05. April 2022 · Comments Off on Women in Office Now Training 2022-04-05 · Categories: Recent Events

Women in Office Now FREE training on April 5 @ 6 pm PT 

The Basics of Running for Office

w/ special guest Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor

Are you thinking about running for office or know someone who is?
WON (Women in Office Now) is a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund providing FREE training to help women successfully run for local, state or federal offices. Check out our VIDEO!
Our next training module, as part of a FREE 12 training series, will be on:
April 5th @ 6 pm: Training Module 3
The Basics of Running for Office
• Campaign timeline
• Resources needed to run a successful campaign
• Filing candidacy for office
• Writing a campaign plan
• Next steps
Register HERE for Training Module 3
Did you miss our first two training sessions?
Training 1 - Why Should I Run for Office?
Training 2 - Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
You can view them HERE!

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22. March 2022 · Comments Off on Women in Office Now Training 2022-03-22 · Categories: Recent Events
Are you thinking about running for office or know someone who is?
Our next WON (Women in Office Now) FREE Training Session 
will be on March 22nd @ 6 pm PT
Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
WON (Women in Office Now) is a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund providing FREE training to help women successfully run for local, state or federal offices. Check out our VIDEO!
Our next training module, as part of a FREE 12 training series, will be on:
Tuesday, March 22nd @ 6 pm: Training Session 2
Where to Start? Questions to Ask Yourself
• What is needed before I begin?
• What office should I run for? Why?
• Who will I represent?
• What are responsibilities and duties of that office?
• When should I run?
• Who is my competition?
• What is my platform, values, etc.?
• What do I hope to accomplish in that position?
• Do I have the time, support, confidence and motivation to run?
Register HERE for Training 2
Did you miss our first training on March 8th?
Why Should I Run for Office?
View the recording & resources HERE

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17. March 2022 · Comments Off on Badger Club – Birth Defect of a Nation · Categories: Recent Events

MARCH 17 12 Noon: BIRTH DEFECT OF A NATION: Systemic Racism

With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, our nation had its first African American president. For some, this historic milestone was a clear sign the dreams of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s had been fulfilled – we had finally entered a post-racial era free of divisive issues based on skin color. How could a country that elected a black man as president really be racist?  The reality of the intervening years made it clear that, although great progress had been made, race was still a central defining conflict within our nation.

On a nearly daily basis we see news headlines driven by these persistent racial tensions. Police killings of unarmed black men and the protests which erupt in response. Local school board battles over the teaching of Critical Race Theory. Supreme Court reviews of Affirmative Action policies in college admissions.

This Thursday, the Columbia Basin Badger Club will present a forum on this important topic, featuring award-winning author Dr. Thomas J. Sugrue, a recognized authority on the effects of systemic racism in America.

Register HERE for Systemic Racism March 17, Noon

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


COMING APRIL 21:  Mike Fancher of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and former 16th District Representative Terry Nealey will discuss the pros and cons of open public records and the potential for using the law as a weapon against elected officials and policies.

Register for Public Records April 21

11. March 2022 · Comments Off on TCD March 2022 · Categories: Recent Events
Tri-City Democrats logo

Freedom From Religion

Zoom Meeting March 11 at 6:00 PM

Among the groups investigating the January 6 insurrection, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Freedom From Religion have partnered for their investigation.  They’ve recently released a report detailing their findings. 

This episode of FFRF’s Ask an Atheist is a panel discussion based on a recent report created by Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Freedom From Religion Foundation about Christian Nationalism’s role at the January 6, 2021, Insurrection.

Read the full report here: ffrf.us/Jan6Report
Learn more about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at ffrf.org.

We’d like to watch the video and have a group discussion after.
Click the following link to join via Zoom: 

10. March 2022 · Comments Off on Badger Club – Ukraine · Categories: Recent Events

TWO GREAT FORUMS MARCH 10 and 17  |  12 Noon

MARCH 10: UKRAINE: A Primer

MARCH 17: BIRTH DEFECT OF A NATION: Systemic Racism

Dr. Brigit Farley

What is driving Vladimir Putin’s need to grab all or part of Ukraine? Is this happening as a result of the breakup of the Soviet Union? Or is there a much more complicated history between Russia and Ukraine? Brigit Farley is Associate Professor of History at WSU Tri-Cities. Her research interests are the history, culture, and economics of Eastern Europe. Dr. Farley worked for the U.S. Information Service in Russia before the collapse of the Soviet Union, which included Ukraine. She is a frequent traveler to the region.

Dr. Thomas Furgue

With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, our nation had its first African American president. For some, this historic milestone was a clear sign the dreams of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s had been fulfilled – we had finally entered a post-racial era free of divisive issues based on skin color. How could a country that elected a black man as president really be racist?  The reality of the intervening years made it clear that, although great progress had been made, race was still a central defining conflict within our nation.

REGISTER HERE for UKRAINE March 10, Noon

Register HERE for Systemic Racism March 17, Noon

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

07. March 2022 · Comments Off on Ag and Rural Caucus Call to Meeting, March 2022 · Categories: Recent Events
Monday, Mar 28, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87207788906?pwd=c1RocDQra0JMQ1I5RWswYS9zKzVaZz09
Meeting ID: 872 0778 8906
Passcode: 467257
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

No Drama

Wolves…that is what comes to mind when we think about resource management in the northeast counties: Ferry, Stevens, and Pend O’Reille. Well, there is another story. It is about managing forests. It is a story that takes the drama out of natural resource management. De-tox, though, does not happen by accident, or because there is nothing to fight about. Values clash, agency priorities differ, jobs and incomes are at risk, community sentiment swings and splits, science sometimes concludes “it depends”, and personalities can grate.

