2018 Starts Now!

The recent wins for Greens and other progressive candidates have been very exciting, and we realize that it is important for us to keep working hard and set our sights on the 2018 elections!

We need some volunteers who would be willing to work on a fundraising committee in order for us to financially support more Green Party candidates in 2018 and develop the infrastructure we need to provide campaign assistance to more endorsed Green candidates and non-Greens who have been given preferred candidate status. We are hoping to have 1-2 volunteers from each local Green Party chapter to assist with this project.

Some ideas for fundraising events we might organize: bicycle rallies, scavenger hunts, rummage sales, auctions, etc. And we are looking for more ideas for fundraising activities. Please get involved and share your ideas!

If you would be interested in helping on this committee please send your info to Kathryn at skyranch12805@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Coordinating Council,
Green Party of Washington

Congratulations to our elected Greens!

Congratulations to our endorsed candidates Renata Rollins and E.J. Zita for winning election to Olympia City Council and Port Commission!

Get involved with supporting their work in office today!

For example, check out the activist blockade of fracking supplies at the Port of Olympia:

“For the second time in the past year, Washington activists blocked a train carrying oil fracking supplies from leaving the Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The blockade camp prevented a possible shipment of ceramic proppants from being shipped to the Bakken oil shale basin in North Dakota, and possibly other fracking operations….[T]hey are part of a larger regional movement taking responsibility to act in the face of the climate crisis, and using their strong geographical position to literally stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry.”

 

Blockade of train tracks on November 20, 2017, at 7th and Jefferson streets in downtown Olympia, Washington, to prevent a train carrying oil fracking sands (ceramic proppants) from the Port of Olympia. (Photo; Zoltán Grossman)

Phonebanking for Green candidates in Washington – urgent!

Now’s your chance to make a real difference in local races with great Green candidates who are on the 7 November ballot! The Green Party of Washington and the Green Party of South Puget Sound have endorsed Renata Rollins for Olympia City Council Position 6 (http://renatarollins.com/) and EJ Zita for Olympia Port Commission District 3 (http://www.reelectzitaforport.com/). Both have good chances of winning their races – but only if we do our part.

Please help by participating in phonebanking between Thursday 26 October and Monday 6 November. Never done this before? Not a problem! We will provide training and assistance as well as a list of voters to call and a script. One option is to come to the old Green Party office at 2428 NW 56th Street in Ballard/Seattle with your phone and laptop. A second option – particularly if you live in some other part of the state – is to phonebank from home and all you need is your phone and computer.

Remember that winning – or even coming close – in these two races will go a long ways toward encouraging Greens across the state to run for office. We all will benefit from these efforts.

Ready to go – or at least thinking about it? Send an email to hello@greenpartywashington.org and include your contact information and availability, as well as questions you may have. We’ll get back to you right away.

Looking forward to working with you!

Petar Marinov, Phonebanking Coordinator
Jody Grage, Chapter Coordinator

Green Party of Washington

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Elect Green candidates in Olympia!

The Green Party of Washington (GPWA) is a political party, and its ultimate aim is to elect Green candidates to office where they can really make a difference. This year, we have the opportunity to get excellent Green candidates into office in Olympia: Renata Rollins for Olympia City Council Position 6, and E.J. Zita for Olympia Port Commission.

GPWA has endorsed both these candidates – they are thoughtful, experienced, have well-functioning campaign organizations, and their opponents are vulnerable. Both Greens are facing establishment candidates with large treasuries full of corporate donations – and both campaigns are funded the Green way – without corporate contributions! To win, it is not enough to be smarter, more experienced, have more volunteers and more endorsements. Green candidates need funds for lots of advertising, offices expenses, and to pay their hard-working staff. This is where you come in.

This is our best chance yet to get Greens into elected office in Washington. But they cannot do it without more money. We need to support them – right away, so they have crucial funds available in the last few weeks of the election. Please, now, take a minute donate to help Renata and Zita wage winning campaigns.

Think of what it will mean to have Greens stopping shipments of fracking mud and weapons through the port of Olympia, and to have a model Green plan implemented to end homelessness, guide development, and preserve parklands. It’s worth every penny we can spare.

And please, after you donate, send us an email telling us how much you donated, so that the Green Party gets credit for supporting its own.

In solidarity,
Campaign Committee
Green Party of Washington State

E.J. Zita for Olympia Port Commission

Elected Olympia Port Commissioner in 2015, E.J. Zita works for economic sustainability, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. “We can do better, working together.”

