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BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, MAY 26  |  12:00 Noon

FAKE NEWS AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES

Since September 11, 2001, more Americans have been killed domestically by white, right-wing extremists than by Islamist militants. What inspires Americans to take up arms against their fellow Americans? And what can Plato’s Republic teach us about how to prevent the further radicalization of America? Professor Seth Weinberger will challenge us to imagine an aspirational future identity and consider the role of a liberal arts education in building a new nation.

Weinberger is a specialist in international relations and security. His research includes congressional-executive war powers and the laws of war. He is a regular speaker on international conflict, including topics such as the 2015 Paris Attack, Arab Spring, and War on Terror.

Professor Seth Weinberger
University of Puget Sound

There is no charge for Badger Club members. Non-members pay $5.00.

Register HERE for “Fake News and Conspiracy Theories”


Coming June 16: DAMS AND SALMON: Beyond the Spreadsheets. Two veteran northwest journalists compare notes and argue the social, political, and spiritual dimensions of breaching the Lower Snake River Dams. Register HERE.


Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Running With My Girls - May 26th @ 6 pm PT
Running With My Girls
Film Screening & Panel Discussion - May 26, 2022 @ 6 pm PT

Join Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project for a special screening of Running With My Girls on Thursday, May 26th. This is a new documentary offering insight into women of color running for office. Following the film we’ll have a panel discussion. Panelists TBD.

View trailer @ https://www.runningwithmygirls.com/trailer

Taking on the entrenched political establishment in Denver, Colorado, five female activists decide to run for office as part of a grassroots movement to take back their city.

Tired of watching their communities be ignored and displaced, five women of color run for municipal office in Denver – one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the country. With only a fraction of the funds of their incumbent opponents, the women find power through their community and each other to run their grassroots campaigns.


Ready to get involved?
¿Listo para el trabajo?
We will win this primary, but we will need every volunteer we can find.
Ganaremos esta primaria, pero necesitaremos a todos los voluntarios que podamos encontrar.

We have a variety of upcoming events that anyone could help with- regardless of their prior experience in volunteering.  If you can hold a phone or a pen and care about democracy, we have a way to get votes out with your help!  We need to reach 65000 people in June, and we know from multiple studies of prior elections that the biggest motivator is personal contact.  That’s where you can make a difference!  You can be that point of contact that makes the difference between a ballot in the mail or in the trash.  Will you help?

Tenemos una variedad de próximos eventos con los que cualquiera podría ayudar, independientemente de su experiencia previa como voluntario. Si puede sostener un teléfono o un bolígrafo y se preocupa por la democracia, ¡tenemos una manera de obtener votos con su ayuda! Necesitamos llegar a 65000 personas en junio, y sabemos por múltiples estudios de elecciones anteriores que el mayor motivador es el contacto personal. ¡Ahí es donde usted puede marcar la diferencia! Usted puede ser ese punto de contacto que marque la diferencia entre una boleta en el correo o en la basura. ¿Ayudará?

Upcoming Opportunities:

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MEETING:
Thursday May 26th at 4:00pm on Zoom
Learn about all the various ways you can support the campaign! 

PHONE BANKING:
Every Tuesday (5:00-6:00pm) and Thursday (6:30-7:30pm)
If you don't want to use your own phone number, Google Voice can make phone banking anonymous and safe.

DOOR TO DOOR OUTREACH:
Every Saturday from 10:00-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm
Locations vary:  we would like to be in both Yakima and Tri-Cities weekly but we need volunteer coordinators to make it happen!  Would you like to help?  
Contact us!

LETTER WRITING:
You can have letter writing supplies and an address list delivered right to your home and work on it when you like- or contact us to get connected to a letter writing event in your community.

January 6th Commission Hearing Watch Event
June 9th @ 5 pm PT
(Time tentative based on Commission schedule)
January 6th Commission Hearing Watch Event
Thursday, June 9th @ 5 pm PT
(Time tentative based on Commission schedule)

Let’s join together to watch the first January 6th Commission hearing. We’ll have time for questions and discussion following the hearing.

It’s been more than a year since armed, right-wing militants attacked our Capitol and tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The attacks continue. More than one year later, the same faction that attacked our country on January 6th is hard at work silencing our voices by restricting our freedom to vote, sabotaging fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to undermine free and fair elections.

During these hearings, Americans will witness testimony of those involved in the attack on our democracy.

The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans. To prevent an attack from happening again, Americans must witness the hearings set to expose the complex planning intended to undermine our votes, led by former President Trump and his loyalists.

By coming together for watch events, we can prevent another January 6th attack and realize the promise of democracy for all of us––no matter our color, zip code, or income.

*Please note the time is approximate and may be subject to change based on hearing schedule.


Eastern Washington Spring Summit

During May-June, FAN holds Regional Spring Summits around Washington State. Advocates gather to talk about how our legislative agenda fared during the past session and strategize for the rest of the year on issues they care about most. Together, we look for new ways to be more effective at creating lasting change.

Please Register at 
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Ag and Rural Caucus Self-Call To Meeting, June 2022

Water Right Adjudication: Yakima and Nooksack
 06:30 PM 23 June, 2022 

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Water Rights Adjudication: Theory, Yakima Experience, and the Nooksack Anticipation

Mary Verner, theory – Department of Ecology
Tom Ring, veteran of Yakima adjudication
[Whatcom County anticipation – TBD]

Water Rights: The Fundamentals

 Let’s start at the beginning. Who has rights to use public waters and how did they get them? This is the business of water right adjudication. And the Department of Ecology, working for the state, is boss. Except that the state is a later comer to claiming jurisdiction, about a hundred years. And except that only the courts can really adjudicate water rights.

Confused? Aside from one-on-one adjudications, there has been only one general basin adjudication, the Yakima. It took forty years. It wrapped up in 2019.  It is known by its court title: Ecology v Acquella.

Next up is the Nooksack (WRIA-01). Are landowners in Whatcom County looking forward to forty years of litigation?

Don


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Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote
July 7th @ 6 pm
(Please note date change!)
Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote
Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Thursday, July 7th @ 6 pm
(PLEASE NOTE: Date moved to not compete with Jan 6th hearings)

Join Fix Democracy First and Meaningful Movies Project for a special screening of Brave New Film’sSuppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote on Thursday, July 7th @ 6 pm PT

Robert Greenwald, the film’s producer and director will join us to introduce the film. Following the film we’ll have a panel discussion (panelists TBD).

View trailer @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RhrbEh-osI

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote (2022), by Robert Greenwald, is a powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression and election sabotage to our 2022 midterm elections. In 2021, 19 states passed 34 new voter laws following the Big Lie of the 2020 election. The film focuses on this recent wave of voter suppression and subversion laws being enacted in states, and how the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp provides a blueprint for today’s voter suppression laws across the country.

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote now includes perspectives from voters in Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Georgia that highlight how these new laws will affect their constitutional right to vote. Suppression tactics covered in the film include: Registration hurdles; Polling place closures; Voter purges; Missing absentee ballots; Extreme wait times at polling locations; Exact match disqualifications; New vote by mail limitations; Changes to ballot collection and drop off; and more. Voter suppression laws disproportionately affect American Students, Senior Citizens, Black, Indigenous, Latino, and People of Color from casting their ballots. Suppressed and Sabotaged 2022 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America.


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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.