Votes For Women
When: Saturday July 21st 9AM
Where: 1103 Sylvester St. Pasco, WA
On July 21st we will come together to honor the history of all the women activists that came before us. As Shirley Chisholm said “The only thing you’ve got is your vote”. We will be coming together as women to speak to women to ask them to vote.
This idea was directly inspired by the Women of the ERA and UFW movements. ERA volunteers, in Washington State, knocked on doors and asked for women to vote. UFW members created big bold narratives to capture their message. Votes for Women was also the refrain from the Suffragette movement that worked toward getting women the right to vote.
Zahra Roach and Rebecca Francik are both being primaried by several Republican men, we are a top two primary state and we need do something big to help them win.
We are asking women in our community to join us in a collective action of canvassing. Canvassers will get a free “Votes for Women” T-shirt (donations accepted). We will also have special guests streaming in -State Senator Manka Dinghra and Democrat State Party Chair, Tina Podlodowski. Our male allies will be serving in roles that are traditionally occupied by women, like the sign-in table and refreshments. This event is open to ALL women, gender non binary, and gender non-conforming. We are excited to be women supporting women to vote for women.
This is our time – come make history with us!
Update: Tina Podlodowski the State Party Chair will be attending the event!
Indivisible WA-4 2018 Voters’ Guide
The Indivisible WA-4 Tri-Cities Voters’ Guide has just been released:
Campaign Filing News
We’re pleased to report that not only do we have Democratic candidates running in every legislative race, we have 32 PCO filings!! Let’s hear it for Christine Brown, for 4th CD, Leo Perales for Senator, Shir Regev and Christopher Tracy for 8th LD Positions 1 and 2, and Everett Maroon and Rebecca Francik for 16th LD Positions 1 and 2! [Source: https://www.facebook.com/bencodems/]
Zahra Roach from Franklin County has filed to run for county commissioner. The piece in the Tri-City Herald seems to focus on Clint Didier but there is also information on all of the filers! [Source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article211462899.html]
There are 32 PCO’s filings: https://www.bentonauditor.com/PCO_Filings
Filing week was May 14 – 18, to see a list of all candidates who have filed: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/elections/Candidates/WhoFiled?countyCode=be
Having a good ground game is essential to a well-rounded offense, and that’s as true in politics as it is in football. The ground game for our Benton County and 8th Legislative District centers around Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs). And like the Seahawks, our ground game is sorely lacking.
Read the full article posted on the 8th LD blog: https://wa8thld-dems.blogspot.com/2018/05/lets-improve-our-ground-game.html?m=1
Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site. Current Status
Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site.
Posted by Christine Brown for Congress on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for May is available here: http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Newsletters/2018/2018-05May.pdf. The May edition continues the new feature “Up Close and Personal: Getting to Know Your Fellow Democrats” by Richard Badalamente and has some great pictures of the Cinco de Mayo Event. Please read and Share!
The June edition went on vacation…
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See the Web Log for information about past events.
The E-Board was held July 2nd at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington in Richland. Minutes are posted.
The next General Meeting will be July 18, at the Shilo Inn in ballroom #3 – we will have signs!
The last General Meeting was held June 20th at the Richland Library: 455 Northgate Drive in Richland. The candidates gave brief talks about their platforms. We made the following endorsements:
Leo Perales – Senator 8th LD
Shir Regev – 8th LD Representative, Position 1
Christopher Tracy – 8th LD Representative, Position 2
Rebecca Francik – 16th LD Representative Position 2
Zahra Roach – Franklin County Commissioner
An emergency meeting was held June 23rd at the Richland Library.
– Thanks to all that attended today’s emergency meeting in person or virtually. We made quorum and completed our task!
-Judi Johannesen, Secretary
Democratic State Convention, June 15, 2018
Write-up by Judi Johannesen, one of our Bencodem delegates (and also BCDCC Secretary!).
