Chisme Politico

February 12, 2021

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) 👀

Hello friends of LCF and Progreso! (ICYMI: Here are the last few Chisme Politico newsletters if you need to catch up: https://progresowa2021.medium.com/)

Our Legislative Action Week has come to an end...but the advocacy keeps on going! LCF and Progreso will continue to share calls of action with you and brief you on all things Legislative Session as we finish up our own lobbying week. We are eternally grateful for our community partners from Seattle to Spokane, Pasco to Yakima, we enjoyed seeing folks participating in virtual lobbying and advocacy that is necessary for us to obtain fair representation.

Now...for some highlights of some of the calls we had with our state legislators this week:

Day 1

Raiz of Planned Parenthood fellows and Special Education advocates speak to Rep. McCaslin (4th LD) about the HEAL Act and individualized health plans for children with epileptic disorders. 

 

Day 2

Latinx organizers and local activists from the Tri-Cities area spoke to Rep. Rude (16th LD) about the challenges with accessibility many students face during the pandemic and times of crisis.

Day 3

Raiz of Planned Parenthood lead Latinx  organizer, Fernanda Mazcot, uplifts the stories of the youth she works with along with the importance of immigrant rights and prosperity as we move towards policy that works for all.

 👋🏼 Speaker Spotlight: Silvia Carias-Centeno

*insert Tanya’s speaker spotlight graphic here*

How did you come to this work?

Seeing the systemic inequalities all around me have built me up to this point. In school, being the one Latina student, it felt like my youth voice was ignored. People treat us as if we don’t understand the ideas that are going on here. All systemic and political issues inevitably impact our families and lives, and you see that no matter how old you are. Our youth voice is so important.

How do you stay involved and engaged in the political process, and how does your experience as a young Latina intersect with that?

Involvement comes with passion. Young people really should be involved with politics. I take notice of what policies are in place because it’s ultimately what can shape our lives and what’s prioritized. I know other communities experience similar experiences like we do. You get more and more exposure to new ideas.

My parents work a lot, there’s definitely  a language barrier and they work a lot, so sometimes they don’t know or understand what I’m up to. It seems like there’s this lack of value. It reinforces the idea that we should be at the table. 

How does the Alianza program reinforce your love for political engagement?

They teach us a lot about our community. With school, I always learn but I like to take initiative on what they don’t teach me. With Alianza, I realized how much the Latinx community needs more advocacy. In learning about the Chicano movement, I already knew a little bit about the internal conflicts but Alianza unveiled what we didn’t know. For example I never knew Cesar Chavez’ name before Alianza. It made me question why they never taught me that in school. Mexicans were being lynched. They had their land taken away. Learning about the countries being exploited came with a lot of anger and sadness. Alianza empowered my identity as a Latina. It was nice to be around other Latinos where we could talk and process these things.  Alianza really took off the blindfold.

Our Top Bills on our Radar 🔎and Actions For You To Take 💢

 

SB 5438 Unemployment Insurance for Immigrant Workers

Legislative Champions: Saldaña, Nobles, Cleveland, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Robinson, Stanford, Wellman, Wilson, C.

Recent Developments:. There will be a hearing on Monday, February 15 at 9:30 AM in the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee

What can you do: 

 

SB 5141 HEAL Act

Legislative Champions: Saldaña, Lovelett, Carlyle, Das, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Nobles, Pedersen, Rolfes, Stanford, Wilson, C.

Recent Developments: The HEAL Act has currently been passed out of the Environment, Energy, Technology committee this week and it will head to the Senate Ways and Means Committee next week. Feb 22nd will be the deadline to pass this bill out of the W&M committee.

What can you do: 

 

SB5226: End Debt-Based License Suspensions

Legislative Champions: Salomon, Saldaña, Das, Frockt, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Randall, Wilson, C.

Recent developments: The bill has been postponed for an executive session on Monday at 9:30am but we have high hopes that it'll pass from the committee.

