The agenda for the 1/22/14 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.

In this meeting we will be electing officers and point persons for 2014. Candidate information is included below.

We are still seeking candidates for Facilitator, full-time Secretary, and Membership chair. Any Green Party members currently in good standing can run for these positions by preparing a brief candidate statement and attending the election on 1/22. Additionally, any current members looking to assist as point persons or support the officers or committee chairs can contact the appropriate individuals in 2014 directly.

All are welcome!

General Members Meeting Agenda
1. Financial report
2. 15now.org campaign general endorsement vote
3. 2014 position elections

Election Information

OFFICERS
Facilitator – Open
Treasurer – Syd Fredrickson (unchallenged)
Secretary – Steve Dreher (unchallenged; he will be part time in 2014 due to anticipated schedule conflicts, or would stand down if there’s a challenger; he can mentor Q1, & may return Q4 but will travel quite a bit mid-year, so we are seeking a PT or FT Secretary)

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Electoral Committee Chair – Alan Lloyd (unchallenged)
Membership Committee Chair – open

Point people / leads on tasks that are not heads of standing committees:
Social Media lead – Dusty
Web site content manager – Ethan Rourke
Issues/Research/Platform – Hildegard Nichols

Candidates for Coordinating Committee

Candidate Dusty Towler’s Statement
I, Dusty Towler, would like to run for a seat on the Green Party of Seattle’s Coordinating Committee. I would also like to submit my name as the Social Media Lead. As to the committee position, I’m a strong listener who strongly values teamwork and a cohesive unit working towards a common goal. [I joined the CC mid-year in 2013 by request of the current CC, so have a head start in being acquainted with the schedule, the people and the work.] I hope to be taking more of an active position this year and putting more words to action. In regards to the Social Media Lead, I like to think I have a watchful eye and will be monitoring those stories which are pertinent to us in the Green Party of Seattle. I’m open to suggestions about other articles worth posting and would relish the chance to have such a role going forward.

Candidate Hildegard Nichols’ Statement
Even though Germany is ruled by a “Big Coalition” between the Christian and Social Democrats there, the world’s first “Energiewende”, the turn towards renewable energies, has been designed widely by Green Party members, and the most prolific of them, Rainer Baalke, has just last month been entrusted with seeing to its success as the Under Secretary of Economics and Energy. The German example shows, that a Green Party doesn’t have to necessarily attain the power position. You can just strive for expertise combined with trustworthiness, in order to be heard and to have your ideas put into practice. And that’s important. With that in mind, I am running for “Issues & Research Coordinator” on the Green Party of Seattle Coordinating Committee.

I would occasionally write press releases, plus communications that could go out to coalition allies; doing research on issues to propose to the CC or general membership of GPOS to consider and vote on for adoption or endorsement; and sometime later in the year perhaps combine several of our top issues into a statement that would be more like a platform.

I hope I will find collaborators to develop an economic concept that would satisfy social and environmental requirements, without getting too weighted down by ideological taboos – and bickering. In my opinion, we should not focus on what is “left” and “right” in the political spectrum, because these are old and quite random terms that don’t include the concept of sustainability. Also, the coordinates of US politics have shifted so far to the right since the 1980s, that even someone who would have been considered quite “middle of the road” back then would now be on the left fringe.

So, instead of arguing forever about our position on a left-to-right scale (or loop?) we should focus on down-to-earth improvements that better our society and the human relationship to nature.

Since we are in Seattle, I’d like to especially focus on Puget Sound, its Marine Life, how important it is to the people who live here and how those same people threaten its ecological balance. More people than you think eat fish out of Puget Sound, partly because they can’t afford other protein sources. But, if you live the traditional life style of the Pacific Northwest (or if you are, let’s say an orca), you can easily poison yourself with heavy metals and other industrial waste products in our waters. This needs to change.

I think I qualify for the position because I have a severe case of curiosity and of wanting to explain stuff. I worked in Germany for 20 years as a TV journalist, dealing mostly with economics and the environment, have been following the development of the Green Party there, and also have a good basic understanding of how economic systems work, since I hold a Master’s degree in political economics (Diplom-Volkswirtin, Mainz 1985). Rivers were my special point of interest in Germany, and when the dams on the Elwha came down in 2011, I wanted to make a documentary on how river and water policies in general compare between the two countries. Even though the film hasn’t been finished, I did a lot of research on the subject and would love to put that to use. Sound waters are an indicator of sound people, even sound societies, and I consider them my favorite worthy cause. As your Issues & Research Coordinator I would make sure they don’t get abandoned under a pile of seemingly more urgent topics.

Candidate Alan Lloyd’s Statement
Alan Lloyd is seeking election for a Coordinating Committee position, with electoral races as his focus. He would represent the Electoral Committee on the CC and be Chair of that standing committee. He has been a member of GPOS since year 2000, and has served in many roles for it, including previous years on the CC. He has electoral experience, as he ran for Seattle School Board Position #7 in 2005, and has served as Chair and member of the Police Review Commission in Berkeley, CA for two years. He feels it is important for GPOS to be an action-oriented organization, focusing on a few issues.

Candidate Steve Dreher’s Statement
Steve Dreher is running for a second term as Secretary and looks to provide administrative support to the Green Party daily operations. He has served a term as Secretary in 2013 as well. Steve has considered himself a Green for many years.

Candidate Syd Fredrickson’s Statement
Syd Fredrickson is running for Treasurer of GPOS, having completed last year in same role. She is Chair of the Membership Committee and has agreed to be the official point person for GPOS contacts on Nation Builder. She represented us in electoral efforts such as on Seattle Fair Elections/Proposition last year and several times did tabling or other types of outreach to represent the GP. Syd is now also on the board of Washington Public Campaigns, continuing the work on public campaign financing from local to state and national levels. She has fulfilled two previous terms of service on the GPOS CC, one year as Facilitator and in 2013 as Treasurer. She’s been a member of the GPOS since the 1990s.

Candidate Ethan Rourke’s Statement
My name is Ethan Rourke and I am the database manager for the Green Party of Washington State. I have been assisting Jody Grage, the state outreach coordinator with a transition from Microsoft Access to the NationBuilder (NB) community organizing system. We have reached a point where we are ready to implement the system at the local level. I would like to be on the Coordinating Committee as key GPOS NationBuilder trainer and as website manager, helping to fully migrate from the current WordPress site to NB and post new content.

On Wednesday, December 04, 2013 starting around 7:00 PM The Green Party of Seattle will be having a potluck holiday party at the home of fellow member Joe Szwaja in Northeast Seattle.

Contact us for directions and if you plan to attend or have questions on bringing guests or a dish to share. All are welcome! (GreenPartyofSeattle@gmail.com).

This appeared on 10/10/13, and has a quote by fellow Seattle Green Party member Jody Grage:

http://kuow.org/post/socialist-candidate-sawant-keeps-conlin-defensive

The Green Party of Seattle has endorsed these candidates and issues who are up for a vote in November 2013.

We encourage Greens and our friends to actively support these campaigns:

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Position 2

http://www.votesawant.org/

Sue Peters for Seattle School Board District 4

http://suepeters4schoolboard.org/

Washington State Initiative 522 for GMO Food Labeling

http://yeson522.com/

Proposition 1 Fair Elections Seattle for Public Campaign Financing

http://fairelectionsseattle.com/

 

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!

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