Monthly Archives: October 2013

CRC Home rule platform, list of endorsed Freeholder Candidates and Honking and Waving – the quest for more voice for the people.

Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will meet on November 2nd – 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall –  2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA.  All Friends are welcome to attend.  Updates on Proposition 1 and I-522 campaigns.  Election night gathering and post-campaign potluck will be discussed.  Join Us!

CRC PLATFORM AND LIST OF CRC ENDORSED CANDIDATES BY DISTRICT – See below

new website bannerThe Community Rights Coalition was formed by residents of Jefferson County, WA, who attended workshops and Democracy School given by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). We have met for a year to study how:

  • Corporations have used the US Supreme Court to become “persons” under the law with human rights to privacy, freedom of speech and unlimited political influence;
  • Communities in the United States and internationally are finding ways to resist the corporations whose business causes harm;
  • Including the “right to govern ourselves” in a legal strategy changes how the law and courts consider ordinances;
  • Creating a Home Rule Charter can give needed tools to citizens wanting a stronger voice in their own government.

After an intense petition drive we have succeeded in bringing to the ballot Proposition 1 and ask you, the voters of Jefferson County to support:

  • The Community Rights Coalition Platform
  • Vote yes for Proposition 1.
  • Elect freeholders empowered to create an amendable Home Rule Charter designed of, by and for the People of Jefferson County.
  • Claim the power of Initiative and Referendum for local citizens.
  • Include a simple Bill of Rights such as: We the People have the innate right to govern ourselves and the right to defend the living world of which we are a part.
  • Vote for the following candidates who support Proposition 1 and have declared their support for Initiative, Referendum and a simple Bill of Rights.

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County endorses the following candidates for District Freeholder.endorsement- thumbs up

District 1:  O’Neill Louchard (CRC), Julia Cochrane (CRC), Doug Milholland (CRC), John Wood

District 2:  Mike Regan (CRC), David Cunningham

District 3: Norm Norton (CRC), Jim Davis, Nicole Black

For more information about Proposition 1 – Home Rule Charter for Jefferson County, Washington please go to the Yes! on Home Charter Ballot Committee Website: http://yesonhomerule.com/

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP FROM NOW UNTIL NOVEMBER 5th.  HONKING AND WAVING UNTIL ELECTION DAY – WE NEED YOU!

The ballots go out on Wednesday, October 16th of this week. The newspaper insert for Yes! On Home Rule will also go out with the Port Townsend Leader in the October 16th edition of the Port Townsend Leader.   Research tells us that 60% of voters will fill out their ballots within the first 2 days of receiving them. Talk to your friends, tell them to vote YES!  on Proposition 1 and vote for 5 or less Freeholder candidates in their voting district.  Visit our website to get more information

honk and wave2HONKING AND WAVING- WE NEED YOU!  Throughout the weeks leading up to the last day to turn in ballots (November 5th at 5:00 PM) supporters of Proposition 1 will be Honking and Waving with our yard signs at strategic locations throughout the county, most notably near the PT Food Coop on Sims  and Kearney. Come join us.  People have been waving back and stopping and asking questions about Home Rule, the charter process and election of Freeholders.

JOIN US IN BRINGING MORE VOICE TO THE CITIZENS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY WASHINGTON!

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Good News for I-522 and the Label GMO movement

1-522 label GMOsA NUMBER OF COMMUNITY RIGHTS COALITION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY WITH THE I-522 CAMPAIGN AND CRC ENDORSED IT AT A GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING. Many are standing on the street corner near the Food Coop on Kearney and waving signs.  Some attended the recent rally at the Hood Canal Bridge.

WASHINGTON STATE – THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. I-522 would mandate the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Parts of this article are reprinted from an article written by Ocean Robbins for Huffington Post

But perhaps the biggest bombshell of all is now unfolding in  Washington state. The mail-in ballot state’s voters are already weighing in on Initiative 522, which would mandate the labeling of genetically  modified organisms (GMOs). Knowing full well that 93 percent of the  American public supports GMO labeling, and that if one state passes it, many others are likely to follow, entrenched agribusiness interests are pulling out all the stops to try to squelch yet another state labeling effort.

