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Friends, 
 

Earth Day is fast-approaching, and bringing with it a great opportunity to reflect on how peace and justice apply to the environmental movement. For many, it can be difficult to see the connection between climate change and militarism, especially since Earth Day has been whitewashed and morphed by so many mainstream environmentalist groups into a post on which to hang their calls for planting more trees and using less plastic. These actions are of course important and necessary in helping to reverse climate destruction, but they skip over some of the big picture causes for concern from which our focus is intentionally diverted. 

 

Militarism and nuclear weaponization are not only speeding up the process of climate destruction, but they are also impacting communities of color at a much higher rate. Production, testing and nuclear material disproportionately affect Native communities and other communities of color. Yet, those who applaud nuclear weapons development continue to pump out rhetoric that such development is “for our own good,” to keep us safe and protected.  

 

Meanwhile, the Global South continues to be ravaged by war and military intervention; the U.S. military continues to protect Big Oil and other extractive industries; and a budget as large as the Pentagon’s prevents funding from being used to address the climate emergency. Frontline communities know that militarism means anything but safety and protection. 

 

This Earth Day, we encourage you to raise your voice against militarism and nuclear weapons. There is no global survival or environmental healing without an end to war.

 

In peace, 


Marii Herlinger and Devan Gunther

WPJC Interns


Sign the Petition: Make Ventilators, Not Bombs!


U.S. AID has pledged only $65 million in International COVID-19 assistance, which is what the Pentagon spends in 1 hour on the US military budget. General Electric is a major defense contractor, and is laying off 50% of its workforce while firing an additional 2,600 workers due to COVID-19. As GE workers already make ventilators, GE could easily expand production of them.
Pouring hundreds of billions into the U.S. Defense Budget defends no one except Wall Street. GE workers are demanding that the company immediately reprioritize and start mass-producing ventilators and other essential medical equipment. Support the workers' demands that GE provide necessary protections for workers and instead of laying off its trained workforce, ramp up the building of ventilators and focus on the welfare of the people by signing this petition.
 


Sign the Petition to Respect Indigenous Health and Halt Dangerous Construction Projects 


While people are warned to remain at home and take precautions due to COVID 19, the oil and gas industry is continuing work along pipeline routes, and pushing forward with mega-projects across Canada.

Workers on these projects are living in man camps by the hundreds in tight quarters, sharing meals and housing, and are unable to quarantine, increasing the risk posed to both communities and workers. This is atrocious. Canada needs to respect Indigenous health. Tell Justin Trudeau, Adrian Dix and John Horgan to stop all construction on Coastal GasLink, Site C, and Trans Mountain now! Sign the petition here.
 

Make some calls to protect incarcerated folks at Whatcom Jail


Provided are some numbers you can call to demand that Whatcom Jail is providing basic human rights during the pandemic.

Governor Jay Inslee: (360) 902 - 4111 (press 2 to leave a message)
Secretary of Department of Corrections Stephen Sinclair: (360) 725 - 8810
Senior Policy Advisor for Public Health Molly Voris: (360) 902 - 0557
Senior Policy Advisor on Civil and Human Rights RaShelle Davis (360) 902 - 0551

1-2 p.m. PDT, April 14
Webinar: Immigrants' Access to Healthcare, Public Charge, and Safe Spaces in Health Care Centers
RSVP required

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT, April 15
Webinar: Critical Labor Protections for Immigrant Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
RSVP required

10-11:00 a.m. PDT, April 16
Webinar: Rebates, Taxes/SSN/ITIN, Food Security, and Access to Food Programs
RSVP required

12-1:30 p.m. (PDT), April 16
Webinar: Amazonian Women on Pandemics & Defending the Amazon
Registration required

2-3:00 p.m. (EDT), April 16
Webinar: Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Register at link above

6 p.m., April 16
Zoom: Black in Quarantine
Hosted by WWU Black Student Union

7:30 p.m. (PDT), April 16
ILPS Seattle Movie Night: "We The Workers"
Zoom link 

8:30-10:00 p.m. (EDT), April 16
Virtual Film Screening of "A Broken Trust: Sexual Assault on Tribal Lands"
Register for Zoom link

9-10 a.m. (EDT), April 17
Virtual Roundtable: U.S. Sanctions Policy and COVID-19
Livestream available at link above

4-5:00 p.m., April 17
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

12 p.m. PDT, April 18
Webinar: El Salvador's Water in the Time of COVID-19
Registration required

April 18
Global Citizen Hosts "One World: Together at Home" Virtual Concert
Sign up at link above

10 a.m.-12 p.m., April 18
Online Workshop: “A Conversation about Racism & Covid-19"
Registration + fee required

1-3:00 p.m., April 19
Online Forum: Shutdown NWDC
Register at link above

6-8:00 p.m., April 19
Virtual Letter Writing to Incarcerated Folks
Via Zoom

12 p.m. PDT, April 19
Webinar and Livestream: The Prosecution of Julian Assange and the Fight for Free Speech
Register at link above, or watch livestream here.

