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Kerry Johnson, Lifetime Peacemaker

Dear Friends,

This year's Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award recipient is Kerry Johnson, nominated by Kurt Dunbar.  

Kerry has been attending the weekly Whatcom-Bellingham Peace Vigil in downtown Bellingham nearly every Friday, rain or shine, beginning in 2002. The peace vigil was started in 1966 in opposition to the Vietnam War by Mary and Howard Harris - who this award is named after - and remains the longest sustained weekly peace vigil in The United States.  Over the years, Kerry has become the chief organizer of the Whatcom-Bellingham Peace Vigil and has played a crucial role in maintaining Harris' legacy on that corner every Friday.

Additionally, he has converted his mini-van into a mobile peace embassy covered with peace signs, slogans and promotional information about the vigil.  Inside, the van is filled to capacity with signs, stands and clever displays that Kerry has constructed himself, mostly at his own expense.  Kerry also maintains and publishes a weekly account of every Friday's events, such as attendees and highlights on the internet and maintains a large email list-serve.

His fellow "vigilers" want Kerry to know just how appreciated and admired he is by them and for his commitment to peace and justice to be recognized.

Please join the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in recognizing Kerry at International Day of Peace, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 21!

Also that evening, Lummi writer Rena Priest will take the stage, along with music by The Sweet Goodbyes, and a Keynote address by Women of Color Speak Out. We are also honored to announce that the Bellingham local youth leaders from WA Youth Climate Strike will join us on stage to share a few words about the action they are leading on Friday! The organizing committee and members of our Board of Directors will share a few thoughts with you, as well as introduce you to the new Executive Director of the WPJC. There will be a silent auction and an information fair featuring 20 community groups.

ASL interpretation will be provided, and free supervised activities for children will be available onsite. The venue is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at the main entrance on North Forest Street. Free parking is available in both dentist parking lots near the intersection of Maple and Forest.

All people of goodwill are invited. Solidarity donations will be requested.

Please spread the word by sharing the Facebook invitation and inviting friends. The event details are online here:

WPJC is grateful for the support of many volunteers, individual donors, and sponsors, who include: A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio, Amnesty International Group 270, Om Foods Inc, Social and Environmental Justice Committee of Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Chuckanut Builders, Community Food Co-op, Daylight Properties, First Congregational Church of Bellingham (UCC), The Majestic, Phoebe Bird, Steele Financial Services Inc., United Church of Ferndale, Veterans for Peace Chapter 111, Garden Street United Methodist Church, First Christian Church and HandDancer Interpreter Services.

In peace,

Passionate about Children and Climate Justice?! Volunteers Needed for International Day of Peace!

Saturday, Sept. 21st, 6pm - 9pm

Are you passionate about Peace, Climate Justice, Care Labor and Youth leadership? If you said yes to any of these please sign up to support our supervised children activities and help us make sure that this event is welcoming to families and folks of all ages.
For more details or to sign up please email us at:

Image from Film Mighty Times: The Children's March tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today's young people to be catalysts for positive social change.

Join us at the Bellingham Youth Climate Strike Friday, Sept. 20th 11a.m.!

Support our local youth leaders who are joining forces with the global community to demand climate justice and emergency action to tackle the climate crisis. 

Youth leaders will also be at the Majestic this Saturday, 21st for Climate Action for Peace - International Day of Peace sharing a first hand update on the strike and their experiences fighting for their future.

September 18th, 7 pm - 8:30pm
Black Lives Matter Meeting
221 Prospect Street

September 18th, 5pm - 6:30pm
Downtown Neighborhood Association Meeting
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (1312 Bay Street)

September 20th, 11am - 1:15pm
Bellingham Youth Climate Action Strike
City Hall Bellingham

September 20th, 4- 5pm
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

September 21st, all day
Drink & Dine for Peace
Black Drop, Camber, Daisy Cafe, Good Local Bews, The Racket, The Shakedown

September 21st, 6 - 9pm
Climate Action for Peace -International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest

September 21st, 11am - 3pm
One Planet - A Future to Look Back On
Peace Arch Park - at the Arch 

September 22nd, 1pm - 3pm
BTU 2019 General Election Endorsement Event
Roosevelt Resource Center (2303 Moore Street)

September 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm
From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story
Mount Vernon Public Library

September 26th, 4pm - 5:30pm
Settler Violence & Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest
Western Washington University Libararies

September 26th, 7pm - 8:30pm
Islamophobia Teach In Series - Role of Media
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

September 27th, 4:30pm - 7pm
Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw'ullemy (The Salish Sea)
Blaine Fishing Pier and adjoining waters

September 27th, 4 - 5pm
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

September 28th
National Parks Free Day

September 28th
Pump-Track Grand Opening Party
Waterfront by Chestnut-Bay Bridge

September 28th, 7 - 10pm
Soundings of the Planet 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Majestic, 1027 N Forest St

September 29th, 2pm - 3:30pm 
People's Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons 
Town Hall Seattle



Friday, September 27th, 4:30pm - 7pm
Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw'ullemy (The Salish Sea)
Blaine Fishing Pier and adjoining waters

Stand tribal leaders us to protect our waters, our salmon, qwe’lhol’mechen (orcas), Treaty rights, Indigenous lifeways. Meet at the border to show that no line divides us, we are of one mind, when it come to protecting our shared home.
Tribal and First Nation leaders, together with environmental groups and faith organizations, address the question: What should be done to heal the Salish Sea?
Speakers, music, water blessing, unity circle. Family friendly. Bring red, wear red. More information is available at

Sunday, September 29th, 2pm - 3:30pm 
People's Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons 
Town Hall Seattle


This event will inform the public and elected officials about the damage and dangers of nuclear war. Hear testimony from people whose communities have been directly impacted by the long legacy of the nuclear weapons industry in Washington State. To buy tickets access:
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