State shutdown, Emily's List training event & Washington State Democrats' new field organizer
COURTESY OF SKAGIT COUNTY DEMOCRATS
With Republicans continuing to block passage of a state budget that fully funds education and essential state services, state government is heading towards the brink of a government shutdown. The legislature needs to pass a budget by July 1st or the government will halt nearly all of its services - a disaster for Washington state. We need to force Republicans to come to the bargaining table so the legislature can come to an agreement on a budget and we can all avoid a government shutdown. A government shutdown would be a disaster for all Washingtonians:
- Public Safety - Many Washington State Patrol Troopers and Corrections Officers would be temporarily laid off. Supervision of parolees would be halted and jails would even be unable to accept new inmates. State law enforcement would be unable to process most casework or act to keep Washingtonians safe from crime and violence.
- Businesses - Businesses count on government for all kinds of help, and many of these essential activities would be suspended in case of a government shutdown. Delivery of state goods would be halted, contracts could be canceled, work on construction projects would be stopped, and businesses would be unable to secure important licenses and permits for their activities.
- Students & Vulnerable Washingtonians - A shutdown would halt services for foster children, victims of domestic violence, the disabled, and more. Low-income families in state-subsidized housing could receive eviction notices, and assistance from housing to food could be cut. The most vulnerable Washingtonians would be left without a safety net, while payments to school districts and health insurance coverage for teachers are colleges and universities could be suspended.
- Parks and the Environment - A state government shutdown would force the closure of all state parks - right as the 4th of July weekend begins. Families with camping plans, couples getting married, or just folks who want to go for a hike or a picnic would have their plans disrupted.
- And that's not all - a shutdown would let fish die at our fish hatcheries, halt clean-up at SuperFund and toxic waste sites, and even suspend forest fire suppression and prevention activities.
What You Can Do To Help
- Call Your Legislator - Call your legislators at the legislative hotline - 1-800-562-6000 - and tell them Republicans need to come to the table so we can fund schools and avoid a shutdown. This is all the more important if you live in a district represented by Republicans!
- Come To An Event - Progressives are holding rallies across the state next week calling on Republicans to join the Democrats and act. All the rallies are onThursday, June 22, with details linked below:
- Doorbell Your Neighborhood - Sign up to doorbell or host a canvass with our Summer of Canvass program! These next few weeks are essential for getting the word out about what the Republicans are doing, and talking to our neighbors face-to-face is one of the best ways to spread the word.
- We're putting together volunteer-led canvasses across the state, and we need your help. You can sign up to join us here - we'll be spreading the word and building our party infrastructure so that the legislature doesn't have to be going up to the brink of shutdown.
- Join Our Thunderclap - Help amplify our voices on social media! Click here to find out more about linking your social media account to ours via Thunderclap so we can post our message to legislators and the public simultaneously and make an even bigger impact.
In other news, we'd like to invite women who are running for office or are interested in running for office to an upcoming candidate training with Emily's List. The training is in Seattle on Saturday July 8 - find out more and RSVP here!
We're also proud to announce our newest field organizer has joined the team! We're so excited to welcome Maria Beltran to our team as the Central Washington Organizer, based in Yakima. Here's a note from Maria introducing herself to all of you - and we hope you get a chance to meet her in person soon!
"Hello Democrats! I am a recent Gonzaga University graduate, where I majored in Political Science. At Gonzaga, I built my leadership experience as the Vice President of the Gonzaga Young Democrats and female co-chair of M.E.Ch.A (a national Latinx justice organization) at Yakima Valley Community College. Growing up in Yakima, I was exposed at an early age of the injustice my community faced, and continues to face. As a first-generation college graduate and woman of color, I hope to serve as an advocate for social change and help elect Democrats across central Washington. My passion for politics, love and knowledge of the Yakima Valley makes this position perfect for me - and I'm so excited to be joining the Washington Democrats organizing team!"
We're glad to have you on the team building our party in Central Washington, Maria! Full story here.
Call for volunteers for Skagit County Fair
The Skagit Democrats plans to staff a booth at the upcoming Skagit County Fair, August 9 - 12. We need volunteers to staff the booth, set up, tear down, and manage and support the endeavor. If you willing to help, please contact our office staff at 360-336-1555 during office hours or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Turn the Senate Blue!
Skagit Democrats are assembling a team to phone bank and canvass for Manka Dhingra in the 45th LD so we can turn the State Senate blue! If you would like to participate in this endeavor please send an email to email@example.com with your contact information.