Local Actions to Support Separated Immigrant Families 7/26-8/19

July 23-29

Public Awareness Campaign: What’s at the end of the line?

Various light rail stations around Seattle

Contact NWDC Resistance for more info.

The fundamental inhumanity of the detention system has been highlighted over and over again in recent weeks, with thousands of people gathering nationwide to call for the abolition of ICE. Still, many people remain unaware that detention and deportation are happening right here right now – in Seattle, in SeaTac, in Tacoma. 
The SeaTac Prison is blocks away from Angle Lake station. We’re launching a public awareness campaign to make sure that every person who rides the light rail knows what’s happening at the end of the line. The week of July 23-29, we’ll be gathering at light rail stations to talk to riders about why all forms of detention need to end NOW.
Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistancia al NWDC

 

Thursday July 26

Domestic Workers Demand STOP to Zero Tolerance and Family Detention

8:00am-11:00am

1000 2nd Ave. Seattle

Domestic workers, house cleaners, parents, teachers and community leaders unite to denounce the inhumane mistreatment of children separated from their families by ICE because of the “Zero Humanity” and family detention policies implemented by the Trump administration. Many of us are immigrants and mothers. We know the pain and worry that occurs when we are separated from our own families. We can’t imagine what it would be like to raise our children in jail or to be forcefully separated from them. No child should experience this trauma, mistreatment, and fear. It’s our duty to denounce such treatment, and that’s exactly what we’ll do on July 26 when we rally outside the ICE offices in downtown Seattle. The rally will include special speakers Roy Sokale, Farin Houk, and Isabel Quijano, immigrant mothers and workers who demand an end to family separation.

Seattle will not be complicit! We invite any person opposed to family detention, separation of families, Zero Tolerance and all inhumane immigration policies to stand with us as we share our demand: STOP Zero Tolerance and family detention!

Sponsored by CASA Latina and WA Immigrant Solidarity Network/Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA.

 

Sunday July 29

Solidarity Day at SeaTac Prison

1200pm

Federal Detention Center, SeaTac

Hundreds of you joined us at SeaTac Federal Prison last month to oppose the detention of 200+ immigrant parents who were separated from their children at the border. The fundamental inhumanity of the detention system has been highlighted over and over again in recent weeks, with thousands of people gathering nationwide to call for the abolition of ICE. On July 29, we’ll be back at SeaTac to keep pushing for an end to all forms of detention. You’ll hear from formerly detained people and people with family in detention. Bring signs and come ready to shout!

Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistancia al NWDC.

 

Monday July 30

Summer Dignity Vigil-H2A Summer Edition

11:30am-1:30pm

205 E Magnolia St, Bellingham

Every Monday during the summer, we are meeting at the WTA Bus Station on Railroad Ave. and Magnolia. This summer location is a meeting point for those who are looking to express their outrage: about the child separation issue, about injustice against farm workers, and about an absence of necessary protections for undocumented and immigrant folks.
Berry season is upon us in this berry center for the nation. Farm workers will be out in the fields doing the arduous and valuable labor of bringing that bounty to our tables. We will be out passing flyers and letting the summer downtown crowd know that laborer’s well-being and a farm worker’s life is worth more than a civil infraction ticket and a $36,500 fine. We will continue to stand in solidarity with undocumented and immigrant families and people. In addition, we come together to stand against law enforcement and federal immigration collaboration which leads to deportation.
We are not giving up on a true Sanctuary City Ordinance with civilian oversight and accountability built into it! 
We are showing up. Again and Again. Every Monday. And, City Hall? We’ll be back!
This event is held in an outdoor venue which is wheelchair accessible. 

Sponsored by Keep Bellingham Families Working.

