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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Representative Ayanna Pressley joins reproductive rights activists to discuss the necessity of expanding the Supreme Court

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the Netroots Nation 2021 featured panel sponsored by Demand Justice, which brought Renee Bracey Sherman, Katie O'Connor, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Kelsey Ryland, Sonja Spoo to discuss why expanding the Supreme Court is critical for protecting reproductive rights.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Texas Republicans intend for SB 8 to be the template for gutting reproductive healthcare in the United States. It must not stand.

Excerpt: In this Cascadia Advocate guest post, Democratic leader Shasti Conrad breaks down the ramifications of Texas' discriminatory, freedom-denying Senate Bill 8, which Republicans in other states are already planning to mimic.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A lasting lesson in privacy, persuasion, and social justice: Remembering how abortion became legal in Washington State in 1970

Excerpt: What resonated with voters in this state a half-century ago is a blueprint for bolstering and protecting the right of choice from Washington to Washington, and even regressive places in between.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Divided Supreme Court lets Texas’ horrifying anti-reproductive rights law stand… again

Excerpt: Five extreme right wing justices, including Trump's three appointees, have sanctioned a new Texas law that sets up a bounty system to punish anyone who tries to exercise reproductive rights for themselves or others.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: It’s worth “Demystifying Shariah” instead of continuing with our ignorant prejudices

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It's Not Taking Over Our Country by Sumbul Ali-Karamali.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Juneteenth ’21 at Jimi Hendrix Park: a Black-led parade, celebration, and call to action

Excerpt: Urging people advance racial equity now with real solutions, the 2nd Juneteenth Freedom March and Celebration took place across Seattle's Central District.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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George Floyd remembered around the world on the one year anniversary of his murder

Excerpt: At the White House, Floyd's family called for the evenly divided United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “We See It All” is a good study of current local police capabilities

Excerpt: Read David A. Johnson's review of Economist journalist Jon Fasman's new book exploring elements of technology and practices in modern policing in the United States.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Video: Toshiko Hasegawa on standing up to hate during tremendously challenging times

Excerpt: Watch a video highlight from NPI's 2020 Spring Fundraising Gala featuring Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A reckoning for ticket-splitters: Can you vote for any Republican who sticks with Trump?

Excerpt: The Republican Party has become a cult that adores an unaccountable sociopath. Perhaps the time has come for a new center-right political party rooted in conservative values.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Manka Dhingra’s “duty to intervene” police accountability bill gets State Senate approval

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5066 would require officers to intervene when they see a fellow offer engaging in excessive force. It would also require officers to report wrongdoing to their superiors.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nonviolent direct action is what makes negotiation possible

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Militant right wing violence and intimidation is sadly as American as cherry pie

Excerpt: For more than half a century, the police have treated right wing demonstrators and even terrorists differently than left wing demonstrators, a distinction that was again apparent on January 6th, 2021.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The pro-death Trump regime is executing incarcerated people as fast as it possibly can

Excerpt: As of December 12th, the the Trump regime had, in a few short weeks, executed ten people via lethal injection in Terre Haute. Sickeningly, the regime has even more executions planned before January 20th, 2021, when Trump's term ends. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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