What you can do: Sign onto this letter in support!

 

HB1297 Working Families Tax Credit (Companion Bill SB5387)

Legislative Champions: Thai, Stokesbary, Ramel, Ryu, Robertson, Leavitt, Bateman, Fitzgibbon, Shewmake, Chapman, Johnson, J., Senn, Frame, Riccelli, Chopp, Wylie, Wicks, Simmons, Boehnke, Berry, Davis, Tharinger, Walsh, Eslick, Goodman, Peterson, Santos, Valdez, Cody, Chambers, Kloba, Ramos, Kirby, Bronoske, Gregerson, Macri, Callan, Paul, Sells, Bergquist, Ormsby, Pollet, Slatter, Stonier, Taylor, Harris-Talley

Recent developments: Bill was referred to the Appropriations Committee

What you can do: Contact members of the committee to urge them to support a path to recovery for our working families!

 

Thanks for making it this far! We’ll see you next week.

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February 5, 2021

 

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) 👀

Hello friends of LCF and Progreso! ICYMI: Here are the last few Chisme Politico newsletters if you need to catch up: https://progresowa2021.medium.com/

If you’re new around here, Chisme Politico is our weekly newsletter that covers any 2021 Legislative Session key updates to keep you informed and in the loop without having to jump from the legislature website to Twitter or your Facebook page which just gets flooded with bad memes and dad jokes. Let’s breakdown what really is “Chisme Politico” with a quick etymology lesson:

*clears throat and puts on reading glasses*

“Chisme” - Believe it or not, it was very difficult to trace back in history where “chisme” originated! I guess it lives up to its name….it pretty much boils down to “gossip” or “rumors”. That’s not to say that what you’ll be reading in this newsletter is the version of Latinx fake news or fiction. Chisme is more affectionately a genre of storytelling that binds our communities together, especially with a comical twist. 

“Politico” - Even if you’re not a native Spanish speaker, you can probably tell from its word stem, that
Politico” is the adjective to describe anything political or relating to politics.

So there you have it! Our Chisme Politico newsletter will be your one-stop shop to tell you the latest news, or chisme, on all things political in Washington state. Keep reading to know more...

 

Our Top Bills on our Radar 🔎and Actions For You To Take 💢

 

SB 5266 End Debt-Based License Suspension

Legislative Champions: Salomon, Saldaña, Das, Frockt, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Randall, Wilson, C.

Recent developments: On February 4th, the bill was heard in a public hearing at the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee. The bill will be scheduled for executive session on February 11 in the same committee at 11:30. 

What you can do: Testify in pro!

 

 

HB1156 Local Options Bill

Legislative Champions: Harris-Talley, Gregerson, Shewmake, Ormsby, Chopp, Lekanoff, Davis, Frame, Macri, Duerr, Pollet, Goodman, Berg, Taylor, Walsh, Rule, Ortiz-Self, Berry, Peterson, Thai, Wicks, Bateman, Johnson, J., Simmons, Fitzgibbon, Ramel, Dolan

Recent Developments: This bill will be heard in the State Government and Tribal Relations committee this upcoming Monday, February 8th at 1:30PM. 

What can you do: Fill out this form to support and testify for HB 1156 (the Local Options Bill). Fill out this Local Options Bill Community Endorsement Form OR show up to our meeting with Rep. Javier Valdez (Tuesday at 3PM) and share with him your support for this bill, as he is weary of passing because of his concern for allowing localities to move their elections to even years (something proven to help voters of color in particular), 



HB 1168 Community Capacity for Wildfire Adaptation: WA Fire Adapted Community and Latino Community Wildfire Adaptation 

Legislative Champions: Springer, Kretz, Fitzgibbon, Griffey, Riccelli, Lekanoff, Ramos, Callan, Harris-Talley, Dent, Klicker

Recent Developments: Bill was referred to the Appropriations committee

What can you do: Comment on this bill

LAST CALL to Join Us at our Legislative Action Week 📢

Come one, come all!

