Bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home!

The Green Party of Washington Supports the efforts being coordinated by representatives of the Lummi Nation and others to return Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to her home waters of the Salish Sea.

Who is Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut?

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation name for last remaining Southern Resident Orca to be held in captivity. She is also known as “Tokitae” or by her Seaquarium slave name “Lolita”.

In August of 1970, over 50 young orcas were violently stolen from the Salish Sea and sold to aquariums.

Large pods of orcas were once rounded up in the waters of Washington State and their young ones kidnapped. Several died during capture and transport. In 1971 whaling was outlawed in the US. Only one of our resident L pod orcas remains alive in captivity. Her name is Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut.

The Captive.

For over 50 years, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been held at the Miami Seaquarium, in the world’s smallest orca tank. There, in the state of Florida she is subjected to cruel and unnatural conditions, including relentless sun and heat, extreme social isolation, and exposure to dangerous hurricanes. She has not seen another orca in captivity since the 1980’s, as she is the sole survivor of the 45 orcas captured from the Southern Salish Sea in 1970.

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has been sentenced to a life of unjust captivity and deprivation. We as Greens, call for a compassionate release. The Green Party wants her liberated from the state of Florida and brought back to her home waters. The Lummi Nation feels it is their sacred obligation to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home. Orcas pods have distinct cultures and dialects, Tokitae still calls out in her native L pod language. Her mother is still alive, bring her back home to her family.

Green Solidarity.

We, the Green Party of Washington State, in representing ourselves, our memberships, and our constituencies, support the effort to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut [Southern Resident Orca] home. We call upon the Governors of WashingtonOregon, and California, and the Premier of British Columbia, the lands of which border the Salish Sea home of the Southern Resident Orcas, to sign a joint Proclamation that acknowledges the unique and iconic orca population here and the significant spiritual and cultural value for the people of the region, with protected legal rights to freedom from captivity.

Therefore, The Green Party of Washington State joins the Lummi Nation and others urging the Governors and Premier of our Southern Resident Orca territories to:

• Support and endorse the efforts being coordinated by representatives of the Lummi Nation to return Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to her Salish Sea home.

• Call upon Miami Seaquarium, Festival Fun Parks (DBA Palace Entertainment), Parques Reunidos and EQT to agree to negotiate the terms and conditions for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s release from Miami Seaquarium and safe return to her natal waters; and

• Work with representatives of the Lummi Nation and other relevant entities to secure any state permits that might be required for the return and rehabilitation of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut and her reunion with her human and Orca family.

Earth Day 2021 Sunflower Seed Giveaway

SEATTLE – On Earth Day 2021, Green Party of Seattle [GPSEA, sounds like jip’See] members participated at an event organized by 350Seattle. Climate Action Allies Extinction Rebellion [XR Seattle], the Backbone Campaign Kayaktivists, 350Seattle, and GPSEA came together as climate allies to protest proposed increased cruise ship and fossil fuel tanker traffic in the Salish Sea. This would be a further assault on our resident Orcas and an already stressed ecosystem.

GPSEA also came to celebrate Earth Day with a simple but positive action; planting Sunflowers.

We gave away non-GMO sunflower seeds in envelopes we had labeled for the occasion. To bring attention to our giveaway we built a large sunflower puppet prop. CJ is a fabric artist and puppet maker and created a harness to wear the giant flower as well. 350Seattle invited CJ to participate in the happy ending portion of a skit they were performing about the effects of fossil fuel pollution on our beautiful Salish Sea.

Sunflowers are native to North America as well as being an emblem of Green politics worldwide. International Guerrilla Sunflower Gardening Day is May 1st. Between Earth Day and May 1st we also planted seeds in Discovery Park and Seattle city median strips and public places. Sunflowers help to detoxify soil, sink carbon, feed animals and birds, and their pollen increases the resilience of bees with medicinal effects for their immune systems.

This was a simple Earth Day project that Greens could work on in small groups. Buy non-GMO sunflower seeds from an organic grower, in bulk. We used paper envelopes cut in half and put a spoon of seed in each, and sealed them with Earth Day stickers and planting instruction labels. We had prepared Sunflower trivia questions based on our blog post, but did not use them. We used fabric, wire, PVC and some other found materials to make a big bright sunflower with a ‘G’ on the back to attract attention. We did attract attention. On Earth Day we gave away seed packets to event participants as well as people in the Seattle Sculpture Garden and along the Seattle Waterfront downtown. We told people that even without a yard they can plant them in any public space as a gift to Earth Mother. Cultivate Sustainability.

Every Day is Earth Day…

GPWA Candidate Statements

Candidates for GPWA offices are listed alphabetically by first name.


