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    Carla Rogers

    Transit Town Hall

    Transit Town Hall

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    Join the 34th District Democrats and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce for a conversation with SoundTransit Town Hall Transit staff about the West Seattle Link Extension project. Take our pre-meeting survey and submit questions ahead of the meeting.

    The Center for Active Living – 4217 Oregon Street in the West Seattle Junction

    Tuesday, July 23rd, 7 – 9pm

    Next Pop-Up Social – July

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    Join us for our monthly Pop Up Social!
    Our Pop Up Socials are casual, no business, low-effort gatherings at a local bar/restaurant. We did this for the first time in November of 2021 at Beer Star in White Center as a way to connect during COVID protocols, and it was a big success. Each month we choose a different bar or brewery in the district – White Center, Burien, SODO and West Seattle. The goal is to provide a venue to visit with neighbors and discuss politics or issues of the moment. These events will be announced around the first of the month and will be promoted in the weekly email and on our website calendar.
    Next Pop Up Social:  Friday, July 26, 5:30-8 – The Bridge – 6301 California Ave SW in West Seattle
    If you have an idea for a pop up social location – email the communications chair at digcomm@34dems.org.
    Monthly Newsletter

    Download the July Newsletter

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    Monthly NewsletterThe 34th District’s monthly newsletter has been released. Editor Steve Butts says this issue is one you won’t want to miss! Download it and learn what’s going on in the district!

    2024 Endorsements

    34th Endorsements for 2024

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    The members and PCOs of the 34th District Democrats vote each year to endorse candidates. Those candidates will be supported in GOTV efforts for the Primary and General Election. These candidates may also receive financial donations and other types of in-kind support. Congratulations to our endorsed candidates!  

    Our endorsements are complete for the 2024 Primary. After the results of the Primary, there may be additional endorsements made. Watch for the August meeting agenda. 

    If you have questions, please contact the chair

    The 34th’s Rules of Endorsement

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    Endorsement RulesAre you a candidate who is seeking endorsement by the 34th District Democrats? First, thank you for your willingness to do public service. We know that running for office is a difficult hill to climb and we salute you for that intense effort.

    Being endorsed by the local party is a big achievement and means a lot to voters. We want you to understand what is takes to get that endorsement. Beginning in the winter, we allow candidates a ‘spotlight’ during our monthly meetings. This is a 3-5 minute introduction to the membership. You must contact the chair to get a spot on the agenda for the spotlight. Agendas are created at least 2 weeks ahead of our monthly 2nd Wednesday meetings. You will not be able to take part in the spotlight if you do not coordinate first with the chair.

    You must be a Democrat. You also must complete and submit the King County Democrats Questionnaire as we use this instead of requiring an additional questionnaire and/or interview.

    Our endorsement meeting is held the 2nd Wednesday in June and features a subset of races. The chair will communicate with candidates and campaign teams prior to the event to share all the details.

    Please review our endorsement rules so that you understand the process.

    Good luck!

    Resolution Condemning Seattle City Attorney’s Filing

    Resolution Condemning Seattle City Attorney’s Filing

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    Adopted by the membership on April 10, 2024


    Resolution Condemning Seattle City Attorney’s Filing of a Standing Affidavit of Prejudice against Municipal Court Judge Pooja Vaddadi

    Whereas the Seattle voters duly and independently elected Judge Pooja Vaddadi, a municipal court judge, to a four-year term in November 2022; and

    Whereas on Friday, March 1, 2024 the departing criminal division chief Natalie Walton-Anderson of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office issued a standing affidavit of prejudice against Judge Vaddadi, effectively preventing Judge Vaddadi from hearing any new criminal case against defendants within the City of Seattle and thereby preventing her from fulfilling her duties as an elected judge; and

    Whereas this action is extreme and negates the election of Judge Vaddadi by denying her right to hear cases that would be within her jurisdiction and puts added pressure on other judges and a system already dealing with workload issues; and

    Whereas, according to Judge Vaddadi, she was not presented with any evidence of the accusations of biased rulings, failure to find probable cause where there was clearly probable cause or any of the other stated reasons for the action disqualifying her and, in fact, none of her previous decisions have been reversed on appeal; and

    Whereas the actions of Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison appear to be based on policy differences with the judge rather than a legitimate legal foundation, none of which have been acknowledged by the City Attorney,

    Now therefore be it resolved the 34th District Democrats reaffirm their support for Judge Vaddadi demonstrated by endorsement of the judge in 2022; and

    Be it further resolved we call on Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison to withdraw the Standing Affidavit of Prejudice that is preventing the judge from doing her duly elected job; and

    Be it finally resolved we call upon Mayor Bruce Harrell, District 1 Councilmember Rob Saka and other councilmembers to condemn the actions taken by the Seattle City Attorney’s office and uphold the values of an independent judiciary.


