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07-17-19 Board Meeting Minutes

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Board Meeting Minutes

7/17/19

Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Steve Butts, Leah Griffin, Chris Porter

7:10 Updates from Committees

  • Sofia opened the meeting (Gina had a work emergency). 
  • All discussion of the endorsement meeting was tabled until the August meeting. 
  • Good turn out for the Burien Parade. 

Steve gave an update from the Outreach Committee. Discussed past events and results and those upcoming. Need people to walk in the upcoming parades. Need to publish events to the membership via email in the future. 

Nick Bonazza gave an update from the PCO Committee. Training ended but new PCOs will be trained individually.  Canvass events will be held on the 20th and 21st in WS and in Burien. UCFW will be phone banking on August 29th.

Ann mentioned that she and Chris Porter are  working on the state Code of Conduct. 

Chris spoke about the 34th Code of Conduct activities upcoming. The state is talking about having a requirement to have each LD have its own Code of Conduct or they will inherit the state’s version. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for the state will be done at the September meeting. Chris is recruiting for a couple additional members of the Code of Conduct meeting. Proposal is to present a draft to the Board in August and then a final draft to the membership in October. We will need to have a draft published for review by Sept 29th.

The Leadership Development Committee report was provided by Les Treal. Les has talked to 3 possible recruits.

Dawn Rains asked that everyone share the debate parties on social media (share the events on our Facebook page).  

Carla Rogers shared an update from the Communications Committee. She is hoping to recruit Maggie who will be responsible for the monthly communications plan. This will drive our communications across the web and social media.

Rachel will chair the August meeting and provide the program. Need to have Allan Munro sit at the front table for support since Gina and Sofia will be out. 

A discussion about the use of our membership email was held. The group agreed that it would be prudent to have a couple people with access to the NGP email system. 

August Program (Gina will be absent from the August meeting)

Rachel Glass is in charge of the program. We need details for the website and facebook. 

Will need to determine who will handle the agenda, call and newsletter for August. 

8:00 Good of the order

Delridge Day is Aug 10, we will have a booth. 

Derek Birnie passed away this morning. 

ICE Detention Center (immigrant was apprehended) story was shared by Marcee. This subject opened up conversation about possible board initiatives and programming around immigration, or other hot topics for the district. We would like to have future programming linked to some of the hot topics. Ben suggested that we might consider doing a resolution about detention centers.

Sofia asked if there was a follow up from the Green New Deal. The chair should send an email with our  resolution to our electeds: Lorena G, Lisa H, Joe N, Eileen, Joe M and Dow to suggest that it be considered.

District 1 organization has asked Chris to emcee 2 September debates for the primary winners. (Sept 14 at Duwamish Long House and Sept 28 at High Point Neighborhood House.)

8:30 Adjourned

2020 Census Presentation

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At our July meeting, Kamau Chege provided a presentation about the 2020 census that we encourage you to download and review. The 34th will be asked to support efforts in early 2020 to make sure everyone is counted.

The 2020 U.S. Census will lay the foundation upon which some important decisions are made in our region over the coming years. For example, it will determine how much funding is available for critical services like health care and where our legislative district lines lie. It’s critical we count all residents, including those who are traditionally underrepresented.

For more information, go to the Washington Census Alliance site.

July 10, 2019 Membership Meeting Minutes

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General Meeting Minutes

July 10, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy

6:30 Potluck Social 

7:00 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies   

Sophia Aragon led the Pledge of Allegiance

        VIP Acknowledgements

    • Eileen Cody spoke about actions in Vashon.
    • Councilmember Joe McDermott announced his upcoming event to be held from 6-8 PM on July 29th at Roxbury Lanes

Recognition of New Members

The Chair provided a few notes on the Code of Conduct of the 34th District

7:10 Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

Approval of the Minutes – a motion to approve the minutes as printed was submitted and seconded. Minutes were approved as presented. 

Adoption of the Agenda – a motion to adopt the agenda was made, seconded and passed. 

7:09 Report of Officers and Standing Committees

  • Chair’s Report – Gina reported out a recap of the actions taken regarding the incident which occurred at our last monthly meeting. A visitor asked for a recap of the incident. Actions are ongoing and the agenda tonight includes a few of the follow ups. 
  • Ben Reilly presented the Membership and Treasurer’s Reports. We are on pace to exceed our fundraising goal. Current membership is 285. 
  • Nick Bonazza presented the PCO Committee Report. PCO packets will be handed out tonight. Nick announced two events: a canvas for our Burien candidates will be held on July 20 and 21. On July 22, a candidate phonebank for Lisa Herbold will be held. PCOs will be given the location information via email.

7:15 Code of Conduct Exercise  

Chris Porter led discussion around our current Code of Conduct. The members broke into groups to provide input and feedback for the Code of Conduct revision to be owned by a committee of executive and general members.  We will have a new Code of Conduct to vote on at a future meeting.

7:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs 

It was moved, seconded that Max Brown be appointed as a PCO, bringing us to a total of 94. PCOs confirmed Max with a unanimous vote.

Hate Speech Resolution

  • A motion was made and seconded to consider the Hate Speech Resolution submitted. 
  • Jesse Greene spoke in favor of the resolution. 
  • Max Vecich spoke about the importance of Freedom of Speech.
  • Chris Porter made an amendment to Section 6. 
    • Strike “sexual orientation”
    • Replace with “LGBTQI”
    • Amendment passed 18-14
  • Marcee Vecich made an amendment to section 6
    • Add “or lack thereof” after religion
    • Amendment passed 31-0
  • A credential vote was made.  Resolution passed with amendments.

Seattle Green New Deal Resolution

  • Motion was made and seconded to consider the resolution. 
  • Members spoke for and against the resolution. 
  • Marcee Stone-Vecich requested an amendment to add a section:
    • Whereas we recognize and thank the Seattle City Council for signing a letter of support, 
    • Amendment passed.
  • Resolution passes with the amendment.

8:24 2020 Census Presentation, WA Census Alliance

The 2020 U.S. Census will lay the foundation upon which some important decisions are made in our region over the coming years. For example, it will determine how much funding is available for critical services like health care and where our legislative district lines lie. It’s critical we count all residents, including those who are traditionally underrepresented. 

Kamau Chege provided a presentation about the 2020 census (available as a download). After a brief period of Q&A, Kamau mentioned that the group will be looking for support from the 34th in March.

9:09 Good of the Order

Martha announced her session at the White Center Library regarding how to advocate for universal healthcare. See website calendar for details. 

Max Vecich announced that Terminal 5 activities started today.

9:10 Adjourn to Whiskey West 

 

 

Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech

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WHEREAS the Democratic Party consists of a diverse set of people who must promote a truly representative Party, open to all who support its principles; and

WHEREAS the 34th Legislative District Democrats (34th Dems) are committed to maintaining a welcoming, safe, and hate-free environment where all are comfortable, and ask all members join in efforts to ensure inclusion and equity; and

WHEREAS , in the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, all members are expected to make participation in Democratic organizations a harassment-free experience for everyone; and

WHEREAS bigoted, discriminatory, oppressive, or otherwise offensive language is divisive, harmful, and destructive; and

WHEREAS bigotry, discrimination, and oppression threaten our democracy and have no place in American political discourse; and

WHEREAS the 34th Dems define hate speech as “speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion or lack thereof, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sex, gender identity or expression, LGBTQI (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transexual Queer Intersex), disability, veteran status, or other traits”; and

WHEREAS the purpose of hate speech is to induce fear or intimidate those targeted so as to exclude them from a space or suppress their voice in disagreement; and

WHEREAS disagreement occurs naturally throughout the democratic process and does not justify nor excuse the use of hate speech; and

WHEREAS the 34th Dems strongly encourage members and visitors to call out violations and deterioration of a welcoming, safe, and hate-free environment – especially perceived or actual verbal or physical attack; and

WHEREAS the use of hate speech represents the antithesis of promoting representation, promoting a harassment-free experience for everyone, positive politics, and respect – thereby violating the Code of Conduct of the 34th Dems, King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC), Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC), and the Democratic Party;

NOW, THEREFOR, BE IT RESOLVED that the 34th Democrats:

  1. Denounce and discourage bigotry, discrimination, oppression, and suppression; and
  2. Reject attempts to justify bigotry, discrimination, oppression, or suppression as acceptable expressions of anger, frustration, or disapproval; and
  3. Encourage and support all members and visitors to speak up when violations and deterioration of the values expressed in this resolution occur; and
  4. Reaffirm our commitment to the Code of Conduct of the 34th Dems, KCDCC, WSDCC, and the Democratic Party; and
  5. Call on elected officials and candidates for elected office to voice their solidarity with us in these commitments.

Two Resolutions Approved

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At our July 10th meeting, wereviewed 2 resolutions which were submitted by our members. These resolutions were actively debated and voted on at the meeting. The resolutions are concerning the rejection of hate speech and the Green New Deal.

The final, approved version of each resolution can be found on our Resolutions page.