 

Sunday August 5th

March Por La Dignitad/Farm Worker March for Dignity

5:15am- 5:00pm

Mom’s Bar & Grill 8874 Bender Rd

Lynden, WA- with shuttles available.
Join farm worker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts in Lynden at sunrise , typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers.
Join us anytime between 5:15am and 5:30am at parking lot of Mom’s Bar and Grill for sunrise ceremony. There will be hot coffee and chorizo burritos, donations accepted.
We will be joined by the National Farm Worker Ministry and local Faith Community leaders as well as worker leaders from the National Food Chain Workers Alliance, WA State Labor Council, Re-sources for Sustainable Communities and leaders from the environmental movement.
We invite our friends, supporters and allies to accompany us. We will begin with a sunrise ceremony at Mom’s Bar and Grill, 8874 Bender Rd in Lynden and march from there. 
This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farm worker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads that border Canada and acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the heart of the local agricultural economy and reflect on climate change, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farm worker perspective.
We will end at Camp Zapata with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music. 
The entire march is 12 miles, the average number of hours a farm worker is in the fields during peak season – there will be 2 additional starting points for those that cannot start with us at 5:15 am – with shuttles available. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMING SOON
To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail us at c2clogistics@foodjustice.org

Sponsored by Community to Community (C2C).

 

Sunday August 12

Monthly Solidarity Day

1:30pm

Northwest Detention Center 1623 E. J St. Tacoma

Last week, over 170 people detained at NWDC went on hunger strike to show solidarity with immigrant parents separated from their children at the border and to draw attention to the abysmal conditions under which they’re being held. During the most recent hunger strike, as always, we worked to amplify the voices of people in detention and pressured GEO to fulfill their demands. On August 12, we’ll be back at NWDC for our monthly solidarity day – showing folks inside and their loved ones outside that we’re with them until the system crumbles.

Sponsored by Northwest Detention Center Resistance.

 

Tuesday August 14

Cabaret of Evil: fundraiser for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

7:30pm-1:30pm

Substation 645 NW 45th St. Seattle

This month’s Cabaret of Evil further seeks to undermine our illustrious local (and national) government ICE agents in their efforts to protect children by keeping them in cages, separated from their families and forbidden any human contact. Join Seattle Super Villainess Morgue Anne and her cabaret of Mischievous Miscreants as they raise money for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project the only way they know how – with a good old-fashioned strip tease. 

Sponsored by Seattle Super Villainess Morgue and the Mischievous Miscreants.

 

Wednesday August 15th

Kent Rapid Response Training

2:00pm -4:00pm

World Relief Seattle 841 Central Ave. N. Set C-106 Kent, WA

The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is partnering with World Relief to host a rapid response training in Kent, WA on August 15th. Now more than ever, it is crucial for us to step up and defend our immigrant and refugee communities. The training will cover how to interact with ICE agents in the workplace and home. Additionally, individuals will learn how to document ICE activity, and be a part of a rapid response team. Join us to ensure you know your rights and can help protect your family and neighbors. All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network & World Relief

 

Friday August 17th

Coming to Shore: A Fundraiser for KIND & ASAP.

6:00-9:00pm

Re-Bar Seattle 1114 Howell St. Seattle

Coming to Shore is a community-organized fundraiser by local artists, performers, activists, and volunteers coming together to help our immigrant neighbors in this time of crisis. Like many of you, we are angered and hurt by our government’s treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers. Separation and indefinite incarceration of families are wrong. Instead of shying away from the news, we want to do something to help!

Coming to Shore will feature sea & shore-themed burlesque performances and more to be announced. We will also have a silent auction featuring gift cards, items from your favorite local businesses and even more. 

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) (https://asap.urbanjustice.org/) & Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (https://supportkind.org/). Proceeds include sales from entry ticket sales, raffle tickets sales, and winning silent auction bids.
**If you have any questions or If you are a performer or if would like to donate something to our silent auction, please contact us with details at comingtoshore@gmail.com.**

Sponsored by Re-Bar Seattle and various individuals

 

Sunday August 19th

Clínica Gratuita de Inmigración/ Free Immigration Clinic

10:30am-3::00pm

Rainbow Center 2215 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA

Know your rights. Family preparation. DACA renewal assistance. Free legal advice. No appointment needed. Families welcome. Email: Karen@Rainbowcntr.Org   Telephone: (253) 383-2978
Sponsored by Colectiva Legal del Pueblo and Tacoma Rainbow Center

We stand with you

We believe women and we support survivors.