What kind of process, what kind of thinking, can bring together the Tribes, State Department of Natural Resources, United States Forest Service, and a lumber mill operator and the biggest employer in the region…to talk about forest management, agree on an approach and make it happen?

Join us for a conversation.

I thank Mike Lithgow and Robert Schutte.for making this meeting possible.

Don


Cooperation and Partnership

Managing natural resources is messy. Oh, from a distance it is easy to know what needs to be done on the ground. Wolf – cattle conflicts, no problem. Regenerative ag, of course. Thinning and burning, naturally. Add “health” or “sustainable” to the prescription and all becomes clear.

On the ground there are tradeoffs. Do I remove green blackberry patches and understory today to plant trees that will take ten years to make a difference? Do I plant wheat-on-wheat to keep a crop on the ground, roots in the soil, and me in business, when all the smart advice tells me to rotate peas? What is a working forest? Thinning takes out diversity of age and often species, but it is conventional wisdom that thinning makes for forest “health”.  

Natural resource management entails trade-offs. Sometimes it is time: today versus tomorrow. Sometimes it is values: financial sustainability can compete with future environmental values. Sometimes it is favoring one species over another: spotted versus barred owl. Natural resources are not cookie cutter. What you judge needs to be done may change from stream to stream, from field to field, and season to season. These are complex systems. Slogans are no substitute for observation and judgement, drawing on what we know at any given time.

Complexity and uncertainty…Mike Lithgow with the Kalispell Tribe takes us on the ground and shows us how cooperation and partnership can manage risk in natural resource management and optimize outcomes. Carin Vadala from the National Forest Service and Ray Entz from the Kalispells join Mike in describing in how working together makes for better decisions.

I thank Robert Schutte, ARC eastern vice-chair, for making this meeting possible.

Don

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04. March 2022 · Comments Off on Women in Office Now Training 2022-03-08 · Categories: Recent Events
Introducing WON - Women in Office Now, a new project of Fix Democracy First Education Fund, providing FREE training to help women successfully run for office. 
Our first training will be on Tuesday, March 8th @ 6-7:30 pm: 
Why Should I Run for Office?
• Need for women in leadership
• Impact on community
• What office to run for
Register HERE

We will be hosting 12 training modules to be held virtually online. The trainings will be recorded and archived for viewing on demand by women who are considering or planning to run for local or state office.  The goal is to help build knowledge and assist women to successfully run for office and win elections. 

We will also feature special guests, including current and former legislators, as well as experts in the topics of discussion.  All module trainings will be approximately 90 minutes in length, allowing time for questions and interaction with presenters and guest speakers. 

The program will also work to build a statewide leadership support network to help women as they run for office. We’ll be partnering with other organizations to help ensure success and long-term sustainability to recruit, train and support women in office. 

Trainings will be held every other Tuesday from 6-7:30 pm PT starting on March 8, 2022. You can register for just one or all of them. PLEASE NOTE: Each module has a separate registration link. You are welcome attend one or all of them!

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03. March 2022 · Comments Off on Doug White Town Hall March 3, 2022 · Categories: Recent Events

Thu, Mar 03 | Livestreamed via Zoom and Facebook Live

Benton County and Pasco Town Hall

Doug will be speaking with voters in the Benton County about his campaign and answering questions from attendees.

Time & Location

Mar 03, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Livestreamed via Zoom and Facebook Live

About the event

https://www.facebook.com/events/493963712301995

Doug White for Congress
PO Box 9674
Yakima, WA 98909
United States

01. March 2022 · Comments Off on Rally for Peace · Categories: Recent Events

Rally for Peace for Ukraine

Prayer and advocacy by our local community for the Ukrainian people.

Call to action to donate to Red Cross for humanitarian aid.

Tuesday, March 1 @ 4pm
John Dam Plaza

Contact: 3Rivers Friends Ukraine

3riversfriendsofukraine@gmail.com

POC – (509) 521- 4862 Olya

25. February 2022 · Comments Off on Badger Club – Democracy at Risk? · Categories: Recent Events
SPECIAL BADGER FORUM:
Is Our Democracy at Risk?
With Dr. Patrick O’Neil
Thursday, February 03, 2022, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM

Is democracy in crisis? The data are unambiguous. According to the non-government organization Freedom House, for each of the past fifteen years democracy around the world has declined, a stunning reversal from the steady trend of democratization that began in the 1980s. Given that democracy is in retreat across the globe, it makes sense to assume that there are broader forces at work.Many observers point to globalization and technological change. Changes in the international economic landscape have led to a decline in global inequality–that is, inequality between countries–while increasing inequality within them. In other words, while China and the US become more economically equal, inequality has risen within both countries. Economic, social, and political power concentrates in a smaller group of elites. Meanwhile, average citizens experience an increasing sense of precariousness, undermining their faith in institutions and paving the way for radical, reactionary, and populist views.

About Dr. O’Neil: His research and teaching interests focus on the Middle East, especially Israel/Palestine and Iran. He is currently teaching a course on authoritarianism and illiberalism at the University of Puget Sound. He is author of the successful textbooks Essentials of Comparative Politics, and Cases in Comparative Politics. He Holds a BA degree from the University of Oregon and a Ph. D from Indiana University, Bloomington.

REGISTER FOR BADGER FORUM: Is Our Democracy at Risk?