 

Progreso’s policy team will host one last workshop TODAY in preparation for next week’s meetings with legislators.

What: A workshop detailing how to give compelling testimony, how to navigate the legislature website, and what’s on Progreso’s legislative agenda.

When: February 5, 2PM PST

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86580025112#

 

Meet with your district’s representative and give them your stance in opposition or support of an important bill! Check out what’s on the schedule next week and click on the Zoom link to join us!

Community Member Highlights 👋🏼

Shoutout to Latino Community Fund organizer Alexia Estrada and Alianza co-manager Tanya Medina holding it down for us in all the coalition and community building work! You are rockstars! 

Tanya Medina, LCF, is seen talking about the importance of parents engaging with their children for support in this week’s LEVinar with the League of Education Voters and guests. 

Alexia Estrada, LCF, (3rd box down in the first column) celebrates the hard work Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition has put forth for the Worker Immigrant Relief Fund.


Thanks for making it this far! We’ll see you next week.

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January 29, 2021

Insurrection, Impeachment, Inauguration, & Investments 🗳️

¡Hola Chisme Político friends! Phew...We’ve virtually wrapped up January 2021, and it feels as if each week it’s harder to catch up with both state/local and national news (Vikings storming the Capitol….Redditors taking hold of GameStop stock ….Yet another impeachment….the list goes on). In this week’s newsletter, we want to share vital information that breaks down the most important legislative process (how a bill becomes a law) and all the latest legislative session chisme.

Introducing 👋🏼: Community Member Highlight

Micaela Razo, Latino Community Fund’s Central WA Program Manager, testified in support of HB 1168 which concerns long-term forest health and the reduction of wildfire dangers. Micaela, along with several other nonprofits in the area have implemented a pilot project in vulnerable communities where they trained folks on wildfire adaptation practices: what to expect and how best to react.

Thankfully this is a bill both sides of the aisle can agree on. Forests burning and communities losing their homes is a fight that should have the full attention of lawmakers as we decide where funding is most needed. 

How a Bill Becomes a Law ⚖️

Maybe you spaced out during your classes in U.S. Government, or maybe they never taught you! But here’s a breakdown of how a bill becomes law in our state government. Share and distribute widely with people you know who could use a refresher!

Our Schedule for the Upcoming Legislative Action Week 📅

Make sure to register for our upcoming Legislative Action Week here.  We’ve already got your  legislators lined up for meetings! Check to see if yours is on the schedule below (schedule still in draft/ meetings to come):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tFth_1yuCfgD5Ch_NYdB4XezEQKZEBV3xFHCruJHbAg/edit?ts=600f5b04#gid=0

If you see your representative on this list, please join us in sharing your story about the bills or issues that are directly impacting members of your community. They may be sponsoring a bill you are strongly supporting or in opposition of! We plan to share our legislative agenda with them and share the stories of folks who are willing to speak up.

If you’ve got folks you know who feel like they need assistance in crafting testimony or ideas on what to actually talk to their legislators about - come to our workshops! Dates and times below:

 

February 3, 4-5PM

Zoom link

 

February 5, 2-3PM

Zoom link

Other Bills on our Radar 🔎

 

Bill: HB1203 Concerns community oversight boards 

What it is: This would mean that police departments would have community accountability via independent oversight boards for the first time.

Legislative Champions: Rep. Jesse Johnson

Recent developments: A hearing on this bill in the Public Safety Committee highlighted the need for this bill 3 days after the incident in Tacoma where a police officer attempted to drive over a crowd during a protest. King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay gave a meaningful testimony in response to Rep. Jenny Graham’s (R-6) blame on civilians. See the clip here.

What you can do: Sign on to this letter to endorse the bill



Bill: HB1368 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through state actions supported by federal funding.

What it is: This bill would appropriate $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal CARES Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance.  We are especially looking at the $65  additional million dollars that would be allocated to the WA Immigrant Relief Fund.

