Committee and Affinity Group News

[See the Web Log for prior Committee News write-ups. All meeting Minutes are available on the Documents and Resources page.]

We are working on a messaging campaign for use in all media that ends with the tagline, “—you might be a Democrat,”  Take a look at our current list of messages on this Google Sheet. If you have more catchy lines, please send them to secretary@bencodems.org.


From the Chair

Benton County Democratic Central Committee

General Meeting

September 22

IN-PERSON INDOORS AND ON ZOOM

5:00p for potluck dinner Meeting starts at 5:30P

3303 S. Hartford St., Kennewick

Home of Cherissa Boyd and Richard Reuther



Update: Weather will require the in-person meeting to be indoors. Please be prepared to wear a mask.

Note that there will be discussions about the documents linked above. Please review them in advance of the meeting, if possible.

When joining the meeting, please type your name and your role in the chat. If you are a PCO, please type your precinct number by your name. If you are an officer or committee chair, please include that information. If none of those apply to you, please type guest, and we’re glad you’re joining us!


Benton County Democratic Central Committee

September 22, 2022

Hybrid Meeting

Meeting begins at 5:30 PM

Flag Salute

Call to Order

Adopt Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Secretary’s Report (Position open)

Treasurer’s Report & Communications (Durga)

Chair’s Report (Richard)

  • Campaign volunteers

1st VC Report (Regina)

2nd VC Report (John)

Organizing Committee (Allison)

Elections Committee (Justin)

  • Draft proposal on Election Committee function
  • Discussion

State Committee Member 1 (Regina)

State Committee Member 2 (Sabastian)

Resolutions (Kitty)

Labor (Open)

Events & Tri-City Dems (Carl)

8th LD (Chris)

16th LD

15th LD

Unfinished Business

New Business

  • Ramping up activities for the November election

Good of the Order

Adjourn


Elections Committee



2022 Campaign News

Doug White for Congress

INSIDER

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022


Campaign Kickoff

The Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce recently held a lunch for Newhouse; I got no time. They scheduled a candidate forum, but canceled it. They’re holding an “elected” leader’s reception and I am shut out again. 

Tri Dec, as I understand, has actively helped organize rallies for Newhouse and sent emails that support him. 

PNNL – which I have the highest level of respect for, has complaints shared with my campaign of officials using their staff contact lists to distribute pro Newhouse messages that seem too political to be acceptable communications. 

We expect the Tri Cities Chamber, Tri Dec and PNNL to always operate in the best interest of the community. It then becomes important to ask, why are they going to such lengths to promote a single candidate? 

What makes it more difficult to understand is that Newhouse’s record shows that he has done little for the Tri Cities. He votes against unions, he has abused workers’ trust at Hanford on issues of Covid, he has written legislation to slow our move to carbon free energy and the money that comes in to fund Hanford Cleanup and PNNL comes from the work of our Senators. 

This is an injustice to the people of the Tri Cities. This is how the right to vote for the best candidate is systematically taken away from us. Big money, cronyism and abuse of authority. Do not stand for it! 

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, I had the opportunity to chat with the people in Omak via the KOMW Okanogan Talk Radio!
If you missed it live, you can listen to it on Youtube to know more about my vision for the District and goal I will accomplish for different areas once I get elected.
It was another busy week! It was a great honor to be able to present a scholarship check on behalf of the Democrats of Douglas and Chelan counties to Fiestas Mexicanas! Two deserving, recipients will share the prize.
In other news, our campaign for the midterm election officially kicked off on the 16th in Methow Valley and on the 20th in Tri-Cities. I am so grateful for anyone who came and continues to support our journey to victory. Grassroots efforts are how we make changes and restore true Democracy that has been backsliding due to damages caused by Republican congressional members, including Dan Newhouse himself. How can we improve the community as a whole if our incumbent district representative has voted against expanding veteran benefits, against multiple health care Acts, and against infrastructure development and working labor benefits? District 4th deserves to have the right leader with full transparency and represent our voices above party in Congress to bring enough of our tax dollars to defend this country and invest in ourselves. We need someone with the right set of priorities. I believe I have the right mindset and skills to deliver.
I am ready to make a change. I hope I have your vote.

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We are Phone Banking every Tuesday and Thursday from now till the election. Canvassers are needed, please contact us to sign up in your county or area. We will provide all you need. Text banking is coming soon! Please check out the events page for Get Out the Vote event near you!


Our upcoming campaign events in Kennewick, Methow Valley, and Yakima are the perfect opportunity to meet Doug and hear his vision for our district directly from him.

  • Oct. 1: Weekend of Action Day 110:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Yakima County Democrats Office, 402 S 3rd St, Yakima)
  •  Oct 02: Weekend of Action Day 2 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Fruitland Park, Kennewick, 407 N Fruitland St, Kennewick, WA)

Can’t make it to an event? Please consider contributing to Doug’s campaign as we enter the final weeks of the election!

See you on the campaign trail,
Team Doug

We need volunteers! Phone banking, Texting, Canvassing, Letter writing and so much more. Join us now for Blue in ’22.

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¡¡Necesitamos voluntarios! Llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto, campañas de publicidad, escribir cartas y mucho más. Únase a nosotros ahora para la democracia en ’22.



Jan Corn for 16th Legislative District

Imagining a better future, together.
 
With temperatures in the Walla Walla Valley still topping 100 degrees, November 8 can feel far away. But it’s our campaign that’s really heating up ahead of election day.
 
As Democrats, we are told to accept our place as a minority party in Eastern Washington. I think we can tell a better story. I know that we can imagine a better future, together.

When I built my small business from the ground up over 20 years ago, I made a choice to depart from the status quo, and I knew I was taking a risk. I was putting myself out there and testing my leadership. My business was successful, in part, because I didn’t let setbacks become defeats. With grit and determination, and a whole lot of help from my customers and community, my business flourished.
 
So, when I decided to run to represent the people of the 16th legislative district, I knew what lay ahead of me: risk, a test, a long fight. But I knew I wouldn’t be alone in this fight.

Democrats in Eastern Washington have been joining forces to campaign together, to defend our values, and to fight for the future and the representation we deserve.
 
Will you join us?

Donations of any amount help support our people-powered campaign.

There are also many upcoming opportunities to volunteer with our campaign, such as walking in the parade at the Walla Walla County Fair, canvassing, or phone banking!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! As we push onward to November, we will continue to talk to voters every day and show that a different future is possible. Let’s do this!


I am a lifelong community advocate. As a former service worker and small business owner, I know what it means to work hard. Through grit and determination, I built a career in the cosmetology industry, serving as the manager of a major national company’s in-store salon for ten years before opening my own business, Impress Salon, in Walla Walla over twenty years ago. Service has always been more than a job. To me, it’s a calling. I’ve served on the executive boards of several local nonprofit organizations. I have decades of experience advocating in and for Eastern Washington. I love my community and the people in it. I will work for you.



You can donate to our campaign online or by sending a check to the address below.
Our mailing address is:
Friends of Jan Corn
PO Box 2389 
Walla Walla, WA 99362 


Hi all,

Happy National Voter Registration Day! Reaching out to share some updates from the campaign, and flag new outside spending that we’re beginning to see pour in from Republican-backed groups.

An outside PAC called “Evergreen Principles” is now spending nearly $1.7 million on an extremely misleading TV ad that will run for the next month. This comes just days after a major Trump-funded super PAC began a $500k buy that includes false claims about the Inflation Reduction Act. We’re now being outspent on the airwaves in the final weeks leading up to ballot drop—putting things in a dangerous place, as recent, credible public polling (Trafalgar, who conducted some of the most recent polling, has an A- rating by 538) is showing a single-digit race. 

To the extent that folks are able, you can chip in to support the campaign HERE, and lift up Senator Murray’s Facebook post about this HERE. Our team is going to be working hard to at least work back to parity on the airwaves—we expect national Republicans to continue to dump money into this race to make up for floundering candidates in other key states. Many of you have heard me say that Senator Murray never takes a race for granted, especially in a year like this where we know Republicans can pour in outside money at any moment. That moment is now, and your support, time, and commitment make a big difference.

As part of the effort to push out our message, we’re going up with a new ad today titled “Madi.” It features a young woman from Texas who had to travel 14 hours to receive reproductive health care after Texas enacted its extreme abortion ban. It comes as Smiley’s campaign doubled down on her support for the Texas abortion ban over the weekend, with a spokesperson clarifying that Smiley’s “‘position is pro-life, and she respects the decision the state of Texas made’”. You can watch the ad here, and we’d love for you to amplify it on social as you are able. 

