A message from the 45th District Democrats Chair

Thank you for attending our February general meeting; we had over 85 persons registered.

Thank you to Dr. Jeff Tomlin of Evergreen Hospital for being our first speaker of the 2021 term. The talk was so informative. Please visit the Washington State Coronavirus Response page for accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

I wanted to remind everyone to please write/phone our Senators to pass the Equal Rights Amendment – the time is now – let us not delay it any longer.

Also, please write letters/support/phone for SB 5182 – we all need to know these details to make informed choices when we vote, and this Senate Bill will help. SB 5182 requires that information on how measures passed by the legislature will increase or decrease state revenue and how increased revenue will be expended, or what state expenditures will be eliminated; thus, they appear as information in the voters’ pamphlet. It requires a pie chart showing the operating budget expenditures for the most recent biennium to appear as information in the voters’ pamphlet.

Before closing, I just wanted to emphasize all the good work we did in 2019 and 2020 – we have moved forward to do the hard work and have those difficult conversations in 2021. I had to smile when reading Dr. King’s speech that I shared in my opening remarks at the February General Meeting. I’m sharing here again in honor of African American History Month.

In the very first line of his most famous speech, Dr. King quotes the Declaration of Independence, saying:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

As the horrible events leading up to the 2020 Black Lives Matter marches proved, we have a long, long way to go before many of our citizens agree.

Just imagine how angry those racists feel yet how blessed Dr. King would feel knowing that the people of the United States of America have elected a woman of African descent to be our first female Vice President (wahoo Kamala Devi)!

Further on in his Dream speech, Dr. King states,

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

Georgia heard him! Wahoo! Wouldn’t Dr. King be proud and amazed that the people elected a Black pastor, a preacher in his very own Ebenezer Baptist Church, to represent the state of Georgia in the United States Senate?

In solidarity,

Linda Jenkins

Chair, 45th District Democrats