Monthly Meeting Minutes

    Monthly Meeting

    2022-06-08 General Membership Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    34th District Democrats Membership Meeting Minutes

    June 8, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    6:30 Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass 
    • VIP Acknowledgements
      • Senator Joe Nguyen said a few words and thanked the 34th for having him. 
      • King County Conservation Supervisor Chris Porter reminded folks to remember native plants during gardening and yard work, to promote local pollinators. 

    Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

    • Rachel Glass moved and Ann Martin seconded to approve the agenda. Passed by unanimous consent.
    • Ann Martin moved and Tamsen Spangler seconded to approve the minutes. Passed by unanimous consent.

    Budget and Membership Reports

    • Treasurer Julie Whitaker reported on the budget since last meeting.    
      • Budget increased largely due to membership renewals and donations 
      • Current membership is 257 as of 6/6, including 101 PCOs 

    Annual Fundraiser Spotlight

    • Paint the Night Blue: July 14, 6-8 pm at Arthur’s in West Seattle
    • Buy your ticket tonight and get a t-shirt! https://secure.ngpvan.com/s7IxFM809EGI_IBM2bz4MA2 
    • Funds raised go towards electoral vote and getting out the vote. We are a grassroots organization and run off of fundraising to continue our work. 
    • Volunteer opportunities available in lieu of purchase, contact ginatopp@gmail.com.   

    Zoom Tips 

    • We must keep the timer up for speeches
    • Those making speeches will be the first windows in the gallery

    Endorsement and Voting Process

    • Speaking, Motioning and Voting Eligibility
        • 34th Member by deadlines (May 11 for new members and June 7 for renewing) 
        • Reside in the district
    • We have validated our member list and our tally team will be using that to validate all the votes this evening
    • Tally 
        • Tally committee compares the membership list to the votes cast
        • External votes cast are added to the results
    • Some or all of the results will be announced after the program
    • Phone number provided for those who are unable to vote by Zoom

    Endorsements 

    • Board Proposed Slate:
        • Sara Smith moved and Tamsen Spangler seconded to request unanimous consent for the endorsement of the block as recommended by the Board. Approved by unanimous voice vote. 
    • King County Prosecutor
        • Gina Topp moved and Nick Bonazza seconded to endorse Leesa Manion. Gina ceded her time to Leesa who spoke in favor of her endorsement.  Endorsed by unanimous consent. 
    • House of Representatives Position 1
    • Fiasili Svusa moved and Michelle Thomas seconded to endorse Emily Alvarado for House of Representatives Position 1. Fiasili ceded her time and Emily spoke to her endorsement.  Art Chippendale spoke against the endorsement. 
        • Lauri Hennesy moved and Nick Bonazza seconded to nominate Leah Griffin for House of Representatives Position 1. Lauri spoke for Leah’s nomination. 
          • First ballot was split between nominees with 3 no endorsement votes
          • Second ballot was split between nominees 
          • See the tally report on our website for full details. 
        • Michelle Thomas moved and Ann Martin seconded a dual endorsement.  Michelle ceded her time to Ann who spoke in favor of the motion. 
          • Third ballot resulted in a dual endorsement.  
    • Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3
      • Shirley Wilson moved to endorse Adam Eisenberg and Carolyn Ladd seconded. Shirley ceded her time to Adam who spoke for his nomination. 
      • Amy Sundberg moved and Katherine Woolverton seconded to endorse Pooja Vaddadi.  Amy spoke on behalf of Pooja’s nomination then ceded the remainder of her time to Pooja, who also spoke on behalf of their nomination. 
        • First ballot was split between nominees with 6 no endorsement votes
        • Second ballot was split between nominees 
        • See the tally report on our website for full details. 
    • Shirley Wilson motioned and Adam Day seconded for a dual endorsement ballot.  Shirley ceded her time to Adam who spoke for the motion.
      • Third ballot won with dual endorsement.  
    • Seattle Municipal Court Judge, position 7
        • Seferiana Day moved to endorse Damon Shadid and Carolyn Ladd seconded.  Seferiana ceded her time to Damon who spoke for his nominations. 
        • Shirley Wilson moved to endorse and Soleil Lewis seconded Nyjat Rose-Akins.  Shirley ceded her time to Nyjat who spoke for her nomination. 
    • Shadid won the endorsement on the second ballot with 62% of the vote. 

    Program: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, presented by Kate Stockart 

    Announcements

      • Campaign Events are posted all through the election
      • Pop Up Social – June 17, 5:30 – 8, Logan Brewing Co., Burien; they are getting bigger every month, come join the fun! 
      • NO MEETING in July, attend the fundraiser on July 14!
    • Next meeting is August 10, 6:30pm 

    Upcoming Outreach Events 

    EventDateTimeLocation
    Burien Wild Strawberry FestivalSaturday, June 1810am – 6pmBurien Town Center Park
    Sunday, June 1910am – 4pm
    Morgan Junction FestivalSaturday, June 1811am – 2pmMorgan Junction Park
    Burien Independence Day ParadeMonday, July 43pm – 5pmSW 153rd and 6th Ave. SW
    West Seattle Grand ParadeSaturday, July 2311am – 2 pmCalifornia and Lander
    Boulevard Park Block PartySaturday August 1312pm – 6pm1832 S. 120th St.
    Adopt-A-StreetSaturday, September 10th 1pm – 3pm16th Ave SW at Roxbury
    B-Town FiestaSaturday, September 2410am – 6pmBurien Town Center Park
    To Be Determined
    Vashon Strawberry FestivalSaturday July 16
    Sunday July 17

    PCO Plan for the Primary and Beyond

    • Primary Kick Off Event at C&P Coffee – July 9th, 10-1pm, 
    • Primary Sample Ballot
    • Primary Focus – 34th Precincts
    • General Election GOTV Kick Off 
      • Membership Meeting, Wed, Sept 14th, 6:30pm IN PERSON!  Election walk-pieces and sample ballots will be distributed. 
    • Focus – Rep. Schrier Field Trips to the 8th CD to maintain majority in the house 
    • It’s election time, and time to get out the vote! 

