11. June 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 6-11-2022 · Categories: Committee News

Immigration Reform Now! Reforma Migratoria Ya!

¿Dónde está la verdadera reforma migratoria? ¡#DoNothingDan ataca de nuevo! La Ley de Modernización de los Trabajadores Agrícolas fue una pieza de legislación introducida por Newhouse que se suponía  iba a transformar la inmigración y proporcionar una “vía a la ciudadanía”.  Tenía todo el apoyo necesario: Los sindicatos pensaron que era buena, los demócratas la aclamaron con la vicepresidente Harris haciendo campaña por ella, el respaldo de las organizaciones de trabajadores agrícolas y los agricultores la apoyaron. ¿Suena demasiado bien para ser verdad? Lo es. Incluso los abogados conservadores que representan a los grandes empresarios afirman que no tiene sentido y que el camino hacia la ciudadanía es en realidad una servidumbre moderna. Entonces, ¿por qué se promocionó tan grandemente? Los sindicatos de labor la aceptó porque mantenía los costos de la mano de obra temporal más altos que los salarios de la mano de obra local y eso proporcionaba seguridad en el empleo para la mano de obra local. Los demócratas la promovieron porque probablemente no la leyeron o no la entendieron completamente. Los representantes de los trabajadores agrícolas probablemente vieron el camino a la ciudadanía como un pequeño, pero significativo paso en la dirección correcta. Las grandes empresas del sector agrícola estaban de acuerdo con ello porque nada cambiaba. Pero lo más probable es que la verdadera razón por la que se hizo el ruido fue que todos los partidos se unieron y forjaron juntos una legislación que parecía ser un golpe decisivo. La propaganda política superó con creces la floja legislación y el insulto no tan velado a los trabajadores temporales. Personalmente, aplaudo este hecho como un logro por el hecho de que estas facciones se unieron; eso es un comienzo. Pero está claro que Newhouse no es la persona adecuada para llevar a cabo una verdadera reforma migratoria. La amnistía, la eficiencia del proceso de visas, y una vía razonable para la ciudadanía es donde debemos estar; no aceptes nada menos. Es lo que exige el centro de Washington.

Where is the real immigration reform? #DoNothingDan strikes again! The Farm Workers Modernization Act was a piece of legislation written by DND that was supposed to transform immigration and provide a “pathway to citizenship”. It had all the right support: Labor thought it was good, democrats hailed it with Vice President Harris stumping for it, endorsement from farmworker organizations, and farmers backed it. Sounds too good to be true? It is. Even conservative lawyers representing big AG claim that it is hollow and the pathway to citizenship is really just modern-day indentured servitude. So why was this so grandly touted? Labor was ok because it kept seasonal labor costs higher than local labor wages and that provided job security for local labor. The dems touted it because they probably didn’t read it and or fully understand it. The farmworker representatives probably saw the pathway to citizenship in black and white a small, but significant step in the right direction. Big AG was ok with it because nothing changed. But most likely the real reason it got the hoopla was that all parties came together and forged legislation together that appeared to be a bold stroke. The political fanfare far outweighed the limp legislation and not-so-veiled insult to seasonal workers. I do, personally, hail this as a milestone for the fact that these factions came together; that is a start. But clearly, DND is not the person to get the hard work done. Amnesty, efficiency of the visa process, a reasonable pathway to citizenship is where we should be; accept nothing less. It is what Central Washington demands.

El PRIDE continúa. Pasé una noche maravillosa en la cervecería Bale Breaker en un evento celebrado por la organizacion PRIDE de Yakima. Esto fue un período previo al gran desfile PRIDE programado para el 18 de Junio en el centro de Yakima. Asegúrate de pasar por mi puesto y saludar.


PRIDE continues. I spent a wonderful evening at Bale Breaker Brewery at an event held by Yakima Pride. This was a run-up to the big PRIDE parade scheduled for June 18th in downtown Yakima. Be sure and show up at my booth and say hello!
De Wapato a Mabton. Me tomé un día y recorrí todos los pueblos para conocer a los propietarios de pequeños negocios. Eran muy cálidos y acogedores, pero, por desgracia, compartían muchos de los mismos problemas: violencia, falta de vivienda y falta de apoyo a sus negocios. Los propietarios de pequeñas empresas con los que hablé afirmaron que no recibían ningún tipo de ayuda para covid, como las empresas más grandes, y que luchaban contra las regulaciones de sus propias comunidades. Las pequeñas empresas son las que más dinero aportan al sistema fiscal. Merecen ser escuchadas.

From Wapato to Mabton. I took a day and drove through all the towns to meet small business owners. They were so warm and welcoming, but sadly, they shared many of the same problems: violence, homelessness and no support for their businesses. The small business owners I spoke with stated they received no relief for covid like larger businesses and they struggle with the regulations in their own communities. Small businesses are the largest contributors of business tax dollars. They deserve to be heard.

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

Día del Tratado de la Nación Yakama. Celebrando 167 años desde la firma del tratado de 1855. La Nación Yakama desempeña un papel muy importante en el centro de Washington. Me siento humilde por haber podido participar en su desfile. 

Yakama Nation Treaty Days. Celebrating 167 years since the signing of the 1855 treaty. The Yakama Nation plays such an important role in Central Washington. I am humbled to have been able to participate. 

We need volunteers! Phone banking, Texting, Canvassing, Letter writing and so much more. Join us now for Blue in ’22.

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¡¡Necesitamos voluntarios! Llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto, campañas de publicidad, escribir cartas y mucho más. Únase a nosotros ahora para la democracia en ’22.

05. June 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 6-05-2022 · Categories: Committee News

The celebration begins!  ¡Comienza la celebración!

Es bueno ser demócrata y miembro de la comunidad LGBTQ+. Lo siento más que nunca durante el mes del orgullo. Nací al principio de la edad de oro de la comunidad LGBTQ+. En realidad no fue dorada, sino más bien la edad en la que decidimos no aguantar más basura, así la superamos. Tenía 9 años cuando Stonewall inició una revolución. Tenía 12 años cuando la homosexualidad fue retirada de la lista de enfermedades mentales. Cumplí 20 años cuando se detectó el primer caso de sida. A medida que pasaba el tiempo siempre me animaba el espíritu y la fuerza de la comunidad gay. Cuando la vida nos daba limones, hacíamos margaritas. No había nada que pudiera detenernos o desanimarnos. Ese espíritu nunca ha sido más fuerte. Como fuerza social, hemos protegido a los que no tienen derecho a voto y hemos fortalecido la Constitución, acercándonos cada vez más a la verdadera igualdad de derechos para todos.

It is good to be a Democrat and member of the LGBTQ+ community. I feel this more than ever during PRIDE month. I was born at the beginning of the golden age for the LGBTQ+ community. It wasn’t actually golden, but more like we aren’t going to take any more sh*t so get over it age. I was 9 years old when Stonewall started a revolution. I was 12 when homosexuality was delisted as a mental disease. I turned 20 when the first AIDS case was diagnosed. As time moved on I was always uplifted by the spirit and strength of the gay community. Whenever life threw us lemons we made margaritas. There was nothing that could hold us back or keep us down. That spirit has never been stronger. As a social force we have protected the disenfranchised and strengthened the constitution getting ever closer to true equal rights for everyone. 

El Departamento de Policía de Yakima es un punto de orgullo para mí y cuento su historia por todo el distrito. Hoy he participado en mi primer paseo y mi opinión se ha confirmado 10 veces. Una fuerza de trabajo profesional dedicada a mantener a nuestros ciudadanos seguros. Estoy familiarizado con el alcance que hacen a la juventud, las pandillas, la violencia doméstica, y más. Este trabajo que hacen muestra cuánto se preocupan por la comunidad; van más allá de la gestión de los delitos e invierten en la comunidad para mantenernos en el buen camino con apoyo, un suave empujón y, a veces, una mano firme. Gracias.

The Yakima Police Department is a point of pride for me and I tell their story all up and down the district. Today I went on my first ride along and my opinion was confirmed 10 fold. A professional workforce dedicated to keeping our citizens safe. I am familiar with the outreach they do to youth, gangs, domestic violence, and more. This work they do shows how much they care about the community; they go beyond handling crimes and invest in the community to keep us on the right path with support, a gentle nudge, and sometimes a firm hand. Thank you

Rod's House me permitió hacer una visita esta semana y demostró una vez más lo comprensiva que son nuestras comunidades. Rod's House comenzó con una casa donada por Comprehensive Health y ahora este refugio para jóvenes ha crecido a 6 lugares y ha ampliado sus servicios. Ser socio para una comida es una buena manera de involucrarse y devolver la mano. Cocinar una comida para 30 personas (no es tan difícil como se piensa) y ayudar a los jóvenes necesitados. Algo en lo que no había pensado antes, pero muchos no tienen un lugar cómodo y seguro para relajarse, aunque sea por un rato. 



