The next Community Rights Coalition General Assembly will be held On Saturday, June 29th at 9:30 AM.
We will have an update on the Chartering or “Home Rule” signature gathering progress and information about the weekly visits to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners meeting 9:00 AM every monday morning at the court-house. The CRC chartering workgroup is trying to persuade the Board of commissioners to call for freeholders to help the county to move toward chartering. The CRC chartering workgroup members have collected over 700 signatures of Jefferson County registered voters to further the process.
Also to be discussed will be
the creation of a Community Rights Ordinance
update from the study group
and involvement with I-522 GMO labeling initiative, and other projects.
The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington is open to all friends. Please Join us. Saturday, June 29th 9:30 AM held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington – 2333 San Juan Avenue.
In Jefferson county the move toward direct democracy begins!
The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county chartering workgroup has begun signature gathering to bring Home Rule or “Chartering to Jefferson county, Washington. The signature gathering began on June 10th and will continue until August 6, 2013. The workgroup began actively gathering the 2600 registered voter signatures that would allow the formation of Chartering or “Home Rule” in our county. Chartering is a process set forth in the State Constitution that allows for local citizens to have a greater say in their own governmental system. A “Charter” helps to balance the power between government and its citizens and provides every part of the community a forceful voice. A charter would allow direct democracy to come to Jefferson County.
Home Rule Charter allows local government to be updated.
Home Rule Charter (for counties or cities) was provided for in 1948 as an Amendment to the State Constitution, Article XI, Section 4. It allows citizens to update their local form of government. It allows counties to go beyond the “cookie-cutter” 3-commissioner form assigned to counties when we became a state in 1889. Most importantly, it allows citizens a greater voice in their local government by providing the option of Initiative or Referendum to the citizens. It truly allows citizens a voice that can become binding law.
Six counties and ten cities in Washington State have Home Rule. Some changed their form of government, some did not. But all have used the Initiative and Referendum process by citizens to address issues in their counties or cities.
Our petition would ask that an election be held to elect “Freeholders” who would then using Open Meetings, Town Meetings and citizen input as a basis for decisions, design the form of government to go on the ballot: *Commissioner Form, *Home Rule Form, or *Combined City-County Form. The form will then be adopted by voters.
How you can help
There are three ways to support this project to create Home Rule in Jefferson County Washington.
Sign our petition. If you are a register voter please sign our petition. Go to the Port Townsend Food Coop Monday through Friday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and sign our petition.
Circulate the petition in Jefferson County. If you would be willing to circulate the petition contact us or come to the Port Townsend Food Co-op and pick up petitions. The CRC Chartering Workgroup is actively seeking other local citizens to collect signatures on our petition. Please read the following FAQ and definitions for further information on the important direct democracy action that is taking place in our county.
Come to the next Community Rights coalition meeting June 15th at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, Washington. The meeting starts at 9:30 AM. Find out more about our effort to bring direct democracy to our county.
Here are links to some useful information about Home Rule Chartering.
Sunday June 23, 2013 – 11:00 AM at the Rose Theatre -235 Taylor Street, Port Townsend, WA. FREE! Pick up tickets at the box office. Co-sponsored by the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, WA
Salmon Confidential, a shocking new documentary film on the cover up of what is killing wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest by producer Twyla Roscovich.
When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save Pacific Northwest and BC wild salmon. Join US!