Hillary Detamore

Hillary Detamore

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YWCA Olympia Statement for the Derek Chauvin Verdict

YWCA Olympia Statement for the Derek Chauvin Verdict

To Our Beloved Community: A few days ago we witnessed the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. The world watched as Floyd’s life was stolen by Chauvin, caught on video by brave teen bystander Darnella Frazier. Throughout Chauvin’s trial we have watched again, in vigilance and anticipation, to see if our judicial system would recognize what we all saw in that video: that police are a constant, deadly threat to Black and Brown lives.  We celebrate with communities across the globe, overwhelmed by a victory that feels so tremendous and yet so small. We share…
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Thurston County Nonprofits Call on Elected Leaders to Align with Racial Justice Policies

Thurston County Nonprofits Call on Elected Leaders to Align with Racial Justice Policies

Thurston County, Wash. – In response to the movement and demand for justice for Black Lives, more than a dozen Thurston County nonprofits and nonprofit leaders have signed onto a collective letter indicating their intentions to align with Racial Justice and a local race equity-focused policy agenda, and they are calling on Thurston County elected leaders to do the same. The letter states, “Our nonprofits hold collective power in this community and have a responsibility to use that power wisely and for justice. We know that until we dismantle systemic supremacy none of us can meet our missions for the wellbeing of people and our planet.” The nonprofits and nonprofit leaders that that signed onto this collective letter aim to act in solidarity with the changes that Black Leaders and Communities of Color are calling for. Communities of Color are most impacted by systemic oppression and are therefore the experts at knowing which solutions are needed. With advisement from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Communities, the nonprofit group has outlined several policy priorities that they are asking local elected and appointed leaders to research and to swiftly put into action. The nonprofit partners who signed onto this call to action said, “It is clear that there have been good intentions and that several local jurisdictions have taken important steps to address issues of inequality and yet, these efforts have fallen short of what is needed. The caliber and direction of our work together must be amplified to address the significant harm, stress, fear and pain BIPOC communities are facing every day. This set of policy priorities acknowledges the gravity and pace of change that is needed to address these harms.” The group said they are looking forward to working with elected and appointed leaders in the coming months. Thurston County Elected and Appointed Leaders are being asked to: Declare racism as a public health emergencyInstall community-led public safety accountability bodies to direct a fundamental shift in how our local criminal justice system operates; significantly reduce the scope and power of these systemsReallocate funds from criminal justice system to community-based services; Install sanctioned (with decision making power) community-led, participatory budgeting processes to determine where the reallocated funds are investedRedesign and reinvest current school resource officer contracts into student supports and school counselorsAdopt and align with the federal Justice in Policing Act of 2020 and Washington State Initiative 940Denounce white supremacist hate groups and armed vigilante groups and take tangible steps to prevent them from inciting violenceEnsure Human Rights Commissions are led by People of Color and…
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On Allyship

On Allyship

My name is Hillary Detamore, and I use she/her pronouns. I am the CEO/Executive Director at YWCA Olympia, and I want to talk about allyship in the fight for racial justice. I think it's important to first locate myself in this conversation, as someone who lives and works on the occupied land of the Nisqually, Coast Salish, Cowlitz, and Squaxin Peoples.  I have mixed-race heritage, who also carries white privilege and who grew up socialized as white. I have cis-privilege, able-bodied privilege, educational privilege, and positional privilege as a CEO, among other forms of social privilege. I came from a…
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Hillary Detamore

My name is Hillary Detamore, and I use she/her pronouns. I’m a mom, a single, co-parenting, mother of two young kiddos who are six and eight. I’m also the CEO/Executive Director at YWCA Olympia. I’m becoming a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and I also volunteer for NODA (No One Dies Alone). I have mixed-race heritage, white privilege, and was socialized as white. Because of this, I’m working hard to honor all of my ancestors and our histories while also acknowledging my white privilege and focusing my racial justice on uprooting the whiteness patterns within our community and myself. I came…
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