Call Governor Inslee Regarding the Cooke Aquaculture Farmed Fish Release

Here’s the Lummi Nation’s ask for support (plus one RC ask, #3) in responding to the Cooke Aquaculture farmed fish release near Cypress Island.

Call Governor Inslee
360-902-4111

Hi, my name is _____ and I live in ______, Washington.

I’m calling to ask Governor Inslee to do three things:

1. Join the Lummi Nation in declaring a State of Emergency in response to the Cooke Aquaculture release of farmed Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island.

2. Coordinate recovery efforts immediately

3. Direct WA State employees to name Cooke Aquaculture in all media and documentation, and omit the company-contrived eclipse story, which is intentional misdirection.

# Background

On Saturday August 19th, a Cooke Aquaculture pen containing Atlantic salmon failed, and released more than 300,000 farmed fish into the Salish Sea near Cypress Island. The company, inexplicably, blamed the eclipse, though actual data show that tidal currents had been higher in previous days and in every other month of the year. This is not the first such release, and yet there are no alert systems or back-up systems for this kind of situation. Lummi Nation is responding, but wants the State’s support.
http://www.npr.org/…/environmental-nightmare-after-thousand…

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170529

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Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

From the Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C between 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. This week will be a bit different because City Hall will be closed for Memorial Day. We will meet at City Hall like normal and then march over to the Police Station. Show the powers that be that you stand by our undocumented workers and anyone else running afoul of ICE. Let the officials know it’s not alright to tear families apart!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5:30-8:30p.m.: Meet the candidates for Whatcom County Council and Bellingham City Council and provide feedback to the political committee for the Sierra Club Mt. Baker Group. The event is being held at YWCA, 1026 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Social hour will start at 5:30p.m. (bring an appetizer to share if you wish) and the program starts at 6:15p.m. Please visit the Riveters Collective calendar or Facebook to learn more.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 6:30-8:00p.m.: Come and learn how you can help Riveters Collective Earth Team plan and promote environment-related action.  We shall meet at Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave., in the conference room (near Film is Truth).

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00-11:00a.m.: Come join the UterRun Fun Walk or Run. All proceeds go to benefit the Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. Please visit Facebook for tickets.

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170417

Local Level Actions

National Level Actions / Other

From the Calendar

Mondays from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C every Monday in front of City Hall. Show the powers that be that you stand by our undocumented workers and anyone else running afoul of ICE. Let the officials know it’s not alright to tear families apart!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5:00-6:00p.m.: Please join the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center and the Veterans For Peace Chapter 111 at Lottie and Grand (by the Bellingham Public Library) in resisting a federal budget that fuels the U.S. war machine and corporate greed. Bellingham will be one of hundreds of sites of action across 35 countries calling on elected representatives to prioritize human needs over war. We will:

  • Unveil a massive banner exposing the outrageous amount of funding the U.S. federal budget allocates to the military in comparison to other federal programs.
  • Reflect on the problems caused by excessive militarism and the military-industrial complex.
  • Demand that Congress start to prioritize human needs over corporate greed by agreeing not to vote for increases to military spending.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7:00-9:00p.m.: Community Forum: The Future of Affordable Care hosted by Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7:00-9:00p.m.: Put a Cork in it, Trump! A postcard writing party at Vinostrology Wine Lounge & Merchant, 120 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:30-4:00p.m.: March for Science Bellingham at City Hall. Click here to learn more. Use the Facebook post to spread the word.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1:00-2:30p.m.: RC Education Series: Campaign 101 at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Join Riveters Collective for a nuts and bolts campaign training for candidates and campaign volunteers. This is a family-friendly event. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you’d like, potluck to follow!

Event: Hope & Action with Senator Kevin Ranker and Chairman Timothy Ballew II

Join us for an inspirational and practical forum featuring state senator Kevin Ranker and Timothy Ballew II, chair of the Lummi Nation.

Senator Ranker will provide specific ideas for what each of us can do to stand up for our core values in the face of our current administration.  Ranker is clear:  there are core areas about which we cannot compromise:  women’s rights, minority rights, LGBTQ rights, access to quality education, reproductive health and choice, environmental protection.  Chairman Ballew will share opening words.