Zita is a scientist, farmer, and teacher. She’s lived in rural Thurston County since 1995 years with her partner, an Army veteran of 23 years.

As chair of the Thurston County Agriculture Committee, Zita works to preserve farmland and promote agriculture. As President of the Salmon Creek Basin Neighborhood Association, she held the Port to higher standards in residential areas and near schools.

Appointed to the Port’s New Market Economic Development Advisory Committee, Zita represented concerned neighbors. Zita knows transparency and accountability can improve Port operations. Our taxes must be used for public good, not short term profits for a few. The Port must truly listen to the people, and plan with local agencies. Zita will lead the Port toward positive new opportunities, such as a Thurston Farm to Market Center and renewable energy. With her skills and vision, she will insist on wise economic investment that serves the whole community and enhances our local environment.

With a PhD in physics, Zita worked in industry and national laboratories, and currently teaches at Evergreen. On her ranch in south Thurston County, she raises beef and poultry with her family.

Zita keeps working to strengthen our neighborhoods, farms, environment, and economy.

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Renata Rollins for Olympia City Council Position 6

Most of us share decent values. Many of us have better-than-decent ideas.

But only one candidate in this race brings combined vision, values, ideas, and working relationships with constituents from literally all walks of life. This is what it takes to do the people’s work in Olympia.

For years, Renata has served as a bridge between the marginalized and unheard, local businesses, and City Hall.

As a candidate she is unparalleled in her knowledge of solutions to the most pressing issue we face—the housing and homelessness emergency—and the need for more safe and affordable housing, local mental health services and holistic evidence-based substance abuse treatment.

As a housing and homelessness advocate, community organizer, system navigator, journalist, and one of the first Downtown Ambassadors in Olympia, Renata naturally channels the best ideas, to create a city built by and for us all.

In our national political climate of rising unrest and inequity, and our local reality of rising sea level and cost of living, Renata is the candidate with the experience, credibility and accountability to diverse communities, which will allow Olympia to grow together instead of growing apart.

Olympia is Washington’s fastest-growing city. What kind of city we become depends on who has a place at the table: we can choose to grow together, or risk growing apart. In this tense political climate and rising inequity, we need leaders with connections, credibility and accountability to diverse communities. Leaders willing to meet people where they are, with the humility to learn how to solve problems from the people facing them.

As an advocate, activist, journalist and Downtown Ambassador, I have dedicated my time in Olympia to hearing and learning from people with diverse experiences and needs, honoring them as valid and real, even if they differed from my own. I work to reconcile underrepresented communities in Olympia with the businesses and civic institutions that should serve us all.

As a council member I will facilitate conscious growth that balances the needs of all Olympians with the land we live on and the water we depend on. I want to continue to be a bridge between city hall and folks who haven’t been called in.

We all need stability and opportunity in order to be our best selves, to fully contribute to community life. As journalist and city planning activist Jane Jacobs said, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

I’m ready to take the next step in my life mission of service to what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. called, “the Beloved Community.”

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Growing Green in 2018 🌻 – potluck and fundraiser/social with David Cobb!

Growing Green in 2018 – potluck and fundraiser/social with David Cobb!

Friday, 7 July – 6:30 – 9 pm

West Seattle American Legion Hall, 3618 SW Alaska St, Seattle

Guest speaker David Cobb was the Green Party Presidential Candidate in 2004 and Campaign manager for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential Campaign. From campaigning for the Democratic presidential candidates, Jesse Jackson and Jerry Brown in the 80’s to being arrested in an act of civil disobedience while protesting the denial of 3rd party candidates in presidential debates, David has been in the trenches and a leader in grassroots organizing.

Join us for good food and drink as we begin laying the financial groundwork for the Green Party 2018 campaign in Washington State!

We’ve acknowledged that we must run candidates. Come join the conversation and help make it happen!

RSVP on Facebook here

Green Party: Strategic Planning to Win in 2018

Green Party: Strategic Planning to Win in 2018

Sunday July 9th  –  9 am – 3 pm – Green Party of Washington State members only

Come spend the day with our own David Cobb!

For Green Party of WA members only; we continue our strategic planning for 2018 and beyond.

–>> Not yet a member? Join or renew your GPWA membership today!

WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 9 am – 3 pm
WHERE: Intraspace, 3100 Airport Way S #24, Seattle, WA

Lunch provided!

Let’s start working now to increase our visibility and effectiveness in 2018!
Because space is limited to 50 participants, pre-registration is necessary.
For last-minute inquiries, Call Jody at 206-718-1529.
Donations please to help defray costs, suggested $10-$25/person
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

–>> Pre-register here <<–

 

Movement School for Revolutionaries – 8 July 2017

David Cobb and Meleiza Figueroa will be co-facilitating:

MOVEMENT SCHOOL FOR REVOLUTIONARIES

JULY 8th, 2017 – 9 AM to 5 PM

King County Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

This workshop is sponsored by the Green Party of Washington State and is for true revolutionaries who agree that we need structural, systemic change and who believe in using elections as a tactic/strategy in achieving the needed change!

Attendance is limited to 50 Revolutionaries with preference given to having a balanced representation from all progressive parties. Registration is on a sliding scale of $20-$50 per person and includes lunch. Some scholarships are available.

You are encouraged to read this invitation and send a half-page statement of your interest in and qualifications for participation to hello@greenpartywashington.org.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The Green Party invites you to spend the day with David Cobb and Meleiza Figueroa at our Movement School for Revolutionaries! 

David Cobb was the Green Party Presidential Candidate in 2004 and Campaign manager for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential Campaign. From campaigning for the Democratic presidential candidates, Jesse Jackson and Jerry Brown in the 80’s to being arrested in an act of civil disobedience while protesting the denial of 3rd party candidates in presidential debates, David has been in the trenches and a leader in grassroots organizing.

Mel Figueroa is a Sociologist, Geographer and Researcher currently completing her PhD at UC-Berkeley. She has also been very active with the Green Party, most recently serving as the Press Director for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Come spend the day with a group of like-minded revolutionaries exploring the context we are operating in and our embedded cultural assumptions regarding Imperialism, White Supremacy, Capitalism, and Patriarchy.

Examining the Current Historical Moment-

  • Introduce and explore concept of ‘conjuncture’
  • Discuss failures of Neoliberalism & the rise of Neofascism

Develop your analytical Toolbox-

  • Political realignment in the 2016 election
  • Translating revolt into revolution
  • Real Pragmatism: The Philosophy of Praxis

How Should Revolutionaries Engage in Elections?

  • Changing the strategic question
  • Developing symbiotic relationship
  • Rebel cities

Our GOALS for the day include:

  • Develop clarity regarding revolutionary analysis
  • Learn to work together across party labels
  • Prepare leftists to take political power in the Pacific Northwest
  • Explore opportunities in the local Democratic Party, Green Party, Progressive Independent Party, Socialists, and other left leaning organizations

–>> To apply for a place in this workshop, send a half-page statement of your interest in and qualifications for participation to hello@greenpartywashington.org!

The Green Party needs YOU!

Dear Green Party Members and Supporters,

Now, more than ever, America needs the Green Party. Nationally, the Democrats continue their strategy of pandering to big donors and moving to the right to try to win back Obama voters who voted for Trump. Trying to change the Democrats from the ground up is likely a hopeless endeavor. The Green Party offers real hope and a real choice.

The Greens are a political party, unlike all the myriad other progressive organizations in Washington. This means we are positioned to run candidates – candidates who are not taking money from special interests, and who promise to govern using the Ten Key Values as a guide. If you believe in a better, more progressive America, the Greens are your party. You already know this.  But we cannot deliver real gains until we elect Greens to office, where they can have the power to create a better future.

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

Another way you can help advance the Green agenda is to volunteer to work on Green campaigns. The Green Party endorses Green candidates, or grants preferred status to non-Green candidates who agree with much of the Green agenda. By volunteering, you will gain inside knowledge of not only how a campaign works, but what the candidate is really like. Volunteering is a great way to learn what it takes to be a candidate, and if your candidate wins, you may have more influence over what happens in your district or city.

Here’s a list of offices statewide that are open for election in 2017: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/Offices-Open-for-Election.aspx

We hope that you will join us and promote electoral activism. Please send an email to hello@greenpartywashington.org describing in a short paragraph what you would like to do, and we can connect you with campaign volunteers or get you started as a Green candidate.

To be considered for GPWA endorsement or preferred candidate status, please complete our candidate questionnaire.

Sincerely,
The Campaign Committee
Green Party of Washington State