Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

Come learn about how to run for office, plan a campaign, raise money, and engage the local deaf community. Led by Ashanti Monts-Tréviska, Lisa McShane, Alex del Rosario, Morgan Steele and Karlee Deatherage. RESERVE YOUR TICKET (by donation) HERE.

The last hour (8:30-9:30) is reserved exclusively for deaf people to engage in Q&A with trainers.

Snacks provided.

Access the second-floor space via stairs or the elevator (no stairs). ASL translation provided. If childcare or cost are a barrier for you, please email us at riveterscollective@gmail.com and we’ll work something out!

Ticket donations cover space, food, ASL/spoken English interpretation, and other event expenses. The suggested donation rate will not cover all of the costs; if you are able to give more we appreciate it!

Can’t come, but want to support? Donate via the form below.

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

$235.00 of $400.00 raised
$ 25.00
Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

We need your support to make this happen! Cascadia Deaf Nation proposed a joint CDN/RC campaign training, with CDN leading on how to engage the deaf community, and RC leading on campaign and fundraising. We said YES TO THAT!
As always, we’re committed to making this training accessible. We’re asking for a $10 donation for attendance, and the RC is planning to contribute up to $300 from our savings, but the total event cost including ASL interpretation will be around $900.
So, we’re hoping you agree that candidate training which supports deaf candidates, and helps hearing and deaf candidates and campaign workers engage with each other is something in which YOU want to invest.
EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE.

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

Fundraiser for Cascadia Deaf Nation + Riveters Collective Campaign Training

$235.00 of $400.00 raised
$ 25.00
Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

We need your support to make this happen! Cascadia Deaf Nation proposed a joint CDN/RC campaign training, with CDN leading on how to engage the deaf community, and RC leading on campaign and fundraising. We said YES TO THAT!
As always, we’re committed to making this training accessible. We’re asking for a $10 donation for attendance, and the RC is planning to contribute up to $300 from our savings, but the total event cost including ASL interpretation will be around $900.
So, we’re hoping you agree that candidate training which supports deaf candidates, and helps hearing and deaf candidates and campaign workers engage with each other is something in which YOU want to invest.
EVENT DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE.

Local Actions to Support Separated Immigrant Families 7/18-7/23

While things at the southern border need our attention and support, there are lots of  local opportunities to support immigrants being affected by family separation.  Here’s a rundown of upcoming actions collected by Riveter Maia.

 

Wed July 18

Goodnight Neighbors. We Are Here For You!

Every night 9:00pm-9:30pm until July 18.

Outside the Northwest Detention Center 1623 E. J St. Tacoma, WA 98421

We are sending our immigrant neighbors locked inside Tacoma’s very own Northwest Immigration Detention Center a message that we do not approve of this! Let these detainees separated from their families know we love them!! Honk your horns, bang your drums, set off your car alarms. We are making noise every night to tell our neighbors that we are here and we care! This is a family friendly rally of love and support!!

Sponsored by OccupyNWDC

 

 

Friday July 20

 

Block Party Weekend Benefit

6:00pm

The Alley 818 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA

Join us during block party weekend for a Day Party Benefit for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in the Alleyway by Capitol Cider! Help raise money to defend and advance the rights of immigrants in Washington and throughout the United States and raise awareness about the many obstacles the United States racist immigration system places in the paths of those seeking safety, security, and opportunity.

Sponsored by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

 

 

Saturday July 21

 

Block Party Weekend Benefit for NWIRP

3:00pm  

The Alley 818 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA

 

Join us during block party weekend for a Day Party Benefit for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in the Alleyway by Capitol Cider! Help raise money to defend and advance the rights of immigrants in Washington and throughout the United States and raise awareness about the many obstacles the United States racist immigration system places in the paths of those seeking safety, security, and opportunity.

