Welcome & Introduction


(Revised August 1, 2015)    COME BACK TOMORROW — BEING UPDATED!!

WELCOME to the West Seattle Democratic Women’s website……..

Upcoming Date of Interest:  Thursday September 24th !!

The West Seattle Democratic Women (WSDW) has a great program scheduled for September 24 and we hope you can join us at the West Seattle Golf Course clubhouse for this session. First, we will honor Councilmember Tom Rasmussen for his service to the city and our community.  He will reflect on his time on the City Council and give us his perspectives on the Let’s Move Seattle proposition. Then, Andrew Villeneuve, Executive Director of the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) will explain the many ballot issues that will appear on our general election ballot and what progressive positions on those measures are.

At 10:30 am our pre-luncheon discussion group will be led by Theresa McCormick in an informal and lively exchange of ideas, perspectives and experiences about a current issue. A post-luncheon letter-writing campaign will focus on support for Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to women and is under attack by conservatives who want to cut crucial federal funding to the organization.

Registration starts at 11:30 am with lunch immediately following. The program will start a little before noon. 

Endorsements for the general election will be considered at this meeting per our bylaws. Members will vote to endorse candidates who have appeared before us during the calendar year and issues.
Lunch is $13.50 for members; $15.00 for non-members. A room charge of $5 includes dessert and beverage for those who do not want lunch. Please RSVP by Sunday, September 20, to Ann at martinhtam@gmail.com.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at this informative session.
Ann Martin, Chair
West Seattle Democratic Women 
(206) 935-4693

In case you missed them – Some notes of prior meetings, etc of Interest:

  • August 8, Bernie Sanders in Seattle!
    • 1-3pm “Social Security Works Coalitions” Birthday Celebration
    • 6-8pm Personal Rally at Alaska Airlines Arena @ Hec Ed Pavilion
  • August 21, 34th LD Democrats Annual Garden Party/Auction
  • August 27, 4-7 pm, Lincoln Park, Shelter 3 – WSDW Annual Potluck Picnic

Unfortunately at our July 23rd’s Meeting County Executive Dow Constantine was unable to attend but County Councilman Joe McDermott came to speak on the Best Starts for Kids program the King County Council voted 8 to 1 to place before the voters in the fall general election.

To paraphrase Joe’s comments……..The majority of the $9 billion County biennial budget are enterprise funds and are therefore unavailable for broader purposes. The more flexible dollars are in the general fund, which amounts to $1.5 billion of which 75% is directed to public safety. The Best Starts for Kids Levy is aimed at affecting the dollars dedicated to public safety by investing in programs that will break the pipeline to prison. Brain studies show that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3 and 90% by age 5. Investments in prenatal and early development are believed to reduce long term public safety costs by improving educational performance and family dynamics.

The Levy would invest half of the funds generated, about $400 million over six years, in programs for children under 5 years of age; 35% in families and youth age 5 through 24; 10% in communities of opportunity such as White Center; and 5% in evaluation. In the first year of the Levy, while the Executive is developing an implementation plan to submit to the County Council, $19 million in Levy funds would be directed to “rapid rehousing,” which would reduce the time it takes to find housing for families and youth who are homeless from over 6 months to 2 months. Such rehousing is important to creating a sense of security for families.

The effect of the Levy would be about $56 per year for a $400,000 home, the median home value in King County; that’s roughly a dollar a week to reduce public safety costs and improve the lives of children and families.



Selden Prentice……spoke on the Fast Track and TPP et and “Where We Go From Here?  Go to the “Meetings” page to see her Powerpoint presentation.




Happy Fourth of July and a birth/rebirth of our nation. We have faced the pits of despair with the Charleston gun murder of nine prayer meeting participant based solely on their race. And we’ve been a witness to the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare (Affordable Care Act, ACA) and extending equal rights to the LGBT community. So, don’t send up fireworks (it’s way too dry for that), but celebrate the triumph of love over hate with your family and friends.

