A team of islanders across disciplines helped jumpstart the website and assert policy goals.
In early 2020, a volunteer group of San Juan County and Lummi Nation residents came together with the strong desire to begin not only a conversation, but put forward specific actions that would allow San Juan County to advance progressive policies that reflect our shared goals and values. From bold climate action, to eliminating plastics that are destroying our Salish Sea, to addressing affordable housing, agriculture and racial justice, there was a realization that we must, and can, do more. While there are numerous incredible organizations working tirelessly in our islands to address these issues, and our citizens are vocally supportive, our county government has for years lagged behind its citizens with regard to implementing the bold policies. It is time for the citizens to lead.
We offer these draft ordinances as examples of what we could actually accomplish right here in our islands. It is our hope that this will support conversation already underway, initiate others and that we can come together to not simply recover from COVID, but thrive because of the bold actions we advance.
New Deal San Juan Islands is a Policy Project of the Madrona Institute. A team of islanders across disciplines helped jumpstart this initiative. They include Bella DeVaan, Bruce Gregory, Jeremiah (Jay) Julius, Kyle Loring, Chris Minney, Kevin Ranker, Sarah Severn, Melonie Walter and Ron Zee.