Green Party of Seattle Endorses House Our Neighbors!

SEATTLE, Washington (August 18, 2021) – Green Party of Seattle endorses the House Our Neighbors [HON] Opposition Statement to Charter Amendment 29

HON is a coalition of advocates who are committed to ending the homelessness crisis in Seattle. The Green Party of Seattle is opposed to the ‘Sweeps’ of homeless encampments, which is a practice that Charter Amendment 29 would allow to continue; Green support for the HON opposition statement focused on that point.

Charter Amendment 29 as proposed by “Compassion Seattle”, a group of concerned business owners, commercial property investors and individuals, contains language around support for addressing ‘Behavioral Health’ issues and building new low-cost housing as if this is the primary cause of homelessness, but their ‘solutions’ do not reflect a true depth of understanding about the problem.

Green Party of Seattle [GPSEA] rejects City of Seattle Charter Amendment 29 on the grounds that it does not sufficiently address root causes of homelessness. We agree that ‘Behavioral Health’ services that address mental hygiene and addiction should be available to all, but this does not put people indoors or give them a safe place to sleep at night.

We recognize that concerned business owners, property investors, and individuals who fund the ‘Compassion Seattle’ charter amendment initiative are important economic stakeholders in Seattle and we empathize with their distress over encampments of homeless folx that take up residence in commercial areas. Obviously, it does not look pretty to tourists, and this is bad for their cash flow. However, this does not motivate compassion.

As an unfunded mandate that proposes 2,000 new low-income residences, it is a drop in the bottomless bucket of housing inequality that exists here in Seattle. What residents and tourists see as encampments on the street is only the tip of the iceberg here. The ‘Invisible Homeless’ have run out of economic capital to afford independent housing but still have enough ‘social capital’ to stay with friends and family in spare rooms, couches, basements, garages, and driveways.

We live in a city where most infrastructure-related workers with families cannot afford homes. This means that the majority of Teachers, Nurses, Union Labor, Utility Workers, and First Responders that work here are commuters. This will not make our city a more secure place during an Earthquake, for instance. We will not be able to ‘Program’ or ‘Sales Funnel’ ourselves out of the rubble.

GPSEA is in complete solidarity with this statement from HON:

“People are unhoused because our region has failed to build enough permanently affordable housing after decades of steady population growth. Compassion Seattle is focused on blaming addiction and mental illness for homelessness. We know that homelessness is a result of greater problems: stagnant wages, job loss, skyrocketing rent, high barriers to healthcare, housing and/or workforce discrimination, and a diminishing safety net. The solution is permanent low-cost housing and supportive services.”

https://www.houseourneighbors.org/opposition-statement

Real-world solutions to Housing Security include Rent ControlProgressive Taxation, and Deeply Affordable Housing. Green Party of Seattle has opposed ‘Sweeps’ since 2017 when party membership was unanimous on that particular point.

Additionally, the practice of funding non-profits to distribute tents, sleeping bags, and blankets to people as ‘outreach’ services and then taking those things away from them during ‘Sweeps’ is wasteful and ludicrous. It is a dysfunctional cycle that perpetuates lack, insecurity, and further social trauma. Public access to safe restrooms, garbage disposal, running water, and sanitation during both a homelessness crisis and a Pandemic is how business owners could be much more helpful to our unhoused neighbors.

The Green Party of Seattle [GPSEA] is a growing group of Ecosocialists in the PNW. Greens are an Alternative Political Party, invested in a Regenerative future for Seattle and King County. Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, along with the development of regenerative practices that can attain it. It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, wars for profit, the commodification of human beings, extractive capitalism, and the fossil-fuel-based economics of War and Wall Street.

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Resisting Israel’s Attacks on Palestine

Join us for an inside look at what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza —

Webinar at 5 pm PT, Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The ugly truth of what is happening to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has been effectively hidden by media silence. Israelis don’t want to look, and the West doesn’t know. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and police protect and reinforce attacks by “settlers” which are increasingly vicious and frequent. Israeli courts, police, and settlers have worked with the  IDF and Civil Administration for de facto annexation of most of the West Bank. What is happening to Palestinians exemplifies colonialism throughout the world.

Hear from:

  • BOB SUBERI, Veterans For Peace, Green Party of St. Louis.
  • ZAKI BARUTI, Universal African Peoples Organization, Green Party of Missouri.
  • AWDAH HATHALEEN, Palestinian Activist, Victim of home demolition.
  • YONATAN SHAPIRAFormer Israeli Air Force pilot.

Moderator MADELYN HOFFMAN is Co-chair of the Green Party Peace Action Committee.


Please register for the program when you receive this.

Registration details: The webinar is NO COST, but you need to REGISTER to attend.

