GPWA Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations – Coordinating Council, National Committee, and Presidential Convention delegates

Nominations for one-year terms for the following positions and delegations are open until the end of our Green Party Spring Gathering on Saturday May 23, 2020:

Green Party of Washington Coordinating Council – five at-large members, Treasurer, and Deputy Treasurer (7 positions total)

Green Party National Committee – GPUS online forum – 2 delegates and 2 alternates

Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention – July 11, 2020 online convention meeting – 5 delegates and 5 alternates

New members must have joined the Green Party of Washington by April 23, 2020 to be eligible for nomination, and returning members must renew their membership by the end of the Spring Gathering to be eligible.


These positions will be elected proportionally using single transferable (ranked choice) voting.

In nominating and electing the Coordinating Council, National Committee, and Presidential Convention delegates and alternates, Green Party members should have as their goal the inclusion of differences in as many areas as possible, including but not limited to race, gender, and geography.

Ballots and candidate statements will be emailed (or postal mailed to members without email addresses) within one week after the Spring Gathering, and returned ballots must be sent back (emailed or postmarked) no later than 21 days after the close of the Gathering. Members may choose to return their ballot via email or postal mail.

See our bylaws for more information about our nominating process, voting method, and Coordinating Council positions and responsibilities.


Nominations will be accepted and reviewed during the afternoon session of our Spring Gathering, scheduled at 3 PM. Each candidate will be given time to make a brief statement. Also, a short written statement (maximum 500 words) from each candidate to be included with the ballots must be sent to hello@greenpartywashington.org no later than 5 pm on Wednesday May 27th.

New members must have joined the Green Party of Washington by April 23, 2020 to participate and vote in our nominating process. Returning members and those whose membership has lapsed must renew their membership by May 23rd to vote.

Click here to join, renew, or check your membership status.

Reminder: RSVP for our May 23rd Spring Gathering

🌻 #WeAreGreen #VoteGreen #RankedChoiceVoting

The Green Party call for candidates in 2020

The Green Party of Washington is looking for progressives to run for elected office in 2020!

–> To be considered for Green Party endorsement or preferred candidate status, please download and complete our Candidate Questionnaire:

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

There are many state and federal offices up for election in 2020, as well as all members of the WA State House of Representatives and half of the members of the State Senate. Candidates at the local level have the best chance of winning, and these local races provide opportunities to build name recognition, a base of support, and the experience of running a campaign.

Green office holders in 23 states and the District of Columbia are hard at work for the voters who elected them. They are creating public policy on important issues including civil rights, a living wage, affordable housing, alternative voting systems, peace, and the environment. They are opposing urban sprawl, fracking, and expansion of corporate power.

Green office holders make an immediate impact on their communities as town council members, county commissioners, and school board members. These Greens reach out to voters of diverse backgrounds and bring together coalitions of community organizations and individuals to begin to reclaim their local governments.

Candidates need to begin their campaigns as early as possible. If you or someone you know is thinking of running, please contact your local Green Party and email to let us know –> admin@greenpartywashington.org.

All across the country hundreds of Green Party candidates will be challenging the two corporate parties. This will be a great time for someone to learn the art of running for office, and a smart, energetic person could actually win! We are looking for people who are under-represented in elective office, women, African Americans, Latinx, Asian Americans, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and other minorities – people from all walks of life and class backgrounds. We are also looking for people to work with candidates as campaign coordinators, fundraisers, and volunteers.

Here’s the official list of offices open for election in 2020.

Candidate filing week is May 11-15, 2020. Here’s a link to Washington State 2020 dates and deadlines.

It’s never too early to begin. Get in touch with your local Green Party and email us today! –> admin@greenpartywashington.org

–> To be considered for Green Party endorsement or preferred candidate status, please download and complete our Candidate Questionnaire:

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

In solidarity,

Campaign Committee,
Green Party of Washington

What next for Bernie supporters?

Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his 2020 campaign…

Where does that leave you? Perhaps you were a volunteer for and/or donated to his campaign. For the second time in four years, Senator Sanders has courageously taken on the full force of the Democratic Party establishment, seeking that party’s nomination for President, and lost. Where does that leave you, the enthusiastic Bernie supporter now that his campaign is suspended?

You were not simply supporting a person. You were part of a cause: Single-payer healthcare, the rights and economic well-being of the working and middle classes, his Green New Deal, stop endless war, and so much more! The Democratic Party establishment pulled everything out of its arsenal to defeat Senator Sanders’ campaign for one reason: It did not like his platform. It was not about him. It was about what he stood for. Now, that Sanders is defeated, it hardly seems likely the party will embrace whole planks of his platform. Oh, sure, the Democratic nominee will make some concessions for the sake of getting votes in the general election, and – once the election is over – it is likely those campaign promises will expire, regardless of who wins.