Creating a safe space for people in the political world is an integral part of our work as Riveters. Our policies clearly state that we do not work with anyone who has harassed, abused and/or assaulted others. (See our zero tolerance policy for candidates).

But our work goes beyond simply refusing to work with harassers and predators. We must affirmatively stand with survivors who are willing to come forward and share their stories.

Today, we are standing with Evelyn.

Speaking out against harassment and abuse can be hard, especially when the perpetrator is in our community. But we MUST listen to and believe survivors’ stories. We believe Evelyn. And we believe that supporting those who share their stories will lead to a political community where people feel safe and valued, especially individuals who are in lesser positions of power. This will require us all to dig deep and dive into a difficult issue.

The Riveters Collective stands resolute in our support of Evelyn and all survivors. Because of this position, we’ve been targets of retaliatory acts and false rumors. We are not surprised. But we are not shaken. While infuriating and, in some cases, damaging, they will not cause us to waver in our support of survivors.

Thank you to Evelyn and the other survivors who have stepped forward to share their stories. We’re here for you. And we’re not going anywhere.

Read Evelyn’s story.

If you have questions about our positions or work, please just ask!  Email us at riveterscollective@gmail.com 

#westandwithsurvivors #weAREdoingit

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Let’s Talk: Book Club

Let's Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

Book Club

Keep the conversation going by reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.   Local connection- Oluo is a WWU grad!

Two ways to participate

  • Online discussions LIVE NOW.  We decided to host these in a Facebook event within the Riveters Collective group.  If you’re not a member, you can join the group here.  We are intentionally setting this up in a very controlled environment to protect the participation of people of color, and people who lack other kinds of privilege. As we learned at the Let’s Talk event, we all have privilege, some of us have more than others, and we become better accomplices through deep listening to stories. As Gerry said, through Aloha.
  • Traditional, in-person book club group.  This group will be capped at 12 participants and is being facilitated by an RC volunteer.  Email us for more info.

Get the book

Get 15% off when you buy the book at Village Books and tell them you are a part of the “Let’s Talk” book group. Or, check out a copy from the Bellingham Public Library.

Timeline

We haven’t finalized the timeline yet, but we intend to begin reading soon.  For now just get yourself a copy of the book.

Let’s Talk – Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

Let's Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

DATE AND TIMESun, February 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST  

HOSTS: Co3 Consulting, Cascadia Deaf Nation, Community Food Co-op, and Riveters Collective

KIDS: Kids are invited!  *We may be out of space for kids, I am checking and will update*. We partnered with Children’s CommUNITY of Bellingham to provide relevant kid activities in an adjacent space.  Target age range for these activities is 3-10 years.  Kids of all ages are welcome; we do not want having kids to be a barrier to participation.

FACEBOOK EVENT

Questions?  Send us an email.

Let’s Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

“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-Treviska 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 “So You Want to Talk About Race” book club. 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.

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

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 HeartMath’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-Treviska

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.

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Let’s Talk! Stretching our Edges on Race and Privilege

Let's Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

DATE AND TIME: Sun, February 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST  

LOCATION: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship – Social Hall, 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

TICKETS: Available by donation; space is limited, so get your tickets early to hold your spot.

KIDS: Kids are welcome.  We are planning relevant activities for kids 3 – 10 years for the adjacent library.  Use your judgement when deciding if bringing your children will be helpful or disruptive to your work.

Hosts: Co3 Consulting, Cascadia Deaf Nation, Community Food Co-op, and Riveters Collective

Let’s Talk: Stretching Our Edges on Race and Privilege

“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-Treviska 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.

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

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 HeartMath’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-Treviska

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.

Jail Ballot Measure Votes: An Open Letter from the RC

Riveters Collective values a fair and compassionate justice system with decisions informed by data and community process. This is the community’s jail and should reflect our values. Acknowledging that Whatcom County’s existing jail requires upgrades at a minimum, we see an opportunity to implement a bold new vision. We expect and will support our elected officials in casting risky votes toward these ends.

