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OKDems Dispatch – February 2018

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Feb2018 OKDems Dispatch News

We can expect an increasing tempo of activities moving forward to the midterm elections. Our mission is replacing GOP candidates and their anti-democratic policies with forward-leaning Democrats– locally, statewide, and nationally. A number of you ended last year by reaching out to your friends and neighbors, seeking allies, solidifying relationships, and meeting new friends.

OKDems Dispatch – January 2018

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! 

OKDems Latest News

We had a great turnout this last Saturday at the Community Unity Potluck and OKDems General Meeting, with some new faces in attendance, delicious food and fantastic groups that are doing some awesome work in our county.

Welcome to the newest OKDems members and many thanks to all for what you do to make our county so wonderful.
There’s much to still do and there’s no doubt that, together, we can do it! 

Nominations and a E-Board Special Elections vote was held by member Precinct Committee Officers at OKDems meeting this last Saturday to elect new Treasurer, Tom Cloud and Vice Chair, MamaKeiki Hula Stacy Weigle.

WELCOME TOM!

Keiki will continue in a dual role as VC Social Media & Technology with her new responsibilities as VC, one of which is developing outreach and support for our LGBTQ and Millennial Women communities so their concerns are heard and represented.

As an FYI, the rest of the E-Board is as follows:

Michael Sarratt – Chair

Kirsten Williams – State Committeewoman

Harvey Moses – State Committeeman

Valerie Sarratt – Secretary

The following are the PCO Coordinator (PCOC) and Campaign Events Coordinator (CEC) Positions (we still need folks to step up to help) :

North County

CEC – Sandy Vaughn

PCOC – Terri Peterson

Nespelem/Coulee/Colville Reservation

CEC – Sandi Buzzard

PCOC – Open Position

South County

CEC – Susan Swanson

PCOC – Open Position 

Pateros/Brewster

CEC – Open Position

PCOC – Open Position

Methow

CEC – Open Position

PCOC – Open Position

Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) Positions

Native – Open Position

Latino – Open Position

LGBTQ – Open Position

Senior/Disabled – Open Position

Young Democrats – Open Position

Precinct Committee Officers

About a year ago, we started with 3 PCOs. We now have 47. We have a large county with hundreds of precincts in need of a PCO.

If you’re interested in any of the above roles, please let us know! Most of those listed above only require about less than an hour a week for the role and the ability to attend one or two meetings a month.

Special thanks to all our PCOs and members for all they’re doing to build #TheNewBlue to #FlipOkanoganCountyBlue!

This week there are signmaking parties scheduled in Methow, Tonasket and Omak to create the messages for We Will March – Hear Our Voices, hosted by #ResistForGOOD Indivisible. Also please think of what we want to say using our voices 😉

Folks will meet at Omak Civic League Park on Saturday, January 20th at 11:30am and the march up and down Main and Ash Streets (as well as side streets) will start at Noon. PLEASE RESPECT ALL PEDESTRIAN AND TRAFFIC LAWS, stay on sidewalks, in crosswalks, do not block traffic, sidewalks or driveways, and obey signal lights. It’s fine 8f we have to wait for a light to turn green and get a little broken up. A massive single file of marchers throughout all of downtown will be impressive! 

We will wrap up the march by around 1:00pm so everyone can head to Breadline Cafe for the Rise & Organize Canvass training and event immediate after the march.

RSVP for the March at https://actionnetwork.org/events/national-impeachment-march?source=direct_link&referrer=group-resistforgood

SAVE THE DATE! The next monthly meeting for the OKDems is at 12 Tribes Resort Casino and Spa on Saturday, February 3, 2018, starting at NOON. Further details will be emailed before the meeting.

See you all soon! Keep working to build #TheNewBlue so we can #FlipItBlue in #OkanoganCounty!

REMEMBER! 

