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March 8th Monthly Meeting Agenda

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Our next meeting will feature Mayor Murray, Robby Stern and Velma Veloria and focus on Republican threats to women and seniors.

Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by Robby Stern
Robby Stern retired in April, 2008, after fifteen years as the Special Assistant to the President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, an organization that represents over 450,000 workers statewide. He served as staff counsel and lead lobbyist. Stern had responsibility for helping develop policy in a number of areas, including workers’ compensation and healthcare.

Robby was elected the President of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) in December of 2009. PSARA has a membership of approximately 1300 members and is a volunteer powered progressive and feisty voice for retirees and for people of all ages who look forward to being able to retire some day.

Robby also serves as the Chair of the Social Security Works Washington Coalition, a large coalition focusing on preserving and improving Social Security and Medicare for the generations to come.

Robby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Syracuse University in New York. His law degree is from the University of Washington. He is married to Dina Burstein a retired nurse and they have two adult offspring and a foster daughter from Kinshasa, DRC. He’s has been an activist in the Puget Sound Region and in Washington State for more than 40 years. In honor of his retirement, Governor Christine Gregoire proclaimed May 10, 2008, Robby Stern Day in the state of Washington and a similar proclamation was issued by Mayor Greg Nickels, declaring May 10, 2008 Robby Stern Power to the People Day in the City of Seattle.

Part II: Oppression facing women around the world in connection with labor trafficking and international trade agreements by Velma Veloria
Velma Veloria immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 1950s, grew up and attended college in the Bay Area, and became an activist through her participation in the anti-war and Asian American student movements in the 1960s.

Upon graduating from San Francisco State University, Veloria traveled to the Philippines, where she observed the brutality and oppression of the Marcos regime. When she returned to the United States, Veloria joined the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP), or Union of Democratic Filipinos, to put pressure on Marcos and end U.S. support for the dictatorship. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Veloria was a labor activist.

Following the dissolution of the KDP, Veloria became a Legislative Assistant to State Representative Art Wang. In 1992, Veloria became the first Filipina in the continental United States to be elected to a State Legislature, serving 12 years as State Representative for South Seattle’s 11th District. In addition to advocating for affordable housing, workers’ rights, and racial justice, Veloria took particular interest in the impact of international trade and globalization on local communities and co-authored important legislation to combat human trafficking and require oversight of international trade agreements.

March 8th Meeting Agenda

6:30 Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

7:00 Call to Order
Opening Ceremonies
Pledge of Allegiance
Presentation of Awards
VIP Acknowledgements
Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
Approval of the Minutes
Adoption of the Agenda
Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
Reports of Officers
○ Chair’s Report
○ Membership and Treasurer’s Report
Reports of Committees
○ Data & Technology
○ Digital Communications Minute

7:15 Candidates for Seattle City Council
○ Teresa Mosqueda
○ Sheley Secrest

7:20 Mayor Murray addresses the 34th

7:25 Program, Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

7:55 Program, Part II: International Women’s Day

8:25 Unfinished Business
Resolution on Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions*

8:30 New Business
Appointment of PCOs
Resolution on Opposing Attacks on our Health Benefits*
Resolution on Expanding Social Security*
Resolution on Amending State Greenhouse Gas Limits*
WFSE Letter of Support

8:50 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West
*Please see our March Newsletter (available on our website at www.34dems.org)

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

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

See you there!

David Ginsberg
Chair, 34th Dems

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March Newsletter

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 Chair’s Message

Thank you to all who attended our February program on resisting the Trump Agenda, whether in-person or by watching our livestream. As I said that night, you give me hope, and the sheer numbers who showed up was inspiring. We hope to see you all again in March, when the topic will be protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the Republican juggernaut, and a presentation on trafficking for International Women’s Day.

The Dodgy Republican President

We’re 4 weeks into the Republican presidency. And by February 9th – the last date for which information is available on www.whitehouse.gov, the former reality TV host had issued 23 Executive Orders, which if he continues at that pace works out to a rate of 399 per year, the highest of any president in history, and more than 10X the rate of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans who were so outraged at the 129 Executive Orders signed by President Obama during his second term remain silent. So where is the Republican outrage at “presidential overreach” now? Like most Republican outrage, it was nothing but false outrage manufactured for consumption by our facile and ratings obsessed television news organizations.

READ MORE

March 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:

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we will feature former State Representative Velma Veloria speaking on the relationship between human trafficking and international trade agreements.

Saving Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare

Longtime activist Robby Stern from PSARA (Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action) will be speaking on threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and what we can do to resist them.

Resolutions will be considered.

9:00 – Adjournment

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

A Resolution Regarding Social Security

A RESOLUTION supporting the expansion of Social Security and the elimination of the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, and directing the Executive Board of the 34th District Democrats to distribute this motion to the King County Central Committee, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and Washington’s con- gressional delegation.

