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News about International Day of Peace

Dear friends,

Songs of love and struggle, stories from our violent pasts and visions of peaceful futures, and time to reflect on daily work toward peace with justice. This is what we have in store for International Day of Peace on September 21 in Bellingham.

We are sorry to announce that despite much anticipation, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is unable to travel to Bellingham this month due to medical issues. You will still be able to purchase her books "An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States" and "Loaded: A Disarming History" from Village Books at International Day of Peace.

We now have the talented Afro-folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira scheduled to headline International Day of Peace.

Please join us at the Majestic at 6 p.m. for a fundraising dinner (just $5-20/plate, sliding scale) to support WPJC, as well as to meet representatives from 20 active community groups. The program begins at 7 p.m.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award. Please check our next e-newsletter for the announcement of this year's honoree, as well as more about who else we'll be hearing from at International Day of Peace!

In peace,

P.S. Help spread the word! Invite your network on Facebook or post the event on your page. Share this webpage in an email. You can download the poster here to print or share in an e-newsletter or on social media.

Please join WPJC in thanking this year's International Day of Peace sponsors:
A-1 Builders & Adaptations Design Studio, Amnesty International Bellingham Chapter 270, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Social & Environmental Justice Committee, Bellingham-Whatcom Peace & Justice (and Earthcare) Vigil, Blaine United Church of Christ, ​​Boundary Bay Brewery, Community Food Co-op, Copy Source, Daylight Properties, Faith Lutheran Church, ​First Christian Church, First Congregational Church, Islamic Center of Blaine, Law Office of Edward S. Alexander, P.S., The Lucky Monkey, Pax Christi, Steele Financial Services, ​United Church of Ferndale, ​Veterans for Peace Chapter 111, Village Books, Whatcom Human Rights Taskforce, Yoga Northwest
Volunteers make International Day of Peace even better! Are you interested in volunteering? Will you please send this call for volunteers to your friends and contacts? We will be grateful for support with the following shifts: 

This week and next: Postering around downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven

Thursday, September 20, 3-9 p.m.: Kitchen and food prep crew - Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Friday, September 21: 
  • Setup crew 3-5 p.m.
  • Event support 5-8 p.m.
  • Cleanup crew 8-10 p.m.
Interested? Contact Natalie Baloy at to sign up, no later than September 10.

Alternatives to Military Service training

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., at WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

Every semester, veterans and other volunteers with the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center visit high schools in Whatcom County to offer information on the realities of war, helping youth fact-check the promises of military recruiters.

We also talk about:
-Becoming a conscientious objector
-Ways to earn money for college other than the GI Bill
-Apprenticeships and community service programs that pay
-Educational opportunities 

This volunteer training will prepare you to table with WPJC. We'll go over responses to the most common questions and review our key handouts. You can browse the center's library and borrow related books, as well as meet returning volunteers and hear about their experiences.

If you want to volunteer but can't make this training, please email
6 p.m., September 4
Jobs with Justice monthly meeting
Union Center (1700 N. State Street)

6:30-8:30, September 4
Racial Justice Coalition monthly meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

4-5 p.m., September 7
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

September 7
Drinks for Good benefiting WPJC
Camber Coffee (221 W. Holly)

11:30 a.m-1 p.m., September 10
Dignity Vigil
Downtown bus station (Railroad and Magnolia)

7 a.m.-10 p.m., September 15
Shop at the Co-op to support WPJC
Downtown, Cordata, and Cafe locations

5:30 p.m., September 18
Prayer Vigil for Middle East Peace
 St. James Presbyterian Church (910 14th Street)

7-9 p.m., September 19
Prosecutor Candidate Debate
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall)

September 21
Drink & Dine for Peace
Eight restaurants in Bellingham

6-9 p.m., September 21
International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest

6-7:30 p.m., September 26
Volunteer Training for Alternatives to Military Service
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

September 28-30
Alternatives to Violence Project Basics Workshop
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (13 Prospect Street)

Registration open for Alternatives to Violence Project

Basics workshop this month

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) understands that conflict is a normal part of life but believes that violence — whether verbal, physical, emotional, or spiritual — doesn't need to be. AVP believes that conflict can be used as a tool for change and transformation.

AVP seeks to establish, by teaching practical skills, a peaceful community where members have the ideals, the expectation, and know-how to reach positive, powerful resolutions to conflict situations.

AVP offers hope, training and confidence to help each of us, individually and in community, to change this world, our country, every neighborhood and our homes, to the peaceful places where we all wish to live.

The Basic level AVP Workshop is an intensive learning experience that teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills. These experiences in small groups and in one-to-one interactions help build a sense of community. Trust role-plays also provide an opportunity to explore this power as well as learn and practice creative ways to respond to real-life conflicts.

The Basics workshop will be held in downtown Bellingham Sept. 28-30, 2018.
You can register here.

Understanding audism

Last month, Cascadia Deaf Nation (CDN) held a roundtable discussion on audism. CDN Stewarding Leaders Jessica Leung and Ashanti Monts-Tréviska (also a member of WPJC's Board of Directors) have provided this blog post summarizing the concepts they covered: "Addressing Audiocentric Privilege: How Audism is Being Practiced." They expect to offer the discussion again this fall.

Veterans and homelessness

On the WPJC blog, summer intern Cherie writes the second installment in a series about inequality and veterans of the U.S. military. Check it out here: "There are no unwounded soldiers, part II"
RISE for climate, jobs, and justice. Rally and march, Saturday Sept 8, 9 a.m., Tollfeson Plaza, 1548 Commerce Street Tacoma, WA 98402.
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