Beth Brownfield, lifetime peacemaker
Beth Brownfield is this year's Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker. Beth is a lifelong activist and educator who has dedicated herself to working for understanding and social action around tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
While living in Minnesota, Beth was deeply involved with Unitarian Universalist (UU) solidarity work in the Dakotas, including marching and camping in the Black Hills during the American Indian Movement occupation at Wounded Knee. Since moving to Bellingham in 2004, she has played a significant supporting role in many tribal-led efforts such as the Paddle to Lummi Canoe Journey in 2007, and she took a leadership role in the Unitarian Universalist Association's repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery.
Beth encourages individuals, community organizations, and businesses to step forward to support Lummi Nation in hosting the Paddle to Lummi in 2019 (please visit their table during the info fair at International Day of Peace).
Please join the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in recognizing Beth at International Day of Peace, 6 p.m. on Friday, September 21!
Also that evening, Afro-folk singer Naomi Wachira will take the stage, as will Lummi tribal member and writer Rena Priest. The organizing committee and members of our Board of Directors will share a few thoughts with you. A community dinner from 6-7 will coincide with an info fair featuring local peace and justice groups.
ASL interpretation will be provided, and free childcare will be available onsite. The venue is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at the main entrance on North Forest Street. The side entrance on Maple will also be open this year from 6-7 p.m. Free parking is available in both dentist parking lots near the intersection of Maple and Forest.
All people of goodwill are invited. Solidarity donations will be requested. The dinner costs $5-20 on a sliding scale.
Please spread the word by sharing the Facebook invitation and inviting friends. The event details are online here: whatcompjc.org/international-day-of-peace.html.
WPJC is grateful for the support of many volunteers, individual donors, and sponsors, who include: A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio, Amnesty International Bellingham Group 270, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Social & Environmental Justice Committee, Bellingham-Whatcom Peace & Justice (and Earthcare) Vigil, Blaine United Church of Christ, Boundary Bay Brewery, Community Food Co-op, Copy Source, Daylight Properties, Faith Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, First Congregational Church, Islamic Center of Blaine, Law Office of Edward S. Alexander, P.S., The Lucky Monkey, Pax Christi, Steele Financial Services, United Church of Ferndale, Veterans for Peace Chapter 111, Village Books, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, and Yoga Northwest.
P.S. Help spread the word! Invite your network on Facebook or post the event on your page. Share this webpage in an email. You can download the poster here to print or share in an e-newsletter or on social media.