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.
PASCO’S ART FLETCHER: Father of Affirmative Action
Most Tri-Citians have probably never heard of Art Fletcher. The Columbia Basin Badger Club hopes to remedy that as we shine a virtual spotlight on the life and achievements of Art Fletcher, arguably one of the most famous people to ever call the Tri-Cities home and, as far as we know, the only Tri-Citian to make a serious run for President of the United States.
A native of Kansas, Fletcher arrived in Pasco in 1965. A moderate Republican, Fletcher became a protégé of Governor Dan Evans and future US Senator Slade Gorton who convinced him to run for Lt. Governor. He lost, but the race brought him to the attention of newly elected President Richard Nixon, who appointed him as Assistant Secretary of Labor.
As head of the United Negro College Fund, Fletcher was credited with coining the famous slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Our speakers are biographer David Hamilton Golland, Professor of History at Governors State University in the Chicago suburbs; former Washington Secretary of State, Sam Reed, who worked closely with Fletcher in Washington state politics; and Nat Jackson, who worked closely with Fletcher in Pasco. Our moderator will be Othene Haywood.
This is a virtual event and all are welcome regardless of where you live.
We’ll hear from special guest speakers and discuss actions we can take to prevent another January 6th insurrection from taking place in our country.
January 6 was a violent and deadly attack against all Americans – against our country, our democracy, and our freedom as voters to choose the leaders that represent us so that we have a government of, by, and for the people.
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, attacking fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections and with it our democracy.
So this January 6, exactly one year later, Americans across race, place, party, and background are holding candlelight vigils to say: In America, the voters decide the outcome of elections.
The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans. To prevent this kind of attack from happening again, our elected leaders must pass urgent legislation that will protect this country from anti-democratic forces who are continuing their efforts to destroy it.
Coming together, 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 – so we all have an equal say in the decisions that shape our daily lives and futures.
With the midterms approaching this year, people are beginning to pay attention to Doug’s campaign for Congress. As our campaign navigates through the Omicron variant, we still want to make it a priority to connect with you and give you an opportunity to meet Doug and stay updated on the campaign. That’s why we are having a special virtual event next Monday at 5:00 pm. Here are the details:
Virtual Event for Doug WhiteDate: Monday, January 31st Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm PSTRSVP Here
*This is an online Zoom event. Please RSVP online in order to receive the information to join.*
Please Join the League of Women Voters of Washington and Fix Democracy First January 24-27, 2022
This year we are going online, offering a powerful experience to advocate for democracy and climate issues.
The program should help you identify some of the important issues coming up in this legislative session, and prepare you to lobby with your legislators for the bills you want to see passed. We’re requesting a $5.00 donation; you are welcome to make another donation to either Fix Democracy First or the League of Women Voters. These donations are not tax deductible.
Over the course of the week, we will be meeting with legislators to advocate for bills that will protect our democracy. You will also:
Hear from legislators and guest speakers
Learn about critical democracy and climate issues and bills
Be trained by experienced League of Women Voters volunteer lobbyists
Meet with your state legislators
Network with others from your area
All events will be recorded (except for legislator meetings). If you are not sure you can make it to one or more of the events, please register anyway, as all registrants will receive links to all events.
Monday, Jan. 24 | 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hear from legislators and guest speakers
Learn about critical issues and bills
Be trained by professional lobbyists
Tuesday, Jan. 25 – Thursday, Jan. 27
Meet online with Legislators according to Legislative District
How: The time has passed to register to comment during the meeting. You DO NOT need to register if you only want to watch. See below for details on how you can watch the meetings without registering. Media Contact: Jamie Nixon – Communications Director – (360) 742-2854 You can watch the meetings live at TVW (for English and Spanish broadcasts) or the Commission’s YouTube page for broadcasts in English with American Sign Language interpretation. Esta reunión también se retransmitirá en un canal de TVW en español.
Sen. Brown, Reps. Klippert and Boehnke invite citizens from the 8th District to join them for a one-hour virtual town hall meeting on Monday, May 24 @ 6 p.m. to discuss issues related to the 2021 legislative session.
Sen. Sharon BrownRepublican Deputy Leader @Senate Republican CaucusSenator Brown is a state and national leader/lecturer on energy issues, and is the Senate’s leading advocate for nuclear power. She is active in international trade, economic development and small business issues as well as mental health and anti-human trafficking. She served 22 years as a business attorney before being elected to the Kennewick City Council in 2009. In 2010, she was elected Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Kennewick. Brown was appointed to the Washington State Senate to represent the 8th Legislative District by the Benton County Commission in 2013 and has since been re-elected
Rep. Brad KlippertRepublican Vice Caucus Chair @House Republican CaucusBrad was born and raised in Sunnyside. He attended Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri; City University, Tacoma; Northwest College, Kirkland; Central Washington University; and Columbia Basin College. Brad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Biblical Studies, and a Master’s degree in Teaching. He has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels. With over 30 years of military service, Brad holds the rank of COL/CMDR in the Washington State Guard. He is also a 27-year county law enforcement officer. Brad and his wife, Kim, have two daughters and an adopted son.
Rep. Matt Boehnke8th Legislative District @House Republican CaucusMatt is serving his second term representing the 8th Legislative District which includes Richland, West Richland and Kennewick. He was raised in Kennewick, graduating from Kamiakin High School in 1986. He then attended Eastern Washington University, graduating as an ROTC-Distinguished Military Graduate and receiving his active duty commission in the U.S. Army Aviation branch in 1990. Matt spend the next 21 years in the service, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring and moving back to Kennewick. Since 2015, he has served as the director and lead professor of the cybersecurity division at Columbia Basin College. Natt and his wife, Dawn, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Brandon.