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WSDW EFFORTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
In August West Seattle Democratic Women not only had a booth at the Delridge Day Festival but acted as one of its sponsors.
Because of our efforts (and many others, of course), VIEW (“Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle”)…the organizer of both the Gathering Neighbors and Delridge Day Festival…honored its Mission by making donations to three Delridge Community organizations.
1) A $2,000 donation to The Associated Recreation Council (ARC) based at the Delridge Community Center. It will be used to support the preschool and teen programs offered at the Delridge Community Center and
2) A $250 donation to the West Seattle Communication Hub Network to help underwrite the cost of new communication equipment and
3) A $250 donation to the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association who will use these funds to help support youth and cultural programming in their community and in recognition of the untiring efforts of Staffer Nafasi Ferrell who arranged the entertainment at Delridge Day the last two years.
WSDW is proud of its strong support for this fine organization and delighted to see the above results.
Thursday, Sept 28th's Program Recap - "Mom's Demand Action"! (Test & Photos Below)
At our September 28th membership meeting Nuria Hansen, along with several of her colleagues from “Moms Demand Action” spoke on what can be done to product us and those we love from the ravages of gun violence.
They shared that their organization, “Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was created to demand action from state and federal legislators, companies, and educational institutions, to establish common-sense gun reforms. With chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms, this nationwide organization has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level!
Contact www.momsdemandaction.org for more information.
FROM CHAIR RACHEL - SEPT 28TH'S MEETING - MOM'S DEMAND ACTION!
Hello Members, Supporters and Friends of the West Seattle Democratic Women!
This month we have a very special program in store for you at our meeting. Nuria Hansen, the West Seattle lead, along with several of her colleagues from Moms Demand Action will be giving an inspiring presentation at our September meeting on the history of how their group was born, what they have been doing since their creation, and what we can all do to help protect our children, grandchildren, and each other from the ravages of gun violence.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from state and federal legislators, companies, and educational institutions, to establish common-sense gun reforms. With chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms, this nationwide organization has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level!
Please plan to join us, bring your friends, family, or anyone you think might be interested in getting involved with the WSDW! We love our members and always welcome newcomers!
Details of the meeting and program:
We meet at the West Seattle Golf Course on Thursday, September 28th. (Theresa will be out of town on that day, so there will be no 10:30 am group discussion.)
11:15 am – Registration and social time begins
11:15 am – Postcard-writing will also begin where we’ll take a few minutes and write a postcard to voters in the 45th Legislative District and help Democrats elect Manka Dhingra! Manka, as you know, is the key to turning the State Senate to a Democratic Majority and WSDW’s going all out to help her win!
11:30 am – Lunch service begins
11:45 am – Business Meeting begins
12:00 Noon – Program by “Moms Demand Action”
1:15 pm – Meeting Adjourns
The luncheon’s cost is $13.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members; if you don’t want to order lunch, simply pay the program fee of $5.00, which includes coffee/tea and dessert.
Please RSVP by contacting me at email@example.com as soon as possible if you will be joining us and indicate whether you want to order lunch or dessert-only. We need to confirm the attendee numbers with the WS Golf Course by Monday morning, September 25th.
Thank you for your timely response and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th for a very informative meeting!
2017 WSDW ANNUAL PICNIC - THIS YEAR AT ANN'S HOME
Greetings Members, Supporters, and Friends of the West Seattle Democratic Women!
Please save the date and join us for our annual summer tradition, where we head outdoors to take advantage of the nice weather, enjoy each other’s company, and meet candidates and legislators! This year our picnic will be held at the home of Ann and Tony Martin. Ann and Tony have a lovely. large lawn, which they have graciously offered to share with us. The picnic, which will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 4:00pm-8:00pm, will be a social gathering without a formal program, so you can drop by and stay for as long as you like! We are inviting the Mayoral and City Council and Senatorial candidates, legislators from the 34th LD and other lawmakers to join us and answer your questions and concerns about any issues on your mind.
In keeping with our resolution put forth by the Climate Action Committee (AEC), and which was unanimously approved by the membership in January, WSDW is pledging to have meatless meals at all our functions. If anyone wants to bring some form of meat, e.g., hot dogs, they can put them on Ann’s grill, but the organization will not be providing any meat. We will provide drinks. We are asking if people can bring plates and utensils along with their dish to share; Ann will have some reusable plates and utensils available, but we want to be sure we’ll have enough for everyone. Also, we are asking members for their help in bringing folding chairs, or a blanket, if they want to sit on the ground. Ann will have 11 chairs, but we will need many more than that to accommodate everyone in attendance!
Ann will be providing one table we can use for setting out the food and a card table, but we will need to have some more tables available. Please let me know if you have a table you can bring for the picnic, so I can let Ann know. Ann has a circular driveway, so anyone who needs to drop off stuff can drive in, but will then need to exit and park on the street.
