01. October 2020 · Comments Off on Volunteer for Justin Raffa · Categories: Recent Events


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!

01. October 2020 · Comments Off on A Seat at the Table with Shir · Categories: Recent Events

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!

Purchase Tickets

01. October 2020 · Comments Off on Second Harvest Food Distribution · Categories: Recent Events

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.

Face coverings are REQUIRED in all public spaces, including our BFT vehicles and transit centers.
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

01. October 2020 · Comments Off on July Candidate Forum · Categories: Recent Events

July Candidate Forum

Online with the Tri-City Democrats

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.

21. September 2020 · Comments Off on Signs 1 · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events



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.

19. September 2020 · Comments Off on Fourth of July Protest · Categories: Recent Events

Fourth of July Protest

(from Tri-Cities Black Lives Matter)

Saturday, July 4, 11 AM to 3 PM

HAPO Community Stage, John Dam Plaza

800 Jadwin Ave., Richland, WA

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. 

Link to event in Facebook

19. September 2020 · Comments Off on I-1776 · Categories: Recent Events

I-1776 – The People’s Campaign!

I-1776 would expand prohibitions on discrimination by the state; limit the current prohibition on preferential treatment; require that government agencies work to ensure no-cost vaccinations; and expand public availability of disease-related data.

Link to Yes on I776.

Deadline July 2, 2020.

13. September 2020 · Comments Off on Forever Free · Categories: Recent Events

Forever Free: An Art Rally For Juneteenth

Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12 noon
Kurtzman Park
331 S. Wehe Ave., Pasco, WA

The Tri-Cities Juneteenth Commitee and The Black Lives Matter Coalition bring you ‘Forever Free: An Art Rally for Juneteenth.’Please join us in putting down our picket signs for the day and picking up on love. As we know, our #BlackJoy is a protest in itself. We will have a beautiful art show featuring some of the Tri-Cities own poets, painters, singers, rappers and dancers. Come enjoy yourself and take part in our phenomenal culture and all of its beautiful people. Please bring your blankets to sit on with your families and your masks as we will be socially distancing. 

Click or tap here to go to the Facebook event page

13. September 2020 · Comments Off on Advancing the Demand for Reparations · Categories: Recent Events

Advancing the Demand for Reparations and H.R. 40

Juneteenth, COVID-19, and the Killings of Black People

Advancing the Demand for Reparations and H.R. 40

After being forced to labor for the enrichment of America, newly emancipated Black Americans continued to suffer violent repression and exploitation under Jim Crow laws, black codes in the South, and de facto segregation across the nation — long after Juneteenth.

Even today, Black people bear the brunt of oppressive policies, as significant disparities in healthcare, wealth, racism in policing and the criminal justice system, and intentional voter suppression persist. These inequities continue to require a significant remedy and reconciliation process.

H.R. 40 would establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, its legacy, and make recommendations to Congress for reparations, beginning a process of repairing and restoring after centuries of enslavement.Join this urgent forum that will highlight the case for H.R. 40 and the path forward.

Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4 PM – 6:30 PM PDT

This is an online event.

Click or Tap to go to the Facebook event.

Click or Tap to go to the event on the ACLU website.