    Inspiration by Rachel Glass 

    Kentucky Derby horse Rich Strick was 80 to 1 odds to win, and won after starting at 91st place.  Excellent jockey skills were key. Rachel sees ways to use this as inspiration to go against the prevalent narrative of the group in power in elections.  

    Adjourned at 9:41pm by Carla Rogers, Chair

     

    Executive Board Meeting

    2022-5-18 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    34th Dems Board Meeting Minutes

    May 18, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    7:02 pm – Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Attendees: 

    xCarla RogersxJulie WhitakerxSarah Koch
    Aaron Garcia VirgenKaren RichterxSoleil Lewis
    Annie PhillipsLeah GriffinxSteven Butts
    xBunny HatcherxNick BonazzaxTed Barker
    xChris PorterxRachel GlassxTrey Lykins
    Deena LedgerxRoxanne Thayer
    xGina ToppxSara Smith

    Welcome & Introductions & Reminder of Social Contract

    Review of Agenda and Minutes 

    • Last month’s minutes approved by unanimous consent 
    • Agenda for tonight approved by unanimous consent

    Endorsement Slate

    Below are all races this cycle. Candidates in italics have spoken at a 34Th meeting.     Number in bold indicate a contested race. 

    • King County Superior Court
      • Haydee Eneryda Vargas 12
      • Kristen Ballinger* 2
      • Matthew Segal 3
      • Jason Holloway 44
      • Adrienne McCoy 54
      • Jason Poydras 18
      • Matthew Lapin 8
    • King County District Court West
      • Rebecca Robertson* 3
      • Kristin Shotwell 5
      • Kuljinder Dhillon* 2
      • Gregg Hirakawa 4
      • Lisa Paglisotti* 1
    • State Supreme Court
      • Mary Yu* 1
      • Helen Whitener* 6
      • Barbara Madsen 5
    • King County District Court SW
      • Brian Todd* 1
      • Andrea Jarmon* 2
      • Susan Mahoney 2
      • Laurel Gibson 3
      • Fa’amomoi P. Masaniai, Jr. 4
      • Elizabeth Stephenson 5
    • Seattle Municipal Judge
      • Faye Chess* 2
      • Catherine McDowell 1
      • Anita Crawford-Willis 4
      • Adam Eisenberg 3
      • Andrea Chin 2
      • Willie Gregory* 5
      • Damon Shadid* 7
    • Seattle Appeals Court
      • Janet Chung 7
      • Ian Burk 1
    • US Senator
      • Patty Murray – endorsed
    • US Representative 34th 
      • Pramila Jayapal
    • WA Secretary of State
      • Steve Hobbs – endorsed
    • WA Senator 34th 
      • Joe Nguyen
    • WA Representative 34th
      • Leah Griffin
      • Emily Alvarado
    • WA Representative 34th
      • Joe Fitzgibbon
    • King County Prosecutor
      • Jim Ferrell
      • Leesa Manion
    • Rachel Glass moved to add Pramila Jayapal to the slate, and there was unanimous consent.
    • Nick Bonazza moved that Helen Whitener, Barbara Madsen, all judges in italics, Joe Nguyen, and Joe Fitzgibbon be added to the slate, and there was unanimous consent. 
      • King County District Court SW, no slate needed for this slide (with the bold #2’s) 
      • US Senator – already endorsed 
    • The Slate will be presented to membership for endorsement. 

    Endorsement Meeting

    • Will be held on June 8, at 6:30pm, via Zoom
    • Donations will be made AFTER the Primary
    • GOTV Initiatives will come later in the summer
    • Volunteers: 
      • Offline ballot manager and meeting support – Soleil Lewis 
      • Credentials — Trey Lykins
      • Tally manager – Chris Porter and Ann Martin
    • To vote, you must join the 34th at least the night before 

    Candidate Debate 

    • Chris Porter and Ted Barker have been working with West Seattle Democratic Women on a 90-minute debate to be held between Leah Griffin and Emily Alvarado on May 26th at 6:30 pm 

    PCO Recruiting/Filing

    • Online filing is going on now 24/7 for PCOs through Friday at 4pm, this will be for the presidential election, and we all know what’s going on, and if you’re concerned about democracy, help GOTV! 

    2022 Convention Update re: Resolutions

    • Resolutions Workshop held Sunday
    • 5 Resolutions submitted:
      • Calling for a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Deaths of Tribal Children
      • Calling for Passage of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act
      • Declaring and Responding to a Climate Emergency
      • In Favor of Publicly-Owned Utilities (PUDs) Replacing Privately-Owned Utilities and in Favor of PUDS’ Incentivizing their Users to Go Green
      • In Support of the Keep Our Care Act
    • Delegation is rank voting. Submissions due May 25. 
      • Working with other LDs to share resolutions, if possible, and avoid duplicates
    • Carla sent email to the delegates to rank vote via email

    Fundraising Update 

    • Next meeting is Monday May 23 at 7pm at Arthur’s Restaurant, please volunteer and attend! 

