February Newsletter

February Newsletter

1024 285 Steve Butts

 

Chair’s Inaugural Message

First, I’d like to thank all of the PCOs who elected me Chair by acclamation at the reorganization on January 11th (my late mother’s birthday). It is an esteemed honor to serve as Chair of one of the strongest LD organizations in Washington State. The challenges ahead are daunting and will require more of all of us. Rest assured that I and the new Executive Board are already hard at work preparing to make the 34th even stronger, better organized, more representative of the population we serve and even more effective politically so we can meet those challenges head on.

A Catastrophic Election

Many of you were at the Hall at Fauntleroy on November 9th when I announced I would run for Chair, less than 24 hours after the most catastrophic election in U.S. history. I didn’t have a prepared speech, but I spoke to you about my 14 year-old twins and how this was the first election they’d really paid attention to, how that morning my daughter Anya woke up, grabbed her phone to check the results and sat in bed and cried. It was heartbreaking as a father, and as I struggled to figure out how to explain why and how this had happened I realized I couldn’t because I didn’t understand it myself, but what I could do was show how we respond when everything we care about, democracy, civility, equity and even life itself are threatened: and how we respond as Democrats is we stand up and fight!

Depths of Despair

I don’t mind sharing with you that the next several weeks were not easy. As Trump put together his transition team and small bands of the worst of his supporters went about attacking people who didn’t look like them, didn’t worship like them, didn’t love like them, I sank as far into the depths of despair as anyone. I’m a gay father. My kids are Jewish. Nearly half of my neighbors in High Point are immigrants, and a third are Muslims. We’ve kicked the can on climate change to the very last yard, even the Paris Agreement isn’t nearly enough. And here we are faced with a neofascist wrecking crew with unfettered power over our once great democratic institutions. I’d lay in bed at night with my mind racing, wondering “where do we go from here?”

Developing a plan: What can we do here in the 34th to resist?

Despair, like doing nothing, was not an option. I got to work developing a plan to realize the full potential of the 34th. I started with our PCOs because I knew anything substantive we hoped to accomplish de-pended on our PCOs, who are the most important part of an effective Democratic party.

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February 8, 2017 Meeting Notice
The Hall at Fauntleroy,
9131 California Ave SW Across from the YMCA
Parking behind the Hall Accessible by Metro “C” Line

6:30 – Potluck Social Time
7:00 – Meeting Program: How To Resist Trump And Protect What We Hold Dear The incoming administration threatens to:

• Repeal the Affordable Care Act
• Gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
• Deport millions of undocumented immigrants
• Create a Muslim registry
• Repeal a woman’s right to choose
• Overturn Marriage Equality
• Weaken NATO
• Weaken the UN
• Reverse action on climate change
• Cozy up to Putin’s Russia

…and much, much more. Hear from The ACLU of Washington, the Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, Indivisible Seattle and other organizations about what we can do locally to resist this awful agenda and get the tools you need to be part of an effective resistance! Resolutions will be presented.

9:00 – Adjourn to Eliot Bay Brewery

In This Issue

Chair’s Message …………………………………….Page 1
January Meeting Recap…………………………..Page 2
Bulletin Board………………………………………..Page 3
Treasurer’s Report………………………………….Page 3
KCDCC Notes for January……………………….Page 4
Resolution – Greenhouse Gases ………………Page 5
Resolution-Renewable Energy Tax Credit .Page 5
Womxn’s March Photos ………………………….Page 6

