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Good evening, Pantsuiters! This morning I said we were going to stay focused, stay local, and stay loud. Guess what? The message hasn’t changed. But it has expanded: Tonight, we focus on this simple fact: Every voice counts.
1. We start with education. Governor Inslee has stepped up to propose sustainable educational funding in his budget, and Democrats in the WA State House of Reps are carrying the ball even further down the field toward the goal! (Did that make sense? Sports metaphors are not my specialty.)
Our State House Dems have proposed HB1067, a bill that amply funds education WITHOUT gutting other necessary services. Republicans in the state are opposed to this bill. This is a place where every voice counts. Make no mistake: Unless we speak up, loudly and often, HB1067 has a long, tough road ahead.
Please visit http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1067&Year=2017 and comment on this bill. You don’t have to write a novel- just a declaration of support both for fully funding education, and for respecting the important work of other agencies by not picking their pockets. Share your comment below so others can see what has been said!
2. One of our Pantsuiters asked us to shine a light on the upcoming homeless encampment scheduled to open in Greenwood in March. The encampment will be home to 70 people who have active addictions or “behavior problems.” Because substance use will be banned onsite, it’s likely that the members of the encampment will move into the surrounding neighborhoods to use. For this encampment to be safe, it needs a minimum standard of city services (trash, sharps disposal, increased police presence). So far, the city is not willing to provide those services.
Read this petition to the city council, and if you agree with it, please sign it and share – it needs at least 200 signatures to be considered. We don’t usually post petitions here because so few of them are really actionable, but with an issue this local, each voice really matters.
3. Read this. It’s important. Don’t skip it. When you’re done, share your favorite quote in the comments below.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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