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    2018 WSDC Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Acting Chair Michael Taylor-Judd

    7:00 Pledge of Allegiance.

    7:02 Acknowledgement of VIP’s – Representative Eileen Cody, State (and endorsed) Senate Candidates Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen.

    7:07 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

    7:08 Recognition of the nominations of Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim woman and one of the 2 two first Native American women to Congress respectively.

    Need to get our PCO#s up. 2020 Caucuses are expected to be very well attended.

    7:10 Treasurer’s Report –
    Garden Party raised $23,000, expenses for it were $8,000
    There is $15,000 in the caucus fund and $19,641.56 in the savings account.

    7:12 KCDCC Report – Martha Koester reports that there is a new Treasurer.

    7:13 Chris Porter expressed his thanks to the Garden Party Committee.

    7:14 Recognition of Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

    7:16 – Program – Things you can do to get involved!

    Help with the Outreach Committee to get people signed up to vote!

    Get involved and help with other districts and campaigns.

    Some organizations worthy of your consideration:

    Voter Registration and Engagement:
    Latino Community Fund of Washington (info@latinocommunityfund.org) – Works on growing
    Latinx community involvement.

    Code Blue Washington (www.codeblue.team/) – Kim Ricketts reiterated that STATE LEGISLATIVE
    RACE MATTER. She invited the membership to join the Code Blue Facebook Group. They are not
    A fundraising operation in this state yet. They try not to favor any candidates in primaries.
    Voter Registration is NOT their focus. It is more on engagement. Don’t have an iPhone? Prefer
    pen and paper to tapping on a keyboard? Check out https://postcardstovoters.org
    You can help from the comfort of your own home! The Code Blue team does work with
    MiniVan, the state parties and candidates.

    Knock 10 (itunes.apple.com/us/app/knock-10/id1241443399)

    Homelessness:
    Facing Homelessness (www.facebook.com/HomelessInSeattle/)
    Low Income Housing Institute (https://lihi.org/tiny-houses/)
    Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (http://WLIHA.org)
    Real Change (http://realchangenews.org)
    West Side Interfaith Network (https://sites.google.com/site/wschristianchurches/) Provides
    meals and funds

    Timothy Harris from Real Change spoke about the paper.

    Also discussed were the Facing Homelessness Facebook Group, the Pike Place Senior Center,
    Camp Second Chance, Low Income Housing Alliance’s Tiny Houses program, support for
    Veterans, the America’s Promise program.

    Observed that centralized services were not as efficient as de-centralized services were.

    It was also pointed out that School Districts define homelessness differently than the
    government does, and that tough conversations were needed about prioritizing funding.
    Teams? Theaters? Or…People?

    Other:
    Bathrooms that are safe for all (www.refugerestrooms.org)
    Assist Citizenship Seekers
    Planned Parenthood (www.istandwithpp.org
    Volunteer to help pass Initiative 1639.
    Check out www.volunteermatch.org

    8:10 New Business – Martha Koester introduced a Resolution in support of Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s Amendment to invest an additional $184 million into affordable housing for King County residents. It is a compromise on stadium funding and funds for the homeless.

    A point of order was raised of the necessity of suspending the rules to consider the motion.

    Moved and Seconded to vote to suspend the rules. Motion failed. Steve will publish it in the newsletter.

    8:20 Recognition of newly Elected PCO Julie Whitaker from Vashon Island.

    8:23 Good of the Order.

    8:25 Adjourned.

    October 2018 Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    October 10, 2018

    At the Hall at Fauntleroy

    7:00 Call To Order from Chair David Ginsberg

    7:01 Flag Salute

    7:02 Minutes approved

    7:03 Agenda amended, Dues Committee report added.

    7:04 Agenda adopted

    7:04 Chairs Report – 28 Days until the Election! This is our chance to put a check on this president. Let’s Get Out The Vote! Because when The People turn out, DEMS WIN! Face to face contact is best, but if you can’t do that, Call!

    7:06 Walk Lists distributed. Please use Minivan!

    7:08 Christy Hader from the Yes on 1631 asked the membership to help knock on doors to support clean energy!

    7:15 Dues Committee recommendations:

    Expenses have grown since the last dues change. The cost per member is over $100 a year now. Dow and generous members of the Board have helped to keep us solvent, but this is clearly not sustainable.

    The following is proposed:

    Moving to paying dues monthly and optimally online.

    $15 – Sustaining Membership

    $34 – Friend of the 34th

    $50 – Benefactor

    $100 – Hero

    This new structure would start in January. Dues are NOT mandatory. No one will ever be denied

    Membership due to their financial situation. Much spirited discussion. Membership advised that they would have the opportunity to vote on it at the next meeting.