You’ll leave the presentation fired up, with a list of ideas for what you can do now to bring about positive change!  

This free event is co-sponsored by the Lummi Nation and Riveters Collective.

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.  Lobby doors open at 12:00, theater doors at 12:30
Location: Mount Baker Theatre
Tickets: This is not a ticketed event.  Attendance is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
R.S.V.P. To receive updates, r.s.v.p. to our Facebook event or check this page.
Accommodations: We plan to have an ASL interpreter.  Guests can also request assistive hearing devices from theatre ushers or staff.  The theatre has eight permanent wheelchair spots.
DONATE HERE: We met our fundraising goal, no more donations!

Town Hall Invitation for Senator Ericksen

February 15, 2017

Senator Doug Ericksen
PO Box 748
Ferndale, WA 98248

 

Dear Senator Ericksen,

Your constituents in Washington’s 42nd legislative district would very much like to speak with you regarding bills under consideration in the current legislative session.  We request a town hall meeting in March in Ferndale at a venue which can accommodate your constituents signed below.  Please let us know if you are available on Saturday March 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.  If none of these Saturdays works for you, please advise on an alternate date which fits your schedule.  

Kindly respond before March 1st so we can make the necessary arrangements.  Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely;

Riveters Collective, and your constituents named below.

Elizabeth Hartsoch
Lisa Van Doren
Judy Pratt
Ramona Abbott
Katie Horne
Jamie Douglass
Andronetta Douglass
Steve Sinderson
Anna Blick
Ronna Loerch
Elizabeth Isaly
Alina Zollfrank
Nancy Brewster
James Mason
todd koetje
Marissa McGrath
Erin Kelly
Victor Valadez
Brad Stone
Eowyn Savela
Jim DeLaHunt
Leah Veldhuisen
Alisa Sachs
Robert Lundquist
Mary Metzger
Amanda Fickeisen
Adrienne Renz
Lindsie
Erin Welch
Nellie Korn
Jennifer Hunt
Heather Ludwig
Meryle A. Korn
Michael Shepard
Catherine Hull
Jaime Arnett
Christine Smith
Olivia Slama
Steve Hinton
Allen Stockbridge
Zakiah Avallah
Noel Evans
Laura Norton
Linda Magee
Thomas Wilmore
Josh wiederhold
Mike Hovander
Wendy Courtemanche
Peter Horne
Sharon Wood
Samantha Morrow
Patricia Rolstad
Suzanne Wittman
Meagan Harris
B Alten
Wendy Fanello
Darcie Nielsen
Tammy Bennett
Jennifer Seltz
Julie Peterson
Kristina Van Ness
John D’Onofrio
Alexis Blue
Kathleen Vielhaber
Robert Jones
Julie Whitacre
Mark Geri
Anne Richardson
Emily Ackerland
Gregory Conway
Jessica Raymond
Blanche Bybee
Jennifer Hampton
Charles Storrs
Christopher Stamback
Leanne Stogsdill
Brandie
Tracy Reilly
Michele Brown
Warren Wilkins
Kate Blystone
Cameron Munro
Dee Purnell
Michele Brown
Mike Purnell
Wendy Czopp
Sarah Neugebauer
Susan Hemingson
Jill MacIntyre Witt
Steve Ganz
Caprice Teske
Susan Marks
Celeste Monke
Ed Love
Clint lively
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach
Juli Evangelista
Mary Pfundt
Suzanne Gray
Lisa Blum
Carl Lingbloom
Angry Voter
tom weathers
Jean Scribner
Sharon Robinson
Cheryl Marier
Gayle Babcock
Talitha Jones
Susan Mulligan
Brian Mulligan
Kristen Rothman
Helena Quigley
Chloe Kim
Carole Johnston
Megen Porter
Judy C. Anderson
Doug and Sandy Carpenter
Julie Hunter
Jason Skipper
Bernard Housen
Lindsay Sanders
Sandy Robson
Pamela Miller
Lorena Shah
Charles Law
Carla Willis
Deanna Zipp
Hayley Lawson
Danne Neill
Sharon Allen
Elizabeth Combs
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Tammy Alejandre
Brenda Bryce
Nicole Chang
Amy Glasser
Sharon Shewmake
Suzann Dale Hong
Sarah Updike
