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Democracy Happy Hour - Shared screen with speaker view
Leona Hassing
13:43
Umatilla, Palouse, Cayuse, Walla Walla
Kathleen Gallagher
14:22
Suquamish
Joann Roomes
14:47
Whidbey Island: ancestral home of Lower Skagit, S'Klallam, and others
Melvin Mackey
15:01
Melvin Mackey - Sqababsh Land - Vashon, WA
Nancy Jenny
15:17
Coast Salish, Stillaguamish, Sauk Suiattle, Skagit
Dori Peralta Baker
15:39
Dori Peralta Baker - on the Yakama Reservation
Robin Hordon
15:54
Robin Hordon...caretaking a half acre of Sklaalam land...
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
16:18
If you don’t know the indigenous land where you reside on, you can look it up here: https://native-land.ca/
Dwight Rousu
16:22
Dwight Rousu, Redmond, coastal salish lands
Roger Phillip
17:07
Roger, in Bow. WA CD: 2; LD: 40.
Kate Butt
17:12
Stillaguamish, Duwamish, coastal Salish == Redmond
Wilma Shaw, FNTP
17:13
If able, you can show your appreciation for the Duwamish land by paying rent: https://www.realrentduwamish.org
Norm Conrad
17:21
Norm Conrad, Mount VernonUpper Skagit tribes
Kim Kerrigan
17:22
Hi Robin, Long time no see you. We worked on 9/11 Truth together years ago. Blessings to you. All the best, Kim Kerrigan
Jeremy Street
17:38
Jeremy and Nancy Street - Spokane Tribe
Betsy Robins
18:08
Betsy from Clallam County, Jamestown S’Klallam, Elwha Klallam, Makah, Quilleute and Hoh tribes
Aganita Varkentine
19:12
Aganita from Tacoma - Puyallup lands
Robin Hordon
20:32
Howdy Kim...still a "911 Truth for World Peace " activist but working in the weeds building our case. Funny how much "TRUTH" seeking is going on now...what a difference 20 years makes...AYE?
Roy Pardee
21:33
man am I nostalgic for the time when I didn't know hardly anything about the electoral college & the process by which its votes were counted...
Cathleen Rolph
21:38
Cathleen Rolph, LWVAK, LWVCentral Kenai Peninsula Indigenous people Dena’ina
Linda Bock
23:42
Linda Bock Stillaguamish, Coast Salish, Duwamish
Kim Kerrigan
23:48
So great to see you again, and no wonder.
Tish Levee
24:32
Tish Levee on Nisqually land (aka Lacey, WA)
Dwight Rousu
27:16
lwv tries to monitor voting boxes
Pamela Somers
28:16
Pam Somers on Tulalip, Snohomish land -in Lake Stevens
Robert Brown
34:58
Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is a part of the NAACP.
Kim Kerrigan
40:33
Freedom fighters always find each other😍
Steve Zemke
41:01
DASS - Democratic Association of Secretaries of State https://demsofstate.org/
Aganita Varkentine
42:24
MoveOn is working with others to encourage progressive Democrats to run for local offices - city councils, country supervisors, school board members, etc. I have been helping with research on that.
Arnold Byron, Mount Vernon
43:43
Which office is the most important for our consideration with respect to maintaining a democracy: President, Governor, Attorney General, or Secretary of State? Which gets the most news coverage?
Dwight Rousu
52:54
They can still take corporate donations instead of inside information for stocks.
Roy Pardee
53:07
to think Sinema used to run the AZ Green party...
Jennifer Manchester
55:21
Despicable to cheat donors like that.
Dwight Rousu
55:29
Cannot unilaterally disarm
Dwight Rousu
57:17
They work for both the campaigns and the PACs, with nobody checking for illegal colaboration
Robert Brown
57:54
Arnold, I notice no one answered your question, which is a good one. I believe Secretary of State for the United States has no power over elections, but is the government’s arm for negotiating treaties and foreign policy issues. The Department of Justice head is the Attorney General Merrick Garland, who could do a lot to help deal with illegal laws passed by states. Secretaries of State in each state are the ones who deal directly with overseeing elections. They are closest to the most powerful about seeing that the legitimate votes are counted. The President and governors of each state should have nothing to do with elections in an ideal world when nothing is going wrong.
Matthew Munsey
58:29
I suspect he meant state secretaries of state. Maybe same for state attorneys general.
