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A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax Ballot Measure Campaign for Washington State

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Hello carbon tax friends: If this is your first email newsletter, welcome, and be sure to check out yeson732.org, visit our FAQ page, or join a chapter near you to be a part of the movement!

The Will to Win…

“Champions are made of something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be greater than the skill.”

-Muhammad Ali

We put this quote up on our wall when we moved into our office early last year.  It’s a reminder of the effort and passion our staff – and you our dedicated volunteers – put into pricing carbon each and everyday.

Our task is clear – talk to 1 million voters. Our timeline is plain – we have just under 5 months. Do we have the will? Do we have the stamina? You better believe it! Those of us working toward solutions to climate change today recognize that this issue is too great a threat to delay action any longer.

I-732 stands apart from the crowd in that it is a step to fight climate change now. That alone is enough of a reason to get me out of bed each and every morning. But I-732 is not just any climate policy:

  • I-732 will be the most progressive shift in Washington State’s tax code in over 30 years!
  • I-732 in the people’s initiative. For this first time in our nation’s history a state-wide price on carbon will be brought to the ballot by the people!
  • I-732 will be the strongest price on carbon in America, period.

So let’s push as hard as we can for the next 5 months and show the nation the pathway to a better future. We need you with us. You can help right now. We’ll be featuring a list of suggestions each week – and we hope you will take on a large or small project to help the campaign each week between now and election day.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST:  

  • WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR. Best results are generated when you tie your case for I-732 to current events)
  • Sign up to CALL VOTERS from home!
  • Doorbell your neighborhood (or join us at two major upcoming events: SEAFAIR and FREMONT SOLSTICE PARADE).
  • Pledge to make 1,000 calls to voters between now and election day (about 15-20 hours – email Kyle@carbonwa.org to get on our roster of super-callers and look for more on this soon!)
  • Donate $, host a houseparty, or just email your friends and ask them to join you in giving to this cause.

Endorsements:

We have a few great new endorsements to add to our growing list of bipartisan supporters. You can find all of our endorsements on our website and if you don’t see your elected representative give them a call to ask them to support Climate Action in 2016!

  • Skagit County Democrats
  • Gerry Pollet – 46th District Representative (D)
  • Steve Litzow – 41st Legislative District Senator (R)
    • “For our children and future generations we need to start the long transition away from fossil fuels and the pollution they create. Pollution damages our air quality, waterways, health, and climate. I-732 creates a market-driven, non-regulatory incentive to reduce pollution without increasing our total tax burden or the size of government. Please join me in supporting this fiscally responsible pollution reduction policy and Vote Yes on I-732.”

Senator Litzow is the first sitting Republican legislator to endorse a broad reaching climate policy in our state, and one of the first in the Nation. This is a great testament to his willingness to lead, and the bipartisan appeal of I-732.

FIRST yard signs…coming soon! 

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution and asked for a yard sign! We hit our goal and just placed the order for the first 100. We will have them available for pick up or in the mail to you soon! So keep an eye on your inbox for the word when they are ready.

Weren’t able to get in on the first round of yard signs? That’s okay, we’d love to order more. Just make a donation of $20 or more and check the box for a yard sign and we will make sure to contact you when we have more!

Don’t have $20? We have Awesome new buttons available for any donation over $1. Same rules apply, make a donation of any amount and check the button box and we’ll get one out to ASAP!

Statewide chapter strategy call.

Ready to get plugged in as a volunteer leader with the Yes on I-732? As we shift into full gear we are hosting a statewide strategy call with leaders across the state to review our field effort (including call training), local media strategies, and overall campaign strategy featuring Yoram and key staff members. All existing donors and volunteers are eligible and our chapter leaders are especially encouraged to join. Click here to RSVP for the June 21st strategy call. You need to RSVP to get the call-in info.

Team Update!!

We’ve shown you what we need to do to win in November but to make sure we succeed we need a big team. We’ve been busy vetting and training the latest additions to our team of Climate Heroes so check our our team page and get to know the fresh faces of I-732.

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(from left to right: Quillan Robinson, Kara Smith,

Allie Buck, and Mariana Garcia)

Let’s win!

Duncan and the Yes on 732 team