Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180223

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

Local Level Actions

 

National Level Actions / Other

 

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, Feb. 26, 2018 from 7:00-9:00p.m.: Dorceta Taylor, professor and director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, will present on “Power, Privilege and Conservation” at WWU, 516 High St., Miller Hall, Room 138, Bellingham, WA 98225. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the RC calendar page, Facebook, or contact Susanna Hamilton, Western’s Office of Sustainability media coordinator, at susanna.hamilton@wwu.edu.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 from 6:00-10:00p.m.: Cherry Point Public Hearing at Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, WA. After two years, the Whatcom County Council is moving forward with new policies for Cherry Point. We’re moving beyond temporary moratoriums to implement lasting policies that can prevent the oil refinery shipping docks at Cherry Point from converting into crude oil export terminals. We need the public to weigh in on these new policies, and the current moratorium is set to expire next month. A presentation on the Cherry Point legal study will be held at 6:00p.m. and the council meeting and public hearing will begin at 7:00p.m. Send a message to the Whatcom County Council at council@co.whatcom.wa.us today urging them to extend the moratorium and join us at the public hearing! More information can be found on the RC calendar page and Facebook.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5:30-7:00p.m.: Join the Clean Energy Activist meeting at Sustainable Living Center (upstairs in the back of RE-Store), 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. Get the latest updates on the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy from 6:30-7:00p.m. The Climate Reality Project quarterly meeting will be from 5:30-7:00p.m. with AJCE overlap 6:30-7:00p.m.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180126

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

Local Level Actions

 

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 from noon – 1:30 p.m. (PST): Webinar “Centering Intersectional Feminism for the Win!”, hosted by Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ).  Facebook event.  Webinar registration.

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 from 6:00-8:00p.m.: Rapid Response Training for Deportation Defense at Community To Community (C2C), 203 W. Holly St., Suite 311, Bellingham, WA 98225. This is a general interest meeting and know-your-rights training for people interested in rapid response to deportations and other anti-immigrant state violence in and around Whatcom County. (Note: the meeting is currently scheduled for the Social Forum space at C2C, but the location may change depending on the number of expected attendees.) See the RC calendar page or Facebook for more information.

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!

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 from 6:00-8:00p.m.: Letter-Writing Night at The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Gather with other people for an evening to write a letter to the editor or one of your legislators about current events, to promote peace and justice. The suggested theme for the evening is: “Intolerance at home lays the groundwork for war abroad.” Some computers will be available, but please bring a laptop if you have one. Visit Facebook for more details.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 from 5:30-7:00p.m.: Washington Goes Solar Workshops at
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Register for a workshop and learn what it takes to have Rooftop Residential Solar installed on your home. RSVP is required here: http://www.re-sources.org/solar. Visit Facebook for more information.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180119

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

Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

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!

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 from 10:00-11:45a.m.: Women Marching for Unity, Equity, Justice, and Humanity in Bellingham. The march will begin at Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Visit Facebook for more information.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 20-21, 2018 from 10:00a.m.–1:00p.m.: Power to the Polls: Anniversary of the Womxn’s March on Seattle at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101. Womxn Act on Seattle will include a series of trainings, lectures, panels, film screenings, food drives and more. The March to the Polls is the starting point for one of the state’s largest single-day regional voter registration efforts and will target districts with low-registration numbers to engage impacted communities. Visit the RC calendar page or Facebook for more details.

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 from 9:00-5:00p.m.: Join the PNW People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. We invite community members in Whatcom and Skagit Counties to join us in an analysis of actions and commitments from our PMA held in January of 2017. Visit the RC calendar page or Facebook to review the draft agenda and other information.

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 from noon-6:00p.m.: 40th LD Legislative Day Trip to the Washington State Capitol Building, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504. Transportation will be provided from Mount Vernon to Olympia. The carpools will depart at 8:30 a.m. and wrap-up by 4:00p.m. An optional no-host dinner will be heldat 5:30p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is encouraged, but no one will be turned away. The RSVP deadline was Jan. 15th. More information can be found on the RC calendar page and Facebook.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 from 5:30–8:00p.m.: Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Broad Comedy, a national touring musical comedy and sketch troupe, hosted by Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. The event will be held at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229. General Admission tickets are $75 per person and front-row tickets are $100 per person. Please visit the RC calendar page or Facebook for more information.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171218

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

Local Level Actions

 

National Level Actions / Other

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!

Tuesday, Dec. 19th from 12:00-4:00: Attend the Port of Bellingham Open House on the waterfront plans. The Port Commission is evaluating two new options for improving public access through the downtown waterfront and would like to hear from the community before making a decision.   Read more here.

