Browsing the "Washington" Tag

Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

October 20th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract


Insurance Commissioner: Universal Health Care is Cheaper & Easier

September 28th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Washington state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, spoke about health care reform to an attentive crowd at the Lewis County Democrats headquarters in Centralia last week. Mr. Kreidler, who also is a doctor, addressed many questions about the Affordable Care Act, and also explained how better access to health care will beneficially impact the lives of everyday citizens


Is the Failed War on Drugs Finally Going Up in Smoke?

September 3rd, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week the US Department of Justice announced that they have chosen to not challenge state laws in Washington and Colorado which legalize and regulate cannabis. This victory for pot legalization was also buoyed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy's announcement that he will hold a federal hearing scrutinizing our current marijuana policy


Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

June 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens


Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

March 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers


Has Hanford Nuclear Site Already Leaked Millions of Gallons of Radioactive Waste?

February 26th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

The most contaminated nuclear storage site in the United States has been leaking many hundreds of gallons of radioactive waste, and the deadly leakage may actually have been happening for years. Last week Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that at least six tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been leaching poisonous waste into the region. Each of the faulty tanks contains hundreds of thousands of gallons of highly contaminated toxic sludge


Chompski the Beaver Moves in Next Door to Washington Republican Joel Kretz

August 26th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Instead of building massive expensive concrete dams, the new beaver law helps support a natural way of improving regional aquifers; it encourages Washington to use beaver relocation as a tool for restoring watersheds. Republican Joel Kretz was one of the sponsors of this legislation, even though the conservative politician is not normally beloved by environmentalists. Now a lone beaver named Chompski has just been moved onto Kretz's ranch near Wauconda, Washington


Queer Rock Camp Band Showcase Electrifies Olympia’s Capitol Theater

July 29th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Saturday night hundreds of people packed Olympia's Capitol Theater to see dozens of young musicians perform their own original songs. The newly formed bands were the culmination of Queer Rock Camp, a week-long summer music camp that educates and empowers queer youth. The two-year old program not only teaches kids how to be creative musicians, but also provides a positive welcoming community that allows these diverse young individuals to thrive and flourish


OlyKraut Wins Good Food Award in San Francisco for Fermented Deliciousness

June 28th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Earlier this year our friends at the successful locally-owned sauerkraut business, OlyKraut, won a prestigious Good Food award in San Francisco. Their hugely popular kraut flavor, Eastern European, was given the prize in the pickled foods category. Congratulations to all of the hard-working different folks who grow the organic produce, make and locally distribute the fermented deliciousness that is OlyKraut, the best tasting and most addictive sauerkraut that I have ever had the pleasure of eating.


Olympia’s Queer Youth Rock Camp Needs Your Help

June 22nd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last summer Olympia Washington was home to the first hugely successful Queer Rock Camp for aspiring musicians ages 12 to 21 . Thirty-three young people participated in the camp — they learned new instruments, created bands together, wrote songs and performed in a public showcase at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia last August. This year they expect at least 50 youth to participate, and they need your help


Vagina News: Washington Parent Equates Sex Education with Rape

June 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Vaginas have been in the news lately. Last week Michigan's elected Representative Lisa Brown was forbidden from speaking after using the word "vagina" during a political debate on abortion. In western Washington a handful of parents also started freaking out when an elementary school principal answered a student question about sex during a class on sexually transmitted diseases. One of the enraged parents, James Gilliand, said that sex education is "...just the same as raping somebody"



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