Gov. Jay Inslee this week extended a proclamation that enables workers who face a higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 to protect themselves “without jeopardizing their employment status.”
The governor initially issued the proclamation on April 13 and it would hav
Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no high-fives — or even elbow bumps — at the gym.
Requiring the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in areas at the epicenter of the global pandemic may have prevented tens of thousands of infections, a new study suggests.
How will we remember life in Bellingham and Whatcom County during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine? Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County, a new online initiative organized by a coalition of local organizations, invites community members to record their impressions. Visit wcls.org/covidperspectives to see the selection of multimedia projects, to view stories gathered so far, and to get involved.
Washington’s schools chief said Thursday that he expects school districts to reopen buildings and return to in-person learning next school year, as long as public health guidelines allow them to do so.
The goal: resume regular, face-to-face schedules for most or all students at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Assistant Chief Keith Williams of Western Washington University Police told The Herald that the “thin blue line” image isn’t meant to divide.
“For police officers, I would say they are wearing it with pride and respect that shows brotherhood,” said Williams, who is black. “(But) when it’s abducted by other groups, it devalues that message.”
Williams, who is from Missouri, was present at the rioting that followed the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
He is the author of “The Broken Badge: Re-Thinking Police & Community Relations in America” and works to change the culture of policing.
“There’s so much in the history of police work that’s been ‘Us vs. Them, and that’s something we don’t want see,” Williams said. “There’s an opportunity to build bridges and not walls.”
Vernon Damani Johnson, a WWU political science professor, said the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes has sickened America. He said people of color have always been on the front lines fighting systemic racism, but white people are finally stepping up and moving from just being an ally to building a community and future together with people of color.
“We must get involved in efforts that have been ongoing since Ferguson to reform the law enforcement and criminal injustice systems. We must take up the battle to dismantle systemic racism in all of our institutions. … This revolution will take time. It will not be won dramatically by sweeping aside all of those toxic institutions of white supremacy,” Johnson said, as he was framed by several large banners with the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ on stage Saturday. “We must steel ourselves for the long term struggle, it’s going to take all of us to get it done.”
A militia group has agreed to stop patrolling downtown Bellingham with military-style rifles slung over their shoulders, Police Chief David Doll told the City Council during a Monday afternoon committee meeting held online.
Doll told the council that he talked to one of the men, who said they were part of a national organization called the Three Percenters, and told him that the group’s presence was making people uncomfortable at a time when the nation is mourning the latest instances of black Americans killed by police and by white vigilantes.
“I asked him to consider the implications of his actions,” Doll told the council. “Since that time, I’m thankful that the group has chosen not to display their weapons.”
The Bellingham Police Department confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that a group of armed citizens have been seen in downtown Bellingham the past few days, but said the citizens were not breaking the law.
“We have become aware of a growing concern some of our citizens have expressed with the presence of armed citizens in the Central Business District during the evening hours over the past few days,” the post read. “First and foremost, we understand and appreciate the presence of armed citizens in our CBD can be upsetting to those passing by.
More than 5,000 people gathered for a Solidarity Rally Saturday afternoon, June 6, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham to bring the community together “to make a stand for the injustice of a failed system,” according to organizers.
5:30 P.M. ‘LEAN ON ME’
When the speakers ended, the crowd sang and clapped to “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.
As the crowd streamed out of the park, organizers remained on stage and some crowd members stayed to dance to “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid in celebration of Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.