We put our energy into action at the 46th!
At our recent general meeting focused on Homelessness and Gentrification, we heard from community organizers about their programs and how we can help.
Kristine from ROOTS reminded us to thank our State delegation (Rep. Jessyn Farrell, Senator David Frockt and Rep. Gerry Pollet) for supporting the continuance of the Document Recording Fee (HB 1640), which directly funds affordable housing. Kristine also urged us to ask our delegation to help get HB1867 out of committee and passed. This bill would allow young people more than one chance to get support by extending foster care.
Krista Cossalter from Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets explained how the shelter she serves provides case management and chuckled that she spent time memorizing the legislative issues that Kristine had mentioned. Ha! She was also able to shed light on SHB 1855 which, if passed would allow foster, homeless, and at risk children to obtain their GED even if their circumstance have forced them to move from high school to high school, each with different graduation requirements.
Bypolar, serving The Block, spoke about the Survival Program that brings food to people who don't have access to vehicles. He also described the Department of Justice’s National Weed and Seed Program in the 90s designed to uproot the poor, place them in the heartflow zone of Rainier, and transplant wealthier people into more Central parts of Seattle, explaining that "this is still happening today with the attempted illegal eviction of Omari Tahir at the Umojafest Peace Center, a center that historically has been for black people." He encouraged 46th LD members to follow this topic in the press and take responsibility for our actions.
For the meeting tonight, here's some more info on the suggested bylaws changes:
At the upcoming membership meeting, our main program will be hearing from new State Party Chair, Tina Podlodowski, and King County Party Chair, Bailey Stober, and discussing some terrific action opportunities to keep our momentum strong.
Also on tap, the PCO’s will also have the business of approving our Bylaws for the 2017-2019 biennium. Members of the Bylaws and Rules Committee have created a proposal for bylaw changes and have provided it at http://www. 46dems.org/documents, then click on the “Proposed Bylaws” at the top of the list.
PCOs, please review the proposed Bylaws. Many of the changes are either housekeeping, or correcting portions which were out of line with state law, the WSDCC Charter, or both. If any of our PCOs or members have any questions about the bylaws, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you think of any questions prior to the meeting, send them in (using the Google Form link below) so we can get them on the docket! You ARE able to submit multiple questions and may submit your questions at any time. Paper and pens will be provided for writing down questions at the meeting as well.