Emily Randall campaign – volunteer opportunities

Primary ballots for state legislative races will be sent out on Friday, July 20th.

As most of you know, Emily Randall is running for the state senate seat that has been vacated by Jan Angel in the 26th legislative district.

WSSJ has given Emily our wholehearted endorsement.

Her campaign is looking for volunteers to help with phone banks and in-person canvassing through the remainder of the primary season and then during the general election. The link below will take you to a calendar of upcoming efforts and contact information for her campaign.

We urge everyone to contribute to this important race in any way you can.

July Shifts Kitsap County – Emily Randall

Bremerton City Council Meeting – 06/20/18

On Wednesday, June 20th, there will be a town-hall style City Council meeting to gather public testimony and input on proposed changes to city ordinances regarding affordable housing.

Come and help frame the discussion on this important issue!

(Links to the affordable housing initiative, the full text of the proposed ordinance, and the City Council website are provided below).

City Council Housing meeting flyer_web

Click here for the full text of the proposed ordinance.

Click here for the Affordable Housing Initiative

Click here to go to the City Council website to find contact information for your City Council representative.

MLK Day Vigil – Ground Zero Center


In honor of Dr Martin Luther King  Jr.’s birthday, the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will hold a vigil at the Main Gate of the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor Saturday, January 13, at 11 am.
Everyone interested in honoring Dr. King’s prophecy and legacy is invited to attend the vigil.
Participants will gather at 10:00 am January 13, at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo, and will walk to the base for a vigil which will include songs, signs, banners and quotes from Dr. King.
According to Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, King believed that civil rights are inextricably linked to peace.
When asked in December 1957 about the use of nuclear weapons, King replied:
“I definitely feel that the development and use of nuclear weapons should be banned. It cannot be disputed that a full-scale nuclear war would be utterly catastrophic. Hundreds and millions of people would be killed outright by the blast and heat, and by the ionizing radiation produced at the instant of the explosion . . . Even countries not directly hit by bombs would suffer through global fall-outs. All of this leads me to say that the principal objective of all nations must be the total abolition of war. War must be finally eliminated or the whole of mankind will be plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”
King remained committed to the antinuclear cause throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In 1959, five months after being stabbed in Harlem, King addressed the War Resisters League’s thirty-sixth annual dinner, where he praised its work and linked the domestic struggle for racial justice with the campaign for global disarmament: “Not only in the South, but throughout the nation and the world, we live in an age of conflicts, an age of biological weapons, chemical warfare, atomic fallout and nuclear bombs . . . Every man, woman, and child lives, not knowing if they shall see tomorrow’s sunrise.” He asked, “What will be the ultimate value of having established social justice in a context where all people, Negro and White, are merely free to face destruction by strontium 90 or atomic war?” 
For more information contact info@gzcenter.org or call Mary Gleysteen at 360 297 3894.

27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton. This year’s theme is “Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward.”kitsap-county-conference-human-rights-17

Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets.Go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3127095. Ticket prices are $25 for youth 18 and under; $40 for adults; and $50 for adults including an informational table to share materials from non-profit organizations. All ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.

The Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present “History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless – and timely – story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again.”

The conference also features a panel, workshops and networking opportunities.

Follow the link below for more information.

2017 Kitsap County Conference on Human Rights

New climate action group in Belfair

A new climate action group is forming in Belfair.

Join with other community members on December 9 for a meeting in Belfair. To combat the scale of the climate crisis, we need bold action at all levels of government — but right now, starting from the ground-up is our best shot at securing lasting change. Working together, we will end the use of  unsustainable fuel and transition our world to 100% sustainable energy for all.


11:00 – 12:45 AM, December 9, 2017

North Mason Timberland Library,  23081 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528

350.org and Climate Reality action plans

Contact:  MartyL.bishop@gmail.com