Support public transit at Westlake, Valentine's Day at noon

Valentine’s Day Informational Picket

— Roll Back the Fare Hikes!
— Keep Public Transit Accessible to All!
— Honor Transit Workers with a Fair Contract!

Saturday, February 14, 12:00 pm

<span”>After approving more taxes to save bus service, Seattleites now face a fare hike — compliments of King County elected officials. On March 1, fares rise 25 cents, and more for seniors. Meanwhile, Metro is cutting rider info on weekends and denying Metro transit workers a fair contract.

Rather than hand Boeing $8.7 billion in sweetheart deals, elected officials need to fix the state’s regressive tax structure. Help build a movement to win progressive funding that includes taxing King County’s wealth: expand public transit, lower fares, and end Metro’s sweatshop on wheels with a fair contract.

  • Call KC Exec Dow Constantine at 206-296-4040 & KC Council at 206-296-1000.
    Tell them to show the love for public transit and a humane work environment!

Issued by Shop Floor 587 – a rank-&-file caucus of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587, committed to the ATU motto “Freedom through Organization.” email

Endorsers: Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS), Transit Riders Union (TRU) and Seattle Radical Women (SRW)

Social Security: Why It's Not Broke & How We Can Expand It

When: Monday, February 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
What: Forum: “Social Security: Why It’s Not Broke & How We Can Expand It”
Speakers: Nancy Altman & Eric Kingson, authors of Social Security WORKS!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke & How Expanding It Will Help Us All
Joining them on the program: Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant & WA State Labor Council President, Jeff Johnson

Where: UFCW 21, Joe Crump Hall, 5030 First Ave. S., Seattle

Things have heated up in D.C. as the Republican controlled Congress has initiated their first major attack on Social Security. The featured speakers will provide us up-to-date information about the attacks and the best ways to respond.

Martin Luther King Day rally and march

Martin Luther King Day Rally & March

January 19, 2015
Garfield High School
23rd & E. Jefferson

  • Workshops 9:00 am – 9:50 am
  • Rally 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Pre march speakers 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • March leaves Garfield 12:00 pm
  • Rally in front of Federal Courthouse at Seventh and Stewart.

The day’s events are sponsored by the MLK Celebration Committee
For a full list of workshops go to

Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party will be participating. Stop by our literature table at Garfield High in the morning, then look for our signs during the march.

Some highlights of the day:
The rally at the Federal Courthouse will include speakers Sarah Scott from the Freedom Socialist Party, and José Luis Avila, who is Nestora Salgado’s husband.

Workshop – Room 226 at Garfield, 9:00am
Fighting for Justice from Ferguson to Guerrero, Mexico:
The Case of Nestora Salgado

Nestora Salgado is a naturalized U.S. Citizen and a political prisoner in Mexico. The workshop will have a brief history of Nestora’s community work in Guerrero, Mexico, where she helped to organize against violent drug cartels who were in collusion with corrupt government officials. A basic human right is to live in a crime free community. Although she has been cleared of all charges by a Mexican federal judge, she has been held in a maximum security prison since August of 2013.

The workshop will, after a brief history, lead a discussion about the military and police forces that are being used to suppress communities of color and progressive communities both in this country and in Mexico.

Panelists: Su Docekal, Freedom for Nestora Committee
Grisel Rodriguez, daughter of Nestora Salgado
Patrick Burns, Carpenters Local 30
Jacquie Jones-Walsh, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Activists Confront Keystone XL Threat

May17AuburnWA03I recently joined hundreds of other activists on a video chat hosted by to discuss recent developments in the saga of the hotly debated and much delayed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As you probably know by now, TransCanada wants to build the KXL pipeline to transport diluted bitumen (dilbit) from the tar sands of northern Alberta across the US Midwest heartland to the Gulf Coast for sale on the global oil market. TransCanada needs approval from the US State Department and President Obama to construct a pipeline across the US/Canada border. The approval process has been stalled for years due to persistent grassroots opposition and in recent months held up due to a lawsuit brought by landowners in Nebraska who successfully argued in lower courts that the planned route of the pipeline was illegally drawn and granted the builders improper use of eminent domain. While waiting for the Nebraska Supreme Court to decide whether to uphold the lower court’s decision, the permit for the pipeline’s path through South Dakota expired leaving the oil giant facing the dilemma of having no legal route for the pipeline while oil prices on the global market are plummeting cutting into their profit margin for a product that is the most expensive (and filthiest) fossil fuel to extract, transport and refine.

