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Recent events in Portland have provided ample evidence that at any given time, there are thousands of agents of the state willing to go to war with civilians at the mere command of a single person. Even if Trump gets voted out in November, the federal agents snatching people on the streets from unmarked cars and firing rubber/foam bullets at civilians at will still hold positions of power. The one good thing about the federal occupations taking place in response to protestors across the country is that they are indicators of our power in numbers. Our protests are shaking the ground. While the Department of Justice calls us "violent anarchists" and "left-wing extremists," history reminds us that we've been called extremists before. The greatest movements in history, the largest social shifts and the most victorious revolutions, have witnessed the slinging of such words like "extremist." They won't slow us down.

Amid everything, next week begins the commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is a great opportunity to recognize the need for a transnational and intergenerational solidarity (check out our latest blog post by a community member about the need for Jewish-Palestinian solidarity and the lessons we can learn from our different—but overlapping—struggles). Systems of oppression can only be combated by collective visions of peace which invite everyone in, including and especially survivors. 

Just a reminder that the nomination deadline for this year's Lifetime Peacemaker Award is coming up! You can submit your nominations here.

In peace,
Marii Herlinger
WPJC Intern

Rosemary and Howard Harris Award Nomination Deadline Coming Soon! 

Fill out this form to nominate someone for the Rosemary and Howard Harris Award (recently renamed to honor Rosemary Harris, who was also a founder of Bellingham's peace vigils!). Nominations are due by August 3!

Women of Color Monthly Social

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

Showing Up for Racial Justice Weekly Calls 

WPJC is co-sponsoring SURJ's weekly lobby calls in support of local and state-wide racial justice efforts. Join us by emailing or for more details.
4-7 p.m., July 31
Peaceful March for Black Lives
Ferndale High School

4 p.m., July 31
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

2-6 p.m., August 2
Occupied Art Protest
Centennial River Walk (Ferndale)

5-6 p.m., August 4
Q&A About DSA
Hosted by DSA

1:30 p.m., August 5
Voices from the Front Line: Healthcare Workers and the Fight Against Covid
A Haymarket Books event

8 a.m., August 6
Virtual Gathering: Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Hosted by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

5 p.m., August 6
75th Anniversary Hiroshima Day Online Commemoration
Hosted by Campaign Nonviolence

1-2 p.m., August 6
Race and Restorative Justice Virtual Event
Hosted by Speak Out

4 p.m., August 7
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

11 a.m., August 9
Virtual Gathering: Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Hosted by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

6 p.m., Aug 13
Equity in Democracy: Why This Moment Calls for Proportional Representation
Sponsored by Fix Democracy First

1-4 p.m., August 13
Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility Virtual Workshop
Hosted by Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

4 p.m., August 14
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

August 21-22
Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace & Justice in an Age of Endless War (22nd Annual Kateri Peace Conference)
Hosted by World Beyond War

7-8 p.m., August 25
Amnesty International Local Chapter Monthly Meeting
Hosted by Amnesty International Group 270

Hold Rep. Rick Larsen Accountable for Voting Wrong on the NDAA

Last week, the Senate and House approved $750 billion for the Pentagon budget, and instead of supporting the 10% budget cut we asked for, Rep. Rick Larsen voted against this amendment. During a global pandemic, climate crisis AND nationwide uprising, this is inexcusable. Sign this letter to tell Rick that his constituents expect better of him. Don't forget that while the House ultimately failed to pass the amendment to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%, 93 Representatives and 32 Senators voted FOR it. This level of congressional support would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Our activism is working—so keep it up! 

Tell the Tacoma City Council to Free Immigrants Detained at NWIPC 

 La Resistencia has drafted a proposed resolution and worked with Tacoma's Commission on Immigrant & Refugee Affairs to push forward to the City of Tacoma regarding the Public Health Crisis, COVID-19, and Northwest ICE Processing Center (NWIPC), previously named the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC). This could be a historic moment if we can ensure Tacoma City Council backing to release people detained. Please use these numbers to call and write to Tacoma City Council before their August 3rd discussion of the resolution to #FreeThemAll, and tell them to approve the proposed regulation regarding COVID-19 and the NWIPC. We want to see this make the August 4th City Council agenda for final approval!

Tell Joe Biden to Be an Advocate for Nuclear Disarmament

At the same time that the Trump administration is taking a provocative approach to foreign policy, the U.S. refuses to commit to a “No First Use” of nuclear weapons policy—making us the real threat to peace around the world. Sign this letter to voice your support of nuclear disarmament and to tell Joe Biden that we are watching him closely, and will continue to push him to incorporate a commitment to nuclear disarmament into his platform.

Sign the Petition to Defend Armenia!

 Azerbaijan already invaded Armenia, bombed a PPE mask manufacturing plant, and is threatening to blow up Armenia's nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Azeris were seen en masse calling for the execution of all ethnic Armenians. And over $1.5 billion in American taxpayer money is helping fund this.

Add your name to express your wish to fully stop funding and assistance of Azerbaijan immediately. Then start making calls to demand the immediate restriction of USAID to Azerbaijan. 

Say No to Our Tax Dollars Funding the Annexation of Palestine

In the middle of a pandemic, Israel remains committed to carrying out unlawful plans to annex large swaths of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, in violation of international law and against the urging of the international community. As a result, a group of Senators (led by Chris Van Hollen and joined by Elizabeth Warren and Tim Kaine) have introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which stipulates that US security assistance to Israel cannot be used to implement unilateral annexation in the West Bank. Add your voice in support of the Van Hollen Amendment by signing this letter.

Sign petition in solidarity with Oceti Sakowin Oyate: Notice of Eviction to KXL and DAPL from Lakota Lands

Indigenous People have lived on these lands since time immemorial. In solidarity, sign this letter giving notice of eviction to KXL and DAPL (the pipelines interrupting and damaging these lands and violating the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868.)

Student-Organized Free Food Pop-Ups 

On Thursdays from 12 - 2 p.m., bring your student I.D. to Vendor's Row by the Viking Commons to pick up a bag of non-perishables and a box of farm-fresh organic produce. Pick-up is contactless and accessible by foot, bike, or vehicle. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please wear your mask! For disability and allergy accomodations, email Karen Deysher at

Race and Restorative Justice Virtual Event

Addressing the intersectionality of race and the U.S. criminal justice system, Fania Davis will explore how restorative justice has the capacity to disrupt patterns of mass incarceration through effective, equitable, and transformative approaches. Don't miss this opportunity (August 6, 1-2 p.m. PDT) to learn about models of truth and reconciliation from around the world so that we can work together to address the harm within U.S. society. Sign up here!

Virtual Event: A Conversation about the Intersectionality and Artistry of Black Organizing

At 2 p.m. on August 4, four Atlanta-based Black organizers will lead a discussion on the intersectionality of the struggle for justice, as well as the mundane but foundational work of liberation: including mutual aid, transformative justice, fundraising for bail, working to fight evictions, healing and carework, and more. You can register for the event here.

In Loving Memory...

Helen M. McLeod, a longtime supporter of WPJC, has passed away this month. Her warmth, kindness, and community values will be very much missed. Please join us in keeping her in our thoughts as we continue the work she so avidly supported at the center.
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