Hello!  I am happy to share some great news. As many of you have heard, Prop. 1 has been successfully defeated in court, and it will not be on the ballot in November! We want to express a huge thank you to the plaintiffs the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Spokane, Spokane Chinese American Progressives, Spokane Chinese Association, National Organization for Women – Spokane Area, Global Neighborhood, and Refugee Connections Spokane for their organizations’ courage to fight Prop. 1 in court. Big thanks goes to Rick Eichstaedt, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and his legal intern Colin de Bruhl for their great work on this legal challenge.

It was a two-part strategy that led to defeating Prop. 1: Forming the No Discrimination Spokane coalition to urge Spokane to vote no, and filing a lawsuit get Prop. 1 removed from ballot. With a diverse coalition of 26 organizations, we were already talking to voters and gearing up the public education portion of the campaign when the court hearing was scheduled. As Rick shared, it was powerful to have a courtroom full of No on Prop. 1 supporters that were ready to hit the streets to talk with more voters. Here are links to news stories on the court ruling: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/25/judge-tosses-sancuary-city-proposition-from-spokan/

https://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2017/08/25/is-spokane-a-sanctuary-city-a-semantic-investigation

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/01/appellate-ruling-affirms-proposition-1-removal-fro/

And, there is more good news! Respect Washington, the west-side political action committee responsible for getting Prop. 1 on the ballot in Spokane, collected signatures to place a similar anti-immigrant profiling measure on the ballot in Burien. A King County judge ruled that the measure was invalid on several grounds and was pulled from the Burien’s November ballot. Congratulations to all of the organizations involved! Click here to read the Seattle Times article.

A big thanks to all of the organizations that joined the No Discrimination Spokane Coalition to say No on Prop 1: ACLU of WA, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition – Spokane Chapter, Center for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Fuse Washington, Greater Spokane Progress, Hispanic Business/Professional Association, Liberal Ladies League, Main Street Alliance, Muslims for Community, Action, and Support, NAACP Spokane, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Pride Foundation, Refugee Connections Spokane, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Local 6, Spokane Chinese American Progressives, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Spokane Islamic Center, Spokane Firefighters Union Local 29, Spokane Regional Labor Council, Spokane Women Together, Tenants Union of Washington State, Washington Community Action Network, Eastern Washington Voters, and YWCA Spokane.

We are very happy that we have this strong and diverse coalition to stand with immigrants and refugees in our community, and we look forward to continuing to work together for our shared values.

–Anne Martin

See http://www.spokaneprops.org for more information about local propositions, levies, and measures.

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