With just a month until ballots drop, we’re working hard to build out the grassroots infrastructure that will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November. There are tons of ways to get involved in these final weeks—please continue to drive folks to sign up for shifts through the WA Dems, including for a major Weekend of Action October 1-2. 

Finally, in case it’s helpful to you and your teams, sharing some suggested draft Facebook and Instagram posts and tweets here that you are free to use and repurpose when talking about Senator Murray’s race this week. 

As always, let me know if there are any questions or if you need anything further from the campaign—we appreciate your support!

Best,
Kate--
Kate Baumgartner
Political Director
People for Patty Murray
kate@pattymurray.com

Platform and Resolutions

The Platform and Resolutions Committee is starting resolutions work this year.

For those wishing to propose a resolution, below is a link to a template you can use to craft your resolution.

This is a link to a chart of our current resolutions plan and actions taken.

The Stock Buyback resolution has been reworked and approved by the Executive Board.

The following resolutions have been passed by the Central Committee and forwarded to the State party.

The following resolutions are available for comments as they are being worked on by the committee:

Link to our Rittenhouse Resolution:

This is a link to the current State Party resolutions.


Organization Committee

At the completion of filing for the 2023-2024 biennium, all 31 of our PCO candidates were unopposed. They will constitute our body of Elected PCO’s who will take office on December 1, 2022. Here’s the list of the 2023-2024 Elected PCO’s.

Benton County Elected Precinct Committee Officers for 2023-2024

Here’s a list of the 2021-2022 Elected PCO’s.

Benton County Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers for 2021-2022

Here’s a complete list of all our PCO’s, elected, appointed, and acting:

Benton County Democratic Precinct Committee Officers


From Kendall Miller, Democratic PCO for precinct 260 in Richland:

Ezra Klein had a piece in the New York Times the other day (link) that spoke to me. It was about the difference between “political hobbyism” and real political work. His comments were based on the 2020 book by Eitan Hersh entitled “Politics is For Power”. I am guilty of being a political hobbyist. I watch the evening MSNBC lineup every night and get outraged and worried about what is happening to our country. All that energy has nowhere to go given that I don’t have the capacity to exercise much influence on the national level. My House Representative has a secure Republican seat and my Senators are already fighting the good fight. What’s a person to do?

As Democratic PCO’s in Benton County, our circles of influence are local and limited. And the majority of the local electorate are against us. It’s a normal reaction to feel discouraged and say despairingly, “What’s the use?” All politics are local and while we may not be able, as yet, to have significant traction in our local politics, we can certainly work to increase the number of votes in our state and regional races. As we observe the incompetence of conspiracy-theory-addled local Republicans, we can be thankful for the hard work for democracy and the common good that’s being done by our state’s own leadership – as well as most of our state’s congressional delegation. Locally, we can contribute to the efforts by these good people by expanding our portion of the electorate where we live.

I did an analysis of my precinct and found that for 13% of my precinct addresses there is no one registered to vote. In my precinct there are 541 registered voters but Vote Builder only has likely party data on 201 of them. If we can work in our neighborhoods to significantly improve those statistics, we will be doing real political work instead of just being “political hobbyists”.

For me, I’ve come to the realization that despite my best intentions, I run out of steam when I think about just jumping out there on my own. I need to feel the support of a group of PCO peers to empower and encourage me. I don’t need any more pleas from campaigns or state and local party leaders. So here’s my idea and my question.

I am willing to host a group of fellow PCO’s who are willing to join me in support of one another. We can perhaps meet by Zoom and/or create a private Facebook group, where we can share ideas, victories, concerns and challenges. In other words, organize ourselves person-to-person. A key challenge is better techniques for doing the work without being in-person and face-to-face with each other and the public. (Which is something I’m not ready to do at this time.)

To get started, I just need to know who would be interested in sharing together our PCO travails and triumphs. Please email me at pco.6260@bencodems.org.


Franklin County Democrats

Endorsement questions

August General Business Meeting Details
Thursday, August 18
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chiawana Park Shelter No. 1

Fellow Democrats,

Tthe primary behind us, which means it’s time to jump into getting our people elected.

Several items on this month’s agenda are toward that end. We’re talking about putting up signs for congressional candidate Doug White and 15th LD senatorial candidate Lindsey Keesling. We’re figuring out how to coordinate with other counties and LDs to put forward a concerted information campaign about what Dems have done this cycle to help our communities.

And we’re discussing a formalized candidate endorsement questionnaire that will let us hold our candidates accountable.

Our featured guest this month is Trinity Orosco, a judicial candidate for Franklin County District Court. As she’s a nonpartisan candidate, she’s not up for endorsement.

You can find the full agenda here. Please consider attending to talk about and vote on these important matters. We hope to see you there.

— Vice Chair Jake Dorsey, for Chair Ana Ruiz Kennedy

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 2621 Pasco WA 99302

Ag and Rural Caucus

Ag and Rural Caucus Call To Meeting, September 2022

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Astrid Newell, Thriving Children and Youth
Thursday 1830 September 15, 2022 

Astrid Newell
Thriving Children and Youth
Department of Health

Right Direction

Child Trends and the New York Times reported Monday that child poverty has decreased 59 percent from 1993 to 2019. “This is an astounding decline in child poverty. Its magnitude is unequaled in the history of poverty measurement.”

The dial can move. Policy can make a difference. The refundable earned income tax credit is major. Republicans, on the other hand, say it is the work requirement for cash relief: “The system sent a message: You can’t live on welfare any more.”

Either way: “A childhood free of poverty predicts better adult outcomes in just about every area you can imagine, including education, earnings and health.”

Less happy is Melissa Santos report this morning in Axios: “Washington children were diagnosed with anxiety or depression at a higher rate than the national average at the onset of the pandemic, per a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”

Join Astrid Thursday evening for an upbeat conversation on public health and Thriving Children.

Don
13 September 2022

Determinism, Causation and Probability

Social determination of health is descriptive. Poor people suffer more disease, receive inferior treatment, and die younger.  Carla Prock, Benton-Franklin Health District, in 2017 advised us for good health: “Don’t be poor. If you can, stop. If  you can’t, try not to be poor for too long.”

There is such a strong correlation of adverse social conditions and poor health that it is fair to call socio-economy “determinant” of health and live chances, and begin to unpack the causalities, weighing the different contributors.

Social justice demands that we take seriously social determinants of health. ACES is a little different. Adverse Childhood Experiences can translate the everyday stressors of growing up in tough conditions into adult mental, physical and social dysfunctions but there are other pathways. The seminal study on ACES was 17,000 clients of Kaiser-Permanente, a decidedly middle-class group.

The listing of stressors counted into an ACES score are not exclusively those afflicting marginal communities. The index stressors are independent of economic standing. “Good” homes can induce chronic stress with negative outcomes, the same as homes dealing with acute economic and social stress.

Recognizing that ACES analysis works also for mainstream families broadens its policy ambition. ACES becomes not special pleading for helping “undeserving” families on the margins of society and the economy. It becomes a commitment to improve the health of all of us. It defuses victimization by throwing a random element into who may be affected.

Determinism and causality are tough words, even fighting words. Probability helps us leaven their binary choices. Socio-economic factors have a high probability of inducing morbidity and mortality. Adverse childhood experiences increase the probability of poor adult outcomes. Not every child subjected to sustained, acute stress ends up cutting their education short, spending time in prison, and unable to hold a job. And poor families can also be strong families. That’s where probability comes in. It is just that the probability that poverty induces stress tipping over into adverse childhood experience is unacceptably high.

Don
8 September 2022

Carla Prock’s presentation. See p. 25 for a mapping of ACES for Washington; p. 23 for social determinants of health.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma

The Deserving Poor

“Why, I support helping out the less fortunate, at least those who work for a living, those who deserve our help.” How often have you heard these words while doorbelling a pleasant older voter?

Language matters and this language conveys a social philosophy. It is the dominant social philosophy of this country that builds on the myth that America assures equal opportunity for everyone. If you have had this equal opportunity and you fail to succeed, this is your personal shortcoming. And failures seem to be predictable. Skin color, language accent, sexual orientation, low educational achievement, gender and marital status seem to correlate nicely with low probability of living the American dream.

