The time for action is now

In Misc. by neah

Thank you for all of your partnership, for showing up, for taking action. For always saying, “Black Lives Matter.” For your solidarity with farmworkers. We need you to stay with us in the coming months and years.

RJC is one of only a few anti-racist organizations in Whatcom County that have acknowledged white supremacy and centered the voices of marginalized people.

What that means is that now we must build on the work that we’ve done together over the past two years — creating community, developing communication and direct action skills, and educating ourselves on local issues — and dig in deeper to work for justice and equity.

The communities that our new president will target first are undocumented immigrants, indigenous people resisting fossil fuel extraction, and Muslims and Arabs. The normalization of his anti-Black, anti-Semetic rhetoric that resulted in hate crimes before the election is worsening now, targeting people of color, queer, disabled, and female people, and the impact of his policies will reach these communities first.

If you come from these communities, please gather your strength and be ready to take leadership. We are here in solidarity and offer our support.

If you are ready to support these communities and be in solidarity with each other, please come to the meeting on December 6.

Please show up (in person or in resource — mobilize your people to be there or support) for the #NoDAPL National Day of Action tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Thank you,
RJC steering committee

#waterislife #SalishSeaoilfree #standwithStandingRock

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, local indigenous activists and allies in Bellingham, Washington will stand in solidarity with those at the Standing Rock water protector camps (Oceti Sakowin, Sacred Stone, Red Warrior and Sicangu-Rosebud) as they continue to hold their ground against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Standing Rock has called for a National Day of Action, demanding the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers reject this pipeline. Already over 200 actions are planned all over the world, and our community plans to show up in full force to send a message to Standing Rock that they do not stand alone.

The courageous Water Protectors at Standing Rock serve as a beacon of strength and courage in the face of this darkening political moment. Their call is to dig in and increase efforts to build networks and resistance to stop the forces that seek to destroy water, land, and life. Here, in Coast Salish territories, we face our own struggles to keep the Salish Sea free of oil and other toxic wastes. All communities must pick up this struggle!

The community is invited to come together to listen to speakers talk about local environmental issues facing Coast Salish territories and learn about the message from Standing Rock and their fight to stop the Black Snake. This is a call to expand the movement to protect the water everywhere!

Rally with speakers at Laurel Park: Tuesday @ 1:30 p.m. | Followed by a march downtown