Brandon Letsinger

  • published Endorse a Candidate in Principles 2018-10-14 11:50:49 -0700

    Endorse a Candidate

    Suggest specific candidates you feel represent bioregional principles and that Vote Cascadia should endorse publicly - especially from your own watershed, city, county or state. If you would like to endorse a candidate, please use our Political Endorsement Guidelines.

    Candidates endorsed by Vote Cascadia should:

    • be working to better the livelihood of those living in the bioregion, or the bioregion itself.
    • have a majority of funding from from individuals
    • have support in line with the stated principles and policies of Vote Cascadia

    Please feel free to include how people can get involved, existing links or social media, steps that you would like members to take, or if you are looking to expand an existing campaign from one area to another.

    Each different region will have different needs, and each community will be best positioned to speak for it's own needs. If this is an important issue to you, you may also write a blog post. You can read our endorsement policy here and our publishing guidelines here. If a campaign is specific to an area, please make sure to note it. Issues and Campaigns are checked and approved through our endorsement policy on a quarterly basis, and integrated into our short term and long term strategic planning annually, in person and open to all members, and as decided by our membership through email and online approval. 

    Members may also create local committees to endorse and undertake campaigns in their own watershed based on our bioregional endorsement policy. 


  • published FAQ in About 2018-10-07 21:03:02 -0700

  • published Money Out of Politics in Your Ideas 2018-10-07 20:31:57 -0700

    Money Out of Politics

    Elected officials should be beholden to their constituents and principles, not their largest funders, a task which has been made nearly impossible as the price for congressional, senate and presidential seats costing upwards of tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Elections should be about what is best for society, and presenting data driven arguments so that voters can make the best decisions, based on the available information. In order to do this, an equal platform must be created in which campaign dark money is not allowed to influence voter decisions and habits. Currently, 78 percent of Cascadians want to reduce the influence large campaign donors wield over lawmakers — including 66 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats. Following with the will of the people - action must be taken to curb unlimited spending in local campaigns, with little or no oversight, or requirement for accurate information.


  • End Out of State/Province Interference in Local Politics

    Push for and end the flood of out of state spending that meddle in local elections. Elections should be for and by the people affected by the issues, not corporations and those living thousands of miles away with little vested interests in our affairs.


  • published A Bioregional Ethic in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 22:07:00 -0700

    A Bioregional Ethic

    Vote Cascadia embraces a bioregional ethic that is sustainable, local, and ethical, which fits into a global supply chain in a way which upholds these values. Bioregionalism also seeks to move away from boundaries and borders which are arbitrary, and instead shift towards systems which better represent the culture, economy, environment as well as the people living here.


  • published Personal Freedoms and Civil Liberties in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 22:04:09 -0700

    Personal Freedoms and Civil Liberties

    Cascadians live in a land of abundance and seek to thrive. Cascadia is a bioregion and movement that helps define an aggressive regionalism, or what I like to call a 'progressive libertarianism'. Different culturally than many places in North America, many Cascadians feel that what an adult does is no business of anyone else, as long as it does not interfere or harm others. We lean towards a data driven, fairly fiscally conservative, socially liberal mindset that ensures that everyone, regardless of background, personal traits or philosophy, each has the same opportunity to live a successful, fulfilling life, with a loose safety net that makes sure none of societies most vulnerable or in need fall through the cracks, while we try to better live with and find harmony and balance with our resources, land base and our home. If something could potentially be harmful for others - then creating systems for harm reduction, responsibility, accountability and education is a preferred pathway for many. More than government or corporation - an individuals personal freedom, liberty, rights and ability for pursuit of happiness and to collectively forge a better future for our region and world is paramount.


  • published Decentralized Democracy in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 21:42:27 -0700

    Decentralized Democracy

    Bioregionalism and Cascadia is an inherently decentralized, democratic and autonomous philosophy and movement. While bioregions are continuous and interconnected geographies and ecosystems, every watershed is a little bit different - based on the topography, rainfall, soil composition, the flora and fauna - and will have different needs, with different ecosystems that have adapted for thousands of years to best thrive there. While overall, we will have shared concerns, values and principles that stem from sharing a bioregion together, and use these to move ourselves away from boundaries and borders which are arbitrary and divisive - Vote Cascadia as a place based movement embraces this diversity as its greatest strength. The best people to represent an issue are those most affected by it. There is no one right answer, rather there will be thousands of answers, each slightly different and working together, that will create a truly autonomous and democratic system that can best represent the land and people living there. Working together, through systems of participatory, transparent and local governance, built on voluntary, trust based mutual aid, Cascadia is a movement of thousands of individuals, causes and communities working towards a shared vision and goal.


  • published Regional High Speed Rail in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 15:03:05 -0700

    Regional High Speed Rail

    Help Cascadia catch up with the same quality of transportation as the rest of the world. "Leaving Eugene.... you hit Portland in time for Breakfast, Seattle for Lunch, and Vancouver for Dinner." All in under 3 hours. Vote Cascadia supports a regional high speed and solutionary rail systems to connect the communities together in the Cascadia Megaregion, 17% of the landmass, but more than 80% of the population. Regional high speed is estimated to cost 25-40 billion and be funded by each state and proinvce. To put that in perspective - that is less than voters in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle have elected to spend on expanding their own light rail and bus systems and would have an estimated ridership of more than 6-8 million within it's first two years. Regional high speed rail is the only alternative competitive with short range air travel, for a fraction of the cost and environmental impact. Travelling at upwards of 135-185 mph depending on the mode of transit used, and powered by renewable resources, it would cut a commute of Vancouver BC to Portland to under three hours, while Seattle to Portland would be a bit shorter than an hour and a half - with common commute routes cut to 10-15 minutes, in a net neutral. - rail along the I-5 corridor has the advantage of working along already pre-owned DOT land, further dropping the costs of acquisition. Vote Cascadia also supports the electrification and transition to renewable energy to power pre-existing regional rail infrastructure as a solution to some of our largest transport needs. Could railroads, the oldest form of mechanized mass transportation, be the key to unlocking solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century? Unique among modes of long-haul transport, rail can be electrified. So, why not power trains with renewable energy? Learn more about Cascadia Rail here: http://www.cascadiarail.org/ Read the WDOT 2017 Study here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2018/01/16/ultra-high-speed-ground-transportation-highlights.pdf You can learn about Solutionary Rail here: http://www.solutionaryrail.org/