Here are the address and directions on how to get to Ann’s house, 3618 SW Orchard S., 98126 Phone 206-935-4693
Directions for Parking, etc.: If you’re coming from 35th Avenue SW at Myrtle St (the south end of the water towers), park on 36th Avenue SW, south of Myrtle or on Myrtle between 35th SW and 36th SW, walk short distance down dead-end Orchard St, which is access to 3618 SW Orchard. If you are taking the bus, the route 21 stops in both directions at 35th and Myrtle. Call if you have any problems.
You are more than welcome to bring spouses, friends, family, etc. Please RSVP to Ann directly, letting her know how many in your party will be coming, what dish you are bringing, and if you can bring folding chairs and/or a table. This will help in planning how many supplies and drinks to get in advance. Ann’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there.
2017 DELRIDGE DAY FESTIVAL UPDATE
West Seattle Democratic Women Shine at
the Delridge Day Festival!
Once again, The West Seattle Democratic Women participated in the Delridge Day Festival on Saturday, August 12th, in part to raise our visibility in the community as well as educate the public on political issues of the day.
This year our booth offered festival goers a chance to weigh in on solutions to climate change. Each participant was given 10 pennies (representing a total value of $10 billion) and were asked to take on the role of a government official and distribute (in any manner they wished) the funds into 12 different options. Some people put all their “billions” into one option; while others divided their $10 billion into smaller distributions across many options. Since each person had just 10 pennies/billions but twelve choices, the task was challenging and participants got a taste of what our lawmakers face in allocating limited funds. The so-called “Penny Game” was met with enthusiasm and thoughtful consideration, especially by the more youthful players.
Elizabeth Heath, WSDW Outreach Chair, reported the voting results: Protect Drinking Water (149 pennies); Invest in Clean Energy (126 pennies); Plant Trees (124 pennies); Protect Native Species Habitat (85 pennies); Promote Food Security (82 pennies); Promote Public Transportation (75 pennies); Fight Ocean Acidification (71 pennies); Invest in Vulnerable Communities (71 pennies); Prevent Species Extinction (69 pennies); Reduce Energy Consumption (56 pennies); Impose Fees on Carbon Polluters (54 pennies); and Lower Carbon Emissions (52 pennies). The results will also be forwarded to the state and national lawmakers representing West Seattle.
Our booth also featured posters describing causes and effects of climate change. The display and the Penny Game were part of a two-year West Seattle Democratic Women special project led by WSDW President, Rachel Glass, to raise awareness of climate change that has also included showing the film Chasing Ice at our recent July meeting.
Thanks to the following members who helped make our Delridge Day presence such a success: Elizabeth Heath, Peggy Abby, Ann Martin, Rachel Glass, Roberta Reed, Mike Wald and Theresa McCormick.
FROM CHAIR RACHEL - ACTION TIPS TO REDUCE CHG'S
Yesterday’s July Membership Meeting’s program was a showing of the film CHASING ICE. The two articles containing information referred to by our Chair Rachel are:
Learning about an issue and then calling your legislators) is a most effect way to reduce GHGs (Greenhouse Gases) and, thereby, do our part to combat global warming.
FROM CHAIR RACHEL - DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS
URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: If you’ve not voted yet, please consider using your Democracy vouchers. Most (maybe all) candidates are participating in the program — here is a link to the names of the participating candidates: http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher/i-am-a-seattle-resident/eligible-candidates
Hope to see you there!! Rachel
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: NEXT WSDW MEETING THE EVENING OF THURSDAY, JULY 27TH. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
FROM CHAIR RACHEL - NEXT WEEK'S MEETING
Greetings Members, Supporters, and Friends of the West Seattle Democratic Women!
Summer is in full swing, and our next meeting will be an evening event, so if our daytime meetings conflict with your work schedules (or even if you come to the daytime meetings), we cordially invite you to make WSDW part of your summer by attending this meeting/social gathering! Since the specialty action work that our organization is currently focused on is Climate Change and Global Warming, this program will consist of the screening of CHASING ICE. This screening aligns with the work that our AEC (Awareness, Education,Climate Action) Committee has been immersed in for the past year-and-a-half; CHASING ICE is a beautifully shot, multiple-award-winning (including from Seattle Int’l Film Festival), critically and popularly acclaimed film that documents how global warming is impacting the planet. Here is the official trailer and synopsis:
Environmental and award-winning photographerJames Balog heads to Greenland, Iceland andAlaska in order to capture images that help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he became convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and becomes committed to bringing this story to the public.
Dinner is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members; if you do not want to order dinner, the room charge (which includes dessert and coffee/tea only) is $7.50
If you are involved with an organization, social network, church, or other group with a membership, please spread the word far and wide about this event by forwarding this invitation to any and all of your networks! We are expecting a good turnout and, additionally, I have invited quite a few of our legislators, representatives as well as those seeking office, so that we can have the opportunity to find out more about their platforms and the relevant work they are doing in support of the environment!
Please RSVP to me directly either by replying to this email or by emailing me email@example.com. Be sure to indicate if you want to order dinner or just have dessert & coffee/tea. Since we have to arrange the number of food orders with the Golf Course in advance, I must have your RSVP no later than end-of-day, Monday, July 24th to guarantee your meal reservation.
I look forward to hearing from you soon, and we look forward to having you join us at the West Seattle Golf Course on July 27th!
SEE VIDEO OF WSDW JUNE 25TH SEATTLE MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM LINK BELOW:
Yesterday, June 22nd, WSDW held its Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum. All candidates were invited and WSDW was delighted to have in alphabetical order Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasegawa, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon and Jason Roberts attend!
If you weren’t able to make yesterday’s meeting, haven’t yet decided who you’re going to vote for or simply want to hear it again it’s here for you compliments of the West Seattle Blog. To see their entire piece to to:
A special “Thank You” to the West Seattle Blog for videoing the entire forum.
More photos and information will be forthcoming shortly.
LETTER FM CHAIR – UPCOMING MEETING – THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND
AN UPDATE FROM RACHEL TO NOTE:
I have encouraged all the attending candidates to come as early as 11:15 am so that they can meet you. This is an excellent opportunity to have some one-on-one time with the Mayoral candidates to ask questions you want to ask and/or chat with them about your concerns.
Please consider coming as close to 11:15 am as possible to take advantage of this extra time to have the ear of the candidates! Your voice matters a lot, because the candidates want to meet you and hear from you, and they really want your vote (i.e. you have a lot of power)!
So take advantage of this opportunity to influence this election!
Speaker/s: Various 2017 Seattle Mayoral Candidates, Specifics Forthcoming
On behalf of the West Seattle Democratic Women, I would like to cordially invite you to the WSDW June General Membership meeting! Wondering about all the folks running for Mayor in this next election? We are hosting a Mayoral Candidate Forum, where our members and members of our community can meet several of the candidates running for Mayor, find out what each of their platforms is and ask questions on issues that are pertinent to our city and to Seattleites!
The Forum will take place at the West Seattle Golf Course on June 22nd at 11:45am (registration starts at 11:15am) with lunch provided ($13.50 for members; $15.00 for non-members) The length of the event will be about 90 minutes. A discussion group led by Theresa McCormick, which takes place before the meeting begins at 10:30am.
We look forward to seeing you there!
LETTER FM CHAIR – UPCOMING MEETING – THURSDAY, MAY 25TH
ADD ON: Suggested videos by our May speaker to view prior to the meeting.
Speaker Fran Partridge
Here are a few videos I would highly suggest attendees watch also:
Tim Wise on White Privilege: (9 minutes)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Xe1kX7Wsc
Peggy McIntosh’s TED talk on “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” (14 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BY9UEewHw
Mirrors of Privilege: (2 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXWJDyGct4&list=PLteiUBviycNN9fDGMiJUQoPvE91pVFHUy&index=3
See you on the 25th at the West Seattle Golf Course, 4600 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126.
Racial Equity Consultant
Chair Rachel Glass
|Hello Members, Supporters, and Friends of the West Seattle Democratic Women!
We have an exciting meeting planned for the membership this month! With the current administration’s continual hate speech and punishing executive orders against minorities, which is leading to an alarming spike in hate crimes across the country, it seems relevant at this time to explore what is going on in our culture, why it is happening and what each of us can do to understand the ongoing difficulties of equity and race relations in our communities.
We are so lucky to have as our special guest, Racial Equity Specialist Fran Partridge, whose work focuses on creating sustainable pathways to racial equity. Ms. Partridge has 20 years of experience facilitating and designing professional development, culturally responsive instruction, and strategic planning all in the field of racial equity work.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Cost: Lunch is $13.50 for WSDW members and $15.00 for non-members. There is a room charge of $5.00 if you don’t want to buy lunch, which includes dessert and coffee/tea.
Please RSVP directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you will be attending and want to order lunch or dessert only.
We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!
LETTER FM CHAIR – RECOMMENDS UPCOMING WORKSHOP – JUNE 3RD 10:00 – 1:00 PM – WSUU
Chair - Rachel Glass
West Seattle Democratic Women is co-sponsoring the Pathways & Networks for Justice Workshop on Supporting Local Immigrants & Refugees and its chair is one of the lead organizers. See much more detail in the From Our Chair Page – Rachel’s email May 12, 2017
LETTER FM CHAIR – March 23rd Meeting
- 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.
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!
Rachel Glass, Chair
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!
*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.*
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!
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.
WHEN: Thursday, 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!
BILL OF RIGHTS DAY EVENT!!
(Lynne, Peggy, Rachel & Flora Belle)
(Lynne, Peggy, Rachel & Flora Belle)
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!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING NOTE FM OUR 2016 VICE CHAIR/NEWLY ELECTED 2017 CHAIR!!!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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