Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022

A formal statement will be coming from the National Lavender Green Caucus and National Green Party shortly on the horrific mass murder which took place in Colorado Springs.  

My name is Margaret Elisabeth, I’m a Co-Chair of the National Lavender Green Caucus and a Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States.  I’m a nonbinary trans femme and, on behalf of the National Lavender Green Caucus, I want to speak to all of you reading this very personally.

I’m angry and heartbroken at the news we received overnight about the terrorist attack on Club Q, in Colorado Springs, CO. in which at least 5 people were killed and 25 injured.  I’m heartbroken for the victims and their families, for the patrons and for the staff.  I’m grateful that it wasn’t worse, it certainly could have been if not for the actions of two heroic patrons.

I’m furious that Anderson Lee Aldrich had previously been arrested for a bomb threat in June 2021, only to be released and able to purchase a firearm.  How can you be arrested for a bomb threat and still be permitted to purchase firearms?  I want to shout “This has to stop!” yet it doesn’t.  What good are gun-control laws if they are not enforced?

Every year we gather on this day to mourn our dead.  Is it a “good” year that only 33 trans people that we know of were killed in the United States for being trans? Overwhelmingly the trans people who are murdered are Black and Brown trans women and we engage in a morbid and macabre situation every year; during the same week we start with a celebration of trans people existing, we end with a public mourning of our dead.

Club Q is a gay and lesbian night club that features drag shows on Saturdays, and Club Q’s Facebook page said the planned entertainment included a “punk and alternative show” preceding a birthday dance party, with a Sunday “all ages brunch.” The attendees were trying to enjoy a social night out with friends, in a safe place to express themselves, like every other person in the country. A night of music, laughter and fun.  Instead they received a lifetime of pain and trauma, if they were fortunate enough to live.

I have no words to express the depth of my anger, hurt and sadness tonight.

In solidarity and mourning,

Margaret Elisabeth
Co-Chair, National Lavender Green Caucus

Support Action to Abolish the Death Penalty

The Green Party of Washington State has joined a coalition of organizations calling on President Biden to act on his pledge to end the federal and military death penalty.

We stand in solidarity with all concerned citizens and call on President Biden to:

  • Commute the sentences of those currently on federal and military death rows;
  • Order a halt to new death sentences in federal prosecutions;
  • Order the Federal Bureau of Prisons to demolish the federal execution chamber and the building in which it is housed at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terre Haute;
    • Consider replacing it with green space for use by inmates and prison staff;
  • Pledge to support and sign H.R. 262/S.B. 582, the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act, which abolishes federal and military death penalty laws, removes the possibility of death sentences, and mandates fair re-sentencing of those currently on federal and military death rows.

We encourage individual supporters to write to their members of congress, sign the petition to President Biden, and find additional resources for action at http://deathpenaltyaction.org/federal-death-penalty

This will be an ongoing effort until President Biden fulfills his campaign promise to abolish the federal death penalty. The ask may be modified at times as appropriate. The list of endorsing organizations will be updated regularly. The first presentation of this list will occur in mid-November, 2022. All of the organizations signed on by November 11, 2022 will be included in the congressional “dear colleague” letter inviting Members of Congress to sign on, and in press materials disseminated at that time. This list will continue to grow and be used by the members of congress and this ongoing campaign, as needed.

2022 General Election and Green Party Voter’s Guide

Federal Candidates

U.S. Senator: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

U.S. Representatives: The Green Party has no preferred candidates in these races.


Statewide and Legislative Candidates

Secretary of State:  While not a Green Party member, Julie Anderson is running as an independent (nonpartisan) candidate and is aligned with the Green Party in her support of Ranked Choice Voting, multi-member districts, decentralized voter outreach programs, designating the SoS a nonpartisan office, public ballot auditing, allowing independents to vote in the Presidential Primaries, and a nonpartisan observer corps. The Green Party encourages a vote for Julie Anderson for Secretary of State.

