Indivisible Bellingham wholeheartedly endorses Referendum 90!

In 2020, a coalition of parents, educators, medical professionals, and other people interested in keeping Washington’s young people safe and healthy, successfully pushed the legislature to pass a new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive sexual health education to K-12 students.

In 2020, a group of extremists managed to gather enough signatures – during a pandemic – to put that law up for a vote, and to take needed sex education away.

Repealing our new sex education law will leave too many young people with inaccurate or incomplete information about how to keep themselves safe and healthy, and to make good decisions. This would put youth in communities across the state at risk – especially BIPOC and/or LGBTQ students, who are at particular risk.

That’s not all. The people behind the petition campaign are aligned with some of the most dangerous ideological extremists in the state – not only anti-reproductive health, but anti-mask, anti-science, and frankly often racist.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT THIS IMPORTANT NEW LAW. Would you donate to support the cause?
Website to learn more and sign on: https://www.approve90wa.org/
Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/safe—healthy-youth-washington-2

Indivisible Bellingham wholeheartedly endorses Bellingham Transportation Fund – PROP 2020-14

Support the renewal for equity, for investment in local jobs, and for a safe and reliable transportation system that supports small businesses, essential workers, families, children, and seniors.
The Transportation Fund has been indispensable for re-paving our streets, building accessible sidewalks, crosswalks, bikeways, and supporting public transit to keep our entire community safe and mobile.
In 2010, voters overwhelmingly approved the Transportation Fund (originally known as the Transportation Benefit District). Then in the midst of a recession, Bellingham voters understood how vital a reliable transportation system is to the overall health of the community.
Improvements have focused on equity, with 70% of projects for safe access to transit and non-motorized improvements built in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, which are often neglected in other cities. In addition, local matching funds leveraged an additional $4.3 million in competitive state and federal grants such as the Safe Routes to School program.
It is time to renew this crucial funding. In the midst of financial hardship, our local government must continue to focus on cost-effective and equitable investments to support small businesses, essential workers, families, children, and seniors.

FACT: burning gas in buildings (think: heating and gas stoves) is one of the biggest sources of climate pollution in Bellingham. Plus, gas-powered buildings have significantly worse indoor air quality than buildings that run on electricity.

But the sweet thing is that Bellingham can be the first city in Washington to build only all-electric, carbon-free new buildings.

We must call on our leaders to take this step now, before the year ends. Will you please add your name to the petition calling on City Council to act with urgency?

Last year, the city’s Climate Action Task Force put out a list of policies that City Council should pass to reduce Bellingham’s climate impact and safeguard our future. One of these recommended actions is to make all new buildings electric, so that Bellingham builds clean, carbon-free buildings that won’t rely on fossil fuels.

It’s been nearly a year since the Task Force put forward its recommendations, but City Council hasn’t made them into policy yet. Last month’s deadly wildfires showcase just how urgently we need to get off fossil fuels to slow further climate disruption.

We can’t afford to let any more time go by. 

Add your name to the petition calling on City Council to act with urgency.

Burning gas pollutes our air, leaks harmful methane, and puts our buildings at risk of explosion. It’s a bad idea to hook buildings up to fossil gas, especially when there’s a better option. 

It’s time to build for the clean energy future…not the fossil-fueled past.

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Contest Every Race
Contest Every Race is run by Resistance Labs, a group that supports many projects from research to texting to phone banking. Contest Every Race has been researching down ballot races where there is no Dem challenger. About 2/3 of all races have no competition! Research identifies races, and tracks who actually filed to run. Right now we are researching all the candidates who have filed for Boards of Education in CA. It involves doing web searches and filing out information on a spreadsheet, sometimes following dead ends with phone calls. If you think that would be fun, please contact Gracie Fleming at gracie@resistancelabs.com.

Defeating this many Senate Republicans will not be easy — it will take a massive awareness campaign to expose the truth of their complicity to voters and a growing grassroots organization on the ground ready to ensure their Democratic opponents have the funding and people necessary to activate voters and win. That’s what we need you to join this fight now.

The Payback Project is re-launching its peer-to-peer textbanking outreach campaign to engage voters across 10 target states to take action with Indivisibles in their area and mobilize locally to flip their Senate seats. Last time, thousands of Indivisibles answered the call and we know that so many of you are ready to activate again.

No matter if you’re brand-new to this or a long-time leader, we’re asking you to sign on right now to commit to do the work to win back the Senate this fall — sign up and we’ll send you everything you need to start reaching key voters!

Our All Hands Meeting is EVERY third Monday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham–5:30 pm for a light potluck (and pizza always) and 6:00 – 8:00 pm for the meeting.
Our main locus of activity is our Facebook page–Indivisible Bellingham – Members– which focuses on actions, preparations, results, and facts.  We encourage everyone to post, but to reserve opinions and discussions for face-to-face meetings.   You must ask to become a member, giving 1) your e-mail address, 2) your neighborhood in Bellingham, your area or town in Whatcom County, or your town or city elsewhere, and 3) your cell phone number (optional).  We have 1,500 members.  According to Facebook, an average of 500 visit our page every day.
Our other site open to everybody (besides this one) is our second Facebook page, Indivisible Bellingham – Public, which is limited to our own events.
If you join our contact list (below), we can let you know about the agenda for the All Hands Meeting and other actions via email (about two messages a month).
You can also email us with questions, suggestions for actions, or proposals for programs at indivisiblebellingham@gmail.com.

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We are looking for a volunteer to regularly maintain EVENTS and other pages on this website, transferring information from Indivisible Bellingham – Members.
Basic knowledge of HTML preferred, but not necessary.

Contact Kevin at IndivisibleBellingham@gmail.com.

What is Indivisible?

Indivisible is a network of independent grassroots groups under a national umbrella founded by former Congressional staffers, who in the Obama administration had watched how the Tea Party had blocked president’s agenda and how it had effectively taken over the government of many states. Each Indivisible group has developed its own organization and policies.  Go to the national website for general information and a national directory: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

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