Galloping Greens Newsletter – September 2019

Volume 2, Issue 5 – September 2019


Welcome to your Green Party of Washington State bi-monthly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

Our hope is that this newsletter is published every other month on the odd months.


Climate StrikeFind a Climate Strike Event near you!


OUR NEWSLETTER NEEDS A NAME!

We asked and Wow! You guys really delivered! We had a bunch of suggestions for a name for our newsletter. Here they are, along with a poll using Ranked Choice Voting software from members of the Green Party of Whatcom County.

A Splash of Green, The Green Web, Grazing on the Green, The Greening of America, The Evergreen, Grazing on the Green, The EverGreen Report, and Green, Good News!

Please go to the poll and Vote for your favorites using Ranked Choice Voting: https://www.opavote.com/en/vote/4871043699179520


*** SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL FALL GATHERING. IT IS BEING PLANNED FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2019 AND WILL BE IN THE SEATTLE AREA. WATCH FOR FUTURE E-BLASTS WITH DETAILS! ***


Green Party Campaign School

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon would like to co-sponsor a Campaign School with us in January or February of 2020. They would like to have it in Vancouver, WA. Our Coordinating Council would like to co-sponsor this with them, and we are looking for a few volunteers in Southwest Washington State (or nearby) who might be willing to be on this committee. Please send a message to hello@greenpartywashington.org if you are interested in helping to coordinate this.


Upcoming Events

Whole Washington is Walking the month of September to raise funds for another Universal Healthcare initiative campaign in 2020. Sign up to collect pledges and attend an organized walk, or walk at a time convenient for you. Check out the Whole Washington Website at www.wholewashington.org or click on the link below:

https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/whole-washington-walks


CODE PINK SEATTLE — Divest Seattle from War 

Action planning meeting to divest Seattle from the war machine! Join the continuing conversation to divest our cities, schools, and pensions from the companies that make a killing on killing.

September 8, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

4001 9th Ave. NE, Seattle (University Friends Meeting House), Seattle, WA


Naomi Klein
The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

The Great Hall

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7:30PM

1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA  (enter on Eighth Avenue)

Doors at 6:30PM

https://townhallseattle.org/event/naomi-klein/

Be Seen Being Green!


Local Chapter News

Come meet other Greens and find out how you can help promote the presence of Green Values in your community and your local government!

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

This chapter generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm. Their September meeting will be held at the home of Frank and Laura Lockwood, 118 Rachel Rd., Kennewick, WA. Everyone interested in the Green Party is welcome! Find them at Green Party of the Mid-Columbia on Facebook, check out their new Website, and join the discussion at Green Party Friends of the Mid-Columbia.

Recently Green Party of the Mid-Columbia helped support a protest in Pasco against the immigration camps and the separation of children from their parents. There was a pretty good turnout!

 

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia is also taking part in the Global Strike for Climate Action the week of Sept. 20 – 27. They are working with the local Citizens Climate Lobby and Tri City Democrats to organize the following events:

Sept. 14 – Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Assoc. – Electric Vehicle Show, Richland Library, 955 Northgate Dr. Richland, WA

Sept. 19 – 7 pm –  Citizens Climate Lobby- A Talk: Public Health & Climate Change, Benton/Franklin Health Dept., 7102 W. Okanogan Pl. Kennewick, WA

Sept. 20 – 12 noon – Green Party of the Mid-Columbia –Sign waving/Climate Strike, John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland, WA.

Sept. 20 – 5pm – Citizens Climate Lobby – WSU Rally and Movie “Paris to Pittsburg”, WSU Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA.

Sept. 23 – 4pm – Tri City Democrats – Sign waving, John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, Richland, WA

Laura Lockwood is sending fliers out to 28 local schools with the above information and an invitation to join in, and there are plans for a poster making party in the near future. 

Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula

Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula recently attended their All County Picnic to protest and organize against the spraying of Roundup near the city of Port Townsend’s water reservoir. Download the press release here, read the local news coverage, and contact Charles Law at clawthree@gmail.com if you are willing to help in this fight!

Green Party of Snohomish County

Snohomish County has changed their monthly meeting to a Zoom meeting, usually held on the 1st Monday of the month. In September it will be on September 8th. This meeting will be followed by a movie night later in the month at the Everett 1st Presbyterian Church. This chapter really needs help getting the word out! Please email Kathryn for more info and to see how you can help.

Green Party of South Puget Sound

Green Party of South Puget Sound is coordinating with and helping to support some of the student led Climate Strike events in September. On the 26th of September they will be hosting an event to plant trees in the area. They are also working on building a new website and are currently considering a name change. Their next general meeting will be on September 18th. Please contact Noah Martin for information on activities of this local chapter. You may also check out their Facebook group for updates!

Green Party of Southwest Washington

Visit the GPSWWA Facebook page or contact Bob Cone to find out more about chapter meetings.

Green Party of Whatcom County

Former Green Party organizer Chanan Suarez is running for local office in Bellingham. Visit his website or Facebook page to learn more about his campaign for Bellingham City Council and how you can get involved!

Also link here to the Bellingham Youth Climate Strike.

Green Party of Seattle

This chapter is reorganizing and will be supporting the Climate Strike events in Seattle. Please contact Jody Grage for more info and to get involved!


GPWA Current Issues on our website from the Media Committee!

The GPWA website has a page on Current Issues in Washington
State at https://greenpartywashington.org/current-issues/ 

We encourage you to use this page as a source of information 
and a connection to groups to work with in support of your own priority
issues.  

We would like to provide at least one link for every issue.  To that end we are asking that you send us your recommendations for appropriate groups working on any of the following issues that you have found to be informative and helpful:

Clean up contaminated sites including Hanford and the Duwamish River

Oppose development and distribution of fracked gas, LNG, coal, and oil  

Protect worker’s rights; support cooperatives, fair trade practices and unionization

Establish state-wide, well-funded, free public education through college

Stand up for immigrant rights and oppose discriminatory legislation

Oppose privatization of utilities, schools, prisons, and public communication networks/broadband

Thanks for your help!

Mary Ellen Knoop — meknoop@comcast.net

We are also looking for graphics for our Current Issues page. If you come across any appropriate photos, etc., please send them to Mary Ellen at the above email. 


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in getting involved with our Tech Team or helping with Social Media?

Contact us at hello@greenpartywashington.org to let us know and ask how you can help with these efforts!

GPWA Volunteer Coordinator

We are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!

