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Up From Debt: National Convention on March 14, 2015

Our vision is to build a national community-based conversation around debt that instigates collective action on a local and national scale. The kick- off event will be a large convening of working families in Washington state linked, via the internet, to community conversations in at least 10 additional states, organized by our national network the […]

Immigration Changes are coming

On November 20 President Obama passed an Executive Order to enact Immigration Reform. It was the news millions of undocumented workers living and working in the United States were waiting for. Now, the government is paving the way to create a program that allows immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to apply to work […]

A Lesson From Michael Brown

As we wait for the grand jury decision on whether or not Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, will be indicted for killing an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, Washingtonians should reflect on what each and every one of us can do to address the racial disparities in our country. Ferguson is a mirror for what […]

President Obama will Focus on Immigration Reform Tonight

  He made a promise. Now President Barack Obama is moving to fulfill that promise. Tonight, the president will move to shield as many as five million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. The executive order will take steps to prevent deportation, offer work permits and other sanctions. The stipulations include those undocumented […]

Underwater homeowners need the city council to help fund a program to reset mortgages

Community & Editorial By Chettie McAfee / Guest Writer I’m like millions of other people across the country: Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, I have been fighting to save my home from foreclosure. I bought my home to care for my aging mother. When she passed, I decided to open up my home […]

Guest: How the Seattle City Council could help underwater homeowners (From the Seattle Times)

Originally published Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM To help Seattle families whose homes financially are underwater, the city must adopt a program to recalibrate local mortgages based on current market value, write guest columnists LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz.  By LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz Special to The Times WILLIAM BROWN / OP […]

Debtor’s Charity Care Carnival

  At a time when Swedish-Providence is making millions in profit, it shouldn’t be leaving Seattle patients deep in debt, say area leaders.  Community members with medical debt and advocates spread this message on Thursday when they set up a “debtor’s carnival” outside of Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill Campus to protest the hospital’s charity […]

Annual Social Justice Awards Breakfast is November 18th

Seats are filling up at Washington CAN!’s annual Social Justice Awards Breakfast. We’ll celebrate victories from the past year, highlight the important role our members play in our work, and focus on the fight ahead. This year’s honorees include Molly Neitzel, Chettie McAfee, Betsy Andrews, Josélito Lopez and Bonnie Roberts.  Our keynote speaker is former […]

Washington CAN! testifies as the King County Council passes a historic living wage vote

Monday, Legislative Director Mauricio Ayon stood before the King County Council to tell them the rising cost of health care and housing are the top two reasons Washington CAN! members site as they struggle in this economic recovery. The Alliance for a Just Society’s Ben Henry told the Council that King County families have to […]

We need your input …and you could win a trip to the beach

Washington CAN! members have an important role in setting our agenda and driving our work. With an election coming on November 4 that will impact the issues we work on, having your input is critical. We invite you to take this short membership survey that will help us ensure elected officials are held accountable to the issues you care about […]

Summer Conference: “Power from the Roots Up”

Washington CAN’s annual Summer Leadership Conference is right around the corner! This year, we’ll talk about seizing power and making change at the local level. We know that our future and our prosperity will change only by building a powerful base. Join us for workshops on racial justice, fundraising, power mapping, communications strategy, and money in […]

Initiatives at the National and State Level Are Underway to Limit the Role of Big Money in Elections

Written and submitted by Jim Street, Washington CAN! member Inequality in elections contributes to inequality in everything else we care about –health care, education, social services, environmental protection, taxes…. And today we have more inequality in elections than we have had in our lifetimes. Recent Supreme Court decisions have stripped away our power to regulate […]

It’s Time for Single-Payer Health in Washington

What does a single-payer health care system look like? • Health care will be financed in a way that benefits us. We all pay into a system that is managed by one entity. Instead of lining the pockets of insurance company executives or funding company advertising, our money goes where it should–toward our health care. • We all […]

Update on Proactive Racial Equity Agenda

Legislative session started last Monday and we have already made some big steps towards equity. See below for a legislative update that highlights the status of some of the bills on our proactive racial equity agenda (click here to see the full agenda and information about what the bills would accomplish). Ways to take action […]