Click HERE to Register for Webinar or copy link into your browser:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-GurzkpHtGy08Z9Cl1R5E3Ll_O-ZO7e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on joining the meeting.


Bob Suberi, the son of immigrants from Jerusalem, is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel, a Vietnam War veteran, and a member of the Green Party of St. Louis. He spent three months living in a Palestinian village from March to June 2021. He is currently active in Veterans For Peace, Friends of Bethlehem St. Louis, and the Center for Jewish Non-Violence.

Zaki Baruti is President/General of the Universal African Peoples Organization and was the 2000 Green Party Candidate for Missouri Governor. He has been a TV host, radio host and a decades-long leader in St. Louis area struggles against police violence. He publishes the African Newsworld and is a retired educator and author of educational booklets.

Awdah Hathaleen, a Palestinian activist in Umm Al Khair, South Hebron Hills, is a victim of house demolition and organized rebuilding a community center demolished twice. He is an English teacher and the inspiration behind a village library and a campaign to educate preschoolers. He assists Palestinians who are forced to work and sometimes sleep far from where they live.

Yonatan Shapira is a former Israeli captain and Air Force pilot. He was one of the organizers of a 2003 letter signed by 27 Air Force pilots who refused to participate in Israeli military operations against Palestinians. Shapira has also signed onto the internal Israeli movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) known as “Boycott from Within.”

Madelyn Hoffman has been a lifelong activist for peace/environmental justice and is a Professor of Political Science and Public Speaking. She is the 2021 NJ Green Party Candidate for Governor and Co-chair of the Green Party Peace Action Committee.

Co-sponsors include: African People’s Socialist Party, Attack the System, American Muslims for Palestine, Black Community Control of the Police, Broome Tioga Green Party, Georgia Green Party, Green Party Albuquerque Metro Area, Green Party of Kansas City (MO), Green Party Peace Action Committee, Green Party of St. Louis, Green Party of Texas, Green Party of Washington State, Green Party of Yavapai County, Green Social ThoughtHampton Roads Green Party (VA), Illinois Green Party, Kansas Green Party, Lynne Stewart Organization, Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party, Missouri Green Party, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (Vancouver), New Abolitionist Movement, North Carolina Green Party, Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis Friends of Bethlehem, Universal African Peoples Organization, Veterans For Peace, Wisconsin Green Party, Young Ecosocialists

For more info: https://www.gateway-greens.org/content/resisting-israels-attacks-palestine

Medicare for All – Call to Action!

Medicare for All Call to Action: July 24th, 2021

REMINDER — 

It all starts with you.

The Green Party of Washington State is one of the many sponsors of the #M4M4ALL [March for Medicare for All] which takes place in cities and towns all over the country this Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The Green Party of Washington State strongly urges all Green Party members and supporters to get involved!

The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. Single-payer universal healthcare has been in our platform since 2000. This has not changed.

What has changed is that now an overwhelming majority of US residents agree with us. Unfortunately, elected politicians from the major parties are reluctant to go against a powerful corporate healthcare system that favors dollars over public health.

The COVID-19 pandemic taught people that human life is worth more than clickbait. So many people want Medicare for All right now that a critical mass of us are about to take to the streets.

Take action! Join us at the march! Join this massive grassroots effort. Together, we will win!

There are 2 confirmed #M4M4ALL events in Washington state – Olympia and Seattle.

Olympia is planning a rally at the Capitol Building. Registration Details are here: https://www.mobilize.us/marchformedicareforallm4m4all-1/event/398962/

The Seattle march will start at Westlake Park and end at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Registration Details are here: https://www.mobilize.us/marchformedicareforallm4m4all-1/event/388622/

Seattle march details: Green Allies meet up at 12:45 PM at the Westlake monorail station. Visual clue: Big Sunflower. People wearing more than the average amount of Green. People coming from out of town may want to park near the Seattle Center and take the monorail to the rally start at Westlake. Also, you may want to do a park and ride, Uber, Lift or Taxi, or look on the #M4M4All website for a rideshare. We highly encourage public transportation.

Corvallis has a Solidarity Event Planned. Registration Details are here: https://www.mobilize.us/marchformedicareforallm4m4all-1/event/397127/

Also, Medicare for All activists are organizing a March and Rally in Portland! Details are here: https://medicareforallpdx.com/

Requests for Green Party Supporters and March Participants:

  • Please share information and boost posts about #M4M4ALL. All of us are differently-abled, spreading the information and sharing live streams also speaks to power, and is an important act of solidarity for our organizers.
  • Green Party supporters should ‘be seen being Green’ and take photos and videos. Please wear a green hat, top, or scarf if possible as a visual cue. Seattle Greens meet up at 12:45 PM at the Westlake monorail station.
  • [Seattle] Volunteers to set up and table outside at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. Let us know if you can help with setting up and/or staffing our table. We will also be collecting signatures for Initiative 1362 — Whole Washington — Universal Healthcare for Washington State!
  • If you have a Green Party friend in another part of the country, help them find their local March!  This is something that all Progressives can agree on, so we can bring our not Green [yet] friends too!

