Mayor Murray joins mayors across the country to promote ‘Day of Action’ in support of immigrants and immigration reform

Today, Mayor Murray joined a press conference call with mayors across the country to kick off a Day of Action demonstrating support for immigrants and refugees, as well as comprehensive immigration reform. Actions announced by Mayor Murray include an Immigration 101 training for City employees, including Seattle police officers who have regular interactions with residents, as well as a regional convening on immigration that is scheduled for later this spring. These actions build on Mayor Murray’s ongoing support of the immigrant and refugee community, including signing an Executive Order reaffirming Seattle as a Welcoming City and hosting Seattle’s largest-ever Citizenship Workshop.

“Today, we are standing up for civil rights of all of our residents,” said Mayor Murray. “Symbolism is important, but action is more important. And we are taking these bold actions today because we believe we have the constitution and the rule of law on our side. Our immigration system is broken for everyone — those working in our hotels, doing our farm work, as well as those working in high-tech industries. Here in Seattle, we recognize that immigrants help to make our local economy stronger, and we know this applies to our national economy as well.”

During the call, which was organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Murray, along with fellow mayors Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Jorge Elorza (Providence, R.I.) and Tom Tait (Anaheim, CA) stressed the important roles of cities in addressing the challenges created by our nation’s broken immigration system. In cities large and small, mayors are launching a Day of Immigration Action, with the goal of bringing together faith leaders, residents, stakeholders and community-based organizations for a variety of events that support immigrants, share with them important information about rights and available resources, and underscore their value to both the national and local economies.

Day of Action activities highlight the vital contributions immigrants make to their cities and the nation. Mayors are also urging Congress and the Trump administration to focus on commonsense reforms that will address the nation’s broken immigration system.

On the call, Mayor Murray highlighted several of the actions taken by the City of Seattle in support of immigrants and immigration reform, including:

  1. Issuing a “Day of Action” proclamation reaffirming Seattle as an inclusive, open, and welcoming city and calling on the federal government to enact comprehensive immigration reform;
  2. Holding an Immigration 101 training and discussion for all City employees including frontline personnel who work directly with residents such as Seattle police officers and other field staff. Mayor Murray attended the workshop which was broadcast live and recorded for later viewing;
  3. Signing onto the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s letter to Congress calling for comprehensive immigration reform;
  4. Issuing a “call to action” for Seattle residents urging them to call and/or write their federal elected officials in support of pro-immigrant and refugee policies;
  5. Re-launching the City’s “Welcoming City” webpage listing the many welcoming city actions that Seattle has taken since November;
  6. Announcing plans for a regional convening on immigration scheduled for later this spring.

At the USCM Winter Meeting in Washington in January, mayors adopted a resolution calling for enactment of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, the continuation of programs that protect the temporary status of Dreamers, and recognition of the social, economic and cultural contributions of immigrant communities nationwide.

Mayors are amplifying their message by using #MayorsStand4All across their social media platforms on March 21 and beyond.

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Mayor announces support for legislation to increase film production in Washington; Proclaims March 17th ‘Seattle Film Day’

Mayor Murray announced his support of Senate Bill 6027 (SB 6027), introduced this February in the Washington State Senate to increase the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.

The bill doubles the size of the Film Competitiveness Program over the next two years to $7 million, and increases the fund incrementally each year until it reaches $10 million in 2019. The sunset date for the program will also be extended to 2022.

Last year, under the program’s current annual $3.5 million cap, the annual fund was expended by May and a total of $55 million worth of film production projects were immediately turned away.

“Washington’s current incentive program is the fifth smallest in the country,” said Mayor Murray.  “I support this legislation because it strengthens the State’s best tool to keep our film industry competitive. This program, alongside the City’s Commercialize Seattle initiative, will help retain and increase film industry talent to fuel our creative economy.”

Mayor Murray proclaimed Tues., March 17, 2015 “Seattle Film Day” in honor of Seattle’s 80-plus years as a film making destination.

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Senate Bill 6027

SB 6027’s prime sponsor is Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, 36th), with co-sponsors Senator Andy Billig (D, 3rd) and Senator Joe Fain (R, 47th).  See the Washington State Legislature page for more details at

City’s Office of Film + Music (OFM)

The Seattle Office of Film + Music is part of Seattle’s economic development agenda. Its charge is to make Seattle a great place to make a living making film and music. OFM is a streamlined resource for all of your film and music needs, and manages Seattle’s City of Music and Commercialize Seattle initiatives. It offers creative tax incentives and professional business development opportunities, making this vibrant city the perfect background for film or music production.

Friday, January 9th declared SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY in Seattle

Mayor Murray has officially declared Friday, January 9, 2015 SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY in the City of Seattle. Gear up in your best blue tomorrow to support the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers on Saturday at CenturyLink Field!

Whereas, the 12s have shown their support and pride for the Seahawks by displaying their ‘I’m In!’ signs at home, work, school or car in order to join Seahawks coaches, players, and staff who reach up and tap the slogan with a hand as they access the field….

Now, therefore I, Edward B. Murray, Mayor of Seattle, do hereby proclaim January 9, 2015 to be in our city … SEAHAWKS BLUE FRIDAY!

The Mayor also announced a friendly wager with Carolina Mayor Dan Clodfelter yesterday.

Mayor Murray proclaims June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Seattle

Yesterday morning, Mayor Murray raised the Pride Flag at City Hall to commemorate the start of Pride month for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The Seattle LGBT Commission hosted the ceremony, which included guest speaker retired Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer, musical guests and members of the community.

This year, Seattle is celebrating 40 years of Pride with a special focus on the next 40 years.

The City of Seattle is a national leader in providing support for its LGBTQ employees. The City offers transgender health benefits to its employees, and has historically advocated on behalf of LGBT employees and community members. In 2012, before Washington State repealed the Defense of Marriage Act, the City of Seattle filed an amicus brief against it in support of fair taxation for employees in same-sex marriages.  And on December 9, 2012, the first day same-sex couples in Washington could marry legally; City Hall opened its doors to host 140 weddings.

The Mayor also proclaimed June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Seattle through an official proclamation which states, in part:

“Seattle is home to some of the nation’s most active individuals and organizations working to ensure the full and equal recognition and protection of the fundamental rights and liberties of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

Seattle has led the nation in the establishment of policies aimed at the prevention of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in marriage, employment, housing, health care, human services, public accommodations and contracting.”

Seattle has much to be proud of this month!

Happy 10th anniversary, Seattle Central Library!

Yesterday kicked off a week of free concerts and all-ages programs in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Seattle’s Central Library building. The week’s programs will commemorate the iconic structure, the people who helped create it and the communities the library serves.

Mayor Murray proclaimed next Friday, May 23, as Seattle Public Library Day. In the proclamation, the Mayor noted that the Central Library’s magic goes well beyond its status as an architectural icon:

“The Central Library, which opened May 23, 2004 to more than 25,000 patrons, exemplifies superb modern architecture, stands as a shining example of the power of civic engagement and demonstrates the library’s position as a foundational institution of a society characterized by the formal equality of rights and privileges. …

The Seattle Public Library is a dynamic civic resource that promotes free and open access to information, materials and services to all members of the community to advance knowledge, foster creativity, encourage the exchange of ideas, build community and enhance the quality of life.”

The schedule of events can be found here. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating!