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What is the Working Families Tax Credit?
The Working Families Tax Credit program was recently funded by the Washington State Legislature through the passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1297. Starting in 2023, the credit will provide approximately 400,000 Washingtonians with a one-time payment if the applicant applies for the credit and meets the eligibility requirements for the year that the applicant is applying for. Eligibility for the credit mirrors the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) but differs in a few unique ways.
The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is pleased to announce an open competitive process to select a consultant to identify and survey historic sites in the State of Washington relating to Black history.
Specifically, we are soliciting the services of historians and architectural historians to identify Black “creators” (architects, designers, engineers, artists, builders, etc) who have made contributions to Washington’s built environment and help tell the full story of Washington state history. The contract award amount is $50,000 and proposals are due December 15, 2021.
Link to proposal.
By Sherina James.
Ms. James contributed to this article in her personal capacity. The views expressed do not
represent the views of the Washington State Department of Corrections, the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence, or the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. This article was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Ending Our Silence, a newsletter of the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP).
A message from LaNesha DeBardelaben, President & CEO of the Northwest African American Museum:
I am writing to personally invite you to upcoming programs at NAAM that center and celebrate African American history, art, and culture. Starting tonight and going through mid-November, NAAM has organized a plethora of empowering and educational programs that inspire and inform. All programs are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you soon.
BUILD is a business resource group (BRG) for members of the Black Community and their allies in Washington State service. We are supported by Executive Order 21-01. Find information about all BRGs from the Office of Financial Management. For more information about BUILD, please contact us or visit our website.
BUILD's general membership meetings are the 3rd Thursday each month.
Birth Equity Fund request for applications—Opportunity for Pierce County community-based organizations
Washington State Department of Health developed the Birth Equity Project to invest in community programming to improve birth outcomes for Black, African American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native women and infants in Washington. DOH is offering funds for projects that serve and benefit black birthing families.
Hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the economy. The federal eviction moratorium expires this week, on July 31st.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered on a housing assistance website to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you missed CSD’s Black Lives Matter Day event on July 13th, 2021, the recording is now available for viewing! The session is available to state employees who have access to The Learning Center (TLC) and can be searched by name or course code #140780.
Funding is available to develop and enhance healing centered support and culturally and community specific services for BIPOC and unserved individuals who have experienced hurt, harm or crime. Services and activities must be provided by organizations that are operated by and for the community to be served. This application is responsive to the section of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) State Plan “Programs operated by and for historically marginalized populations.”
Eligibility is restricted to applicants that can demonstrate they are culturally based, directed, and substantially controlled by individuals from the specific BIPOC/unserved population served.
Applications are due August 19, 2021.
For more information, visit the Office of Crime Victim Advocacy’s Grants and Funding website.
Take a moment to remember our 2020-2021 leadership.
Thank you to Edwina Martin-Arnold for taking over for Phil White!
BUILD's new Chair is Sascha Nixon (left) and Co-Chair is Tyrone Jordan-Oliver (right)
Executive Assistants are La-Sandra Jones-Owens (left) and Yeni Castaneto (right)
From 9-12, more info coming soon!
Saturday, June 19th, 2021:
Event: Juneteenth Stop the Hate Rally
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Heritage Park fountains
Event Info: A “celebration gathering” to celebrate Juneteenth. Sign-waving, speeches, performances by young poets and singers to raise awareness around anti-Asian violence and hate.
Puget Sound Energy has recently relaunched our COVID Bill Assistance Program to help residential customers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This opportunity is designed to help get our customers back on track and we can use your help sharing the message and application to apply for financial support.
This program allows customers to receive:
Additional details for this program can be found in the attached PDF or by visiting pse.com/assistance
This is a timely message and we hope that this opportunity can reach customers to apply by August 1, 2021.
The topic of discussion: How HR can help create a more inclusive workplace for people of color
Location: Online (to register see below)
Date: July 7th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Facilitators: Michaela Doelman and Connie Terry
Research shows that diverse and inclusive workplaces have higher levels of performance and engagement but that workplaces that only focus on diversity without inclusion create workplaces where diverse staff are either highly unengaged or outright leave. SHRM describes the inclusion piece of D&I as “making sure those different voices are heard and valued and that they contribute to the performance” of your organization. In this Lunch and Learn, the members of the BUILD Business Resource Group will share with you tips on how workforce data can be used to measure inclusion, tips on how HR professionals can help influence a more inclusive workplace, and share with you some voices of BRG members on what an inclusive workplace would look like for them.
The Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) invites Washington State workers to celebrate Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.
In 1977, U.S. Representatives Norman Mineta and Frank Horton introduced legislation to designate 10 days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga proposed supporting legislation in the Senate. The lawmakers chose May to mark two historical events. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States. More than two decades later, on May 10, 1869, the golden spike was driven into the First Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed using Chinese labor.
President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978. In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend Asian-American Heritage Week to a month, and May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month two years later.
This is a repost from the governor's Medium page.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a dozen bills today that will improve accountability for law enforcement in Washington state, and will create the nation’s strongest police accountability system. The governor, joined by community members and families of those impacted, signed the bills at the Eastside Community Center in Tacoma.
The governor signed legislation that will create an Office of Independent Investigations that reports to the governor, prohibit certain uses of force and will require more thorough oversight requirements for hiring and for reporting misconduct.
“The crises of the past year have unmasked long-standing inequities in our society. The consciousness of our state and nation has been raised against inequity in many forms,” Inslee said. “Our moral mandate to acknowledge these hard truths crystallized in the fallout from the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the killing of Manny Ellis in Tacoma. The bills I am signing today respect these truths and lay a solid foundation to halt inequity’s pernicious influence in our systems of government.”
Many schools are preparing to support students’ social and emotional needs in new ways when they return to school next fall. Read on about an exciting opportunity to partner with the National Native Children’s Trauma Center and participate in training and implementation of a tier one curriculum for trauma and resiliency in schools. Trainings will take place this summer and early fall for implementation in the 2021-22 school year. The curriculum is best connected to the work of classroom educators, school counselors, school social workers, and other similarly placed staff who would implement the curriculum as part of their tier one supports for students. There is no clinical or mental health training required to be able to implement the curriculum.
The Latino Leadership Network (LLN) would like to share an opportunity with all members of BUILD.
The State Parks Department is an inclusive place for enjoying our state’s lush green spaces and allowing time for health and healing. On May 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Millersylvania State Park (less than 12 miles south of Olympia), Ranger Janet Shonk will lead a two-hour guided hike with options along the route for folks to turn back if they prefer a shorter excursion. The group size will be limited to 15 or 20 for the guided hike portion, but feel free to stay and network or socialize afterwards.
If interested in the guided hike, please preregister here.
There is no charge for the guided hike, however a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page. If purchasing a pass is a barrier, passes are often available for checkout at local libraries.
If you need more information or have questions, contact Makaela Kroin, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator of the State Parks & Recreation Commission.
Join us on Thursday, May 20th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm for our May General Membership Meeting where we will meet and hear from each of the candidates running to be the next Executive Leaders of BUILD! Attached is the calendar appointment with zoom information and we plan to send the agenda out soon.
Join us this Friday, May 7 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET for a live discussion marking the centenary of:
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred in an area known as “Black Wall Street,” is not mentioned in most American history books, but it is widely regarded as one of the most terrifying events of racial violence to occur in the US. Armed, white mobs murdered hundreds of Blacks and set fire to a prosperous Black area, the Greenwood District, both displacing and economically devastating thousands of residents. This centenary event will feature a lively discussion from a diverse group of panelists who will explore this history, its enduring impacts, and reparations.
The topic of discussion: Latino Leadership Network
Location: Online (to register see below)
Date: May 5th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Facilitator: Abby Chavez and Tony Griego
LLN is a business resource group that strives to provide Latinos and their allies in state government a place where they feel a sense of community, learn new things that help them in their professions, and meet other fellow Latino state workers. During this Lunch and Learn Abby and Tony will cover a number of Latino topics of interest to state HR practitioners.
Fellow BUILD Members,
Please see the below statement released from the Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) in response to crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We are saddened by the recent hate acts committed against these communities. We are joined together in solidarity with WIN and the AAPI communities against Anti-Asian hate and discrimination and bigotry in all forms.
April 20, 2021.
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today regarding the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
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