    8:00 New Business – Campaign contributions considered

    $500 to I-1631, Remaining $500 to be distributed equally to the 3 remaining endorsed Initiatives.

    8:20 A Remembrance of Jackie Dupras. Ivan Weiss, Michael Taylor-Judd, Steve Butts, Ann Martin, Joe McDermott and Martha Koester all shared moving, heartfelt memories of Jackie. Her husband Ed also addressed the membership.

    8:40 Good of the Order –

    SW Lutheran Family Services is having their gala on October 27th. Ann Martin has purchased a table and extended an invitation to join her.

    The White Center Food Bank Gala will be on October 20th.

    Mona Das and Debra Entenman will be at the West Seattle Democratic Women’s meeting on October 25th at noon.

    8:45 – Adjourned.

    September 2018 Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

    7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

    7:02 Minutes and Adoption of Agenda MSP.

    7:03 Chair’s Report – Hospitality and Membership Chairs are currently vacant.  Chair related how his family has been affected by gun violence. This, along with jobs, housing and income inequality will all be topics raised in the debate tonight.

    7:06 New Business – Proposal from the E-Board to pass a slate of Initiatives. I-940 (De-escalation training for Law Enforcement) I-1631 (Cleaner Air, Cleaner Energy) and 1639 (Gun Safety) – MSP.

    7:08 Martha Koester spoke in support of King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles proposed budget amendment for affordable housing.  Brooks Salazar raised the point that the issue is moot as this issue has already been addressed in Council.

    A motion to table the issue until the next meeting was MSP.

    7:11 PCO Chair Brooks Salazar announced that there would be a penalty against a PCO at the next membership meeting.

    7:12 – Representative Eileen Cody arrived and was greeted.

    7:13 – A Debate in the Lincoln Douglas format between candidates for State Senate Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen. Chris Porter moderated.

    Joe won the toss and spoke first about how he would address economic inequality. Acknowledges that our tax code is regressive. Favors a Capital Gains Tax, and for reviewing those tax emptions that as of now will never expire. Points out that the amount of the exemptions is more that the budget of the state. Supports a State Bank. McCleary clearly did not address the inequality/achievement gap. We must support our teachers, and we need to make sure that our elected officials reflect our community and our community’s values. Lack of access to childhood early learning linked to inequality.

    Shannon’s Cross Examination – Supports capital gains tax. What does Joe’s method of “naming and shaming” look like? Which tax exemptions would he target?

    Shannon then gave her ideas on how she would address inequality. Hopes that her children would be able to live in Seattle if they wanted to. Limited by our regressive tax system. There are over 600 tax exemptions in the WA Tax Code.  She would focus on Luxury/Consumer Services, international banking, prescription drug resellers, investment banking, and state sales tax on out of state residents are outmoded. Addressing these loopholes/exemptions could net us about a billion dollars. Capital Gains figures in there too. Working Families Tax Rebate, based on the Federal Earned Income tax. Capital Gains Tax would be a heavy lift in this state. Clearly, we are not paying our teachers enough. Let’s change this. Favors free tech school or c/c to get workers change. Better for COC. Child care affects the mother’s mood. Happy kid? Happy, calm mom.

    Joe – He would not just name and shame. He represents the 34th, one of the most liberal districts in the state, if not the nation and is not interested in pandering to moderate Democrats or Republicans. Health care access is worth standing up for. We do not have a claw back mechanism for lost tax exemption or loophole funds. Boeing is an illustrative example. They were given many tax incentives to stay here in Washington State, yet they still moved to Chicago anyway. Would be in favor of taking another look to see if those are being used appropriately.

    Shannon – Shannon cares just as much as Joe about the folks in our district, and our state.

    Equity access is hugely important. Best Starts for Kids Levy has been remarkable. Spoke about involvement with the Somali community regarding health care. We must be prepared to be uncomfortable with what we don’t know and be willing to connect and learn about things that we may not know. Need to raise the Housing Trust Fund, it helps to leverage other dollars. We should be looking at surplus land, across the board, INCLUDING the State Department of Transportation. Homelessness is a complex issue, and we need to start giving front line workers more funds to help prevent it. When building shelters, we need 24/7 shelters. They are the most effective way to help the homeless, as there are often Navigation Centers at them as well.

    Joe – How do we make sure that funds go to housing and not to stadiums?

    Next topic was Schools, guns, and public safety. The statistics are sobering. There are more gun dealers in Washington than Starbucks AND Post Offices combined. What specific legislation will you introduce to address this? What is your plan to build support?

    Shannon – Kids should not be worrying about how to defend against an active shooter. Supports I-1639.

