Green Party Endorsements and Preferred Candidates for 2018

The Green Party of Washington State announces our endorsements and preferred candidates for 2018:

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Endorsed Candidate:

Andrew Saturn, Green Party member and candidate for Thurston County Public Utility District Commissioner, District 1 (nonpartisan)

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Preferred Candidates:

Sarah Smith, Democratic candidate for US House of Representatives in WA-9

Tye Menser, Democratic candidate for Thurston County Commissioner, District 3

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Endorsed Initiatives:

Vote YES on I-940, De-Escalate Washington!

Vote YES on I-1631, Clean Air and Clean Energy for WA State!

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Mail in your ballot or drop it in an official drop box ->> Here’s a map to help you find the closest drop box.

Voting begins on October 19th and ends on Election Day, November 6th, at 8:00 p.m.

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🌻 ~ Reminder ~

Support the Green Party:

Please consider volunteering for one of these open positions!

Thank you,

GPWA Coordinating Council

Keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook
Donations always appreciated and put to good use!

🌻 #WeAreGreen

Connecting with the Green Party of the United States

The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties and caucuses – and the Green Party of Washington State is a member of that federation.

A great deal of information is available on the GPUS website at www.gp.org and you are encouraged to take a look.

For information on proposals currently under consideration by delegates from states and caucuses to GPUS, see http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/index.

GPWA members may comment on current proposals by emailing us at hello@greenpartywashington.org with the subject line GPUS Proposal Comment.

 

Meet Stonewall “Stoney” Bird and Jennifer “Gigi” Ferguson

Tired of the same old choices you’ve always had? Looking for a better future for our communities and our country?

Please come join us and meet:

 Stonewall Jackson “Stoney” Bird, Green Party candidate for Congress in CD 2!

AND

Jennifer “Gigi” Ferguson, our preferred candidate for US Senate!

Hadley Hall at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 from 6-8PM

18513-59th Ave NE

Arlington, WA  98223

In our broken democracy, both Democratic and Republican voters find that the people they vote for do not stand up for them. This is why both Stoney and Gigi are running for office!

Stoney is running for Congress as a Green in Washington’s Second Congressional District and is endorsed by the Green Party of Washington. His aim is to bring the four Green Party pillars of ecology, democracy, peace, and social justice to Congress.

Gigi is running for US Senate as an Independent and is our Green Party preferred candidate. She stands for justice, dignity, equality, and community development. Gigi is willing to take on any corporations or established political interests in service to the people.

Both Stoney and Gigi are committed to cure the plague of gerrymandering and campaign bribes that mean the people we elect can ignore us. Both vow to work to overturn “corporate personhood” and “money is speech”.

In addition, Stoney is active in promoting ranked choice voting and proportional representation, making our votes count and the politicians accountable.

With these changes we will get representatives who represent us, and we will be able to achieve:

  • universal, single-payer healthcare
  • debt-free college
  • fair trade instead of free trade
  • a path to citizenship for all immigrants
  • strongly progressive taxes
  • expanded Social Security benefits
  • living wages and easy union membership
  • a universal basic income
  • a decent place to live for everyone
  • an end to the endless wars – and their endless costs
  • internet neutrality
  • government and corporate spies out of the internet
  • the big banks broken up
  • public control of the money system
  • Post Office banking and state and local government banks
  • no discrimination against anyone
  • voting rights
  • criminal justice reform
  • ending for-profit prisons
  • a Green New Deal
  • clean water, clean land, clean air, and clean electromagnetic space
  • nature treated with respect and gratitude, not as a thing to exploit

Stoney and Gigi both refuse to take corporate money. Moreover, if elected Stoney intends to donate 2/5 of his salary to causes that support Green values.

We hope you will come meet Stoney and Gigi on Tuesday – Please invite your friends!

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation: 

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Support Gigi’s Senate campaign for the people!