    Upcoming Outreach Events 

    Plan to attend and/or volunteer for at least one: 

    • Adopt-a-Street – Saturday, May 21, 1pm
    • Burien Pride – Saturday, June 4
    • Burien Wild Strawberry Festival – Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19
    • Morgan Junction Festival – Saturday, June 18
    • Burien Independence Day Parade – Monday, July 4
    • West Seattle Grand Parade – Saturday, July 23
    • Boulevard Park Block Party – Saturday August 13
    • B-Town Fiesta – Saturday, September 24

    Announcements & Upcoming Dates

    • General inquiry about interest in a small advocacy event to support Roe V. Wade?  Yes, agreed to plan offline. 
    • Discussion about pros and cons of in-person versus zoom meetings, and reasonable cadence.  Decided October and December will be in person. 
    • May Pop Up Social at Georgetown Liquor Company, May 20 – 5:30-8pm, Dow Constantine will be there. 
    • June 15 Board meeting is at Carla’s home, light agenda and hors d’oeuvres 
    • NO July membership meeting or board meeting

    Good of the Order 

    • Chris Porter SERIOUSLY outfitting for “Paint the Night Blue” so come prepared with your own festive outfit! 

    9:15 Adjourned by Carla Rogers, Chair

    Monthly Meeting

    4-20-22 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    April 20, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    7:00 pm – Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Attendees: 

    xCarla RogersxJulie WhitakerxSara Smith
    Aaron Garcia VirgenKaren RichterSarah Koch
    xBunny HatcherxLeah GriffinxSoleil Lewis
    xChris PorterNick BonazzaxSteven Butts
    Deena LedgerxRachel GlassTrey Lykins
    Gina ToppxRoxanne ThayerxAnnie Phillips 

    Welcome & Introductions & Reminder of Social Contract

    Review of Agenda and Minutes 

    • Last month’s minutes approved by unanimous consent 
    • Agenda for tonight approved by unanimous consent

    Resolutions 

    • Keep Our Care Act 
      • Bunny Hatcher presented on the resolution to preserve care options during the merger of healthcare organizations and to preserve equity. Bunny moved to present Roxanne Thayer spoke in favor of the resolution. Currently 49% of hospitals in Washington State are owned by faith-based corporate entities.  
      • Julie Whitaker moved Rachel Glass seconded to recommend approval to membership inclusive any changes by the board. 
      • Approved with unanimous vote.  Will be presented to the membership May 11.
    • Gondola Study   
      • Q&A with Randy Litzenberger
      • Rachel Glass moved and Chris Porter seconded approval to the membership inclusive any changes by the board. 
      • Approved by unanimous vote.  Will be presented to the membership May 11. 

    Budget Presentation

    • Carla reviewed the budget in detail.  There was a Q&A on line items of interest. 
    • Budget cycle is May 1st through April 30th. 
    • Carryover note into 2023; 20k is designated for the presidential primary in 2024, while we are not sure what amount this event will cost given the new format (delegate caucus).  
    • There was a net positive $7,000+ to take into 2023/24 if the budget goes as planned.
    • Carla moved and Julie Whitaker seconded to approve the budget and recommend adoption by the membership.  
    • Approved by unanimous vote. 

     2022 Convention

    • Elected our representatives: Bunny Hatcher on Platform, Ann Martin on Rules, and Zach Ricketts on Credentials
    • Up to 44 Amendments will be submitted after final edits and Delegate acceptance of final draft 

    Endorsements

    • Two endorsements are complete.  Remaining are:
      • US Rep
      • WA Reps and Senator
      • King County Prosecutor
      • Judicial (many seats) 
    • Request for tech savvy endorsement committee volunteers
    • Candidate forum and debate discussion resulted in the decision to hold a debate.   Chris Porter volunteered to lead organizing it and Ted Barker will assist.

    Endorsements Meeting

    • May 20 is the deadline for candidates and PCOs filing to run.  
    • Need to form an endorsement committee.  Need 4 people tech savvy to help run the meeting.
      • Carla will ask Trey to help with this.  
      • Soleil volunteered to help.  
    • Candidates who get past the primary will be eligible to receive our donations. 

    Fundraising 

    • Meeting tomorrow to discuss fun activities with the “Paint the Night Blue” theme. 

    May Meeting

    • May Meeting Legislative Q&A – Roxanne Thayer and Rachel Glass will organize. 
    • KCDCC (male or non-binary) election to be held – Ted Barker will run
    • 2 Resolutions
    • Budget Review
    • Bylaws Review

    PCO Recruiting/Filing 

    Outreach Events (Subject to Change) 

    • Sign up for events, especially for set up and take town.  This is the face of our organization. Please commit to at least one of these.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1L3QiLNeHoh5ndrM-KBHU7OfjPIb1bePwBqHooLjiL54/edit#gid=0 
    • Adopt-A-Street Saturday, May 21 1pm – 3pm 16th Ave SW at Roxbury
    • Burien Pride Saturday, June 4 10am – 6pm Burien Town Center Park
    • Burien Wild Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 18 10am – 6pm Burien Town Center Park – Sunday, June 19 10am – 4pm
    • Morgan Junction Festival Saturday, June 18 Participation TBD
    • Burien Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4 3pm – 5pm SW 153rd and 6th Ave. SW
    • West Seattle Grand Parade Saturday, July 23 11am – 2 pm California and Lander
    • Boulevard Park Block Party Saturday August 13 12pm – 6pm 1832 S. 120th St.
    • Adopt-A-Street Saturday, September 10th 1pm – 3pm 16th Ave SW at Roxbury
    • B-Town Fiesta Saturday, September 24 10am – 6pm Burien Town Center Park

    Announcements 

    • April Pop Up Social – please attend. April 22 at The Bridge 5:30-8
    • May meeting is 6:30 start

    9:15 Adjourned by Carla Rogers, Chair

     

    Monthly Meeting

    22-04-13 Membership Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    April 13, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    Pre-Meeting Program: Choose 180 

    7:05 pm Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Chair’s Remarks

    • Very successful Issues Caucus on March 26th 
    • Earned 4 additional delegates by meeting affirmative action goals 
    • Celebrating first black female confirmed to serve in the Supreme Court 

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass 
    • VIP Acknowledgements
      • Chris Porter spoke on the importance of conservation, farmers, and pollinators 
      • Eileen Cody spoke about looking forward to the upcoming race to fill her seat

    Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

    • Ann Martin moved and Eileen Cody seconded to approve the agenda. Approved with voice vote.
    • Rachel Glass moved and Ann Martin seconded to approve the minutes. Approved with voice vote. 