Sponsored by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

 

Sunday July 22

Queen Anne Take Action Event

2:00-4:00pm

Queen Anne Community Center 1901 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98119

 

Come join this very family-friendly, FREE, “take action” event. Our sincere hope is to bring an enormous crowd of friends, family, colleagues and neighbors together to create something tremendously positive.
** Meet representatives working on the border situation
** Learn concrete ways you can take action 
** Write letters
** Kids “take action” station (with bouncy house and popcorn)
** Raise money for legal aid and support for separated families
** 100% proceeds donated to ACLU, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and El Comite

Speakers:
** ACLU: Robert Free, Immigration Attorney Emeritus
** WA State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self
** El Comite: Juan Jose Bocanegra, MSW, Coordinator

 


Monday July 23

11:30am – 1:30pm

Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)

 

Dignity Vigils

This summer we are meeting at the WTA Bus Station on Railroad Ave. and Magnolia. The new 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. 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. Please message the page if other accommodations are needed so we can work to assist with those. Or you can contact us with any queries at: C2C-Vigil-Dialogue@Qwestoffice.net.

 

 

 

Sunday August 5th

March Por La Dignitad

 

4:30am

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 – 4:30am, typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers. 
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 and leaders from the environmental movement.
We invite our friends, supporters and allies to accompany us. 
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 To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail us at c2clogistics@foodjustice.org

Sponsored by Community to Community (C2C)

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20180209

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Local Level Actions

 

From the Calendar

Link to the Riveters Collective Calendar

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by Racial Justice Coalition and Keep Bellingham Families Working. A vigil will be held from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. in front of the Whatcom County Courthouse . Support undocumented and immigrant families to live in safety and dignity in our community. Bring your friends and co-workers!

Monday February 12th, 7pm: Panel on Climate Policy: How do we move forward together?  Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

Thursday February 15, 6pm: No Way to Treat a Guest: Community Forum on H2A Labor

Wednesday February 21, 12-7 pm: Hearing on Puget Sound Energy’s 20-Year Plan, Renton Community Center, Renton.  State regulators want your feedback on PSE’s long-term plan and are hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, February 21. Rally at noon, testimony kicks off at 1:30 pm. 

Recommendations: Whatcom County Council Appointment

Pants Peeps!  Six days until the Whatcom County Council appoints a seventh member. Tomorrow they will meet to decide how to decide (robust process is a remarkably important component).  Now is the time to call or write our council members and enumerate the virtues of the strongest applicants.  We hope to make it easy for YOU to engage in this process.

Over the holiday, our Riveters + Represent! committee spent more hours than we wanted to count developing questions for applicants, mapping those questions to planks in the 2018 RC platform, and reading responses and application materials from the 10 applicants who sought our recommendation.  Below, we’ll tell you why these three people earned our recommendation for this position.  Recommendations are based on responses to our questionnaire, other application materials, as well as applicants’ track records of experience and leadership.  

While we are recommending three people for this appointment, there were more great people in the applicant pool; we look forward to working with and electing them in the future!  You can read responses from all applicants who sought our recommendation here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1leliPhERyqUbyDMPGV3Y0JOKiBQF83NR?usp=sharing

R+R! Committee members participating in this recommendation include:
Adrienne Renz
Anne Marie Faiola
Arlene Feld
Elizabeth Darrow
Elizabeth Hartsoch
Eowyn Savela
Jenn Mason
Jesse Kirkpatrick
Karlee Deatherage
Liana Herron
Lisa McShane
Loretta Sheldon
Stephen Jackson

We recommend the following three applicants for appointment to the Whatcom County Council.  Each of these three applicants offers a new perspective for our council.

Timothy Ballew II

  • Demonstrated track record of coalition building and visionary leadership
  • Extensive and relevant experience working with stakeholders on water quality and treaty rights.
  • Working knowledge of water quantity,water rights and property rights issues
  • Tribal representation on our county council
  • Life-long Whatcom County resident, now raising his own family in the Lummi Nation community.
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future

For a more detailed outline of Timothy Ballew’s perspective you can read his full questionnaire response here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW1mFP30AoAcFNxQjFaa0JCS1QyQnZZMUxMX2twazRzeWJB/view?usp=sharing

Carol Frazey

  • Understands the value of open space and parks as economic drivers; she even owns a recreation business
  • Offered detailed ideas for farm stewardship, informed by her background on a family farm
  • Commitment to protecting clean drinking water.
  • Recognizes the importance of cross-sector collaboration to solve complex problems
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future

For a more detailed outline of Carol Frazey’s perspective you can read her full questionnaire response here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW1mFP30AoAT21nWGl5bV83VGI4TTQ3VXU1b1h3QWRrMmFn/view?usp=sharing

