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Dear friends,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our International Day of Peace (IDP) weekend of events. We are thrilled to see so much community support for the important work of joining in solidarity and taking action in the struggle for Black lives. We hope the message "No Justice, No Peace" will serve as a steady reminder that there is work to be done if we are to achieve the lasting peace we collectively imagined this weekend.
If you missed the premiere, be sure to check our Youtube, Facebook or website for a recording of Damani Johnson's Lifetime Peacemaker Award acceptance speech as well as the powerful keynote dialogue between Aaron Dixon and Walidah Imarisha. You can also listen to Prof. Damani Johnson's interview with jim justice from KSVR and KMRE here.

Some updates about International Day of Peace:

  • We exceeded our goal of $5,000 before the weekend even began — by Monday afternoon, we raised over $7,000! That money will go to paying our rent and keeping our doors open through this challenging year.
  • Our Take Out For Peace promotion was a smashing success, and brought lots of business to local Black-owned restaurants. This is exactly what we love about Drink and Dine (and, this year, Take Out) for Peace—it's mutually beneficial! 
  • We reached over 1,000 people while promoting the event, which is especially exciting considering the new virtual setting of this year's IDP.
  • Our partnership with One Hope Wine was extended until tomorrow and Derrick has promised a surprise gift to anyone who buys a case of their delicious Cab! 
  • You have only 10 more days to participate in our amazing silent auction with deals from local businesses, conscious artists and caring community members. Bid now at: https://www.accelevents.com/e/idp2020
Although International Day of Peace is over, our work continues. We are now one month away from November 3, and we must be prepared for the very real possibility. Check out these resources compiled by Larry Mosqueda for how to resist a possible power grab. 

In local news, WPJC is helping kick off a series of webinars about Alternatives to Police and lesson's learned from the Global South with a webinar called: "Power to the People - Policing & Caribbean Autonomy in Nicaragua". The event will be moderated by Aline Prata and weave lessons for transnational solidarity, demilitarization and liberation from Nicaragua to the U.S.! Stay tuned on our website and social media for the link.

Finally, please don't forget to sign and share the Defund the Bellingham Police petition organized by our coalition partners in town.


In peace,
WPJC

Tell Gov. Inslee to Extend the Eviction Moratorium

The Washington statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire on October 15th! We need your help telling Governor Inslee that he must extend the eviction moratorium, especially as we move into winter. Click here to send an email to Governor Inslee and urge him to protect us and our neighbors by extending the eviction moratorium until at least March 2021 today! 

Tell Congress to Support the CIVIL Act

Senior Pentagon officials are reportedly unsure of what they’ll do if Trump invokes the Insurrection Act and sends troops and tanks to our cities and towns in the face of political unrest following the election. We’ve got to raise the alarm and the political pressure to get this legislation the attention it needs right now — add your name and urge your members of Congress to limit Trump’s ability to wage war in our communities by cosponsoring the CIVIL Act.

Add Your Name: No SCOTUS Confirmation Until After the Inauguration!

Click here to sign ACLU's petition to ensure the Senate prevents a SCOTUS confirmation until after the next presidential inauguration. 
Showing Up for Racial Justice Weekly Calls

WPJC continues to co-sponsor SURJ's weekly lobby calls in support of local and state-wide racial justice efforts. Join us by emailing surjwhatcom@riseup.net or office@whatcompjc.org for more details!

Women of Color Monthly Virtual Social

Every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is a Women of Color Social/Happy Hour on Zoom. Reach out to office@whatcompjc.org to receive the link to join!

5 pm, October 1
The Election Crisis: How the Working Class Can Intervene
Hosted by Workers World Party

11 am, October 2
Stop Funding Tar Sands Digital Rally
Co-organized by Future Coalition and Stop the Money Pipeline

4-5 pm, October 2
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall St.

2-4 pm, October 4

Militant Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Training
Jefferson Park, Seattle

11 am, October 6

Predict and Surveil: Racism in Policing & Surveillance Tech
Co-organized by Amnesty International Canada and BC Civil Liberties Association

10-11 am, October 7
Systemic Racism in the Context of Domestic Violence
Hosted by Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

4-5 pm, October 9
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall St.

10-11 am, October 14
Honoring Indigenous People's Day and the Unique Needs of Indian Country

Hosted by Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

4:30 pm, October 14
Webinar: Policing and Caribbean Autonomy in Nicaragua
Hosted by PNW Solidarity Network 

4-5 pm, October 16
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall St.

