30. June 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 6-30-2022 · Categories: Committee News, Elections

We Will Not Go Backwards! ¡No vamos a ir hacia atrás!

El boletín se adelantó un día esta semana porque hoy es el cierre del cuatrimestre. Este es un gran empuje para conseguir dólares para la presentación de informes de la FEC. He recaudado más dinero que mis contrincantes republicanos y están asustados. Tenemos que permanecer en el primer lugar. Por favor, donar antes del final de hoy. 
Gracias.
Doug
The newsletter is a day early this week because today is the Quarter close. This is a big push to get dollars in for FEC reporting. I have raised more money than my Republican challengers and they are scared. We need to stay in first place. Please give before the end of today. 
Thank you
Doug

uestro inicio de campaña de verano en la cervecería Single Hill en Yakima llenó la casa. Los demócratas y aquellos que creen en el proceso democrático llenaron el espacio de energía mientras discutíamos: energía, salmón, infraestructura, inmigración y mucho más.

Our Summer Campaign Kickoff at Single Hill Brewery in Yakima packed the house. Democrats and those that believe in the democratic process filled the space with energy as we discussed: energy, salmon, infrastructure, immigration, and much more.



La Convención Demócrata del Estado de Washington 2022. Me reuní con Tina P. y Marie Pérez, la candidata demócrata para el CD3, y con muchos demócratas energizados. Fue la primera vez en 2 años y medio que la convención se celebró en persona.

The Washington State Democratic Convention 2022. I met with Tina P. Marie Perez the dem candidate for CD3 and so many energized democrats. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years that the convention was held in person.

El tiempo que pasé en el festival de mariachis de las Tri-Cities me mostró nuestra fuerza cuando trabajamos juntos. La violencia en la comunidad, la falta de vivienda y otros problemas que aquejan a nuestras ciudades son problemas que podemos resolver. Gracias a la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Tri-Cities y a todos los que asistieron.

My time at the Tri-Cities Mariachi festival showed me our strength when we work together. Community violence, homelessness, and other problems plaguing our towns are problems we can solve. Thank you to the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and all that attended.

Entre tarjetas postales, llamadas telefónicas y puerta a puerta, más de 75 personas ayudaron a la campaña esta semana, y cada día recibimos más llamadas telefónicas y correos electrónicos.  Nuestra campaña no funcionaría sin una comunidad así.

Between postcards, phone banking and door-to-door, over 75 people helped the campaign this week- and we are getting more phone calls and emails every day.  Our campaign wouldn’t work without our community like that!


Recaudación de fondos en White Salmon con el candidato LD14 Chris Faison y Tracy Rushing. Gracias por abrir su casa. Además, me detuve y hablé con los propietarios de pequeñas empresas en toda la ciudad. Trato de no desperdiciar ninguna oportunidad

White Salmon Fundraiser with LD14 candidate Chris Faison and Tracy Rushing. Thank you for opening your home. Also, I stopped and talked to small business owners all across town. I try not to waste any opportunity. 

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

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.

30. June 2022 · Comments Off on Faith Action Network Update June 30, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

In the midst of some difficult weeks in June, we gave thanks for the ability to celebrate community. At Pride events across the state, faith communities marched to celebrate God’s Love as affirming and inclusive. Pictured are some members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran at Seattle Pride, and FAN board member Rev. Jim Castro Lang marching with FAN advocates at Spokane Pride.


Follow-up to Supreme Court Decisions

These past weeks, we have been following U.S. Supreme Court decisions that will adversely impact the people we love and the inclusive society we seek to uphold. Today’s decision that limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will impede our ability to combat climate change. Last week, the Dobb’s decision that will have immediate impact on access to abortion across the nation moved FAN Governing Board and staff to issue this statement, along with our commitment to support policies that will uphold reproductive rights in Washington state. We were saddened to see others’ religious freedoms threatened by the court’s decision in the case of the Bremerton High School coach; we thank local faith leaders who spoke out about the separation of church and state on the Supreme Court steps.

And in the aftermath of so much gun violence, the Supreme Court decision that overturned New York’s ban on guns in public places was a blow. During June, our network had prayed and marched for protections from gun violence; see statements from two FAN board members, Aneelah Afzali and Rabbi Jason Levine, at a vigil at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Seattle. We applaud the bi-partisan gun legislation that Congress passed and President Biden signed into law as a beginning, knowing there is more work to be done.

We promise to work with you to find policy solutions in response to these rulings, especially as they impact Washington.


And for some Good news on I-1929!

While we were focused on many things in June, we want to celebrate with you that Initiative 1929 to repeal the capital gains tax is officially dead.

