School Scott Pruitt – Dalia Hashad – Avaaz


The head of the EPA just said that carbon dioxide does not cause climate change!

This is the first step towards killing federal action to stop the climate crisis. Let’s show him he is totally discredited, and make a media storm of his fossil fuel puppeting.

Join now — for every 1,000 that sign we’ll send Pruitt a copy of “Global Warming For Dummies”, until his office is flooded!

Dear Friends


The head of the EPA went on national TV and said carbon dioxide doesn’t drive climate change!

This is a complete reversal of official EPA policy and a total rejection of all credible science and facts. This isn’t a joke — It’s the first step to killing all programs to combat climate change.

If we do nothing, this could condemn us and our warming planet to a suicide of inaction. Let’s build a massive petition demanding Pruitt listen to the science, then literally flood him with facts. Join now — for every 1000 who sign, we’ll send Pruitt a copy of “Global Warming For Dummies”, the latest climate science, and make a media storm of this fossil fuel lackey!

Tell the EPA Chief the science is settled

The direct and dangerous link between carbon emissions and science is long settled. Almost every scientist in the world and the vast majority of Americans agree that this is what causes climate change. There is no longer any debate.

But Trump and his officials either are deeply invested in dirty energy or are kooky climate denying ideologues. They want to kill climate programs and cut agency funding by 25%.

Pruitt’s statement could be one of the most dangerous developments yet. EPA science has been settled for years, and US policy is based on reducing CO2 emissions and advancing climate science. Now, because he can’t change science, Scott Pruitt is trying to change EPA policy through the backdoor.

We cannot afford to let him.

Tell the EPA Chief the science is settled

Scott Pruitt has long been an opponent of the environment. As attorney general of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA 13 different times. Now, he doesn’t need to go to a court to get permission. He’s the head. But there are two things that stands in his way. The science and us.

With defiance and determination,

Dalia, Joseph, Andrew, Nick, Julie, Alice, Iain and the rest of the Avaaz team


EPA chief Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming (CNBC)

E.P.A. Chief Doubts Consensus View of Climate Change (New York Times)

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

Global Warming for Dummies Cheat Sheet

Ever work at Starbucks? Ever buy coffee there?

We are Working Washington


There’s a reason the new parental leave policy from Starbucks is so controversial: it would provide different amounts of leave to different types of parents.

Under the Starbucks policy, a new parent who works in a store would get far less paid leave than a new parent who works in corporate. In fact, a new parent who works in a store wouldn’t get any paid parental leave at all, unless they’re the birth mother.

Find out more and let us know what you think about this controversial policy that treats different types of parents so differently. 

Whether you work in a store or work in an office, everyone needs time to care for their families. That’s why more & more companies are providing paid family leave. That’s why we’re seeing real momentum behind the issue in the State Legislature.

And that’s why we need companies like Starbucks to lead the way and offer policies which recognize that all of us need time to care.

Take a look at the Starbucks policy and let us know what you think.


Thanks for everything you do,

all of us at Working Washington

the trump ban – the facts …

Washington State Democrats

Earlier this week, Donald Trump signed another Muslim travel ban, after his first one was stayed by the courts.

We fought that first ban, and we’re going to fight this one, too.

Add your name if you stand with Washington Democrats against the Trump Muslim travel ban.

The Trump administration purposely wrote this new ban to make it harder to challenge in court. But slapping a new coat of paint on a hate-filled proposal doesn’t make it better. It’s still the same xenophobic rhetoric we saw before:

  • It prohibits travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. — even though a Department of Homeland Security report shows a travel ban is useless for preventing terrorism
  • It denies refugees (who have already been thoroughly vetted) entry for 120 days — putting tens of thousands, including children, in danger

This ban hurts immigrants, DREAMers, and innocent Muslims who are trying to enter this country to better their lives — for no other reason than Donald Trump’s xenophobia.

I’m so proud of Washington Democrats like Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who have stood up to Trump’s bans. And I’m disgusted by Republicans who are putting partisanship ahead of human rights by supporting the ban or staying silent.

Stand with Washington Democrats: Add your name to show you’re against the Trump Muslim travel ban!

