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GND local update

From: Mike Ferguson <>
Sent: Friday, February 8, 2019 8:15 PM

Below are local actions to take and UPDATED INFO for events on the Olympic Peninsula to ensure the Green New Deal gets the support it needs.

The plan to pass the Green New Deal starts now! From today until Sunday, February 10, we need you to tweet, call, and email our Senators and Representatives relentlessly to demand they back Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Senator Markey’s Joint Resolution for a Green New Deal. Pramila Jayapal has already signed on, but all other WA representatives need to join her. We want to make some noise, so please sign on & share this petition with your friends. We will be loud and heard! Go to for an easy tool to use.

Then from February 11-13, plan to visit your representative’s office. You can go on your own or bring a friend. Ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. During this time, continue calling, tweeting, and emailing to ramp up the pressure.

The deadline for them to sign on is February 26! If they still haven’t co-sponsored or supported the resolution by then, we’ll unite for a National Day of Action, storming into offices, singing, dropping banners, rallying outside their offices and making it clear that we will hold them accountable to taking action on climate change and the Green New Deal.


Here are the details for local actions:  

1) February 6-10: Make our demand clear! Call, tweet, and email our elected representatives relentlessly, demanding they support Ocasio-Cortez & Markey’s joint resolution for a Green New Deal.

Sign this petition

Write a letter:

Below are some talking points for our Letters to our Representatives. We need to have a strategic, unified message, but each letter will be as unique as we are. When legislative assistants review these letters before delivering them to elected officials, it is far better that they read one hundred personal letters that must be read individually than a single document co-signed by five hundred individuals. A simplified message will be easier for the aides to process.

Example letter for Rep. Kilmer

Talking points about the Green New Deal

Send an email:

It has been suggested to type “Co-Sponsor The Green New Deal Resolution” in the subject line, since our emails to legislators are processed through computer programs and this is a way to be clear about what we are asking.

Derek Kilmer:

Patty Murray:

Maria Cantwell:

Make a phone call:

The Sunrise Movement has create a very handy function that plugs your phone directly into the phone lines of our Senators and Representative.  All you have to do is enter your info and it calls your phone, connecting you to each office. So, answer your phone, follow the simple directions and leave your  message for each office.

Detailed contact info for legislators:

For more extensive contact info for our Federal Legislators, use the following link.  Simple put in your zip code and detailed info will pop up. If you are planning a visit that has not been organized call the office to make sure you find a time they are open.

2) February 10 – 11: There are 2 letter-writing parties planned on the Peninsula;  bring a friend and a pen!

Port Angeles Letter Writing Party:

When: Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 pm

Where: Metta Room in Port Angeles, 132 E Front St, Port AngelesW


Port Townsend Letter Writing Party:

When: Monday, February 11th at 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop, 126 Quincy Street in Port Townsend


3) February 12-13: It’s time to show up! Visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices and ask them to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution. Then, keep the pressure high by getting more and more people to call, tweet and show up in person. We will be organizing a large letter delivery event. One of the most impactful things we can do is to march into our Representatives’ offices and deliver the letters ourselves.

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Port Angeles)

When: February 12, 10:30 AM

Where: 332 E 5th Street, Port Angeles

Event Link:  Derek Kilmer Office Visit

Carpool Page:

Derek Kilmer Office Visit (Tacoma)

When: February 13, 3:00 PM

Where: 950 Pacific Avenue Suite 1230, Tacoma

Event Link:  Tell Congressman Derek Kilmer: We Need A Green New Deal

Carpool Page:

*There are more Green New Deal office visits and actions listed here: Scroll to the bottom of the page and type in your zip code to find addition events near you.

4) February 26: All across the country, we’ll be storming into offices, chanting, dropping banners, rallying outside and making it clear that young people are ready to hold our politicians’ feet to the fire. This will be a political earthquake; forcing elected officials to think twice before they refuse to back the Green New Deal.

*We will send updates about the February 26 actions when information is available.

