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Mark your calendar for "No Justice No Peace," this year's International Day of Peace celebration, coming up the weekend of Sept. 18-20. Details below. Artwork: poster by Jonathon Soren.


We are beyond excited to announce the theme, speakers, and format for this year's International Day of Peace event. To honor this year’s uprisings against state violence across the country following the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, we have decided on the theme "No Justice, No Peace." We recognize the necessity of calling upon our local community to confront white supremacy and anti-Blackness wherever it arises, which is why we are working to make this year's event as accessible as possible. Rest assured that the weekend of events (September 18-20), despite its virtual setting, will be one for the books! 

This year features a series of virtual events, including a once-in-a-lifetime conversation between Seattle Black Panther co-founder Aaron Dixon and Portland artist, author, and educator Walidah Imarisha. You won't want to miss this historic discussion between two of the most significant Black organizers in the Pacific Northwest! 

Additionally, we will be presenting the recipient of our recently renamed Rosemary and Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award - renamed from "Howard Harris award" to reflect Rosemary's role in starting Bellingham's weekly peace vigils and taking action for peace in our community!

As part of adapting to the pandemic and need for social distancing, we have changed "Drink and Dine for Peace" to "Take Out for Peace." Throughout the weekend, local Black-owned restaurants have partnered up with the WPJC and will be donating 10% of their proceeds to keeping peace & justice alive in our community. So your purchase of a yummy meal from any of these businesses will indirectly help advance our goals of creating lasting peace and justice at home and abroad. It'll be the best meal purchase you've ever made! Guud Bowls (Friday), Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine (Saturday), Brandywine Kitchen (Sunday).

Stay tuned through our newsletter, social media and website to learn more about the upcoming weekend of events and how to participate. 

In peace and continued solidarity,
Marii Herlinger (WPJC Intern) and Josh Ceretti (WPJC Board Member)

Showing Up for Racial Justice Weekly Community Calls!

WPJC is co-sponsoring SURJ's weekly lobby calls in support of local and state-wide racial justice efforts. Join us by emailing or for more details!

Women of Color Online Monthly Social

Every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. is a Women of Color Social/Happy Hour on Zoom. Reach out to to receive the link to join!

Justice for Vanessa Guillén: Shut down Fort Hood now!

Click here to add your name in calling for justice for Vanessa Guillén, who was sexually harassed and murdered while a soldier posted at Fort Hood. Fort Hood is a military base with a track record of the highest suicide and sexual assault rates. Fort Hood has dangerously normalized troops’ expendability. This base is a clear danger to all on it and around it and must be shut down. 

2 pm, August 18
Live Discussion and Screening of Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
Hosted by World Channel and Impact Media Partners

4-6 pm, August 18
Nonviolence In Action: Planning & Strategy Online Course
Hosted by Campaign Nonviolence

5-7 pm, August 18
Race and Justice Listening Series
Hosted by the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County

5 pm, August 18

Flights & Rights: Back to School Safety
Hosted by ACLU

8:30 am, August 19
Roundtable: No Justice Without Palestinian Voices
Sponsored by The Palestinian Policy Network et al

9 am, August 19

The Risk of Mass Atrocities During a Pandemic
Hosted by Physicians for Human Rights

5 pm, August 19
Democracy Happy Hour
Hosted by Fix Democracy First

11 am, August 20
Putting Yemen's War in a Global Context: AnsarAllah's Resistance to the Business of Empire
Hosted by Voices for Creative Nonviolence

2 pm, August 20
The Struggle for Prison Abolition: From the U.S. to Palestine
Hosted by Haymarket Books

5 pm, August 20
Webinar: COVID Can Be Defeated: Cuba, China, Venezuela & Vietnam Lead the Way
Hosted by Workers World Party

10 am - 1 pm, August 21
Bending the Arc: Striving for Peace and Justice in a World of Endless War
Hosted by World Beyond War

