Program: Join us at our June General Meeting to hear from a panel of subject matter experts as they discuss the very important issue of Social/Criminal Justice Reform
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Meeting Time: 6:30 – 8:30 NEW TIME!!
Social & Light Potluck Time: 6:00-6:30pm
Place: Givens Community Center – Kitsap Room
Address: 1026 Sidney Road Port Orchard 98366
General Meeting Day: Monthly on First Thursdays
Tarra Simmons, the Executive Director of Civil Survival and Seattle University Law graduate who won a long fight to simply take the bar exam after being incarcerated.
Drew Hansen, State Representative from the 23rd District.
Tracy Flood, a local civil rights lawyer and President of the Bremerton chapter of the NAACP.
Chad Enright, the Kitsap County Prosecutor, and Danielle Armbruster of the Department of Corrections.
Danielle Armbruster, Assistant Secretary of Corrections,
Adison Richards, moderator
Our nation incarcerates people at the highest rate of any nation in the world. Washington State’s prison population has gone from about 3,500 in 1980 to over 18,000 today. Of that population, Washington State incarcerates almost six people of color for every white person, one of the highest rates in the country. Federal, State, and county budgets are eaten up by the costs of incarceration. Recidivism, or the rate that people return to prison, remains stubbornly high. Why? Is our criminal justice system working to reduce crime? How does incarceration impact a person’s life? Are there things we do that increase the likelihood someone will go to jail? How do we balance public safety with personal responsibility, while not punishing everybody for life for the worst thing that they have done? Can the goals of public safety and changing our methods of accountability work in common? What can we do about it?
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Where: Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard WA
Time: 6:30 PM dinner/social, 7 PM Meeting called to order
Join us for the February 2018 general meeting of the 26th LD Democrats! We will hear from Leslie Rothbaum who will tell us about the upcoming Kitsap County Democrats Annual Dinner and Auction, Pierce County Council Member Derek Young who will tell us about Senate Bill 6091, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 19 (Hirst Decision-rural water wells, rights). Then we’ll hear from our State Committee People Joy Vartanian and Don Bartley who will share news and information from the Washington State Democrats Central Committee held this last weekend in Bellingham WA. Our LD Caucus Chair Johanna Baxter will let us know about our upcoming caucus on Saturday March 24th and answer all questions about the caucus/convention process. See you there!
The 26th LD Democrats will be holding their January 2018 General Meeting on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.
Dinner/Social 6:30 PM
Meeting called to order 7 PM
Location: Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard 98366
Speakers for the January meeting include Chad Enright with the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, Marty Bishop (updating us on latest information from 350.org), and Mina Mercer with the House Democratic Campaign Committee.
We will also have an important message about the 2018 election and an exciting presentation in which you’ll be able to take action and join committees. Happy new year and see you at our meeting!
(January agenda to be added soon!)
Join us for our December Holiday Meeting where we will be doing all sorts of fun things!
DATE: Thursday, December 7th 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Givens Community Center
1026 Sidney Ave
Port Orchard, WA 98366
We’ll be voting for a new Pierce Vice Chair, Secretary, and State Committeeman (elected/appointed PCOs are the only ones eligible to vote per our bylaws, if you have NOT received our PCO call for this meeting, please click here.
We will be hearing from Marty Bishop (longtime 26th LD Democrats member) about the latest efforts of 350.org to transition to sustainable energy and also the next efforts to pass a gas tax in Washington state. Here are some sites she recommends to check out before the meeting
Last but not least, we will be hearing from one of our favorite organizers with Washdems, Kali Lasher-Sommers about Rise and Organize/organizing for 2018. (If you are a PCO and do not have/know your credentials for access to Votebuilder, email to our PCO coordinator Don Bartley at email@example.com)
Come enjoy some holiday snacks and pizza and learn about things we’re doing toward our goal of 3 D’s for 2018! See you there, and as always, if you have additional questions or need more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The focus of this month’s meeting will be “Get Out The Vote”, and we request that our members bring their phones with them and help make some calls with us!
We’ll also hear from our endorsed candidate campaigns on any last minute volunteer opportunities, There will be brief reports from our Executive Board and we’ll finish out with upcoming events and information.
Come and join us for fun on Thursday November 2, 2017 at Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Avenue, Port Orchard 98366. Our meeting comes to order at 7 PM, but please come early for our dinner/social at 6:30 PM.
The agenda for this meeting is still in the making. It will be posted as soon as it is completed. Our secretary Dan Ransom recently resigned as he is moving out of the area (We wish you great luck Dan and thank you so much for your service!) and so we are looking for a new Secretary. Elections for this position will take place during our December meeting.
For more information or if you’d like to be added to our agenda, please contact Johanna Baxter, Kitsap Vice Chair at email@example.com.