State Representative, District 14, Position 2:  While not a Green Party member, Liz Hallock is running as a community organizer and is aligned with the Green Party’s 10 Key Values. The Green Party encourages a vote for Liz Hallock for State Representative.

Other State Legislative Positions: The Green Party has no preferred candidates in these races.


Other Candidates, Initiatives, and Resolutions

The Green Party supports the enactment of Ranked Choice Voting in Seattle. If you live in Seattle, vote YES on 1B for Ranked Choice Voting.


Consider endorsements and supporters of the following organizations:


Looking for endorsements or Green Party write-in candidates?

Currently, the Green Party is focused on initiative campaigns (Universal Healthcare, Ranked-Choice Voting), solidarity efforts, mutual aid, and building Left Unity. While we have no Green Party members actively campaigning for federal, statewide, or legislative office at this time, we hope to have candidates running for City Councils, Conservation Districts, and other local offices next year in preparation for building a serious statewide run in 2024, especially if we can get Ranked Choice Voting enacted soon.

If you or someone you know is interested in running for office in 2023 or 2024, now is a good time to start thinking about it and to get involved!

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

#WeAreGreen

July 30th – Seattle March for #HealthcareJustice

On July 30th, the Seattle March for #HealthcareJustice will take place on the 57th anniversary of the passage of Medicare!

You are invited to attend!

Please RSVP here.

Details are still being worked out, so be sure to RSVP to stay up to date. There are so many reasons to march for healthcare justice this year:

  • We are still deeply impacted by the COVID pandemic. A new study estimates that more than 330,000 lives could have been saved by universal healthcare.
  • We just lost Roe v. Wade – now is the time to DEMAND universal healthcare with full coverage of abortion be passed immediately to remove all financial barriers to reproductive care.
  • Medicare is currently under the attack of privatization through the REACH program – we need the Biden administration to know that we see what’s happening, and we won’t stand for it.
  • We have a serious chance at getting statewide single-payer healthcare on the ballot for Washington state!
  • The midterms are coming up soon and we need Medicare for All to be a non-negotiable electoral issue!

As with all marches, promotion and turnout are essential. Please share this action with as many people as possible and invite a friend or two to join you. We have just a few weeks before we march so this is an all-hands-on-deck moment!

This event is co-sponsored by Medicare for All EVERYWHERE, Whole Washington, the Seattle DSA Healthcare Working Group, and the Green Party of Seattle, and we expect this coalition to continue to grow. Last year’s event was an incredible success featuring fantastic speakers like Stephanie Gallardo, Nikkita Oliver, and Kshama Sawant!

We know that the community will come out again to march for healthcare justice! See you on the 30th!

I Am Not Your Ally

Below is the text of the speech given by South Sound Green Party Chair Colin Bartlett on June 18th, 2022. This speech, titled “I Am Not Your Ally” was given at the 5th Annual Olympia Witch’s March at Heritage Park, Olympia, WA.


Hi there!

My name is Colin Bartlett. I’m here on behalf of the South Sound Greens, an eco-socialist political party I chair, though my responsibilities and attachments in this beloved community go beyond that. I am a worker-owner in a queer cooperative cafe. I am a trained street medic and de-escalator. I am a proud union member through IWW IU 640. I am a member of the Puget Sound Socialists. I am a trained evolutionary biologist. I am queer who fought hard in two states for the right to marry my husband. I have met many of you before, in one of those other capacities. I view this multiple identity as a source of great strength for me, each part helping focus my vision and gaining me fellow fighters who have my back.