The most recent bit of political drama in this ongoing saga was played out in the lame duck Congress when Mary Landrieu, the embattled Democratic Senator from Louisiana, bet the catfish farm on a Hail Mary attempt to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone pipeline. The bill was defeated by a razor-thin margin of one vote, and Landrieu lost her seat in a December run-off to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy. credits this victory to citizen activists who made phone calls to fence-sitting senators as well as Occupy-style sit-ins at the offices of Senators Tom Carper of Delaware and Michael Bennet of Colorado at which 350 DC activists were arrested.

KleebOrganizer for Duncan Meisel introduced Jane Kleeb, Executive Director of Bold Nebraska. Kleeb informed listeners that the Nebraska Supreme Court decision could come soon, and expressed the belief that whatever the Court decides, the outcome will be bad for TransCanada. If the lower court decision is upheld, there is no legal route for the pipeline through Nebraska, but even if they strike down the lower court, the lawsuit has shone a light on risks to the environment that reveal shortcomings and omissions in the State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement which could solidify grassroots opposition and give Obama some political cover for a decision to reject the pipeline. One other possibility is that the Supreme Court could decide that the landowners do not have standing as plaintiffs and that could cause more delays and uncertainly in a legal process that has already held up the pipeline for several months. Kleeb is encouraged that President Obama has recently stated that building the pipeline poses catastrophic environmental risks while offering few jobs or other economic benefit and takes these statements as an indication that the President is poised to reject the pipeline outright if it lands on his desk, as seems likely to happen in the near future.

GoodtoothNext to speak was Dallas Goldtooth, Keystone XL Campaigner at the Indigenous Environmental Network. He described the situation in South Dakota where indigenous Lakota, Dakota and Sioux have strong legal and moral standing in opposing the re-permitting of the pipeline route through their lands. A hearing on January 6, 2015 could see TransCanada’s appeal to extend the permit dismissed on the grounds that the tribes were not properly consulted in the permitting process, a right that is established in federal law and the importance of which was recently cited in a speech by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. If the permit is not extended, a lengthy new feasibility study would be required, giving both native and non-native landowners the opportunity to make their voices and opposition to the tar sands projects heard. Goldtooth and Meisel stressed that tar sands extraction is a vicious process that lays waste to pristine boreal wilderness, endangers wildlife, and is also destructive to human health and society as well. The increase in violence against women near the “man camps” similar projects have already created is a serious problem that bears consideration in the approval process.

Sara Shor, Keystone XL Campaign Manager, pointed out that Mitch McConnell, who will be Senate Majority Leader in 2015, has pledged to bring up another vote to approve the Keystone XL. We can expect such a bill to be tied to must-pass legislation in the manner seen with partisan give-away riders that were attached to the so-called CRomnibus bill in early December. Any such action, in addition to events unfolding in Nebraska and South Dakota, could trigger calls for activists to participate in anti-KXL actions all across the country and at very short notice. The NoKXL Pledge of Resistance, for instance, is prepared to engage in broadly distributed acts of civil disobedience as soon as the decision lands on the President’s desk. Asked what would happen if, despite all the efforts to oppose the Keystone XL, President Obama does approve the pipeline, Shor replied, “All hell will break loose. This pipeline is not getting built.”

Emboldened by the success of efforts to defeat Mary Landrieu’s last minute legislative maneuvers, opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline such as and their allies are confident that they have the know-how to handle whatever is thrown at them in the next 2 to 3 months, and they are calling on like-minded folks to join them and build their capacity for effective grassroots action. Visit any of the following websites for more information and to offer your support. – Stop Keystone XL Team:


Bold Nebraska:


Indigenous Environmental Network:


NoKXL Pledge of Resistance:

Press Release: Black Friday: Boycott Microsoft and Picket to Demand Tax Fairness

Contact: Julianna Dauble

November 12, 2014


“Black Friday: Boycott Microsoft and Picket to Demand Tax Fairness ”

Seattle – Washington Badass Teachers Association (WA-BATS) a grassroots group of career educators protecting our public education system from further degradation is holding a public protest on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at the overpass on NE 40th St in Redmond, a block from Overlake Transit Center and near 156th Ave and 136th St. (Here’s the google map location). The public is encouraged and welcome to attend from 5:30-7:30.

Because the average citizen is unaware of how public schools are funded and how regressive Washington state’s tax system is, organizers will be artfully drawing attention to the corporate tax loopholes enjoyed by Microsoft through creative messaging.

Microsoft has avoided paying at least $5.34 billion in state taxes since 1997 thanks to dodging the state royalty tax. Microsoft admits to holding $92 billion in earning offshore to avoid paying $29 billion in U.S. taxes.