WHEREAS: The gap between the pensions and retirement savings American households actually have and what they need in order to maintain their standard of living was $7.7 trillion as of 2013, and

WHEREAS: Forty-seven percent of working-age families had nothing saved in retirement accounts, and the median working-age family had only $5,000 saved, as of 2013, and

WHEREAS: One in three American families had no savings at all, and 56.3 percent of Americans had less than $1,000 in their checking and savings accounts, as of 2015, and

WHEREAS: As of 2011, only about half of United States workers participated in a work- place retirement plan, and only ten percent of all private sector establishments provided defined benefit plans, covering just eighteen percent of private industry employees, and

WHEREAS: As of June 2015, Social Security retiree benefits averaged only about $1,300 per month, and among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, fifty-three percent of married couples and seventy-four percent of unmarried persons received most of their income from Social Security, and

WHEREAS: As of July 1, 2015, 12.4 percent of the King County population was sixty-five years old and older, and 26.3 percent was between forty-five and sixty-four years old, and

WHEREAS: People of color made up 32.3 percent of King County’s population in 2014, and among seniors sixty-five years old and older in 2012 Social Security was the sole source of income for forty-three percent of Hispanics, thirty-seven percent of African Americans and thirty-two percent of Asian and Pacific Islanders, compared to twenty-two percent of whites, and

WHEREAS: As of April 1, 2015, women constituted 55.7 percent of King County’s popula- tion over sixty-five years old, and in 2013 the average annual Social Security income re- ceived by women sixty-five years old and older was $12,857, compared with $16,590 for men, and

WHEREAS: All wage earners who earn above the cap of $127,200 pay no payroll tax on all of their earnings above the cap, thereby paying an effective tax rate lower than that of wage earners who earn less than the cap, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the 34th District Democrats that:

  1. Social Security benefits should be expanded to address the growing crisis of finan- cial insecurity among present and future Social Security
  2. The cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax should be eliminated to pay for the expansion of Social Security
  3. The Executive Board of the 34th District Democrats is directed to send a copy of this motion to the King County Democratic Central Committee, the Washington State De- mocratic Central Committee and each member of Washington’s congressional

Submitted by Karen Richter

Members of the 34th Democrats attend the Washington State Democrats reorganization meeting December 28

Left to right are: Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Bruce Stotler, Lisa Plymate and David Ginsberg

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, March 15, 7:00 p.m.

Other Meetings or Events:

West Seattle Drinking Liberally

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

Evergreen Democratic Club

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant
601 SW 153rd St., Burien
Tuesday, March 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
Thursday, March 23, 7 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women

Check www.westseattledemocraticwomen.org For information

King County Democrats Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

New Location:

Teamsters Hall in Tukwila
14675 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, 98168

Join other 34th Democrats at the

White Center 5K Run (and Walk) Race – March 25

8:00 Doors Opens to the public 8:45 Warm-Up Activity

9:00 Racers Begin

9:10 Walkers Begin

10:00 Entertainment, Race Winners Announced

Registration includes a free T-SHIRT!

The course is pet friendly, stroller friendly, and wheelchair accessible.

$35 ($25 for those 60+)

Register by March 13 at: www.whitecenter5k.brownpapertickets.com Or Contact Diversity Chair Sean Riley.

Members pose with Senator Sharon Nelson at Lobby Day 2017

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

Resolution in Support of HB 1646 which Creates a Carbon Tax that Allows for Investment in Clean Energy

Whereas, the burning of fossil fuels creates air pollution that causes impaired lung function, shortness of breath, wheezing, asthma attacks and premature death;

Whereas, the burning of fossil fuels generates greenhouse gases that cause climate change which according to the World Health Organiza- tion, the Center for Disease Control, and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group is a major public health risk;

Whereas, unless action is undertaken without further delay to return the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to no more than 350 ppm by 2100, Earth’s climate system will be pressed toward irreversible, ever- worsening, climate-related impacts;

Whereas, transitioning off of fossil fuels towards a 100% renewable energy economy is in the best interests of the residents and citizens of Washington;

Whereas, nationally, renewable energy businesses are creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy;

Whereas, a carbon tax is recommended by many economists as a way to promote the just transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy; and thereby, improve our health and create jobs for our communities in the renewable energy economy;

Whereas, HB would use the proceeds of a carbon tax fund to invest in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington’s dispropor- tionately impacted communities;

Whereas, HB 1646 would strengthen greenhouse emissions limits for the State of Washington;

Whereas, HB 1646 is sponsored by representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, and endorsed by Front and Centered, Got Green and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy;

Now, Therefore Be it resolved:

That the 34th District Democratic Organization urges our caucus in Olympia to give their very highest level of support to House Bill 1646 (Senate Bill 5509). We believe this bill will benefit our communities by improving our health, bringing new jobs and protecting young people’s rights to a healthy climate system.

Submitted by Stu Yarfitz

On Friday February 4th, Bob Ferguson was in US Federal Court seeking to stop Donald Trump’s travel ban. 34th Dems member Patrick Wicklund stood in support of our Attorney General de- spite the inclement weather. Our local paper of record referred to him as “a person”, but 25 news organizations across the country – from the Poughkeepsie Journal to NPR and USA Today gave Patrick proper recognition for his peaceful resistance on a rainy day. Thank you Patrick!