    Budget and Membership Reports

    • Treasurer Julie Whitaker shared the March budget report.    

    Annual Fundraiser Spotlight

    Candidate Spotlight

    2022 Early Endorsements 

    • Leah Griffin moved and Rachel Glass seconded to endorse Senator Patty Murray. Leah Griffin spoke for Senator Murray’s endorsement.  
    • Rachel Glass moved and Chris Porter seconded to endorse Steve Hobbs interim secretary of state.  Rachel Glass spoke for Hobbs’ endorsement.  
    • Both nominations passed by unanimous consent.  

    Presentation Regarding Gondola Feasibility Study 

    Presentation Against Privation of Medicare 

    Announcements

    • Convention preparation is underway 
    • Met Affirmative Action Goals (only 5 districts in the state met goals) 
    • Deadlines – 
    • Pop Up Social – April 22, 5:30 – 8, The Bridge (6301 California Ave.) 
    • Endorsements Committee needs volunteers for supporting technical needs, such as Zoom, Google 
    • Next meeting is May 11, 6:30pm pre-meeting program is the Bylaws and Endorsement Review
    • Next board meeting is April 20, 7-8:30 (Zoom)

    Presentation on Ranked Choice Voting

    Good of the Order

    Adjourned at 9:08 by Carla Rogers, Chair

     

    Executive Board Meeting

    22-03-16 Board Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    March 16, 2022, – In-person meeting held at Youngstown Arts Center

    7:05 pm – Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Attendees: 

    xCarla RogersxBunny HatcherxKaren Richter, by phone
    xSteven ButtsxColleen HintonxRoxanne Thatcher
    Aaron Garcia, by phonexSarah KochxNick Bonazza
    xRachel GlassChris PorterxGina Topp
    xLeah GriffinxDeena Ledger, by phonexTrey Lykins
    xSoleil Lewis

    Welcome & Reminder of Our Social Contract

    Introduction of New Board Members

    Carla introduced Soleil Lewis, new Social Justice and Equity Chair.  Soleil described her background and current activities.

    Carla introduced David Toledo, 34th member for about 10 years, as a guest to the meeting.  He is interested in filling the 2nd Vice Chair (vacant since Jordan Crawley resigned) and/or Elections & Caucus Chair role (vacated by Colleen Hinton being redistricted to the 33rd) and is here to learn more about being on the Board.  Board members introduced themselves to David.    

    Gina Topp suggested the Board invest in technology so that people attending Board meetings by phone can hear the meeting better.  

    Review of Agenda and Minutes 

    • February’s minutes approved
    • Agenda for tonight approved

    Fundraiser Update

    Gina announced 30 people have signed up – we have a deal on the space and the food and we will be able to cancel if needed.  The goal is 100 tickets sold.  Arthur’s Restaurant on 2311 California Ave. is the venue.  Next planning meeting is March 24 6:0 pm, at the restaurant – please join on Gina’s tab!  Please attend the fundraiser and bring an interested friend – Gina plans to bring a friend who has attended some 34th meetings in the past and Gina wants her to get more involved.  Carla points out that we have not had a fundraiser in 2 years, so we are starting small, easing into in-person events again.  

    We are in good shape financially but it would still be nice to have a really successful fundraiser.  

    Carla stated that the Board is expected to attend events like this.  Gina stated that board members who do not want to attend can volunteer instead (day of event or prior).

    Redistricting 

    Redistricting process is complete even though there are lawsuits outstanding. We are gaining 5 PCOs and losing 14. We are gaining 23 precincts from Georgetown, Pioneer Square, SODO, High Point. We will do a pop up social in Georgetown in May. 

    2022 Delegate Caucus 

    The Caucus is Saturday and we are prepared with script, attendees and ballots. Immediate action will be needed post-Caucus and Convention planning activities will be going through May. Convention is June 24-26 in Tacoma.

    Bylaws and Endorsement Rule Changes/Updates 

    Each person received a printout of the section of the bylaws – Section VIII onward.  We focused mostly on material changes and debated any changes accordingly. After reviewing all sections, the board agreed to proceed to membership review. Move to approve as amended Leah moved to approve as amended and Rachel seconded. Motion passed with all members in agreement.

    Carla will give notice to membership that we intend to change the bylaws and we will review them at the May meeting. The endorsement rules will become an addendum to the Bylaws. The current rules of endorsement will be used this cycle. 

    Announcements

    Budget committee member needed – does anybody know anyone with some financial skills?

    We are being asked to do early endorsements in April – US Senate and WA SoS, the others will be in June.  

    Good of the Order 

    • Karen Richter has a request on behalf of Puget Sound Association of Retired Activists – this will be a resolution which we will vote on in Slack and take to the membership in April. 
    • Colleen bade farewell to the Board, thanks Carla and Nick in particular for great mentoring and learning.  Hopes to continue to work with the 34th in partner projects with the 33rd.   

    8:45 Adjourned by Carla Rogers, Chair

     

    Monthly Meeting

    2022-3-9 General Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    34th District Democrats General Meeting Minutes

    March 9, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    Pre-Meeting Program 

    7:18 – Call to Order by Carla Rogers, Chair  

    Chair’s Remarks

    • Gun safety legislation prevailed in recent weeks 
    • SB5078 is on its way to Gov Inslee’s desk
    • Some climate bills made it through and congratulations to our caucuses
    • Speak-up survey:    https://bit.ly/Mar22-Speak-Up-Survey 

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass

    Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

    • Ann Martin moved and Rachel Glass seconded to approve the agenda. Approved with a unanimous voice vote.
    • Ann Martin moved and Earl Godt seconded to approve the minutes. Approved with a unanimous voice vote.

    Budget and Membership Reports

    • Treasurer Julie Whitaker provided the budget report for February.    
      • Budget remained largely the same due to membership income and standard expenses  
      • Remember to renew! https://34dems.org/contribute/  
      • Current membership: 91 (plus 102 PCO’s) partially due to redistricting 
      • Change Makes $ense: https://bit.ly/change-makes-sense 
      • Need one volunteer to participate on the budget committee in April-May

    Candidate Spotlight

    • Leesa Manion – King County Prosecutor
    • Damon Shadid – Seattle Municipal Judge, running for position #7
    • Faye R Chess – Seattle Municipal Judge, running for position #6

    Presentation re: Seattle Approves, Initiative 134 Approval Voting

    Fundraising 

    • Presented by Gina Topp, Fundraising and Events Chair 
    • July 14th 6pm – 8pm Fundraiser to be held at Arthur’s, 2311 California Avenue SW, Admiral Junction
    • Tickets: https://bit.ly/2022-Fundraiser  
    • Purchase tickets today and your contribution will be matched. 

    PCO Update 

    • Appointment of PCOs by Nick Bonazza 
    • Nick presented Zachary Ricketts for 34-3767, swore him in, and confirmed he was a democrat. 
    • Rachel Glass motioned and Ann Martin seconded to approve the appointment.  
    • Zoom poll had 100% approval.    

    Redistricting 

    • Process is complete and despite some lingering lawsuits, we must move forward.  
    • Redistricting final steps:
      • LDs have 45 days to begin meeting within their new boundaries that are adopted for elections occurring in November of the year 2022 and beyond.
      • The terms of office of elected and appointed PCOs are unaffected by any precinct boundary changes related to the 2021 redistricting
      • The term of office of any other individual whose election is regulated by Article IX.B of the Bylaws (i.e. only PCOs may vote in the election) is unaffected by the change of geographic boundaries unless the elected and appointed PCOs residing within the new boundaries determine by majority vote at the first post-redistricting meeting that a new election shall be held for that office.
    • Bunny Hatcher motioned and Karen Richter seconded to keep current officers in place for the rest of the term.  
      • Zoom poll had 100% approval. 

    2022 Delegate Caucus 

    2022 Caucus Rules

    Outreach Committee 

    • Presented by Karen Richter and Steve Butts 
    • Discussed a variety of upcoming events (including parades!) and planning needs which require several volunteers to coordinate and participate, as well as set up and take down.  
    • Contact volunteer@34dems.org for more information 

    Announcements 

    • GREAT February pop-up social at Whisky West! Also, Senator Nguyen attended and answered many questions. 
    • Next pop-up event is March 25 at Future Primitive Brewery, 5:30 – 8:00 
    • Next board meeting is March 16, 7-8:30 at Youngstown Art Center (need volunteers for technical things, communications, and a few other items) 

    Good of the Order

    • Chris Porter – Remember that affirmative action numbers represent the floor, not the ceiling  
    • Elizabeth Heath – Democratic women meeting re: voting rights and the role of the press in Democracy, look for more information coming soon 
    • Rachel Glass – Bill 1914 regarding a film incentive program has made it out of the House and is headed to the Senate. Films made in the state improve the economy, film infrastructure is in place and ready to support it! 

    Adjourned at 8:58 by Carla Rogers, Chair  

     

    Delegate Caucus

    2022 Delegate Caucus Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Minutes from the 34th Legislative District Democratic Caucus

    March 26, 2022

    The caucus was called to order at 10am.

    Chair Carla Rogers greeted the participants and thanked Caucus and Elections Committee Chair Colleen Hinton, Vice Chair Rachel Glass, and member Ann Martin for their help on caucus planning.

    Rachel Glass gave the Land Acknowledgement and read the Welcome Message from State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski. 

    Chair Rogers appointed persons to fill caucus roles:

    • Steve Butts as Secretary
    • Elizabeth Heath as Parliamentarian
    • Ann Martin as Caucus Credentials and Rules Chair
    • Leah Griffin as Tally Chair.

    Chair Rogers then stated the purpose of the caucus.

    Elected officials spoke:

    • State Sen. Joe Nguyen
    • State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon
    • Burien City Councilmember Sarah Moore
    • County Councilmember Joe McDermott

    Chris Porter and Roxanne Thayer, 34th’s State Party Committeepersons, also spoke.

    Ann Martin gave the Credentials Report:

    • 169 members of the 34th were eligible to be caucus voters.
    • Of those members, 39 people registered and were credentialed to vote.
    • 35 individuals registered and were eligible to be candidates for delegate.
    • 33 persons were present at the time of the report, and it was determined that the quorum was met.

    The Credentials Report was adopted without objection.

    Ann Martin presented the Caucus Rules as approved by the Board and Membership of the 34th District Democrats at the March 9, 2022, meeting. Ann moved for adoption of the Rules, seconded by Bunny Hatcher. The Rules were approved unanimously.

    Chair Rogers explained the voting rules to select 32 Delegates and 16 Alternates to the Washington State Convention. Vice Chair Glass reviewed the affirmative action goals laid out by the state party and the results of the district’s candidate recruitment effort.

    Delegate aspirants were given the opportunity to speak to their candidacy.

    Chair Rogers read the rules for voting. She noted of particular importance that to avoid a spoiled ballot, the balance between Male/Female votes must not differ by more than one, while any number of Gender Non-Binary could be chosen. Voters would be given a chance to correct their ballot should they make an error. A link to the online ballot was placed in the Zoom Chat section and would also be sent to voters via email. Ballots were to be submitted no later than 5pm. The results were to be announced via email the evening of March 27.

