Q: WHAT IS INITIATIVE 1000 (I-1000)?

A: I-I000 is a statewide initiative to the Legislature that promotes diversity, equity & inclusion in public education, public employment and public contracting for qualified women, veterans, people with disabilities, and people of color through Affirmative Action without the use of quotas. I-1000 would repeal I-200.

 

Q: WHY IS I-1000 NEEDED?

A: I-1000 seeks to provide pathways toward diversity in public education, public employment and public contracting. Decades of systemic racism, sexism, and other biases have created barriers that disproportionately impact women, people of color, those with disabilities, and our veterans. Since I-200, small, women and minority owned businesses have lost over $3.5 billion dollars in state contracts, while Higher Education Institutions in Washington have seen decreased diversity in student population and staff. I-1000’s mission is to enable every qualified Washington citizen, regardless of race, gender, disability or military status to be protected from discrimination when seeking opportunities in public education, public employment or public contracting.

 

Q: HOW MANY STATES HAVE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LAWS?

A: 42 of 50 states and the entire U.S. federal government have Affirmative Action laws. Washington is 1 of only 8 states that does not have Affirmative Action laws protecting women, people with disabilities, people of color, and all military veterans.

 

Q: DOES THE PUBLIC SUPPORT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION?

A: YES! A recent 2018 statewide poll conducted by Elway Research, Inc. showed that nearly 65% of registered Washington voters support Affirmative Action for women, veterans, people with disabilities and people of color.

 

Q: WHAT IS I-200?

A: In 1998, right-wing conservatives Tim Eyman and John Carlson led the passage of Initiative 200 (I-200), described by many as the most racist and sexist ballot measure ever passed in Washington state history. With the passage of I-200, Washington became only the second state in America to ban the use of race or gender in public education, public employment and public contracting.

 

Q: HOW HAS I-200 HURT WOMEN & MINORITIES IN WASHINGTON STATE?

A: According to the Washington’s Office of Women and Minority Business Enterprises (OMWBE), since the passage of I-200, state spending with certified minority and woman-owned businesses has dropped from 10% to 3%, causing a devastating $3.8 billion 20 year loss to small, minority and woman-owned businesses.

 

Q. What are other impacts of I-200?

A: Other impacts include:

  • Since the passage of I-200, African-American unemployment has risen to nearly 7%, the highest of any ethnic community in the state. Source: Washington State Employment Security
  • Since the passage of I-200, Hispanic unemployment has risen to nearly 6%, the 2nd highest in the state. Source: Washington State Employment Security
  • Since the passage of I-200, white males, who are only 38% of the state population, have received over 80% of the Washington State Department of Transportation contracts;  Source: Washington State Depart. of Transportation
  • Before I-200, over 70% of qualified African-American freshmen who applied to the UW were admitted. But in 2017, nearly 70% of qualified Black freshmen who applied to the UW were denied admission.  Source: UW

 

Q:HOW DOES I-1000 HELP U.S. VETERANS?

A: I-1000 expands state Affirmative Action laws to include all honorably discharged veterans. Current laws only protect Vietnam-era & disabled veterans.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION?

A: I-1000 creates a new Governor’s Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This Commission will be chaired by the Governor and represent more than twenty-five state agencies. The Commission will be responsible for planning, directing, monitoring, and enforcing each state agency’s compliance with Affirmative Action.

 

Q: WHO ARE SOME OF THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING I-1000?

A: Organizations supporting I-I000 include the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion (DDI), El Centro De La Raza, Tabor 100, NAACP, Faith Action Network (FAN), Washington State Civil Rights Coalition, Tacoma/Pierce County Collective, the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Martin Luther King County Labor Council, Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), GSBA to name a few.

 

Q: WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON I-1000?

A: Please email the campaign at info@yeson1000.com, and follow us on social media for updated information related to campaign efforts.

 

 

 

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