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Mid-February updates: State legislature moves closer to abolishing death penalty in Washington


Need some good news? The legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Washington State was voted on and passed by the Senate yesterday. We have been have been hearing that this year is the best chance yet to abolish the death penalty in our state. So far, things are looking good.

Not so on many other issues. Please connect with others at our next letter-writing gathering in a few weeks (Sunday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m.). Share research skills and your analysis with fellow letter-writers, and then write and send a letter. (We held a similar gathering in January, which you can read about here:

With a lot of attention focused on nuclear weapons globally, we sat down with Nicholas Mele to talk about what people in Washington state need to know. Check out the 2-minute video below.

In our local community, Alternatives to Military Service will present at next week's Design Your Future event for Whatcom County high school students and their parents. Please stop by our table or come to our presentation if you're attending -- and let others know we will be there, especially if you know a young person considering enlistment.

With tonight's opening of the 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, we hope to see you at some of the powerful films that will be screened over the next 10 days. Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this festival!
Thank you,

Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

The 2018 Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival opens tonight and runs through February 24. The full program is available online at: There are also printed copies available around town, including at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center.

All films are free. Donations to the film festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless folks can be made at each film.

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is co-sponsoring the Saturday showing of "Nowhere to Hide," which will screen at noon at the Pickford Film Center. This film was named Best Feature Documentary
at the Social Impact Media Awards last week.

"Another Option for the Table: Discussion with Pyongyang"

On the Veterans for Peace Chapter 111 blog, Gene Marx offers his take on a way forward for U.S.-North Korea relations:

"First of all, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a nuclear state. We need to get over it. And NO nuclear power, outside of the apartheid government of South Africa, has ever unilaterally, much less voluntarily, disarmed."

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4 p.m., February 15
Ground-Truthing: GIS as Community-Based and Anti-Racist Praxis
Academic West 204 at WWU

6 p.m., February 15
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights meeting
Miller Hall 231 at WWU

8:45 a.m., February 16
Court Support for Those Charged in Connection to I-5 Protest
Whatcom County Courthouse, 3rd floor

10 a.m.-noon, February 16
The Longest Walk: Calling an End to Drug Abuse & Domestic Violence
Peace Arch State Park, Blaine

4-5 p.m., February 16
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6 p.m., February 16
Veterans for Peace Monthly Chapter Meeting
Co-op Connections Building (405 E. Holly Street, Room 103)

Noon-2 p.m., February 17
"Nowhere to Hide"
Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street)
9 a.m., February 19
Quaker Lobby Day
Olympia Friends Meeting House (3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia)

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.., February 19
Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

6:30 p.m., February 22
School-Prison Nexus: Building Resistance, Freedoms, and Community
Fraser 102 at WWU

7 p.m., February 22
Amnesty International Chapter 270 meeting
Top floor of downtown Community Food Co-op (1220 N. Forest Street)

7 p.m., February 28
IWW Movie Night: Free the Angola 3
Alternative Library (519 E. Maple)

2-4 p.m., March 4
Letter-Writing Afternoon
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

6 p.m., March 6
Jobs with Justice monthly meeting
1700 N. State Street

6-8 p.m., March 21
What's Up Doc? We're Dying to Talk
St. Luke’s Health Education Center (3333 Squalicum Parkway)
Nicholas Mele of Pax Christi International shares a quick rundown of what people in Whatcom County should know about nuclear weapons in our region.
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#NoWayToTreatAChild Webinar

H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, was introduced in the House in November by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) with nine additional co-sponsors. It prohibits U.S. tax dollars from supporting human rights violations against Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention.

H.R. 4391 requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank.

Join #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders, Brad Parker and Jennifer Bing, for a webinar on February 27 at 5 p.m. Pacific for updates on the bill and the situation on the ground for Palestinian child detainees. RSVP here to get webinar details:

No Way to Treat a Guest: A Community Forum on H2A

No Way to Treat a Guest: A Community Forum on H-2A Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Social Hall 1207 Ellsworth Street in Bellingham  Join us for a panel discussion about the impacts of the H-2A program in Washington State on farmworkers, the future of labor and the agricultural industry, and the sustainability of our food system. Featuring Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration & Labor Rights at Farmworker Justice.  Co-sponsored by: Jobs with Justice, Northwest WA Central Labor Council, Community to Community Development, SEIU Local 1199NW, Labor Work Group of Skagit County, UFCW Local 21, Familias Unidas por la Justicia
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