#DefundDAPL & Stand with Standing Rock!

Do you have a Wells Fargo bank account? Would you be willing to close it to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock?

The rejection of the drilling permit required to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline was a huge victory — but this fight is not over yet. Following the Army Corps announcement last Sunday, Standing Rock Leadership made a direct request to continue targeting the investors financing the pipeline.

So we’re joining efforts with 350 Seattle to target Wells Fargo, which has over $470 million invested in the pipeline and the corporation behind it.

If you have an account and would be willing to close it to stand with Standing Rock please fill out this form.

For those of you who are willing to take this action, 350 Seattle has created this handy advice page on how to move your money and find a values-based bank.

If you don’t have an account, but would like to support the day of action, please fill out the form.

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 999 3rd Ave, Seattle
When: Thursday, January 5th, 12 PM
What: #DefundDAPL: Mass Closure of Accounts

And please help spread the word on Facebook!

Call to Action on I-873 Signature Gathering!

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Washington is the only state in which a law enforcement officer can be prosecuted for use of deadly force only if malice (evil intent) can be proven. I-873 would eliminate this consideration when determining whether an officer committed justifiable use of deadly force.

Ready to work on this? The Green Party of Washington State is working with Washington for Good Policing on this initiative – and the final submission deadline is 31 December, so DO IT NOW!

To get petitions sent to you, send a message to hello@greenpartywashington.org.

SUGGESTIONS: Ask for 3 petitions and maximize your effort and the quantity of signatures you can gather by finding an event with a lot of people – Farmer’s Market, concert, progressive forum, Trump protest, etc. Even better, find someplace where there is a line – at the ferry, an entertainment event, etc. Still better, ask for 6 petitions, go with two friends and celebrate your full petitions with a cup or glass of something.

It beats sitting around and moping!  Thanks for all you do and will do!!

Celebrate our Green Victories!

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Now that the dust is settling around the presidential election, it’s become apparent that the Green vote – and Green issues – gained a lot of ground this year.

In short, our movement scored several victories!

Ballot Access – We maintained ballot lines in 12 states thanks to voters casting over 1.2 million votes for Jill and Ajamu. (We are on the ballot in many other states as a result of Green Party voter registration). In all, we now have ballot lines in 21 states!

Marijuana legalization – California, Massachusetts and Nevada all passed marijuana legalization (recreational and medical for those 21 years or older). Marijuana for medical use was also approved in Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas.

Minimum Wage – In Alabama, Colorado, and Maine, the minimum wage will  increase to $12 by 2020; in Washington, the minimum wage will increase to $13.50 by 2020.

Repealing Citizens United – Washington state passed initiative 735 and California passed Proposition 59 calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate, court-created concepts of “corporate constitutional rights” and “money equals political speech.”

District of Columbia – A resolution in favor of DC statehood passed.

Ranked-Choice Voting – Maine and Benton County, Oregon both adopted measures approving Ranked-Choice Voting.

Standing Rock/DAPL – In this election, we also participated in the growing movement at Standing Rock being led by indigenous people.

We were the only presidential campaign to stand in solidarity with the water protectors, and Jill and Ajamu were the only Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to actually go and lend their support. The campaign also sent a delegation for an entire week.

We’re proud of that record.

Also, Greens were elected at the local level! We elected 3 Greens in Minnesota, 5 in Michigan, 10 to 13 in California, and 1 in Florida!

Resist Trump and the Failed Two-Party System!

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Stein/Baraka Campaign Calls for Immediate Resistance to Trump and the Failed Two-Party System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 9, 2016

The Stein/Baraka campaign calls for sustained and organized resistance to president-elect Donald Trump and the rise of right-wing extremism in the United States. The campaign expresses solidarity and empathy with those who are traumatized by the election results and calls for an honest and sober reckoning of the collusion between the political establishment and corporate media that led to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

A New York Times poll reveals that 82% of Americans are literally ‘disgusted’ by this election,” said Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate. “This election is a reaction to what voters see as a toxic and corrupt political establishment and represents a wholesale rejection of it. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sabotaged Bernie Sanders, who by all accounts would have easily trounced Donald Trump. Because of Wikileaks, we also know that the DNC actively colluded with corporate media to elevate Donald Trump as a ‘Pied Piper Candidate’ to encourage the most extreme elements of the Republican party,” she said.

She continued, “The DNC’s cynical political calculations, as well as the public’s mistrust and rejection of Clinton’s policies of endless wars for oil, disastrous trade deals, and support for Wall Street deregulation that crashed the economy and devastated the lives of millions — all this together has resulted in horrific blowback that puts us all in danger.”