What if our life chances are not merely individual choices from a Happy Choices smorgåsbord? What if how we get on in this life is constrained by structures of race and class? Or, conditioned by random events like losing a friend to a school shooting? What if our life trajectories are bent downward by bad things happening to us? Do we give up our “deserving” label? And if we happen to a be winner at the lottery of life, do we build a healthy and prosperous community by making sure the undeserving remain on the margins?

Our program this month is about investing in our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Astrid Newell heads up the Thriving Children and Youth Section in the Department of Health.

Astrid spoke to us some years ago (2016?) when we met in person in Ferndale on the sidelines of a noisy state committee meeting. She spoke to us then about Adverse Childhood Experiences Syndrome (ACES) and how childhood stress factors account for success in education and adulthood.

I have asked Astrid to return to our Ag and Rural forum. A basic ARC commitment is investment in rural human resources.  I had expected that wider familiarity with ACES would push more resources to intervene with children at risk as well as to alleviate those risks at the source. I have been disappointed that ACES does not seem to have changed our broader understanding of how society works. Astrid, in the front lines of addressing childhood health and investing in our future, can better help us evaluate our progress.

Don
3 September 2022

References:

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Documents/Pubs/141-029-EssentialsForChildhoodFramework.pdf?uid=6313baae5c277

https://doh.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Documents/Pubs/970-213-EFCfactsheet.pdf


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Our mailing address is:
Ag and Rural Caucus
2921 Mud Creek Rd
Waitsburg, WA 99361

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8th LD Democrats News


8th Legislative District
Democratic Central Committee
www.LD8WAState.org

PCO’s of the 8th LD are invited to join us Thursday, July 14, 2022 for 8th LDDCC General Membership Meeting. We will have a report from delegates that attended the Washington State Democratic Party Convention and elect a new State Committee Member.

Meeting Notification: July LDDCC General Membership Meeting

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Zoom Link Provided Below   

Agenda.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adopt Agenda
  3. Minutes: No June Meeting 
  4. Chair’s Report 
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Vice Chair’s Report
  7. State Committee Members’ Reports 
  8. Benton County Chair’s Report
  9. New Business:
    1. Report from the Wash State Democrats Convention (Brent/Cedar)
    2. State Committee Member Election (for remainder of 2022)
    3. Other Items from the membership
  10. Good of the Order
  11. Adjourn
The next General Membership Meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 6:30 via same Zoom link.

Note: Please sign in on the Chat. Must have motion and second for discussion. Type motion in chat. For/Against limited to 3 each, alternating, in order of hand raise, 1 min limit. Limit Good of Order comments to one minute per speaker. 
 
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8th LD is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Meeting

Time: July 14, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

Topic: 8th LD General Membership Emergency Meeting

Time: July 7, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

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15th LD Democrats News


16th LD Democrats News


Yakima County Democrats News


Greetings Democrats,

We are at the Central WA State Fair this week! Come see us at our booth in the SunDome, on the east side (closest to the rides). Take a selfie with Daisy the Democratic Donkey! We also have buttons, t-shirts, magnets, and candidate literature available. 

The Fair is one of our important fundraisers every year that helps us sustain our operations through the fall and winter months. It’s also a great way to be present and visible in the community, share information about our candidates, register voters, and let people know that yes, there ARE Democrats in Yakima!

Fair hours are from noon-10pm Monday-Thursday, noon-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday, and 11am-9pm on Sunday.

Hope to see you there! 

September meeting postponed to Oct. 3rd

Due to the Fair, our September regular meeting will be postponed to NEXT Monday Oct. 3rd at 6pm. We will be in person at the office and on Zoom.

Our office is also closed this week so that we can staff our fair booth. If you need candidate signs, please reply to this email or call 509-452-7197 to make an appointment. We will be back to regular office hours next week.

Upcoming Events

September 26 – Doug White Virtual General Election Campaign Kickoff, 6:30 PM via Zoom. Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/s/86436923073

September 23-October 2 – Central Washington State Fair – Come see us in the SunDome! 

September 29 – Sign waving in support of Ukraine, 40th & Summitview, Yakima, 4-6pm

October 1 – Weekend of Action – CANVASSING 10am-3pm, 402 S 3rd St., Yakima. Join the Washington State Democrats in canvassing fellow Democrats in our community to increase voter turnout and support for our awesome candidates up and down the ballot ahead of the critical November general election! We’ll meet on Saturday at 10am at The Yakima County Democrats Office for a brief training before we head out to knock doors! Sign up here.

October 2 – Weekend of Action – PHONE BANK 2pm-5pm, 402 S 3rd St., Yakima. Join the Washington State Democrats in Phone banking fellow Democrats during our Weekend of Action to increase voter turnout and support for our awesome candidates up and down the ballot ahead of the critical November general election! We’ll meet on Sunday at 10am at The Yakima County Democrats Office for a brief training before we jump on the phone to call voters. 

October 3 – Yakima County Democrats and 14th LD Democrats Monthly Meeting, 6pm, 402 S 3rd Street, Yakima. Also accessible via Zoom.

Your financial support is needed

Like many of our fellow Americans, the Yakima Democrats are basically living “paycheck to paycheck.” Since we are entirely supported by donations, that paycheck is YOU!

We are still in need of about 20 monthly donors at $20 a month to be able to pay our rent, utilities, and other bills. These include things like a Zoom subscription, PO Box fees, and ActBlue fees. 

Thank you to everyone who has already made a one time or recurring donation. We are here because of YOU! We just need a few more folks pitching in to close the gap.

Click here to donate via ActBlue, or mail a check to Yakima Democrats, PO Box 121, Yakima WA 98907.

Thank you as always, and we hope to see you at the Fair and upcoming events!

Naomi Whitmore
Chair, Yakima County Democrats
Aileen Kane
Chair, 14th LD Democrats
Our mailing address is:
Yakima County Democrats
402 S 3rd St
Yakima, WA 98901-2834

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From the State Central Committee

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Click on the image to play the audio clip.

At a town hall this week in Amboy, Joe Kent revealed his first-day, No. 1 priority if elected to Congress — impeaching President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. For what? Providing student debt relief, taking bold action to combat climate change, or creating millions of good-paying jobs? The Biden-Harris administration, with help from Washington’s congressional Democrats, has done more in just the last few months than Donald Trump during his entire presidency. 

But that’s not all, folks. Kent also talked about his desire to virtually end all immigration in the U.S., continued to spew conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 insurrection, made many hateful transphobic and xenophobic comments, insisted Planned Parenthood and the FBI should be defunded, voiced support for his MAGA Republican buddies Tiffany Smiley, Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, and so much more. 

Let me remind you, this is the same guy who said, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with there being a white people special interest group.” Click on the image above, and you can hear that quote for yourself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Joe Kent is not only the antithesis of our Democratic values, but of American values. And we can’t allow him to win. Far too much is at stake.

None of Kent’s hateful comments come as a surprise when all the GOP does is stoke the flames of vitriol and violence. And rather than call it out or work to combat any extremism, they profit from it. We’ve seen it here in Washington state with not only Kent, but Smiley and Matt Larkin too — all of whom would happily fall in line to enact Trump’s MAGA agenda if elected and control of Congress flips. But we have the chance to not only protect our Democratic majorities, but strengthen them by winning races like in WA-03.

This is our moment to flip the 3rd, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is just the candidate to do it. She is committed to finding meaningful solutions to the problems impacting Washingtonians most — problems that impact her and her family day to day, whether it’s being a small business owner, trying to find quality child care, or dealing with rising costs. The differences couldn’t be more stark. This is why it’s abundantly clear, Marie is the voice Washingtonians need in Congress. It’s our job to help get her across the finish line, but we need your help! 

Below you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved in southwest Washington, where you can support Marie and many of our incredible candidates, ensuring MAGA Republicans like Kent come nowhere close to serving in public office. But again, that takes all of us. So, sign up today, and be on the lookout for additional events in southwest Washington and statewide. 

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

This past weekend, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee met in Wenatchee to conduct important state party business! It was the first in-person meeting held since the start of the pandemic. Members met safely, worked hard, and were proud to nominate a diverse group of candidates to the 2022 Washington State Democratic Slate, including Congresswoman Kim Schrier! Now it’s time we help ensure Dr. Schrier and Democrats up and down the ticket are elected in November — and we’ve got 46 days to do it! 

Find the full slate of candidates online at wa-democrats.org/2022slate.

