LGBTQ Community Town Hall On Police Accountability

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LGBTQ Community Town Hall On Police Accountability

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LGBTQ ALLYSHIP presents LGBTQ COMMUNITY TOWN HALL ON POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2013 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
@SOUTHSIDE COMMONS (3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle, WA 98118)
(Located in Columbia City)

To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/440086456101306/

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter, allyship@yahoo.com, 425-224-6511

Seattle, WA—Please join LGBTQ Allyship on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at
the Southside Commons in Columbia City (3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle, WA 98118) for our “LGBTQ
Community Town Hall on Police Accountability.” Food, beverages, and ASL interpretation will be
provided. During the month of October 2013, LGBTQ Allyship is working with Entre Hermanos to get
the word out to LGBTQ communities about opportunities to provide feedback to the U.S. Department of
Justice (DOJ) on the Seattle Police Department (SPD) regarding documented incidents of stops and
detentions, bias policing, and use of excessive force. Entre Hermanos will be holding a forum in
Spanish on October 17, 2013 at their offices on Capitol Hill, 1505 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
(contact Roxana@entrehermanos.org for more information).

The community will be given information about the Department of Justice (DOJ) findings on the
Seattle Police Department (SPD) and recommendations from the Seattle Community Police
Commission (CPC) for police reform. Audience surveys and feedback will be documented and
included in reports from LGBTQ Allyship to the CPC.

LGBTQ Allyship, as an organization that works towards social and economic justice, wanted to add their
unique voice alongside the diverse voices across the LGBTQ community to this effort. We will present
DOJ research from their investigation of the SPD and ask for specific feedback about what will be court
mandated recommendations around issues such as use of excessive force and bias.

LGBTQ ALLYSHIP is organizing for social and economic justice and believes in making visible the voice
and experiences of the most vulnerable in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
We have a long history of organizing, educating, and advocating for members within the LGBTQ
community who are at the intersections of race, class, age, and more. We have served and worked with
LGBTQ members from low-income, homeless, immigrant, women’s, and people of color, seniors, youth, and
working class backgrounds.
LGBTQ Allyship works towards connecting issues in alliance with others within Seattle and King
County’s broader social justice community and movements to fight for healthcare for all, homelessness,
immigrants’ rights, and more. We want to insure the voices of LGBTQ communities are heard and
considered around issues of police accountability, which is an economic justice issue.

Entre Hermanos and LGBTQ Allyship acquired a joint grant from the City of Seattle along with other
organizations such as Chinese Information Services, El Rey 1360AM (owned by SeaMar), One America,
the Public Defender Associations-Racial Disparity Project, Safe Futures Youth Center, Seattle/King
County Coalition on Homelessness, Sojourner Truth Technical Services in partnership with APRI &
Mother’s For Police Accountability, Teen Feed, Therapeutic Health Services, and Vietnamese Friendship
Association. Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC), which was formed after the 2010 shooting
death by Seattle police of First Nations woodcarver, John T. Williams, will provide technical assistance
to the above mentioned community organizations.

The CPC is an independent entity whose purpose is to engage the community and ensue public input to
police reform. After a federal investigation of the SPD, the City of Seattle signed a settlement with the
DOJ to reform SPD practices. The social service and community organizations chosen represent a
diverse populations within Seattle communities and will be acquiring feedback from the community for
CPC to gather into a report that reflect community’s recommendations. The settlement agreement
requires police reform with specific dates for revising policies and practices of the SPD. The CPC states,
“The U.S. District Court oversees the process and the work, and it has authority to ensure reform occurs
or to provide consequences.” This is why meaningful community input is crucial and has been built into
the process. The CPC will report on their findings to the City of Seattle, SPD, DOJ, and Monitor in early
November and then discuss reports and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the
community from all of the outreach efforts of all community partners including LGBTQ Allyship’s Town
Hall, Focus Group, and surveys. By the end of the year the court will decide whether to accept or reject
recommendations. For more information about the CPC process go to
www.seattle.gov/policecommission or contact them at 206-233-2664 or OCPC@seattle.gov.

LGBTQ Allyship is excited to be part of this historic citywide effort on Police Accountability, which
community members have been organizing around for years, to gather specific feedback from diverse
LGBTQ communities and their experience with police. Please support this effort by filling out our
survey (online, in person, and/or at one of our community events) and attending our events (focus
group and/or Town Hall Community Forum). To acquire information about surveys, event materials,

*** We will not be collecting testimony involving incidents involving police. Please contact the
Office for Professional Accountability (OPA) to make an anonymous complaint at opa@seattle.gove or
206-684-8797 or find them on the web at www.seattle.gov/police/OPA


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