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IDP Program Schedule. Reads, from top to bottom, "In celebration of international day of peace, rad and real. Turning imagination into action. Friday, 17th: Tabling at Birchwood International Market. Take Out for Peace from Guud Bowls. Order before 1 pm, 100 percent delivery. Saturday, 18th: Film,  A Bold Peace, presented by WPSR at Cornwall Park North Shelter from 5 pm until 8 pm. Take out for peace from the Shakedown and the Racket, 11 am until 2 am and 4 pm until 2 am. Sunday, 19th, in-person, Maritime Heritage Park. Community fair and picnic and music by DJ Will, 2 to 3 pm. Rosemary and Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award with James Loucky, from 3 until 3:30 pm. Dance Workshop with Rumba Northwest and live set with DJ Will, 4:30 to 6 pm. Take Out for Peace from: Black Drop Coffeehouse, 8 am to 7 pm, and Brandywine Kitchen, 12 pm until 8 pm. Monday, 20th, Take out for peace from: Camber, 8 am to 2 pm. Tuesday, 21st, virtual event. Shelly Vendiola's Keynote at 6 pm. Take out for peace from Mount Bakery Cafe Downtown 8 am to 3 pm. Register for international day of peace at: whatcompjc dot org forward slash IDP 2021
Dear Friends,

The time has come! After months of hard work, our huge annual education event and fundraiser, International Day of Peace (IDP), is this weekend! The theme for this year is Rad & Real: Turning Imagination into Action. This year's program invites us to turn theory and thought into real, tangible action! It’s making the radical real, a manifestation of the values we share and strive for. 

There are multiple parts to this year’s IDP (our 18th year-in-a-row, by the way!): there’s the in-person portion on Sunday, the 19th at Maritime Heritage Park, the virtual portion on Tuesday, the 21st, and then Take Out for Peace from this Friday (the 17th) through Tuesday (the 21st).

The final program for the weekend is up above for your reading pleasure, but I know I’m personally excited for DJ Will’s set at the end of Sunday, as well as all the food I’m giving myself the excuse to buy! Take Out for Peace days and restaurants are down below—check out our IDP webpage here to learn the details and even scope their menus!

There are a few concrete ways you can support the WPJC, so we can keep having these events!:

1. The most important is to register for it and join us! The registration counts for both the in-person and the online portion and you can chose whether you'd like to go to one or both. While no one will be turned away for lack of funds, we're currently under our fundraising goal for this year, and we would really like to at least get close to our goal of $8,000 - which will help us pay for our office and library space, ASL interpretation, food supplies, reimbursing volunteers, and so so much more! Please donate as generously as you can.
2. Bid in our Silent Auction - not only are you supporting us, but you can also get your hands on some local and fun goodies for less than half of their price! Bids start as low as $5! The items vary from a gift certificate to Daisy Cafe to a vintage punchbowl from Jamie Donaldson's mom to an original one-of-a-kind painting from Semilla Sanchez, a local artist and community member, made exclusively for International Day of Peace!
3. Join Take Out for Peace and buy from the local restaurants on their selected days! Starting tomorrow with Guud Bowls, they'll be donating a portion of their day's sales to the WPJC. Champion's tip #1: if you're ordering from Guud Bowls tomorrow, please remember they're 100% delivery and you have to place your order before 1pm (or before 9am if you want a lunch delivery). 
5. Tell your friends and family about the week of events! Invite them on Facebook (International Day of PeaceTake Out for Peace)! Spread the word and bring them along on Sunday or schedule a watch party for Tuesday! 
6. Watch our website and social media after Sunday, 19th and download our pledge card, which comes with some reflection questions and a list of endorsed actions for you to help make Whatcom County more peaceful and just!
6. Volunteer with us for International Day of Peace or inquire us about other volunteer opportunities (at office@whatcompjc.org).

If you'd like to hear more about this year's theme and the work of the Center you can tune in to Community 2 Community's Podcast: Community Voz -Action and Reflection - A conversation about peace with Aline Prata to hear an interview with our Executive Director.

I hope to see y'all this weekend!

