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Friends, 

Tomorrow is the day many have been waiting for—the first day of the new year (read: no longer 2020!). While we certainly understand the eagerness to leave 2020 behind, we don't want to forget about the incredible growth and triumph we have seen this year. Yes, there is much to grieve and surely much to enrage us from 2020, but at the same time, there is so much to celebrate. Thanks to a strong community of supporters, we have been able to accomplish some pretty amazing things over the past 365 days. We have:
  • held another record-breaking International Day of Peace commemoration, while learning how to adapt to hosting online events
  • collaborated with local businesses and organizations for educational events and direct action throughout the year
  • attended a retreat and developed strategy with the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition, the largest coalition doing anti-nukes work in the country made up of roughly 40 other organizations in the state (including The WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, No More Bombs, 350.org Seattle)
  • helped found a self-organized, intersectional group of youth committed to nuclear weapons abolition work 
  • organized a meeting with Rep. Rick Larsen to advocate for police demilitarization 
  • joined the voices of thousands of BIPOC leaders across the country and around the world through our local coalition to defund the police
  • promoted lobbying, advocacy and leadership skills for peace and justice among youth 
  • continued supporting elder-led weekly peace actions
  • and much more!
In 2021, we look forward to expanding our generational reach, hosting and promoting learning opportunities, increasing youth participation, consolidating our Alternatives to Military Service approach in the era of COVID-19, welcoming new Board Members, and continuing sharing resources which promote a vision of lasting peace and justice. Speaking of: please make sure to check out the information we have below about Whatcom Human Rights Task Force's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conference! The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center will bring together the voices of Cuban Ambassador, Yanet Pumariega Pérez; human rights advocate, attorney and Executive Director of Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ), Soffiyah Elijah; and Seattle Black Panther Party co-founder and author, Aaron Dixon in a special webinar about Policing in Cuba - Alternatives to Militarized Police and Abolition from the Global South. Other participants in the workshop are knowledgeable about policing in Mexico and Nicaragua and will contribute to the discussion on alternatives to police! Stay tuned for more information!

In peace and deep gratitude for your continued support,

Marii Herlinger
WPJC Intern
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WPJC Office Needs:

We are in need of a couple items:

1) A working MacBook from the year 2015 or later to replace our broken computer
2) A long, multi-plug extension cord

Please let us know if you have these items to spare and/or spread the word that we're on the lookout for them! We're happy to provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for the Macbook donation. Please arrange pick up/drop off with our E.D. at office@whatcompjc.org

Nonviolent Communication for BIPOC - An 8 Week Course

Nonviolent Communication for BIPOC: An Online Course

Check out this amazing opportunity to join a cohort of Black Indigenous People of Color in a 8-week course about nonviolent communication to explore our learning, healing, and growth.

Register here and please let WPJC know that you've registered by emailing our Executive Director at office@whatcompjc.org. If there is enough interest, we can start a local group of BIPOC people to process and continue to build relationships and learning locally.
 
Good news!

We are excited to share the news that the latest Coronavirus relief package will restore Medicaid to Marshallese Islanders living in the U.S. In 1996, an oversight in the welfare reform bill had barred Marshallese Islanders from receiving federal health benefits, despite their increased health risks and exposure to radiation from nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Their inclusion in the 2020 year-end funding bill is a victory for nuclear weapons abolitionists and those fighting for the rights of communities most impacted by nuclear weapons. Read more about it here!
4 pm, January 1
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5 pm, January 6
Democracy Happy Hour: Democracy Legislation in 2021
Hosted by Fix Democracy First!
 