ALICE GREEN – CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Hello GPWA Greens, my name is Alice, and I am currently the acting Treasurer of Green Party of Seattle, and our small workgroup is methodically rebuilding our local chapter at this time. I maintain the GPSEA.org website and blog and participate in projects with other activist groups as well. Currently my official address is in Shoreline Washington, and I am also spending a lot of time in Portland because of a prolonged medical leave from my regular job as a nurse. When GPSEA bylaws are solidified I may move out of that position. My work background is as a Labor & Delivery RN, I am officially an empty nester and none of my four children or any of their friends who call me mom are staying with me.

Originally, I became involved with the Green Party of Washington as a member of the ‘Action Faction’ late in 2015, the following year I joined the Green Party of Seattle and became involved with the Jill Stein Campaign. She was an easy candidate for me to support. Both ‘mainstream’ parties are disappointing in that they represent interest groups and large corporate donors, and both support endless war.

I want to work with the Green Party of Washington at the national level as a Delegate and feel that although the job would be new to me, there are reliable Greens that will be willing to mentor me through the process of learning. My grasp of Green Values is strong although my grasp of Bylaws is weak, and it does take me time to digest the information that I read there. However, I am willing to learn and will endeavor to keep up with the emails, which I hear are copious, contentious, and convoluted.

There are many potential Green Votes in Washington, and I believe that many people would welcome a viable national party alternative to Republican or Democratic corporatocracy. In the 2024 election cycle an openly Ecosocialist Party has many reasons to succeed as young voters come of age and entrenched political forces wane. The Greens must stand up for Peace, Sustainability, and advocate for Regenerative Systems at all levels, personally and globally. Peace does start at home.

My main political interests are Universal Healthcare and Single Payer insurance reforms. I also feel that local economies can thrive with community building systems in place such as Free Higher Education, Mutual Aid Organizations, and Green Job opportunities. Technology can help or it can hurt us, we must safeguard Grassroots Empowerment against the Corporate and Technocratic forces that seek to commodify everyday citizens. When the powerful divide communities to maintain their control the only interests they represent are their own. If elected I would represent Ecosocialist values for the State of Washington as a National Delegate.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Greens.


BRENT ALAN MITCHEL-GAUDET – CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT TO COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE AND APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Brent has an educational background in Environmental Sciences and in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. An alumnus of the California State University, Fullerton, the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, he is active in a number of scientific, cultural, heritage, and environmental organizations.

Brent was most recently the manager of the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center in Hoodsport, Washington. The Center is a partnership with the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Shelton/Mason Chamber of Commerce.

He is a retired Lieutenant/Engineer with the Nenana Alaska Fire Department and has been the Nenana Cultural and Visitors Center Manager for 4 years.

He was a certified as an Emergency Trauma Technician with the State of Alaska. He was also certified in Healthcare Provider CPR.

Brent has worked as the Assistant Program Director for the tribal TCCC AmeriCorps program and has been the CERT program coordinator.

Brent worked at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History

Brent has worked in partnership with the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and with other government agencies and non-profits, on projects in Virginia, Alaska, Minnesota, and California.

A former Habitat Restoration Specialist with the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, Brent has focused on Schoolyard Habitat Restoration Projects in the Alaska Interior. Brent has been the Environmental Youth Corps Coordinator for three years, which included training young adults in Ecology, CPR, and ETT.

Brent has worked with children K-12 on environmental projects and sustainable agriculture gardens, in classrooms. Brent has worked with Nenana City School, Tri-Valley School. Two Rivers School, Cantwell School, Hopson Middle School, Minto School, and many others.

Statement of Interest from Brent:

I am submitting this statement of interest in order to be considered for the two unfilled positions.

I believe I possess the qualifications to fill either the National Delegate or the At-large Coordination Council position.

I have a history of working in positions of service and environmental protection.

I have been on the front lines of struggle for social justice for minorities, women, and the under-served in our society, my entire adult life.

I have worked with Winona LaDuke on environmental and sustainable foods projects on the White Earth Reservation, Ogema, Minnesota.

I am currently on the Global Green COP26 working group.

I have developed and I continue to develop positive relationships with Greens from around the world. I have cultivated friendships and positive relationships with Greens from every continent (except Antarctica).

I am easy to work with. I am positive and caring. I get things done.

I have the time and dedication to serve in either of these very important positions.

Respectfully,

Brent A. Mitchel-Gaudet


DANIEL BUMBARGER – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Hello everyone, my name is Daniel Bumbarger and I’ve been nominated to the state Coordinating Council. I’ve been a formal member of the state party for a little over a year, but I’ve been a green voter and advocate since 2012.

I’m currently the Secretary and Webmaster for the South Sound Green Party chapter. I am also a member of the National Lavender Green Caucus and serve on the Green Party National Accreditation and Fundraising Committees. Additionally, I am a member and heavily involved with the GPUS Youth Caucus where I work on the media team.