That said, I am going to start this speech with a confession: I am not a witch. The Green Party that I am speaking on behalf of includes profoundly spiritual people -spiritual agnostics, deists, pantheists, satanists, witches and pagans of all sorts, people who have invented their own faith, people practicing their traditional indigenous spirituality, Hindus, Sikhs, Jainists, Muslims, Jews, a lot of Buddhists and Unitarians – shout out to my UU buddies, hosts of every queer youth support group I ever went to – and even, bless their hearts, some Christians. The Green Party also has many non-spiritual atheists, be they soft secular humanists or hard antitheists. I tend toward the latter: I believe we can best build a life for each other when we use a critical, evidence-based scientific approach, whether that is modern, “western science”, or the twenty thousand years of indigenous science we can benefit from here on the Salish Sea.

This leads me to a second confession: I am not your ally.

My liberal friends love to be people’s allies. Being an “ally” as the term tends to be used is largely a rhetorical stance. It’s a Statement, that you will, passively, be there for people when they ask you for help. It’s an “In this house, we believe” sign. An ally is a power relationship: it’s a statement in favor of the tolerance or inclusion of a more marginalized Other whose survival depends on it. Don’t get me wrong: I love my liberal allies. As a queer and as a non-Christian, I have always relied on the kindness of these strangers.

But allies are not what I need most right now. Not now, as the inherent contradictions of Christian colonial capitalism tear our world apart – as the earth we depend on melts, burns, and floods; as our courts try to seize control over my own means of reproduction; as states once again make showing my love for my husband a crime; as heavily armed self-declared Christian fascists state their intention to commit genocide against all deviants and non-Christians; as witches are once again being burned. What I require is the relationship I am here to offer. I need an accomplice. I need a comrade.

An accomplice is someone who is guilty of the same crime that I am. That crime is threatening Christian patriarchy. That crime is resisting colonial capitalism. A comrade is someone who is engaged in fighting for the same liberation against the same foes that I am. That liberation is one where our bodies and our minds are our own. That liberation is one where our communities can find a path together toward a livable world, where we thrive together as equals. Our enemies are the bosses and landlords, priests and politicians, owners and talking heads, who profit off the power relationships that are killing us. Some of them may call themselves atheists or pagans, but their good is not our good, and their power is not our power.

The same forces that endanger my survival as a queer, as a worker, and as a non-Christian, are the forces threatening your own. Our struggles are materially related. We depend on the same planet, and we depend on the same freedoms. A nation that burns witches burns queers and atheists, too.

We can survive only by joining each other as comrades, as accomplices, as partners in thought crime. Those who follow traditional narratives that built this system – the belief that wealth is a sign of god’s blessing, that we own the earth and have a right to own each other, that our rewards lie in heaven and not in what we create with each other, that borders are real and people belong on one side of them or the other, that we can mine the future to enrich the present – these belief systems are doomed. We can choose to die along with them, or we can choose to grow in partnership with each other.

My party, the Greens, founded by an alliance of the secular and spiritual, of settlers and First Nations, of environmentalists and gender, race and class revolutionaries, is an eco-socialist party. That means that we recognize that the seed of my oppression, and my liberation, lies within your own. If I am to remain free from self-described Christian Fascists, I am going to need to work with a lot of people to kill the heart of their power: fear and isolation. That means universal healthcare, housing, education, utilities, food, and communication, to ensure that no patriarch can hold me hostage through them. It means free and publicly managed transportation and opening borders so I can flee my abusers and build a supportive found family. It means democratizing our economy and ecology so that religious institutions, landlords, and bosses can’t keep us fighting each other when we should be fighting them.

In the end, alliances with people who hold power over us cannot be depended on. The moment it becomes too unprofitable to let us live, they turn on us, again and again. We have all seen this on the streets of Olympia, Portland, Seattle, Baltimore, Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis: people who tell us to invest in their campaigns, in their party duopoly, in their police, and then use what we give them against us tenfold when we demand the change they promised. We have also seen the change we can make when we stand against them, the good we can do for each other outside of their game. It is time we stopped playing along. It is time we recognized that their help is not coming. Only we can protect each other, but through each other we will win, and the green world we can build with each other is a beautiful one.

