Jaxon Ravens – WA Legislative Update

“Last week, in the midst of subfreezing temperatures, a school in Fife, Washington, had to close because it didn’t have heat. A year and a half ago, lead was found in the water at Tacoma public schools – something that particularly affects brain and nervous system development in children. And in a statewide listening tour just over a year ago, we heard a dad from Eastern Washington describe driving hundreds of miles each week so that his child can attend special education classes in Spokane that were unavailable in their hometown.”
– State Senator Sharon Nelson, 01/14/2017
Can you guess what local Republicans have to say about these unmet needs of our state’s children, parents, and teachers? That it’s all “an illusion.”
Dear WA GOP — Lack of heat, lead-poisoned water, and inaccessible school programs are not illusions.
It’s clear – Washingtonians support fully funding our schools. Earlier this week, nearly 7,000 people rallied on the capitol steps to demand action from our legislators!
If there’s one thing that Republicans should be able to get on board with, it’s funding safe, accessible, comprehensive schools for our children. But they’re dragging their feet, refusing to pass a bill that would prevent massive budget cuts – these cuts would raise class sizes and lay off thousands of teachers, and hurt the kids who rely on a great public education.
We need to keep the pressure on Republicans to join Democrats and save our schools!  Sign our petition now to help hold Republicans accountable.
Thank you for your help,
Jaxon Ravens
P.S. Have you activated your 2017 Washington State Democrats Membership? Don’t wait another day to join the Party that is moving Washington forward!

on this day … 1/24 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year

World1848 – James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of ’49.

1899 – Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel.

1908 – In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell.

1916 – Conscription was introduced in Britain.

1922 – Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.

1924 – The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.

1930 – Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round.

1935 – Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.

1942 – “Abie’s Irish Rose” was first heard on NBC radio.

1943 – U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

1952 – Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada.

1955 – The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.

1964 – CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.

1965 – Winston Churchill died at the age of 90.

1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.

1978 – A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada’s Northwest Territory.

1980 – The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China.

1985 – Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff.

1986 – The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.

1987 – In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released.

1989 – Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida‘s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.

1990 – Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.

1995 – The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

1996 – Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow.

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.

2001 – In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the “Texas 7.”

2002 – The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp.

2002 – John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

2003 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.

Alena Popova via Change.org – Russia decriminalizing domestic violence?

In Russia, one woman sustains injuries from domestic violence every 12 minutes. That’s 36,000 women each year. The number may be higher since there is no official mechanism for keeping track of family violence cases.Legislation in Russia already allows courts to be lenient with those who commit acts of domestic violence. Now, the Duma – Russia’s legislative body – is considering officially decriminalizing domestic violence by passing a new law.

Sign my petition here, and urge lawmakers to stand up for victims of domestic violence.

If Russia passes this new law, it could mean that more women will die, and that the criminal justice system in Russia will continue to reward those who abuse their spouses. This has to stop.

That’s why I’m calling for lawmakers to create a new law that will specifically change the way that lawmakers handle domestic violence charges. Better legislation would also include a special office to prosecute abusive men who are responsible for beating 36,000 women every day in Russia.

You can help ensure that we turn the tide and stop upwards of 12,000 women each year from dying of domestic violence. Please sign my petition.

In Western and Eastern Europe – as well as several other countries from Kazakhstan to Lithuania – adoption of similar laws have led to up to a 40 percent reduction in domestic violence cases. We can make this happen in Russia, too.

Help send a powerful message to Russian lawmakers that people around the world are invested in the survival of women who are otherwise dying for the right to be safe in their homes.

Thank you,

Alena Popova

Help keep the victories for indigenous rights in Ecuador coming!

We wrote to you last week about an important victory: Ecuadorian environmental organization Acción Ecoloógica won its fight to remain open and carrying out its mission of environmental protection and indigenous rights defense. And we have even more good news to report today: Five Shuar detained on bogus charges have been freed for lack of evidence.But the indigenous movement is still under attack. The government has extended the state of emergency in Shuar territory, and Shuar federation leader Agustín Wachapá remains in jail. Leaders of Sarayaku, from a nearby province, are to be deposed by a local prosecutor this week for their actions to defend their territory and express solidarity with the Shuar.


International pressure has helped bring about the victories we’ve seen so far. Please take action to build upon the victories for indigenous rights and rainforest territories.

Dr. Sebi

Black Leadership Analysis

Dr. Sebi

Notable accomplishments

-Treated celebrities such as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Michael Jackson, Brother Polight
-Married five women having as many as three wives at one time
-Fathered seventeen children
-Had homeopathic health clinics in Los Angeles, New York, and Honduras

Biographical Information

Dr. Sebi an African Herbalist, Dietitian, and holistic health specialist was born Alfredo Darrington Bowman in Honduras in 1933 and was raised by a single mother. Sebi says that this was a good thing. He did not have to worry about being pulled in different directions by different parents. Sebi credits his success to the focused leadership of his mother.

School was also a non-issue for Dr. Sebi. He stopped going to school when he was eleven years old. The only information in his head comes from Africans. Not clouding his mind with foreign ideas keeps Sebi in alignment with G-d. His clear thinking led…

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