In peace,
Devan Gunther
WPJC Intern
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WPJC is grateful for the support of many volunteers, individual donors, and sponsors that makes International Day of Peace possible, especially: 
Boundary Bay Brewing • Wink Wink • Community Food Co-op • Rock n' Rye Oyster House • ​Whatcom Human Rights Task Force • Bellingham-Whatcom Peace Vigil • Bellingham Friends Meeting • Amnesty International Chapter 270 Bellingham • Amnesty International Puget Sound • ​First Congregational Church • Church of the Assumption • Sprintime Farms • Guud Bowls • The Shakedown & The Racket Bar & Pinball • Black Drop Coffeehouse • Brandywine Kitchen • Camber Coffee • Mount Bakery Cafe
From top to bottom, it reads: In celebration of international day of peace, Take Out for Peace. As part of the International Day of Peace weekend of events, our favorite local restaurants will donate 15 percent of their sales to the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center. To participate, simply order from them on the following days. Friday, Sept 17th, Guud Bowls. Saturday, Sept. 18th, The Shakedown and the Racket Bar and PinBall. Sunday, September 19th, Black Drop Coffeehouse and Brandywine Kitchen. Monday, September 20th, Camber. Tuesday, Sept 21st, Mount Bakery Cafe Downtown. Register for International Day of Peace at WhatcomPJC dot org slash IDP 2021
Reads, " A Bold Peace, a documentary film about Costa Rica".

A Bold Peace/Una Paz Audaz - How To Make War Obsolete

Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:00 PM -  8:00 PM PT

Cornwall Park North Shelter, 3424 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Washington Against Nuclear Weapons are co-hosting a public presentation of "A Bold Peace/Una Paz Audaz - How To Make War Obsolete," a film about how Costa Rica - over 70 years ago - became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its people. Pizza will be available. Dress warmly, the North shelter has good ventilation and the evening will most likely be cool. This will be a socially distanced outdoor event. **Please note that attendees should enter the park at the North entrance off Meridian Avenue**

About five people are surrounding a red draped table, smiling and playing a game.

Volunteers Needed for International Day of Peace!


Volunteers are needed for our annual fundraiser and our big event of the year, International Day of Peace! The event is currently still under planning, but we're looking for volunteers of all kinds! IDP will take place Sept. 19th and Sept 21st!

Sign up to be a volunteer with this (new!) form here! If you have questions, feel free to DM us on our Instagram or to email us at office@whatcompjc.com. 
Artwork from La Semilla zine. It shows people and agriculture.

“Food, Land, and Us”: La Semilla’s Farm Bill Zine Offers a Tool for Change

La Semilla is coming out with a zine, "Food, Land, and Us: a Look at the Farm Bill from the Paso del Norte Region". This zine is one example of the ongoing efforts La Semilla is doing to uncover and uplift histories and lived experiences from our region. By laying bare these complex histories of food and agriculture here, we share an opportunity to learn and understand the world we live in today and our role in shaping history moving forward.

View, download, and purchase “Food, Land, and Us” at their store here.

View a recording of our virtual release and panel discussion here.

Community Vox: Action and Reflection - A conversation about peace with Aline Prata

Check out this podcast episode our Executive Director, Aline Prata was on! In it, she talks with Community Vox about the militarization of public spaces, liberation, and the necessity to combine reflection with action. Listen to the recording here!

A Shot of Truth Podcast Episode with Rukhsar Sadat


Listen to one of the newest episodes of A Shot of Truth, a podcast by a close friend of the Center, Vicky Matey. It features guest Rukhsar Sadat, an Afghan refugee living in Washington state (and previous intern of the center!). Rukhsar shares her journey to the United States along with sharing stories of grief, guilt, and forced assimilation. Vicky and Rukhsar together talk about the parallels across borders upheld by power and control--and the goal to connect the pieces in collective liberation. 

Listen to the podcast episode here, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts (i.e. Spotify, apple podcast, etc.).
NFFC Counter Mobilization to UNFSS 2021

NORTH AMERICAN COALITION RESISTS UNITED NATIONS FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT

7 AM - 12 PM, Sept 23
In response to the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), a North America-based coalition of food justice organizations will be hosting the virtual People's Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back on the same day as the UNFSS. This event plans to elevate the voices and concerns of those whose hands put food on our collective tables and who are being marginalized by the UNFSS's process.

The event will feature speakers from Africa to the Americas in four separate virtual conversations laying out their visions for a food system based on agroecology and food sovereignty. In addition to the speakers, the event will feature an opening blessing by Rachel Sayet and various cultural elements, including music.

Register for this event here.

