February Monthly Agenda: Resistance

150 150 David Ginsberg
6:30:
  • Social Time & Potluck, please bring a dish to share

Note: we have unprecedented interest in our program for this meeting, so to accommodate more of our neighbors we won’t have the round tables in the room this time, so finger food and small bites may be more suitable for this setting. And be sure to welcome these members of our community who share our values and concerns!

7:00:
  • Meeting brought to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Consideration of Agenda, Membership and Treasurer’s report
  • Chair’s Report
  • Digital Communications Update
7:15:
  • Panel: How To Resist Trump And Protect What We Hold Dear

Panelists:

Binah Palmer

Binah Palmer serves on the board of the ACLU of Washington. Though she currently lives on Queen Anne, she grew up in West Seattle. She is the Communications Director at SEIU 925, and has served on the City of Seattle’s Human Rights Commission, the board of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the political action committee for Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment. When she isn’t in Olympia or a union hall, Binah is usually either at the Westy cheering on the Sounders or hiking somewhere in the Cascades.

Amirah Mirziteh

Amirah Mirziteh is a longtime activist and organizer living in West Seattle. She currently works as a union organizer and is active in her local chapter of the Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, which formed shortly after Trump’s election in response to his hateful and divisive rhetoric. Amirah lives in West Seattle.

Judy Lightfoot

Judy Lightfoot retired from teaching after 35 years and is now a freelance writer, editor, and volunteer. In her 7 years writing for Seattle’s online Crosscut.com; her articles mainly focused on homelessness, mental illness, social services, and at-risk kids. Judy is a founding member of SIPPA. The mission of SIPPA, Seattle Indivisibles Protecting the Progressive Agenda, is to block as many of Donald Trump’s undemocratic actions as possible. They aim at sustaining progressive programs, policies, and proposals through the next four years by organizing locally and taking focused, effective, practical, “indivisible” steps together. SIPPA started at the end of November, 2016.

Aneelah Afzali

Aneelah Afzali is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative launched through the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in response to the challenges of our times.  Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.  She enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and football, and is a proud Seahawks and Ducks fan!

Monisha Harrell

Monisha Harrell is the Board Chair of Equal Rights Washington, and the daughter of Councilmember Bruce Harrell. ERW was founded in 2004 to assist in the passage of Washington State’s LGBT anti-discrimination bill, which for 28 years had been introduced in the state legislature, but never passed. In 2006, ERW played a crucial role in securing the passage of this legislation, Washington House Bill 2661, now known as the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination law. ERW pivoted to become the lead organization in an early fight to recognize marriage rights for same-sex couples.

8:30:
  • Appointment of Kyle Prete to Chair Data and Technology Committee
  • Appointment of PCOs
  • Resolutions:
    • Resolution regarding Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions (HB-1372)*
    • Resolution regarding Renewable Energy System Tax Incentives and Recycling (HB 1048) by 34th District Democratic Organization*
  • Old Business
    • Awards from the Holiday Party
  • New Business
8:50:
  • Good of the Order
9:00:
  • Adjournment to Whiskey West

 

Meeting Details:

Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)

9131 California Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98136

Parking lot available behind building

Transit Rapid Ride C Line

 

Note: please RSVP to this event on Facebook to help us plan and prepare. We’ll also be Livestreaming via Facebook Live, and will post highlights on YouTube after the meeting.

 

Resolutions:
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

AUTHOR

David Ginsberg

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3 comments
  • Grace Stiller, Burien PCO 0824
    REPLY

    Hi David,
    I just sent an email to you at chair@34dems.org.
    I’m following here with the same email, in case I should talk to you through the website, not knowing which is the correct or preferred avenue of communication.

    Chair Ginsberg and e committee,
    Here are my comments on why we should endorse Joe’ Substitute Bill, HB 1144 – S. Notice the “S” and HB 1646.
    Please put both Bills on the March agenda for endorsement. I believe you already have a resolution for HB 1646. Both need to be endorsed, because they work together. One bill sets the target goal, and the other bill gives the authority to implement.

    Joe Fitzgibbon leads the Environmental Committee. They revised the original Bill, HB 1144. It now is HB 1144 –S.

    This means the original bill, revised, becomes a substitute bill. That’s why the “S” is attached. It was created after the Environmental Committee heard the testimony for HB 1372, which is now dead. So moving forward, this means the Environmental Committee did listen to the all the testimony for HB 1372, which was impressive testimony. Joe and the EC revised the Bill. I feel this this a good step toward climate change mitigation and carbon reduction.

    Joe has raised the target percentages and included carbon emissions from wild fires, not just industrial burning in of carbon fuels causing carbon emissions, and some other important things in the substitute Bill, HB 1144-S. I have the link below so you can see the revisions.

    My opinion is that we, the 34th Mighty Dems, should endorse this revised bill, HB 1144-S and HB 1646. While HB 1144-S is not perfect, it is much better than the original. (Note that some environmentalists may oppose a compromise, but I believe that not endorsing this could cause the bill to fail in the Republican controlled Senate.) We must use our clout to address climate change. If this fails, we will have nothing governing carbon emission control, which would be terrible. We cannot afford this!

    HB 1144 – Purpose: This Bill Amends the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits (carbon and methane) for consistency with current climate science.
    HB 1144 – S The “S” Stands for a revision of the original, with the same purpose.
    You will see the changes: added words are underlined. Cross-outs are removed words.
    The below link is the original HB 1144 with the substitute of revised text.

    HB 1144 –S This is the original bill with the revisions: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1144-S.pdf#page=1

    Why both Bills are important:

    House Bill 1646 works in concert with HB 1144 S. HB 1646 gives the authority to implement the targets in the other bill, HB 1144-S.
    HB 1646 – Purpose: This bill gives the legislature the authority to
    1. create the tax on carbon emissions
    2. create the carbon program oversight board
    3. require dept. of revenue to establish and administer the tax
    4. establish the roles in imposing the tax
    5. create the clean energy account

    HB 1646 – Digest http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Digests/House/1646.DIG.pdf (click here, and you will read the short PDF)

    I will follow with an endorsement for HB 1144-S in the next email.

    Thanks,

    Grace Stiller,

  • Grace Stiller, Burien PCO 0824
    REPLY

    Chair Ginsburg and e committee,

    Attached is a resolution I drafted in Word. I have not had others look at it since there is a time deadline tonight.
    Feel free to correct the wording or format as needed to bring forth this endorsement to the 34th District members.
    It’s brief and to the point.
    I applaud Joe and the Environmental Committee members for listening to testimony from environmentalists and for revising the bill and creating a substitute bill which passed. It had 2 revisions, but that’s not necessary to know. The final substitute did pass. YAY! Now it is referred to the Rules Committee.

    Respectfully,
    Grace Stiller
    Burien PCO #34-0 824
    Home (425)228-7927
    Cell (206)794-5783

    Purpose of the bill as stated on the Bill Information, from the Washington State Legislature website: This bill amends the state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.
    Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Peterson, Stanford, Jinkins, Goodman, Ormsby, Fey, Pollet, Tarleton, Doglio, Farrell, Macri

    Resolution to Endorse House Bill 1144-S

    Whereas, in 2008 the State of Washington adopted goals for the reduction of Greenhouse Gases emissions reductions by 2020, 2035 and 2050; and
    Whereas, the WA State House Representative of the 34th District Democrats, Joe Fitzgibbon, and the WA State Environmental Committee revised the target goals for greenhouse gas emission limits in the original House Bill 1144 creating HB 1144-S, and
    Whereas, HB 1144-S is needed to amend the 2008 rule of greenhouse gas emission limits using consistency with the most recent assessment of climate science facts and climate change science,
    Be it Resolved That:
    The 34th District Democratic Organization endorse HB 1144-S, and
    The 34th District Democratic Organization requests all members of the 34th District legislative endorse HB 1144-S, and 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 Grace Stiller

    FYI – Here is another summary of the substitute bill http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/1144%20HBR%20ENVI%2017.pdf

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