Earlier today, Steve and I collected petition signatures on a ferry from Lopez to Anacortes. Passengers were amenable and things went very smoothly. Signatures are also being collected on Vashon ferries with no problems, but apparently crew on a Bremerton ferry told FCP members they could not collect signatures without prior permission from WSF.
Kari Ulatoski contacted David Moseley to find out if permission is required. Here is the response she received:
“Advance permission is not required to do petitioning on the boats, but for safety reasons, we allow such activity only in the passenger cabin with no more than two people involved at any one time. Normal fares would apply. I have attached an SMS procedure on this- political activities are covered on page 2. Document Control has re-numbered procedures so while the number in the attachment now is different, the verbiage remains the same.”
So, if you’re on a ferry during the holidays, take along a copy of the petition and the SMS procedure (just in case) and collect some signatures! When you’re done, scan it and email it to me at SJBrooks@aol.com. If you don’t have access to a scanner, email me and we’ll work out a way for me to get the petition.