Round 2

The gun lobby won this round.

The gun lobby killed a bill in the legislature ensuring that all gun sales go through the same criminal background check system — so we’re going to take this simple, commonsense reform that will save lives directly to the voters of Washington in November.

What the gun lobby did in the legislature is nothing compared to the millions of dollars they’re poised to spend to stop us at the ballot box in November. We’re going to need to really push hard to make sure that we organize a movement so large that it simply can’t be ignored — and we’re going to have to do it fast.

By the end of August, we’re going to organize 126,380 Washingtonians to pledge their votes to make Washington safer — that’s 10 percent of the votes we need to win — and I’d like you to be one of the first.

Thank you for your endorsement of 594 — click here to make it official, and pledge to vote to save lives in November!

Pledge Your Vote

The next round of this fight started today, at 11:00 a.m., when I stood alongside survivors of gun violence, prosecutors, moms, and clergy members — all of whom had one thing to say: 594 will save lives in Washington.

It won’t eliminate gun violence — but it’s a simple, effective step that we can take this year to make our communities safer.

I’m not kidding when I say it’s simple. You have to pass a similar background check when you apply to many jobs, volunteer at a school, or coach little league — yet anyone can buy a gun online or at a gun show without any checks whatsoever.

I’m ready to fight back against the gun lobby’s millions of dollars: Are you?

Pledge your vote to save lives in November!

The gun lobby may have stopped us from extending background checks to all firearm purchases in Olympia — but your emails, calls, and support made a huge difference. We succeeded in increasing protections for victims of domestic violence, and made history in the process.

Without your support, and the support of thousands of Washingtonians, that never would have happened.

We have a lot to be proud of — but a lot more work to do to organize 126,380 voters by the end of August.

Are you with me?

Pledge your vote to save lives in November!

Thanks for all of your support. With your help, we’re going to make history again.

Zach Silk Campaign Manager Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

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March 27 ~~ Minimum wage conference for Washington families

Please join Mayor Ed Murray and other local leaders for a one–day conference unveiling new research on how a $15 minimum wage would impact local workers and our economy. Registration is required. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.
Can you join us?

Sign Up!

Dear Friend,

Thousands of Washington families are working hard yet still living in poverty.

The growing gap between incomes for those at the top and people who are living in poverty while working full time has been a huge topic of discussion in our region lately with the $15 minimum wage debate. But the opposition has been arguing forcefully against raising wages for working moms and dads.

That’s why Seattle residents and local leaders are gathering on March 27 to dig deep into the facts and figures at the heart of the income inequality crisis. Led by Mayor Ed Murray, this gathering will uncover the real impacts of a $15 minimum wage on workers and our local economy here in Seattle. Join us at this free one–day conference hosted by the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee on Thursday, March 27.

No working mom or dad in Washington should have to choose between paying for food or rent. Yet at least 230,000 people in Washington still earn less than $10 per hour, and 85 percent of these workers are 20 years or older.1

Join Mayor Ed Murray and other local leaders for a one–day conference unveiling new research on how a $15 minimum wage would impact local workers and our economy. Registration is required. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. Lunch is also available for a $5 fee at registration.

Thanks for all that you do,

Erin and entire team at Fuse



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The Hobby Lobby Case Is Here

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a closely-watched lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. When it rules on these cases this summer, the Supreme Court will decide whether the religious beliefs of the owners of for-profit corporations can be used as a justification to deny the company’s employees the contraceptive health coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act. While these cases are specifically about the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit, the High Court could open the floodgates to discrimination in the name of religious belief.

Why Should You Care? Consider the potentially slippery slope of Hobby Lobby. A poorly decided Hobby Lobby decision has the potential to go beyond “corporations are people, my friend.” It has the ability to dramatically transform religious liberty from a fundamental value that protects religious beliefs into a loopholes that can be used to discrimination, dictate women’s health choices, evade federal protections, and promote unfair advantages in the corporate world. The following infographic details the potential consequences that a poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling could have on our nation.

Are You In D.C.? If so, join Generation Progress to rally at the Supreme Court in support of the birth control benefit provided by the ACA. RSVP here!


BOTTOM LINE: Religious liberty is a core American value and progressives believe in religious liberty for all, not just for some. Religious liberty means religious liberty for everyone. And that includes the freedom from having the theological doctrines of your boss or those of business owners in your community being forced upon you.

The upcoming Supreme Court cases are not really about religious liberty, they are about minority of individuals seeking a license to ignore laws and regulations they disagree with in order to discriminate against women, and others.