The Bellingham Food coop agreed to let me (and my kids) table for Unist’ot’en Camp. For two hour stints, they help us set up a table and chairs. We bring info about the camp and the work of the Wet’suwet’en People to preserve their homelands from pipelines and preserve life for all. We bring the checklist of the Food Needs for the camp and have a bin. While people are shopping, they can buy a few items, leave them in our bin, and we get them linked up with a ride to Unist’ot’en.
We have been twice now. It’s not hard. Some people ask respectful questions and take information. Many buy an item or two. Many more avert eye contact and walk away. It’s okay, they are tired, stressed, or don’t have capacity for a conversation. On a slow Monday afternoon we gathered a huge rubbermaid bin and one small crate full. On a busy Saturday we came away with far less.
Of course this might be attributable to the fact that I brought my social, extraverted kid on Monday who happily engaged with people and did artwork while on the Saturday, I brought my quirkier kid who I had to stop from repeatedly running up and yelling “Becaw” at people because lately she has taken to being a chicken. We got three chickens a month ago and it has been a cascade of chicken-kid behavior from her since. She did decide that she wants to have her new nickname be “Sassy-pants-no-pipelines-seagull,” so that’s something.
But chicken kid or no chicken kid, land and water protectors have got to eat so let’s set up some time and spaces where folks can bring food.
If you are in Bellingham and would like to join us for a session, please leave a comment (or send a FB message).
If you are not in Bellingham and would like support in setting up something similar in your area, please leave a comment as well. I am happy to help! #Togetherwearestrong