Outside of the Green Party I am a long time HIV/AIDS prevention and education advocate helping form and serving on the board of governors for a local prevention non-profit.

I’m organized and a regular attendee of the GPWA CC meetings and feel I’d be a good fit. That’s of course up to you! Give me the work and I’ll be happy to do it.


JODY GRAGE – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

I was born in Seattle and have been an activist for most of my live. I taught at-risk youth in the Central Area in the early 60s, at alternative schools, and at Juvenile Hall. I have deep roots as a community activist in Ballard where I have lived since 1976. I founded and ran the Seattle Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool for over a decade back in the day and was one of the founders of both Sustainable Seattle and Sustainable Ballard.

In the mid-80s I worked with the issue-based group Cascadia Green Alliance and on our newspaper “Waves”. I continued as it grew into the Green Party of Washington State serving on many working groups as well as the Coordinating Council as Treasurer and an at-large member over the years. I served on the GPUS Steering Committee for several terms as an at-large member, as well as four years as Treasurer and two years as Secretary, and have been a member of many committees.

I bring with me institutional memory, an appetite for paperwork, a willingness to toil in the trenches, a vision of Green Party locals all across our state – and a feeling that the 11th Key Value is perseverance.


LISA CANAR (she/her) – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – DEPUTY TREASURER

I have been a member of the Green Party of Seattle and Green Party of Washington since 2016. I currently volunteer as social media and communications coordinator for GPWA, and oversee our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), post news to our website, publicize events, and send organizational emails. I attended the GPUS annual convention in 2016 as a Presidential Nominating Convention delegate, and I have served on the GPWA Coordinating Council for five years, most recently as Deputy Treasurer. I am running to continue in the role of Deputy Treasurer for 2021-2022.

In my professional life, I am a Medical Consultant for a diagnostic and clinical testing laboratory. I completed my training in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine at Bastyr University.

Our health depends on the health of our communities and our planet, and on establishing a comprehensive Green agenda. In my work and activism, I strive to uphold the Green visions and values of social and racial justice, grassroots democracy, environmental justice, sustainability, non-violence, cooperation, and ecosocialism. For people, planet, and peace over profit!


MARA BRAY (she/her) CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Hello everyone, my name is Mara Bray and I am submitting my biography for consideration to be nominated as a national delegate. I’ll be frank – I am new to the Green Party, and have little to no volunteer work with the party itself. However, what I can offer is my experiences, political involvement and education, and interest in supporting the Green Party. If, at the end of the day, what I offer is not enough to secure an elected position then I know it is not a good time for me – which is okay. So let me begin.

I am young, 29 years old, I have been on my own since I was 16 and have learned the importance of not only local community organizations, but a need for universal healthcare as well. I started volunteering in politics and voting at 18. My most involved bout of politics was in 2016 when I went all in for Bernie Sanders. This involvement with managing events, phone banks, and door knocking led me to not only winning a Congressional Delegate seat in Spokane, WA but an interest in politics as well. This was also the year I applied to, and got accepted into, Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Masters in Government. 2016 was also the year I chose to vote for Jill Stein and the Green Party over voting for a lesser evil. By 2018 I had spent two years researching millennials and voter turnout, finishing my Masters Thesis titled, “Deterioration of Civic Engagement: Millennial Behavior in Contemporary Politics.” In the most recent election I once again got nominated as a delegate representing Bernie Sanders, and while we continued to help edit and push a more progressive state platform, I once again found myself turning to vote for the Green Party. After two election cycles of voting Green, I realized what I wrote in my own thesis rang true to even me – the two party system is flawed. The vast cleavage growing between the two parties of Red and Blue is leaving middle of the road voters to choose between a lesser evil. We shouldn’t be sacrificing our values to choose a candidate that is slightly better than another. This is the moment I chose to officially join the Green Party. The Ten Key Values makes sense to me on a foundational level, which is why I am writing this today. While I do not have a strong foothold of volunteer time within the Green Party, I have spent years working in nonprofits, volunteering within the community, and being an activist.

When it’s all said and done I strongly believe that the Green Party needs fresh eyes, fresh ideas, and an individual who is both passionate and knowledgeable. I can offer both. I am here to stay in politics, and will eventually run for a locally elected position. I am also knowledgeable about the political agenda and the inner workings of the political arena, that I am not easily swayed nor fooled. I both recognize and respect that many of the Green Party members have put their blood, sweat, and tears into the party. A growing political party needs this. However, it also needs someone like me – new to the party, familiar with other parties, and the passion to help push us forward.

Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to grow and represent the Greens.


