Conservatives hold majorities in the U.S. Congress and in the WA State Senate, yet there has never been a better time for progressives to make our voices heard. The slide into economic and political oligarchy provides no benefits to working people, and when they look for alternatives, we must seize the opportunity to show them how a progressive economic agenda will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment and provide health care for all. Candidates who support such an agenda will earn support and votes from a populace disillusioned by income inequality and tired of playing a game that is rigged by powerful interests against the rest of us. We hope you find this website informative and that you will consider joining the Washington State Progressive Caucus.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama doubled down on the failed trade polices of the past, asking Congress for fast-track authority to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a secret trade deal that has been negotiated by some of the world's richest corporations, behind closed doors. The first step to stop the TPP is to kill the Fast Track bill that would speed up the process and limit the public even further from having a say in whether or not the U.S. enters into this bad, pro-corporate trade agreement.
The Washington State Progressive Caucus has created a petition to our Democratic Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, who have yet to take a position opposing fast track or secretive trade negotiations.
Remember: the actions we take individually add up to a powerful movement when we all act together.
UPDATE April 26, 2015: Below is a link to a letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown in response to President Barack Obama's statements to the national press regarding calls for transparency in negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and any future trade deals.
At our April 18, 2015 meeting in Pasco, WA, the Washington State Progressive Caucus voted to support the signature gathering efforts for Initiative 735, "The Government of, by, and for the People Act."
WAmend has been working since last July to revamp their campaign and initiative that garnered 175,000 signatures in five months with volunteer signature gatherers in 2014. I-735 is similar to I-1329 except it is an initiative to the legislature and has until December to gather the required number of signatures. Given the current political situation in Olympia, it appears unlikely the initiative will be passed by the legislature. It would then be sent to the voters in November of 2016.
The initiative calls on Congress to amend the US Constitution to propose a federal constitutional amendment clarifying that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money. You can read the full text by clicking here.
If passed, Washington will be the 17th state to call for an amendment to address corporate personhood and money as speech. Though initiatives like this have won by a wide margin around the country, we need your help to get it on the November 2016 ballot. People are organizing on both sides of the Cascades to get everyone they know to sign, and then get their friends to sign this petition. Since the campaign is not backed by wealthy special interests -- and therefore won't have paid signature gatherers -- this will truly be a People's Initiative to reclaim our democracy.