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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Oct 04, 2013 04:30 PM |

Kelley Weigel attended her first labor convention and was surprised by the themes of respect, inclusion and love. These values are far stronger than an agenda of fear and isolation.

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Oregon's Tribal Equity Work Captured White House's Attention

Oregon's Tribal Equity Work Captured White House's Attention

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 27, 2013 03:25 PM |

Se-ah-dom Edmo never imagined she would be meeting with President Obama's Senior Administrator Valerie Jarrett to discuss LGBTQ rights in Native American tribal law. On Sept 4th that's exactly what she did along with nearly 20 other representatives from N.W. Native organizations and Tribes.

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How my love for my niece led me to organize for marriage equality

How my love for my niece led me to organize for marriage equality

Posted by rosa at Jul 22, 2013 03:05 PM |

Rosa talks about the lessons learned from organizing for marriage equality in Illinois and Washington.

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Our immigration Stories: This political moment

Our immigration Stories: This political moment

Posted by cynthia at Jul 19, 2013 01:35 PM |

This blog post is part of a series on immigration and our work at the Western States Center. In Part I, a few of the Western States Center staff share how their families’ migration stories connect with their organizing work. In Part II, I talk with additional staff and reflect on this political moment and our programs.

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Who is an American?

Who is an American?

Posted by Kelley Weigel at Jun 19, 2013 05:05 PM |

Kelley weighs in on the impact the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act could have on who is deemed an American.

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Our Immigration Stories: Why We Do This Work

Our Immigration Stories: Why We Do This Work

Posted by Cynthia at Jun 18, 2013 10:10 AM |

The Western States Center staff tells our immigration stories and why this immigration justice is personal work.

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VOTE: Shifting Internal Culture

VOTE: Shifting Internal Culture

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

CAUSA and BRO have been among the VOTE cohort organizations working with Western States Center’s Uniting Communities program to shift their internal organizational culture – which is strengthening their external work.

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VOTE: Delivering the Numbers

VOTE: Delivering the Numbers

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

Montana Women Vote and Statewide Poverty Action Network in Washington both exemplify the importance of systematically building a volunteer base that can reach thousands of voters.

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VOTE: Engaging Unlikely Voters

VOTE: Engaging Unlikely Voters

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

Statewide Poverty Action Network in Washington and Idaho Community Action Network are challenge that conventional practice to get out the vote.

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VOTE: Policy Change Beyond the Ballot Box

VOTE: Policy Change Beyond the Ballot Box

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

Partnership for Safety and Justice, Montana Human Rights Network, and Progressive Leadership Alliance of Montana won significant policy changes beyond the ballot box. Each success was driven by the leadership of those most affected by the issue.

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VOTE: Rural Organizing- Defending Basic Values

VOTE: Rural Organizing- Defending Basic Values

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

“Social values voters” – it’s a term usually associated with right-wing policies. Not so for rural organizers with Equality State Policy Center (ESPC) and Rural Organizing Project who engage their communities to advance and defend basic democratic values.

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VOTE: Changing The Rules

VOTE: Changing The Rules

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

The Win/Win Network's Central Washington Progress (CWP) and Equality State Policy Center (ESPC) help reshape the political landscape to be more inclusive.

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VOTE: Starting Them Young

VOTE: Starting Them Young

Posted by nolanp at Jun 01, 2013 10:00 AM |

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and Oregon Student Association (OSA) engages young voters.

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Webinar that simplifies Hi-tech Communication & Fundraising

Webinar that simplifies Hi-tech Communication & Fundraising

Posted by Yee Won at May 13, 2013 10:55 AM |

Interested in learning more about technology to expand your development and communication plans? Learn more about your tech options and get a discount on this webinar led by Yee Won.

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Learning the Meaning of Unconditional Love by Cristina Castro

Learning the Meaning of Unconditional Love by Cristina Castro

Posted by rosa at May 07, 2013 05:40 PM |

Coming out can be equally hard for a child as it is for their parent. Cristina reflects on how her son's coming out taught her what unconditional love truly meant.

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A Mother’s Work by Elvira Diaz

A Mother’s Work by Elvira Diaz

Posted by rosa at May 03, 2013 03:20 PM |

"What I knew was that I had a beautiful little daughter who now insisted that she was a boy – a wonderful, loving child who wanted me to pray with her at night that God would give her male organs."

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Courage of Many Kinds: The March for ONE Oregon

Courage of Many Kinds: The March for ONE Oregon

Posted by rosa at Apr 26, 2013 11:35 AM |

In March, Rural Organizing Project, Causa Oregon, PCUN and the United Farmworkers Union led the March for ONE Oregon Bus Tour to advocate for immigration reform. Learn more about the individual stories of the people who participated in the tour and the courage that guided their actions.

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Beyond the Gender Binary: Tips and Tools You Can Use

Beyond the Gender Binary: Tips and Tools You Can Use

Posted by Yeewon at Apr 26, 2013 10:40 AM |

Yee Won Chong presented at TEDx Rainier last year on how we can be better allies to Trans people. And we share a concrete tool on gender-neutral bathrooms.

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Giving Two Spirit and LGBTQ Justice a Voice in Indian Country

Giving Two Spirit and LGBTQ Justice a Voice in Indian Country

Posted by rosa at Mar 19, 2013 03:00 PM |

In this blog, we feature Se-ah-dom Edmo, from Indigenous Ways of Knowing, and learn more about the groundbreaking Tribal Equity Toolkit that IWOK and NAPAL release.

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From Missoula to Phnom Penh: An Exchange that Inspires

From Missoula to Phnom Penh: An Exchange that Inspires

Posted by rosa at Mar 14, 2013 01:30 PM |

The Center interviews Olivia Riutta of Montana Women Vote about her time in Cambodia last fall and her experience hosting an organizer from Cambodia in Montana.

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