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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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Community Rights Coalition General Assembly Saturday, November 30th

trees and women river walkingRegrouping! – Community Rights Coalition activities for the next week:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th –  General Assembly – 9:30 AM to 11:30 am at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall –  2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA.  Agenda includes ongoing discussion about how to bring more grassroots voice to the people. Report back from Tuesday night  study group.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 – The Community Rights Coalition Study group meets on Tuesday Nights at 5:30 PM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall. Discussion about consensus process and readings from READ THE DIRT and the national Community Rights movement.  Here is an excerpt from the November issue of READ THE DIRT –  Washington State attempts to sell Columbia River water for $6 million: Those appealing argue state can’t sell rivers, favor corporate farms over family farms.

“The waters of the state are already over-appropriated, but still Ecology continues to issue new water rights – often under political pressure to do so,” said Lee Bernheisel of the appellant Okanogan Wilderness League.

Update (November 4, 2013): Okanogan Wilderness League has filed an appeal of a new water right decision, challenging the Washington Department of Ecology’s authority to issue water rights from the Columbia River that are not conditioned on maintaining instream flows.

The appeal also challenges Ecology’s use of “out-of-kind” mitigation that allows the user to pay into a state fund for habitat restoration projects instead of curtailing pumping when river flows are too low. The price? $35.00 for every 325,000 gallons sold, or, pumped.

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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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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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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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