The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.
As an ACLU-WA intern this fall, Brooke Glass-O’Shea has researched and analyzed a variety of issues, notably Seattle’s Community Police Commission recommendations and a proposal for sobriety checkpoints. A self-described “policy nerd,” Brooke says that very specific legal issues are her favorite to research because she loves the details of the law.
Budget Matters 2013 was held last Thursday. We've had a number of requests for PowerPoint presentations from the break-out panels. We had to get clearance from all the panelists, so we were not able to put them up right away.
One evening in 2010, Monica’s baby had a seizure. After a frantic call to 911, a terrifying rush to the hospital, and a night spent by her son’s side, Monica had to get to her 7 am shift at a local Safeway. She hated to leave her son but she couldn’t afford to lose a day’s pay or risk her job. But now with paid sick days in Seattle, Monica — and more than two and a quarter million other workers across the county — don’t have to leave an ill child or go to work sick.
On Thursday, we held our second annual policy conference, Budget Matters 2013. More than 300 people joined us at the Washington State Convention Center to hear from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, Governor Inslee, and dozens of interesting and relevant panelists.
Thanks to TVW, we have video clips of each plenary speaker. Click here for Heather McGhee's remarks in the morning.
As part of our recent video collaboration with Macklemore, people from around the country entered a sweepstakes to meet the Seattle rap and hip hop artist at one of his sold-out shows! Last week the ACLU flew the lucky winner and her guest to Seattle for a concert and a stay at the trendy Ace Hotel.
Last week, the FAMILY Act, a bill that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, was introduced to Congress for the first time. The National Partnership for Women and Families joined together with more than 415 groups nationwide – including the Economic Opportunity Institute and the Washington Work and Family Coalition – to urge Congress to pass the FAMILY Act.
The ACLU of Washington has a team of all-star volunteers who man the front desk for us. We would like you to meet some of them.
The ACLU-WA staff usually can tell when Patti Hackney is in our office because of the goodies that appear – scones one week, coffee cake another week, and occasionally smoked salmon. In addition to her passion for working on good causes, Patti loves cooking for groups. “I get great joy out of feeding people,” she explains.
Missed the registration deadline for Budget Matters 2013? Fear not, we're accepting walk-up registrations tomorrow at the event. Join us!
Our second annual policy conference will bring together policy experts, advocates, elected officials, the media, and community members for a day of dynamic conversations and targeted solutions. When: Thursday, December 12th, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.