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International Day of Peace is Coming!

Dear friends,

September has arrived and brought many exciting changes to the WPJC, including the official hire of our new Executive Director. But on the subject of things that have not changed, International Day of Peace, our staple yearly event, is just around the corner! Come celebrate the date as we focus on this year’s theme "Climate Action for Peace" throughout the program.

Please join us at the Majestic at 6 p.m. for a fundraising celebration to support WPJC, as well as to meet representatives from 20 active community groups. The program begins at 7 p.m. with the reading of an opening piece by the recently confirmed Lummi poet, Rena Priest. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the musical stylings of talented, local musicians The Sweet Goodbyes, learn about how climate change affects our lives and livelihoods from our key note speakers from Women of Color Speak Out and browse the silent auction where you will find pieces from talented local artists, certificates, and products from local businesses!

The evening will also feature the presentation of the 2019 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award. Please check our next e-newsletter for the announcement of this year's awardee, as well as more about who else we'll be hearing from at International Day of Peace!

In peace,

P.S. Don't forget to help us spread the word! Invite your network on Facebook or post the event on your page. Share this webpage in an email.  You can download our beautiful poster by Phoebe Wahl here to print or share in an e-newsletter or on social media. And don't forget to ask your loved ones out to Drink&Dine for Peace: participating locations will donate a portion of the day's sales to WPJC! 

Please join WPJC in thanking this year's International Day of Peace sponsors:

A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio
Amnesty International Group 270
Chuckanut Builders
​Community Food Co-op
Daylight Properties
Environmental & Social Justice Committee of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
First Congregational Church of Bellingham, UCC
​The Majestic
​Phoebe Bird
Steele Financial Services
​United Church of Ferndale
Veterans for Peace Chapter 111
Volunteer with the WPJC for International Day of Peace

We are seeking volunteers to assist with our upcoming International Day of Peace fundraising event - this is a great way to support the WPJC by helping to ensure a smooth and successful event. 

The following shifts/volunteer activities are available: 
  • 9/4-9/8: postering to promote the event (posters and routes available for pickup at WPJC office)
  • 9/21 10am-12pm - event setup at The Majestic on North Forest St
  • 9/21 10am-12pm - event promotion at the farmer's market on Railroad
  • 9/21 5:30 - 7:30pm - door greeters
  • 9/21 7:30-9pm - general event support
  • 9/21 9-10pm - event breakdown/cleanup
  • 9/21 7-9pm - on site childcare 
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Aline Prata at to sign up, no later than September 10,
with your name, phone number, email address and which shift/activity you're interested in.

Thank you in advance - we couldn't do this without you!

WANW Coalition Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00 PM  3:30 PM
El Centro de la Raza Room 310  (map)

Join Washington Against Nuclear Weapons for its monthly coalition meeting.
Participate remotely via zoom or join us in person at El Centro de la Raza. All are welcome.
6 p.m., September 3
Jobs with Justice monthly meeting
Union Center (1700 N. State Street - Upstairs)

6p.m., September 3
Racial Justice Coalition monthly meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

11a.m-1p.m., September 3
Seattle Anti War Coalition: First Tuesday Monthly Protest
Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
Seattle, Washington 98104

6pm, September 4
Green Drinks 
Boundary Bay (1107 Railroad)

4-5 p.m., September 6
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

10:30a.m.-12:30p.m., September 7
Arch of Healing and Reconciliation - New Welcome Plaques Installation Ceremony
210 Lottie St.

8 a.m., September 7
2nd U-Work Solidarity work party with C2C
1240 Central Rd, Everson, WA

11:30 a.m-1 p.m., September 9
Dignity Vigil
Bellingham City Hall (2
10 Lottie St)

6:30-8:30pm, September 8
Divest Seattle from the War Machine coalition meeting
4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

6:30-8:30p.m., September 11
September Whatcom Democracts General Meeting: Undoing Racism, Unpacking Privilege
Localgroup Studio (221 Prospect Street)

6:30-9:30p.m., September 12
Curbing fossil fuel impacts: Town Hall
Whatcom County Council chambers (311 Grand Ave)

6-8p.m., September 13
Dignity Dialogue: All about the Keep WA Working Act
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St)

Saturday, September 21
Drink & Dine for Peace
6 restaurants in Bellingham

6-9 p.m., September 21
International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest


Screening: Labor Wars of the Northwest 

September 4, 5:45 pm, Pickford Film Center, Bellingham

A century ago in 1919, Northwest cities roiled with labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights. That cauldron of radicalism and violence is chronicled in the documentary film: “Labor Wars of the Northwest”

Tickets, available for purchase at the door or on, are priced at $7 for the public, $5 for Pickford members and $3 for students with identification.

Following the film, Pacific Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and directed Labor Wars, Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, and Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community Development and widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader, will lead a discussion on labor issues and answer audience questions.
On the WPJC blog, summer intern Cherie writes the second installment in a series about inequality and veterans of the U.S. military. Check it out here: "There are no unwounded soldiers, part II"


Webinar: How to Talk About Nukes: Webinar Training

September 5, 12-1PM Pacific Time

ReThink Media just completed two years’ worth of messaging testing research on nuclear issues. Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Rethink Media for a webinar, that explains what they learned, how to respond to pro-nuclear arguments, and how to talk about these issues to your friends and neighbors. See a recording of their previous webinar on polling results.  Register here for the webinar and save your spot!

WHRTF Releases Declaration Against Threats of Violence and Hate Speech in Whatcom County

After detected activity of white supremacist groups in Ferndale, the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force invite all members of our communities in Whatcom County to sign on to a Declaration Against Threats of Violence and Hate Speech in Whatcom County.
You can access and sign the declaration here.


Update:  "Not in Our Community! Ferndale meeting against hate groups" Follow up opportunity available for folks who attended

Did you attend the "Not in Our Community! Ferndale meeting against hate groups" event hosted by the Riveters Collective on Tues 8/28 and want to make sure you hear about follow up ideas and actions? Share your contact info with them by filling out this form. You can also opt in to sharing your contact info with other event attendees. For now, they are limiting this mailing list to folks who attended the event and will be checking names against sign in logs. If you want to hear from their general email list, go to their website.

Work Opportunity in Bellingham with the 2019 Riveters Collective Pledge to Vote Campaign 

If you are looking for work in town, the Riveters Collective is hiring paid canvassers for their 2019 Pledge to Vote Campaign! Canvassers will knock on doors, engage with voters, and build support for progressive candidates for the 2019 election. View the job description and learn how to apply here.

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