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Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Dr. Kim Schrier to speak at NPI’s Sixteenth Anniversary Picnic on Saturday, August 24th

In just a few weeks, the team here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute will be host­ing our annu­al sum­mer anniver­sary pic­nic at Red­mond’s Per­ri­go Park to com­mem­o­rate NPI’s found­ing. This year, we’re cel­e­brat­ing our six­teenth anniver­sary (yes, it’s NPI’s Sweet Six­teen!), and we’re delight­ed to announce that U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kim Schri­er will be our fea­tured speaker.

Kim Schrier addresses the Washington State Democratic Convention

Kim Schri­er address­es the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­ven­tion (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Schri­er rep­re­sents Wash­ing­ton’s 8th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, which spans the Cas­cade Moun­tains. It includes por­tions of King Coun­ty, Pierce Coun­ty, Kit­ti­tas Coun­ty, Dou­glas Coun­ty, and Chelan County.

The daugh­ter of an ele­men­tary school teacher and an aero­space engi­neer, Schri­er has often said that she thought she’d nev­er leave pedi­atrics… that is, until Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Con­gress 115th Con­gress came along and tried to take away the health­care of mil­lions of Americans.

Dis­gust­ed by Dave Reichert’s refusal to stand up to his par­ty and put his con­stituents’ health before Don­ald Trump’s agen­da, Dr. Schri­er became a can­di­date for Con­gress. Vot­ers elect­ed her and she is cur­rent­ly serv­ing her first term.

Health­care has of course been a major focus for Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Schri­er since she was elect­ed, but she’s also been work­ing on elec­toral reform, respond­ing to Don­ald Trump’s harm­ful tar­iffs, and wild­fire pre­pared­ness. Last week, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Schri­er announced her sup­port for a Trump impeach­ment inquiry.

Join us to get an update from Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Schri­er about what’s hap­pen­ing in the 116th Con­gress on Sat­ur­day, August 24th at 5 PM.

We cor­dial­ly invite all Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate read­ers to join us for the picnic.

As in the past, we are not charg­ing admis­sion to this event, but we do ask if you can make a dona­tion of $25 or more if you can afford to. All pro­ceeds raised from the pic­nic will sup­port NPI’s essen­tial research and advocacy.

When you RSVP, you may spec­i­fy if you would like a salmonburg­er, ham­burg­er, hot dog, or gar­den­burg­er. We’re proud to serve ham­burg­ers made with grass-fed beef from cows that were raised local­ly in the Sno­qulamie Valley.

You can also RSVP on behalf of fam­i­ly and friends who will be com­ing with you. It’s impor­tant you RSVP so we know how much food to get for our guests. At NPI, we are zeal­ous­ly com­mit­ted to reduc­ing waste.

Please bring your own reusable water bot­tle to the pic­nic if you have one, as we will have a dis­penser where you can refill your Klean Kan­teen, Hydro Flask, or equiv­a­lent con­tain­er with chilled water. Bot­tled water will not be pro­vid­ed, but com­postable cups will be avail­able for those with­out water bottles.

In keep­ing with our efforts to reduce waste, all food scraps and dis­card­ed con­tain­ers from the pic­nic will either be com­post­ed or recycled.

We hope you can join us on Sat­ur­day, August 24th for a thought­ful dis­cus­sion about the crit­i­cal issues fac­ing our coun­try and our region.

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