  • published A Cascadian Bill of Digital Rights in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 09:46:29 -0700

    A Cascadian Bill of Digital Rights

    We hold these truths to be self evident.... that "Every human has an inalienable right to own their data, and no institution, government, or private entity shall deprive them of those rights. No exploitation of human data shall be permitted without the explicit consent of the human, including the right to create data about a human, and how their data is used. Every human has the right to revoke any and all data licenses they may provide during the course of their life, at any time, and for any reason. ..." It is crazy that Cascadia as a hub for technology and innovation in the world is still stuck in the regulatory framework of the United States and Canada, much of which still harkens back to a pre-digital age. Vote Cascadia must act to help implement a 21st century and updated Bill of Digital Rights to protect the privacy and data of individuals for a thriving digital ecosystem for generations to come.


  • published Energy Independence in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 09:33:13 -0700

    Energy Independence

    Cascadia already boasts one of the largest economies largely based on fossil fuel free and renewable resources, and is a net exporter of electricity to surrounding states and provinces. Vote Cascadia should continue to work on growing technology and and resources that provide and build a clean, decentralized, renewable and independent bioregion.


  • published Indigenous Sovereignty in Your Ideas 2018-10-05 01:40:26 -0700

    Indigenous Sovereignty

    Complete autonomy and sovereignty for first nations as well as key roles of representation in each level of local government, as well as to provide support and solidarity for indigenous communities, activists and organizers, and a platform to help share the messages they feel important.


  • published Support Local Food Autonomy in Your Ideas 2018-10-04 23:37:35 -0700

    Local Food Autonomy

    Support regional independence and interdependence through localized, decentralized systems that increase our ability to grow our own food. While we will always be a part of larger food systems, this type of resiliency will keep the Cascadian economy strong, support our local growers and farmers in an ethical and sustainable manner, and be an important part of maintaining agricultural diversity and resiliency in the case of any type of large scale disaster.


  • The CGDPR: Cascadia General Data Protection Regulation

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a unified set of regulatory framework for all of Europe and the most sweeping set of protection for individuals just passed in the EU this year. Cascadia, as a home of technology that drives innovation around the world - must be at the forefront in North America of working on Data protection and privacy law. I would like to see the creation of the Cascadia GDPR, to gain voluntary adopters through non-profit, tech companies and universities working in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and then to lobby for a base set of principles at the same level of gaurunteed personal protections, freedoms and regulatory authority as needed for a 21st century digital society needs. You can learn more about the EU GDPR here: https://eugdpr.org/


  • started a monthly donation 2018-09-28 20:01:52 -0700

    Join us

    Thank you so much for becoming a member of Vote Cascadia! Vote Cascadia is a 100% grassroots and supporter powered organization and movement.

    Vote Cascadia members receive an awesome membership kit, including stickers, buttons, yard sign and organizing manual. As a democratic movement - members have voting rights, decide what issues and campaigns we execute on, step up to be delegates, start governing bodies or simply help us share the message. All money goes to supporting activities as decided by our membership base. 

    Join us to stand up for democracy, local government and Cascadia. 

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  • published Contact 2018-09-26 19:37:34 -0700

    Contact

    For inquiries, please contact yescascadia@gmail.com, and we will work our quickest to respond.


  • published Delegates 2018-09-26 12:33:13 -0700

  • published Principles 2018-09-23 21:33:43 -0700

    Principles

    Vote Cascadia is a grass roots social movement dedicated to building awareness and support for local democracy, global community, and the freedom and eventual independence of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Our work connects, supports and advances our society in the Pacific Northwest by promoting policies for increased direct democracy, land rights, individual rights, environmental sustainability, social justice and freedom.

    THIS IDEA OF CASCADIA FUNDAMENTALLY INCORPORATES SEVERAL KEY PRINCIPLES:

    Why Principles?

    Principles provide our groups and supporters a dynamic and flexible organizational model that is able to reflect the needs and priorities of the communities and regions in which they live and are working. The distinction between a platform, which is set  policy - and principles, which is an underlying framework on which these decisions can be based, are instead an expression of our shared values and insights. This delegates power to local decision makers, and allows them to respond appropriately to conditions set before them and which are often times unforeseen.

    Laying out a set of principles allows us to effectively challenge and break down many of the dominant political discourses prevalent in our society today, agree on a organizational framework representative of our needs and values, and the ability to organize in a system mutual support and voluntary association, prioritized in a dynamic and flexible model that empowers our members, and is strengthened by our diversity of opinions, instead of weakened.


  • posted about Flagship Seattle Meeting a Wonderful Success on Facebook 2016-11-23 02:16:08 -0800
    Flagship Seattle Meeting a Wonderful Success

    Flagship Seattle Meeting a Wonderful Success

     

    Dear Yes Cascadians,

     

    A resounding THANK YOU, for participating in our foundational Seattle Yes Cascadia Organization Assembly this past Saturday. More than 150 people from dozens of organizations, working in nearly a dozen teams blew our expectations out of the water.

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  • published Updates in About 2018-09-28 06:05:09 -0700

Brandon Letsinger

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