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Meeting debrief

Last Thursday’s meeting was interesting. Thank you, Collin from FUSE, for explaining the coalition support and legislative advocacy that FUSE WA is busy with year round, and the progressive voters guide and mobilization we see from you around election time.  Thanks, Aaron from the Economic Opportunity Institute, for explaining the think tank work you do on behalf of the people who need it most, providing research and support to FUSE and others. Thanks, Craig from Washington Public Campaigns, for discussing your organization’s mission in the current political climate and where we might be headed.  Some ideas that we batted around include:

  • Create a web based marketplace of ideas
  • Form sub groups chartered with addressing narrower topics
  • Utilize examples that illustrate the human cost of corrupt politics
  • Focus on how people in the past have organized to help themselves (in contrast to reflexively looking to politicians and media, I think)
  • Develop a system for outreach to the dozens of other progressive groups in the area
  • Bond with other progressives through social events–Inside Job, anyone?

Did I miss anything?  Thank you to everyone who was there and thanks for contributing great ideas.  If you have an urge to spearhead one of the above, please contact me so we can talk about how you might go about it.

Sunday through Tuesday MO is offering up a chance to regroup with our progressive neighbors.  If you haven’t gotten an invitation from MO and would like to attend a potluck, please email or call me and I will put you in touch with a host.

Also, I just received an invitation from FUSE to do organizer training in Federal Way Saturday November 20.  If this is something you would like to do, please email me and I’ll hook you up.


Get Famous and Do Some Other Good Stuff

Seattle Council, MoveOn has turned Washington State into a priority campaign. That means leave the laundry unfolded and the dirty dishes in the sink and get out there to Patty Murray’s campaign office where you are desperately needed. Paper plates ’till Nov 3!

In other news: Yes on 1-1098 (income tax for the rich) is canvassing tomorrow with a 60 Minutes crew in tow–no kidding. Don’t forget this is a VALUES debate–do we want health care and education to be adequately funded in Washington State, or do we do all sorts of handwringing about the opposition’s “slippery slope” arguments (“vote for this and soon you’ll be turning your first born child over to the state!–give them an inch…”) I don’t make anywhere near the target income, but please, someone, come and tax me so our state can do what it is supposed to do–the bidding of the voters. Tax! Please! Go and be famous. Details here:

Then spend the rest of the month working on Patty Murray’s campaign, please. Really. Oh yes, and Tuesday at noon we’ll be hosting a press conference to release data documenting the INSANE amounts of money coming into this election. It comes from corporations, via right wing organizations, for the purpose of purchasing a politician, in this case Rossi. Giant corporations are handing over buckets of cash to get their pet candidate into office. Rossi will be expected to do the bidding of his corporate sponsors, legislating so more wealth and power get funneled toward the already fabulously wealthy. He’ll be more than happy to do this as he has nothing but contempt for regular people anyways. Come by 5th and University Tuesday the 12th at noon to participate in delivering our damning report to the press.
Sandra VanderVen
Seattle MoveOn Council Coordinator