups. Guys, please sign the referendum. That's the only way.to stop this racial discrimination.
    Jun 24 2
    • Nvidia bitcoin20k
      That's the only way 🤣
      Jun 24
    • Amazon bleeditout
      Thank you! Please donate to support us.
      Jun 27
  • Absolutely not
    Jun 21 2
    • Amazon JLEd15
      Why not, do you trust politicians before you trust your local communities? Why shouldn’t people be allowed to vote on such an important matter?
      Jun 21
    • Microsoft stpD71
      Absolutely yes
      Jun 22
  • Google OWql35
    Do not judge by skin color or country of origin.
    Jun 22 1
    • Amazon JLEd15
      Glad that you agree. Please sign the referendum at one of the locations and donate to support!
      Jun 22
  • Amazon / Eng
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    Washington Policy Center memo https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/initiative-1000-to-repeal-the-washington-civil-rights-act

    Key Findings

    1. Initiative 1000 would allow public officials to use a person’s race, gender or ethnicity in the administration of public benefits.
    2. In 1998, voters passed Initiative 200 to bar the use of race, gender or ethnic discrimination by public officials in Washington state. I-1000 seeks to repeal the I-200 law.
    3. Under I-1000, discrimination would be allowed at all levels of government; state, county and city, and in public schools and universities.
    Jun 24 0
  • LinkedIn boringdude
    I’m m not in Washington but happy to donate, buy Facebook ads for this cause etc.

    Is there currently a Facebook ad campaign or a foot campaign (asking for signatures on public streets around MSFT or Amazon or libraries etc)?
    Jun 25 3
    • Amazon / Other ayendeNaya
      Please do donate at www.letpeoplevote.org. the money is used specifically for signature gathering. There is a volunteer campaign that is working all over the state.

      WA State has a law prohibiting FB ads about local issues from being run in the state. But spreading the word always helps!
      Jun 25
    • LinkedIn boringdude
      Just curious, what is the jurisdiction of the law —what about
      Someone outside of Washington running ads, unless it requires FB to Enforce the law by not accepting such ads!
      Jun 25
    • Amazon bleeditout
      Please check out ‘let people vote’ page on Facebook to learn more about the work we do. Feel free to share posts from our page. Our volunteers are out there in every single major events during the weekend to collect signatures.

      If you are a wa voter, you can find one of our locations online and go there to sign. The closest location in downtown area is yellow dot cafe in slu. Our volunteers will also show up this Friday to collect signatures in the downtown/slu area!

      Please do donate to support us! Anything helps! Thank you!
      Jun 27
  • Lyft ihb47
    Can you summarize what this issue is? You’re post was Opaque
    Jun 24 2
    • Amazon / Other ayendeNaya
      Legislature passed a law to allow a particularly nontransparent form of affirmative action, ending an era where everyone was required by law to be treated the same in Washington State. There is an active referendum campaign to put the new law on the ballot, where voters will have the chance to approve or reject it.
      Jun 24
    • Amazon bleeditout
      you can sign the referendum at yellow dot cafe in SLU or other signing locations you can find on the LetPeopleVote website: https://www.letpeoplevote.org/signing-location/
      Jun 24
  • LinkedIn boringdude
    I’m confused. I thought the days of racial discrimination were long gone.
    Jun 22 1
    • Amazon JLEd15
      Well apparently law makers have silently brought this back to WA without telling the people. If we don’t gather enough signatures by 7/27, this will become law and impact all of our lives! Please join us, sign the referendum and spread the news!
      Jun 22
  • Nvidia bitcoin20k
    This law is a bad idea, obviously.

    But how do you set and correct the future for strong American values and not make Washington into the new China, or new India, or new [x]?

    Would like to hear CIVIL solutions from both perspectives.
    Jun 22 2
    • Amazon JLEd15
      I didn’t get the logics behind your question. Are you saying that if we let people vote on this law, Washington state is becoming the new China? Or India?
      Jun 22
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      The civil solution is to make sure the process is fair, not the results. How about a new country for those who put in the effort?
      Jun 22
  • Nvidia bitcoin20k
    More state controlled institutions
    Jun 23 0