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March 2011 LD22 Town Hall Meeting

Thurston County LD 22 Townhall at Garfield Elementary in Olympia, Saturday 12 March 2011
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Washington State Legislators: Representatives Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdahl, and Senator Karen Fraser, met for over two hours with constitituents from Washington State LD 22 at Garfield Elementary School on Saturday the 12th of March 2011.

Many people amongst the 150 or so in the audience rose to speak. People were given open mic, first come first served, for two minutes each.

Many concerns were raised, reflecting the widespread feeling that something is wrong.

Some of the statements ranged from encouraging the legislators to take a more assertive and vigorous stance against harmful federal policies like imperialism, and against the political/economic power of Wall Street; to protecting public interest; to protecting the right of labor unions to collective bargaining; to recommendations of a state income tax; to comments about capitol lake and estuary restoration.

Demonstration Against Cuts to Social Services

SOS
Saturday 11 December 2010
Sisters Organize for Survival and other groups demonstrate for social justice at the Washington State Capitol Campus

There was a special legislative budget cutting session yesterday. The target of many of these cuts were social services, that the poorest and neediest depend on.

Some thoughts I have had in relation to these budget cuts:
1. We live in a time of extreme disparity in wealth between rich and poor. The gap between rich and poor has perhaps never been greater.

2. In many ways, the modern socio-economic/political system is predatory and rapacious. It is the job of government to protect people and to regulate against harmful activities (for example, like loss of jobs due to mechanization, or outsourcing overseas.)

So, what's missing? Why does the government not only fail to protect people, and to regulate against predations and other harms committed by big business, but actually go so far as to actively enable many of the present abuses?

Strong is its current
Washington State Capitol Campus Sundial

America's Economic Future Public Seminar - This Saturday

Please join us Saturday afternoon, April 3, for a public disclosure of how the collapse of Communism in the East set the stage for a future financial scenario for capitalism in the West. You will learn how the current financial markets will be restructured, thus impacting your rights to international trade. DATE: Saturday, April 3 TIME: 2 p.m. LOCATION: Olympia Timberland Library 313 8th Avenue SE Olympia, WA 98501 CONTACT: Liberty of Conscience Preservation Council PHONE: (360) 402-1154 You will discover how this fiscal scenario will escalate to usher in the American Heritage Observance Act that will implicate every U.S. citizen, and consequentially, every citizen around the world. Yet, with such tumultuous forecasts looming, you will experience hope through these financial maelstroms in the follow up public presentations - EXPERIENCE HOPE - Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in downtown Olympia.

America's Economic Future - State Capitol Columbia Room - Tuesday @ 12 p.m.

Please join us for a public disclosure of how the collapse of Communism in the East set the stage for a future financial scenario for capitalism in the West. You will learn how the current financial markets will be restructured, thus impacting your rights to international trade. DATE: Tuesday, March 9 TIME: 12 to 1 p.m. LOCATION: State Capitol Columbia Room (seminar entrance is at the corner of Sid Snyder Avenue and Cherry Lane) CONTACT: Liberty of Conscience Preservation Council @ 360.402.1154 You will discover how this fiscal chain of events will escalate to usher in the American Heritage Observance Act that will implicate every U.S. citizen, and consequentially, every citizen around the world. Yet, with such tumultuous forecasts looming, you will experience hope through these financial maelstroms in the follow up seminar Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library.

Letter to the Editor Published Today

I recently submitted a letter to the editor of The Olympian, and it was published today. Here it is edited slightly for clarity, amended for accuracy, and with additional comment:

Washington needs a state income tax

Rally for Reproductive Rights & Basic Health

Sisters Organize for Survival presents: Leg. Building Scene at the Rally

Fri., Jan. 22, noon, Olympia
37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision

Rally for Reproductive Rights & Basic Health

It’s basic – women’s ability to control their own bodies begins with guaranteed medical care as well as access to abortion. Yet the state Basic Health Plan and crucial programs that aid the most vulnerable are in jeopardy. Come raise a ruckus over the threatened destruction of essential services and the fact that two-thirds of Washington counties have no abortion providers. Reproductive justice means affordability, access and healthcare for all! Tax the rich and corporations to expand health, education and social programs and to fund full-service women’s health clinics statewide.

Capitol Steps, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W., Olympia

Sponsored by Sisters Organize for Survival, a campaign of Radical Women

For information or to endorse, please call (206)722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com. www.SaveBasicHealth.org

 

2010 Legislative Season

On the Senate Floor The 2010 Legislative Season started today. Brad Shannon has a report at The Olympian, which includes information about the budget deficit, revenues, and tax policy, here and here (and there is word of more coverage to come tomorrow.) Where do you get information about what is happening in the legislature at the State Capitol? And about the State budget, revenue shortfall, and tax policies - what do you think? There has been some discussion of a super-income/wealth tax. On the other hand, Tim Eyman was at the Legislative Building today. Do you have any ideas about how to shore up the budget?

The Governor's Budget Highlights

A friend asked me to post the following information about the upcoming State Budget. The link is to a pdf from the office of the Governor of Washington State. It's the official summary of Governor Gregoire's proposed budget:

Proposed 2010 Budget and Policy Highlights

There's a law that the Gov has to submit a balanced budget at this time of year, which does not propose any new revenue. If the legislature doesn't come up with new revenue sources (taxes, etc.), we're going to live in a scenario that looks much like the one in this document.

The document is about 28 pages long.

National Day of Rest Legislation - Public Seminar

Will the "National Day of Rest" bill save America? Still have not heard of this proposed legislation, yet? Very soon, you will. Will it be good for our economy, our families and our nation? Or, will our personal liberties be sacrificed in order to attain it? Come and discover how today's increasing global crises will work together to soon undermine freedom of conscience, first for every individual in America, then, for every person around the world. LOCATION: Olympia Timberland Library DATE: Saturday, June 6 TIME: 2 to 4:30 p.m. CONTACT: Scott at 360.402.1154 Thank you for looking. Our team hopes to see you there!

To Whom Does this View Belong?

To whom does this view belong?

Capitol Lake, Budd Waterway, Olympic Mountains, Isthmus
"The Earth, like the Sun, like the Air, belongs to everyone... and to no one."
- Edward Abbey

Could it be that this view, like the Earth, the Sun, the Water, and the Air, "belongs to everyone, and to no one"?

Happy Easter!

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