Alicia Rule

  • In-depth understanding of issues related to our jail and incarceration
  • Values the sovereignty of local Treaty Tribes and is interested in centering their leadership
  • Future focused with familiarity on key issues facing Whatcom county at this time and into the future
  • Understands the economic value that preserved recreation lands can bring to Whatcom County
  • Recognizes the importance of cross-sector collaboration to solve complex problems

For a more detailed outline of Alicia Rule’s perspective you can read her full questionnaire response here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/13IhqZkbrA-t13VDrA3MftPUTfCiKI6Tx/view?usp=sharing 

Suggested script/email to council

Use council@co.whatcom.wa.us to reach all councilmembers.  Or, reach out individually:

 

Subject: Council appointment recommendation

Hello, my name is {your name} and I am a constituent residing in {location}.  With twenty-nine applicants for the open council seat, I appreciate the challenge in evaluating and choosing among people with diverse qualifications.  I think {applicant name} is the strongest choice for this appointment.  {Applicant name} {reasons why they will be great}.

Sincerely,
{your name}

Civic Tithing – 2018

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 in 2017.

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 2018.

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!

Urgent Action to Stop the Mega-jail

Riveters!

This Monday the 19th at 7pm it is all hands on deck to ask the Bellingham City Council to vote NO on the Jail Facility Use Agreement*.

If the City Council says yes to funding the big jail, this will send a loud message that the City Council supports a mega-jail. We want them to represent our progressive values and say NO to the big jail because this is the wrong plan for our community.

Please attend the City Council meeting on Monday, June 19th at 7pm, sign in to speak during Open Session, and ask that they vote NO on the Agreement.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, scroll down for city email and phone info and contact them today.

*The Jail Funding Agreement states that the big jail (note: there’s been NO needs assessment to know how big it should be) will be funded with a regressive sales tax that will use 100% of the public safety sales tax capacity available to our community for the next 30 years. It details how the tax will be divided. 

You can view the funding agreement here: Interlocal Jail Facility Financing and Use Agreement. (Click on the “JFFUA” pdf on that page.)

 

What happens after the City Council votes NO?

This goes back to the County Council with a clear message that once again the City of Bellingham does NOT support a big jail in Ferndale. We then turn to the County Council and ask that they vote NO to putting this on the ballot. We can then step up to work with the councils on a solution that’s more fair, that isn’t a mega-jail in Ferndale and that prioritizes treatment over a huge building to lock people up.

 

Talking points

Please choose just one or two and add your own thoughts or story!

  • You are taking one of the last steps towards a mega-jail and it’s the wrong direction for Bellingham. This isn’t just about the funding or how the tax is divided, you’re taking a vote on the big jail. You have no other vote on the jail. This is it. Please vote no.
  • Are we really going to be the last community in America to build the mega-jail? Throughout the US incarceration is dropping and communities are rethinking this failed approach. While there are some who should be in jail, 73% of people in our jail haven’t been convicted. With work, such as the good work Bellingham has been doing, we can reduce incarceration.  
  • This jail proposal is $100-million. We can find a solution that doesn’t include a mega-jail and doesn’t take up all of our public safety tax capacity for the next 30 years. A new building won’t make our community safer.
  • Moving the jail to Ferndale removes a key part of Bellingham’s civic center and puts it in the Ferndale suburbs. This makes it harder for incarcerated individuals to meet with their attorneys, most of whom have offices near the current jail. It will increase the environmental impacts on our community when attorneys and inmates and staff drive back and forth.
  • The VERA Institute is completing a report to the Incarceration Task Force with recommendations to reduce how many people we jail in our community. Until that work is finished and implemented, we won’t know how big our jail should be. Please do not agree to fund the big jail without the data to know if we need it.
  • Our community should reconsider the Ferndale location and ask if the existing downtown Bellingham location might be better. That can only happen if you vote no on this funding agreement.
  • Bellingham has been moving in the right direction by aggressively reducing incarceration. I applaud that work! Please keep moving forward by voting NO on the big jail and this jail agreement.
  • We need to focus on services that will keep people out of jail such as treatment and other services. If we build a mega-jail our sheriff and judges will fill it and we will have less money for the treatment we know will both save money and make our community safer.
  • This proposal includes 36 ‘mental health beds’. But without a needs assessment we don’t know if that’s the right number or if the mentally ill should receive treatment inside the jail or outside, in a dedicated mental health facility.
  • We ask that you vote no on the Jail Funding Agreement and tell the County that this plan isn’t in the best interest of Bellingham.

