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Privatized violence against women: from Zeus to Kavanaugh

Ancient Greeks revered Zeus as their supreme deity.  Greek politicians publicly sanctified and naturalized the patriarchal practice of misogyny as an aspect of their democracy. The dictionary definition of misogyny is “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women” from the Greek root “hatred [of] women.” Centuries later this…

The state of the union for the Left after Trump’s first year in office

The first year of the Trump presidency witnessed a promotion of White nationalism within dominant governing circles and an acceleration in policies to further dispossess the poor and middle classes (the 99%) of resources to benefit bloated arms contractors and the already extravagantly rich (the 1%). Revealed in open view…

Does Washington State Legislature have the will to fully-fund public education?

Unlike the 174 nations that have the responsibility of education written into their constitutions, the U.S. does not. In effect, educating young people in the U.S. has been left to the individual 50 states. Upon its founding, the state of Washington declared the necessity of a public education that is…

From Ferguson to Olympia

Call for a “Bill of Rights” to protect civilians from police use of excessive force “A public officer or peace officer shall not be held criminally liable for using deadly force without malice and with a good faith belief that such act is justifiable.” So announced White Thurston County Prosecutor…

Changing State Laws to Prevent Police Use of Excessive Force

Locally and nationally concerned citizens ask “What can we do?” in response to police impunity from the use of excessive force. Spurred by the momentum of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the shooting of two young unarmed Black males last spring by a White police officer in…