Navigation

Washington

More Evidence Suggests Tackling Child Poverty Best Thing to Do for Our Kids

Elena Hernandez - A recurring theme is emerging – high poverty rates and declining family economic security are hurting Washington state’s kids and our economy.

Original Author: 
E

Hear Shelby’s story: Learn why we need paid family leave

Shelby Ramirez wears many hats: mother of two, daughter, worker and full time student. After a recent experience of taking time off work to care for sick family members-and facing poverty as a result-Shelby questions if she should add another hat to the list: activist.
Watch Shelby’s Story, one of the latest from Family Values @ Work. In the short video, Shelby explains the tough choices she faced after taking 2.5 weeks off of work to care for her sick dad and daughter when they both needed surgery in the same week.

Original Author: 
E

Increase wages to protect Social Security Trust Fund

John Burbank, Executive Director
This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades.

Original Author: 
E

Rebecca Kopplin: Sticking to Principle

Rebecca Kopplin grew up hearing about the ACLU and was attracted to the organization because of our historical track record of standing by principles no matter how challenging or unpopular the circumstance.  It was this consistency, plus the prospect of working alongside ACLU-WA staff attorneys, that sold Rebecca on a legal internship for this summer.

Original Author: 
B

Nikkita Oliver: An Activism-Based Approach to Law

The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.

Original Author: 
B

Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan Would Have Devastating Impact in Washington State

Elena Hernandez & Lori Pfingst -House Budget Chair Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal
doesn’t reflect reality and would have damaging effects for Washington state’s
low income children and families.  On
Tuesday, we highlighted data from the 2014 KIDS COUNT Databook demonstrating that kids in our state continue to see declines in economic
well-being, making this new proposal all the more concerning.

Original Author: 
L

Lack of Economic Progress & Opportunity Gap Holding Washington’s Kids Back

Elena Hernandez & Lori Pfingst - New data released today show that declining economic security and the opportunity gap for kids of color remain the most significant barriers to unleashing the full potential of Washington state’s children and economy. 

Original Author: 
L

Aaron Rabinowitz: Civil Liberties Is a Family Affair

The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.

Original Author: 
B

How paid leave helps Rhode Island families succeed

By Rhode Island State Senator Gayle Goldin
As a state legislator in Rhode Island, I’m always thinking about how we can make our state a better place for families. We may be the smallest state in the country, but we’re taking on some big challenges − including paid family leave.

Original Author: 
E

Low Income Patients Stand Up to Franciscan Health System

On Wednesday, community members including nurses from Franciscan Health System visited the office of St. Joseph CEO Syd Bersante, RN to deliver a list of demands and a dozen charity care applications. St. Joseph—a hospital with profit margins significantly higher than the state average—is located in the Hilltop community in Tacoma, where the per capita income […]

Original Author: 
W