Thank you for your good advocacy in helping stop I-1929 before it even started! You helped shine the spotlight on the dangers of I-1929 and the risks to children and families in our state. FAN joined 37 organizations from across Washington in opposing this initiative. With our coalition partners, we’ll be watching the court case on capital gains. We’ll also keep working to fix our upside-down tax code and support investments in children and communities.


Help Implement the Working Families Tax Credit

Once a bill is passed, there is much work to do to implement it. FAN is part of the Working Families Tax Credit coalition to implement this important source of cash for individuals and families. You can help!

The Department of Revenue (DOR) is currently undergoing the rulemaking process, and we are concerned about some provisions that would be onerous for those applying. FAN staff testified at a hearing and DOR is accepting public comments until July 5. If you are interested in commenting, we will send you more information and a template—email us at fan@fanwa.org.  Testimony from those with direct service experience to low-income and/or immigrant families is especially needed.

Our coalition’s advocacy in the legislative session made $10 million in grants for organizations to do outreach and navigation support to low-income families, individuals, and immigrants who are ITIN filers, to make sure people know they are eligible for the Working Families Tax Credit. See the Dept of Commerce announcement and submit your community’s application by July 25.


Comment on Lower Snake River Dams

Our partners at Earth Ministry have an action alert regarding the report recently released by Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee, calling for comments on replacement of dams to stop salmon extinction and protect Native Nations’ treaty rights.

You can send a comment by July 11 here.


Thank you to Lauren Schubring!

We are sad to announce the departure of Eastern WA Regional Organizer, Lauren Schubring, and want to thank her for excellent teamwork. Lauren is moving on to a regional/urban planning position, which she prepared for during her graduate studies. She has built good relationships with advocates and faith communities in Spokane, and we plan to continue the momentum she began. Lauren wanted to share these words with our network:

“While I won’t be in my current role anymore, I do plan to continue to advocate alongside of you and be a part of this network, just as you all are! I have considered it such a privilege to be able to do this work with FAN. Working alongside of you all to get faith communities further engaged in advocacy has been so encouraging to me. I love that there are so many people of faith actively fighting for and supporting all people.

Sometimes it feels like that progressive faith voice is so faint compared to what many think people of faith believe, but when you engage in work with FAN, it really does make the faith voice louder as we push for progress in this region together! I’m truly cheering on FAN and each of you as you continue to engage in this very important work.”


Learning from Each Other

Riverton Park United Methodist Church in Tukwila is a FAN advocating faith community and neighborhood service hub for their community. On a day this spring, cars for the food bank were lined up along the long driveway from the church out to the street. The Raise the Wage Tukwila campaign has an office in the church and folks were out gathering signatures at the food line. Rev. Jan Bolerjack said the food bank serves about 1,200 families each week.

Tukwila is home to many immigrants; at one time the school district was the most diverse in the nation, comprised of people who speak more than fifty languages according to Rev. Jan. City residents face growing rents and scarcity of affordable housing, as Seattle pushes south, and the minimum wage is $14.50, lower than in Seattle or SeaTac.

Riverton Park UMC is responding with both direct services and advocacy… Click here to continue reading.


Events and Opportunities

June 30 | 6:00 PM | Remote
Free webinar TODAY: Join the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility for a conversation about Guaranteed Basic Income: A Powerful Health Intervention. Register here.
July 8-9 | Redmond, WA
As Muslims begin celebration of Eid-al-Adha on July 9th, the Muslim Association of Puget Sound is hosting various prayer and potluck events. Visit their website for more information.

July 9 | 12:00 - 6:00 PM | Tacoma, WA 

Tacoma Pride will be taking place between 7th and 9th on Pacific Ave on Saturday, July 9th. Learn more.

July 9 | 10:00 - 5:00 PM | Vancouver, WA
Our United Methodist friends at Orchards, Mill Plain, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and Vancouver First invite you to stop by their booth at Vancouver Pride at Esther Short Park on July 9th.

July 17 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM | Seattle, WA

Join Washington Community Action Network for a community picnic and GOTV Kick Off at Judkins Park in Seattle! This is a time to share stories, catch up, and connect with WashingtonCAN staff, members, and community. Food and Beverages will be provided, and families are welcome. RSVP here.

We always post the E-News to our website each week at fanwa.org/news/.

Stay connected with our emails! Please be sure to list fan@fanwa.org as a safe sender by adding us to your contacts. 

