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Friends,

An important note -- this Thursday, June 20, is the deadline to apply for the role of Executive Director. Please see the job announcement below.

Welcome to everyone who is new to our mailing list after Whatcom Youth Pride! Thanks for coming by the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center table. 
Rep. Rick Larsen was there too, so some of us had the chance to ask him in person to take action to prevent war with Iran. If you haven't done so yet, send a note here.

Every year in September, WPJC honors a member of our community with the Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award. Nominations are now being accepted for this year's award. To nominate someone, please go to https://www.whatcompjc.org/howard-harris-award.html.

Thank you,
WPJC

Work with us

Executive director
WPJC is searching for a new executive director to begin in August 2019. This half-time, paid position is responsible for volunteer coordination, event organizing, office administration, budgetary and financial management, fundraising, community and public relations, Board of Directors support, and program development and implementation. Applications will be accepted through June 20. For the job description and to apply, visit whatcompjc.org/work-with-us.html.

5:30-8 p.m., June 18
Bellingham Mayoral Forum
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

6-8 p.m., June 19

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters meeting
Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod)


4-5 p.m., June 21
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6 p.m., June 21
Veterans for Peace 111 monthly chapter meeting
Co-op Connections Building (405 E. Holly, Room 103)

7 p.m., June 25
Amnesty International Group 270 meeting
Upstairs at downtown Co-op (1220 N. Forrest)
If you'd like to table with WPJC at the Bellingham Pride Festival, the Birchwood International Market, or another community gathering this summer, please reply to this email and let us know -- we need a few more volunteers for each event.

Demand presidential candidates oppose the first use of nuclear weapons

From Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility:

In our current nuclear system, there is no requirement for Congressional approval or oversight of the decision to initiate a nuclear war. It rests solely on the President. No president should have unchecked authority to destroy the world.

Right now, dozens of candidates are running to be our next commander-in-chief. We need them to support the establishment of a policy that the U.S. would never be the first to use nuclear weapons.

Demand a public commitment from every 2020 presidential candidate to institute a policy against the first use of nuclear weapons if elected president.

African Fashion Show


A few last-minute tickets are available at WPJC (1220 Bay Street). Get yours on Tuesday or Thursday between noon-4 p.m. for just $15/ticket.

For those looking for culture in the Pacific Northwest, this will be the very first African fashion show event. From now on, this becomes our tradition every year. If you are a fan of African fashion, this show is for you!!!! Regardless of ethnic group.

Africa Making Huge Strides 2019 is the largest African fashion show in Whatcom County where emerging, established and local designers and models gather on one roof to celebrate African heritage through African fashion and art and promote African culture.

Local African designers from our community are coming together to showcase the true collaboration of art in live. We are characterized by ethnic diversities. The vision is to promote entrepreneurship, community leaders, charities, organizations by building a creative space for upcoming designers to showcase the best of Africa emerging fashion talent. By doing so, we will advance awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of African culture and traditions. If you love diversity, culture, and art, this event is for you.

2019 Seabeck Conference
Fierce Vulnerability: Direct Action that Heals and Transforms

Registration is now open for the 61st annual Fellowship of Reconciliation NW Regional Conference at Seabeck, Washington. It will take place Friday, June 28 through Monday, July 1, 2019, and is presented by East Point Peace Academy & Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation.

"Fierce Vulnerability is an attempt to build a movement...that understands the assertiveness that is needed to address the crises of our times. A movement that sees social change as a radical act of healing. A movement that knows that each of us needs to heal as much as those we may feel compelled to blame. A movement that knows that violence hurts all parties. A movement that will never see any individual as disposable, undeserving of dignity, or incapable of transformation."

Registration and more info is at: https://wwfor.org/annual-conference

ACLU advocacy institutes


Summer programs for high school students (age 15-18) and college-age students (18-24)

The ACLU's advocacy institutes educate and empower the next generation of civil liberties advocates. Deadlines are coming up for applying to this summer's programs. Go to
https://www.aclu.org/issues/aclu-summer-institute for more details, including the application. 
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