Campaigning 101: Join the Green Wave 2022!

The Green Party of Washington State is looking for progressives who share our values to run for elected office. All across the country hundreds of Green Party candidates will be challenging the two corporate parties, so this is a great time to learn the ins and outs of running for office and a great opportunity to listen to the experiences of Greens who have run and won their seats.

Our guest speaker on March 20, 2022, was former Santa Monica, California City Council Member and Mayor Mike Feinstein. Mike spoke on his experiences of running for office, and what it’s like to actually be a Green in elected office. This was a great chance for people who are interested in running or participating in electoral campaigns to get questions answered by a Green who has done it.

We’re looking for people who are under-represented in elected office: women, African-Americans, Indigenous People, Asian Americans, Hispanic and Latinx Americans, LGBTQIA+, People with Disabilities, and Young People. The Green Party of Washington is dedicated to the 4 Pillars and 10 Key Values of the Green Party and we’re dedicated to Social Justice and Equity.

In 2022, seats in the US Senate, US House of Representatives, Washington State Senate and House, and other local offices are up for election. To be competitive for these seats, candidates need to begin their campaigns early and have a campaign staff in place. We are recruiting candidates as Greens or Independents who are able to run by the May 20, 2022 filing deadline.

The Green Party of Washington approaches national and state elections with the same overall strategy of supporting Green candidates and Independents who share our values so that we can shift the balance of power away from the parties of war to the party of peace. This will be a great time for a smart, energetic anti-war candidate to challenge and win election in Washington State.

If you or someone you know is interested in running for office or working on a progressive Green campaign, please share the video below with them. We look forward to organizing with you!

In this video, Michael Feinstein speaks on his experiences of running for office and what it’s like to actually be a Green in elected office. He is a former Santa Monica, California, City Council Member and the former Mayor of Santa Monica.

Recorded on Sunday, March 20, 2022

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Protecting voting rights, not wrongs

By Michael Feinstein
Jan 13, 2022

This Opinion is reposted from the West Virginia Charleston Gazette:

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/op_ed_commentaries/michael-feinstein-protecting-voting-rights-not-wrongs-opinion/article_f1564dea-c209-5653-a485-08a5eb758ff1.html

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on the Freedom to Vote Act, in response to increasing restrictions upon voting rights passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures. In 2021, at least 19 states passed 34 laws restricting access to voting. Over 100 more such bills are scheduled to be heard in 2022.

The Freedom to Vote Act is a pared-down version of the Democrats’ For the People Act. The newer bill was negotiated by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to address his concerns. Manchin’s compromise legislation even includes a voter ID provision in the hope of gaining at least 10 Republican votes to avoid an unbreakable 60-vote filibuster.

But with no Republicans indicating they would support it, the Freedom to Vote Act can only pass if there is a change to the filibuster rule. Manchin has been visibly reluctant to consider any change. Unless he supports at least a filibuster “carve-out” for voting rights, the Freedom to Vote Act has no chance of being enacted into law in 2022.

In May 2021, Manchin wrote, “Protecting Americans’ access to democracy has not been a partisan issue for the past 56 years, and we must not allow it to become one now.”

Agreed — voting rights should be about what is good for people and country, not any political party. But Manchin also argues that passage of voting rights legislation needs to be bipartisan.

“Nonpartisan” and “bipartisan” are not the same. The former is an absence of political interest. The latter is a confluence of political interests.

In today’s deeply polarized environment, many politicians have concluded the easiest way to win elections is by reinforcing partisan divides, rather than passing bipartisan legislation. Instead of pushing parties to find common ground, the filibuster is weaponized by the minority to deny the majority achievements, in the hope it will swing the next election the minority’s way.

The Freedom to Vote Act contains desperately needed provisions to preempt new Republican state laws promoting partisan gerrymandering, voter suppression, partisan election certification and intimidation of voters and election administrators. The Republicans’ gambit is they have a better chance to win elections if these laws remain in place. Their lack of support for the Freedom to Vote Act is a natural consequence of our duopoly electoral system.

At the same time, the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the authority to “make or alter” state regulations regarding elections. Since the power invested in the legislature derives from “the consent of the governed” — if the governed are denied their say in electing the legislature, then no act of the legislature is valid. Upon that basis, protecting voting rights should be exempted from the filibuster.

