Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition

By Jesse Piedfort, Chapter Director of the Washington State Chapter and Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach and Development Coordinator The 2020 legislative session saw important climate advocacy for Washington State. The brief 60-day session resulted in the passage of some important bills, but also some significant disappointments.  We pushed for bills in Olympia that would help reduceContinue reading “Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition”

Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard

There was large turnout early March and hundreds testifying–most of which sparked by the conservative group Timber Unity and, some speculate, astroturfing. They filled the capitol and overflow parking with many semi trucks. My spoken testimony for the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter, signing in pro for HB 1110 in the Senate Transportation Committee: InContinue reading “Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard”

2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation

Every day we wait for holistic climate action across all fronts is a sacrifice we tack on to our health, our loved ones, and our planet. That’s why we want to let you in on our climate-driven housing and transportation priorities at the legislature. Together, we’ll tackle three priorities this session: A Clean Fuel Standard, theContinue reading “2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation”

State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District

Some know Joe Nguyen as a familiar face because he’s operated in the background of Seattle’s community and politics for so long. Now, he’s deciding to emerge out front, running for a seat in the state Senate representing Washington’s 34th District. “It’s never really been about me,” Nguyen said of his decision to run. “There’sContinue reading “State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District”

Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit

At a $70-per-ticket summit on December 7, attendees discussed Washington state’s budget and how to change it to benefit marginalized people and close wealth gaps. “When progressives get together we usually agree with one another and vent about Trump and whatever,” said Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a featured speaker at the Washington State Budget &Continue reading “Racial disparities, poverty the focus of state budget and policy summit”

NAACP Advocates for Ethnic Studies in Seattle Public Schools

by Kelsey Hamlin It’s been well documented that Seattle has a problem when it comes to racial gaps in learning, discipline, and opportunities for all of its school children. Some of these systemic issues can be traced all the way back to redlining, Seattle’s historic practice of effectively restricting designated residential areas to certain races. viaContinue reading “NAACP Advocates for Ethnic Studies in Seattle Public Schools”

Conversation on homelessness focuses on Legislature

Approximately 15 people gathered in the University Congregational Church on Wednesday morning to discuss homelessness and mobilization for homeless services and affordable housing. A very tall man wearing sweats, a black UW sweatshirt, and a beanie sat in the back. He goes by Bryan, and didn’t want to be identified in this article given hisContinue reading “Conversation on homelessness focuses on Legislature”

As session wanes, action urged to toughen DUI statutes

Washington has some of the most lax laws when it comes to DUI offenses, get-tough proponents say. It isn’t until the fifth charge in a 10-year period that a repeat offender can face a felony conviction. Read more here OLYMPIA — With the legislative session scheduled to end Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers MondayContinue reading “As session wanes, action urged to toughen DUI statutes”