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Pictured: Community members gathered in front of Rick Larsen's office building to protest against war on Iran on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Amid talk of war and heightened threats of nuclear weapons use with Iran, I can’t help but notice the casual manner in which a potential World War III has been discussed. Arundhati Roy, in her essay titled War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs, observes that “while we wait for… justice, the old generals and eager boy-anchors on TV talk of first-strike and second-strike capabilities as though they’re discussing a family board game.” Despite the fact that her comment from 2012 addressed tensions between India and Pakistan, the words ring true in the context of today’s situation between the U.S. and Iran. The longer a culture of violence and militarism persists, the more adjusted we become to the notion of war as a given, of increased militarization as a must, and of nuclearization as a necessity. 

Part of the work of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is to challenge the myth that “pacifism equals passivism” - our resistance is, in fact, very active! This month, we co-hosted an action at the Peace Vigil with SUPER (WWU Students United for Palestinian Rights) and the DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). Together, we marched to Rick Larsen's office to deliver the message that we will not tolerate another war! Thanks to your pressure, the "War Powers Resolution"  passed in the House - let's keep the momentum and make this pass in the Senate as well! But this is just the beginning: we will continue to build community, political alignment and skills to resist the militarization of our lives. Please keep coming to the Peace Vigil (Friday 4-5pm Magnolia & Cornwall) and stay tuned to our social media and newsletter for more updates.

This past week, we also attended a meeting with our local FCNL Policy Team and a Strategy Retreat with the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition, a group with roughly 40 other participating organizations in the state (including The WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, No More Bombs, Seattle).  As 2019 came to a close, we took on three new interns, and our newsletter reach is ever-expanding. We are starting the year off strong with what we have already accomplished, and we look forward to sharing more events and opportunities with you throughout the first year of the new decade. 

As the situation between Iran and the U.S. unfolds, it is important to keep our ears trained against propaganda that tries to convince us of war and military aggression as any kind of solution. That is why the WPJC is here. Our work in rallying the community around principles of peace and nonviolence would be impossible without the support we receive from donors, volunteers and readers like you. Thank you for all you do! 

In peace,

Marii Herlinger, (new!) WPJC Intern
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6 p.m. Today: Alternatives to Military Service Volunteer Training

Want to join the WPJC's volunteer body, meet our new volunteer coordinator, hang out with our Board President and learn how to do effective counter-recruitment work in Whatcom County?

This is a great opportunity to engage with our youth and veterans in a conversations about our future, our rights and non-violence.

Please join us at the Center for the 2020 AMS Training today, January 14, at 6 p.m.! 

If you'd like to volunteer with AMS but can't make it to today's training please contact us at

For more information visit our website

Peacekeeping 101 Training  Feb 3 2020, 6pm @ Bruna Press + Archive (221 Prospect St)

Responding to the demands of the activist community in town and the ever escalating threats of violence against Iranian and SWANA community members, the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is hosting a peacekeeping 101 training on Monday, February 3rd at 6pm at Bruna Press.

Learn de-escalating techniques for protecting our community during direct actions and use the knowledge you'll gain to continue to be a peacemaker in our community. Channel your creativity to break cycles of oppression and surveillance culture and remember #nojusticenopeace !

All experience levels are welcome at this training. We’re hoping to have another event in the future deepening the conversation about peacekeeping and security. The space of Bruna Press is physically accessible and the event will be conducted in English without translation unless anyone requests otherwise.

Please contact for more information or any accessibility requests.

Facebook event:
6-7 p.m., January 14
Alternatives to Military Service Training
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

6 p.m., January 15
Black Lives Matter Revolving Monthly Meeting
Address sent by request to BLM Bellingham

6:30-8:30 p.m., January 15
 "Mapping Systemic Racism in Whatcom County"
Co-Op Connections Bldg (405 Holly St.)

3:45-4:45 p.m., January 17
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall and Magnolia St.

6-8 p.m., January 17
Veterans for Peace chapter monthly meeting
Bellingham Food Co-Op Connections Building (405 E. Holly St, Room 103) - Veterans and non-veterans welcome!

9-11 a.m., January 18
International Solidarity with Environmental Defenders
Location TBD

12-2:30 p.m., January 18
Ground Zero MLK Vigil
Bangor Base, Seattle WA

9-4 p.m., January 18 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference
Whatcom Community College

7-11 p.m., January 18
2nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Ball
Settlemyer Hall (3028 Lindbergh Ave)

7-8:30 p.m., January 20
Community Food Co-op 22nd Annual MLK Jr. Day
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth Street Bellingham)

9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., January 20
2020 Seattle MLK Day
(To march with the WANW Coalition Contingent, look for the VFP flags and Ground Zero banner on the grassy knoll at 23rd and Jefferson)

9-10:50 a.m. January 20
Poor People's Campaign Songwriting for Social Justice
Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)

6-8 p.m, January 22
Migrant Justice Forum
221 Prospect St

5-7 p.m., January 23
Intergenerational High School Information Session
Ferndale Library 2125 Main St, Ferndale WA

4 p.m., January 23
"A Heritage of Fascists Without Labels: Holocaust Memory and the Afterlife of Fascism in the Long Civil Rights Movement"
Bond Hall 105, WWU

3:45-4:45 p.m., January 24
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall and Magnolia St.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., January 25
Town Hall with Chairman Adam Smith NDAA
Teamsters, 14675 Interurban Ave S #307, Tukwila, WA

2 p.m., January 25
No War with Iran National Mobilization (Peace Vigil)
Corner of Cornwall and Magnolia St.

8-11:30 p.m., January 26
Ozomatli Show 
Wild Buffalo

6:30-7:30 p.m., January 28
Amnesty International chapter monthly meeting
Community Food Co-Op Building, upstairs area

6 p.m., February 3
Peacekeeping Training 
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

7 p.m., February 4
No More Bombs Meeting
Anacortes Library 

6:30-9 p.m., February 21
The Nuns the Priests and the Bomb Screening
Seattle University


22nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference & 2nd Annual Unity Ball

Conference : Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Whatcom Community College, Syre Student Center, 235 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham Unity

Unity Ball: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7-11 p.m.
Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham

No War With Iran

The War Powers Resolution passed the House of Representatives, now its up to the Senate to prevent the Trump administration and Pentagon from going to war with Iran. Urge Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray to vote for the War Powers Resolution to prevent war with Iran and preserve the Iran Nuclear Deal!

We must rise up and resist and call for the United States to preserve the Iran nuclear deal to prevent further escalation in the region. Unless the people of the United States rise up and stop it, war with Iran could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and potentially the gravest consequences.

We hope to see you in the streets on the Global Day of Protest with the people of Iran on January 25!

Rallies at three different locations in Washington:

Bellingham, WA @  2 p.m., corner of Cornwall and Magnolia
Poulsbo, WA @ 11 a.m., corner of HWY 305 and Bond Rd.
Spokane, WA, 12 p.m., Location TBD
Tacoma, WA @ 1 p.m., 11401 Steel St. S. Lakewood
Seattle, WA @ 2 p.m., Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Find actions near you, social media graphics, poster art, helpful webinars, sample tweets, and talking points here.

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