Jen miller
Shandeen Gemanis
Laura Wood
Katherine Davidson
Doug Starcher
Victoria Souze
Mary Lou Steward
Jenny Spurgin
Sean Spurgin
Roger Murphy
Jessica petersen
Lisa Pool
Deborah Genge
Deron Belt
Melissa Lange
Erica McCurdy
Jason McCurdy
Paula Rotondi
Pete Stelling
Susan Hunt
Karen Price
Kathleen Rielly
Cynthia Geri
Melissa Reimer
Catherine Armstrong Soule
Denise Marshall
Jaymie Johnston
Patrice Holodnick
Robin Wallbridge
Lydia McClaran
Melissa Miner
Magenta Pierrot
Mary Alden
Anitra Accetturo
Stephen Jackson
Sara Holodnick
Abigail Goldman
Abby koehler
Elizabeth Darrow
Linda Finch
Kelly Abbott
Gordana Curgus
Bryce Beamish
Treasure Samuel
Virginia Malmquist
Jerry Schuster
Jasmine Goodnow
ronnie mitchell
jackie webley
Elizabeth Stephan
Laura Steiger
Beth Schivitz
Ellen Barnes
Ann Wales
Traci Hahn
Patricia Perez
Arynn McKenzie
Rachel Lawson
Lisa Geraghty
Cindy Madigan
Katie Brown
seth
Alison Rositzke
jeff mcgrath
Hannah Ellis
Geneva Elizabeth Graham
Judy Pratt
Lindsay Anderson
Alexander McIntyre
Loretta Sheldon
Barry G Herman
Michael
Wyoming McKenzie
Linda T Avinger
Ed Malick
Amanda Stohl
Jeff Porter
Jeralyn Heil
Rosalind Spitzer
Jason Rudd
Benny Brooke
Kim Brooke
David Golus
Kim Brooke
Senna Towner
Roberta North
Jan Kessel
Jan and David Kessel
Anna Evans
Leigh woody
Michael Naselow
Oona Cava
Susan Tommervik
Barbara
Rachel Munroe
Christine Heintz
Raena Anderson
Carolyn Nielsen
Mia
Jayme Curley
Eric Vernon
Mark Mackiewicz
Michelle Hughes
Warren Tobey
Jennifer Hoover
Sam Main
Shannon Parsons
Jeremy Spidle
Judith Culver
Jill cotton
sSyan Parker
Kelli Gauthier
Sandra Randall
Sharon Belk-Krebs
Jennifer Nevarez
Lorena Havens
Rowena M Donelson
Darcy carlson
Megan Lee
Peggy Stewart
Jim Stewart
Christine Gerhold
Colleen Winters
Helen Campbell
Julia kerl
Patricia Gilbertson
Abigail Atkins
James Kelly
Laurie Bomstad Heck
Samantha Dennison
Kathryn Rismondo
Courtney Jensen
Scott Jensen
J. Decker
Yangjee Gaines
Laurie Decker
Brian Cishecki
Nancy Mullane
Laura Abernathy
Laura Allen
Elizabeth Harris
Mikkel Hong
Alice M Brown
Kate Newell
Maialisa Vanyo
Jill Segel
Addie Candib
Carl Davis
Jonathan Raney
Nancy Brewster
Lucy Morse
Paul Englesberg
Linda Pace
Kelsey Severson
Emily Ackerland
Susan Croft
Larry Croft
Alyson Indrunas
Cory Blackwood
wynne lee
Kayleigh Somers
Ellen Clothier
Nancy Brewster
Mary Alden
Eileen Herring
Dirk Vermeeren
Kathy Vermeeren
Monique Kerman
Michael Crum
Sara Holliday
Ruth Bullock
Louann Chapman
Danna Zelenka
Edward Malick
Brenda Bryce
Elizabeth Sheinkopf
Kim Carlton
Matt
Mary Worobec
Steven Hendricksen
Alys Kennedy
Chloe Wilson
Tracy Wainwright
Cynthia Camlin
Stephanie Korn
Scarlet Tang
Michael Maudlin
Kathie Hagwell
Janet Needler
Mikyn Sygitowicz
Katrina Lyon
Thomas J Wilmore
Tammy Bennett
Cheryl Greathouse
Sylvia Hayden
Carol Mitchell
Lisa Meucci
Laura Ridenour
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Matt Petryni
Bonnie Southcott
Darlene Giblin
Jean Westgate
Alison Boudle
Katherine Novak
Jeannine Heidenreich
alison pabst
karen fisher
Ray poorman
Katie Cassidy
Veronica Wisniewski
Andrea Thach, MD
Dana Beatty
Susan Hansen
Rob Knode
Patricia Keene
Dave King
Merrie Copeland
Tom Copeland
Denis Foster
Renee Gayden
Ginny Snowe
Katherin Mitchell
Dean Wight
Judy Sande
Kimberly Davis
Sharon kettells
Renee Ragsdale
Inga Drechsel
Angela cook
Colleen Coyne
Cheryl Greathouse
Lance Belka
Ed Hoban
Maddie Bishop
Celeste Monke
Roberta Suhadolnik
Wendy Courtemanche
Shelly Lyon
Linda Gregory
Catharine Larocque
Debra Anderson -Frey
Elizabeth Kilanowski
Roberta North
Lane Morgan
Beth Basabe
Ann Moore
Rick Moore
Gracelin Moore
Nigel Moore
Elizabeth Vignali
bonnie O’connor
Rhiannon Troutman

