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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, phone their office at (360) 778-8200, or give them a call:
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?
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.
Call committee members and ask them to oppose amendment S-2118.1 to HB1001. Let’s flood them with calls on MONDAY, 3/20!!
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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. Keepthis 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.
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
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. (Readhere,here, andhere.) 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.
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.
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.)
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.
Now you are informed and ready- time to act! Your best two tactics are your money and your time. Let’s talk $$.
There are a bajillion organizations working to do good. Many run on donations. It can be hard to figure out who to donate to. What do you care about? Which organizations are legit? How much money? How often? What about local groups vs. national organizations?
Narrow it down
This might be difficult. Many of us care about all of it- the environment, women’s rights, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, etc. Try picking your top three issues and start with those. Maybe even make a calendar where you focus on different issues each month or quarter.
This is a good list of ideas (check the comments, too): http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-wo…
Find legitimate organizations Charity Navigator is a great tool to help you decide who will use your donation effectively.
Every bit helps
If you only have a few bucks to spare and are wondering if it’s even worth donating that much, know that it DOES HELP. We are working on a scale of millions of people making donations. A buck or two adds up.
If you can swing an automatic monthly donation, go for it.
Think globally, act locally (and nationally and globally)
Don’t forget about your hometown organizations. You can often have the most impact with these small fish. Use our Civic Tithing tool to help find local organizations and set up monthly donations. Also, Charity Navigator has a rich search function, including a way to look for local charities: https://www.charitynavigator.org/in…
You can also make a difference with your everyday spending habits.
You can choose to spend your money at places that do not support Trump or his family’s businesses. Shannon Coulter started the #grabyourwallet boycott in late October. Here is the current list of business to boycott, scripts to use to tell them why you’re boycotting, and alternative businesses to use instead: https://grabyourwallet.org/
You can also sign up to participate in the Injustice Boycott, which began last December. This boycott is about preventing police brutality and racial injustice.
Do you know of any other current boycotts?
That’s your first action: donate and spend wisely. Next up, how to use your time to make a difference.
Alright, so you’ve got your non-biased news sources and you’re keeping up with things- nice! Now it’s time for step two: homework.
I know, you already have a busy life, and you’ve just upped your news intake on top of that. The thing is, you won’t be able to make effective or meaningful actions until you fully understand the situation.