Clallam Progressive Coalition forms

A new non-partisan political action group has emerged in Clallam County, dedicated to a platform of economic, social, racial and environmental justice that ensures the health, rights and well-being of the 99 percent. The Clallam Progressive Coalition seeks to engage concerned citizens and partner with grass-roots organizations in bettering communities at the local, state and federal levels, and welcomes the participation of dedicated individuals regardless of political affiliation.

The organization has been active in the community over the past year, first as “Clallam County for Bernie” and later as the “Clallam Progressives Committee” of the Clallam County Democrats.

Some of its activities have included sign waving for school levies; canvassing for state ballot initiative 735 to get big money out of politics; organizing one of the many national ‘Save Our Healthcare” forums in January; sponsoring the ongoing “Constitution 101” lectures; inviting speakers to discuss topical issues such as increased Growler noise over Olympic National Park, the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and local services for the homeless.

The CPC will host a session on protests and privacy on April 27 at 6 p.m. in the social hall at United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles.

The CPC’s next general meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in the Carver Room at the Port Angeles Public Library. Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved is welcome to attend. Among other subjects on the agenda will be an educational segment regarding the upcoming ballot measure that will determine whether Port Angeles remains a Code City or moves to Second Class status. There also will be a discussion of the efforts of Whole Washington to establish a single-payer health program in Washington. Those who can’t attend the meeting are encouraged to visit the Facebook page “Clallam Progressive Coalition” or contact the coalition at clallamprogressivecoalition@gmail.com.

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