I am going to end this by reading my favorite passage from my favorite religious text. As might be expected, it’s a fictional religion, for our very real world. It is from Earthseed, the faith of the protagonists of Octavia Butlers’ prophetic science fiction novel, Parable of the Sower. I used this passage in my wedding. It’s about the kind of relationship I want to cultivate, with all of you, too.

 

Partnership is giving, taking, learning, teaching, offering the greatest possible benefit while doing the least possible harm. Partnership is mutualistic symbiosis. Partnership is life.

 

Any entity, any process that cannot or should not be resisted or avoided must somehow be partnered. Partner one another. Partner diverse communities. Partner life. Partner any world that is your home. Partner Change. Only in partnership can we thrive, grow, Change. Only in partnership can we live.

Remembering Stonewall Today and Everyday

On this day, 53 years ago in the early morning, “Public Morals Squad” officers waited outside a small bar in the New York City neighborhood of Greenwich Village. The roughly 200 patrons inside were doing what most folks do at bars, drinking, dancing, and trying to have a good time. It wasn’t a nice bar. It didn’t have running water behind the bar, it was owned by the mafia, and the patrons were all criminalized by the society at the time. It was, however, a place where these folks could be themselves, if only for a few hours.

 What followed is, as they say, history. The subsequent police raid and eventual violent uprising would go on to be memorialized to this day as one of the sparks that ignited the modern queer rights movement. For years now, we’ve used this day to look back and comment on how far we’ve come, but this year it feels like we’ve never been so close to returning to that time as a society.

A society that treats drag performers as dangers to children and the public. A society that treats queer people as existential threats to society and tries to legislate away our rights to healthcare. A society that looks once again to criminalizing our love, our bodies, and our existence.

Having pride in this climate is hard. It’s easy to feel demoralized when everything we’ve fought for over decades seems so fragile – so close to disappearing. It’s times like these we need to remember Stormé DeLarverie, standing handcuffed in police custody outside the Stonewall Inn in the early morning all those years ago.

“Why don’t you guys do something?” she shouted at the bystanders.

She was under attack, and together with her queer community they demanded their rights and stood up to a society that saw them as less than, deviant, and immoral. For days they rioted in the streets throwing bottles and dropping bricks through windshields of police cars. They marched in the streets. They confronted oppression where it lived and made themselves unavoidable.

It’s that activism that lives at the core of who we are as Greens. When the climate is threatened and the duopoly is standing by impotent, we’re shouting “Why don’t you guys do something!?” When our black and brown siblings are victimized by police violence, we are marching in the streets shouting, “Why don’t you guys do something!?” When queer rights are threatened we confront those enabling it and set forth our vision for a more just society.

The Green Party of the United States has centered LGBTQIA+ rights since its inception. It has stood arm in arm with the oppressed across this country and demanded justice. On this anniversary, we ask you to continue that fight with us in any way you can, whether that is with your activism, your time, or your generous donation.

Our mission has never been more important, and your support has never been so needed.

Will you give $53 to honor this anniversary?

In Solidarity,
Daniel Bumbarger & Margaret Elisabeth
National Lavender Green Caucus Co-Chairs

Coordinating Council, Green Party of Washington State

Please help us start the summer with momentum!

We could really use your help. If you are able, I hope you will consider making a mid-year donation to the Green Party of Washington. For the past six months, I have been working hard, along with our GPWA Coordinating Council, to strengthen our local Chapters and increase our membership across the state.

One of our biggest expenses each summer is for our Website and our Database. We use a content management and customer relationship management (CRM) software called NationBuilder. Your donation will help us make our annual payment to them in mid-July. Any amount is appreciated.

As Greens, we are actively marginalized and scapegoated by people that see our existence as a threat. Your donation today will help us keep moving forward, looking beyond our current political paradigms.

I’m so thankful to be in a party that has vision! Thanks for being on this journey with us and thank you for your donation!