5 p.m., Sept 16
Four Years After Hurricane Maria: The Ongoing Struggle for Puerto Rican Liberation
Hosted by Workers’ World Party
Virtual

7 - 8 p.m. | 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sept 16 & Sept 18
Peace & Justice Action Conference
Hosted by PJALS

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sept 17
Take Out for Peace: Guud Bowls
Hosted by WPJC and Guud Bowls

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

5 - 7 p.m., Sept 17
WPJC Tabling
In-person, Birchwood International Market

7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sept 18
China and the Left
Hosted by Qiao Collective

11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sept 18
Take Out for Peace: the Shakedown and the Racket
Hosted by WPJC, The Shakedown, and The Racket

5 - 8 p.m., Sept 18
FILM: A Bold Peace
Hosted by WPSR

9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sept 19 & 26
CARW Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Group Training Series
Hosted by BAYAN Pacific Northwest and CARW

12 - 8 p.m., Sept 19
Take Out for Peace: Brandywine Kitchen and Black Drop Coffeehouse
Hosted by WPJC, Brandywine Kitchen, and Black Drop

2 - 5 p.m., Sept 19
International Day of Peace, Rad & Real: Turning Imagination Into Action
Hosted by WPJC 
In-Person, Maritime Heritage Park

3 - 5:30 p.m., Sept 19
Cuba, COVID, and Ending the U.S. Blockade: What Can We Do?
Hosted by IFCO

6:30 - 8 p.m., Sept 19
Seattle FOR Program Meeting, Stories of Afghans
Hosted by WWFOR

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sept 20
Take Out for Peace: Camber
Hosted by WPJC and Camber

8:30 a.m., Sept 21
The Nuclear Policy Trilemma
Hosted by CSIS
Virtual

8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sept 21
Take Out for Peace: Mount Bakery Cafe
Hosted by WPJC and Mount Bakery Cafe

5 - 6:30 p.m., Sept 21
Preventing Mass Extinction: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, Nuclear Winter, and Climate Crisis
Hosted by Roots Action Education Fund and World BEYOND War
Virtual

6 p.m., Sept 21
International Day of Peace, Rad & Real: Turning Imagination Into Action
Hosted by WPJC
Virtual

6 - 8 a.m., Sept 22
Combatting Climate Disinformation on Social Media
Hosted by Union of Concerned Scientists
Virtual

9 a.m., Sept 22
From the experience to the concept: an experience of deep listening and its key principles
Hosted by PeaceConnect

4 p.m., Sept 22
Freight Automation: Dangers, Threats, and Opportunities for Health and Equity
Hosted by Labor Network for Sustainability

5 p.m., Sept 22
Extremism in the U.S. - What, When & How?
Democracy Happy Hour
Virtual

1 p.m., Sept 23
Investing in Native Communities
Hosted by FCNL
Virtual

2 p.m., Sept 23
Reimagining Safety
Hosted by AMP Seeds - Allied Media
Virtual

4 - 5 p.m., Sept 23
The Military Industrial Congressional Complex Laid Back
Hosted by Peace Education Center

5 p.m., Sept 23
Defending Democracy in a Period of Far-Right Insurrection
Sponsored by PSARA

4 - 5 p.m., Sept 24
Friday Peace Vigil
In-person, corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5 a.m., Sept 25
Imperialism in a Multi-Polar World: Where does the Philippines Stand?
Hosted by ILPS

9 a.m., Sept 28
Gender Diversity 101 for Mediators and Peacebuilders
Hosted by PeaceConnect
Virtual

5 p.m., Sept 29
Gender & Racial Parity in Political Participation - Why does it matter?
Democracy Happy Hour
Virtual

8 - 9 a.m., Sept 30
Eliminating the Existential Threat of Nuclear Weapons
Hosted by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

6 - 8 p.m., Sept 30
Why are people escaping Honduras?
Presented by Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Virtual

4 - 5 p.m., Oct 1
Friday Peace Vigil
In-person, corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5:30 - 7 p.m., Oct 5
Health & Homelessness: Advocating for Equitable Policy Together
Hosted by WPSR
Virtual

DEFEND ABORTION ACCESS FOR ALL

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.

Send a message to your representative urging them to vote “yes” on WHPA.

Accountability to Palestinian Community from Abraham's Land Production


The theatrical production Abraham's Land showed at Kirkland Performance Center from July 15th-18th and is now being released for live streaming beginning September 20th. This production has been deeply harmful to our Palestinian community and we ask our community to help us seek accountability from the production team. Read more about the harmful politics and practices of this production at tiny url.com/ALstatement.

