Gun Reform Actions

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Youth/School Actions and Groups

District Wide Walkout for Gun Law Reform

Wed Feb 21st, 11:22 at Bellingham High Schools and Middle Schools, then students will meet at City Hall at 12:00 for the community to join in.

Organized by: Local high school students in Bellingham #studentsforaction.

On Wednesday February 21st at 11:22 am we invite students, families, and teachers to participate in an district wide walk out for gun law reform. At 11:22am, we will all get up and walk out of class.
SQHS: walk to the common area where lunch is where we will hold a ceremony to speak about the victims of the Florida school shooting.
SHS: meet in the student lounge for a 30 minute ceremony
BHS and Options: meet in the BHS commons for a 30 minute ceremony
AFTER THE CEREMONY: head to City Hall to march at noon.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1887594601530605/ (Note: this Facebook event is for the community to support the students.)

 

Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence

Tues March 6th

Organized by Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersTakeAction/

Open to teachers, students, parents, and ANYONE ELSE who cares about a teacher or a student!

Teachers are starting to mobilize as a force to protect our schools, because apparently no one else is going to do it. We’re planning a lobby day, targeted legislative outreach, and teacher prep mobilization blitz for March 6, with the purpose of planning the lesson, scaffolds, outcomes, and more to help our students as they organize to demand gun control NOW on March 14 and April 20, while also organizing teachers wherever we can to take action and go to their state capitals as well.

No known local contact/organizer so far.

 

ENOUGH: National School Walkout

Wed March 14th, 10:00 am 

Organized by Women’s March Youth Empower: https://www.womensmarch.com/empower/

https://www.womensmarch.com/enough

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.

WWU

Whatcom Community College

Mount Baker High School

Orcas Island High School

Sedro Woolley High School

 

March for Our Lives

Sat March 24th, in Washington, D.C. with sister marches nationwide

Organized by March for Our Lives: https://www.marchforourlives.com/ 

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

Bellingham: https://www.facebook.com/events/218714885356746/

Bellingham organizers: https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamMarchForOurLives/

Blaine:http://act.everytown.org/event/march-our-lives-events/9543/signup/?source=&akid=s245206..kJIwnk&zip=

 

National School Walkout

Fri April 20th, 10:00 am

Organized by National School Walkout: http://act.indivisible.org/event/national-school-walkout/

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities.

No knowl local contact/organizer so far.

 

Teachers, Parents, Students and Allies for Gun Reform NOW

Facebook group intended to mobilize people ready for action intended to produce real gun reform. Run by local folks.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GunReformNOW/

 

Whatcom County Students Against Gun Violence

Local Facebook page for students, teachers, and families that are tired of the gun violence, and want to make a change.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/WCSAGV

 

Students for Action

Students For Action is an organization with student safety in mind, and is led and created by students of the four high schools in Bellingham, Washington.

https://www.facebook.com/Students4Action/

https://www.instagram.com/studentsforaction/

 

WWU Students Against Gun Violence

WWU Students against Gun Violence is a student-led organization committed to action that brings change to ensure the safety of students on campus – here and across the country. This page is a place for students, faculty, staff and all members of the Western community to communicate, plan and share action opportunities with each other.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWUStudentsAgainstGunViolence

Other Groups

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters

New Member Meet and Greet Sat February 24th, 10:30 in Bellingham.

https://www.facebook.com/events/326049207884967/

Moms Demand Action Skagit County

Moms Demand Action WA

 

Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

https://everytown.org

Petition: Tell streaming services: Stop the NRA from spreading its hateful rhetoric and DUMP NRATV!

