Advocacy

During the past year, Thurston League members advocated, sponsored, co-sponsored and presented on a number of issues.  They included:

Marches

  • Women’s March—January 22, 2017: Endorsed and gave out red balloons—were part of 10,000 here in Olympia.
  • March for Science—April 22, 2017: Sponsored, tabled and marched.

Elections & Voter Services

  • TCTV-- LD 22, 2 and 35 candidate interviews for primary and general elections.
  • Coordinated with state League on primary and general forums for Commissioner of Public Lands and Supreme Court Judges
  • Collaborated on Voter Registration Day with Black Alliance of Thurston Co, South Sound Pacific Islanders, RESULTS, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
  • Registered voters at community events 
  • COFFEE WITH LEAGUE began in March, 2017. Weekly meetings at coffee shop to discuss advocacy on local, state and national levels-- sending postcards, signing petitions, making calls. Local focus on County Commissioners; 10-20 members attending.

Climate & Environment

  • March 12, 2017: sponsored and tabled at showing of Before the Flood
  • March 19, 2017: Olympia Climate Activists Convention—major sponsor, planning, participated

Climate and Clean Energy workgroup, related to Thurston Thrives county-based work.

Co-sponsored Events

  • January 13: The Evergreen State College Climate Change Research and Action in Washington State and Roundtable Conversations on Climate Risks — Local Action on Global Issues
  • January 31: Showing of This Changes Everything
  • March 19: Olympia Climate Activists Convention — This work continues

Testimony, Actions

  • Utility and Transportation Committee — Testimony re: oil transportation rules
  • Longview, Gray’s Harbor and Cherry Point — Attended public forums, submitted testimony, testified

Local Involvement

  • Thurston Thrives Climate and Clean Energy workgroup — Works to develop methods to reduce green-house gas emissions and improve community resiliency to climate change

Racial Equality

  • Continue support for HB1000, Use of Deadly Force Bill. Outcome still uncertain this session.
  • December 10: Participated in community conversation on race and racial bias hosted by Olympia Police Department and Black Alliance of Thurston County
  • Subsequent community conversations
  • Legislative Session — Supported HB 2907, Use of Deadly Force Bill; Amended bill passed with great support; Task force formed to craft legislation for next Legislative Session

Subsequent Community Conversations

  • Legislative Session — Supported HB 2907, Use of Deadly Force Bill
  • Amended bill passed with great support — task force formed to craft legislation for next Legislative Session 

General Meetings

  • September — Trans Pacific Partnership Panel
  • November — Education Fund Luncheon
  • January — Disaster Preparedness Panel
  • February — Tax Fairness Presentation
  • March — Affordable Housing Panel
  • April — Living Wage Panel, in collaboration with Mason County League

Annual Education Fund Luncheons

  • October 2016: Honored retiring Senator Karen Fraser (long-time League member) for her tireless work on behalf of the Thurston community & state.

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