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Record No: Res 31925    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 1/21/2020
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION affirming The City of Seattle's support for its local Iranian-American and Iranian-immigrant communities, recognizing the importance of people-to-people diplomacy at the local level, calling for a de-escalation in the conflict and damaging rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran and an end to the attacks on the democratic rights of people with Iranian heritage in Washington State and requesting the Office of Intergovernmental Relations communicate these positions to the Washington State congressional delegation.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Proposed Substitute, 3. Proposed Substitute Version 3 (added; 1/21/20)
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION affirming The City of Seattle's support for its local Iranian-American and Iranian-immigrant communities, recognizing the importance of people-to-people diplomacy at the local level, calling for a de-escalation in the conflict and damaging rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran and an end to the attacks on the democratic rights of people with Iranian heritage in Washington State and requesting the Office of Intergovernmental Relations communicate these positions to the Washington State congressional delegation.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle values its ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity, which is a source of strength in Seattle and beyond, and the City Council is committed to ensuring that all our residents can live and pursue their livelihoods in peace and prosperity; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming city and advancing policies to protect vulnerable communities, while denouncing national and federal policies and rhetoric targeting immigrants and immigrant communities; and
WHEREAS, the Trump Administration's policies toward Iran, including air strikes and the prominent drone assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, are risking war, and have already resulted in retaliatory missile strikes on January 7, 2020; and
WHEREAS, ordinary people, especially women, young people, and marginalized communities, always pay the greatest price of war; and
WHEREAS, the United States wars in Afghanistan, beginning in 2001, and in Iraq beginning in 2003, have not expanded freedom, democracy, standards of living, or safety for ordinary people in the Middle East, nor increased the safety of people in the United States, and instead caused massive loss of human life and ongoing suffering in Afghanistan, Iraq, and among U.S. soldiers; and
WHEREAS, The New York Times reported that on January 4, 2020, Department of Homeland Security age...

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