Resolution in Support of The Green New Deal for Seattle

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WHEREAS, a preponderance of scientists working in climate related fields agree that climate change is accelerating at an alarming rate; and

WHEREAS, those same scientists agree that much of that acceleration is due to human activity; and

WHEAREAS, the proposed Green New Deal for Seattle calls for legislation to eliminate climate pollution from Seattle by 2030; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Green New Deal for Seattle calls for legislation to boost our local economy; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Green New Deal for Seattle calls for legislation to address long standing, historical environmental and economic injustices in Seattle; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Green New Deal for Seattle offers some broad ideas on how to fund the implementation of these new programs; and

WHEREAS, given the current political climate in Washington, D. C., we need to act locally as it seems unlikely there will be any national Green New Deal anytime soon; and

WHEREAS, this proposed Green New Deal for Seattle offers a glimmer of hope with a path forward; and

WHEREAS, we recognize and thank the Seattle City Council for signing a letter of support; and

WHEREAS, because there is not yet an official campaign and there is not yet any specific legislation, this resolution does NOT imply an endorsement of any kind. It simply offers support for the concept and asks our legislators at every level to begin drafting any legislation needed to implement these ideas;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats support the call to action for the Green New Deal for Seattle; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the 34th District Democrats encourage our membership to sign the petition supporting the Green New Deal for Seattle and encourages them to ask friends and neighbors to sign it too; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats call on our elected representatives at the city, county, state and federal levels to draft and pass any and all legislation needed to implement these proposals.

Here is a link to the referenced proposal   https://seattlegnd.org/

Here is a link to the petition https://seattlegnd.org/#petition

2019 Election Dates

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June Executive Board Meeting – 6/19/19

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Executive Board Meeting Minutes

6/19/19 

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Jimmy Haun, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Sophia Aragon, Raschelle Frets, Max Vecich, Phil Tavel, DeLancey Lane, Sam Widdlesbach (Herbolt campaign)

7:00 Call to Order

Rules of Discussion

Gina started the meeting with an overview of the issues we have been having over the past few weeks within the Board. (Resolutions, Member Lists, endorsement meeting)

  • Need to update our bylaws regarding the sharing of membership list. 
  • Need more structure about the resolution process and how we propose resolutions to the members.
  • Review the code of conduct. 

Gina distributed the WSDCC Code of Conduct, the KCDCC Code of Conduct and our 34th Dems Code of Conduct. 

Everyone introduced themselves and gave summary thoughts on their experience at the Endorsement meeting on June 12. 

7:49 Endorsement meeting follow-up

 Gina shared the factual details of the event happenings.

  • Early in the meeting during the potluck, David Ginsberg and Lou Frillman had a discussion about the candidates. 
  • Inappropriate language was used by Lou Frillman.
  • Safe Seattle, candidates Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel were mentioned.
  • The word “Nazi” was used.
  • Unclear as to the purpose of the discussion.
  • Steven Jamison shared inappropriate words with Lou and dumped water on his head. Additional words were had and both exited the Hall to further their exchange.
  • Steven left the meeting. 
  • Lou spoke with Lorena Gonzalez and made her feel uncomfortable. 
  • Steven apologized to Gina and the 34th and has issued an apology statement to the 34th. 
  • Gina agrees that the behavior was unquestionably unacceptable. 

Suggestion was made to read Steve, Lou and David’s statements. 

Fact Finding options

  • Roberts Rules
  • King County Code
  • Alternative 
  1. Act on the facts that we know today (including the letters submitted by 3 parties involved)
  2. Impart an Investigation into the matter (leveraging any of the three options)

Discussion of the options followed.

18 members present (including only executive board members)

All 18 members voted for option 1. 

  1. Use only Gina’s account of the stated facts.
  2. Allow for 3 letters to be read with no discussion. 
  3. Allow for 3 letters to be read with discussion. 

Discussion of the 3 options followed.

Option 1 carried the majority.

Consequences Phase

Gina re-read her facts.

Marcee Stone-Vecich made statements to the board that is was taking a convenient route for resolution and stated that additional information was missing from the account of facts. 

The members voted to take a 5 minute break to allow Marcee to remind Gina of one of the occurrences. 

An additional Code of Conduct violation was filed during the break by Marcee Stone-Vecich. 

Discussion about the additional Code of Conduct violation ensued. Jesse made a motion which was seconded to table the new violation to a future meeting. 

  1. Address the new Code of Conduct violation to be tabled.
  2. Address the new Code of Conduct violation tonight.

Discussion was tabled. Jesse made a further motion to investigate this new issue within one week outside of an in-person meeting. 

