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“My Halal Kitchen”, a New Cook-Book!

“My Halal Kitchen”, a New Cook-Book!

Posted on 24 June 2016 by admin










“My Halal Kitchen” is a new cookbook which is due to arrive the book markets next month, July 2016. It is the first of its kind we ever read. The book shares more than 100 halal-friendly recipes for classic dishes—from American comfort to French, Asian, Latin, and Italian favorites—as well as invaluable tips for sourcing or making Halal substitutes. Author Yvonne Maffei, describes her new book a one that she needed at home, and thinks that will bring much value to other homes too. She said one of her recently interviews to the media that people think eating and cooking halal is just too difficult, which simply isn’t true. “There is so much out there that is halal, and it’s just a matter of sourcing the right ingredients and finding the companies or artisans that make them” she added.

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“My Halal Kitchen” opens with chapters that break down the basics of halal cooking and outline common non-halal ingredients, where they most frequently pop up in cuisine, halal replacements, and how to purchase or prepare them at home. The book, organized by cuisine, offers dozens of traditionally non-halal recipes from almost all continents.  

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Maffei’s recipes emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. As she points out, the halal lifestyle dovetails beautifully with current trends toward living historically and using locally sourced organic ingredients. Literarily every part of the farm-to-fork cycles has significance in halal.  Some of the recipes include: Korean Beef Bulgogi, Japanese Beef Teriyaki, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Spaghetti Carbonara, Shredded Goat Taco, Egg Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce, Penne with the Vodka and many more.

“My Halal Kitchen” is very well written book and printed with high quality photos; therefore, is a must read book. We recommend to all Muslims in the Western World to have a copy in their kitchens so they can taste all kinds of dishes without compromising their duty to their faith.    


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Born in Ohio to Sicilian and Puerto Rican parents, Yvonne Maffei grew up appreciating many diverse cuisines. After becoming Muslim, she learned how to incorporate her favorite childhood dishes, American comfort foods, and dishes she discovered while studying abroad into her familiy’s halal customs. Her recipes specialize in adhering to halal standards while also focusing on all-natural, organic ingredients. She currently lives with her family.





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More than 2.6 million Muslims live in America, and many follow a halal diet, eating only foods that allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. The Author who started her next journey to next book, is the founder of the very popular website which has earned a vast following both in the United States and internationally.

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Mayor Launches Innovative Navigation Center for Unsheltered Homeless

Mayor Launches Innovative Navigation Center for Unsheltered Homeless

Posted on 10 June 2016 by admin

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SEATTLE (June 9, 2016) – Mayor Edward Murray took action through Executive Order today directing the creation of a low-barrier, one-stop service center for individuals without shelter to receive the customized support they need to move from the streets back into permanent homes.

“Our strategy for helping people without shelter has to be broader than designating another site in the city to pitch a tent,” said Murray.

The service center will be modeled on the San Francisco Navigation Center, the first of its kind, dormitory-style living facility that provides people living outside with shower, bathroom, laundry and dining facilities, a place to store their belongings, as well as round-the-clock case management, mental and behavioral health services, and connections to benefit programs and housing, all in one location. This facility will prioritize placement for individuals who are currently unsheltered and offer them a secure place to stay and access additional supports in a 24/7 program.

The San Francisco Navigation Center prioritizes serving people from geographic areas with extraordinary public health and public safety challenges, places like Seattle’s I-5 East Duwamish Greenbelt. One of the reasons it is effective is because the model enables organic groups or communities that have formed in specific geographic areas to stay together and transition to the Navigation Center.

Murray visited with people living under I-5 yesterday. Pictures can be found here.

The center will be particularly suited to people with partners, pets or possessions who choose to stay in encampments rather than shelters, where partners, pets or possessions are not typically allowed. It will serve up to 75 people at a time.

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The center will be funded in part by $600,000 secured by the City in the state capital budget in the 2016 legislative session. The City is matching this state appropriation with a private donation of $600,000 earmarked for homelessness services, and will establish a designated fund to collect additional private donations to support the center.

