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Early JULY 2017 e-Newsletter

posted Jul 15, 2017, 1:39 AM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear Democrats and Friends, 

This is a BRIEF reminder that: 

·        This weekend is the fundraiser for NCW Democrats.  We will host the Nason Creek Rest Stop at Lake Wenatchee (Fri 7/7—Sun 7/9). 

o   We still need a few more volunteers to staff the booth (needed: 1 person Saturday 7/8 from 6—9p; 1 person Sunday 7/9 from 3—6p)

o   We still need cookies!  If you can bake or buy cookies and deliver them to 326 N Kansas, E Wenatchee, that would be helpful.  We historically need about 125 dozen for a weekend event.  We have about half of those promised, so will ONLY need an additional 40 dozen.  See yesterday's email for some tried and true big-batch recipes, for your use. 

o   Call 884-7488, or SignUp HERE (http://signup.com/go/JpDzXwO), if you can work a shift at Nason Creek or plan to donate cookies!

o   The funds from these fundraisers help pay for meeting room rentals, picnic supplies, candidate support, fair booth entry fees and insurance, and so much more.  Please help where you can!

·        Please plan to attend the NCW Democrats Annual Summer Picnic, Sunday 7/16, at Kirby Billingsley Hydro-Park, E Wenatchee.

o   5p Social time with The Saddle Rockers entertaining us and BBQ/Potluck dinner; burgers/hotdogs, plates/etc, water and pop provided!  Pls bring your favorite dish to share.

o   6p Program (including remarks by local candidates running for office this year and a few who will run in 2018, plus summaries regarding current important issues).  Always a good time among friends, the picnic will be even better this year!!! 

o   Pls RSVP HERE (http://signup.com/go/CfyVAtF), so that we’ll know how many burger patties and hotdogs to buy!

·        Mark your calendar to attend a “must have” Voter Registration Training on 7/25, from 7:30-8:30p at the 19th St Land Transportation Svcs Office, E Wenatchee.  If you want to make sure every vote is counted and want to help make that happen, this workshop is for you. SignUp HERE (http://signup.com/go/BPEwMAo).  Let’s fill the room—PCOs and precinct volunteers especially encouraged to attend!  Q&A following training. 

·        WA-Democrats conducting SUMMER OF CANVASS throughout the state, throughout our area.  Help canvass our counties to learn what’s on our neighbors’ minds.  SignUp HERE (http://www.wa-democrats.org/summer-of-canvass) to receive more information and to help.  Local canvasses have been scheduled for 7/9 and 7/23, with many more to follow. We’ll need leaders (Hosts), walkers (Canvassers), data-input folks, and others.  Your help in any way will be appreciated!

·        NCW Democrats will host a summer ice cream social on Sunday, 8/13, 5p Walla Walla Park Shelter #1.  Program still being shaped, SignUp HERE (http://signup.com/go/UqtiPWS).

·        To SignUp to help with county fairs and all other current Democratic events, go HERE (http://signup.com/go/jzXgjT).

Other opportunities we hope you’ll consider: 

·        Climate Conversations NCW has arranged with 350.org to hold a local “DIRECT ACTION, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TRAINING” event this Saturday, 7/8, from 9a—1p at the Linden Tree park in Wenatchee.  No charge.  RSVP to Kevin Kane and CCNCW HERE (https://www.facebook.com/events/112118266076483/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D).  Please spread the word.

·        NCW United will hold a social event on 8/14 at 6p and have invited all Indivisible group members and friends to attend.  The event will be at Warm Springs Inn.  More info will follow.  NCW United members and all Indivisible group members are cordially invited to attend the July 16 NCWDem Summer Picnic!

·        UNITE Wenatchee Valley members and friends will not hold a July meeting.  UNITE members are cordially invited to attend the July 16 NCWDem Summer Picnic!

·     CAFÉ (Community for the Advancement of Family Education) extends a Volunteer Opportunity!  CAFÉ will hold a Scholarship Recipient Celebration Dinner on Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 5:30PM - 9:30PM at the Masons' Hall (811 N. Chelan Ave, Wenatchee).  Help with decorations, music/entertainment, set up/take down, and food service will be appreciated.  The dinner will honor and celebrate this year’s SEVEN scholarship winners—one selected from each of the local high schools – and their families.  

 

Our goal must be to continue to speak with our elected leaders, to advocate for what we believe to be right, to continue to do the grassroots work of registering voters, canvassing neighborhoods, staying connected, and electing great candidates to represent us at all levels.  With your help, more than 80 new voters were registered in Chelan and Douglas counties last month, the Freedom Foundation was turned away from damaging collective bargaining in two local municipalities, the ACA is still law (keep calling), a better state budget has been passed, and so many other successes.  Let’s keep working together and showing up!

