Green Party Online Spring Gathering

Green Party of Washington – Online Spring Gathering

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwode-srjMvEtDeQdCJIACPJ-dhR22tCcX_

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

Agenda:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Candidate Support – featuring Ry Armstrong and Margaret Elisabeth

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Proposed GPWA Bylaws Amendments: National and Alternate Delegates, Membership, and Name Change

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Business Meeting: Nominations to fill 3 open Coordinating Council positions (2 At-Large, 1 Deputy Treasurer); Nominations for National Committee Delegates (2) and Alternates (2); Candidate Statements; Review Online Ballot and Voting Process; Recruitment for GPUS Committees

–> Nominations must be made by the end of the Spring Gathering. See our bylaws and CC/Delegates/Committees page for more info.

Jason Call for Congress in 2024

Jason Call for Congress in 2024

Today is National Green Party Day, and the Green Party of Washington State proudly announces our endorsement of Jason Call for Congress. Jason is running for US Representative in Washington’s Second Congressional District.

Campaign announcement from Jason Call:

Today, April 10, 2023, is Green Party Day. It is today that I have chosen, in collaboration with the Washington State Green Party, to announce my candidacy for Washington’s Second Congressional District.

This is my third consecutive run for this seat. In my first two campaigns, 2020 and 2022, I ran as a Democrat. This time I am running proudly as a Green Party member. My platform however, has not changed. I am still running on the same critical issues of universal healthcare, sustainable and renewable green energy to address the looming catastrophe of climate emergency, ending the forever wars, ensuring debt-free education, and supporting labor rights for all workers. These are issues that the corporate duopoly parties often claim to stand for, but clearly do not.

Some will ask why I am running for a third time when I was unsuccessful in getting on the general election ballot twice before? The answers to this are quite simple.

First, we must keep fighting for systemic change. The status quo continues to fail this country and the world, and quite frankly time is running out to make the needed policy changes that will (hopefully) keep our collective ship, our precious planet Earth, from sinking in regards to human existence.

Second, Rick Larsen is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. Washington’s Second District is ostensibly a progressive district, so it’s quite silly that we have been forced to choose between a Republican and a Republican-lite in every cycle since 2000. Rick is the kind of Representative who will claim progressive values in public, but his voting record over two decades shows that he breaks with the majority of Democrats frequently to side with Republicans. In fact, the American Conservative Union (the folks who host the annual CPAC event) put him in the top 15% of sitting Democrats who align with their preferred voting positions.

Third, our campaigns for progressive change resonated strongly with voters in 2020 and 2022. In both cycles we got more than 31,000 votes, nearly three times more than any prior progressive challenger. And in 2022 we increased our share of the non-GOP vote over 2020. The progressive message of justice and sustainability speaks to young voters who don’t believe either of the corporate-owned parties are serving their needs and the needs of their future. We believe that if we provide an option for those GenZ voters, for voters within the Democratic Party who see the need for systemic change, and for other independent and third-party voters who won’t vote for corporate corruption, we have a pathway to the general election ballot in November 2024.

Please visit the Jason Call for Congress campaign website at www.callforcongress.com, read our policies, and consider making a donation for real change.

Solidarity!
Jason Call
2024 Green Party Candidate for WA-02

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.

Candidate filing week is May 15-19, 2023.

Offices open for election in 2023: 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

Start Your Green Party Volunteer Career

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.

Continue reading

The Evergreen – December 2022

Volume 4, Issue 2


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


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. READ MORE HERE


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 the 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. READ MORE HERE


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. READ MORE HERE


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 the US 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. READ MORE HERE 


 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.

JOIN GPWA   DONATE TO GPWA


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

READ MORE


2022 RCV Ballot Measures

In 2022, ranked choice voting (RCV) appeared on the ballot in ten American jurisdictions and won in eight of them, including statewide in Nevada. Details of each 2022 ballot measure campaign can be found below. READ MORE 

PASSED NOVEMBER 8, 2022
Seattle, Washington

Ranked choice voting primaries won in Seattle. First, voters were asked if they wanted to change the city’s voting method, and they said yes. Next, they were asked if they would prefer ranked choice voting or approval voting, and they picked RCV by an overwhelming margin.

Seattle’s RCV campaign was backed by some of the most prominent organizations in the city, winning endorsements from several state legislators, the League of Women Voters Seattle-King County, the King County Democrats, More Equitable Democracy Action, and the Faith Action Network, among others.

“Voters delivered a mandate for ranked-choice voting and sent a strong signal to the legislature that Washington voters want better elections.” – Kamau Chege, Executive Director of the Washington Community Alliance.


Seattle Will Vote on Creation of New ‘Social Housing’ Authority in 2023 by Justin Carder
September 1, 2022

From: The South Seattle Emerald


The backers of I-135 to create a new public developer “to build, acquire, own, and manage social housing” in Seattle say they have successfully gathered enough signatures to place the initiative on the ballot — but the vote won’t come until 2023.

“Voters across Seattle will now get the opportunity to vote for a new intervention to our affordable housing approach,” the House Our Neighbors! group said in a statement. “We are on the brink of establishing a public developer to create housing for folks who are in the 0-120% AMI bracket, where restorative justice measures must be implemented — no more punitive evictions.”

Backers say their proposed ballot initiative would establish a developer to create more rental housing options in the city, powered by public funding and protected from free-market influences and City and County restrictions. READ MORE


LOCAL CHAPTER NEWS

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 at 7:00 PM in Seattle and online. Find out more at GPSEA.org or check out their Facebook page for meeting details. All Greens, as well as friends and allies for sustainability, are welcome to attend.

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. Contact them for information on meetings and other activities and check out their website (https://www.southsoundgreen.party), Facebook page, and Facebook group for updates.

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

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

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 hello@greenpartywashington.org. You may also join the Facebook group at Green Party Olympic Peninsula.

Green Party of Snohomish County

This chapter is currently inactive and is seeking new members and organizers. For more info, check out their Facebook group or email hello@greenpartywashington.org.

Green Party of Whatcom County

For more information, contact Stoney at whatcom@fairvotewa.org.

Green Party of South King County

For more information, contact Starlene at starlene@greenpartywashington.org

Green Party of Spokane County

For more information, contact Jon at jonclegault@gmail.com Also, check out their Facebook Group.


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in helping with Social Media or doing Graphic Design? Interested in volunteering as Deputy Treasurer or as an at-large member of our Coordinating Council? We need you! Please email to let us know!


GPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

GPUS has many committees that need volunteers. Members can find out more at gpus.org/committees. If you want to volunteer on a GPUS committee, just email us a short bio with your request to join the committee, and your request will be added to our next agenda.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

(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.)

No letters were received this time…

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 – Southwest Washington

DARRIAN BLACK – Central Washington

JON LEGAULT – Spokane County

KRISTA PARADISE – Olympia Peninsula

NOAH MARTIN – Grays Harbor

RICHARD REDICK – Mid-Columbia

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.


Contact Us

https://greenpartywashington.org

hello@greenpartywashington.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyWA

Green Party of Washington State: Grassroots Organizing & Discussion Group

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GreenPartyWA

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/greenpartyofwashington/


The End!

But wait! No, it’s not! There’s plenty of room for more!

Send in your pictures, stories, and ideas to Starlene at newsletter@greenpartywashington.org.


We hope to publish this newsletter every 3 months at the start of each new season. Send your Newsletter submissions to newsletter@greenpartywashington.org.

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

 #WeAreGreen

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.
THREE WAYS TO REGISTER
1. Online – 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State’s website: https://olvr,votewa.gov/
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:/www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx
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: elections@kingcounty.gov 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 https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

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?