So, there you are, a progressive who surely cannot vote Republican, and you seem to feel hope drain from you with the very thought of voting for traditional Democrats. The Green Party of Washington has good news for you! You will likely find much in our platform and in our values that seems “right at home” to you. You need not vote Republican in protest, and you need not accept the Democratic nominee as your own. Why vote for either of the major parties when they continually demonstrate they do not value the things important to you? Remember, the current Democratic front-runner told a room full of very wealthy donors last year that if he was elected, nothing would fundamentally change for them. This means “more of the same” neoliberal domestic policy that generates larger wealth and income gaps, and more degradation of Mother Earth. Deep down, we all know that we cannot afford to head in this direction any longer.

As a progressive, you yearn for change, and so do Greens all over the world. Greens are members of the Green Party in their own countries. Additionally, Green refers to an international movement of Green Parties across the globe. Greens seek to act in harmony with the earth – our source of life and vitality – and, thus, bless all of earth’s inhabitants, human and otherwise. Greens take a holistic approach to framing policy. Greens are not interested in soundbites that sell, but in policies that are, in fact, sound and healthy. Please consider the following facets of the Green Party platform in the United States:

  • Green New Deal – Years before the 2019 legislation sponsored by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey, the Green Party was promoting its Green New Deal. It was an official part of Dr. Jill Stein’s presidential campaigns in 2012 & 2016. Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins had a Green New Deal in his campaign in 2010. Greens in the United States took inspiration from Greens in Europe who called for their version of a Green New Deal in 2006. So, this idea that we can renew and bless Mother Earth, and by so doing, renew and bless humanity economically has been around for a while. The centerpiece of this bold plan is to transition to 100-percent clean energy by 2030. Here is a video of Dr. Jill Stein explaining in 2016 how the Green New Deal will create jobs – the right kind of jobs. https://youtu.be/PGDjnUXmWFM
  • Healthcare – The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.
  • Livable Income – We affirm the importance of access to a livable income, including…
    • A clear living wage standard should serve as a foundation for trade between nations, and a “floor” of guaranteed wage protections and workers’ rights should be negotiated in future trade agreements. The United States should take the lead on this front — and not allow destructive, predatory corporate practices under the guise of “free” international trade.
  • The Four Pillars of the Green Party Platform:
    • Democracy – We demand public financing of elections, open debates, and more representative voting systems.
    • Social Justice – Falling wages and rising bills are hitting most of us, and the most vulnerable are hit the hardest. We demand a living wage and a real safety net.
    • Ecology – The human cost of climate change is too high. We need to get off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy.
    • Peace – Our country’s long wars and worldwide military presence are immoral and unsustainable. Our military budget must be cut dramatically.
  • The Ten Key Values – The Four Pillars are supported by our Ten Key Values. As a progressive, these values of ours are likely already values of yours. We hope that as you read, you will find a home in the Green Party. We welcome you.
    1. Grassroots Democracy
    2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
    3. Ecological Wisdom
    4. Non-violence
    5. Decentralization
    6. Community-based Economics
    7. Feminism and Gender Equity
    8. Respect for Diversity
    9. Personal and Global Responsibility
    10. Future Focus and Sustainability

Our platform may be found at: https://www.gp.org/platform

Learn more and join us! –> https://greenpartywashington.org/

#WeAreGreen #VoteGreen2020 #DemExit #GreenEnter

Green Party Presidential Primary

The Green Party’s presidential primary in Washington State is coming up soon!

Is your Green Party membership up to date?

New members must join the Green Party of Washington by April 23, 2020 to participate in our nominating process for president and down ballot candidates.

Returning members and those whose membership has lapsed can renew their membership any time before our online Spring Gathering on May 23rd.

All votes will be cast by Green Party members on a ranked-choice ballot sent out via email (or postal mail) after the Gathering.

Membership is free for those experiencing economic hardship at this time.

To join the Green Party of Washington or to check if your membership is up-to-date –>

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


We have no party registration in Washington State. You may vote in the Green Party primary as long as you are a Green Party member in good standing.

Links to candidates websites and questionnaires and the latest campaign news for the 2020 Green Party Presidential candidates.

Unofficial Wikipedia results and pledges to date for the Green Party Presidential primary.

WA Secretary of State regulations on the “convention process” for minor parties presidential nominations, and update regarding initiative and referendum signature gathering during COVID-19.

Proclamation by WA Governor Inslee — ‘Maintaining Access to the Ballot for All Candidates‘ — waives signature gathering requirements for congressional, statewide, and local candidates to appear on the August 4th, 2020 primary ballot.

Note: Governor Inslee’s proclamation does not waive signature gathering requirements for minor party presidential nominees to appear on the General Election ballot.


🌻 #WeAreGreen #VoteGreen #RankedChoiceVoting

The Green Party Calls for Candidates for Statewide Office

GPWA would like to run a statewide candidate in 2020!