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25. June 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 6-25-2022 · Categories: Committee News, Elections

En qué me distingo: Yo construyo en lugar de derribar. He compartido el escenario con seis candidatos republicanos. Lo he hecho cuatro veces en el último mes y la retórica se vuelve más extrema con cada evento. Esta última semana estuve en Tonasket y uno de los candidatos declaró que se sentiría desnudo sin su arma y estábamos en el auditorio de una escuela. Su agenda es singular: Destituir a Biden y eliminar su administración ilegítima, desmantelar el Departamento de Educación para que todos los niños puedan ser educados en casa, eliminar todas las restricciones a la adquisición de armas y eliminar el gobierno de la salud, para privatizarla por completo en busca de eficiencia y ganancias financieras. Trato de entender su agenda y todo lo que escucho es anarquía sin ningún plan de futuro. ¿Cuál es el beneficio de tener un país de ciudadanos armados, sin gobierno, mal educados y enfermos? Mi plan para el futuro de la parte central de Washington es muy diferente. Ofreceré independencia financiera y energética. Nos libraremos de la dependencia de los combustibles fósiles para el año 2030 y devolveré el dinero de nuestros impuestos para invertirlo en nosotros. Invirtiendo el dinero de nuestros impuestos en nosotros mismos podremos reconstruir nuestra infraestructura, liberarnos de los combustibles fósiles para el 2030 y atraer a la industria con empleos de salario familiar.

– Doug

How I am different. I build up rather than tear down. I have been sharing the stage with six republican candidates. I have done this four times over the last month and the rhetoric gets more extreme with each event. This last week I was in Tonasket and one of the candidates declared that he would feel naked without his gun and we were in a school auditorium. Their agenda is singular: Impeach Biden and remove his illegitimate administration, dismantle the Department of Education so all kids can be homeschooled, remove all restrictions on gun ownership and remove government from healthcare, completely privatizing it for efficiency and profit. I try to figure out their agenda and all I hear is anarchy without any future plans. What is the benefit of having a country of gun-toting, governmentless, poorly educated, and sickly citizens. My plan for the future of Central Washington is vastly different. I will deliver financial and energy independence. We will be free from dependence on fossil fuels by 2030 and I will bring our tax dollars back to invest in us! By investing our tax dollars in ourselves we can rebuild our infrastructure, be free of fossil fuels by 2030 and attract industry with family-wage jobs.

– Doug


¡Somos número 1 en las encuestas! Esta es una de varias encuestas realizadas por los republicanos y siempre estoy en la cima. ¡Votar en estas primarias es de vital importancia, la única manera de que yo salga #1 es que ustedes voten!

We are #1 in the polls! This is one of several polls conducted by republicans and I am always on top. Voting in this primary is critically important, the only way that I come out #1 is for you to VOTE! 


Un viaje rápido a Spokane para hablar ante el sindicato de maquinistas. Tengo el honor de ser respaldado por el local 751. Me reuní con el candidato demócrata Natasha Hill del distrito 5. Siguió con una visita a Tecate Grill y luego de vuelta a CD4. 

A quick trip to Spokane to speak and the Machinists Union. I am honored to be endorsed by local 751. I met CD5 Democratic candidate Natasha Hill. Followed up with a meet and greet at Tecate Grill and the back to CD4.


Turning Point USA, Okanogan Branch invited me to their candidate forum where I shared the stage with the republican candidates. There was trouble as some brought guns into the school auditorium. Be safe and be sane.

Turning Point USA, de Okanogan, me invitó a su foro de candidatos donde compartí el escenario con los candidatos republicanos. Hubo problemas ya que algunos llevaron armas al auditorio de la escuela. Manténgase a salvo.


Ven a reunirte con nosotros y con un grupo de colaboradores para conocer a Doug y compartir tus pensamientos, opiniones y creencias. Estamos iniciando el último mes antes de las elecciones primarias y no podía pensar en un mejor lugar que la ciudad natal de Doug. Si usted no puede asistir visite nuestro sitio web para una transmisión en vivo de Facebook. 

Localidad/Location: Single Hill Brewery
102 N. Naches Ave, Yakima
Monday, June 27th @ 5:30 - 7

Come join us and a bunch of supporters to meet Doug and share your thoughts, views, and beliefs. We are kicking off the last month before the primary elections and could not think of a better place than Doug’s hometown. If you can not attend check out our website for a Facebook Live stream. 

Ninguna ciudad es demasiado pequeña. La semana pasada visitamos pequeños negocios en Bridgeport, Brewster y todo el norte hasta Oroville. Todas las voces son importantes en esta campaña.

No town is too small. This past week we visited small businesses in Bridgeport, Brewster, and all the way north to Oroville. Every voice matters in this campaign!

