31. March 2021 · Comments Off on Shari’s Community Fundraiser · Categories: Recent Events

Shari’s Community Dinner Fundraiser

When: Nov 18 at 9:30 PM PST – Nov 26 at 8 PM PST

Hosted by Jess Loflin

Where: Online Event


The Tri-Cities community is partnering with Shari’s to provide meals for local families in need in our community with funding from our amazing Tri-Citians!

Will you help a family in need for Thanksgiving dinner?

Community members or businesses who would like to fund Thanksgiving meals for our community can simply go to the gofundme or contact the head of the event, Jess Loflin at sharisholiday@gmail.com for more information.

31. March 2021 · Comments Off on Black Excellence · Categories: Recent Events

Poet Jordan Presents: “Black Excellence”: An Evening with Nikkita “KO” Oliver

When: Friday, November 20 at 7 PM PST – 9 PM PST

Hosted by Jordan ChaneyCelina Mahinalani Garza and 5 others

Where: Online Event

Tickets: ti.to/Poet-Jordan-Presents/black-excellence

Link to the event on Facebook

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors –
Communities of Color Coalition
Ted Miller

Gold Sponsors –
Native LifewayCommunity Sponsors –
Karla Camac Carlisle
Erik Ralston
Seema L. Clifasefi
Becky Beardsly
Wendy Veysey
John Roach

Previously, Poet Jordan Presents brought New York Times bestseller Ijeoma Oluo and Academy Award-winning filmmaker T.J. Martin to eastern Washington to talk about their creative and powerful work.

Now, Poet Jordan Presents: “Black Excellence”: An Evening with Nikkita Oliver!

Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is a Seattle-based creative, spoken word artist, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing, Nikkita strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity and invites us to imagine what we hope to see in the future. Nikkita is the co-executive director of Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration and a healing engaged youth-led community-based program.

Also joining the program will be opening notes provided by Reagan Jackson, a dance performance by Serenity Wise, and poetry by Daishaundra Loving-Hearne. Celina Garza with Native Lifeway will provide the land acknowledgement and blessing.

Reagan Jackson is a multi genre writer, artist, activist, and international educator with an abiding love of justice, spirituality, and creating community. She is the Program Director for Young Women Empowered and the cofounder of Blackout Healing. You can learn more about her at reaganjackson.com.

Serenity Wise is a dancer and arts researcher/organizer. In her dance practice, she studies Orixa/Orisha movement from the Afro Brazilian tradition of the Black diaspora. It’s a personal practice that allows her to trace and recover knowledge from her ancestral roots. However, she also believes Black dances to be important to educate and share broadly, as a method of reclamation for Black people whose origins have been marginalized by colonization and racism.

Poet, writer, activist, and choreographer Daishaundra Loving-Hearne is no stranger to the arts or the power of it. She is a Co-CEO of Urban Poets Society and the founder of Black Lives Matter Coalition: Tri-Cities. After spending over 16 years in the arts and working with youth, she has dedicated all of her talents and voice to standing and fighting for equality, equity and victory of our people.

Celina Mahinalani Garza is the Tribal Liaison for the Strong Heart Study serving Native communities in the Phoenix area, specializing in Client Relations and Community Outreach. She is the Founder of Native Lifeway. 

31. March 2021 · Comments Off on Keep Your Crown · Categories: Recent Events

When: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11 AM PST – 1 PM PST

Hosted by Tri Cities Diversity and Inclusion CouncilBlack Lives Matter Coalition: Tri-Cities and Revamped Wellness

Where: Online Event

Tickets: via Eventbrite

Keep ya Crown on is an exciting event for Black students to learn skills to manage stress, stay motivated, and walk in their greatness!
TCD&IC has developed a virtual event that is unlike any in the history of Tri Cities. Along with collaborative partners, we have come together to form a dynamic approach to empower, educate, and motivate our Black Children and Teens. As a marginalized community that lacks support and resources, we recognized a great need to help challenge the stigmas of mental health and support the psychological safety of the Black community. Our event will afford an opportunity to address the trauma that the Black Community has experienced and provide emotional coping skills and the overall tools to aid in resiliency.

