- Resides on the lands of the Puget Sound Salish People, the Sahewamish, Nisqually and Squaxin Island Tribes
- Joshua was born in Olympia and grew up in Vancouver, WA the oldest of three children and the son of a preacher and a childcare worker. After High School he earned his associates degree from South Seattle College before transferring to the University of Washington to study Political Science. Since graduating he has worked for two State Senators and been a part of campaigns in the 10th, 19th, 36th, and 43rd legislative districts. In 2017 he and his partner decided to return to Olympia to grow their family, and in early 2018 they welcomed their first child. His partner works for a local non-profit serving LGBTQ youth, and Joshua will be starting at Seattle University’s School of Law in the Fall.
Founder and Volunteer Operations Director
- Founded Whole Washington in 2017 and served as Campaign Director in 2018, leading the 100% volunteer, initiative effort for universal healthcare.
- Ran for Washington State House of Representatives in 2020
- Washington State Democratic Central Committee Member
- Phone Bank Organizer for I-735 to overturn Citizens United, which passed in 2016 by 63%.
Her interest in politics comes from wanting a better future for her daughter and all the other children who need us to enact bold legislation today to ensure they can get the healthcare they need, without using Gofundme, and so they have a planet to inherit.
Volunteer Communications Director
- Lives on the unceded lands of the Duwamish people who are still fighting for federal recognition and pays Real Rent.
- 34th Legislative District Democrats PCO, Former Chair of South Park Arts
Jen's day job was in the wireless industry for 23 years in communications and operations. She left the corporate world to focus on the bare minimum requirement of social justice: universal healthcare.
Jen has seen the unpredictability of health up close when her brother was stricken with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis while living in Chile ten years ago. She saw a remarkably different healthcare system and safety net there and has been driven to do better here.
Two organizations Jen supports:
- ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) who empowers diverse communities to lead the way in making sustainable changes that will protect the environment for future generations.
- Seattle Neighborhood Greenways who fights for the safety and livability of our streets and neighborhoods, putting people of all mobilities first.
- Resides on the land of the Chehalis, neighboring with the Quinault and in solidarity with the Chinook who fights for national recognition.
- Grateful and humbly occupying land originally cared for by the Stillaguamish and Sauk-Suiattle tribes
- Current Democratic PCO of LD 39, Candidate for State Senate in 2020 for LD 39, Past Local Unit Chair for WSNA, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma , WA (under a previous alias, Kathryn Kennard) Recipient of the Golden Acorn Award from my PTA days working with James Sales Elementary School, Past 4-H Leader for Rough Riders II.
Kathryn is a Registered Nurse in Washington State with over 30 years experience in Healthcare working in the Acute Care setting in Oncology, IV Therapy, Critical Care and Hospice. They currently work for their local, rural hospital in a supervisory role. Although they realized early in their career that we have a very flawed healthcare system and that we are all one day away from not being healthy any longer, it was while caring for their ailing parents that they truly experienced the inequity and injustice in our healthcare system. So after 25 years practicing as an RN with an Associates Degree, they went back and finished their Bachelors Degree in Nursing, focusing on Healthcare systems around the world and on Palliative Care. Since graduating in 2017,they have been able to focus on their goal of seeing a Universal Healthcare system become a reality for the citizens of our state and country.
They are a mother of 3 sons and a grandmother of 5 and does this work for them and all of our children. They live in Arlington, Washington and is married to their husband Steve. In their spare time they love to spend time with their horses out on the trails and traveling around the country with the North American Trail Ride Conference. They hope to be able to get back to that seriously once this challenge is completed.
They are constantly impressed with the dedication, talent and caring compassion of all the volunteers for Whole Washington and can’t imagine doing this work without all of them.
Susan Soto Palmer
- Resides on the historic home of The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. The Yakama people remain committed stewards of this land, cherishing it and protecting it as instructed by Elders through generations, and it is her honor to listen and learn.
- Community Advocate
Susan has over 27 years of experience in the legal profession, more commonly as legal assistant/paralegal. She discovered this beautiful state and region in 2010 and thereafter relocated from Texas. She hopes to have the opportunity very soon to focus more time on social justice issues, while fighting for universal healthcare.
