Bellingham: The City of Insidious Discrimination / Noisy Waters Northwest

February 23, 2018  Dena Jensen

Monday February 19, 2018 was the one year anniversary of the Dignity Vigils in Bellingham, where community members have been gathering to stand in solidarity with undocumented and immigrant families and people as well as joining to stand against law enforcement and federal immigration collaboration which leads to deportation. These weekly events, part of the Keep Bellingham Families Working campaign, have been occurring every Monday during the lunch hour in front of civic buildings downtown, and often on Monday evenings at the WTA station on Railroad Avenue. Continue reading

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. 

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Gerald Baron’s incorrect characterization and marginalization of Community to Community and FUJ’s efforts / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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August 13, 2017  Sandy Robson

The August 12, Seattle Times article provided a good report on the recent events surrounding Sarbanand Farms and the tragic death of H-2A farm worker Honesto Silva Ibarra. However, in the article, local public relations guru Gerald Baron took an opportunity to defend Sarbanand Farms, and to hurl accusations at two local organizations which are trying to help the fired and displaced H-2A farm workers. Continue reading

PR person Baron and his affiliated farm groups go after What’s Upstream program / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Sj Robson

 

12 hrs  March 8, 2016  Sandy Robson

“Whatcom Family Dairy Farmers” Facebook page and website were created shortly after the April 2015, E. coli outbreak at a Milk Makers Fest event, by local public relations guru, Gerald Baron. Baron is paid for disseminating information, which is primarily propaganda, for local farmers in an attempt to dispel the growing awareness of the urgent need for effective regulations in farming and ranching. Continue reading

Beating down needed environmental regulations / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Sj Robson

ecology manureYesterday at 9:06pm  December 8, 2015  Sandy Robson

While many in Whatcom have been busy fighting against crude oil by rail transport, proposed coal terminals, and SSA Marine’s recent $100,000 funded election scheme attempt to change the way we vote, public relations pro Gerald Baron has been getting paid by local farmers to beat down needed environmental regulations. Continue reading