JOIN US: Community Voting Project 2020


UPDATE: All Postcards Are Claimed!!! Nearly 200 members of our community stepped up and committed to write a total of 10,000 personalized postcards to voters in the 42nd LD. We’ve just started delivering postcards

Here’s how you can still help:

  • DONATE! Postage is expensive, and we are still a ways away from having enough funds to pay for this project.
  • Still want to write postcards, and help re-elect Representative Sharon Shewmake and elect Alicia Rule to the Washington House of Representatives? Their campaigns are doing their own personalized postcard campaign! Email them to sign up.
  • Sign up below to help us sort 10,000 postcards (no easy task!) on Oct. 4 before we put them in the mail. This will be a socially distanced, masked, outdoor event. We will contact you with more details TBD.

PENS OUT! TEXTING FINGERS READY! In 2020, we’re winning in Washington’s 42nd Legislative District by reaching out voter-to-voter and WE NEED YOU! Sign up to volunteer below, and donate here.

WHO: YOU and 42nd LD voters

WHAT: DONATE (we need $10,000) AND/OR volunteer (we need 250 volunteers!) to “adopt” a batch of voters. You’ll provide information about their ballot and the voting process by writing postcards, and making phone calls and sending text messages using our online tool (training provided! you can do it!). (Email Sharon & Alicia’s campaigns to sign up for their own postcard writing project.)

WHEN: Donate now, write postcards to your voters in September, make phone calls and send text messages in October through Election Day, Nov 3!

WHY: To re-elect Representative Sharon Shewmake, elect Alicia Rule to the Washington House of Representatives, elect Christine Grant to the Whatcom Public Utility District, and increase voter turnout for many more candidates and ballot measures. Handwritten postcards WORK. Warm contacts WORK. We do what works.

Questions? See our FAQ.

Book Recommendations for Kids

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!

Picture Book Recommendations

Middle Grade & Young Adult Recommendations

 

RC board member Jen tabling at the 22nd annual MLK Jr Human Rights Conference.

Let’s get to work! Jan 2020

RC Endorsements 2020 Needs You!

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!

 

Empower Happy Hour

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.

 

MLK Human Rights Conference

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.”

 

2020 Womxn’s March

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.

We are hiring paid canvassers!

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!

View the job description and learn how to apply here.

Not in Our Community!

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!
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.

Three Vs for Victory!

We know how to win on November 6th.

Volunteer

  • Knock doors for candidates and campaigns
  • Sign up for phonebanking or textbanking
  • Babysit for candidates or other volunteers
  • Work on a campaign

GiVe

  • Give $ to candidates and campaigns
  • Give $ to grassroots PACs (donate to Riveters PAC here)
  • Attend fundraisers
  • Co-host a fundraising houseparty with your friends
  • Donate your professional services to a campaign (photography, web skills, graphic design, etc.)

Vote

  • Vote the entire ballot in every election
  • Make sure all of your friends and family are registered to vote
  • Register voters in the community
  • Remind your friends and family to vote
  • Have a voting party at your house

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.

Social media profile pic

 

Facebook cover photo

 

Social media profile pic

 

Graphics by Olivia Hahnel.

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

Gun Reform Actions

This post will be updated.

Youth/School Actions and Groups

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/

https://www.womensmarch.com/enough

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.

WWU

Whatcom Community College

Mount Baker High School

Orcas Island High School

Sedro Woolley High School

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/218714885356746/

Bellingham organizers: https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamMarchForOurLives/

Blaine:http://act.everytown.org/event/march-our-lives-events/9543/signup/?source=&akid=s245206..kJIwnk&zip=

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GunReformNOW/

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/WCSAGV

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/Students4Action/

https://www.instagram.com/studentsforaction/

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWUStudentsAgainstGunViolence

Other Groups

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/326049207884967/

Moms Demand Action Skagit County

Moms Demand Action WA

 

Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

https://everytown.org

Petition: Tell streaming services: Stop the NRA from spreading its hateful rhetoric and DUMP NRATV!

 

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.

https://gunresponsibility.org

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.

http://www.grandmothersagainstgunviolence.org/

 

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.

https://www.drainthenra.com/

 

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.

http://www.bradycampaign.org/

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/154228091952177/

 

Current Pending Legislation

WA State

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

  • 1/25/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea
  • 2/27/18 Final Senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ranker – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/25/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – nay
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay
  • 2/27/18 Final senate vote with House amendments – Senator Ericksen – yea

 

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

  • 1/24/18 Senator Kevin Ranker – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Christine Lytton – yea
  • Representative Jeff Morris – yea

Roll call 42nd LD

  • 1/24/18 Senator Doug Ericksen – yea
  • 2/23/18 Representative Vincent Buys – nay
  • Representative LuAnne Van Werven – nay

 

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:

  • Prohibit the sale or transfer of a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features unless both a federal and a state background check have been completed through law enforcement.
  • Prohibit a person under the age of twenty-one from purchasing a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun with tactical features.
  • Establish a grant program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for school districts to implement emergency response systems to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.
  • Create the Students Protecting Students program within the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) to provide an anonymous way that students and the community can report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities or the threat of those activities.

Status – IN COMMITTEE (Rules). First read on 2/23/18.

National

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

  • 12/6/17 Representative Suzan Del Bene – nay

Roll Call 2nd District

  • 12/6/17 Representative Rick Larsen – nay

(Thanks to League of Women Voters Washington State for the great summary on their site.)

 

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.