Aug
28
5:00 PM17:00

Taking Back Our Democracy - A Dialogue w/ Hedrick Smith

Dialogue with Hedrick Smith Noted Pulitzer- and Emmy-winner discusses: Taking Back Our Democracy; The People vs. the Politicians

Tuesday, August 28th 5:00 pm to 6:30, including Q&A Emmanuel Parish Hall in Eastsound.

At a time when many Americans worry that our democracy is broken and that Washington no longer listens to average voters, the media is missing one big positive story: Citizen movements are winning back our democracy, State by State. This is the core of Hedrick Smith's new one-hour documentary for MSNBC. Come find out what encourages one of America's most respected veteran reporters, and what you can do. Tickets at Darvill’s - $10
 

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Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

OWC Quarterly Meeting

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OWC Quarterly Meeting: "On The Ballot"

Sunday, August 19th, 4 - 6pm @ the Orcas Senior Center. 

Please join us for the OWC Quarterly Meeting!

We will be discussing YES for Homes, the OWC endorsement process, and upcoming elections.

We will also be enjoying updates from our Action Teams! Our Quarterly Meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about how OWC influences and supports our island community.

Please join us! 

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Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Summer Lecture Series

Hey All!

There is a special event on Orcas Island next Thursday evening, August 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Emmanuel Parish Hall. ORSJC sponsored a similar event last winter (during a snowstorm) and it was well attended.

This past March, Washington state successfully passed a law phasing out open-water Atlantic salmon aquaculture from Puget Sound. While this law represents an unprecedented environmental success, Our Sound, Our Salmon is launching a new campaign to educate the public about a debilitating and potentially lethal salmonid virus remaining in Puget Sound Atlantic salmon net pens that cannot be ignored until 2022.

You’re invited to join Kurt Beardslee of Wild Fish Conservancy for a public discussion on PRV (Piscine Reovirus) in Puget Sound.

Admission FREE with snacks/ beverages provided by Orcas Food Co-op!

Kurt will explain what recent science reveals about the virus and how exposure to PRV-infected farmed fish places our native salmonids at risk, as well as the implications for the Northwest's endangered Southern Resident Killer whales. He’ll review the results of recent PRV-testing in Puget Sound farmed Atlantic salmon and what these results suggest about the potential scale of infection in the remaining net pens. Kurt will also discuss Our Sound, Our Salmon’s efforts to stand in solidarity with B.C. First Nations as they petition the Canadian government to remove PRV-infected fish farms from their ancestral waters. Finally, learn all about Our Sound, Our Salmon’s new campaign to ensure PRV-infected farmed Atlantic salmon are removed from Puget Sound and how you can support these efforts. This presentation will be followed by a Q and A.

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Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

:: PACE :: August Meeting

Hey PACE Team! 

:: PACE MEETING ::

Wednesday, August 9th from 5-6pm

It's Primary Season! Let's talk about upcoming elections and how we can exercise our influence. 

We will also be planning for the upcoming OWC Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, August 19th.

This PACE Meeting will be taking place at Natalie's house in the Orcas Highlands. 

Please text 360-386-5896 or email paceorcas@gmail.com to get the address. 

Hope to see you there! 

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Jul
17
5:00 PM17:00

YES for Homes Info & Strategizing Session

Tuesday, July 17, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Parish Hall

YES For Homes Info & Strategizing Session

Hats off to all the OCW members who helped with our Yes for Homes booth at the Orcas Farmers Market: Keara Axelrod, Anne Bertino, Sandi Friel, Sheila Gaquin, Bev Leyman,Natalie Menchao, Penny Sky Sharp and Cindy Wolf.   

A broad coalition of folks are organizing the "Yes for Homes" campaign countywide. We’ve got a website, yesforhomes.net, and an organizational structure for educating voters and getting out the vote. Now we need to build our Orcas Island-based team. 

Please join us on Tuesday evening, July 17 for a kick-off event. We’ll have some light refreshments, learn how the new local real estate transfer tax will work, and offer opportunities for you to sign up and help get out the vote in November.   

