PAC 2019

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Whatcom County

Bellingham

Ferndale

 

Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

Come learn about how to run for office, plan a campaign, raise money, and engage the local deaf community. Led by Ashanti Monts-Tréviska, Lisa McShane, Alex del Rosario, Morgan Steele and Karlee Deatherage. RESERVE YOUR TICKET (by donation) HERE.

The last hour (8:30-9:30) is reserved exclusively for deaf people to engage in Q&A with trainers.

Snacks provided.

Access the second-floor space via stairs or the elevator (no stairs). ASL translation provided. If childcare or cost are a barrier for you, please email us at riveterscollective@gmail.com and we’ll work something out!

Ticket donations cover space, food, ASL/spoken English interpretation, and other event expenses. The suggested donation rate will not cover all of the costs; if you are able to give more we appreciate it!

Can’t come, but want to support? Donate via the form below.

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

$235.00 of $400.00 raised
$ 25.00
Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

We need your support to make this happen! Cascadia Deaf Nation proposed a joint CDN/RC campaign training, with CDN leading on how to engage the deaf community, and RC leading on campaign and fundraising. We said YES TO THAT!
As always, we’re committed to making this training accessible. We’re asking for a $10 donation for attendance, and the RC is planning to contribute up to $300 from our savings, but the total event cost including ASL interpretation will be around $900.
So, we’re hoping you agree that candidate training which supports deaf candidates, and helps hearing and deaf candidates and campaign workers engage with each other is something in which YOU want to invest.
EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE.

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

$235.00 of $400.00 raised
$ 25.00
Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

We need your support to make this happen! Cascadia Deaf Nation proposed a joint CDN/RC campaign training, with CDN leading on how to engage the deaf community, and RC leading on campaign and fundraising. We said YES TO THAT!
As always, we’re committed to making this training accessible. We’re asking for a $10 donation for attendance, and the RC is planning to contribute up to $300 from our savings, but the total event cost including ASL interpretation will be around $900.
So, we’re hoping you agree that candidate training which supports deaf candidates, and helps hearing and deaf candidates and campaign workers engage with each other is something in which YOU want to invest.
EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE.

2019 Code of Conduct & Ethical Behavior Policy

Civic spaces should be welcoming and safe for all members of our community, and the Riveters Collective is committed to systemic change toward this goal.  Campaigns – as pop-up, temporary, high-intensity workplaces – are especially vulnerable to abuses of power. In 2018, the Riveters Collective PAC Pledge to Vote Campaign followed the lead of Tim Ballew II’s campaign for state senate (led by Tim Ballew II’s 2018 State Senate campaign, written by Tim’s field manager, Michael Peñuelas) in requiring all campaign workers sign a code of conduct, and in designating external reporting contacts.

In 2019, implementing a code of conduct will be a prerequisite for any campaign to be endorsed by the Riveters Collective. To make this easy for campaigns, we’ve provided a model code. We will accept a campaign’s code of conduct provided it meets the following criteria.

  • Asking all candidates, paid staff and contractors to commit to a workplace that is free of harassment, bullying or intimidation;

  • Making this code of conduct visible to volunteers;

  • A zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault and harassment;

  • And importantly, identifies a point person, aside from campaign leadership, who can be contacted with concerns.

Beyond our endorsement process, we have advanced this issue by proposing and passing a similar requirement for the Whatcom Democrats endorsement process, and we are working with people at the state level to implement codes of conduct at a state-wide level.

Civic Tithing – 2019

Civic tithing can stabilize funding for our local organizations in an uncertain economic future. From the Old English for “one-tenth”, tithing has traditionally meant giving part of one’s income to a church or government. In civic tithing, we take the routine giving concept and apply it to civic and community organizations in Whatcom County. Together, our group could improve and stabilize the financial outlook for organizations serving our community.

First, decide how much of your income you could part with on a monthly or yearly basis, whether 0.1% or 10%. Take the annual cost and divide by 12. Then set up monthly donations to an organization in that amount.

To help you identify organizations, a few Riveters Collective members curated this list for us. We originally published it for 2017, and updated for 2019.

Take action:
How much $/month are you pledging to donate to these groups? Enter the monthly total in the box. Your response is ANONYMOUS and will help Riveters Collective demonstrate our people power!

Resources for Community Response to Sexual Harassment/Assault

These are links we find helpful. Note: These resources have not been vetted by mental health or trauma experts.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services 

Understanding how Sexual Harassment and Assault Happens

Why don’t women just say no?

Research on false accusations

What is victim blaming?

What is gaslighting?

Supporting Survivors

Helping a Friend (This is from a university, but the steps are great.)

Four Ways to Support People who are Survivors of Sexual Assault

Supporting queer women who are survivors of harassment

Why getting an apology is often not the end-game

Why some survivors choose to name their abusers and why some choose not to 

 

Resources for Harassers, their Enablers, Friends, or Family

Letter template to share with those who have participated in or been a bystander to sexual harassment

What to do if you have sexually harassed or assaulted someone

What to do if your friend or family member is accused of sexual harassment 

What about Due Process?

