Elfo asks, why citizen oversight for community safety? Answers become apparent / Noisy Waters Northwest

August 2, 2017  Dena Jensen

On Saturday July 22, 2017 Community to Community Development posted a live-feed of their Family Forum for Community Safety that was held that evening at the Bellingham Public Library.

Near the end of the event, the facilitator, Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community Devolopment, explained why she was being direct and public with this discussion.  She said that people are concerned about the federal government finding ways to impose immigration regulations and to make the county sheriff comply with immigration enforcement. Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo responded, indicating that federal officials had already tried to exert pressure and impose regulations, but that his sheriff’s office had said no and that they would continue to say no to federal mandates. Continue reading

City Council Member responses to the idea of changing the name of Pickett Bridge / Facebook Post, Noisy Waters Norhtwest

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July 25, 2017  Dena Jensen
I encourage people to read this opinion piece in The Western Front by Suzanna Leung, and take a look at the chart of Bellingham City Council Member responses to the idea of changing the name of Pickett Bridge, which is named for a Confederate General who, according to historian Leslie Gordon “was appalled by the notion of freeing slaves and arming black men to fight.”

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(There is no peace at a Fairhaven brewery/on stolen land, there is only coping.) / Facebook post, Neah Monteiro

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June 25, 2016  Neah Monteiro

Last night I confronted a British-born, Canandian-bred, self-admitted “little-bit-racist,” white Bellingham resident extolling England’s proud history of colonialism, telling stories about his admiration of black and brown colonial subjects and refugees “improving their lot” as they served him in the UK and Canada. Andy Ingram broke down white privilege when the guy bragged about making $40-50 an hour in Wash., and how he’d have to start at $10 if he moved to Oregon, but would “work his way up.” Continue reading