 

Alliance for Gun Responsiblity

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is a nonprofit that works to end the gun violence crisis in our state. We work on gun responsibility issues, policy and programs in communities across Washington. Gun violence prevention is a priority for Washingtonians and we are proud to be a driver of meaningful change in our state.

https://gunresponsibility.org

Action: Join Students to Take OLYMPIA on Tuesday March 6th at 10:15am to help our final push for the School and Community Safety Bill SB-6620

 

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence works collaboratively with other groups to reduce gun violence and remedy the complex societal factors that contribute to a culture of gun violence.

http://www.grandmothersagainstgunviolence.org/

 

Drain the NRA

Drain The NRA is a  grassroots movement that  combats  the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress  by boycotting and divesting from the gun industry and its corporate partners, while shining a light on those politicians who value the NRA’s financial contributions over the lives of their own constituents.

https://www.drainthenra.com/

 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

http://www.bradycampaign.org/

 

Moms for Gun Reform PostCard Campaign

Moms demand common sense gun control to ensure no more children are executed at school. Join us in our non-partisan post card campaign to our elected officials to let them know that the NRA does not speak for us and we demand that our voices are heard.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/154228091952177/

 

Current Pending Legislation

WA State

SB5992 – Concerning bump-fire stocks. Bans the sale, manufacture, and possession of bump-stocks, which are trigger-modifications.

Status – 2/27/18 PASSED both chambers

How did your legislators vote?

Roll call 40th LD

  • 1/25/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea
  • 2/27/18 Final Senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ranker – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/25/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – nay
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay
  • 2/27/18 Final senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ericksen – yea

 

SB5553 – Preventing suicide by permitting the voluntary waiver of firearm rights for persons vulnerable due to suicide or other danger to self or others.

Status – 2/23/18 PASSED both chambers

How did your legislators vote?

Roll call 40th LD

  • 1/24/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/24/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay

 

SB5444 – Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

Status – IN COMMITTEE This measure has been revived by the Senate Ways & Means Committee as part of a larger package of school safety measures in SB6620.

 

SB6620 – Improving security in schools and the safety of students. This is a package of measures, including those proposed in SB5444. In addition, it would:

  • Prohibit the sale or transfer of a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features unless both a federal and a state background check have been completed through law enforcement.
  • Prohibit a person under the age of twenty-one from purchasing a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features.
  • Establish a grant program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for school districts to implement emergency response systems to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.
  • Create the Students Protecting Students program within the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) to provide an anonymous way that students and the community can report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities or the threat of those activities.

Status – IN COMMITTEE (Rules). First read on 2/23/18.

National

HR 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This would greatly weaken state laws on concealed weapon, mandating reciprocity of permits among states. If passed, a Washington resident who could not pass a background check under our state law could obtain a concealed weapons permit from another state with lax or no background check.

Status – PASSED THE HOUSE. May be taken up by Senate this spring.

How did your Representatives vote?

Roll Call 1st District

  • 12/6/17 Representative Suzan Del Bene – nay

Roll Call 2nd District

  • 12/6/17 Representative Rick Larsen – nay

(Thanks to League of Women Voters Washington State for the great summary on their site.)

 

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180209

***CLICK ON THE TOPIC HEADER TO EXPAND THE DETAILS***

Local Level Actions

 

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by Racial Justice Coalition and Keep Bellingham Families Working. A vigil will be held from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. in front of the Whatcom County Courthouse . Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Bring your friends and co-workers!

Monday February 12th, 7pm: Panel on Climate Policy: How do we move forward together?  Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

Thursday February 15, 6pm: No Way to Treat a Guest: Community Forum on H2A Labor

Wednesday February 21, 12-7 pm: Hearing on Puget Sound Energy’s 20-Year Plan, Renton Community Center, Renton.  State regulators want your feedback on PSE’s long-term plan and are hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, February 21. Rally at noon, testimony kicks off at 1:30 pm. 

Recommendations: Whatcom County Council Appointment

Pants Peeps!  Six days until the Whatcom County Council appoints a seventh member. Tomorrow they will meet to decide how to decide (robust process is a remarkably important component).  Now is the time to call or write our council members and enumerate the virtues of the strongest applicants.  We hope to make it easy for YOU to engage in this process.