Legislative Champions: Rep Tim Ormsby, Rep Nicole Macri 

Recent developments: The bill had its hearing yesterday in the Appropriations committee and would come with an emergency clause to be enacted immediately. 

What you can do:  The WA Budget and Policy Center published a brief further highlighting the economic inequities our immigrants communities face - they estimate that immigrants are left out of $1 billion dollars in state and federal cash assistance (see graph below)

More Actions For You To Take 💢

Please sign in Pro (oral testimony) or submit written testimony to support SB 5226  to End Debt-based Driver License Suspension 

Committee: Law & Justice 

Date/Time: 2/4/2021 10:30 AM 

Sign-up link: https://app.leg.wa.gov/CSIRemote/Testimony/Form?chamber=Senate&meetingFamilyId=28451&agendaItemFamilyId=139197&remoteLocationId=50&testify=False 

Additionally:  Please fill the sign-on letter https://signon-acluofwashington.nationbuilder.com/licensesuspensions

 

Thanks for reading until the end, if you got here! We will see you next week. 

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January 22, 2021

A New Day 🌅

Saludos, amigos y camaradas de LCF y Progreso! Welcome back to the Chisme Politico newsletter, where LCF and Progreso breakdown local and state news for you, so it makes it easier for you to keep up with the news. Here’s the breakdown: Donald Trump is no longer in office, and Joe Biden has become our new President of the United States. Kamala Harris is our first Black, Indian, woman of color as Vice President. This is a time for our communities to take a collective sigh of relief and feel rejoice for this new day, but the fight continues. We want to take the time to thank all the organizers who have worked tirelessly to combat the systemic issues our communities face and keep the systems accountable to change. We encourage you to thank an organizer today.

Introducing 👋🏼: Community Member Highlights

On Thursday, January 21, Yakima PRIDE President and community member Cristina Ortega gave testimony in favor of HB Bill 1152 — a bill that supports measures to create comprehensive public health districts. She brought along Esther Moses Hypieer, a Native woman who recently lost her son and stated:

We need knowledgeable health care officials making decisions on how and when to open and not politicians or city officials who only care about loss of profit. This bill is important in efforts to avoid more unnecessary deaths .”

On Tuesday, January 19, Giovanni Severino, our lead policy organizer for Progreso testified in opposition to SB 5126 Climate Commitment Act, which is related to limiting greenhouse gas emissions and how communities of color are impacted by climate change.

“While this bill makes a concerted effort at making caps, big businesses are still able to pollute and in turn  don't protect vulnerable communities that get hit the hardest by these emissions. We also hope that there is a continuous effort to include all communities, especially communities of color,  to participate in these conversations when addressing climate challenges since we're also important stakeholders.”

Other Bills on our Radar 🔎

 

Unemployment Insurance for Undocumented Workers

What it is: Undocumented immigrants pay into the state’s unemployment insurance program, but are currently unable to access it. This would include a flat rate benefit for everyone, be similar to the PUA program, and avoid public charge issues. Check out WAISN’s Policy Platform to learn more about the potential bill and more information about health care access for undocumented immigrants and closing the Northwest Detention Center.

Legislative Champions: Saldaña, Gregerson

Recent developments: This bill is currently still in draft but will be submitted by February 11th.

What you can do: Sign onto this letter to tell your representatives

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/unemployment-benefits-for-all-workers?link_id=3&can_id=d9081fd9f258a59ad39ade3702e602bf&source=email-action-alert-unemployment-benefits-for-all-workers&email_referrer=email_1038485&email_subject=action-alert-unemployment-benefits-for-all-workers&fbclid=IwAR0msyoYiLspyZIsM-nS-b3T6ceeiswIAYZheajjGcmui3uc84eCvri9MIc 

 

End Debt Based License Suspension Bill (SB 5226)

What it is: Stops the suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid fines and fees for civil moving violations. This impacts communities of color most of all. It also ensures that drivers keep their insurance, can get to work, and provide transportation for their families.