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

After Herrera Beutler: Can a Centrist Democrat win over Southwest Washington?
The race for Washington’s Third District has attracted national attention — first to see if the extreme faction of the Republican Party would punish Herrera Beutler for demonstrating a sense of conscience and morality by voting to impeach Trump, and now to see if a Democrat can win in a Republican district by appealing to the center.
EDITORIAL: Restore expanded tax credit to lift even more children out of poverty
Data confirm the expanded child tax credit worked, said U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, who was instrumental in making the credit part of pandemic relief. The Washington Democrat is spearheading efforts to make the benefit permanent.

Find additional news items and more on our website and social media.

STAFF CORNER

Our team continues to grow! We recently welcomed Alena Schoonmaker, Justin Wyzykowski,  Anastasio Wrobel, Lisa Haynes, and Brett Rose to our Coordinated Campaign staff, with each serving as a field organizer. They all  play an integral role in our GOTV operation, and will help mobilize communities statewide, as we work to expand our efforts ahead of the general and get our incredible Democratic candidates across the finish line. We’re excited to have them onboard with us!

Want to join our team, or know of someone who’d make a great addition? 
Current openings:

Visit wa-democrats.org/jobs to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE

Join us Oct. 1-2 for our statewide Weekend of Action, where we’ll make calls, knock doors, mobilize our communities, and get voters excited about local candidates, as we prepare for ballots to drop in less than 30 days. Be sure to sign up for an event (or two) today!

SATURDAY, OCT. 1:

SUNDAY, OCT. 2

Can’t make it, or want to help our efforts further? Attend our virtual Day of Action Sunday, Oct. 9, and help text and/or call rural Democrats across Washington state. Register now:

Virtual Rural Day of Action, 5 p.m. Oct. 9 via Zoom

GET INVOLVED

For the week of Sept. 24-30:

Learn more of what’s happening in your neck of the woods and sign up for event alerts
HERE

From now until November, we have to mobilize every Democratic voter in Washington state — and we need your help to accomplish that. Join our incredible team of volunteers today!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Messaging for the Midterms: Messaging GOTV | 5 p.m. Oct. 3 
We all know what to do to Get Out the Vote: door knocking, phone banking, texting, mailers, lit drops, etc. It's tough to get people to vote during the midterms and even tougher to get them excited about local elections. We need to tell people why they should vote, not just who to vote for, when and where. Learn messaging strategies that will compel people to want to get out and vote. 

Register to attend for free HERE.


Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections this November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 


Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

The work we do today wins elections in November. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution nowConsider supporting our work year round by joining our monthly giving program, Blue Washington!

Washington State Democrats
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PCOs Can (and Should) Start Doorbelling – For PCOs, the time to walk or call the voters in your precincts is NOW so that we can get that data back into Votebuilder ASAP. The data PCOs collect in the first quarter of this year is essential to the voter targeting every Democratic candidate will be able to do in the primary election and for the rest of the year. If needed, our Coordinated Campaign staff can help set PCOs up with a phone or canvass list, an appropriate script for their precinct, and either a listening or ID canvass – just ask us at organizing@wa-democrats.org.


Democratic National Committee News

Summer is in full swing!

Last month, we celebrated love, self-expression, and the freedom to be one’s authentic self as part of Pride. It was also a time to take inspiration from members of the LGBTQ+ community who had the courage to fight for equality.

The Biden-Harris administration has joined that fight in full force. Over the past year and a half, the president has issued one of the most comprehensive executive orders in the history of LGBTQ+ rights, provided Americans with a gender neutral passport marker, prioritized the needs of queer and trans foster kids, and fought for safety and justice for missing and murdered trans BIPOC people.

Meanwhile, MAGA Republicans continue to look for reasons to divide the country and play political games with people’s lives. Their unrelenting war on reproductive health care that resulted in the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade is just the beginning.

Enough is enough. As Democrats, we work tirelessly to make sure that every single voice is heard. That is the basis of the American Dream: we are all equal.

We need to elect public servants who deliver for their communities. We need to elect governors, attorneys general, state legislators, and federal representatives to stand as the last line of defense for Americans’ reproductive rights. We need to elect leaders who do more than talk about gun control but actively build upon the most major gun legislation in 30 years.

We need to elect Democrats.

As summer heats up, we’ll be counting on you to spread the word. The Democratic Party is committed to the founding ideals that make this country great. When you vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, you’re voting for integrity, service, and equality.

That is how we will strengthen our majorities in Congress and flip seats in statehouses. It all starts with you.

Jaime

Jaime Harrison
Chair
Democratic National Committee

Captured at Howard University in Washington, DC, USA on July 8, 2021. by Kevin Lowery, @kevloweryphoto

Roe v. Wade

In response to Republican calls to ban abortion nationally, the DNC is launching an extended campaign branded “MAGA Hot Mic” to turn the volume up on Republicans up and down the ballot, detailing what their extreme MAGA agenda actually is: wildly out of touch with the American people, dangerous, and deadly. We’ve also built a website called DefendChoice.org to share resources and places to direct your attention to help take action and speak out. A record number of activists have already signed up. People are showing that they will do everything within their power to enact change and secure women’s right to control their own bodies.

On the Ground

The DNC announced new investments in Democratic state parties across the country, which will fund state-specific programs for organizing, field, and voter protection to help Democratic candidates compete up and down the ballot this November:

The new Tennessee Democratic Party organizing director will help register and turn out potential voters across the Volunteer State. Through this organizing program, the TNDP will target key legislative races to lay the groundwork to break the Republican supermajority in the Tennessee Legislature.

The South Dakota Democratic Party’s new field director will help the party compete in races around the state and work alongside the native outreach director to organize within the nine tribes of South Dakota. The new field director will also help hire and train Young Elected Legislative Leaders (YELL) Fellows, an innovative program that allows college and high school students to help organize for local candidates.

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL will hire a new organizing director to focus on early and robust voter engagement. The organizing director will direct volunteer recruitment and community outreach projects as well as lay the strategic and operational groundwork for the 2022 coordinated campaign. The new hire also will lead a comprehensive statewide program that will fortify relationships with unions and other allied organizations.

The Democratic Party of Virginia is investing in a voter protection operation that will run programs across the commonwealth that combats misinformation coming from Republicans. Additionally, the new program will combat Republican attempts at voter suppression and create a strong poll observer program to ensure voters are well-resourced on Election Day.

In Louisiana, a new communications director will drive messaging and expand outreach for Democrats up and down the ballot. The Louisiana Democratic Party is focused on an intensive and targeted campaign to register and turn out more Democratic voters and an aggressive messaging campaign to make sure that Louisiana voters know Democrats deliver results.

The Massachusetts Democrats are hiring an organizing director to build out its “Blueprint to ’22” voter-mobilization program and ensure coordinated voter engagement efforts across campaigns at all levels.

Folks You Should Know

Sam Alleman, LGBTQ+ Coalitions Director
Sam previously worked at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s national political team for five years, working to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care. Sam has also served on the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s Campaign Board for three years, where he raised money for LGBTQ+ candidates up and down the ballot. Before this Sam also served in roles at Hillary For America, Battleground Texas, and Wendy Davis For Texas.

Ellie Blaser, Coalitions & Community Engagement Director of Operations
Prior to joining the DNC, Ellie served as the Senior Executive Coordinator at NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she spent over three and a half years fighting for reproductive freedom and abortion rights for all Americans. She is a graduate of Hood College and previously gave a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Ariel Garayar, Coalitions and Community Engagement Manager
Ariel oversees youth outreach. She previously worked for the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, where she helped advocate for a better quality of life for immigrant and refugee communities. She has mobilized communities to vote as a Deputy Coalitions Director in Virginia during the Biden for President campaign and while serving on the board of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV), the Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia. She has previously held roles in the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill (MO) and Senator Tom Udall (NM). Ariel is the daughter of Peruvian immigrants.

Alan Clendenin, Chair of the Southern Caucus
Alan is a labor organizer and retired air traffic control tower manager. He began his activist work in 1975 as a high school volunteer for President Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. Since then, he has been actively involved in numerous local, state and national campaigns and held numerous state party positions including Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Currently he’s the senior DNC member from Florida.

Nancy DiNardo, Chair of the Eastern Caucus
Nancy is a retired educator with 31 years of service in Bridgeport, CT. She began her career as a teacher, then became a school psychologist, and then became an administrator, serving as Director of Psychological Services. She has been in politics just as long having won a seat on her local town council when she was just 21 years old. She was just one of four Democrats on the 21 member council. She later became a member of the Connecticut Central Committee and was elected the first woman to chair the Connecticut Democratic Party in 2005. She was reelected in 2020 after serving in other positions.