Press – Doug Ericksen Recall

Here you will find press regarding 42nd District Senator Doug Ericksen and controversies surrounding his dual jobs in both Olympia and at the EPA in Washington, DC. Media coverage has grown to the national level. Keep up the good work! If you know of articles or letters not listed here, please let us know and we will add them. The following links are listed by category in chronological order.

Articles and Editorials

1/25/17 Cascadia Weekly

1/31/17 Seattle Times

1/31/17 Bellingham Herald

2/1/17 Seattle Times

2/1/17 Lynden Tribune

2/1/17 KOMO4 

2/1/17 Tacoma News Tribune 

2/1/17 Seattle PI

2/2/17 Bellingham Herald

2/2/17 KUOW

2/2/17 The Olympian

2/2/17 Washington Democrats (press release)

2/6/17 Tacoma News Tribune

2/6/17 Washington Post

2/8/17 Seattle Weekly

2/8/17 Tacoma News Tribune

2/8/17 The Stranger (mention in SLOG)

2/8/17 Lynden Tribune

2/9/17 Northern Light

2/9/17 The Stranger (mention in SLOG)

2/10/17 Bellingham Herald

2/10/17 KGMI

2/10/17 KOMO4

2/10/17 Q13Fox

2/10/17 The Olympian (this is an AP story)

2/10/17 The News Tribune (AP story)

2/15/17 Seattle PI

2/15/17 Bellingham Herald

2/15/17 KAFE 104.1

2/22/17 Cascadia Weekly

2/22/17 Real Change News

2/27/17 Q13 Fox

2/27/17 Spokesman Review

2/27/17 Lynden Tribune

3/1/17 Whatcom Watch

3/1/17 – Cascadia Weekly

3/1/17 – Bellingham Herald

3/1/17 Lynden Tribune

3/2/17 KPUG

3/3/17 KPUG

3/3/17 Q13 Fox

3/3/17 Bellingham Herald

3/3/17 All Point Bulletin

3/3/17 KISM

3/4/17 Seattle PI

3/4/17 Centralia Chronicle (AP Story)

3/4/17 Bellingham Herald

3/4/17 KPUG

3/4/17 Northwest Citizen

3/5/17 Crosscut

3/7/17 New York Times (brief mention of Ericksen on EPA staff and climate change denier)

3/8/17 Cascadia Weekly

3/8/17 Bellingham Herald

3/8/17 Lynden Tribune

3/9/17 KGMI

3/16/17 Seattle PI

3/16/17 The News Tribune

3/16/17 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Letters to the Editor

1/26/17 Seattle Times

1/26/17 Bellingham Herald Online (listed for week of 1/26)

1/29/17 Bellingham Herald – three letters printed in Sunday paper. Working on getting online link.

2/1/17 Lynden Tribune

2/1/17 Northern Light

2/1/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

2/2/17 Bellingham Herald Online (listed for week of 2/2)

2/15/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 1 LTE)

2/15/17 Northern Light

2/22/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

3/1/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE)

3/8/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 3 LTE)

3/15/17 Cascadia Weekly (archived issue, 2 LTE, plus correction from Doug)

 

Recommended Local Actions for the week of 20170206

Thank Bob Ferguson and Jay Inslee

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee have taken bold leadership roles in opposing the president’s  immigration order.
Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/us/trump-travel-ban-washington-seattle-ferguson.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/05/how-washington-state-became-the-epicenter-of-resistance-to-trumps-agenda/?postshare=5921486325841420&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.fea5f05b0067

Ferguson
https://www.facebook.com/bobfergusonforAG/
https://twitter.com/agowa
(360) 753-6200

Inslee
https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov/
https://twitter.com/GovInslee
360-902-4111

Support HB 1611 – Oil Transportation Safety

Watch the hearing, submit a comment.
Background, comment links, contact information here: http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/support-washingtons-oil-transportation-safety-bill-hb-1611-sb-5462/
Watch live: http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017021092
We may have a virtual watch party in our Facebook group.
If you will attend the hearing, please contact us at pantsuitbellingham(at)gmail(dot)com so we can discuss delivering testimony.

*Updated* Write a letter to the editor about Doug Ericksen jobs conflict

If you have not yet written a letter, now is the time!  We are responding to Senator Ericksen’s claims from his press conference last week.  Join the virtual letter writing party on Monday night   in our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/958756480935567/permalink/1020698808074667/.

Find all the information and talking points you need here:
http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/42nd-district-unrepresented/

42nd district constituents: Post a photo of yourself at your place of work

{or on your way to work if political activity is prohibited at your work}
Either tweet the photo to @wheresdoug42 or post it in this thread on the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/958756480935567/permalink/1020786118065936/

Follow @wheresdoug42 on Twitter

Someone is undertaking to locate our 42nd district state senator and document his absence in Olympia.  Follow this twitter handle for updates.  https://twitter.com/wheresdoug42

Request a ballot for the Whatcom Conservation District board election

The Whatcom Conservation District is holding an election for a board member.  Our friend Kelly Krieger is running!  Ballots for this election are not automatically distributed, you must request a ballot before February 14th (or vote in person on March 14th).  Requesting a ballot is easy using their online form.  http://www.whatcomcd.org/board-elections

DAPL Public Comment DEADLINE FEBRUARY 20

Contact information and suggested language at the end of this article.  Modify the text at least a bit, remember in the GPT NEPA/SEPA process they counted total comments and UNIQUE comments.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/dont-let-trump-distract-you-public-comment-on-dapl-is-now-open-20170125

From the Calendar

http://riveterscollective.org/calendar/

4, 11, and 18 Feb * Islam 101 * St. Pauls Episcopal Church, www.stpaulsbellingham.org

Monday 6 Feb 1:30pm * HB 1611 hearing (see above) http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/support-washingtons-oil-transportation-safety-bill-hb-1611-sb-5462/

Monday 6 Feb 6:30pm * Clean Energy Activists Meeting https://www.facebook.com/events/1909863462565875/

Monday 6 Feb 7pm * Town Hall Meeting – Future of Bellingham Immigrant Families https://www.facebook.com/events/377699329263343/

Tues 7 Feb (begins) * 45 min Free Online Class: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides  https://www.edx.org/course/communication-skills-bridging-divides-catalystx-ildiv1x

Sat 11 Feb * Fund Planned Parenthood–Support Rally in Bellingham https://www.facebook.com/events/1671930566433605/

Sun 12 Feb * Worker and Immigrant Solidarity March Burlington https://www.facebook.com/events/409732362695018/

 

Support Washington’s Oil Transportation Safety Bill (HB 1611 / SB 5462)

Oil transportation is a hot issue this legislative session.  Despite the critical gains around public disclosure and preparedness measures, significant gaps remain that put our communities and waterways at risk of an oil spill or other such disaster.  Given the Trump Administration’s support of the oil industry, it is now more important than ever to make sure that we here in Washington are holding the line.

In response, Representative Farrell (46th) and Senator Carlyle (36th) introduced the Oil Transportation Safety bill (HB 1611 / SB 5462). Highlights of the bill include:

  • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster;
  • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response;
  • Protecting Puget Sound from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline;
  • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and
  • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety.