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats

NCW DEMOCRATS -- March 14 Newsletter

posted Mar 16, 2017, 10:11 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends:

 

For those who’ve lived through tough times in the past—depressions, hunger, wars, economic crashes, personal loss—these times may feel reminiscent.  The strength of our people and the integrity of our country brought us through dark times before.  The same will be true going forward.  Take a couple of actions each day to stay healthy, care for loved ones, and move our democratic causes forward.  Be encouraged that many friends are doing the same.  Gather with others for support, then let’s get crackin’!

 

Our last e-newsletter was sent about two weeks ago.  Since then:

·        200+ people attended forum on immigration. 

·        50+ Democratic Party leaders received grassroots trainings,

·        Local “gang of 8” met with Congressman Reichert, re immigration, the ACA, and accountability,

·        dozens of Democrats and friends gathered for “Coffee Breaks” at Pybus,

·        many attended an open-house for Planned Parenthood,

·        many Dems are attending CAFÉ meetings—some spent a day helping make tamales to raise funds for scholarships,

·        Mission Indivisible and UNITE Wenatchee Valley leaders are meeting every weekend to plan upcoming actions,

·        150+ people attended public education forum with local legislators which was organized by the WenEA and Uniserv Council

·        hundreds have attended NCW United meetings and benefited by the work the Upper Valley group is doing,

·        thousands of phone calls and emails were made to Reichert and Newhouse, to Cantwell and Murray, to AG Ferguson and Gov Inslee, and to the WH,

·        FB groups, Twitter-feeds, and YouTube posts have been ablaze with activities.  Let’s pace ourselves, but keep up the excellent work.

 

From the standpoint of the local Democratic Party organizations, we are committed to help connect people and their energies with projects that will improve our lives and futures.  With that in mind, we offer the following opportunities to you.  Some are specifically political and partisan.  All will help build a stronger community of progressive voices.  We welcome you and invite you to join in whatever way you desire.

 

NEXT UP:

·        Wednesday 3/15 5p—USCIS Naturalization Ceremony (Hand In Hand Immigration Svcs), Pybus, 63 graduates—63 new citizens! Come celebrate together.

·        Friday 3/17 5:30p—St Patrick’s Day Democratic In-Gathering at Badger Mt Brewery--informal no-host gathering of Dems/friends for pizza and brew, then walk in the parade at 6:30 or watch the parade go by the brewery (See “Wenatchee Progressives” event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1867170960162647/  Here’s the invitation to join in the parade with the “Wenatchee Progressives” group:

“A group of us are going to be marching in the St Patrick’s Day parade.  I have a red banner on order that states: OUR LAND OF DIVERSITY WELCOMES IMMIGRANTS 

This is a pure, positive focus on what we have in common. Very important to note and share is that this is not a demonstration so NO Anti signs about Trump or Republicans.  

Let's celebrate our commonality as humans living in America. We are meeting at the staging area on Mission right before Orondo at 6:30 on Friday, St Patrick's Day.   

Please invite people to bring small flags or costumes from their own genealogy or any nation they like and meet us down on Mission near Orondo at the staging are at 6:30pm. 

Folks can go to Wenatchee Progressives on Facebook and look at the post--if planning to attend, please check the box so we are more well prepared.  Love this egalitarian parade.   Hope to see you there.  Thanks!”

 

·        INVITATIONNEW GROUP—UNITE Wenatchee Valley, Monday March 20, 5:30—7:30p, Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S Chelan, Wenatchee : Please plan to attend this KICK-OFF event. See the flyer below (and attached).

 


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We’re working to gather together people and resources from labor, WA-Democrats, education, Indivisible, and other sources, and will share them with you when we meet.  Hope to see you soon!

 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats

 

PS  Please find legislators’ contact info, additional calendar dates, and other helpful info below.

 

THERE IS PLENTY OF REASON TO CONTACT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.  Here’s  their contact info. 

 

US CAPITAL SWITCHBOARD (for Senate and House): 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121

TRACK US Senate/House BILLS/VOTES: www.govtrack.us;

 

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

WA CD8 REP DAVE REICHERT: Wenatchee office (509) 885-6615 / 5 S Wenatchee Ave Ste 315 (new location); DC office (202) 225-7761.

WA CD4 REP DAN NEWHOUSE: Yakima office (509) 452-3243; Tri-Cities (509) 713-7374; DC office (202) 225-5816

SPEAKER PAUL RYAN: http://www.speaker.gov/contact(202) 225-0600

 

US SENATE:

WA SENATOR PATTY MURRAY: DC office (866) 481-9186; Seattle (206) 553-5545; Yakima (509) 453-7462; Spokane (509) 624-9515;www.murray.senate.gov

WA SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL: DC office (202) 224-3441; Seattle (206) 220-6400; Richland (509) 946-8106;www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form,

US SENATE MAJ LDR MITCH McCONNELL: www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform, (202) 224-2541,

 

WA STATE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: (for WA Senate and/or House) 800-562-6000

TRACK WA State BILLS/VOTES: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

 

GOV JAY INSLEE: Olympia (360) 902-4111, governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

 

WA STATE SENATE:

WA 12TH LD SENATOR BRAD HAWKINS: Olympia (360) 786-7622brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov; Committees: Ag-Water-Trade-EconDev Supercmte V-ch; NaturalRes & Parks V-ch; Transportation; Senate Asst Floor Ldr.

 

WA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

WA 12th LD REP CARY CONDOTTA: Olympia (360) 786-7954 ; E Wenatchee (509) 664-1274, cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov (Committees: Commerce&Gaming/RankingMemb, Appropriations, Finance)

WA 12th LD REP MIKE STEELE: Olympia (360) 786-7832mike.steele@leg.wa.gov (Committees: Capital Budget, Education, Tech & Econ Dev)

 

OTHER INFO SOURCES:

FiveThirtyEight Track Congress: goo.gl/ccpeoR

Ballotopedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

Sunlight Foundation: https://sunlightfoundation.com/

LegiScan: https://legiscan.com/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/office-congressional-ethics-vote-checklist

 

UPCOMING DATES (recurrent):

UNITE Wenatchee Valley monthly mtg, 3rd Mon ea mo, 5:30-7:45p, potluck/mtg Wenatchee Community Ctr, 504 S Chelan Ave, Wenatchee: 3/20 (inaugural event), 4/17, 5/15, 6/19, other dates tbd

 “Coffee Breaks” 1st & 3rd Tue ea mo, 10-11a @ Pybus,: 3/21 (new noon meet time, too), 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16,

Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ) monthly meeting, last Wed ea mo, 6:30-8p, 802 S Mission, Wenatchee:  3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 6/28, other dates tbd

 “Taste ‘O Politics” Last Thurs ea mon, 5-7p @ Jones Tasting Rm, Pybus (or location tbd): 3/30, 4/27, 5/25, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31, 9/28, 10/26, 11/30, 12/28

NCW Democratic E-bd & CenCmte Mtg, 1st Wed ea mo, location/time may vary4/5 (6:30p DCFD#2MtgRm, 377 Eastmont), 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 9/6, 10/4, 11/1, 12/6

Climate Conversations NCW monthly work group meeting 1st Mon ea mo, 6:30-8p, ChelanDouglasLandTrust: 4/3, 5/8,

NCW United: Upper Valley monthly meeting, 2nd Mon ea mo, 6-8p: 4/17, location tbd, 5/15, 6/

Washington State Democratic Party Qtrly Mtgs:

4/21-22 WA-Dem Spring Mtg, Walla Walla

9/15-16 WA-Dem Fall Mtg, Seattle

ELECTION CYCLE ACTIVITIES:

4/25 Special Election (ballots mailed 4/7)

5/15-19 CANDIDATE FILING WEEK

8/1 Primary Election (ballots mailed 7/14)

11/7 GENERAL ELECTION (voter pamphlets mailed 10/7-14, ballots mailed 10/20)

 

UPCOMING DATES (non-recurrent) (edits or additions in yellow)

3/15 5p USCIS Naturalization Ceremony (Hand In Hand Immigration Svcs), Pybus, 63 graduates—63 new citizens! (voter registration, volunteers needed)

3/16 8-9a Peaceful ACA protest on sidewalk outside Congressman Reichert’s office

3/17 St Patrick’s Day Democratic In-Gathering at Badger Mt Brewery--informal no-host gathering of Dems/friends for pizza and brew, then walk in the parade at 6:30 or watch the parade go by the brewery (See “Wenatchee Progressives” eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1867170960162647/  Here’s the invitation to join with the “Wenatchee Progressives” group:

3/18 7-8:30 Candlelight Vigil to Protect the ACA, PAC Grotto (fountain area) hosted by FUSE Washington and SEIU 775.  All are welcome to attend this peaceful gathering.

3/20 5:30-7:30 UNITE Wenatchee Valley—first monthly meeting to bring Democrats, progressives, and friends together and work toward common purposes

4/15 Nat’l Tax Day March – (http://taxmarch.org/ possible local march)

4/22 @ 11 March for Science Sister March Wenatchee (Wenatchee Indivisible/Kitty Parker https://www.marchforscience.com/ )more details coming soon!