Tips to effective outreach:  Make sure when you contact your representatives, that you state your address. It holds more weight than just saying “I live in Port Angeles/etc.” Call each of their offices, field offices as well as at the DC office. Call, email, and tweet every day. We cannot overstate how impactful this will be.


If you have any questions or suggestions, I will be making myself available all the way through the Green New Deal campaign, so feel free to reach out.  If you want to help organize, that would be wonderful. I’m happy to help you plug in!

Please do forward this email to local groups and connections that you have.  SPREAD THE WORD!

In Solidarity,

Mike Ferguson, Hub Coordinator

Sunrise Movement – Olympic Peninsula

(360) 565-6647

Green New Deal unveiled Feb. 5

Join livestream kickoff watch parties for a Green New Deal, Tuesday, February 5, from 7-8:30 pm at the Clallam County Courthouse (use the after-hours entrance west of the flagpoles) or in Port Townsend at Rosewind Commons.

The most recent scientific consensus, including the federal government’s own National Climate Assessment, indicates a very short window for a transformation to a clean-energy economy. In response, activists are calling for a Green New Deal to transform our economy in a rapid and just manner, and Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are poised to release Green New Deal legislation in the coming days.

Early support for an ambitious bill like this is crucial, and climate activists plan to send a strong message to their members of Congress in the coming weeks. 

The Sunrise Movement, credited with putting momentum behind the Green New Deal concept, will lay out their game plan via livestream at this event, which will be viewed by thousands of people at more than 400 watch parties around the country. Participants can register for this event at For more information, contact OCA at

This event will coincide with the rescheduled State of the Union Address; we leave it to history to determine which event is the more momentous for our shared destiny.

Peninsula Daily News story

Western Washington Forest Health

Olympic Natural Resources Center Evening Talks

The next Evening Talk is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 25th. We are fortunate to have Dr. Daniel Omdal, Forest Pathologist for Washington State Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Division. Join us at 7:00 pm in the ONRC’s Hemlock Forest Room for another great Evening Talk. 

Title:  Western Washington Forest Health with a Focus on the Decline of Bigleaf Maple.

As of the end of 2018, there has been no sign of recovery of sick and dying Bigleaf Maple though Western Washington. Forest pathologists at Washington’s DNR have been investigating the increase in symptoms and mortality in the Bigleaf Maple trees since 2011. Dr. Omdal will discuss the results of a recently completed Masters Project from the University of Washington, which investigated the spatial patterns and environmental variable associated with the decline.   An update on Swiss Needle Cast Disease and its impacts on Douglas-fir will also be provided during the Evening Talk.    

Please join us for our first Evening Talk of 2019!   Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and the Forks community.    Refreshments will be served and a potluck of your favorite dessert is encouraged.  For more information contact:  Frank Hanson at 374-4556 or 

 Frank Hanson, Education, Outreach, & NPCLE Facilitator 
Olympic Natural Resources Center
School of Environmental and Forest
College of the Environment
P.O. Box 1628
Forks, WA 98331
Office 360-374-4556
Cell 360-640-1861

Native Skywatchers

Bringing Together Cultural and Scientific Knowledge of
the Stars

This workshop builds on combined decades of experience in what we come to call “duallearning” – the weaving together of cultural and scientific knowledge, stories, and hands-on activities in an environment where neither is dominant over the other and resonance between the two is easily found. PI A. Lee’s Native Skywatchers initiative and Collaborator D. Scalice’s NASA and the Navajo Nation partnership form the basis of the pedagogical approach of dual-learning.

