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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

NPI urges Senate to advance constitutional amendment to protect reproductive freedom

Excerpt: Read NPI's founder's remarks in support of Senate Joint Resolution 8202, a proposed constitutional amendment which declares that "the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom decisions."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI urges Legislature to enact a ban on military style assault weapons with HB 1240

Excerpt: Read NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve's written testimony in support of House Bill 1240, which would prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offer for sale of any assault weapon, subject to various exceptions for licensed firearm manufacturers and dealers, and for individuals who inherit an assault weapon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We will reach the goal of freedom because that is America’s goal

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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President Joe Biden signs Respect for Marriage Act into law at the White House

Excerpt: With the stroke of a pen, the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage" Act from the 1990s was finally repealed and the right wing Supreme Court put on notice that this country won't stand for the overturning the landmark Obergefell decision. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Respect for Marriage Act wins final passage in the U.S. Senate; returns to U.S. House

Excerpt: “Nobody should face the gut-wrenching pit in their stomach with the possibility that some politically motivated Supreme Court justices might suddenly tell them that their marriage is no longer recognized," said Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs attacked; five killed by gunman at nightclub

Excerpt: The horrific attack, which authorities are investigating, reminded many of the slaughter at Orlando's Pulse nightclub in 2016, which remains the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBTQ+ people in the United States and one of the worst mass shootings in American history. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Respect for Marriage Act wins Senate cloture vote: Marriage equality will soon be codified!

Excerpt: On a bipartisan vote of 62-37, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404), which would send a powerful message to the Roberts/Alito Court that the executive and legislative branches of the United States federal government do not want the Obergefell decision overturned, and finally codify marriage equality into federal law. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More than three in five Washington voters support Patty Murray and Kim Schrier’s Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act

Excerpt: 62% of 782 likely Washington State voters surveyed October 19th-20th, 2022 for NPI by Public Policy Polling said they supported Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Kim Schrier's Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act (H.R. 8650 in the House and S.4723 in the Senate).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most voters in Washington say they would be “much less likely” to support a candidate who favors a federal or state abortion ban

Excerpt: A total of 57% of 782 respondents surveyed said they would be less likely to support a candidate who favors a ban (50% much less likely, 7% somewhat), while 22% said they would be more likely (17% much more likely, 5% somewhat).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The feds start following Washington State’s lead on marijuana, ten years after I‑502

Excerpt: Where Washington leads, Washington, D.C., follows, as evidenced by President Biden's big announcement on marijuana policy a full ten years after the approval of Initiative 502. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking about the American Dream with Abigail Disney

Excerpt: In the ninth and final installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney about her film "The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales," labor organizing, and improving the lives of the workers at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking ending felony disenfranchisement with Nicole Porter

Excerpt: In this fifth installment of NPI@NN (2022), NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with Nicole Porter, Senior Director of Advocacy for The Sentencing Project, about restoring fundamental liberties to those with felony convictions.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking abortion rights and disability justice with Cori Frazer

Excerpt: In this second installment of NPI@NN, NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with the Executive Director at the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, Cori Frazer, about the intersections of abortion rights and disability.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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House votes to affirm right to contraception with Rodgers and Republicans in opposition

Excerpt: The Right to Contraception Act drew unanimous support from House Democrats. Opposition came from 195 House Republicans, led by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington (5th District). Eight Republican lawmakers backed the measure while two Republicans voted “Present.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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