Residential/Boarding schools and their inflicted wounds, a road to awarenes and healing: Orange Shirt Day / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

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September 30, 2016  Noisy Waters Northwest

“It’s said that our greatest sufferings can bring about our greatest triumphs. Forty years later, Phyllis [Webstab] spearheaded the Orange Shirt Day movement to raise awareness about crimes committed against aboriginal children between 1931 and 1996 in the residential school system, and to promote healing.” – Gerry Chidiac, “Healing the scars left by residential schools” Continue reading

Transcript of Ron Colson’s comment at the 9/27/16 Public Hearing on the Interim Moratorium on unrefined Fossil Fuel facility expansion at Cherry Point / Facebook post, Coal Stop

September 29, 2016  Coal Stop
Our esteemed Whatcom County resident, Ron Colson was kind enough to share a transcript of his excellent comment that he offered at the Public Hearing on the Interim Moratorium on unrefined Fossil Fuel expansion at Cherry Point approved by the county council on Tuesday. Continue reading

Town hall meeting/SEPA Public Hearing for the Cherry Point amendment? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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September 28, 2016  Wendy Harris

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, the public is invited to submit written comments and/or attend the meeting to provide oral comments on a SEPA hearing, which is strangely enough being held in conjunction with a town hall meeting. I was irate to see the public not being provided information and documents that are typically available for public review before a SEPA hearing. Continue reading

Writing in support of the ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on fossil fuel facility expansion at Cherry Point / Letter to the Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

 

September 25, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Council:
I am writing in support of the “Ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point.”

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The CAO Presentation To County Council / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

 

 

Yesterday at 3:17am  September 21, 2016  Wendy Harris

At the staff presentation to the county council on the Critical Area Ordinance, staff provided their goals and proposed changes (why are they making changes now?) without explaining how the CAO worked or how the new proposals fit into the CAO requirements. They skipped any mention of the Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas, and only mentioned farm plans with regard to an suggestion for an annual report. I felt this left the council and public uninformed. Continue reading

“Say Her Name: No More Silence” March / Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition

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September 22, 2016  Racial Justice Coalition

From the Facebook event information page:

Womxn (conventionally known as ‘women’) are silenced, womxn are erased, womxn are ignored, womxn are abused, womxn are victimized. Moreover womxn of color are continuously subjected to silence, erasure, violence and invisibility. Including the aforementioned we are constantly treated as objects, threats, even aggressors while being demonized and scapegoated.

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