Standing up to hate, fascism and bigotry

Dear fellow King County employee,

On Saturday we witnessed the ugly face of hate in our country at a rally of white supremacists, fascists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.  A similar group gathered yesterday in downtown Seattle, and my message to these groups on behalf of the people of King County is clear:

We fought a Civil War against slavery, and you lost. We fought a World War against fascism, and you lost. Today, we stand united against the hateful rhetoric you have brought to our community. And you will lose again.

There is no place for hate in King County. There is no place for people who seek to divide us in King County. We stand against hate, bigotry, fascism and racism.

King County is a welcoming place that values racial minorities, the disabled, women, immigrants and refugees. We value lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and people of every religion, or of no religion. We stand for the fundamental American ideal that all are created equal. We are a place that welcomes, not one that divides.

These are challenging times for many in our community. I want to remind you that there are many support services available to you through our Making Life Easier and Employee Assistance Programs, with counselors and licensed professionals available if you need assistance or just to talk to someone.

Thank you for everything that you do to make King County a welcoming community, a beacon for hope, for all.




Dow Constantine
King County Executive