Are you someone who might be up to this task, either as a candidate or a campaign support volunteer?

–> Keep reading and if you see yourself as a potential candidate for any of these positions, please download and complete our Candidate Questionnaire so that we may consider supporting your campaign:

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Also, if you would like to volunteer to support a Green Party campaign, please let us know!


Content provided by Noah Martin, South Sound Greens, GPWA Campaign Committee member

There are multiple statewide executive positions up for election in 2020. I have listed most of them here. I particularly believe that GPWA would benefit from running someone for Commissioner of Public Lands, since it is a position that “fits” the Greens’ mission very well and the Democrats who are running are “Green capitalists” from King County who have little appeal in places where the Commissioner of Public Lands’ actions are felt the most like Eastern and Southwestern Washington. In addition, it has directly translatable experience for a race for a conservation district, which are among the most winnable nonpartisan local races for Greens.


Benefits of running a statewide campaign

While GPWA is probably not yet able to win races at the state level, having a statewide candidate has several benefits for the state party:

  • Raising key state-level issues that might not otherwise be mentioned in the race
  • Linking the party to those state-level issues and leveraging them to grow the party
  • “Filling out” the ballot so Greens are not just a top-heavy ticket with a presidential candidate, but are shown to have a real presence in the state
  • Building out GPWA’s statewide campaign infrastructure so it can better compete in local races
  • Researching policy positions, creating messaging, and collecting voter data that can be built on in follow-up local campaigns.
  • Allowing a candidate to build name recognition and a statewide fundraising network before running for local office

Offices up for Election in 2020

Due to limited capacity, GPWA may decide to focus on a single statewide office. However, there are several statewide offices that can have a watershed effect on down ballot races or leverage a particular issue.


Governor — This is the primary executive of Washington State, and it touches pretty much every state-level issue. This would be a particularly good position if someone wants to raise issues that have more to do with the legislature and/or the governor’s legislative priorities, or if there are issues that the Democratic administration needs to be pushed on.

Good qualifying professions: Administrative positions of various stripes, lawyers, workers… Almost any profession can make a case for Governor if the messaging is done right.

Possible Issues: Legislative dysfunction, dam removal, dirty energy, carbon fees, ecosocialism

Local Races that Benefit: Most of them, particularly legislative races


Superintendent of Public Instruction — The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is one of the largest executive departments of Washington State and oversees the execution of education policy. Maintaining education is THE fundamental constitutional duty of the State of Washington, and our current legislators have been making a mess of it. Much of the game of chicken in the legislature every year is around the education budget, which means this position could be a great opportunity to discuss the budget, charter schools, curriculum, child poverty, and other pressing issues in WA.

Good qualifying professions: Teacher, school administrator, childcare worker, pediatrician, artist, school bus driver, and other professions that work directly with children

Possible Issues: Budget, charter schools, curriculum, education conditions, child poverty

Local Races that Benefit: School boards


Secretary of State — The Secretary of State’s primary role in WA is to oversee elections. This is a great position for people with election or administrative experience in general, especially in a high-paced environment.

Good qualifying professions: Election worker, campaign manager, programmer, auditor, public administrator

Possible Issues: Voting reform, election technology, transparency

Local Races that Benefit: All of them, particularly partisan races like County Auditor


Commissioner of Public Lands — The Commissioner of Public Lands is an increasingly important position that is charged with overseeing both the state’s relationships with extractive industries like fishing, logging, and farming and the state’s management of state parks, conservation efforts and forest fires.

Good qualifying professions: Biologist, ecologist, farmworker, firefighter, fisherperson, park ranger, emergency management, surveyor

Possible Issues: Effects of climate change like forest fires, pesticide use, land use, and other ecological issues

Local Races that Benefit: Conservation District boards


Auditor — The State Auditor is charged with overseeing efforts for government transparency and accountability at the state, county, and local levels. This is constitutionally supposed to be the most “independent” position, which makes it a good office for a third party to run for “to keep the fox from guarding the henhouse,” so to speak. Independents tend to perform better running for this position.

Good qualifying professions: Financial analyst, ombuds, journalist, human resources, lawyer, accountant

Possible Issues: Government transparency (particularly Senate Bill 6617 and its subsequent iterations), corruption, partisanship

Local Races that Benefit: All of them, particularly County Assessors and County Auditors


Treasurer — The chief financial officer of the state of Washington. This position is currently held by an incumbent Republican, and Democrats will be hungry to win it back. This means there will probably be more space on the left for Greens to find a niche.