    The Legislature has failed us. Gun Violence IS a public health crisis. Have not done a good enough job in dealing with how domestic and gun violence inter relate, or for protecting families. How guns relate to suicide and mental health. For every dollar invested in mental health for children, $17 are saved later.

    It isn’t about taking away people’s guns anymore than seat belts are about taking away people’s cars.

    Getting I-1639 passed is not enough. We need to have a solid plan of how we will implement it.

    If I-1639 doesn’t pass, she will introduce legislation to address every piece of it.

    Joe – Mental health and suicide.  Very personal for him, as his cousin committed suicide using a gun.

    Supports I-1639. We do not need military weapons to go hunting with. Need more training in gun safety.

    This is an issue that can be prevented.

    Funding comes into play. $25 fee for gun purchases, to be used for gun safety education and to provide funding for prevention. We need to keep better track of people who have guns.

    Joe would like to know how Shannon talks to people on the other side of the gun debate.

    Shannon finds that a lot of them are motivated by fear. Individually, she finds more common ground. Observes that the NRA stokes the fear mongering. Taking a Public Health approach emphasizes SAFETY.

    Joe recognizes that there is a cultural issue as well. We need to engage with people to find out what motivates them so that we can find a common solution. There should be training for the safe use of guns. Good place to start.

    Shannon – Hopes I-1639 passes. If it doesn’t pass, there ARE legislators that are working on the issue.

    Senator Frockt from North Seattle is one of them. She would reach out to him to come up with a plan to engage those on the other side. Would be relentless in keeping this issue at the forefront with other legislators.

    What is the highest priority for the 34th?

    Shannon – Passing Capital Gains tax and addressing our regressive tax system. Addressing Child Care access. This is very important. People should have the opportunity to make the life that they want for themselves.

    Joe – Fixing the tax structure. Having an equitable environment for everyone. Standing with workers and the working class. Is not taking PAC money. The DISTRICT is his special interest.

    Closing statements – Both Candidates thanked the membership for coming out and participating.

    Shannon pointed out that she cannot self-finance.

    8:13 Election in 55 days!

    Britney from the Coordinated Campaign advised that we keep in mind the lessons of the 2016 election. Nothing is safe, and we need to make sure that we are getting people involved because that means that they will be more likely to vote next time.

    Britney has some granular data about priority precincts that she would be happy to share.

    Avi from Kim Schrier’s campaign came to talk about Kim. She’s been a pediatrician in Issaquah for the past 17 years. Saw what the Republican Health Care plan would do her patients. It is a tough race in a big district. Kim will need our help.

    Hannah from the 47th LD (Our Sister District) was up next. She is the Campaign Manager for Mona Dawes for the State Senate. Debra Entenman is running as well.

    8:25 King County Council Member Joe McDermott moved to endorse Seattle Proposition 1. Assures that it does not fund charter schools. It will inject a lot of money into Seattle Schools. It was Moved, Seconded and Passed by the membership.

    Good of the Order: Seattle School Board President Leslie Harris gave a short talk about the state of the school Board and the school boundary changes that are being discussed. The Seattle School Board has a 20 Billion Dollar wish list, of which only 1 billion will be on the next levy. She appreciates the teachers and the staff for bargaining hard and avoiding a strike.

    9/15 to 10/15 National Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Martha Koester has info to help people get re-enfranchised. And for Domestic Violence survivors to vote anonymously.

    Chris Porter reported on an outbreak of HIV in North Seattle, and that there has been a 17% uptick in sexual assault reporting.

    8:40 – Adjourned to Whiskey West.

    August 8, 2018 Meeting Notes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Acting Chair Michael Taylor-Judd

    7:00 Pledge of Allegiance.

    7:02 Acknowledgement of VIP’s – Representative Eileen Cody, State (and endorsed) Senate Candidates Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen.

    7:07 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

    7:08 Recognition of the nominations of Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim woman and one of the 2 two first Native American women to Congress respectively.

    Need to get our PCO#s up. 2020 Caucuses are expected to be very well attended.

    7:10 Treasurer’s Report –

    Garden Party raised $23,000, expenses for it were $8,000

    There is $15,000 in the caucus fund and $19,641.56 in the savings account.

    7:12 KCDCC Report – Martha Koester reports that there is a new Treasurer.

    7:13 Chris Porter expressed his thanks to the Garden Party Committee.

    7:14 Recognition of Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

    7:16 – Program – Things you can do to get involved!

    Help with the Outreach Committee to get people signed up to vote!

    Get involved and help with other districts and campaigns.

    Some organizations worthy of your consideration:

    Voter Registration and Engagement:

    Latino Community Fund of Washington (info@latinocommunityfund.org) – Works on growing

    Latinx community involvement.

