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This Week in the Community…become informed – Join us!

groundswell_hillSeptember 24th – Tuesday – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – District 3 Freeholder candidate forum – Quilcene community center, Quilcene, WA (Just south of town on right)  Sponsored by the Yes! On Home Rule Charter Ballot Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County. For more information about the agenda and a list of District 3 Freeholder Candidates follow this link  to the Yes! on Home Rule Ballot Committee website

September 26th –  Thursday – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – District 2 Freeholder Candidate Forum – Tri Area Community Center, Chimacum, WA   Sponsored by the Republican Caucus of Jefferson County

SEPTEMBER 28th – Saturday- 9:30 to 11:30 AM – GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CRC: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2333 San Juan Ave) Port Townsend, WA – 

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Yard Signs! Yes on Home Rule Charter – Help needed to distribute.

yard sign picThe Yes! on Home Rule Ballot Committee has yard signs available to distribute to Freeholder Candidates and others who will distribute the signs to high-profile locations along major highways and arterial streets throughout the county.

The signs will be available at two upcoming events or by calling Val and making arrangement for delivery.

The two events are as follows:

September 26th, Thursday –  starting at 5:00 p.m. before the Home Rule Charter forum sponsored by the Jefferson County Republican party.  The meeting will be held at the Tri  Area Community Center in Chimacum.   We will be distributing “Yes! On Home Rule” yard signs to candidates and volunteers who have places to put them.

September 28th, Saturday – Then, we will be distributing signs at the CRC General Assembly meeting of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.  The meeting will be held a the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave  Port Townsend, WA at the starting at 9:30 a.m.

ALSO, a notice will go out to all candidates and Community Rights Coalition  listserve participants about how to get yard signs.  We can deliver!.  We are looking for high-visibility places in all three districts.   We will also be asking for DONATIONS when signs are picked up.

Please call Val at 360-390-4547 if you would like some delivered.

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Yes! on Home Rule Charter now has a new website and facebook page

The Yes! oHome rule new website bannern Home Rule Ballot Committee in conjunction with the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Home Rule Taskforce now has a new website.  You will find a complete events calendar for Proposition 1 – Home Rule Charter forums as well as Freeholder Candidates forums on the website under the “Events” tab.  Plus lots of other helpful information.

The website can be found at:  http://yesonhomerule.com/

and the FACEBOOK page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/658697147475123/

Please “Like” us on Facebook and send the link to your friends…

The Next Yes on Home Rule Charter Ballot Committee strategy meeting is tonight September 20th –  At the Tri-area Community Center in Chimacum.  6:00 PM.  Join us.  Next week we get our yard signs and they need distributing…so much to do, so little time to do it.

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September 2013 – A Very Busy Month for the CRC

democracy hands with borderJoin us in making REAL change!

This week:

  • Home Rule Strategy Meeting, Wednesday, September 4th Tri-area center, Chimacum 6:00 PM
  • September 4th 2:30 PM, and September 6th 8:00 AM Jefferson County Grassroots
    Volunteers for YES on I 522 to Label GMO’s in Washington State –Two
    organizational training sessions
     have been scheduled in the Fellowship Hall at the Quimper Universalist Unitarian Fellowship (QUUF), 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368
  • BILL OF RIGHTS TASKFORCE – Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Townsend Community Center

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CRC MEETINGS FOR SEPTEMBER:

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2333 San Juan Ave) Port Townsend, WA – 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14
  • SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

CRC STUDY GROUP– Tuesdays 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM- QUUF in the Loft (September 3rd meeting is cancelled)

BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE  -Thursdays 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Townsend Community Center

NEXT HOME RULE CHARTER CAMPAIGN STRATEGY MEETING: 6:00 PM – Wednesday, September 4th, Tri-Area Center, Chimacum – We need volunteers to confirm activities and help finalize literature.

Home Rule Charter and Freeholder candidate forums – SEPTEMBER and early OCTOBER 2013