 

We express our gratitude to county council members Todd Donovan, Barry Buchanan and Ken Mann for voting against sending an incomplete and costly jail proposal to the November ballot. The work of the Vera Institute of Justice and the Incarceration and Reduction Task Force is not complete, and while we don’t yet know what size our jail should be, in a recent email regarding the size of the proposed jail Vera wrote, “Using the correct population, one would arrive at a number more than 30 percent smaller.” That underscores a need to wait until the work is complete before developing a plan.

 

We are disappointed that county council member Rud Browne moved to put this costly jail on the ballot, and council members Carl Weimer, Barbara Brenner, and Satpal Sidhu voted in favor. The two council members who invested the most time into finding solutions, Donovan and Buchanan, argued forcefully for waiting and stated clearly that this proposal isn’t ready and will fail again in November. Their hard work was ignored in favor of haste.

 

We are disappointed that city councilmembers Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Gene Knutson, Terry Bornemann and Roxanne Murphy voted for the Jail Funding Use Agreement (JFUA). This vote was premature; we expect a  thoughtful, data-driven solution for our justice system. As citizens we are certain you have more power than you believe and wish you would have used your positions to urge the county to find a better approach. Given a choice between joining a poorly-researched project which perpetuates the prison industrial complex or declining to join and pursuing our own solution, we are ready to stand alone. At it’s core, the JFUA is a regressive sales tax that takes up 100-percent of our public safety tax capacity for the next 30 years. We also acknowledge that you each struggled with this decision, and we heard your statements as you voted yes — that you believed this was the best deal you could get for Bellingham in order to put some – albeit limited – funds into diversion programs. We thank city councilmembers April Barker and Dan Hammill for clearly expressing our shared values.

 

This year, Riveters Collective will work to defeat the jail ballot measure and will take pride in our work to find a better, more equitable path for justice in our community. We see better solutions on the horizon:

  • Bail reform so that people are not held in jail simply because they cannot pay
  • Fully funding treatment first, before incarceration
  • Diversion from jail, with incarceration as the last resort for those who are a danger to themselves or others; and
  • A new look at less expensive options for a new or renovated jail.

 

We believe that if we agree to put $110 million into a large jail in Ferndale, plus another $30-million for a sheriff’s office, that there will be insufficient funds for treatment, robust and effective diversion, or for re-entry into the community. Those are the very programs that make us safer. The proposed jail size, potential for expansion, distance from the courthouse, and proximity to Border Patrol are concerns. We will push for a serious look at either a smaller, less expensive jail or renovating our downtown jail.

 

Simply put, we believe that spending 100-percent of our public safety tax capacity for the next 30 years on a jail is not an investment in hope, but instead builds a legacy of despair. We stand ready to work with all of our elected officials on an equitable and comprehensive justice system after this ballot measure fails in November. Our goal will be an equitable, fair and less-costly solution that we can all support with pride.

Signed,

The Riveters Collective Board of Directors

 

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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

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170612

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From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C and Keep Bellingham Families Working between 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. or 5:00p.m. 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, June 13, 2017 from 6:00-8:30p.m.: Attend the City of Bellingham Townhall regarding the housing crisis affecting cities throughout the I-5 corridor. The meeting will be held at the Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. The first half will consist of a panel, the second half will be an opportunity for members of the public to share their ideas and potential solutions. Click here for more information or visit Facebook.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 7:00-10:00p.m.: Attend the Whatcom County Council for an emergency public hearing on the proposed mega jail. People will be gathering outside the Whatcom County District Court, 311 Grand Ave., 1st Floor, Bellingham, WA 98825 at 6:00p.m. to learn more about the issues, and then the County Council will convene at 7:00p.m. Visit Facebook for more details.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 5:00-6:30p.m.: Join the ACLU People Power Postcard Party to tell our local representatives that the community wants an “independent oversight entity” to ensure the safety of undocumented residents and immigrants in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The event will be held at at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 and is open to all ages. A small donation is appreciated to help with printing costs. Visit Facebook for more information.