Homelessness in Seattle


OutsideIN: 1,000 Safe by 2015

By Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
Seattle, Washington

  • Petitioning Dow Constantine

“Nobody should have to go through what I went through on the streets. When the shelters fill up and people are left outside, they become vulnerable. We all need to act together to end homelessness because we are all connected.” – Susan Russell, Real Change Vendor


Fact: The 2014 One Night Homeless Count found 3,123 people sleeping outside in King County after the shelters were filled.  This was a 14% increase in the unsheltered count from the previous year. 


Fact: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Homeless Education counts at least 6,188 homeless students in King County, a more than 18% increase from 2011-2012.


Fact: According to the City of Seattle’s “Role of Shelter” report, more than 600 non-disabled single adults have languished in emergency shelter for six months or longer.


This is unacceptable. Strategic investments in the following areas will create the new housing and shelter capacity we need to get more people inside now:


Fund Additional Shelter: The more than 3,000 women, men and children that are living outside in King County on any given night deserve an emergency response. Invest immediately in additional shelter to bring at least 500 more people inside before January 2015.


Support Community Partnerships: Provide funding to expand partnerships between faith communities, civic groups and service providers to get more people off the street and ensure that no child or family sleeps outside.


Meet Immediate Basic Needs: Create a flexible discretionary fund for caseworkers to reunite families with bus tickets, get cars out of impound, or take other actions that quickly and inexpensively get people off the street.


Support Creative Housing Options: Provide financial incentives and support to private landlords and homeowners to match people experiencing homelessness with community members who have space to share.


We hereby call upon the Governing Board of the Committee to End Homelessness and our elected representatives in Seattle and King County to allocate the resources required to make 1,000 more unsheltered homeless people safe by 2015.

