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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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Historical event: petition signatures to begin process of Home Rule turned over to county auditor

collage2500 signatures were submitted to place Home Rule Charter on the Jefferson County ballot in November.  The vote would also include picking “freeholders” to work on drafting a charter for the county.   Supporters and petitioners met early July 30th .  The petitions were turned into the county auditor and the elections supervisor.  The local newspapers were there and asked plenty of good questions and then both the Port Townsend Leader reporter Tristan Hiegler, and the  Peninsula Daily news reporter wrote excellent stories about the event.

IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Chartering Taskforce is continuing to collect signatures right up to the deadline of August 6th.  The group wants to make sure that they have enough valid signatures to make the November ballot.  2010 are needed, 2500 were handed in and another 500 are now being collected.  Please consider circulating a petition for the effort.

NEXT STEPS

Once enough signatures are validated the County Board of Commissioners will put out a call for “Freeholders”  and those who wish to file for the unpaid positions will have three days to apply to be listed on the ballot.  According to the county auditor Donna Eldridge, there will probably be a filing fee.  The amount exact amount for the filing fee will be set by the county commissioners.

Here are links to the online edition stories.

Port Townsend Leader article:

http://www.ptleader.com/news/home-rule-advocates-submit-charter-petition/article_2688fb74-f962-11e2-83d1-0019bb30f31a.html

Peninsula Daily News article

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20130731/NEWS/307319985/citizens-group-seeking-charter-for-jefferson-county

Excellent Video footage by supporter Nancy Botta as petitions were turned into the Jefferson  county elections office on this historical day.

http://vimeo.com/71364040

 

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2500 signatures go to county auditor for Home Rule! Join us on July 30th

becoming we the peopleThe CRC  Home Rule Charter Task Force will submit nearly 2500 signatures to the Jefferson County Auditor  on Tuesday, July 30th at 9:00 AM at the county courthouse.  All supporters are invited to join us!We need as many people as possible to attend.  The press will be there.  This is an historic event – the first time EVER citizens will place something on the ballot for the whole of Jefferson County.

 “If we retreat from any aspect of Democracy because it’s hard work, or we have momentary doubts, or something might not go our way, or others may disagree, we relinquish our right to Direct Democracy in the County, the State, the Nation.” –

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On the 4th- A parade- JUST LABEL IT! Join us…

I 522 label it logoOn the 4th of July get Involved and support the Yes! on 522 Label genetically Engineered Foods– Parade action!

On July 4th members of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will join members of GAG (GMO Awareness Group of the Northern Olympic Peninsula) as part of a contingent of people who are supporting the Washington State initiative to label all GMO foods.  The 1-522 Just Label it initiative will be voted on this fall.  Help us get the word out!  The parade is the annual 4th of July Clallam county/Port Angeles 4th of July community parade

Here is Beverly Goldie’s (GAG coordinator) invitation and directions to the parade.

“Come join us July 4th as we walk the parade route, sharing information about GMO’s and I-522 in Port Angeles, Washington. We will hold signs, pass on information cards, smile and wave at the crowd. A very cool, painted reformed school bus will accompany us. Our GAG banner will precede our entry. Here are the details:

* Parade begins at 6pm.

* Staging area Clallam County Courthouse 4th St & Peabody St, enter from Peabody only, time based on position ( 5:00 PM to 5:45 pm) we will know the exact time a few days before the parade.

* Only participants and parade vehicle can be at this location.

* Non-parade vehicles must park in Vern Burton Gym parking lot, south side, in front of City Hall on 5th St.

* Route will be West on 4th to Lincoln, North on Lincoln to First, West on First to Valley, South to 3rd or 4th before disbanding.  (about 11 blocks)

* Animals are welcome but you must provide clean-up as needed.

* No alcoholic beverages in area or parade.

53 Yes on I522 t-shirts were purchased! We will have limited supplies of a few additional shirts (5-L 5 XL), that can be purchased for $20.

Hope to see you all there!

Bev Goldie

GMO Awareness Group Facilitator

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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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Home Rule Initiative comes to Jefferson County, WA

democracy hands with borderIn 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.People balancing2

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.

map of state - chartered co and citySix 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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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CRCC joins citizens across the peninsula to Just Say No! to Monsanto

montage MAM rallyMembers of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County joined citizen activists from across the  Peninsula on the International day for Millions Against Monsanto.  We met in Port Angeles for a rally organized by GAG (GMO Awareness Group of the North Olympic Peninsula). 135 people turned out on a very busy intersection in Port Angeles.  We were met with lots of honks, thumbs up and waves from people in the area.  Thank you B. Goldie and all the wonderful people from GAG for organizing this amazing event.  Many helpful contacts were made. Here are some pictures of activist from that event.

Here is a link to 20 minute talk by Marianne Williamson that took place on May 25th in Venice, California.  She succinctly explains why we must stand up to multinational corporations at this time. She says we must use the tactics of the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  to stand up against the destruction of all life on Earth. She talks about the rise of multi-national corporations and the creation of GMO’s but also the rise of the community rights movement.   Please watch this important short video. Marianne Williamson on GMO’s, the rise of multi-national corporations war on the world and creating a non-violent movement to protect the Earth.

 

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Democracy School – Join us!

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be hosting a CELDF – Democracy School on June 7th and 8th.  CELDF or Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund through 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.

The Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools are a key piece of our community organizing.  Named for a boy in Pennsylvania who died after exposure to sewage sludge, the Democracy Schools are one to three-day intensive seminars that examine how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.

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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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