Executive Board

Elected Officers

David Ginsberg | Chair
chair@34dems.org

Treina Aronson | First Vice Chair
vicechair1@34dems.org

Michael Taylor-Judd | Second Vice Chair
vicechair2@34dems.org

Lisa Plymate | State Committeewoman
wsdccw@34dems.org

Chris Porter | State Committeeman
wsdccm@34dems.org

Carrie Alexander | King Co. Committeewoman
kcdccw@34dems.org

Martha Koester | King Co. Committeewoman Alt.
kcdccwa@34dems.org

Les Treall | King Co. Committeeman
kcdccm@34dems.org

Ted Barker | King Co. Committeeman Alt.
kcdccma@34dems.org

Jason Cheung | Secretary
secretary@34dems.org

Gina Topp | Treasurer
treasurer@34dems.org

Committee Chairs

Michael Taylor-Judd | Bylaws
vicechair2@34dems.org

Kyle Prete | Data & Technology
corespace@gmail.com

Carrie Alexander | Digital Communications
kcdccw@34dems.org

Sean Riley | Diversity & Inclusion
inclusion@34dems.org

Jacob Holt | Events
events@34dems.org

Finance – Vacant

Elisabeth Rose Astwood | Fundraising
fundraising@34dems.org

Kate Riley | Hospitality
hospitality@34dems.org

Ann Martin | Legislative Action
lac@34dems.org

Joy Pakulak | Membership
membership@34dems.org

Steve Butts & Karen Richter | Outreach
outreach@34dems.org

Kathy Marshall | PCO Coordination
pco@34dems.org

Treina Aronson | Volunteer Recruitment
vicechair1@34dems.org

Other Roles

Steve Butts | Newsletter Editor
swbutts@comcast.net

Allan Munro | Parliamentarian

Nick Bohall | Web Editor
webmaster@34dems.org

2017-2018 34th District Democrats Executive Board

Our January meeting centered around our biennial reorganization. A crew made of many new members will be leading us for the next two years, and there are several new committees to become involved with. We will see a much stronger social media presence, befitting for the task of recruiting new members to help us with the challenges we are now facing. A Volunteer Coordinator will help with aligning members with volunteer opportunities.

New King County Democrats Chair Bailey Stober was present to serve as the Temporary Meeting Chair to get us rolling. New 34th Democrats Chair, David Ginsberg was elected by unanimous acclamation and took the gavel and presided over the rest of the meeting. The PCOs present then proceeded to pick our new officers.

The positions of State Committeeman and KCDCC Committeeman were both challenged races, but the others were elected by acclimation. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer were selected by the whole membership body.

Following the officer elections, the various appointed committee chairs gave a short description of their committee, as well as making pitches to join in on their efforts. Our new officers and committee chairs are listed on our masthead on the left.

Martha Koester submitted a timely resolution to oppose Medicare Privatization that was approved unanimously. Nick Bohall gave us a sneak peak at the new 34th District Website.

Marcee Stone-Vekich passes the gavel to new Chair David Ginsberg.

New PCOs were appointed: Ryan Kuehn in Precinct 1499, Chris Langeler in Precinct 1511, and Lynn Randal is now PCO for Precinct 1047.

View our Calendar!

34th District Democrats Meetings

All meetings of the 34th District Democrats are open to any of our members.

Executive Board

Puget Ridge Co-Housing Common House
7020 18th Ave SW
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.

Other Meetings or Events:

West Seattle Drinking Liberally

Pizzeria 22, 4213 SW College St.
Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 pm

Evergreen Democratic Club

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant
601 SW 153rd St., Burien
Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 am

Metropolitan Democratic Club

Plaza 600 Building #205, 600 Stewart St
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 12-1:30 pm

Burien Drinking Liberally – NEW LOCATION

The Point
435 SW 152nd St
Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women

Check www.westseattledemocraticwomen.org For information

King County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
NOTE: KC Democrats Meeting Location TBD,
Check www.kcdems.org for information

Make Plans to Attend Lobby Day 2017

President’s Day, February 20, 9:00 am

Pritchard Building
415 15th Ave SE, Olympia, WA

Take advantage this opportunity to meet with our State Representatives and share your thoughts and concerns with them. Join fellow members of the 34th District and other Democrats across King County.

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 11:30 Greetings & Introductions / Speakers on our

legislative priority issues

11:45 to 1:30 King County Legislators

1:30 to ?? Appointments with King County Democrats (Call Legislative Information Center 800-562-6000.)

Optional hourly tours of the Legislative Building (Capitol)

Registration is $20 an includes a full information packet on legislators and our priority bills, and a box lunch.

The deadline to sign up is noon, Friday, February 17th so we can arrange box lunches, name tags and packets.