4/23  7p Sunday, Bishop William Skylstad, the Green Bishop and author of books on Columbia River,  St Jo’s Catholic Church, hosted by St Joseph’s and CCNCW will host

4/26- STAND AGAINST RACISM, YWCA Event @ 9am WVC Van Tassell, (also 4/27 Omak campus)

4/27-5/7 Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival (possible voter registration activity)

4/29  @___ Earth Day People’s Climate March (no local march planned yet) https://peoplesclimate.org/#sign-up

5/5 @ ___ Cinco de Mayo (5/6 Nat’l Immigrants March/no local march yet)

5/26-29 DCDems NasonCr Rest Stop, party-building fundraiser (volunteers and cookies needed)

5/29  Memorial Day

7/7-9 ChelanDems NasonCr Rest Stop, party-building fundraiser (volunteers and cookies needed)

7/16 4-8p ANNUAL DEMOCRATIC SUMMER PICNIC AND CANDIDATE MEET-N-GREET, Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park (reserved)

Primary Election Cycle:

·        6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1 9a-3p, Voter Registration (location tbd, volunteers needed)

·        7/3 Deadline for ONLINE voter registration, address change and other updates

·        7/14 BALLOTS MAILED (expect no later than 7/19)

·        7/24 Deadline for IN-PERSON new Washington State voter registration

·        8/1 PRIMARY ELECTION

8/13 5-9p NCWDems Summer (Ice Cream?) Social/Family Event, Walla Walla Park Shelter 1 (reserved)

8/23-27 NCW District Fair-Democratic Booth, Waterville (volunteers needed)

9/4 Labor Day

9/6-10 Chelan County Fair-Democratic Booth, Cashmere Fairgrounds (volunteers needed)

9/8-10 Fiestas Mexicanas (help CAFÉ staff voter registration booth)

Late Sept/Mid-Oct CHELAN-DOUGLAS DEMOCRATIC DINNER (date tbd)

General Election Cycle:

·        9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 9a-3p, Voter Registration (location tbd, volunteers needed)

·        10/9 Deadline for ONLINE voter registration, address change and other updates

·        10/20 BALLOTS MAILED (expect no later than 10/25)

·        10/30 Deadline for IN-PERSON new Washington State voter registration

·        11/7 GENERAL ELECTION, Election Night Party?

12/tbd NCWDems Winter Gathering

 2018 We’ll gear up for the mid-term elections!

This Week In Review – Saturday, 2/25/2017

posted Feb 25, 2017, 2:03 PM by Douglas County Democrats


This was a big week in national and Washington politics – but we’ll  help you stay up to date on what’s going on, and what you can do to help out and advance the cause of progressive policies and politics.

1. House Democrats Pass Education Funding Bill

On a party line 50-47 vote, the state House of Representatives this week passed HB 1843, the Democratic legislative proposal to fully fund education.

This bill will increase education spending, raise teacher salaries, lower class sizes, and fund additional investments in career & technical instruction, bilingual instruction, guidance counselors, the Learning Assistance Program for struggling students, Highly Capable, and other important programs. Meanwhile, Republicans proposed failing amendments to CUT local education funding in the bill.

Now both parties have passed education bills – the House Democratic plan would increase school funding and raise teacher salaries, while the Senate Republican bill raises regressive taxes on the middle class and enact backwards reforms that hurt teachers and students.

A lot of work is yet to be done, but this is a big step forward for full funding for our schools. We’ll continue to keep the spotlight on this issue and how we can push for a fair and effective McCleary solution that helps all students succeed.

2. Republicans Hiding From Constituents

This week was the Congressional recess, and Republicans were here in Washington – but none of them made time to speak with their constituents about important issues like health care and immigration. None of the Congressional Republicans held town hall meetings – so we went to them. Across Washington State, Democrats, progressives, and labor rallied at the offices of the Republicans to hold them accountable.

Rally at Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office draws crowd

Across the nation, Republicans returning home from Congress are facing angry constituents demanding answers on a range of issues from the future of health care to what’s happening at the Environmental Protection Agency.

On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, well over a hundred people gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office. Some were hoping the congresswoman would emerge and address their questions directly. Others arrived knowing it was unlikely they would see Herrera Beutler.

Several people carried a cardboard sign picturing the congresswoman sporting a “Where’s Waldo?” striped shirt and hat with the words, “Where’s Jaime?”

Crowds rally, call for town hall meetings with Congressman Dan Newhouse

More than 100 people rallied and marched on U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s Yakima office Wednesday asking to be heard on health care, immigration and other issues.

Carrying signs reading “We want answers” and other messages seeking a meeting, the group marched several blocks from Performance Park to Newhouse’s office at The Tower, at the corner of East Yakima Avenue and South Fourth Street.