Peace, 
Starlene Rankin, Organizer GPWA

PS: Become a GPWA member, check your membership status, or renew your membership today!

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2022 Primary and Green Party Voter’s Guide

Federal Candidates

U.S. Senator: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

Jason Call for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 2: While we do not officially endorse members of major political parties, we oppose corporate democrat Rick Larsen for this office. While not a Green Party member, the candidate most closely aligned with our platform in this race is Jason Call.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 3: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 4: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

Rebecca Parson for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 6: While we do not officially endorse members of major political parties, we oppose corporate democrat Derek Kilmer for this office. While not a Green Party member, the candidate most closely aligned with our platform in this race is Rebecca Parson.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 7: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 8: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

Stephanie Gallardo for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 9: While we do not officially endorse members of major political parties, we oppose corporate democrat Adam Smith for this office. While not a Green Party member, the candidate most closely aligned with our platform in this race is Stephanie Gallardo.


Statewide and Legislative Candidates

Secretary of State: The Green Party has no preferred candidate in this race.

Liz Hallock for State Representative, District 14, Position 2: While not a Green Party member, Liz Hallock is running as a community organizer and is aligned with the Green Party’s 10 Key Values.

Kathryn Lewandowsky for State Representative, District 39, Position 2: While not currently a Green Party member, Kathryn Lewandowsky is running as a grassroots community organizer and is aligned with the Green Party’s 10 Key Values.

Other State Legislative Positions: The Green Party has no preferred candidates in these races.


Other Candidates, Initiatives, and Resolutions

Consider endorsements and supporters of the following organizations:


Looking for endorsements or Green Party write-in candidates?

Currently, the Green Party is focused on initiative campaigns (Universal Healthcare, Ranked-Choice Voting), solidarity efforts, mutual aid, and building Left Unity. While we have no Green Party members actively campaigning for federal, statewide, or legislative office at this time, we hope to have candidates running for City Councils, Conservation Districts, and other local offices next year in preparation for building a serious statewide run in 2024, especially if we can get Ranked Choice Voting enacted soon.

If you or someone you know is interested in running for office in 2023 or 2024, now is a good time to start thinking about it and to get involved!
Green Party of Washington State, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA 98127

#WeAreGreen

GPWA Candidate Statements

Nominees for GPWA offices:


LEE SCOTT LAUGENOUR – CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Nomination Bio for Lee Scott LAUGENOUR (he/him/his)

Green Party Commitment:

  • 2022 – present: monthly financial contributor to GPUS
  • 2015 – present: monthly dues-paying member of GPWA
  • 2008 – 2015: registered Green-Rainbow Party (MA) voter
  • 2000: first Green vote cast

Candidate/Campaign Experience:

  • 2022 – present: Candidate for GPUS Coordinating Campaign Committee (CCC) member
  • 2021 – present: GPUS CCC Associate for GPWA
  • 2021: GPWA point person for Forks (WA) mayoral candidate Stephen Wright
  • 2013 – 2015: Director of the Green-Rainbow Party (MA) Candidate Development and Legal Committee
  • 2012: Green-Rainbow Party Candidate for State Representative, Fourth Berkshire District of Massachusetts
  • 2010: Green-Rainbow Party Candidate for State Representative, Fourth Berkshire District of Massachusetts
  • 2009 – 2013: Treasurer for JD Hebert’s Berkshire County (MA) Sheriff (partisan) and Pittsfield (MA) City Council (non-partisan) campaigns
  • 2008: Candidate for Lenox (MA) Select Board (non-partisan)

Other Green Party positions held:

  • Green-Rainbow Party Representative to the GPUS National Committee in 2011
  • Green-Rainbow Party Membership Director in 2008-2009
  • Elected Green-Rainbow Party State Committee Representative from the Berkshire Hampden Franklin and Hampshire State Senatorial District 2011-2015

Career / Professional Background:

I have worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language in Tokyo and in Hanoi, worked in various front-line and in executive positions for Marriott International, and have run an art gallery business.  I have served on a number of boards in various fields, including several appointed positions in town government.  Presently I am retired, residing both in Hanoi, Vietnam and in Reykjavik, Iceland.  I remain a registered voter in Washington State.