Ron Harris, Chair of the Midwestern Caucus
Ron is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Minneapolis, a position held by fewer than 100 people in the entire world. He leads the city’s strategy to reduce vulnerabilities in the community and prepare businesses to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of disruption. Ron first ran for the DNC at age 24 in 2014. His narrow loss inspired him to continue to remain active in the party, and two years later he won a seat with support from all over the state.

Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Western Caucus
After a career as an executive at Microsoft, Tina won an at-large seat on the Seattle City Council. On council, she championed new civil rights legislation including the inclusion of gender identity into all city ordinances, created the first civilian oversight body of the Seattle police department, and pioneered in-neighborhood council meetings to engage a more diverse group of constituents in decision-making. Tina won her first term as state party chair in 2017. During that year, she traveled to and worked with all 39 Washington counties and 49 legislative districts and pledged to rebuild the party’s grassroots infrastructure.

The DNC Organizing Team’s “Summer of Service” is in full swing. Across the country, we are hosting a series of service-oriented events and activities for our DNC grassroots supporters and Biden-Harris volunteers. Send us your photos and videos from the Weekend of Action that kicked off on June 11.

DNC Best Practices Institute

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Hello Democrats,  

September is National Voter Registration Month and with less than 10 weeks until Election Day, there is no better time to make sure our communities are ready and able to fully participate in the fast approaching midterm elections! September 20th is National Voter Registration Day and we have you covered with an activist challenge and Victory Vault spotlight to help you celebrate the day! You’ll also find rural organizing training opportunities and youth organizing resources in this month’s BPI Newsletter. 

Onward,  

Best Practices Institute


TRAINING AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Rural Strong Training Series
The DNC is excited to launch the Rural Strong Campaign! The Rural Strong training series will cover Messaging, Grassroots Organizing, GOTV, and Organizing Tools throughout the five-part training series. Join the upcoming session on Saturday, September 17 at 12pm ET HERE

Youth Vote Training Series

The DNC has wrapped the 2022 youth virtual training series! Thank you to all who participated. If you missed the session, don’t worry! You can still watch the recorded trainings to learn the critical skills and resources needed to organize your community ahead of the midterms! View the recorded training sessions here: 

Connect with Ariel Garayar at Youth@dnc.org for meaningful volunteer opportunities to make a difference in 2022 races in your community through the DNC’s Fair Shot Youth Program.

September Activist Challenge
Our monthly Activist Challenge is designed to build infrastructure for Democratic campaigns and organizations through grassroots engagement. Are you ready to accept the challenge, and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot?!

 It’s National Voter Registration Month! For this month’s Activist Challenge, we are challenging our #BPIFamily to register your friends, family, and neighbors as election season continues to heat up! 

 Save the Date! September 20, 2022 is National Voter Registration Day! How are you celebrating? Check out some ideas for engagement below: 

  • Reach out to your State Party, local Democratic party unit, campaign teams, and more to see what voter registration initiatives you can support this month! Find your State Party here
  • Host your own Voter Registration Event! Utilize the BPI resources linked below and check out our Victory Vault Spotlight for more resources on hosting your own Voter Registration Drive!

 Once you’ve completed the challenge, take a selfie and create a post on social media that includes the following information:

  • Your state or territory 
  • A brief explanation of how you completed this month’s challenge
  • The hashtag “#BPItraining” 
  • And don’t forget to tag “@TheDemocrats

BPI Spotlight Training

The Spotlight Training portion of the BPI Newsletter will highlight specific trainings that cover skills and concepts that are core to our work and ask you to revisit those trainings in our BPI Victory Vault. The trainings spotlighted in each month’s challenge will correlate to skill building that we believe is most relevant to the timeframe in which it is recommended, allowing participants to put their new knowledge to work right away. 

After reviewing these “spotlight” trainings, we will encourage you to share and implement what you have learned within your local Democratic organizations and groups.

Spotlight Training: Voter Registration and Education 

After reviewing these “spotlight” trainings, we will encourage you to share and implement what you have learned within your local Democratic organizations and groups. Happy training to all the amazing Democrats stepping up to run for office, and those who are continuously working to support their campaigns! 

BPI Victory Vault

The BPI Victory Vault contains on-demand training resources, tailored toward volunteers, community organizers, activists, and campaigns, which cover a variety of grassroots organizing skills. The BPI Victory Vault continues to grow, with new additions added periodically as resources become available. New members are added each Wednesday, and you must use a gmail account to register in order to access the BPI Victory Vault Google Drive folder. Check out our BPI Victory Vault instructions if you have trouble accessing the BPI Victory Vault once you receive your email invitation.

The BPI Victory Vault resources are meant for educational purposes only. BPI Victory Vault materials are not downloadable or shareable. Any individual interested in viewing the BPI Victory Vault resources must complete the application in order to request access. We reserve the right to remove individuals from any and all BPI resources in the event of inappropriate use.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DNC Talent Bank

The DNC Talent Bank is a resource to help state parties and campaigns find the best applicants for a wide range of positions, from field organizers to digital directors to communications staff, and more.

If you are interested in pursuing a campaign position, please sign up for the DNC Talent Bank in order to receive information on available positions and other career opportunities. All levels of experience and fields of interest are encouraged to apply.


ABOUT THE BPI

Best Practices Institute

The Best Practices Institute (BPI) is the shared training department of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC). The BPI delivers training to activists and volunteers, party leaders and staff, students and youth organizers, candidates and campaign staff, constituency caucus members and community leaders, and so many more! 

BPI training topics range from field organizing to digital mobilization, data to finance, communications to compliance, and leadership development to movement building, just to name a few.

Through this vast expansion of training programs, the new BPI is building and strengthening the Democratic Party infrastructure to ensure success for years to come!


CONNECT WITH US 

  • Text “Training” to 43367 to stay updated on BPI training opportunities, and other insider DNC news! (By texting 43367, you are consenting to receive recurring and/or automated text messages and calls from the DNC. Text STOP to stop, HELP for Help. For SMS, msg & data rates may apply. Democrats.org/privacy-policy)
  • Check us out on social media by searching #BPItraining– and don’t forget to tag us in all of your training and volunteer activities! 
  • Want to be part of an online community of Democrats, get involved at the local level, and stay up to date on events happening in your state? Click HERE to join one of our many DNC Facebook groups!

Happy Training! 

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month is right around the corner! No matter who you are or who you love, we all deserve to be afforded the same rights. And we’ve released some new Pride-themed merch just in time.

This American-made, union-printed collection showcases a variety of products featuring slogans such as “Love Still Wins,” “Together We Fight for All,” and “Vote with Pride.” These are the perfect way to show off your pride, support the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrate all month long.

We recognize and honor the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and the ongoing fight to live freely. Together, we can pave the way for a more just and equitable nation.

Head to the Official Democratic Store to get your very own LGBTQ+ Pride merch! Every purchase helps elect Democrats nationwide and supports our work fighting for equality, justice, and a better future for all.

Wear it loud and proud,

The Democrats


Tri-City Democrats

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Gary Kanter and Greg Deer Concert and Potluck

Meeting Friday, October 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Let’s have a picnic starting at 6:00 and start the music at 6:30. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill (if any). Zoom info is below for those who would prefer to attend virtually.

Contemporary Folksingers And Songwriters
Songs of Labor and Social Justice
Spiced With Humor and Occasional Offensive Acidic Social Commentary

Gary Kanter has been acknowledged as one of the Northwest’s most gifted folksingers, labor troubadours, and songwriters. His lyrics range from biting satire (“We’re Burning Books Tonight”) to rousing labor anthems (“Don’t Mourn–Organize!”) to historical commentary (“We Marched Down This Road Before”).

Greg Deer has been impressing audiences with his smooth guitar work and ability to adjust to most every music genre. His talents are often on display in a variety of themed shows at Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish where he is also a board member.

Gary and Greg have been playing together for several years with a couple of years off for good behavior during the pandemic. They are fixtures at labor and social justice fundraisers throughout the North Sound Region and regularly perform for progressive candidates during election seasons. The two have produced two CDs with a third on the way.

www.garykanter.com gary@garykanter.com (425)246-8613

Link to Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/5560716190640891/

If you have trouble getting the meeting link through Meetup, please reach out to the Tri-city Democrats Facebook page or to Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net) and we’ll get the information to you.


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Candidates!

Meeting Friday, October 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

As for our September gathering we will invite candidates in our area to speak for a few minutes each.