“We stand in solidarity with the communities that have suffered from harassment, voter suppression, and now the trauma of a Donald Trump victory and what it represents,” said Ajamu Baraka, Green Party vice-presidential candidate. “We must build alternative power. We need principled and strong social movements that express and agitate for the needs of the American people, and a political party to represent that movement at the ballot box. Over one million people voted for the Green Party ticket. We are the electoral arm of that social movement.”

Green Party activists are hitting the ground running the day after the election. The Green Party calls for direct actions against the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame duck session, and is co-organizing for “Occupy Inauguration” demonstrations on January 20 and 21 (also the anniversary of Citizens United).

The party also commends several state-level victories for institutional reform in this election, including the passage of ranked-choice voting in Maine. Ranked Choice Voting would end the role of fear-voting in elections by allowing voters to rank their choices for president or other single winner offices. In addition, the Stein/Baraka campaign praises successful resolutions in Washington and California calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate constitutional rights and the concept of money as speech.

“Don’t mourn, organize,” said David Cobb, Stein/Baraka campaign manager. “This government is premised upon the concept of ‘consent of the governed.’ We do not consent to Donald Trump and right wing rule. We do not consent to the establishment of corporate rule. We do not consent to Empire. We call for a peaceful, non-violent revolution by the ordinary people who were shut out of this terrible election by the leadership of both corporate political parties. The Green Party is prepared to be an instrument for popular power and a new politics of integrity that must rise up and replace this rotten two-party system,” he said.

Seattle People’s Budget movement: Build 1,000 Affordable Homes!

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From the Seattle People’s Budget Town Hall to the public hearings on the budget, one thing is clear: when ordinary people in Seattle have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget, they point to the urgent need for affordable housing and human services.

We support the Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes:

The Green Party of Washington State supports Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s budget amendment which would reallocate the $160 million once tied to a new North Seattle Police Precinct to affordable housing for Seattle’s working families.

Read the FAQ, and then support this effort by signing the Petition to Build 1,000 Homes.

Let’s hold all Seattle City Councilmembers accountable, and tell them they should vote yes on the Build 1,000 Homes budget amendment!

Green Party of Washington demands correction of Spanish mistranslations in official voting instructions

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Green Party of Washington State
https://greenpartywashington.org

For immediate release
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Contact:
Tim White, 360-378-5196, timwhite@rockisland.com

The Green Party of Washington State demands immediate correction of Spanish mistranslations in the state’s voting instructions

• Misleading Spanish pamphlets issued by Sec. of State Wyman will deter many Latino voters from voting on Nov. 8, say Greens

• Suppression of votes because of mistranslation violates the Voting Rights Act

The Green Party of Washington State is calling for immediate action to correct mistranslated voting instructions that may deter thousands of Latino voters in the state from voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

Greens said that the official General Election Washington State Voters’ Pamphlets sent out by Secretary of State Kim Wyman include confusing, incorrect, intimidating, and illegal mistranslation of the voting requirements in Washington.

“The Spanish mistranslation is certain to disenfranchise uncounted thousands of fully qualified Washington voters who may be frightened into not voting because of a low-level driving offense or other minor misdemeanor conviction,” said Tim White, member of the Green Party of San Juan County and 10-year election integrity activist who won the statewide court ban on uncertified voting systems.

“Washington Greens — with support from the Green Party of the United States — are demanding immediate steps to correct the errors,” said Tim White.

All 29 of the English editions prominently display correct voting requirements, including: “not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington State felony conviction.”

All three Spanish Editions prominently display incorrect voting requirements: “no estar bajo la supervisión del Departamento Correccional a causa de una condena por un delito del estado de Washington”

The literal translation of the Spanish text is “not under the supervision of the Department of Corrections by reason of conviction for an offense in the state of Washington”

Washington’s long-standing legal translation of “felony” in Spanish is “delito grave.” The lesser offense of “misdemeanor” is rendered as “delito menor.”

By itself, “delito” can be variously translated as “sin,” “offense,” or “crime.”

Following the lead of Wyman’s predecessor, Sam Reed, the Office of Secretary of State has been “reaching out” to the Latino community for years by issuing special, “extra” Spanish-only election materials rife with errors, omissions, inconsistencies, and faulty translations that suppress the burgeoning Latino vote.

2016 has seen unprecedented Latino registrations. Whether Washington’s new registrants will follow through and vote depends on whether they view one of Wyman’s official Spanish Voters’ Pamphlet, issued this year in three editions: Franklin County, joint Adams-Yakima Counties, and a statewide version.

