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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Party Politics
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Holidays
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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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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House Public Safety Committee reviews ideas for police reform ahead of 2021 session

Excerpt: In a November 30th virtual work session, the Washington State House of Representatives heard from reform advocates as well as representatives of law enforcement.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Democratic AGs discuss taking on Trump and building equity at Netroots Nation 2020

Excerpt: Attorneys general Phil Weiser, Xavier Becerra, Keith Ellison, and Maura Healey helped kickstart the conference with a substantive panel discussion.
Written by:Tammi Laster
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Events
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Trump regime still making trouble for Pacific Northwest cities despite purported exit pact

Excerpt: An overview of late July 2020 developments on the front lines of protests against police brutality in Portland and Seattle, which have drawn a federal response.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties
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Trump’s neofascist regime is targeting Pacific Northwest cities for Donald’s electoral gain

Excerpt: Portland and Seattle are seen as places where they can use fed­er­al law enforce­ment per­son­nel to insti­gate con­flicts that will be help­ful in ril­ing up their base and spread­ing fear.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Activists and local leaders challenge illegal detentions by federal agents in Portland

Excerpt: The people's right to peaceably assemble has been repeatedly infringed upon by federal authorities operating in the Rose City on Donald Trump's orders.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties
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Bringing racial equity into focus in our schools and beyond: A letter to education leaders

Excerpt: Read Erin Jones' ideas for implementing racial equity in Washington State schools, inspired by conversations she had with educators.
Written by:Erin Jones
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Tim Eyman says he’s worried about facial recognition. So why won’t he wear a mask?

Excerpt: Throwing on a face covering can help frustrate the very technology that Tim Eyman says is a danger to our personal liberty. But Eyman has likened mask wearing to tyranny.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest embraces mandatory mask directives

Excerpt: As British Columbia makes additional moves to reopen its economy, Washington has mandated the wearing of masks in public and Oregon has completed a special legislative session focusing on COVID-19 and police reform.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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The Pandemic is Personal: Jef­frey Robin­son on celebrating PRIDE during COVID-19

Excerpt: An LGBTQ+ Democratic Party leader shares his views on the importance and meaning of PRIDE during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Written by:Jef­frey Robin­son
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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