This will be a hybrid meeting – potluck picnic at Carl Baker’s house or via Zoom. We will have a fire pit and patio heaters to take the edge off the chill if it gets cool. Come meet your fellow Democrats and socialize! 4501 W Lattin Ct, West Richland.

Link to Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1723298744709222/

If you have trouble getting the meeting link through Meetup, please reach out to the Tri-city Democrats Facebook page or to Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net) and we’ll get the information to you.


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The League of Women Voters of Benton & Franklin Counties is pleased to present a public discussion: “Is My Ballot Secure?”.

Wednesday, June 22. 2022, 6:00 pm
Columbia Basin College
2600 N. 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
The Theatre (P104) 

The League is honored to host Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, Benton County Auditor Brenda Chilton, and Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton.  The Auditors will outline the ballot process from the drop box to the counting of ballots and the safeguards in place if any irregularity occurs.  Benton & Franklin County citizens are welcome to participate in the question-and-answer period that will follow.  Admission is free. For details contact: christinegrantham3@gmail.com  


Candidate Forums for the 2022 Primary Election are coming! Save the week of July 11th at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the League Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties and produced by PBS – Northwest Public Broadcasting, they will be available at nwpb.org, KTNW, and YouTube. They will also be available on the League’s website and Face Book at lwv-bf.org, Badger Club’s website at columbiabasinbadgers.com and through the Cities of Richland and Pasco at ci.richland.wa.us and Pasco-wa.gov. Viewing will remain accessible through Primary Election Day August 2nd.

Featuring a total of six races with three or more candidates each:

8th Legislative District – 3 Races

Senate, Representative Position 1, Representative Position 2

16th Legislative District – 1 Race

Representative Position 1

Benton County Commissioner – 1 Race

Commissioner District 2

4th Congressional District – 1 Race

US Representative


Democracy in Action Across Washington State | News from the League of Women Voters of WA

To Do List


Upcoming Events

9.20 TUE | National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day is September 20—make sure to check your registration
9.20 TUE | Public Forum Featuring Candidates for Mason County Auditor, Assessor, and Clerk
Join the LWV of Mason County for this Forum featuring candidates for Mason County Auditor, Assessor, and Clerk. Learn more. 
9.24 SAT | The Shoreline Management Act At 50+ Years
Learn about the LWVWA Shoreline Management Act (SMA) Study on September 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This informative event is open to the public and vital to residents across the state, as the SMA applies to all areas of the state, since it covers virtually all of the state’s coastal shorelines, rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands.


Around the League

Welcome to The Evergreen Voter! LWVWA has moved to a new email service provider and with that, we’re updating our monthly newsletter. We welcome newsletter submissions from League members, government agencies, and coalition partners—email comms@lwvwa.org with your events and articles


The League at Large
Washington League members have made huge impacts over the years on many important regional issues. LWVWA President Lunell Haught writes about how two of these issues, the Columbia River Treaty and the Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup exemplify our commitment to democracy, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and care for all.

The Shoreline Management Act at 50+ Years
LWVWA has recently completed a study on the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), one of the first environmental laws passed in our state. It regulates the development and uses of shorelines, and provides for public access to shorelines. Our new study analyzes its effectiveness over the past 50 years..

LWVUS Joins Call to Protect Old Growth Forests
LWVUS and 110+ other organizations sent a letter in support of protecting old growth forests to the Secretaries of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior. The Washington Department of Natural Resources has more information about these forests, their locations, and how they are identified and managed within our state.
Join Your Local League
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Any person 16 and older may become a voting member of the League
Support the League
We're able to continue our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy because of support from folks like you. Show your support by donating to the League of Women Voters of Washington right now!
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters of Washington
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Columbia Basin Badger Club

BADGER FORUM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15  | 12 Noon 

Eric Eisinger
Ryan Lukson

After 36-years as Benton County’s Prosecuting Attorney, Andy Miller announced his retirement earlier this year instead of seeking reelection for a tenth term. Miller is widely respected as the most senior prosecutor in Washington state, having served longer than any other sitting prosecutor. He has also occupied a unique place as the sole Democrat to hold a partisan elected office in our region for some time and has managed not to draw a challenger during his past seven terms.

And so, for the first time in nearly three decades, Benton County voters won’t have a Democratic party candidate on their ballot for Prosecuting Attorney. Instead, two Republicans are now vying to win the seat— Eric Eisinger, senior partner with the Richland law firm Walker Heye, PLLC, and Ryan Lukson, Benton County Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecutor. Both men were on the Primary ballot with Eisinger emerging nearly 5 points ahead of Lukson.

Register HERE for BADGER DEBATE: Benton County Prosecutor

COMING OCTOBER 22: Building a Healthy Community The 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment will be finalized in October and Badger Club will get an early look at it. The Assessment is the result of months of research, listening sessions with community members, and two general public forums. It will serve as a guide to improving the overall health of Benton and Franklin Counties.


Democracy Happy Hour, September 14 @ 5 pm PT:

Minority Rule: How did we get here?

Democracy Happy Hour September 14 @ 5 pm PT!

Grab a drink and come hear about the latest democracy news, ongoing efforts to fix democracy, and actions you can take at our weekly Democracy Happy Hour, Wednesdays @ 5 pm PT.

Topic for September 14, 2022:
Minority Rule: How did we get here?

Upcoming Topics in August:

  • Sept 21 – Benefits & Types of Public Funding for Elections
  • Sept 28 – Next U.S. Supreme Court Session: What can we expect?

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Hello friends! 

I want to introduce myself as Faith Action Network’s organizer for our South-Central WA region. I had the opportunity to meet some of you this past month as part of beginning our work together, and that has been a wonderful experience for me. Thank you! I am also excited to introduce, Alexia Estrada who is local to Tri-Cities and our Latinx Community Outreach contact for FAN. Alexia will also be present for our work in our South-Central region. We look forward to meeting those of you we have yet to meet over the next month. 

As we settle deeper into our critical and challenging work together, building up trust as advocates of compassionate actions for systemic change, I hope our presence and encouragements prove to be highly effective.  

Honestly, the COVID-19 isolations and polarizing still affect my outputs/outlook; but I am one who upholds my Christian tradition’s faith resilience and commitment to learning (and relearning!) wisdom as love for God.   “Freedom and peace with divine wisdom and grace” has been my guiding mantra since 1989, when I learned community organizing in Kansas City, Missouri’s eastside, diverse neighborhoods. 

We look forward to gathering with you this fall, at a regional Cluster Meeting, Sunday, November 13 at 2:30 PM at Shalom United Church of Christ, 505 McMurray Street in Richland.  We ask that you please register your intentions to attend the Cluster Meeting (please click here). 

Our goals for our gathering are: 

  1. To strengthen relationships between the faith communities within our geographical region 
  2. To provide a space to gather for advocacy updates with local faith communities and FAN 
  3. To strategize together the advocacy action plans and events for the 12 months ahead 

Cluster Meetings are designed for learning from each other about what is happening in and around our south-central region while also working together to develop/discover ways that FAN helps us respond collectively and powerfully, in solidarity. 

Also, we welcome you to join our hybrid 2022 Faith Action Network Annual Dinner on Sunday, November 20(online registration begins Oct 1). “Pathways of Solidarity” will be our theme this year. We have much to celebrate together, statewide, about our multifaith movement’s growing capacity to influence and strengthen our local communities, with  collective compassion and voices for social justice.

May the joining of our pathways together strengthen your faith and compassion! 

See you soon, 

Eric 

Eric Don Anderson, M. Div.
South Central WA Regional Organizer, he/him/his
FAITH ACTION NETWORK
www.FANWA.org
509.492.2216


Dear Eastern WA friends of FAN,

We hope you are well as this back-to-school time begins! There are a few things we are eager to share with you, and please let us know if you have any questions:

Regional Organizing: First, we hope you saw our announcement this summer of the departure of our Eastern WA Regional Organizer, Lauren Schubring, as she moved on to a regional/urban planning position. We are grateful for her excellent teamwork and the relationships she built with you as advocates and faith communities throughout Eastern WA. You can read her note on our website, and we trust you will continue to see her in the community and at FAN events!

To continue the momentum, we are hiring for a new Eastern WA Regional Organizer, and we hope you will spread the word! Applications considered through September 30.