The inequity in healthcare has always bothered Susan. In late 2017, her 37-year-old brother was diagnosed with serious heart issues; by June of 2018, he passed away. He never saw a heart specialist for treatment and was often denied the most minimum of care and dignity. To say she is enraged is kind, and to continue to hear we must wait for incremental change while people suffer and die is inane.
Two organizations that Susan supports:
- Comprehensive Healthcare’s Aspen Victim Advocacy Services in Yakima – she volunteer to serve those who have been harmed because of crimes, in particular sexual assault.
- Latino Community Fund of Washington State (LCF) who is championing a vibrant community by cultivating new leaders, supporting arts, cultural and community based non-profit organizations thus improving the quality of life of all Washingtonians.
Holly L. More Allen
- Resides on Duwamish lands and pays Real Rent
Holly works as the front office and treatment coordinator for Judy C Chen Orthodontics. She does financial contracts, payment processing and statements, along with front desk customer service and assisting with new patient exams. Holly has worked for 15 years with Dr. Chen, and prior to that, she worked as a teller for Seafirst Bank, which was bought by Bank of America in 1986. She was a vault processor for a total of 15 years.
In 2016 Holly was elected Treasurer to the 33rd LD Democrats, where she served for two years. Holly likes to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she volunteers in her spare time.
Cindy Jacobs, RN, JD
Initiative Writing Committee
- Land acknowledgement: Residing on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Snohomish people and their successors the Tulalip Tribes.
I have been a healthcare regulatory attorney for 20+ years; prior to law school I worked as a registered nurse for 11+ years, and my heart has never left my patients. Over these many years, I have seen from every angle the abysmal failure of the U.S. healthcare system in terms of costs versus outcomes, including the tragic human costs--such as needless death, disability, and bankruptcy--when compared to the rest of the developed world. The "insurance model" (particularly the for-profit insurance model) is the worst model imaginable in general, and coverage tied to employment is the worst version of that.
Healthcare should not be a commodity; it should be infrastructure. I am committed to using my healthcare and legal experience to help bring about a true universal healthcare system for all Washington residents.
On the more light-hearted side, I have had a lifelong love of dancing. I’m a proud member of Dare to Dance Seattle, as both a dancer and a choreographer. In the mean time I plan to enjoy the nice weather before the June overcasts set in.
Senator Maralyn Chase
Thirty years ago the first bill was introduced to bring single payer, universal health care to the State Of Washington. Single payer would bring health care available to all, without regard to income or health. On June 16, 2017, I introduced SB 5957, the 2nd bill in our state’s history, advocating a single-payer plan to ensure all residents can exercise their human right to health care.
I introduced the single payer health care bill because our health care system is broken, focusing more on the profit needs of insurance companies and provider networks than the health needs of our people.
Health care is a human rights and this is a matter of justice and fairness. I am extremely pleased to work with Whole Washington to bring single payer health insurance to our state.
- District WA-02, is on the ancestral lands of the Tulalip, Swinomish, Stillaguamish, Upper Skagit, Samish, and Lummi peoples.
- Current Congressional Candidate, US House WA-02; Former Washington State Democrats Central Committee Member (2016-2020)
- Jason has a 30 year history of progressive issues advocacy activism - antiwar, union/education, environmental, and healthcare; leadership/coalition building on progressive policy and in organized politics.
Healthcare is a human right; most people have themselves, or have friends or family, who have suffered at the hands of the for profit health industry. Nobody should die for industry profits, ever.
Executive Director of Red Berets Medicare for All.
Laura got involved in the ballot initiative I-1600 and helped organize events and gather signatures, helping with volunteer recruitment and social media amplification. Since that time she has continued to knit and to organize for Bernie Sanders 2020 local events and has supported many grassroots candidates running on Medicare for All. She has had the great privilege of knitting red berets for volunteers and core organizers of Whole Washington, first and foremost, Georgia Davenport, founder and now Field Director! She knit for Dr. Jane and Senator Bernard Sanders receiving a letter of thanks. She has since knit for Senator Nina Turner, Dr. Victoria Dooley, and nurse organizers Marianna Everson, Fran Bauer, and RoseAnn DeMoro, Donna Marie Miller Ellington (co-founder of DUH)!, Bev Cowling (Founder of Millions for Medicare), Carol Paris (former President of PNHP), and grassroots Medicare for All movement leading voices, Scott Desnoyers, Joy Marie Mann (Savage Joy), Courtney Love (Vice Chair of ORWBC, Board Member of Whole Washington), Pat Cote (Pat the Berner), and many more of the 99% totaling nearly 300 red berets for healthcare justice!
