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Dear friends,

September is finally coming to an end and our International Day of Peace events have as well. However, that doesn’t mean we’re done turning imagination into action! 

Peace and justice efforts are a year-long event, with multitudes of topics and various methods of achieving our goals for a better world. That’s why the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center has decided to partner with local Whatcom County organizations to promote a list of endorsed actions y’all can take part in! Make sure to click the link below (the little button saying "Take Action Now"!) or click here to view them all in detail.

Here's a list of the various orgs and their issues:

  • 350 Bellingham: Advocate for a Feasibility Study on Municipal Electric
  • Amnesty International 270: Banned Books Week - show solidarity with incarcerated authors and artists
  • Amnesty International 270: Campaign to End Gun Violence
  • Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival: Watch The Berrigans
  • Bellingham Tenants Union: Petition for Eviction Protections
  • Birchwood Food Desert Fighters: Extend Renter Protections and Sign Up for Mutual Aid
  • C2C: Demand Funding for Immigrant Families Resource Center
  • Jobs with Justice: Ask Lynden to Pass Hazard Pay Ordinance for Grocery Store Workers
  • People First Campaign: Support Bellingham Initiatives 1-4 on the November Ballot
  • WA Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons: Letter Writing for Nuclear Disarmament
  • WA Physicians for Social Responsibility: Support the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act
  • Whatcom CARE: Advocate for Full Implementation of Since Time Immemorial Curriculum
  • Whatcom Human Rights Task Force: Contact Bellingham City Council About Winter Sheltering
Also make sure to partake in the various action items below, from the NDAA to Haiti to the Pentagon budget. And if you're able to attend an in-person event, make sure to attend the Abortion Justice Rally here in Bellingham on the 2nd, at 2 p.m. in front of City Hall.

In peace,
Devan Gunther
WPJC Intern

International Day of Peace Actions List

In tune with our theme of turning imagination into action, for this year's International Day of Peace we have a list of actions from various local organizations we would like for you to participate in. Click the link below to take part!
Take Action with us!

Rally for Abortion Justice

WHEN: Saturday, October 2nd -- 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham
LOCAL CONTACT: Jessica Demorest | (360) 739-6964

This Saturday, people across Bellingham and Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties will take to the streets in a march to demand an end to the dangerous, escalating attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms in this country.

The event will start with a short rally at the front steps of City Hall with some speakers, and then march in a short loop through town ending once more at City Hall. Masks are required for all people- fully vaccinated or not- and must be worn at all times to protect the people around us.

UNRWA USA is hiring!

UNRWA is delighted to share that they are now hiring for a Communications Manager and Digital Fundraising Officer!

Both openings are full-time positions, located in Washington DC, with an anticipated start date of late October or early November 2021. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 8, 2021.

Additional Action Items:

3 - 4 p.m., Sept 30
DSA Says Let Cuba Live: Ending the US Blockade Today
Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America

4:30 - 5:30, Sept 30
Washington Can’t Wait 2.0 Campaign Kick-Off
Hosted by Futurewise

Oct 1 - 3
Progressive Power Summit
Hosted by MoveOn

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. || 2 p.m., Oct 2
We Unite for Abortion Justice
Co-Sponsored by Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
In-person, Corner of North Forest and Ellis || Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie Street

1 p.m., Oct 3
Countering Counterinsurgency
Hosted by ILPS

4 - 5 p.m., Oct 3
Friday Peace Vigil
In-person, corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5:30 - 7, Oct 5
Health & Homelessness: Advocating for Equitable Policy Together!
Hosted by WPSR

7 p.m., Oct 5
Statewide Virtual Public Outreach Meeting — Redistricting

7 p.m., Oct 5
Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: The North Korea Case
Hosted by Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS)

5 p.m., Oct 6
Gender & Racial Purity in Political Participation - Why does it matter?
Democracy Happy Hour

5 p.m., Oct 6
National Call
Hosted by FCNL

11 a.m., Oct 7
Gaza is Palestine Campaign Kick-off
Hosted by US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Oct 7
New Nuclear: What’s at Stake for Wildlife
Hosted by Beyond Nuclear International

Oct 7 - Nov 20
The Red Chador: Genesis 1 by Anida Yoeu Ali
Hosted by WWU’s Gallery
In-person, Western Gallery

6 - 7:30 p.m., Oct 9
Food Justice Gala
Hosted by C2C

10 a.m., Oct 9
Statewide Virtual Public Outreach Meeting — Redistricting

11 a.m., Oct 9
Webinar with Fida Qishta, Filmmaker from Gaza
Sponsored by US Boats to Gaza

4 - 5 p.m., Oct 10
Friday Peace Vigil
In-person, corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oct 11
WWU’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Hosted by WWU

4 - 5 p.m., Oct 17
Friday Peace Vigil
In-person, corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

10:30 a.m., Oct 18
Bolivia Shows There is An Alternative: Putting People & Planet First
Hosted by Brazil Solidarity InitiativeVenezuela Solidarity Campaign 

Whatcom County Green New Deal for Public Schools

This July, 112 Washingtonians died from the record-breaking heatwave, which was the deadliest weather event in state history. Every day, millions of public school students, teachers, and staff work and learn in crumbling, unventilated buildings that swelter in summer and freeze in winter. It's high time our children's schools and teachers received the respect they deserve!

The Green New Deal for Public Schools will invest $1.4 trillion over ten years in America's K-12 public schools to build the carbon-free, climate-resilient schools of tomorrow. That funding will create 1.3 million jobs per year and eliminate 78 million tons of CO, annually, while also hiring more teachers and staff, removing toxic materials, expanding community services, and closing the education gap.

