Last week, on behalf of the State party, I joined sexual assault and women's rights organizations from across Washington State, to publish an open letter opposing the recent appointment of former State Senator Joe Fain to the Washington State Redistricting Commission.
Commissioner Fain, appointed by Senate Republican Leader John Braun, is widely known as the subject of serious allegations of rape. These must be thoroughly investigated - and Fain should resign. But he won't. At the very least, to protect all Washingtonians in this process, there must be a Code of Conduct established for Redistricting Commissioners, and Fain must be subject to it.
I've made my voice heard on this matter by signing the letter with other progressive organizations across Washington. Now is the time for you to stand up and make your voice heard if you're in opposition to Fain's appointment to the Redistricting Commission. We need a groundswell of voices. The best way to make your voice heard is to provide public comment for the upcoming Washington State Redistricting Commission meeting that will take place on Sunday, February 21, beginning at 9 AM.
Here's how you can get involved to support this effort - please:
1. You can submit a written public comment by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be taken into account, but there is currently no confirmation on if these will be addressed during the meeting on Sunday.
2. If you would like to make a public comment during the meeting, you can sign up to join the zoom meeting here. We are not certain how long people will have for public comment. For every hour of the meeting, there is 15 min of public comment. Once you sign up for the Zoom call, you are submitting your name to be called on during the public comment portion of the meeting. The commission will track people signed up for public comment based on people registered for the zoom call.
And, if you would like to watch the meeting but will not be presenting a public comment, you can watch the meeting live on tvw.org. The Washington State Redistricting Commission has not yet posted a public agenda for this meeting, but we expect they will discuss a code of conduct and the open letter addressed to the Commission.
Thank you so much,