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FYI: Rep. Kilmer and the New Democrats Coalition Climate Change Bill Package

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Rep. Derek Kilmer and the New Democrats Coalition released a package of bills and principles to move the US forward on climate change policies. See:https://kilmer.house.gov/news/press-releases/kilmer-new-democrat-coalition-releases-priorities-for-us-climate-policy

FYI: Climate Change Oceans Report: Governments Must Act Now

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - scientists from around the world - released a report on the impacts of climate change on our oceans this week. The forests help to produce oxygen and fix carbon - but so do the world's oceans. Read Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download-report/

FYI: Dammed to Extinction

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Sponsored by Meaningful Movies and will be shown in the

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sanctuary

2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend, WA, 98368

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This documentary features the life’s work of orca whale researcher Ken Balcomb and the beloved Puget Sound Southern Resident orca, of which only 73 remain. The orcas’ prize food is Snake River chinook salmon -- but those salmon are on the precipice of extinction due to four obsolete dams that choke off access to thousands of miles of rivers. "Dammed to Extinction" shows how removing these dams will save money, salmon, and orca. Click on link below to READ MORE. (more…)

Seattle Times: As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’

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By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter

SAVOONGA, Alaska – Derek Akeya hopes for calm waters and a lucrative catch when fishing from a skiff in the Bering Sea that surrounds his island village.

But on this windy late summer day, waves toss about the boat as Akeya stands in the bow, straining to pull up a line of herring-baited hooks from the rocky bottom.

Instead of bringing aboard halibut – worth more than $5 a pound back on shore – this string of gear yields four large but far less valuable Pacific cod, voracious bottom feeders whose numbers in recent years have exploded in these northern reaches....

For two years, the Bering Sea has been largely without winter ice, a development scientists modeling the warming impacts of greenhouse-gas pollution from fossil fuels once forecast would not occur until 2050.  READ MORE

FYI: Cybersecurity Resources

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Cybersecurity Resources

Foreign interference in US elections is explained by the DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force (National Risk Management Center).  The poster above, “The War on Pineapple; understanding foreign interference in 5 easy steps,” is available for download.

Jeffco Dems FISH FEAST 2019: AUGUST 25!

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Jefferson County Democrats

“THERE'S A LOT ON THE LINE”

25th Annual Fish Feast!

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Erickson Building, 4907 Landes St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Doors open for Bar & Socializing 4 pm | Dinner at 5:30 pm | Speakers 6 pm

THE FISH FEAST IS OUR MAJOR FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR!

Your ticket purchase supports the important work we do year-round to ELECT DEMOCRATS! It's also a great time to see friends - JOIN US! (more…)

Northwest Maritime Center to be featured at July 18 public meeting of Jefferson County Democrats

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You’ve likely heard about the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, Race to Alaska and SEVENTY48. But other sailing, training and community programs of PT’s Northwest Maritime Center might not be so familiar to you and your family.

Jake Beattie, executive director of the maritime center, will share its story Thursday, July 18, at a public meeting of the Jefferson County Democrats in the Beach Club at Port Ludlow, 121 Marina View Drive. Beattie will discuss the mission and programs of the nonprofit NWMC – and its impact on the community – beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the JCD members meeting.

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FYI: Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

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Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

New endorsers cite economic growth, clean water, salmon recovery as Representative Kilmer & local business leader testify

QUILCENE, Wash. (July 10, 2019) The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642). The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Read more