In the last month, a whole wave of new candidates have stepped forward for local races. In Bellingham, we have Dan Pike running for reelection against former legislator Kelli Linville. For the Bellingham City Council, we have Jack Weiss, Terry Borneman, Barry Buchanan and Seth Fleetwood up for re-election. Challenging Barry Buchanan for his seat in the 3rd ward is Cathy Lehman, downtown business advocate and director of the local Futurewise chapter. Challenging Seth Fleetwood is Larry Farr, former candidate for City Council and chairman of the Downtown Parking Commission.
A call for phone bankers to help with voter ID calls to targeted precincts.
Too many of our elections have been decided by extremely small margins in Whatcom County. We can change this by focusing on finding more Democrats among the voters who have never been identified by Party. These calls will be made during in informal office shifts, from home and periodic organized phone banks. We encourage you to sign up for a shift during regular business hours. Help us make a difference in the outcome of future elections.
When OFA debriefed volunteers after the election in 2010 the consistent theme from their comments was that Democrats don’t do messaging well. To address that issue a program has been started to train people who interact with voters to be more successful in delivering a consistent and effective message. The first training in Bellingham was held on March 8th and the second on March 26th at the Democrats office. Both were well attended and the feedback was very enthusiastic. The instructor was Alex Hendrickson, OFA Field Director for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. A third training session has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30th from 10am to noon at the Democrats office in Bellingham.
A messaging practice session has been scheduled as well for people who have already had the training for Tuesday, April 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Democrats office in Bellingham.
We are witnessing a war on the working people of America. Everyday, a handful of people make millions while the rest of us work endlessly to keep a roof over our heads and food on our table. As we've seen in Wisconsin and many other states, conservative ideologues are using the recession and tax revenue shortfalls to screw the little guy out of a seat at the bargaining table and instead push their cruel social agenda of deadly cuts to our vital social programs.
But here in Whatcom County, we are fighting back! Join us with your membership in the Whatcom Democrats today
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
For more information, contact:
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.