- Office of Social Justice
Embracing equity requires us to identify, name, and dismantle institutional racism, economic injustice, and oppression. Racism, is used to marginalize and oppress people who are non-white/European as the ‘Other.’ The Washington State Office of Equity acknowledges that racism is ingrained in our history and deeply embedded in our institutions today, leading to the inequities we see across all sectors. We are committed to making anti-racism, anti-Blackness, and anti-poverty work primary focus areas as we also challenge and seek to undo discrimination against immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, women, and veterans.
We recognize that inequities exist because of racism, economic injustice, and systemic oppression that hinder opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive. Eliminating racism, economic injustice, and oppression requires bold change and we are committed to using our power, privilege, and collective influence to propose policy and procedural changes that interrupt and dismantle historical systems of oppression. We will use our time to have real, bold discussions that lead to actionable laws, rules, policies and practices.
We acknowledge that we can only achieve equity and justice for all if the communities experiencing inequities where they live, work, and play are at the center of our work. They know best their assets, and needs, and solutions, especially when it comes to respecting treaty rights. We will intentionally set community tables and convene meeting spaces to listen, learn, and seek their input to inform our thinking and guide our work. We will incorporate their stories of lived experience into our decolonized, disaggregated data reports and legislative and policy requests.
We understand that the actions we take and decisions we make today will impact future generations. We commit to honoring the Seven Generation Principle1 as standing in the present, while looking back three generations to the wisdom and experience of our ancestors, thinking about issues in the current context, and planning forward for three generations for the protection of our children and the generations to come.