    Chair Rogers will be contacting Delegates after the election to coordinate the times for two meetings prior to the State Convention to answer questions and pick our representatives to the Convention Committees. Our delegation can submit up to 32 amendments to the State Platform and submit up to two resolutions to the Convention. Delegates can attend the Convention, which will be June 25th, either in person or virtually.

    An opportunity was given to speak at Good of the Order.

    The caucus adjourned at 11:30.

     

    2022-03-23 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    34th Dems Board Meeting Minutes

    February 23, 2022, – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    7:00 pm – Call to Order by Chair Carla Rogers 

    Attendees: 

    xCarla RogersxBunny HatcherxKaren Richter
    xSteven ButtsxColleen HintonxRoxanne Thatcher
    Aaron Garcia VirgenxSarah KochxSara Smith
    xRachel GlassChris PorterxGina Topp
    xLeah GriffinxDeena LedgerxJulie Whitaker
    xTrey LykinsxNick BonazzaxSoleil Lewis

    Welcome & Reminder of Our Social Contract

    Review of Agenda and Minutes 

    • January’s minutes approved by voice
    • Agenda for tonight approved by voice 

    Decisions & Announcements 

    • The board agreed that hosting the endorsement meeting on Zoom was preferred over In-person due to higher anticipated participation.  Will need people to provide technical support. 
    • Budget committee needs a 3rd person. Work includes 1-2 meetings. Contact the Chair or Treasurer to participate.  Will also be added to the member meeting agenda. 
    • Board member positions are open.  
      • Need a Vice Chair #2 and a Caucus & Elections Chair (after redistricting) 
      • Need a new Young Democrats delegate. 
      • Leah Griffin volunteered to do Twitter. 
    • Carla will be making updates to the Standing Rules for Review by the board in a future month.
    • March 16 Board Meeting is in person at Youngstown Arts, 7:00 – 8:30 

     Redistricting 

    • Redistricting was completed on Feb 9.  
    • Encourage departing folks to join the 33rd District Democrats, contact person is their Chair, Terri Lindeke. 
    • Incoming PCOs are not yet identified by the state. We know of 4 incoming PCOs so far.
    • Incoming members from other LD’s may be shared by the state via Miinivan
    • PCOs MAY vote on whether to reorganize during the March meeting 
    • Reminder: upcoming Caucus uses the new district boundaries 

    2022 Delegate Caucus 

    • March 26, virtual caucus, details still under discussion 
    • 32 Delegates, 16 Alternates
    • Approve Caucus Rules at March membership meeting (Caucus rules provided by the State and can be amended by the district to some degree) 
    • Members and PCOs vote, must be a member by Feb 25, same as last year’s process 
    • Those running to be Delegates must register
    • Voting ballots will be offline (open 10am – 5pm) 
    • June 25 State Convention (either virtual or in-person)
    • Voice in: convention rules, Platform and Resolutions
    • Affirmative Action goals (gain delegates if met) 
    • Contact Rachel Glass if you know folks who would be open to an invitation to be a Delegate.  Particularly looking for minority populations with the goal of being as diverse and inclusive as possible for our delegation.  There were questions about a previous list from the 2020 Caucus.  
    • Deadline to provide the State a list of which Delegates will attend in person and who will attend virtually – April 1st

    July Fundraiser 

    • Gina Topp is chairing the event. Will be held at Arthur’s Restaurant in Admiral, hosting free of charge, plus discounted price for food and beverages. Planning on serving heavy appetizers.  Planning meetings are underway.  March 24th at 7 pm is the next planning meeting.  

    Bylaws and Endorsement Rule Changes/Updates 

    • Carla explained the behind-the-scenes work that has already taken place, and requested meeting time focus on material changes.  
    • The document must go to membership 30 days prior to endorsements. Ergo, Board must approve by March 13 in order to maintain required timeline.  If another board meeting is required, it will push the timeline past the endorsement cut-off requirement.  
    • Bylaws are much harder to change, so important to stay somewhat high level.  Rules are easier to change and are the place to make more frequent updates.  
    • Sarah Koch presented the edited documents for review. 
      • Discussion about membership and voting changes
      • Language around PCO and precinct coordinator and additional clarification
      • Clarifying “resident” and voluntary membership
      • Remote participation will be covered in rules, voting is covered in the bylaws 
    • A vote was held on: 
      • A. 4.1 and 5.2 changing to “voluntarily submitted a membership form” by hand-raise, received 5 votes
      • B. 4.1 and 5.2 would say “is aged 16 years or older” received 4 votes
      • Option A received more votes.  Not everyone present voted. 
    • Section 8 through the end will be deferred to the next meeting due to time constraints. 
    • Article 12 is new content. 
    • Please review the document in detail for the next board meeting.  

    Good of the Order 

    • DCE (direct contracting entities) and Medicare; DCE’s sometimes send patients to private care unbeknownst to the patient.  May be an item to be brought to the membership at some point. 

    9:04 Adjourned by Carla Rogers, Chair

     

    Monthly Meeting

    02-09-22 General Membership Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    General Membership Meeting Minutes
    February 9, 2022 – Virtual meeting held via closed ZOOM

    Pre-Meeting Special Program 

    • Skylink Program – Give Seattle a Lift! Martin Westerman and Martin Pagel 
      • Gondola options were explored and approved by SDOT prior to 2020. 
      • Stated that a gondola will be less expensive and impact less forest and existing buildings 
      • Group is requesting the 34th District Democrats provide a resolution to support a study 
    • Learn more:    https://www.westseattleskylink.org/ , contact artartart@seanet.com or westseattleskylink@gmail.com with questions.  