This time, however, things aren’t going quite as planned. On Wednesday, Washington state Attorney General Bob Feguson filed a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The GMA, a lobby  for the junk food industry, has been by far the largest donor to efforts to defeat the labeling initiative.  The lawsuit alleges that the GMA  illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the  identity of its contributors.

The source of the money has now been exposed, and it turns out to be Pepsico, Coca-Cola, NestleUSA, General Mills and a few other junk food companies. The lawsuit reveals that GMA leadership held a series of secret meetings to plot how to  perpetrate a money laundering scheme and illegally hide member donations from Washington state voters, in direct violation of campaign  disclosure laws.

Unlike the junk food companies that feared consumer backlash,  Monsanto hasn’t even bothered to hide the more than $4 million the  company has given to the “no” campaign. In fact, GMA, Monsanto and a  handful of other corporate donors have now broken a state record by pouring more than $17 million into their effort to stop Washington’s GMO labeling ballot initiative.

Voting is already underway in Washington, and the final ballots will be cast on November 5. The “yes” side is ahead in the most recent polls, but supporters of the right to know fear that a barrage of heavily funded and misleading ads could sour voters to the initiative.

They remember that just last year, California’s Proposition 37 was well ahead in the polls until Monsanto and its allies spent more than $46 million on their campaign in the Golden State.

All this label fighting and money laundering leads to some very  significant questions. Why are Monsanto and the junk food industry  willing to spend many tens of millions of dollars every year trying to  keep you in the dark about your food? What doesn’t big food want you to  know? And what are they afraid might happen if you did?

Monsanto tells us that their products are about the best thing to  come along since sliced bread. For years they’ve been promising that  GMOs would reduce pesticide use, increase yields, reduce water consumption, and offer foods that are more tasty and more nutritious.

But in the 20 years since GMO crops first came on the market, studies have found that they have led to higher pesticide use, and no meaningful improvement in flavor, nutrition, yield or water requirements. Instead, what they’ve created are plants that are engineered to withstand massive dosing of toxic herbicides, and plants that function as living pesticide factories. Monsanto’s Bt. corn, for example, is actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide.

With concern about GMOs growing fast, and with the public being  pummeled with vast amounts of misinformation, there is a tremendous need for clear, accurate and reliable information about GMOs. In response,  the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network and the Institute for  Responsible Technology are co-sponsoring a free online GMO Mini-Summit. From October 25-27, some of the top GMO experts on the planet will be  providing insights and clear calls to action in this teleseminar that is also being broadcast without charge on the Internet. Monsanto probably  isn’t too happy about the prospect of tens of thousands of people  getting informed and mobilized. But if you love life, safe food, and the truth, then you might want to check it out.montage MAM rally

And if you want to lend a hand to getting out the vote in the state of Washington, CONTACT:Judy Alexander <lightenup@olympus.net>   OR Rick Doherty <rickdoh@gmail.com> or you can sign up to volunteer here.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen in Washington between now and  November 5. But from Mexico, to Hawaii and to the 64 nations that  already have GMO labeling, this tide just might be turning.

Maybe we, the people, do get a say in what we know, and what we eat, after all. It’s up to Washington State to get the ball rolling.

IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD THE BATTLE FOR SAFE CLEAN FOOD IS IGNITED.

It hasn’t been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry.

MEXICO BANS GMO CORN

Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the  environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no  genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means  that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell  their corn within the country’s borders.

KAUAI LAW MANDATES FARMS TO DISCLOSE PESTICIDE USE

At the same time, the County Council for the island of Kauai passed a law that mandates farms to disclose pesticide use and the presence of  genetically modified crops. The bill also requires a 500-foot buffer  zone near medical facilities, schools and homes — among other  locations.

And the big island of Hawaii County Council gave preliminary approval to a bill that prohibits open air cultivation, propagation, development or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants. The bill, which  still needs further confirmation to become law, would also prohibit  biotech companies from operating on the Big Island.

Ocean Robbins is co-author of Voices of the Food Revolution, and serves as adjunct professor for Chapman University and CEO and  co-host (with best-selling author John Robbins) of the 100,000+ member  Food Revolution Network. The GMO Mini-Summit starts October 25. Find out more here. 