In March of this year, Murray visited the San Francisco Navigation Center with City Councilmember Tim Burgess and staff from the City of Seattle, King County, and All Home King County to learn about this emerging practice and how the model might be replicated in Seattle. This visit was followed by a second delegation that included Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

“Every single person living in an encampment has their own story, their own dignity and their own set of reasons for how they got where they are,” said Murray. “These reasons are often incredibly complicated and incredibly difficult, and we have to address these reasons at a very personal level in order to make a meaningful difference. This kind of comprehensive, person-centered approach has been used successfully in San Francisco to help people move from the streets back into permanent homes. We want to duplicate that success here.”

Murray’s Executive Order establishes a public-private partnership workgroup convened by Department of Human Services Director Catherine Lester to develop a proposal for and help implement a replication of the San Francisco model in Seattle. This workgroup will include representatives from All Home, philanthropy and nonprofit partners with expertise in delivering effective housing and services to individuals who are homeless.

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This workgroup will also coordinate closely with King County and other regional partners to provide technical assistance or coordination should other jurisdictions be interested in replicating San Francisco’s model in their respective jurisdictions to address the regional problem of homelessness. The workgroup will deliver its proposal to the Mayor within 60 days and the Human Services Department will then issue a request for proposal 30 days later, with a goal of successfully launching the service center by December 31, 2016.

Murray said the people-centered model of supporting those living outside should be reflected in our citywide conversation, as well.

“We talk a lot about the homeless in aggregate,” said Murray. “What we too often do not discuss are individuals, the thousands of our fellow human beings living among us a without a roof over their head or many of their most basic needs being met. Their situations are unlikely to improve if – rather than seeing them as they are, as individuals – all we see is an abstract concept called homelessness. We can only make progress one person at a time.”

By the numbers:

  • On any given night in Seattle, 2,942 individuals are living unsheltered in our community as of the 2016 One Night Count.
  • The Human Services Department is spending nearly $50 million this year to assist single adults, youth, young adults, and families, survivors of domestic violence, older adults and veterans who are currently or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • This includes $7.3 million in one-time funds dedicated through the State of Emergency declared by Mayor Murray in November 2015, which funds 242 additional shelter beds; addresses encampments with outreach, cleanups, storage, referrals to chemical dependency and mental health beds; and sets aside shelter beds.



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Tests confirm Seattle’s Drinking Water is Safe to Drink!

Tests confirm Seattle’s Drinking Water is Safe to Drink!

Posted on 26 April 2016 by admin

SEATTLE — Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said today that two days of extensive testing in five Seattle homes confirms the city’s water continues to be safe to drink.


The utility started testing after learning last week that Tacoma Public Utilities had detected high levels of lead in four water samples taken from galvanized steel service lines.

In response to that information, SPU asked Seattle residents to run their water before using it if the water had not been run for a while. SPU then initiated its own tests to see if the problems reported in Tacoma exist here.

The Seattle test results announced today are well below the action level for lead of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The highest level recorded in Seattle’s tests was 1.95 ppb.

Seattle’s water quality experts worked with five homeowners, distributed throughout the city, with galvanized steel service lines. They sampled water from the main to the tap, after allowing the water to sit overnight in the pipes.

“This sampling protocol was much more extensive than the standard federal test, and should give customers an added sense of confidence in their water,” said SPU Drinking Water Quality Manager Wylie Harper.

 “Seattle Public Utilities is in compliance with U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations,” said Derek Pell of the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Drinking Water. Pell added Seattle’s testing protocol is supported by DOH.

If customers are interested in learning what kind of material — copper, plastic or galvanized steel — the service line that supplies their homes with drinking water is made of, they can use a new online Web tool.

You can navigate to the Web tool by clicking here (

SPU said the test results released today mean Seattle water customers can return to using water as they did before Thursday’s announcement. (EPA, DOH and SPU recommend running the water before drinking.)