OKDems hosts January Special Meeting with Community Groups in Tonasket

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
WITH LUNCH & DESSERT POTLUCK
OKDEMS, PCOs and Members Hosts Community Groups in TONASKET
Submit agenda items by 01/06/2018. to okdemocrats.sec @ gmail . com (remove spaces).
SOME AGENDA ITEMS TO INCLUDE:
New business
Old business
Good of the Order
Organization updates and announcements.
Nominations for Treasurer
Outreach
Voter Registration
#BigBlueTsunamiTime
#FlipItBlue in #OkanoganCounty
 
FYI WAStateDems’ Maria Beltran would like to do a canvass event after the ResistForGOOD Indivisible We Shall March – Hear Our Voices event on 01/20/2018
 
Learn more about becoming a PCO.
 
Join as a Member to support and grow our membership to help spread #TheNewBlue!
 
UPDATE
 
FYI the OKDems meeting is a lunch and dessert potluck unity celebration because all the various groups from those working toward public road access to environmental protection, from education to Marijuana legalization, from LGBTQ rights to Women’s rights, from DACA to Healthcare, from water rights to PAC, and from Indivisible groups to ROC and other geoups will be there…. The itinerary is loosely:
 
Noon Potluck Lunch
Introductions/Missions of County Activism Groups,
plus how OKDems can help each group and vice versa
 
1pmish OKDems Gen Meeting
 
2pmish Call for nominations, PCO Info and canvassing coordination post 1/20 march
 
3pm Dessert Potluck and Activism/Legislation calls to action coordination with OKDems and groups, as well as canvassing planning with Maria Beltran from WAState Dems post the We Shall March – Hear Our Voices event listed at https://www.facebook.com/events/392575137864467/ and https://actionnetwork.org/events/national-impeachment-march

OKDems Dispatch Contributors

Our contributing writers/reporters/editors for the OKDems Dispatch are:

Michael Sarratt – Michael moved to Eastern Washington in 2007, after retiring from a 32-year career on three railroads: the Southern Pacific, Amtrak, and the BNSF. While working as a locomotive engineer, he served nine years as an elected union representative.

In early 1964, Mike enlisted in the US Navy in response to President Kennedy’s assassination. JFK urged us to: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Mike was honorably discharged in 1970, having logged over 30,000 nautical miles aboard three different ships.

Mike attended college in California on the GI Bill and graduated ‘with distinction’ in English. When the antiwar movement swept over campuses after the massacre of protesters at Kent State, Mike became an outspoken critic of the Nixon administration and joined the Vietnam Veterans Against War. He also joined the Democratic Party and became an activist. Having seen the horrible impacts of pointless wars, Mike remains an advocate for peace. He became a lifetime member of the Veterans For Peace in 2002.


Jim Brennan – Jim and his family moved from Bellingham, Washington to Okanogan County in 2008.  Previous employment includes work as County Building Official in San Miguel County, Colorado, a classroom teacher in both Colorado and Washington states, and owner of a wholesale bakery in Bellingham.

While living In Whatcom County, Jim was appointed to the County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  As a resident of Okanogan County, he served on the Methow Valley Citizen’s Council Board of Directors, was involved in the start-up phase of the Okanogan County Transit Authority, and became an early member of Represent Okanogan County, which contributed to the efforts in electing two new county commissioners in 2016.

Long in awe of the scale and natural beauty of Okanogan County, Jim has also come to recognize the stark disparities in opportunities, income and general welfare of too many of its citizens.  A lifetime Democrat, the 2016 elections brought a sense of urgency to bear, compelling him to become more active in party politics.  Appointed as a Precinct Committee Officer in 2017, he is now committed to dedicating time and effort to rebuilding the Democratic Party in the county as well as the legislative districts in Eastern Washington, refusing to write off an entire region as a place where progressive politics is not allowed to thrive.

ARE YOU AN ACTIVE DEMOCRAT WHO IS A MEMBER IN OKDEMS AND ENJOYS WRITING REVIEWS, ARTICLES AND/OR OPINION EDITORIALS? Let us know if you’d like to write for the OKDems Dispatch by emailing our Chairman, Michael Sarratt, with a writing sample to:

okdemocrats . chair @gmail . com (remove spaces).

