Any sup­port­er who has attend­ed one or both of our two past spring fundrais­ing galas knows that we try very hard to bring some of the bright­est minds from around our region to the stage at our event. That’s because our gala isn’t just about try­ing to raise mon­ey — it’s about thank­ing our loy­al and ded­i­cat­ed sup­port­ers with an enjoy­able and reward­ing evening.

Our speak­ing pro­gram is a big part of that.

We believe we’ve put togeth­er a strong and diverse speak­ing pro­gram for this year’s event. Our announced speak­ers include U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jay Inslee, for­mer Seat­tle City Coun­cilmem­ber Peter Stein­brueck, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Reuven Car­lyle, and Dr. Scott Mack­lin of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Washington.

This after­noon, I’m hon­ored to reveal that they will be joined at the podi­um by respect­ed Seat­tle attor­ney Tim­o­thy Ford, one of the many great lawyers at Mac­Don­ald Hoague & Bay­less. As his biog­ra­phy says:

Tim’s civ­il prac­tice ranges from major civ­il rights cas­es to claims of legal and med­ical mal­prac­tice, neg­li­gence and prod­ucts lia­bil­i­ty, to high­way design and car truck acci­dents. At the tri­al lev­el, he has won clients in those areas mil­lions of dol­lars in ver­dicts and set­tle­ments.  In the appel­late courts, his cas­es have repeat­ed­ly made law expand­ing the legal rights of patients, work­ers, crim­i­nal sus­pects, and pris­on­ers.  He has been called by one author­i­ty “the pre­em­i­nent civ­il rights lit­i­ga­tor in this region.”

Tim has held an AV rat­ing from Mar­tin­dale Hubbell for over twen­ty five years; he has been list­ed in the Best Lawyers in Amer­i­ca for more than a decade; and he has been includ­ed in near­ly every “best lawyers” list of Seat­tle lawyers ever pub­lished in the pop­u­lar press.

We are among those who are inspired by Tim’s prac­tice. Tim is what our friend and lin­guist George Lakoff would call a pub­lic pro­tec­tion attor­ney — some­body who tru­ly cares about the rights and the health of fel­low cit­i­zens, and who has put his tal­ents to work to help those who need jus­tice the most.

We’re very grate­ful that Tim is tak­ing time out of his busy sched­ule to par­tic­i­pate in our event. And we hope that you will, too.

If you haven’t bought a tick­et to our event yet, now’s the time:

Can’t make the event? You can still make a donation!

NPI needs your help today to con­tin­ue orga­niz­ing and mobi­liz­ing for change.

Unlike many oth­er orga­ni­za­tions and unlike cam­paigns, we sink most of the dol­lars we receive direct­ly into infra­struc­ture to sup­port our move­ment. NPI is not for-prof­it. We are the local pro­gres­sive move­men­t’s Swiss Army knife. We are here to empow­er fel­low activists, to help our allies think long-term, to devel­op and refine ideas for a bet­ter future, and to reframe the debate.

The media, research, and out­reach work that we do requires a sig­nif­i­cant amount of dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture — for instance, news­gath­er­ing equip­ment and com­put­er servers. When you con­tribute to NPI, you’re help­ing us build this infrastructure.

The more infra­struc­ture we have, the more effec­tive we can be, and the more time we can spend on offense as opposed to defense.

We can’t do what we do by our­selves… your sup­port makes what we do pos­si­ble. We want to give you an oppor­tu­ni­ty to see in per­son how we’re stretch­ing your dol­lars, meet oth­er sup­port­ers, and hear from inspi­ra­tional speak­ers, while enjoy­ing refresh­ments and great music from local artists. That’s what our Spring Fundrais­ing Gala is all about. We hope you’ll join us on April 28th.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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