Meet Eve Smason-Marcus
Eve Smason-Marcus (they/she) is a musician, educator, community organizer, renter, service industry worker, and candidate for Bellingham City Council, Position 6. Eve grew up visiting their grandparents in Fairhaven, with fond memories of exploring the train tracks, beaches, and forests of Bellingham. Eve moved to Bellingham in 2008 to attend Western Washington University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance.
Music has always been a guiding factor in Eve’s life, providing opportunities to authentically connect with all kinds of people in different spaces; whether it has been through teaching voice at Bellingham Music, volunteering as a band coach with Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, performing with GrooveBot at a Stones Throw block party, hosting the open stage at the Alternative Library, or running sound for Bellingham Unity Committee’s Juneteenth. While dedicating time to Bellingham’s music scene, teaching, and working in the service industry, Eve has been involved in community work over the last several years. Their efforts have been focused around youth, art, mutual aid, housing advocacy, and racial justice. They have volunteered with Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Stand Speak Listen, Whatcom Youth Pride, Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, People First Bellingham, and the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission. They currently serve on the Board of Directors with Bellingham Unity Committee and Whatcom Human Rights Task Force.
Photo Credit: Sattva Photo
Photo Credit: Sattva Photo
In 2018, Eve joined the steering committee for the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference. The conference is a beloved space for community voices to share their activism, research, and viewpoints while giving a platform to local organizers. As Co-Chair for the 2021 Conference, Eve successfully pivoted this well-established event in its 23rd year to an all-virtual conference with over 600 attendees over the 4-day event. In 2019, Eve was elected onto the Board of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, focusing on issues of housing justice, racial inequity, and prioritizing coalition work to tackle community safety, policing, housing, and accountability of our local government. Through their role on the Board, Eve helped spearhead the collaborative effort of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, Riveter’s Collective, Bellingham Unity Committee, and WWU SUPER to host the “Show Up for Love” event in response to Fairhaven and Bellingham businesses being vandalized with antisemitic and white supremacist symbols in 2020. Eve has been a part of the Bellingham Unity Committee (BUC) since it was founded in 2018 by Terrance Morris. BUC organizes events like Juneteenth and Ascendents of the Movement that commemorate and honor Black history and the rich legacy of African-American culture to build a more inclusive and equitable Bellingham. BUC has collaborated with other Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer, and Trans community organizers in solidarity against hate crimes, transphobia, white supremacy and in honoring the precious human lives that were murdered at the hands of police in the United States of America.
In the last year and half, Bellingham has faced the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, an economic recession, a housing crisis, continued racial injustices, and an increasingly present climate catastrophe. Despite everything, people of all ages, identities, neighborhoods, races, and religions showed up for one another. The “Eve for Bellingham” campaign believes in the power of community and is dedicated to running a campaign that is by the people, with the people, of the people. Our campaign will invest in building relationships through collective care and collaborative spaces of dialogue and development. Our community’s health and safety is directly harmed when those in power make decisions without qualitative data and participation from diverse perspectives in Bellingham. Collectively, we have the resources to house our neighbors, feed our families, invest in our youth, and care for one another and our environment. It is time for Bellingham to imagine what is possible for our community and create transformative solutions together.
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