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Mothers Against WASL to Sponsor Race Car in Rose Cup

Susan Notes: This brightened my day more than I can say. I hope it does the same for you. I hope, too, that it inspires you to ACTION. Writing letters to the editor and putting your name on petitions to corporatisto legislators won't do it. We have to get out in the streets with grassroots activism. The people are the only ones who will take these damaging tests down. Corporatisto legislators are scared of democracy. So let's scare the hell out of 'em.

The people, yes. . .
The steel mill sky is alive.
The fire breaks white and zigzag
shot on a gun-metal gloaming.
Man is a long time coming.
Man will yet win.
Brother may yet line up with brother:

This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers.
There are men who can't be bought.
The fireborn are at home in fire.
The stars make no noise,
You can't hinder the wind from blowing.
Time is a great teacher.
Who can live without hope?

In the darkness with a great bundle of grief
the people march.
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people
march:
"Where to? what next?"



Press Release- For Immediate Release

Mothers Against WASL to Sponsor Race Car in Rose Cup

Contacts: Lisa Sampson, Executive Board Member, Vancouver, 360/608-4896

Juanita Doyon, PEN Director, Spanaway, 253-973-1593

In their quest to diversify word-spreading strategy, Parent Empowerment Network/Mothers Against WASL will raise WASL awareness by sponsoring race car driver Steve Sampson in this weekend's Rose Cup at Portland International Raceway.

Steve, who has taken first place in his past two races, will be driving his '94 Camaro Z 28, freshly adorned with the traditional red slashed WASL symbol of Washington State's most outspoken high-stakes test resistance group, Mothers Against WASL.

Meanwhile, in the pit, Steve's wife, Lisa Sampson, executive board member of Parent Empowerment Network, will staff a table of information under a brand new Mothers Against WASL banner.

"This should be a great event," said Mrs. Sampson. "Mothers Against WASL sometimes struggles to get the word out to parents. The Rose Cup offers a good audience of families and is one of the biggest racing weekends of the season. Mothers Against WASL will have plenty of bumper stickers, buttons and information available. As a father, Steve was more than happy to advertise our important message to families while racing for the win."

"It seems there is always a timely message to get to the public," said Juanita Doyon, director of Parent Empowerment Network. "I'm sure Lisa will answer many questions about this week's 10th grade score release. The message of the week to parents is that they have the right to view and challenge their students' WASL test now. They do not have to wait until September, as the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is telling them. OSPI is breaking state and federal law by withholding tests from parents and failing to implement the appeal procedure until September. For this reason, PEN will be seeking an injunction against WASL on behalf of parents of 10th graders."

Race times for the car are as follows:

Qualify - Saturday 9:30 a.m. Race - Sunday 1:20 p.m.

Pits will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. Look for the No WASL banner!

— Parent Empowerment Network/Mothers Against WASL
Press Release
2006-06-09


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