Posted inPolicy Topics

An ethnolinguistic view of King County’s evolution over the last two hundred years

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.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Nancy Pelosi has held the U.S. House floor for over eight hours in support of DREAMers

At 7:04 AM this morn­ing Pacif­ic Time, U.S. House Demo­c­ra­t­ic Leader Nan­cy Pelosi came to the floor to deliv­er remarks in sup­port of DREAM­ers who are fac­ing the threat of depor­ta­tion by the Trump regime in just a few weeks (aid­ed and abet­ted by Repub­li­cans in Con­gress). Near­ly eight hours lat­er, she was still speaking.

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

Detainees at NWDC immigration prison revive hunger strike in response to abuse

Today at noon, over one hun­dred peo­ple being detained in the West Coast’s largest immi­gra­tion prison in Taco­ma — the North­west Deten­tion Cen­ter  — launched a hunger strike in response to inhu­mane liv­ing con­di­tions at the prison. Detainees refus­ing their lunch­es cir­cu­lat­ed a let­ter of demand regard­ing vio­la­tions of what most Wash­ing­ton res­i­dents would consider […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

Attorney General Bob Ferguson issues immigration guidance to local governments

This week, the Wash­ing­ton State Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s office announced the release of new­­ly-pub­­lished guid­ance con­cern­ing immi­gra­tion enforce­ment, assem­bled to help local gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tions rec­og­nize the lim­i­ta­tions of fed­er­al agen­cies’ pow­er to com­pel assis­tance with immi­gra­tion enforce­ment. This guid­ance comes in response to Don­ald Trump’s recent puni­tive exec­u­tive orders. The Trump regime plans to increase deportations […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Litigation, Policy Topics

Trump loses again: 9th Circuit refuses to reinstate discriminatory travel ban

Don­ald Trump’s uncon­sti­tu­tion­al and dis­crim­i­na­to­ry trav­el ban will remain unen­force­able for the time being, the Ninth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In a unan­i­mous deci­sion, a three judge pan­el ruled that Trump’s regime “has not shown a like­li­hood of suc­cess on the mer­its of its appeal, nor has it shown that fail­ure to enter a […]

Posted inBreaking News, Litigation, Policy Topics

State of Washington wins restraining order against Trump regime’s immigration ban

Hand­ing Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son a pre­lim­i­nary vic­to­ry in his efforts to stop neo­fas­cist Don­ald Trump from stomp­ing all over the Unit­ed States Con­sti­tu­tion and fed­er­al law, U.S. Fed­er­al Dis­trict Court Judge Judge James L. Robart today grant­ed the State of Wash­ing­ton’s request for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order block­ing imple­men­ta­tion of key pro­vi­sions of Trump’s […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

Shameful: U.S. House passes bill to effectively stop Syrian refugees from coming to America

The Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives today dis­graced itself by vot­ing over­whelm­ing­ly to approve a Repub­­li­­can-backed bill intend­ed to effec­tive­ly block Amer­i­ca from tak­ing in more Syr­i­an refugees. The vote on the leg­is­la­tion was two hun­dred and eighty-nine to one hun­dred and thir­­ty-sev­en, with forty-sev­en Democ­rats shame­ful­ly join­ing near­ly all the Repub­li­cans in vot­ing aye. H.R. […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

The disgusting extremism of Republican Jay Rodne, Snoqualmie’s own resident bigot

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a vile esca­la­tion of anti-refugee rhetoric from some of the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s most bom­bas­tic fig­ures, includ­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates like Don­ald Trump and Ted Cruz in the wake of the hor­rif­ic attacks in Paris, France. A num­ber of Repub­li­can gov­er­nors have also got­ten into the act, declar­ing that the […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

President Obama pledges to treat more new Americans with dignity in immigration speech

In a ground­break­ing speech, Barack Oba­ma announced this evening that he is using his author­i­ty and dis­cre­tion as Pres­i­dent to end the oppres­sion of over five mil­lion new Amer­i­cans by grant­i­ng them a reprieve from the threat of depor­ta­tion, pro­vid­ed they iden­ti­fy them­selves to the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and pay their tax­es. Speak­ing from the White House, […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Education, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Navy veteran Matt Isenhower announces he’s challenging Republican Andy Hill for Senate

The Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s effort to recap­ture the state Sen­ate got a big boost today with the announce­ment that the par­ty has found a chal­lenger to take on fresh­man Repub­li­can Andy Hill in the 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict. Hill is the Chair­man of the Sen­ate’s Ways & Means Com­mit­tee. Matt Isen­how­er, thir­­ty-three, says he’s running […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Education, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

Bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, Senator! An open letter to Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Edi­tor’s note: Ear­li­er today, fol­low­ing the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ light­ning fast pas­sage of the DREAM Act, NPI founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor Andrew Vil­leneuve sent this mes­sage to Sen­a­tor Rod­ney Tom, who rep­re­sents the 48th Dis­trict (Belle­vue, Red­mond, Kirk­land, Med­i­na, Clyde Hill) and is — at least in name — the Major­i­ty Leader of the Washington […]