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Hello carbon tax friends: We expect to have another big endorsement to share with you next week, but this week we’ve got our noses to the grindstones, working hard and having fun (just like the Pope!). Read on for how you can help us hit our June signature target and meet a $10k matching challenge… plus the return of Tales from the Trails!

Signature-gathering opportunities

Our 20+ chapters around the state (including brand-new chapters in Edmonds, on Orcas Island, and at Gonzaga University!) have lots of opportunities this weekend and beyond, leading up to the Fourth of July, so this is a great time to get involved! Check the signature-gathering calendars for full details (and here’s Seattle RSVP and Bellevue RSVP forms) but some highlights include: in east King County, the Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park; in Pierce County, the Meeker Days Festival in Downtown Puyallup; in Thurston County, the Capital City Pride Parade; in Vancouver, a June kickoff event on Saturday 10:00-11:30am at Torque Coffee (501 Columbia St, email Heidi at for details); and in Seattle I’ll be hosting a Saturday BBQ prior to Fremont Parade signature-gathering with Ron Sims and Mike McGinn! (For details and to RSVP email, and BTW Laurel adds “Can’t make it to the Fremont Fair? Come to a farmers market on Sunday from 11-1 in Ballard, West Seattle, or Capitol Hill! Also, Saturday night at the University of Washington there is a Climate Change-themed performance from the Lake Union Civic Orchestra!”)

And PS please continue to pass our job posting around to high school or college students looking for a summer job working on carbon taxes!

$10k matching challenge

Scroll through our May PDC reports and you will find that we spent $25,000 last month, with 75% of that money going to our amazing staff. That’s such a great return on investment that one generous donor has put up a $10,000 matching challenge for June: donate now through the end of the month and your contribution will be doubled! It’s that simple, so please help if you can (via the website or send a check payable to CarbonWA to PO Box 85565, Seattle WA 98145-1565, please include your address, occupation, and employer) and thank you to everyone who’s helped us so far. (And BTW the match actually started earlier this week and I should have mentioned it at the terrific Olympia UUC event we had, but I got so excited about the great turn-out and the Artesian Rumble Arkestra that I forgot… good thing we raised $1,345 anyway, and Yes that will be matched!) Because of everyone who’s contributed so far we are in a strong financial position, and our fundraising team is working hard to keep it that way! (Speaking of which, if you’d like to host a fundraiser please contact our Events Fundraiser Ellen Lockert at

Tales from the trails

Dennis Carlson from Bainbridge Island reports that “the Grace Congregation team is working away” and shares this story about his second knee replacement surgery: “I stayed in the hospital two nights and three days and was able to contact lots of people during the post op period. By the time Beulah and I left we had 14 signatures, including the orthopedic surgeon, anesthetist, nurses, lab techs, visitors and the wheel chair “pusher”. As we left I realized that because I had an “ulterior purpose” in being friendly and communicative, I was motivated more than usual to learn about these people’s lives much more thoroughly than I usually am. This led then to a much more positive hospital experience for me.”

From our terrific intern Alex Mezentsev: “I started talking to a few ladies on the Bainbridge Ferry about the carbon tax. As I was talking, I could tell one of them was ready to sign, but the other seemed pretty tentative. I got the first lady to sign and then I asked the second one to sign and she said: “I don’t believe in climate change. BUT—you seem so enthusiastic and I believe that we need a change in this world so I will sign it for you!” (So, who knew, apparently it is possible to even convince climate change deniers!) Also, I have hit 250 signatures!”

From campaign co-director Kyle Murphy, who (along with Steering Committee member Alex Lenferna) was gathering via paddle board and Kayak outside West Seattle: “I was worried my signature board would get wet if I fell off the paddle board, so I handed it off to Alex in the “safer” kayak, just before Alex flipped over in 3 feet of water. The sheets dried out just enough to pass!” Kyle also reports that he stopped to help a couple stranded on I-90 with a dead battery: “They must be really concerned about climate change because they said yes immediately when I asked them to sign the petition!”

As always comments are welcome on the blog, or via Facebook or Twitter, and please send your Tales from the Trails, good or bad, to me at (please cc: if you can).

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