Resolution Opposing Attacks on Our Health Benefits

WHEREAS: Comprehensive health benefits are essential to ensuring working families and retirees can get the health care they need, when they need it;

WHEREAS: Health insurance should be affordable for all Americans;

WHEREAS: Medicare is a promise to the American people that must be kept for current and future generations, including the 55 mil- lion seniors and people with disabilities enrolled today and the many millions more counting on it for their retirement;

WHEREAS: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important step toward providing comprehensive, affordable health care for all;

WHEREAS: Repealing the ACA without a replacement will put 30 million people at risk of losing their health benefits entirely and strip away vital protections and benefits from the many millions more with Medicare, Medicaid, and workplace coverage;

WHEREAS: More than 74 million people get health benefits through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

WHEREAS: Repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety will take health benefits away from the approximately 11 million people who gained coverage through that law’s Medicaid expansion.

WHEREAS: Cutting federal funding to Washington for Medicaid through block grants or per capita caps will shift health care costs onto our state, force impossible choices between cutting health benefits or even eliminating eligibility for them, take funding away from other essential services, and require state taxpayers to pay more;

WHEREAS: Cutting federal funding to Washington for Medicaid will threaten the health care, nursing home care and the long-term supports and the services that allow seniors and people of all ages with disabilities to live independently in their own homes and communities;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The 34th LD Democrats oppose any and all attacks on our health benefits; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

We call upon all members of Congress representing the people of Washington to oppose any and all attacks on our health benefits, including legislation that:

  • Turns Medicare into a voucher system, increases the Medicare eligibility age beyond 65, or in any other way cuts seniors’ Medi- care benefits or shifts additional costs onto them;
  • Imposes new taxes on or otherwise threatens the health benefits working people earn on the job;
  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan that ensures that anyone with coverage today is able to afford it and keep it and that maintains key protections for all working families and seniors;
  • Repeals the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid benefits to millions of people; or
  • Block grants or imposes a per capita cap on federal funding for Medicaid; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED:

The 34th LD Democrats calls upon all members of Congress representing the people of Washington to support real reforms that bring us closer to the goal of providing comprehensive, affordable health coverage for all by strengthening and expanding health benefits and controlling and lowering health care costs, so that everyone in America can get the care they need, when they need it. This should include consideration of a public option and single payer system.

Respectfully submitted, Lisa Plymate, MD,

Kathy Marshall introduces 9 newly appointed and 7 acting PCOs at our February meeting.

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Chair’s Message: February

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First I’d like to thank all who attended our February program on resisting the Trump Agenda, whether in-person or by watching our livestream. As I said that night, you give me hope, and the sheer number of people who showed up in person and watched online up was inspiring. We hope to see you all again in March, when the topic will be protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from the Republican juggernaut.

It’s President’s Day and I’m taking this day to reflect on the presidents who’ve made America’s journey a journey of progress. From George Washington’s revolutionary role to James Madison’s central role in writing the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, to Abraham Lincoln’s freeing of the slaves, to Teddy Roosevelt’s conservation, to William Howard Taft’s trust-busting and establishment of the Department of Labor, to FDR’s New Deal, to Dwight Eisenhower’s sending federal troops to support desegregation, to JFK’s call to put a man on the moon, to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, to Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

And then there’s Donald Trump, a threat to everything these great presidents and many others have achieved.

The Dodgy Republican President

We’re one month into the Republican Presidency. And by February 9th – the last date for which information is available on www.whitehouse.gov, the former reality TV host had issued 23 Executive Orders, which if he continues at that rate works out to a rate of 399 per year, the highest of any president in history, and more than 10 times the rate of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans who were so outraged at the 129 Executive Orders signed by President Obama during his second term remain notably silent as the Republican President issues Executive Orders at more than 3X that rate. So where is the Republican outrage at “presidential overreach” now? Like most Republican outrage, it was nothing but false outrage manufactured for consumption by our facile and ratings obsessed television news organizations.

Meanwhile, as the Washington Post reports, the Trump family’s lavish lifestyle continues to cost taxpayers more than $1,000,000 per day, with much of that money being funneled into Trump businesses in New York and Florida. This is an unprecedented conflict of interest from a man who has refused to release his taxes, put his assets into a blind trust, or otherwise be honest with the American people.

As the Republican President continues to enrich himself at taxpayer’s expense, his ties to Russia continue to raise questions. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after admitting he’d discussed reversing sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration in violation of the Logan Act. Questions abound about what the president knew and when he knew it. Americans have a right to know if there is a Russian mole in our White House, and even Fox News has joined the calls for a full investigation.

The Center of the Resistance

Seattle and Washington State continue to establish themselves as the center of the resistance to the Republican President’s extremist agenda. Attorney General Bob Ferguson successfully blocked the Republican President’s travel ban, Governor Inslee has made standing up against Trump a hallmark of his Governorship, and both Seattle and Burien have passed legislation making them sanctuary cities in defiance of Republican anti-immigrant polices. Mayor Murray has been increasingly vocal in his critiques of the new regime in Washington D.C. as well.