Good qualifying professions: Accountant, financial planner, actuary, worker in the financial sector

Possible Issues: Taxes, the budget, public banking

Local Races That Benefit: City Council and legislative races, County Assessors


Link to the Washington Secretary of State for a list of 2020 State Offices Open for Election:

https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/offices-open-for-election.aspx


Follow the declared candidates on Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Natural_Resources_Commissioner_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_gubernatorial_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Superintendent_of_Public_Instruction_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Treasurer_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Secretary_of_State_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Auditor_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_lieutenant_gubernatorial_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_Insurance_Commissioner_election,_2020

https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Washington,_2020


–> If you are interested in running for office with the Green Party, please download and complete our Candidate Questionnaire:

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

GPWA Annual Spring Gathering – May 2020

The Green Party of Washington will hold our Annual Spring Gathering on Saturday May 23rd, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 5 PM.

Click here to register to attend!

Due to social distancing restrictions, this meeting will be held online.

You are invited to join us for any part or all of the meeting. The online meeting link and password will be shared with all those who register to attend.


Meeting agenda:

9:30 AM – Welcome and introductions – orientation for meeting attendees – learn how to use Jitsi online meetings – click here to read our Jitsi training guide

10 AM – Nature’s Rights and Community Civil DisobedienceKai Huschke, Northwest and Hawaii Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Democracy School lecturer, and advisor to the Oregon Community Rights Network and Washington State Community Rights Network

11 AM – Confronting the Climate Justice CrisisShaylon Stolk, Climate Justice Activist with Extinction Rebellion Seattle and Extinction Rebellion Justice. Shaylon is a statistician who has worked in the renewable energy industry since 2011. She is passionate about wind farms, revitalizing her peoples’ Indigenous languages, and vegan baking.

12 PM – Lunch break – discussion and proposal on Community Resilience with Kaedden Michael Landy

1 PM – GPUS Presidential Candidate presentations* Howie Hawkins / Angela Walker, Dario Hunter / Darlene Elias, and David Rolde

2 PM – Local and Statewide Candidate presentations

3 PM – GPWA State Coordinating Council, GPUS National Committee, and GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention delegate and alternate candidate introductions and nominations **

4 PM – Chapter reports, volunteer opportunities, and social time

* Presidential candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) are invited to present. 

** GPWA State Coordinating Council: nominations are open for Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and 5 at-large council members. In nominating candidates for the coordinating council, members should have as their goal the inclusion of differences in as many areas as possible, including but not limited to race, gender, and geography. For more information, see our bylaws. Our State Coordinating Council also includes an elected representative from each affiliated local chapter.

** GPUS National Committee: nominations are open for 2 delegates and 2 alternates.

** GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention: nominations are open for 5 delegates and 5 alternates. The Green Party 2020 Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention will take place July 9-12, 2020 online.

All votes will be cast by Green Party members on a ranked-choice ballot sent out via email (or postal mail) after the Gathering.

Ballots and candidate statements will be emailed (or postal mailed to members without email addresses) within one week after the Spring Gathering, and returned ballots must be sent back (emailed or postmarked) no later than 21 days after the close of the Gathering. Members may choose to return their ballot via email or postal mail.

More information on the 2020 Green Party Presidential candidates.

Unofficial Wikipedia results and pledges to date for the US Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention.


–> Is your Green Party membership up to date?

Membership is free for those experiencing economic hardship at this time.

Click here to join, renew, or check your membership status.

New members must join the Green Party of Washington by April 23, 2020 to participate in our nominating process for president, down-ballot, and GPWA candidates. Returning members and those whose membership has lapsed can renew their membership by May 23rd.


Click here to register to attend our 2020 Spring Gathering!

The Evergreen – March 2020

Bi-Monthly Newsletter of The Green Party of Washington

Volume 3, Issue 2


Welcome to your Green Party of Washington State bi-monthly newsletter. If you have information to submit for the Newsletter, please send it to GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

Our hope is that this newsletter is published every other month on the odd months.


SAVE THE DATE! – Green Party of Washington Spring Gathering – May 23, 2020

Our Annual Spring Gathering will be held on Saturday May 23rd.

Tentative agenda:
Personal and community aspects of climate change
Civil rights, civil disobedience, nonviolent direct action
Earth Day event report
Local and Statewide Candidate presentations
* GPUS Presidential Candidate presentations
** GPWA CC, GPUS National Committee, and GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention delegate candidate introductions
Chapter reports and volunteer opportunities

Sliding scale registration and lunch order will be available soon.

* Presidential candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) as of April 23, 2020 will be invited to present.

** Green Party members who can attend the combined ANM (Th-Fri) and PNC (Sat-Sun) meeting in July are encouraged to put themselves forward as candidates for our state delegation. The Green Party 2020 Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention will take place July 9-12, 2020 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Official information on the 2020 Green Party Presidential candidates.


Green Party of Washington would like to run a statewide candidate in 2020!

In case you missed the call for statewide candidates in our last Newsletter, please click here to review and share with those who may be interested!