    Code Blue Washington (www.codeblue.team/) – Kim Ricketts reiterated that STATE LEGISLATIVE

    RACE MATTER. She invited the membership to join the Code Blue Facebook Group. They are not

    A fundraising operation in this state yet. They try not to favor any candidates in primaries.

    Voter Registration is NOT their focus. It is more on engagement. Don’t have an iPhone? Prefer

    pen and paper to tapping on a keyboard? Check out https://postcardstovoters.org

    You can help from the comfort of your own home! The Code Blue team does work with

    MiniVan, the state parties and candidates.

     

    Knock 10 (itunes.apple.com/us/app/knock-10/id1241443399)

     

    Homelessness:

    Facing Homelessness (www.facebook.com/HomelessInSeattle/)

    Low Income Housing Institute (https://lihi.org/tiny-houses/)

    Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (http://WLIHA.org)

    Real Change (http://realchangenews.org)

    West Side Interfaith Network (https://sites.google.com/site/wschristianchurches/) Provides

    meals and funds

     

    Timothy Harris from Real Change spoke about the paper.

     

    Also discussed were the Facing Homelessness Facebook Group, the Pike Place Senior Center,

    Camp Second Chance, Low Income Housing Alliance’s Tiny Houses program, support for

    Veterans, the America’s Promise program.

     

    Observed that centralized services were not as efficient as de-centralized services were.

     

    It was also pointed out that School Districts define homelessness differently than the

    government does, and that tough conversations were needed about prioritizing funding.

    Teams? Theaters? Or…People?

    Other:

    Bathrooms that are safe for all (www.refugerestrooms.org)

    Assist Citizenship Seekers

    Planned Parenthood (www.istandwithpp.org

    Volunteer to help pass Initiative 1639.

    Check out www.volunteermatch.org

    8:10 New Business – Martha Koester introduced a Resolution in support of Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s Amendment to invest an additional $184 million into affordable housing for King County residents. It is a compromise on stadium funding and funds for the homeless.

    A point of order was raised of the necessity of suspending the rules to consider the motion.

    Moved and Seconded to vote to suspend the rules. Motion failed. Steve will publish it in the newsletter.

    8:20 Recognition of newly Elected PCO Julie Whitaker from Vashon Island.

    8:23 Good of the Order.

    8:25 Adjourned.

    July 2018 Membership Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

    7:01 Pledge of Allegiance.

    7:02 Recognition of VIPs –

    • Mayor Jimmy Matta – Burien
    • Councilwoman Krystal Marx – Burien
    • Councilman Pedro Olguin – Burien

    Representative Eileen Cody cannot attend due to an injury. She sends her regrets.

    7:03 Minutes and Agenda (M)oved(S)econded(P)assed.

    7:05 Chair’s Report –

    • 90 tickets have already been sold for the Garden Party! We will also have a booth in the
    • GreenLife section of the West Seattle Summerfest.  There are links on the webpage calendar to
    • Sign up for volunteer slots. Vashon Strawberry Festival, White Center Parade and West Seattle
    •  Grand Parade are all coming up.

    7:07 Treasurer’s Report –

    •  Gina reports that the caucus fund is at $15,000.
    • The General Fund is currently 12,599.67
    • Expenses were 3,908.00

    7:09 Moved and seconded that the body endorse Dan Satterberg for King County Prosecutor.

    • No other nominations.
    • Jimmy Matta spoke for.
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke against.
    • Chenelle Chase spoke for.
    • Marcee Stone Vekich again spoke against.

    Mr. Satterberg endorsed overwhelmingly.

    7:17 – Main Program – Trump’s Cruel and Unusual Immigration Policy

    Speakers (in order) were:

    • Larry Matsuda, who was born in an internment camp, spoke powerfully of the impact of family displacement over the generations, and observed that history does not repeat itself, rather, it rhymes.
    • Jackie Lloyd-Evans from Nicaragua spoke about the impact of Trump’s policies on
    • Immigrant families in the district and outlined some of the challenges that they face,
    • namely the language barrier, acculturation, and legal status. Fear of legal expenses and fear of law enforcement play a big role in this as well.
    • Mayor Jimmy Matta spoke about the need to Educate, Agitate and Organize.
    • Katie Harris spoke on what the West Seattle and White Center neighborhoods were doing in terms of rapid response. She gave a detailed list and explanation of organizations that were active in this area and how they were responding.

    A brief Q&A followed.

    8:25 – Chair David Ginsberg had to leave early, so Second Vice Chair Michael Taylor-Judd presided over the remainder of the meeting.

    8:26 – PCO Chair Brooks Salazar discussed PCO walk lists.

    8:28 – Good of the Order – Upcoming Candidate forum on Vashon Island.

    8:37 – Adjourned.