Why does this anti-immigrant organization think they know what’s best for interpreters?
They don’t support our work and they don’t respect the Limited English Proficient (LEP) people we serve.
The Freedom Foundation funded a “union” to try and win a union election of interpreters that take appointments from the Department of Labor & Industries (LNI). Learn more.
The Freedom Foundation provided a platform for a WA State legislator who made anti-Islamic comments that disparaged refugees fleeing for their lives.
During their radio interview, they also shared a laugh at a person’s Lebanese surname. Listen to the audio here.
In a follow up article in the Seattle Times, a Freedom Foundation staffer says that he laughed at a Lebanese surname because it sounded Middle Eastern and “possibly even Muslim.”
His explanation just reinforces what we already know: this is not an organization that shares our interpreter values of ensuring meaningful access to people with limited English proficiency, promoting intercultural communication and embracing diversity.
Learn more about our movement of interpreters, by interpreters, for interpreters by visiting our WFSE/AFSCME Local 1671 website: http://interpretersunited.wfse.org.