Violent Pasts, Peaceful Futures
Hundreds in Whatcom County gather every year on International Day of Peace -- September 21 -- in solidarity with people around the world. In 1982, the United Nations declared this day an annual worldwide 24-hour cease-fire to envision what our world can look like without weapons, violence, and oppression.
"Violent Pasts, Peaceful Futures" is the theme of this year's International Day of Peace in Whatcom County. We will gather at the Majestic (1027 N. Forest, Bellingham), from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 21.
Together with Village Books, the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center is proud to announce this year's keynote speaker: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, child of tenant farmers. As a veteran of the 1960s revolution, she has been involved in anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist movements, union organizing, and was one of the founders of the Women's Liberation Movement in the late 1960s.
Since 1973, Dunbar-Ortiz has focused on Native American and Ethnic Studies and worked with Indigenous communities for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international Indigenous movement.
A historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at California State University, Dunbar-Ortiz is author of numerous Indigenous related books and articles, including "An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States." Her most recent book is "Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment."
In addition to the keynote speech, the evening will include the presentation of the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award, which is awarded annually to a local peacemaker whose life's work is in the spirit of Howard Harris, one of the founders of Bellingham's peace vigil.
We are bringing back the community dinner hour from 6-7 p.m. The sliding scale for a plate runs $5-20, including dessert. Proceeds benefit the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. Come and break bread with your community!
All the details are here, along with information on sponsorships and volunteering: https://www.whatcompjc.org/2018-international-day-of-peace.html
The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/237295470359912 -- please share it!
We hope to see you there!
P.S. Also happening September 21 is Drink & Dine for Peace. When you dine out that day at Brandywine Kitchen, Cafe Akroteri, or the Mount Bakery, these beloved local restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to support WPJC. So even if you can't attend our main event, you can still take part in the day. (Stay tuned...we may add more restaurants to this list!)