Here in the 34th we’re building a resistance movement to be reckoned with. Our February program was attended by more than 700 concerned citizens while a similar number watched our first livestream on Facebook Live. We gained 111 new members, more than $4,000 in contributions, 15 new PCOs and 2 new Executive Board members. THIS is what the beginning of a successful resistance looks like, and here in the 34th we’re just getting started!

The Indivisible movement continues to grow, and there are now Indivisible groups in West Seattle, Burien and Vashon.  The West Seattle group has organized a weekly meeting with the staff of Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell at the Federal Building downtown, which Indivisible groups from around the 7th and 9th Congressional Districts are now joining.

Get Involved!

I hear this question frequently from people who’ve never been involved in politics in any way before but feel compelled to do something now. If you’re wondering what you can do to help empower this local resistance, here are some of my top suggestions:

1. Become a Precinct Committee Officer

The biggest impact you can have on changing outcomes is to become a PCO and help us reach out to your neighbors, get them registered to vote, help them stay informed and engaged, and hear their concerns. Our new Data and Technology Chair Kyle Prete has just built a wonderful map-based PCO Lookup Tool for our website to help you:

  • Find out if there’s already a PCO for your precinct
  • If there isn’t you can contact our PCO Chair Brooks Salazar to get appointed
  • If there is a PCO you can look for a nearby precinct where you can become an Acting PCO

Also, this feature will be coming soon:

  • Ability to contact your PCO so you can offer to join their Precinct Committee and help in them contact voters in your neighborhood

2. Become a Member of the 34th District Democrats

The 34th District Democrats are one of the most powerful and well organized Democratic organizations in the State of Washington, but we’re only as strong as our members and PCOs. What does the 34th do?

  • We partner with other community organizations and support our community
  • We recruit candidates for open positions and help them get their campaigns off the ground
  • We hold programs on topics of interest to the community
  • We host candidate forums to help the community get to know candidates
  • We endorse candidates and support them with our money and our ability to directly contact voters to get them elected
  • We get out and talk to voters from Alki to Talequah to help keep them informed, engaged and help make sure their voices are heard
  • We mobilize like nobody’ business to GOTV for Democrats at election time
  • And much, much more

Many of these efforts cost money, and our Treasurer Gina Topp tells us that the current cost per member of running this organization is just under $10/month, so the best way to become a member is to sign up by selecting the $10 monthly contribution option here. Monthly contributions help us budget and plan, so please consider contributing in this way. I recently switched to monthly contributions myself, and I encourage everyone who’s able to do so as well.

3. Join one of our Executive Committees

The Executive Committees are the workhorses of the organization. Most of the committees meet monthly, and all of our committees welcome and encourage new members. You can learn more about each of our standing committees, including how to contact each Committee Chair, on our website here.

4. Sign up to Volunteer

We participate in community events, march in parades, host candidate forums and community-focused programs throughout the year, and we need your help! You can sign up to volunteer on our website here.

Other ways to help

As many of you know, we have several special elections coming up this year which will determine control of the Washington State Senate. Our neighbors to the South in the 31st District could use some help. Their new Chair Brian Gunn has made a plea to help raise the funds they need to take Pam Roach’s seat this fall. Please join me in contributing $25 or more to the 31st Legislative District Democrats to help out in this effort. You can do that here.

Also Dow Constantine’s campaign kick-off is coming up this Thursday. Dow’s leadership at the County has never been more important than it is today in the face of this national nightmare. I’m a co-host of this event, which will be held at the home of Maryanne Tagney and David Jones (a.k.a. the Coleman Mansion) in Fauntleroy this Thursday, February 23rd. Please join me there!

Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30PM

at the home of Maryanne Tagney and David Jones

9343 Fauntleroy Way SW

Seattle, WA 98136

Guest $100 | Friend $250 | Sponsor $500 | Co-host $1000

RSVP here or dowconstantine.com/february23

Questions: events@dowconstantine.com or (206) 328-2969

Who are the 34th District Democrats?

We are the Democratic Party of the 34th Legislative District. We work to elect Democrats, uphold Democratic values, and support Democrats in Seattle, White Center, Burien, Vashon/Maury Island and beyond.

We are our elected officials. We are our candidates. We are the activists who knock on doors in neighborhoods from Alki to Tahlequah and the voters who make their voices heard each election. We are all volunteers.

We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. We are your friends. We stand up for the marginalized and the voiceless among us. We join arms with allies to fight against injustice and fight for equity. We are engaged in our communities and we are committed to a brighter future for all of us.

We believe in inclusion, that unity is better than division, that we are stronger and better when everyone has an equal shot at living up to their potential. We believe diversity is a source of strength and that inequality is a threat to democracy itself.

We believe it’s important to stand up to tyrants and bullies. We believe in the power of individuals working together to make great progress against incredible odds. We believe in you.

Join us in the fight of our lives. It might not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

And we will win.

