Archive for May, 2015

Help us get corporate money out of elections! Eastern Washington Voters is sponsoring a day to gather signatures to qualify I-735 for the ballot to this Saturday May 16th before the start of the Lilac Parade.

4:30 pm for a quick training
5:00 PM we will be on the sidewalk collect signatures
7:45 PM is the start of the parade
Saturday May 16th
Meet at Atticus Coffee for training
222 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201

Bryan’s cell is 509 330 1793

Unlimited, undisclosed money has corrupted our political system and taken the power away from We the People.  Corporations have been given our Constitutional rights and are using them against us.  When corporations have the Constitutional right to buy our elections and harm our environment it is past time for people to unite and let our voices be heard.

wamend_web_0416 is sponsoring an Initiative to the Legislature to Get Big Money out of Elections.  This Initiative calls to reverse corporate person-hood and money is speech.  It calls for a Constitutional amendment to clarify that living, breathing people should be entitled to the rights of the Constitution, not artificial entities.  Right now the national spotlight is on Washington State as we collect the 330,000 signatures to get on the ballot in November of 2016.  Once we pass I-735 we join sixteen other states calling on Congress to amend the Constitution.  We believe it is the Civil Rights Movement of our day.

Here in Spokane, we need 1200 signatures a week to meet our signature goals.  (They have already collected around 3.000.  This takes consistent, committed effort on the part of volunteers.  It’s fun, it’s empowering and it is one of the most meaningful political actions anyone can take.  The more volunteers we have, the more fun we have and the more political power we generate.  We can do this!

So come join us at the corner on Saturday May 16th.

Thank You for Helping on Prop1!

Friends and especially Sunni Mace , Ginger Gomez, Katherine Smith, Meaghan LaPrath, Kay Wright McGlocklin, Cherie Beckstrom, Leona Dater, Margo Padon, Amanda Tracie, Kathy Endo, Barbara Morkill,and Isaiah Kibwe Day, Thanks for your help phoning for buses and sending mailings for prop 1. We did not win, but we got really, really close! We were less than a percentage point away from victories. I have heard promises from those in charge that they will run the proposition again soon.

There is a silver lining. You folks participated in an important experiment on how to turn people out to vote. Your help and ideas on how to improve our calls were golden. I saw some preliminary match back data on voter turnout, and it looked really, really good for the folks called. More about that in a few weeks after the rest of the data comes in.



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Avista Needs to Move to Clean Energy

I got this email from my friend Jace.  If you get electricity from Avista (and most of us do) let them know you want clean energy.

Take action today!


Let’s bring green jobs to Eastern Washington.

Local energy company Avista still gets about 20 percent of its electricity from one of the west’s largest and most polluting coal-fired power plants in Colstrip, MT. Replacing coal with clean energy is one of the biggest steps we can take to reduce our pollution and invest in Washington jobs.

Avista Needs to Stop Using Coal

Keep up the pressure on Avista by posting a quick message on their Facebook wall, telling them to retire this dangerous coal plant.

Click here to post a quick message on Avista’s Facebook wall to let them know you are ready for a coal-free Washington!

The Sierra Club and other allies are working with Avista to demonstrate that clean energy investment is what is best for our communities. Big companies like Avista listen to their customers, your input will go far to show the company that this is what their customers want.

Avista need to see that our community wants clean and renewable energy and the good family wage jobs that go with it. Our future lies in wind, solar, and energy efficiency, not a dirty 19th century fuel like coal.

Thank you for all you do to bring clean energy to Eastern Washington.


Jace Bylenga
Washington Beyond Coal Campaign

Politics and Religion

Currently our US Supreme Court is considering same-sex marriage while its Citizens United decision contributes to our huge inequality of wealth by influencing elections.

Since both issues have religious implications, we should remember from the Bible that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality but said tons about love, wealth and poverty.

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223