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By Bill Walker

I can’t think of too many things that George W. Bush said or did during his years as president that I agreed with. In fact, as I think about it, I can think of only one thing that truly made sense to me. During one of his speeches, he called on every American to try and contribute two thousand hours of volunteer work for the betterment of all during their lifetime. One has to wonder if he himself has even attempted to achieve this goal but that’s a different story.Continue reading

Housing and Decentralizing Power

By Kevin Patrick Fitzgerald

I see three bills on the floor presently in Olympia regarding housing. Jay Inslee proposes a large-scale affordable housing construction program; also funding assistance for people with addiction and other behavioral health diseases. Patty Kuderer proposes expanding a tax break incentive program to facilitate access to affordable housing for low-income families. Peter Abbarno spoke of an upcoming proposal to lower property taxes and loosen restrictions on population density, which can allow for larger apartment buildings with smaller apartments.

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A new Green Party challenge that cleans out your email folders by William Walker

It’s almost time for Christmas and a perfect time to clean up your computer email folders for the New Year. Here is how it works. You go to each and every email address that you have. And for each email message that you delete you add one cent to your Green Party donation. You can donate to either your state or local chapter of the GP or the National Chapter or all of them.

Example: In my case I have three primary email accounts.

Yahoo #1 I deleted 92 emails in my trash folder and 42 in my spam.

Yahoo #2 I deleted 121 in my trash folder and 20 in my spam.

Gmail account I deleted 175 emails in my trash folder, 4 in my spam folder, 306 in my updates folder and 938 in my promotions folder.

Added all together. I deleted a total of 1694 emails. OK I rounded that up to 1700.

I’m sending a check for $17.00 dollars to the Washington State chapter of the Green Party.

Important Voting Information for those Convicted of a Felony in the US by Jody Grage

Effective January 1, 2022, if you have been convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or federal court, your right to vote in Washington State is restored if you are not currently serving a DOC sentence in total confinement. Going forward, voting rights are immediately restored upon release from prison, regardless of community supervision status. All you need to do is register to vote using one of the methods below.
To register to vote in Washington, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington state, AND at least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order OR incarcerated for a federal or out-of-state felony conviction.
  • Not currently serving a sentence of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections for a Washington felony conviction.
ALSO: 16- and 17-year old’s can pre-register to vote. The registrations are held until they are eligible to vote.
1. Online – 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State’s website: https://olvr,
You will need either: A current Washington State driver license; OR A current Washington State ID Card AND: Even without either of these forms of ID, you can still register using by mail or in-person methods.
2. By mail – Get a voter registration form OR download and print a voter registration form https:/
Fill out the form and mail it to: King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way Renton, WA 98057.
  • The Mailing Address is printed on the back of each voter registration form.
  • Form folds for easy mailing; No postage required if you use the official form. (YAYI)
  • Forms are available in many languages.
3. In-person – At the King County Elections Office in Renton or at a Vote Center.
At a community event listed at this link:
For questions or need assistance, please contact: OR 206-296-VOTE (8683).
At one of these locations – INCLUDING TO VOTE IN PERSON:
King County Elections Annex – KC Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle 98104
King County Elections Office – 919 SW Grady Way, Renton 98057 – Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Election Day – Ballots must be postmarked or put in a ballot drop box by 8 p.m.
See Your Voter Registration, Your Ballot, or Find a Ballot Drop Box at

Electric Cars and Charging Stations by William Walker

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

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

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

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

OK, car manufacturers and dealers, this is a pretty simple and fairly cheap fix, and our atmosphere desperately needs it. And remember, if you’re purchasing an electric car soon there is no reason why you can’t ask the dealer to make this a part of the purchase agreement. Even if they refuse to do this perhaps you can convince them to knock off five hundred or a thousand dollars from the price instead!

Route 66 by William Walker

Japan’s high-speed rail system with its bullet trains has been the envy of Amtrak for many years. And for years Amtrak has been lobbying Congress here in the United States to fund high-speed rail. Bullet trains run on electrified magnetic rails that are environmentally clean and efficient. In Japan most of this electricity is produced by nuclear power plants with the hopes that someday an even cleaner more sustainable source of energy will become available.

Imagine what it would be like if we here in America could travel at hundreds of miles an hour as we watched the countryside pass by, having no concern about how much pollution our car or the jet was belching out along the way. What would it take here in the US to make that happen? While you consider that I’m going to change subjects here for a bit.