Rod's House gave me a tour this week and proved again how caring our communities are. Rod's House Started with a home donated by Comprehensive Health and now this safe haven for youths has grown into 6 locations and expanded its services. Being a Meal partner is a good way to get involve and give back. Cook a meal for 30 people (not as difficult as you might think) and help youths in need. I learned about "soft seating". Something I had not thought of before, but many do not have a comfortable and safe place to relax, if only for a short while.

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

Doble eventos para recaudar fondos en Methow Valley. La primera parada fue Mazama en el Centro Comunitario y luego pasamos a Twisp. Un agradecimiento especial a Pat Leigh, Tom Jones John y Candice Battle por la organización y el hospedaje. ¡#DemsDeliver! 

Double fundraiser in Methow Valley. The first stop was Mazama at the Community Center then moved on to Twisp. Special thanks to Pat Leigh, Tom Jones John and Candice Battle for organizing and hosting. #DemsDeliver! .

We need volunteers! Phone banking, Texting, Canvassing, Letter writing and so much more. Join us now for Blue in ’22.

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¡¡Necesitamos voluntarios! Llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto, campañas de publicidad, escribir cartas y mucho más. Únase a nosotros ahora para la democracia en ’22.

03. June 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up June 3, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

We will submit our official application to the DNC in just a few hours in hopes of becoming one of the first five states to host an early presidential primary in 2024. In our bid, we highlighted the many characteristics that put Washington on the forefront of progressive politics and make our state such a wonderful place to call home, like our expansive and diverse communities of color, Democratic-led state government, strong union presence, and world-class, mail-in election system (a personal favorite of mine).

Last week, I spoke of the progress made in recent years to improve and increase voting access. And while we are continuing to find ways to make further advancements there, the GOP is laser-focused on voter intimidation and spreading blatant falsehoods. Right now, right-wing groups are going door-to-door asking about people’s voter registration statuses at private residences. This is illegal, and has the potential to scare individuals from voting in the midterm. But it’s part of the GOP’s nationwide crusade to erect unnecessary and often harmful hurdles to the ballot box.

Our democracy is at its best when everyone participates. We will NOT allow votes to be suppressed in Washington state. This is why we filed motions to intervene in and dismiss the many baseless lawsuits filed by far-right Republican activists last fall, demanding unlawful Arizona-style “audits” of the 2020 results in counties across the state under the guise of election integrity. 

On Thursday, Washington’s state Supreme Court announced it had imposed more than $28,000 in fines against that group and its attorney for a lack of real evidence. While we celebrate this victory and the ones preceding it, we all know this was an incredible waste of time, talent, and financial resources to fight wild conspiracies based on Trumpian delusions.


Washington is so lucky to have such a fantastic Secretary of State like Steve Hobbs, who is working hard to ensure voting is safe, secure, and accessible. Remember, this is the first time the position has been held by a Democrat in 60 yearsThe only way to keep our elections free and fair in Washington state is reelecting Hobbs. We can’t afford to lose that office for another six decades — and together, we won’t.

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2022 election cycle, as we launch the first of many statewide Days of Action in communities across Washington. We must build as much momentum ahead of the midterm as we can, and this is a great opportunity to do just that.

Grab your door-knocking shoes and join us as we mobilize our neighborhoods, get people registered to vote, and spread the word about the incredible slate of Democratic candidates running in 2022.

Tomorrow’s event is our biggest of the year so far, and we need your help to make it a success. It’s not too late; invite everyone in your local area to help (register below). If you can’t attend and want to support our efforts, chip in HERE. And be sure to watch for upcoming Days of Action near you!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

'Stop the Steal' Group Fined Over Lack of Evidence in Voter Fraud Lawsuit
The efforts of Attorney General Bob Ferguson led Washington state's Supreme Court to impose more than $28,000 in fines on an "election integrity" group and its lawyer for providing minimal evidence in its lawsuit alleging state officials illegally registered non-citizens to vote.
‘Is this the Interurban?’ Trail advocates seek federal money
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen biked a portion of the Interurban Trail in Mountlake Terrace alongside a group of advocates to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can help improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Snohomish County.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

We’re thrilled to highlight two of our newest staff members: Cat Wolf and Julian Mydlil. Cat will serve as the regional field director in northwest Washington, and Julian as a field organizer. Both are integral in making sure we get out the vote in every race and every place in Washington state!