Thank you,

Karen Deal
Executive Director

ding dong the bills are dead – Working Washington …state

Well here’s some good news : our minimum wage is safe! 

On 3/8/2017 at 5:00pm , three bills that would have rolled back our state minimum wage officially “died” in the State Legislature.  

Click here to add your voice and help us celebrate this big win for workers!

  • SB 5530, which would have reduced the minimum wage to $9.53/hour for everyone who happened to work outside of King County is dead.
  • SB 5532, which would have reduced the minimum wage to $9.53/hour for everyone whose employer happens to be classified as a nonprofit is dead.
  • And SB 5541, which would have created a special sub-minimum wage for younger workers is dead too.

In other words: we did it! 🙂

Click here to add your voice and help us celebrate this big win for workers!


on this day … 3/11 Former U.S. President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia

537 – The Goths began their siege on Rome.

1302 – The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare.

1649 – The peace of Rueil was signed between the Frondeurs (rebels) and the French government.

1665 – A new legal code was approved for the Dutch and English towns, guaranteeing religious observances unhindered.

1702 – The Daily Courant, the first regular English newspaper was published.

1791 – Samuel Mulliken became the first person to receive more than one patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

1810 – The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.

1824 – The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead the Bureau.

1845 – Seven hundred Maoris led by their chief, Hone-Heke, burned the small town of Kororareka. The act was in protest to the settlement of Maoriland by Europeans, which was a breach of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

1861 – A Confederate Convention was held in Montgomery, Alabama, where a new constitution was adopted.

1865 – Union General William Sherman and his forces occupied Fayetteville, NC.

1867 – In Hawaii, the volcano Great Mauna Loa erupted.

1882 – The Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association was formed in Princeton, NJ.

1888 – The “Blizzard of ’88” began along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard shutting down communication and transportation lines. More than 400 people died.(March 11-14)

1900 – British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejected the peace overtures offered from the Boer leader Paul Kruger.

1901 – Britain rejected an amended treaty to the canal agreement with Nicaragua.

1901 – U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steep Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world’s richest man.

1904 – After 30 years of drilling, the north tunnel under the Hudson River was holed through. The link was between Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY.

1905 – The Parisian subway was officially inaugurated.

1907 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt induced California to revoke its anti-Japanese legislation.

1907 – In Bulgaria, Premier Nicolas Petkov was killed by an anarchist.

1909 – The first gold medal to a perfect-score bowler was awarded to A.C. Jellison by the American Bowling Congress.

1927 – Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the famous Roxy Theatre in New York City.

1930 – Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.

1930 – U.S. President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

1935 – The German Air Force became an official department of the Reich.

1941 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which authorized the act of providing war supplies to the Allies.

1946 – Communists and Nationalists began fighting as the Soviets pulled out of Mukden, Manchuria.

1946 – Pravda denounced Winston Churchill as anti-Soviet and a warmonger.

1947 – The DuMont network aired “Movies For Small Fry.” It was network television’s first successful children’s program.

1948 – Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament.

1959 – The Lorraine Hansberry drama A Raisin in the Sun opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.

1964 – U.S. Senator Carl Hayden broke the record for continuous service in the U.S. Senate. He had worked 37 years and seven days.

1965 – The American navy began inspecting Vietnamese junks in an effort to end arms smuggling to the South.

1969 – Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans.

1978 – Bobby Hull (Winnipeg Jets) joined Gordie Howe by getting his 1,000th career goal.

1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party.

1986 – Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.

1988 – A cease-fire was declared in the war between Iran and Iraq.

1990 – Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet republic to break away from Communist control.

1990 – In Chile, Patricio Aylwin was sworn in as the first democratically elected president since 1973.

1992 – Former U.S. President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia.

1993 – Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general.

1993 – North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty refusing to open sites for inspection.

1994 – In Chile, Eduardo Frei was sworn in as President. It was the first peaceful transfer of power in Chile since 1970.

1997 – An explosion at a nuclear waste reprocessing plant caused 35 workers to be exposed to low levels of radioactivity. The incident was the worst in Japan’s history.

1998 – The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth.

2002 – Two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.