Racial equity report card gives Washington lawmakers a C+
A state social justice organization has given Washington’s Legislature a middling grade of C-plus for addressing concerns of people of color in 2015. “Our Legislature has either failed to address or made very little progress in addressing a plethora of issues that specifically impact communities of color,” according to a report released earlier this month by the Washington Community Action Network. The network studied the Legislature’s track record in its last session that ran from January to July and analyzed how 34 bills fared in the 2015 session and how all 147 legislators voted on the bills.
Over 50, Female and Jobless Even as Others Return to Work
The latest signs of an improving economy were good enough to help persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. But the better job market is not good enough to land Chettie McAfee a job. Laid off at the start of the recession from the diagnostic testing firm in Seattle where she spent more than three decades, Ms. McAfee, 58, has not worked since 2007. “I’ve been applying and applying and applying,” said Ms. McAfee, who has relied on her savings and family to get by as she fights off attempts to foreclose on her home. At interviews, she said, “They ask, ‘Why has it been so long?’”
The Pugnacious, Relentless Progressive Party That Wants to Remake America
At a recent private dinner in Manhattan, a small group of leftists plotted to take over America.
The group, a dozen community organizers and activists from all over the country, had convened at a sushi restaurant in the Flatiron District with the leaders of the New York-based Working Families Party. They were heads of organizations from Boston to Albuquerque, with names like National People’s Action and Washington Community Action Network. And they were there to hear why their states should form their own chapters of the insurgent party, in order to capitalize on the country’s rising liberal tide and push the national conversation leftward.
Seattle ‘democracy voucher’ initiative moves forward
SEATTLE — A new initiative aims to change the way Seattle elections are run and won. I-122 proposes a number of campaign finance reforms, from further reducing limits on campaign contributions to the introduction of “democracy vouchers” for registered voters. According to the measure, each voter would receive four $25 vouchers to donate to the candidates of their choice. The organizers backing the initiative believe the vouchers will encourage candidates to spend time with “ordinary” voters, not just big donors. Read the full article.