FDA/USDA ~~ Alerts & Safety December 2014

12/19/2014 11:59 AM EST
Frankfort -based Zachary Confections, Inc. announced today a nationwide voluntary recall of one lot of Market Pantry Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, sold exclusively at Target Stores, because they include peanuts which are not declared on the label.
12/17/2014 10:17 AM EST
Tristar Equine Marketing, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of Gastrotec down to the consumer level. Gastrotec was previously marketed by Tristar as an OTC drug for use in horses, and contains a combination of Omeprazole and Misoprostol.
12/15/2014 09:32 AM ESTFlat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA has recalled 3 lots of cheese with lot codes 140802XAZ (Aztec Cheddar), 140702XAZ (Low Country Gouda voluntary recall) and 140725XGO (Aztec Cheddar voluntary recall) because of potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
12/12/2014 11:50 AM EST
Giant Eagle has issued a recall of Giant Eagle Apple Pistachio Salad and Apple Pistachio Salad with Chicken because the salads may contain fresh cut Gala red apples currently recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. To date, Giant Eagle has received no reports of customer illnesses associated with this recall.
Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads with Ham and Turkey Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
12/10/2014 02:22 PM EST
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) announced today the voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of customers in a few States in North East US and is being recalled because these apples have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
12/10/2014 02:35 PM EST
Whalen’s Horseradish Products, Inc. of Galway, NY is recalling WHALEN’S SEAFOOD & BURGER SAUCE, because it contains undeclared anchovy, an element of the Worcestershire Sauce used in the finished product. People who have an allergy to fish run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
12/09/2014 07:22 PM EST
Global Garlic, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling De Mi Pais products: Cuajada Fresca (Fresh Curd) 12oz. and Cuajada Olanchana (Fresh Curd) 12oz., because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
12/08/2014 07:39 PM EST
Alere Inc. (NYSE:ALR) has initiated a voluntary correction to inform U.S. users of the Alere INRatio and INRatio2 PT/INR Monitor system of certain medical conditions that should not be tested with the system (INRatio Monitor or INRatio2 Monitor and INRatio Test Strips). In certain cases an INRatio and INRatio2 PT/INR Monitor system may provide an INR result that is clinically significantly lower than a result obtained using a reference INR system (laboratory method).
12/04/2014 06:28 PM EST
Abdallah Candies of Burnsville, MN is taking precautionary measures and voluntarily recalling red and silver foil wrapped Holiday Caramel Bites. One customer has reported finding a peanut butter bite, wrapped in red foil, in a bag of holiday caramel bites.
12/06/2014 03:12 PM EST
Safeway is voluntarily recalling Safeway Select French Salted Caramel (Fleur De Sel) Premium Ice Cream sold in all Safeway-owned stores from November 4, 2014 through December 5, 2014 due to the inclusion of an undeclared peanut allergen.
12/05/2014 12:02 PM EST
House of Flavors, Inc., based in Ludington, Michigan, is recalling Ciao Bella Dark Cocoa Sorbetto manufactured by House of Flavors because it’s ingredients may include an undeclared dairy allergen. Consumers who may have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
Nebraska Firm Recalls Pork Belly Product Produced Without Import Inspection
Quality Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb., establishment, is recalling approximately 44,372 pounds of frozen pork belly product because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection.
12/03/2014 02:01 PM EST
Heart Sync Inc. announces that it has notified customers of a Voluntary Urgent Device Correction for certain Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes due to a connector compatibility issue with Philips FR3 and FRx Defibrillator Units.
12/03/2014 08:58 PM EST
Overhill Farms, Inc. of Vernon, California is voluntarily recalling the frozen food product Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas due to potential Salmonella contamination.
12/04/2014 12:05 PM EST
Lakeland Animal Nutrition has been informed that certain horse feeds manufactured by the company in Lakeland, Florida and distributed within the state of Florida may contain monensin and lasalocid. Serious injury or death can occur in horses consuming feeds containing monensin and/or lasalocid.
12/03/2014 09:30 AM EST
Women and their health care providers can look forward to getting more, and more recent, information about the effects of medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The improvements are required by the Food and Drug Administration’s recently published final rule on labeling information for prescription drugs and biological products. The rule replaces a decades-old labeling system and includes major changes in the sections concerning pregnancy and breastfeeding.
12/01/2014 02:42 PM EST Three Connecticut Whole Foods Market locations are recalling “Tarte Aux Pommes” produced and sold in West Hartford Center, Bishops Corner and Glastonbury, Connecticut due to an undeclared almonds. The 6 inch tarte was mislabeled as a “Tarte Aux Pomme 10in” and has a “best by” date between November 20 and December 1, 2014. The six inch tarte contained almonds as an ingredient, which was not declared on the label.

What the President just did for Bristol Bay, AK

The White House, Washington

Just now, the President took action to protect a place called Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here’s why that matters:

It places a national treasure — and one of the nation’s most productive fisheries — off limits for oil and gas leasing. Alaskans have been fighting to preserve Bristol Bay for decades. Today, we got it done.

Bristol Bay helps to produce 40 percent of America’s wild-caught seafood each year. It supports $2 billion every year in commercial fishing, and supports good jobs in sport-fishing and tourism.

These waters are beautiful and valuable, and today’s action will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy their bounty.

It’s a big deal. Watch the President’s announcement, and take a look at these photos of the place this Administration just took definitive action to protect:

This is Bristol Bay, Alaska, a national treasure that President Obama is protecting for all of us.

This is Bristol Bay, Alaska, a national treasure that President Obama is protecting for all of us.

A humpback whale with shearwater birds in Bristol Bay.

A humpback whale with shearwater birds in Bristol Bay.

The beautiful Bristol Bay helps to produce 40% of America's wild-caught seafood every year.

The beautiful Bristol Bay helps to produce 40% of America’s wild-caught seafood every year.



Secretary Sally Jewell
Department of the Interior

Union of Concerned Scientists … Playground politics

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Here’s what a Texas lawmaker recently said:

“What if we just said no [to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on power plant pollution]? There is a precedent in Texas to say we’re not going to be under the federal government’s boot.”1

He might as well have said, No! We don’t have to follow the rules! That sort of thing is barely acceptable on the playground—as a way of setting national policy, it’s downright dangerous.

Yet it’s happening now: Twelve states are suing the EPA to block new rules on global warming pollution.2 And even if they lose, there are a string of bills in state houses around the country to gut progress on clean energy and protect fossil fuel interests—in effect, to roll back years of work and victories you and I have made possible.