Green Party Presidential Primary

As a minor party, the Green Party is excluded from the publicly funded Presidential Primary in Washington State. Because we did not get more than 5% of the presidential vote in 2016, we must use our own process to determine our Presidential nominee and choose our Presidential Nominating Convention delegates. We do this by a ballot to our membership right after our Spring Convention (May 23, 2020).

As you may be aware, on the publicly funded WA State primary ballot this year the major parties are making voters take a pledge, written by each party, that they prefer the Democrats or Republicans and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party.

This is not a legally binding oath. It is not a registration with the party: we have no party registration in this state. The only actual “Democrats” and “Republicans” by state law are Precinct Committee Officers in each party and other Legislative and Statewide officeholders. Everyone else is a “sustainer” or a “supporter.”

These loyalty pledges on the ballot are an attempt to artificially “close” the major party primaries, and to give the major parties access to temporary data to build their voter lists. There is no expectation of enforcement of pledges except (and this is the key part) by the parties themselves.

For practical reasons the Green Party of Washington has decided it will not enforce loyalty pledges on behalf of the Democrats and Republicans in our presidential nominating process. You aren’t registering with the Democrats or the Republicans if you vote in the Democratic or Republican primary (there is no party registration in WA), and we don’t require a loyalty pledge (other than your Green Party membership in good standing) to vote in our Presidential Primary.

We have learned from a County Auditor that major party ballot pledges are kept for two months, where they are subject to public records requests, after which time they are destroyed. This means that all public record of these loyalty pledges will be destroyed before our Green Party nominating convention begins.

In order to vote in the 2020 Green Party Primary in Washington State, your Green Party membership must be current as of April 23, 2020 (for new members) or by May 23, 2020 (for renewing members).

Click here to make sure your Green Party membership is up-to-date!


Earth Day Pledge Fair 2020

Save the Date: Saturday April 18, 2020!

Oxbow Park in Seattle

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. Wednesday, April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day! The theme this year is “Climate Action” and people all over our planet will participate. Many dramatic actions are planned to get the attention of economic and political world leaders that Wednesday. The scientific case for Climate Change is real, and action is needed. Join us the Saturday before Earth Day at our Earth Day Pledge Fair!

About the Earth Day Pledge Fair

Green Party of Washington State and Green Party of Seattle are planning a science fair in Oxbow Park in Seattle. Games and activities for elementary school aged children as well as adults are planned on the Saturday before Earth Day. Green Party of Washington and Green Party of Seattle are excited to host this event which is intended to inspire positive change and a pledge from attendees to protect and nurture our Earth and all who reside on her.  Topics and actions will include conservation, species preservation, clean energy, and confronting climate change through our Green New Deal.

We will challenge people to honor our Planet on actual Earth Day on Wednesday with simple but impactful action items. Orcas, salmon, trees, and bees are all PNW favorites. How can we better co-exist? A ranked list of simple pledges like “We/I will not eat meat on Earth Day”, “We will take the bus/not use the car on Earth Day”, etc. Action ideas will be based on the “Drawdown List” and posted prominently at the “Pledge Booth”. You can go to https://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank for the comprehensive list of personal and community actions.

Set Up

This will be a simple and fun event with 10×10 booths set up by volunteers. No food will be sold in the park and there will be no restrooms on site, or items for sale at this event. Literature and promotional giveaways are fine. This keeps us in compliance with Seattle Parks and Recreation, and keeps our other expenses low.

The Park

Oxbow Park is in the Georgetown Neighborhood of Seattle and is the iconic home of the “Hat & Boots”. Photo ops! The bus stops right in front and there is a Pea-patch in back. A “big toy” play area makes it good for families with young kids. There will be a giant cowboy hat to shelter us if it rains.

About Greens

The Green Party is a worldwide political party organized around the future sustainability of our planet. We are volunteer run, grassroots, and exist outside of the pay-to-play paradigm of the current U.S. political mainstream. However, more Green Party members are entering political offices all over the world. Check out the globalgreens.org website to learn more. Earth Day is a big deal to us Greens. Let’s Celebrate, Educate, and Dedicate to Climate Action. By the time Spring is here, there will be many doomsday political messages telling you what to be afraid of. Most will be manufactured divide-and-conquer tactics. Profiteers who work hard to keep people distracted while stealing resources from the future — we see you. We must nurture the youth coming up with positive takeaways at this event. The future must be empowered, because the future must win.

We acknowledge the first people of Seattle, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe, past and present. This event is sponsored & organized by the Green Party in partnership with EarthDay.org. This is a community event. Participation does not imply a political affiliation with the Green Party.