The theme of the picket is similar to a funeral procession. Attendees will carry candles for the lost lives and lost learning due to the underfunding of safety net programs and our public schools.

Large lit signs will be visible to traffic on the freeway below. A chorus will perform. Solidarity with all workers will be demonstrated through planned activities on the public sidewalks.

A mock trial and dramatized ‘conviction and sentencing’ of greedy profiteers will be held to signify the injustice to citizens at 4:00 on this day. An audience is encouraged for this event as well.

As public servants and compassionate humans, protesters are demanding the following:

1. Microsoft pay back taxes owed from their manipulation of licensing laws and moving certain financial operations out of state specifically to avoid their tax responsibility.

2. The public boycott Microsoft products including: Microsoft Office, Minecraft, Surface Tablets, Windows, Xbox, Skype, & Nokia phones until Microsoft pays their fair share for Washington State services.

3. Legislators reform tax laws! Each and every legislator swore to uphold their paramount duty when they were sworn into office. Demand legislators change revenue policies to eliminate tax loopholes for corporations. Fully fund basic education. Support students, teachers, small class sizes, and all workers in Washington with a fair budget and sustainable revenue. Support our most vulnerable citizens across the state.

Other social justice groups will be joining the Badass Teachers. Because the event will be in the dark on a non workday for Microsoft employees guest speakers will be using bullhorns and videotaped so messages will be disseminated on various media. Activist leaders will be made available for interview.

For more information about WA-BATS, visit us on Facebook:
Event Invite (public):
Contact: Julianna Dauble, (206) 856-1357

Stand Up For Democracy, Stop the TPP

Backbone Ally, Washington Fair Trade Coalition invites you to Stand Up For Democracy

Join WFTC for Tuesday’s Light Brigade Actions in Seattle and more.
Stop the Sneak Attack on Democracy, Nov. 8-14!
Washington Fair
Trade Coalition
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Why Is this Week Important?

Free Trade My Ass

The elections are over, but the International Week of Action (Nov. 8-14) is just beginning.
We need your help to make sure Fast Track doesn’t get pushed through during the Lame Duck Legislative Session.
Join groups across the nation calling for a new, accountable, and democratic process for negotiating trade agreements. Let’s send a message that Washingtonians want trade policy that holds up people and the planet, not just the corporate bottom line.

Make your voice heard

Rep                      Kilmer, Stand Up Against the Corporate Rights                      Grab


1) Sign our PETITION,

2) then CALL or EMAIL your US Representative


Spread the Word

Fast Track vs Lady Liberty

1) Help start the Week of Action with a bang! Click here to join the Thunderclap.

2) Sign up for our social media team, and receive daily sample posts

3) Write your local paper. Contact us to receive a toolkit.


Join us at Rallies and Light Brigades!


Bellingham, November 8, 2 – 6 PM, Holly and Railroad, rally and light brigade! (public)

Olympia, November 10, 5:30 – 7 PM, East Plaza lawn by the Korean War Memorial (public)

Seattle, November 11
, 5 – 6:30 PM, Federal Building at 915 Second Ave (public)

Tacoma, November 12, 7 – 9 PM, Pierce County Central Labor Council (RSVP only)

More event information here.


Support WFTC’s ongoing work: Fair Trade Breakfast, Nov. 19


Join us to celebrate the year’s successes and support Washington Fair Trade Coalition’s ongoing work!
Fair Trade Breakfast Fundraiser
7:30 AM – 9 AM
Wednesday, November 19
IAM District Lodge 751
9125 15th Pl S, Seattle WA

Meet and talk with Celeste Drake, Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist for the AFL-CIO, and Jill Mangaliman, from Got Green. Connect with activists working on the environment, human rights, labor rights, public health, access to medicines, food security, climate change, immigration, internet freedom – any issues that intersect with trade policy.

Buy Tickets Here or RSVP at: / 206.227.3079

No Fast Track by Any Name!


TPP Protest, Federal Office Bldg, Seattle, Tues Nov 11, 5PM

Both parties may be counting on us to be exhausted and out of the loop when it comes to this ghastly Trade Agreement which has been kept out of the public eye. And in the spirit of compromise, it could easily be passed to show a country weary with gridlock that compromise is possible. Furthermore our representatives from WA believe that TRADE is good for our State which it is. BUT now is not the time to compromise on this potential corporate take-over.