Want to join our growing field organizing team, or know of anyone who’d make a great addition? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

Day of Action
Our first of many statewide Days of Action is set for Saturday, June 4, where we’ll knock doors, mobilize our communities, and get voters excited about local candidates. Join now.
Clark County - Vancouver, 10 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Special guests: District 18 House candidates Duncan Camacho and John Zingale and District 17 House candidates Terri Niles and Joe Kear.
King County - Issaquah, 10 a.m. to noon
Special guests: Chair Tina Podlodowski, Sen. Lisa Wellman, Rep. My-Linh Thai, Rep. Lisa Callan, Rep. David Hackney, and Black Diamond City Councilmember Kristiana de Leon
Snohomish County - Snohomish, 10 a.m. to noon
Special guests: Sen. John Lovick, Rep. April Berg, and Rep. Emily Wicks
Pierce County - noon to 2:30 p.m.
Special guests: Chair Tina Podlodowski, Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, and Sen. Yasmin Trudeau

Walla Walla County – Walla Walla, noon to 2:30 p.m. 

Special guests: Danielle Garbe Reser and District 18 House candidates Jeff Strickler and Jan Corn

Washington State Democratic Convention
Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center, with the gala set for the evening of the 25th. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from many remarkable local and national Democratic leaders. Watch for the announcement of our incredible lineup soon!

Snag your tickets TODAY!

GET INVOLVED

For the week of June 5-9:

Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts HERE

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Connections Lab: Stop, Drop, and Roll Workshop | 8 to 11:30 a.m. June 25 
Learn the science behind framing and leave with skills to create effective messages that tell people who Democrats are, what we believe, and why our ideas work better for all Americans.

Use the promo code “ASDC” at checkout to attend for free. Register HERE.

Connections Lab: Framing the Impending Roe v. Wade Decision | 5-6 p.m. June 27
Hear from a messaging expert on how best to frame and discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision likely overturning Roe v. Wade, jeopardizing access to abortion.

Register to attend for free HERE.


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Tina Podlodowski
Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
27. May 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 5-27-2022 · Categories: Committee News

Time for Action!  ¡Es el momento de actuar!

Al entrar en este fin de semana del Día Memorial, los acontecimientos de los antepasados ponen de manifiesto lo que hizo grande a este país. Los fundadores crearon un nuevo país basado en los derechos inalienables a la vida, la libertad y la búsqueda de la felicidad. Fuimos a la guerra y se derramó sangre para hacerlo realidad. La Constitución dejó claro que el derecho a la privacidad en nuestros hogares y cuerpos merecía protección, limitó la intervención del gobierno y garantizó que el estado de derecho y no las creencias religiosas impedirían otras interpretaciones. Hemos derramado sangre en otras costas para proteger estos derechos y dar a otros la oportunidad de seguirlos. Entonces, ¿por qué hay unos pocos que nos niegan tan descaradamente estos derechos y protecciones? A menudo tratamos mejor a los desconocidos que a los que queremos. Debemos detener esta locura y poner a todos los estadounidenses en primer lugar, como declararon nuestros fundadores y sabemos que es correcto.

As we go into this Memorial day weekend, events of late bring into vivid view what made this country great. The founders created a new country based on the inalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. We went to war and blood was spilled to make it true! The Constitution made clear that the right to privacy in our homes and bodies deserved protection. It limits government intervention and ensures that the rule of law and not religious beliefs would prevent other interpretations. We have spilled blood on other shores to protect these rights and to give others the chance to follow. So why do a few so boldly deny us these rights and protections at home? We must stop this insanity and put American’s first like our founders declared and we know to be right.

#UnionStrong!

COPE Convention last weekend was a powerhouse of people and determination. Growing up unions gave my family a good life and my parents a good retirement. We need to lift ourselves up from minimum wage jobs and support family wage jobs.

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#UniónFuerte!

La Convención de COPE el fin de semana pasado fue un centro neurálgico de personas y determinación. Crecer uniones le dio a mi familia una buena vida ya mis padres una buena jubilación. Necesitamos levantarnos de los trabajos de salario mínimo y apoyar los trabajos de salario familiar.

El Aviario de la Nación Yakama alberga águilas heridas y otras aves rapaces. Esto proporcionará plumas para que la tribu mantenga su cultura próspera.