    Sponsored by Kelsey Vanhee,34th LD Democrats Member, March 2024

     

    Ukraine Sovereignty

    Resolution in Support of the Sovereignty of Ukraine

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    Adopted by the membership on April 10, 2024


    Resolution in Support of House Resolution 227 Recognizing the Sovereignty of Ukraine and the Unbreakable Spirit of the People of Ukraine 

    WHEREAS on February 24, 2022, the Government of the Russian Federation launched an unprovoked, full-scale, military invasion against Ukraine in direct violation of international law;  and contrary to the expectations of the Russian Federation, Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv did not fall in a matter of days, thus preventing Russia from achieving its objectives of conquering Ukraine and installing a puppet government; and

    WHEREAS  Russia’s invading forces have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocity crimes in Ukraine, including rape, torture, murder, the forcible deportation of children, and the targeting of civilian critical infrastructure; and

    WHEREAS  Russia’s full-scale invasion has created immense humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and, as a result, there have been over 30,000 civilian casualties of which about a third have died, roughly 8 million people have been internally displaced, and 17,600,000 people are in need of humanitarian aid; and Russia’s war has also triggered an immense human and economic toll felt well beyond Ukraine’s border, including a massive influx of over 8,100,000 Ukrainian refugees in Europe and an exacerbation of global food insecurity; and

    WHEREAS, as a share of a country’s defense budget, 12 countries have provided more military aid to Ukraine than the United States; and

    WHEREAS House Resolution 227, “Recognizing the sovereignty of Ukraine and the unbreakable spirit of the people of Ukraine,” has been introduced in the US House of Representatives and a similar resolution has been introduced by Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell in the Senate,

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the 34th LD Democrats urge US Representative Pramila Jayapal and all of the Washington State Democratic delegation to co-sponsor House Resolution 227:

    (1) affirming strong support for continued United States assistance to Ukraine, specifically the transfer of aid to enable Ukraine to liberate its sovereign territory and win the war as soon as possible;

    (2)  showing support for those United States allies and partners that have provided significant support to Ukraine and urging continued and increased assistance to Ukraine; and

    (3) calling on allies and partners in Europe to increase national defense spending in order to bolster trans-Atlantic security; and

    BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED this resolution be sent to the Washington State Democratic Delegation in the US Congress.


    Sponsored by Carla Rogers, officer and member of the 34th LD Democrats, January 2024

    2024 Convention NN

    2024 Convention Overview

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    135 people will represent
    Washington State at the 2024
    Democratic National Convention.

    You could be one of them.

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    During the January meeting of the State Party, details for this year’s convention were shared. You may review the full explanation of the delegate process on the state website. The website includes key dates and a video from State Party Chair Shasti Conrad.

    If you are interested in running for 34th delegate, pre-register here. Filing deadline is March 31. Our delegate caucus will be held on April 6th, virtually.

     

     

    In Support of Minimum Wage Increase in Unincorporated King County

    Unincorporated King County Minimum Wage Resolution

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    ADOPTED RESOLUTION

    Adopted by the body at the November 8, 2023 monthly membership meeting. 


    WHEREAS the 34th Legislative District Democrats’ platform supports a living wage tied to the median market housing rate; and

    WHEREAS low wages contribute to housing insecurity, homelessness, and many other social problems that weaken our communities; and

    WHEREAS, A full-time worker, putting in 40 hours per week at the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of King County, is required to allocate nearly 70% of their earnings to cover the average monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in King County, which stands at $1,896 (Washington-Apartment-Market-Report-Q3-2023.pdf (uw.edu); and

    WHEREAS in 2013 and 2014 the cities of SeaTac and Seattle respectively established local minimum wages higher than the state minimum wage; and

    WHEREAS in 2022 Tukwila voted by over 82% to raise their city’s minimum wage to approximately the level of neighboring SeaTac, with a phase-in for smaller employers and an exemption for the very smallest employers; and

    Whereas, unincorporated areas of King County, like Skyway and White Center, require workers to be paid just the statewide minimum; and

    WHEREAS raising unincorporated King County’s minimum wage would boost the income of many of these workers and their families, as well as encouraging other cities to do the same, raising the floor throughout King County;

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats endorse the campaign to raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of King County.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats supports legislation that upholds the rights and benefits of workers, ensuring that no wage penalties are imposed on tips or healthcare coverage.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats advocate for legislation that prevents franchisers, solely determined by employee count, from being categorized as small businesses for wage tier determination.

    BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the 34th District Democrats will work to urge the King County councilmembers to pass legislation this year to raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of King County.


    Submitted to the 34th LD Democrats October 2023 by Rebecca Rego.

    Slack

    Join us on Slack

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    In this day and age of too many emails and not enough in-person conversation, the 34th Dems have hadSlack great success using slack. Slack is a communications tool which you can use on your computer, your phone or both. You can engage with it on your terms. It is free to join. Inside slack you can have 1:1 conversations with 34th leadership, board members and any member. You can also join any open ‘channel’ you would like to be a part of. We have general channels about political topics, banter (non-political topics), committee channels, caucus channels and more. There are over 100 members involved in our Slack community. Join today to start a conversation! 

    Join in just a few quick steps:

    1. Click HERE to join the 34th Dems slack
    2. Be sure you remember the email you used to join and your password.
    3. Once you have joined, you are by default automatically joined to the “all 34th – banter” and “all-34th – business” channels.
    4. Locate the MORE menu on the left side panel. (See below image) Click the more menu.
    5. In the menu, click Channel Browser.
    6. When you open the Channel Browser, you will see a list of all the current channels. Some channels have a lock to new members – these are board business channels.
    7. Select the channels you want to join.
    8. Start a conversation!

    Note that the ‘all-34th-business channel’ is for democratic party, 34th or other party announcements and topics. The ‘all-34th-banter’ can be used to share article of interest to those in the party or other community topics. It is also used for campaign events/activities for our endorsed candidates.

    The steps above are based on desktop/laptop. Phone steps are slightly different. The main difference is that you find the Channel Browser by clicking the + sign beside the Channels header in the app. From there it is generally the same.

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