*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - 3/5, MORNING EDITION *** Mary Park
If you have kids and your kids go to public school in a prosperous neighborhood, it's sometimes easy to forget just how underfunded education in Washington truly is. The reason? Parents. Parent volunteers pick up the slack in crowded classrooms. Parents run book fairs that put books on the shelves in the library. PTAs raise funds to pay for music, art, specialists, tutors, librarians, nurses, counselors--positions that really should be available in ALL schools and paid for by the school district.
The problem, of course, is that many lower-income schools don't even have PTAs, much less parents with the time or resources to volunteer or raise funds. When parents have to pick up the ball the state has dropped, the result is profound inequity.
1. Are you raising money for your kid's school? Running an auction? Selling candy bars or raffle tickets? Let the state legislature know and tell them it's their turn to step up! FULL FUNDING for schools NOW! (Hat tip to Kathryn Russell Selk for this suggestion.)
- Tweet your auction invitation or ask letter and add a few of these: @WAHouseDems @WASenDemocrats @WashingtonSRC @WaHouseGOP @AustinJenkinsN3 #waedu #waleg
- Post on your state legislator's Facebook page or send a copy of your fundraising materials via email.
- If you're a parent, leave a comment and tell us what the PTA pays for at *your* school.
2. Hey, something good! The Dems' version of the revenue package to fully fund schools (HB 2186) made it out of the House Finance Committee yesterday (Tuesday). That could never have happened without dedicated public education advocates like YOU.
- The legislative session ends in 20 days; it's time to write or call your state legislators and tell them to pass HB 2186 and honor our state's constitutional commitment to its schoolchildren.
- Find your state legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
- Script for your comments: http://paramountduty.org/call-your-legislators/
3. Changing focus for a moment: We've been working hard to stop fossil fuel pipelines - with most of our focus on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the recently-resurrected Keystone XL pipeline... but did you know we have a tar sands pipeline project happening right here in the Northwest??
The proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion is a disaster for the climate and our region. It threatens indigenous sovereignty, endangers the Salish Sea, and locks us in to irreversible climate catastrophe.
The Kinder Morgan pipeline would transport tar sands oil (the dirtiest & most carbon-intensive type of oil to extract!) across BC and through Vancouver harbor, increasing oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea by 400%!
First Nations are leading the fight with legal challenges in Canadian courts.
Pull Together (Pull-together.ca) is a solidarity campaign to raise money for the legal cases of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and Coldwater First Nations. Sierra Club WA and 350Seattle have pledged to raise $50,000 for Pull Together.
Here's how you can help:
1. #Give5 (or more!) to support the First Nations legal battle against the Kinder Morgan pipeline: https://tinyurl.com/llepg86
2. RSVP to Seattle v Kinder Morgan on April 20
The Lummi Nation is leading this community-building event. We will be raising funds for Pull Together, hearing from Native speakers, building a community art project, and more! https://tinyurl.com/k8vshv8
3. RSVP to Pull Together concerts in the San Juan Islands tonight, tomorrow and all weekend:
4. Host your own fundraiser to stop Kinder Morgan! Learn more about the overall campaign here: https://pull-together.ca/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer