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2014 Immigration Session Roundup

President Barack Obama kicked off 2014 with a strong statement of support for immigration reform, declaring, “It is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” In the months since the State of the Union Address, the frustrating stagnation in Congress has led many to become disheartened with the prospect of federal reform. Though a great deal of focus on immigration reform has been at the federal level, states have continued to make progress while the matter is considered by Congress

Ensuring the Community Has a Voice in Police Reform

Established to provide a community voice in the police reform process, Seattle’s Community Police Commission (CPC) is a unique body for an American city.  It consists of 15 members, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council, drawn from a large variety of backgrounds and with expertise pertaining to just policing. It was mandated under a memorandum of understanding between the City of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which details work to be done over three years to ensure bias-free policing and address the use of excessive force.

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The Next Great American Hero

The EOI team in Washington D.C. taking a selfie
Last week I was in Washington, DC and had a morning free of meetings to wander among the monuments. Families, school kids, and tour groups from across the nation and around the world were there, searching out names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, reading the words of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, snapping selfies in front of the White House with the Washington Monument towering in the background.

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The Housing Crash and Racial Disproportionality

Racial disproportion is endemic in America. A new report on the impact of the housing crash provides fresh evidence of how families of different races are impacted disparately by economic forces.

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Systemic injustice threatens democracy

John Burbank, Executive Director
One hundred fifty one years ago today the pivotal battle of the Civil War was fought, as Union soldiers succeeded in holding off Confederate charges on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. If the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment had been overrun by southern troops, the Confederacy may very likely have prevailed in the Civil War, embedding slavery even deeper into the fabric of our country.

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Extend California’s paid family leave to the nation

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking at a Washington Work and Family Coalition event in November 2013 on women’s economic security.
By House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
By helping 1.6 million Californians balance family and work, our state has demonstrated the success of paid family leave – and now it is time for the rest of America to join us.

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One Year After Oregon Passage, Tuition-Free College Model “Pay It Forward” Being Considered in 25 States

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the unanimous passage of Economic Opportunity Institute’s Pay It Forward model in Oregon – an innovative, debt-free model for access to higher education. With the support of students, professors, lawmakers and community leaders, Pay It Forward legislation is now active in 25 states, with study bills passed in Maine, Louisiana and Illinois.

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Join us for EOI’s Annual Celebration: A Rising Tide – Building an economy that lifts all boats

Help us chart a course towards shared prosperity at EOI’s annual event on October 2nd – A Rising Tide: Building an economy that lifts all boats.

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Insurance Commissioner Makes It Clear: Transgender Discrimination Is Illegal

The ACLU of Washington applauds WA Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler for his recent action supporting the rights of transgender people. Kreidler wrote to health insurance companies on Wednesday to make clear that it is illegal to discriminate against transgender policyholders under state and federal law.

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