Whole Washington is a grassroots coalition of healthcare professionals, activists and organizers with a common belief that healthcare is a human right. We also believe Washington should be doing more to provide the best level of care to all its residents. We have a Board of Directors, a few core organizers, an Initiative Writing Committee, and a ton of volunteers across the state.
Whole Washington started after 735 passed in November 2016. Because the staff was either uninsured or under-insured, getting universal healthcare was an important issue. Several of the staff decided on the name and got to work. The board and campaign director went to coalition meetings, recruited steering committee members from healthcare organizations and activist groups around the state, and requested experts join the initiative writing committee.
Whole Washington also raised money to get a funding study done by world renowned economist Dr. Gerald Friedman, to ensure that the funding portion was sufficient and well researched. After a year of organizing and writing the ballot measure, which is based primarily on the WHST (Washington Health Security Trust) bill and whose author was also on the Initiative Writing Committee, the language was filed with the Secretary of State. In January, the language was approved and I-1600 was given its number.
After falling short of the required amount, but gathering an astounding 103,000 signatures for universal healthcare via a 100% volunteer effort, the IWC met with Senator Chase and other stakeholders to edit the initiative language so it could be introduced as legislation as SB 5222, filed by Senator Hasegawa.
Campaign Director – Georgia Davenport
Georgia Davenport is the Campaign Director for Whole Washington and recently led the 100% volunteer effort to pass universal healthcare via a ballot initiative in 2018. In 2017 she founded Whole Washington, filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State and began all the necessary steps to form a 501c4 capable of running a campaign. In late 2018 and early 2019 Georgia, along with members from the Whole Washington Initiative Writing Committee and Senator Chase, met with the Department of Revenue and the Employment Securities Department to vet I-1600 so that it could be introduced in the legislature as a fully funded and easily implementable bill. Senator Hasegawa filed the bill in January and since then Georgia has been organizing efforts to get it a hearing.
Georgia is also a mother, a Washington State Democratic Central Committee Representative for the 33rd legislative district, and the Secretary for the Washington State Progressive Caucus. She was also the Phone Bank Organizer for I-735, the initiative aimed at overturning Citizens United, which passed in 2016 by 64%. 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.