Over the holiday, our Riveters + Represent! committee spent more hours than we wanted to count developing questions for applicants, mapping those questions to planks in the 2018 RC platform, and reading responses and application materials from the 10 applicants who sought our recommendation.  Below, we’ll tell you why these three people earned our recommendation for this position.  Recommendations are based on responses to our questionnaire, other application materials, as well as applicants’ track records of experience and leadership.  

While we are recommending three people for this appointment, there were more great people in the applicant pool; we look forward to working with and electing them in the future!  You can read responses from all applicants who sought our recommendation here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1leliPhERyqUbyDMPGV3Y0JOKiBQF83NR?usp=sharing

R+R! Committee members participating in this recommendation include:
Adrienne Renz
Anne Marie Faiola
Arlene Feld
Elizabeth Darrow
Elizabeth Hartsoch
Eowyn Savela
Jenn Mason
Jesse Kirkpatrick
Karlee Deatherage
Liana Herron
Lisa McShane
Loretta Sheldon
Stephen Jackson

We recommend the following three applicants for appointment to the Whatcom County Council.  Each of these three applicants offers a new perspective for our council.

Timothy Ballew II

  • Demonstrated track record of coalition building and visionary leadership
  • Extensive and relevant experience working with stakeholders on water quality and treaty rights.
  • Working knowledge of water quantity,water rights and property rights issues
  • Tribal representation on our county council
  • Life-long Whatcom County resident, now raising his own family in the Lummi Nation community.
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future

For a more detailed outline of Timothy Ballew’s perspective you can read his full questionnaire response here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW1mFP30AoAcFNxQjFaa0JCS1QyQnZZMUxMX2twazRzeWJB/view?usp=sharing

Carol Frazey

  • Understands the value of open space and parks as economic drivers; she even owns a recreation business
  • Offered detailed ideas for farm stewardship, informed by her background on a family farm
  • Commitment to protecting clean drinking water.
  • Recognizes the importance of cross-sector collaboration to solve complex problems
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future

For a more detailed outline of Carol Frazey’s perspective you can read her full questionnaire response here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW1mFP30AoAT21nWGl5bV83VGI4TTQ3VXU1b1h3QWRrMmFn/view?usp=sharing

Alicia Rule

  • In-depth understanding of issues related to our jail and incarceration
  • Values the sovereignty of local Treaty Tribes and is interested in centering their leadership
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future
  • Understands the economic value that preserved recreation lands can bring to Whatcom County
  • Recognizes the importance of cross-sector collaboration to solve complex problems

For a more detailed outline of Alicia Rule’s perspective you can read her full questionnaire response here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13IhqZkbrA-t13VDrA3MftPUTfCiKI6Tx/view?usp=sharing 

Suggested script/email to council

Use council@co.whatcom.wa.us to reach all councilmembers.  Or, reach out individually:

 

Subject: Council appointment recommendation

Hello, my name is {your name} and I am a constituent residing in {location}.  With twenty-nine applicants for the open council seat, I appreciate the challenge in evaluating and choosing among people with diverse qualifications.  I think {applicant name} is the strongest choice for this appointment.  {Applicant name} {reasons why they will be great}.

Sincerely,
{your name}

How to install the Amplify app

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RC will deliver actions once per week and you will get a notification. Also, we will occasionally send a notification if there is an urgent request. No more searching through the Facebook feed! After you take the action, you click one of the response buttons – “left voicemail”, “talked to staffer”, “did it”, etc. – and then we get counts of how many people are taking the actions. These counts will be a powerful tool in working with elected officials, showing our strength in numbers. Amplify is developed by Indivisible San Francisco. There are no ads, no external content, just the RC.