“The mistranslation amounts to an anti-Latino voter suppression scheme. It’s not just a dirty trick, it’s a federal offense, because Yakima, Adams and Franklin Counties are the three Washington counties currently required under Section 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act to provide all election materials in Spanish as well as English,” said Jody Grage of the Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council.

The Green Party is demanding the following emergency measures to minimize the state’s disenfranchisement of the Latino electorate:

• A public apology from Secretary of State Kim Wyman to the state’s Hispanic citizenry.

• Recall and destruction of the illegal pamphlets.

• Correction of the online versions on the Secretary of State’s website.

• Review of all Spanish language web pages on the Secretary of State’s website and “MyVote” system.

• Identical review of Chinese and Vietnamese election materials issued for King County (Seattle), which is covered for those languages under the Voting Rights Act.

• Review of all “optional” and “outreach” election materials issued in additional languages.

• State-wide multilingual television, radio, newspaper and internet campaign to inform voters of the false information, and the correct requirements for voting.

The links below display fully documented side-by-side comparisons of English and Spanish editions. The Spanish mistranslation below is pasted from page 4 of the official 2016 General Election Voters Pamphlet, Edition 32: Statewide (Spanish). The identical false information is prominently printed on the same page 4 of the Spanish Edition Voters’ Pamphlets for VRA-covered jurisdictions:

Edition 1 (Spanish): Adams, Yakima
https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/research/ED%2001%20(Spanish)%20-%20Adams,%20Yakima.pdf

Edition 1 (English): Adams, Yakima
https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/research/ED%2001%20(English)%20-%20Adams%2c%20Yakima.pdf

Endorsed Ballot Measures

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The Green Party of Washington has endorsed 5 statewide measures that will appear on the November ballot.

We endorse a YES vote on the following:

Initiative 735 – This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment stating that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Initiative 1433 – This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Initiative 1464 – This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Initiative 1491 – This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Initiative 1501 – This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

What an exciting time to be part of the Green Party!

We have been growing rapidly and are continuing to ramp up our infrastructure to do the important and necessary work that must be done this year and in 2017 and beyond!

And we now have gifts for all new and renewing members to encourage you to grow the Green Party and spread the word about our great candidates

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka!


If you join or renew your membership with the Green Party of Washington State, we are offering to send you one of three options:

1. An 8.5″x11″ rally card/window poster with Jill 2016 on one side and the GPWA logo on the other:

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2. A Jill 2016 bumper sticker and a 4″x5″ GPWA decal with logo for your car, laptop, or lunchbox:

 

Bumper Sticker
Window Decal

 

Or 3. A GPWA embroidered patch with logo for your jacket, hat, tote bag, etc:

 

Patch

 

If you would like one of these gifts, be sure to join or renew your membership with the Green Party of Washington,

AND then contact us at hello@greenpartywashington.org to let us know:

1) the date you joined or renewed,
2) which gift you choose, and
3) your current postal address,

and we’ll mail your choice of gifts right off to you!

 

AND then share this page with your friends to encourage them to join or renew to get the same choice of gifts!

Be Seen Being Green!

Eric Miller for State Treasurer ~ preferred write-in candidate

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The Green Party of Washington State awards preferred candidate status to Eric Miller as a write-in candidate for Washington State Treasurer. Eric is challenging Republican contenders Duane Davidson and Michael Waite for this office.

Please visit his website http://writeinericmiller.com/ and Facebook page ‘Eric Miller for Washington State Treasurer’ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MillerForOffice/ to learn more about Eric and to support his write-in campaign for State Treasurer!

Note that preferred candidate status is not a Green Party endorsement and may be granted to candidates from other political parties.

Also note that Eric Miller is endorsed as a write-in candidate by the Washington State Berniecrats. See www.WashingtonBerniecrats.org for more information.

Tyler Vega for Congress ~ Green Party write-in candidate in District 2

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The Green Party of Washington State proudly endorses Green Party candidate Tyler Myles Vega as a write-in candidate for US House of Representatives in Congressional District 2. Tyler is challenging Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen and Republican contender Mark Hennemann for this Congressional seat.

Please visit his website at https://putvegainthehouse.nationbuilder.com/ and Facebook page ‘Tyler Vega for Congress’ at https://www.facebook.com/vegainthehouse/ to learn more about Tyler and to support his write-in campaign for US Congress!

Tyler Myles Vega is also endorsed as a write-in candidate by the Washington State Berniecrats. See www.WashingtonBerniecrats.org for more information.