Contact Information: If you are not able to attend and comment on Monday evening, contact the council today.

Email council at ccmail@cob.org, phone their office at (360) 778-8200, or give them a call:

  • April Barker, (360) 325-5128
  • Gene Knutson, (360) 734-4686
  • Dan Hammill, (360) 778-8213
  • Pinky Vargas, (360) 778-8210
  • Terry Bornemann, (360) 305-0606
  • Michael Lilliquist, (360) 778-8212
  • Roxanne Murphy, (360) 778-8211

Recommended Actions for the Week of 20170605

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Local Level Actions

 

National Level Actions / Other

From the Calendar

http://riveterscollective.org/calendar/

Every Monday: Attend a vigil hosted by C2C between 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. or 5:00p.m. in front of City Hall. Show the powers that be that you stand by our undocumented workers and anyone else running afoul of ICE. Let the officials know it’s not alright to tear families apart!

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:00p.m.: Attend a Dignity Dialogue at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. This dialogue will look at the Illinois Trust Act Sanctuary Bill and what it took to pass it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:30p.m.: Attend the Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition general meeting at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. This month’s meeting takes a look at the early warning signs of fascism.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:00p.m.: Attend a Whatcom County Democratic Women’s club candidates forum at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.

Friday or Saturday, June 9 or 10, 2017: Watch for RC endorsements to be announced.

Next Tuesday, June 13th, the City of Bellingham will host a town hall meeting on housing.

ACTION ALERT: Protect our National Monuments: Keep it in the Ground!

Description: President Trump has ordered the Department of the Interior to review all designations of national monuments greater than 100,000 acres created since 1996.  Removing Monument protection will open the areas up to potential coal, oil and gas exploitation that would increase greenhouse gas emissions, hasten global warming, and cause untold harm to public health and safety, infrastructure and property, and ecosystems and species.

 This is the last week for comment: deadline is July 10, 2017.

Background:  On April 26, 2017, the White House issued a Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act, directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996.  Removing protections will open monuments to coal, oil, and gas exploration, .  The Secretary of the Interior will use the review to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy stated in the Executive Order and to formulate recommendations for Presidential actions, legislative proposals, or other appropriate actions to carry out that policy.  The list of National Monuments under review can be found here.

Contact Information:  Submit comments online through regulations.gov (Docket ID# DOI-2017-0002).

Suggested Scripts:  Indivisible Washington Environment Network and others are sharing comments to inspire and inform your own.  Limited in time?  Use the generic script and submit for as many monuments as you can.  If you have more time, check out the aditional suggestions below.

Generic Script (adapted from several sources)

I oppose any effort to reduce the size of this National Monument.  Reducing National Monument protection will open the area to coal, oil, and gas exploration and exploitation, protracting the demise of an industry that has little future viability and delaying the transition to clean energy.  Considering the external costs of fossil fuel-based energy (associated with impacts to public health, property damage, and natural  resources provisioning), clean energy is safer, cheaper, and creates more jobs.

National monuments protect significant natural, cultural or scientific features for public benefit now and for future generations.  Commercial use of public lands costs the taxpayer without providing sufficient benefit, amounting to an enormous taxpayer subsidy to some of the richest corporations in the world.  Giving over more of our public lands for this purpose is not to the economic benefit of the American taxpayer—to say nothing of the cost of lost ecosystem services, and recreational, environmental, cultural, and scientific resources. 

Communities in the vicinity of National Monuments benefit from the tourism, outdoor recreation, and quality of life associated with healthy and protected public lands and waters. The Department of Interior would be hard-pressed to shrink, eliminate, or alter national monuments without undermining the very cultural and natural resources they seek to protect.

Please protect this National Monument. I am firmly opposed to any effort to revoke or diminish protections it, and I urge you to support our public lands and waters and recommend that our current national monuments remain protected.

Additional Script Inspiration

Modern Hiker

Nature Conservancy

Center for American Progress

Headwaters Economics

Indivisible WA Environment Network

Additional Information: