1. At its monthly meeting last night, the 43rd District Democrats unanimously passed a platform resolution directing the state party to change the rules that govern the selection of convention delegates and state party central committee members—people chosen at the local level, and currently mandated to be balanced 50/50 between men and women.
That admirable goal for gender balance was put into place when the Democratic Party reformed its convention delegate rules in 1972 to guarantee women’s equality.
Unfortunately: What was inclusive in the ERA-era 1970s, is seen today by transgender people who identify as non-binary, as exclusionary.
Appropriately enough, a 16-year-old Nova high school student and 43rd member (yes, 16-year-olds can be members) Galaxy Marshall, who identifies “as a genderqueer woman,” wrote and presented the resolution. Her mom, longtime 43rd member Tara Gallagher, who has been fighting for gay rights "since the Anita Bryant battles" of the 1970s, she says, cowrote the resolution with her daughter.
“Hey, wait, I’m gay…and, hey wait, I’m nonbinary, how can I do something to make sure I’m represented?” Marshall says. “And I thought—politics. And my mom is active in local politics.” So, Marshall decided to team up with her mom and address the basic issue of political representation.
Marshall, who was the sergeant at arms at the 43rd’s recent Presidential delegate selection meeting in April when several trans and nonbinary people felt excluded when they were forced to pick a “boys line” or a “girls line” before giving their one-minute pitches to make a run at going to the national convention in Philadelphia this summer, says, matter-of-factly: “I don't feel like the language [from 1972] is any more alienat[ing] than living life as a nonbinary person, but it is sad to see [that kind of language] in a party that is supposedly trying to be more progressive.”
Marshall took the mike late (around 8:45) during last night’s typically endless agenda to make her pitch in front of the 70-plus members gathered upstairs at the University Heights Center meeting space at 50th and University Way. “There’s a new group of progressives,” she said after acknowledging the Democratic Party’s previous commitment to being inclusive. “But that group has to falsely identify as a man or woman.”
Marshall and Gallagher’s resolution doesn’t offer a specific solution—“this is already going to be hard enough for them to process,” Gallagher quipped as audience members contemplated the implications, but it directs the state party “to develop new, inclusive language and procedures to include fair representation of all genders in party committees and conventions” by 2018.
Another, resolution directed at the national party itself to form a committee to address the issue by the 2020 Presidential election is cued up for discussion at next month’s state convention, but Gallagher says last night's resolution—directed at the state party and more action-oriented than process-oriented—is more on point.
“A resolution Tara and I coauthored to address this will be at the 43rd meeting tonight,” Marshall emailed me yesterday afternoon, “and I hope you will be able to join us as we try to make history!”
2. Council member Rob Johnson joined council members Lorena Gonzalez and Lisa Herbold in pushing "secured scheduling" legislation to make sure service industry workers have predictable hours.
Herbold and Gonzalez have been the leads on the issue to date; Herobld's committee is working through the issue now. But this week, Johnson noted that the "childcare crisis" in the city was already enough of a burden on low-wage workers.
"What we're hoping for, especially parents in the city, is to make it easier for people to have more predictability," Johnson said in an interview on the Seattle Channel this week.
3. A correction on yesterday's Fizz: According to the Port of Seattle, the numbers I cited on Terminal 46's container traffic were based on a slide where the numbers had been inadvertently transposed.
Terminal 30 had the lowest volume in 2014 at 92,000 containers not Terminal 46, as I reported, which actually moved the second most containers of the five terminals at 212,872.
The Port also has updated data on 2015—and Terminal 46 (next to Chris Hansen's proposed arena site)—is still outpacing the other terminals, coming in second again, moving 455,527 containers. The top terminal remains Terminal 18 at 564,923 containers.