Our virtual event will have exciting speakers that will help teach you skills to manage stress, recognize your worth, and stand in your greatness! You will also receive a swag bag with goodies that you will use during and after the event. After you participate in our online event your name will be entered into a raffle to receive a cool gift!


30. March 2021 · Comments Off on TCD November · Categories: Recent Events

When: Friday, November 13, 2020 at 6 PM PST

Hosted by Tri-City Democrats

Where: Online Event


Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we’ve succeeded in regaining the White House. This opens the door for us to start work on “what’s next”. We have a lot of damage to repair and we need to redress a lot of injustices that have existed for far too long. So let’s talk about it. What do we need to be pushing for? What new ideas will we need to have enter the conversation?

We’re still forming this event, but we intend it to be very participatory. We’ll have a skeleton to share, but hope to hear ideas from the body.

30. March 2021 · Comments Off on Veterans Day · Categories: Recent Events

November 7th, 2020

The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host this year’s Virtual Veterans Day Parade.

Join us on Saturday, November 7th for another year of remembrance and honoring those who served. The Virtual Veterans Day Parade will be available to watch on our website. The Vietnam Memorial Monument Dedication will take place at 11:00am at Flat Top Park. The Drive Thru Chili Feed will starting at 11:30am at the Flat Top Park Pavilion. Donations will go to the Combat Veterans International.

About Scotty Smiley, 2020 Grand Marshall 

In 2005, while leading his platoon in Mosul, Iraq, Scotty found himself in front of a suicide car bomber. After the man blew himself up, shrapnel blew through Scotty’s eyes, leaving him blinded and temporarily paralyzed. Though questioning his faith, Scotty made a decision to forgive and rebuild his life and continue to serve in the Army, becoming the first blind active-duty officer in military history. Over his military career, Major (Retired) Smiley received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings and Combat Diver Qualification Badge.

Our segment of the presentation can be seen at 30:09 through 32:38.

13. January 2021 · Comments Off on 2020 Reorg · Categories: Recent Events

On Saturday, December 5, there will be two reorganization meetings for the two Local Party Organizations which are geographically contained in Benton County. Each of theses organizations will be elected new officers who will serve a two-year term through 2022. These officers will be voted upon by the Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) who were elected in the August Primary election. If you are among these folks, this will be your first official duty as an elected PCO, so please make your plans to attend these meetings.

(Geographically, the 8th Legislative District is wholly contained in Benton County and roughly includes the cities along the Columbia and lower Yakima Rivers. The remainder of Benton County is in the 16th Legislative District and roughly includes Benton City, Prosser, and rural Benton County.)

At noon, the 8th Legislative District Democrats will be electing:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • State Committee Members (2)
    • Nominee – Cedar Kennedy
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Nominations in advance can be submitted to wa8thlddo@gmail.com. Nominees must be residents of the district. If you didn’t receive the official Call-to-Meeting email, you can find the proposed rules for the reorg meeting at 8th Reorg Rules.pdf.

After the 8th is done and no earlier than 2:00 PM, the Benton County Democratic Central Committee will be electing:

  • Chair
  • First Vice Chair
    • Nominee – Allison Dabler
  • State Committee Members (2)
    • Nominee – Kate Moran
    • Nominee – Sabastian Marichalar
  • Second Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, you may place your name in nomination ahead of time by submitting your nomination to chair@bencodems.org and secretary@bencodems.org. Nominees must be residents of the county. If you didn’t receive the official Call-to-Meeting email, you can find the proposed rules for the reorg meeting at BCDCC Reorg Rules.pdf.

13. January 2021 · Comments Off on Spokane Special Fundraiser · Categories: Recent Events

Please join me on Zoom tomorrow for a fundraiser to support the Spokane County Democrats following Wednesday’s tragic attack. The Spokane County Democrats lost their supplies and nearly the entirety of their office in the fire.

Support the Spokane County Democrats on Zoom!

Friday, December 11th

5:15PM – 6:00PM

By Zoom

RSVP with a donation or by email to Katherine@electbobferguson.comDonations of any size can be made at