Watch this website for more information such as carpooling

Information is also available at www.kcdems.org

Please note:

The Washington State Democrats Annual Crab Feed which has traditionally also been held on President’s Day, has been moved to a new time and location:

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM
McGavick Conference Center at Cloverpark Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Information at www.wa-democrats.org/crab

Contact Information and Committee Assignments for Our Legislators

Senator Sharon Nelson, District 34

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-34

Senator Sharon Nelson

Senate Democratic Leader
Rules
316 Legislative Building
PO Box 40434
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7667

Representative Eileen Cody, District 34

Rep. Eileen Cody, D-34

Representative Eileen Cody

Chair, Health and Wellness
Appropriations
303 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7978

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, District 34

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-34

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

Chair, Environment
Finance
305 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7952

View Photos from the Womxn’s March

Resolution regarding Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions (HB-1372) by 34th District Democratic Organization

Whereas, in 2008 the State of Washington adopted goals for the reduction of Greenhouse Gases emissions reductions by 2020, 2035 and 2050; and

Whereas, these goals have been codified to the Revised Code of Washington at Title 70, Section 235; and

Whereas the best available climate science requires reducing global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million no later than the end of this century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts; and

Whereas, the nations of the world have agreed last year in Paris that our goal must be to limit the global average temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, with an aspiration to limit it to 1.5degree Celsius; and

Whereas, the adopted Washington goals will not sufficiently contribute to achieving the new international goals; and

Whereas, the Washington goals must be significantly tightened if Washington is to achieve its fair share of the necessary global emissions reductions; and

Whereas, legislation has been introduced as HB 1372; Updating the Framework for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Washington Based upon Best Available Climate Science, that would revise Washington’s goals in RCW 70:235 to values that, if achieved, will make our necessary contribution to the international effort, specifically

By 2020, emissions must be at least 10% below 1990 levels

By 2035, emissions must be at least 68% below 1990 levels

By 2050, emissions must be at least 91% below 1990 levels; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would also require the Department of Ecology to use its existing authority to adopt policies, rules, and regulations that will achieve the necessary emission reductions, and to track and annually report emission reduction progress to the governor, legislature, and public; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would remove the exception for emissions of carbon dioxide from industrial combustion of biomass in the form of fuel wood, wood waste, wood byproducts, and wood residuals; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would align state agency emission reduction requirements with the best available science and require the state of Washington to inventory consumption based emissions; Now, Therefore

Be it Resolved That:

The 34th District Democratic Organization requests all members of the 34th District legislative delegation join Representative Eileen Cody in co-sponsoring HB 1372 to amend RCW 70:235 and to ask for hearings on the legislation in each house; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of the proposed legislation along with this resolution to each member of the 34th District legislative delegation; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the King County Democratic Central Committee Legislative Action Committee.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz

Resolution regarding Renewable Energy System Tax Incentives and Recycling (HB 1048) by 34th District Democratic Organization

Whereas, in 2006 the State of Washington created the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Program; and

Whereas, these goals have been codified to the Revised Code of Washington at Title 70, Section 235; and

Whereas the best available climate science requires reducing global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million no later than the end of this century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts; and

Whereas, solar is a clean and renewable source of carbon-free energy; and

Whereas, solar has already created thousands of jobs in Washington, and could expand greatly; and

Whereas, distributed solar makes Washington State more energy independent and resilient; and

Whereas, the Western Washington University’s Center for Economic & Business Research finds that for every $1 spent on solar through the Cost Recovery Program has spurred $16-$20 in economic activity; and

Whereas, solar power keeps our energy dollars in Washington State; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation is much more cost-effective than the current policy for Washington to get as much solar power as possible, giving Washington 5x more solar power per dollar; and

Whereas, solar power lessens the costs of adapting to climate disruption; and

Whereas, the proposed legislation would create a clear and stable solar program for Washington. Now, therefore:

Be it Resolved That:

The 34th District Democratic Organization requests all members of the 34th District legislative join Representative Joe Fitzgibbon in sponsoring and supporting HB 1048 and to ask for hearings on the legislation in each house; and

The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of the proposed legislation along with this resolution to each member of the 34th District legislative delegation; and The Executive Board is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the King County Democratic Central Committee Legislative Action Committee.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz

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