The West Coast is suffering through one of the worst droughts in our recorded history. It’s been three years since many of the states in the desert southwest and California have had a substantial amount of rain fall. Reservoirs, lakes, and rivers are nearly bone dry. California’s agriculture industry is facing major cutbacks in the amount of water that they desperately need to maintain their farming operations. Millions of dollars in crop losses are happening now with an even darker future in the years ahead if dramatic changes aren’t made soon.

Now you’re probably wondering what high-speed rail and a horrific drought on the west coast have to do with each other. And better still you’re probably wondering how Route 66 fits into all this.

Route 66 is a highway relic from the past. It was built as a roadway connecting the Midwest all the way to California and all points in between giving drivers easy access to places such as Las Vegas, Nevada. In its hay day it was one of the heaviest traveled highways in the country before many more interstates were built as cars became more popular for travel. It starts in Chicago and runs both south and west through the heart of many of those states that are experiencing the worst of drought conditions right now. For the most part Route 66, as a highway, is obsolete and little used by car drivers of today. However, Route 66 has a couple of things going for it when it comes to high-speed rail and the west coast’s current drought situation.

Here in America a hundred years or so ago railroads owned many rights of way when it came to both passenger and commercial rail service across America. Unfortunately, because of the automobile, railroads ended up selling this right of way to interstate highways or more recently to hiking trails and what not. And this is what makes Route 66 so appealing for high-speed rail. The right of ways is already there. There would be no need to disrupt private property or businesses that are already established along that roadway.

As for the persistent droughts in the desert southwest and west coast, in general Route 66 also gives us a route for a future water pipeline from Lake Erie and the Great Lakes all the way to California. Obviously, a massive water pipeline from the world’s largest source of fresh water, the Great Lakes, all the way to the west coast would only be a small piece to a massive problem. California and other states are going to eventually have to invest in massive desalinization plants using ocean water to meet their needs fully.

And as for high-speed rail, Route 66 would be the perfect place to start a passenger only electrified rail system that would eventually encompass the rest of the west coast as well as the east coast and all points in between. Bullet trains in America could be the future of travel if we would just make that investment. And as for our interstate network, many of our interstates were built with large median strips for future highway expansion. How about using these median strips as future high-speed rail lines as we move away from the gas-powered automobile? That would also be a great way to add more charging stations along our interstate networks where these electric trains would run side by side. The final question is, do we have the political will to make these changes happen?

Enter The Box by Matthew Villata

Imagine, the American electoral system of representative democracy. A fine system, democracy, yet there is a complication within the American version. Democracy is a pathway to a multitude of possibilities constrained only by the action and imagination of the electorate. The American version, is covered by a box, in order to restrain action and imagination. The electorate simply cannot think outside the box, even though they do have the ability. This is because the box has been insidiously designed to appear inescapable, to appear immutable and to appear institutional. The box is first past the post voting. The box is gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression. The box is a media complex designed to stoke fear and apathy. As a result, the democratic process inside the box resembles less a healthy electorate and more a game of football where two teams work to score points against the other in a constant contest. This does not have to be so; all sides of the box can be challenged.

Challenging the box is no simple or easy task. First, in the past the post voting systems have long been ingrained in U.S politics as are various tactics of voter suppression. Still, there are both alternatives and long-standing opposition to these factors. There is hope, as ranked-choice voting spreads across the country and the state with the help of organizations like Fair Vote. Ranked Choice voting transforms elections from winner take all contents into referendums on the reception of the candidates. The change is simple and actionable. The change is already occurring and there is hope for vast systematic change with simple agitation and reform, longtime tools of Americans and all Democratic societies.

Ranked Choice voting is a needed electoral reform and will have a transformative effect on any area where it is adopted. Still, it is not a cure all. Standing against media and internet misinformation and a corrupt media establishment are goals that seem to lack a definitive end point. Twenty First Century mass communication has impacted the electorate in ways that are still being understood and undergone. One thing is certain, voters are demoralized. Voters are being told their opponents want to destroy them, with varying degrees of accuracy. Voters believe they cannot challenge a political class that has secured their power with billions of dollars and corrupt institutions. Indeed, the prognosis can feel bleak.

The bleakness is merely an illusion of the box. Outside of the box exists the possibility to engage in vibrant political action, to in-vision a dream and actualize it in reality with the help of others. Outside of the box are options that now merely conceptualizations. The possibilities outside of the box are endless. The box must merely be identified for what it is, an artificial construct that can be thrown in the garbage.

