Stoney Bird – Green for Congress in District 2!

The Green Party of Washington proudly endorses Stoney Bird’s run for Congress in Washington’s Second Congressional District. A highly successful corporate lawyer until he ceased that work in 1990, Stoney brings a deep understanding of how corrupt and destructive our current political and economic institutions are. In the last 20 years he has worked as a political and community activist bringing environmental, social justice and peace issues to the forefront.

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Stoney’s bio follows:

Hi, my name is Stoney Bird. “Stoney” is short for Stonewall Jackson Bird. I’m running for Congress as a Green in Washington’s Second Congressional District.

I’m running because there is a whole raft of issues that people across the political spectrum support and that Congress is doing nothing about. You can see the list here.

We need an election system that produces representative government. We need a Congress that actually responds to the needs of the people. We need health care and homes for all so that all can live in dignity. We need to cut the vast war budget that is producing misery and enemies across the world. We need to replace it with a budget that will protect the natural systems of the world and produce good, ecologically sound work for a living wage for all.

A little about me

After serving in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s, I went to law school, and then worked for big companies: Mobil Oil and Harris Corporation. In the late 1980s I was Harris’ European lawyer, based in England, mostly working on corporate deals.

By then I was in mid-40s and began wondering if I wanted to spend the rest of my life serving the few against the many, serving the corporate bottom line against all the rest of nature. I moved to the Skagit Valley in 1990. It took years, but by the first decade of this millennium I was fully involved with local environmental, transportation and peace movements, and did a stint of community organizing.

In 2011 I moved to Bellingham to be connected with an initiative campaign for a community bill of rights that would have barred the transportation of coal through Bellingham, denied corporate personhood and constitutional rights to corporations that wanted to contravene the ban, declared the right of the people of Bellingham to govern themselves, and acknowledged the rights of the ecosystems in Bellingham to thrive on their own terms. I’ve recently written a series of 17 articles for Whatcom Watch on the theme of impediments to well-being and democracy in the United States. You can find them on journal’s website.

My affinity for the Green Party

I’ve voted for Green Presidential candidates since 2000. In 2014-15 I served on the state Green Party Coordinating Committee, part of the time as campaign coordinator. In that capacity I assisted Bobbie Lewis in his run for the Assembly in the 21st Legislative District. I also consulted with Josh Petersen in his run for the Everett City Council. I’m currently on the Coordinating Committee of the Whatcom Green Party.

My other electoral experience includes numerous initiative campaigns, lobbying on many issues dear to the Greens, running for the Mount Vernon City Council in 2003, and leading two campaigns to restore Skagit Transit’s revenue after I-695.

Of course I support the four pillars and the ten key values. In our times, it’s long overdue that responsible people speak up for these values – all 14!

How you can help

The immediate need is gathering signatures on my filing fee petition. Find out more here.

I’d love to talk to groups across the district, especially in Snohomish County. If you can get me an invitation from any group that you are part of, I’ll do my best to make a visit possible.

GPWA Spring Gathering Update

The Green Party of Washington held our annual Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 14th in Fife, WA.

At our meeting, we heard reports from Green Party officeholders EJ Zita – Thurston County Port Commissioner, and Renata Rollins – Olympia City Councilmember. Live videos of Zita and Renata are posted on our Green Party FB page.

Green Party member and Congressional candidate Stoney Bird gave a short overview on Camp Wellstone, a training program for organizers, campaign workers, and candidates.

Green Party organizer Kathryn Lewandowsky gave a detailed presentation on Initiative 1600 – Healthcare for All – Whole Washington. Volunteers are needed to gather signatures to get this Universal Healthcare initiative on the ballot!

Initiative 1631 – Clean Air and Clean Energy is also gathering signatures!

Candidates for US Congress and for local offices also spoke:

All candidate statements can be found here.

We heard updates from our local Green Party chapters, including Whatcom, Snohomish, Seattle, Tahoma (Pierce County), South Puget Sound, and Mid-Columbia (our newest chapter).

Finally, we took nominations for GPWA Coordinating Council (CC) and GPUS national delegates and alternates.

The following members were nominated to the GPWA CC:

  • Chris Govella – Treasurer
    • Update: Our nominee for Treasurer has since declined, and this position is currently open for nomination.
  • Noah Martin – Deputy Treasurer
  • Jody Grage
  • Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • Maricela Sanchez
  • Mary Ellen Knoop
  • Scott Thompson

The following members were nominated for GPUS delegates:

  • Jody Grage
  • Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • Lisa Canar – alternate
  • Noah Martin – alternate

Short bios for GPWA nominees can be found here.

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For Green Party members:

We request your input on the qualification of our nominees, as well as the endorsement / preference of candidates for Congressional and local elected offices, including consideration of three candidates for US Senate. All candidate statements can be found here.

To check your GPWA membership status, see http://www.gp-wa.org/membership_status. If your membership has lapsed click here to join or renew.

Send an email by May 5th, 2018 to hello@greenpartywashington.org to provide your input on GPWA candidate endorsement and GPWA coordinator / leadership positions.

Universal Healthcare for Washington State!

The Green Party of Washington has endorsed Initiative 1600, a ballot measure written and submitted by Whole Washington. Whole Washington is a grassroots group of citizens and healthcare professionals determined to bring single-payer universal healthcare to Washington State.

I-1600 has been certified by the WA Secretary of State, and the signature drive has begun with a goal of over 300,000 signatures by July 1, 2018!

This is our chance.

Universal Health Care is an essential human right. This initiative guarantees healthcare as a fundamental right to all citizens of Washington State. With your help, I-1600 will be presented to the voters of Washington State in the November 2018 General Election. In order to make this happen, I-1600 URGENTLY needs financial support and signature gathering volunteers at upcoming events. If you want to collect signatures, but cannot attend an event, sign up here to receive petitions by mail.

Every signature gathered by a volunteer will save the campaign ~$3!

Initiative campaigns are terribly expensive, but so too are out-of-control health care costs. Together, we the citizens of Washington State have the power to take control of our healthcare and save billions of dollars in the process.

To make this a reality, funds are immediately needed and will be applied to the hard costs of doing everything possible to deliver sufficient numbers of valid signatures to put I-1600 Universal Health Care on the ballot in Washington State for the November 2018 general election. Contributions can be made here. All donations go directly to the I-1600 initiative campaign.

Please sign up to collect signatures today!

For questions see I-1600 FAQs or contact Whole Washington at: outreach@wholewashington.org.

GPWA Spring Gathering – Saturday April 14th!

* Please note venue and time update! *

The Green Party of Washington State will hold our annual Spring Gathering on Saturday April 14th from 12:30 – 5:30 PM.

We will meet at The Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424.

Everyone is welcome!

Agenda:

12:30 – 1pm:  Set up, Order Lunch

1pm – 2pm: Introductions, Reports from Officeholders

Green Party members currently in elected positions:

  • Renata Rollins – City Council Member, Olympia
  • EJ Zita – Port Commissioner, Thurston County
  • Paul Pickett – Thurston Conservation District

2pm – 3pm: Workshops

  • I-1600 Whole Washington Workshop – Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • I-1631 Washington Carbon Tax and Revenue Allocation information
  • Camp Wellstone Campaign School Workshop – Stoney Bird

3pm – 4pm: Candidates for elected officeCandidate recruitment

->> Read completed candidate questionnaires here

  • Stonewall Jackson Bird, WA-CD 2 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Tamborine Borrelli, WA-CD 10 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Robert Hunziker, WA-CD 8 candidate for Federal Congress
  • Andrew Saturn, candidate for Thurston County Public Utility District Commissioner
  • Tye Menser, candidate for Thurston County Commissioner, District 3 (campaign volunteer)
  • Information on local races with May 18 deadline – Jody Grage

4pm – 5:30pm: Updates from local chapters, Nominations, Review

  • Local Green Party updates
  • Nominations for GPWA Coordinating Council: Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and At-Large Members (5)
  • Nominations for GPUS national delegates (2), and alternates (2)
  • Discuss take home points from Movement School for Revolutionaries – Scott Thompson

Vote by email – ballots will be sent to GPWA members within one week of the Gathering.

Home stays are available for those attending from out of town. Please let us know by April 4th.

To check your GPWA membership status, see http://www.gp-wa.org/membership_status. If your membership has lapsed, renew before or at the Gathering to be eligible to vote! Click here to join or renew.

RSVP on Facebook or email to let us know you’re planning to attend.

Green Party of Washington Spring Gathering
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: The Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E, Fife, WA 98424

The Poodle Dog is just north of I-5 at Exit #137 for 54th Ave E in Fife. See map and directions here.

Hope to see you there!

#WeAreGreen 🌱

Contact hello@greenpartywashington.org for additional information.

The Green Party call for candidates in 2018

The Green Party of Washington is looking for progressives to run for elected office in 2018!

This year two Greens were elected in Washington State: Renata Rollins is the new Olympia City Councilmember for Position 6, and EJ Zita was reelected to Olympia Port Commissioner Position 2. Let’s keep the momentum going!

There are many local offices up for reelection in 2018, as well as all members of the 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 or the Campaign Committee of the Green Party of Washington State –> email hello@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, gays and lesbians, 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 managers and volunteers.

Here’s the official list of offices open for election in 2018.

Candidate filing week is May 14th-18th. Here’s a link to Washington State 2018 dates and deadlines.

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

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

In solidarity,

Campaign Committee,
Green Party of Washington

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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