One chart shows Democrats are now more eager than ever to run for office – Vox

https://www.vox.com/2017/12/11/16748716/chart-democrats-2018-midterms-elections

OpEd by Jim Brennan 12/10/2017 or

December 10, 2017 – Jim Brennan, OKDems

It’s certainly true that things change over time.   Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to history—especially the history of a place where my family and I live.  In the greater scheme of things, what does a hundred years signify?  To a geologist, it’s a blink of an eye.  To a student of history, there’s a lot t keep track of.

If I’d been born in Okanogan County a century ago, or traveled here via railroad from Wenatchee to Okanogan at the time, I might have heard first hand accounts of the original Okanogan County seat of Ruby City, a wild-west town of sorts fueled by mining, gunpowder and cheap whiskey before sinking into a dilapidated ghost town after the national economic depression of 1883.

In Okanogan County, the past century has been a mixed bag politically, leaning Republican.  The presidential election has been won by a Democratic candidate nine times and by a Republican candidate sixteen times.  And while it’s been a long stretch since the Okanogan County Democrats could claim to be a powerhouse, the party has remained influential, with qualified Democrats filling important local positions.

As the all-important 2018 midterm elections approach, it feels like Democrats in Okanogan County are enjoying a resurgence of sorts.  An energized County party board is in place and the state Democratic Party is committed to making Eastern Washington competitive.   Recently, two women Democrats running in special elections for the state legislature faired better than many expected—in races that hadn’t even been contested in over a decade.  A qualified Democratic candidate, Christine Brown, has declared her candidacy for Dan Newhouse’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Perhaps even more important, a record number of Precinct Committee Officers have signed up to canvas and get out the vote.

With the Trump administration and the Republican Party trying as hard as they can to dismantle the best of America, the stakes couldn’t be higher.  Resist and organize.  Donate time and dollars to support Democratic candidates and organizations and, over time, we can make a difference.   Drop by this website and feel free to add your comments and stories.

Jim Brennan

 

 

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A Special Message new OCDCC Chair, Micheal Sarratt June 29, 2017 At our general meeting on June 25, I was elected to the chair of the OCDCC by unanimous vote of the PCOs in attendance. Susan Swanson, our outgoing chair, … Continue reading

Hold These 2018 Dates: March 24th & June 16th or

August 16, 2017

Democrats in Spokane County will gather on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for the purpose of selecting delegates and alternates to represent their legislative districts at the 2018 Washington State Democratic Party Convention to be held in Wenatchee, Washington.

The number of delegates and alternates to be selected from Spokane County are as follows:

3rd Legislative District: seven (7) delegates and three (3) alternates,
4th Legislative District: six (6) delegates and three (3) alternates,
6th Legislative District: eight (8) delegates and four (4) alternates,
7th Legislative District: one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate, and
9th Legislative District: one-half (1/2) delegate and zero (0) alternates.
The number of delegates and alternates are based on the number of votes received by Hillary Clinton & Jay Inslee during the 2016 general election.

The location of the meeting is to be determined. It will start at 10:00 am.

Also to be considered at the meeting are platform issues. The most recent platform for Spokane County Democrats was adopted in 2016 and may be viewed here.

The Washington State Democratic Party Convention will be held in Wenatchee, Washington on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The meeting will start at 10:00 am. Delegates and alternates elected statewide at local meetings are expected to attend.

Letter to Spokesman Endorses 7thLD Candidates

September 22, 2017

We are so very proud of our candidates for State House and Senate, Susan Swanson and Karen Hardy!

Change in 7th District

It is time for a change to our representation in Olympia. We have an opportunity this November to replace our 7th Legislative District representative and senator. Our incumbents seem to place investors and corporations ahead of us and our neighbors.

December 2017 PCOs and Members – General Meeting

Saturday-Noon, December 2, 2017 at 13 Tribes Resort Casino and Spa

RSVP at link above or post reply here.