Our biggest asset is our people!  There is much Green Party work to be done here in Washington state!  We have supporters who are able and willing to work, but we need a Volunteer Coordinator to get them connected, directed and organized!

The Volunteer Coordinator will:

  1. Develop with GPWA committees and working groups a task list for their volunteers
  2. Remind people in the GPWA database of the needs and opportunities to serve in the Green Party of Washington
  3. Assist the committees and work groups in finding the human resources to help them be successful
  4. Encourage member use of the volunteer form and using information obtained from that to coordinate with volunteer members to connect them with committees and work groups in their areas of interest and skills.

If you are interested in further defining and clarifying the role of a GPWA Volunteer Coordinator or working on a Volunteer Committee, please get in touch with Jody Grage.


GPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many committees of GPUS that need volunteers to help achieve their goals. Visit gpus.org/committees to find out more and see where you might lend your talents! If interested, please contact the GPWA Coordinating Council at hello@greenpartywashington.org to request being appointed to a GPUS committee.


GPUS News

NEWS from the ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING

At the GPUS Annual National Meeting in July, Greens from Michigan gave a workshop on their successful work on Rights of Nature legislation. Jody Grage brought back several copies of a newspaper from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org) on community rights organizing and a four-page handout titled Advancing Legal Right of Nature: Timeline. Additional resources and a toolkit on the Rights of Nature are available at wnpj.org.

If you would like to have a copy of the CELDF newsletter and the handout, contact Jody at jody@greenpartywashington.org.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Next Charging Station is how Far?

I have a feeling that most people are like me when they consider buying a new electric car. They really want to do their part in removing fossil fuel and it’s multiple harmful pollutants from the atmosphere but running a battery dead is a bit different than running out of gas.

The reason of course is because charging stations in many parts of the country are still far and few between. Another big reason is because many people use their cars for vacation traveling and long weekends. On the vacation one, electric car manufacturers and dealers could easily solve this problem.

Let’s face it electric cars are expensive but I don’t see any reason why dealers and car companies can’t reasonably build the cost of a rental car, of say fourteen days a year for three or four years, into the cost of buying an electric vehicle. And let the car buyer use those rental days in any way that he or she likes. If I wanted to take a few long weekends over the course of a year, fine, or use all two weeks at one time for a longer vacation, also fine.

This would take a huge amount of stress out of peoples minds that would rather own an electric than a gas powered car. It would also give the country a few more years to get smart and start adding charging stations where ever they were most needed. And most importantly for people who go electric it would take their green house polluting machines off the roads fifty weeks of the year. And it would also be a business boom for rental car companies to boot.

OK, car manufacturers and dealers, this is a pretty simple fairly cheap fix and our atmosphere desperately needs it!

Received from

Bill Walker of Maple Falls, WA


From GP Member, Kurt Kriebel:

Green Party fellow members,

     Like many democrats and some republicans, we realize that the two party system has left our nation bankrupt, a fact many dems including Bernie Sanders know. As Greens we support all Americans- socialists, democrats, republicans, communists, and independents and we are being honest to the electorate as many dems pick up on ideas that are green. Go green!
     We are unlike our opposition, building on a radically progressive vision while maintaining a proper balance between conservative values- “that government that governs best, governs least”.  (see Henry David Thoreau and new Deal polices of FDR such as Bernie promotes) We are building on a foundation of interfaith and multicultural values while respecting the wisdom of writers like George Orwell and Maxine Kingston. We have become the standard bearers as have the socialists, democrats, and some in the communist party of our nation making and demanding that the two dominant and often corporately controlled parties remain honest. Many of our democracy colleagues get the point and realize that the marriage between corporation and the state is fascism. 

     Whether we win or not, we are credible and could win, and also we are already making a difference as we galvanize the dems to be more honest and transparent while championing native rights and African American rights and Asian American rights as we see beyond the color and really see the content and character of our fellow Americans. As for climate change and endangered species and environmental racism, we have been at the forefront, and the two dominant parties are getting on board late. I do still like the style of Jill Stein and stand in solidarity with all my Green party members in that we are doing more than leadership but building on a foundation of true care, often risking imprisonment for our values. As for dems, I do like Buttigieg and Sanders and particularly Williamson.  I have though voted for Stein and still do.

Kurt Kriebel

Go Green


Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Mary Ellen Knoop – Co-facilitator, GP Tahoma (Pierce County)

Kathryn Lewandowsky – Co-facilitator, GP Snohomish County

Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP Whatcom County

Lisa Canar – Deputy Treasurer, GP Seattle

Jody Grage – Member at Large, GP Seattle

Charles Law – Member at Large, GP Olympic Peninsula

Richard Redick – Member at Large, GP Mid-Columbia

Bob Cone – Local chapter representative, GP SWWA

Noah Martin – Local chapter representative, GP South Puget Sound

Liam Turnmire – Local chapter representative, GP Spokane County

Don’t see a report from your chapter? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each local on the State Coordinating Council conference calls at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.


Contact Us

https://greenpartywashington.org

hello@greenpartywashington.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

Green Party of Washington State: Grassroots Organizing & Discussion Group

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA


The End!

But wait! No, it’s not! There’s plenty of room for more!

Send in your pictures, stories and ideas to Kathryn at GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

Green Party of Washington State, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA  98127

#WeAreGreen

Support Chanan Suarez for Bellingham City Council!

Chanan Suarez is running for Bellingham City Council Ward 5, a non-partisan office. Chanan is a former Green Party member and served on the GPWA Coordinating Council for a time. He is endorsed by the Green Party of Whatcom County, and we are supporting him as a Green Party of Washington State preferred candidate.

Read Chanan’s campaign platform here.

Although Chanan is not now a Green and is not running as a Green, his campaign is an opportunity to develop our Green statewide Campaign Support System.

If you are interested in making use of Chanan’s campaign to hone your skills for use in future races by Greens in your area, please contact his campaign at (360) 480-5321 or email him at suarezforcitycouncil@gmail.com.

There are several aspects of campaigning that can be done remotely, so your physical distance from Bellingham is not necessarily a problem. When you contact the campaign, be sure to let them know you are a Green Party volunteer!

🌻#WeAreGreen

Galloping Greens Newsletter – July 2019

Volume 2, Issue 4 – July 2019


Welcome to your Green Party of Washington State bi-monthly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

Our hope is that this newsletter is published every other month on the odd months.


OUR NEWSLETTER NEEDS A NAME!

Please email us your recommendations for a name for our bi-Monthly Newsletter, and our State Coordinating Council will choose the best one!

