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Join us October 13 for our New Police Reform Laws: Legislative Intent and Community Impact webinar

Live Webinar and Q&A via Zoom – October 13, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm Register Now Confusion and misinformation resulted when new police reform laws became effective in July.  This webinar aims to demystify the intent of the police reform legislation and its impact on local policies affecting… Read More »Join us October 13 for our New Police Reform Laws: Legislative Intent and Community Impact webinar

Learn why we believe public safety reform is necessary

For decades, people mistreated by police have called for reform that includes, at a minimum, holding officers accountable. Over the past year, the Riveters’ Justice System Committee (JSC) has supported these efforts by contacting government officials, advocating for improvements to police union contracts, and supporting… Read More »Learn why we believe public safety reform is necessary

Read our recommendations for improving local police union contracts

The Justice System Committee reviewed police union contracts up for negotiation. Bellingham, Blaine, and Lynden will negotiate police union contracts in fall 2021. Ferndale and Whatcom County contracts will renew in 2022. Learn about the minimum changes needed to ensure accountability to the public by reading… Read More »Read our recommendations for improving local police union contracts

Bellingham Climate Action Catch-up

We’re emailing Bellingham staff and elected officials to find out their plans to catch up on climate action. Email addresses and a suggested script below. JOIN US! Addresses for copy/paste: ecjohnston@cob.org, rlacroix@cob.org, savidana@cob.org, cfogelsong@cob.org, smfleetwood@cob.org, hestone@cob.org, gknutson@cob.org, dchammill@cob.org, pvargas@cob.org, mlilliquist@cob.org, hahuthman@cob.org, ​laanderson@cob.org Suggested Script Dear City of Bellingham, The… Read More »Bellingham Climate Action Catch-up

Endorsement Process 2021

Endorsement Committee Members Chairs: Jennifer Wright and Amanda Zimmerman Steering Committee: Stephanie Allen, Zenda Boss-Hall, and Emily Sharpe Committee: April Barker (recused from all races), Bernice Chang, Annalee Dunn, Paloma Edison, Yarrow Greer, Kim Harris, Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao (Recused from Bellingham City Council Ward 6 and At-Large),… Read More »Endorsement Process 2021

Check the Status of 2021 Legislative Bills We Tracked

(last updated: September 21, 2021) Since January, the Justice System Committee has been tracking justice-system related bills filed during the 2021 legislative session. All bills listed below have been signed into law. Policing HB 1001 – Authorizes the development of a 2-year grant program to… Read More »Check the Status of 2021 Legislative Bills We Tracked

Tell Bellingham what you want in a Police Chief by this Friday, April 16th!

Tell Bellingham what you want in a Police Chief by this Friday, April 16th! The City of Bellingham is asking for feedback on priorities to consider in the selection of the next Police Chief. Details about the position available in the job posting (External link)… Read More »Tell Bellingham what you want in a Police Chief by this Friday, April 16th!