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Protest the Execution of James Elledge

Next week, just past midnight on Tuesday, August 28, our State of Washington will kill James Elledge.Opposition to the death penalty is fundamental to Friends. The policy statement of the Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy (FCWPP) reads:"We seek the abolition of the death penalty because it denies the sacredness of human life and violates our belief in the human capacity for change. This irreversible penalty cannot be applied equitably and without error. Use of the death penalty by the state powerfully reinforces the idea that killing can be a proper way of responding to those who have wronged us. We do not believe that reinforcement of that idea can lead to healthier and safer communities."We urge Friends to follow the Spirit in -> supporting a repeal of the death sentence within our state, and throughout the nation, -> supporting, as an intermediate step and realizable immediate goal, a legislative…

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SHUT DOWN THE FAST FLUX TEST FACILITY (FFTF)

While Secretary of Energy Richardson (under President Clinton) signed an order to permanently shut down the FFTF, the new Secretary of Energy Abraham has suspended this decision and ordered a review. The Department of Energy (DOE) is now requesting comments on the shutdown decision.  ACTION: Send your comments by Tuesday, July 3, 2001:  Mail: FFTF Review, 20201 Century Blvd., 3rd Floor, Germantown, MD 20874  Email: fftf.review@hq.doe.gov  Phone: 1-888-680-8450 (toll free) Fax: 1-888-680-9509  Here are the basic points: Abraham's decision will cause a 6-month delay and a waste of over $20 million in cleanup funds. The delay is out of compliance with the Hanford Cleanup Agreement. The mission of Hanford is cleanup; FFTF is a major distraction. Restart of the FFTF reactor would add new waste streams to the most contaminated nuclear site in the western world. The FFTF could be fully deactivated in 2003, adding $40 million per year back…

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT – Criminal Justice

Dear Friends,In our first Alert for the 2001 session of the Washington State Legislature, we'd like to focus on criminal justice concerns. We'll be touching on other areas of interest in future alerts.DRUG TREATMENT RATHER THAN INCARCERATION. The passage of California's Proposition 36 mandating treatment rather than incarceration for most nonviolent drug offenders charged with simple possession has created great interest in what might be done here this year. SB 5419 has been introduced in the Senate by Julia Patterson with several cosponsors, and HB 1722 has been introduced in the House by Mary Lou Dickerson and cosponsors, both providing for treatment rather than incarceration for simple drug possession. The senate bill also eliminates triple scoring for prior drug offenses, as does HB 1863, and lowers the sentences for drug delivery from Level VIII to Level VI, while HB 1863 and a draft bill prepared by King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng lowers delivery to only Level…

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