This is a great time to engage and show your support!  You have two choices for action:

  • Attend the hearings scheduled in the Senate and House. RSVP (and arrange carpools) here.
    • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND, at 10 a.m. in the Senate.
    • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, at 1:30 p.m. in the House. The House is more favorable to the bill, so this hearing is more important. Watch live here: http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017021092
  • Call your state legislators to ask them to support the bill.
    • Find your Representatives here.
    • Send a brief message to your district legislators through the in-state toll-free Hotline :800.562.6000.
    • Click here for one-step email.
    • Suggested script:
      • Washingtonians continue to be at risk of oil spills and other disasters. In the wake of the Mosier, OR, derailment this past June, the threat of the Kinder Morgan pipeline increasing tanker traffic 7-fold, and the increase in use in pipelines for crude oil transport, we need to continue to improve our system.
      • Please support HB 1611/SB 5462 – Oil Transportation Safety Act – and protect Washington’s communities and waterways.
      • Key parts of the bill include:
        • Ensuring the oil industry pays in the case of a spill or other disaster;
        • Updating the funding for prevention, preparedness and response;
        • Protecting Puget Sound from increased oil barges and other vessels from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline;
        • Protecting against refineries turning into transshipment terminals; and
        • Strengthening oversight of pipeline safety.
      • I urge you to support and move forward HB 1611 and SB 5462.

For more information, please see the press release for the bill.  

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:

42nd District – Unrepresented

Constituents of Washington’s 42nd legislative district, our state senator is not showing up to work, but we are still paying him.  He has taken a new job at the EPA and spends his weeks in Washington DC while his seat in Olympia is empty. Doug Ericksen needs to resign his senate seat so a new senator can be appointed and we can have representation who shows up.
{Look up your district here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/}

Suit up, pants peeps!  Here is our strategy:

***TOWN HALL MEETING***

Senator Ericksen has no constituent events scheduled for the 2017 legislative seasion, so we are scheduling one for him.  To be scheduled in march.  You can read the invitation and sign it.  Constituent signatures will be added to the letter, others will be updated on the campaign.

***WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR***

Talking Points

Contact Information

Cut & paste email addresses: letters@cascadiaweekly.com; news@ferndalerecord.com; editor@lyndentribune.com; letters@bellinghamherald.com

Bellingham Herald – post letter in story comments – http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article128339024.html

Cascadia Weekly – http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/contact

Ferndale Record-Journal – http://www.ferndalerecord.com

Lynden Tribune – www.lyndentribune.com

Northern Light – http://www.thenorthernlight.com/submit-a-letter/

 

***FOLLOW “WHERE’S DOUG” ON TWITTER***

Someone is keeping track of Senator Ericksen.  Follow @wheresdoug42, RETWEET @wheresdoug42‘s tweets to political reporters and other interested parties.  If you are a constituent of the 42nd district, use this hashtag: #42ndconstituent
Suggestions:

@Jim_Brunner  What a waste of taxpayer money.  #wheresdoug42 http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article131138229.html

 42nd district constituents are looking for our state senator. Help us find Doug?

We are in Washington’s 42nd legislative district and we are looking for our state senator. Have you seen Doug?

***WATCH SENATOR ERICKSEN’S PRESS CONFERENCE – 2 Feb 2017***

If you missed it, you cans see the recording here: http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017021067

***STAY TUNED FOR QUICK-RESPONSE LETTERS***

We need to highlight every missed vote and absence from a hearing. Basically, we want his constituents to know that he’s not showing up for work. Where will those letters be sent? To local papers. We’ll need to act quickly when he misses critical votes in Olympia so keep an eye out.

***LOCAL EVENTS***

Pantsuit Bellingham plans to hold one or more actions to highlight that Doug Ericksen isn’t showing up for work. Where will those be held? Here, in his district. His voters need to know he works for them and he’s just not showing up for work.

Many have asked about events elsewhere, to put pressure on the state or visit his office. Pantsuit Bellingham recommends you put your energy here, in his district, talking to his voters, letting everyone in the 42nd know that Doug just isn’t showing up for work.