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This Sunday, June 19 is Juneteenth, commemorating the day that enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, learned from Union soldiers that they were free, marking total freedom from slave trade across all states.
Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation, culture, and contributions of Black Americans in our country. Many local organizations are hosting events honoring the day across Washington. Just a few of those are:
No matter where you live or work, everyone deserves access to safe abortion care and the freedom to make the decisions that are right for their families. But the U.S. Supreme Court's draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade would strip away our freedom and put the lives of pregnant people in jeopardy.
While Washington is a safe haven for abortion care access, Republican legislators in our state would quickly roll back those protections if they gained power.
Fuse is evaluating candidates and campaigns for early endorsements. We will continue to make more endorsements through the spring and early summer.
Please contact Jamielyn Wheeler at Jamielyn@FuseWashington.org for all endorsement inquiries.
Fuse's criteria for endorsements include:
Another tax cut for the super-rich and education cuts for our kids.
That’s what Initiative 1929 would mean if it qualifies for the November ballot. A few wealthy Republican donors are bankrolling this initiative to repeal our state’s capital gains tax. If they’re successful, the wealthiest 0.2% of taxpayers would take away $500 million a year from Washington public schools, students, and childcare.
After a historic 2021 legislative session where legislators passed sweeping reforms to our tax code, climate policies, and police accountability, they took a more cautious approach during this short session.
While we were disappointed that legislators failed to pass a number of important progressive bills this year, overall we saw valuable strides forward on other priorities including transportation, abortion access, community safety, affordable housing, and more.
Throughout the pandemic, health care workers have worked tirelessly and risked their own lives to protect all of us. Now they need our help to create safe working conditions that ensures patients get the care they need.
Countless health care workers are burned out and at the breaking point after being on the front lines of the pandemic. Washington has faced a shortage of medical staff for years, but the last two years have turned this challenge into a statewide crisis.
Art by Alisha B Wormsley
There was a particular Christmas, many years ago, where I joined the adults at their table. I was an adult myself, in age but not in hierarchy, and my mother and father presided over the aunts and uncles from the end of the table.