Governor expands vaccination eligibility, listening to Martin Luther King, Jr., more vaccine updates, COVID benefits for hospitality workers, and much more

View this in your browser.


January 18, 2021


Photo by Unseen Histories on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Governor today announced a very significant update to the state’s vaccine distribution and administration plan that will increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish an infrastructure capable of mass applications of vaccinations in the coming months. The goal of the expanded vaccine distribution system is to vaccinate 45,000 Washingtonians every day.  See more below on this announcement, and see this updated visual timeline.    

On another note, today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I’ve been especially thinking about his commitment to non-violent methods of protest in the wake of the January 6th siege of the nation’s capitol.  In 1960, following a sit-in by four Black college students at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina (hundreds more local students joined the sit-in within a week), Dr. King addressed the student organizers of the protest.  Toward the end of his speech, he said the following:

“Let us avoid not only external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. We can build an empire depending on Love. In that way, we may be able to not only teach ourselves something, but we may be able also to teach others something.”

I find this to be very astute and so relevant to our nation at this time.  We have arrived at a crucial juncture in this country.  We need to learn to talk and listen to each other, and coming from a place of hate makes true communication impossible.

We all have decisions to make about how much energy we devote to hate and fear in our lives, and how much to love and courage.  I hope we heed the words and advice from Dr. King.  See my brief video below for more thoughts on this day of celebration.    

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.