May 27, 2020 Dena Jensen
November 14, 2019 Dena Jensen
It is surely fitting for protectors of Native American treaty rights and the Salish Sea to be enjoying a collective sigh of relief due to the defeat of Tony Larson’s 2019 campaign to become Whatcom County Executive. The particular disaster of a man becoming County Executive, who had championed a proposed coal terminal project at Xwe’chi’eXen that was in opposition to the wishes and treaty rights of Lummi Nation, was averted. Continue reading
October 16, 2019 Dena Jensen
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.
October 15, 2019 Dena Jensen
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.Continue reading
It has come to my attention that some of our community leaders may be in need of a refresher course on Bellingham public figure, Craig Cole’s years of avid advocacy for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal.
Someone alerted me to an email sent to the 42nd LD Democrats list-serve in response to some concern expressed by local investigative journalist Sandy Robson about contributions to the campaign for candidate for Whatcom County Executive, Jim Boyle.Continue reading
September 25, 2018 Dena Jensen
Since our community has worked so hard together to prevent the very real and toxic threat of a 48 million ton coal terminal here, our day #31 post presents a particularly disgusting deed of our current 42nd LD Senator that definitely designates why Doug’s Got to Go. Continue reading
September 10, 2018 Dena Jensen
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
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
May 6, 2017
Local business advocacy and non-profit organization, Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), sent out a May 2, 2018 email blast to its members, thanking those who attended the “Leaders of Industry” event hosted by the WBA the week before, and promoting its “Step Up for Business Advocacy” program. The email was signed by WBA’s recently hired Public Policy Director, Brett Bonner, who has been involved in Republican politics in Whatcom County for many years.
April 26, 2018 Jay Taber
At the Native Peoples, Native Politics conference, Seneca Nation attorney general Robert Porter noted that the American system of law is intended to control Native people. U.S. District Court Judge Humetewa, Hopi, observed that inherent tribal legal authority has been stripped away by Congress and the Supreme Court. Continue reading