2-3:30 p.m. (EDT), April 20
Live Webcast: Economic Sanctions During a Pandemic
Register at link above

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (EDT), April 21
International Webinar: Move the Nuclear Weapons (and Fossil Fuel) Money
Register at link above

5:30 p.m. (PDT), April 21
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Accompaniment Training
Register at link above

6:30-8:30 p.m., April 22
Online Workshop: “A Conversation about Racism & Covid-19"
Registration + fee required

April 22, 23, 24
Earth Day Live 2020
Registration required

4-5:00 p.m., April 24
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

2-3:30 p.m. (GMT +1), April 25
Film Screening and Discussion of "Feminism Inshallah"
Registration required

5:30 p.m. (PDT), April 28
Bond Hearings Accompaniment Training
Register at link above

7 p.m. (PDT), April 28
Amnesty International Local Chapter Conference Call
for phone # and directions, email: amnestyinternational270@gmail.com

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 2
Zoom Videoconference: Peace and Justice in a Time of Coronavirus
Register at link above (free event)

5:30 p.m. (PDT), May 5
State Court Accompaniment Training
Register at link above

Sharing our Voices in Times of Social Distancing: Building a Photo Journal, April 26th via Zoom


Talia London - Unangax (Aleut), Born and Raised on Lummi Nation
Talia is a Native Feminist whom is passionate about co-constructing spaces with young folx to share narratives that counter colonial stereotypes about Native people. Talia is currently a PhD student, receiving her degree in Social Justice Education by the University of British Columbia.

In her workshop, you will...
- Learn how to utilize a storytelling method called story circle to write a short personal narrative. Story circle is a useful template to tell a personal narrative in 8 simple steps!
- Learn basic photography skills using your phone!
- By the end of the workshop you will have constructed one photo journal with 6-10 photos that will complement your narrative!
-Have the opportunity to have your work published on the WPJC Blog!

Where? RSVP here to guarantee your spot and receive the Zoom link NOW. 
Admissions: Sliding scale $5-30, free based on your need and upon request

Facebook linkhttps://www.facebook.com/events/240159520469953/

Centers for food donations or pick up if in need!  


Bellingham Food Bank drive-up distributions will take place at Shuksan Middle School on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm; Christ the King Church on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm; and Civic Athletic Complex on Thursdays at 1-4 pm. 

If you are looking to donate, the Food Bank is in special need of peanut/nut butters, dry beans, pasta, and rice. Canned food is preferred, and bags of food must be 2 lbs or under. No glass please.

Please keep in mind that while all donations help, food distribution centers can do the most with monetary donations. If you can spare it, please consider making a donation to the Bellingham Food Bank here.

Film Screening and Discussion of "Feminism Inshallah: The Story of Arab Feminism (2019)"  


The struggle for Muslim women’s emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Moving from Tunisia to Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment. 

Join Dardishi for an online screening of Feminism Inshallah: The Story of Arab Feminism (2019). This screening will take place at 2-3:30 p.m. (GMT +1) on April 25, and you will have the option to discuss the film with the rest of the audience in a safe and secure online chatroom. Learn more here.

Webinar: El Salvador's Water in the Time of COVID-19  


Join us on Saturday, April 18 at 12:00 pm PDT for an online conversation with water defense activist and national labor union leader, Marielos de León, to learn how organizers in El Salvador are advancing the struggle for water rights for all - and the important role that international solidarity can play today.

Join WPJC Board Member Josh Ceretti's #quarantinebookclub !


The first book selection for #quarantinebookclub is Junauda Petrus’ The Stars and the Blackness Between Them! Want to participate? Here’s how it works: track down a copy of the book, and then email quarantinebookclub@gmail.com to be included in the discussion! In two weeks we’ll finish up with a video chat with the author (sliding scale donation requested for the last part). We want to keep connected during these lonely times while supporting an incredible Black queer artist, so we'd love for you to join us!

Huxley Speaker Series Available online
 

The Huxley College Speaker Series has been bringing guest lecturers to WWU to address topics of environmental concern and is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Due to the events of COVID-19, Huxley will be presenting a collection of the Greatest Hits of the Huxley Speaker Series for Spring 2020. Each week there will be provided a link to a favorite video from the archives. Learn more or subscribe to the series here.

350 Bellingham: April Climate Actions


350.org is an international organization working to address the climate crisis. The Bellingham chapter regularly shares some climate actions you can do from your own home:

ACTION #1 - SAVE THE DATE FOR EARTH DAY 3 DAY LIVE 
On April 22-24, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency. Activists, performers, influencers, and thought leaders are coming together to host a 3-day digital event full of teach-ins, performances, and more.

Visit earthdaylive2020.org to join the action, and learn more about the events of each day at strikewithus.org.

ACTION #2 - TELL CONGRESS COVID-19 IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO POLLUTE
Sign this petition from The Climate Reality Project.

ACTION #3 - TAKE PART IN MUTUAL AID
COVID-19 has shown us how crucial it is to be trained toward solidarity, not charity. Learn what mutual aid is, and how to start practicing it with these great resources:

2020 WDRC Youth Peace Poetry Contest


Every year, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center coordinates the Youth Peace Poetry Contest to inspire youth to imagine what healthy and happy relationships, and their community as a whole, could look like. The contest is open to any youth in Whatcom County ages 4-18. Submissions will be accepted from now until September 25th, 2020! Read more about it here
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