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The Washington state Legislature convenes today at a tumultuous moment in our nation’s history. Amidst so much uncertainty, it is abundantly clear that legislators must take bold action right away to support Washingtonians who are hanging on by a thread. The simultaneous public health, economic, environmental, and racial justice crises demand that we come together and demand that lawmakers summon the political will to do right by us all, and not succumb to the political cautiousness that has too often doomed good legislation.
On January 6, we watched in horror as white militants stormed the U.S. Capitol building in a desperate effort to overturn the will of the people. This was the culmination of five years of conspiracy-fueled incitement by Donald Trump and his extremist Republican allies. These armed vigilantes were inspired, enabled, and empowered by the President of the United States, and all of them must be held accountable.
Clark County deserves better than Eileen Quiring.
At a recent public meeting, Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring stated, “I do not agree that we have systematic racism in our county. Period.” Quiring’s statement isn’t just wrong – it’s downright dangerous for someone leading a county of almost half a million people.
The incredible protests for racial justice taking place across the country have sparked a long-overdue discussion about police violence in America.
As we said in our message to white progressives, racism and police violence are just as big a problem here as anywhere in the country. Just Wednesday, the Pierce County Medical Examiner ruled Manuel Ellis’s death a homicide at the hands of Tacoma police.