Hello Water Warriors,
Direct democracy had a big set back in court Friday, but STW did have a huge win. The Court Order signed by the judge did not include a request for legal fees! It is estimated that $250,000 was spent on legal fees by the City of Tacoma, Port of Tacoma, the Economic Development Board Tacoma/Pierce County and the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber. The citizen outcry at the meetings held by the city and the port resulted in the plaintiffs refiling their briefs and removing the request that their legal fees be paid for by STW. A big thank you to all who spoke out, it paid off!
The court ruling was a blow, but we are not discouraged. We listened and we learned.
We learned that doing a city initiative is dead. Judge Nevin announced on Friday the Time of Death for the Water Protection Initiatives at 11:15 AM when he sided with the corporate and government interests that sued us citizens for exercising our democratic rights to the initiative process in an effort to control our publicly-owned water resources.
We learned that saving Tacoma water will take a statewide effort.
We learned that we need state constitutional change to protect our right of local, community self-government, so when laws are voted in by the people they will be protected from corporate challenge.
We learned that we need a state law that protects initiatives from pre-election challenges.
Tuesday, STW will be meeting at Tully’s from 5:30 – 6:30 PM to explore our options about moving forward with our community rights agenda.
Possible options include:
•Direct action events
•Finding and supporting candidates who run against the pro-methanol electeds at the Port of Tacoma and City of Tacoma
•Filing a statewide initiative to protect our water
•Supporting a legislative bill to prevent pre-election challenges to citizen initiatives
In 100 days, more than 17,000 people signed the Water Protection Petitions. We need to capture that energy and mobilize this summer. We need a Water Warrior Team in every community. Spread the word, the people in our state need to help save our water for people first and industry second.
Thank you so much for the many kind words, messages and donations since the court decision.
We hope to see you Tuesday. Until then, have a Happy Fourth of July and remember, it will be the people who will protect our water, not reckless electeds.
PS Looking for a way to express your frustration after losing our right to vote on the Water Protection Ordinances? Consider attending this event hosted by STW
Rally for Community Rights
July 4 at 1:00 PM
2121 30th St (The Spar)
Organized by Sarah Jane Morken and Roxy Murray
(please contact them to help)
(Enjoy the Freedom Fair Airshow from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM)