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

Federal Judge Rules Against Presidential Debate Commission

A federal judge has ruled against the Commission on Presidential Debates and the FEC for enforcing rules that served to prevent a third voice in the presidential debates.

Note: this article is reposted from The Independent Voter Network (IVN). For the original article, see: https://ivn.us/2017/02/01/breaking-federal-judge-rules-presidential-debate-commission/

In a surprising decision, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. ruled against the Federal Election Commission in the case of Level the Playing Field et al v. Federal Election Commission holding that the rules governing participation in the presidential debates were decided unfairly and arbitrarily.

Level the Playing Field (LPF), the organization that brought the suit, challenged the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) arguing it used unfair criteria to determine the participants of the 2016 presidential debates.

During oral arguments Lead Attorney for LPF, Alexandra Shapiro, argued the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) should lose its nonprofit status due to the unfair criteria used to determine eligibility in the presidential debates. The CPD, which is regulated by the Federal Election Commission, excluded non-major party candidates from participating in the debates in light of its 15 percent rule. According to the CPD, in order to participate in the presidential debates, a candidate must have “a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations…”

Judge Chutkan’s ruling in favor of LPF grants their motion for summary judgement and orders the FEC to reconsider the allegations against the CPD within 30 days.

The order states: “The FEC is ORDERED to reconsider the evidence and allegations and issue a new decision consistent with this Opinion within 30 days, failing which the complainant[s] may bring, in the name of such complainant[s], a civil action to remedy the violation involved in the original complaint.… The FEC is FURTHER ORDERED to reconsider the Petition for Rulemaking and issue a new decision consistent with this Opinion within sixty days.”

Read the full story, including the opinion from the District Judge here: https://ivn.us/2017/02/01/breaking-federal-judge-rules-presidential-debate-commission/

GPWA Spring Membership Gathering – Saturday April 8th

Saturday April 8th, 2017 in Seattle!

The Green Party of Washington State will hold our Spring Membership Gathering on Saturday April 8th from 12 noon – 5 PM. We will be meeting at Razzi’s Pizzeria on Greenwood Ave North in Seattle. Everyone is welcome!

Our agenda:

12 noon – Welcome and Introductions

12:30 – 2:30 pm – Green Party Campaign School Discussion and Workshops – Phone Banking, Signature Gathering, Volunteer Coordination, Database Management; Focus on issues for using skills – Seattle Wealth Tax and Police Accountability campaigns

2:30 – 2:40 pm – Region 10 – Progressive Independent Party Regional Outreach presentation

2:40 – 3:00 pm – Candidate presentations

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Elevator Speech Contest – with Prizes!!!
Why Join the Green Party? – in a 30-second elevator speech
Come with your contest entry written up and be ready to deliver it! Gathering attendees will vote, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded!

3:30 – 4:00 pm – What works! – Each Green Party local is asked to give a five-minute presentation on something being done in your local that is working well and could serve as a model for other locals. Bring a descriptive handout if possible!

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Nomination of candidates: GPWA Coordinating Council – Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, At-Large Members (5), and GPWA Delegates (2) and Alternates (2) to GPUS with voting by email/postal mail ballots sent within a week after the Gathering

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Proposed amendments to the GPWA Affiliation Agreement – discussion and voting by GPWA members at the Gathering

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

All new Green Party of Washington members who join by March 8th will be eligible to vote.

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

RSVP on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/108598032991170/

#WeAreGreen 🌱

Ready to run Green in 2017?

UPDATE: A recording of this Webinar may be viewed at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxPr8aUIVquEM0RFdm5aZ194Uk0/view

An archive of this and other how-to webinars by the GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee can be found here: http://gpus.org/committees/coordinated-campaign/ccc-webinars/

Interested in running Green in 2017 or 2018? The Green Party will host a webinar for all declared candidates, those considering a run for office, and key support staff on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 PM (Eastern time), 6:00 PM (Pacific time).

This webinar is designed for declared candidates, and especially those considering a run for office this year with the Green Party. Potential 2018 candidates also welcome. Those who are (or plan to be) key support staff or volunteers are also welcome to join. This particular session will focus on:

– Why run for office?
– What does a typical campaign look like?
– What personal considerations should influence my decision?
– How do I seek a Green Party endorsement?