In solidarity,
David Ginsberg
Chair, 34th District Democrats

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Meeting Minutes Feb 8, 2017

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34th District Democrats

Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2017

 

Meeting Called To Order at 7:00pm

Chair David Ginsberg thanked everyone for coming, and made a short address as to the purpose of evening’s panel. Spoke to the importance of the PCO. Talked about the upcoming Lobby Day, and asked for donations to help cover the expenses for the students that were attending. Announced that a Fundraiser for County Executive Dow Constantine would be holding a campaign fundraiser on February 23rd at the Hall at Fauntleroy. Advised that the Annual Party Crab Feed had been moved and would be taking place on March 5th.

Flag Salute

Report from the Treasurer – As of the beginning of the evening, $10,039.03 on hand.

Approval of Agenda voted on and passed by the Membership.

Panel Discussion – “How To Resist Trump And Protect What We Hold Dear”

Panelists:

Binah Palmer from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Judy Lightfoot from Indivisible Seattle

Monisha Harrell from Equal Rights Washington

Amirah Mirziteh from the Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition

Aneelah Afzali from the Muslim Association of Puget Sound/American Muslim Empowerment Network

Moderator: Michael Taylor Judd

The Panel Discussion was followed by questions from the audience.

After the end of the Q&A, there was a short recess.

Meeting was called back to order at 8:30.

Kyle Prete and Brooks Salazar were presented as candidates for Data and Technology Chair and PCO Chair respectively, and were voted on and unanimously approved by the membership.

Chair appointed Bill Jarcho PCO of Quartermaster Precinct of Vashon Island. Bill had to leave early to catch his ferry.

Stu Yarfitz presented a resolution on HB 1372 “Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions”.

Stu’s resolution would further limit emissions than the current bill does. Anne Phillips asked if it was the same bill that Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon had presented that had already been passed out of committee, Stu demurred, but admitted that his resolution would probably not pass out of committee and might be moot in light of Rep. Fitzgibbon’s bill. Grace Stiller spoke for it, Lisa Plymate spoke against it and suggested that it might be reworded. Chair moved to table the resolution so that Stu could reword it.

Kathy Marshal presented 16 candidates for PCO, 9 Appointed and 7 Acting. They were unanimously approved.

Stu Yarfitz presented a second resolution supporting HB 1048 “Renewable Energy Tax Incentives and Recycling”. Chris Porter asked if it conflicted with any items in the Governor’s Budget, Stu said that he did not think so. Peggy Tlapak spoke for it and it was Moved, Seconded and Approved by the membership.

Old Business was tabled for the next meeting in the interests of time.

New Business – Carrie Alexander presented the new logos and branding for the 34th LD. They were Moved, Seconded and Approved by the membership.

Good of the Order – Chris Porter urged the membership to support Planned Parenthoods effort to husband Birth Control methods against any shortages or reductions caused by the new administration.

Treasurer Gina Topp reported that 85 new members had signed up that night and that about $3,000 had been raised.

Annie Phillips informed the membership of the inaugural meeting of Indivisble Burien that would be occurring the next night.

Steve Butts spoke about the need for Volunteers at Lobby Day.

Jacqui Morris informed the membership about Uber President Travis Kalanick’s pledge of 3 Million dollars to help Uber drivers affected by the administrations Muslim Ban, along with the establishment of a 24/7 legal advice service.

Marcee Stone-Vekich congratulated the membership on a great meeting, and wondered why there were no union members on the panel. She urged that the membership support them in their efforts against a proposed State Bill that would further extend “Right to Work” rules that are being advanced by Kevin Baumgardner from the 6th District in Spokane.

Carrie Alexander informed the membership about Our Revolution King County.

Chair David Ginsberg informed the membership about Indivisible West Seattle’s meetings with the Murray and Cantwell staffs at their offices at the Federal Building every Tuesday at 1:00.

Heather Engel informed the membership that an Indivisble White Center chapter was in the process of forming.

Les Treall extended on a panel members remarked and said that “Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone.

Meeting adjourned to Whiskey West.

February Meeting Recap: How to Resist Trump and Protect What We Hold Dear

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Thank you to everyone who attended in person or watched on Facebook live and made our first program such a success! This is what the beginning of a movement looks like, and this is a movement that will rescue our democracy, restore decency and a leave a liveable planet for our kids.

Together we will win.

The attendance last night was inspiring, staff at the Hall at Fauntleroy put the headcount at just over 700! An additional 674 watched via the Facebook live feed provided by Indivisible West Seattle.

Per usual, the best play by play of the evening can be found on the West Seattle Blog here: http://westseattleblog.com/2017/02/overflow-crowd-34th-district-democrats-gathers-to-stand-up-and-fight/

Membership

We started the night with 195 members, and this morning we have 290, thank you to everyone who joined last night! Last year at this time we had 350 members, so we’ve still got a ways to go just to stay even with last year, and I know we can do better – if you haven’t joined for 2017 please do so now, and please consider monthly donations as it helps us plan. Note: it costs about $10/month per member to provide the programs and candidate/election support we do, so a monthly donation of $10 is the sustaining level. If you can afford to give more please do – we’ll put your money to good use continuing to build the strongest Democratic organization in the state! You can join or renew on our new website at www.34dems.org.

