R-88 Justice For All

Our friends at Let People Vote need your help qualifying R-88 and the reversal of Affirmative Action for the ballot this November.  Read their letter here.  FPIWAction hopes you get involved.

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The right to equal treatment for every person, regardless of their race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin, defines what it means to be an American.  Over the years, it has been critical to our progress as a nation that “equal opportunity” be given to every person.

That right is so central to American identity that in 1964 the Congress enacted a Civil Rights Act which prohibited racial discrimination and guaranteed equal treatment for every person. In a further effort to ensure that the cause of equality was extended to all Americans, regardless of race, some American presidents and members of Congress supported what was called “affirmative action”, a not-so-thinly disguised attempt to confer public benefits upon “underrepresented minorities.”

In 1998, the voters of the state of Washington followed the example California, which enacted Proposition 209 in 1996, and approved I-200, a measure that prohibited discrimination and preferential treatment based on race and other specified factors.  I-200 is simple and direct and reads as follows:

“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.”

For roughly twenty years, race advocates and other opponents of I-200 tried unsuccessfully to repeal the initiative. In 2018, they hit political pay dirt when the Washington Democrat Party, which controls both houses of the Legislature, the governor’s office, the Office of the Attorney General and other levers of power in Washington, decided to overturn I-200.  However, instead of a flat-out repeal, they supported a new initiative (I-1000) which amended terms such as “affirmative action” and “preferential treatment,” and created a new Governor’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to oversee the implementation of I-1000.  Moreover, I-1000 expanded the list of identities eligible for affirmative action to include race, color, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and veteran’s status.

Washington Policy Center highlighted the following key findings on I-1000 in their February memo:

  1. Initiative 1000 would allow public officials to use a person’s race, gender or ethnicity in the administration of public benefits.
  2. Discrimination would be allowed at all levels of government; state, county and city, and in public schools and universities.
  3. Initiative 1000 would change the technical definition of “preferential treatment” so that it doesn’t include affirmative action.

If left unchallenged, I-1000 can become a road map for other states to follow, especially those governed by Democrats, as they use “identity politics” to pursue their ill-conceived goals of “diversity, inclusion and equity.”

Let People Vote campaign committee recognizes what is at stake and is sponsoring an initiative to overturn I-1000.  This measure is Referendum Measure 88.  To qualify R-88 for the November 2019 Ballot, our campaign is required to gather roughly 130,000 valid signatures by July 27th, 2019.  You can help to qualify R-88 for the November ballot by:

If R-88 qualifies for the November, 2019 ballot and voters reject I-1000, Washington state will return to a policy framework based on individual merit and equal treatment for every person.

Please help!

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