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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bernie Sanders to visit Pacific Northwest next week; will hold rallies in Seattle and Portland

Excerpt: Bernie Sanders, wide­ly con­sid­ered to be the most pro­gres­sive of the five Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates run­ning to suc­ceed Barack Oba­ma as Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States, is bring­ing his peo­ple-pow­ered cam­paign to the Pacif­ic North­west next week. Orga­niz­ers work­ing for the dynam­ic, inspir­ing Ver­mont sen­a­tor have invit­ed Wash­ing­to­ni­ans and Ore­go­ni­ans who sup­port Bernie’s vision for the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Events
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Elected leaders, activists file lawsuit to remove Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 from 2015 ballot

Excerpt: This morn­ing, at a press con­fer­ence at Paci­fi­ca Law Group’s offices in down­town Seat­tle, sev­er­al friends of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute announced the fil­ing of a legal chal­lenge to block Tim Eyman’s incred­i­bly destruc­tive I‑1366 from the Novem­ber bal­lot because it exceeds the scope of the peo­ple’s ini­tia­tive pow­er as set forth in Wash­ing­ton’s Con­sti­tu­tion. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Litigation
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Rent control in Seattle: Licata & Sawant make case at Town Hall debate

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The team at NPI is very pleased to wel­come Dominic Bar­rera to our staff. This is his first post for the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate, con­cern­ing Mon­day’s forum on rent con­trol at Town Hall Seat­tle.  Fol­low­ing the release of Seattle’s con­tentious HALA (Hous­ing Afford­abil­i­ty and Liv­abil­i­ty Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee) report, a debate on poten­tial rent con­trol […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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“We have to make them give it to us”: the power of organizing to push for immigrant rights

Excerpt: In the last pan­el for the day before the clos­ing keynote, the pan­elist dis­cuss the efforts that have been made to make sure the voic­es of immi­grants are being heard and pol­i­cy gains are made. The pan­el was mod­er­at­ed by for­mer AZ state sen­a­tor Alfre­do Gutier­rez, who spoke as part of the open­ing keynote Thurs­day […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Civil Liberties, Live Coverage
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Netroots Nation organizers respond after presidential town hall disrupted by protest

Excerpt: Orga­niz­ers for Net­roots Nation this after­noon released a state­ment respond­ing to the events that tran­spired dur­ing this morn­ing’s pres­i­den­tial town hall in Phoenix. For those who weren’t there and weren’t watch­ing the livestream, the town hall was sup­posed to be a civ­il con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer Mary­land Gov­er­nor Mar­tin O’Mal­ley and U.S. Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders, but […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America needs progressive leadership: A town hall with Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley

Excerpt: Wel­come to our con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age of Net­roots Nation 2015 in Phoenix, Ari­zona! Our first con­ven­tion-wide ses­sion of the day is a town hall dis­cus­sion with pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Bernie Sanders and Mar­tin O’Mal­ley, who are seek­ing the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion along with Hillary Clin­ton, Lin­coln Chafee, and James Webb. Clin­ton was invit­ed to today’s event, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Voting rights are for everyone: returning citizen disenfranchisement and expanding democracy

Excerpt: We start­ed the last day of Net­roots Nation at “Vot­er Rights Restora­tion and the Move Toward a Grow­ing Democ­ra­cy: How We Get There”. It was a packed pan­el table, appar­ent­ly because it was a merg­er of two pan­els to talk about restor­ing vot­ing rights for pre­vi­ous­ly incar­cer­at­ed indi­vid­u­als and grow­ing democ­ra­cy for every­one. We start­ed, […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Civil Liberties, Live Coverage
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#NN15: Ending Inequality For All

Excerpt: This pan­el, led by Charles Cham­ber­lain, is a dis­cus­sion on the issues of inequal­i­ty in the work­place and how pro­gres­sives can tack­le these issues. Pan­elists include: Elba Diaz, Rep. Don­na Edwards, Rep. Kei­th Elli­son, Analil­ia Mejia, Aman­da Mon­roe The coun­try has turned a crit­i­cal eye toward the his­toric gap between the 1 per­cent and the rest of […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
Categories:Economic Security, Live Coverage
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How the progressive Arizona of the 1900s morphed into Tea Party Arizona: A history

Excerpt: Good morn­ing from Phoenix! Our live cov­er­age of Net­roots Nation con­tin­ues all day today, the mid­dle day of the con­ven­tion. The first activ­i­ties today are break­out ses­sions, and I’ve decid­ed to attend How Pro­gres­sive Ari­zona Became Tea Par­ty Ari­zona. The syn­op­sis of this pan­el is as fol­lows: Ari­zona entered the Union in 1912 as a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netroots Nation panel tackles the question: How do we build progressive political power?

Excerpt: Wel­come to the sec­ond day of Net­roots Nation 2015! We’re kick­ing things off today with a anoth­er round of break­out ses­sions. I’m at a pan­el on build­ing pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal pow­er, mod­er­at­ed by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kei­th Elli­son (D‑MN). Net­roots Nation has a livestream for this pan­el, which we have embed­ded below:   This pan­el show­cased mut­li­ple per­spec­tives […]
Written by:Patrick
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Netroots Nation 2016 to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from July 14th-17th

Excerpt: The eleventh gath­er­ing of Net­roots Nation, tak­ing place ten years after the very first Year­lyKos, will be held July 14th-17th in St. Louis, Mis­souri, the con­ven­tion’s exec­u­tive direc­tor Raven Brooks announced a few min­utes ago. NN 2016 will hap­pen just a few days ahead of the Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land, Ohio, which runs from […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Progressive Christian Movement You Never Knew You Needed to Organize

Excerpt: It’s the last pan­el of the day at Net­roots Nation, but ener­gy still seems high. We start out the pan­el with a video by the Rev­erend William Bar­ber, who was unable to make it to the con­ven­tion because of a court case. In this video he talks about the need for a rhetoric of moral­i­ty, […]
Written by:Patrick
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A new fifty state strategy: Reversing the Democratic collapse in the states

Excerpt: Wel­come to our con­tin­u­ing live cov­er­age of Net­roots Nation in Phoenix, Ari­zona. This after­noon, NPI Pres­i­dent Robert Cruick­shank is lead­ing a pan­el dis­cus­sion about the col­lapse of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty in the states and the need for a new fifty-state strat­e­gy to rebuild the par­ty’s strength in state­hous­es from Alas­ka to Flori­da. Here’s the premise […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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NN15 Panel: People Power: Energy, Electricity, & Climate Justice

Excerpt: Dirty fos­sil fuel util­i­ties are oppos­ing pro­gres­sive change, rais­ing rates and killing the plan­et, but peo­ple across the coun­try, led by youth and First Nations activism, are tak­ing back pow­er. Cli­mate hawks and eco­nom­ic jus­tice activists are work­ing togeth­er to make our pow­er grid and pol­i­tics clean­er, and fight­ing for more afford­able and equi­table ener­gy […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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