Some things voters should know about Sheriff Bill Elfo / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of Sheriff Bill Elfo’s photo on the 2015 Whatcom County Jail mailer that was sent out to voters that year

August 22, 2019 Dena Jensen

Here’s a quick recap of some key information regarding Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo who is seeking reelection this year.

Sheriff Elfo supported Minutemen in 2005

In 2005, Sheriff Bill Elfo affirmed his support of the Minutemen vigilante group, which had formed around that time and was associated with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. This was in response to publicity about people entering Arizona illegally. That year about 100 Minutemen volunteers were recruited here in Washington State.

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Some Facebook comments County Council Member Rud Browne hid on his post endorsing Sheriff Elfo / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of photo of Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne’s profile picture from his personal Facebook page

August 21, 2019 Dena Jensen

On August 20, 2019, Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne made a Facebook post announcing that County Council Members “unanimously” endorse Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. That’s his right, but sad that he had to depict it with the initial appearance that Council Members somehow voted to do so. He indicates in a footnote, however, that they did not.

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Worthy of honor and respect: the 2019 Farmworker March for Dignity / Noisy Waters Northwest

August 8, 2019 Dena Jensen

It’s been held for years. I have been to four. This year was the second time I’ve marched the full route. The annual Farmworker March for Dignity starts at dawn, with many people leaving their home destinations around 4:00 a.m., in carpools or individually, to arrive at shuttle locations and park their vehicles.

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Rosalinda Guillen: ‘…it’s a critical moment for immigrant families, immigrant children.’ / Video Transcript, Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the Community to Community Development August 5, 2019 Facebook post of a video of Rosalinda Guillen who is picture in the screenshot of the post standing on a downtown Bellingham street corner holding a sign with a drawing of a red broken heart with tears and the name of the city of El Paso on it.

August 6, 2019 Dena Jensen

“So, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want politicians with us when they’re with us. But we will not be used for campaign photos. We will not be used as tokens to make it appear like they really believe in our movement, like they really believe in what we’re doing, like they will really protect our families. 
“We believe they won’t. It is an opportunistic, privileged action. ” – Rosalinda Guillen

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Annual Farmworker March Spotlights Worker Violations at Crystal View Farms / Press Release, Community to Community Development and Familias Unidas por la Justicia

August 2, 2019 Press Release, Community to Community Development and Familias Unidas por la Justicia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Annual Farmworker March Spotlights Worker Violations at Crystal View Farms

Farmworker March for Dignity

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 4:30 a.m

Starting point: 1431 Sunset Ave. Ferndale, WA

BELLINGHAM, WA August 2, 2019 – This Sunday, hundreds of people will march 14 miles through rural roads of Whatcom County for the annual Farmworker March for Dignity, organized by Community to Community Development (C2C) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia. The march kicks off at dawn, the average time a Farmworker begins working in the field. Leaders from C2C, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), and Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad will start the march at a Customs and Border Patrol station, the site of border militarization, detention and deportation impacting Farmworkers families in the region. 

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Business and Commerce Advisory Committee seeks emergency housing measures to import workers / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic with a KGMI logo, some text and links, and a picture of Don Goldberg holding a phone receiver to access the July 27, 2019 Saturday Morning Live podcast

July 29, 2019 Dena Jensen

The Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee is recommending that Whatcom County declare a housing emergency – not from the perspective of current residents not having affordable and ample shelter – but from the perspective that employers who want to grow their businesses want to potentially import hundreds of workers at a time from outside of our county. The committee gave a presentation to the County Council’s Finance and Administrative Services Committee on July 9, 2019. 

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