10. July 2024 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – July 10, 2024 · Categories: Recent Events

Volunteers are a cornerstone of successful campaigns.
Before someone says yes to volunteering for you, they need to buy into your vision.
They need to know why you’re running, and how you’re going to improve the community.
Effectively communicating your message is key to getting people to believe in you and motivate them to put their time and energy into helping you get elected.
If this sounds remotely overwhelming, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:

For volunteers to be successful, each and every volunteer will need to be trained. Training sets the tone and expectations you have of your team. It also gives them the tools and knowledge they need to meet those expectations.
The more robust and frequent your volunteer trainings are, you can expand your campaign’s capacity without using up limited resources. Your volunteers can now take what they’ve learned and train others. They’ve officially become organizers within their communities.
How cool is that?
To find out more, join us at July 17 at 6 PM EST so you can recruit and train the best volunteers.
See you there!
-NDTC


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20. April 2024 · Comments Off on Indivisible WIN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events

Join Washington Indivisible Network and Indivisible leaders and members across Washington and Oregon for a series of virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops led by DEI consultants Lillian Hawkins and LaTricia Kinlow.

In order to save our democracy, we must continually improve our dedication and ability to organize with an anti-racism lens.

Whether you are new to these ideas or returning to them, we hope you will join us!

Register once to attend one, two, or all of these important workshops.  

Understanding & Mitigating the Impact of Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat 
Saturday, April 20 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Through video, interactive activities, and discussion of the research, participants are challenged to examine their own bias and learn ways to mitigate the impact of implicit bias in decision-making. As a result, participants deepen their appreciation of the challenges facing people of color and grow in self-awareness.
Intersections of Identity & Racial Privilege
Saturday, April 27 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises we will take a laser-like focus on unpacking racial privilege, exploring what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified. We will discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.
Racial Microaggressions: What Are They & Why Are They Harmful?
Saturday, May 4 - 10:30am-12:00pm 
When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Oftentimes we don’t even know why what we said was offensive. But rather than risk offending many people avoid cross-cultural dialogue altogether or cling to “politically correct” terminology. The tightrope we walk and the mental labor that ensues is exhausting and often leaves everyone involved feeling unheard or misunderstood.  What has commonly become known as microaggressions will be presented.
Hannah Oliver
Senior Regional Organizer
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Hannah@indivisible.org

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15. April 2024 · Comments Off on Indivisible WIN GOTV · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events

New GOTV volunteer opportunities!

Our intrepid researchers have identified new writing opportunities:

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    Newest opportunities:  Montana – Blue Wave – writing postcards to encourage registration of voters in Montana

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                                           Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania – Field Team 6 –

                                            writing postcards to encourage registrations of voters

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                                           Arizona, and Nevada – Vote Forward 

                                                    writing letters to encourage young citizens (18-35 year olds) and Democratic-leaning voters to

                                           turn out in the 2024 election.  also available are MichiganNorth Carolina, and Pennsylvania letter-writing

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These opportunities are still available:

    Arizona, with Activate America and Grassroots Dems – Supporting Gallego for Senate, Engel for Congress,

     and supporting Reproductive Freedom

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    CaliforniaNevada, and Pennsylvania with Grassroots Dems and Activate America – Re-elect Jacky Rosen to hold the US Senate,

      re-elect Dina Titus, Steven Horsford, Susie Lee to help flip the US House of Representatives

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    Pennsylvania with Activate America – Encourage primary voting in this most critical swing state

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Find all GOTV opportunities on the Indivisible Vashon Get Out The VOTE volunteer opportunities matrix HERE.

       Green cells in the “Goals” section indicate which states will make a difference achieving that goal.

       Each green cell in the Writing, Phone Banking and Voter Registration sections indicate which organization is hosting opportunities. 

      Just click on the organization name to see what they’re offering!

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Thank You for helping build a strong and vibrant democracy!

05. April 2024 · Comments Off on Alliance for Gun Responsibility – April 5, 2024 · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events

We understand that your schedule may not allow you to attend the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Luncheon at The Westin on May 8th. However, there are still ways you can support our mission from wherever you are.

If you’re unable to attend the luncheon, consider making a donation to the Alliance. Your contribution will help us continue our vital work to eliminate the harm caused by gun violence in every community through advocacy, education, and partnerships.

Every donation, no matter the size, makes a meaningful difference. Together, we can make progress toward a future free from the threat of gun violence. To make a donation, simply click the link below:

Thank you for your continued support of the Alliance. Together, we can save lives and build a safer future for everyone.

In gratitude,

Renée (she/her)
CEO
Alliance for Gun Responsibility

05. April 2024 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – April 5, 2024 · Categories: Recent Events

📣CALLING CANDIDATES IN NEVADA, TEXAS, OR WISCONSIN 📣

Candidate Bootcamp: Campaign Fundamentals
Saturday, April 13 at 10am ET

Candidate Bootcamps offer you an opportunity to access multiple key training sessions in a single-day event. This streamlined approach allows you to gain core campaign skills and kickstart your progress.

The four sessions include…

Developing Your Campaign’s Core Message
Calculating Your Vote Goal
Four Steps to Raise More Money
How to Connect with Voters Through Personal Stories

By the day’s end, you’ll emerge with newfound confidence in these critical campaign fundamentals. Please note that this bootcamp is for candidates in Nevada, Texas, or Wisconsin. Stay tuned for other opportunities coming soon for other states!

You can check out this Bootcamp and more by logging into your free NDTC account today!

From Message to Money
Monday, April 8 at 1pm ET

Explore the winning strategies for crafting persuasive fundraising appeals that deeply resonate with your audience’s values and priorities.