Take action! Join us at the march! Join this massive grassroots effort. Together, we will win.

Disaccreditation of the Georgia Green Party

For Immediate Release — July 19th, 2021

The Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council has voted to direct its National Committee delegates to vote Yes on Proposal 1062: Disaccreditation of the Georgia Green Party.

During the course of the discussion and debate, it has become clear that the platform planks which the Georgia Green Party has adopted regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly trans women and children, are not in alignment with the positions of the Green Party of Washington State. Our State is a progressive state and our citizens and members of the State Party are overwhelmingly in support of trans rights. We’re grateful to the diligent work of the Accreditation Committee to present the facts of their investigation which helped to inform our decision. Georgia Green Party leadership has demonstrated no willingness to change their positions or engage in meaningful debate; their continued portrayals of trans women as incipient criminals and their callous disregard of accepted medical practice for the care of transgender children are harmful.

We agree with our colleagues in Wisconsin when they ask, “should the Green Party be a safe space for intolerance?”

And we agree with their conclusion, “If so, then we can no longer claim to be a tolerant organization, and the progressives and leftists we are hoping to recruit will find another political home. Therefore, the only tenable choice is to repudiate intolerance, and continue the Green Party’s honorable legacy of standing with the LGBTQIA+ community, instead of throwing it away along with our party’s future.”

We’ve spent years hoping the National Lavender Green Caucus and the Georgia Green Party would be able to resolve this issue. They were not able to do so. We are now being tasked to resolve this issue and determine the future of our Party.

The Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council consensus was unambiguous. Our membership expected a just resolution some time ago. Our NC delegates were directed to vote Yes on Proposal 1062.

A Green Future is not Sustainable without Justice.

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Alice B Green

Green Party of Washington National Delegate
She/Her

March for Medicare for All

The Green Party of Washington and Green Party of Seattle are supporting the Seattle March for Medicare for All!

This is a grassroots effort with Medicare for All marches happening in cities across the country on July 24th!

We hope to get everyone involved with the Seattle march as participants and as leaders. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Mark your calendar and RSVP for the Seattle March for Medicare for All on July 24th!
  2. Join the “ByThePeople” Slack workspace to connect with other march organizers. You will be placed into a channel called #m4m4a-all-organizers. Once you are in, join #m4m4a-seattle to connect with the Seattle team (invite link)
  3. Join the Seattle team for our weekly planning meetings to, Fridays at 6pm (invite link)
  4. Join the all organizers weekly meetings on Sundays at 9am to help promote all marches across the country (invite link)

These meetings will be held weekly between now and July 24th. Everyone is welcome in the Slack and at any of the meetings so feel free to invite anyone who would like to get involved! We hope to see you there!

Bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home!

The Green Party of Washington Supports the efforts being coordinated by representatives of the Lummi Nation and others to return Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to her home waters of the Salish Sea.

Who is Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut?

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation name for last remaining Southern Resident Orca to be held in captivity. She is also known as “Tokitae” or by her Seaquarium slave name “Lolita”.

In August of 1970, over 50 young orcas were violently stolen from the Salish Sea and sold to aquariums.

Large pods of orcas were once rounded up in the waters of Washington State and their young ones kidnapped. Several died during capture and transport. In 1971 whaling was outlawed in the US. Only one of our resident L pod orcas remains alive in captivity. Her name is Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut.

The Captive.

For over 50 years, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been held at the Miami Seaquarium, in the world’s smallest orca tank. There, in the state of Florida she is subjected to cruel and unnatural conditions, including relentless sun and heat, extreme social isolation, and exposure to dangerous hurricanes. She has not seen another orca in captivity since the 1980’s, as she is the sole survivor of the 45 orcas captured from the Southern Salish Sea in 1970.

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been sentenced to a life of unjust captivity and deprivation. We as Greens, call for a compassionate release. The Green Party wants her liberated from the state of Florida and brought back to her home waters. The Lummi Nation feels it is their sacred obligation to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home. Orcas pods have distinct cultures and dialects, Tokitae still calls out in her native L pod language. Her mother is still alive, bring her back home to her family.

Green Solidarity.

We, the Green Party of Washington State, in representing ourselves, our memberships, and our constituencies, support the effort to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut [Southern Resident Orca] home. We call upon the Governors of WashingtonOregon, and California, and the Premier of British Columbia, the lands of which border the Salish Sea home of the Southern Resident Orcas, to sign a joint Proclamation that acknowledges the unique and iconic orca population here and the significant spiritual and cultural value for the people of the region, with protected legal rights to freedom from captivity.