Stand Against Christian Nationalism: A group of clergy and allies in your area, led by Rev. Rick Matters, is organizing a local response to the ReAwaken America tour coming to the WA-ID border September 16-17. FAN is supportive of these efforts for Christians to be on the frontlines of denouncing this ideology that breeds division and hate; see our announcement here. We invite you to lift up the liberative themes of your multi-faith traditions in vigil and the media during that time as a counter-narrative. The local organizers have a petition they would like as many people as possible to sign in advance of event: read more and sign the petition at: https://bit.ly/ChristianNationalismPetition. The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane is helping lead the way with this powerful recent statement by Bishop Gretchen Rehburg and will offer vigil resources faith communities might use.

FAN Annual Dinner! Would you like to volunteer to make this in-person celebration in Spokane a success? We are preparing to gather our statewide network in Spokane, Renton, and online, on Sunday evening, November 20. FAN Board Member Rev. Jim CastroLang is excited to welcome you in-person to our gathering at the Thrive Center, 110 E. 4th, Spokane. More information and registration will be coming later this month. Please let us know if you can help at fan@fanwa.org or 206-625-9790, and we will put you in touch with Jim.

We will continue to share our updates via our e-news, but didn’t want to miss this opportunity to provide you some local updates. Thanks for all you do for justice!

In solidarity,

Elise

Elise DeGooyer | Executive Director
FAITH ACTION NETWORK
www.FANWA.org
206-625-9790, ext 112


We’re pleased to announce we will be back in person at the Renton Pavilion for our Annual Dinner celebration on November 20, as well as in Spokane at the Thrive Center, and livestreamed! We look forward to filling the rooms in community and solidarity that evening. See below for how you can help, and stay tuned for registration to open in early October!

Stand Against Christian Nationalism

A group of Christian clergy and allies in the Spokane area, led by Rev. Rick Matters, is organizing a local response to the ReAwaken America tour coming to the Washington-Idaho border September 16-17; see our previous announcement here and this news article from Spokane FāVS. FAN is supportive of these efforts toward denouncing this ideology that breeds division and hate. We know that such events in one part of our region have ripples throughout the state. We invite you to consider an action step you can take in the week leading up to the event:

FAN will continue to work across the state to create forums for learning and action to respond to Christian nationalism. Here are a few upcoming opportunities:


Inviting Sponsors and Volunteers
for Annual Dinner

We are excited to join in person for our annual celebration in Renton and Spokane, and we are preparing to welcome tables of sponsoring friends, our Network of Advocating Faith Communities, and hundreds of individuals in both venues, as well as online. This will take many hands, and we invite you to sponsor or volunteer!.

  • Sponsor our 2022 annual celebration and keep FAN advocacy moving forward! Download the sponsorship form here or email Elise for more information: degooyer@fanwa.org.
  • Volunteer to make the evening a success! Help with registration, outreach, parking, set-up, or clean-up, and then enjoy dinner and the program with us! Email fan@fanwa.org.

Coalition Partner Spotlight

FAN participates in more than 25 policy coalitions, each working towards justice, equity, and the common good through intersecting issues. The work of Health Care for All – Washington to achieve universal health care is based on religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. We are pleased to highlight this upcoming event shared by FAN advocate Ronnie Shure, President of Health Care for All – Washington, and featuring the work and perspectives of FAN supporter and member of Washington Poor Peoples’ Campaign, Ming Chen: Healthcare is a Universal Value, September 14, 7pm on ZoomRSVP here!


Opportunity

Space for a SHARE shelter needed in Seattle by September 17: SHARE is currently looking for a location for a 10-person, self-managed shelter in Seattle, needed to temporarily replace another site by September 17. For more information, contact SHARE at shelters@sharewheel.org or 206-448-7889.


Events

Sunday-Wednesday, September 11-14on lineGreen Team Summit, hosted by St. John United Lutheran Church with Earth Ministry, featuring Dr. Katharine Hayhoe exploring her most recent book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided WorldFind out more here.

Sunday, September 11 to Saturday, October 2, on line. Global Interfaith Compassion Challenge. Join people from many faith communities in exploring ways to bring the timeless virtue of compassion into our lives and work toward bringing about large-scale social change through compassion. Find out more here.

Tuesday, September 13, 12-1:30 PM, on-line presentation, Racial Equity – What Do We Do Next?, sponsored by Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council.Find more information, contact eastsideinterfaith@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 10 amon lineThe Future of Work. This webinar explores how “digital trade” proposals could impact jobs, wages, gig economy worker protections, and more. Find out more here.

Saturday, September 17, 10am-5pmSkagit Valley College, Mount Vernon2022 Labor & Immigration Summit hosted by the Washington State Labor Council and the AFL-CIO Labor & Immigration Committee. FAN is pleased to co-sponsor this year’s event with the theme “Immigrant and Refugee Workers Rising and The Future of the Labor Movement.” There will be workshops, a guest speakers’ breakfast, lunch, and free parking. Register here. For more information, email Dgutierrez@wslc.org.

Saturday, September 24, noon, Cal Anderson Park to the Federal Building. Seattle Rally and March for Nuclear Abolition, sponsored by Citizens for the Universal Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Find out more here.


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Indivisibles,

The biggest story at the start of this week could have continued to be Queen Elizabeth’s passing or Ukraine gaining ground from Russia, but the top trending topic on Twitter is Trump making an unannounced visit to DC. 

That’s right — in a year where Trump is not even on the ballot his every movement still dominates headlines. 

In a speech on September 2, President Biden remarked that “there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.” The President has it right — the Republican Party has been taken over by extremists. And in the course of the takeover of one of our two major political parties in this country, we are now faced with an overwhelming fascination with their actions. 

Our media covers Trump’s every move. 
Our polling considers what Trump’s support means to candidates.
Our social media feeds are filled with stories of the effects of extremism on pregnant Americans across the country. 

There is no escaping MAGA mayhem.

But that’s not true. We can escape this cycle. If we get out the vote for these midterm elections we have the chance to deal a decisive blow to MAGA extremism in this country. We can ensure that, no matter how many tantrums MAGA Republicans throw, American values shine through in our policies and our actions. Let the media frenzy, let our obsession with extremism remind you to continue to work. 

Every time you see Trump covered on TV — send a text.
Every time you watch coverage of the January 6th attempted coup — sign up for a phonebank.
Every time you feel that you are seeing the decline of our democracy before your very eyes — get out and knock on a door. 

We have the power to make a difference. We can either let a small, right-wing minority’s descent into extremism allow us to spiral or we can choose to act and oppose it. 

Indivisibles choose to fight.

With that, here are your weekly to-dos:


 Your 6 weekly to-dos 

  1. Click here to register to phonebank for Matt Cartwight for PA-08 tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Here’s your first opportunity to make your voice heard and make a difference. Matt Cartwright is a Give No Ground candidate in a district we need to hold to combat MAGA extremism. He is up against a candidate who wants more guns, rails against “CRT,” and believes we need to “secure our elections” — sounds a lot like MAGA extremist talking points to us. Let’s make sure Northeast Pennsylvania doesn’t fall into the hands of MAGA Republicans. 
  2. Click here to register to Give No Ground. Click “volunteer” in the top right corner. If you are a part of an Indivisible group, register as a group, if not you can register as an individual. This is where we will do the work for the next 71 days to hold the House and achieve a real majority in the Senate. To win, we must get the message out. Give No Ground is our home for opportunities to phonebank, textbank, canvass, postcard, and more so that when November comes around, we can say that we gave it our all for democracy. MAGA Republicans are mobilizing, but there are more of us than there are of them. Let’s make sure we show it!
  3. Click here to sign up for the Indivisible Truth Brigade. Propaganda, false characterizations, intentionally misleading messages, and outright lies threaten our democracy and even our lives. We can effectively combat disinformation, despite the well-funded machines that drive it. People believe sources they trust! Lies are on the ballot this November and when lies are on the ballot, we have both a moral and an existential responsibility to stop them from winning. Sign up to learn how to fight disinformation in a way that drives change and protects our communities from the threat of extremism. 
  4. Click here to call your senator and tell them to pass the Marriage Equality Act. Following the Dobbs decision, same-sex marriage is now on the chopping block for the Republican Supreme Court. Recently, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Right to Contraception Act reminding us that our rights are not only in jeopardy, but Republicans will actively refuse to enshrine them into law without pressure. We cannot allow the MAGA-led rollback of our rights to continue — not while our senators have the power to intervene. Voting against the Marriage Equality Act would be wildly unpopular and put these politicians’ careers in jeopardy (which is why we saw some House Republicans vote with Democrats on it). Let’s make sure Republican senators know it! 
  5. Click here to call your senator and demand they pass the Markey Court Expansion Bill. Even as Democrats work to expand our rights, the threat of them being overturned by the Supreme Court looms large. We must expand the court after Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell conspired to pack it for generations to come. The only way to re-legitimize the court is to expand it. Contact your senator and, when you’re done, click here to contact your representative and tell them to pass Rep. Mondaire Jones’ House version of the bill.
  6. Do you live in a rural area? Click here to join our National Rural Program. We have special election resources and calls specifically for our rural Indivisibles where you can learn more about strategies and issues specific to Indivisibles living in rural areas. If you want an idea of what that looks like, click here to check out our agenda and notes from previous meetings. 

 National Events 

Click here to register for our Fight Election Disinformation — Truth Brigade Action Virtual Call: Featuring Dan Pfeiffer this Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT. Disinformation poisons minds and prevents our society from moving forward to protect the people and the planet. Lies are spread to obtain unearned power — it’s as simple as that. Lies around voting and elections provide the path to that unearned power. Join us September 14 to learn which states, people, and campaigns are most vulnerable, and how we can and must disrupt voting-related disinformation. Leave this event inspired, clear-headed and focused on taking meaningful action. We’ll be joined by Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Pod Save America and author of Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook and the MAGA Media are Destroying America.

Click here to register for a Letter to the Editor (LTE) training and workshop with the Indivisible Press Team on this Thursday, September 15 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. This training will help you identify how to effectively write LTE’s and then target compatible publications for placement. You’ll then have the opportunity to workshop you’re writing and submit and LTE on issues issues like abortion and MAGA mayhem in community with fellow Indivisible activists and staff. 

Click here to sign up for the January 6th Justice Activist Call on Thursday, September 15 at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT. The bipartisan January 6th Select Committee has shown that Trump and his MAGA allies planned, promoted, and paid for a criminal conspiracy to overturn an election they knew they’d lost. Trump and his MAGA allies continue to work to sabotage future elections by changing state laws, threatening state officials, and packing election administration offices so that they can have the final say over election results — even when they lose. We must hold them accountable! No one is above the law. Join us and our partners to learn how to take action to defend our democracy. Bonus: Our very own Ezra Levin will be a guest speaker on this call. 

Click here to register for the Deep Canvassing Phonebank to Conflicted Pro-Choice Voters (Central/East) on Tuesday, September 20 from 5pm-8pm ET/2pm-5pm PT. Come see what all the hype is about in Deep Canvassing — the voter contact program Indivisibles are calling “magic,” where past volunteers have said, “I transform into the type of person I want to be!” From Kansas to New York, we know that voters are moving toward us on abortion and MAGA extremism. But there are still folks out there with conflicting beliefs, and through deep canvassing, we can move them to our side! We’ll call voters who are likely pro-choice but don’t always vote for Democrats, have open conversations about their stake in abortion access, and move them to act on their beliefs by voting for progressive candidates. We’ve been moving around 10% of voters we talk to, a massive electorate shift especially in close races! Please note this is a 3hr event: you’ll receive a 1hr training on deep canvassing fundamentals, followed by a 2hr phonebank + debrief for the Give No Ground candidate of your choice in Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin.

Click here to RSVP for our next Give No Ground MAGA Mayhem Election National Activist Call on Thursday, September 22 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. As the political landscape continues to shift in the leadup to the midterm elections, get an inside look at what Indivisibles are doing this cycle to make sure we Give No Ground this November. This call, we will have special guest Sophia McClennen speaking to us on why laughtivism works and effective tactics we can use to break through the MAGA mayhem.


 IndivisiWin of the Week 

A group of Indivisibles filed complaint against their representative Scott Perry with the House Committee on Ethics over his efforts to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Republican extremism is on the ballot this November. What are you going to do to stop it? Make a commitment today to ensure the safety of the American people and our democracy long into the future.

In solidarity, 
Indivisible Team


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Indivisibles,

As we get closer to the November 8 midterm elections, disinformation is everywhere. Whether we’re looking at the big lie of election theft, scare tactics surrounding trans people in sports, or banning books to rewrite our history, the threat of misinformation is an ever-present danger to our democracy — just ask the January 6th insurrectionists. 

The MAGA Republican playbook is clear: Use whatever story is most convenient to assure their own victory. Truth has never been a cornerstone of their movement. As FiveThirtyEight recently noted, “60 percent of Americans will have an election denier on the ballot this fall.” The majority of our country is faced with the perpetuation of a myth that has been debunked over and over. Lies are not just on our screens, they are on the ballot. 

But, how do you fight a lie?

Join the Indivisible Truth Brigade on Wednesday September, 14 from 6:30-8:30 ET/ 3:30-5:30 PT for our Fight Election Disinformation Call to find out.

We will be joined by Dan Pfeiffer (host of Pod Save America and author of Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook and the MAGA Media are Destroying America) to talk about how lies around voting and elections provide the pathway for bad actors to obtain unearned power. We’ll cover what states, people, and campaigns are most vulnerable and how we can and must disrupt voting-related disinformation. 

When lies are on the ballot, we have both a moral and an existential responsibility to stop them from winning. If we do not fight back now, America’s faith in its democracy will face irreparable harm. Join us at the Truth Brigade Fight Election Disinformation Call to learn how. 

In solidarity, 
Indivisible Team

PS — For more opportunities to learn about strategies, tactics, and actions to defend our democracy from MAGA extremism: 


Indivisible Action is a Hybrid Political Action Committee fueled by the grassroots movement to win elections and build local, independent progressive power nationwide. Read more about the formation of our PAC here.

Grassroots donations, not foundations or large gifts, are our single largest source of funding. That means we’re accountable to, and fueled by, Indivisibles on the ground. Chip in $7 to keep fueling our movement. 

To give by mail, send a check to Indivisible Action, PO Box 43135, Washington, DC 20010.

Contributions to Indivisible Action are not tax-deductible.


Good of the Order

Here’s an excellent article on methods for activism to be effective. Practical Activism – Go for the Money

Days after the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe, abortion rights are all everyone is talking about—friends, political leaders, journalists, and more. It’s crucial to make sure that continues. Abortion rights are on the ballot this November, and we can’t let anyone forget it.

Here’s one immediate way you can help: Print out these signs (or make your own!) to hang in your window, distribute in your local community, and proudly show that we are going to fight, vote, and win for abortion rights in our communities and on the national stage.

Here are a few of the signs you can print at home:

Whether you bring these to your local Fourth of July events, hold them outside your local Republican campaign offices to send a message, hang them on community bulletin boards and in shops and cafes, or proudly display them at your home or workplace or on your car or bicycle, you’ll be helping create a national visual display of what’s at stake this November. And it really will make a difference for folks from all walks of life to see these signs and these messages:

  • Our neighbors and communities—the vast majority of whom agree abortion access should be protected and restored, who need to know they aren’t alone, and whose votes will be crucial in November. 
  • Democratic candidates who need to see that being outspoken champions for our health care and bodily autonomy are what voters are clamoring for in this hostile political moment. 
  • Republican candidates—who are praising the Supreme Court and planning more and more restrictions, including a nationwide abortion ban, if they take the majorities in the House and Senate—and need to know we will oppose them every step of the way.
  • Local journalists—so media coverage won’t ever treat this unprecedented attack as business as usual and will accurately reflect the angry, motivated Americans who are about to become a driving force this political cycle.

Let’s be real: Telling people to vote on its own isn’t enough. We need to be honest about what we’re voting for and voting against.  

Democrats in the House have already passed a bill that would restore and strengthen abortion rights. Republicans in the Senate stopped it from moving forward. If we can hold the House majority and expand the Democratic majority in the Senate by two votes—two who are committed to taking bold action to make progress—we can end the filibuster, pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and immediately codify the protections of Roe into law.

We won’t stop there—a 52-seat majority of bold, committed Democrats will let the Senate act on a range of issues—including real accountability and reforms for the corrupt right-wing justices and the illegitimate Supreme Court.

It’s a tall order—but that’s what’s at stake this election. Over the weeks and months ahead, MoveOn members will be calling, texting, and knocking on the doors of voters. We’ll be supporting progressive candidates. And MoveOn will be using the best data, tools, and technology to deliver the sharpest messaging to key voters.

Right now, we can get started wherever we are—print some signs out, take them to community events, distribute them to friends, hang them proudly, and make sure everyone sees what this November will be about.

Thanks for all you do.

BCDCC Officers and Subcommittee Chairs for 2020-2022

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