A Grassroots Progressive Movement based on Vashon-Maury Island, WA
A Grassroots Progressive Movement based on Vashon-Maury Island, WA
Vashon Progressive Alliance is a grassroots organization formed to further progressive causes in local, regional, and national government.
This website was formed to keep our community informed of developments and opportunities to participate. If you are a Vashon resident who supports progressive causes, and has a suggestion for this website, please contact us: click here
The Vashon Progressive Alliance encourages and supports island progressives to take action to heal our democracy.
We are working for a diverse, sustainable, and just community, country, and planet.
Shared Values and Policy Guidelines
Participants in the Vashon Progressive Alliance got together and defined what we believe in as progressive values, and guidelines for government policies.
At the most basic level, the progressive story is built on care and concern for oneself and others, and the duty to act on this concern. Progressives believe fundamentally in the dignity of each human being—and thus, to be progressive means you care about the conditions and lives of all other people; you believe in individual freedom with due regard for fairness and equal opportunity for all; you use honest, open communication to achieve trust as you work to create the world you want to live in; and you feel a sense of duty to those around you and in other places, particularly the vulnerable, the exploited, and those lacking the ability to care for themselves. You endeavor to create supportive communities that respect people with different views and backgrounds. Progressives believe we all do better when we all do better.
These values fall in line behind the progressive principles of justice, equity, equality, and ethical behavior to create representative Democracy, a government that protects and serves, and a foreign policy that reflects our progressive values.
These words owe a great debt to George Lakoff, and his book Don’t Think of an Elephant. They are modifications of his excellent definitions.
Policy Guidelines - September, 2017
1. Policy Guidelines
for the Planet
Environment. A clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for ourselves and our children: water you can drink, air you can breathe, and food that is healthy and safe. Polluters are responsible to repair the damage they cause.
Climate Change. Energy efficiency, reducing waste, living more simply, expanding renewable energy, and eliminating the use of fossil fuels.
Nature. We respect the fact
that humans are in an interdependent relationship with nature. We reject the
notion of being in an exclusively dominant position over nature. We also have a
responsibility to steward and preserve the natural ecosystems of which we are a
Animals. Animals are sentient beings, and should be free from
Energy. We need to make a major investment in renewable energy, to
create millions of jobs that pay well, eliminate the use of fossil fuels,
reduce pollution, and reverse global warming.
2. Policy Guidelines
for Equal Opportunity
The economy. An economy that creates good-paying jobs and provides every American a
fair opportunity, while giving
due regard to the sustainable use of the Earth’s finite resources.
Health. Every American should be covered by a state-of-the-art, affordable
health care system.
Education. A vibrant, well-funded, and inclusive public education
system that encourages lifelong learning. Where children are taught their civic rights and responsibilities, and
the truth about their nation -its wonders and
its blemishes, so they may fully participate and contribute to our society.
Early childhood. We support making publicly funded high-quality
early childhood education available to all.
3. Policy Guidelines
Foreign Policy. Recognizes
the sovereignty and earns the trust of other countries, and their right of
self-determination. Uses the UN to resolve disputes between nations, and to
counter human rights abuses. Emphasizes cooperation and negotiation instead of
force, with military intervention as a last resort.
Government Protections. Government shall provide protections equally for all individuals and groups, to foster economic prosperity, health and safety, freedom and justice, and to guard personal privacy.
Openness. A transparent, efficient, and fair government tells the truth to citizens and earns the trust of every American.
Equal rights. Equal rights for all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, and sexual orientation.
Criminal Justice. Honor and respect the Constitution, including due
process of law and equal protection under the law, encourage restorative
justice, and respect and support international law.
Representative Democracy. An election system that gives all adults the right to vote, fair and equal representation, with public financing of election campaigns.
These and many other policy guidelines follow from our values.
Results of Meeting May 15, 2018
We shared announcements of our upcoming actions, like the second meeting of Unifying for Democracy, and the Washington Fair Trade Candidate Forum, and more...
Bunny Hatcher shared the importance of PCOs and the good news of how progressive values are being incorporated into the Washington State democratic platforms for the upcoming midterm elections.
60 people attended the first meeting of Unifying for Democracy - many new faces; not the usual island activists. Key issues identified included “Taking Money Out of Politics” and “Education & Civics”. Click here for a background document on the Unifying For Democracy effort.
We reviewed the mission of the Vashon Progressive Alliance, and used the numbers from this website to help determine if we are making progress. We are, and we would love some additional energy to take on more projects.
please bring a snack to share, and your ideas and passion. Doors open at 6pm, meeting begins at 6:30pm.
We hope to have visits from other progressive groups on the island, and plan for future actions.
Come and add your voice to the discussion, and your energy to the actions. See you then!
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1. Passed April 17, 2018: The Citizens Impeachment Coalition (CIC)
Vashon Progressive Alliance endorses the Citizens Impeachment Coalition support of House Resolution 621 calling for Impeachment of Donald J Trump.
To see House Resolution 621, click on: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/621?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22621%22%5D%7D&r=31
Department of Licensing Director Kohler should be removed from office - An endorsement by the Vashon Progressive Alliance: Remove the Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) from office, as proposed by the Latino Civic Alliance (Nina Martinez is board chair)
We have a specific policy on how we decide on endorsements. To read the policy, please click here.