At our General Membership Meeting on January 15th, we conducted our Biannual Reorganization, and passed a resolution. This resolution was submitted by Ruth Williams to our newsletter editor, Barbara Whitt in time for inclusion in the January Demogram, however because we printed the entire set of bylaws and the proposed endorsement rules necessary for the Reorganization, we could not include the resolution in the printed version. Ruth had also sent the resolution to the 46-democrats discussion list, and asked for discussion on that list and for a ruling from the Chair that the resolution was timely. I ruled that it was. The body put forward a motion to suspend the rules to allow us to hear the resolution, a 2/3rd requirement which passed overwhelmingly. You can read the details of the debate in our minutes.
Here is the text of the resolution:
Naming Thornton Creek Park Six
”Alice Bryant Peace Park on Thornton Creek”
Whereas Alice Franklin Bryant was a Seattle activist for peace, justice, and a healthy environment, who passed away in 1977; and
Whereas Ruth Williams, the long-time neighborhood park steward for Thornton Creek Park Six, is endeavoring to have said park named "Alice Bryant Peace Park at Thornton Creek"; and
Whereas naming a beautiful, urban, natural area after a person who devoted her life to creating a more peaceful, beautiful world is a very appropriate honor; and
Whereas honoring a peaceful person in a peaceful place directly across the street from a large and growing shopping center invites the public to come and take refuge from the pressures of daily life;
Therefore, Be It Resolved that we, the 46th District Democrats, endorse and support the effort to name Park Six: “Alice Bryant Peace Park on Thornton Creek”;
You can download a PDF version of this resolution on our website, and I am submitting a copy of the resolution to the appropriate members of the Seattle City Government today.
I received a phone call from the chair of the Thornton Creek Alliance about this resolution on Friday, January 16th. She was disappointed that the body considered this resolution without hearing full presentations from all sides. I invited her to submit an article to the Demogram.
Consideration of resolutions like this is part of our responsibility as a community organization, and we have rules and procedures to help us and set the foundation for how we do this. But this does not end the discussion. The decision on what this park will be named is made by the Parks Department and the Seattle City Council. Comments on this resolution and the topic of naming parks are welcome here on this blog or via letters to the editor. The bottom line for me is whether we as an organization followed our procedures, and that we encouraged a discussion on the issues of the day.
What do you think?