Wednesday, January 18, 2017

No Meeting Today

No Meeting, Wednesday, January 18th

Because we had a special meeting on January 9th, the standard 3rd Wednesday meetings for the 8th LD organization and the Benton County Central Committee will not be held this month.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 15.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call to Action: Affordable Care Act CANCELLED


Call to Action

Tell Congressman Dan Newhouse you want health care for all when he tours a facility in Granger tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18th.  Bring signs and dress warm.  It's the Yakima Neighborhood Health Family Medical and Dental Clinic in Granger, 111 Main Street.

Be there from 1 - 2:15pm.   (Newhouse tours from 1:30 to 2)

Congressman Newhouse voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but has offered no comparable replacement for the millions of Americans now depending on the ACA for access to care. 

For car pooling, meet at the Target parking lot in Queensgate area of Richland close to the front door at noon.  We will take off close to 12 noon so get there early.

Please share this information.

And if you're unable to join us, please call the Congressman's office to relay your support for health care for all.
Congressman Dan Newhouse
TriCities (509) 713-7374
Yakima (509) 452-3243
Washington DC (202) 225-5816

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Upcoming Events in Our Community

Events of possible interest to our members coming up between now and the inauguration of Donald Trump. You may find that attending these events will lessen the distress of seeing this odious man become the POTUS.

January 12, 2017 "The Soul, Science & Culture of HOPE"
Did you see the Disney film McFarland, USA? If so, you know that instilling hope in kids can inspire them to accomplish great things with their lives.

Kennewick School District invites teachers, coaches and anyone in the Tri-Cities community to a free symposium at Kennewick High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m, Jan 12.

Featured speakers include Danny Diaz, a member of the California high school track team portrayed in the Disney film McFarland, USA. He will be joined by Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope, a national youth advocacy organization. Those planning to attend are encouraged to watch McFarland USA before attending. For more information, contact Sarah Del Toro at

January 14, 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event
Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way in Richland
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person (includes dinner)

The African American Community Cultural & Educational Society (AACCES) is hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King 10th Annual Celebration that will feature dinner, guest speakers and entertainment.

Guest speakers include:
•Les Trent, Senior Correspondent for CBS' Inside Edition with Deborah Norville
•Gwen Fisher Trent, Head of U. S. Communications for Shire, a global biotechnology company

The Trents are seasoned communications professionals who will discuss issues of traditional vs alternative news media.

AACCES will award its annual MLK scholarship to a student from WSU Tri-Cities and its Commitment to Diversity Award to an individual who has made a positive impact in the community.
In addition, Freeform, a nationally acclaimed jazz vocal group from Columbia Basin College, will be performing.

Tickets can be purchase at Salon Remedi (745 The Parkway in Richland), online or by phone 509-531-2141. Info and Tickets at AACCES

January 15, 2017, Rally for the Affordable Care Act.
Noon Sunday. John Dam Plaza, Richland.

Community event hosted by the local democrats. Includes speakers, music, information and call to action.

More info can be found here and on the BCDCC web page.

January 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. The White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality
Mid-Columbia Library - Kennewick Branch, located at 1620 S. Union St.

To be presented by Sociology Professor, Teresa Ciabattari, this event centers on racial inequality and white people's experiences concerning this matter. 'The White Privilege' aims to inform the participants how situations like this should be addressed, and how racial justice can be promoted in every community.

For more details, please visit the White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality page at Columbia Basin College's website.

Supporting the Affordable Care Act

We local Democrats are sponsoring a rally in support of the Affordable Car Act, this coming Sunday, January 15, at 12:00 Noon. Meet at the the John Dam Plaza in Richland, WA. There will be notable speakers and musical entertainment.

If you are a Medicaid recipient or signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplace, please come to the rally and show your support.

Congressman, Dan Newhouse (WA-4) is co-sponsoring the bill to repeal key portions of the Affordable Care Act. If it passes, you could lose your access to health care. People will get sicker, people will die unnecessarily, or will be financially ruined by illness. Congressman Newhouse needs to understand, he does not represent us!

Please spread the word to everyone you know.

Layer up for warmth and raise your voice with us. #OurFirstStandTC.

Snowbound? Need Help?

Snowbound? Need help with groceries or meds or appointments? Please contact Heidi at 509-539-2156 (text ok) or email and one of your Democratic friends will help.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Special Meeting of LDDO and BCDCC

Instead of meeting on the third Wednesday of this month, as usual, the 8th Legislative District Democratic Organization (LDDO) and Benton County Democratic Central Committee (BCDCC) will meet Monday, January 9, at the Laborers Local 348 Hall (2505 Duportail, just off the bypass in Richland). The 8th LDDO will meet at 6:00 PM, followed by the BCDCC at 7:00 PM.

The meeting is needed in order to lay out an agenda for advocacy activities prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president on January 20, 2017. Also, it will be a chance to meet your new officers.

Members are encouraged to attend, but at the same time, use good judgment. If you are uncomfortable driving in these conditions, stay home and follow developments on-line.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Officers

The new 8 LDDO officers elected at Saturday's meeting are:

Chair: Skye White

Vice Chair: Matt Bonomo

Secretary: Carl Sjostrand

Treasurer: Brent Kirby

SCM: Jay Clough

SCW: Barbara O'Brien

Congratulations to our new officers, and many thanks to the past officers.