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The year is coming to an end - Here's a message from our longest serving board member, Matteo Tamburini:


Fellow citizens, supporters, friends, 

As the end of the year approaches, it seems like the world is at a crossroads, teetering between inspiring movements for justice and rising nationalism. 

In the coming year, a lot of attention will be focused on the presidential election. At the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, we know that lasting, deep change can only happen if electoral politics are accompanied by vigorous, sustained and ongoing organizing. When President Eisenhower spoke about the military-industrial complex in 1960, he warned about the ‘disastrous rise of misplaced power’. In other words, the person who is in the White House can make some changes, but really changing our nation’s trajectory will take a much broader effort. Martin Luther King insisted that to defeat the triples of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism, we would have to have a revolution of values – one that goes much deeper than which party has a majority in Congress. 

At our best, this is the work that the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center does, and it makes me proud to live in a community that continues to support this organization year after year.  

Just in the past few months: 

  • We continued to visit high schools and provide presentations in a variety of events with our Alternatives to Military Service Program 

  • We hosted an event for the proposed 2020 Gaza Freedom Flotilla 

  • We co-hosted the Youth Climate Strike  

  • We supported the Ferndale "Not in our Community" gathering 

  • We met to lobby Representative Rick Larson on the repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force (also called “a blank check for war”, which dates back to 2001).  

I wish we could do more – have a full-time director, a paid position to coordinate our Alternatives to Military Service Program, a paid position to consistently lobby our local elected officials (to begin to counterbalance the overwhelming power of Boeing and other makers of military hardware). But we can only do that with your help

You have given – generously – over the past years. Please join me in continuing to do so. 




I want to support the WPJC now!
Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers for your support throughout the year! We truly couldn't have done this without you and we look forward to a new decade working together for peace and social justice.

Alternatives to Military Service Training


Tues., January 14th, 6p.m.
@ Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
(1220 Bay St)

Please join us at the Center for the first 2020 AMS Training, Jan 14 6pm. If you are concerned with the role of the US military in perpetuating oppression and endless wars around the world and want to guarantee a future of peace and justice for the youth in Whatcom County, you need to join us for this training!

On the 14th of January, you will be able to:
1) Learn about counter-recruitment effortss in Whatcom County,
2) Join the WPJC's volunteer team
3) Meet our new volunteer coordinator, Alex Hafty, and be trained by WPJC's Board President, Janet Marino.

This is a great opportunity to engage youth and veterans in a conversations about their rights, our future and non-violence.

Interested? Please rsvp on our facebook event and email for more information.
6:30 p.m., January 2nd
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival Planning Meeting
Allied Arts (1418 Cornwall avenue downtown).  

4-5 p.m., January 3
Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia
9:30-10:30a.m., January 3
VFP Breakfast
Nelson's Market (514 Potter St)
4-5 p.m., January 10
Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia
9a.m.-3p.m., January 11
WA Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition Strategic Planning Retreat
University Friends Meeting (4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105)
6-7:30p.m., January 14
Alternatives to Military Service Training
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
4-5 p.m., January 17
Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia
6-7p.m., January 17
Veterans for Peace monthly meeting  
Bellingham Food Co-Op Connections Building (405 E. Holly St, Room 103)
8:30 a.m-4p.m., January 18
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference
Syre Center at Whatcom Community College
1-4p.m., January 18
Cascadia Skillshare & Seed Swap
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
7-11p.m., January 18
2nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Ball
Settlemyer Hall (3028 Lindbergh Ave)
12 p.m., January 20
“With Liberty and Justice For All”
Mount Baker Theater
6-8:30 p.m., January 24
Coast Salish Concepts of Time + Space
Bruna Press + Archive (221 Prospect)
Call your Legislator to help prevent nuclear: Pass the nuclear weapons joint memorials

