Wednesday, June 28, 2017



Recently enacted HB 1109 advances Washington State rape kit reform.  However, HB 1109 may not become law because of the state budget stalemate.  HB 1109 has a "null and void" clause that will go into effect if there is a state government shutdown.

See: If State Government Shuts Down, Some Legislation That Passed Could Be Scrapped | Seattle Weekly

Representative Tina Orwall has been lobbying state legislators to extend the null and void deadline to save HB 1109 and we will know by the end of today if HB 1109 will be included in the state budget - there is little time to act.


We need urgent outreach to the following budget leaders:
Please email the following legislators immediately: Here is a sample email:

Subject Line: Please Include and Fully Fund Rape Kit Reform Law, HB 1109

Dear Senators and Representatives:

I am writing to urge you to save Washington State’s critical rape kit reform law, HB 1109.  I urge you to stand with sexual assault survivors and include HB 1109 in the state budget so it can be fully funded.  

Thank you,
[Your name]
[Your address]
[Your phone number and email address]

Rep. Pat Sullivan:
Rep. Timm Ormsby:
Senator Joe Fain:
Rep. June Robinson:
Senator Ann Rivers:
Senator John Braun:

Please email the legislators or call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thousands of untested rape kits in Washington — and a possible solution

Sunday, February 28, 2016

URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT for Washington State! Please Support Rape Kit Reform in Washington State! Rape Survivors Deserve Justice!!

Please Support Rape Kit Reform in Washington State
and Follow the Instructions Below!

  • Emails for All of the Senate Rules Committee Members [Each Email Is Separated By A Semicolon]:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • Emails for All of the Senate Rules Committee Members [Each Email Is Separated By A Comma]:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

You can use the following sample message for your email to the Senate Rules Committee members.  Simply copy and paste the emails for the recipients of your message and then copy and paste the sample message into the body of your email; and remember to conclude your email message with your contact information as listed below.  

  • Sample Email Message to All Senate Rules Committee Members:

March 1, 2016

Dear Senate Rules Committee Members:

I am writing on behalf of bill 2SHB 2530. I urge you to pull this bill from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th. Sexual assault centered reform, and especially rape kit reform, must continue to advance in Washington State. Rape survivors deserve justice and 2SHB 2530 will further the ongoing rape kit reform progress that is needed to realize justice for all survivors in Washington State. Please pull this bill from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th.

Thank you,
[Mailing Address]
[Phone Number]

Subject Line: Please Pull 2SHB 2530 from the Senate Rules Committee

  • Senate Rules Committee Chair: You can also call the Senate Rules Committee Chair, Senator Brad Owen, at (360) 786-7700 and urge Senator Owen to pull 2SHB 2530 from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th.

  • Link to the Senate Rules Committee Homepage With Contact Information for All Committee Members:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sickened and Still Waiting for Justice: 9/11 First Responders and Cold War Nuclear Weapons Workers Battle for Fair Compensation

By: Antoinette Bonsignore: January 25, 2012: Truthout

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (Zadroga Act) and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) represent two federal reparatory and remedial compensation programs designed to compensate sickened populations unwittingly exposed to toxins while serving the nation.  Both programs are, in part, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  As a long time advocate for sickened cold war era nuclear weapons workers battling the complexities of the EEOICPA, I have come to realize that the burdensome evidentiary hurdles they have faced over the past ten years will similarly burden 9/11 first responders and survivors in their fight to have cancer compensated under the Zadroga Act.  If the Zadroga Act becomes bogged down in the search for scientific certainty regarding which 9/11 heroes will be compensated and cared for, we will not only fail to honor these heroes but NIOSH will be repeating the same mistakes that sickened nuclear weapons workers have endured for far too long under the EEOICPA. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Reproductive Rights and the Deafening Silence from the “Mainstream Media"

Echo Zen, the Co-President of Voices for Planned Parenthood, posted an enlightening article today on the fantastic global feminist blog Gender Across Borders – here’s the link:

And here’s my response:
The last example I can recall of someone on TV supporting abortion rights in an unapologetic, unabashed, and hilarious manner is Elaine Benes from a 1992 Seinfeld episode.  She explains how she refuses to patronize any business that supports domestic terrorist groups like Operation Rescue (a clear reference to Domino's pizza at the time); and then hilarity ensues in a restaurant and when she is forced to break up with a cute guy.  I honestly do not recall any other instances on TV quite like that one in 1992 and that does indeed make me sad.  In terms of consistent media coverage - Rachel Maddow does a great and consistent job of covering the topic but again she is one of too few women represented in the media that reach any sizable audience.  Reproductive rights organizers should seize the opportunity presented by the blatant attacks on contraception as the seminal moment to advance a much needed media agenda within the "mainstream media" so that we can kick open those doors for a genuine and truthful discussion, shining a light on the full on assault against reproductive rights for all women.    Perhaps so-called pro-choice politicians will then be forced to take a real and honest stand and demonstrate some semblance of a backbone. We should be taking an instructive cue from LGBT organizers in that regard as well.  Thanks so much for the enlightening article and this call for action!