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(Revised March 27, 2017)

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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!!  fm BURIEN CITY COUNCILWOMAN LAUREN BURKIWITZ

WA DOT intends to sweep a small homeless camp at 518 and 8th Ave South TODAY at 8:00 AM.

This is the first I’ve heard of a formal sweep occurring in Burien.  Two of the residents are a woman and her adult son who have lived there on and off for two years.  She’s a regular at the library during the day, and has been featured on KOMO news.  If the camp gets swept today, she has nowhere to go.  Presumably, there are others in her situation.

  • Rally your friends and neighbors to witness and document the sweep.
  • Stand in solidarity with those being removed from their homes and provide any support you can.
  • Bring members of your favorite nonprofit, synagogue, church, mosque, or other agency to provide assistance before the sweep arrives.

 

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LETTER FM CHAIR – NEXT WEEK’S MEETING

Chair - Rachel Glass

Hello Members, Supporters and Friends of the 
West Seattle Democratic Women!


This month we are hosting a very special evening program that you won’t want to miss!

On Thursday, March 23rd, retired Seattle City Council member (for 18 years) and published author Nick Licata will be our honored guest speaker, talking about his recent book, 
Becoming A Citizen Activist
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The Nation Magazine’s “Progressive Honor Roll of 2012” chose Licata as its “Most Valuable Local Official” in the United States, and we are lucky to have him with us to share the wealth of knowledge he brings from his decades of public service and activism. We expect that you will leave with some actionable steps that you can take to stay involved and make a difference in your neighborhood or local community!

Registration begins at 6:00 pm with dinner starting at 6:15pm. The program will begin at approximately 6:45 and wrap up by about 8:30 pm. Dinner is $15 for WSDW members, $20 for guests, and includes beverage, buffet and dessert. A charge of $7.50 includes beverage and dessert only, for those who do not wish to purchase dinner.
We will have copies of Nick’s book available for purchase on the night of the event, which I’m sure he would be happy to sign for you!

Please RSVP by 8 pm on Monday, March 20, and with your response, kindly indicate whether you will be purchasing dinner or just dessert and beverage. This is a firm deadline because of the evening event. We are expecting a higher than usual attendance for this exciting program and we need to know how many tables to set, so to assure a seat for yourself, please RSVP as soon as possible by responding directly to this email.

Also you are welcome to pass this information on to any of your friends, colleagues, or groups you are affiliated with and encourage them to attendas well–solidarity comes from strength in numbers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Rachel Glass, Chair

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Hello Members, Supporters, and Friends of WSDW!


Spring is almost here! As the snow thaws and things start to warm up a little, here’s something that will put a spring in our step! Having you join us for our February meeting and luncheon!  This month we have a very motivating program planned for you!
WHAT:  Our guest speaker, NANCY AMIDEI will be giving a Civic Action Training about ways to effectively engage and lobby our legislators – both in person and remotely. Nancy has been called a “relentless advocate for changing public policy to better serve the most vulnerable populations.” Nancy is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and project director of the Civic Engagement Project and is a recipient of UW’s Outstanding Public Service Award. 

*Don’t forget that we also have our monthly Discussion Group, led by Theresa McCormick, which takes place before the meeting at 10:30 am.  This month’s topic: Connections Between Racism, White Privilege, and Fascism.*

 
WHENThursday, February 23Registration begins at 11:15 am; lunch service starts at 11:30am–we are starting a bit earlier than usual in the new year to allow more time for social time and Q&A after the program.  Please let me know if you would like to order a lunch or just want to order dessert and coffee/tea by RSVP-ing to me directly).  Lunch is $13.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members.  Dessert and coffee/tea is $5.00.

WHERE
:  The West Seattle Golf Course.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking program to help activate you in our fight for our democracy! We look forward to seeing you!

 

Cheers,
Rachel Glass
WSDW, Chair

 

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DISCUSSION GROUP’S SUBJECT FOR JANUARY 26TH’S MEETING:  10:30 – 11:15am

“With a New Year and a new administration, what actions can we take going forward to make sure our priorities remain at the forefront of Presidential policy?”

 

LETTER FM CHAIR – NEXT WEEK’S MEETING

Chair - Rachel Glass

Hello Members, Supporters, and Friends of WSDW!

Please join us for our January meeting and luncheon!  We have a very exciting program planned for you!

WHAT:  Michael Foster, founder of Plant for the Planet USA, and environmental activist will be speaking about the landmark lawsuit case that a group of youth Climate Ambassadors in association with Our Children’s Trust and Plant for the Planet have brought against the Dept. of Ecology.   They have achieved two victories, with the judges ruling in their favor to move ahead.  Mr. Foster will preface the information about the case with some back story about how the kids came to bring this lawsuit and the precedents that this momentous lawsuit brings for the fight against global warming and for the future.