And get ready to exercise your vote in the August 4 primary. District elections for Seattle City Council seats make their debut and there are many qualified candidates both in District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) and districts 8 and 9 (at-large, voted on by residents throughout the city). It will take some time to educate yourself so go to Seattle.gov to find out more and connect to candidate pages.
Join the West Seattle Democratic Women on July 23 luncheon when we will hear about and discuss the Best Starts for Kids proposal being considered by King County. Breaking the school to prison pipeline by investing in prenatal, early childhood and youth to make sure every child has the opportunity to succeed.
Don’t forget to put away some time to enjoy the wonders of our city and our community. March in or view some parades; visit the Farmers’ Market; take a stroll along Alki or in Lincoln Park.
Have a happy summer!

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!!!  WSDW encourages all its members, their friends, and any interested parties to join them in saying NO TO SHELL or ANY OTHER CORPORATION using Seattle as a staging ground for Arctic oil drilling.  (More action opportunities to come!)




Meetings are typically the 4th Thursday of the Month for lunch and located at the West Seattle Golf Course banquet room. A discussion group proceeds the meeting (10:30 – 11:15 am); all are welcomed. Evening meetings occur on the quarter months – March, June, September & December; the meeting begins at 6:00 pm.

Registration is from 11:30 – 11:45 am, Meal is served at 11:45 am, Program begins at 12:00 – 12:45 pm, Short Business Meeting/For the Good of the Order 12:45 – 1:00 pm.

Dinner is $13.50 for members, $15 for non members OR $5 for attending the program……Coffee, tea, and dessert are included.



APRIL’S STYLING FROM THE KOOK BROTHERS w/help from WSDW MEMBERS. See photos and words to some deeedlightful political parodies. (See Meetings Page)



SEE CHAIR ANN’S LETTER WITH UPDATE TO NEXT WEEK’S MEETING March 26th with the four women running for City Council Position 1. They’ll be asked “their decision to run, what, if any, are special challenges facing women who run for office, and other probings not tracked in other venues”. (See “Messages & Reports” Page)

SEE REPORT ON our February 26th meeting with Heidi Bennett whose presentation explains who, what and why of the McCleary Decision, the basic Education Bills and what’s up with education and funding in WA State.  More information on Heidi, view her Powerpoint and link to her referrenced Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle)’s YouTube discussion on WA State’s regressive tax system……(See “Meetings” Page)

NOTE WSUU’s illustrated talk on “The Lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt”…..(See “Member Sharings” Page)

SEE CHAIR ANN’S MARCH LETTER TO THE MEMBERSHIP highlighting Women’s History Month and Women’s Issues   (See “Messages & Reports” Page)


NOTE UPDATED “Anti HT Legal/Legislative Effective” Page —  Some say that workers in these third world countries don’t know any better.  See what these young Norwegians learned.



Announcing DRINKING LIBERALLY WEST SEATTLE, a progressive social club began Tuesday, January 28th.  It gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics.  It meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 pm Pizzeria 22, College & California-Admiral District.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – (Go to Page indicated for more details)

  • February 26th – WSDW Membership Mtg – Discussion Group Subject:  “How Can We Get More People, Especially Young People, Involved In Politics?” – Meeting Program: The History and Ramifications of the McCleary (Public Educational Funding and Reform) Decision!March 12th – WSDW Board Mtg – 
  • March 26th – WSDW Membership Meeting – Discussion Group Subject: “Impact of District vs. City-wide Government”  Meeting Program:  “Running for Office — A Woman’s Perspective!”
  • April 9th – WSDW Board Mtg –
  • April 23rd – WSDW Membership EVENING Meeting – No Discussion Group – A particularly FUN Meeting Program:  “Political Parody with the stylings of the “Kook Brothers” will lead and end an evening of political skewering.”  Everyone is encouraged to participate!      See Meetings for more detail
  • November tbd, 2015 — 2015 Int’l Anti Human Trafficking Conference, UW Women’s Center Taskforce, U of Washington


Special CONGRATULATIONS to some of our WSDW members who were either elected or appointed to terms in other Democratic organizations……

KCDCC:  Ann Martin, State Committeewoman


Marcee Stone-Vekich, Chair,

Karen Chilcutt, Treasurer,

Lisa Plymate, State Committeewoman

Martha Koester, King County Committeewoman

Tamsen Spengler, LAC Chair


Some “quickies” from November’s Membership Meeting:

  • WSDW elects its 2015 officers:
    • Chair:  Ann Martin
    • Vice Chair: Rachel Glass
    • Secretary:  Roberta Reed
    • Treasurer:  Mary Fisher
    • Parliamentarian:  Elizabeth Heath