Hello carbon tax friends: We’ve got signature-gathering trainings and other events coming up all over the state in the days ahead (Bellingham! Vancouver! Ellensburg! Yakima! Spokane! Bellevue! Tacoma!) so check out our Events page for details. And read on for an introduction to our six new staffmembers, for our new crowdfunding video to help raise money for all those staffmembers (!),for terrific positive stories about how Carbon Washington is advancing the cause of climate action, and for our Earth Day 22 campaign where we’re asking YOU to get 22 signatures from friends and family by Earth Day, W April 22. Plus I’ll be doing a Reddit AMA on T April 21 at 11am and we’ve got a new feature, “Tales from the trails”, with stories about signature gathering… send your tales in to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the Comments section of the blog!
Carbon Washington’s positive message is beginning to resonate throughout the state! Here are some examples:
Please welcome and reach out to the six new staffmembers (!) on the campaign:
Their job is to coordinate signature-gathering efforts and otherwise push the campaign forward, so please email them with requests, feedback, or just to say Hello!
To help raise money to pay our staff we’ve launched a new crowdfunding video, starring CarbonWA staff, volunteers, friends, pets… even a baby! Check out the video and make a contribution to win great prizes! Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the month to add staff hours across the state; your donation of any size will help us expand our people-powered campaign! (And by the way if you want to track our budgeting so far you can view our latest Public Disclosure Commission reports; last month, for example, we spent about $10,000 on wages, rent, and supplies. That’s going to rise because of our six new hires, but we’re committed to running a lean campaign and will squeeze every penny out of your donations!)
We know that not everybody can be like Bob Jeffers-Schroder, who’s gathered 100 signatures and aims to get 1000 by the end of the month. But everybody has friends and neighbors, and so—in honor of Advisory Board member Denis Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970—we’re asking everybody (yes, that means YOU) to get 22 signatures from friends and neighbors on or before W April 22. Here’s how it works: Go here right now and give us your name and address; we’ll mail you two signature petitions (enough for 22 signatures plus some extra-credit opportunities) and a stamped self-addressed return envelope; you get 22 signatures, then sign the declaration on the back of the petitions, put the petitions in the return envelope, put the envelope in a mailbox, and then give yourself a pat on the back. Hint: Sign it yourself and you’re already almost 5% done; add a significant other and you’re pushing 10%!! That’s all it takes, so sign up here for Earth Day 22!
Ben Silesky and I went to the Mariners opening day to collect signatures. Ben’s favorite story was about a woman (not a supporter) who turned away scornfully and said “You should marry my daughter!” My favorite story was about how I’d worked really hard to hone my little pitch (“Hello, I’m a volunteer with a campaign to tackle climate change. Do you want to help put that on the ballot?”) and then I met a group of young men and right after I started into my pitch one fellow grabbed a petition sheet out of my hands and cackled “Sure, I’ll sign that sh**!” Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good summary of signature-gathering: you think it’s about having detailed policy conversations with your fellow citizens, but it’s really much more about “Hello, please sign this sh**!”
Talk to your friends and neighbors about I-732