Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
It is my intention to run for Chair of the Washington State Progressive Caucus at the January reorganization meeting. If you have seen my posts and plans for the state party, the community inclusion effort includes introducing an amendment to the State Party Bylaws that formally codifies the existence of the Constituency Caucuses, and identifies in language the reason they exist, which is building bridges to all of our communities around the state and organizing local caucus structures in the Congressional Districts, Counties and Legislative Districts over the next few years as part of an overall Community Inclusion strategy. It's long past time to do this, and I'd like to build on the efforts that the current Board has already started that I heard about at the September WSDCC meeting.
For anyone who does not know me, I was born in Seattle, raised in Kent, spent 6 years in the US Navy, owned a small business in Everett in the 1990's, work for Nordstrom now, and I've been involved in the Democratic Party since 2003. I've been on the Executive Board of the 46th LD since 2005 as an At Large member, KCDCC Rep and Chair. I was one of the primary organizers for Bernie Sanders in 2015-2016, including being a National Delegate to the 2016 National Democratic Convention. I am currently on the Washington State Democratic Central Committee from King County, elected this past Sunday.
I am one of the founders of this Progressive Caucus in Washington State, and was Chair in 2007-2008 until I stepped back to focus on being Chair of the 46th, 1st Vice Chair of King County and Chair of the Washington State Democratic Chairs Organization in 2011. I stepped back in 2012, but returned to help Bernie get 74% in our state and 46% nationally. I am currently involved in national organizing efforts to encourage and train progressive activists on how to be effective agents of change in their local and state party organizations so that we can promote our values and push our policy objectives into law.
My top issues are Single Payer Health Care, Climate Change Action and Economic Opportunity for All. I have been writing, blogging, organizing and planning for 12 years. I have a degree in Business Systems Analysis, and I want to put those skills to work building the strongest Democratic Party that this state and this country has ever known. I ask for your vote.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Whenever I use the word Progressive, I have some people agree with me, and others looking confused or frustrated. It's easy to understand why. Progressive is a very subjective word, with multiple meanings coming from individuals and situations. Wikipedia has this definition:
"Progressivism is a philosophy based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development, and social organization are vital to improve the human condition."
I've been reading about and participating in progressive politics for a few decades now, both in and out of the Democratic Party. This is my framing and it consists of four parts.
Grassroots, People-Powered Democracy
If a decision is being made on any level of government that affects you, your voice should be heard on that issue. What we need in this country and around the world is a way for people to get directly involved in the way our government operates. Many opportunities exist now, but they are hidden behind a wall of secrecy and only the hard-core activists seem to be able to break through. We have to make the process of electoral, issue based and identity based politics transparent and open so everyone can get involved, however that works for the individual.
The Concept of WE
The Earth is a single environment. Everything that affects individuals affects groups, and the larger the subject, the larger the group that is affected. I'm tired of hearing people describe the world in terms of 'us versus them'. We're all on this planet together, and the more we understand that, the better we will be able to create a world that works for everyone. How can we get a better understanding of how everyone is linked together, and that something affecting one affects us all?
Understanding the Past
Where do our problems come from? How do they relate to each other? If we search for an understanding of our past mistakes, we gain a better understanding of how not to repeat them. Maybe we can even solve two problems with the same action. Critical Thinking requires that we have an understanding of the foundations we stand on before we start building.
Looking to the Future
It's not enough anymore to think and act for the moment. In the big picture, we are creating the world of the future by our actions today. I'm concerned about how my children are growing up, but I'm just as concerned about the kind of world their grandchildren will be living in. We should grant them the power to turn that world into whatever they wish it to be, with clean air and water, energy resources to explore their dreams, a peaceful world where people talk instead of fight with each other. What can we do now, either big decisions or small actions, that can help to create that world of opportunity?
What is your definition? What is your framing?
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I'm running for King County State Committee Man to represent the Democrats in King County, and I need your help to win this race. Please let me know that you support my efforts to build a strong community in order to help heal our world. If you are an old friend who has been with me through this entire journey, I'd love to hear from you. Let's talk about history, enjoy some stories and plan for the future. If you are new to the party, I welcome you with open arms and an open heart. Please tell me your dreams and ask questions about how we can do this together.
There are 1,144 PCOs in King County, and I'm trying to reach out to each and every one. I have worked with and met with elected officials, movement leaders and party leaders all across the state and around the country. Please help me build this community by making connections with each other as we move forward.
You can endorse me on my campaign page, you can send me an email that I can share, or you can send me a message. I hope to hear from you.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Who is making that decision?
How can I influence that decision?