OWC Quarterly Meeting: Kristine Lytton
Sep
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

OWC Quarterly Meeting: Kristine Lytton

The OWC quarterly meeting will be held in the Orcas School Cafeteria on Sunday, September 17th from 4-6pm. 

Our guest speaker for this meeting is 40th Legislative District Representative, Kristine Lytton. 

Representative Lytton will be speaking on the topic of women in politics. Bring your questions, comments, and a friend! 

Click here for printable flyers!

 

View Event →
Sep
17
10:00am10:00am

40th District Democrats Meeting

0th District Democrats Meeting at the Orcas Hotel. A meeting on Orcas is a rare event! I highly recommend attending. At this meeting of the 40th District Dems there will be a speaker from De-Escalate Washington regarding I-940, an initiative that will require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation." 

View Event →
San Juan County Democrats Meeting
Sep
16
11:30am11:30am

San Juan County Democrats Meeting

  • Skagit Valley Community College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The next meeting of the San Juan County Democrats will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the community college in Friday Harbor from 11:35 until 1:50. 

Those of you from other islands can walk on the ferry and expect a ride from our friendly San Juan Island Democrats.  If you need childcare in order to attend, please let me know so it can be arranged in a room adjacent to our meeting room.  I encourage you to bring a lunch, as we meet right through lunchtime.

We have a busy agenda for September's meeting, with news about our campaign event for Manka Dhingra to help take back the state senate, discussing and hopefully adopting endorsement rules so we can start making endorsements in this fall's election, and other opportunities for you to be involved in making a difference.  Please join us.
 
Thanks,
David Turnoy
Chair, San Juan County Democrats

http://sjdemocrats.org/

View Event →
Sep
14
4:30pm 4:30pm

EAT: September Meeting

  • Orcas Island Community Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The OWC Environmental Action Team (EAT) meets each month to discuss actions for protecting our environment. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4:30-6pm at the OICF Community Room - 141 Prune Alley, Suite 201 , Eastsound, WA 98245

New attendees welcome!

At our September 14th meeting, Barbara Rosenkotter will join us to talk about the possibility of removing dams from certain streams on Orcas in order to restore salmon runs!

View Event →
:: PACE :: Monthly Meeting
Sep
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

:: PACE :: Monthly Meeting

Please join PACE: Political Action + Civic Engagement Action Team for our September meeting from 4-5pm on Thursday, September 7th in "Maria's Room" in the Orcas Library. 

We'll be discussing how to best support Manka Dhingra's campaign as well other important upcoming local elections.

View Event →
Aug
16
to Aug 19

OWC at the San Juan County Fair!

We are very excited to announce that the Orcas Women's Coalition will be present within the San Juan County Democrats' Booth at the San Juan County Fair August 16th-19th (Wednesday-Saturday)! This is an excellent opportunity to engage with our community and talk about the awesomeness of women coming together and making a difference! 

OWC will be hosting a postcard writing table, complete with postcards, address stickers for our reps, suggested postcard topics, pens, stamps, and a super cool chicken wire mailbox for writers to submit their completed postcards. We will also have info on OWC Action Teams and take home flyers for our booth visitors. 

Wanna participate? We need volunteers to hang out at the booth, talk with visitors, and help keep the postcard table stocked and organized.  Will you please sign up for a shift? Our aim is to have the booth "staffed" by at least one person from OWC for the entirety of the fair. 

Please sign up for your shift(s) using the link below. Thank you! 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ba5a62ba6fb6-county

 

View Event →
Aug
15
8:45am 8:45am

IMMIGRATION: Join us on the Courthouse Lawn

GOOD NEWS!  LOCAL ACTIVISM MEANS EFFECTIVE CHANGE HERE AND NOW!
 
The OWC-IRG Immigration Initiative qualified for the November ballot with overwhelming numbers because you wanted to make a difference and it worked.  A small but mighty coalition of citizen activists from all the big islands brought your tidings to the San Juan County Council at their Tuesday meeting, and as a result, a date has been set for a Public Hearing to consider adopting our initiative BEFORE November!
 
TAKE ACTION to get 2017-07 over the finish line.  This is a turning point when your voice and your presence will make a big difference getting our County Council to do the right thing which is to pass the ordinance as written right then and there!  This is the Council's opportunity to send a message of support for the will of the people, for our immigrant residents and for the safety of our communities.
 
At 8:45 a.m. August 15th let's make a crowd of compassionate, politically engaged people from all over the county on the Courthouse lawn in FridayHarbor. We will walk together to the Large Legislative Conference Room of County Council Offices across the road at 55 Second Street.  If you need alternative transportation up the hill from the ferry dock, email Cindy at cwolf@seanet.com and we will coordinate with kind folks on San Juan Island.
 
It is pretty crucial to let us know you will come and if you would like to speak by signing up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4aafac2cabf58-sanjuan.  This way we can get you talking points if you want them, marching plans, sign making ideas and any changes in meeting times or with the ferry schedule.
 