But before making such a principled exemption, there remains a major ethical contradiction — the major parties’ own partisan self-interest in the bill’s campaign finance section.

The Freedom to Vote Act would terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund — a post-Watergate era reform meant to reduce big donor influence by providing alternate public funding for campaigns. Abandoned by major party nominees (because they can raise and spend more private money outside of it), the program’s public matching funds are critical to help minor party presidential candidates (and their parties) fund expensive petition drives to meet onerous ballot qualification requirements established by Democrats and Republicans — a use affirmed by the Federal Election Commission. In many states, a certain result for president is even required for minor parties to retain ballot status. Without these funds, minor parties would disappear in many states.

True freedom to vote includes the freedom to vote for whom you want. Party suppression is a form of voter suppression.

Instead of reducing voter choice, it’s time to move beyond bi-polar politics to a viable multi-party democracy, by enacting proportional representation elections from multi-seat districts, where voters and parties win representation according to the percentage of their vote.

But for now, no voting rights bill should be used to convey partisan electoral advantage — in this case, to a major party by depressing its minor party competition. A filibuster exemption supporting this would be hypocritical. If Manchin is to be consistent that voting rights legislation must be non-partisan, he must insist this partisan element of the Freedom to Vote Act be removed.

Michael Feinstein is a former mayor and city council member in Santa Monica, California, and a former co-chairman of the Green Party of the United States.

Reach him at twitter.com/mikefeinstein and linkedin.com/in/michael-feinstein-14b45911/

GPWA Supports the Statement From GPUS on COVID-19 Vaccines and Mandates

The Green Party of Washington strongly supports the Covid19 statement issued by the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States (see below).

We recognize the challenges we face to confront Covid19 and the impact it will have in our society are myriad and interconnected. Consequently, we encourage all Washingtonians to get vaccinated, get their booster and, above all else, stay home this holiday season.

Statement From GPUS on COVID-19 Vaccines and Mandates

Become a Whole Washington Signature Captain!

The most direct path to universal healthcare in Washington state is by putting it on the ballot and passing it through a vote of the people. All it takes is 400,000 signatures, collected during 2022!

In order to collect these signatures, Whole Washington is recruiting Signature Captains – people who are willing to step up and collect just 13 signatures a week from May-December, either by themselves or with a small team.

Right now the goal of the campaign is to recruit 800 Signature Captains to lead signature gathering starting in May!

Please join Whole Washington for the next Signature Captain Orientation on Monday, December 13th at 7 pm to learn more about becoming a signature captain, including the training and resources you’ll be given to ensure success!

Whole Washington will explain the program and commitment, and you can decide if it’s right for you!

Here is the link to sign up for the Signature Captain Orientation on Monday, December 13th – please help us bring in new people by sharing it with friends who might be interested!

If you can’t make the 12/13 orientation but are still interested, you can sign up on the Signature Captain Interest form and Whole Washington will follow up with you soon.

For more details and a *sneak preview* of the Signature Captain program, watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/pHt_OCsmMeQ

Together we will pass health care that’s always there and make Washington whole!

Statement From GPUS on COVID-19 Vaccines and Mandates


WASHINGTON — The Green Party of the United States Steering Committee strongly supports the use of vaccines, vaccine mandates, and quarantines as part of a comprehensive public health effort to curb and eradicate the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has swept the globe since early 2020.


Green Party of the United States
www.gp.org

https://www.gp.org/statement_from_green_party_us_steering_committee_on_covid-19_vaccines_and_mandates

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Contact:

Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager, meo@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Diana C. Brown, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Philena Farley, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758


A comprehensive public health policy focused on prevention includes not only vaccines, but free access to personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks, infrastructure upgrades to treat and filter indoor air, and quarantines and mandates when necessary — particularly for front-line, public-interfacing jobs such as schools and hospitals. To ensure the most vulnerable individuals and communities are protected, and provide parents and families the economic and social aid necessary to support collective public health policy, we support a comprehensive COVID Relief Plan such as that put forward by Green Party 2020 presidential ticket Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, including:

  • monthly relief checks
  • eviction and utility shutoff moratoriums
  • rent and mortgage forgiveness
  • emergency Medicare-for-All
  • universal high-speed internet access for both jobs and education

Additionally, patents must be canceled on all vaccine formulations to aid rapid global distribution and stop the rise of even more transmissible and deadly COVID-19 variants.

