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Friends,

At least 58 Palestinians were killed this week by Israeli snipers and tear gas. They were taking part in the Great Return March, along with tens of thousands of Palestinians, who for more than six weeks have nonviolently protested the ongoing denial of their rights under occupation. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance; tell Congress to hold Israel accountable for these killings.

Today is Nakba, or "catastrophe," 70 years to the day since the U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine went into effect. With the creation of the new state of Israel, more than 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, and their villages destroyed. Learn more.

This week in Bellingham, students at Western Washington University (WWU) are organizing Israeli Apartheid Week, as part of the global solidarity movements for Palestinian rights and against militarization.

All week, you can learn about the Separation Wall and its connections to the U.S.-Mexico border wall by visiting their Mock Apartheid Wall in Red Square, which will be up through Friday. Tomorrow at 5 p.m., learn from a panel of speakers including Dean Spade, Nada Elia, and Josefina Mora, who will discuss cross-movement solidarity. Be sure to follow WWU SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights) and the newly formed WWU chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace for updates.


 
Thank you,
WPJC

U.S. must hold Israel accountable for Great Return March killings

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance, receiving $3.8 billion in taxpayer-funded weapons each year. U.S. laws are supposed to prevent these weapons from being used to commit human rights abuses. It is past time to end Israel’s impunity to using excessive force against Palestinians.

Email your Members of Congress now to demand the U.S. open an investigation into Israel’s unlawful killing of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza.

Keep up pressure for diplomacy in North Korea


Contact Senators Murray and Cantwell today in support of the Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act, S. 2047. This bill reinforces Congress' constitutional authority to declare war, stopping the president from striking the Korean peninsula in the event the current talks fall apart.

For a sample phone script or resources to help you write a letter, go to: https://www.wpsr.org/action-alert-s2047

Senator Maria Cantwell
(206) 220-6400

Senator Patty Murray
(206) 553-5545

5-7 p.m., May 16
Co-Resistance: Uniting the Struggle for Justice from Washington to Palestine
Academic West 204 at WWU

7-9 p.m., May 16

Black Lives Matter: Environmental Racism & the Flint Crisis
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Avenue)

6 p.m., May 17
Don't Touch My Hair
Social Issues Resource Center at WWU (516 High Street, Room 512)

May 18-19
Vine Deloria, Jr., Indigenous Studies Symposium
Northwest Indian College


4-5 p.m., May 18
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5:30 p.m., May 18
Middle East Prayer Vigil
United Church of Ferndale

6 p.m., May 18
Veterans for Peace monthly meeting
Co-op Connections Building Room 103 (405 E. Holly)


11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., May 21
Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

6 p.m., May 21
Refugee Communities, Skateboard Cultures & Andean Agriculture
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

7 p.m., May 29
Amnesty International chapter 270 meeting
Top floor at Co-op (1220 N. Forest)

Lessons from refugee communities, skateboard cultures, and Andean agriculture


On Monday, May 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street) will host a presentation by three Fairhaven College students who each spent last school year traveling and learning internationally. Their projects focused on refugee communities in Greece, farming practices in the Andes mountains, and skateboard cultures in Guangzhou, China, Cape Town, and Seoul.

The three presenters, Alia Taqieddin, Zi Zhang, and Grace Coffey, are students at Western Washington University. They were recipients of Fairhaven College’s Adventure Learning Grant in 2016-2017. This grant allows three students annually to challenge their perspectives, enrich their education, expose themselves to intellectual risk, and help embody challenge and adventure as integral to a Fairhaven education. Grantees receive a $20,000 stipend to travel internationally.

The presentation is open to the public. For language interpretation and disability accommodations, please contact: office@whatcompjc.org or 360-734-0217.


More info: http://www.whatcompjc.org/blog/fairhaven-college-presentation
Facebook event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/161764071171532

Co-Resistance from Washington to Palestine


On Wednesday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. in Academic West at Western, WWU Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) will welcome Dean Spade, Nada Elia and Josefina Mora, three amazing local activists who represent the transnational struggle for justice locally and globally.

Why and how should we include the fight for Palestinian rights and justice in movements locally? What are the ways that local communities experience the same global forces of oppression as Palestinian communities fighting against militarism, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing? How do we work to find common ground in our daily work, so that we can lose our chains together?

Drawing from the speakers' political backgrounds, this community forum is an opportunity to share, grow and learn with the goal of bringing our communities at WWU and in Bellingham one step closer to a just future.

This event is part of WWU Israeli Apartheid Week 2018. With questions, please contact WWU SUPER via Facebook messenger or at wwusuper48@gmail.com
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***Deadline Alert***
TODAY (May 15) is the deadline for activists ages 18-35 to apply for scholarships to attend "Complicating Narratives" this summer.
Apply at: http://forseabeck.org/young-activists-application

Complicating Narratives

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


Registration is now open for the 60th annual NWFOR Regional Conference. Thanks to a generous bequest from Margaret Robinson, Oregon FOR is providing funds to cover the conference fees for young adult activists. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, and are already passionately engaged in activism, please apply before May 15! Go to http://forseabeck.org/young-activists-application for the application.

More information on this year's conference, including registration, is available online at: forseabeck.org. If you register, please let WPJC know -- we will be holding a pre-conference meet-up to discuss the "Preparing Yourself" materials and to coordinate carpools.


Keynote speakers

Taylor Amari Little (Tay)
is a proud Black queer femme Muslim and practitioner of African Diasporic ancestral spiritual traditions. Some may know her on social media as “Controversial Tay,” the young TEDx Speaker presenting “Revolutionary Self-Produced Justice,” or the student featured on Buzzfeed for her “White People Stay Colonizing” presentation that went viral late 2016.
  Women of Color Speak Out is a collective of direct action activists that formed during the ShellNo protest in Seattle. Shifting the dominant environmental narrative in policy and science, we speak out on how systems of oppression have led to worldwide ecological disaster. We speak on how capitalism, colonialism, racism, the prison industrial complex and patriarchy have lead into climate change.

Youth fellowship applications due this month!


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 for 2018 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 office@whatcompjc.org for help or for a copy of the application.




 
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