Yours with Love, Courage and Much Delight,
 
Cindy Wolf – Elly Hoague – Anne Marie Shanks
Members of Orcas Women's Coalition

View Event →
Jul
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Affordable Housing Rally on the Village Green

ednesday, July 12th - 5pm : Affordable Housing Rally on the Village Green In response to the island's continuing need for affordable housing, OPAL Community Land Trust is staging a summer picnic and rally - "Let's Hear It for Affordable Housing!" A picnic will be served by the Orcas Village Store; cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Other activities include music by the Turtleback Brass; an Orcas celebrity "Housing Jeopardy" game, featuring well-known residents; keynote speakers; and several booths where islanders can provide input and learn where their action and involvement are needed. Walking tours of the proposed April's Grove rental neighborhood on North Beach Road will be led by OPAL staff and trustees. Sponsors for the picnic and rally are Island Market, San Juan Propane, Islanders Bank, Nickel Bros., San Juan Insurance, Washington Federal Bank, The Exchange/Orcas Recycling Services and Village Store.  opalclt.org or call (360) 376-3191

View Event →
Jul
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Community Forum with Senator Ranker and Lt. Governor Habib​

Community Forum with Senator Ranker and Lt. Governor Habib at Orcas Senior Center Wednesday, July 12th from 3-4:30pm. Join Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Sen. Kevin Ranker for a community discussion Wednesday, July 12, on priority issues in the San Juan region and beyond. The Lt. Governor will discuss the statewide initiatives he has developed since taking office in January, and their potential impact to the San Juan Islands; Sen. Ranker will provide an update on the new budget, its tax implications, and his legislative priorities. 

This meeting is an opportunity for constituents to learn about the work their elected officials are doing, and for elected officials to hear from their constituents about the issues affecting their lives. Topics of discussion will include regional economic development, access to higher education, K-12 funding, the operating and capital budgets, and other policy matters.

View Event →
:: PACE :: July Meeting
Jul
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

:: PACE :: July Meeting

Since our normal meeting date lands on 4th of July, we will be holding our PACE meeting on Thursday, July 6th from 4-5pm at the Orcas Island Library's NEW "Medium Meeting Room."

We will be discussing OWC's presence at the SJC Fair and how best to support San Juan Hospital Board candidate Anna Lisa Lindstrum's campaign.

View Event →
Jun
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS?

Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins,  and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts of San Juan County, particularly family and community health services at a community meetingThursday, June 29 at 6:00pm at the Orcas Senior Center, 69 Henry Road, Eastsound.

The two hour community discussion will include a PowerPoint presentation, prepared comments and a time for questions and answers.

Some of the topics covered will include:

What is the role and scope of San Juan County Health & Community Services?

Basic department facts: when created, budget, personnel, etc?

Who are the personnel working for the department in the field?

What are some past achievements and future goals?

What are some challenges in delivery of the department's services?

What services seem to be the most unused by the public, though available?

What are ways public can help the department reach its goals?

What are the fiscal constraints or worries for the department?

What can be done for rural health that will work for the islands?

 

Everyone is invited. There is no fee. Parking is available.

 

This is the third public presentation effort of San Juan County Our Revolution. Future events include Linda McCarthy, Director of Mt Baker Planned Parenthood and Marquita Schlender, Executive Assistant, Health Systems Transformation & Innovation, Washington State Department of Health.

 

For more information on this presentation and future events call 360/298-2840.

 

San Juan County Our Revolution is open to any person interested in bettering the condition of people everywhere.

View Event →
Jun
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Shifting Shorelines Workshop

The San Juan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. And increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and extreme storms that will affect the waterfront. But with good planning, we can protect the people and places we love.

Join Friends of the San Juans for a workshop about the best ways to protect waterfront properties and our community from coastal flooding and erosion, and how to care for the important habitats that will see changes as a result of sea level rise. There are a variety of low-cost steps you can take and a range of solutions available to island residents.

Attend one of these community sea level rise workshops to learn the latest science for our region, local vulnerability mapping and adaptation strategies, and how to protect your shoreline while building community resilience. Coastal experts from Washington Sea Grant, Coastal Geologic Services and Friends of the San Juans will be presenting. We also want to hear what you value most and how you think our community should prepare.

Lopez Island: Thursday June 29, 10:30am-12:30pm, Woodmen Hall

Orcas Island: Thursday June 29, 5-7pm, Eastsound Fire Hall

San Juan Island: Friday June 30, 11am-1pm, Brickworks

The workshops are free and open to all. Food and drinks provided. RSVP appreciated: www.sanjuans.org/upcoming-eventstina@sanjuans.org, or 378-2319.

Please help us spread the word! Click here to download a poster and/or share on Facebook (Lopez EventOrcas EventSan Juan Event).

These workshops are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

View Event →
Jun
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

OWC Quarterly Meeting

We are hosting our quarterly meeting on Sunday, June 25th from 4-6pm at the Orcas Public School Cafeteria. Feel free to arrive before 4PM for social networking and light refreshments. The meeting begins promptly at 4 with Opening Exercises, Announcements and Action Team Updates. 

