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
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.
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…
Elizabeth Hartsoch, Riveters Collective, 1-360-305-5624
Statement: Pick a job, Senator Ericksen.
WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Today the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a hearing on HB 1001 and Senator Ericksen was in attendance. HB 1001 is a technical bill updating the payment schedule for utility easements on state owned aquatic lands. It passed the House 97-0 and is now being considered in the Senate. But Senator Erickson has introduced a major amendment which would overturn state protection of Cherry Point.
The amendment language mirrors that from one of his failed senate bills, a bill for which he was the sole sponsor, and missed the hearing because he was at his full-time job in Washington, D.C. – unsurprising since Senator Ericksen has missed more than three quarters of his committee hearings this year.
Citizens and elected Tribal leaders, however, showed up in force to the January 24th hearing in the Senate Natural Resources and Park Committee. Citizens and Tribal leaders opposing the bill filled the hearing room and an overflow room. Tribal leaders spoke in opposition and not a single person signed in to support overturning protections of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.1
In response to this renewed attempt to open the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve to industrial development, local activists with the Riveters Collective issued the following Statement:
“Our message was clear at the hearing in January – we want state protection for the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve,” said Elizabeth Hartsoch with the Riveters Collective and a resident of the 42nd Legislative District. “Unfortunately, our Senator was in D.C. at his other job. Nobody – not even Senator Ericksen – signed in to support his attempt to overturn protection of the Cherry Point Aquatic reserve, and it failed to advance out of committee. Today Senator Ericksen flew back from DC to try again to open up the Salish Sea for coal export. This is a waste of everyone’s time and both state and federal taxpayer money. Once again we urge Senator Ericksen to pick one full-time job and stick with it. Nobody – not his constituents back home nor his colleagues in Olympia – is well served by him trying to keep both jobs.”
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!
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.
Our eyes are on the prize of a clean energy future. We know the carbon must stay in the ground, and we have worked for years to reject proposals to transport it through our neighborhoods and export it from Xwe’chieXen, traditional fishing grounds of our Lummi neighbors.
Senate Bill 5171 proposes we re-open the possibility of a fossil fuel export pier in the herring spawning area by reversing the DNR decision. It is a signal to fossil fuel darlings in DC that there’s still hope for the GPT project.
We are having none of it. We can kill this bill and send a strong message that any efforts to revive the project are wasted.
The bill will be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on TUESDAY JANUARY 24th. We expect tribal leaders from throughout the state to attend and speak against the bill. You have three choices for action.
Attend the hearing in Olympia – WEAR RED. 1:30pm (subject to change) Natural Resources & Parks, Senate Full Committee, Senate Hearing Rm 3, J.A. Cherberg Building, 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Pantsuit Bellingham members RSVP here. Carpools are being organized from Whatcom County.
If you are not a member of Pantsuit Bellingham RSVP here.
Transportation Our bus is full, and there are at least three buses departing from Bellingham for the march. I will update this as I get new information. If you don’t have a ticket and you want one, watch the Pantsuit Bellingham Facebook feed and then bus event closely, I have seen several posts selling tickets in the past couple of days.