Why can’t our trade negotiators deliver a trade policy that raises living standards in communities at home and abroad? Following the 2014 elections the U.S. government is going to make a push to pass the new mega-trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership, using Fast Track. This agreement, negotiated by corporate lobbyists while the public is kept in the dark, threatens everything from food safety and access to medicines to green energy policy, internet freedom, and labor rights. It also gives corporations ‘investor-states’ rights so they can sue localities, countries, states for depriving them of their hypothetical profits if they insist on sticking to the democratically-determined laws and regulations.

Everything we work for [GMO labeling, environmental protection, food-safety laws] can be overturned or cost us millions of dollars in ‘damages’ we will pay to these corporations!!! We need a new, transparent, accountable, and democratic process, not an antiquated and extreme Fast Track procedure. Help us send a message that Washingtonians want trade policy that lifts up people and the planet, not just the corporate bottom line!

As if pushing Fast Track for a secretive pact weren’t bad enough, the corporations behind the TPP are now hoping to sneak the Fast Track vote into the Lame Duck session — after the elections, when political accountability is at its lowest. The good news is that we’ve stopped Fast Track before and we can do it again. If we all speak out loudly enough, we can derail Fast Track this November and into the future. Join groups across Washington State and the U.S. to Stop the Sneak Attack on Democracy!

Rep. McDermott, Stop the Sneak Attack on Democracy! a Light Brigade Action
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
5 – 6:30 PM
Federal Building, 915 Second Ave, Seattle

We will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. We will have light boards, flashlights, petitions, and more information on how to stay involved and next steps in the campaign!

The November 8 – 14 Week of Action against Fast Track comes as President Obama and other heads of state visit Asia to discuss the TPP, and right as the Lame Duck session of Congress begins to get underway. It’s a time of year when a lot of people take a break after the elections, and start getting ready for the holidays. We need your help remaining vigilant so that Fast Track does not sneak through then or ever.

And if you can’t make this event – Sign our PETITION to Stop Fast Track and the TPP!
• Here is the link to our petition:
• We ask that you circulate this link to your contacts so that we can gather as many signatures as possible.

Stop the TPP -- the ultimate corporate power grab

Dems should run candidates with prior experience at winning in local races

Remember this list of all the Democratic Races in Eastern WA I posted on facebook a number of days ago? With the results in ….. the most obvious common denominator among ALL these races is that the Democratic candidates with NO ELECTED OFFICE EXPERIENCE ….. LOST by wide margins …. while those with experience …. mostly incumbents …. WON handily. The only exception being Paul George who had been a Yakima Councilman, lost to GOPer business woman McCabe who never won an elected office prior to her run for the House seat in the 14th. As I’ve said repeatedly … Republicans can get away with it …. Democrats can’t.

We need to start with a “Clean Sheet of Paper” and throw out a strategy of endorsing and supporting anyone who waltzes in with their hand raised or is persuaded at the last minute …. with a “D” behind their name and NO ELECTED OFFICE EXPERIENCE! It’s no surprise it didn’t work this time and hasn’t worked for the past 20+ years!

Doesn’t anyone get tired of losing? It’s as if EaWA Democrats REFUSE to learn from their failure …… doing the same thing election after election. Why?

WON 3rd LD House – Tim Ormsby* vs Libertarian no elected office experience
WON 3rd LD House – Marcus Recelli* vs GOP no elected office experience
Lost 6th LD Senate – Rich Cowen -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 6th LD House – Donald Dover -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 6th LD House – Steve Siegfreid** -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 8th LD Senate – Doug McKinley -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 8th LD House – Eric Kalia -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 14th LD House – Paul George*** vs GOP no elected office experience
Lost 15th LD House – Martinez-Chavez -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 15th LD Senate – Gabriel Munoz -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 16th LD House – Frank Blair** -no vs GOP INCUMBENT
Lost 5th Cong Dist – Joe Pakootas -no vs GOP INCUMBENT

-no = NO elected office experience
*** = Democrat WITH previous non-partisan elected public office experience
** = Democrat Write-in
* = Incumbent DEMOCRAT!

Plan A, no B

Looking for action?

Find it at Radical Women’s organizing meeting

Connect with a multi-racial group of feminists looking to change the world! Take part in updates and discussions on the effort to stop Seattle Housing Authority’s rent-raising “Stepping Forward” plan. Analyze the movement to defend Marissa Alexander, a Black mother going on trial in Florida for defending herself against domestic violence. Learn about other campaigns and activities. Get involved, you are needed!

Thursday, November 6, 7pm
Dinner is served with vegan option at 6:30pm for $8.50 donation.

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S., Seattle
On the #7 busline or six blocks southeast of the Columbia City light rail station.

For info, rides or to reserve childcare:  206-722-6057