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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 […]

The wacky world of the Freedom Foundation

How the anti-union group’s staffers become leaders of Rep. Shea and Friends’ nutty post-apocalyptic ‘prepper’ movement   By DAVID GROVES (Oct. 10, 2019) –The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation spends millions of dollars every year on lawsuits against unions and governments, and on propaganda urging working people to quit their unions. The group’s CEO Tom McCabe openly […]

Unions are stepping up to fight addiction; recovery event in Oct.

Labor must always fight the forces that seek to enslave the human soul   By APRIL SIMS (Sept. 27, 2019) — In 2017, opioid addiction was declared a national emergency. But working people in Washington state have known we are in the midst of an addiction crisis long before the federal government would acknowledge it. […]


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