We have one suggestion so far: “A Splash of Green!”

Any others out there? Send us an e-mail with your suggestion!


Presidential Candidate Dario Hunter visits Seattle

Green Party presidential candidate Dario Hunter recently visited Seattle on his west coast #BuildingBridges tour. Several activists from the Green Party of Seattle were able to attend and meet this highly talented and articulate candidate, whose platform includes protecting civil rights and workers rights, providing a quality public education — with a genuine voice for communities — and securing a healthy environment for future generations.

If you missed his talk, here’s our live stream video to watch and share. You can also check out his website and Facebook page for more info!

Under Green Party rules, presidential campaigns need 100 signatures of party members to qualify for recognition. If you support Dario’s run for the Green Party nomination, please indicate so on this official Green Party form. (You may sign for up to 4 candidates.)


Local Chapter News

Come meet other Greens and find out how you can help promote the presence of Green Values in your community and your local government!

Green Party of Southwest Washington

Visit the GPSWWA Facebook page or contact Bob Cone to find out more about chapter meetings.

Green Party of Snohomish County

Snohomish County has changed their monthly meeting to a Zoom meeting, usually held on the 1st Monday of the month. This meeting is followed by a movie night later in the month. Their June movie was Big Pharma: Market Failure shown at the Everett 1st Presbyterian Church — a great place to have a movie, but not very many people. This chapter really needs help getting the word out — please email Kathryn for more info and to see how you can help!

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

This chapter generally meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Their July meeting will be held at a local member’s home. Check out their Facebook page Green Party of the Mid-Columbia or their discussion group at Green Party Friends of the Mid-Columbia for details on upcoming meetings.

Green Party of South Puget Sound

GPSPS will be holding a local Candidate Forum and Picnic on July 13, 2019 and their regular monthly meeting on July 17th. Please contact Noah Martin for information on activities of this local chapter. You may also check out their Facebook group for updates!

Green Party of Whatcom County

Former Green Party organizer Chanan Suarez is running for local office in Bellingham. Visit his website or Facebook page to learn more about his campaign for Bellingham City Council and how you can get involved!

Green Party of Seattle

The Transit Riders Union has made endorsements in several key Seattle City Council district races. Visit their website or Facebook page to learn more about these candidates and how to support their campaigns.


Upcoming Events

TOWN HALL SEATTLE HOSTS 24-HOUR LIVE READING OF THE MUELLER REPORT

On July 19, more than 100 local actors, journalists, politicians, and community leaders will take over Town Hall’s Forum stage for a complete reading of the Mueller Report. Members of the Seattle theater community (Brian Faker; Sarah Harlett; Carl Sander) are partnering with Town Hall for a continuous, marathon reading of the entire 448-page Mueller report. It will take more than 100 readers a total of 24 hours (July 19, 8pm – July 20, 8pm) to present the report as-is, redactions and footnotes included. When asked to comment on the decision to present the un-editorialized report, Harlett noted: “This is not meant to be a dramatization of the report’s findings. We wish to bring the power of the human voice to an essential document that provides invaluable information about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the response of President Trump to that interference and the investigations it set in motion.” The reading is non-partisan, non- dramatized and is not intended as a commentary on Robert Mueller, his team, the report, or its findings.

The reading will take place in Town Hall’s newly renovated Forum space (formerly known as Downstairs). All members of the public are invited to attend. No registration is required, admission is free for all, and guests can come and go as they see fit throughout the 24-hour period. Donations will be accepted at the door, and all profits will be donated to the Seattle chapter of the ACLU. Voter registration will also be available onsite throughout the reading.

More about this event can be found here.

Remember to Be Seen Being Green!


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

GPWA IS LOOKING FOR A FEW VOLUNTEERS FOR 2019 TO HELP MOVE US INTO THE 2020 ELECTION CYCLE IN A STRONGER POSITION WITHIN OUR STATE AND TO HELP GREEN CANDIDATES WIN SOME POTENTIAL OFFICES.

Campaign Committee – Research Coordinator

The GPWA Campaign Committee is looking for a Research Coordinator!

The 2019 and 2020 election seasons are upon us and the Campaign Committee is preparing to make good use of them – despite massive efforts of the corporate parties and the media to get in our way.

Our goal is to have a Research Coordinator develop a system that can be passed onto volunteers at the local level, to become a resource for each chapter in evaluating potential Green opportunities for local candidates.

If you are interested in helping with Campaign Committee research or working with a campaign research group, please contact Jody Grage.

GPWA Volunteer Coordinator

GPWA is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!

Our biggest asset is our people!  There is much Green Party work to be done here in Washington state!  We have supporters who are able and willing to work, but we need a Volunteer Coordinator to get them connected, directed and organized!

The Volunteer Coordinator will:

  1. Develop with GPWA committees and working groups goals and objectives for their group of volunteers
  2. Educate people in the GPWA database of the needs and opportunities to serve in the Green Party of Washington
  3. Assist the committees and work groups in finding the human resources to help them be successful
  4. Encourage member use of the volunteer form and using information obtained from that to coordinate with volunteer members to connect them with committees and work groups in their areas of interest and skills.

If you are interested in further defining and clarifying the role of a GPWA Volunteer Coordinator or working on a Volunteer Committee, please get in touch with Jody Grage.


GPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many committees of GPUS that need volunteers to help achieve their goals. Visit gpus.org/committees to find out more and see where you might lend your talents!


Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Mary Ellen Knoop – Co-facilitator, GP Tahoma (Pierce County)

Kathryn Lewandowsky – Co-facilitator, GP Snohomish County

Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP Whatcom County

Lisa Canar – Deputy Treasurer, GP Seattle

Jody Grage – Member at Large, GP Seattle

Charles Law – Member at Large, GP Olympic Peninsula

Richard Redick – Member at Large, GP Mid-Columbia

Bob Cone – Local chapter representative, GP SWWA

Noah Martin – Local chapter representative, GP South Puget Sound

Liam Turnmire – Local chapter representative, GP Spokane County

Don’t see a report from your chapter? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each local on the State Coordinating Council conference calls at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.


Contact Us

https://greenpartywashington.org

hello@greenpartywashington.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

Green Party of Washington State: Grassroots Organizing & Discussion Group

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA


The End!

But wait! No, it’s not! There’s plenty of room for more!

Send in your pictures, stories and ideas to Kathryn at GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

Green Party of Washington State, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA  98127

#WeAreGreen

Galloping Greens Newsletter – May 2019

Volume 2, Issue 3 – May 2019


Welcome to your new Green Party of Washington State bi-monthly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to GPWANewsletter@gmail.com.


