February 21st Meeting Notes

Immigrant Rights Group

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday Feb 28th at Rosewind Common House
Umatilla at Haines
off San Jaun Ave Directions 
No Shoes, Please Bring Socks

Group Leader: libbypalmer2@gmail.com

Meeting Notes: 
The name of the immigrant group is Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA). It's mission is to be as proactive as possible to support our local immigrant community and to be available to listen to the needs of those residents. Because of the current immigrant crisis, it was suggested that we raise money to help support the local immigrant community. Concern about how aggressive the Department of Homeland Security is in making a wider sweep to detain and deport undocumented immigrants.

Suggested Actions:

  • Meeting with the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center. 
  • Creation of phone-trees. 
  • More yard signs will be available soon. 
  • A suggestion was made to be trained in non-violent confrontation.

Healthcare Group

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017, 3:30 to 5 pm
Meeting Host Contact Info:  Lindamartin78@msn.com

Meeting Notes:
-It would be great to find a national figure who could get the word out to the media, i.e. Michael Moore.
-We need to educate ourselves to what is included in the ACA. What do we want to see remain? What would we like to change? What do we want to add?
-ACA should have (if it doesn't already) the ability to negotiate on medications to bring costs down.
-What should be done about the subsidies? Insurance companies are dropping out because of costs. We really need Universal Health Care but this Congress would never go for it.
-Claude Manning recommended checking out the following websites: 

Suggested Actions:

It was requested that all members of the committee join the ACLU.

Electoral Process Group

Group Leader: ikeith@olympus.net

Meeting Notes:
Discussed Jon Ossof campaign for Georgia 6th district.  (Special election to replace Price who resigned to join Trump cabinet.  First round April 18) 
Hopes to flip this seat as a poke at Trump.  Jungle ballot, about 18 candidates. Top two, regardless of party, advance to runoff in summer. 
Donating money is an obvious way to help. Recommendation to give directly to Ossof campaign, not DCCC, who are interested, but not yet backing any individual candidate. Hopes that if Ossof is strong, others will drop out and endorse him, raising his chances of making the runoff.


Discussed redistricting.  Learn More Here.  This is Obama’s declared area of interest for his next act.  Republicans did a great job gaining control of the process in enough states to make a big difference in 2012.  It seems to me more democratic to work on changing the process, than to try to grab it back from the other party.  That back and forth has been going on forever. I believe the process has most often been changed through ballot initiatives.  Washington has independent commission, so local efforts probably not needed.
Next census is 2020, triggering redistricting in 2021 for the 2022 election.  That means 2018 is the election to aim for with initiatives.
Brief mention of a special election of a state legislator in Connecticut which could change control.  
Mention of overturning Citizens United, with ballot measures like our 735. 
Discussion of election of Dems national chair, Friday.

Project:  Find out what states have initiatives on the way, and what help they need. 

Environment Group

Group Leader: cherrimann@aol.com  Next Committee Meeting: TBA 

Meeting Notes: 
We will be working in small groups on issues: Climate Change: Reducing CO2 emissions and energy efficiency; Carbon Footprint Analysis; Resist DAPL, and coal and oil exports through Pacific Northwest; Ethics in D.C. (Tillerson's influence with oil companies); Resisting Pruitt as head of the EPA; Protecting our Federal Lands; Maintaining our level of conservation.

National Security and Foreign Policy

Group Leader: mikecornforth@msn.com
Meeting Notes:
- We will concentrate on pushing Congress/Attorney General to thoroughly investigate the role of Russia in the 2016 election, the potential involvement of former and current Trump associates, and; if connections are found, the likely damage done. In the regard, we will write to Senators McCain and Graham, the chairmen of the House Armed Intelligence and Armed Services committes, and Attorney General Sessions.
- We discussed potential names for our nascent group, one being "Citizens for a Sound Foreign Policy".

Watch this Related Video shared by Dennis

Upcoming Events

  • March 5:  Postcard party at Pippa's Real Tea 3 to 5.
  • March 6: Derek Kilmer will hold a town hall in Sequim.  Want to carpool?  Contact Debbi Steele
  • March 12:  Representative Mike Chapman comes to town 1 to 3.  Location TBD
  • March 15:  Send a postcard to Trump saying how you feel about his presidency so far. 
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
  • March 17: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF): Environmental documentary: "Reaching Blue: finding hope beneath the surface" - excellent, not to be missed! 6:30 PM. Sponsored by many local groups such as Local 20/20, Jefferson Land Trust...Buy tickets sold at Food Coop for $10.00. There will be food also. Come hear from the producer, Ian Hinkle, who once leaved in Port Townsend.
  • March 30th 11:00 AM: A Ceremony with Derek Kilmer on Bainbridge Island - Day of Remembrance and Warning. The Japanese community on Bainbridge was the first to be incarcerated. Please join us at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial 4195 Eagle Harbor Drive Winslow.  Contact Dennis to carpool: dennisdaneau@gmail.com


Other Actions From Group Members

1.       Go to https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/act-now/ and sign the petition to impeach Trump, if they have not already.  There is some very good information on the website about the grounds for impeachment (which will likely expand soon) and the impeachment process.

2.       Forward the request and link to sign the petition to all their friends, post it on their Facebook pages, etc.