We all know someone who is struggling in this economy.  Average wages aren’t enough to pay for average housing costs. With housing costs rising 20% in just four years, more of our island friends and families face an affordability crisis than ever before. Some are days away from displacement or homelessness. 

On November 6, 2018 San Juan County voters will vote on a local real estate excise tax to support affordable housing for our island neighbors. We can help 400 families in the San Juans with homes. 

We need your help to succeed, please join us!  Please RSVP by emailing Anne Marie Shanks: ames1021@gmail.com.  

That’s Tuesday, July 17, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Parish Hall.

--Your Orcas Team leads at this point (Anne Marie Shanks, Howard Barbour, Janet Brownell, Judy Scott, Lisa Byers, Sheila Gaquin, Tim Fuller, Vicki Brems).  

Let’s do this!

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Jul
14
8:50 AM08:50

Doorbelling for Debra Lekanoff

OWC PACE is taking our show on the road and WE NEED YOU, our friends and allies, to help get our first ever First Nations woman from the 40th LD into the Washington State House of Representatives!  We will walk on the 8:50am ferry and come home on the 3:50pm.

In the whole history of the state there have been only two Native American women elected to our state legislature. So, that is big by itself, but if you've met Debra, you know the depth of experience and profoundly effective leadership style she brings to the table. She figures out how to feed grassroots problem-solving with "green"$$ manure instead of the usual kind.  

Debra's best known work is her environmental activism around coal transport, salmon safety, shipping traffic and oil pipelines, putting in personal effort and organizing the tribes. In addition she has her spent her life looking after the needs of her community. She served as Chair for the Alaska Native Village where she was born and has worked as the Government Affairs Director for Swinomish (SWIN-ohmish) for many years. She understands the challenges of rural housing, health care, education, land use and water quality. She understands that our seniors and veterans have earned the right to be treated with respect and consideration for their needs, and she knows to ask them what solutions really work for our local situation.  

Kris Lytton believes in Debra so much she is willing to have us over to her place for coffee and training on July 14th, then send us off to take Anacortes by storm for three awesome hours of meeting our mainland neighbors and telling them why we came all the way across the water for this woman!  

Please use the link below to SIGN UP so Kris knows how many snacks and how much coffee to prepare:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544a4ae29aafc1-doorbelling

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Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Thank you Local State Legislators!

hank your Local State Legislators! 

- Saturday, June 30th - 2-5pm - Friday Harbor Grange 

elebrating the Successes of our local state legislators. Sen. Kevin RankerRep. Kris Lytton, and Rep. Jeff Morris have put in great work for our state! Join us in celebrating their successes and thanking them for their service. Beverages will be provided, shared appetizers are welcomed. Please RSVP to davidgeri@centurylink.net

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Jun
30
11:30 AM11:30

SJC Democrats Meeting

Join the San Juan County Democrats for their monthly meeting taking place at the Friday Harbor Grange from 11:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday, June 30th. This meeting will be an overview of candidates running for the 40th LD seat and will be followed by a Thank You Celebration for our our state reps. 

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Jun
7
4:00 PM16:00

:: PACE :: June Meeting

:: PACE :: June Meeting 4-5pm at the Orcas Library!

We'll be planning out Community Action Day!

We could really use your organizing help!

Please email paceorcas@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer.

It's gonna be a super fun and important community event!

We will be meeting in Maria's Room in the library! Please join us! 

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Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

David Neiwart : Alt - America

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Hello San Juan County Democrats,

We have a rare opportunity to learn more about the terrifying explosion of the so-called Alt-Right in presentations on Lopez and Orcas Islands from Seattle-based investigative reporter David Neiwert, who brings two decades of research to help us understand the mindsets that shape American extremism. (Look for him on San Juan Island in May.) He is the author of six books and he received a National Press Club award for his MSNBC series on domestic terrorism. His newest book is titled Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

From a Kindle review: Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump is the story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States. Just as Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the far right, Tea Party movement conservatives, and Republican activists found common ground. Figures such as Stephen Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones, once rightly dismissed as cranks, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism.
 
Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In Alt-America, he provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.
 
