“I Refused to Secretly Spy” — An Iranian-American Turned Down the FBI and Wound Up With a Prison Sentence

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/05/ahmad-sheikhzadeh-spy-iran-nuclear-program-fbi/

http://archive.is/QcEit

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Charter schools, despite ongoing legal questions, attract the families they hoped to get

Their primary focus from the beginning has been students at risk of falling behind in traditional public schools. And so far, that promise has been kept. Seventy-five percent of charter students in Western Washington are kids of color, 63 percent come from low-income families and 16 percent are learning-disabled.

https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/charter-schools-despite-ongoing-legal-questions-attract-the-families-they-hoped-to-get/

http://archive.is/Fyw4I

Despite Liberalizing Marijuana Laws, the War on Drugs Still Targets People of Color

…arrests for simple possession actually went up by 9 percent from 2015 to 2016, with 18,136 people arrested. In a 2016 interview, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We stopped the arrest for low-level marijuana possession.” But that’s simply not true: 96 percent of those arrested in New York were busted for low-level possession. Over 50 people a day are still being arrested for it in New York City alone.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/25/marijuana-legalization-weed-drug-arrest/

http://archive.is/WKBPK

Economic Issues Decline Among Public’s Federal Policy Priorities for 2018

http://www.people-press.org/2018/01/25/economic-issues-decline-among-publics-policy-priorities/

http://archive.is/sx64K

Washington Senate passes Voting Rights Act

The measure opens the possibility of court challenges to cities, counties and school districts to push them to switch from at-large to district elections in areas where large minority groups are present.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-senate-passes-voting-rights-act/

http://archive.is/jR23w

Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington State

Two decades after a voter-approved initiative made the practice illegal, legislators are calling for a reversal.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Senator Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, and co-sponsors of SB 6406 believe that Initiative 200 had the opposite effect on college admissions and state employment than its intent, which was to level the playing field.

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/affirmative-action-could-make-a-comeback-in-washington-state/

http://archive.is/3zL2q