Nick Turns 29 Today, and Three Incredibly Good News Items

Today is Nick’s 29th birthday. This morning I posted pictures from some of our adventures and notes all around our kitchen so he would find them when he woke up:


I also posted this on Facebook:

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Nick is so incredibly sweet and supportive. We have made a good team navigating the transformation of our lives following the election on November 8, 2016.

Over the past couple of days some big things have happened, I want to quickly go over them.

  • Washington state’s insidious anti-trans bathroom initiative died after the campaign did not get enough signatures to put it on November’s ballot. This is incredibly good news! I posted this:Screen Shot 2017-07-11 at 10.58.28 AM
  • The Seattle City Council unanimously and historically voted to pass an income tax on Seattle’s richest. This campaign moved incredibly swiftly and successfully thanks to a grassroots coalition that included Neighborhood Action Coalition, Transit Riders Union, Socialist Alternative and Nickelsville, among others. I ended up being in a photo on the front of the print and online editions of The Seattle Times this morning:


Here was the paper as it looked on the wall at a local coffee shop:

Also, here are some photos I took while I stood in City Council chambers to witness history. As the council voted 9 to 0, the room erupted into chanting that shook the walls, “WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!”


Another big development: Neighborhood Action Coalition has now existed for eight months and we held a citywide summit to discuss our successes and talk about future campaigns, as well as nominate and elect the organization’s first committee leaders. Here are some photos taken at the event. I was there to take part in the conversations. The blue paper and post it notes represented dreams of our perfect utopia, solutions to pervasive problems in society like inequalities and homelessness. The second photo is of votes being counted during the first committee leadership election:

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Finally, here are some of the latest headlines from The Washington Post:


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