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We are officially halfway through 2020, but the time for mutual aid, justice and solidarity work is never over. Even as businesses reopen and a façade of "back to normal" is created, we must continue to support each other and show up for the health of our community. As the weather heats up and people are eager to go outside, remember that confirmed cases are steadily rising in Whatcom County and the rest of the state — please wear your masks and refrain from gathering. Remember as well that this virus and militarized violence know no borders. So it is our responsibility to remember the thousands of deaths caused by U.S.-led "war on terror" (see this map of the many nations in which the U.S. military currently operates), displacement and the cruel use of economic sanctions that deny access to food, medicine and essential supplies to one-third of the world. Hold space in your heart for that grief, but please remind yourself to move from grief to action.

Please read this Report Back written by our Board Member, historian and Imagine No Kages organizer Josh Ceretti, reflecting back on a Zoom Meeting we had with Representative Rick Larsen about demilitarization and check out the email template to help us hold Rick Larsen accountable to divesting from militarism. Write to us at when you send your email to Larsen. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Center has continued with online actions and community work. Check out the events list to find some great webinars, conferences, happy hours, film discussions, and more ways to be accountable for local and global transformation! 

In peace,
Marii Herlinger (WPJC Intern) & Aline Prata (WPJC Executive Director)

Urge Rep. Rick Larsen to Vote for Peace

Congress decides the enormous Pentagon budget any day now. We need all voices in favor of peace to reach out to representatives now, and demand they vote to defund war and demilitarize the police!  We need them to vote that the National Defense Authorization Act cut the Pentagon budget by 10%, end war in Afghanistan, and stop military weapons transfers to police departments.

Write your representative to defund war and invest in peace today! A sample script and contact information can be found here.

A message from WPJC's founder, Jamie Donaldson: Heron colony needs our help!

Head down to the Post Point Great Blue Heron colony in the next few days to watch the baby herons prepare to leave their nests! They need our help. Contact Mayor Fleetwood and urge him to acquire the adjacent undeveloped lots to create a permanent, protected reserve so the herons can thrive: or call (360) 778-8100.

Free Online Youth Poetry Workshop!

The WDRC is hosting an online poetry workshop for youth, ages 10 and up, who wish to develop their poetry skills.Youth will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from local poets
  • Receive weekly prompts and feedback on their poems
  • Try out different styles of poetry
  • Read their poem in a virtual poetry reading

This workshop is open now through July 31st. Youth can sign up any time by sending an email to

Community Lobby Calls with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and WPJC  

Don't forget about our weekly lobby/action calls, happening every Tuesday at 4 p.m.! Together, we are taking action in direct response to requests from BIPOC organizations across the community and state, and supporting local and national movements by making calls, sending emails and signing petitions. Join us by reaching out to or for more details!

12-1 p.m., July 17
Beloved Community Cafe
Hosted by Resource Center for Nonviolence

4-5 p.m., July 17
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., July 18
A Virtual Summit: Building A United Racial Justice Movement
Hosted by Eyewitness Palestine

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., July 18 
All Day Conference on 21st Century Imperialism: Theory and Practice
More info here

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., July 18
Peacestock: Online Zooming Peace Gathering 
Hosted by Veterans for Peace

2:30 - 5:30 p.m., July 18
"I Am Here and I Stand With You" Rally
Maritime Heritage Park

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., July 20
Strike for Black Lives | A Day of Action
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Seattle King County

5 p.m., July 22
Virtual Happy Hour: Democracy & the Media
Hosted by Fix Democracy

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., July 23
Drought Contingency: Planning and Preparedness
Hosted by RE Sources

4-5 p.m., July 24
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

7 p.m., July 28
Amnesty International Local Chapter Meeting
Monthly Meeting

5 p.m., July 29
Virtual Happy Hour: Addressing Foreign Money in Elections
Hosted by Fix Democracy

6-7:30 a.m., July 30
100 Seconds to Midnight: Webinar on Nuclear Risk Reduction
Hosted by Abolition 2000 et al

4 p.m., July 30
Post-Screening Discussion of "Command and Control"
Hosted by World Beyond War

4-5 p.m., July 31
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

7 - 8:30 p.m., August 1
F*ck Productivity: Unlearning Internal Capitalism
Hosted by Reimagining Recovery

July 30-August 2
Online Conference: Nonviolence as Antidote to the Pandemic of Violence
Hosted by International Nonviolence Summer Institute

12 p.m., August 6
Hibakusha Remembrance Webinar
Hosted by World Beyond War

5 p.m., August 6
One-Hour Online Commemoration: 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day
Hosted by Campaign for Nonviolence

Quaker's Sponsored Whatcom Racial Justice Forum Recording Available 

The Whatcom Racial Justice Forum, which took place on July 1 and was hosted by Bellingham Friends Meeting, is now available for viewing. Closed captioning is available! Check it out here.