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The Yakama Nation Aviary homes injured eagles and other birds of prey. This will provide feathers for the tribe to keep their culture thriving.

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

Un pase rápido al Distrito 8 para formar fiestas con demócratas dedicados! Gracias a Jeannine Butler y Eagle Creek Winery por el maravilloso evento.

A quick slip into District 8 for party building with dedicated Dems! Thank you to Jeannine Butler and Eagle Creek Winery for the wonderful event.

The time for volunteering is coming!  Keep in touch to see all the various ways you can help in June, we will be doing everything from writing letters to waving signs and knocking on doors!

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¡Se acerca el momento del voluntariado! Manténgase en contacto para ver todas las formas en que puede ayudar en junio, ¡haremos de todo, desde escribir cartas hasta agitar carteles y tocar puertas!

27. May 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up May 27, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

This week, 19 children and two adults were killed in yet another school shooting, the deadliest in our nation since Sandy Hook — the incident that prompted me to re-enter politics a decade ago.

The shooting occurred just a few miles from where I grew up, and I was sitting in my son’s kindergarten classroom as the news broke. In the wake of that tragedy, a group of us came together to start the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to make a difference, and in the time since, we have.

To pass all of the legislation we needed, it was very clear we had to create a better voting system and get more people engaged. This led me to run for Washington Secretary of State. Despite losing, I still wasn’t deterred, and became the Democratic State Party Chair, so we could regain our Democratic majorities and improve our elections. As a result, we saw good policies signed into law, like automatic and same-day voter registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17- year-olds, and postage paid ballots, as well as better gun laws and increased protections for a person’s right to choose.

We’re so lucky to live in a state on the forefront of progressive politics, but there’s still so much to be done to improve the lives of all Washingtonians. November’s general election is in 165 days. As we know all too well, change can happen in an instant. From now until then, we must channel our collective pain into action and do the work to turn out Democratic voters everywhere, so we can continue to make change. The time is now.

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

Recent events prove just how imperative it is for us to retain our Democratic majorities at the state and federal levels. But to ensure that, we have to band together and work harder than ever before. 


On Saturday, June 4, will kick off the 2022 election cycle with the first of many statewide Days of Action in communities across Washington. This is a great opportunity to help build momentum ahead of the midterm, as Democrats knock doors and get voters excited about local candidates.

The event is our biggest of the year, and we’ll need your help to make it a success. Invite everyone in your local area to join (register below). If you can’t attend June 4 and want to support our efforts, you can make a contribution HERE. And be sure to watch for additional Days of Action near you.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Washington’s elected leaders react to Texas school shooting 
Washington Democratic leaders respond to the Uvalde shooting and call for strengthened gun laws at both the state and federal levels.

Washington AG weighs in on abortion rights, concealed carry, and Hanford 
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke to KUOW on a number of ongoing legal issues, including the leaked Supreme Court draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

This week, we sent three of our incredible team members — Megan Simmons, Swetha Saravanan, and Nancy Canales-Montiel — to a multi-day training organized by the DNC’s Best Practices Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They had the opportunity to meet staffers from state parties across the country, learn new information to bring back to improve operations in Washington state, and finesse their own skills. We are always looking for opportunities to invest in our staff, and this was a great way to do just that. A big thank you to Megan, Swetha, and Nancy for being such great representatives of the Washington State Democrats!

Know of anyone who’d make a great addition to our team? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

Day of Action
Our first of many statewide Days of Action is set for Saturday, June 4, where we’ll knock doors, mobilize our communities, and get voters excited about local candidates. Register now:

Stay tuned for more information and add-on locations!

Washington State Democratic Convention
Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. Our Homecoming-themed gala will be the evening of the 25th. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP speakers and guests. It’s time to come together Democrats!

GET INVOLVED

For the week of May 27-June 2:

Learn what’s happening in your neck of the woods HERE.

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Tina Podlodowski
Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
21. May 2022 · Comments Off on DNC Pride Merchandise · Categories: Committee News

LGBTQ+ Pride Month is right around the corner! No matter who you are or who you love, we all deserve to be afforded the same rights. And we’ve released some new Pride-themed merch just in time.

This American-made, union-printed collection showcases a variety of products featuring slogans such as “Love Still Wins,” “Together We Fight for All,” and “Vote with Pride.” These are the perfect way to show off your pride, support the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrate all month long.

We recognize and honor the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing fight to live freely. Together, we can pave the way for a more just and equitable nation.

