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A New Day, a New Year for Community Rights in Jefferson County, WA

“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Dylan Thomas

Sunrise on the Salish Sea

The General Assembly meetings of Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition – are open to ALL FRIENDS. All GA meetings held on Saturday mornings and start at 10:00 AM ( A new starting time) and run until noon.

The next 4 meetings of the Jefferson County Community Rights General Assemblies will be held as follows:

  • Saturday – February 8th, 2014
  • Saturday – February 22, 2014
  • Saturday – March – 8th, 2014
  • Saturday – March 22nd, 2014

Please join us at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall – 2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA

The JCCRC Study group meets on Tuesday Nights at 5:30 PM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall.

AGENDA FOR A NEW YEAR – Community Rights for all sentient beings and Nature

Here are a few of the issues that will be addressed in the coming months by the Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition.

– The CRC will develop a process of how we will communicate. We will be inviting a community person with experience to lead us through this process. We will develop a values-based process using consensus and peaceful collaboration.  The study group proposes that we put on a facilitated workshop to hone in on our commonly held values. This is the first step in the “Formal Consensus Process” outlined in workbook On Conflict and Consensus.

– The CRC will look at the City Initiative and Referendum Process

– The CRC will be Connecting with other community groups such as 20/20 and the local foods movement as well as Occupy Port Townsend. The goal is collaboration, cooperation, and resilency.

– JET NOISE from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The CRC is joining with other community groups including those on Bainbridge and Island Counties to advocate for the reduction and stoppage of low-flying jets over Puget sound communities. The CRC will announce meetings to be held on Growler Jet Noise and the Environmental Impact Statement Process.

– GMO FISH BAN – The CRC will be exploring a proposed law in Olympia that would ban genetically modified salmon from being grown in the state of WA. The people are interested in this – so hopefully it will come out of committee.

– GMO seeds and labeling – Support efforts to protect local seed companies and farmers who are raising organic non-GMO seeds.

– COUNTY ROAD HERBICIDE SPRAY ISSUE – County commissioner David Sullivan offered to hold a public forum on the spray issue, a group will be forming to look at that. O’Neill will see if the no spray people would be willing to follow up on this.

– Actively oppose NET PENS

– XL PIPELINE AND COAL TRAINS – Actively oppose Fossil Fuel shipping through our region and through areas of Canada and the US that is destroying the environment

– LOCAL FOODS MOVEMENT – Support efforts to help local farmers develop a sustainable local foods movement.

– FOOD STAMPS CUTS – Actively support low-income residents who are losing the ability to purchase food because of massive cuts to food stamps.

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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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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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The next General Assembly meeting of the CRC is this Saturday!

crc logo welcomThe General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county will meet August 10th, 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:

  • Update on the Community Bill of Rights process from the Community Bill of Rights taskforce.
  • Update on the Home Rule Charter progress including a report back on a well attended Freeholder and Home Rule information meeting held on Wednesday, August 7th at the Tri-Area Center in Chimacum.
  • Next steps for the finding qualified Freeholders who will create a charter that will bring the right to Initiative and referendum to the people of this county, include a bare-bones Bill of Rights into the initial charter, and create an initial charter that will be easily pass by the voters in future.  Strategy for helping the charter and freeholder process to pass this November 5th.
  • The Home Rule Charter taskforce will be at the Jefferson County Fair this next weekend.
  • Other agenda items may be added

Other CRC working group meetings you might want to attend:

  • Study Group – Every Tuesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the QUUF
  • Community Bill of Rights taskforce – Thursdays – 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Port Townsend Community Center.
  • Charter Taskforce – Contact Val Phimister  Meetings are held at irregular times depending on the projects in motion. – Looking for boots on the ground members – this is not a study group.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

Charter information meeting to be presented by the County for potential Freeholders: MONDAY AUGUST 12th at 6:00PM in the Superior Court at the County court house. If this changes, we will let you know. 

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So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Sprayed, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank…

RIGHTS BASED ORGANIZING  IS THE ANSWER!

From the Community Environmental Legal defense Fund (CELDF) website

together we can do so much...“Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats – such as fracking, spraying, mining, factory farming, sewage sludging, water privatization, coal shipments, unsustainable energy development, and genetically modified seeds – all run into the same problem: they don’t have the legal authority to say “no” to them.   The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund organizes in communities facing such threats.  We’ve created this short video to share with you how a structure of law has developed that stands in the way of us saying “no” to harmful activities such as fracking, and prevents us from building sustainable food, energy, water, and other systems. It walks step-by-step through the barriers we face in our communities and what communities are doing – and what you can do – about it.”

