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Welcome to Noisy Waters Northwest! Many facts, figures, stories, and perspectives are, sadly, often unheralded in our local media in Whatcom County, Washington.  Click on the title of items on our picturesque story board for a refreshing splash of information that won’t be held back. There is a search page to search all information on this blog site. All posts note their categories of commentary or news related content. Continue reading

Bellingham plans for emergency winter shelters: a spring to spring timeline / Noisy Waters Northwest

January 16, 2022 Dena Jensen

March 3, 2021

In a communications document from early last year, with the header “Winter Into Spring Communications Strategy,” shared in an email by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Director Nicole Oliver, there was an outline point that stated, “Health Dept. recommends no government-run emergency winter shelters in future.”

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The iChange Justice weekly podcast! / Press Release, Restorative Community Coalition

Click the image of the Restorative Community Coalition’s iChange Justice podcast Spotify page to access it on the Spotify website

December 10, 2021 Press Release, Restorative Community Coalition

For Immediate Release           PRESS RELEASE

BELLINGHAM, Dec 10, 2021 – The Restorative Community Coalition (RCC), www.therestorativecommunity.org, 360-354-3653

Just Announced:  The iChange Justice weekly podcast! 

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Whatcom and Bellingham governments to community: expect to go without / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the image of participants at a Zoom meeting to access the Whatcom County meeting information page for the Housing Advisory Committee

December 11, 2021 Dena Jensen

Back in November it was just a statement at a City Council committee meeting and more narrowly focused on homeless sheltering: “We are doing what we can locally. We will not meet the demand. We will never meet the demand.” 

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So far, Whatcom County winter season sheltering options are Scrooged / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the image to access the most recent information on Lighthouse Mission Ministries’ emergency sheltering availability

December 8, 2021 Dena Jensen

At the December 2, 2021 Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness (WCCEH) meeting that took place over Zoom, Whatcom County Human Services Supervisor Ann Beck prefaced her update on Whatcom County winter sheltering efforts by saying it had been a bad day at work for her. She explained that would be the reason, should she tear up at any point during her presentation. Beck also shared that she was due to attend another meeting related to the heavy flooding that has displaced unprecedented numbers of people in the County.

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Zoom event: Re-imagining–Connecting to Water, Food, and Shelter as Basic Human Rights / Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Amnesty International Group 270

Click the image to access details and Zoom access to this event on Facebook

December 5, 2021 Event Announcement

The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Amnesty International Group 270 present

Re-imagining–Connecting to WaterFood, and Shelter as Basic Human Rights

Date: Friday, December 10, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Online via zoom, link on event page

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/802635657122439

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Homefullness in so-called Whatcom County: Can we get a witness?

Click the image of the POOR Press store webpage displaying the cover of the Homefulness Handbook for ordering a copy of the handbook. The page provides additional information about the book

November 15, 2021 Dena Jensen

Bellingham City Council held their November 15, 2021 Special Meeting – Public Comment session tonight. These sessions are not recorded. I have been trying to record each of them, myself, so I have a record of what our community members want their representatives to know. And I keep and submit a written copy of my comments via EngageBellingham, because over half of Council Members do not attend the public comment session each week that they occur, so they apparently never get to hear what has been said.

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Kristina Michele Martens shares post-election perspectives with Noisy Waters Northwest

Image of Kristina Michele Martens, the apparent winner of Bellingham City Council’s At-Large seat in the 2021 general election. She will be the first Black woman to serve on that Council. She is smiling in the photo, is wearing a dark top with buttons, and there is green landscaping behind her.

November 8, 2021 Dena Jensen

But I just truly hope that a lot of people that would have normally never paid attention to a Council race or a campaign this long, and never thought that they could see themselves in local government and/or being able to have an impact – I’m hoping I inspired a handful who will go on to do the same, so that there’s just more people who understand the exact crises that we’re up against, being able to discuss them at a level that actually has impact. 

— Kristina Michele Martens
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