5 pm, January 6
National Advocacy Team Call
Hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation

4 pm, January 8
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

1 pm, January 9
Shutdown NWDC Public Form
Hosted by La Resistencia

12 pm, January 10
Webinar: Organizing to Counter Recruitment During the Pandemic
Hosted by NNOMY Representatives

9 am, January 14
Workshop: Nonviolent Communication and Anger
Hosted by Campaign Nonviolence

4 pm, January 15
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6 am, January 19
Intergenerational Form on Peace, the Climate, Nuclear Disarmament, and the Pandemic
Hosted by Basel Peace Office

10 am, January 21
Webinar: The Overseas Military Base Empire
Hosted by World Beyond War

4 pm, January 22
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

4 pm, January 29
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

1:30 pm, January 30
Webinar: No War on Iran
Hosted by UNAC Youth Against Empire

Tell I.C.E. to Stop Deportations!

The stay of removal that helped protect families from being deported was just lifted by a federal court in DC. Sign this petition or use this call script by Amnesty International to tell I.C.E — no more deportations!
Coming Up: 2021 Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conference

We are nearing the date of this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Conference, hosted by Whatcom Human Rights Task Force. Due to the continued need for socially distancing, this year's event will take place online and over the course of several days. It will feature a range of presentation formats including performance art, films, and caucuses, in addition to standard workshop fare. As always, the conference will be free and open to all, and we anticipate that clock hours will be available for educators and continuing education units will be available for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.Visit www.whrtf.org to find the Zoom register link, and email whatcomhrtf@gmail.com with any questions. Otherwise, be ready for some excellent workshops and sharing opportunities centered around the theme of "Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit: Dangerous Unselfishness." Mark your calendars for January 15-17!
 

Join the Global Day of Action to Say No to War On Yemen!

Anti-war, Yemeni and humanitarian organizations from across the world are coming together to call an international day of action on January 25th 2021. We call on people around the world to protest the war on January 25th 2021 just days after Biden’s inauguration and the day before Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ Future Investment Initiative.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Ongoing Needs at Camp 210

Camp 210, Bellingham's occupied protest and cooperative effort to support the unhoused members of our community, has some ongoing needs. Here are some ways you can support:
 

  • signing up for the meal train
  • donating funds or organizing a fundraiser to help with essential supplies (venmo: BOP-mutual_aid)
  • purchasing laundry tokens for campers and/or coming by camp to offer to do laundry loads
  • signing up to volunteer in person at camp (training is given to new volunteers!)
  • following @bopmutualaid on Instagram to get daily updates on supplies needed at Camp
  • calling County Exec. Satpal Sidhu (360-778-5200) everyday to pressure him to take action—you can use the call script below!
"Hello, my name is [Your Name] and I am calling to demand that County Executive Sidhu meet the needs of our unhoused community members at Camp 210 and around Whatcom County. Executive Sidhu needs to finalize and sign into action the 50 pallet shelters IMMEDIATELY. He also needs to prioritize giving every family and individual in the county access to free heated shelter regardless of mental health or addiction status. And he needs to do everything in his power to help enact a county-wide ban on sweeps. Thank you."
Tell Biden to Reject Moroccan Occupation of Western Sahara!

In exchange for Morocco normalizing Israel relations, the U.S. is recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara — an area, and native people, illegally occupied, just like the Israeli occupation of Palestine. To no one's surprise, the Trump administration has also just reached a deal to sell Morocco $1 billion in weapons. Sign CODEPINK's letter telling Biden to reject colonialism and defend the region’s indigenous Sahrawi people!
Check Out the Transitional Learning Program at Whatcom Community College!

Whatcom Community College's Transitional Learning program serves students who would like to learn English, work towards their GED, or complete a High School diploma. Winter classes start on January 6th, with a cost of only $25 dollars a quarter. Classes will be fully online. The only requirement is that students must be older than 18 years old. Inquire about the program through the information provided below!

Email: TLprogram@whatcom.edu
Phone: (360) 383-3060
Website: whatcom.edu/TLprogram
WA Can't Wait: Climate Change, Affordable Housing and Environmental Justice

The Washington Can’t Wait Campaign is building a grassroots movement across Washington to pressure legislators to pass major updates to the Growth Management Act that would incorporate policy in urban planning to address climate change, affordable housing and environmental justice. For more ways to get involved and support the movement, check out this toolkit!
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