Black Alliance of Thurston County

A Message from the Chair of the
Black Alliance of Thurston County 

On Monday, December 5, 2016, in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, we pre-filed House Bill 1000 and companion Senate Bill 5000. These were the first bills filed for the 2017 legislative session and are sponsored by Representative Beth Doglio and Senator John McCoy.


Additional co-sponsors are expected after session opens on January 9, 2017.


During the time of the 1965 Montgomery bus protests, the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a sermon where he said "the ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [that person] stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [that person] stands at times of challenge and controversy."


I believe the critical question facing us in 2017 is this: Where will history record your stance in 2017?


We will stand for a law that reflects our values of liberty, dignity, and respect for all. 


The liberty interests of each person is key to democracy. Every person’s life has inherent value. Each person should be treated with dignity and respect. According to the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), our law enforcement agencies have a significant role in promoting and protecting these values in our communities. Central to this is how police manage their authority to use deadly force ( Police Executive Research Forum Taking Policing to a Higher Standard: 30 Guiding Principles  January 29, 2016).


Where will history record your stance in 2017?​


Now is the time, this is the place and we are the ones!

With liberty and justice for all,


Karen A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Chair, Black Alliance of Thurston County