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Rise Up & Resist: Mon, Oct 21st 7pm


Please join us next Monday, October 21st to listen to David Barsamian at 7PM at the 
First Congregational Church of Bellingham, UCC (2401Cornwall Ave).

One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 34th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are with Noam Chomsky: Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy and Edward Said: Culture and Resistance. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.

David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, San Francisco and elsewhere.

Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to “the world’s largest democracy.

$10-15 Suggested Donations to support his traveling expenses (No one will be turned down for lack of funds!). RSVP to our facebook event. 

World Peace Poets Community Write In & Read-In Potluck

Come to the WPJC during our office hours (T&TH 12-4PM) and join the World Peace Poets in a Community Write in about Peace and Justice. Then join the World Peace Poets organizers and participants at 5PM on the 26th of October for a closing Potluck and Read in at St. James Presbyterian Church (910 - 14th Street down-stairs).

☮ First time self-directed writing project for writers: beginners, experienced, professionals!

☮ Free and open to the public!

☮What is self-directed writing?
All Community Write-In sites will offer a place to sit and write (see calendar on reverse). A few poems and writings on peace and justice will be posted or in a folder for you to read and use as stimulus for your own writing. A World Peace Poet volunteer will be on hand, also writing, but available to answer questions.
You choose places and times from the calendar. Drop-in to write. You will be able to sit and write as long as you want in the time provided. You can write or draw anything you want to work on: poems, essays, short stories or artwork.
We have located labyrinths to walk in mindful silence, or workplaces where there is organizing and resources provided for peace and justice. All are available for “Write-In” time.

Collaborate to create a “Fusion Poem” at each site.  Add your lines (up to 20 words) to the “Fusion poem” posted on the wall or in a notebook.
11:30a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Every Wednesday
Fall Issues Forum

Fairhaven Auditorium, WWU

6:30-9 p.m., October 17
Whatcom County Candidate Forum
Meridian High School
(194 W Laurel Rd.)

2-5:30 p.m., October 17
October Tenant Assembly
Roosevelt Resource Center 2303 Moore St

4-5 p.m., October 18
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6 p.m., October 19
Veterans for Peace chapter meeting
Co-Op Connections Building
(405 E. Holly St, Room 103)

9 a.m.-12 p.m., October 19
Orca Recovery Day
NWIC (2522 Kwina Rd)

10 a.m-3p.m., October 19
Orca Recovery Day & Indigenous Peoples Day - Beach Clean Up
 Lummi View Dr, Bellingham

5 p.m. October 20
Seattle Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation – Fundraiser Potluck Meal, Concert, and Sing-Along
Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70 St, Seattle

9 a.m.-4 p.m. October 21 to 216
Whatcom Housing Week 2019
Various locations

7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. October 21
David Barsamian: Rise and Resist
First Congregational Church of Bellingham, UCC
(2401 Cornwall Ave)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. October 23
Healing our Salish Sea
Northwood Hall Event Center 3240 Northwest Ave

3p.m.-5p.m. October 26
Whatcom Intergenerational HighSchool Community Celebration
Sylvia Center for the Arts 207 Prospect St

4-5:30 p.m October 27
Mutter Courage #6: Stefania Heim Book Release
BRUNA press + archive (221 Prospect)

7-8 p.m. October 29
Amnesty International Group 270 Monthly Meeting
Community Food Coop Building (upstairs dining area)

Today at 5 PM: Birchwood Food Summit

Shuksan Middle School (2717 Alderwood Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225)

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Border to Border Solidarity Action 

National Call to Action to:
➡ End the abusive Remain-in-Mexico (RIM) policy
➡ op the violence against people of color
➡ Honor the 22 People killed in El Paso
➡ Bear witness and demand an end to the incarceration of children and families

RSVP to the facebook event here.

MLK Conference: Call for Proposals Open

The organizing committee for the 2020 Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday Conference is now accepting proposals for workshops, poster sessions, and other presentation formats.  
The theme of this year’s conference, Tomorrow is Today – the Fierce Urgency of NOWdraws on the principles Dr. King which Dr. King referenced in two of his most influential speeches, “I Have a Dream” delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 26th, 1963 and “Beyond Viet Nam, A Time to Break Silence” at Harlem’s Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated. His message remains as urgent today as it did over 50 years ago.
Now in its twenty-second year, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that make Dr. King’s ideals reality. 
The Conference will take place on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at Whatcom Community College.  It will feature a participatory “People’s Keynote” designed to encourage conversation and build bridges, along with morning and afternoon workshop sessions.
If you are interested in being a presenter at the 2020 Conference, please complete the online submission form.  The Committee encourages you to share this link with your colleagues in Social Justice as well.  The deadline for submission is Friday, November 15th, 2019.  Preference will be given to individuals and groups that did not present at the 2019 Conference.  Proposals from presenters at the 2019 conference will be considered if space is available.

Please send an email to if you would like more information.

Send your comment: No new fracked gas refinery in WA 

Together, we can convince Ecology to deny key permits for the proposed Kalama methanol refinery. If built, the refinery would be one of Washington’s biggest contributors to climate-changing pollution. Send a message to the Department of Ecology here.

Background information provided by Power Past Fracked Gas member Columbia Riverkeeper:

The Washington Department of Ecology can stand up to the gas industry’s plans to use the Northwest as an export hub for fossil fuels by denying pending permits for the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama.

“Natural gas” is a phrase promoted by the fossil fuel industry to fool consumers into believing that methane—the primary component in natural gas—is a climate-friendly fossil fuel. Don’t be fooled. At least half of the natural gas we consume comes from fracking—a dangerous and dirty process that pollutes soil, water, and air. In 2014, the fossil fuel industry used fracking to extract half of the gas produced in Canada— and it’s expected to increase to 80 percent by 2035. Bottom line: There’s nothing “natural” about destroying our climate, communities, and water.

Update on the Health of Local Activist Karen Well

Long time activist Karen Weill was operated for a brain tumor last week, which has been removed. She is for now n the University of Washington hospital in Seattle along with her husband Larry Hildes. She has been recuperating better than expected, and is talking, and eating well. Visitors are especially helpful.
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