    7:18 – Call to Order by Carla Rogers, Chair  

    Chair’s Remarks

    • Propositions One and Two passed (Seattle Schools Capital levies)
    • Caucus Committee
    •  has started planning for upcoming delegate caucus (March 26) which leads to state convention June 25
    • Redistricting likely going into effect in a few days
    • Planning for 34th District Dems July Fundraiser has begun 
    • PCO planning for filing in May
    • Speak Up Survey: https://bit.ly/feb22-speak-up-survey  Where Should we Socialize? 
    • Midterms are coming soon to vote for US Senate and many other seats! 
    • Step up and volunteer to help maintain Democratic values and Democratic seats! 

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass
    • VIP Recognition: Special Guests and Elected Officials are invited to speak: 
      1. Burien City Councilmember Hugo Garcia Hugog@Burienwa.gov  
      2. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott Joe.McDermott@KingCounty.gov 

    Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

    • Roxanne Thayer moved and Rachel Glass seconded to approve the agenda. Approved with voice vote.
    • Bunny Hatcher moved and Roxanne Thayer seconded to approve the minutes. Approved with voice vote. 

    Budget and Membership Reports

    Candidate Spotlight

    • Justice Mary Yu – State Supreme Court Justice, appointed in 2014, proud to be first Asian LGBTQ member 
    • Brian Todd – King County District Court Judge, SW – King County Court South, currently assigned to Burien 
    • Lisa Paglisotti – King County District Court Judge, W – currently serve in the West division including West Seattle 
    • Rebecca Robertson – King County District Court Judge, President of District Municipal Court System 
    • Endorsement will be later in the year 

     Advocating with the WA State Legislature

    • Annie Phillips, Burien PCO and co-lead of the EELU Caucus, presenting 
      1. Concentrate on communicating with Rules Committee Chair Laurie Jinkins laurie.jinkins@leg.wa.gov 
      2. Buildings and transportation are the biggest carbon emitters 
      3. New laws must address methane, yard and kitchen waste  
      4. House bills 1619, 1663, 1767, 1774, 1770, and 1799 – keep the pressure up to move these bills to vote!  

    Steps:

    • To comment on a bill go to https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ 
    • Select House or Senate, date and time, then the bill to address 
    • Select Pro or Con to simply make your position known, or Submit Written Testimony to write an opinion
    • More information coming in the Sunday Newsletter!

    Resolution to Consider

    • Bunny Hatcher presented on “Resolution in Support of Climate Bills Pending in the 2022 Washington State Legislature” https://34dems.org/resolution-in-support-of-2022-climate-bills/ 
    • Randy Litzenberger moved to amend the resolution to include HB 1619 concerning appliance efficiency and striking HB 1084 concerning buildings.  Rachel Glass seconded.  Amendment passed by voice vote. 
    • Rachel Glass moved and Bunny Hatcher seconded for the motion to go to the 34th members for approval. 
    • Poll results for the motion: 100% yes, resolution is adopted.  

    Healthcare Caucus Report & Whole WA Video

    The 34th LD Healthcare Caucus is dedicated to the transformation of our healthcare system.  

    Goals: 1) All inclusive- everybody in, nobody out; 2) Not for profit; 3) With comprehensive benefits; 4) Free at point of service.   UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. 

    • Jen Nye, Chair of Healthcare Caucus, presenting update on Resolution Regarding Non-discriminatory, Medically Comprehensive Healthcare in Washington State  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mezZog0V1_qArDNDwBQmys0q6YQNcxl5/edit
    • Keep Our Care Act (SB 5688 / HB 1809) would put controls on runaway corporate health mergers & acquisitions. Corporate hospital takeovers decrease competition and choice of provider, increase wait times, and limit access to or deny abortions, gender-affirming care, end of life care / death with dignity
    • 48 percent of hospitals are owned by religious organizaitons and can limit care options 
    • Remove profit incentive from healthcare 
    • Contact and make your voice heard HCAUniversalHCC@hca.wa.gov 
    • Use the app app.leg.wa.gov/csi and make your voice heard 

      WHOLE WASHINGTON: Andre Stackhouse presenting (206.715.7085; captainstack@gmail.comhttp//twitter.com/CaptainStack )

    • 2022 Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBoDWytUOA   
    • Universal Public Health Insurance is designed to better cover all Washington state residents and costs less.  Need 400,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.  Need volunteers to get enough signatures. State-wide ballot initiative.    
    • Sign up to volunteer: https://wholewashington.org/volunteer/  

    Executive Board Member Appointments

    • Platform, Legislative Action Committee Chair – Deena Ledger
    • Fundraising & Events Committee Chair – Gina Topp
    • Social Justice & Equity Chair – Soleil Lewis
    • Voice vote to approve new board members unanimously approved.  
    • Thank you to the new volunteers stepping up!  

    Redistricting 

    PCO Presentation 

    • Nick Bonazza presented Deena Ledger to become a PCO for SEA 34-3263, swore her in, and motioned for her appointment. Rachel Glass seconded.  Voice vote for unanimous approval.  
    • Current term ends November 30, new term begins December 1.  Years 2023 and 2024 are very important.  
    • More training for PCOs coming up and voter registration pop-ups are also coming.  
    • Contact Nick Bonazza at pco@34dems.org

    Announcements 

    • Pop Up Social – Feb 18! Whiskey West, Morgan Junction. Senator Ngueyn will attend.
    • 2022 Delegate Caucus is March 26
      1. Will be held virtually
      2. 32 Delegates and 16 Alternates!
      3. To vote at Caucus you must be a member by February 25
    • Next meeting is March 9, 6:30pm pre-meeting program
    • Next board meeting is February 23, 7-8:30

    GOTO and Mark Your Calendar

    • Elizabeth Heath: West Seattle Democratic Women presenting on ranked choice voting, check West Seattle Blog for more information. 