The rally was one of a number of similar events in Washington state primarily targeting Republican congressional members by groups unhappy with the Trump administration’s stance on health care, immigration, fiscal policy and a host of other issues.

Members of the Yakima crowd carried letters addressed to Newhouse outlining what they called the disadvantages to repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act.

“Congress should not repeal without replacement and if there’s no replacement, they should leave it alone,” said Alice Westphal, a Yakima nursing assistant.

Public demands McMorris Rodgers town hall, sparks #WheresCathy movement

Where’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers?

This is the question many of the congresswoman’s constituents have been asking after they have invited her to host and attend in person town hall meetings. McMorris Rodgers is not the only Republican member of Congress facing heat from some constituents. Ohio Congressman Mike Turner, California Congressman Darrell Issa, and even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have also been called out.

Dave Reichert speaks to constituents, kind of

When U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert appeared on a KCTS 9 livestream Thursday, his message for those constituents demanding he host a public forum was clear: Don’t hold your breath.

“I’m not going to do a town hall,” said Reichert, the longtime Republican representative from the Eastside. “They’re just not productive.”

But as the more than 1,000 protesters near his Issaquah office earlier in the day suggested, that answer may not fly with some of his constituents.

Along with other Republican members of Congress in the state, Reichert has faced criticism from his constituents for not holding any town hall-style public meetings since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Some allege he has even gone so far as to lock one group out of his office — although the same group acknowledged that some of their members later met with his staff.

 

3. Inslee Leading Charge To Protect Immigrants

While Donald Trump is attacking Muslims and immigrants, Washington is continuing to lead the charge to defend human and civil rights for all.

Gov. Jay Inslee this week signed an executive order restricting state agencies cooperation with Trump’s attacks. The Seattle Times reported:

In a news conference, the governor said the order sends a message about Washington state’s values.

“This executive order makes clear that Washington will not be a willing participant in promoting or carrying out mean-spirited policies that break up families and compromise our national security and, importantly, our community safety,” Inslee said.

The order, however, will not interfere with federal law, and “if there is a federal criminal arrest warrant, we will honor it,” he said.

He said the goal of the executive order is to make sure state workers remain focused on their jobs, not on enforcing immigration statutes. Fears of deportation could lead undocumented immigrants to bypass state services or cooperate with law enforcement investigating crimes, Inslee said.

Inslee has emerged in recent weeks as a leading voice against the Trump administration, railing against the administration’s actions over the Affordable Care Act, federal protections for transgender students and immigration policy.

Click this link to watch Gov. Inslee on MSNBC explaining why Washington is defying Trump and defending immigrants.  

 

What you can do

1. Levy cliff bill still waiting on a vote!

Despite action on education funding in the House, Senate Republicans are still refusing to allow a vote on the “levy cliff” legislation that would prevent $358 million in school funding cuts statewide next year if the legislature doesn’t act. The bill received bipartisan support in the House, but Senate Republicans refused to act on it.

Gov. Jay Inslee and school superintendents from the Lake Washington, Federal Way, Sunnyside, and Seattle school districts held a press conference calling on Senate Republicans to hold a vote on the bill so that the legislature can prevent funding cuts:

The four superintendents from Seattle, Lake Washington, Sunnyside and Federal Way School districts said their districts would take a combined hit of $66 million if the bill doesn't pass — ranging from $2 million in the Sunnyside district to $30 million in Seattle.

While timing for each district varies, Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland said that his district will have to send out budget notices next Tuesday notifying schools about potential staffing allocations.

Dino Rossi represents the 45th LD in the Senate and is one of the Republican budget leaders, but he’s preventing the bill from moving forward. His inaction is creating the possibility for huge cuts to schools in his area and across the state.

We all know Dino Rossi, and we know that we’re going to have to FORCE him to act. Call Rossi’s office at 360-786-7672 and let him know that we need to avoid school funding cuts and students, teachers, and the superintendent of the schools in his own district are ALL calling on the Senate to allow a vote on the levy cliff bill, HB 1059!

 

2. Share Video of Gov. Inslee

You may have seen above the link to Gov. Inslee on MSNBC – let’s share the link of him standing up for our values with our friends and neighbors. You can email the link, share it on Facebook, or retweet on Twitter, with a sample message like:

“America was founded to be a welcoming place for all who seek better lives and to help us grow together. I’m proud of our Governor Jay Inslee for standing up for these basic principles and rejecting Donald Trump’s attacks on human and civil rights! Thank you Jay!”

 

3. Help fund our grassroots organizing – join the DEM club!

We’re looking to expand our communications program and hire organizers to help the grassroots activate against Donald Trump and the Republicans. Joining our Democrats Every Month club (the DEM club!) is a great way to make a small monthly commitment to support Democratic organizing and progressive politics.

