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Thank you for Paid Family & Medical Leave

A few weeks in, this program is already improving lives in Washington state. But it didn’t just happen. It took years of hard work by some amazing people.   By DAVID GROVES “Point of Personal Privilege” (Jan. 20, 2020) — First of all, I want you to read the following guest column published in The […]

Two important steps we can take to support state employees

By REP. BETH DOGLIO (Jan. 15, 2020) — The 2020 legislative session began on Monday, and I am very happy to have introduced two important bills to support our hardworking state employees: House Bill 2304 relating to shared leave and House Bill 2264 increasing the cap on accrued vacation leave. Serving the 22nd Legislative District […]

Finding hope for the fight forward in 2020

By MARK McDERMOTT (Jan. 8, 2020) — I want to share hope and inspiration with you in these dark times. I see no need to obsess on describing the endless injustices of our time. My approach to injustice is that you and I cannot and must not yield to despair. Despair is demoralizing and a […]

Reflecting on our work in 2019 as we look toward 2020

By APRIL SIMS (Dec. 20, 2019) — By necessity, 2020 is a year of action. Working people across this country are under attack, and we’re energized to fight back. As a movement, we have the skills to capitalize on the enthusiasm and momentum of people all over Washington, and there’s infinite possibility for building power […]

Social Security in Washington state: Facts and fixes

Social Security ensures dignity for millions of Washington residents. Here’s how lawmakers can keep it that way.   By AARON KEATING (Dec. 9, 2019) — Social Security improves the economic security of more than 1.3 million Washington residents and their families, and contributes significantly to economic stability and growth across the state. While it is […]

So, what was that WTO stuff about in 1999?

Join us this Saturday at WTO+20 commemoration events to explore its legacy   By STAN SORSCHER (Dec. 3, 2019) — This week marks the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999. I was in Seattle then, and I missed it. I didn’t understand the turtles, or the issue, really. What […]

20 years ago, Flat Stanley did WTO-Seattle

By DAVID GROVES (Nov. 20, 2019) — The following correspondences were exchanged about 20 years ago between The Entire Staff of The Stand and our nephew, P.J. Scott of Pennsylvania: Dear Uncle David, How are you? I need your help with a class project. We read a book called Flat Stanley. In the story, Stanley […]

100 years later, struggle continues in Centralia

The powerful see to divide us from common cause today, just as they did a century ago   By LARRY BROWN The following remarks were delivered by Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Monday in Centralia: (Nov. 11, 2019) — As we gather today, Veterans’ Day, to commemorate the 100th […]

Let’s vote for opportunity, not division

Ignore attempts to inflame racial divisions; approve I-1000 for shared prosperity   By APRIL SIMS (Oct. 31, 2019) — By November 5, Washingtonians have the chance to restore opportunity and access in our state with Initiative 1000 via Referendum 88. But there is a fierce opposition to this initiative, one that’s using age-old tactics to […]

I-1000 opponents seek to misinform, divide

Comparing affirmative action to Jim Crow laws is wrong, deeply offensive   By APRIL SIMS (Oct. 25, 2019) — Recently, one of the leaders of an Asian American group opposing approval of Initiative 1000 described the ballot measure — which would reinstate affirmative action in Washington state — as akin to Jim Crow laws. On […]


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