12-5 pm, August 22
Gimme a Brake (light)!
Big Lots parking lot, corner of Birchwood & Northwest (1650 Birchwood Ave in Bellingham)

3 pm, August 22
Recognition & Healing Through Art: Two Artists in Conversation
Sponsored by Resource Center for Nonviolence

1-3 pm, August 23
Free Them All Rally at NWDC
Hosted by La Resistencia

5 pm, August 26
Democracy Happy Hour
Hosted by Fix Democracy First

5 pm, August 29
The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons, Film & Discussion
Sponsored by Resource Center for Nonviolence

4-5 pm, August 30
Race and the War Machine: Here and Abroad
Hosted by Campaign Nonviolence

Roundtable: No Justice Without Palestinian Voices


On Wednesday, August 19th at 8:30 am PDT, there will be a policy roundtable by Palestinian analysts and organizers from Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network; alQaws, the Palestinian LGBTQ+ justice organization; Palestine Legal, the legal organization that defends the civil and consititutional rights of Palestine advocates in the US; and others. To hear about what it means for Palestinians to claim their right to narrate and demand an end to US complicity in Palestinian oppression, register here.

The Struggle For Abolition: From The U.S. to Palestine (Virtual Event)

A historic multiracial rebellion has exploded and sustained across the U.S. in response to the police lynching of George Floyd and others brutalized and killed at the hands of US police. This uprising has coincided with the escalating colonization and annexation of Palestinian land, supported by the white supremacist Trump administration.

This discussion will bring together activists and scholars to examine movements organizing to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and free political prisoners as part of liberation struggles led by Black people in the U.S. and Palestinian people in occupied Palestine.

Send a Letter Demanding The Next Covid Stimulus Bill Includes Immigrants

In the face of COVID-19, our immigrant communities are keeping our country moving, keeping our country fed, and keeping people safe and healthy. They are putting people first. But Congress is not putting them first - they have refused to include support for immigrants in ANY COVID-19 relief packages AND they are on recess now, before a Covid relief package has been passed. Tell Congress: they must prioritize our immigrant communities immediately. That means:
  1. Free COVID-19 testing, treatment, and services for ALL, regardless of immigration status.

  2. Cash assistance for all, regardless of immigration status

  3. Extended protections from deportation for DACA, TPS holders and other immigrants.

  4. No additional funding to ICE and CBP

Then, call this number (1-844-889-3222) to demand Congress gets back to work and pass COVID-19 relief that will:
  1. Mandate and provide funding for no-excuse absentee mail-in voting and early voting, including operational and financial support for the USPS
  2. Expand release to home confinement for people in prisons and jails most vulnerable to COVID-19 – those who are pregnant, elderly, or with underlying health conditions
  3. Extend and expand the federal eviction moratorium and provide funding for emergency rental assistance
  4. Ensure universal access to COVID-19 testing and treatment for everyone, regardless of immigration status

Tell Congress to Grant Clemency to Inmates Serving Unjust Sentences

The ACLU has just launched The Redemption Campaign – Embracing Clemency, a nationwide effort aimed at liberating 50,000 individuals who are serving unjust sentences in state prisons in five years through the explicit authority of governors. Follow this link to add your name! 

Urge your governor: stop violations of BLM protestors’ rights by U.S. police!

US authorities — at the federal, state, and local level — must be held accountable for unlawful killings, excessive force, and other human rights violations. Join Amnesty International in demanding governors hold officers accountable for violating protesters’ rights

In other Amnesty news, mother and daughter pair Honduran asylum-seekers Karla and Katherine have been released from ICE detention thanks to relentless pressure from Amnesty supporters. Their release is proof that pressure works! Use this resource to make calls and emails demanding that ICE release all families together from ICE detention now. 

In case you missed it...

This month marks the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Physicians for Social Responsibility put together a campaign, called #StillHere to honor the hibakusha (survivors of the bombings) and to emphasize that we are still here fighting for an end to nuclear weapons. Check out the recording of the event here!
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