democracy

Posted on November 4, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

How Things Change as Constitutional Rights Contract and Expand for People and Corporations

People often ask whether a proposed Seattle law such as Initiative 103 could actually impact the Supreme Court’s interpretation of corporate personhood and speech rights. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a law from Washington State turned the tide of Supreme Court precedent and history in the process. In 1935, a Wenatchee chambermaid Elsie Parrish Read More

Posted on August 5, 2012 by Jeff Reifman

Good Activism Breaks Law

Update: The Stranger published a shorter version of this on August  15. Last week, The Stranger called Initiative 103 “an unconstitutional waste of time,” but constitutionality isn’t the right benchmark to measure social change efforts. In 1873, after suffragist Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting, The New York Times wrote, “Miss Anthony is not in Read More