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The League of Women Voter of Tacoma-Pierce County Presents: April 2022 Virtual Unit Meeting – Effects of Police Reform Legislation

Learn about the effects of new police reform legislation in the aftermath of widespread protests for police accountability in this discussion of police use of force, de-escalation techniques and the impact of police practices on civil liberties. 

Speakers include:

  • Gretchen Aguirre, Capt., Support Services Div. Tacoma Police Dept
  • Monica Alexander, Exec. Dir., WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Roxana Gomez, ACLU
  • Jabari Hampton, Tacoma Police Advisory Committee
  • Micah Lundborg, Chief of Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff Dept.

Event is free to the public:

Thursday, April 14, 1:00 – 2:30 pm – Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoduCvqT0rGNQkFzLEpU6F-OO0dlYmXj2P

Saturday, April 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am – Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOygrzwvGNYdour5UEC7iHj9j8pVFymf

To learn more about the voter Corner Web Page, contact Rick Samyn: socialministry@stleoparish.org or message at – (253) 272 5136 #102

Important Bills in the News

The American Rescue Plan to assist this nation through the COVID 19 Pandemic is an historic piece of legislation and the largest relief package since the Great Depression. The bill will help countless American and small businesses that have struggled through this crisis.

 

What is less known in this bill is the extremely helpful and needed 10.8 Billion in international relief!!! The work to help those effected by COVID is Global and needs a robust global response!!!! Advocating for that sort of responses calls us to create helpful relationship with our legislators on a national level. Catholic Relief Services is helping us organize this effort through the work of our local CRS Chapters.

 

In response to the passing of HB-1319 we are asking parishioners to:

  1. Send a thank you email to our WA Senators & House Representatives for supporting this bill that included the 10.8 Billion in international relief.
  2. If your House Representative did not vote for the passage of HB-1319, please contact her/him to let them know how important this international relief is in address such a global pandemic.

 

Helpful links:

H.R. 1319: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 — GovTrack.us

Homepage | house.gov;

U.S. Senate: Contacting U.S. Senators

A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

 

U.S. Senate, Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced legislation titled the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4263). (This is companion legislation that goes a long way to support the Voting Rights Act of 1965).

 

“John called voting ‘the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.’ He was right,” Leahy said in a press statement. “And that’s why we cannot stand idly by while states engage in flagrant suppression schemes to take this tool away from marginalized communities.”

 

The measure has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who upon Lewis’s passing said he “lived a consequential life and worked hard to make America a more perfect Union.”

 

“Words are great, but the most meaningful thing that you could do is to put substance to those words,” said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), who proposed the legislation’s name change. “So, if you love John, want to honor John, let’s do something and pass this law. His law.”

 

(John Lewis’ final fight to restore the Voting Rights Act | New Orleans’ Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly)

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

 

Please contact Senators Murray and Cantwell and voice support for this legislation! 

 

Congress.gov | Library of Congress

U.S. Senate: Senators of the 117th Congress

Dear Senator,

 

I ask that you support in its entirety -HR –1 that is now before the 117th Congress. Its introduction encapsulates the fundamentals of the bill,

 

“To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.”

 

If we do not ensure the rights for all American Citizens to vote, we will not be able to address the issues of justice, equity and care for Creation. The voice of the people – all the people must be heard. In the next 2 years, if voting rights are not preserved, expanded and protected, the work of a free and democratic nation will not be accomplished.

 

This is about securing our sacred rights as American Citizens to cast our ballots for those running for office and to ensure that all Americans are represented in Congress. A democratic nation demands free access to the ballot box for its citizens, whatever the mechanism, to be unencumbered, free of coercion, safe and counted. 

 

There continues to be an assault on democracy by making voting in this nation more difficult, especially for the poor, disenfranchised and people of Color. This cannot be the way of the United States any longer! We must safeguard the rights for all citizens to vote. We must promote and provide means for an informed electorate, end the falsehoods and champion facts and clear policies for honest debate.

 

Please Senator – Pass and support HR -1

Washington State Legislation

Adopts rules establishing a Clean Fuels Program to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emission to eventually get to 20% below 2017 levels by 2035.

 

  • Focused on transportation fuel to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Reduce GHG emissions from transportation fuels annually through 2050, consistent with statutory emissions reduction limits – RCW 70A.45.020.

 

NOTE: This bill remains in Senate Committee and has passed out of the house as of 3/24/2021

 

Industry and our economy are GOING GREEN! HB-1091 supports this positive trend. NO turning back to a dirty economy!!!

 

For more information on this bill and other issues related to environmental legislation please visit: Earth Ministry – Stewardship of the earth.

Contact your State Representatives at: Washington Senators, Representatives, and Congressional District Maps – GovTrack.us

This bill removes discipline for excessive use of force and other serious misconduct from police union collective bargaining and makes the disciplinary process more transparent and accountable to the public.

 

NOTE: This bill seems to be stuck in the Senate committee process and I do not think it is going to make it out of the Senate as of 3/18/2021!

This bill restores voter eligibility for people convicted of a felony offense who are no longer in DOC confinement.

 

NOTE: This bill is now in Senate Committee and has passed out of the house as of 3/18/2021

To follow any legislative issues and or to make comments visit:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

BE INFORMED. BE ENGAGED. BE A VOTER!!!