We will focus on three constellations—Wakinyan-Thunderbird, To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman (Lee, 2014), and Maang-Loon (Lee, 2014)—grounding participants in their location in the night sky and the knowledge contained in their stories. Then, we will introduce astronomy and astrobiology concepts that correspond, relate, and resonate: Wakinyan-Thunderbird with precession; To Win/Tun Win-Blue Spirit Woman with stellar nucleosynthesis; and Maang-Loon with Solar System formation. In each case, we will introduce scientific hands-on activities/labs, and participants will work in groups to expand them to reflect and teach the cultural knowledge they learned.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 9 at 1PM
  • WHERE: ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning,
    Peninsula College Longhouse
  • Contact: Sadie Crowe at (360) 417-7992

We respectfully acknowledge that we are guests at Klallam territories

“The 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”

By Karen Armstrong

The Compassion Campaign of Clallam County is co-sponsoring this 2019 Compassion Winter Read

12 Steps book cover

As a scholar of world religions, Armstrong extends an invitation to explore the particular place of compassion in religious and ethical teachings. She specifically focuses on the Golden Rule as expressed in each one, which served as common ground for the Charter of Compassion. As she acquaints the reader with various perspectives, she also describes compassion as “Love in Action.”

Invite people from work, organizations, neighbors, friends and family!

SIGN UP NOW: To facilitate or join a group at or call Marilyn at 360-477-0681

You will receive specific info for that group when you sign up.
More groups are forming. Maybe start an online ZOOM group (We can help with that!)

Groups begin the week of January 6th and run twelve (12) weeks.

Sundays, 2-3:30pm, OUUF, 1033 N. Barr Rd.
Mondays, 10am-Noon (1st meeting only) 2-4pm all other weeks, Sequim Library
Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, Trinity United Methodist Church

Wednesdays, 10-11:30am, Monterra in Agnew

Sundays, 11am-Noon, Holy Trinity Lutheran
Wednesdays, 10-11:30pm, Eash Home
Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, CSLPA, 254 N. Bagley Creek Rd.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Street
Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, CSLPA, 254 N. Bagley Creek Rd.
Thursdays, 10:30am-Noon, Port Angeles Library, 2210 W. Peabody St.

“Celebration of the Journey”,
April 6, 2019, 1-3pm at the Shipley Center in Sequim,
where all groups can share what we’ve learned and “what’s next.”

Jan. 10 webinar to provide update on Governor’s proposed budget and policy for Orca Task Force recommendations

From the co-chairs of the Governor’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force:

Please join us on Thursday, January 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., for a Governor’s Office budget and policy update webinar to address questions from members of the Governor’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force.

The following panelists will participate in the discussion:

  • Jim Cahill, Senior Budget Assistant, Office of Financial Management
  • JT Austin, Senior Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office

Task Force and Working Group members are encouraged to participate and ask questions, but no deliberations will take place, and no actions will be taken. The goal of the webinar is for Task Force and Working Group members to better understand this topic and help members formulate their perspectives on how these budget and policy updates will affect Task Force work in 2019.

The public is welcome to listen to the webinar, which will be recorded for later viewing.

How to join the webinar:

By phone
855-929-3239 (toll free)
+1-240-454-0887 (US toll)

Meeting number (access code): 808 330 011

When it’s time, click to start your meeting.

From a video system or application
You can also dial and enter meeting number 808 330 011

Need help joining the meeting?

  • Get online help from WebEx
  • Get phone help from Puget Sound Partnership staff, at 360.628.005

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that this WebEx service allows audio and other information sent during the session to be recorded, which may be discoverable in a legal matter. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to being recorded, discuss your concerns with the host or do not join the session.

Gather for orcas in Olympia Nov. 16

An important rally for the orcas is scheduled at the Capitol complex in Olympia on Nov. 16, 2-5 pm.  There will be representations of all 74 living wild Southern Resident Killer Whales, plus Tokitae, aka “Lolita,” held in captivity at Miami Seaquarium.

Nov 16 is when the Orca Task Force final recommendations go to Governor Inslee.  The rally is to support breaching the Lower Snake River Dams a.s.a.p. for the sake of our salmon and orcas!

There is a big need for people to hold one of the 75 orca replicas. Interested people should let the organizers know they want to hold an orca by posting on the event page:

Event poster:

Here is a site for both drivers and passengers to carpool to the event: