Since 2015, local photographer, Nate Gowdy has been working on a personal project to document the Trump era’s political campaigns and culture. On January 6, 2021, he was in Washington DC to document the atmosphere around the Congressional confirmation of electoral votes for Rolling Stone. The day was interrupted by a mob attack on the country’s capitol building. Gowdy shared his experiences with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama within a week after the event.
About 40% of jail inmates nationwide reported having at least one disability, according to a Department of Justice study. Jordan Landry, a visually impaired inmate at King County jail, was able to vote from behind bars. Darya Farivar is a Community and Legislative Liaison at Disability Rights Washington, who helped Landry with the accommodations he needed to do so.
Producer: Yuko Kodama and Jesse Callahan
Image: Disability Rights Washington
Hardy Merriman is President and CEO of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. For nearly two decades his work has focused on human rights and prodemocracy movements around the world that use non-violent tactics, strikes, boycotts, non-cooperation and other non-violent actions to fight authoritarianism. (more…)
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El Centro De La Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, hosted “BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!” on October 27th, 2018; a special gathering to help voters. The event provided assistants and interpreters to answer questions about this year’s election ballot, and celebrated the act of voting with live music. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi spoke with several people at the event.
You may have heard about the false campaign flyers mailed to voters in Pierce, Spokane, Kitsap and the Olympic Peninsula districts this election season. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Kent City Councilwoman, Brenda Fincher, whose identity was misused in a false election mailer.
Produced by Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
The Washington Bus is a youth driven organization that encourages young people across Washington State to vote and get politically involved. During this elections season, The Washington Bus is busy with campaigns to “Get Out the Vote!”. In addition to door-knocking, the organization hosts phone banking and text banking parties – with a twist.
KBCS’s Elections 2018 coverage turns to Initiative 1631, focusing on pollution and clean energy. The measure would charge pollution fees on sources of green house gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts under oversight of a public board. KBCS’s Jim Cantú spoke with Dana Bieber, coalition spokesperson for the No on 1631 campaign, and Mo McBroom, from The Nature Conservancy; an organization that is part of the coalition supporting Initiative 1631.
In an effort to help get out the vote, El Centro de la Raza in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, is hosting the BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!; an event on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, to help voters understand their ballots. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Miguel Maestas, El Centro De La Raza’s Housing and Economic Development Director, about the event.
KBCS continues its Elections 2018 coverage, taking a look at Initiative 940 on law enforcement training and use of deadly force. The measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental health training, as well as change standards for use of deadly force and require independent investigations in the case that an officer’s use of deadly force results in death or substantial or great bodily harm. In addition, law enforcement would be required to provide first aid to save lives. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Leslie Cushman, Citizen Sponsor for Initiative 940 and Co-Chair of De-Escalate Washington, and Teresa Taylor, Executive Director of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, who opposes Initiative 940.