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Together, we made history. What’s next?

By LYNNE DODSON “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we stand.” — Audre Lourde SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — I’ve struggled to remain hopeful over the past months since election day. However, two […]

Two faces of democracy and a litmus test

By JEFF JOHNSON SEATTLE (Jan. 23, 2017) — Over this past weekend, the United States once again witnessed the peaceful democratic transition of power from one administration to another. But this wasn’t the real story. Nor was the real story the administration’s obsession with size, whether hands or audience. The real story over the weekend […]

‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice’

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 17, 2017) — Yesterday the labor movement celebrated Martin Luther King Day with rallies, discussions, and working the State Legislature for policy changes to strengthen our communities. I have to think that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have greatly approved of people working for economic and social […]

ACA repeal, Medicare vouchers threaten health care, economy

By JEFF JOHNSON SEATTLE (Jan. 17, 2017) — On Sunday, Jan. 15, tens of thousands of Americans rallied and raised their voices to save our health care. In Seattle’s Westlake Park, more than 2,000 people listened to seniors explaining the importance of Medicare, individuals who had never had health insurance describe the importance of being […]

‘The bugle of justice never sounds retreat;’ moving forward in WA

By JEFF JOHNSON OLYMPIA (Jan. 12, 2017) — These were the words and sentiments shared by the Rev. Leslie Braxton of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship of Kent during his invocation before Wednesday’s swearing in of statewide elected officials in Washington state in the House Chambers. He prayed that our Washington not be inflicted with […]

Repealing Obamacare will kill coverage, jobs for thousands here

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 12, 2017) — This week in our nation’s capital, the most prominent advertising was the demand from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to repeal “Obamacare taxes.” Leave it to the voice of big business to defund health care for tens of millions of people in our country. This is the same […]

The Democratic Party is losing the working class

Understanding why is the key to rebuilding a populist progressive movement   By MARK McDERMOTT (Jan. 10, 2017) — In 2008, Barack Obama was elected along with large Democratic majorities in Congress. Eight years later we have Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress. The Democrats have lost 935 state legislative seats since 2008, and […]

‘Injury to One is an Injury to All’ Everett Massacre exhibit at UW

This first edition of “Saving Solidarity,” a new regular series of columns by Conor Casey, was co-written by Assistant Labor Archivist Crystal Rodgers. SEATTLE (Jan. 5, 2017) — The Labor Archives of Washington’s latest exhibit, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All”: The Legacy of the 1916 Everett Massacre and the Industrial Workers […]

Raising wages is truly how to ‘make America great again’

By JOHN BURBANK (Jan. 3, 2017) — Eighteen years ago the people of our state became public pioneers by passing into law the first minimum wage initiative that, like Social Security, included an automatic COLA — a cost-of-living adjustment. With this law, we made sure that the wage kept up with inflation. People across the […]

Affordable Care Act works, can be fixed to work better

By JOHN BURBANK (Dec. 15, 2016) — I am a lucky person. My jaw is broken, but that is not why I am lucky. I have good health and dental insurance. So when my jaw was fractured last month, I didn’t have to worry about how I could afford to fix it. Sure, I will […]



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