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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

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:Shasti Conrad
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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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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
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