A Grassroots Progressive Movement based on Vashon-Maury Island, WA



About Us

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

Mission

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.  

Progressive Values

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.


Progressive 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 part.

Animals. Animals are sentient beings, and should be free from exploitation.

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 for Governance

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 June 19, 2018

We shared announcements of our upcoming actions, like the 4 different ballot initiatives now out for signatures, opposition to HR 3144, the Federal Columbia River Power System Operations, the June 30th Mass mobilization against Trump's immigration policy, and more...


EMERGENCY ENDORSEMENT OF SHANNON BRADDOCK AND JOE NGUYEN
Melvin Mackey proposed an emergency endorsement in support of the 34th Democrats’ endorsement of Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen, candidates for WA State Senate, to replace retiring Sharon Nelson. Melvin argued the endorsement was time sensitive due to the need to concentrate the large, Democratic candidate field prior to the August “top two”, open primary, to more likely ensure at least one Dem makes it through to the November general election ballot. After some discussion, the proposed “emergency” designation was unanimously approved, and subsequently, a unanimous vote also approved Braddock and Nguyen for VPA endorsement.



We also continued the discussion of Unifying for Democracy: 

May Gerstle and others (Christopher, Art, and Terry), involved in the organizing efforts for Unifying for Democracy, reflected on the second meeting of Unifying for Democracy. Misunderstandings had been “put to bed” so that the unifying goal could move forward. Talking about values is what brought everyone together. The organizers are considering opportunities to continue engagement with this and other communities. There will be additional events this fall. One idea is Youth/Adult dialogues.


Here are the June  Meeting Minutes 
Meetings are always held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Next meeting of the Vashon Progressive Alliance: Tuesday, 
July 10, from 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Sheila and Brian Brown's house, 19834 Vashon Hwy
please bring a snack to share, and your ideas and passion. Doors open at 6pm, meeting begins at 6:30pm.

One of our endorsed candidates, Shannon Braddock, will be attending our July meeting. This will be an opportunity to meet her and ask questions.  

Come and add your voice to the discussion, and your energy to the actions. All are welcome! 

Join Our Mailing List

Want to be on our mailing list to be kept informed of meetings and other announcements?   We send out e-mails roughly once or twice a month.  If so, please send your name and e-mail to us at info@VashonProgressiveAlliance.org
You can opt out any time, and your info will not be shared outside the group without your permission.

Endorsements

As opportunities arise for our organization to endorse candidates, organizations, and progressive actions, these will be listed here.  If you want to propose an endorsement for the group, please let us know, and attend a meeting to share your passion about why we should give an endorsement. 

2018 Endorsements
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. 

2. April 17, 2018
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)

3. Passed April 17, 2018: “Vashon Progressive Alliance endorses Whole Washington’s I-1600 Universal Healthcare for Washington State. This measure would require establishment of a comprehensive state program to pay for healthcare for all Washington residents by November 2019, funded by premiums and taxes on employers, individual income, and capital gains.”

3. Passed June 19, 2018: 

The Vashon Progressive Alliance dual endorses Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen for the 34th District Senate Primary election in 2018. We do this for the following reasons:

1) Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen are both good progressive candidates who will represent the 34th district’s priorities well.

2) With eleven candidates filed for this position, our Top Two Primary has the potential to select two Republicans for the General election in November with as little as 10% of the vote each. The Democratic, Independent, and “No Party” vote could be evenly split among nine candidates with approximately 9% of the vote for each candidate.

3) Currently, there are two ways to prevent this loss of majority rule — obtain agreement from two or more Democrats to drop out of the race, or get progressive organizations to agree to endorse the same two or three candidates. To date no one has dropped out.

4) The 34th District Democrats have endorsed Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen at their June meeting. The Vashon Progressive Alliance finds it in everyone’s best interest to endorse the same candidates. If most progressives vote for one of these two endorsed candidates, it will ensure that at least one Democrat will make it to the General election in November.


We have a specific policy on how we decide on endorsements. To read the policy, please click here.