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Wash. State Hunger Strikers Released From Solitary

Wash. State Hunger Strikers Released From Solitary

  Twenty people being held in an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., have been freed from solitary confinement and returned to the general population. The men had been moved into segregation on March 27, after they joined a hunger strike protesting both the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center and larger concerns they have […]

Immigrant Strikers in Wash. Placed in Solitary Confinement

Immigrant Strikers in Wash. Placed in Solitary Confinement

  More than 20 men involved in a hunger strike at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash. have been placed in solitary confinement, advocates tracking their cases reported.  The men had been protesting the high rate of deportations nationwide, as well as the conditions at the Northwest Detention Center. Among their complaints was the $1-a-day […]

Officials Meet with Fasting Immigration Detainees in Wash.

Officials Meet with Fasting Immigration Detainees in Wash.

  Members of  Congress and aides, along with state and local government officials, visited a Washington state immigration detention center March 20, meeting with several detainees who are on a hunger strike. The Northwest Detention Center visit, which included U.S. Rep. Adam Smith and aides to Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Susan DelBene, signals further […]

Washington State House Passes DREAM Act

Washington State House Passes DREAM Act

  Lawmakers in the state of Washington wasted no time in moving forward on DREAM Act legislation this year. On the first day of the legislative session, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make Washington students who were brought to the U.S. before age 16 eligible for certain state tuition grants. The State Need Grants […]

U.S. Shutdown Triggers Unemployment Benefits in Wash.

U.S. Shutdown Triggers Unemployment Benefits in Wash.

  The U.S. government shutdown a few months ago has now created an October surprise, of sorts,  in Washington state – and one that lawmakers in Congress probably didn’t even consider.  The partial closure of the federal government caused by lawmakers bickering over policy and philosophical differences in October increased the unemployment rate to a […]

Seattle Group: ‘Reset’ Mortgages to Help Hardest Hit

Seattle Group: ‘Reset’ Mortgages to Help Hardest Hit

So should the mortgages of certain houses that are underwater in Seattle be adjusted to fair market value? The Reset Seattle Coalition, which is made up of labor, community and faith members, believes the idea is worth pursuing – especially when some of the hardest-hit houses that carry negative equity are affecting people of color.  […]

Work Stoppage Hits Washington State Blueberry Farm

Work Stoppage Hits Washington State Blueberry Farm

  More than 200 workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington state voted Monday to halt their labor in blueberry fields to protest wages and working conditions.  The workers, who are indigenous Mixteco and Triqui individuals from Mexico, are claiming that a field supervisor’s crew was paid $8.50 per box. But other workers only earned […]

Airport Fuelers’ Fight for Safety Will Continue Despite Judge’s Injunction

Airport Fuelers’ Fight for Safety Will Continue Despite Judge’s Injunction

SEATTLE – A preliminary injunction has been issued by Federal District Court Judge James L. Robart restricting the right of airplane fuelers who are part of the Airport Service International Group to go on strike. “Our fight for safety and fairness at Sea-Tac will continue,” said Leon Sams, an airplane fueler at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle. […]

Legislators Join Northern Borders Coalition to Demand Border Patrol Audit

Legislators Join Northern Borders Coalition to Demand Border Patrol Audit

SEATTLE – Eleven congressional leaders are calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent investigation of the Customs and Border Protection’s use of its authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border. The letter instructs the Government Accountability Office to investigate Border Patrol practices that undermine trust […]