Ask the Sheriff!
Want to know how Island County law enforcement is responding to the national spotlight on policing? Island County Sheriff, Rick Felicci, will update us and respond to audience questions at the next virtual Camano Island Democrats monthly meeting, Thursday, July 23rd 7PM.
Sheriff Felici will address such issues as racial profiling, officer recruitment and training, current detainment/arrest practices. All are welcome to attend, participate in the discussion, and offer questions. For further information contact: camanoislanddemocrats @gmail.com.
NEED HELP or know someone who does? If COVID-19 has turned your finances upside down, you’re not alone. Call the Island County Human Services Help Line at 360-678-2346. Find out if you’re eligible for money to help with rent/mortgage, utilities, food or more. The funds are part of the Coronavirus CARES Act. Calling not your thing? You can submit info for yourself (or for a friend, family member or neighbor) online.
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"Enough. It’s time for us to take a hard look at uncomfortable truths. It’s time for us to face the deep, open wound we have in this nation. We need justice for George Floyd."
– Joe Biden
June 2, 2020
by Vice President Joe Biden
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“I can’t breathe.” “I can’t breathe.”
George Floyd’s last words. But they
didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across this nation.
They speak to a nation where too often just the color of your skin puts your life at risk.
They speak to a nation where more than 100,000 people have lost their lives to a virus – and 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment – with a disproportionate number of these deaths and job losses concentrated in black and brown communities.
And they speak to a nation where every day m
illions of people – not at the moment of losing
their life – but in the course of living their
life – are saying to themselves,
“I can’t breathe.”
It’s a wake-up call for our nation. For all of us.
Read entire speech
Message from Congressman Rick Larsen
I am currently in Washington, D.C. Last week, I voted for the Justice in Policing Act to end police brutality, hold police accountable and build trust in law enforcement. The bill bans chokeholds, strangleholds and no-knock warrants at the federal level; requires federal officers to use dashboard and body cameras; creates a national police misconduct registry, and more. But police conduct reform alone is not enough. I will continue to listen to and work with local, state and federal leaders to address systemic racism.
I also signed on to cosponsor Rep. Ayanna Pressley's resolution condeming police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force. We cannot forget George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless victims of racial violence.
With ballots dropping in just two weeks, we need your help to spread the word about our campaign. Now is the time to sign up to volunteer! There are many ways to get involved, including virtual phone banking, hosting a Zoom house party, writing a letter to the editor, putting up yard signs and sharing our social media posts with your network. We must elect candidates up and down the ballot who are committed to fighting racial injustice.
Our campaign has continued to reach out to voters through Facebook Live, Zoom and phone banking. Visit my Facebook page to watch my recent conversations with State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski and Rep. Suzan DelBene. I have been calling voters throughout the 2nd District to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot and beat Donald Trump in November. We need Trump out of office to advance progressive policies.
So far, our campaign has made more than 4,500 calls, and is on track to hit 5,000 calls by Tuesday. Thank you for reading! I will keep working to earn your support.
Stay safe and please wear a mask,
Letter from Representative Dave Paul
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and it’s an important time for reflection, advocacy, and action.
Over my career, I’ve watched attitudes shift among my students. I first realized 20 years ago that my students—even those with socially conservative attitudes on other issues—were increasingly becoming more supportive of LGBTQ rights.
We had major setbacks in 2004, with many states passing “Defense of Marriage Acts,” but I knew these misguided policies would not stem the greater tide toward acceptance and equality.
My single greatest source of pride as a Washingtonian is when the voters of our state legalized gay marriage on Nov. 6, 2012. Other states had legalized gay marriage through the courts before, but for the first time that day, voters in Washington, Maine, and Maryland ratified gay marriage.
Nonetheless, we still have much work to do. Many members of the LGBTQ community face discrimination and marginalization. We see ugly forms of bigotry and homophobia in the rhetoric to rescind the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education bill passed this year by the Legislature.
When I ran for office 2 years ago, I pledged to represent all members of community in Olympia. I’ve worked hard to do that—and I intend to keep doing it with your support.
Let’s celebrate the much-needed wins over the past 50 years, but let’s also not forget our state still has work to do to ensure equality for the LGBTQ community.
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