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The Seattle Womens Commission will be introducing legislation to the Seattle City Council Civil Rights committee on April 4, 2012 at 2pm that would protect Breastfeeding Women from discrimination in public places including restaurants. This legislation would make it illegal for breast feeding women in Seattle to be asked to cover up, leave or move to a more secluded place to breastfeed their babies while in public places.
Breastfeeding provides a healthy start for our children and women who choose to breastfeed should be able to so without facing discrimination by being told to cover up, move or leave public places.
What can you do to help?
1. Attend the City Council Hearing on April 4 at 2pm at Seattle City Hall in City Council Chambers. We need breastfeeding women and supportersto come help us fill City Council Chambers and show the City Council that this issue is important. Members of the public can offer comments/testimony in support of the legislation in the first 20 minutes of the meeting. Just your presence of support speaks volumes.
2. Spread the word:Invite others to attend to show the City Council that breastfeeding women should not have to face discrimination.
Where: Seattle City Hall; 600 4th Ave; Seattle, WA
We look forward to seeing you there!
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