Monthly Meeting Minutes

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

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

DigComm Meeting Notes – January

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DigComm Agenda – January

  1. Social media crew who tweets, instagrams, etc from their OWN accounts and tags #34dems or @34dems etc
  2. Get a volunteer to make a video of member stories, PCO stories
  3. Map for PCO – who’s going to do it, what will it look like, what does it need
  4. Contact your rep via Indivisible
  5. Robert’s Rules of Order simplified
  6. Legislation in everyday terms
  7. Who gets what permissions
  8. What is the best way to display volunteer events
  9. Member suggested things for agendas
  10. Bus for Lobby Day

Attendance: Zoey, John, Carrie, David, Kyle, Ted, Jake, John, and Heather

Discussion of Points

  1. Members use accounts they have already, and tag or share 34th social media accounts to get more traffic to them
    1. Instagram – John (Photography)
    2. Committee reports during, share something at each meeting about how digcomm works, eg how Facebook algorithm works, why we have different accounts, what they do, ect.
    3. Zoey really connected
    4. Message goes out to what accounts we have
    5. Get list of hashtags for events, in general, to members so they can use them too
  2. Ann Martin – First female member, first member story
    1. Member stories only
    2. Reach out and ask anyone who wants to share their story
    3. Bring up if they are a PCO in the videos
  3. Address finder
    1. Interactive map
    2. What precincts, if there is a PCO, contact pro
    3. Show nearby PCO, somehow know if there is no PCO there, contact PCO chair directly
    4. Also show area coordinators
    5. PCO form on the website
  4. David main contact
    1. Another committee or caucus for it
    2. Focus on congressional action with other legislative districts in congressional district
    3. Page on website
    4. BY FEB 8th meeting, email to go out to membership, summary of who, what, and why and how to contact, photos of people coming
    5. Back of agenda for meetings
      1. Chair explains, don’t fear to interrupt
      2. Website – Carrie
    6. Reps give blurb
      1. Talk with LAC and facilitate
      2. Need both TLDR (too long, didn’t read) and long version
      3. How to impact
  5. Website: Editor – Committee Chairs
    1. Other social media, Chair, first & second chair, other at discretion of chair
  6. Treina keeps track or volunteers, Jake asks for
    1. Put volunteers on certain events
    2. Make page for onetime and recurring events
    3. Signup – volunteer; Get Involved
    4. Mailing list – mailing list; Get Informed
  7. Better explanation of how meetings go
    1. One page about how meetings works
    2. Maybe put on back of agenda
    3. Maybe coordinate with Joy as a welcome packet
  8. Has to come from students
    1. When to reserve busses, shop around
  9. Move from paper membership signing
  10. Goals: Half day retreat with E-Board to set goals for the 34th
    1. If we can increase voter turnout by 10%, we can deny Republicans the governor
    2. Do something engaging in the committee
    3. Get together

Meeting Minutes January 11, 2017

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34th District Democrats

District Reorganization Meeting

1/11/17

The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Temporary Meeting Chair Bailey Stober, KCDCC Chair.

Flag Salute, led by Bailey Stober.

Appointment of temporary officers for the reorganization meeting.

Secretary: Chris Porter

Parliamentarian: Marcee Stone-Vekich

Sergeant at Arms: Ivan Weiss

Tally Committee: Steven Jamison

Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules.

Moved and seconded and passed by acclamation.

First Credentials Report: 62 PCOs signed in and eligible to vote.

Reading of Rules

Adoption of District Organization Bylaws and Standing Rules

Moved and seconded and passed by acclamation.

Election of 2017 District Chair:

David Ginsberg nominated by Marcee Stone-Vekich. Ivan Weiss spoke in support of David’s nomination. David delivers speech asking for membership’s vote.

David Ginsberg is elected by unanimous acclamation.

David Ginsberg is installed as chair and takes up the gavel of the 34th District Democrats. New Chair

makes a plea for unity after a divisive primary and general election season.

Election of District Officers by PCOs:

First Vice Chair: Treina Aronson by unanimous acclamation.

Second vice Chair: Michael Taylor-Judd by unanimous acclamation.

State Committeewoman: Lisa Plymate by unanimous acclamation.

State Committeeman: Chris Porter by paper ballot.

KCDCC Female Delegate: Carrie Alexander by unanimous acclamation.

KCDCC Male Delegate: Les Treall by paper ballot.

KCDCC Female Alternate: Martha Koester by unanimous acclamation.

KCDCC Male Alternate: Ted Barker by unanimous acclamation.

Appointment of District Credentials Committee is moved, seconded and passed by unanimous acclamation.

Second District Credentials Report regarding Non PCO members. 31 present. 68 PCOs signed in and

eligible to vote.

Election of Secretary: Jason Cheung nominated by Steven Butts, seconded by Gina Topp.

Elected by unanimous acclamation.

Election of Treasurer: Gina Topp nominated by Karen Chilcutt , seconded by Jason Cheung.

Elected by unanimous acclamation.

Committee Chair Slate submitted to the membership. Each candidate made a short

introductory speech before the vote was taken.

Finance: Michael Taylor-Judd

Digital Communications: Carrie Alexander

Diversity and Inclusion: Sean Riley

Finance: TBD

Fundraising: Elisabeth Atwood

Hospitality: Kate Riley

Legislative Action: Ann Martin

Membership: Joy Pakuluk

Outreach: Karen Richter and Steven Butts, Co-chairs.

PCO: Kathy Marshall

Program: David Ginsberg

Event Planning: Jacob Holt

Volunteer: Treina Aronson

Web Editor: Nick Bohall

Newsletter Editor: Steven Butts

Parliamentarian: Jacob Holt

Data and Technology: TBD

Old Business:

None

New Business:

Martha Koester (?) submitted a resolution to oppose Medicare Privatization. ________________ spoke against, Chris Porter spoke for. Moved, seconded and passed

by acclamation.

Nick Bohall unveiled new 34th District Website.

New PCOs appointed:

Chris Langeler in Precinct 1511

Ryan Kuehn in Precinct 1499

Lynn Randal in Precinct 1047

Good of the Order:

Rachel Glass spoke about the Women’s March and the West Seattle Democratic Women and Hate Free Delridge sign making party on Sunday, 1/15 at Treina’s house, running from 11am-2pm.

Lisa Plymate spoke about the Health Care Rally at Westlake Park, also on 1/15

Ann Martin spoke about the 34ths volunteer efforts at the White Center Food bank, every fourth Wednesday evening.

Chris Langeler spoke about the benefit concert for the West Seattle Helpline on 1/13 at Alki United Church of Christ.

Chris Porter spoke again in favor of the Medicare resolution. Warned of a dilution of benefits by incoming administration.

9:04 Meeting adjourned to Elliott Bay Brewery