Therefore, The Green Party of Washington State joins the Lummi Nation and others urging the Governors and Premier of our Southern Resident Orca territories to:

• Support and endorse the efforts being coordinated by representatives of the Lummi Nation to return Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to her Salish Sea home.

• Call upon Miami Seaquarium, Festival Fun Parks (DBA Palace Entertainment), Parques Reunidos and EQT to agree to negotiate the terms and conditions for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s release from Miami Seaquarium and safe return to her natal waters; and

• Work with representatives of the Lummi Nation and other relevant entities to secure any state permits that might be required for the return and rehabilitation of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut and her reunion with her human and Orca family.

Earth Day 2021 Sunflower Seed Giveaway

SEATTLE – On Earth Day 2021, Green Party of Seattle [GPSEA, sounds like jip’See] members participated at an event organized by 350Seattle. Climate Action Allies Extinction Rebellion [XR Seattle], the Backbone Campaign Kayaktivists, 350Seattle, and GPSEA came together as climate allies to protest proposed increased cruise ship and fossil fuel tanker traffic in the Salish Sea. This would be a further assault on our resident Orcas and an already stressed ecosystem.

GPSEA also came to celebrate Earth Day with a simple but positive action; planting Sunflowers.

We gave away non-GMO sunflower seeds in envelopes we had labeled for the occasion. To bring attention to our giveaway we built a large sunflower puppet prop. CJ is a fabric artist and puppet maker and created a harness to wear the giant flower as well. 350Seattle invited CJ to participate in the happy ending portion of a skit they were performing about the effects of fossil fuel pollution on our beautiful Salish Sea.

Sunflowers are native to North America as well as being an emblem of Green politics worldwide. International Guerrilla Sunflower Gardening Day is May 1st. Between Earth Day and May 1st we also planted seeds in Discovery Park and Seattle city median strips and public places. Sunflowers help to detoxify soil, sink carbon, feed animals and birds, and their pollen increases the resilience of bees with medicinal effects for their immune systems.

This was a simple Earth Day project that Greens could work on in small groups. Buy non-GMO sunflower seeds from an organic grower, in bulk. We used paper envelopes cut in half and put a spoon of seed in each, and sealed them with Earth Day stickers and planting instruction labels. We had prepared Sunflower trivia questions based on our blog post, but did not use them. We used fabric, wire, PVC and some other found materials to make a big bright sunflower with a ‘G’ on the back to attract attention. We did attract attention. On Earth Day we gave away seed packets to event participants as well as people in the Seattle Sculpture Garden and along the Seattle Waterfront downtown. We told people that even without a yard they can plant them in any public space as a gift to Earth Mother. Cultivate Sustainability.

Every Day is Earth Day…

GPWA Candidate Statements

Candidates for GPWA offices are listed alphabetically by first name.


ALICE GREEN – CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Hello GPWA Greens, my name is Alice, and I am currently the acting Treasurer of Green Party of Seattle, and our small workgroup is methodically rebuilding our local chapter at this time. I maintain the GPSEA.org website and blog and participate in projects with other activist groups as well. Currently my official address is in Shoreline Washington, and I am also spending a lot of time in Portland because of a prolonged medical leave from my regular job as a nurse. When GPSEA bylaws are solidified I may move out of that position. My work background is as a Labor & Delivery RN, I am officially an empty nester and none of my four children or any of their friends who call me mom are staying with me.

Originally, I became involved with the Green Party of Washington as a member of the ‘Action Faction’ late in 2015, the following year I joined the Green Party of Seattle and became involved with the Jill Stein Campaign. She was an easy candidate for me to support. Both ‘mainstream’ parties are disappointing in that they represent interest groups and large corporate donors, and both support endless war.

I want to work with the Green Party of Washington at the national level as a Delegate and feel that although the job would be new to me, there are reliable Greens that will be willing to mentor me through the process of learning. My grasp of Green Values is strong although my grasp of Bylaws is weak, and it does take me time to digest the information that I read there. However, I am willing to learn and will endeavor to keep up with the emails, which I hear are copious, contentious, and convoluted.

There are many potential Green Votes in Washington, and I believe that many people would welcome a viable national party alternative to Republican or Democratic corporatocracy. In the 2024 election cycle an openly Ecosocialist Party has many reasons to succeed as young voters come of age and entrenched political forces wane. The Greens must stand up for Peace, Sustainability, and advocate for Regenerative Systems at all levels, personally and globally. Peace does start at home.