  • September 9th – District 3 Freeholder candidate forum – Sponsored by the Brinnon Boosters  7pm – 9pm  151 Corey lane, Brinnon, WA (1 block so of the fire dept.)
  • September 19th – Thursday- Forum and discussion – 7:00 PM – at the Masonic Lodge, 1350  Jefferson Street, Port Townsend.  Participants:  registered ballot measure committee representatives, Bruce Cowan speaking for “NoCountyCharter” and Valerie Phimister speaking for “Yes! On Home Rule” (she also represents the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County).Co-sponsored by American Association of University Women, Jefferson County; League of Women Voters, Jefferson  County; and The Port Townsend Leader.
  • September 24th – District 3 Freeholder candidate forum – Quilcene community center, Quilcene, WA  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  (Just south of town on right)  Sponsored by the Yes! on Home Rule Ballot Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.
  • September 26th –  District 2 Freeholder Candidate Forum – Tri Area Community Center, Chimacum, WA  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM-  sponsored by Republican Caucus of Jefferson County
  • October 2nd –  District 2 Freeholder Candidate Forum – Tri area Community Center, Chimacum, WA  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM-  sponsored by Yes! on Home Rule Ballot Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County
  • October 8th – Noon- Informational Meeting about Home Rule Charter -12 noon –Port Townsend Community Center – Sponsored by Port Townsend Rotary
  • October 8th – District 1 Freeholder Candidate Forum –  Port Townsend Community Center,  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – sponsored by Yes! on Home Rule Ballot Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County
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Local group gets active for I-522 – Label GMO’s in Washington State

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Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I 522  – Organization and Training Session: what can be done to be sure that WA I-522 passes in November.
 

Beginning with the Uptown Parade, then the All County Picnic, and at the GMO Movies Series we have asked that persons interested in GMOs, and especially in the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in human foods, sign up for receiving important GMO information during the next two months, so as to be better informed about how they will want to vote on passage of I-522 this November.  I-522 will require that most foods containing GE and/or GMO ingredients must be labeled, and will give each of us the Right To Choose what we eat and feed our families.

 We have formed an active Group: Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I 522 to help inform citizens in Jefferson County and across Washington state that we all should have the right to know what is in our foods,.i.e., whether each food contains GE or GMO ingredients.

Two organizational training sessions have been scheduled in the Fellowship Hall at the Quimper Universalist Unitarian Fellowship (QUUF), 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368:  

September 4th 2:30 PM, and September 6th 8:00 AM  (Hope to see you, your friends, and anyone you know who might be interested on the 4th and/or 6th).

Upon seeing the GMO movies many of us feel alarmed, but are at a loss for what we could do that will matter.  We will introduce nearly a dozen  Action Group possibilities that you may choose among:

 
Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers for YES on I–522 — Action Groups
 

ACTION GROUPS:   An important reason for inviting everyone who attends any event (Movies right now) or who can be contacted in any way to add their names to the sign-up Lists is to get them into the loop for receiving ongoing information and eventually being sure that they vote. Invite your friends and any other interested persons —  all are welcome to call in or write:  Rick Doherty, Coordinator of JC Grassroots Volunteers for

YES on I – 522   ricdoh@gmail.com   360 554 0550  206 409 4918

Getting this list of individuals who are interested enough to pass the threshold of signing up is that they will be receiving ongoing information, and if they decide to do nothing else they will be tracked as “near-certain YES votes” and will be contacted in our get-out-the-vote sequence to be sure that they actually have voted come November. Seeing these movies is quite depressing for most of us.  Many feel frustrated in not knowing what can be done – what they as individuals can do.  There is much that needs to be done quickly; there are only about 8 weeks left before we VOTE.

ACTION GROUPS   (Not in order of priority yet)(More to be added yet)

