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It's that time of year -- nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award. This year we have a nomination form with a few questions about nominees, which you can fill out here: or download as a PDF to print.

Nominations are due July 20, 2018. Please be thorough and specific in reflecting on the nominee's impact and accomplishments.

Past recipients include Howard Harris, Al and Dotty Dale, Nick Mele, Doris Ferm, Bill Distler, James Gillies, Margie White, Peter and Mary van der Veen, Shirley Osterhaus, Ellen Murphy, Barbara Rofkar, Jamie K. Donaldson, Darrell Hillaire, and Rosalinda Guillén.

With the school year wrapping up, WPJC sends a big thank you to the volunteers of Alternatives to Military Service who tabled this year: Gene Marx, Misha Craddock, Sam Baer, Bill Angel, Tom Cochran, Mike Slocum, Michael Jacobsen, Andy Ingram, Jaclyn Tabone, Stephen Gockley, Don Goldstein, Tom Maute, Junga Subedar, Aneesa Ahad, and Edward Alexander. All told, AMS made 23 high school visits this year, adding two more schools to the rounds. We also appreciate the teachers and parents who reached out and helped AMS connect with more students this year.

Finally, WPJC is looking for a few interns for this summer. If you are interested, check out the announcement at:

In peace,

P.S. Check out the Western Front's coverage of our May 9 "Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice" event with Lilly Adams of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (pictured above). The WF also covered our May 21 event.
The office will be closed June 9-17, so there will not be office hours on June 12 or 14. Meetings will continue as scheduled. After June 18, we'll be back to regularly scheduled office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-4 p.m., and other times by appointment.

Ask Rick Larsen to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Over two years after Indigenous and social movement leader Berta Caceres was brutally murdered in Honduras, the intellectual authors have yet to be brought to justice.

Furthermore, the repression against environmental, Indigenous, social, student and other activists continues, as does U.S. financing of the Honduran military and security forces. Call on Rep. Rick Larsen to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend U.S. military and security aid to Honduras.  

Save the Date: Sept. 21

Mark your calendar for the 15th annual International Day of Peace celebration in Bellingham: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

More details will be announced as the date gets closer. RSVP on Facebook for updates.

4-5 p.m., June 1
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

7:30 p.m., June 1-3
"It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis
Skagit Valley College

3-6 p.m., June 3
Resisting Occupation: A Teach-In About Kashmir
Livestream from New York

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., June 4
Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

6 p.m., June 5
Jobs with Justice meeting
Downstairs at Union Center (1700 N. State Street)

6:30 p.m., June 5
Racial Justice Coalition meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

4-5 p.m., June 8
Peace Vigil in Solidarity with Gaza Palestinians
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 9
Seattle Race Conference
Seattle University

6 p.m., June 15
Veterans for Peace monthly meeting
Co-op Connections Building Room 103 (405 E. Holly)

4-8 p.m., June 16
Juneteenth Celebration
Maritime Heritage Park (500 W. Holly Street)

5:30 p.m., June 18
Middle East Prayer Vigil
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

7 p.m., June 26
Amnesty International chapter 270 meeting
Top floor at Co-op (1220 N. Forest)

June 30-July 3
"Complicating Narratives," Fellowship of Reconciliation NW Regional Conference
Seabeck, Washington

New on the WPJC blog

Washington Freedom to Boycott groups oppose anti-BDS legislation in Congress

What "Last Week Tonight" missed on U.S. involvement in Latin America

Letter to the editor: Antisemitism vs Anti-zionism

Youth fellowship applications due today!

The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF) is a year-long fellowship that includes a grant and a 7-10 day intensive training for high school and college students. The application deadline is June 1, 2018. If you are between the ages of 14-23, please consider applying! The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center can support you with your application. Please contact us at 360-734-0217 or for help or for a copy of the application.

The Mind/Society Connection:

How Starbucks, Yale, Fresh Kitchen and Police incidents are symptomatic of society’s biases (and what you can do about it)

6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at WPJC
Register at:

In this workshop, participants will learn about racial bias through the lens of a 2016 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man and the recent interpersonal bias incidents in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. Participants will examine their personal biases and learn de-biasing tools.

The workshop will include an analysis and discussion of recent incidents in the news. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of what "bias" means and what racial bias research shows. You will learn discuss your own racial biases and learn about de-biasing tools and resources for further growth.

Complicating Narratives

NW Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference at Seabeck
June 30-July 3, 2018

Message from the WWFOR Regional Council:

Complicating Narratives involves us looking at the systematic ways in which toxic narratives permeate our world, as well as the ways in which we all internalize these narratives, creating different realities depending on where our intersecting identities lie within systems of power and oppression. As the first FOR conference organized by youth of color, we are choosing to complicate the narrative of nonviolence by telling our stories.

We, the members of Western Washington FOR’s Regional Council, extend our heartfelt invitation to you to join us and numerous other FOR members and activists from Oregon and Washington at the upcoming 60th Annual FOR Regional Nonviolence Conference, June 30-July 3rd, 2018, at Seabeck, WA.

Conference website: 

This is the first ever Seabeck conference to be planned by young activists of color.  It is an extraordinary opportunity to listen to what the upcoming generation of nonviolence activists, and particularly people of color within that demographic, believe is critical for all of our country to hear.  Come hear stories that are invisible to some and the obvious everyday reality to others.  Come prepared to meet the temporarily-uncomfortable challenge of having your understanding of the world stretched, deepened, widened, and strengthened as it becomes more complex.    

This year’s theme, “Complicating Narratives” and the accompanying workshops are particularly timely and valuable during this time of overt racism, misogyny, anti-immigrant xenophobia, transphobia, and other toxic narratives emboldened by the current political climate.  These destructive forces complicate our ability to create broad coalitions based on informed solidarity and collaborative struggle.

We all have our part to play as we work toward MLK Jr’s  Beloved Community.  If we cannot work together with honesty, kindness and respect, we are not on the path.  For those of us that fit into the dominant demographics of society (being white/older/economically more comfortable), it is vital that we comprehend our unique position and prepare ourselves to communicate and collaborate in ways that convey respect.

The conference organizers have asked everyone to please try to do some preparation before the conference, and have posted on the website a list of resources on Uprooting Racism, including thoughtful material on becoming a better ally  Most of the articles and videos are easily accessible online.  (Many thanks to NPYM Friends for compiling this list.)  The organizers have explained their reasoning for their request here, and have also invited us to share our own favorite resources via Comments on the same page.

Although much valuable preparation can be done on our own, or within our own circles of family, friends, and colleagues, several members of the WWFOR Regional Council have volunteered to be contact people to help convene small gatherings of people interested in doing some “Seabeck prep” with others outside their own circles.

Note from WPJC: Please reply to this email if you want to take part in a Seabeck prep meeting in Bellingham the week of June 25!

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