1-5-5 pm, October 17
How We Win: Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning Workshop

Co-organized by Novasutras and the Resource Center for Nonviolence

6-7:30 pm, October 17
CAGJ 14 Annual SLEE Virtual Gala
Hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice

4-5:30 pm, October 18
Preparation-cation!: Skillshare on Navigating the Three Pandemics
Hosted by For the People

4-5 pm, October 23
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall St.


10-11 am, October 21
Seeing Domestic Violence Through the Lens of Economic Inequality
Hosted by Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

10-11 am, October 28
Alternative Models for Safety and Justice
Hosted by Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Support WPJC While Getting your Books from Village Books 

Just a reminder that Village Books is still donating all Round it Up proceeds to WPJC for the season. Remind your friends and family to round up their purchase next time they're at Village Books!
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Introduces New Safe Spaces Project 

The Safe Spaces Project provides an accessible, neutral, intake service that receives, honors and captures community members' concerns through active listening, documentation and referral to the City of Bellingham. If you know of someone who would like to use this service, please have them contact Britt Sullateskee (she/her/hers), the program director at Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, by email at safespaces@whatcomdrc.org or visit the WDRC website to learn more.
Outdoor Exhibition of Whale People: Protectors of the Sea

Narrated by the late Chief Tsilixw James of the Lummi Nation and Amy Ta’ah George of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, this exhibition and award-winning film tells the story of the environmental emergency through the figure of the killer whale. It also tells the story of the leadership of Native Nations in protecting the Salish Sea, its orcas, salmon, and our collective future.

The exhibition has been viewed in museums across the country—now it’s coming home to Lummi where it belongs. A custom-fabricated outdoor exhibition venue has been created so it can be safely experienced with the Salish Sea as the backdrop, and the stars shining overhead.

Join us for the opening featuring speakers, blessing, and song on Friday, October 2nd at Lummi Stommish Grounds, 6:30pm. Dress warm, and wear your mask!

Webinar: Community Alternatives to Police - lesson's from Nicaragua with Black Alliance for Peace

On October 14 at 4:30 p.m. is an opportunity to continue to learn about alternatives to militarized police in the globe. Please participate in this webinar covering the Sandinista People's Revolution and establishment of autonomy for the Indigenous and Afro-descendant populations of the Caribbean coast region. This is a great way to observe and study methods of demilitarization and alternatives to police from the Global South. Save the date! For more information, refer here or contact clarkgollub@gmail.com.

The panel will be moderated by WPJC's Director, Aline Prata, and the zoom link will be posted on our social media and website early next week. 

On October 17 from 1-5 p.m., there is an opportunity to learn how to start and conduct a nonviolent direct action campaign, including addressing racism, sexism, environmental destruction and other oppressions. The goals of the workshop are to help activists:

  • Identify your power
  • Understand polarization
  • See the uses of Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns
Click here to get registered today! 

Celebrate the 151st Birthday of Mahondas Gandhi

Friday, October 2 at noon, join the Beloved Community Cafe (virtually) in celebration of the 151st birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. There is plenty to learn from Gandhi's invented and experimental methods of nonviolence, practiced in hundreds of campaigns in South Africa and India. Join here to discuss it! Meeting I.D. is 854 4981 8112. Please note that most of the community will be from Santa Cruz, CA area.

Call Your Senators, Tell Them to Strictly Oppose Nuclear Weapons Testing!

Resuming nuclear testing would likely trigger an arms race and would surely be detrimental to human health and the environment while providing no practical benefit. Contact your Senators (Senator Patty Murray at 206-553-5545 and Senator Maria Cantwell at 206-220-6400) and let them know we want them to support the House amendment which will prohibit nuclear testing! You can use the following script: 

"Hello _____,

My name is ____ and I live in _____. I’m calling because I am opposed to the US resuming nuclear testing.

As lawmakers reconcile competing versions of the annual defense policy bill that take opposite approaches to nuclear testing, please urge the Conference to adopt the House version of the NDAA that prohibits funding from being used to conduct or make preparations for any explosive nuclear weapons test that produces any yield.

In the context of this pandemic that has already claimed over 100,000 lives, it is unacceptable and disgraceful to spend funds desperately needed for COVID-19 testing, medical supplies, and healthcare, on nuclear weapons testing. 

Testing has already caused serious health and environmental harms on downwind communities around the US and on Pacific Islands like the Marshall Islands. 

Will _____ (Sen Cantwell/ Sen Murray) act now to urge Senator Reed to support the House NDAA Ammendment and prohibit nuclear testing?"

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