Recently the injustices and police misconduct of the nation found its way once again to one of our own residents of the Tri-Cities. Joe (Mike) Thornton is a local business owner, organizer of a big brother program here in the Tri, and is working on a documentary to highlight “good” cops. He was picking up food and headed home in Kennewick when he was surrounded by police cars and officers who then pulled out their weapons on him. In a case of mistaken identity Joe acted as slowly as possible in fear of losing his life. His car was searched without a warrant, his rights not read to him until he was cuffed and in custody and no one even bothered to ask his name until after he had been detained. Just like many others in our nation this could have EASILY ended in tragedy. For a man that was just bringing food to his family. We have been organizing and fighting injustices here in the Tri-Cities under the premise that systemic racism happens to all of us and police brutality could happen to ANY of us. It did this week.
Not only did this unfortunate event happen to an AMAZING and upstanding member of this community it happened it the same city that used to have a sign up saying that “Blacks were not allowed in after dark”. A sundown town.
This Friday evening we will be having a silent march for Big bro Joe. We will march from Pasco to Kennewick over the cable bridge in honor of every one of the Black lives that came before us who were not allowed to cross that bridge. We will march because it is apparent that Kennewick still has the remnants of being a sundown town. We will march because this city belongs to ALL of us and we will not wait until the tides turn in another situation like this. We will not wait for someone to die unjustly.
Please meet on the Pasco side of the bridge, if you would like to park on the Kennewick side and carpool back to Pasco that would also be greatly encouraged. This is a peaceful protest. We will be crossing the bridge in COMPLETE silence.
Please do not bring signs, we have very specific signs being made for this event.
Primary ballots are due back by August 4th! We will be spending the days leading up to Election Day reminding as many voters as possible to vote for Shir when they submit their primary ballot. We are lucky to be joined by Representative Tana Senn for a night of calls on July 30th. Rep. Senn represents Washington’s 41st Legislative District and is the current Chairperson of the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning. Hear from her about the important work her committee does in Olympia and why Shir is the absolute best choice to represent our community.
Phone banking is an easy way to get voters to return their ballots and we will provide you all the training you need to make calls.
Zoom link and calling link will be provided with RSVP.
Join Actress, Author and Activist Jane Fonda; Representative Deb Haaland (Congresswoman, New Mexico-D1); Executive Director of 350.org Tamara Toles O’Laughlin; Naina Agrawal-Hardin, National Spokesperson for Sunrise; and DNC Climate Council Chair Michelle Deatrick for a lively, insightful conversation about why it’s the right, the good and the smart thing for Democrats to run on climate.
Time for “Operation: Primary Door Hanger” for Justin Raffa for Benton County Commissioner District 1.
Randy Slovic and her husband Bob did yeoman’s work to get us maps and lists of precincts that we’re targeting so the Democrats remember to vote for us in the Primary. Those lists are at Justin’s house and ready for distribution to volunteers with specific houses to hit in each precinct. It’s easy and fun! We are hitting “friendly” houses who are established Democratic voters for this first door hanger approach.
There are 62 precincts in Richland and 22 in West Richland. Precincts range in size from 2 to 207 households, so volunteers can pick and choose what works best for them. We’re looking for about 20-25 total volunteers to share the workload.
Volunteers are asked to hole punch and rubber band their own cards, although some have been made up as needed. Cards are bundled in quantities of 50 for ease of distribution. We can provide hole punchers and rubber bands as needed.
Target timeline for getting these out is close to ballots dropping on Friday July 17. We are recommending that folks not start hanging before the July 4 holiday.
If you can help by walking a district or two, please contact Justin Raffa and take a look at the lists. This is the first time Justin is actively engaging our volunteer base, so please reach out to your friends/family who have been asking you for weeks how they can help support the campaign!
Join Saundra Hill (former Pasco School District Superintendent), Rebecca Francik (former Pasco City Councilmember), Jean Ryckman (Port of Pasco Commissioner), Ana Ruiz Peralta (Franklin County Commissioner candidate) and Frances Chvatal (16th LD House of Representative candidate) on July 15th at 6pm.Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased below. We hope to see you there!
In conjunction with the Second Harvest Tri-Cities Mobile Market drive-thru event happening at the Toyota Center, BFT will be holding FOUR food distribution events just for transit riders at our transit centers in Tri-Cities and Prosser on the same day.
SAFETY REMINDER: Face coverings are REQUIRED in all public spaces, including our BFT vehicles and transit centers. ————————————–FOOD DISTRIBUTION OPTIONS: Date: Wednesday, July 15 Time: 11am (while supplies last)Ride the bus or take BFT CONNECT for FREE and head to any of our transit centers below:• Three Rivers Transit Center (Kennewick) • 22nd Ave Transit Center (Pasco) • Knight Street Transit Center (Richland) • Stacy Avenue Transit Center (Prosser, starting at 11:15am)The food will be packaged in a box with handles so you can take it on the bus. However, we encourage people to bring a hand cart or something to help carry the boxes and make traveling a little easier.——————————–IF YOU NEED HELP BOOKING YOUR TRIP BY BUS: • Use the Transit trip planner app to determine the best bus route available in your area • Check out www.bft.org for route schedules • Call Customer Service at 509.735.5100 and our team members can help map out your tripOR, WITH BFT CONNECT: • Check out www.bft.org/ConnectOnDemand to learn how to use our new on-demand ride service • Use the Via app or call BFT CONNECT Customer Service at 509.204.4189 to request a ride
Time: July 10, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Primary ballots will drop around July 18, so in the interest of informing voters, we’ll host as many candidates as we can who we believe will be of interest to our voters. This is an open-door event and we encourage Democrats, Democrat- friendly and Democrat-curious folks to attend.
Due to anticipated poor air quality, we are canceling our Saturday, Sept 12, distribution event and rescheduling our Tuesday event.
Volunteers will be masked and gloved and will place signs with self-addressed donation envelope and online donation info into your trunk.
Suggested minimum donation for Biden sign $10.00.
Saturday, Sept 19th, Jefferson Park, Richland, 10 AM-Noon
Wednesday, Sept 23rd, John Dam Plaza, Richland, 5-7 PM
Saturday, Sept 26th, Benton City Skate Park, 10 AM-Noon
If you can’t make the event, we can still get you signs. Make an online donation at Benton County Democrats/Donation or send us a FaceBook Message in our page, https://www.facebook.com/bencodems, that includes your address, phone#, & e-mail address. Indicate which sign(s) you’d like. Volunteers, masked and gloved, will deliver your sign(s), no-contact.
By popular demand the community has requested a 4th of July protest in Richland.
Being that this a historical day to celebrate a false idea of American Independence we feel it is necessary exercise our freedom to take a stand in solidarity with one another as a movement.
We recognize the power of our united voices as a direct threat to those in our society that resist the defacing of symbols deeply rooted in racial inequality.
We are visible. We will not tolerate being threatened. We will stand tall with our “little signs” against racism and declare until black lives matter we can’t celebrate the reality that freedom is designated to a select few.
We are not 2nd class citizens! Our lives matter! We celebrate the idea of real Independence for all Americans Junteenth June 19, 1865 and not the white washed narrative of July 4, 1776.