Good Food Bag

Photo courtesy Seattle Tilth

The Good Food Bag program is working to address some of the barriers that communities experience in accessing food, and in just 14 weeks a total of 437 bags were distributed to 180 different homes! Many families were able to pick-up a Good Food Bag during their weekly routine, increasing access to a variety of nutrient-dense organic fruits and vegetables. And all Good Food Bag recipients were able to support local farmers in east Auburn at the Seattle Tilth Farm Works.

At our distribution sites, we saw individuals try produce they had never seen before, like the knobby purple vegetable kohlrabi. We had folks express excitement at the weekly recipes which provided an inventive and simple way to cook some of the produce that was in the weekly bag. And we even saw many people pay it forward – generous individuals who admitted that although they struggled to buy quality food for themselves, they still knew someone else who had it worse and so they wanted to make sure everyone who needed a Good Food Bag had access to one.

As we prepare for the 2017 program, we want to ensure the Good Food Bag is even more accessible by opening new distribution sites in areas of Auburn that are hard to reach. We want to continue partnering with local farmers who are growing top quality, organic produce. And we want to continue growing in community in this collaborative program that helps decrease food insecurity in Auburn. Stay tuned until June 2017, when this program will start back up again, and please let us know if you are interested in volunteering or being part of this program in the future!


On November 8, our ballots are due for an important election. We will select a new President and Vice-President along with other state political bodies and we will vote on some significant initiatives. Washington CAN! has endorsed the following candidates and initiatives:


5th Congressional District: Joe Pakootas
7th Congressional District: Pramila Jayapal

State Representative, 6th Legislative District, Pos. 1: Lynnette Vehrs
State Representative, 6th Legislative District, Pos. 2: Shar Lichty

Initiatives We Support

Yes on 124: Health and Safety Standards to Protect Seattle Hotel Workers
Yes on 735: Citizens United
Yes on 1433: Raise Up Washington
Yes on 1491: Extreme Risk Protection Orders; gun responsibility
Yes on 1501: Protect Seniors & Vulnerable

Initiatives We Oppose

No on 732: Carbon WA
No on 1518: WRA Minimum Wage

Health care: Work remains to make coverage universal

King v Burwell

Letter to the Editor of the Seattle Times

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected yet another attack on the Affordable Care Act [“Supreme Court upholds cornerstone of Obamacare”, Page One, June 26]. The court’s decision is good news for everyone in Washington state and across the country, protecting the tax credits that now make health insurance affordable for millions.

But we should also take this lawsuit as a reminder that transforming our health care system is a project still in the making. As far as we’ve come, lots of work remains.

We must fight to protect the gains of the ACA, including taking advantage of new tools in the law designed to make sure the quality of care we receive doesn’t depend on our race, the language we speak or how much we earn.

But we must also build on those gains here in Washington to ensure we have a health care system where no one is left out and everyone can make health care decisions without fear of falling into medical debt.

I’m part of the Health Care is a Human Right campaign, a multi-year, grassroots effort to bring a truly universal health care system to Washington, and I encourage others to get involved in their communities.

Health reform is here to stay, and that’s great news for all of us. Now, let’s get to the work of realizing its full promise.

Leah Vetter, Seattle


Other letters written by the Health Care Action Team include:

Peter Lucas in the Bainbridge Island Review

Joselito Lopez in the Kirkland Reporter

Tamara Crane in the Woodinville Weekly


Interesting Facts & Statistics about Immigrants in WA.

The Immigration Policy Center recently came out with state fact sheets and infographics about the political and economic power of Latino and Asian immigrant populations throughout the country. Click here to take a look at the full fact sheet for Washington.

Below are some of the facts we found most interesting and informative:

  • The foreign-born share of Washington’s population rose from 6.6% in 1990, to 10.4% in 2000, to 13.1% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Washington was home to 886,262 immigrants in 2010, which is more than the total population of San Francisco, California.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Washingtonians are Latino or Asian—and they vote.
  • The 2010 purchasing power of Asians in Washington totaled $18 billion—an increase of 506.8% since 1990. Latino buying power totaled $14.6 billion—an increase of 621.3% since 1990
  • Immigrants comprised 15.9% of the state’s workforce in 2010 (or 556,133 workers)
  • Immigrants contributed $1.5 billion in tax revenue to the Washington state economy in 2007, accounting for 13.2% of all taxes paid in the state, according to a 2009 study by OneAmerica.
  • If all undocumented immigrants were removed from Washington, the state would lose $14.5 billion in economic activity, $6.4 billion in gross state product, and approximately 71,197 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time.
  • Undocumented immigrants in Washington paid $327.7 million in state and local taxes in 2010.
  • Washington’s 16,449 foreign students contributed $412.1 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2009-2010 academic year.

2012 Legislative Priorities

The 2012 Legislative Session began on January 9th. Since we want our members involved and excited about the work we’re doing, we wanted to share our 2012 Legislative priorities with you. See below for a list of things we’ll be working towards this upcoming session. To read our Legislative Agenda in full, please click here.


Our state has already seen $10 billion in cuts to education, health care and social service programs in just the past three years. The proposed cuts this session would be devastating to working families, communities of color, and the most vulnerable in our state and would result in tens of thousands of jobs lost.

In Washington State corporations and the wealthy receive billions in tax exemptions and subsidies. It’s time for lawmakers to level the playing field and balance the costs and benefits of tax expenditures against other public priorities. By continuing to cut the programs that Washington residents rely on, we’re only hurting our state’s long-term recovery. We need to protect education, health care and social service programs so that our communities can thrive in these tough economic times.

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