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Grammy Award winning
musician Ben Harper to play at
rally for Justice Gonzalez on
June 24‏

We are pleased to announce that Grammy
Award winning musician Ben Harper is
coming to the Emerald City to support his
friend and cousin, Steve Gonzalez.  

The rally will take place at the Crocodile in
downtown Seattle on Sunday, June 24th and
will feature an acoustic set by Ben.

Ben is a musician, artist, and activist.  
Whether it’s through the soul of southern
Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or rock
and roll, Ben and his trademark
Weissenborn guitar have been stunning
audiences with incendiary live performances
and timeless songwriting.  He has released
10 acclaimed studio albums since 1994 –
including Give Till It’s Gone, which debuted
at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 in 2011.

Both Ben and Steve grew up in Claremont,
California where their grandparents owned a
music store - The Folk Music Center and
Museum (which is still owned and operated
by the Harper family).  Ben’s love of music
won him over at a young age, while Steve
was drawn to his love of language and the

What: Friends of Justice Gonzalez
Campaign Rally with Special Guest Ben

Where: The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave.,

When: Sunday, June 24th, Doors open at

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1st at 10am
Please spread the word!  We look forward to
seeing you there!
Gov. Gregoire directs Commerce
to monitor rising gas prices

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today
directed our state’s Department of Commerce
to assume lead responsibility for monitoring
and reporting on gasoline and petroleum
product prices and supplies, and asked the
department to provide her with any
recommendation on what actions might be
taken to mitigate the high prices.

“Washington citizens are frustrated with having
to pay gasoline prices that are significantly
higher than those paid in other parts of the
country,” Gregoire said. “While gasoline prices
in most of the nation continue to slowly decline,
prices in Washington and the entire West
Coast have risen or held steady over the past
month. State residents and businesses are
currently paying some of the highest prices for
gasoline and diesel in the nation. If fuel prices
remain high for an extended period they will
have a detrimental effect on the state

Specifically, Gregoire has directed the
department to:
• Closely monitor Washington state and West
Coast supplies and prices for gasoline, diesel,
and other petroleum products and regularly
report to the governor’s office;
• Provide assistance to other state agencies in
their work related to high gasoline and diesel
prices, including reporting any market
concerns to the Attorney General’s office;
• Coordinate information and analysis with the
appropriate energy agencies in the states of
California and Oregon;
• Make recommendations on what, if any
action, that the Department of Commerce or
the Governor’s Office should take under the
statutory Energy Supply Emergencies and
Alerts authority set forth in RCW 43.21G,
where such action could help reduce
petroleum product prices; and
• Provide any additional recommendations that
could help reduce petroleum product prices.

According to the AAA, Washington state now
has the fourth highest gas prices in the nation,
behind Hawaii, Alaska and California.
Washington’s average price for regular fuel is
now $4.24 a gallon, compared to the $3.66
national average. While average gas prices
are expected to drop across the nation, some
analysts are predicting a hike in gas prices
along the West Coast this weekend by as
much as 35 cents a gallon.

Recognizing that the West Coast is facing its
lowest supplies of fuel since 1992, Gregoire
today also sent letters to every refinery in
Washington, asking them to “take all prudent
measures to increase production and supplies
sufficiently to reduce the costs for consumers
on the West Coast.” Gregoire continued to
write, “I would also appreciate hearing any
recommendations you might have for actions
we might take to help mitigate the causes and
impacts of higher gas prices.” Gregoire intends
to send similar letters to every refinery in
California, as well.