SPU’s source water, supplied to 1.3 million people in the region, comes from protected mountain watersheds in the Cascades Mountains and is considered to be some of the best water in the nation.

Seattle regularly tests its water for lead and other contaminants, and has met all requirements of the federal Lead and Copper Rule since 2003.

The utility’s state-of-the-art water quality laboratory analyzes over 20,000 microbiological samples each year — more than 50 a day taken throughout the system — and conducts chemical and physical monitoring daily, 365 days per year.

SPU continues to work with key stakeholders and regulators including DOH, Seattle-King County Public Health, EPA and city departments.

A phone line has been set up for customers with questions: 684-5800. Customers can call today until 7 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Seattle Public Utilities provides essential services. We deliver pure mountain drinking water, recycling and composting that lead the nation, and sewer and drainage systems to protect our local waterways. These services safeguard your health and our shared environment, and help keep Seattle the best place to live.

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Seattle’s Minimum Wage!

Seattle’s Minimum Wage!

Posted on 25 February 2016 by admin

runta_doitBy Kellen Coleman

The minimum wage war is being fought in many cities across the country; on January 1, 2016 the war launched in Seattle, Washington.  At the top of the year minimum wage increased between $11-$13/hour varying on the size of the employer. The system consists of two tiers; companies are grouped by numbers to include more than 500 employees or less than 500 employees. According to the schedule of wage chart proposed by Mayor Ed Murray; once $15/hour minimum wage is reached employees will be able to receive maximum health benefits. Seattle’s minimum wage will surpass the entire state of Washington by more than a dollar, bringing great relief to the people of the city. Several questions still remain, “Will this wage increase meet the basic needs (rent, utilities, child care, etc) of the average worker?” Also, “How will the wage ordinance be enforced and what industries are affected by this ordinance?”

 Seattle consistently ranks as one of the top ten most expensive cities to live in the United States. The average one-bedroom apartment in Seattle costs around $1,634 per month, and a two-bedroom costs about $2,073 per month. Child care and utilities run between $1000 and $1250 per month. The city is working hard create an atmosphere where all social classes can live within the city. The wage increases impact all demographics of the city, especially the traditionally underserved minority communities. The system is complicated and will take it will take time to work out all the kinks. To help make the transition smoother the city has partnered with groups such as the NAACP to help enforce the ordinance. If workers have questions or need to file a violation, then the NAACP can advise them of what to do if their rights have been violated.

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services in conjunction with the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Minimum Wage Ordinance on April 1, 2015. This makes Seattle unique and progressive as one of the country’s only cities that has enforcement behind its labor laws. During the first year the OLS will obtain full payment of worker wages and help employers comply with ordinance requirements. Penalties will be withheld except for repeated or egregious violations. Industries most affected by the ordinance are fast food, retail, entertainment, and transportation. The workers in these industries work long and hard hours for less than minimum pay. Most are not given full time status and so they are uninsured or under insured.

Employers must provide employees with the notices of their rights under the Ordinance in English, Spanish or any other language commonly spoken in the workplace. Employers must keep all payroll records for three years. An employer cannot retaliate against and employee for:

*Requesting to paid minimum wage

*Filling a complaint with OLS concerning a potential minimum wage violation

*Telling a person about a potential violation or about their rights

Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to employees working in Seattle, regardless of the employee immigration status.

By: Kellen Coleman M.A. CPRFIRM.COM


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Seattle Proposition 1: A Good Investment for Our Community

Seattle Proposition 1: A Good Investment for Our Community

Posted on 14 October 2015 by admin

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Arrimaha Gaadiidka ee Seattle waa ku kuwo xasaasi ah oo aad muhimadoodu u sarreyso. Hadba inta magaalada sii korto, waxa ay dadku yaqiinsanayaan in kaabayaasheedu yihiin kuwo aan si nabad ah oo sahlan aan shacabka iyo  badeecaduhu  isaga  kala  gooshi Karin iyadoo taasi sababteedu tahay maalgelinnada looga  baahan yahay dhinacaasi oo aan ku  filneyn. Magaalo u shidan sida Seattle oo kale, waxa muhiim u ah in dadka kari karaan  iney si sahlan meelaha  ay doonaan ku tagi karaan iyagoo gaadiidkii ay doonaan adeegsanaya. Arrintani waa mid dhab ah oo jirta iyadoo qiimaha guryahu ay yihiin  kuwo aad  sare ugu  sii kacaya kuwaasi oo sababay in  dadku usii sidqaan ama u guuraan daafaha Wuqooyi iyo Koonfureed ee magaalada iyadoo weliba dadka qaar ay gebi ahaanba isaga guureen magaalada taasi oo sabab u noqotay in waqti  badan kaga lumo safarka ay danaha ay magaalada ka leeyihiin ku soo fushanayaan.

Warka wanaagsan waxa uu yahay in codbixiyeyaasha heli doonaan fursad arrimaha gaadiidka Seattle wax looga qabto ama lagu hagaajiyo marka ay xilligan Xagaaga ahi ama foolka loo  yaqaano ay dhacayso waqigii canshuurta gaadiidka isla markaana fursad kale loo heli doono in la oggolaado Seattle Proposition 1. Seattle Proposition 1 waxa uu beddeli  doonaa canshuurta gaadiidka ee hadda jirta iyo in la maalgeliyo noocyo kala duwan oo gaadiid ah, waddooyin nabad ah, gaar ahaan  agagaarka iskuullada, iyo mashaariic lagu fududeynayo ciriiriga jidadka  ka taagan. Sababahan dartood, waxan rajeynayaa inaad “Haa” ugu codeyn doontaan Seattle Proposition 1 Bisha November.

Seattle Proposition 1 wuxuu maalgelin doonaa tiro mashaariic muhiim ah oo ku  baahsan dhamaan magaalada,  gaar ahaan  meelaha  Seattle ka  deggan yihiin dadka qaxootiga ah ama  soo galeetiga ah iyo dadka midab ahaan laga tiro badan yahay. Maadaama  mashaariicdan ay qeyb ka yihiin canshuurta, Maamulka Magaalada  waxa uu qorsheynayaa in howlaha horumarinta si caddaalad ah loo fuliyo si loo hubiyo in dhammaan mashaariicda noqdaan kuwo  ay ka faa’iideystaan bulshooyinka  baahida ugu weyn u qaba.  

Arrimaha ugu waaweyn ee mashruuca “Aan Dhaqaanjinno Seattle” Let’s Move Seattle waxa ka mida :

  • $10 milyan maalgelin lagu bixiyo busteejo cusub ee tareenka  fudud (light rail station at Graham Street). Busteejada  Waddada Graham waxay ay muhiim u aheyd bulshooyin badan, hey’ado iyo ganacsatooyinka ku nool Dooxada Rainier kuwaasi oo ka  faa’iideysan doona kororka helidda gaadiid kala duwan, gaar ahaan dadka da’da ah iyo dhallinyarada oo imika u lugeeya Boosteejooyinka Othello ama Columbia City, kuwaasi oo u dhaxeyso masaafo ka badan 2 mile.

  • Waddooyin Nabad ah oo taga dhammaan iskuullada dadweynaha ama dowladda. Dugsiyo badan oo ku baahsan magaalada, ardadadoodu waxa ay imika la’ yihiin jidad nabad ah  oo iskuulaadka  lagu tago ama looga  soo laabto. Ha noqoto waddooyinka socodka oo liita, isgoysyo khatar ah, ama sababooyin kale. Tani ma aha mid la aqbali karo. Seattle Proposition 1 wuxuu ku maalgelin doonaa lacago  gaaraya malaayiin doolar muddada sagaalka sano  ee soo  socota si loo hubiyo ammaanka iyo bad qabka cunug kasta iyo arday kasta si aaney maskaxdooda ugu mashquulin jidkee ugu wanaagsan oo bad qaba ood Iskuulka ku tagtaa  ama kaga timaadaa. Mudnaanta waxa  si gaara  loo siin doonaa iskuullada ay ugu badan yihiin ardada ku tiirsan qadada fareega (free lunch) ama  lacagta yar lagu iibsado.

  • In la soo kordhiyo 150 bloog oo waddooyinka lugta ah oo cusub. Dad badan oo magaaladeena deggan, gaar ahaan kuwa  deggan Koonfurta iyo Wuqooyiga Seattle, waxa ay ku nool xaafado aan waddo dhinac  laheyn. Ama ha noqoto khatarta ku  lugeynta waddo dhinac la’aan ilaa bullaacadaha biyaha qaada, hagardaamooyinka waddoooyin aan laheyn  dhinac looga  socdo way fara  badan yihiin.

  • Hirgelinta 7 meelood  oo  cusub oo  laga  raaco RapidRide+ transit, iyo hagaajin seddex meelood  oo  loo maro goobaha tareenka fudud, iyo dayactir lagu sameeyo  waddooyin  dherekoodu  gaaraya 180 mile. Si kasta  oo aad ugu socoto magaalada Seattle gudaheeda iyo xaafaddaadaba, faa’iido baa kugu jirta Seattle Proposition 1.

Arrimhani aannu soo xusnay waa in yar  oo faro ku tiris ah marka looga eego maaleglinnada kale ee  lugu fulin canshuurtan gaadiidka. Bal ka eeg  bartan mashaariicda kale ee u faa’iideyn doonta xaafadda aad ku nooshahaya

Marka ay magaaladu tahay mid deg-deg u koreysa, rugaha ganacsiga waxa ay  bixin  doonaan labo meelood seddex meel. Maadaama Seattle Proposition 1 uu beddelayo canshuurta gaadiidka ee hadda jirta, qiimaha maalgelinta kaga soo aadeysa guri kasta oo Seattle ah waa 12 doolar oo kaliya. Si kasta ood magaalada ugu kala gooshto, ama ha noqot gaarigaaga aad kaxeysato, bas, tareenka fudud, baaskiil, ama lugeyn, Seattle Proposition 1 waa maalgelin muhiim u ah mustaqbalka iyo horumarka magaaladeena.

Qoraaga: Ubax Gardheere waa Agaasimaha Barnaamijyada (Program Director) ee Puget Sound Sage, halkaasi  oo ay he’adda ugu qaabilsan  tahay arrimaha gaadiidka iyo guryaha jaban. Puget Sound Sage waa isbaheysi goboleed qaabilsan shaqada, bulshada, iyo hey’adaha diinta, una go’doomay dhisidda dhaqdhaqaaq xooggan oo u adeega dhaqaale caddaalad ah.

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Maxey Tahay Inaad Sameyso Markaad u Wacdo 9-1-1

Posted on 06 May 2015 by admin


Wac 9-1-1. Sheeg inay tahay xaalad degdeg ah (dab, caafimaad, ama booliis), luqadee ayaad ku hadashaa, iyo weydiiso turjumaan.

Ha dhigin teleefoonka!

U diyaargaroow su’aalaha soo socda:

• Xageey tani ka dhacday? Ma waxeey ka dhacday , gudaha, dibadda, horta ama xagga danbe IWM?

• Maxaa dhacay?

• Goormeey tani dhacday? Xaaladdu weli miyeey socotaa?

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Tammy Morales

Building Local Business Ownership to Serve Our Communities

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

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By Tammy Morales

When Shakir Mohamed, owner of West Seattle Halal Market lost his ability to sell WIC items to his customers he lost $120,000 in sales.  Other stores throughout Seattle and south King County are experiencing similar problems as they lose authorization to sell infant formula, bread, milk, and other food items to their low-income customers. These businesses are struggling to stay open because of rules set out by the Washington Department of Health that make it very difficult for small grocery retailers to become authorized WIC and food stamp stores. The rules have little to do with increasing access to WIC food for low-income women. Instead, they are meant to encourage shopping at larger stores where more food items are available. The trouble is that for many immigrant shoppers, they prefer stores that carry familiar items, where someone speaks their language, and where they can say hello to a friend. The rules meant to make shopping easier are, in fact, hurting small businesses and disregarding the preferences of many immigrant communities.

