February 3, 2017
For Immediate Release…
Legislative District 26 Democrats support maintaining the separation of government and religion. Local Democrats passed a resolution last night to oppose Washington House Bill HB-1178 and Senate Joint Resolution SJR-8205.
The bill, if enacted into state law, would allow religious observances on public (government) property. The resolution proposes removing language from the Washington Constitution that would allow churches and religious groups to apply for state funds.
LD26 Democrats met at their monthly membership meeting at the Givens Center in Port Orchard to draft the resolution opposing HB-1178 and SJR-8205.
Joseph Labrum of Port Orchard offered the resolution. He stated that the state of Washington would be granting special privileges to religious organizations that are not allowed by the federal constitution.
Anyone who has attended high school knows that students are susceptible to social pressure, both from their teachers and coaches and from their classmates. When a coach, a role model and an authority figure, holds public prayer at school events, the social pressure to join in can be overwhelming. Many students participate even when doing so is not consistent with their own beliefs. The Constitution prohibits public schools from putting that sort of pressure on schoolchildren.
Freedom of religion and belief guarantees that we can freely choose our beliefs because the government cannot compel us to fund or follow a specific faith, or any faith. This is true even where religious organizations propose to use public funds for good outcomes.
The citation for HB-1178 is “the protection of the rights of religious exercise and conscience from government discrimination act.”
The text for SJR-8205 removes the phrase “No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment.”
Joseph Kennedy, Bremerton High School, football prayer, public moneys
School prayer, government aid to religious activities
Contact: Dan Ransom, PE; Secretary
John Kelly, Chair
Our February 2017 general membership meeting is Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard 98366. Our social time begins at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting called to order at 7 p.m. We will be forming into committee groups and creating plans for the upcoming year.
Our Pierce Vice Chair Cecilia Hardy resigned recently—we are sad to see her go and we wish her well. The Executive Board appointed Rick Offner as Interim Vice Chair and elections for this position will be held during our March meeting.
Bylaws Chair George Robison has submitted a draft proposal for bylaws changes, and you can view these by clicking here. You can find them alternately by navigating to “Meetings” and then to “Meeting Minutes”. We will vote on these proposed changes during our March meeting.
We hope to see you at our February meeting, and bring a friend!
During the Washington State Democrats Central Committee meeting held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia on January 28th, 2017, new party officers were elected. Congratulations to all!
Chair: Tina Podlodowski
Vice Chair: Joe Pakootas
Secretary: Rob Dolan
Treasurer: Habib Habib
Friday, January 27-Saturday, January 28, 2017
Washington State Democrats Central Committee State Meeting
Red Lion Hotel Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia 98502
Election of State Chair
Monday, January 30, 2017 · 7 PM
Kitsap County Democrats
Eagle’s Nest, 1195 Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bremerton 98311
Kitsap Delegation will speak on the Election of the State Party Chair
Democrats from our 26th Legislative District are helping to support the Womxn’s March on Seattle set for January 21. The Seattle march is in support of efforts planned across the nation to support the Women’s March on Washington on the same day. For evolving information covering this event, see these links:
- Seattle March web site: https://womxnsmarchseattle.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/905054526294975/
To increase our 26th Legislative District participation in the Seattle March, please gather at the Gig Harbor Park-n-Ride on Kimball and self-organize carpools to the event.
Participants should plan to gather at the Park-n-Ride at 7:30 a.m.–this should allow sufficient time to assemble into carpools and depart at 8:00 a.m.
Marchers are to gather at 10:00 a.m. at Judkins Park (2150 South Norman St., Seattle 98144 – north of I-90 between Rainer Ave. S and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S.). Arrive at 10:00 a.m. to identify groups you might want to join for the march. The rally speeches begin at 10:30 a.m. and the march will begin at 11:00 a.m. The march is 3.6 miles, set to end at the Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.
Please invite sympathetic friends who might not receive the 26th Legislative District Democrats emails. If you’re going, please register on the Seattle March website to help them with their logistics.
Watch for additional emails for any new march details that might assist in our carpool planning. To get on the 26th LD Democrats email list please write email@example.com.