If you’ve already signed up for the DEM club, send this link or forward this email to a friend and encourage them to join us! This is the most important thing we can do to build our Party and the progressive movement.

Thank you for your support!


 

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You Make a Difference

posted Feb 8, 2017, 9:19 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Many are familiar with the "Indivisible Guide (IG)." If not, we recommend it. Using its suggestions, many have been inspired to turn thoughts into action. Even so, the past two days' confirmations have been hard to take. The following IG response helps bring our work back into focus. Keep calm and keep on!

Indivisible Guide
2 hrs · 

A note for all of us who feel defeated after Sessions from the Indivisible Team: This is the long game. We are going to lose a lot. We are going to get good at losing. We are going to lose cabinet votes for terrible nominees. We are going to lose bills that are offensive and appalling. But while we are losing, something else is going to happen. We are going to keep raising our voices and slowly our representatives are going to start listening to us. We've seen it happen.

It won't happen because of next week's call to action. It'll happen over months, where you keep showing up, regularly. Then, we are going to start winning. It'll sneak up on us. We won't understand why we are winning. But it starts with losing in a particular way- where we raise our voices and call it out when we aren't listened to, where we get close but not quite there.

The first 100 days of a President's term are the honeymoon period, the moment when he's most likely to get his agenda enacted. Trump is spending his first 100 days mired in controversy, scandal, and backbiting - and that's because you haven't for a moment let anyone in Washington forget just how unpopular he is.

Every time we change the narrative, every time we delay, every time there's a newspaper story about a member of Congress avoiding his or her constituents, that's a win. And it matters.

You have already made history. You've delayed the confirmation of Trump's cabinet picks longer than any time in recent history. You stopped the gutting on the congressional ethics office. You've made Republicans so nervous about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act that it's been pushed further and further down the road. You caused an uproar of historic proportions over Trump's Muslim ban and saved lives and reunited families in the process. You've inspired people who have never before taken action to make their voices heard and learn how to do things like check how their members of Congress voted and call them out for it.

We'll never even know about some of the victories - because those will be the fights that this Administration considered starting and then realized it couldn't win.

We're in this together. Every visit. Every call. Every loss. Every win. That's just what friends do. #StandIndivisible

COMMENTS ON NEW BEGINNINGS

posted Jan 20, 2017, 8:42 AM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends,

 

We haven’t flooded your inboxes with emails since election night.  Most of us have been examining the stages of grief from the inside-out.  Today and tomorrow will be tough for many of us.  Spend time with good people.  Do things that feel right.  Then, take a deep breath and set a course, keep a focus. 

 

We want to share a few thoughts and information about events that may be of interest to you.  (Brief descriptions are being highlighted here in color, with more info highlighted in the same color at the end of the email.)

 

FRIDAY, January 20, 2017, about 8:30am start time for the INAUGURATION CEREMONY, Washington DC.  Many network and cable channels will carry the events of the day.  If you just can’t bring yourself to watch, consider going for a walk, donating blood (11-4 @ King’s Orchard Church), or attending a showing of “Hidden Figures” at the theater (Gateway, 1p/3:45p).  It will inspire us to action!  

SATURDAY, January 21, 11 am Women’s March on Wenatchee Valley – All are encouraged to participate (see more info below)

THURS, January 26, 5 pm, “Taste ‘O Politics” no-host gathering of Democrats for conversation and action, Jones Tasting Rm @ Pybus.

FRI-SAT, January 27-28: Quarterly meeting of WA-Democrats, Olympia.  Our party chairs and committee women/men will attend on our behalf.

WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2017, 7pm, Joint meeting of Douglas Co Dems and Chelan Dems, DCFD#2 Mtg Rm (377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee).  Program tba in future email.  All Dems welcome!

TUESDAYS (1st & 3rd), February 8 and 22, 10a @ Pybus Mkt: Take a “Coffee Break” with other Democrats.  No-host coffee and conversation.

 

We have elected 2017-2018 leadership teams for the Democrats of Chelan County, Douglas County Democrats, and the 12th Legislative District Democrats (see below). These individuals will seek your ideas and support and define the work ahead.  At the end of January, representatives from our local organizations will also help elect leadership for the Washington State Democrats.  One of the painful outcomes of Donald Trump’s election is the realization that somewhere near half the voters of our nation were willing to support a candidate who most Democrats find truly unqualified.  The details of how, why and what happened will be examined for decades to come, but most of us resolve to act now to prevent the dismantling of our democracy.  Local Democratic organizations are preparing to do just that. 