We can, and should, do more to help small immigrant owned businesses in Seattle be successful.  By dedicating more of our resources to supporting local business, we can build a more vibrant local economy and build our community assets. It’s time to focus public resources on encouraging community-controlled development. It’s time to move away from business as usual. Rather than using our local resources to attract outside investment, or assume efficiency and size are the only measures of economic success, we should  find strategies that build our local assets and generate community-ownership. In a community as diverse as ours, we must ensure that business services and training programs are staffed by people who speak different languages and who can help immigrants navigate the license and permit structures of local government.

Studies show that buying from locally owned businesses, rather than national chains, keeps more money  circulating in our local economy. Local businesses tend to buy from other local businesses and service providers. They employ more local people. And more of their profits stay here in our community.

There are many things we can do to change the dynamic of development that gets ahead of the community and leaves people with few options. We need to experiment with new ideas that can address the unequal distribution of wealth in our city. New policy ideas and action can stabilize our communities and stem the displacement happening in Seattle.

As plans develop for investment in the south end, we should consider ways to ensure that local investment creates  community benefit. We need to use our community assets to increase community ownership. A thoughtful, comprehensive strategy will build apprenticeship and technical training programs and grow our local businesses. Improving the connection between these programs can offer strong career ladders  for our community so that everyone gets a chance to make a livable wage for an honest day’s work.

A food innovation center in the Rainier Beach area is one idea that would increase community ownership. I’ve partnered with other specialists to explore the proposal. The center could include food-processing facilities, a food hub to collect and distribute locally-grown produce, or a shared-use commercial kitchen that entrepreneurs can rent to produce products for wholesale or retail markets. A successful food innovation center would create a business cluster environment that spurs local and regional development for small and mid-size food businesses here in South Seattle. It could improve economic self-sufficiency while improving access to fresh, local food. South Seattle communities have a clear interest in developing industry around healthy food. With so many deep cultural and culinary assets to contribute, the time is right to connect those assets to opportunity.

Small business owners like Shakir should be able to count on their local government to provide clear rules about how to get licensed and permitted. He should not be losing sales because of an agency preference for dealing with large stores, many of which are headquartered outside the area. Similarly, our immigrant communities should be able to shop where they choose to get the products they need.   Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Supporting these businesses not only improves access to healthy food, it also builds ownership in the community and that’s a benefit that serves all of us.

Tammy Morales is a community development professional with a history of engaging neighborhoods in south Seattle and King County around affordable housing, small business development, and healthy food. She is a founding partner at Urban Food Link and a candidate for Seattle City Council, District 2.


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The Frontlines of Climate Change: Part III

Posted on 01 December 2014 by admin





Ellicott Dandy

Climatologist at One America

For those of us who have struggled to think about climate change in a way that makes the problem tangible, perhaps the lens of migration is what we’ve been searching for. This is the perspective that connects the global environmental threat of climate change to the local experience. This is the face of the climate change frontline, and it’s the experience that must inform climate solutions. The strongest possible action on climate change is one that improves the environment for all Washingtonians, and protects and empowers the communities at the climate frontlines.

Washington is not the first place to put a price on carbon. Luckily for us, there are many other experiences to learn from as we get closer to our own carbon tax or cap-and-trade system.  An important lesson from multiple jurisdictions is that a policy that only attempts to decrease levels of atmospheric carbon will not automatically improve conditions for frontline communities. In fact, carbon prices that are not carefully designed with these communities in mind can do more social harm than good. They might increase the cost of living or allow big polluters to buy their way out of compliance. We at OneAmerica believe that a carbon price that prioritizes the needs of hardest-hit communities—including immigrants and refugees—can bring vital improvements to their environments and will be the strongest, most holistic action on climate that the world has ever seen.