Head to the Official Democratic Store to get your very own LGBTQ+ Pride merch! Every purchase helps elect Democrats nationwide and supports our work fighting for equality, justice, and a better future for all.

Wear it loud and proud,

The Democrats

20. May 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up May 20, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Today marks the final day of Candidate Filing Week, and we have an incredible slate of Democrats running at all levels, including many incumbent and first-time candidates. We know how critical it is to retain all of our Democratic majorities, and it’ll take serious effort to do that. At the state party, we’ve been building a top-notch team to make sure we get Democrats elected in every race and every place in Washington state. An integral part of that is our precinct committee officers, who also filed this week. Thank you to those stepping up to serve — and now, the real work begins. 

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

In just a couple of weeks, we’ll kick off the election cycle with our first Day of Action Saturday, June 4, one of many as we continue to build momentum for the upcoming midterm. Across the state, Democrats will knock doors, make calls, and get voters excited about their local candidates. 

This is the biggest event we’ve hosted so far in 2022, but we can’t make it happen without you! Invite everyone in your local area to join (register below). If you can’t attend and want to make a contribution to support our efforts, you can donate HERE. And watch for additional events near you.

Remember, the work we do now helps us win in November, so let’s get to it!  

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

House passes gasoline price-gouging bill
The U.S. House passed a bill from Rep. Kim Schrier to stop gas and oil companies from price gouging, as fuel costs continue to skyrocket at the pump. 
After decades defending abortion rights, Patty Murray readies for offense
The Washington Post explores Sen. Patty Murray’s decadeslong work to support women’s rights and safeguard access to abortion while in Congress.

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

This week, we welcomed our new field director, Libby Watson, to the team! She’ll play an integral role in making sure we reach Democratic voters in every place and every race in Washington state.
Why are you a Democrat?
That choice seems easier now than ever given the attacks on human rights coming from the other side. I’m a Democrat because I want to see elected officials who create opportunities to thrive for all people, invest in communities, and look out for future generations.
What are you most excited about in your new role with the state party?
I’m deeply excited to get back to what we do best after two years of mostly digital organizing- talking to voters face to face and empowering them to turn in their ballots and get involved.  

Why do you enjoy this work?
I love watching a field program grow. Watching passionate volunteers evolve into community leaders is powerful and can change election outcomes.

Know of anyone who’d make a great addition to our staff? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more. And stay tuned for additional announcements! 

SAVE THE DATE

Day of Action

  • Our first statewide Day of Action is set for Saturday, June 4, where we’ll knock doors, make calls, and get voters excited about local candidates. Right now, events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in both Vancouver and Issaquah10 a.m. to noon in Snohomish, and noon to 2:30 p.m. Tacoma. Stay tuned for more information and add-on locations!

Washington State Democratic Convention

  • Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP speakers and guests

GET INVOLVED

For the week of May 20-26:

Learn what’s happening in your neck of the woods HERE.

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to announce the launch of our 2022 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program!

T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. This program seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring that comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country.

The T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. PST May 24 to June 30. The deadline to register is May 22 at 8:59 p.m. PST. Sign up HERE today!


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Tina Podlodowski
Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
20. May 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 5-20-2022 · Categories: Committee News

Human rights are workers' rights

Los derechos humanos son derechos de los trabajadores, y los derechos de los trabajadores son derechos humanos. Estas últimas semanas nos hemos enfrentado a la cruda realidad de que una pequeña minoría de personas quiere quitarnos nuestros derechos y llevarnos de vuelta a una época de prejuicios aceptables, supresión de votantes, racismo, control de grupos de personas y subyugación de mujeres. Afortunadamente, esto es en un momento en que estamos viendo un resurgimiento de los sindicatos. Los sindicatos han estado y seguirán estando a la vanguardia del avance de los derechos de las personas: salarios familiares, semana laboral razonable, seguridad, salario equitativo, licencia y mucho más. Ahora más que nunca debemos mirar a todas nuestras herramientas y aliados para evitar el papel de vuelta de nuestros derechos. Cuando sea elegido, llevaré la lucha al Congreso para reforzar nuestros derechos humanos básicos protegidos por la constitución para que no se vean disminuidos o pervertidos por una lógica retorcida. Los sindicatos seguirán uniendo a las personas para que se unan en una causa; esta causa son los derechos de los trabajadores. Sé fuerte y vigilante.

