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

Policy on Ethical Behavior for Campaigns

Our endorsement process is underway! This is one of the main ways that our collective shows solidarity with a specific candidate or issue. In other words, an endorsement is our way of saying “Hey, we like your vision for our community, we want to align ourselves with the actions you will take to achieve that vision, and we respect the way you conduct yourself as a candidate.” If you haven’t checked out the questionnaires – find them on our site!

In that vein, we think it’s important to be clear and open about our zero-tolerance policy for some behaviors. These are behaviors that will automatically disqualify a candidate from being eligible for, or may result in the withdrawal of a Riveters’ endorsement.  If a candidate or affiliated campaign employee, consultant or volunteer:

  • Engages in sexual harassment or sexual abuse;
  • Makes hateful or negative comments based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, or any other personal characteristic;
  • Engages in clearly unethical, illegal, or manipulative behavior.

We believe in a political environment and community where people are respectful of one another. We believe in a political environment and community where people are free to be themselves without fear of harm. We will work for a future that reflects those values. We will stand with candidates who believe in that same future. We are doing it!

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180216

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Local Level Actions

 

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Tue, February 20, 12pm – 2pm: 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice.   Northwest Indian College, 2522 Kwina Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226, USA (map) https://www.facebook.com/events/1511894932193370/    Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival    https://www.100yearsthemovie.com/trailer  When Elouise Cobell, a petite Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the world’s most powerful government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all the way from Montana to Washington DC. “100 Years” is the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government.

 

Wed, February 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm,  Women in Politics speaking event,  Western Washington University, 516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)  Description  https://www.facebook.com/events/1986187661702688/   Hosted by Young Democrats of WWU

 

Thu, February 22, 6pm – 9pm,  School-Prison Nexus: Building Freedoms, Resistance, and Communities, WGSS & Justice Speaks Presents: Dr. Erica Meiners and Dr. Sabina Vaught

Fraser 102 – WWU (map)
Description  https://www.facebook.com/events/376359992835501/   Hosted by Justice Speaks Series

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.