JCER will be presenting the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners with over 4700 signatures that ask the commissioners to create an ordinance to stop the use of herbicides on our county roadsides. The event will take place on Monday, September 24th at 9:00 AM in the Jefferson County Courthouse during a regular meeting of the BOCC. The public is invited to participate. We need your contribution in order to make an impact on the BOCC.
At a recent work party, members of Jefferson County Ecological Roadsides rolled the almost 500 petitions onto a rolling pin. The rolling pin was a symbol of solidarity between coal miners and the need for a union during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The story goes that the union busting bosses trapped coal miners demanding a union in coal mines, cutting off their air supply. The wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of the coal miners took to the streets with their rolling pins and unlocked the mines.
Our rolling pin represents a desire to unlock the stalemate between county commissioners and community members who do not want toxins on our roadsides. The rolling pin also represents the desire to return democracy to the environmental protections of our county. Over 30 years ago another petition drive by community members brought about a moratorium on county roadside spraying. That moratorium was broken 2 years ago with just an internal consent agenda. Democracy failed that day.
Now we must act on behalf of our community, the health of humans, wildlife, the earth, the water and the generations who will be here after us.
PLEASE JOIN US!
The 4700 signatures represent community members (majority), tourists from all over the world, people from nearby counties who shop in Jefferson County, local organic farmers and providers, and local community leaders.
Please come to the BOCC meeting on Monday, September 24th and support our actions to remove the use of toxins on our county roadsides.
The address for the county courthouse is 1820 Jefferson street, Port Townsend, WA
Monday – September 24th, 9:00 AM – Jefferson County Courthouse.