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Image: BLM Solidarity Rally in Bellingham, June 6 2020
Friends,

We are in the middle of the biggest racial uprising of many of our lives. An international community is coming together over the urgency of the issue of racism in America, and specifically in the American policing system. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is calling for deployment of military force, spewing lies about "violent" protestors, and once again proving he values the security of white supremacy over the safety and dignity of Black lives. 

We need to be prepared for the tension to continue in the coming weeks and beyond. As is often stated, the fight for justice is a marathon, not a sprint. We are seeing some changes already (see this article about a bipartisan push to cut off police access to military-style gear, or this one about the city of Minneapolis voting to disband the police) but not nearly enough.

Over the past weeks, we had several people reach out to WPJC asking how they can help. Here are some resources and action steps we've gathered (though this list is by no means comprehensive). Continue to follow WPJC on social media and through these newsletters, as well as other local grassroots organizations, to stay updated on ways you can build peace in your personal lives and communities. If you found any of these resources or updates helpful, please consider signing up to become a monthly donor for the Center. As a grassroots PoC-led organization that has centered racial justice, militarism and the war against Black people, indigenous and people of color in this country and abroad for almost 2 decades, we need your sustained, long-term support.

Encourage your friends to do the same! 

In peace, 

Marii Herlinger and Aline Prata

 
Yes, I'll chip in for the Center now!

Good news!

WPJC is one of two organizations to be nominated for the US Peace Prize 2020! You can find our listing in the US Peace Memorial Foundation's Peace Registry. More info to come!

IDP Peace Award Nominations Open



Nominations for the Howard Harris Peace Award are now open! You must fill out  this form if you wish to nominate someone from the community to be honored at our International Day of Peace event in September.
 

Are You Our Mystery Donor?


We're still in search of whoever has been donating anonymously online! For our own record-keeping purposes, and so that we can recognize and thank you, we'd love if you identified yourself to us. Email us at office@whatcompjc.org to let us know who you are! Regardless, thank you for your contributions!

 

Supplies needed


Dr. Ming Lin—the doctor who was fired from St. Joseph's for speaking out about the hospital's lack of COVID-19 preparedness—is now working at Rosebud SD Hospital and has asked people to send supplies to the Rosebud Daycare Center. Some of the Lakota/Sioux kids live in homes without water, so he's asked that folks send hand sanitizer (preferably individual, but bulk is okay too), wipes, and individually wrapped, shelf-stable nutritious snacks to the address below: 


Rosebud Day Care Center
600 Frontage Road
Rosebud, SD 57570

Source: Familias Unidas por la Justicia


Masks needed for farmworkers in Yakima


Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Yakima. Christina Ortega with Latino Community Fund has confirmed a need for masks. Click here for the address to send these to, as well as resources for online sewing tutorials. 

 

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters Volunteer Opportunity


BFDF needs...
  1. a team of people to post signs around Birchwood so people without internet access know the Share Spot is starting up again
  2. to borrow a couple more tables for this Saturday's Share Spot (6/20)
  3. Produce, canned food (especially proteins like canned fish, shelf-stable tofu, nuts and nut butters, etc.), disinfecting wipes or toiletries. Please message Tina McKim to find out where you can drop these items.


World Beyond War Statement of Peace


World Beyond War encourages organizations to sign their name on this declaration of peace, calling for an end to all war and preparations for war. Access it here

 


Tell Congress: Restrict Use of Crowd-Control Weapons 

 

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility urge people to sign the petition calling on Congress to ban chemical weapons like tear gas, pepper spray and other "less-than-lethal" crowd-control weapons immediately. Such weapons have indeed led to injury, disability and even death. Add your name here to demand Congress place immediate reforms on the use of these weapons.

June 15-June 21 (happening now!)
Juneteenth Week! A Virtual Week of Celebration
Schedule attached to link above.

Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Beloved Community Cafe
Hosted by Resource Center for Nonviolence

Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Democracy Happy Hour
Hosted by Fix Democracy First!