Follow these links for more info:

https://www.gpsea.org/index.html

email: hello@gpsea.org

Green New Deal info: https://www.gp.org/green_new_deal


Earth Day Pledge Fair Helpers 2020

Looking for Volunteers — Saturday April 18, 2020

We welcome like-minded organizations to participate in this event. We are not soliciting donations or memberships at this event and your participation does not imply a political affiliation with the Green Party. We all like the planet, and political parties will never have the power to legislate away the future rights to clean water, air and personal integrity. We are all citizens of Earth. Earth does not belong to us; we belong to Earth. Power concedes nothing to the un-empowered. We are inviting participants with the caveat that you do not solicit. Please inspire, teach, demonstrate, and interact in a positive way. Literature and promotional giveaways are fine. This keeps us in compliance with Seattle Parks and Recreation, and volunteers keep our other expenses low. There are businesses that sell food and have restrooms within a few blocks of the park. Share a game, show us an experiment or a model, give us a photo op. No single use plastics at this event.

Volunteers Needed for Set Up and Breakdown.

AM or PM? We need an AM group and a PM group of volunteers. The actual public event is from 10am to 4pm.

AM volunteers plan for 8am-1pm. Chalk marks and sign in between 8 and 9am. Set up starts by 9am and we should be ready to start games/exhibits by 10am. Help participants set up their 10×10 canopies and carry tables/ load out of their vehicles for set up. During the event help collect pledge forms, hang out and be friendly to the general public, run sound/music, play games with kids, give directions, make sure that we keep the park clean and safe, and take pictures for social media.

PM volunteers plan for 1pm-6pm. Help participants collapse their 10×10 canopies and carry tables/ load out of the park after the event. During the event, help collect pledge forms, hang out and be friendly to the general public, run sound/music, play games with kids, give directions, make sure that we keep the park clean and safe, and take pictures for social media.

Volunteers get Earth Day reusable water bottles, the satisfaction of making a positive impact in the community, new knowledge based on the current science about ways to honor Earth in our everyday lives, opportunity to meet nice people, and a resume reference from organizers. Follow the links below to volunteer!

Green Party of Seattle

https://www.gpsea.org/index.html

email: hello@gpsea.org


Ranked-Choice Voting is on a Roll

You’ve probably seen that New York City Voters adopted ranked-choice voting by a margin of 73% to 27% back in November. Maine is using it in all their state and congressional elections. Twenty or so cities elsewhere in the country have adopted it. It’s going to be on the ballot in both Massachusetts and Alaska for voters to decide on next November.

It’s also happening in Washington State through non-profit, non-partisan FairVote Washington. Just in the last several months, the group has signed on well over 5,000 concerned voters across the state as supporters.

What is Ranked-Choice Voting

It is a way of setting up elections so that voters can vote for more than one candidate and rank their choices. The voters’ first choices are counted, and if someone has a majority that’s the end of it and that person is elected. If no one has a majority, the person with the fewest votes is eliminated and that person’s votes are transferred to the next choices on those voters’ ballots. There is a new tally. If someone now has a majority then that person is elected. The process goes around this cycle of tallying, eliminating candidates and reallocating votes until someone has a majority.

If ranked-choice voting is in place you can vote for the person that you really favor without fear that it will throw the election to some you really don’t want in office. It means that campaigns will tend to be more civil since candidates will want to get the second choice votes of voters who give their first choice vote to someone else. And it has the potential to make gerrymandering effectively impossible.

Ranked-Choice Voting is of Particular Interest to Greens

With ranked-choice voting third parties like the Greens no longer need to fear being labeled (or libeled!) as “spoilers”.  Especially if the system is adopted in its multi-winner form (sometimes called Proportional Representation) there is a much better chance that we’ll see Greens in single-winner offices like Mayor and on bodies like city councils, county councils and legislatures.

Many Local Politicians Support Ranked-Choice Voting

FairVote Whatcom organized a mock ranked-choice election for three of the local primaries affecting Whatcom County last summer. They also asked all the local candidates what they thought of ranked-choice voting. Here is what the candidates thought:

Whatcom-Area Candidates Who Supported Ranked-Choice Voting in the August 2019 Primary
Office Supporters (*eventual winners)
Washington State Senate Carrie Blackwood,  Liz Lovelett*
Whatcom County Executive Karen Burke,  Satpal Sidhu*
Whatcom County Council Brian Estes, Natalie McClendon (hedged)
Bellingham Mayor April Barker,  Seth Fleetwood*, Garrett O’Brien, Pinky Vargas (these were all the candidates for Mayor)
Bellingham City Council Lisa Anderson*, Dana Briggs, Dan Hammill*, Beth Hartsoch, Hollie Huthman*, Ashanti Monts-Treviska, Von Emeth Ochoa, Hannah Stone*, Raymond Straka, Chanan Suarez (these were all the candidates for City Council)

That’s 19 out of a total of 31 candidates in these races (61%).