Send a letter to the production team here and to the production's endorsers here, thanks to the forms FALASTINIYAT SEATTLE has set up.

TELL PRESIDENT BIDEN: CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO


The military prison at Guantánamo Bay is a glaring, longstanding stain on the human rights record of the United States. Today, it continues to hold 39 Muslim men, most without charge, and none having received a fair trial. Many, like Toffiq al-Bihani, were tortured by the U.S. government. And al-Bihani, along with five other prisoners, has been cleared for transfer to other countries, yet remains behind bars without charge or trial.

When President Trump revoked President Obama’s order to close Guantánamo, he opened the door for a whole new era of human rights violations to take place. Now, President Biden has an opportunity to end these ongoing abuses by closing the detention center once and for all.

Help us close Guantánamo and ensure the transfer of all cleared detainees to countries that will respect their human rights.

Act Now to tell President Biden to shut down the Guantánamo Bay detention facility once and for all!

Also sign ACLU's similar petition here.

Actions for Afghanistan

 

BIDEN: BE A LIFELINE FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

President Biden is talking up what he’s calling “the largest airlift in U.S. history...” but Amnesty is tracking the fallout for at-risk women’s rights activists, journalists, religious minorities, and others left behind in Afghanistan. They’ve been left behind. Their fears are real. They remain in peril.

Send a letter through Amnesty International here.
 

No More Attacks on Afghanistan

The tragedy of these last days suffered by the people of Afghanistan and the families of 13 U.S. soldiers should not be exploited as a call for more war. Twenty years of war has only benefited the weapons industries while making the world less secure. We oppose any threat of further attacks on Afghanistan, “over the horizon” or by troops on the ground. Official counts indicate that more than 241,000 people have been killed in the Afghanistan and Pakistan war zones and the actual number is likely many times more.

Sign World BEYOND War's petition here.
 

Add Your Name: Demand Biden Protect those Seeking to Flee Afghanistan Now

PHR and a coalition of nearly one hundred other organizations have been urging the Biden administration to do everything in its power to ensure the safety of Afghan allies and vulnerable citizens desperate to escape.

With thousands of women, men, and children seeking safety and refuge, the Biden administration has a moral and ethical obligation to provide urgent protections for these individuals. Please, add your name today.

Sign PHR's petition here.
 

Tell Biden to stop blocking $450 million in COVID-19 aid to the Afghan people

In the midst of a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, with over three million Afghan internal refugees in dire need of food, shelter, clean water, and medical care, and coping with a third wave of COVID-19, the Biden administration has pressured the International Monetary Fund not to release $450 million in funds that were supposed to arrive in Afghanistan this week to help the country deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sign the petition demanding that Biden stop blocking COVID-19 aid to Afghanistan. You can also call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.

Sign CODEPINK's petition here.

President Biden: Cancel the Line 3 pipeline!

 

Crucial wetlands and rivers, including the Mississippi River, are at risk of being contaminated by Line 3, a Trump-approved pipeline expansion project. As many as 20 wild rice lakes, sacred and much needed by Indigenous communities in the region, may be ruined. Every year, the air will be poisoned by the equivalent of the total CO2 daily emissions of 16-18 million cars.

And the social cost of that poisoning? At least $287 BILLION. 

As the construction of the Line 3 pipeline comes terrifyingly close to completion, there’s no time to waste in stopping this project and preventing even more destruction and suffering. 

President Biden CAN stop it — he proved this when he canceled the permit for the similarly awful Keystone XL pipeline at the beginning of his presidency. 

Add your name now and join us in urging him to cancel Line 3’s presidential permit! Use Win Without War's form here.

The Climate Crisis Is Here: Tell Congress It Must Take Bold Action Now

Congress is actively negotiating how the federal government plans to allocate spending resources, and has a long-awaited, and all-too-rare moment to pass wide-sweeping policy to take bold action on the grave and worsening climate crisis and invest in our future.

Climate impacts such as the recent, devastating Hurricane Ida, will become all too common if we don't take bold and ambitious action on climate change. This upcoming federal budget reconciliation process must drastically, and as quickly as possible, cut global warming emissions and invest in climate resilience, while prioritizing equity and the communities most impacted by the climate crisis.

Write today and urge each of your members of Congress to be a leader and enact a robust, just, and equitable legislative package on climate action now, upholding the approved $3.5 trillion spending agreement.

Use the form here.

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