Courtney N. Love
- Lifelong resident of the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, WA, with a history of passion and trauma.
- Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) of Pierce Co, in the 27th Legislative District (LD), a member of Tacoma Democratic Socialists of America, and vice-chair of Our Revolution Washington Berniecrats Coalition (Future To Believe In)
Courtney and her family have over 75yrs of combined employment history with MultiCare's Tacoma General Hospital - Courtney having worked in food service, laboratory billing, and phlebotomy. She's also trained as a doula and massage practitioner.
Courtney, her family, and friends - have diverse health histories - centering the patient experience for her. Among them, in 2016, after 35yrs of friendship, she watched her best friend lose a 20yr fight to multiple sclerosis and on March 15, 2019, her 30yr old brother, with developmental disabilities, a history of monumental abuse, a deep and persistent aversion to healthcare, and the soul of an angel, died of an undiagnosed, congenital heart problem. Courtney was motivated before, but now has clarity in the goal - she works to see a healthcare system that has the capacity to have been of service to her brother - in such, all would be attended to. This is a movement to save lives.
Sean is an apprentice electrician and proud union member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46. As former vice-chair of IBEW’s local 46 RENEW chapter (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) he has worked with young electrical workers to get them more involved in the union, run community-service events, and talk to students about the benefit of union membership and the electrical trade. In the past, Sean has volunteered with a campaign to get money out of politics, working to establish a democracy that works for the people, not corporations. With Whole Washington, Sean speaks at events, earns endorsements, and organizes volunteers into Whole Washington. When not fighting for a better world, Sean enjoys dancing and performing salsa and exploring the outdoors with his life partner. He is passionate about the fight for universal healthcare because it will provide him and others economic liberation from the excessive costs of our current healthcare system, and improve quality of life for everyone.
Hi my name is Naomi Finkelstein. I live on unceded Duwamish territory.
I am a longtime disability rights and then disability justice activist, a queer, anti poverty and racial justice activist. I have been on the advisor board of Seattle Indivisible, a collective member of the Disability Justice Collective, a member of Seattle Adapt and I am a volunteer organizer of the WA Poor People's campaign.
I believe in the power of people organizing.
This fight is essential to me. I believe it will raise people out of poverty. It will improve healthcare for BIPOC and LGBT folks seniors and people with disabilities . It will help working class folks to have healthcare even if their employees try to cut their insurance. I believe it will help strengthen our public health structures which the pandemic has shown needs shoring up.
And someone who grew up in the South Bronx during the seventies my heart lies with movements that impact poverty and racism. And as somebody who's grandfather had MS for 25 years, who's father was very hard of hearing and often couldn't afford hearing aids and as someone who became disabled myself the disability Justice movement is the center from which I live my life.
Formed in November, 2016, Whole Washington is a grassroots coalition of healthcare professionals and volunteers from across Washington State. Whole Washington endorses both state and national efforts and supports organizations and candidates working to make Universal Healthcare a reality. We fight for single payer healthcare at the national level and pursue a state-based model, using both the initiative and legislative process.
Legislation - The Whole Washington Health Trust
- Campaign suspended - August 2021
- Filed in April 2021
- 324,516 valid signatures required by December 2021
- Introduced in January 2021
- Will be automatically re-introduced in the 2022 session
- Sponsored by State Senators: Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Stanford, Wilson, C.
- Introduced in January 2019
- Sponsored by State Senators Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser.
- SB 5222 did not make it out of committee
- Filed in January 2018
- Based on the Washington Health Security Trust (WHST) bill
- Included a financing plan based on an economic analysis by Dr. Gerald Friedman.
- 103,000 signatures via a 100% volunteer effort but did not meet the threshold of 260,000 needed.
- Received support from LD’s, organizations, campaigning candidates, and elected officials. See the I-1600 Endorsements here.