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In this roundup, refugee services on inauguration day, Inslee’s budget proposal, a win (for now) against coal exporting and how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Washington.


January 18, 2017

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Arts and Culture

Seattle Artist Akio Takamori Has Died
The Japanese-born artist best known for his ceramic art died from cancer this past week. (Note that The Stranger may have language and ads that not all find appropriate. As always, click with care.)

Basic Needs

Old Fire Station and Former Homeless Camp to Become Preschool and Affordable Housing
The Low-Income Housing Institute was able to take over a former Nickelsville encampment to develop affordable housing.

Attorney General Cracks Down on Landlords Who Ban Felons, Citing Disproportionate Impact on Black Renters
“Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office has fined five property management companies for advertising apartments with ‘no felons allowed’ policies, arguing those policies disproportionately hurt African American renters”

Education

State lawmakers face tough fight over education funding as legislative session opens
If it makes it through, Inslee’s proposal to fully fund education and expand mental health services would be the fourth-highest budget increase by percentage since 1975

Environment

Fossil fuel exports in the NW: Down but not out
Outgoing Public Lands Commissioner decided against a new coal export facility, a victory of the “Thin Green Line” movement against fossil fuels in the state. However, Millennium Bulk continues to press on with the project and the new, pro-coal administration likely means that this is the beginning rather than the end of this battle.

Global

Gasolinazo protests: The symptom of a bigger crisis
Massive protests against 14 to 24-percent rise in prices speaks to larger social issues in Mexico, where 50% of the population are in poverty.

Health and Wellness

Inslee asks public to demand no Obamacare repeal without replacement in hand
Washington state Democrats put pressure on Republicans to come up with a replacement plan before repealing ACA. More than 750,000 residents of Washington would be affected by the repeal of the law.

Vibrant Communities

Seattle kicks off Trump era with legal help for immigrants
Seattle will kick off inauguration with an event to help immigrants access services. Seattle Foundation has committed funds to this initiative with the city.

Announcement: ICHS will honor Alan Sugiyama at Lunar New Year 5K on Feb 26
Community leader Al Sugiyama, who passed away from cancer earlier this month, will be honored this lunar new year. Sugiyama was the founder of the Center for Career Alternatives and the first Asian American to serve on the Seattle School Board.

5 things to watch in Olympia this year (besides education funding)
While McCleary education funding looms large, lawmakers are also focused on 1) taxes, 2) Real ID, or confirmation of legal residency before issuing ID, 3) Mental Health, 4) Deadly Force laws and 5) Trump, marijuana and Obamacare.

Philanthropy

Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice
7 questions to evaluate philanthropic giving, shifting from commendable charity to transformational justice.

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