Events

Upcoming Events

March 22 – Yakima County Democrats, 14th LD, 15th LD monthly meetings starting at 6:00pm via Zoom. The Legislative Districts will break out into separate Zoom rooms at 6:30 for their meetings. We will reconvene at 7pm for a discussion about City/County races up for election this year, local health board issues, and other issues members would like to focus on. If you are a PCO or are on our email list you will receive the Zoom link via email. Please email us at yakimacountydems@gmail.com if you would like to join our email list or need the meeting link.

March 22 – Redistricting “Speak Up School” – Yakima and Kittitas Counties, 12-3pm, online.

Learn how to give effective oral or written testimony in the public hearings sponsored by the Redistricting Commission later this year. The commission will be drawing congressional and legislative maps based on the 2020 census, and the results will impact our area for the next 10 years. Personal input and advocacy is critical to ensuring that the lines are drawn fairly for our diverse communities.

This Speak-up School is designed specifically for residents of Kittitas and Yakima Counties. It is co-sponsored by the LWV of Kittitas County.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScsvMTKnHQOgr…/viewform

March 23 – 2021 Environmental Justice Symposium: “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment”, 1pm. lawzagsonline.gonzaga.edu

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/934550440282835

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, Attorney General Bob Ferguson launched an Environmental Justice Initiative for his office, including plans to convene an Environmental Justice Symposium with Gonzaga University to discuss the environmental justice issues affecting various communities around our state, and the work being done to address them.

In addition to bringing together academics, scientists, legislators, and legal professionals, the Symposium will aim to give a platform to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by structural racism and to shine a light on the hard work these communities across our state are doing to pursue environmental justice.

March 23 – New Rules for Fossil Fuels: Protecting WA Communities, Centering Frontline Communities, 6:30pm. Hosted by Sierra Club. Register here.

We have a BIG opportunity in 2021 to finally get ahead of industry proposals and advocate for strong protections against climate-wrecking fossil fuels! We know that coal, oil and fracked gas wreak havoc on our climate, put our health and safety at risk, and target harm on low-income communities of color.

The Department of Ecology is developing a new rule on evaluating fossil fuel projects. Come learn about how climate, health and justice are connected in this process and what you can do to help!

March 24 – Representation, Redistricting, and Democracy Reform, noon via GoToWebinar. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of WA State.

This webinar will discuss what is on the horizon for democracy reform in 2021, the new redistricting cycle and reform across the country, voting rights, and opportunities for involvement. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/regist…/5552390095618443019

March 24 – Congressional Town Hall with Reps. Dan Newhouse and Dr. Kim Schrier, 5pm. Hosted by Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA, 8th District) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA, 4th District) will be joining the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce for a Town Hall. Please join us on March 24th at 5 PM and have an opportunity to speak directly to your Congressional Representatives about issues relating to your small business. The Town Hall will be moderated by the Chamber and will provide the opportunity to ask questions, share your experience and engage with our representatives right from your home or business. Be sure to register for access to the event at  wenatcheechamber.chambermaster.com.

March 25 – Speak Up School #4 – Dave’s Redistricting App Map Drawing, 6:00-7:30pm.

Learn how to create your own redistricting maps using Dave’s Mapping Application, a free tool for an in-depth look at the impact of where lines are drawn. Draw a new map, see the demographic information at both the Congressional and Legislative level for anywhere in the USA, and use the map to submit along with your testimony. The training will be led by the tool’s creator, Dave Bradlee. Register here.

For a complete list of Speak Up School events throughout March and April, go here: https://lwvwa.org/speakup  All events are online and there are various times (daytime and evening) to accommodate your schedule. There are still lots of opportunities to attend all the Speak Up School sessions!

March 25 – Women in Rural Washington, 5pm. Hosted by Center for Women and Democracy.

Join us for the next in our series of conversations on how to harness the power of women across Washington state to create a just and equal future for all women. For our March event we will discuss the challenges and needs of women in rural Washington.

Women in rural areas and their concerns are often rendered invisible due to the perceived urban/rural divide and masked by partisan politics. Yet gender equality and equity cannot be achieved until all women are heard and have their concerns addressed. Women leaders in rural Washington are already working hard to address these concerns. Join us to hear their concerns and learn how we can support their efforts.

Our panelists:

  • Wilma Cartagena, a Latinx leader and advocate for Latinx women and students in north central Washington.
  • Karen Francis-McWhite, an advocate for inclusive and sustainable rural development in north central Washington.
  • Summer O’Neill, a small business owner and organizer in southwest Washington.

Our moderator: Connie Robinson, CWD Board Member

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wyBtHAejSuqYLoqQeDB-pA

March 31 – Local Candidates/Campaign Learning Forum, 6-7pm via Zoom. Hosted by the South Central WA Federation of Democratic Womxn in coordination with Yakima County Democrats.

If you are considering running for local office or want to support this year’s candidates, this event is for you. Our panelists will share information about the position in which they serve(d) and/or how they campaigned, as well as answer questions from attendees.

To see City/County seats up for election, go to votewa.gov, click on scheduled races, select 2021, then your county.

Panelists:
• Dulce Gutierrez, former Yakima City Councilperson
• Naila Duval, current Toppenish City Councilperson
• Joanna Turner, 2020 Klickitat County Commissioner Candidate
• Annie McHale, current Stevenson City Councilperson
• Laurie Stanton, current White Salmon Valley School Board Member

You must register in advance.
https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAkde2tqz4jG9GaavAoMlk2VbfE0…
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you or someone you know has served as a city councilperson, school board member, parks and recreation councilmember, or other local position in Klickitat, Skamania, or Yakima Counties, we are looking for additional folks who want to lend their expertise to 2021 candidates/campaigns. Contact Angie Girard: angiegirard@hotmail.com, or message us at www.facebook.com/scwa.fdw.

April 25 – Legislative Session ends

April 26 – Yakima County Democrats, 14th LD, 15th LD monthly meetings starting at 6:00pm via Zoom. The Legislative Districts will break out into separate Zoom rooms at 6:30 for their meetings. We will reconvene at 7pm for a special presentation, to be announced.

May 17-21 – Filing Week

 

Recurring Meetings & Monthly Events

  • Yakima County Democrats – every 4th Monday, 6pm, via Zoom
  • 14th Legislative District Monthly Meeting – every 4th Monday, 6:30pm after  the Yakima Democrats meeting
  • 15th Legislative District Monthly Meeting – every 4th Monday, 6:30pm after  the Yakima Democrats meeting
  • Yakima City Council – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6pm, 129 N 2nd St, Yakima. Watch a livestream here.
  • Drinking Liberally – 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7pm, via Zoom
  • Yakima Valley Peace Advocates signing every 3rd Sunday noon-1pm, 16th & Nob Hill

Know of an event we should add to this calendar?

Email yakimacountydems@gmail.com or message us on Facebook

Our office is now closed for the season, but we do still have some Biden/Harris yard signs left!

If you would like to pick up a sign as a souvenir, or return signs to the office that you don’t want to store, please call 509-452-7197 or email yakimacountydems@gmail.com to arrange an appointment.