About rebecca parson

In college, I volunteered with a student group that piloted a program teaching English to non-native English speakers and facilitating “know your rights” workshops. After college, I served as a human rights observer in an indigenous Zapatista village in Mexico that was being threatened by paramilitaries.

I later served in AmeriCorps and worked for two years as a substitute teacher, which showed me just how much your zip code determines the quality of your education—and just how hard teachers work for so little pay.
Rebecca Parson for Congress WA-06
I worked for several years with the International Association of Genocide Scholars with Dr. Gregory Stanton, who authored the 10 Stages of Genocide, and I presented a paper at a 2007 genocide studies conference in Sarajevo. This experience taught me the grave danger of vilifying entire groups of people, using dehumanizing language to describe them, and putting them in concentration camps, and it informs my policy views today.

In 2015, the Supreme Court granted me the right to get married. I’ll never forget what it was like to receive this right, but as someone who grew up in the closet at a time when the majority of the American public opposed gay rights, I know we must continue to fight for our rights — as the Trump administration, sadly, showed.

I serve as a commissioner on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities, and I’m an organizer with the Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee, which won significant tenant protections in Tacoma and played a large role in new state-wide protections. These changes had a direct impact on my security, as someone who lived on a month-to-month lease with rent that rose 16% in 3 years.
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I co-organized a “12 Days of Christmas” fundraiser for detainees in the Northwest Detention Center as a co-leader and organizer at Indivisible Tacoma, raising $4,000 for detainees. 100% of that went directly into detainees’ commissary accounts, a bail fund, and for Christmas presents.

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As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Pierce County, I have advocated for foster children in a system that, despite the best attempts of many involved, often lets kids fall through the cracks.

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As a committed single-payer advocate, I serve as a Board Member for Whole Washington.

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Also with Indivisible Tacoma, I co-organized candidate forums for Pierce County Prosecutor, WA Supreme Court Justice, and Tacoma City Council, because I believe the community should have open access to ask politicians questions and get real answers.
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I co-organized a vigil after Charlottesville at the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, which was widely attended by community members.
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I served as a Democratic PCO in precinct 27-401, and I chaired the 2019 endorsement committee for the 27th Legislative District Democrats.
I’m honored to have received 35,631 votes in the last election, and proud that we made almost a million calls to voters and raised $313K without taking any corporate money. With our huge donor and volunteer base, I’ve decided to run again for the 2022 election.

“2020 was just the start, and now I’m here to finish the job.”

Rebecca Parson for Congress WA-06

Rebecca Parson
for Congress WA-06

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