MARGARET ELISABETH – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE AND APPOINTMENT AS DELEGATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Thank you for the privilege of letting me earn your vote for the Coordinating Council.

My name is Margaret Elisabeth and I’d like to tell you a little about myself, my involvement with the Green Party, my activism, and my general thoughts so that you’ll have something of an understanding of who I am and what I’m about.

I am a nonbinary person and recently served as Co-Chair of the National Lavender Green Caucus (April 2019 – April 2021). I have also served as the NLGC Alternate Delegate to the National Committee and as one of two Media Spokespeople for the Caucus. Both positions I was elected for in April 2020. Previous to my current positions in the NLGC, I was one of our National Delegates to the National Committee from 2017-2019. I take my obligations to my Caucus seriously and want to bring the same manner of serious mind to the GPWA CC should I win a seat. In those various positions, I’ve reinvigorated our Facebook Group and Community, created our YouTube and Discord Server, modernized, updated and added substantial new content to our website. I facilitate and moderate our Caucus monthly meetings and ensure that our Caucus gets its work done on the National Committees which we have reps on.

I believe in building the change we wish to see in the world. Nobody will build it for us. It’s difficult and time consuming however if we don’t do it, who will? I believe in speaking passionately and with courageous conviction regarding the values which matter to me personally, Social Justice, Non-Violence and Ecological Wisdom and I will do the same in my position on the Coordinating Committee to help our State grow and develop. Our Green ideals and values will be needed more than ever as we move, collectively, into a social milieu which will be dominated by issues of health, climate and social justice.

~Margaret Elisabeth  (They/Them)


MOLLY FEATHER (she/her) – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

My name is Molly Feather. Thank you for nominating me as a candidate for National Alternate Delegate for the Green Party. I am part of the South Sound Green Party chapter and have held various positions over the years, and I would like to bring that experience to this position.

I am currently serving as the representative for The South Sound Green Party chapter to the GPWA coordinating council and a liaison to the Olympia Coalition To Abolish Nuclear Weapons. I also just got elected to represent or be seated to be on The Peace Committee in the National Lavender Caucus.

Thank you for the nomination and it would be an honor to represent The Green Party as a National Alternate Delegate.


NOAH MARTIN – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Noah Martin has been a community activist from a young age, when he would accompany his mother to Iraq War protests and “helped” sample frog populations and survey birds to protect local wetlands. After receiving his B.A. from Oberlin College in Politics and Latin American Studies, Noah has worked managing an in-school mentoring program for at-risk youth, as a counselor in a Seattle homeless shelter, as a landscaper, as a caregiver, and even as a geoducker. Today, he works in Olympia as a policy analyst and legislative advocate for Quaker Voice, a faith-based, grassroots organization that advocates for bold ecological action, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. He has worked with a range of organizations in Olympia, including Thurston County Progressives, Just Housing, Olympia IWW, Olympia Assembly, Olympia DSA, and as a founding member of Tenants of the South Sound.

Noah decided to vote for Jill Stein in 2012, his first vote ever cast for president. Noah has been a bonafide member of the Green Party since 2016, serving as the membership coordinator for the South Sound Green Party, as its delegate to the GPWA CC, and as one of GPWA’s delegates to the NC. He has served on the Green Party’s International Committee, and is its newest Youth Delegate to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas. He also served as volunteer coordinator and field organizer for Renata Rollins’s successful 2017 campaign to put a Green on Olympia City Council.

Noah believes that the Green Party must be built from the ground up as a revolutionary, anti-capitalist alternative to the Democratic-Republican Party, engaging in mutual aid and direct action in addition to electoral politics. He is particularly interested in seeing the national party support these local efforts. If elected, his priorities will be continuing to champion and enforce LGBTQ rights in the party, restructuring the party to better track membership and coordinate nationwide actions, and revising the platform to better match the immediate needs of youth.


RICHARD REDICK – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Richard Redick joined the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia and the Green Party of Washington in January 2018 after spending roughly equal portions of his adult life as a Republican and as a Democrat. The events of the 2016 election cycle impelled Richard, as a matter of conscience, to permanently leave the 2-party system. With a degree in economics, and 21 years working for major corporations, he is convinced that, until Big Money is barred from influencing politics, the desires of the people will take a back seat with policy makers.

Deeply concerned, yet optimistic regarding the future, Richard sees a definite role for technology in both developing livable communities, and in linking them together in meaningful ways that are socially and ecologically healthy. He sees the Green Party platform oriented toward that constructive and hopeful end, and he is invigorated by it! Richard resides in Kennewick, Washington; presently sharing his home with 3 of his young adult children, and one playful, tabby cat.


