Leaders Around the State
I was one of those computer activists since I saw my first MoveOn.org petition back in 1994. After retiring and moving to Port Townsend, I became co-chair of our local MoveOn council and got to experience the joy, power and work of on-the-ground activism. It was the antidote to despair. I joined the efforts of our local Move to Amend affiliate in 2012, a team that obtained an endorsement from the City Council of Port Townsend and the Jefferson County Commissioners, making them the first city and the first county in Washington to endorse the amendment to reverse Citizens United. When our state legislators failed 2 years running to take this measure out of committee, it became clear an initiative was our only option. My biggest hope is that more and more people will become signature gatherers. We could meet our signature goals if we had the army of volunteers to reach our fellow voters.
Annie Phillips owns a guesthouse in Burien. Ten years ago, she retired from her job at the Dept of Ecology, where she worked to convince the public to be stewards of clean water. It was a natural evolution from her environmental career, to working to reduce the influence of special interests such as Big Oil and Big Ag on legislation.
Janet Siano moved from N.J. to Washington after retiring from teaching two years ago to be near her grandchildren in Tacoma. She became involved with Wamend as a member of The League of Women Voters while researching for a presentation she gave on Citizens United for her Gig Harbor unit meeting in May.She finds working with like-minded people on I-735 to be refreshing, meaningful and a whole lot of fun.
I was born in Northwest Montana and graduated from Montana State University, Billings with a BS degree in Sociology. Inequality of the classes was a concern of mine, even back then. I wrote a paper in my Social Stratification class, “ Working Class America and the Unfair Exchange.” Inequality is even more of an issue now. I worked as a City Policeman in Polson, Montana as well as a Private Investigator in Idaho and Washington. I ended up at Washington Mutual Bank working as a fraud investigator. After I figured out that Corporate America had no allegiance to anything except the bottom line and choose not to participate.
I have realized that if conditions for the middle class were going to change for the better, it starts with me. If more people had this outlook, things would be changing for the better. It’s going to take a people’s movement reclaim a resemblance of our Democracy, so if you happened to be a person (which corporations are not) you need to get involved. Democracy is also a verb, so use it or lose. “United We Stand”, “Divided We Fall” and we are slip sliding away.
Stacy Cossey is the volunteer Spokane Organizer for WAmend. She was an active signature gatherer in last year’s campaign and this year is organizing volunteers as well as signature gathering. Stacy was a Financial Consultant for 27 years at a major Wall Street firm. It was the sub-prime crisis that helped her see the game behind Wall Street’s hype which inspired her to get all of her clients out of the market before the 08-09 crash. Coming to terms with a reality that was significantly different than the story Wall Street has told was personally and professionally profound. Now she feels that gathering signatures and educating is just about the best therapy out there!
"I worked on I-522 to label GMOs in our state in 2013. Working on that campaign raised my awareness of how much money large corporations are spending locally (not just nationally) to influence our elections. I was so angry when the corporate opponents of I-522 bought that election. So, when the Yes on 522 campaign ended, I jumped into helping form a Move to Amend affiliate in Olympia, and last year I helped gather signatures for WAmend’s I-1329. I am convinced that getting money out of politics and elections is at the root of ANY issue we care about – be it climate change, toxins in our food, air, water, healthcare, Big Pharma, etc., because the multinational corporations will fight anything that threatens their profits – at our expense! We the People have forgotten our power. I enjoy reminding Washingtonians that Americans have amended our country’s constitution before and we can do it again. I am committed to doing everything I can to help get I-735 on the November 2016 ballot."
My wife and I moved to Washington state from the east coast the day after we got married almost 38 years ago. We built a log cabin on the high prairie near Rainier Washington and raised 3 children who are now adults. I became politically active in the anti war movement and civil rights movement of the 60s. After the fascists killed John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and so many more people who worked so diligently for freedom and justice, I made a promise to myself to never give in…and never sell out.
History will record that our times, today, are the last chance, for society to restore "government of the people." Unimaginable concentrations of wealth, power and technology, left unchecked, will destroy us because greed and the lust for power have no bounds. We must regulate big money in the world of politics or we will be ruled by the tyranny of big money.
I work to pass Initiative-735 because it is the key that unlocks the door to every other great thing we want to do for the betterment of all people and our planet.
From New England, in Bellingham for 30 years, run Environmental Consulting business with my husband. 3 kids, 3 grandkids, would rather garden than just about anything. I have been an activists since I found out our government was funding the death squads in El Salvador in the 80s. Work with Occupy Bellingham, WA Fair Trade Coalition, Backbone Campaign, and Move to Amend Whatcom, and Healthy Bellingham.
Diane Jones, WAmend Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 360-379-9193
Steve Zemke, WAmend Campaign Advisor, email@example.com 206-366-0811
Cindy Black, WAmend Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org 206-552-3287
Dave Jette, WAmend Treasurer, email@example.com 206-789-8660
Gabe Meyer - firstname.lastname@example.org - 206.999.4071
Gabe Meyer comes to WAmend with a long history of campaign and non-profit experience. In politics, he has done field work in a congressional race, organized signature gatherers for a citywide measure, and lead messaging and fundraising for a mayoral campaign. A fundraiser by trade, Gabe has helped raise money for groups like the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), Art with Heart, the World Affairs Council, and the Municipal League of King County, where he was also co-chair of the board. Gabe takes pride in being a positive relational leader and is excited to make sure the I-735 campaign reaches its goals.
State Field Organizer
Tiffani McCoy - email@example.com - 503.380.1095
As a State Field Organizer, Tiffani brings over seven years of community organizing experience working specifically on women’s, labor, and student issues. As a Pacific Northwest native, she returned after finishing graduate school for a Masters in International Affairs and a Masters in Women’s Studies on the East Coast. Tiffani is excited to help volunteers around the state organize to gather the requisite signatures to get I-735 on the ballot.
Operations and Data Manager
Nimco Bulale - firstname.lastname@example.org - 206.850.1163
Nimco Bulale is a government affairs professional and senior campaign staffer. Currently, she's the Operations and Data Manager for WAmend/ I-735. She's also an independent consultant and community activist. Nimco has a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on local government administration from Seattle University. She received her BA in International Studies with a focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, peace, and security from the University of Washington.
King County Organizer
Michael Lang - email@example.com - 206.794.0604
Michael Lang is also a Seattle native and political organizer whose past experience includes winning campaigns for city council and student presidency at his alma mater, Western Washington University. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, Economics and Philosophy and brings to WAmend a specialty in efficiently connecting people and ideas with direction and results. Getting big money out of elections is his chief political mission and personal passion, and he's looking forward to adding his energy to the I-735 campaign.