Activism Military Spending Music War

A call for a World Peace Concert

In the 1960s, anti-war music, rock music, and folk music transformed culture and helped bring an end to the Vietnam War. Nowadays, there seems to be too little popular music about social justice and peace. The costs of war are largely hidden from people. Films cover war mostly as entertainment. Soldiers are treated as heroes […]

Homelessness Washington State Politics

Two difficult questions about homelessness

Republicans are using the topics of homelessness, drugs, and crime as bludgeons to scare suburban and exurban voters away from the Democratic Party. The tactic is likely to work, to some extent. The film “Seattle is Dying” makes a powerful case that, at least for the minority of low-functioning, high-crime homeless people highlighted in the […]

Adam Smith Military Spending Politics War

Rep. Adam Smith on nuclear arms control and how to lobby Congress

Rep. Adam Smith spoke at a meeting of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about arms control, nuclear arms non-proliferation, and  President Trump’s withdrawal from international treaties. Smith said we need to modernize our nuclear weapons, but we should not intend to use them tactically, as some people do   Perhaps one leg of the […]

Washington State Politics

Which Washington State lawmakers are most similar in voting?

I downloaded from leg.wa.gov detailed data about bills before the legislature this session, including roll calls. There were 2668 bills listed; 797 of them were voted upon.  Only 100 of them were sent on to the governor, according to the data. The tables below — first for the state Senate, then for the State House […]

Military Force War

Members of Congress, including Pramila Jayapal, who oppose sanctions and a coup in Venezuela

Here is a list of the 16 MOCs who signed a letter to Pompeo opposing existing sanctions against Venezuela: https://khanna.house.gov/sites/khanna.house.gov/files/Venezuela%20Letter%20March%202019.pdf And here are the 69 cosponsors of H.R. 1004, to prohibit the use of force by the U.S.against Venezuela: H.R.1004 – Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act. Only Merkley, Sanders and Coons have sponsored […]

Politics Washington State Politics

Increasing the Visibility of Washington State Democrats’ many progressive resolutions

Hundreds of active members of the Democratic organizations in Washington State devote substantial time and energy into attending party meetings, working in committees, vetting candidates, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and debating resolutions. Legislative district orgs, county orgs, and state caucuses pass resolutions and send them on to the state Democratic Central Committee, whose […]

Homelessness Housing Media

36th LD Democrats pass resolution denouncing the documentary Seattle Is Dying

Sarajane Siegfriedt reports that the 36th LD Democrats overwhelmingly passed the following  resolution, copied from this google doc: RESOLUTION ON “SEATTLE IS DYING” drafted by Evan Clifthorne on 4/1/2019 proposed to the 36th District Democrats on the same adopted on 4/17/2019 by the General Membership In deference to the established moral and philosophical positions of […]