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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

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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McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler vote against marriage equality in U.S. House

Excerpt: In a bipartisan 267-157 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 19th approved legislation that would codify same-sex marriage into federal law as well as repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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SurveyUSA validates NPI’s finding that most Washingtonians want an assault weapons ban

Excerpt: The validity of NPI's assault weapons ban research has been affirmed by an entirely separate poll backed by KING5, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Six murdered, dozens wounded by sniper at July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois

Excerpt: At least six people were killed and more than two dozen were hospitalized by a sniper with a high-powered rifle on the rooftop of a building along a parade route in downtown Highland Park, Illinois, a lakeside suburb north of Chicago. Among the casualties were between four and five children.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Initiative 1922 won’t qualify for November ballot, Commit to Change Washington says

Excerpt: "We will not be moving forward to qualify Washington State Initiative Measure No. 1922 to the November 8th general election ballot," the campaign said. "Signature gathering proved more challenging and prohibitively expensive than projected."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The dishonesty of the Dobbs majority

Excerpt: "More than a gutting of reproductive rights and women's rights, Dobbs is a breach of trust," attorney Cat Williams writes in this guest post for NPI's Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Cat Williams
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Patty Murray, Kim Schrier release new ads in wake of Alito court’s Dobbs decision

Excerpt: In the spots, Murray and Schrier speak directly to voters in a single take, emphasizing that they are unequivocally committed to reproductive rights, while noting that their opponents are not.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alito court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize reproductive rights

Excerpt: In an extreme decision, the United States Supreme Court has gutted almost fifty years of precedent and removed recognition of an important right supported by a majority of Americans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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After decades of inaction, U.S. Senate passes modest bipartisan gun safety package

Excerpt: "This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. The House of Representatives should promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk," said President Joe Biden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announces deal to advance modest gun safety package

Excerpt: Considering that the Senate has done pretty much nothing to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence for decades, this is indeed a breakthrough. It is far from enough, but it is a start... and we have to start somewhere.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patty Murray urges Republicans to stop blocking gun safety bills in the U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Washington State has shown what can be accomplished even in the face of strident opposition from the gun lobby, but Congress has not, because Senate Republicans have sadly blocked any and all progress to date.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Most Washington voters strongly support a ban on military-style assault weapons

Excerpt: A majority of likely 2022 voters in Washington State support a ban on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle, with over fifty percent expressing strong support, NPI's most recent statewide survey has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offers new legislation to prevent gun violence

Excerpt: While the U.S. Senate once more strives to come up with a watered down gun safety bill, the government of Canada is preparing decisive action to cap gun culture and get military-style assault weapons out of Canadians’ hands.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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