*** YOUR DAILY DO'S – 3/21, MORNING EDITION *** Wendi Lindquist
140 characters. It’s not a lot of room to convey complex ideas. And yet the president did:
“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.”
As you might have guessed, I’m quoting President Teddy Roosevelt not the current tweeter-in-chief.
Continuing with this week’s justice theme, this morning I ask you to think about what is right and what you can do to uphold it.
1. Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearing started yesterday. Out-numbered 52 to 48, Democrats in the Senate are still trying to decide how hard to fight. But it’s pretty clear that having Gorsuch on the Supreme Court could present some real big issues for a lot of us. His ruling on the Hobby Lobby case (remember that one?!?) shows he'd be a threat women's access to healthcare and his ruling against a trans woman in a discrimination case proved he'd be a problem for LGBTQI+ people.
With the confirmation vote still days or possibly weeks away, it’s important to get Gorsuch to answer hard questions on the record. Call Senators Murray and Cantwell and urge them to ask Gorsuch about his stance on what matters most to you. It could be it women’s health, access to abortion, gay rights, or discrimination in the work place. It’s your chance to weigh in on the process. His answers may help keep the nomination process going or keep him off the bench entirely.
For more info: http://bit.ly/2jUYMVs
2. You might be as shocked to learn that our state is #1 in the country for jailing kids for non-criminal offenses. Kids are locked up for very minor offences such as truancy and running away and there are too few programs that could help keep youth—who are disproportionally kids of color—out of the jail pipeline.
In January, King County Executive Constantine asked the county to commit to no new youth detention by 2020. Yet, he is still moving forward with using 200 million in taxpayer dollars to build a new youth jail for King County.
Today let's take action to protect youth throughout our state.
If you live outside King County, contact your mayor or county executive and ask three questions:
1) How many youth are in detention in our county?
2) What is our county policy on jail for non-criminal youth behavior (such as truancy or running away)?
3) What would it take to commit to no new youth detention in our county?
If you live inside of King County, you've got two calls, and an event:
1) Call Seattle's Mayor Murray to support the commitment to no new youth detention by pushing for reconsideration of the New Youth Jail permit.
2) Call King County Exec. Constantine to stand behind his pledge and push for reconsideration of the New Youth Jail permit.
3) Try to find time to attend this event tonight, or follow co-host and Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver on FB. facebook.com/events/1832759656994414
- I am calling to ask Mayor Murray /Executive Constantine to support the court motion to reconsider the appeal for the master use permit for the county's new youth jail issued in December 2016.
- This is an opportunity for the mayor/County Executive to use his power to influence the Hearing Examiner's decision and to support the call by EPIC and more than 65 grassroots organizations
- I am calling on him to Invest in youth futures, not youth cages.
-[If you voted for Murray/Constantine, mention that.]
Office of the Mayor:
King County Executive:
3. #Give5: Representative Steve King, remember him? The one who said, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies" and then said that other Republicans are basically high-fiving him over it. Yeah... THAT guy. Well, he already has a 2018 challenger. Kim Weaver. She's a county Democratic Party chair in Iowa's 4th congressional district and a single mom with kids in college. In 2016, she lost to King 39% to 61% and raised only $161K to his $936K. That's a ratio of 1:6. Times have changed. She's already raised $100K and the election is still 20 months away. Give $5 (or more) and help her out-raise, out-organize, and oust King next year.
For more info: http://bit.ly/2mU8Ksr
To donate: http://weaverforcongress.nationbuilder.com/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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