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Sep 08 2014

Council Passes Women’s Reproductive Health Rights Resolution

News Release issued 9/08/2014:

Council Passes Women’s Reproductive Health Rights Resolution

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council today unanimously approved Resolution 31541, calling on the United States Congress and President Obama to repeal all federal bans on public coverage of abortion and supporting efforts to improve access to public and private insurance coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care.

“Every woman who enrolls in public government insurance should have the right to make their personal reproductive choices and receive coverage based on those choices, regardless of income or financial status,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

The Hyde Amendment, a rider attached to the federal spending budget each year and first passed by Congress in 1976, bans Medicaid coverage of abortion. Federal law also prohibits insurance coverage of abortion for women and their dependents who receive federally sponsored health care.

Rachel Berkson, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, said, “Given that there are over 4,000 women in Seattle are insured through the federal government and subject to these restrictions on abortion coverage, we commend Bruce Harrell and the Seattle City Council for taking a strong stand against the Hyde Amendment. For far too long, coverage bans like the Hyde Amendment have disproportionately limited access to abortion care for low-income women and women of color. Seattle is a pro-choice city and Washington is a state with a pro-choice majority—it’s time we embraced an agenda that reflects this, and identifies reproductive rights not just as an issue of gender equality, but one of economic and racial justice.”

Lisa Stone, Executive Director of Legal Voice, said, “Every woman should be able to make decisions based on what is best for herself and her family instead of based on what she can afford. The Hyde Amendment and other federal bans of abortion coverage affect Seattle women in a very real way. It’s time to tell Congress that when access to abortion is determined by the type of insurance a woman has, reproductive choice is meaningless.”

Andrea Miller, President of National Institute for Reproductive Health, said, “By withholding abortion coverage from women utilizing federal insurance plans, our nation has effectively created a class-based system for access to abortion care. But today Seattle joined the ranks of cities across the country—including Cambridge, New York City, Oakland and Philadelphia – that are leading the national movement to strike down the unjust bans that deny too many women access to abortion care. The National Institute for Reproductive Health is proud to support these efforts, and congratulates the women and men of Seattle.”

Councilmember Jean Godden, who chairs the committee overseeing the City’s efforts to eliminate gender inequity in the workplace, agreed. “Each of us should have the right to make reproductive health choices, based on what’s best for oneself and for one’s family.”

Seattle joins a grass-roots movement to repeal the Hyde amendment and becomes the first jurisdiction in the Northwest—and the sixth nationally—to declare its support for overturning the Hyde Amendment.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, over 311,650 women live in Seattle. 67,824 women in Seattle are enrolled in public insurance and over 4,000 women of reproductive age are insured through the federal government and are therefore subject to federal restrictions on abortion coverage.

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Sep 03 2014

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee (9/03, 2:00 pm)

Public Safety, Civil Rights, And Technology Committee Agenda for Wednesday, 9/03/2014, 2:00 PM

Click here to view the complete agenda:

1. C.F. 313893 (PDF Version)
Appointment and Oath of Office of Cuc T. Vu as Director, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION (20 minutes)
Presenters: Hyeok Kim, Deputy Mayor; Cuc Vu, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

2. Res. 31541 (PDF Version)
Regarding insurance coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, calling on the United States Congress and President Obama to repeal all federal bans on public coverage of abortion and supporting efforts to improve access to public and private insurance coverage for comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (20 minutes)
Presenters: Janet Chung and Sarah MacDonald, Legal Voice; Megan Burbank, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington; Mercedes Elizalde, Michele M. Frix, and Liz Kellogg, Seattle Women’s Commission.

3. C.F. 313977 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Juliana Tesfu as member, Seattle Human Rights Commission, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter for items 4-7: Patricia Lally, Seattle Office for Civil Rights

4. C.F. 313976 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Yan Jun (Angela) Liu as member, Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)

5. C.F. 313980 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Brianna C. Holmes, Seattle Women’s Commission, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)

6. C.F. 313979 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Shoshana Paget as member, Seattle LGBT Commission, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)

7. C.F. 313978 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Mohamed Adan as member, Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Cuc T. Vu, Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

8. C.F. 313975 (PDF Version)
Appointment of Sarah A. Trowbridge as member, Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, for a term of confirmation to September 30, 2015.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (5 minutes)
Presenter: Michael Mattmiller, Seattle Department of Information Technology
D. Adjournment

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Aug 07 2014

Tony Orange Day!

Published by under Community Leaders

Please join me, community leaders, and other elected officials at the Tony Orange: Community Recognition for One of Our Own on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7PM at the Royal Esquire Club, 5016 Rainier Ave S, Seattle 98118.

The Tony Orange Community Recognition will be a celebration of his dedication and love for the “Beloved Community.” Tony’s commitment, courage, and service continues to make a difference in the lives of Seattle’s residents.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending: http://tonyorange.splashthat.com
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Aug 01 2014

Councilmember Harrell Seeks Candidates for Human Rights Commission

News Release issued 7/31/2014:

SEATTLE – The Seattle Human Rights Commission is seeking applicants to fill vacant Commissioner positions. The Commission advises the Mayor and City Council on human rights and social justice issues.

The Commission works with the Director of the Office for Civil Rights to end discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, ancestry, age, marital and parental status, disability and Section 8 status. The Commission works to have an impact on the lives of people in Seattle through its policy work and community outreach.

“I am proud to work with the City’s Human Rights Commission,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “The Commission continues to play a vital role in hearing discrimination appeals and shaping the City’s dialogue on human rights for all Seattle residents.”

Participation on the Commission requires a minimum time commitment of 10-15 hours per month. This includes attendance at monthly meetings held the first Thursday of each month in the evening, participation in committee work, meeting with City departments, communicating with state legislators and addressing human rights concerns.

The Commission also hears and adjudicates appeals of discrimination cases from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. Commissioners are appointed to two-year terms and all appointments are subject to confirmation by the Seattle City Council. Commissioners must reside within the City of Seattle. The Commission is particularly interested in applicants with backgrounds in human rights, education, law, public policy and advocacy. Commissioners serve without compensation.

To be considered, email a letter of interest, resume and SHRC application to marta.idowu@seattle.gov by August 25, 2014. The SHRC application is available at www.seattle.gov/humanrights/archive.htm or by request made to marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

The City is committed to promoting diversity in its commissions. Women, people with disabilities, youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, immigrants and people of color are encouraged to apply. All are welcome.

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Jul 30 2014

City of Seattle awards funds to promote digital equity

News Release issued 7/30/2014:
City of Seattle awards funds to promote digital equity
23 community projects receive Technology Matching Funds

SEATTLE (July 30, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council today announced the 23 organizations that will receive a total of $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds from the City of Seattle. The awardees passed unanimously out of committee. Watch the video here. Approval by the full Council is expected on Monday.

“While access to technology has increased for many, there is still a significant gap in the access to and use of technology in Seattle,” said Mayor Murray. “Technology skills are necessary for success in the 21st century and these funds play a critical role in preparing our residents.”

“These funds play an important role in leveling the playing field. They help our must vulnerable residents use technology in innovative and meaningful ways, including seniors, at risk youth, homeless women and children, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee.

The money will support projects throughout the city to ensure all Seattleites have access to and proficiency using internet-based technologies. These projects were selected from Seattle’s Technology Advisory Board from more than 67 applicants and will contribute a projected $685,711 in community matching resources, more than double the City’s investment.

The funds will support greater digital equity in Seattle. Several projects will help Seattle build a diverse technology workforce, by providing STEM education programs for youth of color and computer and applications training to immigrants and low-income adults. Other programs will help seniors and people with disabilities better engage using a variety of tools, including tablets, touch screens and social media. The projects will also enable greater electronic civic participation for many disadvantaged residents.

The 2014 Technology Matching Fund award recipients include:
• Ballard NW Senior Center
• Casa Latina
• North Seattle Family Center/ Children’s Home Society of WA
• Denny Terrace Computer Lab
• Elizabeth Gregory Home
• Filipino Community of Seattle
• Helping Link
• Hilltop House
• Lao Women Association of Washington
• Literacy Source
• North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
• Northaven Retirement and Assisted Living
• Open Doors for Multicultural Families/STAR Center at Center Park
• Ross Manor Computer Lab
• Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
• Solid Ground Sand Point Housing Campus
• Somali Community Services of Seattle
• South Park Area Redevelopment Center
• The Jefferson Terrace Computer Lab Committee
• University of Washington Women’s Center
• Vietnamese Friendship Association
• Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH)
• YMCA of Greater Seattle – Y @ Cascade People’s Center.

For more information and a map of Technology Matching Fund awardees visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/TMF/2014 .

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Jul 21 2014

City Council Confirms New Chief Technology Officer

SEATTLE –City Council unanimously approved Michael Mattmiller as Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today.

“Michael brings new energy and a fresh perspective to solving technology solutions and operating more efficiently,” said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. “I look forward to working with Michael to make Seattle the most innovative city when it comes to use of technology in government.”

As CTO, Mr. Mattmiller will manage a department that has about 200 employees and an annual budget of $41.8 million. DoIT is responsible for the City’s main data center, Seattle.gov website, the Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber network, the City’s data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network and cable franchises. DoIT develops common standards, architectures and business solutions as part of policy planning to City departments and manages the City’s technology infrastructure to serve Seattle’s residents and businesses.

Mr. Mattmiller most recently worked as a Senior Strategist for Enterprise Cloud Privacy at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2013, he worked in the Washington DC–area on risk assurance and data management consulting work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mattmiller earned a Masters in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.

DoIT has three key objectives:

1) Serve the information needs of our residents, businesses, NGO partners and visitors to Seattle, with government information and data solutions available across web, mobile and television platforms.
2) Lead by providing our internal City customers (employees and departments) innovative communication and information technology solutions that support effective and efficient services to our constituents.
3) Make Seattle a national municipal leader in championing technology access and affordability for all the people of our City.

Link to Michael Mattmiller Confirmation Packet
Link to Confirmation Questions & Answers

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