Transition Whatcom


Living Democracy

Working group formed at the Great Unleashing. Mission Statement under revision.  Stay tuned!

Location: Whatcom County
Members: 43
Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2023

Discussion Forum

Stopping Toxic Ag Chemicals from Being Sold or Applied in Whatcom County

Started by Heather K. Last reply by Heather K Feb 14, 2011. 1 Reply

 Hi! Anyone know who in the state is making the decisions for what agricultural chemicals can be applied to our living soils?Whatcom county's growers have been hit hard by a broadleaf herbicide that…Continue

Tags: agriculture, herbicides, pesticides, government, local

Community Water Habitat Protection & Management (with links from Paul C)

Started by Heather K Dec 28, 2010. 0 Replies

How we care for our local waters in their living habitats, will effect the health & survival of all species, including our grandchildren's children. I've posted the municipal water right reading…Continue

Tags: corporation, issues, management, municiple, rights

Minutes of Aug. 24

Started by Stoney Bird. Last reply by Heather K Aug 31, 2010. 1 Reply

MInutes of Aug. 24 meeting attached. Next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, corner of Maple and Cornwall.Stoney BirdContinue

Relevant Documents

Started by Mara Mitchell. Last reply by Stoney Bird Aug 22, 2010. 1 Reply

Relevant Documents for discussion of natural rights & citizen democracy . . . 

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Comment by David MacLeod on October 14, 2011 at 9:43am

I hope you're all already aware of the TW Candidates Forum happening tonight, and are planning to attend.


Please join us Friday Oct. 14th, for Transition Whatcom's first Election Forum.

Location: Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, from 7:30-9:30pm.


We will host candidates for Whatcom County Executive (Doug Ericksen and Jack Louws) and Mayor of Bellingham (Kelli Linville and Dan Pike).


This will be an opportunity to ask questions of candidates that are important to Transitioners.


TW is not a political organization and does not intend on endorsing any candidates.*

TW sees a real need for a reduction in political rhetoric and an increase in cooperation. We don't pretend to have all the answers (see our Cheerful Disclaimer), and believe solutions will come from across the political spectrum as we come together as a community to find local responses to big picture problems.

TW believes that between climate change, resource limitations and economic instability there is a high probability that as a community we will face challenges in the near term.

TW believes those challenges can only be dealt with through greater cooperation than we currently see in the political arena and are very interested to see how the current candidates interact in the arena of cooperation.


Each candidate will have 3 minutes to provide an opening statement. All participants will be provided a list of comments and questions in advance. We will start with some selected questions from this list. Following this we will open it up for questions from the floor.


Volunteers are needed for this event. If you can help, please contact Tom Anderson at


*From the TW Guidelines: " regards to any issue, personal philosophy, theology, political persuasion and moral conviction, Transition Whatcom is (and we hope will continue to be) made stronger and more effective by being comprised of individuals with a wide diversity of opinions and beliefs. If you are involved with Transition Whatcom, come prepared to work shoulder to shoulder with people who may be very different from you in some or even many ways."

Comment by Heather K on September 14, 2011 at 3:36pm

Our next two weekend Democracy Schools now scheduled for October 22-22, or  December 9-10th. (Fri pm - Sat pm).  We host these schools, that are presented across the nation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund(CELDF).

General inquiries contact - Stoney Bird – .

We held our 4th successful weekend school with seventeen students, including both Bham Mayor candidates on Sept 9 & 10th!

Weekly meetings for graduates continue to be held on Mondays.


quote: “ Have you ever wondered why large corporations can overrule what people & communities want for themselves and their future?  Ever wondered why you lose your civil rights when you walk across your employer’s doorstep?   Or how it is that your once beautiful land, clean well water, or pristine fishing area can be ”permitted” to be destroyed by industrial pollution whether you like it or not?

Democracy School explores how it came to be that large corporations have more rights than American citizens, towns, cities and counties. It examines the way our constitution was reinterpreted and laws enacted to shift power from real people to “corporate persons.”


The instructors explores why it is that big government now enforces the rights of big corporations to extract resources (natural and financial) of citizens and communities across the country. You will learn how some communities – beginning with tiny, conservative farming communities in Pennsylvania – are fighting back to protect their lives and livelihoods.


Comment by Heather K on July 6, 2011 at 5:54pm

Living Democracy Class a Featured Event on Transition Whatcom!

Stoney is a gifted with wisdom & vision! 

Comment by Heather K on June 16, 2011 at 11:40am
Living Democracy class tonight, Thurs 6pm-8pm, with Stoney. “Each workshop will engage the students in the question of whether the United States operates on principles of democracy & sustainability.  Does the Constitution provide for democracy & sustainability?  Does the legal system? Who gets to decide what happens in local communities?   What would it take for there to be democracy? Do the environmental laws provide for ecological sustainability?  What rights do ecosystems have, or should they have? What do we need to do?”

Register through Folk School 319-7495. Cost possibly under $20, with option to request scholarship or donate more.


Stoney's 2hr class is a good option for those unable to attend the more in-depth 1 ½ day workshop offered by non-profit professionals at CELDF on Fri June 24/Sat June 25- or I've attended two of the CELDF weekends and can recommend the quality of their work . If questions you can request a local living democracy initiating member to contact you.


Other dates for Stoney's 2hr class- Weds July 13th 6-8pm or Thurs July 28th 10am-noon-

Comment by Heather K on June 10, 2011 at 2:21pm

Democracy School with "Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund" ( June 24 & 25. Read the Whatcom Watch article!

For more info, send an email to Stoney Bird: or contact me or another member of Living Democracy.

Comment by Heather K on January 31, 2011 at 10:54pm
Living Democracy' meets to create local campaign and initiating group- Tues Feb 1st. Details on Event's page at-


Newcomers- most of our communications are in person or through email.  You might want to request Stoney or Rick to add you to the email list if you're not already receiving them.


Ricks page-


Stoney page -

Comment by Jamie Jedinak on January 25, 2011 at 11:03pm



It was at the A-1 builders office on Northwest!!!

Comment by Heather K on December 31, 2010 at 12:51pm

Living Democracy meeting Tues Jan 11th at 4pm.

See Event page for details:

I'd like to suggest having the meetings being changed from every other  Tues to 1st & 3rd Tues of the month.

Its easier to plan both our calendars & locations that way, and less chance of conflicting with other meetings who are on a set time.

(I'll only be able to attend meeting briefly)

(Just FYI the Audubon club meets the 4th Tues of most months)

Comment by Judy Hopkinson on November 19, 2010 at 8:34pm
Hi Rhett - I am joining, but I am not good at these social marketing websites. I will see you at the meetings.
Comment by Kate Clark on August 24, 2010 at 1:50pm
Interesting article on Common Dreams today- check it out.

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