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Join the Postcards Against Policing Campaign.

There is a rich history of abolitionist movements at the University of Washington. Inspired by our current moment, Divest and Demilitarize UW builds upon previous labor toward the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and students of color at the University of Washington. We are devoted to eliminating police violence as we collectively work towards an anti-racist, anti-colonial, and queer feminist campus. We are committed to collaborating with other abolitionist organizers across campuses, the country, and the globe in the struggle for freedom and justice.

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Join the Postcards Against Policing Campaign!

Divest & Demilitarize UW, a coalition of graduate students for the immediate divestment and demilitarization of University of Washington, call on the UW community to participate in the POSTCARDS AGAINST POLICING campaign to divest from the SPD, disarm the UWPD, and reimagine and reinvest in Black student life, campus safety, and collective health.

Postcards Against Policing campaign remains in direct solidarity with the Decriminalize UW petition, which calls on the University of Washington to: 1) break all formal and informal ties with the Seattle Police Department, 2) disarm the UWPD, and 3) ban the UWPD’s use of police dogs.

We will be sending postcards and emails to Regents over the next week (June 30th - July 8th) to encourage them to hear our concerns and meet this moment of radical social change.

How does Postcards Against Policing work?

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It is very simple! Simply write on a postcard, letter, post-it, or any piece of paper why you believe the University of Washington should divest from SPD, disarm UWPD, and reimagine and reinvest in Black student life, campus safety, and collective health. Statements should highlight the demands of Decriminalize UW, remain solutions-focused, and amplify the life-affirming activism of Black student organizers. Once you write your statement, add a stamp, and mail it to one of the following addresses:

NameAddressEmailIndividual Snapshot
William S. AyerWilliam & Pamela Ayer Foundation, 15829 SE 56th Place, Bellevue, WA 98006-Ayer was the former CEO of Alaska Air Group.
Joel Benoliel-[email protected]Benoliel was the former Senior VP of Costco; UW alumnus (JD, BA in Political Science); he is interested in tennis, boating, skiing, reading fiction; Donated to the WA State Democratic Central Committee in 2019; Advisory board member for the Endowment for Legal Justice; Advocate for children in foster care; served on the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Joanne R. HarrellJoanne Harrell, 5846 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118[email protected]Harrell is the Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship and Market Development at Microsoft; currently chairs the Board of Regents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee; serves on the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Leadership Council
Jeremy A. JaechJeremy Jaech, 4848 Green Ave, Manson, WA 98831[email protected], [email protected]Jaech serves as managing partner for Harmony Meadows, LLC. Through December 2015, he was CEO of SNUPI Technologies, which uses surveillance technology developed at the University of Washington and Georgia Tech to deliver sensors and web services to militarize home security.
Libby Gates MacPhee Libby G. MacPhee, 3509 43rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105- MacPhee is an MSW alumnus from the University of Washington and is the Managing Partner of Seattle Family Support, LLC. Seattle Family Support provides mental health services to adolescents, adults and families in the Seattle area, with a particular focus on emotional wellness.
Constance W. Rice-[email protected] Constance W. Rice, PhD, is the President of the Very Strategic Group, a consulting firm for executive coaching and educational policies; currently working on educational projects in the Mississippi Delta and Seattle; She was appointed to the Families, Education, Pre-School and Promise Levy Oversight Committee in Seattle; formerly the Senior Executive Fellow for Casey Family Programs (the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care in America)
Rogelio S. Riojas-[email protected] Rogelio Riojas has served as President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers since 1978, and previously organized with Brown Berets. Sea Mar is a health and human services non-profit organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.
Blaine Leon TamakiBlaine Tamaki, 1340 N 16th Ave, Suite C, Yakima, WA 98902-7106[email protected]A lawyer that has been involved in numerous settlements on matters concerning racial justice. He is a descendent of Japanese concentration camp survivors and a former member of the Commission on Asian American Affairs.
David Arthur Zeeck-[email protected]Zeeck is the retired president and publisher of The News Tribune, The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald media companies. Twitter: @zeeck
Ana Mari Cauce, UW PresidentDr. Ana Mari Cauce, 808 36th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112[email protected]Twitter: @amcauce

What do I write on my postcard?

