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Record No: CB 120087    Version: Council Bill No: CB 120087
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 6/1/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126360
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to appropriations for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights; amending Ordinance 126237, which adopted the 2021 Budget; changing appropriations to various departments and budget control levels, and from various funds in the Budget; lifting a proviso; imposing provisos; creating new positions; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
Sponsors: Tammy J. Morales
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo (added; 6/1/21), 3. Proposed Amendment, 4. Signed Ordinance 126360
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to appropriations for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights; amending Ordinance 126237, which adopted the 2021 Budget; changing appropriations to various departments and budget control levels, and from various funds in the Budget; lifting a proviso; imposing provisos; creating new positions; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts.
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WHEREAS, the Council is committed to confronting structural and institutional racism as a fundamental step towards addressing the racist institution of policing; and
WHEREAS, in May 2020, Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd, setting off nationwide protests against police brutality and for justice for Black victims of police violence; and
WHEREAS, these protests forced many nationwide and in Seattle to confront the racism that has been plaguing the Black community for centuries and spread to other communities of color, the harmful impacts of white supremacy culture, and the Seattle Police Department's (SPD) role in perpetuating racism and violence; and
WHEREAS, in response to both recent events and through the efforts of decades of organizing, anti-racist organizations coalesced around the following demands made to the City by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now: 1. Replace current 911 operations with civilian-controlled system; 2. Scale up community-led solutions; 3. Fund a community-led process to create a roadmap to life without policing; and 4. Invest in housing for all; and
WHEREAS, members of the communities most impacted by policing support the demands to the City to push back against the harm the police cause to the Black community and correct years of failure to invest in Black communities; and
WHEREAS, the co-leads of the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) sent a letter on June 8, 2020 to the Mayor requesting that she "Commit to a community participatory budget process....

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