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

El foro de candidatos de las mujeres republicanas de la cuenca de Columbia tuvo lugar el sábado 18 de junio en Tri-Cities. Compartí el escenario con 5 de los aspirantes republicanos. De todos los debates en los que he participado, este tuvo las preguntas más fuertes y el formato más ajustado. Nos obligó a los candidatos a dar respuestas claras y meditadas de la manera más concisa. Agradecí la profesionalidad y la oportunidad de escuchar y compartir opiniones.

The Columbia Basin Republican Women’s candidate forum was on Saturday, June 18th in the Tri-Cities. I shared the stage with 5 of the republican challengers. Of all the debates that I have participated in, this one had the strongest questions and the tightest format. It made us candidates provide clear and thoughtful answers in the most concise way. I appreciated the professionalism and opportunity to listen and share opinions. 

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.

24. June 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up June 24, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Today is a dark, devastating day in our nation’s history. We are outraged. We are angry. But we will continue to fight. It is time to be loud and support people who might need an abortion someday, as well as the medical professionals who provide abortion care. 

Abortion has always existed and will continue to exist. It is pivotal health care that cannot be denied, and should be available when we need it, on the timeline we choose, and in the community we trust. But MAGA Republicans want to destroy our freedoms, control our lives, block policies a majority of us favor, and overturn our will by court order. 

Abortion is still legal in Washington state, but that is not guaranteed. If we lose a single seat — whether it’s in Olympia or D.C. — MAGA Republicans will have the inch they need to completely strip away our freedom to decide whether and when we grow our families by trying to ban safe, legal abortion everywhere. And make no mistake, today’s decision goes beyond abortion. All of our freedoms are in jeopardy.

Now is the time for us to show up and fight for our communities. Abortion justice can’t wait. The only way to ensure we have freedom to get the care we need and make the decisions that are right for our families is at the ballot box. There is only one party protecting abortion care — the Democrats. We must reelect leaders like Sen. Patty Murray and Dr. Kim Schrier to ensure abortion care is accessible, funded, and recognized in Washington state and beyond. 

Someone you love will need an abortion some day, and we will fight like hell to guarantee when that day comes, they can get the care they need and have the freedom to decide.

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

Just yesterday, I made the official pitch before the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee for Washington to become one of the first western states to hold an early presidential primary in 2024. The full DNC will make the ultimate decision by Aug. 6, but no matter the outcome, we’re just so grateful to have participated in this process. It is a real honor to advocate for our state, and share the many reasons why Washington is leading the way for the Democratic Party.

Since 2017, we have increased the vote for Democrats in Washington state — anywhere from 4-14% across all 39 counties —  leading to a number of flipped legislative seats and every statewide office captured for the first time in 60 years. That’s not the result of some random event or a coincidence, but years of hard work and grassroots organizing across several cycles, enabling us to turn popular support for Democratic policies into Democratic majorities. We are a powerful progressive force, and it’s because of YOU. It’s time for that to be recognized on the national stage.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Washington Dems Slam at SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Friday
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Washington State Democratic Party released a statement slamming the ruling, which eliminates the constitutional right to abortion and upends nearly 50 years of precedent. 
Washington Dems Make Official Pitch to Become Early Presidential Primary State
Out of 20 applicants, 17 states were chosen to present before the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee this week in Washington D.C. Washington is one of three states (Colorado and Nevada) in the running for the Western spot. A final decision is expected by Aug. 6.
Washington Dems Join Call for State Insurance Commissioner’s Resignation
The Washington State Democratic Party issued a statement last Friday calling for state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s resignation after his dismissal of an aide who had previously reported him for inappropriate behavior.

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

STAFF CORNER

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How long have you worked for the state party, and what is your role here?
I’ve been with the state party as its communications director since mid April, happily exchanging Idaho politics for Washington politics.
Why are you a Democrat?
My values are Democratic values. I aspire to live in a society where every person can prosper and participate because they are able to access their full potential. Equity is how we reach equality, and that is exactly what the Democratic Party is working toward. 
Why do you enjoy this work?
It is an incredible thing to find true meaning in your work. My role with the state party enables me to help move us closer to that better, brighter tomorrow by electing leaders who not only put people first but are reflective of the communities they serve. Democrats turn hope into change, and I want to be a part of that.
Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? 
Current openings:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

GET INVOLVED

For the week of June 24-30:

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,

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17. June 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Update 6-17-2022 · Categories: Committee News, Elections

Fighting fear with joy.  

Combatiendo el miedo con alegría.

