Our resident librarian and board member Stephanie curated two children’s book lists “for your socially conscious tiny humans” to help you and the kiddos in your life mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy!
2020 will be a very important election year. Do you want to help shape Bellingham and Whatcom County ballots, meet candidates, and learn more about local issues? We’re accepting applications for our endorsement committee and we are looking for additional people who can help support the committee
Fill out this form to tell us how you’d like to get involved!
Childcare and food will be provided for all meetings. We can also provide transportation, if needed. Accessibility details will be posted once we have meeting locations confirmed.
Other ways to help include: donating any amount of financial support to this worthy cause, coordinating food and/or providing food for meetings and interviews, assisting with childcare, providing tech support before, during or after interviews, captioning videos, calling candidates to schedule interviews. Want to help in a way that’s not listed? Tell us about it in the form!
Join us for our monthly casual hang out on Wednesday the 15th at 5:30 at Elizabeth Station. Come chat with board members about how to get involved in new committees Riveters Collective is forming for 2020, events and progressive actions, or feel free to just have a drink and enjoy the company of others trying to get stuff done in this crazy political moment.
We are honored to be tabling at the 22nd annual Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Human Rights Conference on Saturday the 18th. Find us in the Syre Center Exhibition Hall and come say “Hi!” as you enjoy the sessions.
In the words of the organizers from Whatcom Human Rights Task Force:
“Now in its twenty-second year, the Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear and believed deeply that this country could attain only by working together and acknowledging our shared history: ideals of equity, freedom, and self-determination. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that will help make Dr. King’s ideals reality.”
Also on Saturday the 18th (it’s a busy day!), we are co-sponsoring the 2020 Womxn’s March along with Planned Parenthood and Indivisible Bellingham. We are happy to provide support to this worthy cause. This year we are marching for a myriad of issues that affect women, femes, and non-binary people, including reproductive rights, immigration, and climate change. Meet at the Bellingham Courthouse at 11:00 for speakers and then get marching. Want to volunteer? Sign up here.
Riveters! Remember the awesome Riveters Pledge To Vote campaign you all helped make happen last year?? We engaged unheard, “low-propensity” voters- the voters who are responsible for our biggest wins of 2018. This year, WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN! Because this year’s elections are too important for us to sit by.
We are hiring paid canvassers for this election season. If you or someone you know is interested, please check out the job description and apply!
Earlier this summer, flyers appeared in Ferndale and Bellingham from a white nationalist group. The Riveters Collective stands together with people in our community who believe in the value of unity and diversity. In light of this recent visible escalation in overt white supremacist activity in Whatcom County, the Riveters Collective is hosting an evening of resilience, love, and inclusion in Ferndale. We invite the community to share experiences, concerns, and ideas. Let’s discuss ways we can promote a stronger, more caring community. We hope to share results from this meeting here.
Besides what the community brings forward, here are some good resources for fighting hate in all forms and showing that hate has no home here:
Not in Our Town
Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment.
Southern Poverty Law Center
“Ten Ways to Fight Hate” community response guide.
Hate Has No Home Here
The Hate Has No Home Here Project promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued.
We win when we all do our part. We ARE doing it!
Use these social media graphics to remind your friends to get involved. Right click to save images.
Graphics by Olivia Hahnel.
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
Sponsored by Community to Community (C2C).
Sunday August 12
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Sponsored by Re-Bar Seattle and various individuals
Sunday August 19th
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
This post will be updated.
District Wide Walkout for Gun Law Reform
Wed Feb 21st, 11:22 at Bellingham High Schools and Middle Schools, then students will meet at City Hall at 12:00 for the community to join in.
Organized by: Local high school students in Bellingham #studentsforaction.
On Wednesday February 21st at 11:22 am we invite students, families, and teachers to participate in an district wide walk out for gun law reform. At 11:22am, we will all get up and walk out of class.
SQHS: walk to the common area where lunch is where we will hold a ceremony to speak about the victims of the Florida school shooting.
SHS: meet in the student lounge for a 30 minute ceremony
BHS and Options: meet in the BHS commons for a 30 minute ceremony
AFTER THE CEREMONY: head to City Hall to march at noon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1887594601530605/ (Note: this Facebook event is for the community to support the students.)
Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence
Tues March 6th
Organized by Teachers Take Action Against Gun Violence: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersTakeAction/
Open to teachers, students, parents, and ANYONE ELSE who cares about a teacher or a student!
Teachers are starting to mobilize as a force to protect our schools, because apparently no one else is going to do it. We’re planning a lobby day, targeted legislative outreach, and teacher prep mobilization blitz for March 6, with the purpose of planning the lesson, scaffolds, outcomes, and more to help our students as they organize to demand gun control NOW on March 14 and April 20, while also organizing teachers wherever we can to take action and go to their state capitals as well.
No known local contact/organizer so far.
ENOUGH: National School Walkout
Wed March 14th, 10:00 am
Organized by Women’s March Youth Empower: https://www.womensmarch.com/empower/
Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.
March for Our Lives
Sat March 24th, in Washington, D.C. with sister marches nationwide
Organized by March for Our Lives: https://www.marchforourlives.com/
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
Bellingham organizers: https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamMarchForOurLives/
National School Walkout
Fri April 20th, 10:00 am
Organized by National School Walkout: http://act.indivisible.org/event/national-school-walkout/
On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, walk out of school, wear orange and protest online and in your communities.
No knowl local contact/organizer so far.
Teachers, Parents, Students and Allies for Gun Reform NOW
Facebook group intended to mobilize people ready for action intended to produce real gun reform. Run by local folks.
Whatcom County Students Against Gun Violence
Local Facebook page for students, teachers, and families that are tired of the gun violence, and want to make a change.
Students for Action
Students For Action is an organization with student safety in mind, and is led and created by students of the four high schools in Bellingham, Washington.
WWU Students Against Gun Violence
WWU Students against Gun Violence is a student-led organization committed to action that brings change to ensure the safety of students on campus – here and across the country. This page is a place for students, faculty, staff and all members of the Western community to communicate, plan and share action opportunities with each other.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters
New Member Meet and Greet Sat February 24th, 10:30 in Bellingham.
Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
Alliance for Gun Responsiblity
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is a nonprofit that works to end the gun violence crisis in our state. We work on gun responsibility issues, policy and programs in communities across Washington. Gun violence prevention is a priority for Washingtonians and we are proud to be a driver of meaningful change in our state.
Action: Join Students to Take OLYMPIA on Tuesday March 6th at 10:15am to help our final push for the School and Community Safety Bill SB-6620.
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence works collaboratively with other groups to reduce gun violence and remedy the complex societal factors that contribute to a culture of gun violence.
Drain the NRA
Drain The NRA is a grassroots movement that combats the gun lobby’s stranglehold on Congress by boycotting and divesting from the gun industry and its corporate partners, while shining a light on those politicians who value the NRA’s financial contributions over the lives of their own constituents.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.
Moms for Gun Reform PostCard Campaign
Moms demand common sense gun control to ensure no more children are executed at school. Join us in our non-partisan post card campaign to our elected officials to let them know that the NRA does not speak for us and we demand that our voices are heard.
SB5992 – Concerning bump-fire stocks. Bans the sale, manufacture, and possession of bump-stocks, which are trigger-modifications.
Status – 2/27/18 PASSED both chambers
How did your legislators vote?
Roll call 40th LD
Roll call 42nd LD
SB5553 – Preventing suicide by permitting the voluntary waiver of firearm rights for persons vulnerable due to suicide or other danger to self or others.
Status – 2/23/18 PASSED both chambers
How did your legislators vote?
Roll call 40th LD
Roll call 42nd LD
SB5444 – Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
Status – IN COMMITTEE This measure has been revived by the Senate Ways & Means Committee as part of a larger package of school safety measures in SB6620.
SB6620 – Improving security in schools and the safety of students. This is a package of measures, including those proposed in SB5444. In addition, it would:
Status – IN COMMITTEE (Rules). First read on 2/23/18.
HR 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This would greatly weaken state laws on concealed weapon, mandating reciprocity of permits among states. If passed, a Washington resident who could not pass a background check under our state law could obtain a concealed weapons permit from another state with lax or no background check.
Status – PASSED THE HOUSE. May be taken up by Senate this spring.
How did your Representatives vote?
Roll Call 1st District
Roll Call 2nd District
(Thanks to League of Women Voters Washington State for the great summary on their site.)
Two ways to participate
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.
We haven’t finalized the timeline yet, but we intend to begin reading soon. For now just get yourself a copy of the book.
DATE AND TIME: Sun, February 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST
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.
“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 email@example.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 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-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.
Rally on 2 December 2017, 5pm, Bellingham City Hall
The GOP just passed a Tax Scam bill that will forever change the United States. But the fight is NOT OVER! The house and senate bills still need to be reconciled.
The Tax Scam bill is a giveaway to the rich and an attack on the most vulnerable among us. It’s designed to take from our communities and line the pockets of the wealthy. At the same time it makes irreversible changes by opening up the Arctic to drilling and classifying fetuses as people.
Americans across the country are taking to the streets and need us to join them. Today at 5:00 p.m. in Whatcom County we are taking to the steps of Bellingham City Hall to make our voices heard.
Stand up today. Together. Take a stand for our health care, our environment, our neighbors, our community.
Join us today at 5:00 p.m. at Bellingham City Hall.
Come with signs. Come without signs.
Come with your friends, neighbors, family. Come alone to know that you aren’t.
Come to stand shoulder to shoulder for our country.