SCOTT THOMPSON – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – TREASURER

Scott grew up in Los Angeles but was very happy to move his family to Northwest Washington in 1993 to raise his kids in a more rural environment. Married over 38 years, he lives in a beautiful and peaceful place a bit up Sumas Mountain (in Whatcom County) enjoying time with his three grandkids. His bachelor’s degree is in Psychology with a Business minor. He worked as a Control Systems Engineer since moving to Washington, then took an early retirement in hopes of reducing his biological footprint. In 2001 he founded the Whatcom County Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee and now facilitates the local Green Party.

Scott admires all the Green Party 10 Key Values. However, he believes that Non-violence is clearly the most urgent… “Most US citizens have been manipulated into redirecting our country’s resources into unconstitutional wars that benefit international corporations and an imperialist agenda, but only harm the other 99%. If we could stop the wasteful practices of the military-industrial-intelligence complex, then we could easily implement the remaining 10 Key Values in our country. Let’s reject the fear-based narrative imposed on us from 9/11 by those that have benefited and work on awakening our fellow citizens to a brighter, sustainable future.”


STARLENE RANKIN – CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT TO COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

I’d like to help our state party grow! I want to help us recruit and train more Green candidates and then win more elections. I want to work to improve our party’s image, strengthen our infrastructure, increase our presence on social media, increase our membership and create an affordable fundraising plan.

Green Party work:

Co-founder of the Iowa Green Party in 1996

Green Party organizing (mostly paid) in Iowa, Massachusetts, Chicago and Northern California from 1996-2002.

Co-founder of the National Lavender Green Caucus in 2003

First Lavender Caucus National Delegate 2003-2007

Co-founder of the National Women’s Caucus

Ran for City Council in 1999 in Ames, Iowa

Clearinghouse Coordinator for G/GPUSA in Lawrence, MA 2000-2001 (paid position)

Staff member of Rebecca Kaplan’s campaign for Oakland City Council in 2000 (paid position)

Staff member of Peter Camejo’s campaign for Governor in 2002 (paid position)

Green National Committee Delegate from GPCA

Lavender Green Caucus Co-Chair

Co-Chair GP Media Committee

GP Social Media Manager

GP-TV Livestream Producer

GPCA Clearinghouse Coordinator (paid position)

GPCA Standing Committee member

County Council member, Sacramento County GP

Previously on the Presidential Campaign Support Committee, Outreach Committee, Diversity Committee and Merchandise Committee

Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Working Group and was one of the writers of the Green Party National Strategic Plan

Fundraising Tech then Virtual Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator for GPUS from 2015 to the end of 2020. (paid position)

Currently on the National Media Committee and the Annual Meeting Committee, hopefully will soon be on the Coordinated Campaign Committee (CCC)

Currently the Treasurer of the National Lavender Green Caucus and the National Women’s Caucus

Identify as: Senior, Lesbian, Disabled

Activism:

LGBTIQA+ Equality organizing, Food & Childcare coops and alternative schools, Natural childbirth and home birthing, Anti-war and Social Justice organizing, TV/Video Media activism, Arts Council Board member, Land Trust member, Neighborhood Association member, Summer festival organizer.

Film Screening — 2040: The Regeneration

Join us for a special community screening!

2040: The Regeneration

Actions and Climate Solutions available today that will shape a Sustainable tomorrow!

About this Event

Online film screening —

Sunday, May 2, 2021

3:30 PM Pacific Time — with discussion following

As part of our Green Party of Washington Spring Gathering on May 2, 2021 we will watch the award-winning documentary 2040: The Regeneration.

This is THE YEAR for climate action, and this film provides the positive solutions that we can implement today. It is a great cure for eco-anxiety and the perfect way to inspire you to action!

Non-GPWA members may purchase a ticket for $8 here: https://2040greenpartyseattle.eventbrite.co.uk

The movie will be available for repeat viewing for 24 hours (until 5/3/2021 at 3:30 pm). This film is suitable for family viewing and is educational and encouraging for both school aged children and adults with anxiety about the future.

The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. The main themes/solutions in the film are: empowerment of women and girls; marine regeneration; regenerative agriculture; renewable energy; and circular economy. It’s a story of hope, and a powerful tool to encourage people to take action. You can watch the trailer here: https://togetherfilms.org/2040-screenings

After you register, you will receive a link to watch the film via email 1 hour before the start time of the event. Green Party of Washington members attending the Spring Gathering will receive a free coupon code to watch the film; members can look on Loomio at the meeting agenda as well. The film goes over many of the talking points from the ‘Drawdown List‘ and illustrates the real potential for a regenerative change.

Regeneration and Regenerative practices are needed now to go beyond passive Conservation toward an active Healing relationship with our Planet.

​​Click here to watch a trailer and reserve your spot today.

Note: this screening has an attendance limit. Register now to confirm your spot!