After a brief break, we continue with presentations by Lisa Byers, Director of OPAL Community Land Trust, and Anne Bertino, coordinator of our Affordable Housing Team, about the challenges and solutions available to meet the housing needs in our community. 

View Event →
Jun
25
12:00pm12:00pm

Two If By land, One If By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens the Salish Sea

Two if by Land, One if By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens the Salish Sea

June is Orca Month in the Pacific Northwest.  For the whole month, we celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species— and work to make sure that they will still be here in the future.  Come together for a family-friendly outdoor picnic and community event to protect our Southern Resident orca whales and the Salish Sea! Join a group to walk, bike or paddle to Boulevard Park for kite building and other activities, refreshments, live music and a short program of incredible speakers.

When: June 25th, 12pm - 3pm (paddle will begin at 11am)
Where: Boulevard Park, Boulevard Park, Bellingham, 470 Bayview Dr, Bellingham, WA 98225

Increased oil transport in the Salish Sea is an unacceptable threat to our waterways, communities, and endangered Southern Resident orca population. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in BC would exponentially increase shipping of crude oil through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea and risk the safety of drinking water and fisheries. Puget Sound is already one of the leading petroleum refining centers in the country, putting us at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. A large spill would devastate the marine environment and most likely push the already struggling Southern Resident orca population over the brink. Together we can say no to a dirty and dangerous future for our shared waterways.

Walkers will be encouraged to carry the famous Orca Fins that you have grown accustomed to seeing at these events, or other signage you want to bring. We will be gathering at the Village Green at Fairhaven at 11:00. 

Bikers and Kayakers will be gathering at Cornwall Beach (401 Cornwall) for a ride or paddle.

You do not have to walk, bicycle or paddle all the way to this event. Because there will be people from all over the Salish Sea, and parking will be limited, we will have to carpool. From Orcas, we need to leave on the 8:50 ferry arriving at 9:55. (This is the first day of the Summer Schedule.) Then a quick drive up to the event area. 

Information for paddlers:

Paddlers will congregate at three locations at 11:00am on the day of the event:

1.     The Fairhaven boat launch is located off the 400 block of Harris Avenue, Bellingham.  This is an official boat launch with restrooms nearby.    

2.     "Glass Beach" at the terminus of Cornwall Avenue (401 Cornwall Avenue), an unimproved launch, great for canoes and kayaks.  Free parking along Cornwall Avenue.

3.     North end of Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Drive.  This is the location of the event.  Parking is very tight, but there's a sandy beach at the north end of the park.

People will need to be creative with parking, and arriving early is suggested.  Each launch area will have a person who will ask for participants to sign a safety waiver.  This person will also explain basic safety rules prior to launching.  We hope to have everyone on the water by 11:45, and it's a very short paddle from locations #1 and #2 to Boulevard Park.

There will be updated information in the days to come. 

 Event Co-Hosts: Soundkeeper/RE Sources/Sierra Club WA Chapter/WEC/Friends of San Juans/Stand Up to Oil


Thank you,

Mark Mayer

Orcas Action Pod

Salish Sea Stands

tmarkmayer@mac.com

View Event →
Jun
6
to Jun 30

Immigration Initiative 2017-07...Sign Up to Gather Signatures!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

HERE IS A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING EFFECTIVE TO FIGHT TRUMP and his bigoted agenda and meet like-minded people in the process.  You will be pleasantly surprised by the many folks who will thank you for your work. The initiative helps the county in 3 important ways:

  • limits county employees from asking questions regarding immigration status;
  • prohibits county sheriff and his officers from acting as immigration officers; 
  • requires an order from a real judge before a county employee can hand a person over to immigration authorities (vs. a warrant from an immigration hearing officer)

Here is our best script , so far:

"Are you a San Juan County Voter? (yes) Well, I don't want to waste your time or mine ... if you are opposed to Trump's immigration policies then you are likely to want to consider signing this petition. (usually a big smile).  If not, I don't want to waste your time or mine. (Response, positive) This initiative is trying to keep the Feds from forcing our county employees to work for them enforcing federal immigration law (of course, without additional funding!!).  The initiative is just  to put the issue on the November ballot for folks to vote on."

Then you talk about 

  1. how if the police start helping ICE, then people will be scared of reporting crimes if they risk having ICE notified.
  2. although we have good policies in place, as well as a resolution ... that is just resolve (like I resolve to lose weight each years ha ha) and that we need a law, an ordinance to follow, not just the good will of our elected officials.
  3. how this initiative sprung from the encouragement of Attorney General of Washington, Bob Ferguson in his 104 page April 2017 Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, for counties and cities to pass ordinances following his "Best Practices".

If a person says that Gaylord says that everything is okay right now, that he is all in favor of and helps immigrants, or that this initiative would limit him, tell them that Eleanor Hoague has been working with him very amicably, trying to bring him up to speed; that she may be retired by she has some 40 years experience in immigration law and its implications; that Randy Gaylord is a little out of his area of expertise on immigration matters and what the county can and cannot do vis a vis the Feds; and that other prosecutors do not follow his positions or procedures in this area.

Read more about the initiative on the Immigrant Rights page.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

View Event →