Instructions:

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  4. Take an action & cheer others on!
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RC 2017 Endorsement Process

Riveters Collective 2017 Endorsement Process and Information

  • Riveters Collective has Washington Nonprofit Corporation status, which allows electoral activity, including endorsements.
  • The RC Board voted to do endorsements on April 13, 2017.
  • RC Member Susan Wood volunteered to be the Endorsements Committee Chair.
  • RC recruited endorsement committee members by an open call to members through Facebook and email.
    • RC excluded anyone from the committee who had already begun working on a campaign, is a candidate for a local office, or has a leadership role in a major political party. For this reason, RC board members Lisa McShane, Stephen Jackson and Jenn Mason were excluded from the Endorsement Committee, and abstained from involvement in the process.  Board members Elizabeth Hartsoch and Eowyn Savela supported the committee’s work, but did not serve on the committee.
    • 11 people responded to the call, met the criteria, and were appointed to the Endorsements Committee.  One of the 11 committee members, Lisa Van Doren, also serves on the RC board.
    • Recognizing that the RC leadership team and endorsement committee are not sufficiently representative of the larger community–and more importantly the more marginalized and vulnerable members of the community–and recognizing that many local progressive groups are prohibited from making candidate endorsements, RC solicited feedback from groups representing diverse interests.
    • The Endorsement Committee built questionnaires off of these responses and RC’s progressive mission. The questionnaires were shared with the RC Facebook group and were amended based on the solicited feedback.
  • All candidates who filed for open positions on the Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Port of Bellingham Commission, or Bellingham Public School Board were contacted with an invitation to request the RC endorsement.  Final questionnaires were shared on the RC website and in the facebook group.
  • Candidates were sent RC endorsement questionnaires in mid-May, immediately after candidate filing week.
  • The Endorsement Committee met to develop candidate interview questions.
  • Eighteen candidates submitted materials to the endorsement committee by the May 30th deadline.
  • The Endorsement Committee interviewed candidate interviews June 5-7, 2017.  The committee declined to interview candidates in uncontested races, and declined to interview candidates whose values were fundamentally opposed to the values of the RC.  
  • All interview questions were asked in exactly the same manner to all candidates.
  • The Endorsements Committee considered questionnaire responses and interviews in making endorsement decisions. Following extensive conversation, the Endorsement Committee made their endorsement recommendations to the RC Board.
  • The RC Board formally voted to approve all endorsements as presented by the Endorsements Committee.

Urgent Action to Stop the Mega-jail

Riveters!

This Monday the 19th at 7pm it is all hands on deck to ask the Bellingham City Council to vote NO on the Jail Facility Use Agreement*.

If the City Council says yes to funding the big jail, this will send a loud message that the City Council supports a mega-jail. We want them to represent our progressive values and say NO to the big jail because this is the wrong plan for our community.

Please attend the City Council meeting on Monday, June 19th at 7pm, sign in to speak during Open Session, and ask that they vote NO on the Agreement.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, scroll down for city email and phone info and contact them today.

*The Jail Funding Agreement states that the big jail (note: there’s been NO needs assessment to know how big it should be) will be funded with a regressive sales tax that will use 100% of the public safety sales tax capacity available to our community for the next 30 years. It details how the tax will be divided. 

You can view the funding agreement here: Interlocal Jail Facility Financing and Use Agreement. (Click on the “JFFUA” pdf on that page.)

 

What happens after the City Council votes NO?

This goes back to the County Council with a clear message that once again the City of Bellingham does NOT support a big jail in Ferndale. We then turn to the County Council and ask that they vote NO to putting this on the ballot. We can then step up to work with the councils on a solution that’s more fair, that isn’t a mega-jail in Ferndale and that prioritizes treatment over a huge building to lock people up.

 

Talking points

Please choose just one or two and add your own thoughts or story!