Primarily Disappointed by Matthew Villata

This is my first year as a member of the Green Party. I am excited to work towards environmental and electoral reform in Washington State and beyond. I write today because I need the help of anyone and everyone who reads. Recently, Washington State held primary elections for a plethora of positions. I was disappointed to find a lack of green and third-party candidates for the Washington State House. That is not to say that there were not any, but there were far from enough. That is the question I need help answering; why is this case? The times we find ourselves in are turbulent, but there is an opportunity to seize. There are Greens across Washington State who are ready and willing to challenge the big two-party structure. Where are they during the primary and how can the Green Party of Washington State better equip these individuals? State House elections are smaller than national contests and are less awash in endless swarms of donor dollars. They are prime targets to insert Green hopefuls into.

As a member of the coordinating council, it is my hope to look further into the best possible methods to make Democrats and Republicans sweat during state elections and start building Green Power in a way that will allow the massive systematic maintenance the country requires. I welcome and request all input to this end. I am curious to learn party members’ perspective on what can be done to provide and equip Green Candidates when the opportunity arrives again in two years’ time to win these contestable elections that are so often neglected in the minds of voters. It is my firm belief that the Green Party of Washington can in the course of two years, win such elections. It is only a question of research, development, and deployment. I look forward to sharpening my ideas against off your own.

The Evergreen Newsletter September 2022

The Evergreen – September 2022

Volume 4, Issue 1

Welcome to your Green Party of Washington State quarterly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to

Green Party Lolita by Bill Walker

Many of you probably have never seen or heard of a TV show called Flipper. I’m sure that there are probably clips of the show on YouTube if you’re interested in checking it out. This program aired back in the sixties and unfortunately was a huge hit for the three seasons it was on. Basically, it’s Lassie except with a porpoise instead. The unfortunate part was that the audience couldn’t get enough of these three trained porpoises’ that played Flipper in the show. Aquariums throughout the world soon wanted and acquired porpoises, dolphins and smaller whales as attractions. These animals proved to be extremely smart and could learn any number of tricks that would astound an eager public to spend their hard-earned money to see them perform.

Back in the seventies, a great injustice was done to the orcas of Puget Sound, also known as the Salish Sea. A round-up commenced of J, K, and L pods in Penn Cove near Coupeville Washington. The purpose is to separate the young killer whales from their pod families to be eventually sold off to entertainment parks and aquariums around the world. A few of these whales died from the trauma brought on by this horrible act of greed on that day. READ MORE HERE

Help us Win Universal Healthcare in Washington State!
By Keene Short, Whole Washington volunteer

Unlike most countries whose development has gone unhindered, the United States has an exclusively privatized health insurance industry. This means that private corporations are legally allowed to decide a patient’s fate based on the profitability of their continued existence through even the most inexpensive procedures, even in the most progressive states.

Fortunately, there are grassroots organizations, both local and national, working to overturn this unjust system from the ground up. Whole Washington currently seeks to establish the Washington Health Trust through a grassroots ballot initiative in Washington State, using the same political tool that led to the legalization of statewide recreational cannabis.

This is one of the most radical approaches to universal healthcare, but of course we need to frame this in the context of the nationwide healthcare justice movement. As advocates like Tim Faust, Bernie Sanders, and many Green Party candidates and organizers have intimated, and as countless Americans have testified, the for-profit health insurance regime is a form of relentless exploitation, bleeding people of financial resources and social and emotional security. READ MORE HERE

A Green Challenge by Bill Walker

I’ve been a Green Party member for many years. And in some of those years I remembered to pay my annual dues and in other years I was never sure when my dues were actually due. I must admit, my failure to remember is pretty much because of advancing age. My memory needs a tune-up from time to time.

And unfortunately, the Washington State chapter did not have my email address to remind me when the time came to pay up. Now they do! As many of you are aware the Green Party does not accept corporate donations. We don’t want to be beholden to any corporate sponsor who expects political favors in the future. In essence we, the members, are our own PAC. I guess you could refer to us as the GPAC. And I’m sure you are also aware that running a political party is extraordinarily expensive.


Upcoming Legislation for RCV” from the FairVote Washington Website

Current law prevents many local jurisdictions in our state from adopting RCV. We are working to change that.

The RCV Local Options bill will give localities the option to adopt ranked-choice voting if it is right for them. This bill is due to be reintroduced in 2023.

In 2022, Clark County and San Juan County residents will have the chance to pass a charter amendment that would implement RCV.

Seattle residents will have the chance to adopt Ranked Choice Voting this November.

