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On the Survival of Democratic Governance: From Lincoln’s Time to the Present

Many have commented since 2016 and the populist thrusts of Donald Trump from the right and Bernie Sanders from the left, that the United States is more polarized than at anytime since the Civil War. That polarization led to the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency in 1860 and sparked the secession of eleven … Continue reading On the Survival of Democratic Governance: From Lincoln’s Time to the Present

210 Camp

https://youtu.be/OGP_QY6GfaU 210 Camp by Walking Distance Media Walking Distance Media. 210 Camp, 12/23/2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGP_QY6GfaU. Over 100 houseless individuals and a band of volunteers, @bopmutualaid) have organized an encampment on the lawn of Bellingham City Hall. This is #210Camp. When we saw media outlets left campers and organizers out of their coverage, we decided to get … Continue reading 210 Camp

How Seattle protesters went from the streets to the ballot box

They've moved from the front lines of the Black Lives Matter protests into the ranks of people advocating for change by voting. Kyle Daniels (KD Cutz), 31, outside of his home in Seattle on Oct. 27, 2020. Daniels is a producer and artist in Seattle.(Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut) Full article: Sowersby, Shauna. “How Seattle Protesters Went from … Continue reading How Seattle protesters went from the streets to the ballot box

Western States Center Democracy Defense Fund

We set a goal to recruit 45 new grassroots donors by next Tuesday and we’re almost halfway there. Donate just $3 today to the Democracy Defense Fund.Why are we building up this fund? Because we know that when we demonstrate a united front, we can hold the line against organized attacks on our democracy. It’s … Continue reading Western States Center Democracy Defense Fund

Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers

dir. Patricia Boiko, Tajuan LaBee, and Malika Lee, 2020  NR, 54 min, USA, in English.   Presented by: Whatcom Human Rights Task Force This series of five short docs explores the courageous actions of pioneering women Black Panther activists in Seattle. Combining contemporary Seattle settings with personal archival photos, viewers get an introduction to the very first … Continue reading Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers

Fall Meeting — October 8, 6PM via Zoom

Please join us for our membership meeting on October 8th at 6pm via zoom.We'll be sharing updates of board activities, talking about upcoming events like International Human Rights Day (December 10th) and the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference (January 2021), and diving into deeper conversation about the role WHRTF has … Continue reading Fall Meeting — October 8, 6PM via Zoom

August 18, 2020 Whatcom Human Rights Task Force Update

The bulk of our activity the past couple months includes giving feedback and supporting BIPOC community members in their conversation with The City of Bellingham and County Executive about the  Race & Justice Listening Series and related media activities, joining the coalition to defund Bellingham Police, responding to other requests for participation in forums, collaborative … Continue reading August 18, 2020 Whatcom Human Rights Task Force Update

Black Lives Matter founder finds hope in global protests over George Floyd’s killing

For Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza the global outpouring of protests and activism following the alleged murder of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody has been heartening and makes her hopeful for the future Go to full article... Berkley, Gail. “Black Lives Matter Founder Finds Hope in Global Protests over George Floyd’s Killing.” … Continue reading Black Lives Matter founder finds hope in global protests over George Floyd’s killing