  • You are taking one of the last steps towards a mega-jail and it’s the wrong direction for Bellingham. This isn’t just about the funding or how the tax is divided, you’re taking a vote on the big jail. You have no other vote on the jail. This is it. Please vote no.
  • Are we really going to be the last community in America to build the mega-jail? Throughout the US incarceration is dropping and communities are rethinking this failed approach. While there are some who should be in jail, 73% of people in our jail haven’t been convicted. With work, such as the good work Bellingham has been doing, we can reduce incarceration.  
  • This jail proposal is $100-million. We can find a solution that doesn’t include a mega-jail and doesn’t take up all of our public safety tax capacity for the next 30 years. A new building won’t make our community safer.
  • Moving the jail to Ferndale removes a key part of Bellingham’s civic center and puts it in the Ferndale suburbs. This makes it harder for incarcerated individuals to meet with their attorneys, most of whom have offices near the current jail. It will increase the environmental impacts on our community when attorneys and inmates and staff drive back and forth.
  • The VERA Institute is completing a report to the Incarceration Task Force with recommendations to reduce how many people we jail in our community. Until that work is finished and implemented, we won’t know how big our jail should be. Please do not agree to fund the big jail without the data to know if we need it.
  • Our community should reconsider the Ferndale location and ask if the existing downtown Bellingham location might be better. That can only happen if you vote no on this funding agreement.
  • Bellingham has been moving in the right direction by aggressively reducing incarceration. I applaud that work! Please keep moving forward by voting NO on the big jail and this jail agreement.
  • We need to focus on services that will keep people out of jail such as treatment and other services. If we build a mega-jail our sheriff and judges will fill it and we will have less money for the treatment we know will both save money and make our community safer.
  • This proposal includes 36 ‘mental health beds’. But without a needs assessment we don’t know if that’s the right number or if the mentally ill should receive treatment inside the jail or outside, in a dedicated mental health facility.
  • We ask that you vote no on the Jail Funding Agreement and tell the County that this plan isn’t in the best interest of Bellingham.

Contact Information: If you are not able to attend and comment on Monday evening, contact the council today.

Email council at ccmail@cob.org, phone their office at (360) 778-8200, or give them a call:

  • April Barker, (360) 325-5128
  • Gene Knutson, (360) 734-4686
  • Dan Hammill, (360) 778-8213
  • Pinky Vargas, (360) 778-8210
  • Terry Bornemann, (360) 305-0606
  • Michael Lilliquist, (360) 778-8212
  • Roxanne Murphy, (360) 778-8211

Reflections on 4,000

 

What is it about zeros that makes us so contemplative?  The 4000th RC member is not more important than the 3999th, but advancing that thousands place always feels weighty.  

My friend Eowyn says “people are amazing”.  And she’s right.  If this group has taught me one thing, it is that we will rise to this occasion.  And if the Jesuits taught me one thing, it is the value of critical self-reflection.

So, amazing people, let’s mark this four-thousandth member with a thoughtful look at what we are doing here.  How can we better serve our cause?  How can each of us make space for another person to be amazing.  How can we see opportunities and step bravely forward?  

The daily crush of resistance actions are primarily short-term investments of our time: make a phone call, attend a meeting, send an email.  And these are all important, but the election last November was not a message that we are taking too few of these short-term actions. Rather, the message is that we were doing it entirely wrong, stewarding our democracy wrong, living with each other wrong, stewarding our earth wrong.  

Last week I visited the Royal BC Museum in Victoria and saw their exhibit on First Nations languages.  My “aha!” moment happened during a video interview of First Nations language speakers on the importance of preserving language diversity.  When a language is lost, they argued, an entire way of seeing the world and our place in it is also lost.  

Is that what we need?  Do we need an entirely new lens through which to view our existence on this planet?  Would learning the language of a people who respect their place and each other provide a sufficient foil for our language of conquest and domination?  

Amid the crush of short-term actions, are we laying the foundations for the long-term life transitions which are necessary for our community, our fellow living things, our democracy, and our world?  How do we get to the place where we are not required to make phone calls every day just to prevent disrespectful and damaging actions on the part of those who purport to represent us?  How do we build a system which respects by default?  Which habits that are normalized now – air travel, garbage, racism, corruption – cannot be part of our future, and how do we support the small choices which advance the larger goals?

These are my 4000 member questions.

Written by Elizabeth Hartsoch

Urgent Call to Action: Protect Cherry Point!

Riveters, this is an urgent call to take action by Tuesday, March 21, to protect Cherry Point from fossil fuel export!  We need all who can to do BOTH of the following:

1. Oppose Senator Ericksen’s efforts to reverse the order that removed the 45-acre pier-sized cutout from the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve boundary.

  • In January 2017, honoring Lummi Nation’s request and with strong public support, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark issued an order that amended the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve boundary to remove the 45-acre pier-sized cutout that had been left for then-proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal when the Reserve was established.  See here for more information.
  • Senator Ericksen proposed SB 5171 to rescind that order and require that any future aquatic reserve designation, establishment, or enlargement be expressly authorized by the legislature.  That bill did not make it out of committee.
  • Now, Senator Ericksen is trying to amend a bill on utility easements for aquatic lands to include the language from SB5171.  He is flying back from DC to hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 21, at 10am in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications.
  • Take action! 
    • Call committee members and ask them to oppose amendment S-2118.1 to HB1001.  Let’s flood them with calls on MONDAY, 3/20!!
      • Hotline 1-800-562-6000
      • Committee members: 
        • Chair: Doug Ericksen, 42nd, (360) 786-7682
        • Vice-Chair: Tim Sheldon, 35th, (360) 786-7668
        • Reuven Carlyle, 36th, (360) 786-7670
        • Sharon Brown, 8th, (360) 786-7614
        • Steve Hobbs, 44th, (360) 786-7686
        • Jim Honeyford, 15th, (360) 786-7684
        • Kevin Ranker, 40th, (360) 786-7678
        • Shelly Short, 7th, (360) 786-7612
        • Lisa Wellman, 41st, (360) 786-7641
      • Suggested Script: My name is [insert name] and I live in [insert County].  I’m calling to urge the Senator to oppose Senator Ericksen’s striking amendment (S-2118.1) to HB1001. It’s a back-door approach to overturn protection of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. This reserve was based on science and significant public input over several years. It followed a decision by the US Army Corps that was based on 27 separate studies and 124,000 comments by citizens across Washington State. Prior to setting aside the reserve, the DNR received 5,000 responses in favor of the protected reserve and just 10 opposed, including one from Senator Ericksen. Please oppose this back-door approach to overturning science and the public’s will.
    • If you can, attend the public hearing in Olympia on 3/21 at 10am. Public leaders are being asked to attend the hearing to speak out on impacts of fossil fuel export projects.  Show your support for these speakers by wearing red!

2. Ask Whatcom County Council to extend the moratorium on unrefined fossil fuel export projects and strengthen Comprehensive Plan policies for Cherry Point.

***From ReSources Clean Energy Blog***  Sign up for updates!!

  • Although SSA Marine has withdrawn their 2011 county permits for a coal terminal at Cherry Point, the fact is still the same: Cherry Point remains a targeted route to export crude oil, tar sands, and fracked gas.
  • Whatcom County Council is working on updates to their Comprehensive Plan policies for Cherry Point.  Let’s call on Whatcom County Council to take action to protect the public by discourage projects that will bring more dangerous crude oil shipments through Whatcom County and the Salish Sea!   
  • Take action!

Dear Whatcom County Council,

As a [insert city] resident and citizen of Whatcom County, I implore you to act to the full extent of your power to protect our community’s health and safety, farms, fisheries and natural resources from the dangers of fossil fuel shipments by rail, pipeline and marine vessel. Cherry Point is a targeted route to export crude oil, tar sands, fracked gas, and propane from Canada, which would bring high risks of spills, leaks, explosions, pollution, traffic, a local tax burden, reduced property values, and the degradation of our quality of life.

I urge you to take the following actions, without delay:

  • Extend the temporary moratorium on permits for fossil fuel export projects until the Shoreline Master Plan is updated and until new development regulations are implemented. Additionally, please add a moratorium on applications for any modification of piers, docks, or wharfs in or adjacent to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.
  • Commence a legal study into Whatcom County’s powers to prevent future development for coal, oil, and gas exports.
  • Strengthen policies in the Comprehensive Plan to prevent piecemeal upgrades for oil exports by requiring Magnuson Amendment review of all permits that involve handling petroleum; block any new proposals for shipping piers in the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve; recognize Lummi Nation’s history and treaty-protected fishing rights; and complete a legal study by December 2017.

I support your work to protect the ecological and cultural significance of Cherry Point. Thank you.

  • Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, March 21st, at 7pm in the Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, and WEAR RED!  RSVP to ReSources by sending an email to cleanenergy@re-sources.org.

Step Five to Taking Action

How are you doing? What was the last action you took?

Maybe you’re feeling fired up and taking action every day.  Maybe you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and disheartened by the news each day, making it hard to act.  Maybe life has interrupted and your best intentions have taken a backseat to dealing with urgent personal matters.

No matter how many actions you’ve taken so far, know this: WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL.

This is not normal.  And we must never ever allow ourselves to let it feel normal.

There is no finish line. No future end date we are aiming towards.  This is not a diet or a challenge or a campaign.

This is brushing your teeth.  This is grocery shopping.  This is paying bills.  This is exercise.  This is drinking coffee.  This is weeding the garden.

This is a habit. This is you making a permanent slot in your regular routine for taking action to protect our rights, fight injustice and inequality, and protect vulnerable populations.  You can do it.  You must.

Good news!  You already know how to start new habits.  (And if your life does not allow you to commit to a new habit right now, work in actions as much as you can until you have more bandwidth.)

Tips for Sustaining Action

Schedule it

Set aside some time for your reading the news, researching, reading books, writing letters, making calls, and planning actions. Schedule it on your calendar just like any other appointment and set a reminder. 

Remember to set up recurring, monthly donations, too.

 

Narrow Your Focus

There are so many actions to take and so much work to do.  It can feel overwhelming.  One way to fight this problem is to narrow your focus to your top three issues you are most passionate about.  Follow groups that are organizing issues on those topics.  Maybe you’ll branch out in the future, the most important thing is to keep acting and not get stuck at inaction.  Keep this in mind, though.

 

Use a Cheat Sheet

People out there are doing the  work of researching and selecting regular actions so that you don’t have to.  Here are a few cheat sheets to follow that will deliver regular actions to you, along with the rationale and sources behind them.

Wall of Us

Pantsuit Resources

Resistance 365

Fight Trump

Resist Tinyletter

 

Join a Group

Thousands of grassroots groups sprung up immediately after the election with the purpose of organizing action against Trump. These groups are working online and in person.  They are planning actions on a local level,  state level, national level, and world level.  Find one near you. (This list is not comprehensive, but a good round up.)

 

Form an Accountability Circle

This is simple.  Find some buddies who also are taking and agree to regularly check in with each other to see how it’s going.  Meet in person, do a group chat online, form a Facebook group, or however you want to go about it.  Every (one, two, three) weeks, ask everyone to report in with their latest actions. Knowing someone is going to check on you can give you that extra motivation you need.


Or, simply post your latest actions on social media and ask what your friends have been up to.  Use this hashtag: #actionaccountability

 

Celebrate, Reward, and Take Care of Yourself

Are you tired yet?  I am.  This work is exhausting physically and emotionally. Don’t burn out. Please take care of yourself.    We need you and your voice.  Take a break when you need to, but come back, refreshed and full of fire. Practice your favorite self-care.  Reward yourself for taking action.  And celebrate our victories!  Because there will be victories.  You can do it.  You must.  Remember, we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Missed step four? Read it here.

Take action:

Step Four to Taking Action

Here we go- time to get busy.  Let’s look at how you can use your time to influence change.

Some of these actions are quick and introvert-friendly.  Some are harder and require you to step out of your comfort zone.  You can do it.

 

Petition (quick and easy, but low impact)

Signing online petitions is a simple, entry-level action.  You sign your name and zip code to support a cause you believe in. It takes about 30 seconds.  BUT, it’s hard to say how much they actually accomplish. (Read here, here, and here.)  Keep in mind that signing will probably get you on an email list, and right after you sign, you will probably be asked to donate money and share the petition.  That being said, there’s no harm in signing a petition, as long as it’s not the only action you take.

Here are some petition sources:

Moveon.org

CREDO Action

Petition the White House

Moms Rising

 

Vote (moderate research time, impactful, it’s your duty)

Duh.  You must vote. Vote in every election: local, state, and national.  Vote, vote, vote. Here’s some ways to get informed:

Vote Smart

Vote 411

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to vote, too.  If our friends just voted in local and midterm elections we could change the world. Far too many people (it would surprise you who) are inconsistent in voting.  We should all be helping to get out the vote. Check out the Whatcom Democrats for get out the vote opportunities.

 

Call and Write Letters (quick to moderate time, moderate impact)

Contacting politicians and policy makers to share your opinion about specific issues is a simple, tried and true way to influence change.  If you’ve never done it, it can sound intimidating.  Luckily, there are scripts out there to follow to make it easy.  And the people who answer the phones are nice.  You don’t have to be a political junkie to call or write.  These public servants are there to serve YOU.  Let them know what you think.

Tip: Write handwritten letters instead of using the contact forms on their webpages or sending email.  Real letters get noticed.

Tip: Put the numbers for your congresspeople (state and national) in your phone.  You’re going to be calling them a lot. Find your elected officials.

Fabulous, rich resource: The Sixty-Five

Sometimes it’s as simple as a postcard campaign or a letter writing campaign.

 

Attend Town Hall Meetings (moderate time, high impact)

Word is, the best way to get your legislator’s attention is to attend one of their Town Hall meetings and ask questions.  Check out this wonderful, detailed guide put together by a handful of former DC staffers.  And, this former congressman confirms it: go to the Town Halls and ask hard questions.

 

Protest (moderate time, high profile impact)

Seattle Womxn’s March

Why should YOU participate in a peaceful protest?  Read this.

For many of us, this will be our first time protesting.  You don’t have to be a young radical to protest.  Here are some tips for protesters.  (These are very practical and may make you feel uncomfortable.  Peaceful, organized protests are not without risk, but they are entirely different than violent destruction and looting.)

Tips from the ACLU

More tips

Watch the news and your networks for upcoming peaceful protests.  There will be many.

Watch for local Planned Parenthood support rallies to counter anti-PP vigils.

Bellingham is the home of the longest running weekly peace vigil in the country. Downtown, every Friday from 4-5.

 

Volunteer (moderate to high time, high impact)

Remember all those organizations (big and small) you just donated too?  They could use your time, too. Most of them have volunteer opportunities.  Yes, life is busy.  Sometimes there are volunteer opportunities that can be accomplished online, from the comfort of your pjs. Look into it. Bonus- it’s good for your health!

Serve 306 is asking you to pledge 306 hours of volunteer time over the next four years.  That’s about 1.5 hours per week. Totally doable.

Also, your city or county probably has boards and commissions that need volunteers to guide decisions. Here’s Whatcom County’s current vacancies.

 

Campaign (moderate to high time, high impact)

Signing up as a volunteer for a political party or organization will get you on the list of folks to help out in the next campaign, whether it’s local, state, or national.  There are lots of ways to help a campaign, ranging from low to high time commitment.

Democrats

Bernie

 

Run for office (high time, high impact)

Yes, you!  If you are passionate about local issues, consider running for local office: School Board, City Council, etc.  Especially if you’re a woman.

 

Try a few of these and see how it goes.  Then try a few more.

Next up, the final step: sustaining action.

Missed step three? Read it here.

Ready for step five? Read it here.

Take action: