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DNR fire meteorologist horrified by barrage of (human caused) Labor Day 2020 fire disasters

Excerpt: By the time the sun had set on September 7th, 2020, the Pacific Northwest had joined California in firestorm misery, with hundreds of thousands of acres newly burnt or burning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Will 2020 be the year in which climate justice finally becomes a prevalent federal priority?

Excerpt: Always, always climate and environment get eclipsed as Election Day draws near. But even if our planet's fever doesn't get the attention it should, 2020 could still be a major turning point.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Despite pandemic, Sound Transit’s East Link Line 2 remains on track for 2023 completion

Excerpt: The agency and its contractors are now at about ninety percent of civil construction and the structural work on the Downtown Bellevue Tunnel, one of the most important segments of the line, is complete.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Many school districts plan to open for the fall in remote-only mode

Excerpt: As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the longer-term repercussions of the nation's failure to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic are starting to become painfully apparent.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Netroots Nation 2020 opens with “biggest, baddest, blackest panel of the summer”

Excerpt: Speakers included Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado, Maurice Mitchell of the Working Families Party, likely future U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman, and Stacey Abrams.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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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
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Equity, climate justice, and public health go hand in hand, Netroots Nation panelists say

Excerpt: The world is grappling with a novel coronavirus pandemic while climate damage grows ever worse. Netroots Nation 2020 decided to explore how systemic inequality defines both fights.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Other Categories:Events, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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COVID-19 Update: Business, social activities restricted as region struggles to combat virus

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest is trying to determine the best combination of restrictions to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 without going back to a full scale lockdown.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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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
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COVID-19 Update: Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency powers affirmed by federal judge

Excerpt: While new cases of COVID-19 proliferate, the right wing continues to hamper efforts to fight the virus, despite losing a major legal challenge.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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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:Civil Liberties, Education
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COVID-19 Update: Rolling, rolling, rolling…

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest faces increased rate of infection from the pandemic and considers its options.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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