Is it Time to Step Away From the WBA? / Facebook post, The Searchlight Review, Sandy Robson

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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.

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Elaine Willman continues mission to destroy tribal treaty rights / Noisy Waters Northwest

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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

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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Seattle​ ​Human​ ​Rights​ ​Commission​ ​Opposes​ ​Washington​ ​State’s​ ​Petition​ ​for​ ​Certiorari​ ​on Ninth​ ​Circuit​ ​Culverts​ ​Opinion,​ ​and​ ​Seattle​ ​Times​ ​Endorsement​ ​of​ ​that​ ​Petition / Press Release, Seattle Human Rights Commission

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September 11, 2017  Press Release, Seattle Human Rights Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Seattle Human Rights Commission writes in response to the Seattle Times recent editorial “The Supreme Court must clarify culvert ruling,” and seeks to correct inaccuracies regarding tribal treaty rights and the State’s obligation to not impair them. Washington’s tribal nations have lived and fished throughout our State since time immemorial, and their right to do so is protected by treaty. Continue reading

Obstructive behavior from Senator Doug Ericksen’s office / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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22 mins March 21, 2017  Sandy Robson

This is a lengthy post, but I wanted to tell the complete story of my experience in calling Senator Ericksen’s office on March 17th, and March 20th. My story is below:

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As a constituent, I contacted Senator Doug Ericksen’s office at about 12:00 noon on Friday, March 17th, to ask about an amendment I heard that Senator Ericksen had proposed to HB 1001, which was scheduled for a Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee meeting on March 21st. Continue reading

Letter to BP’s Associate Director, NW Government and Public Affairs regarding Cherry Point Amendments / Dena Jensen

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You can view the full version of the Whatcom County Council’s September 14, 2017 Proposed Cherry Point Amendments by clicking the graphic above.

Saturday March 12, 2017  Dena Jensen

I am posting a letter that I sent on March 11, 2017 to BP’s Associate Director of NW Government and Public Affairs Pam Brady, who is on the Board of Directors of the Whatcom Business Alliance.  The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) is increasingly promoting their campaign against elements of the Whatcom County Council Proposed Cherry Point Amendments to our County’s long-term planning document, the Comprehensive Plan.   Continue reading

Erin Anderson’s WBA comment on Cherry Point Amendments Policy 2CC-3 (2CC-2 in Council Proposal) regarding Lummi Nation / Facebook post, Coal Stop, Dena Jensen

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Page excerpt from “Protecting Treaty Rights, Sacred Places, and Lifeways: Coal vs. Communites,” presented by Jewell James, Lummi Tribal Member and Head Carver, Lummi Tribe’s House of Tears Carvers

January 14, 2017  Dena Jensen

At the most recent Planning Commission meeting on the Cherry Point Amendments this last Thursday, a lady spoke near the tail end of the comment section on the amendments who identified herself as Erin Anderson and said she was speaking on behalf of the Whatcom Business Alliance. Continue reading

Tools for supporting Water Protectors at Standing Rock, #NODAPL / Noisy Waters Northwest

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November 28, 2016  Dena Jensen

Below you will find links to three PDF files that wonderful people have compiled that provide web links, snail mail addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that you can access to offer your support, in numerous ways, of those protecting water and tribal treaty rights in Standing Rock North Dakota as they face eviction from treaty lands by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Talking points are provided as well. Continue reading

Public comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments – addressing the Oct. 26, 2016 letter from PIT to the Whatcom County Planning Commission / Letter to the Whatcom County Planning Commission, Sandy Robson

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Click the graphic to view the October 06, 2016 letter from Pacific International Terminals (PIT) to the Planning Commission regarding their application for permits with Whatcom County as related to the proposed Cherry Point amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016  Sandy Robson

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission:

Please consider this an official comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments, identified presently by County Planning and Development Services (PDS) as: “Proposal – Council Resolution (initiated by Council under Resolution 2016- 027),” to the 2016 County Comprehensive Plan Update.

My comment will address the October 26, 2016, letter from Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) applicant Pacific International Terminals (PIT) VP Skip Sahlin, sent to the Whatcom County Planning Commission regarding the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments to the County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2 Land Use Cherry Point UGA, currently under review by the Planning Commission. Continue reading