My main political interests are Universal Healthcare and Single Payer insurance reforms. I also feel that local economies can thrive with community building systems in place such as Free Higher Education, Mutual Aid Organizations, and Green Job opportunities. Technology can help or it can hurt us, we must safeguard Grassroots Empowerment against the Corporate and Technocratic forces that seek to commodify everyday citizens. When the powerful divide communities to maintain their control the only interests they represent are their own. If elected I would represent Ecosocialist values for the State of Washington as a National Delegate.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Greens.


BRENT ALAN MITCHEL-GAUDET – CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT TO COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE AND APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Brent has an educational background in Environmental Sciences and in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. An alumnus of the California State University, Fullerton, the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, he is active in a number of scientific, cultural, heritage, and environmental organizations.

Brent was most recently the manager of the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center in Hoodsport, Washington. The Center is a partnership with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Shelton/Mason Chamber of Commerce.

He is a retired Lieutenant/Engineer with the Nenana Alaska Fire Department and has been the Nenana Cultural and Visitors Center Manager for 4 years.

He was a certified as an Emergency Trauma Technician with the State of Alaska. He was also certified in Healthcare Provider CPR.

Brent has worked as the Assistant Program Director for the tribal TCCC AmeriCorps program and has been the CERT program coordinator.

Brent worked at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History

Brent has worked in partnership with the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and with other government agencies and non-profits, on projects in Virginia, Alaska, Minnesota, and California.

A former Habitat Restoration Specialist with the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, Brent has focused on Schoolyard Habitat Restoration Projects in the Alaska Interior. Brent has been the Environmental Youth Corps Coordinator for three years, which included training young adults in Ecology, CPR, and ETT.

Brent has worked with children K-12 on environmental projects and sustainable agriculture gardens, in classrooms. Brent has worked with Nenana City School, Tri-Valley School. Two Rivers School, Cantwell School, Hopson Middle School, Minto School, and many others.

Statement of Interest from Brent:

I am submitting this statement of interest in order to be considered for the two unfilled positions.

I believe I possess the qualifications to fill either the National Delegate or the At-large Coordination Council position.

I have a history of working in positions of service and environmental protection.

I have been on the front lines of struggle for social justice for minorities, women, and the under-served in our society, my entire adult life.

I have worked with Winona LaDuke on environmental and sustainable foods projects on the White Earth Reservation, Ogema, Minnesota.

I am currently on the Global Green COP26 working group.

I have developed and I continue to develop positive relationships with Greens from around the world. I have cultivated friendships and positive relationships with Greens from every continent (except Antarctica).

I am easy to work with. I am positive and caring. I get things done.

I have the time and dedication to serve in either of these very important positions.

Respectfully,

Brent A. Mitchel-Gaudet


DANIEL BUMBARGER – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Bumbarger and I’ve been nominated to the state Coordinating Council. I’ve been a formal member of the state party for a little over a year, but I’ve been a green voter and advocate since 2012.

I’m currently the Secretary and Webmaster for the South Sound Green Party chapter. I am also a member of the National Lavender Green Caucus and serve on the Green Party National Accreditation and Fundraising Committees. Additionally, I am a member and heavily involved with the GPUS Youth Caucus where I work on the media team.

Outside of the Green Party I am a long time HIV/AIDS prevention and education advocate helping form and serving on the board of governors for a local prevention non-profit.

I’m organized and a regular attendee of the GPWA CC meetings and feel I’d be a good fit. That’s of course up to you! Give me the work and I’ll be happy to do it.


JODY GRAGE – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

I was born in Seattle and have been an activist for most of my live. I taught at-risk youth in the Central Area in the early 60s, at alternative schools, and at Juvenile Hall. I have deep roots as a community activist in Ballard where I have lived since 1976. I founded and ran the Seattle Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool for over a decade back in the day and was one of the founders of both Sustainable Seattle and Sustainable Ballard.

In the mid-80s I worked with the issue-based group Cascadia Green Alliance and on our newspaper “Waves”. I continued as it grew into the Green Party of Washington State serving on many working groups as well as the Coordinating Council as Treasurer and an at-large member over the years. I served on the GPUS Steering Committee for several terms as an at-large member, as well as four years as Treasurer and two years as Secretary, and have been a member of many committees.

I bring with me institutional memory, an appetite for paperwork, a willingness to toil in the trenches, a vision of Green Party locals all across our state – and a feeling that the 11th Key Value is perseverance.


LISA CANAR (she/her) – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – DEPUTY TREASURER

I have been a member of the Green Party of Seattle and Green Party of Washington since 2016. I currently volunteer as social media and communications coordinator for GPWA, and oversee our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), post news to our website, publicize events, and send organizational emails. I attended the GPUS annual convention in 2016 as a Presidential Nominating Convention delegate, and I have served on the GPWA Coordinating Council for five years, most recently as Deputy Treasurer. I am running to continue in the role of Deputy Treasurer for 2021-2022.