Bellingham Sunrise General Meetings Starting!

The Sunrise Movement is a national organization of people dedicated to climate justice. Bellingham's own hub is starting to move to more regular general meetings. For more details, email to be included in the email list and/or to ask for more information regarding the next meeting. Hope to see you there!

Join Mutual Aid Efforts In Whatcom County

Mutual aid and collective care are critical parts of the fight for justice. During COVID-19, the need for community support is ever greater, as people still have rent to pay, groceries to buy, children to take care of, and a multitude of other needs. Check out these Facebook groups (here and here) for local mutual aid efforts, both if you are looking to request aid or have resources to share. 

Youth Organized BLM Peaceful Rally in Everson

On Saturday, July 18, from 4-8 p.m., there will be a peaceful rally on Main St. in front of the market in Everson. This is a youth-organized event. Masks required!

Tell ICE: #FreeTheFamilies From Detention Now!

COVID-19 has been confirmed at multiple immigrant detention facilities. A federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in ICE custody for more than 20 days must be released by July 17. By the judge's order, ICE need only release the children while keeping parents in detention and further danger. Use your voice to demand that ICE release the families together, preventing both the spread of COVID-19 AND the trauma of family separation. Email here and call here.

Support the Yemeni People: Call Congress Now

Yemen has been in brutal war for the last 5 years with a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.S. With countless lives already lost, the pandemic threatens to take even more. Urge your representative and senators to demand that the U.S. restore aid to all parts of Yemen immediately and ensure the Sanders-Lee-Murphy and Malinowski amendments for Yemen are included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)! Head to this link for more information and action steps, including a petition, phone numbers to call, and social media strategies.

Free Norma, Free Them ALL

This statement comes straight from Norma, an elder being detained at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Puyallap land:

"The chemicals they use here to clean the bathrooms and tables is hurting our throats. And one of the main things is that the way the officers sanitize the tables and bathrooms… there are a few officers that are cleaning tablets in such a lazy way — it doesn’t matter to them. One of the guards says, ‘Well I am only going to spray the toilets, and if you want to clean them you can but I’m not going to clean them.’ The handicap bathroom where we shower — where most people shower — there is always water on the floor, usually the water level is above our feet. It’s easy to fall, because they don’t clean it or mop it up with a rag."

More people have died in ICE custody through May of 2020 than all of 2019. ICE uses harmful chemicals categorized as “pesticides” as response to #COVID19, which give people nosebleeds, rashes and eye damage. Join us this month in writing/calling/tweeting for EVERY person who is bravely deciding to go public and share their stories with us, deciding to risk the retaliation inside for fighting for their rights. The time to #ShutDownNWDC and #FreeThemAll is now! The time to #DefundPolICE and #AbolishICE is now! Find scripts and contact info here:

Urge Your Senators to Pass Legislation to Protect Native Women

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds most programming and services in the US to combat sexual and domestic violence—but it is STILL stalled in the Senate, preventing survivors across the country from getting the services they need. Two competing versions exist in the Senate, one which would roll back protections for Native women under VAWA.  Email your Senators today to tell them to co-sponsor S. 2843, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019—not an imposter bill that rolls back protections! Once you’ve emailed, then call their office, too!

Teach-In: The Struggle for Liberation From the US to Palestine

At 2 p.m. PDT on July 21, join a discussion to learn about the intersection of movements organizing to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and free political prisoners as part of liberation struggles led by Black people in the US and Palestinian people in occupied Palestine. Register here.

Webinar Panel: The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Climate Justice Movement 

The Alliance for Climate Education is hosting a discussion on "the multiple frontlines faced by Black people, why it's critical for the climate movement to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement, and how climate activists can support Black Lives Matter." The panel features activists who work on climate justice as well as policing issues. Register here.

WIHS Presents: *Free* Summer Media Studio for Social Change 

Whatcom Intergenerational High School is a new school designed with students and supported by elders with the goal of generating deep inquiry skills, thoughtful interactions, and critical consciousness. Although its launch has been postponed due to COVID-19, WIHS is offering this free summer program to teach young students how to use digital media skills to work for a more just world. Learn how to create public service announcements using visual media to make social change! For students aged 13-14. Sign up here
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