This Sunday, the Northwest Progressive Institute will mark its eighteenth anniversary. To celebrate, we’re once again holding our annual summer picnic, and we’re delighted to announce today that our newest statewide elected official, Washington State Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti, will be our keynote speaker.
Previously one of the 30th Legislative District’s two State Representatives (from 2017 until January of this year), Mike was chosen last November by Washingtonians to serve in the state’s executive department as its chief financial officer. As Treasurer, Mike is responsible for the management of the state’s cashflow, debt service, and investment oversight, along with his team.
In a tough cycle for Democratic challengers, Mike was able to reclaim the Treasurer’s office for the Democratic Party, easily dispatching Republican incumbent Duane Davidson in the 2020 presidential election. He was sworn in on January 8th, 2021. Mike is known for being one of the few figures in Washington State politics who does not accept campaign contributions from corporations.
As a legislator, Mike led efforts to strengthen Washington’s public disclosure and corporate accountability laws. His much-needed bill to substantially increase penalties for corporate crimes was adopted by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee prior to his successful election as Treasurer; NPI supported it as one of its Washington State legislative priorities.
On Sunday, having now been on the job for over six months, Mike will brief us on what he’s been doing to improve the operations of the Treasurer’s office and manage our money more responsibly. We’re looking forward to his update, and we hope you can join us on Sunday for his address.
This year, there are two ways to participate: in-person or online.
If you are interested in attending in-person, here are the essential details:
- The picnic will be held at Grass Lawn Park, located near the junction of Old Redmond Road and 148th Avenue NE in the Rose Hill area, beginning at 5 PM on Sunday, August 22nd.
- You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend. If you have not been vaccinated, then please choose the virtual attendance option. You will be asked when you RSVP to certify that you have received one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
- You’ll need to wear a mask while underneath the picnic shelter dome, except when eating or drinking.
- We will have a simpler menu than in years past. Our locally sourced, grass-fed beef burger patties will be back, along with veggie burgers and salmonburgers. However, there will be no self-serve procedure. Instead, all food will be served to you by masked (and gloved) staff, board, and volunteers.
If you are uncomfortable participating in-person despite the precautions we’re taking, or you have not been vaccinated, then you can choose our virtual attendance option when you RSVP. If you choose this option, you’ll be able to watch the speaking program from wherever you are at the same time that in-person attendees at Grass Lawn Park get to see it.
Our picnic is a pay-what-you-can event, with a suggested donation of $25 or more. All donations will support NPI’s research and advocacy, and help send our staff to Netroots Nation 2021, which will be held this autumn in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital. Here are the essential details:
NPI’s Eighteenth Anniversary Picnic
- When: Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 | 5 PM to 8:30 PM
- Where: It depends on the mode.
- For in person attendees: Grass Lawn Park
- For remote attendees: Zoom
- What: NPI’s annual summer anniversary picnic, with delicious food and fellowship
- Who: Short speaking program at 6:30 PM with NPI’s leadership
Grass Lawn Park has a large domed picnic shelter which is ours for the day, so the event will go on, rain or shine. The forecast for this Saturday, however, looks mild and pleasant, with only a 30% chance of precipitation.