ON STAGE: "It's Good To Be Home"

Date: Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: BAAY Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (1059 N State St, Bellingham)
Host: Children of the Setting Sun Productions

From the producers of "What About Those Promises?" comes the story of Luke, a native youth, struggling to find his way home after years in the foster care system. Because he was separated from family and community, Luke is looking for a happy ending to the idea of home. His friends help him with ideas about determination and forgiveness. And then there’s the healing spirit of the old people. Purchase tickets here.

FILM: "Every Row A Path"

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Location: PIckford Film Center (1318 Bay Street, Bellingham)
Sponsors: Pickford Film Center & Whatcom Democratic Women's Club
Cost: Free/Donations Welcome

For migrant families in rural America, survival isn’t easy. For five young women in Washington's Skagit Valley, survival isn’t enough. In the berry fields of Washington State’s Skagit Valley, migrant teenage girls struggle to balance family and school with back-breaking agricultural work. Statistically, they are destined to fail, but five young women are determined to beat those odds.

Produced by the DreamFields Project, in partnership with Reel Grrls, Every Row A Path is a collaboration between filmmaker Jill Freidberg and the youth who appear in the film, providing an intimate look into the daily struggles and rewards of being young, migrant, and female in rural America.

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Fidalgo Democrats Meeting Tuesday, October 11

The Fidalgo Democrats will host a series of speakers to review state initiatives on the general ballot at their next meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 at the Anacortes Public Library at 1220 10th Street. Guests are invited to bring friends, colleagues, and family as well as a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information contact Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.


ON STAGE: "What About Those Promises"

Date: October 14-15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Whatcom Community College Syre Student Center (237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham)
Host: Children of the Setting Sun Productions

This historical stage-play takes you back to the time of the signing of the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855, where members of the Lummi Nation Indian Tribe travaled (by canoe) to Mukilteo to meet with Washington Territory Governor, Isaac Stevens. "What About Those Promises?" recognizes tribal efforts to continue a relationship with the United States government from Treaty signing to present day. However, issues of sovereignty, jurisdiction and land claims have been overlooked for generations.This story has been passed down from our Elders so that we may never forget the broken promises... Purchase tickets here.



SOS: Kim Wyman.

SOS: Kim Wyman.

Secretary of State proposes citizenship checks, automatic voter registration

(KING5 NEWS) Secretary of State Kim Wyman and county election officials are calling for citizenship checks and automatic voter registration in light of questions raised earlier this week about the citizenship and voting record of Cascade Mall shooting suspect Arcan Cetin. The Secretary of State's Office also told KING 5 this week that they are not aware of any cases of voting fraud as a result of citizenship. See full story here.

NICK HANAUER, Seattle venture capitalist.

NICK HANAUER, Seattle venture capitalist.



What does it mean to declare #blacklivesmatter in education?

(NPR.ORG) Last month the Movement for Black Lives, representing elements of the Black Lives Matter movement and related groups, issued a detailed policy platform denouncing what it called "corporate-backed," "market driven" "privatization" in school reform, and helped set off a furor over this question. See full story here. 



The decline of the middle class is causing even more economic damage than we realized

(WASHINGTON POST) Income polarization in the United States has reduced consumer spending by more than 3 percent or about $400 billion annually. If these findings stand up to scrutiny, they deserve to have a policy impact. See full story here.



Oldest U.S. flour company is opening a Baking School at WSU

(SEATTLE REFINED) King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company, is making the trek from New England to the Pacific Northwest! The OG flour company is opening a Baking School at Washington State University’s Bread Lab in Skagit ValleySee full story here.


I-732: Weighing Carbon WA's Tax Swap Initiative 

(SIGHTLINE INSTITUTE) Sightline Institute took a long, hard look at I-732, the WA carbon tax initiative, this summer and came out in support of it in a three-part series of articles. Read full story here.

Column: Why raising the minimum wage is good economics

(PBS NEWSHOUR) Myths dye hard. But the matter of fact is that there is no evidence to back that increasing the minimum wage hurts the number of jobs, as Alan Krueger of Princeton University told PBS Newshour. Read full story here.

FILM: Swinging With No Hands

(JIMMIE LEWIS PRODUCTIONS) A group of ex-gang members serving life create prison education programs in Washington State, hoping to get out and save the youth in their neighborhood from finding themselves prison-bound. Watch trailer here.

PODCAST: The Problem We All Have

(THIS AMERICAN LIFE) Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. Listen to podcast here.


Angelica Guillen

Angelica Guillen

PODCAST: We Do The Work

Remembering Angelica Guillen

KSVR FM's weekly labor program We Do The Work recently featured a re-broadcast of two-part series of interviews with farmworker, educator, activist and poet Angelica Guillen. In it Guillen details her life growing up in a migrant camp as well as reading some of her poetry. Guillen passed away earlier this year and was a long time activist and supporter of farmworker rights and progressive causes. Listen here:

Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton
Episode 20: Hillary Clinton sits down with Zach Galifianakis for her most memorable interview yet. Watch episode here.

PODCAST: The Other Washington

Everything You Know About Economics Is Wrong

What if everything you knew about Econ 101 was a bunch of BS? What if economics doesn’t reflect the complex reality of human behavior? Could it be that economics isn’t a science at all?  In this new episode, the team at The Other Washington investigates these questions with economic thinkers Nick Hanauer, Eric Beinhocker of Institute for New Economic Thinking, Heather Boushey of Washington Center for Equitable Growth, former Reagan economic advisor Bruce Bartlett, and the team at Civic Skunk Works. Listen here.

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