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Posts published in “Issue: Spring 2023

Community Spotlight — Spring 2023

Download as PDF Krystal Two Bulls, Women’s Day Speaker. March 8, 11-12:30 on zoom.  Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne water protector who is co-executive director of Honor the Earth (with Winona LaDuke). Two Bulls has opposed coal mining at Northern Cheyenne and an oil pipeline…

About the Cover — Spring 2023

The theme of this issue came from a line in a Robert Frost poem: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out…” When our cover illustrator Aicha El Beloui read that line, she thought about a Tetris: “It is one…

Worker ownership and empowerment in the home healthcare industry

The need for in-home care is growing rapidly. While the field of in-home care is known for low wages, cooperatives provide an alternative. Recently WIP’s Matt Crichton talked with Nora Edge, founder and past executive director of Capital Homecare cooperative, and CHC current executive director Paulette La Douceur.

When an employer steals your wages

If someone steals money from their employer, they could be guilty of a serious crime. But what if an employer takes money from their employee’s paychecks? Employers steal billions of dollars from their employees each year by working them off the clock, by failing to pay the minimum wage, or…

Walling in and walling out

In his book Myth and Reality, the late scholar of religion Mircea Eliade suggests that, contrary to the popular understanding of myth as a fiction, in early religious practice it defined both the constitution and understanding of reality—a line that defines the limits of belief or a wall that defines…

“Uncaged Art” transformative work by children who crossed a border

Uncaged Art is an exhibit of large-scale photographs of art made by adolescents, ages 13-17, from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The exhibit, including educational elements, was organized by members of local cultural and activist organizations. The young artists were detained at the Tornillo Children’s Detention center in El Paso County, Texas, from June 2018 to January 2019.

Thumbs down on more legacy timber sales

Proponents of saving Washington’s few remaining legacy forests testified at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) monthly public hearing wearing yellow caution arm bands. On the auction block were four large parcels of land including legacy forests—defined as forests containing trees over 100 years old.. The community action group showed…

The Heroico Batallón de San Patricio

During the years of 1846-1848, many Irish people were immigrating to the US due to extreme economic hardship and famine in Ireland. This coincided with the US invasion of Mexico, known as the Mexican-American War. Many new Irish-Catholic immigrants joined the US army to earn money and possible citizenship in the war against Mexico.

The Ecosystem Guild—Budswell and Springtime

The Ecosystem Guild is not an institution, it is a community network built of relationships in pursuit of a regenerative bioregional culture. The Guild has been emerging across the Salish Sea and Cascadia for generations. A website was developed by stewards in the estuary cities of Olympia and Tumwater, where…

A new Regional Fire Authority for Olympia and Tumwater?

An election this April could impose the biggest increase ever in property tax bills for people in these two cities Olympia and Tumwater voters will decide in a special election this April whether to merge their fire departments into a new Regional Fire Authority (RFA, Authority). Proposition 1 requires approval…

A new curriculum tells the history of the Nisqually tribe

With a click of a mouse, 15 years of cooperative work to create a Nisqually Tribe curriculum to be used by local school districts zipped over to an Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) employee’s remote drive.

Poverty is the recruiter for our “volunteer” army

Oh, the children! Filling the ranks is more complicated than it used to be, thanks to a change that occurred back in 1973, a year of startling historical significance. 1973 was the year of the Roe v. Wade decision and the Watergate hearings (remember those?).

Sharing ideas and strategies that can actually work

For the public to understand the dangers posed by many jobs, it’s vital that journalists write about the real story of everyday conditions, risks and strategies affecting working people.

Hands-on learning about the housing industry

Some time ago, I was employed as a cost estimator for a large local siding company. We installed siding on hundreds of single-family new homes and several multi-family buildings throughout Puget Sound every year. I would create estimates and order packages on between 25-50 homes each week. That experience provided…

¿Donde está Dan Leahy?

(o porqué los revolucionarios no van al cielo)
¿A donde van los revolucionarios después de muertos?
Su destino no es el cielo
ni mucho peor el infierno