Tracey Carlos

Tracey Carlos

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Our Work Is Not Done #MixedFeelings

Our Work Is Not Done #MixedFeelings

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons While I am excited that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the presidency back from Trump and Pence, I caution people from assuming that the fight is over. Yes, Biden will be able to undo every executive order Trump put in place rather quickly.  He will be able to restore calm to our nation and rebuild our standing with our allies.  He will be able to rejoin the Paris Accord and the World Health Organization.  There is no doubt these are phenomenal…
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Fear Looms as SCOTUS is Reshaped for a Generation

Fear Looms as SCOTUS is Reshaped for a Generation

If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you woke this week to the realization that once again there is reason to live in fear.  Amy Coney Barrett chose the one person currently on the courts who believed that two men having sex in their home 20 years ago in Texas should remain a felony to swear her in.  She comes from a conservative background that considers us abominations.   On social media I have seen posts about people deciding if they need to get legal power of attorney papers drawn up, living wills that very specifically name their…
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Know Your [Voting] Rights

Know Your [Voting] Rights

Recently I went out to the Ensign Road RV community to make sure everyone is registered to vote who wants to be and make sure they have no trouble voting before the sweep scheduled for October 27.   I was reminded that many people are not aware of their rights. Twice yesterday, once on Ensign once while sign-waving, I had a man tell me he had lost his right to vote because he was an ex-felon. They did not know that they had gotten that right back once they were no longer under state-supervised parole of probation. It makes me wonder…
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Tenant Protections, Camp Sweeps in Olympia

Tenant Protections, Camp Sweeps in Olympia

Eviction Moratorium Extended until July The biggest issue at the October 6 Olympia City Council meeting spilled over into the October 13 meeting. Hence, I decided to hold off and write about both at once. That issue was the passing of an emergency ordinance regarding tenant protections related to COVID-19. Several people n attendance spoke on this issue. There was concern that the ordinance extended the protections too far out, making it more difficult for people to get out from under the debt they accrue. After much discussion, it was determined that the ordinance would protect tenants from through July…
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LGBTQ+ Representation Matters

LGBTQ+ Representation Matters

We think of Washington as a very progressive state when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. But when it comes to electing people to represent our community we are falling way behind.  That is why this year’s state and congressional elections are so exciting to me.  We have the opportunity for some significant firsts. Beth Doglio If elected, Beth Doglio would be the first openly LGBTQ+ Member of Congress from the State of Washington. Even if Beth Doglio were not a member of the community, she would still be a fantastic candidate to support.  She is fighting climate change and…
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Candlelight Vigil in Olympia

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Candlelight Vigil in Olympia

Editor's note: The Tribune's Tracey Carlos went to the Capitol yesterday evening to attend a candlelight vigil in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday, September 18th, 2020. Among the speakers were WA State Representative, and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 10th Congressional District, Beth Doglio. https://www.youtube.com/embed/UgluqwW9I8E Thurston County Commissioner candidate Carolina Mejia... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5hQEXkOt4 ...and Olympia Superior Court candidate Sharonda Amamilo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO7rO8to4WY Other speakers included Keoki Kauanoe, Vanessa Malapote, Krys Brown, and Kyrian McMichael who read statements from WA Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and Speaker of the…
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Olympia City Council Passes Resolution Protecting BIPOC Transgender and Non-Binary People

Olympia City Council Passes Resolution Protecting BIPOC Transgender and Non-Binary People

At their Tuesday, September 15th business meeting, the Olympia City Council passed unanimously a Resolution to Address Injustice and Harm of BIPOC Transgender and Non-Binary People. Each council member read a section of the resolution, which includes several actions for the city to take. Read the full resolution here.  The first item was simply that Black Transgender and Non-Binary Lives Matter. It seems simple, but the truth is, as mentioned in the top section of the resolution, that 10 Black Transgender Women were murdered in the United States between June and August 2020 alone. They are more likely to experience…
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My Experience As A Delegate At The DNC

My Experience As A Delegate At The DNC

In May of this year, I was elected by local Democratic PCOs to represent us at the Democratic National Convention as a delegate for Joe Biden. It was my first time as a national delegate. I had been a state delegate for Bernie Sanders 4 years ago. I was humbled to be entrusted with such a responsibility. I did my best to do my part at all levels of the journey.First was the state delegation, where I helped write the state platform. As a delegate, I reviewed it, made suggested edits, and then voted on it at our state convention…
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Tracey Carlos

My name is Tracey Carlos and I am an activist, photographer, and state employee.  Recently I started the most recent iteration of a LGBTQ+ Democratic caucus for Thurston county.  Until COVID-19 I would go out to all the local protests and rallies to take photographs.  Now my focus is on Olympia city politics as well as being a national delegate for Vice President Joe Biden. I grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, most recently famous for being the town where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went to high school.  It was a very different place when I lived there as I was one of four…
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