Julie Martinson
01:01:20
Some people leave after 1 hr, but it runs 1.5 hrs, Nadine.
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
01:01:47
• DONATION Links:o Fix Democracy First or Fix Democracy First Education Fund - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donateo YO VOTE! - https://www.yo-vote.org/donate• Upcoming Democracy Happy Hour topics:o Feb 9th - Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraudo Feb 16th - The Advance of Authoritarianism in the U.S.o Feb 23rd – The Electoral Count Act• FDF – Current Democracy Legislation - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/legislation• TAKE ACTION: Email your reps about RCV legislation! - https://p2a.co/s6dlbuc
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
01:02:01
• Sign the petition to close the Citizens United Loophole. - https://actionnetwork.org/forms/tell-congress-get-foreign-money-out-of-us-elections-close-the-citizens-united-loophole?source=direct_link&referrer=group-fixdemocracyfirst• TAKE ACTION for Voting Rights:o Voter Protection Volunteer Phonebanks with Common Cause - https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/376178/
Arnold Byron, Mount Vernon
01:03:21
States Attorney General and States Secretary of State. Sorry I wasn't clear.
D Scott Pierce
01:05:46
RUN FOR OFFICE!
D Scott Pierce
01:06:16
or help someone else you respect run!
Dwight Rousu
01:08:32
Lottocracy like jury duty
Nina Cavola
01:10:16
Cindy you are awesome and this review is tremendous resource. Thank you!!
D Scott Pierce
01:11:31
You would think...but 2016 still haunts us!
Melvin Mackey
01:11:40
I think Manchin got it right when he said “If you want to pass progressive legislation, you have to elect more progressive candidates.”
Tish Levee
01:12:19
Robert Reich has a great article in today’s Guardian, that says Trump will make his followers lose in 2022. Check it out.
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
01:12:25
Our Common Purpose - Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century - https://www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose/report
Carol Sullivan
01:13:00
Only Republicans are urging no debates!
Kathleen Gallagher
01:13:01
Thank you all.
Betsy Robins
01:14:54
Hear! Hear! Nadine!!!
David Gordon
01:15:12
Thank you so much, Cindy. Great as always!
Linda Brewster
01:15:27
Amen to Nadine!!
Carol Sullivan
01:15:33
League of Women Voters do hold Candidate Forums for local races across the state.
Candace McRoberts
01:15:50
thank you, Cindy.
Carol Sullivan
01:17:06
Cawthorn in NC
Tish Levee
01:18:30
Linda, yes, yes, RCB
Tish Levee
01:18:39
RCV, I man
Nancy Street
01:20:46
GOP Women's group Maggies list is endorsing Jaime Herrera Beutler. I think she is being primaried by a Trumper.
USAIVA, Rich Stevenson
01:21:33
Linda, RCV is my 1st choice for innovations to improve elections. Vote by mail, and open Final Five Primary Elections. The Proactive Voter Movement also. Occupy elections. Unite America. The 99.999% is the majority.
Tish Levee
01:23:56
I ike the voucher system of Public Financing. Meanwhile, I only give money to candidates who do NOT take money form any PACS, just individuals
Carol Sullivan
01:24:15
at www.wa.leg.gov: on left side is the menu. Select Bill Information, and in the bill history is the (vote roll call) whenever a floor vote is taken. Clicking that link brings up how all the legislators have voted on that particular bill. Then, with that information, you can email with a YAY! I like the way you voted, or NAY I didn’t like that vote. More below!
Tish Levee
01:25:33
A long haul campaign to restore democray
Tish Levee
01:25:39
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Dwight Rousu
01:26:34
Not only restore what democracy we had, but improve democracy more to what it should be.
Carol Sullivan
01:26:37
Using a newsletter, such as League of Women Voter’s weekly newsletter or several other newsletters from organizations (like Fix Democracy First) the actions needed at that time are usually just a click or two away from you sharing your opinion with your legislator - or being part of the legislative record at a public hearing. In most legislative committees, public hearing comments from people not testifying is tallied and recorded as part of the hearing notes. Your voice does matter, they do pay attention!
Betsy Robins
01:27:21
For state legislation info, sign up for your Reps’ and senators’ newsletters so you can see what they are working on. This session is soon over but you can still let them know what is important to you.