SPRING GATHERING 2019 REPORT

The day started with a warm welcome from Mary Ellen Knoop, our State Coordinating Council Co-Facilitator. Margot Faubion from Green Party of Southwest Washington then reviewed recent updates to the Green Party website and solicited ideas and suggestions for further improvements.

Claude Ginsburg from GP of Seattle gave a presentation and led a discussion regarding work that the Campaign Committee had done with hopes of banding together Greens from around the state to volunteer and support 1 or 2 campaigns in order to better help them get elected in 2019 and 2020.

We watched/listened to 3 different Workshop/Webinars during the day that can all be found at GPUS.org under the Coordinated Campaign Committee (CCC) page: gpus.org/committees/coordinated-campaign/ccc-webinars. The GPUS CCC actually has quite a variety of Webinars available for GP members to view in order to help candidates run their campaigns effectively. Below are the links to the ones that we watched and discussed.

We also shared a “Costco” lunch of sandwiches, salads, chips, veggies and fruit before commencing our business meeting.

Mary Ellen did a quick review of the work done by the State Coordinating Council (SCC) over the past year.

There was a lot of discussion of our one bylaws amendment presented by Claude Ginsburg. Although the proposed amendment did get a majority of votes, 62%; it needed 70% and therefore it did not pass.

We nominated members for the 2019 SCC and National GPUS Delegates and Alternates. If you are a member you should have received your ballot with candidate bios in a separate e-mail. Those ballots need to be returned by May 18, 2019 either on-line or postmarked by that date and mailed.

Jody Grage led the final workshop — Electoral Politics as a Means of Building the Green Party.

Finally, we ended the day discussing Jody’s thoughts on “Volunteer Economy”.

All in all, it was a great day of learning and camaraderie. If you were not able to be there, we missed you and we hope that you can make the next one!


Local Chapter News

Come meet other Greens and find out how you can help promote the presence of Green Values in your community and your local government!

Green Party of Southwest Washington

Contact Margot Faubion to find out more about where and when future meetings will be held. You can email her at Margot@greenpartywashington.org

Snohomish County Green Party

Snohomish County has changed their monthly meeting to a Zoom meeting, usually held on the 1st Monday of the month. This meeting will be followed by a movie night later in the month. Our May movie will be on Monday, May 20th at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201 from 5:30PM-8PM. We will be showing Fahrenheit 11/9.  For more info please contact Kathryn at GPWANewsletter@gmail.com

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

Their chapter meets usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Richland Library. Check out their Facebook group at Green Party Friends of the Mid-Columbia to find out more details regarding upcoming meetings.

The Green Party of South Puget Sound

Please contact Noah Martin for information on activities of this local chapter at noahtimmartin@gmail.com. You may also check out their Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/gpsps


Upcoming Events

Snohomish County Green Party Movie Night! Monday, May 20th Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA from 5:30 PM-8PM.

Get to know your Olympic Peninsula Green Party! Thursday May 30th, 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM at the FinnRiver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Rd, Chimacum. Food and drink available. Come early to order refreshments and pizza!  For more info: Jody Grage, GPWA Chapter Coordinator – jody@greenpartywashington.org

Meet the Green Party of Kittitas County! Thursday June 6th, 6:30-8:30 PM at The 1891 Bistro, 807 N Walnut St on the Central Washington campus in Ellensburg.  For more info: Sarah Syverson – SarahSyverson413@gmail.com


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

GPWA IS LOOKING FOR A FEW VOLUNTEERS FOR 2019 TO HELP MOVE US INTO THE 2020 ELECTION CYCLE IN A STRONGER POSITION WITHIN OUR STATE AND TO HELP GREEN CANDIDATES WIN SOME POTENTIAL OFFICES.

Campaign Committee – Research Coordinator

The GPWA Campaign Committee is looking for a Research Coordinator!

The 2019 and 2020 election seasons are upon us and the Campaign Committee is preparing to make good use of them – despite massive efforts of the corporate parties and the media to get in our way.

Our goal is to have a Research Coordinator develop a system that can be passed onto volunteers at the local level and who can then become a resource for each local in evaluating potential green opportunities for local candidates.

If you are interested in being the GPWA Campaign Committee Research Coordinator or working with a Campaign Research working group, please contact Jody Grage at jody@greenpartywashington.org.

GPWA Volunteer Coordinator

GPWA is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!

Our biggest asset is our people!  There is much Green Party work to be done here in Washington state!  We have supporters who are able and willing to work, but we need a Volunteer Coordinator to get them connected, directed and organized!

The Volunteer Coordinator will:

  1. Develop with GPWA committees and working groups goals and objectives for their group of volunteers
  2. Educate people in the GPWA database of the needs and opportunities to serve in the Green Party of Washington
  3. assist the committees and work groups in finding the human resources to help them be successful
  4. Encourage member use of the volunteer form and using information obtained from that to coordinate with volunteer members to connect them with committees and work groups in their areas of interest and skills.

If you are interested in further defining and clarifying the role of a GPWA Volunteer Coordinator or working on a Volunteer Committee, please contact Jody Grage at jody@greenpartywashington.org.


GPWA WEBSITE UPDATE!

We are continuing to update the GPWA website. Members may now renew their memberships and choose to pay their dues annually or make a monthly donation to GPWA. You can see the new changes here: https://www.gp-wa.org/membership_gpwa.

And we now have a “members” page for info pertinent to our members. From there we also have a link to our local chapters. From this link you can view your chapter’s page and join or renew your membership to your chapter. This will make it much easier for local chapters to maintain memberships without having to deal with a lot of paperwork. Currently we have a Snohomish County Chapter page and are looking to add pages for the other local chapters soon.

The media content committee is also working on updating our Website to be more current and user friendly. If you’d like help with this project and be a part of the media content committee you can e-mail Margot Faubion at Margot@greenpartywashington.org.


OUR NEWSLETTER NEEDS A NAME!

Please send any recommendations for a name for our bi-Monthly Newsletter to GPWANewsletter@gmail.com and we’ll have the SCC choose the best suggestion!


GPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many committees of GPUS that need people to help them to achieve their goals. Members don’t have to be an elected delegate to the National Committee to serve on many of these committees. You can go to gpus.org/committees to find out more about all these and see where you might be able to lend your talents.


Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Elected Members:

Mary Ellen Knoop – Co-facilitator, GP Tahoma (Pierce County)

Kathryn Lewandowsky – Co-facilitator, GP Snohomish County

Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP Whatcom County

Lisa Canar – Deputy Treasurer, GP Seattle

Jody Grage – Member at Large, GP Seattle

Charles Law – Member at Large, GP Olympic Peninsula

Richard Redick – Member at Large, GP Mid-Columbia

Local Chapter Reps:

Margot Faubion – GP SWWA

Noah Martin – GP South Puget Sound

Liam Turnmire – GP Spokane County

Don’t see your chapter represented? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each local on the State Coordinating Council! We have a conference call at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.


Contact Us

https://greenpartywashington.org

hello@greenpartywashington.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

Green Party of Washington State: Grassroots Organizing & Discussion Group

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA


The End!

But wait! No, it’s not! There’s plenty of room for more!

Send in your pictures, stories and ideas to Kathryn at GPWANewsletter@gmail.com.

We hope to publish this newsletter every other month on the odd months

Send your Newsletter submissions to GPWANewsletter@gmail.com

Green Party of Washington State, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA  98127

🌻#WeAreGreen

Galloping Greens Newsletter – March 2019

Volume 2, Issue 2 – March 2019

Upcoming Events

Spring Gathering of Greens

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum & Hall

20722- 67th Ave NE, Arlington, WA  98223

(see below for more info!)


Welcome to your new Green Party of Washington State bi-monthly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to GPWANewsletter@gmail.com.


Local Chapter News – Come meet other Greens and find out how you can help promote the presence of Green Values in your community and your government!

Green Party of SW Washington

GP-SWWA held its annual reorganization meeting in Vancouver on January 19th. Contact Margot Faubion to find out more about where and when future meetings will be held. You can email her at Margot@greenpartywashington.org.

Snohomish County Green Party

Come join us at our Monthly Meetings the first Monday of each month at the Everett Public Library. 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA  98201. 6PM-8PM. Our last meeting was snowed out, but we did get a chance to tinker with having a Zoom meeting which we may be doing more of in the future. For more info you can contact Kathryn at GPWANewsletter@gmail.com.

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

This chapter meets usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Richland Library. You can contact Maricela Sanchez at Maricela.sgr@gmail.com for more information.

Green Party of South Puget Sound

GPSPS recently held its reorganization meetings. Please contact Noah Martin for information on this local chapter at noahtimmartin@gmail.com.


SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR UPCOMING

SPRING GATHERING OF GREENS!!

WHEN – SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2019

TIME – WE HAVE THE HALL FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM, TIMES & AGENDA TO COME SOON

PLACE – STILLAGUAMISH VALLEY PIONEER HALL, 20722 67TH AVE. NE, ARLINGTON, WA 98223

REGISTRATION WILL INCLUDE LUNCH, SO IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE!

WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE SEVERAL WORKING SESSIONS DESIGNED TO BUILD THE PARTY IN WASHINGTON! PLENTY OF PARKING AND WE HOPE TO HAVE A SHUTTLE FROM SMOKEY POINT TRANSIT CENTER.

More info to come soon!


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Campaign Committee – Research Coordinator

The GPWA Campaign Committee is looking for a Research Coordinator!

The 2019 and 2020 election seasons are upon us and the Campaign Committee is preparing to make good use of them – despite massive efforts of the corporate parties and the media to get in our way.

Our goal is to have a Research Coordinator develop a system that can be passed onto volunteers at the local level and which will then become a resource for each local chapter in evaluating potential green opportunities for local candidates.

If you are interested in being the GPWA Campaign Committee Research Coordinator or working with a Campaign Research working group, please contact Jody Grage at jody@greenpartywashington.org.

GPWA Volunteer Coordinator     

Stay tuned… We will be announcing a new Volunteer Coordinator opportunity in our next newsletter!


GPWA WEB PAGE UPDATE!

We recently made updates to our GPWA website. Members may now renew their memberships and choose to pay their dues annually or make a monthly donation to the GP of WA. You can see the new changes here http://www.gp-wa.org/membership.

The media content committee is also working on updating our Website to be more user friendly, adding the ability of members to join their local chapters from our GPWA website, and building a “member’s only” section. Stay tuned for details on that update. If you’d like help with this project and be a part of the media content committee you can e-mail Margot Faubion at Margot@greenpartywashington.org.


GPUS News

There are several Green Party National Committees that should have a representative from the Green Party of WA and currently need a WA Liaison. Complete information about each committee can be found at the links provided below.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SUPPORT COMMITTEE – – https://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/

The Mission of the Presidential Campaign Support Committee includes-

– prepare and administer an exploratory/outreach plan to potential candidates seeking the GPUS Presidential nomination

– represent the GPUS in coordinating communication with candidates seeking the GPUS Presidential nomination

– voting membership of the committee consists of Green Party members from the various state parties and caucuses approved to serve by their state party or caucus.

– Each state party and caucus may have as many voting members on the committee as delegates to the Nat. Comm., or as many as three voting members, whichever is greater

– meets via Conference calls: once a month and then twice a month as the election gets closer

BALLOT ACCESS COMMITTEE (BAC) – STATE LIAISON – https://gpus.org/committees/ballot-access/

– works to assist Greens in achieving ballot access through petitioning and other initiatives, lobbying initiatives, and legal initiatives.

-works in conjunction with state and local parties, Green candidates, outside organizations, and other GPUS committees and in coalition with national and regional ballot access and works to expand the Ten Key Values of the Green Party.

Voting Membership: Up to three members from each state party or various caucus. Must be approved to serve by their state party or caucus.

Conference calls: First and Third Thursdays 8:00 pm ET

COORDINATED CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (CCC) – STATE LIAISON – https://gpus.org/committees/coordinated-campaign/

– a standing committee of the GPUS that cooperates with state and local chapters in the support of federal, state, and local Green Party electoral campaigns

– CURRENT WORK: Training for candidates and campaigns, financial support to candidates. In person campaign-school trainings in collaboration with state Green Parties.

– Membership: 10 elected voting members.

The GPUS CCC works with a pool of CCC Associates; these include one liaison from each affiliated state party not already represented on the CCC. State Liaisons may participate in CCC discussions and meetings as needed but are not regular voting members.

YOU CAN BE A NATIONAL CHAMPION FOR THE GREEN PARTY OF THE US AND REPRESENT THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. CONTACT THE GPWA STATE COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR MORE INFO:

–>> Email us: hello@greenpartywashington.org

There are many committees of GPUS that need people to help achieve their goals.  Members do not have to be elected delegates to the National Committee to serve on many of these GPUS committees. You can go to https://gpus.org/committees/ to find out more about all these opportunities and see where you might be able to lend your talents!


Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Elected Members:

Mary Ellen Knoop – Co-facilitator, GP Tahoma (Pierce County)

Kathryn Lewandowsky – Co-facilitator, GP Snohomish County

Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP Whatcom County

Lisa Canar – Deputy Treasurer, GP Seattle

Maricela Sanchez – Secretary, GP Mid-Columbia

Jody Grage – Member at Large, GP Seattle

Margot Faubion – Member at Large, GP SWWA

Local Chapter Reps:

Noah Martin – GP South Puget Sound

Liam Turnmire – GP Spokane County

Don’t see your chapter represented? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each local on the State Coordinating Committee! We have a conference call at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.


Contact Us

https://greenpartywashington.org

hello@greenpartywashington.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

Green Party of Washington State: Grassroots Organizing & Discussion Group

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA


The End!

But wait! No, it’s not! Send in your pictures, stories and ideas to Kathryn at GPWANewsletter@gmail.com.

There’s plenty of room for more!

We hope to publish this newsletter every other month on the Odd Months

Green Party of Washington State, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA  98127

🌻#WeAreGreen

Demand a Hearing for SB 5222 – Universal Healthcare for WA State!

Our current private/for-profit healthcare system is in crisis: 522,000 Washington State residents don’t have any healthcare coverage, many more are under-insured, and rates are going up 19% in our state this year. These stats represent real people and genuine hardship that requires urgent action.

Healthcare is the number one concern of most voters, and there’s a solution supported by a majority. In Washington, more than 60% want a government-funded, universal healthcare option. Some legislators are listening. Senator Bob Hasegawa has filed SB 5222, to implement the Whole Washington Health Trust. If this bill passes, every single Washington resident would have quality care, including vision, dental, and mental health services. And there are some unique strengths about this bill to consider:

  • It can be implemented with the same efficient timeline as Governor Inslee’s Cascade Care bill announced on January 8th.
  • It’s been reviewed and vetted by the Department of Revenue and the Employment Securities Department.
  • It’s based on I-1600, which was endorsed by the Washington State Green Party.
  • It’s backed by a study by Dr. Gerald Friedman, a world-renowned healthcare economist.
  • It will save Washington residents billions annually. That’s billions with a ‘b’.
  • It doesn’t contract with for-profit insurance companies. It’s universal healthcare.
  • It’s fully funded and has a transition phase that doesn’t rely on federal waivers.

Please comment on the bill and call your representatives to demand they let this bill have a hearing and out of committee.

Getting these bills out of Committee will take a huge Grassroots effort by Washington Citizens. Please take a few minutes of your day to have your voice heard in Olympia. We have only until Feb. 22nd to move this bill out of committee in Olympia and onto the floor for a vote.

This bill is ready, and the time to act is now!

Go to the Whole Washington website to learn more and Get Active to help establish Universal Healthcare in WA State!

Contact your state legislators NOW to help pass RCV bill for Washington!

Cities and towns in Washington could soon have the freedom to choose better elections, thanks to bills filed in our legislature. HB 1722 and SB 5708 offer local jurisdictions the option to use ranked choice voting (RCV) for elections.

RCV is engaging voters and invigorating democracy in the 22 cities and counties around the U.S. that have already adopted it for their elections. Under this bill, Washington communities will be able to enjoy these benefits, too.

But without an immediate response from RCV supporters around the state, the Local Options bill is at risk of dying in committee. 

Please contact your three state legislators RIGHT NOW, to urge their support for advancing the Local Options Bill. 

It’s simple and quick:

  • Click on this link to either bill (doesn’t matter which one): HB 1722 or SB 5708.
  • Next, click on the dark green “Comment on this bill” button, at the top right of the page.
  • Fill in your address.
  • Click on the light green button, “Verify District”
  • Select all three of your legislators.
  • Click “Yes” if you would like a response.
  • Enter your contact information.
  • Click on “Support” to indicate your Position.
  • In the comment field, please express your view in your own words. Urge your legislators to ensure that the bill advances out of committee before February 22nd. Say why you think it’s important to allow local jurisdictions in our state to be able to use ranked choice voting i.e. giving voters more choices and decreasing negative campaigning.

What exactly does the Local Options Bill do?

It allows local jurisdictions to opt out of state-mandated primary elections in favor of a general election conducted using ranked choice voting. Alternatively, jurisdictions can keep the primary, but use a “top five” rather than a “top two” primary (with both elections conducted under ranked choice voting.)

How can I learn more?

Look here for an excellent article about our Local Options Bill by Kristin Eberhard of Sightline Institute. And check out this recent press release issued by FairVote WA.

What more can I do to help?

  • Spread the word! Encourage your friends and family to contact their legislators too.
  • Go to the FairVote WA website to learn how you can Get Involved with the growing movement to bring ranked choice voting to Washington state!

Thank you for contacting your three legislators TODAY!

In Solidarity,
Green Party of Washington and FairVote WA

January 2019 News from the Green Party of Washington

Welcome to your new Green Party of Washington Newsletter! We’re still working on an easy way for people to submit news for the Newsletter. For now you can send it to GPWANewsletter@gmail.com


Report from the Fall Gathering 2018

Saturday, November 10th 
2018 GPWA Fall Gathering Review
by Mary Ellen Knoop

Our first Fall Gathering in several years went well.  It was held at The Pasta Company in Ellensburg, WA.  Although the attendance was less than we had hoped, there was representation from most of the state and it was well worth the time to be there and show our support for the impressive growth of the Green Party in Eastern Washington.  The restaurant itself was crowded; it is obviously a popular place in Ellensburg but the room was perfect for our size group with good food, great service and they even had a good film screen for us to use.

We had a wonderful presentation by FairVote WA where they clarified Ranked Choice Voting beautifully.  They are more than willing to send at least one of their members to any group and share their slide presentation.  Great for a local chapter GP meeting!  Boot Camp was great too with plenty of information to help new chapters get organized.  We were also able to hear from Stoney Bird on things he and his campaign team learned from his campaign for Congress in CD 2.  The rest of the program was interesting and informative as well, including the Women’s Caucus plans to lobby for public funding of all campaigns in 2019.

I was surprised that with the day being so beautiful, more didn’t attend; OK, maybe that was why more didn’t attend.  We had about 17 people in attendance.  The location, being central, was to me a perfect choice, easily accessible to everyone.  The State Coordinating Committee really appreciated and enjoyed hearing from those who did attend on how we can grow the Green Party and help to best get our Green Party candidates elected.  Thank you to everyone who shared the day with us and to the Fall Gathering Committee for making it happen.