This webinar will be led by Jennifer Baker, recently elected to the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees and Alex Shantz, who ran her campaign.

Jennifer Baker is currently serving as a Communications Media Specialist for the Napa Valley Unified School District in Napa, CA where she lives with her husband and two elementary school children. She holds Masters degrees in Library Science and Public Administration. In a highly contentious race against a firmly entrenched incumbent and political insider, she was elected to a 4-year term on the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees, representing Area 1 this November. While she has over 25 years of public service experience, this is her first publicly elected position.

Alex Shantz, who also has held office as a Napa Valley College Board of Trustees, is active with the Green Party of California. He also recently served on the St. Helena United School District Board. Read more about Alex here: http://www.cagreens.org/news/young-green-elected-student-trustee-napa-valley-college

RSVP here for the call-in details: http://www.gp.org/so_you_want_to_run_for_office

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Webinar video posted on Jill Stein’s Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/1472145062825679/

Faced With a Lawsuit, Debate Commission Loses One-Third of Its Board Members

The Commission on Presidential Debates, or CPD, has been under fire for its policies for several years now. For the past 24 years, the CPD has excluded anyone but the Republican and Democratic nominees from participating in the three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate in September and October before the election.

An important lawsuit, Level the Playing Field, et al. v. Federal Election Commission, goes before a federal judge on Jan. 5. That suit seeks to accomplish what the CPD has refused to do on its own: change the rules to stop systematically preventing independent candidates from debating – and becoming president.

[Ed note: the Green Party of the United States is a plaintiff in this lawsuit.]

Meanwhile, it seems no coincidence that the CPD itself is disintegrating. Here’s what has happened:

  • On April 16, 2014, the CPD elected six new directors. Three of them have recently resigned: Leon Panetta, the former congressman and director of the CIA; Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana; and Shirley Tilghman, a biologist who is the president emerita of Princeton University.
  • After the 2014 board elections but before these three resignations – two other directors were named to the board: Jim Lehrer, the former PBS nightly news anchor, and Bob Schieffer, former CBS “Face the Nation” anchor. Schieffer dropped off within months.
  • A fifth director, Sen. Alan Simpson, also left the board over the past year.
  • A sixth director, Mike McCurry, a Democratic lobbyist who once served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton, stepped down as co-chair in the past few weeks. McCurry had been one of the board’s staunchest supporters, along with Frank Fahrenkopf, the ex-chairman of the Republican National Committee. McCurry was replaced as co-chair by Dorothy Ridings, a former newspaper publisher who left her post as president of the League of Women Voters 30 years ago.
  • The final departee was former President Bill Clinton, who, with former President Jimmy Carter, was one of the CPD’s two living honorary co-chairmen.

So, to sum up: The CPD has lost one-third of its board members in the past year.

The question is why, and the CPD itself is not forthcoming…

Read the full article here: http://ivn.us/2016/12/21/debate-commission-loses-one-third-board-members/

Stein Recount Support Statement

The 2016 general election has left many of us deeply shaken. We are more aware than ever that the entire US elections process does not represent all of our voices; from state caucuses, to primaries, to debate and ballot access, and to voting methods. And now to witness the egregious cost and road blocks we face to have the accuracy of our votes verified. It is a bedrock crisis for true democracy which should be both fair and free.

After election integrity watchdog groups discovered many states met specific criteria for possible election irregularities, Jill Stein was the only candidate who accepted the commitment to the US citizens to ensure their votes were accurately counted. Not for Donald, not for Hillary, not for Jill, but for each of us who voted and for those who should have been allowed to vote. Her quick decision to act allowed for the recounts to occur in those flagged states where she also had the legal right to file and where filing deadlines had not past. And the citizens clearly spoke with an equally quick and vast response of small donations to meet the costs involved.

In light of this, the Green Party of Washington State fully supports Jill Stein’s decision to pursue the recounts. It reflects our values and principles for election integrity and grassroots democracy representing each and every citizen.