Tuesday, Dec. 19th from 4:00-6:00: Attend the regular Port Commissioner meeting to make public comments about the waterfront development. Public comment periods are at 4:00 and 5:30.
Agendas: https://www.portofbellingham.com/agendacenter 
Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/user/portbellingham

Wednesday, Dec. 20th from 5:30-7:30: Attend Rep. Larsen and Rep. DelBene’s staff’s “mobile office hours” in Burlington. Need help with a federal agency? Rep. DelBene’s and Rep. Larsen’s staff will hold casework “mobile office hours” at the Burlington Public Library on Wednesday, December 20th. This is an opportunity to receive assistance regarding issues with federal agencies, including problems with Social Security, veterans issues and more. For more information, visit http://larsen.house.gov/helping-you/overview

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171211

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

Local Level Actions

Source: RC

Tickets

Facebook event

Description:

“What we do not say, what we do not talk about, allows the status quo to continue.”
-Stephanie Wildman, Making Systems of Privilege Visible
Engaging in frank discussions of race and race-based issues is often a delicate task, requiring participants to recognize their status and privileges (or lack thereof) concerning another in a differently situated group. Many people remain ill-equipped with the skills necessary to navigate these encounters constructively. Discussions about race and racism need to be carefully crafted to resonate with people’s own experiences. Race, white supremacy, sexuality, and other aspects of an intersectional analysis may be perceived as too abstract if they are not presented in a manner to which participants can relate and connect.
Let’s Talk is about obtaining the foundational skills to explore better ways to connect with each other by engaging in deep listening and transformative dialogue about issues that divide us. Participants will learn to “see,” talk about, and be self-reflexive about race and racism, power and privilege, which can be both jarring and liberating. Often, however, this transformation takes time.
Nothing bridges the divide between race and culture like informed dialogue that’s grounded in shared understanding. In the first hour, Gerry Ebalaroza Tunnell and Ashanti Monts-Tréviska will share their stories about race and racism, and power and privilege. Participants will then reflect on their own comfort level when talking about race and distinguish between intent and impact and reflect on what it means to enjoy or have a lack of privilege.
In the second hour, participants we will gather in a talking circle to debrief about what was learned and the takeaways to engage in transformative dialogue. In the last half hour, participants will be introduced to “Is Everyone Really Equal?” book club and receive a coupon for the book. To continue the dialogue on race and privilege, and perpetuate cohesive communities, participants will be asked to form book club groups with people having a different profile than their own.
SIGN UP TODAY!
ASL interpretation will be provided. Please email us at riveterscollective@gmail.com if you need other accommodations.

Background:

Hey, Pants Peeps/Riveters!
***This is LONG and IMPORTANT story about this group; please bear with me***
You may have noticed there are a lot of white girls here. Yeah, I noticed too. The RC board currently has a single Y chromosome and skin so white you might need sunglasses. Beyond the board, the wonderful people who regularly contribute to the utility of this group are similarly mostly white and female-identifying. Constrained by our homogeneity, we risk perpetuating the “us and them” narrative. This narrative is a capital P Problem.
For a while, I personally invited people with more diverse backgrounds and identities to be part of the RC leadership. After quite a few polite “no thank-yous,” I was puzzled about making progress toward greater inclusion and diversity.
Receiving the gift of honest feedback from Ashanti Monts-Tréviska – an amazing human being who courageously stands at many intersections – who had learned from some community members of color that they were unsure they could trust the RC. What these individuals witnessed within our group, was the “white savior” complex. After hearing this news, I believed that it was the time the Riveters Collective acted upon this truth.
Ashanti was willing to work with me to build trust between the RC and community of color. She invited Gerry Ebalaroza Tunnell, a trainer and facilitator in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity practices into the conversation, and for the past couple of months, we have met regularly to discuss how we might proceed in facilitating a dialogue around race and privilege.
We have developed a plan, and we’re ready to invite you to join. Our goal is to stretch our edges on issues of race and privilege. We’ll begin by holding a seminar with Gerry and Ashanti on February 11th. Following the seminar, we plan to have a book club and weekly online discussions on the issues of race and privilege (book club details coming soon). Expanding your comfort zone is – by definition – uncomfortable, but this is the space for growth and learning.
We are determined that money will not be a barrier to participate in this project, so are asking a suggested donation of $10.00 to reserve your seat. We will be fundraising in January!
Grab a friend and sign up NOW!
Want to help with logistics, setup, fundraising, whatever else? Please email riveterscollective@gmail.com.
ASL interpretation will be provided. Please email us at riveterscollective@gmail.com if you need other accommodations.
For more information on Gerry and Ashanti, below are their very impressive bios. Having the opportunity to get to know them both, I have found that they are fantastic people to have in your life, and like me, you will be better for knowing them.
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is the founder and mastermind behind Co3 Consulting: Co-Creating Cohesive Communities.

She is a dynamic instructor and facilitator who demonstrates that the best gift we can give ourselves and others is the practice of resilience; our ability to promote positive emotional perceptions and manage our stress-induced reactions.

A certified trainer of the Institute of Heart Math’s Resilience Advantage Program, a graduate from Antioch University’s Masters of Whole Systems Design and currently a Doctoral student in Transformative Studies and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Gerry understands the importance of co-creating change and the dialogue of learning together. She believes that through systemic thinking and daily practice of resilience, we can move towards cultivating an environment of cohesiveness and synchronicity.

