Dear friends and neighbors,
There is an important referendum underway to allow the people of Washington to vote on the issue of discrimination and equal opportunity. In order for the referendum to qualify for the November ballot, it needs to gather 150K signatures by 7/15. I am sending this post because I believe this is an issue that everyone should know about.
What is happening?
In 1998, Washington voters approved I-200 by popular referendum. I-200 added the following language into Washington’s law: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."
On 4/28 2019, the last night of the legislative session, the WA state legislature circumvented I-200 by enacting I-1000 without letting it go to a popular vote. I-1000 allows an individual's race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status to be factors considered when selecting candidates for opportunities in public education, public employment, and public contracting.
In response, a group of Washingtonians have filed Referendum Measure 88 in order to put this issue back into the hands of voters.
What does my signature mean?
Signing Referendum 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.