We understand why mistrust exists toward the for-profit, privatized health insurance system — a system that has produced current and historical injustices. At the same time, because of the severity of this crisis, we encourage hesitant individuals and communities to consult with medical professionals including nurses, doctors, and researchers to learn more about the science, safety, and efficacy of vaccines. We encourage conversations about how vaccines and related policies protect our most vulnerable community members, such as young children, the elderly, and immuno-compromised individuals.

Scientific data and experiments may be difficult to properly interpret and put into context without formal training, therefore we support the efforts of the medical community working with the public to help dispel mistrust and misunderstanding of vaccine science and other public health efforts. We also call for direct remedies to systemic, racial, and class disparities in medicine through community outreach by qualified medical counselors, economic restitution, and dialogue toward truth and reconciliation.

Additionally, the public must be provided with general science information and counseling around the links between pandemics and the environment: continued ecological destruction due to industries like fossil fuels and human encroachment on habitats all increase the possibility that deadly new viruses will evolve and turn into future pandemics, making climate action an important part of comprehensive public health policy.

Ultimately, we are calling for communities to join together and work toward a nationwide, transformative Green New Deal — such as what Greens have campaigned for over a decade — to truly address the health, economic, and environmental issues that are deeply interconnected and have exploded under the COVID pandemic crisis. Then we can empower individuals and communities to make the best decisions for their own circumstances.

MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party US Steering Committee (SC) serves as the party’s primary spokespersons and oversees day-to-day administration and operations. The SC is made up of seven co-chairs plus the party’s Treasurer and Secretary, for a total of nine members. They are elected by the Green Party’s highest decision-making body, the National Committee.

The Green Party is an independent political party rooted in American social movements and a global Green movement founded on Four Pillars: Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice.

Hawkins/Walker COVID Relief Planhowiehawkins.us, last updated Sept. 19, 2020

Green Party of the United States

www.gp.org
202-804-2758
Newsroom | Twitter: @GreenPartyUS

Green Party of Seattle — December meeting

GPSEA Meeting | Wednesday, December 15, 2021  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All are welcome, invite a friend!

Virtual Zoom meeting

December 15, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctde6opzooHNBly7Bpt9bqg-UZC8Wv6A0Q

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

RSVP and share on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/258701329579076

Agenda:

We acknowledge the first people of Seattle and the land itself as the rightful ancestral homelands of the Duwamish Tribe, past, present, and future. We honor and stand in gratitude to the land itself and the other living beings that make their home here.

Green Party of Seattle | GPSEA.org 

EcoSocialist Leaders needed now.

Membership: https://www.gp-wa.org/membership_gpwa

Discussion: https://www.loomio.org/gpwa-seattle-greens/

Twitter: @seattlegreens

Facebook: @GreenPartyofSeattle

GET IN TOUCH …

hello@greenpartywashington.org

🌻#WeAreGreen

The Green Party Needs YOU!

Dear Green Party Members and Supporters,

The Greens are a political party, unlike all the myriad other progressive organizations in Washington State. This means we are positioned to run candidates – candidates who refuse to take money from special interests and who promise to govern using the Ten Key Values as a guide. If you believe in a better, more progressive America, the Greens are your party!

You already know this.  But we cannot deliver real gains until we elect Greens to office.

We need good candidates to run for elected offices. Who is a good candidate?

It could be YOU!

If you find yourself frustrated with local politics and think you could do a better job, why not consider running for office? GPWA has experience in what it takes to run a successful campaign, and we can help. You do not necessarily need experience in government – only a willingness to learn. There are a number of races around the state where incumbents are re-elected with no opponent. You could offer a more progressive choice to the electorate.

Another way you can help advance the Green agenda is to volunteer to work on Green campaigns. The Green Party endorses Green candidates or gives preferred status to candidates who agree with much of the Green agenda. By volunteering, you will gain inside knowledge of how a campaign works and what running for office is really like. Volunteering is a great way to learn what it takes to be a candidate, and if your candidate wins, you may have more influence over what happens in your district or city.