Focus on the Local Options Bill

The Washington State Legislature is considering a bill promoted by FairVote Washington called the Local Options Bill (HB 1722). If the bill is passed, local jurisdictions in Washington would have the option of adopting ranked-choice voting for their local elections in both the single-winner and multi-winner forms. HB 1722 has been in the state legislature for a couple of years. 40th District Senator Liz Lovelett has just sponsored a companion bill in the state senate.

Wherever you live in Washington, you can inform your legislators what you think about the Local Options Bill at the state legislative website here, and we urge you to do that. The more constituents that legislatures here from the more likely they are to act.

Plan B is a statewide initiative in 2021. That will cost a pretty penny. If you can, please help us build up our war chest by donating here.

How You Can Get Involved

Let me count the ways. In addition to contacting your legislators about the Local Options Bill, you can:

Come to a Ranking Party

These are events at a local establishment where we sample their good things to eat and drink and then rank them. The tallying is done by moving our bodies around the room. It’s really fun for everyone involved – apart from making it really clear how the counting works in a ranked-choice election. We’ve held several already.

Here are the ones coming up in the Bellingham area:

Chocolate Necessities, 1408 Commercial Chocolate, gelato March 4 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm RSVP
FrinGe Brewing, 5640 3rd Ave, Ferndale Beer, snacks March 12 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm RSVP

Join Kit, Stoney, and Tina When We Go Tabling

As the summer comes on, we will be at more and more outdoor events. You can sign up for a two-hour stint at one of these. For example, we’re at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market most Saturdays when it is in session. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about how to talk about ranked-choice voting to people on the street. Actually being on the spot you’ll catch on quickly. We bring all the materials. Interested? Contact us at whatcom@fairvotewa.org or 360-920-8357.

Help Lobby for the Local Options Bill

Go here to register your views about the Local Options Bill with state legislators.

You can also contact your local city council and the county council. What they can do is pass a resolution supporting the Local Options Bill.

Legislative Update – February 28, 2020: If you’ve been following the Local Options Bill for Ranked-Choice Voting (HB 1722 & SB 5708) – we’ve learned that it won’t progress any further this session. This is an opt-in bill that mandates nothing — it simply allows cities, towns, and other local districts to use ranked-choice voting if they so choose. The Local Options Bill had a very encouraging run, with bi-partisan momentum. It WILL be reintroduced next session (with a new bill number) — so all the momentum continues to work to pass it! What can you do to continue advocating for the Local Options Bill? Ask your legislator to support it next year!

Sign on as a Supporter

Go to the FairVote Washington website to sign on as a supporter.  The more people sign as supporters, the more likely the legislature is to act on the Local Options Bill.

Stay Informed

Go to the FairVote Washington website for general information and then sign on to keep informed as things develop.

Go to the FairVote Washington Facebook page here and the FairVote Whatcom Facebook page here.

Donate

If time is at a premium, do your part by donating what you can here.

– Stoney Bird

Stoney has voted Green since 1996. He has been car-free for almost twenty years, and has been involved with numerous environmental, social justice and peace issues over the years. He ran for Congress as a Green in 2018.

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 recently reorganized membership meetings to the first Tuesday of the month, 6-8 PM in Seattle. 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. Input and volunteers are needed!

Green Party of the Mid-Columbia

This chapter generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the home of Frank & Laura Lockwood, 118 Rachel Rd, Kennewick, WA at 7pm. Everyone interested in the Green Party is welcome. Check out their new Website, find them on Facebook at Green Party of the Mid-Columbia, and join the discussion at Green Party Friends of the Mid-Columbia.

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

This chapter is very active supporting youth working for climate change, homeless issues, and actively supporting local candidates for office. Please contact Noah Martin for information on meetings and other activities, and check out their Facebook group for updates.

Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula

Charles Law is working to form an active local chapter on the Olympic Peninsula. For more info and to get involved, email Charles or join their Facebook discussion 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 discussion group or email hello@greenpartywashington.org.

Green Party of Whatcom County

For more information, contact Stoney at whatcom@fairvotewa.org. You can also join their Facebook discussion group at Green Party of Whatcom County.


GPWA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in getting involved with our Tech Team or helping with Social Media? Please email to let us know!


GPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many committees of GPUS that need people to help them 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 gpus.org/committees 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.


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 received this time…


Green Party of WA State Coordinating Council

Elected Members:

Mary Ellen Knoop – Facilitator, GP Tahoma (Pierce County)

Jody Grage – Secretary, GP Seattle

Scott Thompson – Treasurer, GP Whatcom County

Lisa Canar – Deputy Treasurer, GP Seattle

Charles Law – Member at Large, GP Olympic Peninsula

Kathryn Lewandowsky – Member at Large, GP Snohomish County

Richard Redick – Member at Large, GP Mid-Columbia

Local Chapter Representatives:

Alice Green – GP Seattle

Noah Martin – South Sound Greens

Don’t see your chapter represented? Give us a holler. Our goal is to have an elected representative from each chapter on the State Coordinating Council. We have a conference call 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


The End!