In my professional life, I am a Medical Consultant for a diagnostic and clinical testing laboratory. I completed my training in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine at Bastyr University.

Our health depends on the health of our communities and our planet, and on establishing a comprehensive Green agenda. In my work and activism, I strive to uphold the Green visions and values of social and racial justice, grassroots democracy, environmental justice, sustainability, non-violence, cooperation, and ecosocialism. For people, planet, and peace over profit!


MARA BRAY (she/her) CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Hello everyone, my name is Mara Bray and I am submitting my biography for consideration to be nominated as a national delegate. I’ll be frank – I am new to the Green Party, and have little to no volunteer work with the party itself. However, what I can offer is my experiences, political involvement and education, and interest in supporting the Green Party. If, at the end of the day, what I offer is not enough to secure an elected position then I know it is not a good time for me – which is okay. So let me begin.

I am young, 29 years old, I have been on my own since I was 16 and have learned the importance of not only local community organizations, but a need for universal healthcare as well. I started volunteering in politics and voting at 18. My most involved bout of politics was in 2016 when I went all in for Bernie Sanders. This involvement with managing events, phone banks, and door knocking led me to not only winning a Congressional Delegate seat in Spokane, WA but an interest in politics as well. This was also the year I applied to, and got accepted into, Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Masters in Government. 2016 was also the year I chose to vote for Jill Stein and the Green Party over voting for a lesser evil. By 2018 I had spent two years researching millennials and voter turnout, finishing my Masters Thesis titled, “Deterioration of Civic Engagement: Millennial Behavior in Contemporary Politics.” In the most recent election I once again got nominated as a delegate representing Bernie Sanders, and while we continued to help edit and push a more progressive state platform, I once again found myself turning to vote for the Green Party. After two election cycles of voting Green, I realized what I wrote in my own thesis rang true to even me – the two party system is flawed. The vast cleavage growing between the two parties of Red and Blue is leaving middle of the road voters to choose between a lesser evil. We shouldn’t be sacrificing our values to choose a candidate that is slightly better than another. This is the moment I chose to officially join the Green Party. The Ten Key Values makes sense to me on a foundational level, which is why I am writing this today. While I do not have a strong foothold of volunteer time within the Green Party, I have spent years working in nonprofits, volunteering within the community, and being an activist.

When it’s all said and done I strongly believe that the Green Party needs fresh eyes, fresh ideas, and an individual who is both passionate and knowledgeable. I can offer both. I am here to stay in politics, and will eventually run for a locally elected position. I am also knowledgeable about the political agenda and the inner workings of the political arena, that I am not easily swayed nor fooled. I both recognize and respect that many of the Green Party members have put their blood, sweat, and tears into the party. A growing political party needs this. However, it also needs someone like me – new to the party, familiar with other parties, and the passion to help push us forward.

Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to grow and represent the Greens.


MARGARET ELISABETH – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE AND APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Thank you for the privilege of letting me earn your vote for the Coordinating Council.

My name is Margaret Elisabeth and I’d like to tell you a little about myself, my involvement with the Green Party, my activism, and my general thoughts so that you’ll have something of an understanding of who I am and what I’m about.

I am a nonbinary person and recently served as Co-Chair of the National Lavender Green Caucus (April 2019 – April 2021). I have also served as the NLGC Alternate Delegate to the National Committee and as one of two Media Spokespeople for the Caucus. Both positions I was elected for in April 2020. Previous to my current positions in the NLGC, I was one of our National Delegates to the National Committee from 2017-2019. I take my obligations to my Caucus seriously and want to bring the same manner of serious mind to the GPWA CC should I win a seat. In those various positions, I’ve reinvigorated our Facebook Group and Community, created our YouTube and Discord Server, modernized, updated and added substantial new content to our website. I facilitate and moderate our Caucus monthly meetings and ensure that our Caucus gets its work done on the National Committees which we have reps on.

I believe in building the change we wish to see in the world. Nobody will build it for us. It’s difficult and time consuming however if we don’t do it, who will? I believe in speaking passionately and with courageous conviction regarding the values which matter to me personally, Social Justice, Non-Violence and Ecological Wisdom and I will do the same in my position on the Coordinating Committee to help our State grow and develop. Our Green ideals and values will be needed more than ever as we move, collectively, into a social milieu which will be dominated by issues of health, climate and social justice.

~Margaret Elisabeth  (They/Them)


MOLLY FEATHER (she/her) – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

My name is Molly Feather. Thank you for nominating me as a candidate for National Alternate Delegate for the Green Party. I am part of the South Sound Green Party chapter and have held various positions over the years, and I would like to bring that experience to this position.

I am currently serving as the representative for The South Sound Green Party chapter to the GPWA coordinating council and a liaison to the Olympia Coalition To Abolish Nuclear Weapons. I also just got elected to represent or be seated to be on The Peace Committee in the National Lavender Caucus.