Here’s information on candidate filing week (May 16-20, 2022) and offices open for election in 2022: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/online-candidate-filing.aspx

We hope that you will join us and promote electoral activism for the greater good!

If you would like to run for office or volunteer to support a Green Party campaign, please let us know!


To be considered for GPWA endorsement or preferred candidate status, please download and complete our Candidate Questionnaire so that we may consider supporting your campaign:

Word version | PDF version

GPWA Fall Gathering

Join us for our 2021 Fall Gathering via Zoom!

Please join us on Sunday, November 21st from 7 pm to 9 pm for planning, connecting, and learning!

Agenda:

7:00 PM – Welcome, Introductions, and Ice Breaker

7:30 PM – Who Is The Green Party? Video and Discussion

8:00 PM – 2021 Year in Review: Our Candidates, Initiatives, and Efforts

8:30 PM – 2022 Looking To The Future: Priorities, Goals, and Ideas

9:00 PM – Wrap Up and Next Steps

Pre-register for the event here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpce2przouGdSkarJp7kIqvyHLqiGrHoNs

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

GPWA Organizer Description (Contract Position)

This recruitment is open to current state party members in good standing. If you’re interested in applying for this position, please send your one-page letter of interest to hello@greenpartywashington.org explaining your qualifications and relevant experience no later than 11:59 pm on October 25th.


In order to grow, we must increase membership and organize new chapters in our state. Increasing membership and building chapters is a huge task and hiring an organizer will be a good investment and be more efficient and effective than relying totally on volunteers.

This proposal is to hire an experienced Green Party Organizer who will work to increase membership and create new and viable chapters in Washington. The Organizer will serve as a contractor, not an employee. The contract will last for six months, with an option to extend for an additional six months based on work completed. The contract will begin on November 1, 2021, and continue through May 1, 2022.

During the month of April 2022, the CC will review overall progress and our budget to decide whether to continue the contract until November 1, 2022. In October 2022, the CC will review progress and our budget to decide whether to extend the contract for any longer period of time.

The Organizer position will begin as a contract for six hours per week at $15 per hour, for six months. Future increases in hours per week and/or pay per hour may be approved by the CC.

The contractor will provide monthly status reports to the CC on their work, including time spent on each task; updates on membership, income, and fundraising; progress on chapter building; and a summary of social media outreach.


GPWA Organizer Tasks – 25 hours per month:

Month 1: Chapter Building – 1, 2, 3; Membership/Income – 1; Communications – 1, 2

Month 2: Add: Chapter Building – 4

Month 3: Add: Chapter Building – 5

Month 4: Add: Chapter Building – 6; Membership/Income – 2; Communications – 3

Month 5: Continue above

Month 6: Add: Chapter Building – 7, 8, 9; Communications – 4, 5


Chapter Building (40%)

GPWA chapter activity can be grouped by the CC into three levels: (1) affiliated chapters that are doing well and only need targeted support, (2) affiliated chapters and chapters-in-formation that are organized but not very active and need more support, and (3) areas that are not organized and need extensive support.

1. Information in the database and anecdotal reports will be used to identify those areas (3) where new chapters can most readily be formed, as well as potential leaders in those areas.  Zoom calls will be used to discuss the formation of each new chapter with potential leaders and others they suggest.

2. Information in the database and anecdotal reports will also be used to identify affiliated chapters and chapters-in-formation (2) that are not very active. Zoom calls will be used to discuss reactivation with potential leaders and others they suggest.

3. A menu of outreach strategies will be created including tabling kits, merchandise available from GPWA at cost, literature, event support, etc. (GPWA will continue to offer $200 advances to local chapters affiliated and in-formation for outreach events. Proceeds from an event will pay back the advance, with GPWA absorbing the loss if proceeds don’t cover it all.)

4. Recruit a qualified volunteer and/or a college intern, if possible, to serve as Assistant Organizer.

5. Chapters that are currently active (3) will be engaged in discussions of support available from GPWA, including setting short-term goals, outreach strategies including media, facilitation training, tabling kits, etc.

6. Presentations including PowerPoint and other platforms will be developed on How to Form a New Local, Building Coalitions, Tracing Events and Activities, How to Run a Meeting, How to Use Consensus, How to Recruit Candidates, Staffing Campaigns, Supporting Greens in Office, etc.

