Posts for 'Civil Rights'

Putting an end to child sex trafficking

January 21st, 2011

Many thanks to the Women’s Funding Alliance, Seattle Human Services Department, YouthCare and Women’s Funding Network and to City Councilmember Tim Burgess for their leadership in hosting “In Our Own Backyard,” Thursday night’s forum about the sex trafficking of local girls.  The truth is shocking:  Girls as young as 12 years old are recruited and […]

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Congratulations, California. And thanks, Judge Downing.

August 5th, 2010

Six years ago this week, Judge William Downing from King County Superior Court issued his opinion in Andersen v. King County.  Judge Downing anticipated the arguments made yesterday by U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker in California, overturning California’s Proposition 8.  Judge Downing’s decision was the first trial court decision in our country to declare […]

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Putting the “Dis” into Discourse

May 21st, 2010

I’m not surprised that hundreds of people from across the nation have sent me and my council colleagues e-mails after we took a stand for national unity, for treating all people in our country compassionately and fairly, and for calling on our Congressional leaders to undertake comprehensive immigration reform now.   I’ve been bemused, however, by […]

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