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by John Flancher
April will see the final monthly paper edition of Grassroots. For several years the vast majority of our readership has been online. Printing and mailing costs have steadily increased. We have recently upgraded our email service to make the production of an electronic newsletter much easier and the result more attractive. We still plan to publish a paper newsletter on a quarterly basis.
Support the Whatcom Democrats by helping with our annual plant sale, scheduled for May 16-18. This month, we need your extra plants and pots. Do you like to play in the dirt? Potting parties will be happening at Ronalee's house at 2920 Eldridge, and plants can be dropped off there at any time, in the special area set up in the front yard.
Call us at 647-7661 if you have plants to donate and need help digging them up. Call us if you are interested in helping. And mark your calendars for May 16-18, and the plant sale that supports the Whatcom Democrats
RB Porter, former owner of Bell- ingham's Cookie Cafe, long time worker in the refinery industry, and former State Committeeman for the Democratic Party, passed away on Feb. 19, an innocent victim of a high speed police chase near Oklahoma City.
And that was how he wanted to be known. Not a Robert, or a Bob, but RB. No periods after the initials. Certainly different, but then so was RB.
by Linda Schonborn
The Whatcom Democrat’s Outreach Committee and it’s Chairperson Daydre Phillips were honored to receive the Seeds of Justice Award ‘Culti- vating Movement’ at the 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Potluck Dinner on Friday, March 28. The event was sponsored by Community to Community Development and is their largest fundraiser of the year. Daydre and the Outreach Committee has supported Community to Community in many ways over the past few years. The award was presented to honor that support.
Our past chair, Natalie McClendon, was appointed to the Whatcom County Planning Commission in January. In order to keep herself on task and also help others learn about the issues of the Commission, she is writing a blog post before each PC meeting, and also sending it out to her personal email list. You can read it at nataliemcclendon.com . Anyone interested in having the updates arrive in their inbox a couple times a month may subscribe to the email list on the "take action" page of her blog.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7 PM
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham.
We will develop and practice our story telling skills in small groups so that we can provide human interest in our communications about single payer health care.
We will learn how to go beyond facts and speak convincingly when tabling, speaking in public, and talking to our legislators. United for National Healthcare.
Thursday, March 20
Norway Hall 1419 N. Forest St Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia)
All Democrats Welcome
Our March 20 program is called: "We've come a long way...or have we? Pay Equity and the Gender Gap”. Join us as we delve deeper into the issue of pay equity and the gender gap. We will feature speakers and facilitated discussion while we celebrate Women's History Month and Pay Equity Day. Call Catherine at 595-4879 if you are interested in participating in the program.
by Catherine Chambers
April 12th, Bellingham High School 10 AM- 4 PM
by Linda Pace
Plans are being finalized for this year’s Legislative Brunch. The Brunch will be held on March 22nd at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Avenue) in Bellingham. The doors will open at 9:30 for a coffee/social time, with catered buffet brunch beginning at 10:15. Brunch will include some vegetarian and gluten-free choices.
The Program will start about 11:00. Featured speakers include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, State Senator Kevin Ranker, and State Representatives Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 13 th , at Jalapenos Restaurant in Barkley Village beginning at 11:30. The address is 2945 Newmarket Place, Suite 101. Our featured speaker will be Kate Blystone, Program Director at ReSources, who will be talking with us about water issues. For more information or to RSVP, please call Linda Pace at 734-1697.