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CRC General Assembly to meet April 19th- update on Weed board proposal to increase thier budget

don't forgetIt’s that time again…

The next meeting of the General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be held this Saturday, April 19th, 2014 – 10:00 AM.  Please join us at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall – 2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA.  All Friends are Welcome

Various agenda items will be discussed:

  • Upcoming meeting of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed board – they will hold a public hearing on the proposed taxation of county landowners to increase their budget from around $13,000 a year to over $90,000.  They will also ask the county board of commissioners to pay for a consultant to implement the assessment of landowners in the county.  Members of the CRC and Jefferson County Ecological Roadside (JCER) have great concern over the increase of a budget that may pay for more distribution of toxins on our county roads and rights-of-way.  Each year the Noxious Weed board has increased it’s use of chemicals such as glyphosate-based herbicides to destroy unwanted plants.  The hearing will be held on Monday, April 21 at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock located at 620 Cedar Avenue and Ness’s Corner Road in Port Hadlock.  The meeting will start at 5:30 PM.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS

  • Update on effort to organize training for the CRC and other interested people on developing organizational values and resolving conflict non-violently
  • Other agenda items

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 and run until noon. The next 4 General Assemblies are:

  • May 3, 2014
  • May 17, 2014
  • May 31, 2014
  • June 7, 2014

PLEASE JOIN US!

 

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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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January 2014 CRC Meetings

don't forgetThe General Assembly meetings of Jefferson County Community Rights Coalition – are open to all friends.  The next 2 General Assemblies are:

  • JANUARY 11 AND 25

All meetings will be 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon 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.  The current focus of the CRC focus group is process flow

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Next meeting of the General Assembly of the CRC: Calling all activists with open hearts and a courageous spirit

DECEMBER 14th – 9:30 AM – next GA meeting of the CRC

native woman kneeling with feather in front of RCMPThe Next meeting of the General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be December 14th.  All meetings will be 9:30 AM to 11:30 am at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall –  2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA. All Friends are Welcome!

Calling all activists with a powerful beating heart of change. Please attend this meeting.

” I don’t think there is anything as powerful as an active heart. And the activists I know possess this powerful beating heart of change. They do not fear the wisdom of emotion, but embody it. They know how to listen. They are polite when they need to be and unyielding when necessary. They remain open, even as they push boundaries and inhabit the margins, understanding eventually, the margins will move toward the center. They are tenacious, informed, patient, and impatient, at once. They do not shy away from what is difficult. They refuse to accept the unacceptable. The most effective activists I know are in love with the world.” – Terry Tempest Williams – “Beauty Feeds a Different Kind of Hunger”: An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams

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Community Rights Coalition General Assembly meets this Saturday

“TAKE ROOT, GRAB HOLD, BE STRONG: Roots grow deep when the winds blow hard”

The next meeting of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County General Assembly will be this Saturday, November 16th –  9:30 AM to 11:30 PM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend,

We will be discussing ideas and strategies for moving ahead on our goals and discussion of the outcome of the election.  All friends are welcomed.  Please join us!

“Election Day should not be the end of people’s campaigns for change. It simply indicates a door has been opened a crack. As to whether it will be kicked wide open or slammed shut, that’s up to grass-roots movements, not the individuals they elect.” – Amy Goodman – Democracy Now!

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CRC GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS SATURDAY!

Salish BeeSEPTEMBER 28th – Saturday- 9:30 to 11:30 AM – GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (2333 San Juan Ave) Port Townsend, WA – ALL FRIENDS ARE WELCOME.  Come join us as we make real change happen and stand up against corruption.

Agenda items:

  • Update on I-522 action group (Label GMO’s in Washington state) – the big guys with their big money come to Washington State, the people respond by using community activism Phone banks, flyers, action meetings.  The Senate in Washington votes to stop the Monsanto Protection Act!
  • Update on Home Rule Charter campaign and Freeholder Candidate forums.  WE HAVE YARD SIGNS TO DISTRIBUTE.  If you live on a major thoroughfare or street in Jefferson County or know someone who does, please put a Yes! On Proposition 1 Home Rule sign in your yard or property.
  • Consensus study group about to start.
  • Community Bill of Rights update

…and much more.  Join us

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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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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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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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