Proposed LD Actions and Approvals
Hundreds of people in Washington prisons are being held in solitary confinement, and a disproportionate number of those individuals are people of color. Although the United Nations recognizes that solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days constitutes torture, people in Washington prisons can be held for 30 days or even longer. SB 5413 acknowledges the severe negative psychological impacts of solitary confinement and mandates that it should only be used in emergency circumstances for short periods of time.
Support the Healthy Environment For All (HEAL) Act
The HEAL Act (SB 5141) will define ‘environmental justice’ in state law, outline how agencies should consider community needs and environmental justice (EJ) in their work, establish a permanent EJ Council to work with these agencies, and help create EJ legislation and expand equitable community participation. Passing the Heal Act is a critical first step in ensuring a healthy environment for all.
Ways to Support:
I'm writing to ask if your LD Democrats organization would be interested in signing on to the WA Recovery Agenda. A number of progressive organizations, labor unions, and elected officials have signed on, and a full list of supporters will be launched soon.
The Washington Recovery Agenda (attached) calls on legislative and state leaders to generate at least $2.5 billion in new progressive revenue this biennium to help weather the economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis and ensure we recover faster and stronger than we did from the last economic crisis. We do not believe federal aid will be sufficient.
The Washington Recovery Agenda does not define specific revenue sources to be enacted, nor does it dictate exact spending or investments. Rather, the Agenda is about setting the terms of the debate by identifying the scale and types of investments that must be made for Washington to recover well and quickly. We know from past experience that a strong economic recovery depends upon stimulus, and that austerity prolongs the pain. The Washington Recovery Agenda offers a smarter approach, one that will ensure that as we recover, we do so in a way that builds a more inclusive economy and addresses Washington’s upside-down tax code.
Here is the link for signing on: https://www.cognitoforms.com/WashingtonRecoveryAgenda/OrganizationalSignOnForm