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Donate to Stoney’s grassroots-powered campaign for Congress!

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RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/667467520274308/

 

The Green Party supports Jennifer Gigi Ferguson for US Senate

The Green Party of Washington State (GPWA) has given one candidate in the 2018 US Senate race, Jennifer Gigi Ferguson, preferred status.

GPWA maintains a comprehensive vetting process for recommended candidates. Preferred status is conferred on a candidate who is not a member of the Green Party, but holds many Green and progressive values. An endorsed candidate must be a GPWA current member in good standing. Both endorsed and preferred status candidates must submit a detailed questionnaire, participate in an in-person interview (if possible) with the GPWA Candidate Committee, receive the approval of that committee, and receive a majority of votes in a poll of the general membership.

State election law allows candidates to state their “party preference”; however, this does not mean they are supported by their “preferred” party. In particular, James Robert Deal, running for US Senate in 2018, has announced his party preference as Green, but GPWA does not support, recognize, or endorse him.

None of the five requirements above were fulfilled by Mr. Deal – he is not a current member of GPWA, and his candidacy and party preference were announced a month after the deadline for Green candidates to apply for endorsement.

Click here for a full list of our 2018 endorsements and preferred candidates.

GPWA Endorsements and Preferred Candidates for 2018!

Based on presentations at our Spring Gathering, candidate questionnaires, and member input, the Green Party of Washington State hereby announces our endorsements and preferred candidates for 2018!

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GPWA Endorsements:

Stonewall Jackson Bird (Stoney), Green Party candidate for Congress in District 2

Andrew Saturn, Green Party member and candidate for Thurston County Public Utility District Commissioner, District 1 (nonpartisan)

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GPWA Preferred Candidates:

Tamborine Borrelli, Green Party member and Independent Progressive Party candidate for Congress in District 10

Jennifer Gigi Ferguson, Independent candidate for US Senate

Tye Menser, Democratic candidate for Thurston County Commissioner District 3

(Note that Green Party member Robert Hunziker requested our endorsement, but did not file for candidacy in CD 8)

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The Green Party of Washington State also welcomes our newly elected Coordinating Council and Delegates and Alternates to the Green Party of the United States:

Coordinating Council
At-Large Members – Kathryn Lewandowsky, Mary Ellen Knoop, Maricela Sanchez, Scott Thompson, Jody Grage
Deputy Treasurer – Noah Martin

Green Party US
Delegates – Kathryn Lewandowsky, Jody Grage
Alternates – Lisa Canar, Noah Martin

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🌻 ~ Reminder ~

Here are several great ways to support GPWA and our newly elected officers:

Please consider volunteering for one of these open GPWA positions!

Thank you,

GPWA Coordinating Council

Keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook
Donations always appreciated and put to good use!

🌻 #WeAreGreen

Stoney Bird – Green for Congress in District 2!

The Green Party of Washington proudly endorses Stoney Bird’s run for Congress in Washington’s Second Congressional District. A highly successful corporate lawyer until he ceased that work in 1990, Stoney brings a deep understanding of how corrupt and destructive our current political and economic institutions are. In the last 20 years he has worked as a political and community activist bringing environmental, social justice and peace issues to the forefront.

stonewallforcongress.org

facebook.com/StonewallForCongress/

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Stoney’s bio follows:

Hi, my name is Stoney Bird. “Stoney” is short for Stonewall Jackson Bird. I’m running for Congress as a Green in Washington’s Second Congressional District.

I’m running because there is a whole raft of issues that people across the political spectrum support and that Congress is doing nothing about. You can see the list here.

We need an election system that produces representative government. We need a Congress that actually responds to the needs of the people. We need health care and homes for all so that all can live in dignity. We need to cut the vast war budget that is producing misery and enemies across the world. We need to replace it with a budget that will protect the natural systems of the world and produce good, ecologically sound work for a living wage for all.