PCOs

We started the night with 125 PCOs, and ended with 141. Thank you to everyone who signed up to be a PCO last night, this is by far the biggest impact one can have on voters and elections, and we don’t want to leave any potential democratic voters behind. We have 209 precincts, so we’ve still got work to do here. If you’re interested in becoming a PCO please contact Brooks Salazar at pco@34dems.org.

Lobby Day

King County Democrats Lobby Day is Monday, February 20th. If you’re interested in carpooling to Olympia please contact Steve Butts at newsletter@34dems.org.

Calling all High School Activists!

Do you know a high schooler who’s concerned about their future and interested in having their voice heard in Olympia? The 34th District Democrats are sponsoring a bus to take high schoolers from the 34th to Olympia for Lobby Day. Please have them contact inclusion@34dems.org ASAP to get on board.

Sponsor an activist! Please contribute whatever you can to help send these budding young activists to Olympia by making a contribution on our website here: http://www.34dems.org/contribute/

Taking the next step and getting involved

Here are some ways you can get involved in the new 34th District Democrats organization:

  1. Become a PCO: http://www.34dems.org/get-active/pco/
  2. Become a member: http://www.34dems.org/membership/
  3. Volunteer: http://www.34dems.org/volunteer/
  4. Join one of our Executive Committees: http://www.34dems.org/our-executive-board/
  5. We’re still looking for an Executive Board member to chair the Finance Committee. If you’re interested in this role please contact me at chair@34dems.org

And here are the speakers and organizations we heard from last night. Please join one or more as well as joining the 34th. Our strength will come in the relationships we build.

  1. ACLU of Washington: https://aclu-wa.org
  2. Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition: https://www.neighborhoodaction.info/
  3. IndivisibleSEA: http://seattleindivisibles.blogspot.com/
  4. American Muslim Empowerment Network: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMuslimEmpowermentNetwork/
  5. Equal Rights Washington: https://www.facebook.com/EqualRightsWashington/

Thanks again for everything you do. We’re building a grassroots organization to protect what we hold dear and leave our kids a world we can be proud to leave them.

It won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding. And we will win.

In solidarity,
David Ginsberg
Chair, 34th District Democrats

State Democratic Party Meeting

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Dates: 1/27-28/17

Tina Podlodowski elected chair of Washington State Democratic Party

At our re-org meeting in Olympia, which had a whopping 100% attendance, the first order of business was to elect our new chair.  Tina Podlodowski, known to most of us for a prior stint on Seattle City Council and for running for Secretary of State this fall, a race she lost by a razor-thin margin to Kim Wyman, was the overwhelming favorite of the state committee.  She won 119: 53 for former chair, Jaxon Ravens, with 2 for late-entry candidate Roger Flygare.  In nomination speeches, Jaxon quoted Martin Luther King:  “We may have come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”  Tina spoke of “building  a movement, carrying on the fight.  Our resistance must be strong.” And that message won the day.   Approximately 2/3 of the membership was new this year, many of them from the Sanders’ campaign.  Jaxon Ravens was an excellent chair, and did a fine job of holding the party together through divisive times last year, but with the huge change in makeup of the membership, it was clear that change and belief in the movement were crucial in the election.

With our new chair in charge,  Joe Pakootas, chief executive officer of the Spokane tribe and former candidate for U.S. Congress against Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, was elected Vice Chair.  Rob Dolin retained his position as secretary; and Habib Habib is again treasurer.  For our 7th CD, Javier Valdez was re-elected for our seat on the Executive Council.

In a brief first Chair’s report, Tina was clear that she expects all of us to work harder than we ever have.  Within 2 weeks we will be assigned to committees, and she expects these committees to work year-round, not just 3 weekends a year as is customary.  She is adding a 7th committee, communications and training, including a rapid response team and action team around activities and issues.   Echoing her campaign for Secretary of State, she reminded us that we are a party of voters and voting rights.  She obviously believes she can still attack her goal of expanding voter participation, despite having lost her fall election, and she has great ideas on ways to do this.

Our treasurer reported our cash on hand as we start out this cycle is $573, 565.  He also advised that “one man’s civil right is everybody’s civil right.  Civil nonviolent resistance is the answer.”

We next heard reports from our elected DNC representatives.  David McDonald, state parliamentarian and on the national rules committee told us they all attended a western region debate in Phoenix in which 9 of the 11 candidates for chair of the DNC spoke.  All our reps remain uncommitted, partly because they consider the race fluid.  The voting will be on 2/25, and candidates can still file until 2/22.  Of interest, DNC chair is elected by the DNC when we do not have control of the WH.  When we do have control the President selects the chair.  He felt 5-6 of the 11 candidates are “very good.”  Ed Cote, long-time DNC member, spoke of the “grief and horror” at the Denver meeting 4 weeks post-election.  A Howard Dean pollster told them “don’t let anyone tell you this was a horrible landslide.  We won the popular vote by 2.8 m votes, and lost the electoral college by only 70,000 votes in 3 key states.  In those crucial states, we lost the millenials and we lost the “Reagan Democrats.”  Sharon Mast pointed out that Inslee is now head of the Governor’s Association.  In addition to chair, the committee will fill 8 other offices on 2/25.  Nancy Monacelli reiterated that we need a 50 state strategy, to reach out to the unengaged and bring them back in.  The question is, who is best qualified to accomplish and fund those goals?