Examples of Decent Apologies

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault

How men can better recognize and interrupt everyday sexual harassment

Wink for the Win

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

At WinkWink, Bellingham’s brand new woman-owned, sex-positive, gender-inclusive sex shop!  1305 Commercial St., Bellingham, Washington 98225

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!  Join our event on Facebook for updates.

 

Come Party with Us

The Riveters Collective and WinkWink, Bellingham’s new woman-owned, identity-inclusive sex shop, are teaming up to raise funds to encourage people who don’t usually participate in elections to vote this November! Funds raised will pay for our Pledge-to-Vote campaign to flip the 42nd district!

This is a private party and shopping event with 20% of sales generously donated to the Riveters Collective pledge to vote campaign.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale. Capacity is limited to 90 guests, so get your tickets soon. Please give what you can and come Wink for the Win!


About WinkWink:

WinkWink is a woman-owned sex shop in Bellingham, WA. Among our offerings, you’ll find non-toxic sex toys, lingerie, books, menstrual products, and educational classes.

WinkWink is sex-positive, body-positive, and gender-affirming; we aim to help make sexual pleasure, wellness, and health available and accessible to all people.

We believe that normalizing, accepting, and affirming all bodies, identities, and gender experiences is an inherently political act.

Pleasure is our revolution.

2018 General Election Endorsements

These are our recommendations for Whatcom County voters in the 2018 general election.  Want more information on ALL candidates? We’re updating this (linked) document with everything we find! 

How did we decide who to endorse?  We thought you’d never ask!  Click through for more information.

Candidates

42nd District Senate

Pinky Vargas

42nd District Representative

Sharon Shewmake

Justin Boneau

40th LD Representative

Debra Lekanoff

Whatcom County Prosecutor

Eric Richey

Whatcom County Council

Carol Frazey

 

Ballot Measures

YES on I-940 – de-escalation training for law enforcement

YES on I-1631 – carbon pollution fee

NO on I-1634 – bans taxes on soda

YES on I-1639 – reduce assault weapons violence

YES on City of Bellingham proposition 2018-5 – low income housing levy (Bellingham Home Fund)

 

 

 

Let’s Flip the 42nd in 2018!

The Riveters Collective is doing it! We have ONE goal for the 2018 campaign season: FLIP THE 42nd DISTRICT by increasing voter turnout with a proven strategy.

Pledge-to-Vote Campaign to Flip the 42nd LD

We will go door to door to ask low turnout voters to pledge to vote. They fill out a postcard promising to vote, we mail it back to them so it arrives with their ballot. The front of the postcard recommends voting for RC-endorsed candidates (Pinky Vargas, Sharon Shewmake, Justin Boneau, Eric Richey and Carol Frazey), initiatives (Yes On 1631, No on I-1634, and Yes on 1639) and the Bellingham Home Fund.  Research has shown that pledge to vote campaigns are more effective than traditional get out the vote strategies, and no other local campaign is targeting infrequent voters. Our goal is to turn out 2,000-3,000 votes that would not have otherwise been cast. Our postcard will include our voting recommendations so that these votes go to our candidates.

Riveters Collective is the only organization doing this work in the 42nd. These are votes that otherwise wouldn’t show up in this election and they could be the difference between winning or having Doug Ericksen (and Vincent Buys and Luanne Van Werven) back in Olympia. This will bring the turnout we need to win. We expect to spend $21k on printing, postage and staffing for this effort.

Want to volunteer?  Send us an email at riveterscollective@gmail.com, we’ll be in touch in September.

DONATE HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/riveterspac

Thanks to Becky Kurle at Liet Unlimited for design work.  We now have tens of thousands of these beauties on hand.

***UPDATE: When we initially published this post, we had two goals, the second being to prompt the PDC to clarify that childcare is an allowable campaign expense.  Since we planned our campaign season activities, the PDC added this to their guidelines!  Given that this goal is now met, we will focus entirely on flipping the 42nd district.***

2018 Primary Candidate Endorsements

Riveters Collective 2018 Endorsed Candidates

Whatcom County Council

Carol Frazey

Whatcom County Prosecutor

Eric Richey

40th LD Representative

Debra Lekanoff

Alex Ramel

42nd District Representative

Justin Boneau

Sharon Shewmake

42nd District Senate

Tim Ballew II

Pinky Vargas

 

We have a cheat sheet for you! Click on the image below to download a shareable image for social media.

 

Want to know a little more about these candidates and why we chose them? Click here to read their questionnaire responses, along with the responses of several other candidates whom we interviewed.

Click here to view our candidate info sheet for all local candidates.

Click here to view a summary of the endorsement committee’s impression of each candidate who sought our endorsement.

Cover photo credit: Kjersten Hayes