Wow. We are blown away. In less than 24 hours, our petition in support of Seattle's Councilwomen has collected over 1,200 signatures in support of our Seattle City Councilwomen, and the signatures just keep coming. We plan to deliver them all to City Hall next week. Below is a letter we sent to the Councilwomen this morning along with the first batch of signatures.
Dear Seattle City Councilwomen,
On behalf of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, we’d like to send you our unwavering support and solidarity as you weather these hateful attacks for a recent vote related to the proposed SoDo Arena. At the time of this writing, over 1,000 people have signed our petition to send a strong message of support: we stand with you and against these misogynistic attacks. We plan to bring you their signatures in person next week at City Hall, and we've attached the petition signatures to date.
This week's reaction reminds us that sexism is alive and well, and we must recommit ourselves to stomp it out along with all other forms of oppression. Whether or not to build an arena is an ongoing public discussion, but the righteousness of sexist hate speech against Seattle’s City Councilwomen is not up for debate.
We started this letter with a title we don’t like to use. Councilman and Councilwoman unnecessarily assign gender to our elected leaders, but today we proudly call you Councilwomen because we want to underline how very honored we are to have you all at City Hall. A women’s majority is something our organization and our communities have fought hard to win here in Seattle, and it is something we are still fighting to replicate across our state and nation. If anything positive can come from these events, let it be a redoubling of our efforts to loudly and proudly uplift the voices of women to the dais and beyond.
Thank you for all that you do.
Maggie Humphreys and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington