Markis Dee calls for COB to reallocate funds from homeless camp sweeps to sheltering people who are homeless / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click this graphic with an image of Markis Dee looking toward the Whatcom Museum in downtown Bellingham to access his 6/21/20 video posted on his Facebook page

June 22, 2020  Dena Jensen

Markis Dee is calling on social justice advocacies to join together to take more powerful action to address crises we are facing. Along with that, he reminds us that individuals who care can demand action regarding defunding the police and he has a specific call for reallocating funds from homeless camp sweeps to sheltering.

Contact info for Bellingham City Council, ccmail@cob.org, and Whatcom County Council, council@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Update on Emergency Rules in Housing in Agriculture / Facebook post, Community to Community Development

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Click the graphic of a Facebook post showing two workers in blue clothing holding signs at a strike for safe working conditions and hazard pay in Eastern Washington to access the post on Community to Community Development’s Facebook page

May 13, 2020 Community to Community Development

UPDATE ON EMERGENCY RULES IN HOUSING IN AGRICULTURE: The Dept of Labor and Industries has finally released the rules for housing. In spite of all the public comments, the position and arguments of C2C and familias Unidas por la Justicia, science and medical data on how this deadly virus is transmitted the State Agencies have chosen to risk farm workers lives in favor of the economic interests of the corporate agricultural producers, mostly tree fruit . We would like to thank all of our friends and allies for standing with farm workers during this difficult time. Much more will be required from all of us, to support farm worker families and communities, given this lack of protections from our State Government.

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Whatcom County Council approves drafting email to Inslee toward opening businesses before Phase 2 of Safe Start plan / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic of a man in dark pants and jacket on one side of ditch and a woman in hooded jacket and jeans on another side of ditch to access The Northern Light Article, “As re-opeing begins, local infections rise”

May 8, 2020  Dena Jensen

It’s time to contact your Whatcom County Council representatives for those who are concerned about our County promoting activities generating more in-person human interactions, potentially in close proximity, that without critical precautions (including proper timing) advised by health experts, can result in a significant surge in COVID-19 cases. The Council voted this week to send a letter to Governor Inslee urging him to open retail businesses not deemed to be essential ahead of the timeline the Governor has outlined that seeks to avoid a potentially unmanageable surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.
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Submit comments ASAP to demand that emergency rules for ag worker housing truly protect and help save lives of farmworkers / Facebook post Community to Community Development

 

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Click the graphic of a Facebook post showing a photo of a farmworker’s open hands stretched forward full of fresh strawberries  to view this post on Community to Community Development’s Facebook page

April 25, 2020  C2C

Below is the full text of the Saturday 4/25/2020 Action Alert from Community to Community Development. People can send in a comment now to beat the Monday 4/27/20, 5:00 p.m. deadline!!

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Tim Eyman: ‘We’re risking death right now.’ / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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April 20, 2020  Sandy Robson

At an April 19 protest at the state Capitol in Olympia, Washington, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tim Eyman fist-bumped a woman, posed with her for a photo and laughingly proclaimed something that is actually true in its most literal sense, “We’re risking death right now.” On April 19, Eyman, a 2020 candidate for Washington governor and serial initiative filer, posted a 3-hour Facebook live-streamed video of the protest against Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order that has been in effect since it was first issued on March 23, and extended for an additional month on April 2. Continue reading

Public Disclosure Commission launches formal investigation of Senator Doug Ericksen’s campaign spending reports / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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February 15, 2020  Sandy Robson

On Wednesday, February 12, I received an email from Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), notifying me that, after assessing the facts, their agency has officially opened a formal investigation concerning my March 6, 2018, complaint filed against State Senator Doug Ericksen. Continue reading

Primer on the forces behind negative campaign ads attacking Satpal Sidhu’s candidacy / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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Screen shot of the (C1 report) for the Coalition for a Better Northwest Washington filed with the Public Disclosure Commission. The C-1 report, originally filed on August 21, 2019, as shown in this screenshot, displays a submission date of October 22, 2019

November 2, 2019  Sandy Robson

Currently, Tony Larson is running for Whatcom County Executive against Satpal Sidhu. A political action committee (PAC) named the “Coalition For a Better Northwest Washington,” was recently formed to support Larson’s candidacy, and to oppose Satpal Sidhu’s candidacy. Continue reading

Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council political committee compelled to amend name to comply with state law / Facebook post, Sj Robson

Screenshot detail of the 10/2/19 amended Whatcom County Affordable Housing Council C-1 report filed with the Public Disclosure Commission, which reflects the corrected and current full name of the political committee that includes the committee’s sponsor, the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County

October 8, 2019 Sandy Robson

Finally, the Whatcom County Affordable Housing political committee has been compelled to amend its committee’s name in order to comply with state law.

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Sheriff Elfo’s campaign committee chair, Bruce Ayers’ response about We Speak creates more questions / Facebook post, Sj Robson

Screen Shot of the text of Re-Elect Sheriff Bill Elfo Steering Committee Chair, Bruce Ayers’ reply to a comment on a September 23, 2019 post on the Re-elect Sheriff Bill Elfo Facebook page

October 5, 2019 Sandy Robson

The Searchlight Review published a September 22, 2019 article that focused on Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, who is running for re-election this year, as well as two conservative groups in Skagit County, in relation to We Speak, a new social media platform for Christian conservatives founded by local Trump supporter Ray Gilbride, and his wife, Danielle Gilbride. 

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