Category Archives: Eric Pettigrew

Ambassador Andrew Young – a voice for hope

Recently, I had the honor of introducing Ambassador Andrew Young at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Here are my remarks. “I am honored to be here this morning and have the privilege of introducing Dr. Andrew Young. Dr. Young’s work holds particularly special meaning to me. I was raised by a single Mom, who struggled to make ends meet, in Watts, a neighborhood in South Central LA. I grew up in the midst of racial tensions, police riots, and violence. Gangs … Continue reading

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Early starts and second chances

Town Hall Meeting Every year during the busy legislative session representatives head back to their home districts to host town hall gatherings. Last Saturday morning dedicated constituents of the 37th Legislative District gathered over coffee and doughnuts to get an update about the session and discuss issues of importance to them. This year, Rep. Pettigrew was joined by Rep. Santos and Sen. Jayapal. The top concerns from the community included education, funding for the safetynet and fixing our unfair tax system. … Continue reading

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Helping former offenders lead productive, successful lives

OLYMPIA – Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, knows that people from all walks of life make mistakes. He also knows that most of them want to pay their debt to society, move on and become productive, law–abiding members of their community. But many can’t. There are too many barriers. That’s why Rep. Pettigrew has sponsored two bills, HB 1674 & HB 1704, to help juveniles and adults overcome these hurdles and succeed in life. “By 2020, 70% of all jobs will … Continue reading

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Town Hall Meeting

Members of Washington’s 37th Legislative District delegation will host a town-hall meeting on March 14 in Seattle. Sen. Pramila Jayapal and Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew will be on hand to provide updates on the 2015 session, which is currently underway, and answer questions from residents about a variety of state issues of importance to the community. The event will be held from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at Rainier Valley Cultural Center – 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA … Continue reading

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Washington’s domestic violence laws get much needed upgrade

OLYMPIA – Today in a 92-6 vote the House passed HB 1729, sponsored by Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Renton, which makes necessary changes to our state’s domestic violence laws. “The last time these statutes were updated, domestic violence wasn’t even a crime in Washington,” said Pettigrew. “A lot has happened since 1979. Education and awareness around domestic violence have come a long way since then. Our prevention and treatment services must be updated too.” The work of domestic violence providers is … Continue reading

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