Aug 13 2012

They’re off to Montana

A caravan of 2 Bellingham Occupy members have left for Montana to support the Coal action planned in Helena from the 13th to the 20th.  You can find more information about this action at the following link

To view an agenda for the weeks events go to the following URL:

Occupy Bellingham would like to engage in more of these activities but we need funding resources to do this.  Please consider donating to Occupy Bellingham today.  You can find out how to do this from the main page on the web site.


Aug 05 2012


On Friday from 1:00 to 3:30 5 members of Occupy Bellingham “occupied” our new tent for the third day on the Bellingham Library lawn (NW corner opposite County courthouse).  It was an energizing experience.  It felt good to have a presence of Occupy Bellingham again.  As with the first week we received some donations, gave out literature and added names to the #OB email list.  There were enough Occupiers present to relate to any passer-by who wanted to talk, rave or ask questions.  We plan to continue this on a weekly basis at 1:00 at this same corner.  We did not meet with any opposition to our presence.  We are gathering sign material for anyone who would like to join us to get your slogan on to a sign. 

Aug 05 2012


A few of us heard a presentation by Deep Green Risistance at the Co-Op connections on August 1.  #OB voted to support their actions as stated in this piece to stop the Tar Sands pipeline from crossing unceded indigenous land and reaching the sea terminal in British Columbia.  The following is from their web site

We seek to stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and other First Nations in their fight against the exploitation and degradation brought on by the tar sands, including the Enbridge Northern Gateway and other pipelines, fuel terminals, and refineries. Members of Deep Green Resistance will participate in the Action Camp, as well as organize a series of events to raise support [and collect donations?] for the Unis’tot’en Action Camp and the struggle.

Now in its third year of resistance in the ongoing struggle, the Action Camp, will see many activities focused on building solidarity, as well as campaign and action planning for those communities who will stop the pipelines and mining projects that are unwelcome in the First Nations territories. The Lhe Lin Liyin, will stand with strong and uncompromising allies to stop this destruction to protect future generations and biodiversity. In taking this action, we will act in solidarity with those living amidst the horrific damage of the tar sands in northern Alberta, as well as those affected by natural gas & shale oil fracking. The Action Camp is located on the shore of the Wedzin Kwah and the mouth of the Gosnell Creek (km 66 on the Morice River West FSR), tributaries to the Skeena, Bulkley, and Babine Rivers, at the exact location where the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the Pembina Pipeline, the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and the Kitimat Summit Lake Looping Project seek to cross the rivers.

In addition to participating in the Action Camp, we seek to raise support for our allies fighting the pipeline projects. Deep Green Resistance will be planning several events in the Pacific Northwest to raise awareness about the ongoing struggle by the Wet’suwet’en and other First Nations against the colonization and destruction by the fossil fuel industry.

Jul 15 2012


FIRST FORUM:  7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18th, 2012  Labor Hall, 1700 No. State Street

Appearing: Carrie Coppinger Carter and Dave Grant (candidates for Whatcom Superior Court).   Sheryl McCloud, Susan Owens, and Scott Stafne (candidates for Washington Supreme Court).

SECOND FORUM:  7 p.m., Thursday, July 26th, 2012  Labor Hall, 1700 No. State Street

Appearing:  Deborra Garrett (candidate for Whatcom Superior Court).   Steve Gonzalez (candidate for Washington Supreme Court)

The justice system, from local Whatcom County courts to the State Supreme Court, is often a mystery to citizens.  But it is run by people – people who are elected by the citizens.  Decisions that will affect your life every day are made by the judges and justices running these democratic institutions.  Come learn more about the system, how it works, and the people proposing to represent the citizens within that system.
Since 1937, when it was formed as the first legal organization to allow black lawyers as members, the National Lawyers Guild has been at the legal forefront of every progressive social movement, including the civil rights movement, the peace movement, and, most recently, Occupy.  Come learn a unique perspective on the justice system, and hear how judicial candidates answer your questions.

Sponsored by The National Lawyers Guild – Bellingham Organizing Committee, Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, Laborer’s Local # 276, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, and Community to Community.

For more information, contact Karen Weill or Larry Hildes at (360) 715-9788 or

Jul 04 2012


Join Occupy Bellingham as we participate in the BELLINGHAM PRIDE PARADE on Sunday, July 15th.  We will meet at the Bellingham High School at about 11:45 for the parade start at 12:00PM.  We will march through town to the Farmers Market building where we will join others to celebrate PRIDE week.  Occupy Bellingham will staff a table with information about Occupy Bellingham.  Bring your signs in support of PRIDE week, economic justice and justice for all humanity.  PRIDE T-shirts will be available for sale at the market. 


Jun 20 2012


Craig Salins of Washington Public Campaigns

Will speak on:


                       The issue of money in politics this year is of high concern, and touches nearly every other issue we all care about. Join us for an evening with Craig Salins from Washington Public Campaigns.

Craig’s presentation with touch on Money As Speech, the Citizens United ruling, campaign finance reform and the logistics of public campaigns. There will be plenty of time for question and answer.

This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Bellingham Herald Building, 1155 North State St. Suite 309
Monday, July 9, 2012    7pm – 9pm

Sponsored by

Jun 19 2012


Mark Washke is inviting Bellingham Occupiers and others to the Bear Creek Occupy teepee to celebrate the solstice on Saturday June 23 starting at 5:00PM.  It is a social gathering and will be a POTLUCK.  There will be a celebration bonfire.  Bring drums, instruments and a dish to share.  PHONE MARK AT 360-384-5202 for directions and more information.

May 08 2012

Three Upcoming Events

Photo by Rainforest Action Network

Too Big to Exist – Bank Protest

Wednesday, May 9th, 3:00pm

Bank of America
112 East Holly Street

We are going to rally in solidarity with those protesting the gathering of stockholders at the main stockholders meeting in Charlotte, NC.. BOA has been guilty of many shady practices and we want to get out and let others know we are going to stand up and expose those who don’t pay their fair share of taxes, unfairly kick us out of our homes and demolish the economy.

Occupy Bellingham Potluck

Friday, May 11th, 5:30pm

Maritime Heritage Park

Bring a dish to share and your own place settings. Bring Friends and Family!

Happy Spring! You are invited to a potluck dinner where we will eat, drink and make merriment. But more importantly, we will gather as an Occupy community to talk about where we are at this point in time, where we have been and where we want to go. Your presence and participation are invaluable to the success of the Occupy Movement here, locally, in Bellingham, in this country and as a global endeavor.

Say No to War – Peace March

Saturday, May 12th, 1:00pm

Bellingham Framer’s Market at the goat.

Walk to the YWCA for reception.

Peace Music concert by Sharon Abreu. Please tell others about the march.

Mar 10 2012

Education Working Group Meets 3-9-12

The Education Working Group meets at 1pm Friday March 9 at 3020 St. Clair St. We are using the book: Radicalizing Learning, Adult Education for a Just World. You do not need to have a book or worry about jumping in cold to this group. Come and enjoy this fun working group!

Marcia Leister

Feb 12 2012

Monday – Bellingham 12 Pretrial Hearing

Monday, February 13th

1:00pm – Rally
1:30pm – Hearing

Bellingham Municipal Court

On December 12, 2011, 12 protesters were arrested in Bellingham, WA protesting SSA Marine’s labor practices, proposed export terminal, coal and climate change.

They spent the night in jail for you — now their case is on its way to trial. Bring a friend and pack the court and show that you support them!