7. Periodic state-wide Zoom calls will be held on topics of interest to chapters including outreach, learning from other chapters, etc.

8. Create a Speakers Bureau of Greens knowledgeable about various issues so they can serve as guest speakers at chapter meetings to encourage interest and activism.

9. NationBuilder options will be utilized to track chapter activities and local organizers.

Membership & Income (40%)

1. Information in NationBuilder will be used to create a systematic process to increase membership and income from membership, including converting non-members to members and increasing the level of dues paid by individual members.

2. Supporters whose NationBuilder listing of employers or job titles or from referrals can be assumed to be in a higher income bracket will receive a personal call asking them to consider becoming a major donor with a one-time or ongoing donation. A short menu of possible projects for which we are seeking funding may be offered.

Communications and Social Media (20%)  

1. Review all literature and resources on our website and suggest updates to the CC.

2. Chapters, both affiliated and in-formation, will be offered assistance in creating social media platforms and websites.

3. Promote local organizing on our state party social media platforms.

4. Write and distribute a periodic state-wide E-Newsletter for chapters and members.

5. Create a PowerPoint presentation on how GPWA is organized, GPWA history, and volunteer opportunities.

Endorsement of Stephen Wright for Mayor of Forks

Green Party of Washington State

Endorsement of Stephen Wright for Mayor of Forks, Washington

Candidate Statement:

“I want to add agricultural revenue, expand our local economy, reduce our reliance on timber and tourism revenue, fix our communications infrastructure, fix our playground, create educational opportunities, and provide body cameras for police. A vote for Wright is a vote to take care of our community.” -Stephen Wright

Mayoral Candidate:

Stephen Wright, an Independent Green, is running for Mayor of Forks. The Green Party of Washington State has endorsed his run and invites other Greens and Independent voters to support him. Please help spread the word on any of these platforms.

His website: https://www.wright4forks.com/

His facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wright4forksmayor

His twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Wright4Forks

Also on instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/wright4forksmayor/

Stephen represents his community and a plan for a future-ready Forks. Wright is a Green running as an independent to de-emphasize party politics and focus on practical solutions that are community-based, local, and sustainable.

About Forks:

Forks, Washington is a city located on the Olympic Peninsula, within Clallam County in the northwest of our state. The population was roughly 4,000 in 2019. Clallam county is situated on the border with Canada, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Vancouver Island, BC and includes the iconic bioregional features of our Pacific Coast rain forests, salmon runs, and coastal migratory sea mammal routes. 

Clallam County includes Port Angeles which is the largest population center in the county and leans Democrat. Politically, Clallam County is a competitive area; the county holds the longest record, as of 2020, for predicting official presidential election winners, which makes it a political “bellwether”. The city of Forks is Republican-leaning. A win for an Independent Green Party candidate would be a win for political party autonomy in Washington State.

Historically The City of Forks didn’t begin as a logging town; however later it was economically tied to the logging industry, and more recently the town was the location for the popular TV series ‘Twilight’, which brought increased tourism into the area, but that fandom began to wind down sometime after 2010. 

Stephen Wright’s Agenda as Mayor of Forks:

“Halito, I’m Stephen Wright, a progressive Choctaw running for mayor for the City of Forks. Our city has relied on logging and tourism for their revenue, both dying industries. Our city cannot afford basic necessities…” 

According to Stephen Wright, Forks can do better and be better, and GPWA believes Forks deserves better. Here are some bullet points from his agenda: 

  • Reduce our reliance on tourism and timber revenue
  • Repair park & playground equipment
  • Fix our communications infrastructure
  • Body cameras for police
  • Create educational opportunities by partnering with higher education
  • Expand our local economy 
  • Add agricultural hemp revenue
  • Extend the sidewalk along Highway 101
  • Ban on pesticides and nitrogen additives in Forks as environmental protections for waterways and old-growth forests

Stephen is a disabled Veteran, a father of young children, an Agrobiologist educated at Evergreen College, and an indigenous American. He is a resident of Forks who is invested in the long-term preservation and success of his community.

The Green Party of Washington state invites Greens statewide to support Stephen Wright for Mayor of Forks, Washington.

https://www.greenpartywashington.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

https://twitter.com/greenpartywa