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Democracy Happy Hour, September 28 @ 5 pm PT:

Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

Democracy Happy Hour September 28 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 28, 2022:
Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Oct 5 – Jan 6 Committee Report Review (tentative)
  • Oct 12 – Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot


Please submit any questions to: cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org.

Election season is in full swing, and Doug is crisscrossing the district to meet voters and talk about the issues facing Central Washingtonians.

Doug and the team at the Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade
Doug joins supporters for a meal in Goldendale
Doug and the the Grant County Democrats team at the Grant County Fair

Our upcoming campaign events in Kennewick, Methow Valley, and Yakima are the perfect opportunity to meet Doug and hear his vision for our district directly from him.

Check out our calendar of events below and sign up to join us!

Can’t make it to an event? Please consider contributing to Doug’s campaign as we enter the final weeks of the election!

See you on the campaign trail,

Team Doug

Walk the walk, phone and text

Day of Action Canvass, Pasco10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2
Fruitland Park, Kennewick
Sign up here!

Fellow Democrats,

We are approaching the final six weekends of this general election. Election Day is November 8.

We want to make you aware of several volunteer opportunities for two candidates endorsed by the Franklin County Democrats: Doug White and Lindsey Keesling.

Doug White is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th Congressional District against Republican Dan Newhouse. All of Pasco is in the 4th Congressional District.

Canvassing (door belling) for Doug White

There is a “Weekend of Action” scheduled to help Doug White starting 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Fruitland Park in Kennewick.Doug White and other featured guests will first speak, then volunteers will be prepared to go door knocking for Doug soon thereafter.If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please see this informational page and sign-up sheet.Franklin County Democratic Party Chair Ana Ruiz Kennedy is also organizing small group canvassing sessions for Doug throughout the week and weekend. Please email me at anaruiz990206@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering to doorbell based on your personal schedule.You can also support Doug’s campaign by going to his website, sign-up and/or donate: https://www.dougwhite4congress.us.

Canvassing (door belling) for Lindsey Keesling

Lindsey Keesling is running for the state Senate in the 15th Legislative District against Republican Nikki Torres. Central and east Pasco, and northwest Franklin County, is in the district.Franklin County Democrats are organizing a canvass for Keesling starting 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, atthe Collegium Café (3425 E. A Street). We’ll canvass East Pasco neighborhoods.If you are interested in joining us on the 15th, please email frankcodemocrats@gmail.com by Sunday, Oct. 9. You can also email us to let us know if you are interested in canvassing for Lindsey but cannot join us Oct. 15.

Phone and textbanking for Doug White

Doug White’s campaign also is offering phone and text banking opportunities for volunteers. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Galen Greenwalt at galen@dougwhite4congress.us for more information about calling or texting voters for Doug.

Textbanking for Lindsey Keesling

The Keesling campaign is texting voters to encourage them to vote for Lindsey in the upcoming general election.Lindsey’s campaign uses a browser-based program that does not require a personal phone. It is safe and user friendly.The next textbanking session is scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 30. Please email candidate@lindseyforthefiftheenth.com to sign up to text bank for the campaign.You can also support Lindsey’s campaign by going to her website to sign-up or donate: https://lindseyforthefifteenth.com.

Minutes from September’s meeting

Teresa Purcell from the DNC gave a wonderful presentation to Franklin County’s Democrats about rural organizing. You can read more about it and the rest of our September meeting in the minutes.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Ana Ruiz Kennedy, Chair

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 2621 Pasco WA 99302

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Gary Kanter and Greg Deer Concert and Potluck

Meeting Friday, October 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Let’s have a picnic starting at 6:00 and start the music at 6:30. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill (if any). Zoom info is below for those who would prefer to attend virtually.

Contemporary Folksingers And Songwriters
Songs of Labor and Social Justice
Spiced With Humor and Occasional Offensive Acidic Social Commentary

Gary Kanter has been acknowledged as one of the Northwest’s most gifted folksingers, labor troubadours, and songwriters. His lyrics range from biting satire (“We’re Burning Books Tonight”) to rousing labor anthems (“Don’t Mourn–Organize!”) to historical commentary (“We Marched Down This Road Before”).

Greg Deer has been impressing audiences with his smooth guitar work and ability to adjust to most every music genre. His talents are often on display in a variety of themed shows at Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish where he is also a board member.

Gary and Greg have been playing together for several years with a couple of years off for good behavior during the pandemic. They are fixtures at labor and social justice fundraisers throughout the North Sound Region and regularly perform for progressive candidates during election seasons. The two have produced two CDs with a third on the way.

www.garykanter.com gary@garykanter.com (425)246-8613

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If you have trouble getting the meeting link through Meetup, please reach out to the Tri-city Democrats Facebook page or to Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net) and we’ll get the information to you.

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Meeting Friday, October 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

As for our September gathering we will invite candidates in our area to speak for a few minutes each.

This will be a hybrid meeting – potluck picnic at Carl Baker’s house or via Zoom. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill if it gets cool. Come meet your fellow Democrats and socialize! 4501 W Lattin Ct, West Richland.

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If you have trouble getting the meeting link through Meetup, please reach out to the Tri-city Democrats Facebook page or to Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net) and we’ll get the information to you.

Hello friends! 

I want to introduce myself as Faith Action Network’s organizer for our South-Central WA region. I had the opportunity to meet some of you this past month as part of beginning our work together, and that has been a wonderful experience for me. Thank you! I am also excited to introduce, Alexia Estrada who is local to Tri-Cities and our Latinx Community Outreach contact for FAN. Alexia will also be present for our work in our South-Central region. We look forward to meeting those of you we have yet to meet over the next month. 

As we settle deeper into our critical and challenging work together, building up trust as advocates of compassionate actions for systemic change, I hope our presence and encouragements prove to be highly effective.  

Honestly, the COVID-19 isolations and polarizing still affect my outputs/outlook; but I am one who upholds my Christian tradition’s faith resilience and commitment to learning (and relearning!) wisdom as love for God.   “Freedom and peace with divine wisdom and grace” has been my guiding mantra since 1989, when I learned community organizing in Kansas City, Missouri’s eastside, diverse neighborhoods. 

We look forward to gathering with you this fall, at a regional Cluster Meeting, Sunday, November 13 at 2:30 PM at Shalom United Church of Christ, 505 McMurray Street in Richland.  We ask that you please register your intentions to attend the Cluster Meeting (please click here). 

Our goals for our gathering are: 

  1. To strengthen relationships between the faith communities within our geographical region 
  2. To provide a space to gather for advocacy updates with local faith communities and FAN 
  3. To strategize together the advocacy action plans and events for the 12 months ahead 

Cluster Meetings are designed for learning from each other about what is happening in and around our south-central region while also working together to develop/discover ways that FAN helps us respond collectively and powerfully, in solidarity. 

Also, we welcome you to join our hybrid 2022 Faith Action Network Annual Dinner on Sunday, November 20(online registration begins Oct 1). “Pathways of Solidarity” will be our theme this year. We have much to celebrate together, statewide, about our multifaith movement’s growing capacity to influence and strengthen our local communities, with  collective compassion and voices for social justice.

May the joining of our pathways together strengthen your faith and compassion! 

See you soon, 


Eric Don Anderson, M. Div.
South Central WA Regional Organizer, he/him/his

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This is just a reminder that the Washington State organization of the League of Women Voters has some excellent resources on becoming involved in your democracy.