Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sammamish

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Developing policies that place equity and inclusion at the forefront takes time, resources, a commitment to learn, and a dedication to be inclusive. The City of Sammamish is committed to developing a plan that instills equity, diversity and inclusion as essential parts of policy making and the delivery of City services.


City of Sammamish's Proclamation Reaffirming Principles and Values

In 2016, the City of Sammamish reaffirmed our principles and values in the following proclamation:

As your City government, our role is to bring people together and not divide them. Our job is to be welcoming of all people and

Developing policies that place equity and inclusion at the forefront takes time, resources, a commitment to learn, and a dedication to be inclusive. The City of Sammamish is committed to developing a plan that instills equity, diversity and inclusion as essential parts of policy making and the delivery of City services.


City of Sammamish's Proclamation Reaffirming Principles and Values

In 2016, the City of Sammamish reaffirmed our principles and values in the following proclamation:

As your City government, our role is to bring people together and not divide them. Our job is to be welcoming of all people and all ideas in recognition that we truly are stronger and smarter together. We need to recognize certain essential principles and conduct our government and hopefully our lives consistent with those principles.

Consequently, as your City Council, we pledge:

  • To do all we can to foster civil discourse

  • To ensure that City services are always provided in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity

  • To foster a community that always encourages people to achieve their potential and help others to do similarly

  • To protect our air, water and other parts of our natural environment to protect the health and futures of our families and future generations

  • To welcome, without reservation, new people from all parts of our world, with an abiding faith in their potential to be part of and strengthen our community

  • To never marginalize or demonize any person or group of people

  • To respect and listen to people and their ideas

  • To understand that we have a responsibility not just to ourselves but to others in our region including many who are not as fortunate

  • To do all we can to ensure that our children will inherit a world that includes all of the good that the world our parents brought us into had

  • To encourage that our national, state and regional leaders uphold these same values

  • We commit to regularly remind ourselves of these principles and to judge ourselves and our City by our adherence to them



Proclamation Declaring the City Sammamish Stands Together Against All Discrimination, Including Racial Violence and Harassment

In 2020, as a result of racial and social justice issues facing the United States, the City reaffirmed our position against discrimination with this proclamation:


WHEREAS the United States is founded on the principles that all persons, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, or ethnicity, should be treated with dignity, respect, compassion and justice,


WHEREAS we have witnessed the mistreatment of people of color while in police custody, resulting in death and tragedy for their families, communities, and the nation,


WHEREAS on May 25, 2020, George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after his arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; and neither the officer nor any of the other arresting officers heeded Mr. Floyd’s request for help when he stated he could not breathe,


WHEREAS the nation is grappling with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and there is misinformation and a false narrative being pushed by certain persons that blame China and Chinese people for its spread,


WHEREAS there has been an increase in anti-Asian violence nationwide, with reports of assault, verbal abuse, and discrimination against persons of Asian descent,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish is a tolerant and peaceful community which values diversity, equality, justice, and human rights for all,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish as stewards for public safety recognizes the right for peaceful and safe protest,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish has a close working relationship with the Sammamish Chief of Police, Daniel Pingrey, and are confident Chief Pingrey and his officers share the same values around equality and justice,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish is committed to creating an environment where all employees, contractors, elected officials, and commission members uphold and reflect these values of equality and justice,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Sammamish stands in unity with the nation in its demand for racial justice and an end to all forms of racial violence.



Republic Services Joins Employers for Racial Equity Coalition

In January 2021, Republic Services joined the Employers for Racial Equity Coalition along with other Washington companies such as Starbucks, T-Mobile, the Weyerhaeuser Company, Costco, Microsoft, and Alaska Air. 

From Republic Services
We are working to find ways to stand for inclusion, equity, and diversity with other community leaders.  Our Northwest Area President Marieke Curley said it best:

In light of the recent George Floyd murder and Black Lives Matter events, I believe it is more important than ever for business, nonprofit, and government leaders to drive transformational change both internally and externally with programs, partnerships, and investments that will move us all forward to a more just society.

We continue to seek ways to meet our commitment to this work.  Republic Services’ employees are proud to work for a company that has a deep, long standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in our communities.  

More information about Employers for Racial Equity can be found here: https://www.employers4equity.org/

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