Jennifer Karius
01:28:39
And here’s the online retreat i mentioned, if interested https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-our-self-healing-our-country-retreat-tickets-254063630157
Tish Levee
01:29:25
Postcards are very doable. In 2020 a group of volunteers wrote postcards for the NAACP in Mississippi to have people check that they were registered to vote. This group provably wrote more than 1000 postcards. The women organizing us would drop off the cards, with addresses, and a script, which even included how to politely address people in the South.
Carol Sullivan
01:30:04
Tomorrow bills voted out of the chamber of origin will be advancing (unless they have a fiscal component, and they get a couple more days to get out of their chamber of origin). Those that are not voted out are not going forward this session. This is the halfway point in the session, so there is still LOTS of opportunity to have your voice heard by your legislators.
Jennifer Karius
01:30:31
But we need to do something about the media too
Julie Martinson
01:30:33
Diff. orgs, like Sierra Club, were working mainly to get people to register to vote, and then vote, without saying who to vote for. We were targeting those who had an environmental bent….
Tish Levee
01:31:19
Yes, targeting people too register is a good way to go. And there are many organizations facilitating that.
Jennifer Karius
01:31:49
Lots of groups are doing lots but all in separate time and directions- answering to different donorsThe government is not protecting or answering people as it needs to
Betsy Robins
01:32:40
Copy Stacy Abrams’ campaign strategy!
Dwight Rousu
01:32:55
Moderates working within the party can help keep the party from going overboard on proposals that likely would alienate moderate voters too much.
Carol Sullivan
01:34:00
Next Monday, Feb. 7, 10- 11 am ACT via Zoom hosts a discussion of Public Banking with Stoney Bird, LWVWA Public Banking Issue Chair presenting basics, then state and national legislation around this important issue. contact carolosully@yahoo.com to be on the contact list. Cindy will be guest on Feb. 14, along with LWV Issue Chair Cynthia Stewart who know Housing/homelessness issues as well as Cindy knows election issues! Redistricting follows on Feb. 21, and Alliance for Gun Responsibility on Feb. 28.
Carol Sullivan
01:34:35
Could Nancy put that contact in again, please?
Joanna Cullen
01:35:06
I also am irritated with those who want me to use my personal cell to participate. I don't want to use my personal cell.
Julie Martinson
01:36:02
The faux debate sounds fun as a YouTube shortie.
Betsy Robins
01:36:06
I love that false debate idea!
Barbara Hill
01:37:16
Joanna Cullen -- Yes, both Phone # & street address... I won't participate in online events that demand that info.
USAIVA, Rich Stevenson
01:38:18
Melvin, excellent points for RCV, not approval.
Robert Brown
01:39:53
Joanna, I have a land line and a cell phone. When they ask for my cell phone number, I put in my land line. I don’t get many texts I don’t want that way. Also, if they call my land line and I am home, I will give them my time. Usually not my money, though.
Dwight Rousu
01:40:26
That is one big reason I keep a land line. Worth the money
Tish Levee
01:42:01
There should be a way, though, with public financing, for those of us who don’t pay taxes, can donate to the public financing fund in a limited amoutn
Steve Zemke
01:43:20
check out https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/
Nadine Shanti
01:44:28
Stacy Abrams had a plan and stuck to it.
Nadine Shanti
01:45:04
robin is right Persuadable Voters How to connect with them.
Nadine Shanti
01:46:14
James would love to know what that platform is.
Betsy Robins
01:46:25
Wow! What a concept!
Carol Sullivan
01:46:40
Interesting! Who are “WE”?
Norm Conrad
01:46:50
There's an interesting book out called "Talking to Strangers". It doesn't generally discuss politics, but it does discuss what we pre-assume what people believe and how often we are wrong.
Betsy Robins
01:47:04
Love this James!
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
01:47:47
cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org
USAIVA, Rich Stevenson
01:47:58
James, aLL GREAT PERSPECTIVES. SORRY FOR THE CAPS. TYPO.
Melvin Mackey
01:47:59
Another source of information is the website: VoteSmart.org
Carol Sullivan
01:48:13
Thanks, Cindy! Great “happy 11/2 hour”
Nadine Shanti
01:48:23
Cindy, thanks for your work. I sincerely appreciate all of your efforts. Thank you.
USAIVA, Rich Stevenson
01:49:11
Can't Vote, Can't Contribute.
Jennifer Manchester
01:49:56
Thank you!
Betsy Robins
01:50:13
Thank you all!