The Board wishes to thank Dave Willingham for his service as 2010 Platform Committee chair and the chair of the Issues and Resolutions Committee. Dave recently resigned his chairmanship, so we are looking for a new Issues & Resolutions Committee chair, and committee members.
WE ARE ONE!! Come show your support for the Wisconsin workers and all working people across North America!
APRIL 2ND, 2011, 2:00 pm
PEACE ARCH STATE PARK,
This event will be co-sponsored by British Columbia Federation of Labour, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Oregon AFL-CIO and Northwest Washington Central Labor Council.
WA REBEL VOICES will be on the stage at 1:45 pm to get us jazzed! www.rebelvoices.com
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2012 Proposed Washington State Democrats’
Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan (DSAAP)
The DSAAP contains the rules and procedures governing the selection process for delegates to the 2012 State Democratic Convention and Democratic National Convention.
These rules include
Procedures for electing and certifying delegates and alternates at all levels;
Our 2011 budget includes a line item for a half-time employee. The membership charged the Executive Board to develop a Personnel Policy including a grievance procedure and a hiring process, for the membership to adopt, before moving ahead with hiring someone. It's not that we didn't have policies before when we employed an Office Manager, but these are more comprehensive and to be adopted by the membership.
Our plan is to share the proposed policies at the March member meeting, and vote on them at the April meeting. Here are the documents:
Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 7-9 pm
Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia)
Open to the public. Membership meeting follows the program
With the census data in and voter trends analyzed, come see a presentation on what is happening to our voters, our economy and our county at large at the next membership meeting.
We will also be considering a pair of resolutions concerning the events of Sept. 11th. Discussion and voting on all business is open to members of the Whatcom Democrats. JOIN
We've had a flurry of resolutions recently, presented to the membership for adoption at our monthly meetings. At the our February meeting, we adopted two resolutions, one supporting ferry worker unions, and one calling for the repeal or amendment of the 3-strikes law.
The Whatcom County Democratic Women's Club are excited to host a conversation in honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on March 14th at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion in the lower park area from 11:30-1:30.
What is the County up to now on the Order of Invalidity?
What Happened: The Growth Management Hearing Board (GMHB) considered Whatcom County's motion to rescind the Order of Invalidity on February 9th. The GMHB decided to grant the motion and had rescinded the order. The Council's response to the Order of Invalidity was to impose an interim moratorium on sub-dividing land in the invalidated portion of the Comp Plan (the so-called "Rural Element"). The County then argued that this moratorium was sufficient grounds to rescind the order. The Growth Management Hearings Board concurred and lifted the Order.
Translation: To continue the parking ticket/car boot analogy from last month, the County couldn't pry the boot off the car, and still doesn't want to pay the parking tickets so instead they let the air out of the tire and said "See, we can't drive the car now, even if the boot is taken off." So the GMHB took the boot off the car, along with a sternly worded warning to "pay those gosh darned parking tickets by the time we are done counting to a thousand or by golly there will be heck to pay. Heck, I tells ya!"
The proposed SSA Gateway Pacific dry bulk cargo terminal must undergo a rigorous environmental review process before it can be built. On March 1st, 2011, SSA stated that it hopes to have all permits in place by December 2012, but Denis Horgan, vice president and general manger of Westshore Terminals, and partner in the last effort to build this facility told the Vancouver Sun that he suspects, “any new terminal is several years away from completion.”
SATURDAY, Feb 26 Rally to Save the American Dream
Stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled public employees
The Northwest Washington Central Labor Council and the Whatcom Democrats are encouraging labor activists and supporters in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties to show up in Olympia from noon - 3pm this Saturday for the rally to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled public employees! This is a nationwide effort that is being held in every state. Let's show them what WA has got going on!