 

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CRC Proposition 1- Home Rule Charter Platform and Freeholder Candidate Endorsements

yes on proposition 1The Community Rights Coalition was formed by residents of Jefferson County, WA, who attended workshops and Democracy School given by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).   We have met for a year to study how:

  • Corporations have used the US Supreme Court to become “persons” under the law with human rights to privacy, freedom of speech and unlimited political influence;
  • Communities in the United States and internationally are finding ways to resist the corporations whose business causes harm;
  • Including the “right to govern ourselves” in a legal strategy changes how the law and courts consider ordinances;
  •   Creating a Home Rule Charter can give needed tools to citizens wanting a stronger voice in their own government.

After an intense petition drive we have succeeded in bringing to the ballot Proposition 1 and ask you, the voters of Jefferson County to support:

 The Community Rights Coalition Platform

  • Vote yes for Proposition 1.   Elect freeholders empowered to create an amendable Home Rule Charter designed of, by and for the People of Jefferson County.
  • Claim the power of Initiative and Referendum for local citizens.
  • Include a simple Bill of Rights such as: We the People have the innate right to govern ourselves and the right to defend the living world of which we are a part.
  • Vote for the following candidates who support Proposition 1 and have declared their support for Initiative, Referendum and a simple Bill of Rights.

Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County endorses the following candidates for District Freeholder.
endorsement- thumbs up

 District 1: O’Neill Louchard (CRC), Julia Cochrane (CRC), Doug Milholland (CRC), John Wood

 District 2: Mike Regan (CRC), David Cunningham

 District 3: Norm Norton (CRC), Jim Davis,  Nicole Black

For more information about Proposition 1 – Home Rule Charter for Jefferson County, Washington please go to the Yes! on Home Charter Ballot Committee Website: http://yesonhomerule.com/

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This week in Jefferson County: Ballots are mailed, Two more chances to learn about Propostion 1 – then vote Yes on Home Rule Charter

new website bannerThis week Ballots will be mailed and you will have a chance to actively change the county and state for the better.  Also there is one of two last chances to learn about Home Rule Charter.

VOTE YES!  I-522 to  Label All GMO’s – Statewide vote

VOTE YES!  Proposition 1 – Home Rule Charter and choose 5 Freeholder Candidates ( The CRC will post a platform and list of Candidates it supports in the next few days – Stay Tuned!)

EVENTS – Learn More – Be Informed

October 15,Tuesday,   League of Women Voters- Forum  On Proposition 1 – 7:00 PM, Quilcene Community  Center, 294952 U.S. 101, Quilcene, WA

October 16 – Ballots mailed

October 21 – Monday – Noon – Elks Chamber, Proposition 1 informational meeting, Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St, Port Townsend, WA

For more information on Proposition 1 – Home Rule Charter and vote for Freeholders – go to http://yesonhomerule.com/

 

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This Week in our community: Home Rule debates, Freeholder forums and a Meeting of the General Assembly

groundswell_hillTHE WEEK OF OCTOBER 7th THROUGH THE 13th – There are five events being held to support our community.  Four will continue to educate Jefferson County residents about Home Rule Charter and Freeholder candidates.  The ballots will be mailed out October 16th.  Let your friends and neighbors know about these events.  The Fifth is a meeting of the General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition.  Please join us for all.

October 8, Tuesday,  Noon – Home Rule Charter – Proposition 1 Forum Pro and Con – Rotary- Port Townsend Maritime Center

October 8, Tuesday,  District 1 Freeholder candidates forum,  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St  Port Townsend, WA 98368

October 9  Wednesday-  Information on Prop 1- Fourm sponsored by Chimacum Grange 6;30,   sponsored by Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum, WA 98325

October 10, Thursday, District 3 Candidates Fair, 6:30 Port Ludlow Bay Club, – Port Ludlow Bay Club-  Republican Party of Jefferson County sponsored

October 12 – Saturday, General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the Quimper Unitarian Fellowship, Port Townsend.

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District 1 Home Rule Freeholder Candidate Forum October 8th

don't forgetThe District 1 Home Rule Charter Freeholder forum is coming…

Tuesday, October 8th – 6:00 Pm To 8:00 PM…at the Port Townsend Community Center ( Uptown Port Townsend across from Aldrich’s)

COME MEET THE CANDIDATES!  A Chance for the public to meet and ask questions of the candidates for FREEHOLDER.

 

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