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

Send in your pictures, stories, and ideas to Kathryn at GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.


We hope to publish this newsletter every other month on the odd months. Send your Newsletter submissions to GPWAnewsletter@gmail.com.

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

 #WeAreGreen

Green Party Presidential Primary

As a minor party, the Green Party is excluded from the publicly funded Presidential Primary in Washington State. Because we did not get more than 5% of the presidential vote in 2016, we must use our own process to determine our Presidential nominee and choose our Presidential Nominating Convention delegates. We do this by a ballot to our membership right after our Spring Convention (which is set for May 23, 2020).

As you may be aware, on the publicly funded WA State primary ballot this year the major parties are making voters take a pledge, written by each party, that they prefer the Democrats or Republicans and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party.

This is not a legally binding oath. It is not a registration with the party: we have no party registration in this state. The only actual “Democrats” and “Republicans” by state law are Precinct Committee Officers in each party and other Legislative and Statewide officeholders. Everyone else is a “sustainer” or a “supporter.”

These loyalty pledges on the ballot are an attempt to artificially “close” the major party primaries, and to give the major parties access to temporary data to build their voter lists. There is no expectation of enforcement of pledges except (and this is the key part) by the parties themselves.

For practical reasons the Green Party of Washington has decided it will not enforce loyalty pledges on behalf of the Democrats and Republicans in our presidential nominating process. You aren’t registering with the Democrats or the Republicans if you vote in the Democratic or Republican primary (there is no party registration in WA), and we don’t require a loyalty pledge (other than your Green Party membership in good standing) to vote in our Presidential Primary.

We have learned from a County Auditor that major party ballot pledges are kept for two months, where they are subject to public records requests, after which time they are destroyed. This means that all public record of these loyalty pledges will be destroyed before our Green Party nominating convention begins.

In order to vote in the 2020 Green Party Primary in Washington State, your Green Party membership must be current as of April 23, 2020 (for new members) or by May 23, 2020 (for renewing members).

Click here to make sure your Green Party membership is up-to-date!

2020 Campaign School

Sunday February 23rd

Portland Downtown Public Library

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PACIFIC GREEN PARTY AND THE COORDINATED CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – GREEN PARTY OF THE US

Interested in running for office or working on a campaign? Our Green Party Campaign School in Portland on Sunday February 23 is a great opportunity that will teach important campaign skills!

Join us in Portland, Oregon

Sunday February 23, 2020 at 10am – 4pm

Multnomah County Public Library, Downtown
801 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Google map and directions

Register for the Campaign School (includes housing, transportation, Saturday evening social, etc.)

This event is free and open to all Green Party supporters. More information coming soon – Feel Free to share!

Link to draft program

Share the Campaign School Facebook event!

Support our Green Party 2020 Declared Candidates!!!

US Senate (Oregon): Ibrahim Taher  https://ibrahimtaher.com/

Oregon Secretary of State:  Nathalie Paravicini

RUN FOR OFFICE WITH THE GREEN PARTY!

The Green Party of Washington would like to run a statewide candidate in 2020. For more information on statewide offices up for election, click here!

Statement of Candidacy Form – Elected Office  (Register your interest to run for office)

More info:
hello@greenpartywashington.org

#WeAreGreen

Green Party Seattle – February Meeting

Green Party of Seattle meets Tuesday February 11th!

All are welcome – please join us!

We are meeting at a Tea House this time. One of our favorite Seattle family run businesses, Vital Tea Leaf, is growing and they have a new tea house in the International District close to the train station on King St (address below).

Younger environmental-minded folks please join us! We will be drinking some beautiful teas.

Agenda includes Earth Day event planning. Also status updates from our allies and activists.

If you have an agenda item or need to present, email us: hello@gpsea.org

Meeting details:

When – Tuesday, February 11th, 2020. 6 pm – 8 pm
Why – Meet & greet and check in for members and friends, new & old. Earth Day Event planning.
Where – Vital T Leaf – 518 S King St, Seattle

https://vtlseattle.com/contact-us/

Agenda

(social) Meet & Greet.

(approve minutes for both December and January)

(new/old business) The new Green Political Agenda. Reframing from Anxiety to Optimism.
Review of the Noam Chomsky, et al ‘Open Letter to the Green Party’.

(cont’d from Dec 3rd & Jan 7th) —

Wednesday April 22, 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The theme this year is ‘Climate Action’.

https://www.earthday.org/earthday/countdown-to-2020/

We are creating engagement and participation with a family-centered celebration on Saturday April 18th. Green Party Members from other areas in Washington state will also participate.

Input and volunteers are needed!

*Brainstorming*
*Booth Mapping*
*Resource Assessment*
*Action Item Assignments*

Invite your friends!

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

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gpsea.org

GET IN TOUCH …

hello@gpsea.org