 

Other local groups and non-profits are joining in the activism.  Reinvigorated by the prospect of what lies ahead, they are redoubling efforts to address issues and get involved.  At work are local perennial voices for human rights causes such as Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ), Hand-In-Hand Immigration Services, Climate Conversations NCW, Planned Parenthood of NCW, Wenatchee Education Association and other education organizations, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, organized labor groups, The Spectrum (and Eastmont QSA, as well as LGBTQ support groups in Leavenworth and Wenatchee), VotoLatino, OneAmerica, and many environmental and faith-based organizations.  Some groups are formed as 501c3 or c4 and are prohibited from working too closely with our partisan political efforts.  Other groups consider themselves “non-partisan/non-political.”  In that vein, we’ve observed the emergence of new local efforts, such as NCW United, Pantsuit-Wenatchee, and Pantsuit-Central Washington.  They are providing a focus and voice for information-sharing and action for many motivated NCW residents.   At some level, all wish to preserve and protect our rights as human beings, and to maintain our positive influence and status in the world community.  We encourage everyone to engage and help, and we’ll work as closely as possible with these organizations to achieve common goals.  We hope they see us (Democratic organizations) as resources!

 

A glaring truth from the past election, however, is the unprecedented low turnout by Democratic and independent voters.  Yes, there are problems with the process and the system, but our vote is our voice and it is our privilege and responsibility.  The turnout numbers at all levels tell us that we have work to do.  Although we can and should work in concert with other organizations, such as those listed above, the Democratic Party is uniquely positioned and tasked with the responsibility of organizing at the local level to turn out voters and to help identify and train potential candidates for office.  In order to do this, we all need to pull together and do our part.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP: What’s in your future?

·        Stay informed: Locally, statewide, nationally, and beyond.  Engage with our public entities.  Attend meetings—not just when you have a gripe, but to become informed and see what each organization does.

·        Get moving: Join the Wenatchee Women’s March this Saturday 1/21(or march in Chelan or Ephrata); lobby our representatives at home (see list of elected officials below) or in Olympia during Legislative Days or in DC; find an interest group and advocate for a cause.  Come meet other Democrats and help register voters, canvass neighborhoods, meet for coffees/potlucks/work-parties. 

·        SERVICE:  Consider public office.  There will be 150+ non-partisan offices on the ballot this year in our two counties.  Have a passion or concern?  Our schools, water, sewer systems, hospitals, towns and city government, cemeteries, fire districts—all need dedicated community members on their boards and commissions.  Become informed by attending meetings, talking with those who are currently serving, clear your schedule, then run for office.  Working with a consortium of sponsors, Democratic Party organizations will build a series of “How To Run For Office” workshops.  Offices open in Douglas County are hereChelan Co auditor will post offices soon.  Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19.  Ready to jump in this year?  Call us.  Maybe another year?  Call us!

·        Have you heard about “Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Fighting The Trump Agenda”?  Margaret M first introduced us to this manual at the December potluck (thank you!).  It’s been revised by the authors and they’ve also published a Group Leader Toolkit AND have set up a registry online for groups that want to share information.  We are registered and getting ready to launch a local plan.  Join us!

·        Help your Democratic Party grow.  There are many precincts in our counties that have no Democratic precinct committee officer (PCO) identified.  You could be that person.  Call us to discuss! GET INVOLVED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY—THERE’S A JOB WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!

 

And now, some thoughts from the chairs of your local Democratic Party organizations.

Exchanging concerns and news is a useful first step in helping to protect important Democratic policies and principles.  However, that exchange is not enough.  President Obama at his farewell address https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell spoke clearly on this topic:  “If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. (Applause.) Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”  (“Stay at it” is the necessary key element.)  That also means helping at the grassroots level to build a stronger Democratic Party that can influence decisions and elect officials locally, state-wide and for federal positions -- and that is how we’ll bring change. 

 

And so we’re going to have to forge a new social compact to guarantee all our kids the education they need – (applause) – to give workers the power to unionize for better wages; to update the social safety net to reflect the w3ay we live now, and make more reforms to the tax code so corporations and individuals who reap the most from this new economy don’t avoid the obligations to the country that’s made their very success possible.”

 

This will mean going outside our comfort zone to gain the trust and support of the individuals who didn’t vote or who didn’t vote the way we did in this last election.  The solutions we are working for require long-term commitment and the hard work of many committed Democrats and independent voters.

 

The good news?  We have non-partisan local elections this year and in 2019; opportunities to help us improve our election campaign skills and broaden our base.  In 2018, more opportunity to further advance our campaign experience as we recruit and support partisan candidates who will challenge Trump Republicans and their policies.  By 2020 we’ll be ready to help elect new members of Congress in those seats held by Trump Republicans and elect a new President and Vice President to lead our great country.

