***DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 7AM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
I’m excited to be heading to Olympia tomorrow with my org as part of the Asian Pacific American Legislative Day. While not an API myself (was it the Swedish last name that give it away?), the group welcomes people of all backgrounds who share an interest in supporting the state’s immigrant, refugee, first-generation, minority, and low income populations to stand with them on the Capitol steps. We plan to make a number of requests of the legislature. Some are small--like asking for dental insurance for elderly refugees, others—like helping close the achievement gap by fully funding K-12 education—are not. Our issues may not matter to all of you—and they don’t have to.
To make big differences we need to start thinking smaller, focusing on what can we change at the state level.
1. First, do you know who your state legislators are? There’s no shame in saying no. Take a moment to look them up here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/. Next question, have you ever met with your state legislator or their staff? If your answer is no, now’s a great time to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to travel all the way to Olympia, they have local offices too. And you don’t have to go alone, you can put a call out here or elsewhere in the group. But, what do you say to your legislator when you meet her or him? This summary was meant for meeting with your Congressperson, but it works for local level officials too: http://bit.ly/2kKyQQX.
2. This week HB 1384 passed with a vote of 76 to 21 and is now in the Senate. The bill, would change the statute of limitations on domestic violence protection orders to make them the SAME as the REST of the protection orders! It extends the orders from a two-year LIMIT to allow for permanent status. Call your state senator and let them know that you want to protect domestic violence survivors.
Bonus: Want to learn more about how to prevent sexual assault and help those who’ve been affected? Check out WCSAP, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, http://www.wcsap.org
3. Initiatives. I could drone on about the historical origins of initiatives and why they tend to exist mostly in the west (seriously, I had a whole graduate class on them). They’re sometimes good (marriage equality), often complicated (carbon tax, income tax), and frequently bad (two words: Tim Eyman). Coming down the bad pipeline is initiative 1552, which would repeal Washington's long-standing transgender non-discrimination laws. Opponents of equality have begun collecting signatures to put this dangerous initiative on the ballot this November. Spread the word to decline to sign any petition that would repeal WA's non-discrimination laws. For more info, check out this Stranger article: http://bit.ly/2l6l8DZ
Bonus: Consider donating or getting involved with a local org that helps support trans/gender fluid individuals, like the Washington Gender Alliance. http://www.washingtongenderalliance.com/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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