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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:

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.

In peace,

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.

Drink and Dine for Peace Friday Sept 21st 2018 International Day of Peace Benefits the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center  To take part, simply dine out on September 21st at any of the participating establishments:  Bayou on Bay 1300 Bay Street 3-11 p.m. Brandywine Kitchen 1317 Commercial Street  11 a.m.-10 p.m. Café Akroteri 1219 Cornwall  11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Camber 221 W. Holly 7 a.m.-10 p.m.  Culture Café at Kombucha Town 210 E. Chestnut noon-2 a.m. Daisy Café 114 W. Magnolia  7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Mount Bakery 308 W. Champion & 1217 Harris 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Stones Throw Brewery 1009 Larrabee  noon-11 p.m.

Alternatives to Military Service training

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., at WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

Every semester, veterans and other volunteers with the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center visit high schools in Whatcom County to offer information on the realities of war, helping youth fact-check the promises of military recruiters.

We also talk about:
  • Becoming a conscientious objector
  • Ways to earn money for college other than the GI Bill
  • Apprenticeships and community service programs that pay
  • Educational opportunities 

This volunteer training will prepare you to table with WPJC. We'll go over responses to the most common questions and review our key handouts. You can browse the center's library and borrow related books, as well as meet returning volunteers and hear about their experiences.

If you want to volunteer but can't make this training, please email
4-5 p.m., September 14
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

7 a.m.-10 p.m., September 15
Shop at the Co-op today!
Downtown, Cordata & Bakery Cafe

5:30 p.m., September 18
Prayer Vigil for Middle East Peace
 St. James Presbyterian Church (910 14th Street)

7-9 p.m., September 19
Prosecutor Candidate Debate
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall)

2-6 p.m., September 20
Queers Against Deportation vigil kick-off
1431 Sunset Avenue in Ferndale

September 21
Drink & Dine for Peace
Eight restaurants in Bellingham

6-9 p.m., September 21
International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest

Noon-3 p.m., September 23
"Your Vote Counts" Block Party
Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad)

6-7:30 p.m., September 26
Volunteer Training for Alternatives to Military Service
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

September 28-30
Alternatives to Violence Project Basics Workshop
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (13 Prospect Street)

Registration open for Alternatives to Violence Project

Basics workshop this month

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) understands that conflict is a normal part of life but believes that violence — whether verbal, physical, emotional, or spiritual — doesn't need to be. AVP believes that conflict can be used as a tool for change and transformation.

AVP seeks to establish, by teaching practical skills, a peaceful community where members have the ideals, the expectation, and know-how to reach positive, powerful resolutions to conflict situations.

AVP offers hope, training and confidence to help each of us, individually and in community, to change this world, our country, every neighborhood and our homes, to the peaceful places where we all wish to live.

The Basic level AVP Workshop is an intensive learning experience that teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills. These experiences in small groups and in one-to-one interactions help build a sense of community. Trust role-plays also provide an opportunity to explore this power as well as learn and practice creative ways to respond to real-life conflicts.

The Basics workshop will be held in downtown Bellingham Sept. 28-30, 2018.
You can register here.
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