To add to her list of credentials, Gerry holds Graduate Certificates in Systems Thinking and Design, Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change, and Permaculture Design.
Ashanti Monts-Tréviska is the co-founder and the creative visionary of Cascadia Deaf Nation, a For Profit Social Enterprise of Deaf Black Indigenous People of Color (DBIPOC*) where it focuses on bringing creative solutions to dismantle socio-economic and social injustices through its transformative cooperative model. Ashanti demonstrates that Deafhood is the first step to bringing transformative narratives into co-creating collaborative relationship between Deaf and Hearing communities. Through this understanding, she offers spiritual insights on activism, human connection, the meaning of community, and education, and believes in the creative arts of deep listening and communication to convey the need to transform human connections.

Ashanti holds Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Certificate in Spiritual Psychology from Sofia University and is currently a Doctoral student in Transformative Studies and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She enjoys coloring mandalas and writing poems as her meditative hobbies. She jogs frequently and is always unpredictable when it comes to her leisure activities.

Ashanti understands that deep change has to start at the individual level before the actual changes reach the community level based on her current transformative activism framework model. She seeks to reframe and transform current reductive worldviews of Deaf people globally.

National Action Items / Other

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!

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171204

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

Local Level Actions

National Action Items / Other

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 or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Bring your friends and co-workers!

Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 7:00p.m.: Whatcom County Council meeting: TWO important issues will be covered: creation of a Climate Committee and the Lake Whatcom Service Area.  County Courthouse, Council Chambers, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 11:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.: Protest for net neutrality at two Verizon stores. The new chairman of the FCC was a top lawyer at Verizon. Now he’s calling for a vote to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting at retail stores across the U.S. to demand that Congress stop Verizon’s FCC from destroying the Internet as we know it. The first protest will be held at 11:00a.m. at the Bellis Fair Mall location, 1 Bellis Fair Pkwy., Bellingham, WA 98226 and the second will be held at 6:00p.m. at the Sunset location, 1200 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Learn more on Facebook and spread the word. The FCC votes on December 14th. Can’t go? Contact your lawmakers at BattlefortheNet.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171127

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

Local Level Actions

National Action Items / Other

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 or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Bring your friends and co-workers!

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.: Protest the Trump Tax Scam making its way through Congress. Join us at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 to bring the NOISE to defeat this further assault on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid and our entire economy. Letters are being collected from those that can’t attend in person, and sister events are occurring across Washington. Visit Facebook or the RC calendar for more information.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Jail improvement project “design charrette”.  Hear from Design2LAST about phase 1B findings.  Whatcom County Courthouse Room 513.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 from 8:00-9:00a.m.: Join the Ask Me Anything with Michael Shepard and Pinky Vargas to learn more about the waterfront planning. Visit Facebook to submit your questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 from 5:30-7:00p.m.: Attend the Washington Goes Solar Workshops in partnership with Ecotech Solar and Itek. RSVP is required here: www.re-sources.org/solar. The event will be held at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Visit Facebook or the RC calendar page for more details.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3, 2017: Join the Raise Awareness Sleepout to help stop the homeless camp sweeps. This event is hosted by HomesNow. Not Later. The camp out will be held at Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Lots of volunteers are needed to help with a hot meal at least once a day. Learn more on Facebook.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171120

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

Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

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 or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Bring your friends and co-workers!

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171113

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

Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C and Keep Bellingham Families Working. A vigil will be held from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. in front of City Hall or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Come together and join in building power in people!

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.: Join the Medicare for All Rally in Everett. Whatcom DSA is hosting the event and a carpool has been arranged. Meet at the Lincoln Creek Park and Ride at 9:00a.m. The rally is planned for 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and appointments with Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Representative Rick Larsen are scheduled between 1:00-1:30p.m. Visit the RC calendar page or Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 8:30-11:30a.m.: Attend the Red Line Salish Sea (formerly the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition) Court Hearing at the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Whatcom County, 311 Grand Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. We need your support in these court hearings to shed light on the injustice taking place behind the court doors in Whatcom County. We ask that you fill the courtrooms to send a message that we will not be intimidated and corruption will not be ignored. One hearing is in Bellingham on 11/14/17 and the other is in Seattle on 11/17/17. We call on our Southern allies to show up in Seattle to support. Attend both if possible! Our freedoms depend on it. Wear red in solidarity. Visit the RC calendar page or Facebook for more information about the hearings. For more background on the warrants against Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition, please visit Red Line Salish Sea Facebook page.

Saturday Nov. 18, 2017 from noon – 1pm: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  A UN-affiliated worldwide event to honor family members, friends and neighbors who have died in traffic collisions, and to thank the first responders who provide aid and comfort at vehicle crash sites.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20171030

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

Local Level Actions

National Action Items / Other

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C and Keep Bellingham Families Working. A vigil will be held from 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. in front of City Hall or from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the WTA downtown bus station. Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Come together and join in building power in people!

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 8:30-9:30p.m.: Join the Ask Me Anything with Bellingham City Council candidate Pinky Vargas on the Riveters Collective Facebook group.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017: Attend a solar workshop hosted by RE Sources in partnership with Ecotech Solar and Itek. RSVP is required at Re-sources.org/solar. The workshop will be held at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Visit the RC calendar page or Facebook for more information.