Washington State Rally for Environment, Education, and Labor
Monday, February 15, 2010
Olympia, WA — Thousands of people, the crowd size was estimated to be 6,000, rallied on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Legislative Building.
The rally was for the Environment, for Education, and for Labor - as well as against budget cuts that would hurt people.
There were a lot of people advocating for single-payer health care, and also for substantial reform to the tax system. Washington State has the most regressive tax structure of any state in the USA. Some of the proposals in the legislature, like increases to sales taxes, would actually make the tax system even more unfair.
Many of the speeches talked about the need to protect the social safety net, the importance to maintain structures that make society a caring place, and to focus on fairness, equity and justice in the areas of labor environment and education.
None of the speeches during the hour or so long rally touched on the topic of how to raise the revenue.
After the rally I attended a Sisters Organizing for Survival (SOS) meeting. SOS is part of the Radical Women organization. This group is currently organizing an effort toward a progressive state income tax. During the meeting people talked about their experiences at the rally and lobbying for a couple bills that would establish an income tax in the state.
Support/Join Sisters Organize for Survival,
a campaign of Radical Women,
in fighting to preserve and expand a health care program
that is urgently needed by Washington's working poor
Sunday, Jan. 31, 3pm, Lakewood
Tacoma-South Sound meeting on the fight to save Washington Basic Health!
SOS hosts an organizing meeting at Coffee Strong, a GI coffeehouse outside of Fort Lewis! Come to this open discussion and learn what steps have been taken to preserve Basic Health and other vital services. Bring your ideas and help plan what actions should be taken next.
Coffee Strong Café, 15109 Union Ave. SW, Lakewood (next to Subway restaurant)
Sisters Organize for Survival (SOS) is a grassroots campaign of Radical Women
Contact SOS for more information, to get involved in community organizing, or attend legislative committee hearings! 206-722-6057 - RWseattle@mindspring.com
READ ABOUT THE TRIBUNAL AT THE LINK BELOW
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Organizers say campaign to save Washington Basic Health Plan is having an impact
Twenty-nine-year-old Helen Fowler has amassed $50,000 in medical bills for emergency hospitalization and surgery while on the waiting list for the Washington State Basic Health Plan. Now she's joined the Sisters Organize for Survival (SOS) campaign to save and expand the publicly subsidized insurance that currently serves 60,000 low-income residents.