Human rights are workers’ rights, and workers’ rights are human rights. These last few weeks we have faced the stark reality that a small minority of the American people want to take away our rights and take us back to a time of acceptable prejudice, voter suppression, racism, control of minority populations and subjugation of women. Fortunately this is at a time when we are seeing a resurgence of unions. Unions have and will continue to be on the forefront of advancing rights of individuals: family wages, reasonable work week, safety, equitable pay, leave and so much more. Now more than ever we must look to all our tools and allies to prevent the role back of our rights. When elected I will take the fight to congress to reinforce our basic human rights as protected under the constitution so that they are not diminished or perverted by twisted logic. Unions will continue to bring people together to unite in a cause; this cause is worker’s rights. Stay strong and stay vigilant.

Seattle Saturday May 21:
Washington State Labor Council 

COPE Convention

Comunidades sin Fronteras en Moses Lake. Este grupo trabaja por todo el distrito en la participación y asistencia de la comunidad.

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Comunidades sin Fronteras in Moses Lake. This group works up and down the district on community involvement and assistance.

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

Fue un privilegio ser invitada a participar en mítines por los derechos de las mujeres. Todas las personas merecen respeto y autonomía corporal.

It was a privilege to be invited to participate in rallies for women’s rights.  All people deserve respect and bodily autonomy.

The time for volunteering is coming!  Keep in touch to see all the various ways you can help in June, we will be doing everything from writing letters to waving signs and knocking on doors!

13. May 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 5-13-2022 · Categories: Committee News

It will take us all to win!
¡Nos llevará a todos para ganar!

Me llamaron “valiente” por entrar en la “boca de los leones”. El sábado pasado participé en la reunión del Caucus Republicano de la Libertad en el Congreso como el único demócrata en el escenario con 5 aspirantes republicanos; Newhouse no se presentó. Hice una declaración de que volveremos a hacer grandes cosas trabajando juntos. Los cinco leales a Trump desplegaron la retórica habitual: destituir a Biden, eliminar el sistema educativo, acabar con los sindicatos y aumentar el uso de los combustibles fósiles. A pesar de que sus temas se dirigen a un grupo reducido de personas y no tienen en cuenta a la mayoría de los estadounidenses, se encontraron algunos puntos en común entre las filas. Esta base común es mi plataforma y beneficia a todos: hacer crecer nuestra economía, crear puestos de trabajo, reducir nuestra dependencia de los países extranjeros, lograr la independencia energética y preparar a nuestros hijos para el futuro. Trabajaré para unificar este distrito en beneficio de todas las personas. Nos llevará a todos, trabajando juntos, construir ese futuro brillante en el que creemos.

I was called  “brave” for going into the “lion’s den”. Last Saturday I participated in the Republican Liberty Caucus Congressional Throw Down as the only Democrat on stage with 5 republican challengers; Newhouse was a no show. I made a declaration that we will again do great things by working together. The five Trump loyalists rolled out the usual rhetoric: impeach Biden, dismantle the education system, take down unions and ramp up our use of fossil fuels. Despite the fact that their issues spoke to a narrow group of people and disregarded most Americans, there was some common ground found between the cracks. This common ground is my platform and it benefits everyone; grow our economy, create jobs, reduce our dependence on foriegn countries, achieve energy independence and prepare our kids for the future. I will work to unify this district for the benefit of everyone. It will take all of us, working together, to build that bright future we  believe in.

Saturday May 14th:
Yakima Millennium Plaza @ 1pm and 
Richland at John Dam Plaza @ 6pm.

¡El almuerzo en Sunnyside se convirtió en una buena discusión sobre los mensajes demócratas y nuestro camino claro hacia la victoria!

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Lunch in Sunnyside turned into a good discussion on Democratic messaging and our clear path to victory! 

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

Fue un honor conocer al superhéroe demócrata, el senador Sam Hunt. Escribió la primera legislación VRA en Pasco que más tarde se convirtió en ley estatal. #una leyenda

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It was an honor to meet Dem super hero Senator Sam Hunt. He wrote the first VRA legislation in Pasco which later became state law. #alegend

Me enorgulleció dar la bienvenida a los Servidores Públicos al festival de la Semana de Reconocimiento en el Carrusel Gesa en Tri Cities. ¡Los Servidores Públicos hacen el trabajo todos los días para hacer grande a este país!

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I was proud to be able to welcome the Public Servants to the Recognition Week festival at the Gesa Carousel in the Tri Cities. Public Servants do the work everyday to make this country great!