A little about me

After serving in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s, I went to law school, and then worked for big companies: Mobil Oil and Harris Corporation. In the late 1980s I was Harris’ European lawyer, based in England, mostly working on corporate deals.

By then I was in mid-40s and began wondering if I wanted to spend the rest of my life serving the few against the many, serving the corporate bottom line against all the rest of nature. I moved to the Skagit Valley in 1990. It took years, but by the first decade of this millennium I was fully involved with local environmental, transportation and peace movements, and did a stint of community organizing.

In 2011 I moved to Bellingham to be connected with an initiative campaign for a community bill of rights that would have barred the transportation of coal through Bellingham, denied corporate personhood and constitutional rights to corporations that wanted to contravene the ban, declared the right of the people of Bellingham to govern themselves, and acknowledged the rights of the ecosystems in Bellingham to thrive on their own terms. I’ve recently written a series of 17 articles for Whatcom Watch on the theme of impediments to well-being and democracy in the United States. You can find them on journal’s website.

My affinity for the Green Party

I’ve voted for Green Presidential candidates since 2000. In 2014-15 I served on the state Green Party Coordinating Committee, part of the time as campaign coordinator. In that capacity I assisted Bobbie Lewis in his run for the Assembly in the 21st Legislative District. I also consulted with Josh Petersen in his run for the Everett City Council. I’m currently on the Coordinating Committee of the Whatcom Green Party.

My other electoral experience includes numerous initiative campaigns, lobbying on many issues dear to the Greens, running for the Mount Vernon City Council in 2003, and leading two campaigns to restore Skagit Transit’s revenue after I-695.

Of course I support the four pillars and the ten key values. In our times, it’s long overdue that responsible people speak up for these values – all 14!

How you can help

The immediate need is gathering signatures on my filing fee petition. Find out more here.

I’d love to talk to groups across the district, especially in Snohomish County. If you can get me an invitation from any group that you are part of, I’ll do my best to make a visit possible.

GPWA Spring Gathering Update

The Green Party of Washington held our annual Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 14th in Fife, WA.

At our meeting, we heard reports from Green Party officeholders EJ Zita – Thurston County Port Commissioner, and Renata Rollins – Olympia City Councilmember. Live videos of Zita and Renata are posted on our Green Party FB page.

Green Party member and Congressional candidate Stoney Bird gave a short overview on Camp Wellstone, a training program for organizers, campaign workers, and candidates.

Green Party organizer Kathryn Lewandowsky gave a detailed presentation on Initiative 1600 – Healthcare for All Washington. Volunteers are needed to gather signatures to get this Universal Healthcare initiative on the ballot!

Initiative 1631 – Clean Air and Clean Energy is also gathering signatures!

Candidates for US Congress and for local elected offices also spoke:

All candidate statements can be found here.

We heard updates from our local Green Party chapters, including Whatcom, Snohomish, Seattle, Tahoma (Pierce County), South Puget Sound, and Mid-Columbia (our newest chapter).

Finally, we took nominations for GPWA Coordinating Council (CC) and GPUS national delegates and alternates.

The following members were nominated to the GPWA CC:

  • Chris Govella – Treasurer
    • Update: Our nominee for Treasurer has since declined, and this position is currently open for nomination.
  • Noah Martin – Deputy Treasurer
  • Jody Grage
  • Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • Maricela Sanchez
  • Mary Ellen Knoop
  • Scott Thompson

The following members were nominated for GPUS delegates:

  • Jody Grage
  • Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • Lisa Canar – alternate
  • Noah Martin – alternate

Short bios for GPWA nominees can be found here.

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For Green Party members:

We request your input on the qualification of our nominees, as well as the endorsement / preference of candidates for Congressional and local elected offices, including consideration of three candidates for US Senate. All candidate statements can be found here.

To check your GPWA membership status, see http://www.gp-wa.org/membership_status. If your membership has lapsed click here to join or renew.

