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Prop 1 to Persecute Immigrants is Off the Ballot

Hello!  I am happy to share some great news. As many of you have heard, Prop. 1 has been successfully defeated in court, and it will not be on the ballot in November! We want to express a huge thank you to the plaintiffs the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Spokane, Spokane Chinese American Progressives, Spokane Chinese Association, National Organization for Women – Spokane Area, Global Neighborhood, and Refugee Connections Spokane for their organizations’ courage to fight Prop. 1 in court. Big thanks goes to Rick Eichstaedt, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and his legal intern Colin de Bruhl for their great work on this legal challenge.

It was a two-part strategy that led to defeating Prop. 1: Forming the No Discrimination Spokane coalition to urge Spokane to vote no, and filing a lawsuit get Prop. 1 removed from ballot. With a diverse coalition of 26 organizations, we were already talking to voters and gearing up the public education portion of the campaign when the court hearing was scheduled. As Rick shared, it was powerful to have a courtroom full of No on Prop. 1 supporters that were ready to hit the streets to talk with more voters. Here are links to news stories on the court ruling: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/25/judge-tosses-sancuary-city-proposition-from-spokan/



And, there is more good news! Respect Washington, the west-side political action committee responsible for getting Prop. 1 on the ballot in Spokane, collected signatures to place a similar anti-immigrant profiling measure on the ballot in Burien. A King County judge ruled that the measure was invalid on several grounds and was pulled from the Burien’s November ballot. Congratulations to all of the organizations involved! Click here to read the Seattle Times article.

A big thanks to all of the organizations that joined the No Discrimination Spokane Coalition to say No on Prop 1: ACLU of WA, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition – Spokane Chapter, Center for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Fuse Washington, Greater Spokane Progress, Hispanic Business/Professional Association, Liberal Ladies League, Main Street Alliance, Muslims for Community, Action, and Support, NAACP Spokane, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Pride Foundation, Refugee Connections Spokane, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Local 6, Spokane Chinese American Progressives, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Spokane Islamic Center, Spokane Firefighters Union Local 29, Spokane Regional Labor Council, Spokane Women Together, Tenants Union of Washington State, Washington Community Action Network, Eastern Washington Voters, and YWCA Spokane.

We are very happy that we have this strong and diverse coalition to stand with immigrants and refugees in our community, and we look forward to continuing to work together for our shared values.

–Anne Martin

See http://www.spokaneprops.org for more information about local propositions, levies, and measures.

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Here are some write ups from Fuse Washington on the 2015 initiative and referendum efforts to qualify for the ballot.  We will keep you posted on local Spokane efforts as well.

As we head into this holiday weekend, you can bet initiative supporters will be out in force with clipboards in hand, looking for your signature. We put together this simple guide to the major ballot measures that are collecting signatures this summer to help you separate the winners from the duds.

We hope these handy recommendations will help you make informed choices about which initiatives to support. When you’ve read them through, please forward this email to a friend or share it from the Progressive Voters Guide!

Thanks for all that you do,

Sara and the entire team at Fuse


Here is their overview of those efforts to qualify for the ballot including another Time Eyman initiate.  More details information can be found at the  Progressive Voters Guide


Decline to Sign Initiative-1366

Tim Eyman. Need we say more? The conservative initiative promoter is back with a new number for his same old bad ideas: I-1366.

Two years ago, the state Supreme Court overturned Eyman’s previous initiative that required a two-thirds supermajority vote to close any tax loopholes or raise revenue. I-1366 is Eyman’s attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court by turning his two-thirds supermajority requirement into an amendment to our state Constitution.

Even worse: 1366 is basically a replica of last year’s failed attempt by Eyman, which was called “blackmail” (Spokesman Review) “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald). This measure would force legislators to either put a constitutional amendment on the ballot OR lose $1 billion per year for education by cutting the sales tax by 1 percent. It’s almost hard to believe, but then again, this is Eyman.

Don’t fall for Eyman’s latest stunt. Decline to sign I-1366.

Sign Initiative-735

Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths that a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land.

That’s why you should enthusiastically sign WAmend, Initiative-735. WAmend is an initiative to put our state on the record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed.

Citizens United has allowed an oversized influence of greedy corporations and the 1% in our politics.

Enthusiastically sign I-735.

Sign Initiative-1401

Animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. From the Golden Toad to the Javan Tiger, humankind has contributed to the extinction of hundreds of animals.

Initiative-1401 would make selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing animals threatened with extinction punishable by law in Washington. Such an action, except for a few certain types of transfers, would face a gross misdemeanor or class-C felony charge.

That means our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Sign Initiative-1401 to save animals facing extinction.

Seattle Only: Sign Initiative-122

Every election year, the corrosive impacts of big money in politics become more clear—the wealthy donor class spends thousands while regular people are left behind.

Honest Elections Seattle: Initiative-122 is a ballot measure Fuse is working on with our partners to require new lobbying, disclosure and enforcement measures in the city, as well as an innovative public financing system to balance the scales of our democracy.

We’re leading the nation against Citizens United, and we need you to sign the petition to put Honest Elections Seattle: Initiative-122 on the ballot.


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Via an email I received from him, this is Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder’s opinion about Spokane County Proposition 1 to fund juvenile justice programs on the April 2015 ballot.  –Bryan

Some have asked me; what about the other ballot measure, the one to fund juvenile justice? My take is that it’s a good measure and you should support it. My friends over at the Center for Justice have told me that the juvenile justice programs it funds are making a real impact. So my advice is vote yes twice. Yes for buses and yes for juvenile justice.


But don’t just listen to me read Ted McGregor great editorial in this week’s Inlander:

Ballots are due tomorrow, Tuesday April 28, by 8pm. Drop them off free and any City of County library.


Jon Snyder
twitter: @jonbsnyder
PO Box 559
Spokane WA 99210


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