  • 1)    Data entry   ASAP email list(s) continuing effort (typing only required)
  • 2)    Data management of Excel database for generating mailing lists, work groups, etc., for various Action Group tasks, and for sending out information as well as informational documents as generated (requires some skills in using Excel to generate these)
  • 3)    Generation of a stream of Letters to the Editor for Olympic Peninsula newspapers, and Seattle papers   —   an overall plan for drafting a continual sequential version of these (using the Misrepresentations ~= “Lies” document  — this will be completed for the Action Group Training Sessions). The same information can be used educationally to expose widely the Truth answers to the Lies that were used very effectively the last time around in California to defeat Prop 36.  These same untruths are beginning to surface now in WA.  Strategy of these streams, collection of good information for them, skilled writing of them, tracking them and responses to them with countering information.  The Misrepresentations – Truths document is nearly completed. We have two persons who are interested in leading Action Group 3.
  • 4)    Coordinating 3) with newspaper articles and radio activities
  • 5)    Signs and handouts in as many businesses as possible in PT and other JC towns, using a check-off assignment list of businesses to be contacted.
Education of persons to do these (scripted) interactions positively and efficiently
Coordination of these businesses activities and interactions
Note:  These need to be in place urgently in PT to be ready for, and take advantage of The Wooden Boat Festival influx
  • 6)    Interact with various organizations in PT Elks, Veterans, all of the Churches, Synagogue, Healthcare groups of various types, etc, etc. in PT and throughout the County to ask whether they are willing to endorse I – 522 publicity individually and possibly as groups
Also, ask whether they are willing to send out information about I-522 and related events during the next 8 weeks to help educate and to get out the vote.
  • 7)    Develop a plan for what the most strategically effective sites in addition to businesses (in PT and the County) will be for  distributing posters, and other informational materials.  Coordination of implementation of all of this.
  • 8)    Work with Farmers to get them individually or as groups to support I – 522 publicity (in newspapers and on radio stations, etc.) (Important !)
  • 9)    Organize outreach to Jefferson County communities (in addition to PT) to determine how they want to be involved, and how we can help them with educational materials, etc.  Coordination of implementation of all of this. (Important !)
  • 10) Organization of Home (Kitchen) Educational sessions – training of persons to do these. Providing scripts and informational materials.
  • 11) Get younger persons involved.  Need some dynamic younger persons to lead this – not so easy to accomplish.
  • 12) Phone banking to Get-out-the-vote in Jefferson County – Work directly with the JC Democratic Party for phone-banking after their Executive Meeting decision in early September.
  • 13) Phone banking to Get-out-the-vote in WA State.  Work directly with the YES on I 522 Campaign to enable persons who are interested in this (very important activity) to be able to become trained and involved in the online sessions Very Important !
  • 14 – ways to pay for buttons etc.
  • 15) Doctors and Health Professionals for YES on I – 522
  • 16) Lists to be continued – Anyone have any favorites to add?  or any
  • suggestions about any of the above. Finally,  you will continue to receive information about GMO crops and their effects on human and animal health. AND, you will have opportunity to take ACTION as described above, so that we can each feel that we are doing something important to improve the foods that we eat and become more healthy.
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Information:
Rick Doherty, Coordinator-Jefferson County Grassroots Volunteers Grassroots Volunteers for Yes on I-522   ricdoh@gmail.com    360  554 0550   206  409 4918
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Film Series Highlighting GMO issue comes to Port Townsend

GMO CORN needlesFree Film Series on GMO issues comes to Port Townsend.  Just in time to support the I-522 Statewide initiative to label GMO’s, the film series starts on August 26th. The Film series is organized by Local 20/20 and co-sponsored by several other community organizations including The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

This provocative film series shines a light on what has happened in the past two decades to our global food system. You will learn how to make food choices that will keep you healthy, help our local farmers stay viable, and protect nature’s ecosystems.

Here is a film series schedule –  All Films start at 7:00 PM

 

The World According to Monsanto

  • 8/26 Quimper Unitarian
  • 8/28 Quimper Grange
  • 8/29 Quilcene Community Ctr
  • 8/30 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Death

  • 9/2-Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/4 Quimper Grange
  • 9/5 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/6 Chimacum Grange

Genetic Roulette-The Gamble of our Lives

  • 9/9 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/11 Quimper Grange (coincides with Howard Vlieger’s visit)
  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/13 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Freedom

  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Cr.
  • 9/16 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/18 Quimper Grange
  • 9/20 Chimacum Grange

This film is part of the PT Film Festival Weekend:

GMO OMG

  • 9/21 9:30 PM at the Rose Theatre
  • 9/ 22 6:15 PM at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema

With the exception of “GMO OMG,” all the films have been provided for free in collaboration with Meaningful Movies of Seattle with help from the Food Co-op, Local 20/20, the Rose Theatre, Port Townsend Film Festival, the Quimper and Chimacum Granges, Jefferson County Farm to School Coalition, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

Although all of these films are free, donations at the door are welcome.

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General Assembly of the CRC meets this Saturday. Join us!

Salish BeeThe General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, Washington will meet Saturday, August 24th– 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington … 2333 San Juan Avenue. We meet every two weeks. All Friends are welcomed to attend.

 

AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

Updates from each of the workgroups:

  • Community Bill of Rights
  • Study Group
  •  Home Rule Charter Taskforce
  •  Sponsorship of the film series on GMO’s and in support of I-522
  • Other projects

Important information will be provided about the on-going public education project of the Home Rule Charter Taskforce.  Members of the taskforce have formed a Ballot Measure Committee (legal state registered) in order to raise funds to pay for educational materials, advertising, and other expenses. The Ballot Measure Committee is called “Yes! On Home Rule” The group  will act outside of the CRC umbrella and will have its own website with links to campaign materials and candidate information. This committee will be able to collect donations, keep accurate financial records, and file follow-up paperwork with the PDC while advocating for the passage of a Home Rule Charter in Jefferson  County.

The Home Rule Task Force (the original group of the CRC) will be sponsoring 3 public “Meet the Candidate” forums in September and October.  These will be PUBLIC INFORMATION forums that allow the candidates in each district to present their statements and platforms and also to answer questions from the public.

The “Yes! On Home Rule” committee will be holding a volunteer strategy meeting to plan future events and activities.  All friends are welcome to attend.  The Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at the Tri-Area Center in Chimacum.  The meeting will start at 6:00 PM.

