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Indivisible Rising

A celebration of community activism

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What: Indivisible Rising

When: 12 pm Sun., Aug. 13

Where: Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St.

Cost: Free

Info: http://www.indivisiblebellingham.org

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All fired up. But what to do about it?

Many members of Bellingham’s local community are seeking new ways to get involved in local environmental, social justice and political causes.

“A lot of people were inspired to become politically and civically active after the election last fall, and I think people now are struggling with new ways to do that that will have an impact,” event creator Kelly Krieger notes. “People have been making phone calls, writing letters, but a lot of that seems rather disconnected.

“And at the same time we have a lot of issues unfolding at the local level in our community, and we have a lot of organizations in our community working for change. Our hope,” Krieger explains, “is to connect local activists with these different groups, so they can feel like they are having more of an impact.”

“Indivisible Rising—A Celebration of Community Activism” will give a face to local activist, advocacy, faith-based, environmental and educational groups, who will have an opportunity to connect with the community and create meaningful civic engagement. Participants who attend the all-ages public event from 12-4pm Sun., Aug. 13 at Maritime Heritage Park will have an unprecedented opportunity to network with one another and the very people who can help them get further involved. This wide-ranging event includes community speakers and information tables to help activists engage with other individuals and organizations at work on similar issues.

“Indivisible Bellingham will also start the process of creating our proposed public art project, ‘Small Victories,’ highlighting the many positive outcomes of our combined efforts,” Krieger says.

Indivisible Bellingham is a local civic action group which, at more than 1,000 Facebook members, is one of the largest such groups in Bellingham. An independent affiliate of the national Indivisible movement, the group is dedicated to preserving free speech, equality and indivisibility as a nation.

In these polarizing times, finding common purpose is more important than ever.  Indivisible Bellingham has been actively expressing their views on immigration, education, women’s rights, civil rights and environmental concerns since the election.

The group has been meeting regularly since early 2017 as well as participating in marches and hosting postcard parties. This is the first major opportunity Indivisible Bellingham has created to celebrate the city’s strength as a community and offer opportunities to network with others. Rather than expressly making a political statement, the group is interested in finding and creating ways to inspire residents to get more involved locally in community issues that concern them.

“Everybody has their own way of being involved, and we’re all benefited by that involvement,” Krieger says. “There’s something for everybody out there, and we need to celebrate that.”

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