Let your core message shine and get that financial backing through tried and tested tactics for aligning your message with fundraising asks.

How to Maximize Your Personal Network to Raise Money
Tuesday, April 9 at 1pm ET

Gain the insights and best practices for leveraging your personal connections to meet your fundraising objectives.

By the end of this training, you will be able to identify key individuals within your network likely to contribute. Plus, our expert trainer will go over ways to tailor persuasive appeals to a variety of audiences.

How to Raise Money Through Candidate Call Time
Tuesday, April 17 at 1pm ET

All campaigns leverage call time in one way or another.

These one-on-one interactions not only help to cultivate relationships in your community, but also enables your campaign to gather valuable feedback. Master the fundamentals of call time, from rolodexing and data-gathering to writing the scripts yourself!

Raising Money Online
Friday, April 19 at 1pm ET

Discover the secrets to crafting compelling emails that drive clicks, opens, and most importantly, donations! You will learn what resonates with online donors and the best strategies to optimize your email fundraising efforts.

Secure your spot now to gain cutting-edge digital insights and propel your campaign towards success.

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

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04. April 2024 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – April 4, 2024 · Categories: Recent Events

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04. April 2024 · Comments Off on Ag and Rural Caucus for April 2024 · Categories: Committee News, Recent Events

Ag and Rural Caucus for April

Better Practices

6:30 pm Thursday 4 April
Ranked Choice Voting

Katie Haven, Okanogan County/LD 7
Kari Bull, FairVote Washington

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Policy Briefing

6:30 pm Thursday 18 April
Wood Pellet Production in Longview
Jessica Marcus, Head of Public Affairs, DRAX

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When Democrats do not want to be democratic

CD 4 primary results in 2022

Dan Newhouse37,880GOP
Doug White37,339Democrat
Loren Culp32,163GOP
Jerrod Sessler18,226GOP
Brad Klippert15,232GOP
Corey Gibson5,018GOP
Benny Garcia2,122GOP
Jacek Kobiesa480GOP
WRITE-IN145 
   
Democrat37,339 
GOP111,121 
Better Practices: How about Ranked Choice Voting?

RCV has earned currency in blue jurisdictions in the Puget Sound; Seattle voted in 2022 to use RCV. It has earned a reputation as a “good government” Democratic idea, both a capital “D” and small “d” democratic.

Reality is not quite that simple. Early adopters are Alaska and Maine, with Oregon and Nevada voting in the next year or so…joining Cambridge, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Minneapolis and St Paul.

The concept is that you as the voter may use your ballot to mark your and second and third choices as well as your first choice. If your first-choice candidate falters your vote is transferred to your second choice and so forth.

Think through some of the RCV implications and bring them for Katie this Thursday.
Policy Briefing: Wood Pellet Processing – Sustainable?

Southwest Washington is debating an economic development project, again. This time it is a wood pellet production facility. Before that was NW Innovation Works which was to convert fracked natural gas to produce methanol and ship it to China for plastics. The governor vetoed it. Actually, it was Ecology who denied the permits. Before that it was Millennium Bulk Terminals trying to ship coal out of Longview. It, too, failed to get Ecology approval.

Will this time go better for the workers and economies of Cowlitz County?

Wood pellets as a fuel has its own challenges. Skeptics pose whether burning wood pellets is really carbon neutral as advertised. There are questions, too, about whether there is enough waste wood to supply the proposed plant without harvesting standing timber.

DRAX is the proposer. DRAX is rooted in the UK’s coal industry but DRAX is also a leader in the phase out of coal. “In 2003, the UK’s biggest coal power station took its first steps away from the fossil fuel which defined electricity generation for more than a century. It was in that year that Drax Power Station began co-firing biomass as a renewable alternative to coal.”

DRAX is an international pioneer in substituting biomass for coal.

Cowlitz County is in good company, even if it is not really comfortable. Europe is tied up in knots about biomass. Listen to EU’s green energy spokesperson: “[Franz] Timmermans himself has said that without biomass the EU will be unable to achieve its clean energy goals. ‘We need biomass in the mix, but we need the right biomass . . .’” Sweden, Finland, and Estonia are less conflicted. They lobby that biomass combustion is “sustainable”.

Jessica Marcus has generously offered to talk with us about her company’s proposal. There is no question that the DRAX proposal is controversial. This is an opportunity to talk with an advocate.

Don
31 March 2024

Washington’s first-two-past-the-post system allowed Doug White to contest the 2022 General Election in CD 4. 

Join Katie and Kari Bull of FairVote Washington this Thursday to talk through RCV and how it operates.

Don
2 April 2024


Our Better Practices roundtable is on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.. Use the link above for 2024.

Our Policy Series is on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Use the link above for 2024


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03. April 2024 · Comments Off on Alliance for Gun Responsibility – April 3, 2024 · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events

We are excited to extend a special invitation to you for the annual Alliance for Gun Responsibility Luncheon at The Westin Seattle on May 8th. This year’s theme will be Growing Together, which will spotlight our shared accomplishments throughout the year and unveil an exciting development at the Alliance.

Join us for an empowering afternoon filled with impactful discussions and the opportunity to connect with fellow advocates, survivors, community partners, and elected gun responsibility champions. By attending, you’ll not only support the vital work of the Alliance but also contribute to the movement to end gun violence. 


Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat today by registering through the link below:

Can’t attend the luncheon? You can still make a difference by making a donation to support our mission. Your contribution will help us continue our efforts to prevent gun violence and save lives.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Abdirahman (He/Him)