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Nonviolence fellowships for young adults


On Friday, at least 16 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces, and hundreds were injured, while participating in “The Great Return March,” a series of mass protests leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the original dispossession of the Palestinian people in 1948. Please read  "The Gaza march is a wake-up call to the world."

From Gaza to Chicago to Bellingham, young people are on the front lines of struggles for peace with justice.

If you yourself are a young adult, or if you work or live with young folks, please consider these opportunities to get support, training, and exposure to other communities' struggles:

Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship
Apply by May 1 for the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship. Learn about peace and justice issues, nonviolent movement building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. After a week-long intensive training in Seattle and Hood Canal, you get support, including $600, to carry out a nonviolent campaign or project of your choice. Open to anyone 14-23 years old.

FCNL Advocacy Corps
Apply no later than April 9 for this year-long learning experience. If you are selected for FCNL's Advocacy Corps, you will learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice, working at the federal level to end programs that transfer military-grade weapons to local police. FCNL will fly you to Washington, D.C. for a 10-day intensive training (July 27-August 5), and then provide you with support, including a $3,000 stipend, to carry out your organizing in your home community. This opportunity is open to anyone age 19-30.

With respect,

P.S. The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will soon be convening a small group for training for nonviolence trainers (open to all ages). Participants will take part in a summer-long study group and a weekend of intensive training in August. We seek to build up a cohort of 5-6 trainers with roots/futures in the region, who can commit to offering community nonviolence trainings in the coming years.

If you are curious about this opportunity, please reach out to learn more. Call 360-734-0217, email, or stop by WPJC's office at 1220 Bay Street on Tuesday or Thursday between 12-4 p.m.

Workshop: Working Toward Racial Equity

In this workshop open to learners at all levels, participants will learn some ways to examine their privilege and recognize what it feels like to be the target of stereotypes. You will learn tools to analyze non-inclusive policies and practices in your sphere of influence and share strategies to dismantle them.

Thursday, April 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. Please register at:

Call for volunteers

WPJC needs your help! We will be tabling at the Saturday Market this Saturday, April 7. If you can pick up a two or three hour tabling shift between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., please send an email to or call 360-734-0217.

We also need extra hands next Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in our office at 1220 Bay Street. We will be stuffing and sealing envelopes. Please call or email if you can come, just to help us ensure we have enough refreshments on hand.

We are continuing to train new volunteers for Alternatives to Military Service. If you would like to get involved, please come to the orientation on Monday, April 23, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at WPJC's office, 1220 Bay Street. 

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Alternatives to Military Service
volunteer orientation will be
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 23
5:30 p.m., April 2
Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
University of Washington's Bagley Hall Room 131 (Seattle)

6-8 p.m., April 3
No Way to Treat a Guest: Race, Economies, Workers and Borders
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

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

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.., April 9
Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

Noon-1:20 p.m., April 11
Fairhaven World Issues Forum: Refugees in Greece; Farming in Ecuador; and Global Skateboarding
WWU's Fairhaven College Auditorium

6:30-10:30 p.m., April 13
Hands off Maru: Benefit for Maru Mora Villalpando
Alternative Library (519 E. Maple Street)

4-7 p.m., April 17
Global Day of Action on Military Spending
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

Noon-1:20 p.m., April 18
Fairhaven World Issues Forum: Indigenous People in the Global Context
WWU's Fairhaven College Auditorium

5:30 p.m., April 18
Middle East Prayer Vigil
First Christian Church/Disciples of Christ (495 East Bakerview Road)

7-9 p.m., April 18
Intersectionality: Intersections in the Black Lives Matter Movement
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Avenue)

5:30-7 p.m., April 19
Workshop: Working Toward Racial Equity
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

6 p.m., April 20
Veterans for Peace monthly chapter meeting
Co-op Connections Building (405 E. Holly Street, Room 103)


Budget for a Better World

This year, Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. We will be gathering at 4 at WPJC (1220 Bay Street) to share knowledge around U.S. taxpayer dollars funding weapons and wars, and to share ideas for budgeting for a better world. We will then hit the streets of Bellingham to spread the word about the federal budget breakdown and ways to work for a better-world budget. Please join us!

Do you want more information on military spending and taxes to share with your congregation or organization on Tax Day? Please send an email to, and along with your request, please let us know where you want to see more taxpayer dollars allocated.

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Shut down school firing ranges

From World Beyond War:

Please sign the petition to shut down firing ranges in American high schools! Your message will be sent to your state legislators.
The Army taught Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz how to shoot a lethal weapon in his high school cafeteria when he was 14. Nik was a member of the school’s U.S. Army JROTC Marksmanship Program. JROTC stands for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Nearly 2,000 high schools have military shooting programs. They should be shut down. 
The marksmanship programs typically use CO2-powered long rifles that shoot .177 caliber lead pellets at speeds up to 600 feet per second. They are lethal weapons. America is the only country in the world that teaches riflery in its public schools.
Militarism is a contributing cause of gun violence in America. These shooting programs don’t belong in our schools! 

You can search for JROTC Marksmanship programs here: (Enter your state and select “with marksmanship program” from the drop down menu.)
Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era

The threat of nuclear catastrophe has grown under the current Administration, and we're now on a path to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal. At the same time, desperately needed social programs are being cut, and communities of color and low-income communities are hurt the most. Racial justice and nuclear weapons issues have been closely tied since the beginning of the nuclear era, but their connections are often lost.
Join us for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi, author of "African Americans Against the Bomb," on the intersection of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and the fight for racial equity.

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
Monday, April 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Doors at 5:45 p.m.
University of Washington, Bagley hall, Room 131, Seattle, WA 98195
This discussion will explore how African American activists have been involved in the fight against nuclear weapons, how racism, colonialism, and inequity have shaped our nuclear policy, and how this is playing out under our current Administration. You will also learn what's happening locally, and how you can take action.
This event is sponsored by WPSR, Health Alliance International, Ploughshares Fund, the University of Washington Global Health Department, and Town Hall is a promotional partner.

Hate-related vandalism in Bellingham

From Whatcom Human Rights Task Force:

As the Bellingham Herald has reported, in recent weeks several books in the Jewish Collection at WWU Wilson Library were defaced on two separate occasions and one faculty member found a swastika outside their office door.
These incidents are not isolated. Racist graffiti was also found on mailboxes in the Edgemoor neighborhood recently, and last year Bellingham saw hate-related vandalism to the Unitarian Fellowship building.
In the last two years hate crimes have risen sharply nation-wide. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports 26 active hate groups in Washington state.
Our state law recognizes that certain symbols figure so strongly in the history of racial, ethnic, and religious violence as to constitute not just vandalism but an active threat (RCW 9A.36.078, Malicious Harassment).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights notes that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind.”
The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force calls upon our community to unite against such contempt and to uphold Article 12 of the Declaration by preventing interference in any person’s privacy, home, family, and honor.

Here are five things each of us can do to join hands against hate in our community:
  1. Recognize that hate can take many forms, speech and symbols as well as acts. See the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, or sites such as
  2. Speak up when you encounter hate speech. There is no such thing as a harmless joke or innocent remark where hate is involved.
  3. Hold our government and law enforcement agencies accountable. Let elected officials know that we will not tolerate hate in our community and that we expect hate crimes to be investigated and prosecuted as such. 
  4. Help make our community safe for all. Attend vigils and rallies, initiate book groups or community conversations about race and bias.
  5. Join and support the organizations in our community that work to combat hate. Attend meetings and make your voice heard. You can learn about Whatcom Human Rights Task Force activities at
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