Este mes de junio nos dedicamos a celebrar las libertades que hemos conseguido. Es algo absurdo en muchos niveles porque la Constitución trata a todos por igual. Son las actitudes y acciones de la gente contra las que luchamos. Este es el primer año en que el 19 de junio se reconoce como fiesta nacional (Juneteenth) y lo celebramos. Junio es el mes del PRIDE y lo celebramos. Pero, y lamentablemente siempre hay un pero, nuestra celebración se ve afectada este año por los ataques agresivos de aquellos que se sienten amenazados por el concepto de protección igualitaria y libertad para todos. Ya sea el “no digas gay”, o la negación del racismo institucionalizado, o el tratar a los trabajadores como siervos, o el rechazar el derecho de la mujer a la autonomía sobre su cuerpo, o el creer que los derechos de portar un arma de fuego descuidadamente es más importante que el derecho de un niño a vivir. Mientras haya personas que nos miren como si fuéramos “aquellos”, tendremos que estar atentos y mantenernos firmes. Espero que sus celebraciones de este mes estén llenas de grandes alegrías y promesas. 

– Doug

This month of June we take time to celebrate the freedoms we have won. This is absurd on many levels because the Constitution treats all equal. It is the attitudes and actions of people that we struggle against. This is the first year that Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday and we celebrate. June is PRIDE month and we celebrate. But, and there is sadly always a but, our celebration is tempered this year with aggressive attacks by those that feel threatened by concept of equal protection and freedom for all. Whether it is “don’t say gay”, denial of institutionalized racism, treating workers like indentured servants, rejecting a woman’s right to autonomy over her body, or believing that those unfit to own firearm rights are more important than a child’s right to live. As long as there are people that look at us and see “them” we will need to be vigilant and stand fast. I hope your celebrations this month are filled with great joy and promise.  

-Doug

El orgullo continúa. ¡Únete a nosotros este sábado 18 de Junio para el PRIDE festival de Yakima! Después del enorme y maravilloso PRIDE del fin de semana anterior en Tri-Cities, Yakima sigue con su desfile. Un gran saludo a Wenatchee ya que celebran su PRIDE mañana también. 

¡Asegúrese de pasar por mi puesto y decir hola!

 

PRIDE continues. Join us this Saturday, June 18th for Yakima PRIDE! After last weekend's huge and wonderful PRIDE in the Tri-Cities Yakima is following up with a parade! Give a big shout-out to Wenatchee as they celebrate their pride tomorrow also. 

Be sure and show up at my booth and say hello!

Doug and the Republican challengers at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Doug y los aspirantes republicanos en el almuerzo de la Cámara de Comercio.

Este año, el 19 de junio (Juneteenth) ha sido reconocido como fiesta nacional por primera vez. Quiero dar las gracias al Consejo de Diversidad e Inclusión de Tri-Cities por el evento Red and Black on the Green para marcar la ocasión. Estaré en el evento Juneteenth de Yakima y representantes de mi campaña estarán en Tri-Cities. Acompáñenos el sábado 18 de junio mientras celebramos esta parte tan significativa de la historia de nuestra nación y el recuerdo de aquellos que vinieron antes y han hecho tanto. Ahora nos corresponde a todos nosotros llevar adelante el trabajo.

Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday for the first time this year. I want to thank the Tri-Cities Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Red and Black on the Green event to mark the occasion. I will be at the Yakima Juneteenth event and representatives of my campaign will be in Tri-Cities. Join us Saturday, June 18th as we mark this most significant part of our nation’s history and the remembrance of those that came before have done so much. It is now to all of us to carry the work forward.

Doug and David at the Yakima Rotary.

Doug y David en el Yakima Rotary

Doug speaks to the crowd at Cris and Tim’s home.

Doug habla con el grupo en la casa de Cris y Tim.

¡Su pancarta está aquí! 

Your yard sign is here!

¡Marcha por nuestras vidas! El 11 de junio, personas de todo el país marcharon para exigir un enfoque de sentido común para la compra y el uso de armas de fuego. En el centro de Washington, la mayoría de nosotros crecimos rodeados de armas y aprendimos a respetarlas. No tiene sentido para nosotros cuando vemos a la gente exhibiendo rifles de asalto con cargadores de alta capacidad como si estuvieran viviendo la fantasía de un videojuego. Si eres un propietario de armas responsable, sabes que se trata del tirador, no del rifle, y que la única bala que cuenta es la que está en el cargador. Si realmente estás cazando por deporte, nunca tendrías la oportunidad de usar una segunda bala.

March for our lives! On June 11th people all across the nation marched to demand a common-sense approach to firearm purchase and use. In Central Washington, most of us grew up around guns and learned respect for them. It makes no sense to us when we see people brandishing assault rifles with high-capacity magazines like they are living out some video game fantasy. If you are a responsible gun owner you know it is about the shooter, not the rifle and the only bullet that counts is the one in the chamber. If you truly are hunting for sport, you would never have a chance to use a second bullet. 

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.