In the morning before the business meeting, members had a chance to visit three different committees, to help us each decide which we wish to participate on.  The Eastern WA committee made it clear what works in Western Washington in terms of framing may well fall flat in Eastern Washington.  The Elections Committee told us our state has >3,000 positions across the state that are open.  No position is too small, whether seat is elected or appointed; we need to get Democrats in all these positions, on their way up.  Rules committee is responsible for coming up with our delegate selection plan and for revising rules on how to fill legislative vacancies, as well as dealing with the primary/caucus situation.  Districts have also requested an endorsement procedure guidance as well.

Finally, we passed a group of resolutions which are on the website.  Most importantly, the Young Democrats brought forth a time-sensitive resolution, signed by the 50+ members required to consider a resolution that has not gone through committee that passed overwhelmingly:

Resolution in Opposition to U.S. Visa and Green Card Holders Denied Entry to the United States on the Basis of their Country of Origin.

WHEREAS, the Executive Order signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017, has banned travel from seven countries based solely on the fact of having a Muslim majority; and

WHEREAS, the practical result of this Executive Order is to ban all refugees for a period of 90 days and all Syrian refugees for a period of 120 days; and

WHEREAS, legal permanent residents and green card holders are being illegally being detained at airports and denied entrance to the United States; and

WHEREAS, persons seeking asylum and refugee status whom have gone through proper US and international procedure and law have been denied refugee status;

WHEREAS, the denial of entry to the US can mean certain death of refugees if they are forced back to their home countries;

WHEREAS, the rejection of refugees to the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, resulted in the death of hundreds of religious minorities;

WHEREAS, Governor Jay Inslee has publically stated that the State of Washington will support and welcome Syrian refugees; and

WHEREAS, the WSDCC Platform for 2016 declares opposition to “Policies that exclude or demean immigrants based on religion or country of origin”;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, call for the State Legislature to immediately pass legislation expressing support for the admittance of refugees who have obtained legal permission and face threats to their lives if forced to return to their countries of origin and not enter the United States; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we request that our elected representatives to enact legislation condemning the Executive Order, signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017;

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we urge the State Legislature to enact legislation pursuant to the sovereignty granted in the United States Constitution allowing for refugees to peacefully reside within and emigrate to the State of Washington.

We were then made aware of the 10 refugees being held hostage at SeaTac and were urged by our new Chair to head for the airport on our way home to join the protestors there.

Folks, judging from this meeting and from happenings this weekend, we are in the midst of a resistance movement and cannot let up.   Our new chair and officers, soon –to-be-occupied state committees, DNC members, the Progressive caucus under the new leadership of Chad Lupkes (with our own Martha Koester continuing as secretary) will do our utmost to see that we will prevail.  We will have field workers in all 39 counties.  We will work to get good Democrats in every position open; no position is too small for us to fill.  And we will resist policies and actions that violate our Constitution and harm our fellow human beings.  It’s going to be up to each and every one of us – and the friends and neighbors we will all bring to join us – to take our country back!

In solidarity,

Lisa Plymate, State Committeewoman

February Monthly Agenda: Resistance

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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

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February Newsletter

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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.

READ MORE

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

KCDCC Meeting Notes January 2017

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For the first KCDCC meeting of the new elected delegates and chairs from each LD in King County, Chair Bailey Stover decided to make it more about getting acquainted. All new delegates stood up at the beginning and seemed to be more than half of the room. He took the time to go through each newly appointed member of the Executive Board of the King County Central Committee, including Chair, Vice Chairs and all of the committee chairs. Each person was allowed time to introduce themselves and provide an idea of what their committee’s objective will be and to ask for volunteers. Although each of these positions is listed on the website, it was very helpful to put faces with names and to hear more about their goals.

Bailey shared that he is 52 days into his term and that during that time he has had significant challenges. In fact, in his first 24 hours he was faced with a lawsuit and a restraining order! During the first two months, he has been busy overseeing reorganization meetings, the final 17 of which finished up last week. There are a lot of new people in positions throughout the county. Bailey also gave an update that there are about 1135 PCOs in the county and that about a third of them have reached out to him directly since the reorganization. The overall feeling is that people are ready to help and looking for direction.

We approved a temporary operating budget that will be in place until March and includes funds for logo and web design.

Cat Williams, First Vice Chair, shared the events she is working on producing throughout the year, starting with a Committee event called “February Action Kickoff” that will allow an opportunity for volunteers to find a committee that suits the ways in which they would like to participate. The date has not yet been set for this event, but will be decided upon soon and information will be available on the website.

The LAC Co-Chairs invited everyone to participate in Lobby Day in Olympia on February 20th – information will be available on the KCDCC website for this, as well. They also provided a 2017 Legislative Agenda handout.