The program on Lopez will last approximately 90 minutes, including time for questions and book signing. It will be held in the Lopez Library community room on Friday, March 23rd, 4pm, Lopez Island Library, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.
 
The program on Orcas will take place at the public library there on Thursday, March 29, 5pm. Books will be available.

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Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Signature Gathering Training

We have a VERY exciting initiative to work on!

It's called I-631, the Protect Washington Act. https://jobscleanenergywa.com/ballot-filing-statement/.

The purpose is to protect our air and water and to invest in renewable energy, healthy forests and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. Signature gathering begins on April 7th and continues for 120 days.

Sharon Abreu will be conducting two Signature Gatherer Training on Orcas this month. They will be on Tuesday, March 27th AND Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Emmanuel Parish Hall in Eastsound.

This from Sharon, "I've been working on this with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy(AJCE), a statewide coalition of over 180 environmental, labor, community and faith groups. This is a very complete and well-thought-out proposal, that takes many factors into account in a way I think is most responsible and has the most potential to be really effective. We'll have 12 weeks beginning April 7 to gather signatures for the ballot initiative. The goal is 260,000 signatures statewide. I'm excited to see how many signatures we can gather in the San Juans!"

This training will be very valuable for any of the progressive initiatives on the ballot this fall. I hope you will join us.

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Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

Signature Gathering Training

We have a VERY exciting initiative to work on!

It's called I-631, the Protect Washington Act. https://jobscleanenergywa.com/ballot-filing-statement/.

The purpose is to protect our air and water and to invest in renewable energy, healthy forests and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. Signature gathering begins on April 7th and continues for 120 days.

Sharon Abreu will be conducting two Signature Gatherer Training on Orcas this month. They will be on Tuesday, March 27th AND Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Emmanuel Parish Hall in Eastsound.

This from Sharon, "I've been working on this with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy(AJCE), a statewide coalition of over 180 environmental, labor, community and faith groups. This is a very complete and well-thought-out proposal, that takes many factors into account in a way I think is most responsible and has the most potential to be really effective. We'll have 12 weeks beginning April 7 to gather signatures for the ballot initiative. The goal is 260,000 signatures statewide. I'm excited to see how many signatures we can gather in the San Juans!"

This training will be very valuable for any of the progressive initiatives on the ballot this fall. I hope you will join us.

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

March For Our Lives : EASTSOUND, ORCAS ISLAND

Join us Saturday, March 24th @ 1pm on the Village Green

On Saturday, March 24, Orcas Islanders will gather for a “sibling march” as
part of the March For Our Lives movement. The march is one of hundreds
happening around the country planned by students and survivors of gun
violence in communities big and small, in Washington DC and in all 50
states, continuing the movement begun with the school walkouts on March
14. The national day of action on March 24 will focus on calling for
lawmakers to make students’ lives and safety a priority and to pass
common-sense gun safety legislation.


Concerned Islanders will meet at 1:00 pm at the Eastsound Village Green
and march peacefully through Eastsound: up North Beach Rd. to School
Street, past Orcas School, down Madrona St. to Rose Street, along Rose
St. to Prune Alley, down Prune Alley to Main St., and back up North Beach
Rd. to the Eastsound Village Green, where they will hear from San Juan
County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Amy Vira and other speakers, with an
opportunity for exchange of ideas. Community members are encouraged
to carry signs expressing their views on gun violence and their concern for
children’s lives and safety. For more information on the marches
nationwide, go to
https://marchforourlives.com

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

SJC Democrats Biennial Convention

FROM THE SAN JUAN COUNTY DEMOCRATS:

Hello San Juan County Democrats,

The San Juan County Democrats will be holding our biennial convention on Saturday, March 24, at the Grange in Friday Harbor, from 1:00 until possibly as late as 5:00.  This will follow a march through Friday Harbor demanding that the issue of gun violence be addressed, and it will include children as well as adults.  We wanted to be able to participate in this march because the issue is so important, so we have purposely scheduled our convention to begin right after the march, which starts at the courthouse in Friday Harbor at noon on March 24.  The march finishes at the courthouse around 1:00, and that is right across the street from the Grange located on 1st Street.