We demand that Congress support increasing funding for public schools, by championing the Green New Deal for Public Schools.

Sign Sunrise's petition here!

No to NDAA: Tell Congress to Reduce Military Spending

The moment of ending a war widely viewed as a 20-year catastrophe, having spent $21 trillion on militarism during those 20 years, and the moment when the biggest Congressional question in the media is whether the United States can afford $3.5 trillion over 10 years for things other than wars, is hardly the moment to increase military spending, or even to maintain it at remotely its current level.

Tiny fractions of U.S. military spending could do a world of good in the United States and around the world, and the most serious dangers facing us are exacerbated, not ameliorated, by it. These include environmental collapse, nuclear disaster, disease pandemics, and poverty. Even in morally dubious economic terms alone, military spending is a drain, not a boost.

Our demand to members of the U.S. House and Senate is to publicly commit to voting NO on the National Defense Authorization Act if it funds anything more than 90% of what it funded last year. We want to see those commitments made publicly and emphatically, with efforts to rally colleagues to do the same. That no caucus of the U.S. Congress is yet taking this action is disgraceful.

We would like to see House Members cosponsor H.Res.476, a non-binding resolution that proposes to move $350 billion out of the Pentagon's budget. But until it has a chance of passing both houses, those endorsements will not impress us much. We would like to see them vote for amendments to undo the Congressional increase of $25 billion and to reduce spending to 90% of last year's level. 

Click here to quickly email your Representative and Senators.
To phone them, and to be prompted first with what you might want to say, dial 833-

NDAA: Prohibit U.S. Military Training and Equipping of the Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran military and police forces

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit the U.S. from providing capacity building military aid -- including military training and equipment -- to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor this important amendment today!

Tell Congress: Block the weapons transfer to Israel NOW

The media may have turned its attention away from the U.S.-made bombs that Israel drops on Palestinians in Gaza, but progressives in the House haven't. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Mark Pocan are working to block U.S. bombs from going to the Israeli government and we have just a few days to get as much support as possible. 

These three members of Congress have filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to block the transfer of the $735 million Boeing weapons sale to Israel that the Biden administration approved last May in the midst of Israel's deadly military attack on Palestinians in Gaza using those very same bombs. Under no circumstances can we allow more of our weapons to fuel Israel's violent apartheid regime and we need every member of Congress with us. 

We only have a few days to move on this—stop what you're doing and write to your member of Congress.

CODEPINK petition on the same issue here.


The Biden administration is mass deporting thousands of Haitian asylum-seekers at the border – putting them at risk for violence, being unhoused, and even death. 

We cannot allow that to happen. The cruelty rooted in hate, racism, and xenophobia that has shaped immigration policies for years continues to brutally harm and oppress millions of people today. We must demand an end to Title 42 expulsion flights, and for the United States to respect the human right to seek asylum. 

Sign your name and send a letter to your members of Congress right now to help pass legislation to halt these injustices and put pressure on the Biden administration to do the right thing.

Tell Biden to Protect Asylum Seekers: End Title 42 Border Expulsions NOW

The images we’ve seen of Haitians seeking asylum being rounded up like cattle by the U.S. Border Patrol is a visual representation of the long-term systemic abuse and cruelty meted out by U.S. border enforcement – and President Biden must put an end to it. The Biden administration had ample opportunity to rescind the Title 42 expulsion order, a Trump-era policy that weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to violate the rights of children and adults seeking refuge in the United States. 

This practice not only puts the lives of the people fleeing horrific violence immediately in danger, but it also violates the legal right to seek asylum under the false pretense of protecting public health. Please, join us and PHR today and demand an immediate end to Title 42 border expulsions and protect the right to seek asylum at the U.S. border.


Urge Congress to Pass an Ethics Agenda


Important anti-corruption legislation has been sitting in various Senate and House committees awaiting action for far too long. Strong ethics laws, based on incentivizing whistleblowers to report frauds, are urgently needed, especially in light of the trillions of dollars in actual or proposed federal spending for COVID-19 relief efforts or infrastructure. Congress must pass an effective ethics agenda to protect whistleblowers of all stripes.

To remedy, the National Whistleblower Center has identified nine legislative initiatives in our Ethics Agenda for Whistleblowers that are needed to move the dial significantly in the favor of whistleblowers and their protections. 

The nine needed legislative actions are:

Confirm Members to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)

Fix the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act.

Defend COVID-19 Whistleblowers

Fund the Commodity Whistleblower Program

Stop the” Repeal by Delay” of the IRS Whistleblower Program

Pass the False Claims Act Reforms

Enact Whistleblower Protection for Climate Change and Wildlife Trafficking

Protect Electric Grid Whistleblowers.

Make National Whistleblower Day Permanent.

These initiatives are central to providing whistleblowers with a powerful and effective framework to fight back against retaliation, make protected and secure disclosures of waste, fraud, and abuse, and protect American taxpayers. Whistleblowers have worked hard to protect us all, now, let us return the favor. Please, write to your Senators, Representative, and President Biden and urge them to take action and pass this Ethics Agenda.


The Supreme Court just took the unprecedented measure of allowing Texas’ radical abortion ban to take effect – halting most abortion in the state – and is set to hear a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade this term. At the same time, states across the country are moving relentlessly to slash abortion rights, passing more restrictions this year than ever before. It's more urgent than ever that we defend our reproductive freedom.

The Women's Health Protection Act would provide a nationwide safeguard against abortion bans and medically unnecessary restrictions that push abortion care out of reach. It would protect the constitutional rights of all people, no matter where they live. The U.S. House has done its job in passing WHPA, but we can’t stop now.

Send a message to your senators urging them to pass WHPA using ACLU's form here.

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