Make a phone call or write an email to your legislator using the following script to educate them about their opportunity to support our work against nuclear weapons. On January 13, these joint memorials will be reintroduced, and it's important that your legislator has had a chance to hear that their constituents support them.  Check out Washington Against Nuclear Weapons toolkit to learn more ways to support.
Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in [your city].
I am calling to express my support for two joint memorials that could help prevent nuclear war, SJM 8006 and HJM 4008, which will be reintroduced this legislative session. Today our treaties that prevent nuclear war are crumbling and major nuclear weapons countries like the United States and Russia are engaging in a new nuclear arms race that would bring new and dangerous weapons to WA state. This joint memorial names the many communities impacted by nuclear weapons in WA state: the Spokane Tribe, Marshall Islanders, workers at Hanford and all of us living close to the Kitsap Bangor base. This memorial would add a significant victory to a grassroots movement that is growing throughout the nation. Do you plan to support SJM 8006/HJM 4008?
Thank you!
Find your Legislators here and call now!
Help Karen Weill & Larry Hildes

"Long-time folk music & activist community members Larry & Karen need our help. Karen collapsed in early October and was found to have a brain tumor the size of an apple. Larry has COPD and is on oxygen and uses a walker. They spent almost two months in a hospital in Seattle. They are trying to stay at home together now. It’s going to take a village! Here’s the latest report, including links so you can sign up for a meal train or visits.
 Karen has a home health aide coming in 5 days/week at this point. The visitor Signup Genius will help see to it that they have visitors on weekends and mid-week.  The signups for both visiting and Mealtrain have become sparse, so I'd like to encourage everyone to join in supporting them, and also to share with people who may be interested."

Here are the links:

Whatcom Conservation District Elections Ballot Request Deadline: February 7, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

This is the only County wide election for which everyone is eligible to vote, but no one receives a ballot unless they specifically request one every year. Last year’s request does not carry over. This is an important election for local environmental decisions. The district also chooses how to disseminate a lot of money.

If you do not request a mail-in ballot, you can still go vote in person on the day of the election, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Whatcom Conservation District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  

You can request your ballot here:

Save the date: 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday Conference

Saturday, January 18, 2019, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Whatcom Community College, Syre Student Center, 235 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham


The theme of the 2020 Conference is Tomorrow is Today – The Fierce Urgency of NOW, which Dr. King referenced in two of his most influential speeches, “I Have a Dream” delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 26th, 1963 and “Beyond Viet Nam, A Time to Break Silence” at Harlem’s Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated. His message remains as urgent today as it did over 50 years ago.

Now in its twenty-second year, the Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear and believed deeply that this country could attain only by working together and acknowledging our shared history: ideals of equity, freedom, and self-determination. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that will help make Dr. King’s ideals reality.

The day-long Conference will take place on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 8:30 AM to 4 PM at Whatcom Community College. It will feature a participatory “People’s Keynote” designed to encourage conversation and build bridges, along with morning and afternoon workshop sessions. Social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists can receive six Continuing Education Units at no cost. Clock Hours will be available for educators.

WPJC will be tabling along with other community groups. During the lunch break, there will be food vendors on site with lunch options for sale, as well as various opportunities for informal social interaction and individual creative expression. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day. ASL interpreting will be provided.

Thanks to the continued support of individuals, organizations, and businesses in Whatcom County, the Conference will be free and open to all, as it has been since its inception. Building a tradition, the Conference will be followed in the evening by the the Second Annual Unity Ball!

For more information, see

Questions? Email 

Film festival seeks volunteers

The 20th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will take place in early 2020. Get involved now to help shape the festival. Attend the planning meeting on Thursday, January 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Allied Arts (1418 Cornwall avenue downtown). 

For more information, contact the organizers directly at:

COMING UP in February at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center: Understanding Conflict
"Offered quarterly, this workshop focuses on communication and conflict resolution skills applicable to home, community, and work. Participants will learn to listen actively and assert your needs, understand your response to conflict, and to communicate effectively in high-stress situations.
February 4 & 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM"

Register for this workshop and find more information here
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