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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 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).

Aside

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