Education:

BA Liberal Arts, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Class of 1980


MATTHEW VILLATA – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Matthew Villata hails from California, though he is proud to call Washington State University his alma mater. He very much thanks you for your time and consideration.

There is no place quite like Washington. Here is a state that is diverse, beautiful with a thrilling combination of mystique and the simply strange. A new arrival to the state of Washington and the Washington Green Party, Matthew wishes to contribute constructive positivity to both of his new homes geographically and politically.

There is fertile soil in this country and State for the so-called minor parties to grow past the shackles the so-called major parties have imposed on them and the people of this nation. The Green Party is at the forefront of this. The Party can give people the hope and optimism they need to challenge the oppressive status quo and can do this in simple and practical ways, like continuing to heavily support ranked-choice voting reform and an end to the odious tradition of gerrymandering. The Party can also prioritize working with other minor parties, those who operate out of love and respect and should do so while not compromising its own integrity. The task of establishing multiparty democracy in America is great. Reasonable alliances should be made to this end.

With that in mind, Matthew believes that the chief duty of any representative is to listen to the hearts and minds of those represented. A representative must also be timely and responsive. He has modest political experience, though he has made a habit of attending rallies and protests in order to understand how to listen and hear. From BLM rallies in Sacramento to C.H.O.P in Seattle, Matthew has witnessed that people are demanding real solutions to painful problems. It would be his honor to contribute to the solutions.

The man you are reading about has a straightforward set of skills. Washington State University taught him to write and reason at a passable level. He is not afraid of public speaking or public communication. He constantly studies American History. Work in radio, visual interpretation for the blind and low vision, and Special Education have instilled communication and listening skills. Matthew considers himself a Green-Libertarian and also associates with the Libertarian Party. His most important personal issue is the establishment of multiparty democracy in the United States and an end of the reign of two parties guided by fear, greed and the military-industrial complex. No less important are the preservation of this planet for future generations, the protection of personal liberty including individual privacy and the correction of the injustices found within the historical record of the United States. Great strides can be made in all these avenues within this lifetime.

The Green Party can grow and provide real help to people who need it the most. Matthew would be humbled to contribute to this eventuality to the best of his ability if chosen to serve.


Nominees for GPUS Committees:

Animal Rights Committee – Charles Law (continuing, May 2022 – May 2024)

Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures Committee – Rick Morrow (to be appointed)

Coordinated Campaign Committee – Scott Laugenour (elected by the GPUS National Committee)

Diversity Committee – Daniel Bumbarger (to be appointed)

International Committee – Noah Martin (continuing, May 2022 – May 2024); Scott Laugenour (to be appointed)


Link to all GPUS Committees.


Green Party Virtual Spring Gathering

Thank you to all Green Party members who attended our Spring Gathering in May!

We had a lively and informed discussion with representatives from FairVote Washington giving a presentation on the campaign to bring ranked-choice voting to Washington State elections!

If you missed the Gathering, you can watch a video of the FairVote WA presentation on our YouTube channel!

–> Like and Subscribe while you’re there!

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Beginning Sunday, June 5th, our Coordinating Council will consider appointments for two of our remaining unfilled positions — GPWA Deputy Treasurer and At-Large Coordinating Council member.

GPWA members who are interested in being considered for either of these two positions are invited to post a statement of interest and a brief bio in our Loomio discussion group.

Our Coordinating Council will also approve nominees to serve on several GPUS Committees, including Animal Rights; Banking and Monetary Reform; Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures; Diversity Committee; and the International Committee. If you are interested in learning more about serving on a GPUS committee, please post your question in our Loomio discussion group.

Thank you!