Come meet other Greens and find out how you can help promote the presence of Green Values in your community and your government!

GREEN PARTY OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Join us to build a movement right here in SW Washington to put people and planet over profit. This is the Annual Membership Meeting where members elect Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. We need everyone to come and share their enthusiasm and ideas.

Non-members may attend, but they cannot vote unless they join. Membership forms will be available. Please RSVP if you’re planning on attending.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
2 PM-4PM
Cascade Park Community Library
600 NE 136th Ave.
Vancouver, WA


The Snohomish County Green Party had a Winter Coat Exchange on Black Friday. We were surprised at how many homeless people showed up and traded their worn out coats for donated newer coats. What we discovered though is that the supply of warm coats was not near enough to meet the needs of our homeless population. We also realized that there was a huge need for warm hats, gloves and socks! We’re hoping to be better prepared next year!

Come join us at our Monthly Meeting the first Monday of each month at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201. 6PM-8PM.


The Green Party of the Mid-Columbia has been Planning for upcoming social events in Walla Walla and Yakima to recruit members. They are also actively working to find local boards, commissions and agencies that have empty seats. Their goal is to place their Green Party members on these boards in order to have a green presence in their community.

Javier Madrigal is applying to the Benton Clean Air Agency and Maricela Sanchez currently serves on the Historic Prosser Downtown Association. Their chapter meets usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Richland Library.


The Green Party of South Puget Sound was very busy in December fighting for Safe Sleep in Olympia.

Thank you to everyone who showed up to support safe sleep in our community. We packed the courtroom and accomplished our goal of making our presence felt without any arrests or incidents. The judge even commented and thanked us for our participation. Thank you also to Lizzie Carp and Luke from DSA for co-organizing.

The court ruled AGAINST the plaintiffs’ motion for an injunction against the City of Olympia, stating that Olympia has a right to its legislative response to this emergency without court interference. What this means is that the City can continue to address this crisis with its limited means, including mitigation sites. The lawsuit will continue, probably to trial, but for now progress will not be stopped.

In one of the more compassionate and human actions I have seen in our so-called “justice” system, the court also ruled IN FAVOR of the motion to intervene by Phoenix Rae Tendw, making her party to the suit against the plaintiffs’ claims of nuisance.

What we need to do now is continue to build mutual aid networks, finding solutions as a community wherever we can. We must also continue to pressure the County, State, and surrounding cities to step up and face this regional emergency in partnership with Olympia, instead of pointing fingers and hiding from the consequences of inaction. So far, they have fallen short. For years now, the City of Olympia and surrounding communities have been struggling with the reverberations of a failed economic system: a housing crisis based in artificial housing shortages and stagnant wages. We have all been buffeted by precarity.

In this context, Olympia’s underhoused community has struggled with courage and dignity against impossible odds to secure their basic rights to survival. They have told their stories and occupied public space to mark their continued existence and humanity. The organizations and individuals that gathered today stand with these brave, persistent neighbors.

In its response and through multiple administrations, the government and the ruling class have not treated this crisis with the seriousness it deserves. This is why we find ourselves where we are today: inundated with more displaced people, unable to find solutions within the narrow, market-friendly paradigm in which our government operates. This insufficiency must end.

We must also urge the court to identify these plaintiffs so that unhoused people and their allies can take the necessary precautions to avoid and protect themselves against these neighbors who openly wish them harm, exposure, and possible death. The unconscionable words spoken by these plaintiffs’ attorney to block even the most basic first step for stability is now public record: the court even noted the charged political language in their statement, based on discrimination and myths like the “magnet city” hypothesis.

We believe that everyone in this community has a strong stake in the outcome of this case, not just the wealthiest individuals. In whichever way we can, in every space we can occupy, we should offer the testimony of workers, tenants, and especially unhoused people themselves to shed light on the actual circumstances facing the City of Olympia and its community.

In solidarity,
Noah Martin


Did you know that there are many ways you can help the Green Party at a national level? There are many committees of GPUS that need people to help them to achieve their goals. And a person doesn’t have to be an elected delegate to the National Committee to serve on many of these committees. You can go to https://gpus.org/committees/ to find out more about all these and see where you might be able to lend your talents.

A new standing committee has just been formed that is currently in the process of looking for members.

Banking and Monetary Reform Committee (BMRC)  will provide educational materials to Green Party members and Green Party candidates, draft Green Party position statements and press releases with respect to pending or new legislation or events affecting banking and monetary systems, propose platform amendments when deemed necessary to support Green monetary policy, endorse organizations that advocate banking and monetary reform that agree with the Green Party policy and values, and promote actions advocating banking and monetary reform (established 12/12/2018). Here is more information about that committee.

The Green Party has approved the mission statement for a new standing committee, the Banking and Monetary Reform Committee (BMRC). We are inviting state parties and caucuses to appoint new members to the committee. Members from at least 5 states or caucuses are required for the committee to be recognized formally as a standing committee.

An understanding of our national monetary and banking systems, as well as the monetary history that gave rise to our present institutions, is critical for representatives and voters in a democracy. The present debt-based monetary system is the major contributor to adverse economic conditions, the increasing wealth disparity, and systemic paralysis in responding to climate change. However, this debt-based monetary system is not included in the curriculum of high schools and undergraduate studies at colleges and universities.

As part of its mission statement the new committee plans to provide educational materials to members and candidates of the Green Party. These educational materials will include informational material about our current monetary system and the Green Party platform on the monetary reform necessary for long term funding of programs in the Green Party’s comprehensive plan for the future. This monetary transformation will enable all citizens to have access to food, shelter, healthcare, and education, without our governments and people being ensnared by debt.

The Banking and Monetary Reform Committee will also draft Green Party position statements and press releases with respect to pending or new legislation or events affecting banking and monetary systems.

Greens who would like to assist in this effort will be able to join the BMRC by requesting their state parties or caucuses to approve them as members of the committee. Authorized officers of the state party or caucus must inform the temporary co-chairs of the committee and the GPUS secretary of the appointment. The name and email address of the representative should be sent to BMRC@gp.org and also to the GPUS secretary, Jody Grage, secretary@gp.org.