We are glad you asked! Write something that draws attention to the demands from students, faculty, and staff (divest from the SPD, disarm the UWPD, ban the use of police dogs, reimagine and reinvest in campus safety and health collectives in ways that do not threaten Black lives). This can be a catchy statement (“Divest and Reinvest!”), an abolitionist-minded suggestion (“Hire more black counsellors!”), or an expression of personal experience (“the UWPD has been a threatening force on campus ever since I became a student”). Ultimately, please make sure your statements are life-affirming and solution-focused.

Here are some examples that will hopefully inspire you:

Ms. Libby MacPhee, support the emotional wellness of BIPOC students! Please implement the demands of the #DecriminalizeUW petition to disarm the UWPD and divest from the SPD!

Mr. Blaine Tamaki, for decades you have been involved in litigations for racial justice. Please show your support once again by disarming the UWPD and reinvesting in Black health and safety.

Mr. Rogelio Riojas, the movement is seeking your support once again! Disarm the UWPD, ban police dogs, and reinvest in BIPOC life on campus!

Context behind Postcards Against Policing

Postcards Against Policing is a Divest & Demilitarize UW action that builds upon long-standing movements for the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and students of color at the University of Washington. Inspired by the current moment, students, faculty, and staff released the Decriminalize UW petition, which in solidarity with the demands of the Black Student Union at UW, called on the University of Washington to break all formal and informal ties with the Seattle Police Department, to disarm the UWPD, and to ban the UWPD’s use of police dogs. As of June 29, 2020, the petition drive has garnered more than 9,700 signatures from UW-affiliated individuals, more than 150 UW-affiliated organizations, and 21 non-UW affiliated organizations.

After a series of meetings with President Ana Mari Cauce, she released a statement on June 15, 2020, which made no commitment to disarm the UWPD, obfuscated the role of police dogs, and claimed no way to “divest” or disassociate from SPD (citing the lack of formal “contractual arrangements” or “financial obligations” between UW and SPD).

In response, the Coalition to Decriminalize UW, of which Divest & Demilitarize UW is a member, has decided to move above the office of President Ana Mari Cauce to demand that the Board of Regents prioritize the safety and health of BIPOC students, faculty, and staff. On June 23, 2020, the Coalition sent a detailed letter to the Board of Regents, which demanded the board address “the ongoing emergency of anti-Blackness at the University of Washington” and in particular “the racial violence of policing” during their next meeting, which takes place on July 9, 2020.

On June 25, 2020, the Board of Regents agreed to only hear ten minutes of public comment from Black students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by policing on campus. Ten. Minutes. We, as organizers of Divest & Demilitarize UW, believe the issue of police violence at the UW campus and its impact on Black life on campus deserves more than a ten-minute public comment.

In anticipation of the July 9 meeting, we call on you to write postcards to the UW Board of Regents. Tell the Board why the demands of Decriminalize UW need to be implemented immediately!

More Information

I have signed and mailed my postcards, but I want to do more to support Postcards Against Policing! What should I do?

We are glad you asked! We ask that you circulate the campaign instructions with all of your friends and colleagues and encourage them to send postcards as well! You can also organize virtual or socially distant postcard writing actions with your friends. The more postcards sent to the members of the Board, the more effective this campaign will be.

We are a UW organization and we would like to collaborate with Divest & Demilitarize - UW on Postcards Against Policing! Where do we go?

We welcome collaboration and we are happy to speak with you! Please email us at [email protected] and we will respond to you within 48 hours.

I have more questions. Where do I go to ask them?

Please email us at [email protected]. We will be happy to assist in any way we can!

I want to support BIPOC artists and bookstores that sell or make postcards. Where could I go?

Here’s a couple of options for you:

Estelita’s Library
The Postman Seattle

Is there a more accessible way to participate in this campaign?

Yes, you can digitally create and send a physical postcard online. One avenue is snapshotpostcard.com

I am a graduate student at UW and I would like to join Divest & Demilitarize UW! How do I join?

Please take this survey and we will follow up with you promptly. Black, Indigenous, and students of color will always be centered in Divest & Demilitarize UW and our organization is non-hierarchical. We are explicitly an abolitionist coalition of graduate students.

Thank you for your solidarity and your participation with this action!

—Divest & Decriminalize UW: A Graduate Student Coalition