Thank you for the nomination and it would be an honor to represent The Green Party as a National Alternate Delegate.


NOAH MARTIN – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Noah Martin has been a community activist from a young age, when he would accompany his mother to Iraq War protests and “helped” sample frog populations and survey birds to protect local wetlands. After receiving his B.A. from Oberlin College in Politics and Latin American Studies, Noah has worked managing an in-school mentoring program for at-risk youth, as a counselor in a Seattle homeless shelter, as a landscaper, as a caregiver, and even as a geoducker. Today, he works in Olympia as a policy analyst and legislative advocate for Quaker Voice, a faith-based, grassroots organization that advocates for bold ecological action, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. He has worked with a range of organizations in Olympia, including Thurston County Progressives, Just Housing, Olympia IWW, Olympia Assembly, Olympia DSA, and as a founding member of Tenants of the South Sound.

Noah decided to vote for Jill Stein in 2012, his first vote ever cast for president. Noah has been a bonafide member of the Green Party since 2016, serving as the membership coordinator for the South Sound Green Party, as its delegate to the GPWA CC, and as one of GPWA’s delegates to the NC. He has served on the Green Party’s International Committee, and is its newest Youth Delegate to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas. He also served as volunteer coordinator and field organizer for Renata Rollins’s successful 2017 campaign to put a Green on Olympia City Council.

Noah believes that the Green Party must be built from the ground up as a revolutionary, anti-capitalist alternative to the Democratic-Republican Party, engaging in mutual aid and direct action in addition to electoral politics. He is particularly interested in seeing the national party support these local efforts. If elected, his priorities will be continuing to champion and enforce LGBTQ rights in the party, restructuring the party to better track membership and coordinate nationwide actions, and revising the platform to better match the immediate needs of youth.


RICHARD REDICK – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Richard Redick joined the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia and the Green Party of Washington in January 2018 after spending roughly equal portions of his adult life as a Republican and as a Democrat. The events of the 2016 election cycle impelled Richard, as a matter of conscience, to permanently leave the 2-party system. With a degree in economics, and 21 years working for major corporations, he is convinced that, until Big Money is barred from influencing politics, the desires of the people will take a back seat with policy makers.

Deeply concerned, yet optimistic regarding the future, Richard sees a definite role for technology in both developing livable communities, and in linking them together in meaningful ways that are socially and ecologically healthy. He sees the Green Party platform oriented toward that constructive and hopeful end, and he is invigorated by it! Richard resides in Kennewick, Washington; presently sharing his home with 3 of his young adult children, and one playful, tabby cat.


SCOTT THOMPSON – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – TREASURER

Scott grew up in Los Angeles but was very happy to move his family to Northwest Washington in 1993 to raise his kids in a more rural environment. Married over 38 years, he lives in a beautiful and peaceful place a bit up Sumas Mountain (in Whatcom County) enjoying time with his three grandkids. His bachelor’s degree is in Psychology with a Business minor. He worked as a Control Systems Engineer since moving to Washington, then took an early retirement in hopes of reducing his biological footprint. In 2001 he founded the Whatcom County Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee and now facilitates the local Green Party.

Scott admires all the Green Party 10 Key Values. However, he believes that Non-violence is clearly the most urgent… “Most US citizens have been manipulated into redirecting our country’s resources into unconstitutional wars that benefit international corporations and an imperialist agenda, but only harm the other 99%. If we could stop the wasteful practices of the military-industrial-intelligence complex, then we could easily implement the remaining 10 Key Values in our country. Let’s reject the fear-based narrative imposed on us from 9/11 by those that have benefited and work on awakening our fellow citizens to a brighter, sustainable future.”


STARLENE RANKIN – CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT TO COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

I’d like to help our state party grow! I want to help us recruit and train more Green candidates and then win more elections. I want to work to improve our party’s image, strengthen our infrastructure, increase our presence on social media, increase our membership and create an affordable fundraising plan.

Green Party work:

Co-founder of the Iowa Green Party in 1996

Green Party organizing (mostly paid) in Iowa, Massachusetts, Chicago and Northern California from 1996-2002.

