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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

VICTORY! Washington State Senate sends bill ending child marriage to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: On February 23rd, 2024, forty-eight out of forty-nine state senators voted in favor of State Representative Monica Stonier's legislation to set a minimum age of eighteen for both parties to legally marry, in a big win for human rights.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to end child marriage moves to the floor of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: House Bill 1455, prime sponsored by State Representative Monica Stonier (D-49th District: Clark County) would require that both parties in a civil marriage must be at least eighteen years of age, putting an end to the abhorrent practice of child marriage.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington State Senate finally passes the Keep Our Care Act

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5241 would "ensure hospital mergers and acquisitions don’t restrict patients’ access to critical health care, such as end-of-life, reproductive and gender-affirming care." 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate’s bipartisan national security deal unveiled; House Republicans vow to nix it

Excerpt: It is unclear if the proposed agreement can pass in Congress' upper chamber, but even if it does, it has no future in the House, top Republicans say.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:National Defense, Policy Topics
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Survivors stage chain-in at the Washington State Capitol to call for end to child marriage

Excerpt: The demonstration drew attention to the need to pass legislation setting a minimum age of eighteen to marry in the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here”

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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VICTORY! Washington House unanimously readopts bill to end child marriage

Excerpt: On January 8th, 2023, all ninety-eight Democratic and Republican representatives cast votes in favor of State Representative Monica Stonier's legislation to set a minimum age of eighteen for both parties to legally marry, in a big win for human rights.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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80% of 2024 likely Washington voters support ending child marriage, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 80% of 700 likely 2024 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI in November of 2023 expressed support for enacting legislation that would require both parties to be at least eighteen years old to legally marry.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are all among the states suing Meta for exploiting youth

Excerpt: The giant company controlled by Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by most of the United States' state governments for violating federal and state laws in the course of its business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Minnesota’s Peggy Flanagan keynotes Saturday breakfast at 2023 Oregon Summit

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the Saturday morning plenary of the 2023 Oregon Summit, with Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Treasurer Tobias Read.
Written by:Seth Boun
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An ethnolinguistic view of King County’s evolution over the last two hundred years

Excerpt: King County is a place that encompasses not just land but the stories of diverse lives that have shaped its past and continue to shape its present and future. Nestled in the heart of Washington state, King County holds within its boundaries the bustling metropolis of Seattle, a city known not only for the iconic Space Needle but also for its role as a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and histories.
Written by:Subhadra Vadlamannati
Other Categories:Policy Topics, Public Planning
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Try these three effective strategies for countering racism and hate in public spaces

Excerpt: In this essay, guest contributor Erin Jones discusses the three postures she uses for combating racism and hate in schools and other places where many people are together: Gratitude, brave spaces, and pause.
Written by:Erin Jones
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Right wing looking for a way to defeat Ohio reproductive rights constitutional amendment

Excerpt: The Buckeye State will vote November 7th on Issue 1, an amendment to the Ohio Constitution which proclaims: “Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive rights.” The decisions include contraception, fertility treatment, continuing one’s own pregnancy, miscarriage and abortion.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Elections, Policy Topics
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Taking book bans to a whole new level: Right wing parents are trying to shutter an entire library in rural Washington via ballot measure

Excerpt: A rural community library system in the Pacific Northwest is under attack from a right wing ballot measure that seeks its closure after library staff and trustees refused to go along with a parent's censorship agenda.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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