The agenda for the 10/23/12 Green Party of Seattle General Members meeting is below.

The meeting will run from 7 – 9 pm at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association Building, room 3.  The address is 6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103.

All are welcome!

  1. Introductions
  2. Greens Support of Endorsed Campaigns: Sawant, Sue Peters, I 522, Proposition 1
  3. Phone-Banking for Renewing Members Resumes after Elections – Seeking Volunteers
  4. Possible Location(s) of GM meetings in 2014
  5. Potluck Holiday Party on December 4th – current members, new or prospective members and friends welcome!
  6. Reminder of Upcoming January 2014 Coordinating Council Elections
  7. Nation Builder Platform Presentation
  8. Announcements

Pamm Larry – leader of the effort behind 2012 California GMO Labeling Proposition 37 – will speak at the Green Party of Seattle General Members Meeting on September 25th 2013.  Pamm’s talk will start at 7:30 pm in room 3 of the Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle).  All are welcome!

Based in Chico, CA Pamm is a farmer, midwife, businesswoman and a gutsy grandmother of three. A couple of years ago, she was so distraught about our modern day food system that she quit her day job and spent her time educating herself on GMOs and how to apply for a ballot initiative.  Next, she searched for a team and went straight to the state capital to painstakingly navigate through the bureaucratic muddle of tedious paperwork necessary to put an initiative on the California ballot. This process initiated Proposition 37 in California.

Pamm now comes to Seattle to inspire, share lessons learned and help to ensure success for Initiative 522 in Washington State!

Please go to Brown Paper Tickets to register.  The cost is free.  http://labelgmos.brownpapertickets.com/

In November 2013 there will be a “Proposition 1″ on ballots for all City of Seattle voters. If approved, this would allow the city to offer public funding of campaigns for those who chose to participate with this matching funds system.

The current City Council studied various options and models that are in place in other cities and they unanimously approved to forward this Proposition to the citizens (the approval of the citizenry is an action mandated by state law). For more details including events and endorsements, see http://fairelectionsseattle.com/

Here’s how this would work: Candidates who raise 600 individual donations of at least $10 each will qualify for the program. Contributions up to $50 are matched with 6 public dollars for every $1, up to $210,000 in the campaign fund. Participating candidates would be allowed to only spend $140,000 in the primary and $245,000 overall, except when an opponent spends more, then they could continue to collect and spend if they choose to do so.  Approval of Prop. 1 authorizes six years of property taxes, with an estimated $2,000,000 to be collected in 2014 based on $0.0164 / $1000 assessed value.

Having public campaign financing gives us all a more participatory democracy, encouraging more people to run, more people (of lesser means than the average donor today) to donate, and it benefits the candidates who have a good number of willing donors but not necessarily friends with deep pockets or lots of money themselves. This allows grassroots campaigns to have a chance to compete in the local races where campaign spending has steadily increased so that in the last few years it takes a quarter of a million dollars to win. Also, the candidates can focus on more than just fundraising for so much of the time and instead they can formulate issue stances, be out on picket lines, or knocking on doors.

If minor party candidates and independents are to have a chance of a successful outcome and represent more varied interests than the current council this is likely to do the most to allow candidates to focus on issues and platform, form relationships with constituents and not be beholden to lobbyists, PACs and business interests.

Seattle had partial public financing of election campaigns in 1979 and 1981, and from 1987-1991. However, in 1992, state Initiative 134 passed, prohibiting public financing. Then, in 2008 the State legislature passed a law allowing local jurisdictions to establish programs to publicly finance their campaigns, if approved by a public vote, and if funding is derived from local sources only.

The Seattle City Council responded by passing Resolution 31061, which set up a Campaign Public Financing Advisory Committee that recommended a system for publicly financing Seattle election campaigns. That committee recommended that the City Council place a measure on the November 2009 ballot for a public financing program, but with the 2008-09 downturn in the economy it was postponed until renewed interest in 2011 brought this back to the table.

Please share this with friends, talk it up – and vote Yes on Proposition 1 this fall!

The Green Party of Seattle voted in its General Membership meeting on 7/24/13 to endorse the candidacy of Kshama Sawant for City Council Position 2.  Kshama Sawant is a member of the Green Party of Seattle.

More information about her campaign can be found online: http://www.votesawant.org/

 

We are accepting donations to our 2014 electoral campaign fund. Please click the button below to be taken to the PayPal processing site.

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The Green Party of Seattle is co-sponsoring this event which is being organized by CityClub: http://www.seattlecityclub.org/20130416

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Seattle Speaks: Shaping Seattle Neighborhoods

In partnership with Seattle Channel & Town Hall Seattle
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Location: Town Hall (downstairs) | 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Doors Open: 6:00 p.m.
Audience Instructions: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Price: FREE!
To register, visit www.seattlecityclub.org or call (206) 682-7395. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
What goes into making a neighborhood great and keeping it that way? With a proposed upzone in Seattle’s South Lake Union and other neighborhoods and lingering debate over past decisions, land-use issues are a popular and potentially polarizing topic these days. What lessons can be learned from past efforts and how are citizen voices being heard in the process? How should policy makers balance issues such as economic development, open space, densification, long-term growth, and neighborhood desires while keeping Seattle Seattle?
Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead a live televised discussion featuring (to date) Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin, Vulcan’s Vice President of Real Estate Development Ada M. Healey, Department of Planning and Development Director Diane Sugimura, and other leaders, critics and stakeholders including YOU! Join us either at Town Hall or online, where you can take part in the polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail.  Presented in Partnership by CityClub, Seattle Channel and Town Hall Seattle.
 
Presented in Partnership by CityClub, Seattle Channel and Town Hall Seattle
Note: Attendees under 18 years of age, not accompanied by a parent or guardian, must bring this signed release form in order to be part of the live interactive audience. (Minors may still attend the event without a release, but cannot participate in the live studio portion of the audience.)

The Green Party of Seattle is co-sponsoring an International Organization for a Participatory Society event on 4/21/13 where Gar Lipow will speak.

This is being held starting at 2:00 pm at Fremont Public Library and the topic is “Cooling a Fevered Planet.”  Collaboration & strategy sessions will follow.

More information can be found here: http://www.iopsociety.org/events/cooling-a-fevered-planet-connecting-the-movement

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