What do we do at our convention that occurs in a non-presidential election year?  First, we elect delegates to attend the state convention that will take place in Wenatchee on June 15 and 16.  We have three positions whose occupants automatically attend (our two state committee people and the chair), and we need to elect two more delegates and one alternate.  We also have the opportunity to submit additions to the state party platform.  If you would like to see what is currently in the state party platform, go to

http://www.wa-democrats.org/sites/wadems/files/documents/Washington%20State%20Democrats%20-%20Platform%20-%20160618.pdf

If you find that there is something that really should be in the state platform that isn't, you can attend our convention to bring it forward, or you can email it  to me.  If you would like to see what is currently in our county party platform, which is the reason I joined the local party, go to http://sjdemocrats.org/platform/.  We are currently revising the platform to add more good progressive ideas, but even what is already there is excellent.

I hope to see you at the march and then at our convention on March 24.

Thanks for reading,
David Turnoy
360-376-4165
davidgeri@centurylink.net

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Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

March For Our Lives : Friday Harbor

March For Our Lives - Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Saturday, March 24th @ Noon : FH Courthouse Lawn

Join in on this national day of protest to call for gun reform. Bring your signs. Bring your songs. Bring your friends! (Also, please wear orange, if you can.)

This is a great event to attend before the San Juan County Democrats Convention starting at 1pm!

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Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #5

Town Hall Meeting #5

Candidates Forum:  Meet the Candidates for PHD Commissioners

HEALTH CARE for ORCAS:    A Community Conversation

Join us for a series of public conversations about the proposed Public Hospital District (PHD) on Orcas Island.  This is an opportunity to raise questions, express concerns and explore the issues involved in taking control of our health care needs.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 14th, 5:30-7 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.       

 

 

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Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Student Led WALK OUT!!

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MARCH   14th. STUDENT WALKOUT -
ORCAS ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL

In memoriam of the victims who lost their lives in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, several students of Orcas Island High School and Middle School are planning to participate in the nationwide school walkout taking place next Wednesday.

We, as students, stand firm with the belief that students and staff have the right to teach and learn without the fear of being gunned down in the classroom.

This is a STUDENT LED event that students from both schools are not required to participate in. All students will be respected regardless of their decision. We’re inviting parents and community members to join and support us as we walkout of school.

DETAILS:
Wednesday, March 14th
10 a.m. 
In front of the old gym, the courtyard near the schools roundabout.

PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE NEWS!!

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Disaster Preparedness Event
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Disaster Preparedness Event

Disaster Preparedness Event @ The Seaview Theatre

Wednesday, March 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

The event will offer informative presentations by our local experts covering what we can expect in the event of a disaster on Orcas Island. Let’s gather as a community and learn what steps we can take to prepare our homes, ourselves, and our families. Presenters include San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, Orcas Fire & Rescue, San Juan County Building Department, OPALCO, Nathan Donnelly of Reverence Permaculture & Preparedness, Odd Fellows, and Orcas Food Co-op.

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OWC General Meeting
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

OWC General Meeting

Please join us on Sunday, February 18th from 3-5pm at the Orcas Fire Hall for the OWC General Meeting. 

The time has come for us to gather and discuss what is to come. Please bring your announcements and enthusiasm! 

During this meeting we will have special guests from the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare speaking with us and answering questions about the new proposed hospital district.

 

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Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

:: PACE :: Meeting

  • Maria's Room, Orcas Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Political Action + Civic Engagement Team for our monthly meeting to organize upcoming actions and events. 

We will be meeting from 4 - 5pm in Maria's Room in the Orcas Public Library. 

We hope to see you there! 

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Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Coalition for Orcas Health Care Town Hall Meeting #3

Town Hall Meeting #3

Public Hospital Districts: How Do They Work?

 

HEALTH CARE for ORCAS:    A Community Conversation

Join us for a series of public conversations about the proposed Public Hospital District (PHD) on Orcas Island.  This is an opportunity to raise questions, express concerns and explore the issues involved in taking control of our health care needs.

https://www.coalitionfororcashealthcare.com/

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30-7 at the Eastsound Fire Hall.       

 

 

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