Activism is at the heart of what Indivisible Bellingham is all about.
We all do what we can, but we need to make sure that the ACTION part of our mission – “non-violent civic engagement, political involvement, and consistent pressure on elected officials” – is not just some empty promise.
Here is a list of upcoming events. Choose one. Choose several.
Be more than a bystander.
Tuesday, May 29 – Jail Listening Tour – Ferndale – Hosted by Whatcom Justice Network – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale
Whatcom County is coming to us to ask us what we’d like to see happen with our jail and our local criminal justice system. Now’s our chance to let them know! There will be 8 sessions in total, and this one will be in Ferndale! Join us to learn about where the county is at in their planning and help inform the process for where to go from here.
Thursday, May 31 – Tenants Unite! Bellingham Tenants Union Kickoff! – Hosted by Bellingham Tenants Union – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham
Skyrocketing rents are pricing people out of town or into homelessness. Landlords profit and currently dominate our political system. If this continues, working people will be unable to afford to live in Bellingham.
Our community is hurting — and we’re fed up.
By coming together in a union, we can build our political power and pass new laws that protect our health, safety, and access to housing. Renters are a majority in Bellingham. We have power — we just need to get organized.
Hear from community leaders, build relationships, discuss what housing solutions we want to see, learn more about the BTU, and get involved! We’re also celebrating that BTU is becoming an official democratic member-driven union that tenants can now join!
Iris Maute-Gibson, Planning Commissioner (and only renter on the commission)
Ramon Torres, Farmworker Union Leader, Familias Unidas por La Justicia
David Henken, Tenant Lawyer, LAW Advocates
Jim Peterson, Home Now! Not Later
Dana Briggs, Hidden Homeless, Housing Activist
Emma Donohew and Leah-Nora Isaak, Portland Tenants United
Tara Villalba, Community Organizer
Doors open at 5 PM if you want to come early, eat food, and get to know other renters.
Together we can make Bellingham a city for the many, not just the wealthy few.
We look forward to seeing you there! Childcare will be available. If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out to us in advance at BhamTenantsUnion [at] gmail [dot] com or message this page.
Saturday, June 2 – Wear Orange – Rally Against Gun Violence – Sponsored by WA Whatcom Wear Orange Party for Peace – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Bellingham Farmers Market, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham – More Details Here.
Friday, June 8 – Cascadia Rail: Bellingham Launch, Hosted by Cascadia Rail – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Localgroup Studio, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham
Want to bring high speed rail to Bellingham and make traveling to Seattle or Vancouver less than an hour? Join us for a drink Friday, June 8 at 6:00PM and learn how to get involved in our Bellingham chapter of Cascadia Rail! We’re an all-volunteer nonprofit looking for like-minded high speed rail advocates from a variety of backgrounds:
– People who understand local politics and/or who can engage politicians and share ideas
– Spokespeople who enjoy talking to the media
– Writers who can create articles for blog posts
– Creatives who can build visual content on social media or enjoy designing maps, infographics, or videos
– Community Organizers who can harness the power of volunteers to educate the public through outreach events.
– Technical experts who love and understand HSR and can help us make a great case.
If this sounds like you, we’d love to have you on board!
Wednesday, June 6 – FairVote Whatcom Public Meeting – Hosted by FairVote Washington, FairVote Whatcom, and Fix Democracy First – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – 221 Prospect St, Bellingham
Join us to get involved with electoral reform in Whatcom County. We will discuss plans for bringing Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation to Bellingham and Whatcom county. As always, new attendees are welcome to ask questions of our electoral reform experts!
Saturday, June 9 – Racial Justice Summit, Hosted by YWCA of Olympia – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia – Registration information and more details HERE.
Saturday, June 16 – Juneteenth Celebration Bellingham, Hosted by Black Lives Matter Bellingham – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W Holly St, Bellingham – Come together as an inclusive community to celebrate National Freedom Day: Juneteenth 2018 Bellingham! An American Holiday paying tribute to 153 years of independence. This begins the newest Bellingham Tradition. Let us bridge our Saturday Block-Party at Maritime Heritage Park on June 16th to commemorate the astounding accomplishments of African-Americans, and their accomplices, that etched true civil liberty into history. Ceremonialise with us the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865, announced via harbor of Galveston, Texas!
Bring your food and blanket for this community picnic! Gather around music, speakers, step dance, a food vendor TBD, to come and party with us from Black Lives Matter Bellingham to patriotically celebrate our intertwined liberation.
More information – https://www.facebook.com/events/1807584439305155/
Monday, June 18 – Indivisible All Hands Meeting – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham – Agenda to be announced shortly, here and on our Facebook page.
Join us for our regular monthly meeting of INDIVISIBLE BELLINGHAM.
Saturday, June 23 – An Evening with Ira Glass, Hosted by Mount Baker Theatre-Bellingham and This American Life – 7:30 p.m. – Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham – Dig deep into everyday joy with Ira Glass, whose radio show is enjoyed weekly by 2.2 million people and has won five Peabody Awards. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to witness the storyteller become the story and offer you what he’s picked up in that familiar, friendly voice.
Saturday, June 30 – A Conversation with President Bill Clinton, Hosted by McCaw Hall – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle – Ticket Information: www.uniquelives.com
Sunday, July 15 – Bellingham Pride Festival, Hosted by Bellingham Pride, Noon to 7 p.m. – Celebrate your pride at the 2018 Bellingham Pride Festival! Featuring food, vendors, activities and entertainment there’s no limit to the ways you can celebrate!
Funds raised at this event help fund Planned Parenthood, Northwest Youth Services, and many other essential services for the LGBTQ+ community. – More information here: http://www.bellinghampride.org/pride-festival.html
Wednesday, July 18 – Black Lives Matter Bellingham Monthly Meeting – Hosted by Black Lives Matter Bellingham – First Congregational Church of Bellingham, UCC
2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham
Bellingham Black Lives Matter, meets on the third Wednesday of every month. We have space reserved for the entire year, and will post a more detailed description of meeting agenda’s as the dates approach. For now, reserve the date, because we will be coming together to host those critical Black conversations that need to be had in Bellingham. Need to be had for the ongoing social contribution of the black community organizers hosting these meetings. And needed conversations in order to encourage black people to stay in Bellingham after school or retirement, by seeing their culture and people that look like them making moves and leaving marks in Bellingham.
Saturday, July 21 – 42nd LD/ Whatcom Democrats Summer Picnic, Hosted by 42nd Legislative District Democrats and Whatcom Democrats – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Ave, Ferndale