“One of the very first laws ever passed in Seattle in 1865 was a municipal ordinance that criminalized the presence of the Duwamish,” Angélica Cházaro, a member of Decriminalize Seattle, said at the presentation. She reminded us how the criminalization of houseless community members is steeped in the racist colonial legacy of the City. “The Duwamish were the first people to be homeless on these lands.”
“We lawyers, we don’t have a lock on the story anymore,” said Mary Fan, a professor of law at the University of Washington and a former prosecutor. “It doesn’t matter how dramatically I do my openings or closing or how my witnesses tell their accounts, because the jury is going to look at the visual evidence and my words are just going to be words. I can never match the drama of a video.”
But groups like Decriminalize Seattle praised the budget reduction, saying its time to invest in communities. Angélica Cházaro from Decriminalize Seattle said: “I want to live in a city equipped to address the current and coming crises without resorting to armed cops to protect the rich at the expense of the poor. This is why we demanded a Solidarity Budget, and why we celebrate every penny that leaves harmful policing practices and goes towards building a Seattle where we can all survive and thrive. We now urge Mayor Durkan to sign this budget into law. Our cross-movement coalition helped us secure a defund of SPD two-years in a row, and we’ll be back for more.”
Angélica Cházaro from Decriminalize Seattle said: “I want to live in a city equipped to address the current and coming crises without resorting to armed cops to protect the rich at the expense of the poor.”
In this episode, we dig into participatory budgeting with Shari Davis, Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project to better understand how an expansion of the democratic process can benefit communities. We also speak with Angelica Chazaro, an organizer with Decriminalize Seattle to discuss Seattle's movement to defund police, as well as PG Watkins, Director of Detroit's Black Bottom Archives, and community organizer about the durational fight for a people's budget in Detroit.
“If we can put this in a very honest way, Hong Kong is becoming just another city in China,” said Dongsheng Zang, an expert in Chinese law and a professor at the University of Washington School of Law. And in China, the rule of law is largely decided by the Chinese Communist Party.
Cházaro said the progressives are “already winning” considering the SPD budget is still smaller than it was in 2020 and the council proposed even less money than the mayor. She encouraged the meeting attendees to speak at the public hearing to tell the council to “keep up the courage.”
Experts say a contentious Hong Kong law against online doxxing that took effect in October will be used to punish opposition figures for revealing personal information about police and authorities, as well as infringe on people’s privacy.
Two years ago, Washington legislators voted to adopt permanent daylight saving time. Similar pieces of legislation were sweeping through the U.S. with 16 other states. Changes seemed imminent then, but Congress has not acted on the Sunshine Protection Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Steve Calandrillo, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Washington lawmakers approved legislation two years ago that would have allowed the state to shift to permanent daylight saving time but the measure has stalled because their counterparts in Washington, D.C., have not yet done their part by passing similar legislation. Steve Calandrillo, professor of law at the UW, is mentioned.
From the Washington State Patrol to ferry workers and even WSU’s football coach, the battle over COVID-19 vaccine waivers is still waging. But what if you heard that for less than $200 you might be able to buy what appears to be a signed COVID-19 vaccine exemption note from a doctor? Patricia Kuszler, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Mary D. M. Fan, a law professor at the University of Washington, said that while the trial would focus on the definition of self-defense, it would also be about the Second Amendment, race, politics and the role of free speech.
"As Seattle residents who have worked, taught and advocated in the legal community for decades, we care deeply about promoting public safety through systems that actually work. The current City Attorney’s race is bringing the question of what furthers public safety to the forefront of many voters' minds," write the UW's Kimberly Ambrose, teaching professor of law, and Angélica Cházaro, assistant professor of law.
A judge’s decision that the word “victim” generally could not be used in court to refer to the people shot by Kyle Rittenhouse after protests in Kenosha, Wis., last year drew widespread attention and outrage this week. But legal experts say that determining who should be considered a victim — in a case that hinges on Mr. Rittenhouse’s assertion of self-defense — is at the center of what jurors must decide in his trial, expected to begin next week. Mary Fan, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
When Gov. Jay Inslee issued his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees, he left in somewhat of a legal loophole allowing employers to grant “reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons.” The medical reasons part is pretty self-explanatory. The religious reasons part? Not so much. Patricia Kuszler, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
The Office of Police Accountability says they are investigating a Seattle police officer after the Seattle Police Department filed a complaint last week. The concern comes from troublesome tweets which may have been made by the officer. William Bailey, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
“It does sound unusual, but it's worth noting that this whole circumstance is unusual,” says Tim O’Brien, a tech industry executive currently working on AI policy at Microsoft, who studied geofence warrants at the University of Washington School of Law. “If I were law enforcement, I would argue that the three-step process is unnecessary in this case, because the moment you set foot inside the Capitol, you became a suspect or witness.”
While homicides committed across the United States spiked by nearly 30% last year according to FBI data released this week, the surge wasn’t quite as pronounced in Washington, which saw a 21% increase in killings amid the pandemic. Mary Fan, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
As the inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia winds to a close, CTV News has learned Attorney General David Eby has been asking the federal government to rewrite parts of the criminal code to make it easier to target and convict people associated with organized crime groups. Scott Schumacher, professor of law at the UW, is interviewed.
President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a set of aggressive measures aimed at beating back a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases driven by the highly infectious delta variant, including new federal vaccine and testing requirements for large companies and health care workers. Hugh Spitzer, professor of law at the UW, is quoted.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Amazon-busting legislation, the “Ending Platform Monopolies Act” that would potentially force the company’s dismantling, has earned Biden administration support, the 7th District Democrat said in an interview with GeekWire. Douglas Ross, affiliate instructor of law at the UW, is quoted.