 

Support your local county and legislative district Democratic Party organizations – we’re all in this together and we have work to do.

 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats

 

WOMEN’S MARCH ON WENATCHEE VALLEY—Saturday, January 21, 11am-2pm—ALL are welcome to participate!

·        People all over the US, all over the world will be marching on Saturday!

·        Walk begins at Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S Chelan St, Wenatchee

·        Go to the Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854650878153055/

 

Your elected officials: consider pinning to the top of your FB page, print and tape to your frig, enter the phone numbers in your phone!

US CONGRESSIONAL SWITCHBOARD (for Senate and House): 202-224-3121
WA CD8 REP REICHERT: Wenatchee office (509) 885-6615 / 5 S Wenatchee Ave Ste 315 (new location); DC office (202) 225-7761.
WA CD4 REP NEWHOUSE: Yakima office (509) 452-3243; Tri-Cities (509) 713-7374; DC office (202) 225-5816
SPEAKER PAUL RYAN: http://www.speaker.gov/contact; (202) 225-0600

US SENATE MURRAY: DC office (866) 481-9186; Seattle (206) 553-5545; Yakima (509) 453-7462; Spokane (509) 624-9515; www.murray.senate.gov
US SENATE CANTWELL: DC office (202) 224-3441; Seattle (206) 220-6400; Richland (509) 946-8106
US SENATE MAJ LDR MITCH McCONNELL: www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform, (202) 224-2541,

WA LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: (for WA Senate and/or House) 800-562-6000

GOV INSLEE: Olympia (360) 902-4111, governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message
WA SENATE HAWKINS: Olympia (360) 786-7622; ;brad.hawkins@leg.wa.gov; Committees: Ag-Water-Trade-EconDev Supercmte V-ch; NaturalRes & Parks V-ch; Transportation; Senate Asst Floor Ldr.
WA 12th LD CONDOTTA: Olympia (360) 786-7954 ; E Wenatchee (509) 664-1274, cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov (Committees: Commerce&Gaming/RankingMemb, Appropriations, Finance)
WA 12th LD STEELE: Olympia (360) 786-7832, mike.steele@leg.wa.gov (Committees: Capital Budget, Education, Tech & Econ Dev)

 

Newly elected local Democratic Party leadership--HUGE congratulations to:

1/4/17: Douglas County Democrats: Karen Keleman (Chair), Luther Beaty (Vice-chair), LaVern Strawn (State Committee Woman), Don Spurlock (State Committee Man), Rebecca Cattin (Secretary), and Pam Morris (Treasurer).

1/8/17: Democrats of Chelan County: Bill Miller (Chair), Joanna Nesgoda (1st Vice-chair), Sandi Bammer (2nd Vice-chair), Nancy Miller (SCW), Eric Torres (SCM), Tona Chacón (Secretary), and Frances Titus (Treasurer).

1/8/17: 12th LD Democrats: Dan Maher (Chair), Keely Murdoch (Vice-chair), Alma Chacón (State Committee Woman), Patrick Bodell (State Committee Man), Suellen Harris (Secretary), and Gary Provo (Treasurer). Congratulations to all!  You make an powerful team!  Thank you to all PCOs and friends who came to the reorganization meetings to help "get this show on the road!"

 

POST-ELECTION POTLUCK EVENT

posted Dec 11, 2016, 8:41 AM by Douglas County Democrats


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posted Nov 11, 2016, 10:32 PM by Douglas County Democrats


STUNNED, BUT STILL STANDING

posted Nov 11, 2016, 10:29 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.  This is a big one.  We're planning next steps and look forward to hearing from you.  Until then, consider meeting other Democrats when attending 1st/3rd Tues "Coffee Breaks" at Pybus, 10am.

MORE HERE SOON!

2016 ELECTION NIGHT PARTY

posted Oct 28, 2016, 12:33 PM by Douglas County Democrats


OUR ENDORSEMENTS--ELECTION 2016

posted Oct 23, 2016, 3:01 PM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 9:03 PM ]


Douglas and Chelan County Democrats joined forces in 2016 to convene an endorsement committee, the purpose of which was to review and recommend candidates and ballot measures for the 2016 elections. Early recommendations were put before a joint meeting of local Democrats at the July summer picnic, then updated at the September general meeting held in East Wenatchee. These endorsements are now available on this website (see "Candidates/Endorsements") and on the Chelan Democrats' website, as well as on our respective Facebook pages.  Included in the list of candidate and ballot issue endorsements are links to other Democratic or progressive organizations that have generated recommendations. We hope you find these references helpful as you VOTE your ballot.  Please return your ballots before Nov 8!

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