Riveters Collective Toolbox Fund
Riveters Collective Is Doing It! Will you help us continue our work with a monthly donation of just $5 or $10 to our Toolbox Fund?
Since our inception we have been consistently committed to doing the work that needs to be done, when it needs to be done. Look at what we’ve already accomplished together:
We do what it takes to get the vote out for progressive candidates – knock doors, write postcards, send text messages, make phone calls, and raise money!
- Riveters volunteers wrote 10,000 Postcards to Georgia to turn out voters there for US Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. We won!!
- 2020 Community Voting Project – thanks to more than 160 volunteers, we sent nearly 12,000 handwritten postcards and 9,000 text messages to Whatcom County voters.
- So many 2020 victories – all of our endorsed candidates went on to win in the 2020 general election.
- Partnered with the Funky East Dallas Democrats (FEDDS) during the 2020 election to write 10,000 postcards to Texas voters.
- 2019 Pledge To Vote Campaign – we knocked 20,000 doors in the 42nd district.
FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE and PUSHING BACK AGAINST HATE
- Stood up for love in Whatcom County in 2020 by co-hosting the Stand Up Whatcom County Rally in response to Nazi flyering and the other events leading up to it.
- Co-wrote the Denounce White Supremacy! letter signed by hundreds of community members in 2020.
- Pushed the Whatcom County Council to pass a resolution declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis in 2020.
- Pressured the Bellingham Police Department to remove the thin blue line emblems from the city. Chief Doll did remove the exterior emblem.
- Spoke up in solidarity with Kristina Michelle after she was contacted by Bellingham Police in 2020.
- Formed Our Justice Committee in 2020, which does ongoing work to improve the way our justice system and law enforcement treat black, indigenous, people of color and marginalized people in Whatcom County.
- Responded to overt threats of hate in our community with our 2019 Not In Our Community, No Hate Ferndale event at which more than 100 community members gathered in solidarity to work against racism and intolerance.
- Pressured the Bellingham City Council to remove the Pickett Bridge sign in 2019. The sign was removed.
- In 2018, we hosted Let’s Talk: Stretching Our Edges On Race and Privilege community event, from which sprang a community book club around So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.
- In 2017, in partnership with the Lummi Nation and 40th LD Democrats, we hosted the very well attended event, Hope & Action at the Mount Baker Theater in response to the national election.
RAISING UP and ENDORSING GREAT CANDIDATES
- Created a rigorous endorsement process and endorsed great candidates in the 2017,2018, 2019, and 2020 elections.
- Hosted two candidate training events in 2018 and 2019 for 100+ people to build a bench of great leaders in our community.
KEEPING OUR ELECTEDS ACCOUNTABLE
- Mayor Seth Fleetwood Bikes To Work On His First Day in support of making our community more accessible to bikes and taking climate change action, in 2020.
- Provided opportunities to ask candidates and elected officials tough questions on important issues through our Ask Me Anything (AMA) events over the past several years.
CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
- Collaborated with Rep. Sharon Shewmake to raise over $5,000 to deliver lunches to over 500 front line pandemic workers in our community in 2020.
- Raised over $1000.00 to provide Calypso meals for people who are unhoused in 2020.
- Built a team of Riveters mask makers to sew more than 3000 masks for healthcare providers and community members, and surgical caps and Tyvek suits for healthcare providers during the pandemic.
- Hosted monthly in person and virtual Empower Happy Hours for like-minded neighbors to gather together over the past several years.
- Gathered on Election Night in 2017-2020 to celebrate hard fought victories and to honor the courage of all candidates who stepped forward to run.
Help us build our Toolbox Fund so we can keep up the great work together!
Donations to Riveters Collective are not deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.