Thank you for supporting this grassroots effort to organize for racial justice in Whatcom County. It’s now been one year since the Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition formed. In December 2014, community members gathered at Bellingham’s weekly peace vigil for a Black Lives Matter demonstration, and in January we began to meet about addressing the problem of biased policing locally.
We’ve learned a lot since then, and we are just getting started.
In 2015, we:
- Researched local arrest and incarceration rates
- Held vigils to mourn lives lost to police brutality
- Petitioned Bellingham’s mayor to stop predictive policing
- Supported young people in their fights against institutional racism
- Called out racist media and government practices through letter-writing campaigns
- Organized monthly public meetings for education and action
- Helped defeat the jail tax on the November ballot
- Spoke at local social justice conferences and film screenings
- Organically grew in size to over 300 group members on Facebook and an email list of over 100
And much more.
As we head into 2016, the RJC has a clear mission — to end systemic racism by advocating for people of color through education, legislation, and community-led action. And we have a dedicated group of people of color and white allies working on many fronts to fight for justice in our systems and for wellbeing in our communities.
– RJC Steering Committee (Rosalinda Guillen, Kim Harris, Omar Jordan, Neah Monteiro, Junga Subedar, Russ Whidbee)