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Tag Archives: Criminal Justice

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
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Senator Manka Dhingra: Our communities need guardians on our streets, not warriors

Excerpt: Read the remarks delivered by the Vice Chair of the Washington State Senate's Law & Justice Committee at the June 7th Woodinville Peace March for Black Lives Matter.
Written by:Manka Dhingra
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All the people involved in the death of George Floyd have now been arrested and charged

Excerpt: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has upgraded the charges against Derek Chauvin and charged three other former officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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COVID-19 Update: Food, fraud, the homeless, strikes, the courts and miscalculations

Excerpt: In Washington, food processing plants are becoming hotspots for both disease and dissatisfaction, Oregon's Supreme Court has told a circuit court judge to explain at length why he thinks Governor Brown overstepped her authority, and Idaho is implementing a new plan for testing and tracking.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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To ensure Black Lives Matter, we must scrap oppressive systems for equity-based ones

Excerpt: The Northwest Progressive Institute is responding to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd by committing to organize for systemic change to ensure that Black Lives Matter.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Illegal openings, legal confusion and questionable tests

Excerpt: Two gyms were given cease and desist orders in Washington State, while Oregon's stay at home order is under review by the state's Supreme Court, and a test used in Eastern Idaho is being questioned as to its accuracy.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: New mask requirements, threats, lawsuits, and antibody tests

Excerpt: King County has announced new mask-wearing requirements, while the religious right in Oregon has joined militant Republicans in Washington in launching legal maneuvers against stay at home orders.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Three key NPI legislative priorities advance in Washington State House, all on the same day

Excerpt: Abolition of the death penalty, a statewide ban on plastic bags, and comprehensive sexual health education have each received an affirmative vote in their House committees of origin.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty for the third year in a row

Excerpt: Legislation that would permanently abolish Washington's unconstitutional, immoral, and indefensible death penalty statute is returning to the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Reviews: “Guest House”, “John Mendez: The Bridge”, and “Faith in Action”

Excerpt: Read NPI's reviews of the three films featured at the October 4th Social Justice Film Festival in Seattle, concerning homelessness and rejoining society after incarceration.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Tim “Chairman” Eyman cuts deal with Lacey to get misdemeanor theft charge dismissed

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter has cut a deal that will allow him to avoid jail time for his crime. He has paid a fine and agreed to stay away from the Lacey Office Depot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Death penalty legislatively abolished in New Hampshire by bipartisan supermajorities

Excerpt: Democrats and Republicans in the Granite State's House and Senate came together to override a gubernatorial veto, abolishing the death penalty in New Hampshire.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Legislation to abolish death penalty won’t get a vote in the Washington State House in 2019

Excerpt: Speaker Frank Chopp has blocked the Washington State House from voting to abolish the death penalty during the 2019 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim “Chairman” Eyman pleads not guilty to charge of theft in the third degree

Excerpt: Video evidence shows that Eyman stole a Brenton Studios Mayhart chair from the Lacey Office Depot on February 13th, but Eyman says he's not guilty.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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