    Adjourned at 9:07 by Carla Rogers, Chair  

     

    Monthly Meeting

    01-12-22 Membership Meeting Minutes

    400 300 34th Democrats

    Pre-Meeting Special Program 

    7:35 – Call to Order by Carla Rogers, Chair  

    Chair’s Remarks

    • MLK’s family requested that those wishing to celebration MLK Jr. instead exert influence on voting rights bills in Washington 
    • Call for participation in midterm elections

    Opening Ceremonies

    • Land & People Acknowledgement – First Vice Chair Rachel Glass 
    • VIP Recognition: Special Guests and Elected Officials are invited to speak: 
      • King County Conservation District Vice Chair Chris Porter – be on the lookout for information on the upcoming King Conservation District election
      • Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon
      • Burien Deputy Mayor Kevin Schilling – the new council is working to improve the lives of all people in Burien 
      • King County Executive Dow Constantine – building on an already strong team, including funding for behavioral health so everyone in King County can thrive, key to homelessness and re-envisioning justice; putting in new supportive housing 
      • Joe McDermott – banned fireworks in unincorporated King County going forward; focusing on allocating funds in equity and social justice, and focusing on supporting White Center after a series of fires   

    Approval of Tonight’s Agenda and Last Month’s Minutes 

    • Agenda: Ann Martin motioned to approve as amended; Chris Porter seconded. Approved with voice vote. 
    • Minutes: Ann Martin motioned to approve; Karen Richter seconded. Approved with voice vote. 

    Budget and Membership Reports

    • Treasurer Julie Whitaker reported on two month’s budget reports      
    • Membership Consideration: We endorsed the 2 Seattle School levies in November. The membership was asked to consider a donation to the Schools First Capital Levy campaign.
      • Chris Porter moved to donate $500, and Ann Martin seconded.  Chris spoke on behalf of his motion.  Unanimous voice vote in support of the motion.  Motion passed, the chair will make the donation.
    • Membership is at 148 as of today (including PCOs)  – please remember to renew: https://34dems.org/contribute/.  Questions? Contact membership@34dems.org for assistance.   
    • Change Makes $ense!: https://bit.ly/change-makes-sense 

    Candidate Spotlight

    3 Candidates spoke about their run for office.

    • Judge Kulijinder Dhillon – District Court Judge
    • Kirstin Haugen – King Conservation District #2
    • Tripp Williams – King Conservation District #2 
    • Colleen Hinton motioned to nominate Tripp Williams, Annie Philipps seconded, and Colleen spoke for her nomination. No one spoke in opposition.
    • Chris Porter nominated Kirstin Haugen and Roxanne Thayer seconded.  Chris Porter spoke for his nomination. No one spoke in opposition.
    • Members and PCOs used a zoom poll for the endorsement and Kirstin Haugen received the endorsement with 22 votes, versus 14 for Tripp Williams.

    Recognizing our Rock Star members and residents of the 34th District 

    • PCO of the Year:  Colleen Hinton 
    • Jackie Dupras Award for Member of the Year:  Carla Rogers 
    • Outstanding Committee/Caucus of the Year:  Environment, Energy and Land Use Caucus
    • Executive Board Members of the Year:  Rachel Glass & Bunny Hatcher 
    • Rising Star of the Year:  Sam Mendez 
    • Cherisse Luxa Award for Lifetime Achievement:  Annie Phillips 
    • Elected Official of the Year:  Executive Dow Constantine  

    Resolution Regarding Non-discriminatory, Medically Comprehensive Healthcare in WA State

    State Party Representative Election 

    • Bunny Hatcher nominated Roxanne Thayer, and Sarah Koch seconded.  Bunny spoke to her nomination, and yielded the rest of her time to Roxanne.  Roxanne spoke for her nomination. No one spoke in opposition.
    • Unanimous voice vote in favor of the election. 

    GOTO and Mark Your Calendar

      • Learning From the Past / Organizing for the Future offers strategies to resist against big fossil fuel and construction companies, especially in campaigns that displace communities of color. Thursday, January 13th at noon. Note: Film associated with workshop can be viewed beforehand.   
      • Organizing for Immigrant Justice by Centering Deportation Defense will explore how the institution of citizenship and the detention/deportation machine create racialized experiences, singling out immigrants. It will highlight resistance efforts and how we can create systemic change.  Thursday, January 13th at 5 p.m. 
      • Assault on Dr. King’s Vision: The Rise of the Far-Right and the Attack on Democracy will explore recent trends and threats posed by anti-democratic movements, unpack the rhetoric and discuss new ways to defend democracy.  Thursday, January 13th at 7 p.m.   
      • Lessons from Cuba – Reproductive Justice is a Human Right explores how reproductive rights have been key to advancing Cuban women’s rights. Friday, January 14th at 5 p.m.  
        Chicago Footwork: A Strategy for Education and Community Mental Health shares an approach to community healing developed by black youth in Chicago. Chicago Footwork uses dance, music and culture to foster black identity rooted in confidence and connection. Saturday, January 15th at 10 a.m.   
    • Many Fires This Time: We the 100 Million follows poet and activist, A Scribe Called Quess?, as he connects with activist poets and communities they represent, fighting for equity and justice, from Chicago, Kentucky and Oakland to his hometown of New Orleans.  Saturday, January 15th at noon. Note: Please watch the film associated with the workshop beforehand.  
    • Abolish Auto-Decline references state laws that allow the juvenile system to decline its jurisdiction over children charged with serious offenses, who are then tried in adult court. This webinar discusses strategies and solutions to ending Auto-Decline. Saturday, January 15th at 2 p.m 

    Adjourned at 9:16 by Carla Rogers, Chair