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Tag Archives: Safe Neighborhoods

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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BNSF-operated train transporting Bakken crude oil derails in Whatcom County

Excerpt: There were no fatalities and no injuries were reported, though the derailment did result in an oil spill. Seven tank cars went off the tracks, with two catching fire, about twenty minutes before noon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I‑940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Poll Watch: De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 enjoys overwhelming support among voters

Excerpt: An initiative that would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental-health training in addition to changing the legal standard for use of deadly force enjoys overwhelming support among voters, a new poll by the coalition supporting the measure has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory for gun responsibility! Washington State Senate passes bill banning bump stocks

Excerpt: The good news out of Olympia just keeps on coming! By a vote of twenty-nine to twenty, the Washington State Senate tonight voted to ban bump stocks, the now-infamous devices that were used in the horrific Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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De-Escalate Washington submits signatures for Initiative 940 at rainy event in Olympia

Excerpt: Washington State is slated to have at least one progressive idea on the November 2018 ballot following the submission of signatures for Initiative 940 by De-Escalate Washington, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that is seeking policing reforms to reduce the use of deadly force in our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A horrible week just got worse: Mass shooting reported in downtown Seattle

Excerpt: Author­i­ties in Seat­tle have cor­doned off an area near 3rd & Pine fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing in the heart of the city. We don’t know very much at this time, except that five peo­ple are said to be wound­ed and two have life-threat­en­ing injuries. The perpetrator(s) are unknown at this time and the inves­ti­ga­tion is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At least ten shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; more injured

Excerpt: Gun vio­lence has once again left dozens of peo­ple dead and wound­ed at a place of learn­ing, this time right here in the great Pacif­ic North­west: An inci­dent with an active shoot­er has tak­en place at Umpqua Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege in Rose­burg that has left at least 10 peo­ple dead and more than 20 injured. Accord­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Another crash closes Aurora Bridge in Seattle: Time to put safety first and improve SR 99

Excerpt: Well, it’s hap­pened again: A mul­ti­ple vehi­cle crash Sun­day morn­ing that closed all lanes on Auro­ra Bridge in Seat­tle was the sec­ond crash on the bridge in a week. Crews were called to the scene around 6:30 AM Sun­day to an acci­dent involv­ing three vehicles. Police say no one was seri­ous­ly injured in the collision. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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This Independence Day, don’t get burned: Let the professionals set off the fireworks

Excerpt: Inde­pen­dence Day is almost here, and as the cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­ca’s found­ing has inched clos­er, fed­er­al, state and local offi­cials have become increas­ing­ly vocal about the dan­gers posed by set­ting off fire­works, par­tic­u­lar­ly with con­di­tions so dry this year. Author­i­ties are emphat­i­cal­ly urg­ing peo­ple to go see a com­mu­ni­ty spon­sored, pro­fes­sion­al­ly run fire­works show instead […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Live in King County? Vote Yes by April 28th, 2015 to upgrade our region’s emergency public safety radio network

Excerpt: April may not seem like an elec­tion month, but in Wash­ing­ton, it’s actu­al­ly one of two times dur­ing the year when local juris­dic­tions may sched­ule spe­cial elec­tions, most often for the pur­pose of send­ing the vot­ers a levy for their consideration. This year, the nine-mem­ber King Coun­ty Coun­cil has opt­ed to place a propo­si­tion on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Excerpt: Amer­i­ca’s dead­ly gun vio­lence epi­dem­ic has once again vis­it­ed Wash­ing­ton State. Today, at Seat­tle Pacif­ic Uni­ver­si­ty, one young per­son was killed and sev­er­al oth­ers were crit­i­cal­ly and seri­ous­ly hurt by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shoot­ing at stu­dents ear­ly in the afternoon. The gun­man was tack­led and sub­dued by an […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More senseless gun violence claims the lives of two young employees of Zumiez

Excerpt: Tragedies like these have seem to have become a week­ly occur­rence. We are so desen­si­tized to vio­lence now that we are not as shocked as we all should be when more lives are end­ed by sense­less gun vio­lence: As throngs of patrons strolled and browsed at the Mall in Colum­bia on a gray, cold Sat­ur­day, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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