Quote of the Week:
“Moms for Liberty, which campaigns aggressively against education on issues of gender, race, and sexuality in schools, postures itself as deeply moralistic and presents its leadership as embodiments of traditional, Christian family values. The notion that one of its founders is involved in a menage a trois — and that her husband may have assaulted their mutual partner — stands antithetical to the public face the organization attempts to present.” –Nikki McCann Ramirez, Rolling Stone, Nov. 30, 2023
Stop Police Civil Rights Abuses in Washington State
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Source: From our friends at ACLU Washington
Too many police departments, sheriffs' offices, and jails show troubling patterns of misconduct, from routinely using excessive force; making unreasonable stops, searches, or arrests; or discriminating based on race, immigration status, religion, disability, or sex.
Right now, there are very few ways to investigate or change these ingrained problems. HB 1445, the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Investigations and Reform bill, addresses widespread and systemic misconduct by clarifying and expanding the Attorney General's ability to investigate and bring a lawsuit if needed. It is designed to prevent future harm by requiring changes to policies and practices.
Action: Sign the ACLU petition in support of HB 1445 and tell lawmakers that we need to fix systemic issues and empower the AG to bring police departments into compliance with the Washington constitution and state law.
Learn About the Inflation Reduction Act
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From our friends at Thurston Climate Action Team
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 contains the largest effort of any nation to date to address climate issues that threaten the lives and livelihood of our offspring. Yet, national polls show that most Americans don’t know what is in this IRA. Incentives for electric vehicles (EV), solar and wind power production, and home energy efficiency upgrades are just a few examples of the many cost-saving opportunities for greatly reducing our carbon footprints in the IRA, opportunities for individuals as well as the commercial sector.
This ten-year IRA plan is ambitious, but by itself will fall short of achieving the national goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Some of that gap is being picked up by state and county plans, such as the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP). Additional actions and extensions will be necessary, and challenges to full IRA implementation must be overcome to keep our average global temperatures from rising more than 2.0 C. Our grandkids depend upon our success.
Come learn about the exciting cost savings and tax credits in the IRA and review the reasons for (and status of) the global and national GHG emission goals.
Presenter: Wayne Olsen is a retired Navy Captain, with most of his 30 years as an operational meteorologist and oceanographer. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) and an M.S. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD). After Navy retirement, he taught these subjects, including climate change, for a number of years at Pierce College. He is an active volunteer with the Climate Reality Project Thurston Chapter, the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), and the Panorama Green Team, giving presentations on climate, carbon emissions, electric vehicles, and the environment.
Action: Join TCAT via Zoom, December 7, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Thurston Climate Action Team is Hiring for a Fundraising Plan
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT), a non-profit organization leading work in reducing climate disruption in Thurston County, is seeking contracted assistance to develop a fundraising plan. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2023. Here is a link to the Request for Proposal for this project.
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