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.
Follow along here as we share each step of our endorsement process. We will update this post from now until we announce our endorsements in June.
- The full committee met again to share progress on question development and learn how to make rubrics that will allow them to score how well question responses align with our platform.
- Subcommittees finalized questions and started to build the rubrics.
- 19 people applied to be on the committee and we invited all of them to join. One person was not able to commit to the meetings and so declined to participate in the committee. Committee members: Alex Ramel, Alicia Rule, Amanda Zimmerman, Colleen Harper, Darlene Giblin, Debbi Anderson-Frey, Eddy Ury, Jennifer Wright, Kris Lytton, Krystal Rodriguez, Lisa Van Doren, Loretta Sheldon, Maggie Davis-Bower, Margie Overhauser, Mehar Singh, Misty Manherz, Rosalinda Guillen, Sarabeth Bede, Stephanie Allen, and Stephanie McDonald.
- The committee met for the first time to get to know each other, learn some background of Riveters Collective and learn why we make endorsements, discuss the races and decide which races we can cover, decide who will work on which races, discuss writing questions and using rubrics to rate answers against the Riveters Collective platform, and learn about the online collaboration tools we use to work.
- The committee divided into subcommittees working on Blaine and Lynden races, Ferndale races, Bellingham races, and Whatcom County races. The subcommittees worked to research positions and draft questions based on our platform for the written questionnaires and interviews.
- We asked Riveters Collective board members and endorsement committee veterans Debbi Anderson-Frey and Lisa Van Doren to chair the committee. We also invited Alicia Rule from Blaine to co-chair to help us expand our endorsement capacity to the smaller cities.
- We asked for input to help plan which races we should endorse include in our endorsements.
- Our endorsement committee consists of volunteers from the community. We used a Google form to recruit endorsement committee members and shared it in our Facebook group, on our Facebook page, to our mailing list, and on our other social media channels. Qualifications for committee members:
-Live in Whatcom, Skagit, or San Juan county.
-Work collaboratively with positive intent to identify candidates who align with the RC platform.
-Commit to attending meetings and communicating with the committee March-early June.
-Commit to making time outside of meetings for question development, editing, response review and scoring, and communication with the committee.
-Anyone who is an officer, committee member, or employee of a political party, or who is already working on a campaign for which we plan to endorse is not eligible for the endorsement committee. Committee members will refrain from involvement in campaigns until endorsements are made in early June.