Children’s misbehavior should never be something they can’t recover from.
That was the overarching message I heard on a recent trip to meet with leaders and advocates from the Baltimore City School District. Thanks to a generous invitation from the League of Education Voters (LEV), I recently joined other education advocates, clergy, and LEV staff on a “scouting” mission to Baltimore.
John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
Last month voters approved a $15 an hour minimum wage for workers at Sea-Tac. In California, Ron Utz, a conservative Silicon Valley millionaire, is pushing an initiative for a $12 minimum wage. In Seattle, there is a growing movement for increasing the minimum wage to $15 within the city limits.
Local business owner, entrepreneur, chef, author and all-around rock star Makini Howell recently joined the Washington Work and Family Coalition for a local forum on women’s economic security. Makini, who is on the board of the Main Street Alliance, shared how, as a business owner, strong wages, paid leave and smart workplace policies make her business thrive.
By Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and co-founder of MomsRising.org, a grassroots organization working for family economic security and to end discrimination against women and moms. Kristin is also an EOI board member.
Yesterday, the Washington Work and Family Coalition hosted a forum on the economic security of women and families. The event included remarks from U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith and local women who are advocating for smart working family policies – including fair pay, paid leave and affordable childcare.
The ACLU of Washington has a team of all-star volunteers who staff the front desk for us. We would like you to meet some of them.
Nick Crocker attended an ACLU-WA forum on militarization of police a couple years ago and heard Seattle police chief Norm Stamper speak on the war on drugs and criminal justice in our state. When he went home, he “got online and got involved.” Nick already had Mondays off from his work at an Italian food import store, so he decided spend his day off volunteering at the ACLU office. He has continued to do so for the past two years.
Leader Pelosi and Marilyn Watkins speak at Seattle City Hall on working family policies that strengthen women’s economic security.
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith joined hundreds of workers and parents for a forum on Pelosi’s economic plan: When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.
The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.
Henry Seeley has always had a high regard for the ACLU, and chose to intern here because he considers it the best organization for getting good work done. As he puts it, “The ACLU pushes back against those who ignore civil liberties in the pursuit of efficiency of government, politics, religion, protecting children. Whatever the cause, if they ignore people in the process, the ACLU is there to fight for them.”
On November 9th, the ACLU of Washington held its annual Bill of Rights Dinner, which celebrates the past year’s work and honors those who have made a difference here in Washington. It was my first time attending and, needless to say, I was pretty excited to be there. Although I was born and raised here in Washington, I don’t often find myself with this many like-minded individuals; and when I do, it’s pretty exciting.