17. June 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up June 17, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Pride Month should be a time of love, authenticity, and honor — not hate or violence. But that’s what we saw last weekend in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, when a parade was disrupted by a group of white nationalists. Thankfully, they were arrested before they could carry out their planned attack. It was revealed a number of them came right from Washington state, and were linked not only to Patriot Front, a dangerous alt-right organization, but also to former Republican state Rep. Matt Shea. We continue to see members of the Washington GOP, including many prominent elected officials, connected to extremist groups. We can’t allow that hate to continue to grow here, and we have to keep fighting to ensure protections for the LGBTQ community in our state and beyond. We MUST keep extremists out of office at the ballot box, and that is done by turning out Democratic voters in every race and every place in Washington state. Let’s get to work, Democrats!

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

Our 2022 state convention is just a week away! We’ve got a lot to celebrate, and thankfully we have a stellar group of friends to help with our historic homecoming. We are so thrilled to share that Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Kim Schrier, Rep. Marilyn Strickland, and Gov. Jay Inslee will speak at the evening gala Saturday. But the excitement doesn’t stop there! DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison is also slated to speak that morning to delegates during the General Session meeting. This all-star lineup not only has a finger on the pulse of the Democratic Party, but they are actively working to improve our state and nation every day. You don’t want to miss it!

Tickets are going fast — secure yours now:

And if you’re a convention delegate who has yet to register, please do so ASAP:

We can’t wait to see everyone next Friday and Saturday!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Washington Democrats seek earlier presidential primary
Washington Democrats were selected to make a formal pitch June 22-24 in Washington D.C. to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, along with 16 other state parties. Washington is one of the three states (with Colorado and Nevada) under consideration for the Western spot. A final decision is expected by Aug. 6
Price gouging on baby formula? Sens. Murray, Cantwell demand investigation
Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate whether national retail chains and online sellers have raised specialized infant formula prices during the current shortage.

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

STAFF CORNER

We continue to add to our ever-growing field organizing team to ensure we have the talent and drive to get out the vote in every race and every place in Washington state! Meet four of our newest field organizers, who started just this week:

MARIA GROFF
Maria is originally from Bremerton, and later moved to Spokane, where she attended high school. Since graduating, she’s primarily lived in West Seattle, but spent almost eight years in Kauai, and tries to travel the United States as much as possible. Maria works as a journeyman laborer in the union, but is taking time to help the state party with its field operations because she cares deeply about Democratic politics.
COOPER BRONSON
Cooper is a junior at Western Washington University, studying religion and culture. He is originally from Spokane, but moved to Bellingham for college. Cooper is very passionate about developing better understanding and relationships with people, especially those with vastly different experiences than himself, particularly in respect to religion and academia. He believes politics is inseparable from everything else, which is why he is excited to be doing this work.
NATALIE KENOYER
Cooper is a junior at Western Washington University, studying religion and culture. He is originally from Spokane, but moved to Bellingham for college. Cooper is very passionate about developing better understanding and relationships with people, especially those with vastly different experiences than himself, particularly in respect to religion and academia. He believes politics is inseparable from everything else, which is why he is excited to be doing this work.
DALE PORTER
Dale is a Pacific Northwest native, and became involved in advocacy and local social issues while attending the Tacoma School of the Arts, where he volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations. Dale decided then to dedicate his entire college career and degree path to break down the barriers preventing people from accessing a better education and obtaining  basic human services. He attended the Tacoma Community College, the University of Washington Tacoma, and the University of Washington School of Law. Dale loves every moment residing in the Evergreen State and strives to continue making it a better place for all.
Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? 
Current openings:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

Join us for our state party’s bi-annual convention June 24-25 at the Tacoma Convention Center.

Snag your tickets TODAY before it’s too late!

GET INVOLVED

For the week of June 17-23:

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
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.

10. June 2022 · Comments Off on Faith Action Network Update June 10, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

FAN members have been praying, marching, and calling for action to prevent gun violence in recent weeks. Pictured at left is Pastor Erik Kindem of Peace Lutheran, Seattle, in last week’s march from Temple De Hirsch Sinai to St. James Cathedral. FAN supporter Mark White has shared a beautiful photo album of that event. At right, FAN board, staff, and faith leaders Aneelah Afzali, Elise DeGooyer, Abbot Genjo Marinello, Carolyn Stevens, and Kristin Ang attended the Alliance for Gun Responsibility press conference. Thank you for all you are doing in your communities to call for stronger policies.


Turning Grief Into Action

While we have prayed, marched, vigiled together in recent weeks, we have also pledged to take action. We lament that gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teens in this country. There have been at least 20 mass shootings since the 19 children and two teachers were murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX on May 24, 2022. We need our elected leaders to pass gun safety laws now!

