The NorthWest Wing – Season 1: Get Educated

White House

As you may know, “The West Wing,” was an NBC political drama TV series during the fictitious Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). It was set primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located.

President Josiah Bartlett (speaking to his Chief of Staff):

“There was a while there I wanted to be a chemistry professor.”

Leo McGarry (Chief of Staff):

“What happened?”

President Josiah Bartlett:

“I never actually studied chemistry.”

Leo McGarry:

“Well, a lot of these college chemistry departments are really demanding that way.”

(“The West Wing,” 1999)

Our own NorthWest Wing series will be set in the State of Washington during the unfortunately NON-FICTITIOUS Republican administration of Donald Trump. This Land Rising’s NorthWest Wing Series provides you steps, a script if you will, to sharpen your focus on increasing civic engagement and putting progressives candidates in office in Washington State.

Begin your Democratic Party education with a few easy steps

Get a Little Background

Theda Skocpol is an American sociologist and political scientist author who teaches at Harvard University. Her article, “Building the Democratic Party from the Ground Up,” discusses the importance of staying involved with the Party and why grassroots matter.

Get Your District Info

To locate your local Democratic Party organization, first you will need to know your Legislative District. Enter your contact information into this online District Finder.


Once you know your Legislative District, find your corresponding Democratic Organization’s website here: WA State Democrats. The website should have the date, time and agenda for the next monthly meeting. Some of the websites will allow you to join online, but for some you will need to attend the monthly meeting and join there.   

We are also putting together a Primer on the Democratic Party’s Structure  in Washington State to help you navigate. Reading it before you attend a meeting is probably a good idea. We are still learning ourselves, so if it is still clear as mud, please contact us with your questions, and we will do our best to get you answers. And remember, this is just Season One!

Another great resource you can use between Rising Meetings is this Civics 101 Podcast by NPR.