WHENThursday, January 26  (lunch service starts between 11:30a and 11:45a–we are starting a bit earlier than usual in the new year to allow more time for social time and Q&A after the program.  Please let me know if you would like to order a lunch or just want to order dessert and coffee/tea by RSVP-ing to me directly).  Lunch is $13.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members.  Dessert and coffee/tea is $5.00.

WHERE:  The West Seattle Golf Course

Don’t miss this thought-provoking program! We look forward to seeing you!

Cheers,

Rachel Glass
WSDW, Chair

 

 

   BILL OF RIGHTS DAY EVENT!!

(Lynne, Peggy, Rachel & Flora Belle)

BILL OF RIGHTS DAY!

            (Lynne, Peggy, Rachel & Flora Belle)

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                     (Peggy, Elizabeth)                                  

                         BILL OF RIGHTS DAY

December 15th was Bill of Rights Day!!  Members of the West Seattle Democratic Women distributed 200 copies of the Bill of Rights, bumper stickers and buttons provided by the American Civil Liberties Union at both the White Center Food Bank and Samway Market in White Center.  Cupcake Royale in the West Seattle Junction distributed similar materials as well.

Rachel Glass, WSDW’s Vice Chair said “Given the concerns, confusion and fear expressed by many Americans as a result of the change in political climate, WSDW thought it especially important that people be aware of their rights”.

Other participating members of West Seattle Democratic Woman braving the freezing weather in support of this cause were Lynne Ingalls, Flora Belle Key, Theresa McCormick, Mike Wald as well as Peggy Abby, WSDW member and the local artist who crafted the signs used, Vice Chair Rachel and project coordinator Elizabeth Heath.  Well done everyone.  You did WSDW proud!

 

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING NOTE FM OUR 2016 VICE CHAIR/NEWLY ELECTED 2017 CHAIR!!!

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OCTOBER MESSAGE FROM OUR VICE CHAIR!

Hello West Seattle Democratic Women and Friends!

You are cordially invited to our monthly membership luncheon meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th.

Our special guest will be Sue Lenander, Program Coordinator of Climate Change for Families, which is working in concert with the world-renowned Plant-for-the-Planet.  Sue will be talking about this amazing organization, founded in Germany and run by children in countries all over the world (51,000 children ages nine to fourteen), and whose mission is to plant one million trees in every country, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and combat climate change with climate justice.  The US chapter of Plant-for-the-Planet is right here in Seattle, and the young climate ambassadors have achieved some stunning victoriesto protect our planet! You won’t want to miss this inspiring meeting!

  • The luncheon meeting is at the West Seattle Golf Course.
    The pre-program discussion group starts at 10:30 am led by Theresa McCormick. Registration starts at 11:15 with the lunch buffet at 11:30. Our program starts at about noon.  Lunch, including beverage and dessert is $13.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members. A room charge of $5 includes beverage and dessert only. Please RSVP to Rachel Glass at werdachel@aol.com by Monday, October 24  if you plan to attend.
  • It is important that you RSVP no later than Monday, October 24either directly to this email or by calling me at 206-763-8249, as we need to let the Golf Course know how many meals to prepare.
  • We will be nominating people for the WSDW leadership and elections held in November, which goes into effect at the beginning of 2017.   We also need YOU to help with outreach, with membership and especially with registration as our superb greeter and registration guru, Sonia Glenn, is retiring. And if you are interested in working on our climate action committee (AEC), please let us know. If you have another passion you think we should be addressing, let us know that too.
  • There will be a Plant-for-the-Planet Academy event for kids, 9-14 in West Seattle on October 29th from 9:00am-5:30pm, at Westside Unitarian Church, 7141 California Ave SW, Seattle, 98136.  Kids will participate in a free, day-long comprehensive workshop and training on getting excited about the wonders of nature and learning about how to combat climate change.  WSDW is a co-sponsor for this event and we need some adult volunteers to help the day go smoothly.  If you would like to volunteer, have grandkids, or know of a child that might like to participate in the Academy and become a Climate Ambassador, please contact Rachel at werdachel@aol.com or (206) 763-8249.  Here is a link to watch a short, inspiring video about the boy in Germany who started Plant-for-the-Planet:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJxECiafB1U


COUNTDOWN
:  Only 19 days to go before one of the most important elections of our time takes place! Don’t miss your chance to make a difference!  There are plenty of opportunities to propel issues that we’ve endorsed and help democratic candidates to victory, whether you want to make phone calls, knock on doors, make contributions or spread the word to your friends, family and associates.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this email address or by phone at 206-763-8249.

See you at the meeting!
Rachel Glass, Vice-Chair

West Seattle Democratic Women