In Congress, the House recently passed the Protecting Our Kids Act, H.R. 7910. The act would increase the age limit to 21 on the purchase of semi-automatic weapons, restrict high-capacity magazines, ban bump stocks, prevent gun trafficking, modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms, and encourage the safe storage of firearms. It’s now up to the Senate to take action and pass the Protecting Our Kids Act.

Washington Senators Murray and Cantwell, even while supportive of these measures, need to hear of our support as they negotiate with their Senate colleagues. Please take action today to protect our kids and community from gun violence. Pass H.R. 7910 Protecting Our Kids Act.

Click the button below to contact your senator.


Eastern WA Summit and Spokane Pride weekend!

It’s a big weekend for FAN in Eastern WA, and we hope you’ll be able to join in! On Saturday June 11, we are celebrating Spokane Pride. We will meet at 11:30am to march in the Pride Parade, and then will have a FAN table at the Pride Festival from 12:00-6:00 pm. Join us to march and/or stop by our table! You can email Eastern WA Regional Organizer Lauren at Schubring@fanwa.org

Then on Sunday June 12, join our Eastern WA Spring Summit! It is from 2:00-4:00pm at St. John’s Cathedral, or you can attend via Zoom. RSVP and receive more information when you register here. We would love to see you this weekend for one or both of these opportunities to gather! 


Celebrate FAN’s 11th Anniversary!

Keep our FAN network strong for the work ahead! On June 11, FAN celebrates the 11th anniversary of our founding. Please see our Spring Appeal, posted here on our Blog, and consider a donation to support the growing edges of our work. The way forward is together!


Poor Peoples’ Campaign

The Seattle Regional PPC in partnership with The Well and the WA PPC is honored to host Dr. Cornel West for a virtual talk on King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence Monday June 13th 6:00-7:30 PMregister here.

Dr. West will remind us that nonviolence is not a temporary behavior we adopt while taking action–it is a way of life for people who believe, “that justice is what love looks like in public.” Dr. West will connect King’s philosophy with PPC’s campaign to shift the narrative, to build power among people living in poverty and low wealth, and to secure policies that reconstruct society from the bottom up. He will ground us in preparation for the Mass Assembly and Moral March on June 18th!

There will be a delegation attending from Washington, as well as an opportunity to join in watch parties locally on June 18, including a gathering sponsored by First Lutheran Church of Bothell, noon-2pm, in the fellowship hall to view video from D.C., learn more and share a light lunch. Or tune in virtually at 7am Pacific time June 18 on PPC website.


Washington State Pride Month Events

June 11 | Spokane Pride – Stop by the FAN booth and say hello!  
June 18 | Yakima Pride Parade & Festival
June 26 | Seattle Pride Parade
July 9 | Tacoma Pride Festival 
July 9 | Vancouver Pride 
June 11 | Washington, DC, and 10+ WA Cities
In the wake of tragic mass shootings in the last month, it’s time to March for Our Lives, again. Thousands are gathering in our nation’s capital and in cities across the country on Saturday morning to call for end of gun violence and stronger gun control laws. Find a march near you.
June 11 | 2:00 - 4:00p PDT | Seattle, WA
Join the Seattle NAACP for the second annual They Will Never Be Forgotten: Remembering Victims of Gun Violence event. The public event will take place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Way S. in Seattle. 
June 12 | 2:00 - 4:00p PDT | Spokane, WA & Virtual
Last chance to register for our final FAN summit in Eastern Washington! Join us on Zoom or in-person at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E 12th Avenue in Spokane. Click here to register.
June 13 | 6:00 - 7:30p PDT | Virtual
The Seattle Regional Poor Peoples’ Campaign (PPC) in partnership with The Well and the WA PPC is honored to host Dr. Cornel West for a virtual talk on King's Philosophy of Nonviolence. RSVP here.
June 14 | 6:30p PDT | Virtual 
Free webinar: Green Your Home’s Carbon Footprint sponsored by Faith Action Climate Team (FACT). Court Olson, a civil engineer with decades of experience in green buildings will be presenting. Register for the meeting.
June 15 | 8:00p PDT | Seattle, WA 
Come together for a candlelight prayer vigil honoring the victims of Uvalde, Buffalo, and Orange County. Meet outside of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. Masks encouraged. More info.
June 17 | 7:00p EDT | Virtual 
Join a national Mother Emanuel AME Commemorative Service for the Martyred. Inspired by Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, engage in simultaneous Bible study to lament and address the racial antipathy gripping our nation. The service will be live-streamed and feature a panel of Biblical scholars and church leaders discussing the “Parable of the Soils” in Mark 4:1-9—the text the church members were studying the night they were killed. 
June 18 | 9:30a EDT | Washington, DC 
Join the national Poor People's Campaign as it plans to lead a moral march on Washington and to the polls in our nation's capital. More info.
June 25 | 3:00p PDT | Seattle, WA
C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, West Seattle. Feeling weary, worried, helpless about...well, everything? The antidote for anxiety is action! Come find out what you can do. Hosted by West Seattle Activists, meet folks from Faith Action Network, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Fieldteam6, Sister District and others. Kids welcome. Please wear masks to protect the most vulnerable among us.
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is a nine month program of prayer, monthly communal retreat mornings, and individual spiritual direction. SEEL will offer a hybrid retreat in 2022-23 and is accepting applications now for the program starting in late September For more information, see www.seelpugetsound.org 

