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Mid-February updates: 


Dear friends,
 
To start off with some good news, the Washington State joint memorials (SJM 8006) passed out of committee last Friday! Now, we need to keep pressuring for it to pass out of the Rules Committee and get on the Senate Floor before February 19th. The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is hosting  kick off speaker series + letter writing + soup next Monday, February 17th, where we’ll work together to learn more about the memorials and help pressure the bill to go to the Senate. Nicholas Mele will be our first speaker of what we hope will become a monthly series on militarism! We'll have time for eating, socializing and a Q&A. Please let us know if you have any suggestions and/or would like to be involved in planning this. More details on the event section bellow!
 
The year has started strong for Alternatives to Military Service! To show our appreciation, we’re having brunch this Sunday, February 16tth, at the WPJC office. We are providing bagels and inviting anyone to contribute to a fabulous potluck!
 
But 2020 has definitively not started lightly! This month we witnessed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) invasion on Unist’ot’en territory (of the Wet’suwet’en people, in so-called British Columbia) to enforce Coastal GasLink’s injunction. The Wet’suwet’en have never ceded their sovereign title and rights, making this injunction and the recent arrests violate Wet’suwet’en, constitutional, and international law. We invite you to watch the film “Invasion” and to support the land protectors by joining in the struggle in solidarity.  
 
With the recent expansion of the Muslim ban, the consequences of the United States’ killing of Iranian leader Oassem Soleimani, and the colonial violence to our indigenous neighbors in the North, the world can seem like a hostile, unsafe place. But all big action starts at the local level. Let's stand united!
 
In peace and solidarity,

Devan Gunther & Aline Prata

Getting SJM 8006 On the Senate Floor


Thank you for your incredible support getting SJM 8006 out of committee! It passed out of the Senate State Government and Tribal Relations Committee on Friday, with 10 people testifying and 17 people signing in to support. We also delivered 19 letters of support from WANWC members to the committee members. 

Now we need to get the bill out of Rules Committee to get a vote on the Senate Floor before February 19.

Please help us by:

1. Sending an email blast to your list to encourage your members to contact the Senate Rules Committee members (sample below)
2. Sharing this Facebook post, Tweet and Instagram post
3. Sign and share this petition with your members
4. Let us know what you decide to do, so we can keep track of our progress!

Thank you for all that you do!

Via: Carly and Lauren
Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition

Sample E-Actions


The Washington state legislature can help prevent nuclear war. We need your help to get the joint memorial over the finish line!
 

Thank you all for your letters of support, powerful testimony and advocacy, SJM 8006 passed out of committee on Friday, February 7th. This means the Senate joint memorial is being referred to the Senate Rules Committee for a second hearing. We need your help to ensure it is pulled onto the Senate floor for a vote, by calling upon all the members of the Senate Rules Committee, especially our key targets: Sen. Andy Billig, Sen. Marko Liias and Sen. Karen Keiser.

Here's how you can help:

  1. Call Rules Committee members Sen. Andy Billig, Sen. Marko Liias, and Sen. Karen Keiser now using these calling scripts. The Senate memorial (SJM 8006) needs to be pulled from the Rules Committee to the senate floor for a vote. This means our targets are leaders who share our values on this committee: Sen. Andy Billig, Sen. Marko Liaas and Sen. Karen Keiser to get them to pull SJM 8006 to the Senate Floor for a vote!

  2. Sign and share the petition to add your voice to the fight! 

  3. Contact your state legislator or comment directly on the bill. Once the bills get to the floor of the Senate, ask your Senator and Representatives to vote for the joint memorials.

  4. Learn more by viewing and sharing the toolkit for action. Check out the list of endorsing organizations, FAQ’s, and many templates you can utilize for the joint memorials. 

  5. Stay up to date and join us at an event: sign up for our emailing list, get email updates on the joint memorials and follow us on Facebook & Twitter

We deeply appreciate your continued support and efforts towards the joint memorial. It is critical that we make these calls and demands now, as we have only until the end of the month to get a vote on the Senate floor.

LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Kick Off

6-7:30 p.m., February 14
Washington's Undiscovered Feminists
Bellingham Public Library (3111 Newmarket St, Ste 103)


4-5 p.m., February 14
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

12-3 p.m., February 16
AMS Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

5:30-8 p.m., February 17
Let's talk about Nukes: Soup, Community Speaker, Q&A, and Letter Writing Party
1664 Fruitland Dr., 98226. 

7-8:30 p.m., February 19
Can We Just Talk?: LGBTQ+ Discussion Group
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

7-9 p.m., February 19
Black Lives Matter Monthly Chapter Meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

12-1 p.m., February 20
Dignity Vigil
Customs and Border Patrol (1431 Sunset Ave, Ferndale)

5:30-7:30 p.m., February 20
Know Your Rights: Tenant and Community Defense
Roosevelt Resource Center (2303 Moore St.)

February 20-29
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
Various Locations

11 a.m., February 21
Film Screening of "An Endless War" (Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival)
Settlemeyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College

12-1:30 p.m., February 21
Dignity Vigil
Ferndale Riverwalk

4-5 p.m. February 21
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6-8 p.m. February 21
Veterans for Peace Monthly Chapter Meeting
Bellingham Food Co-Op Connections Building

6:30-9 p.m., February 21
The Nuns the Priests and the Bombs Screening
Seattle University, Bannon 401

7-9 p.m., February 21
Beyond Climate Film Showing
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

6p.m., February 22
Black History Month Celebration
YWMCA Ballroom (1026 N Forest St)

1:30-2:30 p.m., February 22
Town Hall with Rep. Debra Lekanoff
Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room

6-9 p.m., February 22
Ascendants of the Movement: A Black History Month Celebration
YWCA Bellingham

12-1:30 p.m., February 22
Dignity Vigil
Ferndale Riverwalk

12:30-2:30 p.m., February 23
Day of Remembrance, Day of Action
Northwest Detention Center

2-5:30 p.m., February 23
Seattle Black Film Festival
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

7-8 p.m., February 25
Amnesty International Monthly Chapter Meeting
Community Food Co-Op

7-8:30 p.m., February 26
Climate Action Task Force Panel Discussion
YWCA Bellingham

12-1 p.m., February 27
Dignity Vigil
Customs and Border Patrol (1431 Sunset Ave, Ferndale)

4-5 p.m. February 28
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

12-1:30 p.m., February 22
Dignity Vigil
Ferndale Riverwalk

12-6 p.m., February 29
Free Store
Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

1-5 p.m., March 7
A Global Imagination, Artists for our Earth
University Congregational UCC Church (4515 16th Ave. NE Seattle)

6-10 p.m., March 8
Wild Womxn: Dirt to Indulgence Afterparty
The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay
 

Looking for Creative Costume Designers


We know that Bellingham is full of crafty people, so if you have any costume building skills (i.e. sewing, working with sheet plastic, designing, etc.) or access to materials and are interested in designing and building a nuclear weapons street theater personality to increase public awareness about the threats and harms nuclear weapons pose to our communities, please connect with Fred Miller at fredlyfree@gmail.com or 206 928-2543.

United National AntiWar Coalition Conference 2020


The Trump administration has called for 3 new military bases to be built in Iraq;  US troops have taken over the oil fields in Syria and have attacked and killed Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi territory, threatening to bring the entire region into war; the U.S. has aggressively attacked as many as 39 countries with economic warfare and sanctions and has proposed a “peace plan,” which legalizes all of Israel’s land grabs and attacks on Palestinians. It is now more important than ever that we build a strong antiwar movement.

Executive Director Aline Prata will be representing the WPJC at UNAC's 3-day conference in New York City. The theme of the conference will be "Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis - Building Power Together" and will address both the country's current and historical events relevant to the coalition's antiwar work.

If you'd like to sponsor our E.D.'s traveling expenses for UNAC's Conference, please consider making a donation to the WPJC.
 
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