Open letter to Sound Transit

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June 29, 2022
E-Distributed to [email protected]

Re: Removal of Sound Transit Train route alternatives next to/through Chinatown ID

Dear Sound Transit Board Chairman University Place Rep. Kent Keel, Vice Chairman King County Executive Dow Constantine, Vice Chairman Snohomish County Executive Dave Sommers and Board Members Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Kenmore Councilor David Baker, King County Council Chairwoman Claudia Balducci, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council President Debora Juarez, King County Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott, WA State Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, Renton City Councilmember Ed Prince, Fife Mayor Kim Roscoe, Dave Upthegrove, King County Councilman, Peter Von Reichbauer, King County Councilman, Kristina Walker, Tacoma Councilman, and Mark Riker, Union Liaison.

We write as civil rights advocates for Asian Pacific Islander communities from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance – Seattle (CACA Seattle), OCA Asian Pacific Advocates Greater
Seattle, formerly known as Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-GS), Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter (JACL-Seattle), and Filipino American Political Action Group of
WASHINGTON (FAPAGOW).

The vile and thoughtless proposals by Sound Transit staff to route trains through our fragile Chinatown ID (C-ID) will further damage and destroy our vulnerable historic district
Neighborhood that has already suffered several historical racist divestments. The Sound Transit alternatives seem to have embedded implicit, institutional, unconscious biases
intentional discrimination developed in complete disregard for your anti-racist organizational policy and Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights Act, as amended.

We call on the Sound Transit Board to intervene immediately to:

1) take the destructive Chinatown ID related alternatives off the table and

2) Undertake a review of how your internal systems of justice have failed that have allowed these racially-damaging alternatives to get this far. Maria Batayola will act as liaison to our organizations. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 206.293.2951. We look forward to a positive response within the next two weeks.

sincerely,

Maria Batayola
Cathy Lee
Stanley N Shikuma
dr Connie So
FAPAGOV Political
CACA Seattle
JACL—Seattle
OCA-GS
Voice Co-Chairman
president
Co-President President

c: Assunta Ng, NW Asian Weekly
Jill Wasberg, international examiner

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