Watch a 20 minute video on what a citizen can do to stop the insanity.

http://celdf.org/so-your-community-is-going-to-be-fracked-mined-or-fill-in-the-blank

 

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Next meeting of the CRC General Assembly- Saturday July 27th

crc logo welcomThe General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county will meet July 27th, 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.  We will be entertaining new proposals, getting updates on the Home Rule Chartering initiative, learning about the Community Bill of Rights project, and hearing from the study group.   Join us if you can.

Other CRC meetings held – BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE-Meets every Thursday at 5:30  at Port Townsend Community Center.  STUDY GROUP: Meets every Tuesday 5:30PM at QUUF-(2333 San Juan Ave).  The Chartering Work group meets often and is close to obtaining enough signatures on a petition to place the issue of home rule on the November ballot.

Come one, come all you who will join us and act as friends.

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The next General Assembly Meeting of The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County is July 13th – join us!

democracy hands with borderThe next General Assembly Meeting of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be held Saturday July 13th at 9:30 A.M.

Special speaker will be Phil Johnson, Jefferson County Commissioner.  He will be giving an update on the Salmon Net Pens issue.  He will speak at the beginning of the  meeting.  The regular meeting of the GA will occur after his talk.

Here is a link to the free online showing of “Salmon Confidential” that fully discusses the reason why net pens are so dangerous to our ecosystem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCQ2IA_Zss

Regular business:  We will have an update on the Chartering or “Home Rule” signature gathering progress and update on the first meeting of the creation of a Community Bill of Rights.  More information will be given about the upcoming (July 20th) CRC first annual summer picnic.

Also to be discussed is a back  on the July 4th parade action to support I- 522 – The GMO labeling initiative to be voted on this fall in the state of Washington. Members of the CRC attended this action in Port Angeles.

The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington is open to all friends.  Please Join us.  Saturday, July 13th – 9:30 AM held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington – 2333 San Juan Avenue.

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The next Community Rights Coalition General Assembly is June 29th- Join us!

salmon mt overlayThe 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.

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Democracy School is here! Don’t miss it…

Democracy school graphicIt’s almost time for Democracy School!  We still have openings.  Come join us and learn to bring power back to the people!  June 7th and 8th, 2013.

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) present Democracy School.  A two-day event to teach citizens to take back the power of direct democracy and community rights.

Fri. June 7  &  Sat. June 8th, 2013

Day 1 (Fri) 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Day 2 (Sat) 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost:  $150  (Sorry- all scholarships are spoken for and we are actively seeking donations to pay for scholarships)

Location: QUUF – 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Presenters at the School: Emelyn Lybarger & Kai Huschke (CELDF)

If you want to attend, contact either O’Neill or Mike-information and registration below .(includes their email addresses.) All 5 scholarships have been utilized and we are looking for more people with funds to help fund them.

HOPE YOU WILL AVAIL YOURSELF OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY SCHOOL?banner_demoschool_05

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

Have you ever wondered why large corporations can overrule what people and communities want for themselves and their future? Or why you lose your civil rights when you walk across your employerʼs doorstep? Or how it is that your once beautiful land, clean well water, or pristine fishing area can be “permitted” to be destroyed by industrial pollution whether you like it or not?

Democracy School explores how it came to be that large corporations have more rights than American Citizens, cities and counties. It examines the way our constitution was reinterpreted and laws enacted to shift power from real people to “corporate persons”. The Democracy School explores why it is that big government now enforces the rights of big corporations to extract resources (natural and financial) of citizens and communities

  • Learn how communities in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Virginia, and Washington are using their municipal governments to drive economic and environmental justice and change.
  • Learn why corporations seemingly possess more rights than the communities in which they do business, and why communities lack the legal authority to say “no” to projects that they donʼt want.
  • Learn what prior movements of people in the United States have done when the legal system failed them
  • And most important:  Discuss the next steps for passing laws to expand protections for people, communities and nature.

If you would like to attend Democracy School on June 7th and 8th at the QUUF contact: O’Neill Louchard. Please send checks to:  O’Neill Louchard, P.O. Box 1628, Port Townsend, WA. 98368.  Note that checks are to be made out to “Community Rights Coalition”.

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Who we are

WHO WE ARE:

democracy hands with borderAs the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, Washington, we have come together as a group that is leaderless, open, volunteer, non-violent and consensus based. We see ourselves as part of the entirety of our community of humans and of nature, both living and non-living.

We assert our intrinsic inalienable rights to engage in an open, transparent and participatory democratic process whereby we can assume the powers necessary to enforce the rights of the natural world including all humans.

Check out the “About US” tab on this website to read more about who we are and what our goals are. – http://communityrightsjeffersoncountywa.org/?page_id=30

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