Support Occupied Protest at City Hall in Solidarity with Houseless Community Members
On Wednesday November 11, several houseless community members began camping on the lawn of city hall in Bellingham. This camp was established in response to inaction from the city and county as the weather has gotten colder and wetter and as BaseCamp has been operating at or beyond capacity for the past several weeks.
As the camp at city hall grows we are seeing a health crisis develop. There are reports of at least one camper testing positive for COVID-19. Several individuals need medical care. All of the individuals who are camping are in need of immediate housing.
The Coalition to Protect our Community stands with houseless folks and demand a solution from Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham. Safe housing solutions need to be identified immediately. Here is a link to a volunteer sign up form and here is a link to sign up to contribute warm meals to the camp. Call the numbers below and ask that the health department begin working to address the growing healthcare crisis that looms not just over this camp but for all houseless people as we are seeing an unprecedented spike in COVID19 infections, combined with the risks involved with dropping temperatures and sustained rain and wind. Demand that the former Motel 6 on Byron Ave. be opened for shelter now! Also needed are supplies, bodies, hot food and water. You can drop by the camp at any time.
Satpal Sidhu (Whatcom County Executive): 360-778-5200 Email: email@example.com
Seth Fleetwood (Bellingham Mayor): (360) 778-8101 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Rud Browne: 360-220-7535 Email: email@example.com
Kathy Kershner: 360-820-9494 Email: KKershne@co.whatcom.wa.us
Todd Donovan: 360-483-8474 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Elenbaas: 360-778-5025 Email: BElenbaa@co.whatcom.wa.us
Tyler Byrd: 360-778-5021 Email: email@example.com
Barry Buchanon: 360-224-4330 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Frazey: 360-778-5024 Email: email@example.com
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Hannah Stone: (360) 778-8211 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Knutsen: (360) 733-1640 Email: email@example.com
Dan Hammill: (360) 778-8213 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinky Vargas: (360) 778-8210 Email: email@example.com
Lisa Anderson: (360) 778-8217 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lilliquist: (360) 778-8212 Email: email@example.com
Hollie Huthman: (360) 778-8216 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org