Feb 20 2015

FAST TRACK PROTEST REPORT

OCCUPY BELLINGHAM has been very busy this past week.  On Tuesday we participated in a rally to oppose FAST TRACK  for TPP.  We carpooled to Mt. Vernon and rallied at Representative DelBene’s office.  OCCUPY BELLINGHAM brought all our TPP banners.  Debbie made a third banner about FAST TRACK that got the most exposure (behind the speakers).  

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Representative DelBene was unable to be present but a group met with her staffer and explained the position of those against this destructive “free” trade agreement.  Those present included many labor organizers, workers and OCCUPY BELLINGHAM.  

At about 11:00 those of us from Bellingham bid farewell to the bus (with Dianne and Debbie on board to Olympia!) and made our way back home.  Our banners accompanied the trip going to Salem, Oregon as the final destination.  

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Robert Reich – has a new 2 minute video in case you don’t know much about TPP or FAST TRACK.  Share this with your friends. 

Stay tuned for the next post about the incredibly successful barnstorming presentation by David Cobb from the National Move To Amend leadership that took place on Thursday 2/19.

Feb 08 2015

TAR SANDS RESISTANCE

Over the past four years, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they’ve never given up, they’ve constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies. As opposition to the development of Alberta’s tar sands and to fracking projects grows across Canada, with First Nations communities on the front lines, the Unist’ot’en camp is an example of resistance that everyone is watching.

At the Feb 2 Coal Activist meeting four students from WWU shared their experience of staying in the Unist’ot’en  camp for 2 weeks.  They showed the following video which was inspiring.

 

 

Jan 23 2015

PROTEST CITIZENS UNITED- WE WERE THERE!

On the Fifth Anniversary of The 2010 Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court OCCUPY BELLINGHAM staged an action. 

For starters we built the banners.  We learned this at a Backbone Campaign summer workshop here in Bellingham summer of 2012.

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Then we took those banners to the freeway overpasses and staged them in a nice order to get the message across. 

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Then we took our new “bat signal” light to the Granary in downtown Bellingham for more action.

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Finally some crazy shots of the OCCUPY folks who made this happen. Some are missing: Don, Marian, Stephen, Ellie, Daydre

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ALL IN ALL WE HAD A GREAT TIME.  WE WERE JOINED BY A COUPLE FROM ANACORTES WHO HEARD ABOUT OUR ACTION VIA THE INTERNET.  WOW!

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 29 2014

3 YEARS LATER

DECEMBER 28, 2011 – the day the OCCUPY BELLINGHAM encampment was taken down by a Whatcom County militarized police force.  Four members of OCCUPY BELLINGHAM protested this intervention and were arrested, spending the night in jail and the next two years protesting these arrests.

WORKING BACKWARDS

The Bellingham Herald marked that day with photographs and you can view them here

The Herald also ran a story about OCCUPY ONE YEAR LATER that you can view here. 

Below is a video of the start of it all recorded on October 14, 2011.  It shows the incredible enthusiasm for change.

OCCUPY BELLINGHAM IS STILL HERE FULFILLING OUR MISSION TO:   “peacefully call out, expose and oppose the unregulated corporate and capitalist economic structure(s) that are derailing America’s Democracy, further oppressing our citizens and causing a collapse of the ecological life structure of the planet.”

JOIN US! 

SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER TO YOU RIGHT.  COME TO OUR GA AT THE ALTERNATIVE LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS FROM 2:30 – 4:00.

Dec 26 2014

SAVE OUR WATERS

Thanks to Nora Weaver for finding this song “Save Our Waters” by Kinnie Starr featuring Ja$e ElNino and sending it on.

This music video won the award for Best Music Video at the most recent ImagineNATIVE Festival. It uses stop-motion animation of Haida-carved figures to tell an allegorical story about what the Canadian government’s current energy policies could to to sacred land and waters. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tries to steer an oil tanker called the Bitumen Valdez around Haida Gwaii and up the Douglas Channel.

Can these animated Indigenous heroes save the day? 

 

Dec 15 2014

A SONG FOR THE SEASON

While there might not be much to cheer about these days, a song by Leonard Cohen can always bring a smile. 

May you all stay well and be ready for the new year with renewed vigor for the struggle ahead. 

Thanks to Terry for posting the photo (below) of the light OCCUPY BELLINGHAM hopes will bring greater awareness to the issues we face.

 

Dec 13 2014

Light…

Dear Occupy B'ham.  Thanks for sharing your light.

Dear Occupy B’ham. Thanks for sharing your light.

Nov 20 2014

“FREE” TRADE IS NOT FAIR TRADE

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. 

It is up to all of us to learn about this latest deal and call our Washington DC representatives to STOP FAST TRACK.  Our national legislators hope to ram this through during the lame duck session of congress.

The FAST TRACK web site is here.  From this site you can automatically connect with your district legislators.

OCCUPY BELLINGHAM is a sponsor of this action and you can see this for yourself here.

The following video is a short 2 minute summary of the deal and some of its consequences.

 

Nov 12 2014

THERE IS GOOD NEWS IN THIS ELECTION

Not only did many municipalities throughout the country pass legislation asking for an overturning of Citizens United and getting money out of politics but in Tallahassee, Florida another exciting vote occurred which you can read about below.

On Nov. 4th, 2014, voters in Tallahassee, Florida made history by approving the first city Anti-Corruption Act in the United States by an overwhelming 2 – 1 margin.

A small but dedicated group of progressives, conservatives, and independents put aside their differences to wage an historic battle against corruption in their community, and they won.

They weren’t afraid to call the money pouring into our political system what it is: corruption. They went all in with comprehensive reforms instead of settling for half measures. And they did it all by sidestepping entrenched politicians and putting a citizen initiative directly on the ballot — no politicians required, just we, the People.

 

Nov 07 2014

KICK OFF WEEK OF ACTION – PROTEST TPP

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