Two Republican State Senators and one former Senator have accepted positions in the Trump administration, leaving 2 positions open.

The committee voted to endorse Keith Ellison for DNC chair by 2/3 vote.

Chad Lupkes, Training Committee Chair, is scheduling PCO training and other training opportunities throughout the year. PCO training is February 4th 1-4pm, details on website.

Two candidates for City  Woodinville spoke, Paula Waters and Susan Sanders.

Brian Gunn, 31st LD Chair, spoke about winning a seat in the senate in the special election and is looking for donations and volunteers to help democratic candidates.

 

 

Executive Board Meeting Notes 1-18-17

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34th Democrats Executive Board Meeting

1/18/17, Puget Ridge Common House
Meeting Called to Order at 7:00pm by District Chair David Ginsberg.
Welcome from Les Treall on behalf of Puget Ridge

Introductions/Attendees:

Rachel Ostrander
Jacob Holt
Gina Topp
Nick Bohall
Patrick Wicklund
Elisabeth Atwood
Nancy Craver
Stu Yafitz
Karen Richter
Steven Butts
Ted Barker
Pam McCallister
Sue Cummings
Lisa Plymate
Joy Pakuluk
Sean Riley
Kate Riley
Martha Koester
Chris Porter
Treina Aronson

Committee Reports:

  • Nick announced that Email addresses are up and live, and to contact him if there are any questions
  • Gina Topp will fill role as Finance Chair
  • Data and Technology Chair is still vacant
  • Pam McCallister will be the PCO Coordinator for Burien
  • Les brought up the idea of having a retreat for new PCOs, Chair formed an ad-hoc committee to organize this, with Jacob (as Events Chair) will spearhead

Treasurer’s Report:

Gina presented her report on the District’s finances.

  • $7449 in the bank at the end of 2016

Draft Budget Revenues:

  • Membership Dues of $12,000.00 are expected
  • Numbers were higher in 2016 dues to Election/Caucuses
  • Fundraiser ideas and locations discussed

Draft Budget Expenditures:

  • Discussion to increase the budget for GOTV Sample Ballots
  • Discussion to set budget at $500 for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Discussion on the merits of using Square vs NGP
  • Discussion to spend funds on Candidate forums for Burien
  • Discussion to budget $1034.00 for KCDCC
  • Discussion of Outreach budget.  $865 proposed
  • Discussion of Signage Budget. $200 proposed
  • Discussion of PCO Gear Up budget. $100 proposed
  • Discussion of fund raising costs. $8,000 proposed for 2017 Garden Party. Discussion of location, West Seattle Nursery appears to be leading candidate and is popular with the membership
  • There is a remaining outstanding bill of $559.00 for Hall rental for July
  • Discussion of adding a line item of $2000.00 for 3 months of operating costs for carryover into 2018
  • Discussion of adding a line item for campaign contributions, amount to be based on changes to this years budget over last years
  • There are currently 150 paid members

Presentation of Program for February 8th meeting.

  • ACLU
  • Indivisible Washington

Discussion of a meetup.com subscription for the 34th

Nick presented the Web Editor’s report:

  • February District Monthly meeting will be live streamed on Facebook

Sean presented the Inclusion/Diversity report:

  •  6 people signed up at January meeting.
  • Announced Young Storyteller’s event on February 3rd at the Thelma Dewitty Theatre at 4408 Delridge SW, running from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Free, and a potluck!

Elisabeth presented the Fundraising report:

Meeting set for the weekend

Kate presented the Hospitality report:

Needs to complete transition from Past Chair Mike Heavey

Joy presented the Membership report:

  • Onward and upward! Asked any members who did not have printed name tags to contact her
  • 2 people signed up for the committee at meeting

Jacob presented the Event Planning report:

3 people signed up for the Event Planning committee, they are busily at work organizing the retreat

Treina presented the Volunteer report:

  • 4 members have reached out to her about joining the Volunteer committee
  • Discussed sending a Skills Audit to members
  • Discussion of a “Volunteer Match” to help Dems in other districts

Old Business:  None

New Business:

  • Stu Yafitz presented a resolution regarding reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals for Washington State to be proposed at the February Membership Meeting
  • Les proposed a Phone Tree to ask membership to renew. This would be targeted at past year’s members who haven’t paid yet. Possibly also directed to people who attended the caucuses. Chair is in favor of this idea
  • Chris and Lisa spoke about the Candidates running for State Chair, Jaxon Ravens, and Tina Podlodowski

Good of the Order:

  • Steve brought up changing the Masthead for the District. Asked if members would prefer their phone numbers or email addresses listed. Board expressed a clear preference for email addresses
  • Ted brought up sponsoring a Table at the West Seattle Food Bank auction on May 13th.
  • Lisa asked about organization for the Women’s March, Treina advises that we will have our banner there and to look for it
  • Les is looking forward to the Young Storyteller’s event February 3rd
  • Les also suggested more social events so that the membership can get to know each other better. Would Slack be good for this
  • Nick expressed again his willingness to help set up email accounts

Meeting adjourned at 9pm