Rita Jacobs
Howard Switzer
Temporary Co-chairs, BMRC


Green Party of Washington Coordinating Committee Local Chapter Reps 

Alice Whittington – GP of Seattle
Liam Turnmire – GP of Spokane
Scott Thompson – Whatcom County GP
Maricela Sanchez – GP of the Mid-Columbia
Margot Faubion – GP of SW Washington
Noah Martin – GP of South Puget Sound
Kathryn Lewandowsky – GP of Snohomish County

Don’t see your chapter represented? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each local on the State Coordinating Committee! We have a conference call at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

Together we can accomplish so much more!
Don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you!

The End! But wait! No it’s not! Send in your pictures, stories and ideas to Kathryn at GPWANewsletter@gmail.com There’s plenty of room for more!


Galloping Greens (Temporary nickname)
January 2019 Bimonthly Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue I

Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Elected Members at large:
Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP of Whatcom County
Deputy Treasurer – Vacant
Maricela Sanchez -Secretary, GP of Mid-Columbia
Mary Ellen Knoop – Co-facilitator
Kathryn Lewandowsky – Cofacilitator, GP of Sno Co
Jody Grage – Member at Large
Margot Faubion – GP of SW WA
Noah Martin – GP of SPS
Alice Whittington – GP of Seattle
Liam Turnmire – GP of Spokane

We’re looking for a Volunteer Coordinator
Approx. 6 hrs/wk
Basic Database skills
For more information contact Jody@greenpartywashington.org

Find us on social media at:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA
https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA/

🌻#WeAreGreen

GPWA 2018 Fall Gathering Review

by Mary Ellen Knoop

The Green Party of Washington held our Fall Gathering on November 10, 2018 at the Ellensburg Pasta Company.

Everything went well. Although the attendance (17 people) was less that we had hoped, there was representation from most of the state, and it was well-worth the time to be there. The meeting content was great. FairVote WA clarified Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) beautifully, and they are prepared to send at least one of their members to any group in order to give their slide presentation. Great for a local chapter GP meeting!

Boot Camp was great, too. The rest of the program was interesting and informative as well, including the Green Party National Women’s Caucus plan to lobby for public funding of all campaigns.

The food was good and the service was great. The restaurant itself was crowded; it is obviously a popular place in Ellensburg.

The room was perfect for our size group, and the restaurant even had a good film screen. I was surprised that with the day being so beautiful, more didn’t attend. We will have to talk frankly about whether to stay with one or try again to have two state-wide meetings per year. The location, being central, was to me a perfect choice, easily accessible; two members came from The Mid-Columbia, and one from Spokane, along with others who attended from Whatcom County, Snohomish County, Seattle, Tahoma (Pierce County), and South Puget Sound.

Read our summary evaluation of the Gathering here.

Summary of Renata Rollins’ First Year on the Olympia City Council

Renata Rollins, Olympia City Council member, successfully ran for her position as a Green in 2017. This is what Green leadership looks like:

Renata summed up the state of Olympia during her first year on the Olympia City Council as: “We’ve had hard times in the community, but a lot of good groundwork has been done.”

The primary issue that Renata ran on was homelessness. The current Council, thanks to Renata and her alliances with other progressive members, has taken a 180 degree turn in their thinking about homeless issues. City priorities have dramatically changed in the past year, with much more attention to homelessness.

In May, the Council had a retreat to brainstorm policies around reducing the harmful impacts of homelessness. They came out with a new harm-reduction approach: support camping, daytime places to gather, and broaden focus from affordable housing construction to include more immediate housing solutions.

Renata said, “We can’t keep having a whack-a-mole response to homelessness. We need to get in place the basics like sanitation and safe places to camp and stay, and then work on the more difficult issues.”

A tiny-home village is in the works, with 40 dwelling units. Access will be based on an individual’s vulnerability. Renata is also involved with asking Thurston County to move to more evidence-based projects. In addition, there are many in the faith community who want to host encampments who could work with the city.

The 2019 budget cycle is about over. Renata has taken the opportunity this first cycle to learn more about the process. She requested that a Police Auditor be added to the 2019 budget, a contracted position that had been part of the budget years ago. This request has gained support from other council members. Like all local governments, Olympia struggles with revenue – especially from decreasing sales tax revenue. Renata advocated for the city to file an amicus brief supporting Seattle’s income tax case with the WA Supreme Court, which the legal department successfully filed. Hopefully in the future our cities and state will have more progressive tax structures available rather than regressive sales tax and property taxes.

In 2019, Renata will be looking at inclusionary zoning and market-based incentives as currently available tools to encourage affordable housing. For example, city fees could be reduced in exchange for creating units affordable for people earning 50-80% of the average local income. The previous Council approved, and an initiative was passed in February 2018, for a “Home Fund” 0.1% sales and use tax that will be used to create permanent supportive housing for the most vulnerable homeless individuals. So far, the City has purchased some property for affordable housing with funds from this levy.

Renata is also working with a community group on a regional social housing proposal, common in Europe, where public housing is more broadly available to people regardless of income. Social housing essentially is proportional rent – the cost of rent in a building may vary family to family, but the percentage of each family’s income going toward rent would be the same.

Renata has been participating in forming a subgroup of local policymakers to study sea-level rise issues and consider alternatives to the mainstream response that was proposed by hired consultants. Downtown Olympia may need a change in development patterns, as it is built on fill close to the waterline. Additionally, city staff are working closely with the Thurston Regional Planning Council to develop a regional climate change response plan for both mitigation and adaptation.

Renata said that many city department planning processes are currently isolated or siloed. For example, the Parks Plan process has historically asked residents what amenities they want to see in their city parks without regard to how that may impact other important areas such as affordable housing, cost of living, or climate change mitigation and adaptation. With the Parks Plan update commencing in 2019 Renata has been advocating for a more integrated approach to department planning.

Olympia government has a new department: The Office of Performance and Integration (OPI). It happens to be completely staffed by women, who serve as internal consultants for other city departments. They provide a model for community conversations and encourage changing the typical government decision processes to community-driven policies rather than relying on a top-down approach. Renata is meeting with OPI to see how this new process template can be applied to homelessness policy, parks planning and other processes.

Renata serves as Council liaison to the Olympia Heritage Commission. She and a subgroup of the Commission have been meeting to brainstorm ideas, for example, how to honor the area’s traditional stewards, the tribes, by choosing more appropriate place names and posting informative murals or plaques to reflect heritage.

Finally, in 2019 Renata will be working on creating a Human Rights Commission as well as an ordinance for gender-neutral restrooms throughout the city. She will also support work toward getting renters protections such as requiring “just cause” for evictions, and longer notice requirements.