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Read our recommendations for improving the County’s jail funding ordinance

On June 22, 2023, the Riveters’ Justice System Committee sent County Executive Satpal Sidhu and Councilmembers the letter below regarding the draft jail funding ordinance they intend to place on the November 2023 ballot. We recommend contacting these local officials to support these changes and… Read More »Read our recommendations for improving the County’s jail funding ordinance

The Cascadia Daily reports on plans for funding a new jail and services facilities

In March 2023, the Cascadia Daily published a series of four articles titled Beyond Bars: the Future of Justice in Whatcom County. In these investigative reports, they explain Whatcom County’s plan to approach voters with a 2023 jail replacement funding proposal. For your convenience and… Read More »The Cascadia Daily reports on plans for funding a new jail and services facilities

The Riveters’ Justice System Committee supports the WA Coalition for Police Accountability’s 2023 legislative priorities

Today, we sent an email to all 40th and 42nd district legislators asking them to support the Coalition’s 2023 legislative priorities. We also asked the state representatives in these districts to sign on as a co-sponsor for the Access to Fairness Act. We encourage you… Read More »The Riveters’ Justice System Committee supports the WA Coalition for Police Accountability’s 2023 legislative priorities

The Justice System Committee supports AGO’s Model Use of Force Policy

On July 1, 2022, the Attorney Generals’ Office (AGO) published a Model Use of Force Policy that provides guidance on use of force and de-escalation tactics. We believe it will: To demonstrate support of the AGO’s model policy, the Riveters’ Justice System Committee sent letters… Read More »The Justice System Committee supports AGO’s Model Use of Force Policy

Read the Justice System Committee’s letter about potential violations of the Keep Washington Working Act

On July 11, 2022, our Justice System Committee (JSC) sent a letter1 to Bellingham’s Mayor Fleetwood, Whatcom County Executive Sidhu, and What-Comm 911 Deputy Director Everbeck asking how they responded to a May 12, 2022 letter2 from the ACLU of Washington about potential violations of… Read More »Read the Justice System Committee’s letter about potential violations of the Keep Washington Working Act

Register for Bellingham’s March 17 Police Chief Candidate Forum

The City of Bellingham announced it will hold a virtual forum on Thursday, March 17 at 5:30pm so the public can meet the semi-finalists for the Bellingham Chief of Police position.┬áThe candidates will give their introductions and answer pre-chosen questions from the community. Following the… Read More »Register for Bellingham’s March 17 Police Chief Candidate Forum