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10. June 2022 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up June 10, 2022 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

In just two short weeks, Democrats from across Washington will gather in Tacoma for our state party’s bi-annual convention, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25. It is the first one we’ve held in person since 2018, making it a historic homecoming of sorts, as we take time to celebrate our diverse Democratic community, affirm the values that will guide our party for years to come, and build momentum ahead of the 2022 midterm. Below, you’ll find links to purchase tickets to our terrific gala dinner (not black tie — come as you are) on the evening of the 25th, and as well as a registration link for our over 1,200 delegates. It’s a reunion no one should miss, and I’ll be there with open arms waiting to welcome you! I am so honored to serve as your state chair, and can’t wait to celebrate our “Homecoming” together soon.

We know Democrats are doing the real work to make meaningful improvements in the lives of all Washingtonians each day — a stark contrast to the Republican Party at the state and national levels.


Last night, I wept for our country as I watched the opening Jan. 6 committee hearing, which confirmed what we already knew: The GOP and Trump are solely culpable for the failed coup attempt that day, as well as the continued spread of the “Big Lie”  in the days since to sow distrust and undermine our democracy nationwide. The American people deserve the truth, and as more is revealed, it’s abundantly clear why Republicans are trying so hard to discredit it. But we won’t let them. What happened on Jan. 6 is the antithesis of patriotism. Those responsible must be held accountable and out of office; it’s our job to ensure that. We MUST turn out Democratic voters in every race and every place in Washington state — and that work is happening now.

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

We officially kicked off the election cycle last Saturday with our first statewide Day of Action of the 2022 campaign. Hundreds of party staff, volunteers, elected officials, and candidates knocked on thousands of doors in King, Clark, Walla Walla, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, and around the state!  We connected with voters and captured the excitement for Democrats up and down the ticket. Thank YOU for making it such a success, but we can’t stop there. 


Recent events continue to reaffirm just how imperative it is for us to retain our majorities at the state and federal levels. To ensure that, we have to band together and work harder than ever before — the 2020 election was a warm up for 2022. We need you with us at future Days of Action and other organizing events from now until November. And please consider investing in our efforts with a contribution today, so we can continue to ramp up our organizing efforts.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Washington Democrats Submit Bid to DNC for Early Presidential Primary Consideration
The Washington State Democratic Party officially applied June 3 to become one of the first states to hold an early presidential primary in 2024. If chosen to move forward, the state party will make a formal pitch before the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee on June 22-24 in Washington D.C. A decision is expected by Aug. 6.
Hot seat: Strickland defends Democrats' work on gun control
U.S. Rep. Marilyn Strickland spoke to Axios Seattle on Democrats’ work at the federal level to create gun control laws. Several bills have been passed the House, only to die in the Senate.
Parents struggling with baby-formula shortage as Murray, Schrier promise follow-up action
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Kim Shrier discussed the nation’s baby-formula shortage with a group of Washington parents and possible legislation to mitigate the issue.

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

STAFF CORNER

SWETHA SARAVANA

How long have you worked for the state party, and what is your role here?
I've been with the state party since July of last year, and I am currently the data manager.
Why are you a Democrat?
I enjoy this job because I know the work that I do is valuable and I love being surrounded by individuals motivated by the same mission.
Why do you enjoy this work?
I am a Democrat because I care about the human rights of all people. Because I care about the environment that future generations will call home. Because I care about a citizen’s right to bodily autonomy. And because I care about living in a place where I feel represented
Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? 
Current openings:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

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

Snag your tickets TODAY!

2022 Golden Tennis Shoe Awards
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray will host her 27th Annual Golden Tennis Shoe Awards noon on Friday, June 17, at the Washington State Convention Center. Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is set to join her and speak. Purchase tickets HERE.

GET INVOLVED

For the week of June 10-16:

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
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.