11:30 a.m. (PDT), June 16, 17, & 18
Prep Meeting for Virtual Lobby Day
Hosted by Peace Action

3:30 p.m. (PDT), June 16
#SayHerName Charleena Lyles: Police Murder and the Uprising for Black Lives
Hosted by Haymarket Books


4:00 p.m., June 16
Webinar: Communicating with Elected Officials
Hosted by Stand.earth


3:30-5:00 p.m., June 17
Online Discussion on Black Liberation: Speaking to this Moment
Hosted by Jobs for Justice

3 p.m., June 17
SSL: Self Defense for Femmes
Little Squalicum Park

5-6:30 p.m. (PDT), June 17
Say Her Name: Telling Stories of State Violence and Public Silence
Hosted by the African American Policy Forum

5:00-6:00 p.m., June 17
Know Your Rights: A Protestor's Guide to Taking Action in Washington State
Special Guest Nikkita Oliver

7-8:30 p.m., June 17
Juneteenth: Ijeoma Oluo and Ahamefule Oluo in Conversation
Hosted by King County Library System

9:00 a.m. (PDT), June 18
Webinar: Protests, Police Violence, and the Pandemic
Hosted by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

2-3:30 p.m. (PDT), June 18
Raising Antiracist Kids: Ibram X. Kendi with Derecka Purnell
Hosted by Haymarket Books

4-5:00 p.m. (PDT), June 18
Campaign Nonviolence Action Organizing Call with Kazu Haga
Hosted by Pace e Bene

6-9:00 p.m., June 18
Charleena Lyles Remembrance Vigil
Hosted by individuals

7:30 p.m., June 18
WOC Social (email us for link)
Hosted Online by WPJC 

7:30 p.m., June 18
Movie Night: The Black Power Mixtape
Hosted by International League of People's Struggle Seattle

2-7:30 p.m., June 19
Juneteenth March and People's Assembly
Hosted by Africatown-Central District et al.

4-5:00 p.m., June 19
Friday Peace Vigil

Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

5:00 p.m. (PDT), June 19
The Fire This Time: We Can't Breathe
Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America

7:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. (PDT), June 20
The Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington: A Mass Digital Gathering
Hosted by Poor People's Campaign

9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., June 20
Seattle Black Gay Pride
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County

3:00 p.m. (PDT), June 21
The Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington: A Mass Digital Gathering
Hosted by Poor People's Campaign

4:00 p.m., June 22
Online Screening and Panel Discussion of Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America
Hosted by World Channel

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., June 23
Understanding Conflict Virtual Training
Hosted by Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

5-7:00 p.m. (PDT), June 27
Liberty's Daughters: An Evening of Immigrant Women's Monologues
Hosted by Immigrant/International Artists & Scholars in New York and Nuyorican Poets Cafe

8:00 a.m. (PDT), June 24
UN2020: Enhancing Peace, Disarmament and the Role of Women
Hosted by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament et. al

7:00 p.m., June 24
All in WA: A Concert for COVID Relief
Hosted by All in WA

4-5:00 p.m., June 26
Friday Peace Vigil

Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

1:30 p.m. (PDT), June 27
World Beyond War: Virtual Chapter Open House
Hosted by World Beyond War

2-5:30 p.m., June 27
#SayHerName Protect Black Women March
Hosted by Washington Poor People's Campaign

1:00 p.m. (PDT), June 30
How to Write Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor
Hosted by Rethink Media

7:00 p.m., June 30
Monthly Chapter Meeting
Hosted by Amnesty International Group 270

4-5:00 p.m., July 3
Friday Peace Vigil

Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

Alternatives to Military Service in the Time of COVID-19 


With high schools closed and social distancing in place, we're missing our AMS volunteers and high schoolers! But the good news is that WPJC has prepared some resources for parents and youth:

1. Homeschooling for peace
2. Educate children about racism plus these resources 
3. How to protect the privacy of your child and family
4. Parenting resources from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
5. Demand that the superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools prioritize student well being and remove police presence from our schools. 

WOC Monthly Social 


Starting this Thursday, June 18th, at 7:30 p.m. we will be co-hosting a monthly Women of Color online Social.