This is the final post in our three-part series on the Frontlines of Climate Change, written by OneAmerica Policy Associate Ellicott Dandy. To learn about how climate change drives migration, click here. For a look at how immigrant communities in the United States are affected by climate disruption, click here.



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The Frontlines of Climate Change: Part I

Posted on 24 November 2014 by admin

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 This post was written by OneAmerica Policy Associate Ellicott Dandy.

Climate change can often feel like a complicated matter of science whose real threats loomed somewhere in the distance. I’m not the only one to think of global climate change as too big a dilemma to tackle when faced with other problems that can feel more immediate. However, viewing climate change from the perspective of communities living its impacts exposes how urgent action is needed, and even what action must be taken.
Across the world, climate change is pushing people from their homes and home countries. It’s not just about rising sea levels forcing people from their communities and livelihoods.  Climate change also threatens food and economic security; serious weather events like natural disasters and droughts lead to political instability and aggravate civil conflicts. Efforts to escape such circumstances bring migrants to countries like the United States, only to be once again disproportionately exposed to the impacts of climate change.

Join us for a three-part blog series: we discuss climate change as a driver of migration; the unique ways climate change impacts immigrants and refugees in receiving countries; and productive ways for Washington State to use this perspective to guide our action on climate change.

Part I: Climate Change as a Driver of Migration

People move.  Migration is a part of the human experience. In 2013, the UN estimated that some 232 million people were living outside their country of origin. One increasingly significant factor in that movement is climate change, which is a powerful contributor to political, economic, and social instability, and therefore migration.

The world’s oceans are showing signs of acidification (harmful levels of carbonic acid created when oceans absorb too much atmospheric carbon), and this is killing coral, which plays the vital role of creating livable habitats. This in turn threatens fish populations, upon which human communities depend for food and sources of income around the world. The Seattle Times showed the impacts of this phenomenon at the bottom of the ocean near Papua New Guinea and in fish processing plants right here in the Northwest. Ocean acidification is quickly shutting down once-lucrative industries, gradually gutting local economies and forcing fishermen and others to search for new sources of both income and sustenance.

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 in the South Pacific, leading some to seek refugee status as they watch their homes disappear. Some estimate that climate change is also responsible for 80% of the recent increase to natural disasters, whose frequency and intensity have skyrocketed throughout the world. People are moving inland and in search of more stable climates and economies.

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 to the extension of droughts in places already prone to them, while flooding others through excess rainfall. Climate change is still just one of many factors that led to the Download Most Recent Classifieds.  argue, cannot be overlooked as key contributors.

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 who find themselves in conflict with other groups as pressure on land and water increases with population shifts. In a grim cycle, this movement puts further pressure on natural resources and has even led to armed conflict as groups compete over access to food and livelihoods.

Stay tuned as our discussion unfolds and we bring certain aspects of the immigrant experience with climate change closer to home in Part II of our series.

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The Frontlines of Climate Change: Part I

The Frontlines of Climate Change: Part I

Posted on 22 November 2014 by admin

Ellicott Dandy

Climatologist at One America

Climate change can often feel like a complicated matter of science whose real threats loomed somewhere in the distance. I’m not the only one to think of global climate change as too big a dilemma to tackle when faced with other problems that can feel more immediate. However, viewing climate change from the perspective of communities living its impacts exposes how urgent action is needed, and even what action must be taken.

Across the world, climate change is pushing people from their homes and home countries. It’s not just about rising sea levels forcing people from their communities and livelihoods.  Climate change also threatens food and economic security; serious weather events like natural disasters and droughts lead to political instability and aggravate civil conflicts. Efforts to escape such circumstances bring migrants to countries like the United States, only to be once again disproportionately exposed to the impacts of climate change.

This post was written by OneAmerica Policy Associate Ellicott Dandy.


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