13. May 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up May 13, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

This week, the U.S. Senate had the opportunity to codify abortion rights into federal law by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act, but the legislation failed — for the second time — with all 50 Republicans in opposition. We saw our Democratic leaders, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, stand up for all of Washington and the nation, while the GOP once again put its party’s extreme agenda before the people. Again, I ask you to turn your anger and outrage into action. We must elect pro-choice candidates at every level, from Congress to the state legislature to city halls to local school boards. This is the only way to ensure Washington remains a champion of reproductive rights, especially as more people come to our state because they were denied access to abortion — a basic health care service — in their own. We can’t go back, and by banding together and electing pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot in every race and every place, we won’t.

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

Today was the final day of the Association of State Democratic Committees’ second quarterly meeting of 2022. We welcomed all state and territorial party leaders to Washington state, as well as DNC Chair Jaimie Harrison (shown above), and had the opportunity to spotlight the important work Democrats are doing here. It also served as a chance to ensure all of us are working in tandem at a local and national level to create a better future for all, particularly ahead of the 2022 midterm. 

Next week, the candidate filing period opens, signifying the official start of this election cycle. We know how critical it is to retain all of our Democratic majorities, and it’ll take serious work to do that. This is why we’ve been building up our team, so we can see our candidates across the finish line. You can support our efforts by volunteering (you’ll find several opportunities below), whether it’s volunteer recruitment, knocking doors, or helping mobilize voters. If you’d rather make a contribution, you can donate HERE. 


You can also get involved by becoming a Precinct Committee Official, a role responsible for providing information to voters in your neighborhood and being their main point of contact. PCOs also play an integral role in the state party, and elect party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus for two-year terms. Online candidate filing runs from 9 a.m. on May 16 to 4 p.m. May 20 HERE. Find more information at wa-democrats.org/local/pco.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Republicans Block Passage of WHPA in U.S. Senate Week After Roe Leak

For a second time, legislation to codify abortion rights into federal law was blocked by Senate Republicans on a 49-51 vote Wednesday, just a week after the Supreme Court’s draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. It would’ve guaranteed providers’ ability to perform an abortion and individuals’ right to access one nationwide.

OPINION: “Governing is hard. Politicking isn’t. Here’s how WA is moving forward, together”
In a recent op-ed, Washington State Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins writes, “Good policies and smart investments don’t always get the most media coverage, especially with highly polarizing issues providing a distraction. But governing, not politicking, helped Washington weather the pandemic better than most other states. And it will help us recover better, together.”

Find additional news and more on our website and social media!

STAFF CORNER

MEGAN SIMMONS

How long have you worked for the state party, and what is your role here?
I’m the Digital Manager for the Washington State Democrats! I’ve been with the party since February 2022.
Why are you a Democrat?
I’m a Democrat because I believe in a party that centers the needs of the people when making policy decisions. We deserve forward-thinking, science-based, diverse leadership, and that’s what the Democrats embody.
Why do you enjoy this work?
I enjoy working for the party because young people are trusted to lead here! I’m lucky to be surrounded by a staff of smart, energetic people and leaders who want to hear what we have to say about the most pressing issues of our time.

Know of anyone who’d make a great addition to our staff? Tell them to visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more. And stay tuned for additional announcements! 

SAVE THE DATE

Support Secretary of State Steve Hobbs

  • Join local and state Democratic leaders for a hybrid fundraising event 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 17 in Olympia to support Secretary of State Steve Hobbs’ campaign, hosted by state Sen. Sam Hunt. Special guests include Lt. Gov. Denny Heck, Majority leader Sen. Andy Billig, Chair Tina Podlodowski, and many more. If wishing to attend in person, RSVP to info@electhobbs.com for more information. For a virtual link, RSVP to hobbs@wa-democrats.org.

Lunch with Legislators

  • Chair Tina Podlodowski and state Sen. Marco Liias will discuss transportation issues in Washington state during our latest Lunch with Legislators event 11:30 a.m. May 20Watch live on Facebook. 

Washington State Democratic Convention

  • Join us for our party’s annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center. More information will be released soon, including the names of our VIP guests!

GET INVOLVED

For the week of May 13-19:

Learn what’s happening in your neck of the woods HERE.

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to announce the launch of our 2022 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program!

T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. This program seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring that comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country.

The T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. PST May 24 to June 30. The deadline to register is May 22 at 8:59 p.m. PST. Register HERE today!


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Tina Podlodowski
Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States