Legislative Champions: Salomon, Saldaña, Das, Frockt, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Randall, Wilson, C.

Recent developments: Couple of road blockers — judges are concerned about the lack of revenue. Police and public safety officials believe it will encourage people to not apply for a license. Local governments are concerned since they don’t get funded. Coalitions behind this work (ACLU) are pressuring legislators to get a hearing by next week. 

What you can do: Sign and endorse this letter! https://signon-acluofwashington.nationbuilder.com/licensesuspensions

More Actions You Can Take Right Now ✍🏽

The Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act (SB 5141) received its first legislative hearing on January 20 in the Senate Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee. Now we need you to take action to ensure this bill passed out of committee. Please take some time to endorse the letter below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkSyg-KxGVXIaZLoD9QOYeYTcfTnCLNPV17n1mvzQq2WN1wA/viewform?usp=sf_link

🚨Reminder — Legislative Action Week (February 9-11) 📝

If reading this newsletter and all the latest WA electoral news has got you fired up and you want to get involved, please join us (and your representative!) at our Legislative Action Week this February 9 — 11th (times TBD). We’ve secured the following state legislators at this event:

  • Rep. Javier Valdez (LD 46) who represents parts of Seattle, Northgate, and Bothell
  • Rep. Skyler Rude (16th LD) who represents parts of Pasco, Benton City, Prosser, and Walla Walla
  • Rep. Chris Corry (14th LD) who represents Yakima County, all of Klickitat and Skamania counties and a small portion of Eastern Clark County.
  • Rep. Tom Dent (13th LD) who represents Lincoln and Kittitas counties, as well as parts of Grant and Yakima counties.

If you see your representative on this list, please join us in sharing your story about the bills or issues that are directly impacting members of your community. They may be sponsoring a bill you are strongly supporting or in opposition of! We plan to share our legislative agenda with them and share the stories of folks who are willing to share.

Need help crafting your own testimony? Come to our workshops on January 25 and January 29 and we can walk you through it.

If you have interest in knowing more please, contact [email protected].

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January 15, 2021

Introducing Chisme Politico

Hello, friends of LCF and Progreso! We are kicking off this year’s newsletter with weekly updates on what’s happening inside the virtual halls of the Capitol and the 2021 Legislative Session. With partners across the state, we want to make sure you are plugged in and have opportunities to engage with the policies that affect your communities, and the legislators that vowed to represent them. There will be different ways to get involved with us through the bills Progreso will be advocating for, so keep reading if you are ready to join us!

Week One of Legislative Session has Concluded

Monday, January 11th, was the first day of the 2021 Legislative Session, which means both newly sworn-in and incumbent legislators have convened virtually to begin a 105-day full session. Because of the pandemic and the nature of this session, this means the legislature has a reduced capacity to pass bills. This might mean it makes it more difficult for bills to make it to the floor. Despite the technical difficulties and the “new normal”, we hope the process remains smooth. You can check the schedule for Senate and House  committee meetings and further news at https://www.tvw.org/schedule-main/

Bill Spotlight: The HEAL Act

The HEAL Act was introduced in the state Senate  yesterday, January 13th, and it’s one of our top priorities with our Front and Center partners  in our Legislative Agenda. For context, the HEAL Act aims to center those most affected by pollution as Washington transitions to a greener and fairer economy. The HEAL Act does this by defining ‘environmental justice’ in state law, outlining how agencies should consider community needs and environmental justice in their work, establishing a permanent Environmental Justice Council to work with these agencies and help create environmental justice legislation, and expanding equitable community engagement and investment. 

“Everyone deserves to live, work, and play in a safe and healthy environment,” said Sameer Ranade, Civic Engagement and Policy Manager with Front & Centered (F&C). “Input from those on the frontlines who are most impacted by climate change will help us create the most effective policy solutions and a path toward a Just Transition.” 