Send an email by May 5th, 2018 to hello@greenpartywashington.org to provide your input on GPWA candidate endorsement and GPWA coordinator / leadership positions.

Universal Healthcare for Washington State!

The Green Party of Washington has endorsed Initiative 1600, a ballot measure written and submitted by Whole Washington. Whole Washington is a grassroots group of citizens and healthcare professionals determined to bring single-payer universal healthcare to Washington State.

I-1600 has been certified by the WA Secretary of State, and the signature drive has begun with a goal of over 300,000 signatures by July 1, 2018!

This is our chance.

Universal Health Care is an essential human right. This initiative guarantees healthcare as a fundamental right to all citizens of Washington State. With your help, I-1600 will be presented to the voters of Washington State in the November 2018 General Election. In order to make this happen, I-1600 URGENTLY needs financial support and signature gathering volunteers at upcoming events. If you want to collect signatures, but cannot attend an event, sign up here to receive petitions by mail.

Every signature gathered by a volunteer will save the campaign ~$3!

Initiative campaigns are terribly expensive, but so too are out-of-control health care costs. Together, we the citizens of Washington State have the power to take control of our healthcare and save billions of dollars in the process.

To make this a reality, funds are immediately needed and will be applied to the hard costs of doing everything possible to deliver sufficient numbers of valid signatures to put I-1600 Universal Health Care on the ballot in Washington State for the November 2018 general election. Contributions can be made here. All donations go directly to the I-1600 initiative campaign.

Please sign up to collect signatures today!

For questions see I-1600 FAQs or contact Whole Washington at: outreach@wholewashington.org.

GPWA Spring Gathering – Saturday April 14th!

* Please note venue and time update! *

The Green Party of Washington State will hold our annual Spring Gathering on Saturday April 14th from 12:30 – 5:30 PM.

We will meet at The Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424.

Everyone is welcome!

Agenda:

12:30 – 1pm:  Set up, Order Lunch

1pm – 2pm: Introductions, Reports from Officeholders

Green Party members currently in elected positions:

  • Renata Rollins – City Council Member, Olympia
  • EJ Zita – Port Commissioner, Thurston County
  • Paul Pickett – Thurston Conservation District

2pm – 3pm: Workshops

  • I-1600 Whole Washington Workshop – Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • I-1631 Washington Carbon Tax and Revenue Allocation information
  • Camp Wellstone Campaign School Workshop – Stoney Bird

3pm – 4pm: Candidates for elected office, Candidate recruitment

->> Read completed candidate questionnaires here

  • Stonewall Jackson Bird, WA-CD 2 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Tamborine Borrelli, WA-CD 10 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Robert Hunziker, WA-CD 8 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Andrew Saturn, candidate for Thurston County Public Utility District Commissioner
  • Tye Menser, candidate for Thurston County Commissioner, District 3 (campaign volunteer)
  • Information on local races with May 18 deadline – Jody Grage

4pm – 5:30pm: Updates from local chapters, Nominations, Review

  • Local Green Party updates
  • Nominations for GPWA Coordinating Council: Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and At-Large Members (5)
  • Nominations for GPUS national delegates (2), and alternates (2)
  • Discuss take home points from Movement School for Revolutionaries – Scott Thompson

Vote by email – ballots will be sent to GPWA members within one week of the Gathering.

Home stays are available for those attending from out of town. Please let us know by April 4th.

To check your GPWA membership status, see http://www.gp-wa.org/membership_status. If your membership has lapsed, renew before or at the Gathering to be eligible to vote! Click here to join or renew.

RSVP on Facebook or email to let us know you’re planning to attend.

Green Party of Washington Spring Gathering
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: The Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424

The Poodle Dog is just north of I-5 at Exit #137 for 54th Ave E in Fife. See map and directions here.

Hope to see you there!

#WeAreGreen 🌱

Contact hello@greenpartywashington.org for additional information.