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Envisioning a Greener New Deal

Black & Green Wednesday Program on

Envisioning a Greener New Deal

5:00 pm PT, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

We must halt environmental destruction while providing a better quality of life for everyone on Earth. Since our hope has been that alternative energy can replace fossil fuels, it can be overwhelming to learn of its limitations. How real are concerns with nuclear, solar, wind, and hydro-power? How can overcoming capitalism help attain the social justice and shorter work week that humanity needs? This webinar will explore core issues involved in creating a better world while using vastly less energy and producing what we need for a brighter future.

Hear from …

  • Joan McKiernan, Broome Tioga Green Party.
  • Katie Singer, Reports on Our Digital Footprint.
  • Stan Cox, The Land Institute.
  • Omali Yeshitela, Chairman, African People’s Socialist Party.
  • Don FitzGreen Party of St. Louis.

The moderator will be Delilah Barrios, Green Party Latinx Caucus.

Please register for the program when you receive this.

The webinar is NO COST, but you need to REGISTER to attend.

To register, click HERE or paste link into your browser:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkduyrrD0sH9zpNMVQ6GraMf-j7jxSA2eW

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

Cosponsors of the zoom meeting include the African National Women’s Organization, African People’s Socialist Party, Attack the System, Broome Tioga Green Party, Black Community Control of the Police, Climate Council of Greater Kansas City, CODEPINK, Gateway Green Alliance, Green Party Albuquerque Metro Area, Green Party of Kansas City, Green Party Latinx Caucus, Green Party of New York, Green Party of San Diego, Green Party of Virginia, Green Party of Washington, Green Party Peace Action Committee, Green Social ThoughtHumanity’s Last Stand, Indiana Green Party, Lynne Stewart Organization, NAACP, New Abolitionist Movement, North Carolina Green Party, Pacific Green Party of Oregon, Reports on Our Digital Footprint, Shia Islamic Education Center, Solidarity, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Universal African Peoples Organization, US-Cuba Normalization Coalition, and Young EcoSocialists.

www.gateway-greens.org  For more info, call 314-727-8554

GPWA Spring Gathering

Hello Greens of Washington State!

Our Annual Spring Meeting is on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. 

We will be meeting using our regular Washington State Green Party Jitsi account (https://meet.jit.si/GreenPartyWashington).

The Agenda for our Spring Meeting:

10:00am – Introductions (30 mins)

10:30am – Discussion of Bylaw Proposal Amendment #1 – Term Limit and Terms of Service (30 min discussion and 15 min voting)

Article 4.1.C Term of Service – Upon election the SCC shall facilitate the work of the Party until the election of their successors. The five at-large SCC members and the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer shall be elected for one-year terms by the membership or, in the case of representatives from each affiliated local, by the local membership.

Article 4.1.D Term Limits – Members of the SCC except the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

AMENDED TO

Article 4.1.C. Term of Service – Upon election the SCC shall facilitate the work of the Party until the election of their successors. The five at-large SCC members and the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer shall be elected for one two(2) year term by the membership or, in the case of representatives from each affiliated local, by the local membership.

Article 4.1.D Term Limits – Members of the SCC except the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

11:15am – Discussion of Bylaw Proposal Amendment #2 – National Delegate and Alternate National Delegate (30 min discussion and 15 min voting)

Change 4.1.K from Budget to read:

4.1.K. National and Alternate Delegate – National and Alternate Delegates shall report activity on the National Green Party Votes List to the SCC including all pending votes which may be voted upon by our Delegates to the National Committee. The Alternate Delegate will assist the National Delegate(s) in fulfilling their duties if they are incapacitated. Delegates must report to the SCC during our monthly meeting either in person, video chat, email or proxy at least once every 3 months. Failure of an NC delegate to report for 4 months will constitute a resignation of that position, which will be filled as stated in 4.1.N.

reorder remaining sections as follows:

4.1.L Budget – It is the responsibility of the SCC to prepare an annual budget to be posted in the Members section of the GPWA website.

4.1.M Implementation of Decisions – The SCC will determine procedures to be used in implementing decisions. No procedures will be chosen which violate the spirit or text of the bylaws. Written accounts of procedures will be kept. Modification is understood to include adding or deleting entries. Procedures shall be updated on the Green Party website within two weeks of any modification.

The SCC may establish other functional bodies and working groups as they consider necessary. Proposals for new functional bodies may also be submitted to the SCC by a group of three or more GPWA members who wish to form a committee, and shall clearly define the rationale for, powers of, and accountability standards for the proposed body.

4.1.N Vacancies – Vacancies in the SCC shall be filled by appointment by the SCC. The appointed member will serve until the next convention, at which time a member will be elected according to normal election procedures. The newly elected member will serve out the time of the original councilmember.