A hearing on the HEAL Act is tentatively scheduled for January 20 at 8:00am in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. (Taken from Front and Centered media release).

If you have interest in knowing more or would like to support the HEAL Act with your testimony please, contact [email protected].

 

LCF and Progreso’s Legislative Action Week (February 9th-11th)

Finally, I hope you can join us over Zoom at our Legislative Action Week this February 9th through the 11th. Our policy team will be hosting legislators of your districts on three separate days so that you can give your testimony, tell your story, and get to know your legislators. If you are interested in collaborating on testimony or need help crafting yours, come to our workshops on January 25th and January 29th and we can walk you through the different ways of getting involved in the session, writing a compelling testimony, and more detailed analysis into our legislative agenda.

Whether it’s through writing testimony, making phone calls, or simply staying in the loop via email. Take some time to look over our legislative agenda items for 2021 and please fill out this form to tell us your commitment to this year’s legislative session.

Last but not least!

We want to hear from you - if you or a community member has engaged in the session through testimony and wants to tell their story and experience, please email us at [email protected] and we’d love to share in our newsletter. 


January 15, 2021

Chisme Politico: 

Introducing Chisme Politico

Hello, friends of LCF and Progreso! We are kicking off this year’s newsletter with weekly updates on what’s happening inside the virtual halls of the Capitol and the 2021 Legislative Session. With partners across the state, we want to make sure you are plugged in and have opportunities to engage with the policies that affect your communities, and the legislators that vowed to represent them. There will be different ways to get involved with us through the bills Progreso will be advocating for, so keep reading if you are ready to join us!

Week One of Legislative Session has Concluded

Monday, January 11th, was the first day of the 2021 Legislative Session, which means both newly sworn-in and incumbent legislators have convened virtually to begin a 105-day full session. Because of the pandemic and the nature of this session, this means the legislature has a reduced capacity to pass bills. This might mean it makes it more difficult for bills to make it to the floor. Despite the technical difficulties and the “new normal”, we hope the process remains smooth. You can check the schedule for Senate and House  committee meetings and further news at https://www.tvw.org/schedule-main/

Bill Spotlight: The HEAL Act

The HEAL Act was introduced in the state Senate  yesterday, January 13th, and it’s one of our top priorities in our Legislative Agenda. For context, the HEAL Act aims to center those most affected by pollution as Washington transitions to a greener and fairer economy. The HEAL Act does this by defining ‘environmental justice’ in state law, outlining how agencies should consider community needs and environmental justice in their work, establishing a permanent Environmental Justice Council to work with these agencies and help create environmental justice legislation, and expanding equitable community engagement and investment. 

“Everyone deserves to live, work, and play in a safe and healthy environment,” said Sameer Ranade, Civic Engagement and Policy Manager with Front & Centered (F&C). “Input from those on the frontlines who are most impacted by climate change will help us create the most effective policy solutions and a path toward a Just Transition.” 

A hearing on the HEAL Act is tentatively scheduled for January 20 at 8:00am in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. (Taken from Front and Centered media release).

If you have interest in knowing more about the HEAL Act, contact [email protected]

 

LCF and Progreso’s Legislative Action Week (February 9th-11th)

Finally, I hope you can join us over Zoom at our Legislative Action Week this February 9th through the 11th. Our policy team will be hosting legislators of your districts on three separate days so that you can give your testimony, tell your story, and get to know your legislators. If you are interested in collaborating on testimony or need help crafting yours, come to our workshops on January 25th and January 29th and we can walk you through the different ways of getting involved in the session, writing a compelling testimony, and more detailed analysis into our legislative agenda.

Whether it’s through writing testimony, making phone calls, or simply staying in the loop via email. Take some time to look over our legislative agenda items for 2021 and please fill out this form to tell us your commitment to this year’s legislative session.

Last but not least!

We want to hear from you - if you or a community member has engaged in the session through testimony and wants to tell their story and experience, please email us at [email protected] and we’d love to share in our newsletter.