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Human Rights

AFT Washington's Human Rights Committee Mission Statement

We are a committee representing the diversity of AFT WASHINGTON. Our goal is to honor the shared humanity of all our members. We seek to accomplish this goal by promoting principles of tolerance, fairness, and respect; building meaningful relationships within and outside our organization; and monitoring our effectiveness regularly.

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Are Microaggressions Really "Micro?"

Submitted by Dr. Patricia Russell, AFT Seattle Federation L1789

Often times I smile when I hear the word “microaggression.” I find them to be anything but “micro.” What are they?

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Human Rights Committee Resolutions

2016 Resolutions/Special Order of Business (SOB)

Resolution 2016-03: Promote and participate in the May 1, 2016, March and Rally for Immigrant and Workers' Rights

2012 Resolutions/Special Order of Business (SOB)

SOB 2012-03: Resolution endorsing the Washington United for Marriage Campaign and vote to approve Referendum 74 to retain Washington State's Civil Marriage Equality Law.

2011 Resolutions/Special Order of Business (SOB)

SOB 2011-01: Resolution to support comprehensive immigration reform and urge locals and international AFT to support and contact congressional delegation.

SOB 2011-02: Resolution in support of Proposition 1 in the City of Yakima to change the way Yakima's City Council is elected by creating seven equal districts so that each council member is elected by and accountable to the district in which they live, and support of a "Home Rule Charter" in Yakima County.

SOB 2011-03: Resolution in Support of the Creation of Political Districts in Which People of Color Are in the Majority; creating a new 10th congressional district and three legislative districts. AFT Washington will ask its locals to encourage members to become involved in the redistricting process.

SOB 2011-04: Resolution in Support of the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act and end federal discrimination against legally married same-sex couples.

2010 Resolutions/Special Order of Business (SOB)

Resolution in support of Duwamish Tribal Recognition which was denied its federal recognition despite the evidence that they were an established tribal structure in the early 1900's.

2016 Recipient of the Cesar Chavez Human Rights Award

AFT Washington presents an annual award in recognition of those who fight for social justice and human rights at their workplaces and in their community, the César Chávez Human Rights Award was given to Vik Bahl, instructor at Green River College and member of the Green River Community College United Faculty Local 2195.