5/12: Marilyn Kimmerling, Peace Prize Laureate

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Fellow LPFM radio traveler Marilyn Kimmerling reflects on the activism and work that contributed to her being named the 2020 Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate.

Interview begins at 9:11.


  • The state Department of Financial Institutions is asking the public to report suspected fraudulent COVID-19 investment offers by calling the agency toll-free at 877-RING-DFI (that’s 1-877-746-4334), or via email at securities@dfi.wa.gov.
    • Signs of possible scams include:
    • an investment offer with a guaranteed high return with little or no risk
    • a sense of urgency or limited availability of detailed information surrounding the investment
    • offers by unregistered or unlicensed salespeople
  • The Employment Security Department asks if someone is using your personal information to claim unemployment benefits, report it by calling 800-246-9763 or emailing esdfraud@esd.wa.gov.
  • The governor’s office has released guidelines for how dine-in restaurants, bars, and taverns can resume business once counties reach phase 2 of reopening. Links to the memos are found at coronavirus.wa.gov in the “News” section.
  • And just earlier today, Governor Inslee spoke to the press about the new statewide contact-tracing plans, which are expected to be listed shortly at coronavirus.wa.gov.


  • King County Public Health is making masks mandatory in most public places starting May 18th.
    • Children and people with disabilities won’t be required to mask up, and those exercising outdoors aren’t required to wear a mask as long as social distancing is adhered to.
    • There is no legal penalty for breaking the mask directive, but businesses have the right to refuse service to individuals not wearing a face covering.
    • thousands of free face coverings will be provided to homeless and low-income individuals.
    • Masks will be mandatory on King County Metro.
  • Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing will be available in Seattle at T-Mobile Park tomorrow and Thursday, May 13 and 14th, 10am to 4pm.
    • Advance online registration is required at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting or by phone by calling 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).


  • The Pierce County Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now open for low-income seniors to apply for vouchers to obtain locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs.
  • Candidates planning to run for office in 2020 must file this week by May 15 and may do so remotely.


  • Potato farmers will be giving away bags of potatoes at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday.
    • Recipients are granted bags on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11am in the Tacoma Dome’s G and F parking lots.
    • Bags will be loaded by volunteers directly into vehicles.
    • Local food banks can pick up whole pallets of potatoes by calling the State Potato Commission at 509-765-8845 or emailing office@potatoes.com.
  • Tacoma’s Emergency Micro Shelter Site at 8th and MLK is expected to be relocated to a property at 60th and McKinley that is owned by the Tacoma Housing Authority.
    • Clients residing at the current temporary site will have the opportunity to transition to the new location, and referrals to the new site will mostly come from encampments and existing shelters that need to employ social distancing measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
    • More info can be found at CityOfTacoma.org/homelessness.