The RCV for Presidential Primaries bill would bring RCV to presidential primaries in Washington State. Introduced in 2022, it will be reintroduced in 2023. READ MORE


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

Green Party of Seattle

This chapter holds membership meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 PM in Seattle and online. Find out more at or check out their Facebook page for meeting details. All Greens, as well as friends and allies for sustainability, are welcome to attend.

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

Find them on Facebook by joining the discussion at Green Party Friends of the Mid-Columbia.

South Sound Greens (formerly Green Party of South Puget Sound)

This chapter is focused on initiative campaigns, solidarity efforts, mutual aid, and building left unity. Please contact Noah Martin for information on meetings and other activities and check out their website ( and Facebook group for updates.

Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula

We are hoping to form an active chapter on the Olympic Peninsula. For more info and to get involved, email You may also join the Facebook group at Green Party Olympic Peninsula.

Green Party of Snohomish County

This chapter is currently inactive. We hope to be able to restart it when we have more active members in Snohomish County. For more info, check out their Facebook group or email

Green Party of Whatcom County

For more information, contact Stoney at


Interested in helping with Social Media or doing Graphic Design? Please email to let us know!


There are many committees of GPUS that need volunteers to help achieve their goals. Members don’t have to be elected as a delegate to the National Committee to serve on these committees. You can go to to see where you might be able to lend your talents. Then send the GPWA Coordinating Council a short bio with your request to join the committee, and your request will be added to our next agenda.


(Views expressed in Letters to the Editor do not necessarily reflect the views of the Green Party of Washington State. Please note that letters may be edited for content, grammar, and length. Letters should be signed by the person submitting the letter.)

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Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Elected Members:

Daniel Bumbarger – Secretary

Lisa Canar – Treasurer

Margaret Elisabeth – Chair

Matthew Villata – Member at Large, Snohomish County

Starlene Rankin – Member at Large, South King County

Local Chapter Representatives:

DANIEL BUMBARGER – South Sound Greens

LISA CANAR – Green Party of Seattle

STONEY BIRD – Green Party of Whatcom County

Forming Chapter Organizers:

BOB CONE – SW Washington

DARRIAN BLACK – Central Washington


ISAIAH MOTTA – Spokane County

KRISTA PARADISE – Olympia Peninsula

STARLENE RANKIN – South King County

WOODY DERYCKX – Skagit County

Don’t see your chapter represented? Give us a holler. We aim to have an elected representative from each chapter on the State Coordinating Council. We meet online at 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

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Green Party Lolita

By William Walker

Many of you probably have never seen or heard of a TV show called Flipper. I’m sure that there are probably clips of the show on YouTube if you’re interested in checking it out. This program aired back in the sixties and unfortunately was a huge hit for the three seasons it was on. Basically, it’s Lassie except with a porpoise instead. The unfortunate part was that the audience couldn’t get enough of these three trained porpoises that played Flipper in the show. Aquariums throughout the world soon wanted and acquired porpoises, dolphins, and smaller whales as attractions. These animals proved to be extremely smart and could learn any number of tricks that would astound an eager public to spend their hard-earned money to see them perform.

Back in the seventies, a great injustice was done to the orcas of Puget Sound, also known as the Salish Sea. A round-up commenced of J, K, and L pods in Penn Cove near Coupeville Washington. The purpose is to separate the young killer whales from their pod families to be eventually sold off to entertainment parks and aquariums around the world. A few of these whales died from the trauma brought on by this horrible act of greed on that day.

The Lummi Indian tribe of western Washington considers killer whales as their ancestral brothers and sisters. And has grieved over the loss of these members of their tribe ever since. The captured whales on that day are all gone except for one. Her stage name at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida is Lolita. Her Lummi name is Tokitae And she has been a captured ambassador of her species ever since.

Being a Green Party member also means being spiritually green for me as well. And as a writer for the Green Party, I hope to incorporate ideas that I feel can help to bring back balance and natural harmony to our shared experience. In this case, that means joining the Lummi Nation and all the tribes of Washington state in righting this injustice. And that injustice is to bring Lolita/Tokitae back home to live out the rest of her years in her ancestral waters where her maternal mother is still very much alive and still swims to this very day.

I propose an alliance between the Lummi Nation and the Green Party in an effort to make this happen. A nonbinding initiative in 2023 be brought to the people of Washington state demanding the return of Tokitae to the Salish Sea.

An initiative such as this, though lacking any enforcement power of its own, would still bring the matter of Tokitae’s forced entrapment in Florida to a national audience, and perhaps even a world audience at the same time. She deserves our support and the chance to live out the rest of her life, no matter how short or long, with her Salish Sea family. I know that we can make this happen for her so I’m asking for your support!