Hello carbon tax friends: It took us some time earlier this year to get re-oriented towards a Nov 2016 ballot measure campaign, but I’m happy to say that we’re now building momentum and building the team heading into the summer!
* We will be receiving assistance from a UW Strategic Communications and Public Relations program project. Jill Eikenhorst, Melissa McNally, and Sylvia Moss will put together a communications strategy (including messaging, social media, outreach, volunteer recruitment, and media relations recommendations) focused on gathering 300,000 signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative. If you want to be in the loop on this please let me know and I will connect you with Jill, Melissa, and Sylvia.
* We will be bringing on board a couple of terrific young activists to help organize the campaign over the summer (and perhaps beyond!). More on that soon, but for now let me say that (1) they have solid experience and great passion, and (2) they deserve and need some financial support to allow them to contribute their time and energy to the campaign. So we hope you will donate here to help us raise $10,000 to make that happen.
This is a terrific opportunity for you to chip in and move the campaign forward, so I hope you’ll take advantage of it and contribute what you can! The bad news is that donations to political campaigns are not tax deductible. The good news is that I’m donating to the campaign all of my 2014 royalties (up to $10k) for my new book. And, while we’re on that topic….
* I’ve got a new book coming out on June 5—The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change—and I’m doing a comedy-and-carbon-tax Town Hall in Seattle on M June 9 at 7:30pm (tickets are $5) that will do double-duty as a CarbonWA campaign event. Please come and bring your friends, and FYI the event is co-sponsored by Sightline Institute and 350 Seattle.
* Other upcoming events and readings: I’ll be joining state legislators Doug Ericksen and Joe Fitzgibbon for a cap-and-trade debate in Bellingham on W May 21, and joining Todd Myers and others for a Seattle Chamber / WA Clean Tech Alliance lunch panel on carbon taxes on M June 9. For readings, I recommend revenue-neutral carbon tax advocacy from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and (closer to home) a candidate for the Washington State Senate—we’re not endorsing anyone, just sharing the breadth of interest in carbon taxes—and also Patrick Mazza’s take on Governor Inslee’s climate policy.
Talk to your friends and neighbors about I-732