St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

To recognize St. Patricks Day, we’ll be provided a warm meal for our members coming to the March 15th Meeting.

Baked Corned Beef brisket served with special red potatoes and peppers and a side of blanched red and green cabbage flavored with black peppercorns and white onions.

RSVP is requested so we can make sure there is enough to go around. Suggested donation is $6.00!!! Please RSVP with Marvin (vicechair@11thlddems.org) so he can get a headcount.

Bring friends and fellow Democrats… heck… bring Republicans too.

Special Election Alert: King Conservation District Elections

Special Election Alert: voting deadline March 15, 2011
KING CONSERVATION DISTRICT ELECTIONSThe King Conservation District encompasses most of King County and had a budget of about $6.5  million last year to spend on conservation issues. Additional funds are allocated as grants. Every year they hold an election for one position.

The election however does not occur through King County Elections and most voters in King County can vote but they will not receive notice of the election or a ballot in the mail. For that reason we are trying to help get the word out on this unusual election that few voters know about.
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Resolution Recognizing that Assuring a Minimum Standard of Paid Sick Days for All Employees Will Improve Public Health, Economic Security and Business Prosperity

11th LD Democrats Resolution 2011-01
Resolution Recognizing that Assuring a Minimum Standard of Paid Sick Days for All Employees Will Improve Public Health, Economic Security and Business Prosperity. Given that four in ten workers in Seattle have no access to paid sick leave and that this constitutes a health hazard for their coworkers and the public,the resolution asks that we support establishing minimum standards  of paid sick and safe days covering all employees working within the Seattle city limits in order to make Seattle a healthier place to live, work and raise a family.

2011-1 Resolution in support of Seattle paid sick days

Please discuss via comments.

 

Resolution on the Seattle Housing Authority Redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace Public Housing Project.

11th LD Democrats Resolution 2011-03
Resolution on the Seattle Housing Authority Redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace Public Housing Project.  Given that there are some 30,000 households in Seattle with incomes at or below 30% of the area’s median income, or about $23,150 for a three-person household, but only 310 unsubsidized rental units in all of King County offered at rents affordable to that group, the resolution asks that Seattle Housing Authoritycommit to 100% on-site replacement of all 561 public housing units being removed, and make available, to households at or below 30% of median income, a minimum of 561 of those units or 20% of the total constructed there, whichever is greater.

2011-3 Resolution on Yesler Terrace

Please discuss via comments.

Broadband… a Democratic issue?

I hope you don’t mind that I’m taking a little bit of time (and space) to talk about a technology issue. As a newer member of the 11th LD, I can honestly say technology issues aren’t usually mentioned a whole lot. Nevertheless, there are technology issues that certainly affect our society.

Look at what happened in Egypt. I’ve heard the revolution that recently occurred there being referred to as “The Facebook Revolution”. People organized, protested, and overthrew an oppressive government because they had access to technology that enabled the people of Egypt to communicate and organize. The people wanted reform, they want a Democratic form of government. After the ashes settle, they just might get that.

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Active Bit O’Green

ACTIVE BIT O’GREEN
By Jim Flynn PCO RNT 11-0502

King County Democrats will be showin a bit o’green Thursday, March seventeenth to show pride in the life of Saint Patrick (c 387-493). He is certainly proud of us.

Named Maewyn, he was born to a wealthy family in Britain where success in the agricultural economy was based on the Roman patron-client relationship system of social control. His father received substantial tax relief because of his position as deacon in the Christian church. The Roman Governor, a paternal protector and benefactor, formed alliances with selective clients and offered financial assistance and legal protection at the expense of the exploited lower class. The Roman writer Tacitus tells us the people of Britain, more than a century before the empire evolved into a Christian state, “…were seduced into alluring vices: pillared halls, baths and choice banquets. The simple natives gave the name of „culture‟ to this aspect of their slavery” (Agricola 21).

Bob Hasegawa Town Hall

From Bob Hasegawa, Representative of the 11th Legislative District:

Hello District 11,

I am holding a town hall next week. Details are below. Hope you can all dial in!

Washington State House of Representatives
Rep. Bob Hasegawa – 11th Legislative District

Local legislator hosting telephone town hall March 2
Rep. Bob Hasegawa to discuss 2011 legislative session

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, households across the 11th Legislative District will receive a phone call from State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle). Those who pick up will be invited to participate in a one-hour telephone town hall during which they can learn about the current legislative session and share their thoughts and questions with the lawmaker.

Only those with land lines will receive a phone call, so those wanting to participate via cell phone, or from somewhere other than their home can call toll-free 877-229-8493. The ID code is 15515. The number will be available about ten minutes before the town hall begins.

Hasegawa said this is a convenient way to reach out to constituents and get their input during a particularly difficult session when legislators must close a multi-billion dollar budget gap.

Rep. Bob Hasegawa (360) 786-7862, bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov

March E-board meeting

Bylaws – 2011

The 2011 Bylaws have been uploaded.  Check out the Bylaws page for details.

Representative Hudgins on Government Appropriations and the State Dept. of Printing

Representatives Hudgins, Rolfes & Upthegrove talk Oil Spill Prevention and Cleanup

February General Membership meeting notes

Richard Conlin

The General Membership meeting was yesterday (2/15).  We had a very long and very nice visit from Richard Conlin, the Seattle City Council President.  The membership had lots of great questions and I’m sure the question and answer session could have gone on for hours.

Cara from Planned Parenthood

We were also visited by Cara Bilodeau of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.  She talked about the various issues around funding family planning & cuts that have been proposed.

She also talked about bills HB1366 and SB5274 (the Limited Service Pregnancy Center Accountability Act).  Details for both can be found here:

PP_LSPC Fact Sheet 1.20.11

PP_Family Planning Funding Fact Sheet

Reproductive Health & Rights Lobby Day

Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is having their annual Reproductive Health & Rights Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Olympia on Monday, February 28th.

Details are here:  http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=100283&view=Detail

They’ll provide training, transportation, and food.

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Exclusive Briefing on Congress with Darcy Burner

This isn’t a 11th LD event, so it’s not going on the official calendar, but some of the 11th LD membership might be interested in this.  These events are on February 17th & 18th.

Are you wondering how progressives can fix Congress?

You are cordially invited to an exclusive discussion about progressives and Congress with Darcy Burner, former candidate for Washington’s 8th Congressional District and current President of ProgressiveCongress.org. She has spent the past two years working with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and key progressive groups and leaders.

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11th LD General Membership Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our February general meeting.  Seattle Councilman Richard Conlin will update us on the issues before the Council, the priorities for the Council, and the upcoming 2011 budget process.  A speaker from Planned Parenthood will discuss the upcoming issues in the State Legislature.  Also, Oscar Eason, from the Northwest NAACP, will discuss Black History Month.

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