If you're interested in joining, please email WPJC (office@whatcompjc.org) for the link to participate. Hope to see you there!

Join WPJC and SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) for Calls This Friday! 

WPJC is partnering up with Standing Up for Racial Justice to co-host Zoom weekly meetings for folks to join in support of local and national movements for racial justice. We are meeting to work through calls to action that come directly from BIPOC organizations in our community and state—like lobbying, signing petitions, sending emails and making phone calls. Though the first meeting of this series will be this Friday, June 19th at 12pm, the following weeks meetings will be on Tuesdays at 4pm.
Reach out to surjwhatcom@riseup.net for more information and to request access to the Zoom link. 

Opportunity for Building Community While Social Distancing


Resource Center for Nonviolence has been meeting every Friday on Zoom with the goal of building community despite the hurdle of needing to remain socially distant. This week, the conversation will center around the topic of racism. What racism exists in our community, our organizations and our lives? What antiracism do we practice? What are our experiences?
If you're interested in participating in the Beloved Community Cafe, join here.

Tell Whatcom County Council to Redirect Funding


In February, the Whatcom County Council approved a plan to support Whatcom families. The Child and Family Action Plan was developed with grassroots oversight from families with young children. The plan outlines steps to reduce childhood trauma and close equity gaps tied to race and income in the community.
The Whatcom County Council will be finalizing their budget for the next TWO YEARS in the next TWO WEEKS! Currently, most of the money goes to the sheriff. We're encouraging folks to email and call the County Council and our County Executive asking that funds be re-invested in the community, specifically this Child and Family Action Plan. Contact County Executive Satpal Sidhu at ssidhu@co.whatcom.wa.us and County Council at council@co.whatcom.wa.us. For more info, click here.

Ongoing Need to End Sanctions On Iran


Despite the turbulence of current events in America, it is imperative that we keep our eyes and minds trained on our international brothers and sisters and siblings. U.S. sanctions are still devastating the Iranian people's ability to protect themselves as much as possible from the threat of COVID-19. Sign this petition to tell Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to end sanctions on Iran. 
Photo credit: Drew Angerer

Call on Governor Inslee to Urge ICE to Free Detained Immigrants & Asylum-Seekers

Tens of thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers are trapped in ICE detention facilities across the U.S., where social distancing is virtually impossible, and where access to medical care is severely limited. "These jails run the risk of becoming incubators for COVID-19."

In the state of Washington alone, hundreds of people are being held in overcrowded detention facilities with little access to healthcare. Individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma launched a hunger strike to protest such conditions.

This is where you come in: Governor Inslee can use his public health authority to pressure ICE to reduce the state's immigration detention population, take preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19, and protect immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. Click here for a script to send Gov. Inslee, letting him know that you demand he address this humanitarian issue now.  

Sign on to WPSR's Open Letter Calling for Responsible Relief and Recovery from COVID-19

Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in the call for a healthy response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are on the verge of a decision that will determine our futures. Our decision-makers will either choose to continue the current system of inequity—which includes fossil fuel dependence and military spending at the expense of public health—or to help create a "new normal" which could include safety and health equality for all. This petition will be delivered to the WA Congressional Delegation and members of the State House and Senate. If you are a health professional, your signature is needed! Sign here

Tell Zoom to protect all users from police surveillance, hackers, and cyber-criminals

In this era of social distancing, Zoom has become a common meeting place for political organizers to host confidential discussions and planning calls for demonstrations. However, Zoom has not implemented end-to-end encryption for users with free accounts, because they want to give the police and FBI access to calls. As activists fight for justice, accountability, and an end to police violence, Zoom fuels the very police oppression activists are fighting against. Sign the petition calling on Zoom CEO to rethink his decision and instead implement full encryption for all users.

Sign Hibakusha Appeal: Petition to End Nuclear Weapons  

Hibakusha is a term that refers to survivors of the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The Hibakusha appeal is a petition created by a group of Hibakusha, and calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Add your name here.