4.1.O Resignations – At at-large member, the Treasurer, or the Deputy Treasurer will be deemed to have resigned when without explanation or prior notice, they miss meetings for two months, are unavailable by email for one month, or do not return phone calls within one month. If one of these conditions occur, a vacancy on the SCC will be announced.

12:00 (BREAK ) 1 hour break for lunch.  (Margaret and CJ will tabulate votes)

1:00pm – Building Your Local:  An Introduction to Green Politics (Noah Martin – 45mins)

1:45pm – Nominations and short speeches for GPWA Coordinating Council At-Large positions, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and GPUS National Committee Delegates and Alternates. (45 mins)  Note:  The five at-large SCC members, two NC delegates, and two alternates will be elected proportionally using the Gregory method of single transferable vote (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_transferable_vote). Ballots and candidate statements will be emailed (or postal mailed to members without email addresses) within one week after the convention and returned ballots must be sent no later than 21 days after the close of the convention.

2:30pm – Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons (Molly Feather – 30 mins)

3:00pm – (BREAK)

3:30pm2040: The Regeneration film with discussion afterwards.

Some points to be aware of — Amendments to the GPWA bylaws may be adopted on a 70% vote of the members present at a state convention, and we will be using OpaVote to conduct the vote.

Take Action Now for Universal Healthcare!

ACTION ALERT

Whole Washington has a Universal Healthcare bill in the State Senate and we need to get it out of committee!

This year the Whole Washington Health Trust (SB 5204) was sponsored by SEVEN State Senators, led by Senator Bob Hasegawa. Senate Bill 5204 is fully realized, universal healthcare legislation, complete with specific funding mechanisms and a transition plan. If passed, Washington State residents could have comprehensive universal healthcare by 2023.

–> We need you to call Senator Annette Cleveland ASAP

or the Universal Healthcare bill (SB 5204) will die again in committee!

This is critically important. Without Senator Cleveland allowing a hearing, the bill cannot advance from committee. Bills that get a hearing this year will be decided by Feb. 15th.

In a time when millions of Americans are losing their employer-based health insurance, we have a better option. Please call Senator Cleveland to let her know you expect a hearing for SB 5204 and to let it out of her committee.

Her direct number is (360) 786 – 7696. Ask them to get back to you with a response from her. If you have a position with a local organization or another title, and you’re comfortable doing so, include that in your message.

After you call, be sure to also

–> Comment on the bill.

This online action is really easy and effective!

Go to the SB 5204 Page on the Washington Legislative site.

  1. Click on Comment on the bill
  2. Fill in your address info.
  3. Send to all three of your elected officials
  4. Include your personal story, best argument or a brief statement in the Comment section.
  5. Click Support and that you’d like a response (if you do).

Follow Whole Washington for more information and updates on Universal Healthcare for Washington State.

The Ranked-Choice Voting Local Options Bill

ACTION ALERT

Support the Ranked-Choice Voting Local Options Bill — Leave a comment in support of House Bill 1156 today!

HB 1156 has a public hearing scheduled Feb. 8, 2021 @ 1:30 in the House Committee on State Government and Tribal Relations

Here are links to the bill’s current schedule, and the video stream that will go live:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1156&Year=2021&Initiative=False

https://app.leg.wa.gov/committeeschedules/Home/Documents/28522

https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2021021219

The House State Government and Tribal Relations has simultaneously scheduled a “possible” Executive Session on this bill for Thursday, Feb 11 at 10:00 am. Executive Sessions are where the committee votes on whether to move the bill forward. The public may listen in, but may not speak.

The members of the committee are Javier Valdez (D-46), Chair; Debra Lekanoff (D-40), Vice-Chair; Mike Volz (R-6), Ranking Minority Member; Jim Walsh (R-18), Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Laurie Dolan (D-22); Jenny Graham (R-6); and Mia Gregerson (D-33).

Gregerson, Lekanoff, Dolan, and Walsh are all co-sponsors of the bill, so it looks as if it has a pretty good chance of passing to the next stage. Walsh is the first Republican to co-sponsor any form of ranked-choice voting bill in recent years.

The Actions?

1) Particularly if you are in the same district as any of the committee members, go to the bill’s comment page and indicate your support. Here’s the link:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/1156

If you are in the same district as any of the co-sponsors on the committee, please also thank them for being co-sponsors.

2) Go to the page for the Feb 8 hearing and register your support. Here’s the House committee sign-in page:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/CSIRemote/House

You’ll have to select the State Government and Tribal Relations committee and then the Feb 8 hearing. At that point you can choose among offering written testimony, testifying live, or simply registering your support for the bill. You choose! If you want to testify live, best to register for doing that ASAP. With the affairs of the legislature all being conducted remotely, many more members of the public than usual are participating, and all the available slots for live testimony may be taken up right away.

