I - 1000 is a statewide initiative to the Legislature to make Affirmative Action a state law which promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in public education, public employment and public contracting for qualified women, veterans, the disabled, and people of color, without the use of quotas. It would repeal I - 200 which was passed in 1998, making Washington only the second state in America to ban the use of Affirmative Action programs. State spending with certified minority and women-owned businesses has plummeted since then, causing a $3.5 billion 20 year loss to small, minority, and woman-owned businesses.
The League of Women Voters supports I -1000's mission to enable every qualified Washington citizen regardless of their race, gender, disability, or military status to be protected from discrimination when seeking opportunities in public education, public employment or public contracting. Please urge your representatives to join a growing majority of Washington State voters who support Affirmative Action for women, veterans, minorities, and the disabled.