Resources for Writing your First LTE


This is a transformative mo(ve)ment in history which calls for as many voices as possible to join in the condemnation of anti-Blackness and police violence. Writing letters to the editors of your local (or national!) newspapers is an important way of increasing impact, reaching a wide audience, and getting crucial perspectives represented in the media. Win Without War has put together a resource guide for writing LTEs, as well as a draft letter that specifically calls for defunding the police and instead investing in Black and Brown communities. You can access it here.

Viking Union Gallery: Virtual Tour 

Local artist Ed Bereal has a collection of artwork titled "With Liberty and Justice for All?" available for a virtual gallery tour. The exhibition deals with the themes of racism, American imperialism, and capitalist consumerism. If you have comments or questions, leave them at @wwu_asp on Instagram, or @vikinguniongallery on Facebook!

Check out this other great virtual art exhibit from Resource Center for Nonviolence.

Shred The Contract Update: Letterwriting and Caravan to Whatcom Jail

WPJC co-hosted two events recently with WWU Shred the Contract, a group of students organizing around ending WWU's contract with Aramark—a food vendor with strong ties to the prison industrial complex. The first event was a letter-writing campaign, in which people "gathered" on Zoom to write letters to our community members currently incarcerated at the Whatcom Jail. The second event was a caravan in which in-person participants drove from the Whatcom Jail (after singing songs of solidarity with individuals detained at the jail) through town and to the WWU campus for final remarks. Both events were a great success. The letter-writing event boosted us much closer to STC's goal of reaching everyone in the jail. If you're interested in writing a letter yourself, here is the presentation with all the do's and don't's you'll need before getting started. Here is a link to a letter written by a broad coalition of incarcerated individuals and their families, outlining the needs of those most impacted right now during the pandemic. 

The caravan received much community support, and was concluded by an unplanned call to action for folks to gather at the Whatcom Jail in support of a local trans woman and political organizer who had been illegally arrested during the time of the caravan (although she was not a participant in the caravan). Check out WPJC's latest blog post for a more detailed account of the caravan. Here is an email script to send to WWU President Sabah to demand that WWU shred the contract with Aramark, and replace it with a self-operated dining system. 

Image source: The Global Campaign on Military Spending

Connecting Militarism Abroad with Militarism at Home: A Blog Series

WPJC intern Marii Herlinger has started an series of blogs detailing the intimate relationship between war abroad and war at home. During this time of racial uprising and protest, it is becoming more evident than ever that American police would rather wage war on its own civilians than stand down and address the racism and state-sanctioned violence upon which the American policing system is built. "The antiwar movement must include the constant acknowledgment that war abroad is inherently linked to war at home. Without active resistance to both, violence will continue to inform government responses to conflict across the globe and in our very backyards." For access to the first blog in the series, click here.

WPJC welcomes the community into our blog space. We want to uplift the voices of folks who recognize that the fact of international conflict requires us to be actively pro-peace at home. All topics related to peace and justice will be considered. For those interested in submitting a piece to be featured on our blog, email our office at office@whatcompjc.org. 

In Loving Memory of... 

 

While we mourn George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, Rayshard Brooks, Tony McDade and all those lives lost which are finally receiving national attention; we also acknowledge the loss suffered by our neighbors in the Lummi nation with the passing of their chief, Bill James. And we extend our condolences to the families of Angela Martin Solomon and David Cruz Serrano who have lost a loved one in this struggle for justice. In Brazil, we say that "we offer our dead not one minute of silence, but a lifetime of LUTA" (struggle)! 
Photo credit: Ken Lambert

Bill Tsi’li’xw James

Bill Tsi'li'xw James—hereditary chief of the Lummi people, highly respected leader, and champion of environmental protection and tribal sovereignty—has passed away at the age of 75. WPJC is in loving remembrance of his life and legacy. You can access the livestream of his funeral service here

Angela Martin Solomon 

WPJC would like to honor Angela Martin Solomon, a longtime C2C Dignity Vigiler and activist in the movement for food justice and farmworkers' rights. She will be very much missed.

David Cruz Serrano

David Cruz was one of the original people to join the strikes in Yakima. He passed away from COVID-19. Let’s honor his legacy by remembering him and continuing his advocacy by supporting farmworkers’ rights.

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