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 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:
- Voter Protection Director
- Deputy Field Organizer
- Digital Coordinator
- Field Organizer
- Research Coordinator
Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.
For the week of June 24-30:
- Pride Virtual Phone Bank, 2 to 4 p.m. June 25
- Pierce County Canvass – Tacoma, 10 a.m. to noon June 26
- Burien Canvass, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26
- Door Knocking in Mountlake Terrace, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26
- King County Canvass – Renton Highlands (11th LD), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26
- Pierce County Virtual Phone Bank – Puyallup, 2 to 4 p.m. June 26
- Thurston County Phone Bank, 3 to 5 p.m. June 26
- Spokane Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 26
- Blaine Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 26
- South Sound Virtual Phone Bank, 5-7 p.m. June 26
- King County Phone Bank (5th, 11th, and 47th LDs), 5 to 7 p.m. June 27
- Snohomish County Virtual Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 27
- Spokane Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 28
- Pierce County Virtual Phone Bank – Tacoma, 5 to 7 p.m. June 28
- Kitsap County Canvass – Port Orchard, 2 to 4 p.m. June 29
- Pierce County Canvass – University Place, 2 to 4 p.m. June 29
- Clark County Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 29
- Spokane Phone Bank, 5 to 7 p.m. June 30
- South Sound Virtual Phone Bank, 5-7 p.m. June 30
- Skagit County Phone Bank, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 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!
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!
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