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May 5: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People. To learn more on how you can take action, you are invited to visit:
Tai Simpson’s essay in Cosmopolitan on the MMIW Crisis
Morning Star Gali’s podcast interview with Alicia Garza on Indigenous resistance.
From the City of Olympia to BUILD:
The City has launched a community-led process to ensure our public safety system works for everyone. This process is being led by a Community Work Group who is hosting a series of Listening-and-Learning Sessions during April and May.
We invite you BUILD and members of your community to join us on the evening of April 28, 2022, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. PST for an in-person conversation on:
The City of Olympia is dedicated to deeper exploration of racism, and specifically anti-Black racism. Marginalized communities such as people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community and specifically people who are transgender or non-binary, immigrants, people in poverty, and many others also have important concerns.
Together, we’re committed to a better understanding of these to ensure that everyone in our community feels that the public safety system works for them. To do that, we need to hear from People of Color community members. The listening-and-learning sessions are brave spaces for honest sharing and conversation about what’s important to you, your experiences, and your ideas for reimagining public safety for our community.
Together, we’re committed to ensuring that everyone in our community feels that the public safety system works for them. To do that, we need to hear from you. The listening-and-learning sessions are brave spaces for honest sharing and conversation about what’s important to you, your experiences, and your ideas for reimagining public safety for our community.
While recognizing that many far-reaching societal factors (education, housing access, racism, etc.) can influence public safety, this process takes a closer look at specifically the City’s public safety system, which includes areas like policing, crisis response, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, and medical and fire response.
This effort is being led by a Community Work Group made up of nine community members who represent a cross-section of Olympia’s demographics, expertise, and experiences. The members are dedicated to listening carefully to community members, with an emphasis on voices of people that have often been excluded from decision-making. Using what they learn, they will work together to prepare recommendations for the Olympia City Council that represent the needs of our community.
The work group’s intention is to provide a facilitated opportunity for safe, intimate discussion. However, please share this invitation with specific members of your community who you feel would be an asset to this important conversation.
To learn more about this process, including how to register for the listening-and-learning session, and view helpful pre-discussion materials, visit engage.olympiawa.gov/publicsafety.
Fellow BUILD members,
It is time for new leadership to continue expanding on what we've built, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to lead BUILD forward in 2022-2023!
Serving on our Executive Leadership Team is considered part of your regular duties. Leave is never required; you just need your supervisor’s approval to spend some of your work time doing this important and meaningful work.
Talk with your supervisor about your capacity to serve!
There are two positions available: Co-Chair and Executive Assistant - each position description is attached. These are professional development opportunities leading a statewide program. No specific experience is required - just a few key competencies and a passion for equity, diversity, and inclusion are all we need. Note, candidates must be public service employees with the state or at a state higher education institution.
These are truly unique opportunities to expand your network, grow personally and professionally, serve your fellow state employees and the Black community, and inspire, influence, and impact the direction of EDI work in Washington State.
Put that on your resume!
Nominations are open now through April 30, 2022. Any BUILD member can nominate or be nominated. In May, our current leadership will meet with all nominees to discuss the opportunity.
No one will be announced as a candidate without their consent.
We will present leadership roles and more information at our April General Membership Meeting. Be sure to save the date, Thursday, April 21st, from 9 am to noon.
Are you interested? Nominate yourself!
Do you know someone who might be interested? Nominate them!
Do you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity? Nominate them!
Do you know a great leader who would benefit BUILD? Nominate them!
Please email nominee names to BUILD at BUILD@ofm.wa.gov
Below and attached is more information about these positions and the key competencies needed. You can also find this information and more on our website here.
BUILD is an all-volunteer organization of state employees, led by state employees for state employees. Our current Executive Leadership Team has led BUILD from inception in June 2019 to where we are today.
We are one of six Business Resource Groups (BRGs) sponsored by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and sanctioned to operate as official state business by our Governor.
There is no specific time required to serve, but you can expect to spend 4 to 8 hours per week connecting, communicating, organizing, planning, presenting, etc.
BUILD's foundation is solid, we have processes in place, and we have a strong team of subcommittee leaders committed to our mission, vision, and values.
Our current leadership will ensure a smooth transition and is committed to providing all the training and support our new leaders need to be successful.
No one will be announced as a candidate without their consent, so nominate today!
Email nominee names to BUILD at BUILD@ofm.wa.gov
Proposed rules filed: public comment period now open
Approved proposed rulemaking (CR 102) regarding amendments to existing rules and a new rule section that would establish the Social Equity in Cannabis Program in response to recommendations of the Social Equity in Cannabis Task Force, and other statutory requirements. The proposal creates a regulatory framework for the distribution of licenses that are currently available from cannabis retailer licenses that have been subject to forfeiture, revocation or cancellation by the Board, or cannabis retailer licenses that were not previously issued by the Board, but could have been issued without exceeding the limit on the statewide number of cannabis retailer licenses established by the Board before January 1, 2020.
The Disability Inclusion Network is NOW accepting nominations for the Respect, Acceptance, and Dignity for Persons with Disabilities (RADD) Award.
Do you know a state agency/division/higher education that has made significant changes in Disability Inclusion, awareness, and acceptance?
Is there someone you know who has made an outstanding contribution by being a strong advocate to Disability justice, inclusion, accessibility, and acceptance, by going above and beyond?
If YES, DIN needs YOU to nominate your team, person, higher education, and agency/division!
Submit your nomination by COB May 16, 2022.
Award Ceremony will be held on July 27th, 2022, from 12:00pm-1:00pm and will be virtual.
2022_dad_panel_application_final.docxRegister here to join us for this free online event!
Please join us for our 4th-annual Washington Fatherhood Summit!
This three-day event starts Tuesday, May 24, and concludes Thursday, May 26. We’ll start each day with a welcome message at 8:30 a.m. and our activities will conclude a little after 1 p.m.
We’ve got presentations, forums and panels scheduled with leadership from Washington state agencies, experts in the education field, and advocates for fathers everywhere.
You'll also have the opportunity to participate in our 2022 Fatherhood Photo Contest! You can submit photos until 5 p.m. on May 9. The Summit Award winner will receive a $200 gift certificate and the next five vote getters will receive $100 gift certificates. Click here for the photo submission form and instructions.
We’re still looking for dads to take part in our Dads Panel roundtable discussions and service providers to take part in our fatherhood program showcase discussion.
Women, Interagency Committee of State Employed (ICSEW) has teamed up with Amy Leneker to sponsor a few events throughout the year and wants to share these opportunities for learning and development with BUILD!
These events are open to all but registration for each event will be capped at 950 participants so register as soon as possible to reserve a seat.
Attached is the flyer. Find more information on Amy's website.
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