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whatcom fallsWelcome 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

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One Year Anniversary for Dignity Vigils in Bellingham / Letter to Bellingham City and Whatcom County Councils, Dena Jensen

February 13, 2018  Dena Jensen

Dear Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council:

I am writing early this week to let you know that next week there will be a special Dignity Vigil honoring the one year anniversary of these vigils in downtown Bellingham held in solidarity with immigrant and undocumented people, and to stand against law enforcement and federal immigration collaboration which leads to deportation. I hope you will all plan on attending during any portion, or all of the 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. time period. I will send you more details about next Monday’s vigil when they are available!:

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Justice for Employers Now! / Noisy Waters Northwest

February 13, 2018  Dena Jensen
Every post from the QUOTE Farmworker Justice Now UNQUOTE website turns my stomach a few turns more. The photo in this post is point two of a two point Gerald Baron/Dillon Honcoop and friends extravaganza related to the Department of Labor and Industries findings and fines on Sarbanand Farms in Sumas, where a farm worker died last summer during prime berry picking time and hot smoky weather. Continue reading

On the Take / Salish Sea Maritime, Jay Taber

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[NWNW Admin’s Note: This post by Jay Taber on Salish Sea Maritime points us to some historical material with which to gain perspective on the current smear campaigns against Whatcom and Skagit County farm worker and immigrant advocacy groups like Community to Community Development and the farm worker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia, along with campaigns against grassroots social and environmental justice group, Redline Salish Sea, and the non-profit environmental advocacy group RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. The campaigns in recent years and months maligning these groups and some of the individuals in them are being run by PR propagandist Gerald Baron and his created front groups: Whatcom Family Farmers, Save Family Farming, Skagit Family Farmers, and Farm Worker Justice Now.  Note that the “Farm Worker Justice Now Project”, brought to life with the help of Gerald Baron and conservative KGMI talk show host, Dillon Honcoop, is not affiliated with any organization that is well-reputed for their focus on advocating for farm worker justice.]

 

Whatcom Conservation District makes first Facebook post for this year’s WCD election / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic to view this post on the Whatcom Conservation District Facebook page

January 29, 2018 Dena Jensen

I am sharing the very first post regarding the upcoming 2018 Whatcom Conservation District Election by the WCD on their Whatcom Conservation District Facebook page. Remember the deadline for requesting a ballot is Feburary 7 at 4:00 p.m. and can be done at the webpage linked to in the WCD post above, or at the hyperlink in this sentence.
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Help us stop failing the jail / Noisy Waters Northwest

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January 24, 2018  Dena Jensen

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, now that new Council Members are officially sworn in, the Whatcom County Council’s Finance and Administrative Services Committee (freshly composed of Council Members Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu) and Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (which now is served on by Council Members Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu) will be discussing some issues related to urgently needed renovations of the Whatcom County Jail in downtown Bellingham.  The Council will then revisit, and potentially vote on, results of the earlier committee discussions at their evening meeting at 7 p.m. that night. Continue reading

Seeking strong engagement from Council Members with members of oppressed communities / Letter to Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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Click the graphic to access the 1/17/18 Democracy Now interview with Maru Mora Villalpando

January 17, 2018 Dena Jensen

Dear Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council:

It was very interesting standing out in front of Mount Baker Theater on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the City of Bellingham’s MLK event. Many of our county’s most effective activists were out there holding signs, conducting interviews, and passing out educational literature to people who were either passing by or going into the event. Continue reading

ICE Serves Deportation Notice on Undocumented Leader for Organizing Detained Immigrants / Press Release, NWDC Resistance and Mijente

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Click the graphic to access a 1/16/18 article on this topic by Crosscut

January 16, 2018 Press Release, NWDC Resistance and Mijente

 

The recent deportation notice filed against Washington-based immigrant rights activist and mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando, is a clear sign that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is turning into Trump’s secret police and silencing immigrants who fight back.

 

Press Conference Tuesday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA