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

A: I-I000 is a statewide initiative to the Legislature to make Affirmative Action a state law which promotes diversity, equity & inclusion in public education, public employment and public contracting for qualified women, veterans,  the disabled and people of color, without the use of quotas.

 

Q: WHY IS I-1000 NEEDED?

A: I-1000 is needed because while America has overcome many social hurdles, bias and discrimination still exists in our society. I-1000’s mission is to enable every qualified Washington citizen, regardless of their 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 OTHER STATES HAVE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LAWS?

A: The overwhelming majority of 42 out of 50 states and the entire U.S. federal government has Affirmative Action laws. Currently, Washington is 1 of only 8 states which does not have Affirmative Action laws protecting women, the disabled, minorities 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, the disabled and minorities.

 

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

A: I-1000 expands state Affirmative Action laws which currently only cover Vietnam-era & disabled veterans to now include all honorably discharged 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. Chaired by the Governor and representing more than twenty-five state agencies, the Commission is 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) and many others.

 

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

A: Please call us at (206) 701-4188

Paid for by: Approve I-1000 Equality Campaign • P.O. Box 27113, Seattle, WA 98165

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