Contribute to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
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The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is happy to announce that this fall, we will bring together high school students and veterans to build a tiny home for a houseless veteran with HomesNow Not Later. We've received funding to build the tiny home thanks to a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Stay tuned for ways to get involved and support this project.

Please check below for a call for volunteers for tabling with the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center this summer -- a fun way to spend a couple of hours!

Also, we are looking for the center's next Executive Director -- please help spread the word by sharing the job posting (link is below) with your networks.

Thank you!

P.S. The office will be closed during office hours on Tuesday, June 11. Otherwise, our normal drop-in office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Come by for buttons, books, and information!

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

Call for volunteers!
Would you like to talk with community members about peace and justice? Throughout the summer, WPJC tables at community gatherings, starting with Whatcom Youth Pride this coming Sunday.

Tablers share information on alternatives to military service, sign up volunteers for this fall's tiny home build, spread the word about International Day of Peace, and invite community members to call their reps with current anti-war action alerts. This is a fun way to volunteer for a couple of hours, and no experience is required (though it's certainly welcome!). If you're interested, please send an email to and we'll send you the current schedule.

4:30-7:30 p.m., June 4
Community Action to Support Grocery Workers
In front of Safeway (1275 E. Sunset)

6:30 p.m., June 4
Racial Justice Coalition monthly meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

4-5 p.m., June 7
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

4 p.m., June 7
Body Positive Block Party & Naked Bike Ride
Make.Shift Art Gallery (306 Flora)

2-4 p.m., June 8
Chem weapon medic training
Alternative Library (519 E. Maple)

5:30-7 p.m., June 12
Religion, Faith & Politics: Is your faith making you biased?
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

6-8 p.m., June 13
Totem Pole Journey Bellingham Homecoming
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room (121 Prospect)

9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 15
Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Speakers Training

4 p.m., June 15
Juneteenth Celebration
Maritime Heritage Park (500 W. Holly)

6-8 p.m., June 19
Birchwood Food Desert Fighters meeting
Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod)

7 p.m., June 25
Amnesty International Group 270 meeting
Upstairs at downtown Co-op (1220 N. Forrest)

Religion, Faith & Politics
Is your faith making you biased?

In this workshop, participants will learn about bias thru the lens of their interpretation of their faith. Many religions have tenets that outline a successful life and good and bad behavior. Many of us make life choices based on these tenets and base our values and opinions of others on our religious values. We will discuss how our values affect our choices and our personal faith as it relates to politics. Lastly we will learn de-biasing tools and obtain resources for anti-racist and anti-bias awareness. (Please note that the facilitator will be using examples sourcing Christian faith and the bible but participants from all faith walks, or those without one, are welcomed and encouraged to attend and share their experiences.)

Cost is $20 general, $15 students/seniors. Register online here:

For more information, contact Kim Harris, M.Ed. at

Support Our Grocery Workers

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21

Tuesday, June 4  
Bellingham Safeway, 1275 E. Sunset 

From 4:30-5:30 p.m., leaflet in front of Safeway with workers and community members. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., canvass the surrounding neighborhood about the contract campaign. Members and community members will distribute sturdy bags as we canvass (Better Jobs, Better Communities -- We Love our Grocery Workers).

Background: Grocery store workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 21, in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King and Kitsap Counties are negotiating their contracts. Safety is a major issue for workers -- having enough staff in the store to provide good service, as well as to ensure safety for customers and staff. Reliable scheduling is another major issue -- workers are given a schedule one week in advance, not enough time to make appointments, plan childcare or family time! Both of these issues affect workers' lives and our communities -- workers deserve better!

2nd annual Juneteenth celebration

poster with blue, white, red lines in background and black, red, blue, white stars that says Juneteenth 2019 a celebration of freedom, Sat June 15 4-8 pm Maritime Heritage Park BellinghamThe community is invited to the Second Annual Bellingham Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 4 p.m. to dusk at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Juneteenth Celebrations are a positive platform for encouraging the acceptance of diversity and offer an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and challenges enslaved Americans endured to achieve freedom.

This will be the second year that Bellingham will host a Juneteenth Celebration that honors and celebrates freedom of all people. We invite you bring your food and blanket to spread on the grass around the Maritime Amphitheatre for this community picnic! There will be live music by Funk/Soul/R&B Band Miz Floes & Sound, Jazz/Blues Band, J. Sherwood Jazz Project, Hip Hop Drof Goldz, a live dance performance by Rumba Northwest, step dance, kids korner, food vending, a gospel choir, community organizations tabling, and more. Kristina Michele, founder of Whisky Productions, will be mc’ing and directing the flow.

This event is free and open to the public, and drop-ins are welcome. Maritime Heritage Park is wheelchair accessible, and members of the Juneteenth 2019 planning committee will be available for any questions or accommodation requests from the community.  
Please contact Bellingham Unity Committee at for more details. 

African Fashion Show

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:
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