The Blue Wave energy was palpable at the Washington State Democrats convention last weekend! I attended as a state platform committee member for the 8th LD, and as a Bencodems delegate.
Allison Dabler, Bonnie Kendall, and I rode up together Thursday night. Due to Bonnie’s quick response, she got a room at the convention hotel which she shared with us. That freed us up to focus on the convention rather than logistics. We lived, breathed, ate, and slept Democrat both days of the convention.
On Friday, I went to the Hispanic/Latino caucus, where Christine Brown for congress 4th CD and Leo Perales for state senate 8th LD were endorsed, as well as Susan Soto Palmer for Yakima Council position 3, a leader in the fight to de-gerrymander Yakima County. I also went to the Women’s Caucus.
The rest of the day was spent in the state platform committee meeting, working on recommendations for the sixty-some-odd resolutions submitted. Allison Dabler was a co-chair. By the end of the day, we had a platform and resolutions all ready for the plenum meeting on Saturday.
Friday night, I went to the Progressives Caucus and Socialist Pizza Party, where Shir Regev got an endorsement for Position 1 of the 8th LD.
Benton County was seated in the FRONT ROW of the convention hall. Due to malfunctioning microphones, ALL the action was taking place at the mics right in front of our seats. Like when the members of 3 tribes requested time to welcome us to their land. Initially, Tina wanted to stick to the agenda, but when she asked for whether the body wanted to allow the tribes time, it was a BIG affirmative. A song about unity, love, and peace was sung, and it was very touching. Tina later apologized and promised to include tribal welcome in future convention agendas. Our Kate Moran was one of the Sargent at Arms keeping the unruly in line, and our tally counter was Jeffrey Robinson.
First, we dealt with a bylaws change to move the beginning of the year to December 1 to coincide with the new PCOs taking office, which passed. After going through the platform and tagging the sections with questions or objections, I moved to adopt the balance of the platform, which passed. We then addressed the questions and motions to amend. There weren’t many changes, and none I would characterize as substantive. I then moved that we approve the balance of the platform as amended, which carried. On to the resolutions, which were handled in a similar fashion. A resolution against the use of superdelegates to the national convention was initially ruled out of order because it wasn’t in proper format (the first therefore isn’t an action). A motion was made to overrule the chair. Before that could go to a vote (thank goodness), another motion was made to send the resolution back to the makers to fix and then take up at the September meeting, which carried. I was feeling pretty naked there for a while, sitting in the front row in full view of a chair I like and admire, but feeling very strongly about the ill effects of superdelegates. I was very relieved at the solution that carried. At the end, we had the bylaws amendment, platform, and resolutions all dispositioned, almost all as recommended by the platform committee.
Allison brought us home through a deluge, and the beauty of the Wenatchee area farmland, the Columbia basalt cliffs and Rattlesnake Mountain made me glad for where I’m planted. Thank you all for the opportunity to represent us at the state convention!
The Legislative District Caucuses/County Convention was held March 24, 2018 at Desert Hills Middle School. The platform was adopted. In addition the resolution supporting the initiative to create the nation’s first universal single payer health insurance system, originally passed at the March 15 General Membership Meeting, was adopted.
Resolution Supporting Whole Washington State Universal Healthcare Initiative (I-1600)
WHEREAS Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control establishes a fundamental right to healthcare”
WHEREAS the Declaration of Independence declares the responsibility of government to protect universal and “unalienable” rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” and health care is essential to life and to the pursuit of happiness
WHEREAS more than half a million people in our state are uninsured, more are underinsured, and lives could be saved by ensuring access to healthcare
WHEREAS the 2016 Platform of the Washington State Democratic Party affirms that “Health care is a basic human right,” and states that we must establish “An affordable universal single-payer system to provide the most equitable and effective health care, serving both individual and public health needs;
WHEREAS a single-payer resolution was adopted by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee in April of 2017
WHEREAS people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income people are the most likely to lack affordable, comprehensive healthcare
WHEREAS Whole Washington has crafted a ballot initiative guaranteeing universal healthcare to all Washingtonians, with a funding mechanism devised by a noted economist, which demonstrates that Washington state residents will save over $10 billion dollars annually when universal healthcare is implemented;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats support Whole Washington state universal healthcare initiative (I-1600);
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats will use its mailing list and online presence to mobilize voters and collect signatures;
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, Whatcom Democrats will publicize.
Adopted by unanimous vote at March 15, 2018 General Membership Meeting
BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)
|State Committeewoman||Kate Moran|
|State Committeeman||Doug McKinley|
Democrats Float at the 4th of July Parade
When: July 4th 9AM – 12 PM
Where: Volunteer Park, Pasco
|Good turn out for the Pasco Fourth of July parade. We had multiple candidates walking with us and would love to see a large number of people joining our candidates and showing the community just how strongly we support them.|
At The Table With Shir – July 1st
Shir’s campaign for Legislative District 8 was launched in style. A Mediterranean themed alfresco meal was enjoyed by all. Shir told us why she is running and what you can do to help.
Families Belong Together – June 30th
There were two #KeepFamiliesTogether / #FamilyUnity events on June 30th!
Keep Families Together
Kennewick at 10 AM at Kennewick AVE and US 395
Family Unity March and Rally
Richland at 1 PM at John Dam Plaza
Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner – May 31st
Some great pictures from the 5th Annual Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet which was held May 31st at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Thank you Ivar Husa for capturing the event! Our keynote speaker was Manka Dhingra – click here to read the text of her speech.
Wear Orange to End Gun Violence – June 1st
Our local Moms Demand Action will be serving up goodies and introducing themselves at Howard Amon Park on Friday June 1st.
Come by and say hi! Bring a friend!
Its time to Rise & Organize! May 19th
Join us on May 19th at 10am at Pasco High School for a Canvass hosted by Tri-Cities Young Democrats!
Pre-register here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6473
No training required! Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Celebration of Science – April 21st
When: Saturday April 21 10AM-3PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
The “Celebration of Science” is an annual festival style event to celebrate the contributions of science-based industries and STEM professionals in our Mid-Columbia area to our everyday life. It is designed for all ages!
March For Our Lives – March 24th
In addition to supporting national School walk-outs March 14th and April 20th, we will be marching in solidarity with those in DC and around the country to demand that our representatives make the safety of our schools, communities and children a priority. More info to come. Please Join us.
When: March 24th, 2018, 3PM
Where: Howard Amon Park, Richland
If you are able to support this wonderful group of students in their endeavor to stand up and speak out a local GoFundMe has been established for the event: https://www.gofundme.com/marchforourlivestc
Update May 21st:“March For Our Lives Tri-Cities has officially donated $2,874.00 to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s Fund. We want to extend a warm thank you to everyone who generously donated to our cause and made MFOLTC possible. We are the future and we will make a difference.” ~ March For Our Lives Tri-Cities
Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events
|Documents and Resources|
The governance documents (Rules, Policy Guide, and Bylaws) are available on the Documents and Resources page.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts the PCO is vacant.
A precinct campaign has two phases: canvassing and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). We would like you to begin canvassing as soon as possible. When you are assigned a precinct, you will be given a list of everyone currently registered to vote in the precinct. (PCOs are often set up to print their own lists.) Contact each household and ask whether everyone who is eligible to vote has registered. (Registrants must be U.S. citizens and 18 years old by the next election.) Identify people who are planning to vote Democratic and try to win the votes of additional, currently undecided, voters. Keep a list that shows which voters are likely to vote Democratic. The second phase of your precinct campaign, Get Out The Vote, will begin in mid-July, shortly before the primary ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct. There will be another GOTV effort in October for the general election. PCO resources are located on the Documents and Resources page.