The De-Escalate Washington Campaign is a coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that police should use deadly force only when unavoidable and as a last resort. The Campaign believes that our laws should reflect our values and the initiative puts into law the duty to preserve and protect life. The Coalition members believe that race and bias are a factor in policing and as a result people of color and marginalized people are disproportionately impacted by police violence. Initiative 940 puts a high priority on de-escalation as a strategy to reduce these violent interactions, it requires training for mental health, and requires the rendering of first aid. It also requires completely independent investigations, mandates inclusion of tribal governments when tribal members are injured or killed, and includes a diverse community in the development of polices. Lastly, because no one is above the law, the Initiative removes the immunity from prosecution for unjustified use of deadly force and replaces it with a good faith standard.
The Campaign is unified and organized with families and people of color at its center, which reflects a commitment to assuring that the impacted communities lead the campaign. The campaign structure mirrors this, with a leadership team, an executive team, family members, and ambassadors.
940 Leadership Team:
Andre Taylor, Not This Time, Chair, Tim Reynon, Puyallup Tribe Councilmember Vice Chair , Kim Mosolf, an attorney working with Disability Rights Washington is the Board Secretary, and Heather Villanueva from SEIU 775 and Chester Earl, a Puyallup Tribal member and leader of Justice for Jackie are at-large executive board members The remainder of the leadership team is Nina Martinez, chair Latino Civic Alliance, Fe Lopez, board president One America, Lisa Daugaard, Attorney, Xochitl Mayokovich Washington CAN, Loretta Gutierrez-Sacks, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Chris Lampkin SEIU 1199NW, Monisha Harrell, Equal Rights Washington, Larry Shannon Washington, State Association of Justice, Linh Thai, Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute, Joe Mizrahi, UFWC 21, and Ali Lee. Toshiko Hasegawa, Japanese American Citizens League, Rev. Harriet Walden, Mothers Demand Police Accountability, Cynthia Softli, President of the Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington, Carolos Bratcher, National Black Police Association Board Member, Dr. Karen Johnson, President of the Black Alliance of Thurston County, and Marilyn Covarrubias, Justice for Daniel, are Ambassadors. Leslie Cushman, attorney, serves as the policy director.