Also, please note that HB 1156 combines moving all elections to even-numbered years with the Local Option to adopt ranked-choice voting. There is hope that the portion of the bill moving elections will be removed, but absent that, it’s not clear that the bill should be supported without reservation. For one thing, it would mean that County Auditors would have nothing for their elections staffs to do in the odd-numbered years with regrettable affects on continuity of employment and the quality of the staffs.

Click on ‘Support’ and leave a comment on House Bill 1156 today!

Sign up with FairVote Washington for more information and updates on Ranked-Choice Voting.

Public Bank Bill in the State Legislature (SB 5188)

Support a Washington state public bank — Leave a comment in support of Senate Bill 5188 today!

Presently all of the revenue of our state, local and tribal governments is deposited with private-sector banks. All of the financing that our various governments obtain is issued by those same banks. The profits from these two aspects of handling our money float off to the shareholders of those banks.

With a public bank, the profits would be returned to us. What’s more, unlike a private-sector bank, a public bank could invest in projects that are in the public interest, just because they are in the public interest, and whether or not they earned the maximum possible return for the bank.

Senator Hasegawa (D-11) has been introducing public banking bills in the state legislature ever since the 2008 Wall Street scandal. This year the prime sponsor of SB 5188 is Patty Kuderer (D-48), and for the first time ever a public banking bill has received a hearing, which took place on Jan 28, 2021.

SB 5188 would set up the Washington State Public Bank, a cooperative bank which would be owned by the state and any local or tribal governments that chose to join. It would be authorized to invest in infrastructure projects of the state or of any local or tribal government, whether or not a member. It would be governed by a nine-member board, with five members elected by members of the cooperative, three public members with relevant expertise appointed by the Governor, and the State Treasurer serving as the remaining member. Several layers of security precautions are aimed at obtaining for the bank one of the three highest levels of credit ratings – and, not so incidentally, protection against default.

For various reasons the public bank’s costs of operation would be lower than a private-sector bank. It would not have to have branch offices. It would not pay federal income taxes. It would not pay the enormous salaries and bonuses that private-sector bank executives frequently get. For these reasons, it would likely be able to offer lower interest rates to its governmental borrowers, increasing their financial capacity.

In the world as a whole, 23 countries have public banks of various kinds and they hold collectively about 40% of the world’s banking assets. In the United States the foremost example of a public bank is the Bank of North Dakota, which has brought its aid and assistance to the people, local businesses and local banks of that state for a hundred years. Most recently it brought North Dakota through the 2008 collapse in better shape than any other state, with proportionately fewer bankruptcies and foreclosures and less unemployment.

The League of Women Voters of Washington has decided to support passage of SB 5188 because, at least in part, it would deprivatize a fundamental part of our economic and financial infrastructure.

ACTION ALERT

SB 5188 had a public hearing in the Senate Business, Financial Services and Trade Committee on Jan 28.

The bill has been scheduled by that committee for an Executive Session on Feb 9. An executive session is where a committee votes on whether to pass a bill along in the legislative process. Members of the public may listen in to an executive session, but may not speak.

The members of the Committee are Mark Mullet (D-5), Chair; Bob Hasegawa (D-11), Vice-Chair; Perry Dozier (R-16), Ranking Member; Sharon Brown (R-8); David Frockt (D-46); Steve Hobbs (D-44); and Lynda Wilson (R-17).

The Action

Go to the bill’s comment page and register your support for the bill with your district’s three legislators. Urge them to support the bill and to work with their colleagues in getting the bill out of committee. This is especially important if you live in the same district as one of the committee members. Here is the link to the bill’s comment page:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/5188

As you will see, the comment page has space for a short comment. If your Senator is one of the sponsors of the bill, add a comment thanking them for sponsoring it. You can see the list of sponsors here:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5188&Year=2021&Initiative=false

Click on ‘Support’ and leave a comment on Senate Bill 5188 today!

Green Party Statewide Membership meeting – Feb. 3, 2021 at 7 PM

Wednesday Feb. 3rd at 7 PM PST – 9 PM PST

https://meet.jit.si/GreenPartyWashington

We will discuss news and happenings with the national Green Party, and give input for upcoming decisions at the national level regarding state affiliation of Green Party chapters in RI and GA.

We will hear updates from our Green Party US committee representatives (see below) and our local Green Party chapters (Alice Green – Seattle; Molly Feather – South Sound; Nina Manuel – Mid-Columbia; Scott Thompson – Whatcom).

We will also explore options for Green candidates to run for local office in 2021 and set the date for our Spring Membership meeting.

Here’s the link to join the meeting on February 3rd at 7 PM:

https://meet.jit.si/GreenPartyWashington