I am calling on everyone to just say no to participating in events sponsored by Common Threads Northwest, along with the Whatcom Business Alliance, whose leadership is pushing forward untruths that people want to deindustrialize Cherry Point.
To me, the biggest argument against Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) president, Tony Larson, being elected as Whatcom County Executive, is that he makes false statements. Over the last number of years, Mr. Larson made numerous false claims which have targeted numerous Whatcom County Council Members and others. Meanwhile, it is additionally unacceptable that during our current climate crisis, Tony Larson has made himself a champion for fossil fuel expansion, including a massive coal export project, at Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, and is now allowing himself to be promoted through the endorsement of the pro-Trump Whatcom County Republican Party.
16 posts and what do you get? Another powerful reason that Doug’s Got to Go. Back in February of 2011 Republican State Senator Doug Ericksen wrote this letter, cheerily supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal, to the those who were then members of the Whatcom County Council. Continue reading →
Click the graphic to access the Oct/Nov 2013 Whatcom Watch article “How Property Rights Can Become Property Wrongs”
August 29, 2018 Dena Jensen
Here’s the Day 4 Doug’s Got to Go post. This one should be filed in the “Company He Keeps” category. In an Oct/Nov 2013 article in the Whatcom Watch, Sandy was talking about a forum for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal held back in 2011 that was hosted by the ultra-conservative Northwest Business Club, which an infamously anti-tribal-treaty-rights member of our community, Ron Reimer, was emceeing. Senator Ericksen was one of four featured panelists at that event, including a notably anti-tribal-treaty rights radio host, Dick Donohue of KGMI. Continue reading →
From Wikipedia: “The Flathead Indian Reservation, located in western Montana on the Flathead River, is home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles Tribes – also known as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. ” Click the graphic to access the Char-Koosta News article, “Commissioners target density map”
March 23, 2018 Dena Jensen
I am making this post to remind people that Elaine Willman, and others, some of whom live here in Whatcom and Skagit counties, are still out there right now, doing the racist work of trying to undermine and destroy tribal sovereignty and negate tribal treaty rights. Continue reading →
[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.
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 →