Gina mentioned that the bylaws should address board communication outside of meetings. 

Marcee withdrew her Code of Conduct violation and exited the meeting. 

The motion passed to investigate the new issue within one week. 

The board discussed options for an investigation.

Ben motioned that Gina completes and summarizes the investigation and presents findings to the board. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Board discussed possible options, including: 

  1. Request for a formal, public statement or apology from each participant.
  2. Formal apology to each other.
  3. Suspension of member’s ability to attend meetings and membership for a period.
  4. Published statements
  5. Censure of one or both members. (⅔ of membership)
  6. Lacking authority, make a declaration of censure without names

Ann made a motion to consider the following action: (seconded by Les)

  • Request a public apology from Lou Frillman to Steven Jamison and 34th District Democrats
  • Request a public apology from Steven Jamison and the 34th District Democrats and suspension for 2 months 

Jesse made an amendment to the motion (seconded by Carla)

  • Board will create a resolution to condemn the actions by the two parties (no names to be used)
  • Suspend Steven from (4 upcoming) meetings until after the general election.
  • Suspend Lou from the July and August meetings of the 34th.
  • Request that the candidates make a statement about the language used (degrading hate speech) and a public support of the 34th’s Code of Conduct.

Discussion was held on the amendment.

The amendment passed. 

Les made an amendment to add resolutions of censure for both Lou and Steven. 

Discussion was held on the amendment.

Motion failed by majority. 

The motion passes by majority. 

10:03 Announcements

School Board Endorsements will be done in July

Bylaws Committee was formed.

Resolutions Committee will be formed. 

Chris Porter will lead a task force on the Code of Conduct 

Additional business was tabled until the next meeting, due to time. 

Les presented a resolution for consideration by the board in support of the Green New Deal. 

A motion was made to present the resolution to the membership at the July meeting, once edits are made. The final resolution will be shared on Slack for a board vote, prior to the meeting. 

Meeting was adjourned

Special Meeting of the Executive Board – 6/24/19

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Board Meeting Notes Minutes

6/24/19

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Lou Frillman via phone, Chris Porter

7:35 Call to Order

Gina started the meeting requesting that everyone state their goals for the current meeting. 

7:42 Outstanding Items

  1. Marcee Stone-Vecich’s code of conduct violation 
  2. Discuss the suspensions levels (2-4)
  3. Who initiated the behavior
  4. Jordan’s Draft Resolution “Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech”
  5. Social Media/Communication around the events and our response

7:46 Code of Conduct Violation

David apologized to Marcee and the executive board made the commitment  to review and revise the code of conduct.

Chris will lead a task force for the Code of Conduct (Jordan, Marcee will be on the committee).

7:48 Discussion of suspensions

  • Rachel expressed concern about the differing consequences. Feels they should be the same.
  • Jesse explained the thought behind his amendment which led to the judgements.
    • Both broke the code of conduct.
    • One person also made a physical action.
  • Additional members shared their points of view

Gina motioned that we decide whether to review the months of suspension. Motioned was seconded. It was decided that we would not reopen the suspension levels. 

Gina will also open the meetings by pointing out the code of conduct and introducing the sergeant of arms (Les). 

8:29 Discussion around who initiated the altercation. 

Lou believes that the initiation of the altercation needs to be known. 

NOTE: Code of Conduct violation doesn’t have to come from one of the people involved. 

David and Lou both gave statements on the initiation of the events. 

A suggestion was made to ask both parties to meet to discuss the event and apologize. 

8:45 Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech

Jordan Crawley wrote the resolution. 

  • Members discussed their input on the resolution.
  • Marcee wants more mention of “safe space”.
  • Review WA State language around gender inequality and add language to our resolution
  • Recognizing that we may have different political beliefs in the resolution
  • Jordan and Chris will finalize and put in Slack 

8:55 Social Media Communication about the event

Board members should not speak on behalf of the 34th. Only Gina as Chair can do that. 

Sample Ballot Released

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A big part of our mission in the 34th is to work to elect solid Democrats. Our PCOs will be working within their precincts to deliver sample ballots for the Primary. DON’T FORGET to make sure you are registered by July 29th – the deadline for the Primary. The Primary is August 6th.

Download our sample ballot to review our endorsed candidates list.

We are always looking for volunteers to help knock doors in our 200+ precincts. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and help get out the vote! If you are interested in volunteering in your precinct, please contact Nick Bonazza – our PCO chair – who will connect you with your PCO.