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51 citizens sign up to run for Freeholder

August 14th, 15th and 16th fifty-one Jefferson County citizens signed up to run for Freeholder in the November election.  Elected Freeholders will use regularly scheduled Open Meetings and citizen input as a basis for decisions, and will design the Home Rule Charter and form of government to go on the ballot at a future date (hopefully in 2014)  That form, which the CRC taskforce hopes will include Initiative and Referendum as well as a simple Bill of Rights, can then be adopted by voters.

Here is a complete list of candidate for Jefferson County Freeholders.

Candidates for Freeholder – Jefferson County Washington

District #

Name

City

District 1 Raven Port Townsend
District 1 David L Goldman Port Townsend
District 1 Richard Wojt Port Townsend
District 1 Kevin Coker Port Townsend
District 1 Douglas Milholland (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Jim Rough Port Townsend
District 1 Peg Furey Port Townsend
District 1 Dennis A Schultz Port Townsend
District 1 Gary Engbrecht Port Townsend
District 1 John Wood Port Townsend
District 1 Julia B Cochrane (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Joan Best Port Townsend
District 1 O’Neill D Louchard (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Michael Legarsky Port Townsend
District 1 George D Randels Port Townsend
District 1 David Wayne Johnson Port Townsend
District 1  Tim Thomas Port Townsend
District 1 Bernie Arthur Port Townsend
District 1 Bob Sokol Port Townsend
District 1 Jack Westerman Port Townsend
District 2 Dick Shipman Port Townsend
District 2 David Cunningham Port Townsend
District 2 Ravey Kierann Chimacum
District 2 Robert W Jackson Port Hadlock
District 2 David C Harrah Port Townsend
District 2 Jim Fritz Port Townsend
District 2 Michael Regan (CRC Member) Port Hadlock
District 2 Paul Richmond Port Townsend
District 2 John Jamison Port Hadlock
District 2 John D. Gieser Port Townsend
District 2 Gene Farr Port Townsend
District 2 Jim Pearson Port Hadlock
District 2 Henry Werch Port Townsend
District 2 Mark Clark Port Townsend
District 2 Chris Hanson Port Townsend
District 3 Davis Steelquist Quilcene
District 3 Diane Johnson Quilcene
District 3 Norm Norton (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 3 Jim Boyer Port Ludlow
District 3 Craig Durgan Port Ludlow
District 3 Larry J Hovde Quilcene
District 3 Ed Jaramillo Port Ludlow
District 3 Nicole Black Brinnon
District 3 Dan Toepper Port Ludlow
District 3 Bob Pontius Port Ludlow
District 3 Wayne G King Sequim
District 3 David L Dickson Forks
District 3 Jim Davis Port Townsend
District 3 Ron Gregory Port Ludlow
District 3 Bill Eldridge Port Ludlow
District 3 Sunday Pace Chimacum

 

 

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Smart Meter update!

prohibit smart metersTONIGHT AT A PUBLIC MEETING OF the Port Townsend CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE DAVID TIMMONS DECLARED THAT THE CONTRACT WITH HONEYWELL WILL NOT BE PURSUED.  THAT MEANS, THAT, FOR NOW, THE PROPOSED SMART(water) METER PROJECT IN PORT TOWNSEND HAS BEEN TABLED. For now, the City has tabled the issue because of public outcry and other emerging issues they must address in regard to the water system. 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT. 

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SHOWED UP AT THE CITY COUNCIL AND WROTE LETTERS AND SENT EMAILS.

 

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Meeting today: Smart meters may be coming to Port Townsend: city plans to cut forest to pay for it!

smart metersA meeting we should all attend today:  Wednesday, August 14th –  The cutting of a forest to pay for Smart Meters that are opposed by many citizens.

The city of Port Townsend wants to install Smart Meters.  There is much research to show that smart meters can cause health issues. The meters emit an electrical field that can be read from a remote location.  The installation of the smart meters by Honeywell would cost millions and the city proposes to cut a nearby forest to pay for it. This from Virginia Wald – PT community member:

According to City Hall, the meeting today,  Wednesday, 4-6 pm is NOT about smart meters.  It is, however, about selling  the timber on approximately 100 acres of woods that the city “owns”.  This  is supposedly to help fund our utilities, although the water rates have  increased by $240 a year in 2014.  80-acres of these trees provide a buffer  to the pollution from the pulp mill.  If you care about these trees, please  who up at today’s meeting;

Council Special Projects  Committee: Dates: Wednesday, August 14, 2013  Title: Council Special Projects  Committee  Description: Surplus  property and timber sales  Times: 4:00 PM – 6:00  PM

 

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