Petitions are in (Spokane)

After a sea of changes and complications in Spokane, including the conviction on Scott Shupe and a lot of fallout in the medical community from the bank account’s of several providers getting frozen apparently.  As well as many new Sensible Washington volunteers.  We do have 1000 petitions (more like 900 now) and people are getting anxious to see this get passed.
My wife stepped up as a coordinator.  I personally didn’t want to be anything that includes a title.  But we have been coordinating on our own for awhile anyway.  We have a place designated for meetings, and we have been trying to communicate to the nay-sayers about what I-1149 is all about.   Kimi has been getting the petitions out to local shops and volunteers, as well as SW shirts.
This is kind of a difficult time for us, as we did not for-see being pregnant during this petition drive.  We actually moved in to town from Loon Lake so that we could help facilitate and volunteer to help the other coordinators.   But in December we found out our 3rd and last baby that we have been trying for has arrived in utero.   I am busier than ever preparing for our home build this year in California.   But a long with other coordinators and volunteers we are going to make a good effort to forge through.

I have been saying “I don’t represent Sensible Washington”.   I still don’t officially.  But there is no question that I fully believe in what Sensible Washington is about.  Which to me when I hear “Sensible Washington” it sounds a lot like FREEDOM!

There are a lot of reasons why.  I never really get into the “official” this and that, because I love grassroots and to me grassroots means something that is not so organized, but more organic, and raw.  I’ve posted about it in the past in regards to grassroots activism.

I noticed last year there were people saying  “I can’t work with this coordinator and I can’t work with that coordinator”.   This year I felt the same way.  I got upset when people would call themselves “coordinator” and then wouldn’t do much to help.   It sempt like more of a self-promotion thing and that irritates me.

Well now I have felt the burn of that label when someone recently accused me of self-promotion.  Which goes back to why I just like to support a freedom agenda in a non-official way.  I don’t need a title to do something positive.
However, my wife and I were trying to get petitions printed, and printing them on a small scale as we were, cost $17 for just 40 petitions.   But buying the petitions in bulk turns out to be incredibly cheaper, around $135 for 1000 petitions.  But to make it easier for Sensible Washington to pay for these, as it makes someone accountable for what goes out and comes in, Kimi decided to step up as a volunteer coordinator so that Sensible Washington could authorize the expense.  Thank you SW!

What we are finding now, is that even though we have the petitions we are not seeing many people stepping up to take them out and get them signed.  We have had some very dedicated folks who know the urgent need to get this on the ballot, step up and get the petitions out.  But so far these are few and far between.  We have been able to get the petitions out to some friendly businesses as well.

So we are going to be out and getting signatures ourselves and hoping to find more volunteers to help collect signatures.

We need folks at the colleges, and the STA plaza, as well as grocery stores and other friendly businesses.

Last year Angela Johnson who came in as a coordinator spent 5 days in her car on Division collecting signatures, and then we took her spot on Division St when she had other business to tend to.  That was a great spot, it was by Bargins (sp?) furniture warehouse which is empty and friendly to our cause and has several parking spaces.

There are a lot of concerts and events coming up that also have many if not mostly cannabis friendly folks that want to sign this petition as well.
We will be sending out updates about that as they come up.

If you want to volunteer, please sign up at:  http://sensiblewashington.org/hq
You will get assigned to a team, and you will get weekly updates about events and current happenings.

Here are some local Spokane events:

Knitting Factory Presents
THREE DAYS GRACE
My Darkest Days
Fri 3/25
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Chop Meat Records Presents:
Nahachis, Livid Undead
Sat 3/26
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Knitting Factory Presents
Saving Abel
Red Line Chemistry, Desperate Union
Sun 3/27
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

A Day To Remember
Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, We Came As Romans
Wed 3/30
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Hosted By: Lauren Spears AKA Kentucky of Bad Girls Club
THE BAD GIRL PARTY DJ Freaky Fred
Thu 3/31
The Mixx916
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Locals Live!
Faded Ink, Fallen Regiment, Burn Away, 4Ways2Fall
Fri 4/1
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Infinite Entertainment Presents: The Red Carpet Affair
Hollywood Nights: Hosted by Kevin McCall & The Rej3ctz
Sat 4/2
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Kosta Presents-Concert for Isaac- Powered by VPI Home Solutions
Fri 4/8
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

UNCAGED CREATIONS PRESENTS
STREAMPUNK – Abney Park
DJ Panix & Koreshakti Tribal Fusion
Sat 4/9
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Knitting Factory Presents
Strange Noize Tour 2011
Krizz Kaliko, Johnny Richter (From Kottonmouth Kings), Kutt Calhoun, Saigon, Potluck, Young Jay
Mon 4/11
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rock 94 1/2’s “TOO BROKE TO ROCK” Concert Series
Anchored
Madlife, Failsafe Project, Yukon The Archer
Fri 4/15
Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Links:

http://sp.knittingfactory.com/

http://www.inlander.com/spokane/flex-142-arts-&-culture-section.html

We are also working on putting together an AWESOME 420 event.  Details to come!


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