That’s why UCS is launching an ambitious new campaign next month to make sure states make real progress on clean air and renewal energy.

States have to devise plans to comply with new EPA rules that cut global warming pollutants from power plants. If we don’t have the right resources now, our opponents will beat us to the punch, and we’ll miss out on this opportunity to move states forward. Please don’t let that happen.

Our analysts and outreach staff need resources to take our hard hitting, science-based campaigns to even more states—to beat back attacks on the EPA and pass proactive legislation to ramp up wind and solar development and energy efficiency. What you give now determines just how hard we can fight in the weeks and months ahead—for science, clean air, and our families’ health.

Here’s how UCS will use your support to make a difference. Here’s how we’ll win:

  • We’ll mobilize the 20,000 scientists and technical experts in our Science Network to collaborate on new research and share their findings with lawmakers and regulators.
  • We’ll organize more than 450,000 individuals who’ve signed on as activists across all 50 states to make sure elected officials know they’re being watched, and ask them to follow the science on global warming, clean energy, and more.
  • We’ll work in key states to help them adopt strong clean energy and climate policies to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards for power plant global warming emissions, and using the momentum to create a tipping point for national climate action.
  • We’ll expose misinformation from corporate and political interests in the media, in Congress, and in state houses—so decision makers know the difference between science fact and corporate fiction.

Those are the same ways UCS members helped secure landmark fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, impose limits on global warming emissions from coal-fired power plants, and cut sulfur pollution from gasoline—all in the last two years.

It’s also how we helped kill nearly every single legislative attempt to roll back support for wind and solar development in the states. We even beat the Koch brothers in their home state of Kansas.3

And it’s how we’ll convince key states to strengthen their reliance on clean and renewable energy. On January 1, we’re immediately ramping up our work in three states where legislators are poised to adopt stronger renewable energy policies—Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. That’s just the beginning of our state-based work in 2015. The number of states we can reach depends on your support right now.

Legislative sessions open up in early January. We either get ahead of the fossil fuel industry or we don’t.

The only disadvantage we face when compared to the people who protect corporate interests and deny climate science is resources. It’s just that simple. We’ve got the science, the experts, the everyday people fighting for their futures and their families’ health. We’re making a difference, but with your extra generous support right now, we can—we will—do so much more.

A lot of groups have a role to play in fighting global warming. Ours is unique. We are the leading national organization built by and for scientists and people like you who look to science first when faced with threats like sea level rise, persistent drought, and toxic pollution. We are the trusted experts on climate science and clean and renewable energy. And you are the power behind each of our campaigns.

The new year is just around the corner,

Ken Kimmell Sincerely,
Ken Kimmell
Ken Kimmell
Union of Concerned Scientists


P.S. As a UCS member, you should know you’re well respected by leaders in the climate movement. Just recently, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said he “always follows UCS because they’re always right.” We appreciate that, and I can tell you—with your support—we always strive for accuracy and integrity in the defense of science. I’m proud of that, and hope you are too.

1. http://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/20140929-litigation-looms-over-state-co2-hearings.ece
2. http://www.ok.gov/oag/documents/Section%20111d%20Settlement%20Filing.pdf
3. http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article1138361.html

Sony thinks Black America is one big, lucrative joke

Amy Pascal’s racist emails are confirmation of the manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks. Universal PSictures logo

Demand Amy Pascal be fired from Sony Pictures Entertainment immediately.

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Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org

What is it about the culture over at Sony Entertainment, that made its co-chair Amy Pascal think her racially charged email exchanges would be not only tolerated, but endorsed by other Hollywood power players? We bet Pascal never thought her racist sentiments — at the expense of President Obama, Black Hollywood, and essentially all of Black America — would escape the halls (and computers) of Sony.

She was wrong. Leaked email exchanges unearthed last week feature Pascal and producer Scott Rudin guessing what the President’s favorite films are: “Django,” “12 years,” “Or the butler. Or think like a man?,” “Ride Along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”1 In a separate email chain, another Sony executive labels Hart — one of the most successful comedians in America — a “whore” for daring to ask for a salary increase for his next film, a standard practice for successful actors. In an even more troubling exchange, Pascal asserts that for celebrities, getting their own TV show is “the new Black baby,” in essence likening Black children to some disposable, fad accessory like a trendy watch or the latest iphone.2

Send a message to Sony that this kind of behavior should not be tolerated by joining us in demanding they fire Amy Pascal today.

Contrary to what Amy Pascal and her pals in Hollywood seem to believe, Black babies are more than some fad or trendy accessory, as are the incredible efforts of our Black entertainers, the stories that result from their hardships, and the hard-earned money Black audiences spend in movie theaters nationwide. And running to Reverend Al Sharpton to start a “healing process” (and save her job) doesn’t even begin to address the larger problem.3 Pascal’s comments are confirmation of the manipulative, exploitative relationship corporations like Sony have with Black folks. Our genius, our cultural products, and our $1.1 Trillion in buying power are not given the respect they deserve, regardless of the massive sums of money they result in for people like Amy Pascal.

We must hold Amy Pascal accountable here; not just for her horrendous comments, but also for her role at the helm of a corporate agenda that views Black America as one big, lucrative joke.

Join us in demanding that Amy Pascal be relieved of her duties at Sony Pictures Entertainment immediately.

Though we think Amy Pascal’s behavior is reprehensible, make no mistake — this isn’t just one employee’s problem. Sony has an institution-wide issue. The disturbing sentiments expressed in emails by Pascal and others convey a deeply problematic workplace philosophy and environment that can have far reaching implications and consequences. Another leaked email, penned by an unnamed Black woman formerly employed at the company, involves accusations of rampant workplace racism and sexism at Sony.4 Her complaints were ignored, an unsurprising decision from a company where racist jokes are acceptable content in work emails.

These email exchanges also underscore a larger marginalization of the talents of Black entertainers and the exploitation of Black audiences by Sony. Recent films released by Sony starring predominantly Black casts or Black actors and actresses in lead roles have netted the company a profit of over $1 billion worldwide since 2011. How lucrative do Black films need to be — and how loyal do Black audiences need to be — for executives like Amy Pascal to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve, both on and off screen?

Tell Sony Pictures Entertainment to fire Amy Pascal. It will only take a moment.

This story of exploitation and marginalization is not foreign to some of Black Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, who’ve reacted with a knowing dismay at Pascal’s sentiments. Ava DuVernay, who just last week became the first Black woman nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for the upcoming film “Selma,” told the Daily Beast, “I thought it was a great gift to me to be reminded of that kind of sad, limited, crass view of the work that people do in this industry who are not from the dominant culture.” TV writer and creator Shonda Rhimes also weighed in on Twitter, asserting, “Calling Sony comments ‘racially insensitive remarks’ instead of ‘racist’? U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae.”5

This issue extends far beyond Sony. The images of Black folks we see across our media landscape shape the perceptions of viewers. When those perceptions are acted upon, they can mean real-life harm for Black people; less attention from doctors, harsher sentences from judges, and discriminatory practices in the workplace, just to name a few.6 Judging by what these tasteless jokes say about Amy Pascal’s attitudes towards Black people, we don’t think she has any business sitting at the top of an influential, media juggernaut like Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Stand with us and demand Amy Pascal be fired from Sony now.

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad, Arisha, Matt, Brandi, Dallas and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
December 16, 2014

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1. “Film Executives apologize for racially-tinged emails about Obama,” New York Times, 12-11-14

2. “Sony exec Amy in ANOTHER race row for saying TV deals are so popular they’re the ‘new black baby’ that everyone wants,” Daily Mail, 12-15-14

3. “Al Shaprton will meet with Sony exec who sent racist emails about Obama,” Business Insider, 12-13-14

4. “Sony employee alleges rampant workplace racism in leaked email,” Daily Mail, 12-12-14

5. “‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay Calls Racist Sony Emails ‘Sad, Limited, Crass,” Huffington Post, 12-15-14

6. “Media Representations and Impact on the Lives of Black Men and Boys,” The Opportunity Agenda