We believe that all members of our community – regardless of national origin, religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability – deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. 

This year, we witnessed presidential candidates and surrogates, as well as some media and elected officials, use divisive and hateful rhetoric that undermines the safety, dignity, and respect of numerous communities. As a result, we have seen a rise in hate crimes, discrimination, threats, and violence against minority communities. We are deeply disturbed by this trend and condemn these acts of violence and intolerance that do not reflect the core values of our state. 

We in Washington State pride ourselves on our diversity and respect for all people. Shortly after 9/11, we came together to declare Washington State a Hate Free State and decry the rise in hate crimes at that time. In the fifteen years since 9/11, we have enacted new policies and made clear that our state welcomes immigrants and refugees and that we will stand together against discrimination and hate. 

In the wake of recent events, we strongly believe it is our moral obligation to continue to fight injustice and policies rooted in racism and condemn hateful rhetoric, hate crimes, and hate threats against our fellow residents. We stand together now to say: We respect women. We value black lives. We stand with our LGBTQ community members. We stand with immigrants and refugees and people of all faiths. We value and support those with disabilities. 

Just as we did fifteen years ago, we hereby declare Washington State a “Hate- Free Zone,” a state where we remain committed to protecting all our community members and continuing to build bridges among all people

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