Co-founder of the National Lavender Green Caucus in 2003

First Lavender Caucus National Delegate 2003-2007

Co-founder of the National Women’s Caucus

Ran for City Council in 1999 in Ames, Iowa

Clearinghouse Coordinator for G/GPUSA in Lawrence, MA 2000-2001 (paid position)

Staff member of Rebecca Kaplan’s campaign for Oakland City Council in 2000 (paid position)

Staff member of Peter Camejo’s campaign for Governor in 2002 (paid position)

Green National Committee Delegate from GPCA

Lavender Green Caucus Co-Chair

Co-Chair GP Media Committee

GP Social Media Manager

GP-TV Livestream Producer

GPCA Clearinghouse Coordinator (paid position)

GPCA Standing Committee member

County Council member, Sacramento County GP

Previously on the Presidential Campaign Support Committee, Outreach Committee, Diversity Committee and Merchandise Committee

Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Working Group and was one of the writers of the Green Party National Strategic Plan

Fundraising Tech then Virtual Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator for GPUS from 2015 to the end of 2020. (paid position)

Currently on the National Media Committee and the Annual Meeting Committee, hopefully will soon be on the Coordinated Campaign Committee (CCC)

Currently the Treasurer of the National Lavender Green Caucus and the National Women’s Caucus

Identify as: Senior, Lesbian, Disabled

Activism:

LGBTIQA+ Equality organizing, Food & Childcare coops and alternative schools, Natural childbirth and home birthing, Anti-war and Social Justice organizing, TV/Video Media activism, Arts Council Board member, Land Trust member, Neighborhood Association member, Summer festival organizer.

Film Screening — 2040: The Regeneration

Join us for a special community screening!

2040: The Regeneration

Actions and Climate Solutions available today that will shape a Sustainable tomorrow!

About this Event

Online film screening —

Sunday, May 2, 2021

3:30 PM Pacific Time — with discussion following

As part of our Green Party of Washington Spring Gathering on May 2, 2021 we will watch the award-winning documentary 2040: The Regeneration.

This is THE YEAR for climate action, and this film provides the positive solutions that we can implement today. It is a great cure for eco-anxiety and the perfect way to inspire you to action!

Non-GPWA members may purchase a ticket for $8 here: https://2040greenpartyseattle.eventbrite.co.uk

The movie will be available for repeat viewing for 24 hours (until 5/3/2021 at 3:30 pm). This film is suitable for family viewing and is educational and encouraging for both school aged children and adults with anxiety about the future.

The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. The main themes/solutions in the film are: empowerment of women and girls; marine regeneration; regenerative agriculture; renewable energy; and circular economy. It’s a story of hope, and a powerful tool to encourage people to take action. You can watch the trailer here: https://togetherfilms.org/2040-screenings

After you register, you will receive a link to watch the film via email 1 hour before the start time of the event. Green Party of Washington members attending the Spring Gathering will receive a free coupon code to watch the film; members can look on Loomio at the meeting agenda as well. The film goes over many of the talking points from the ‘Drawdown List‘ and illustrates the real potential for a regenerative change.

Regeneration and Regenerative practices are needed now to go beyond passive Conservation toward an active Healing relationship with our Planet.

​​Click here to watch a trailer and reserve your spot today.

Note: this screening has an attendance limit. Register now to confirm your spot!

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Envisioning a Greener New Deal

Black & Green Wednesday Program on

Envisioning a Greener New Deal

5:00 pm PT, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

We must halt environmental destruction while providing a better quality of life for everyone on Earth. Since our hope has been that alternative energy can replace fossil fuels, it can be overwhelming to learn of its limitations. How real are concerns with nuclear, solar, wind, and hydro-power? How can overcoming capitalism help attain the social justice and shorter work week that humanity needs? This webinar will explore core issues involved in creating a better world while using vastly less energy and producing what we need for a brighter future.

Hear from …

  • Joan McKiernan, Broome Tioga Green Party.
  • Katie Singer, Reports on Our Digital Footprint.
  • Stan Cox, The Land Institute.
  • Omali Yeshitela, Chairman, African People’s Socialist Party.
  • Don FitzGreen Party of St. Louis.

The moderator will be Delilah Barrios, Green Party Latinx Caucus.

Please register for the program when you receive this.

The webinar is NO COST, but you need to REGISTER to attend.

To register, click HERE or paste link into your browser:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkduyrrD0sH9zpNMVQ6GraMf-j7jxSA2eW

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cosponsors of the zoom meeting include the African National Women’s Organization, African People’s Socialist Party, Attack the System, Broome Tioga Green Party, Black Community Control of the Police, Climate Council of Greater Kansas City, CODEPINK, Gateway Green Alliance, Green Party Albuquerque Metro Area, Green Party of Kansas City, Green Party Latinx Caucus, Green Party of New York, Green Party of San Diego, Green Party of Virginia, Green Party of Washington, Green Party Peace Action Committee, Green Social ThoughtHumanity’s Last Stand, Indiana Green Party, Lynne Stewart Organization, NAACP, New Abolitionist Movement, North Carolina Green Party, Pacific Green Party of Oregon, Reports on Our Digital Footprint, Shia Islamic Education Center, Solidarity, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Universal African Peoples Organization, US-Cuba Normalization Coalition, and Young EcoSocialists.

www.gateway-greens.org  For more info, call 314-727-8554