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"Hiroshima Library" opens in Bellingham on Aug. 2 and runs through September, with a series accompanying events.

Next week begins the commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Communities around our region are holding gatherings to learn, remember, and take action. Please see below for details.

The nomination deadline for this year's Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award is almost here -- please get your nominations in by Monday, as the deadline will not be extended this year. And thank you to those who have already submitted a nomination!

In other news, unfortunately our office flooded a bit this week due to a leak in the upstairs apartment. The office will be closed today through Monday, and possibly some days next week for repairs. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for any changes to office hours after today.

Thank you,

Tiny home build

Starting Oct. 5 and partnering with HomesNow, WPJC is building a tiny home for a local veteran. We are recruiting volunteers to help!

The coordinating team includes high school students and veterans, and we particularly encourage anyone considering military service to work on this project with us.

And we need folks with building experience! 

Please sign up at and help us spread the word.

4-5 p.m., August 2
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

4:30 a.m., August 4
Farmworker March for Dignity
Ferndale CBP station to First Christian Church

4-4:30 p.m., August 5
Candle Lighting + Moment of Silence for Hiroshima
B R U N A press + archive (221 Prospect)

Now-August 6
Vote in the primary election

4-6 p.m., August 7
Radical Parenting Group
Co-op Connections Building (405 E. Holly, Room 103)

6 p.m., August 16
Veterans for Peace 111 monthly chapter meeting
Co-op Connections Building (405 E. Holly, Room 103)

7 p.m., August 27
Amnesty International Group 270 meeting
Upstairs at downtown Co-op (1220 N. Forrest)

6-9 p.m., August 30
Birchwood International Market
Corner of Northwest and Birchwood

6-9 p.m., September 21
"Climate Action for Peace"
The Majestic (1027 N. Forest)

Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorations

In Bellingham:

Write postcards on Hiroshima Day
3:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street), join Cheryl Nelson for postcard-writing to support the closure of detention camps, the reuniting of families, and the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act. There will be a short presentation regarding the status of immigration policies, asylum seekers, and upcoming nonviolent resistance. Postcards, postage, and light snacks provided.

Hiroshima Library at B R U N A press + archive
Opens 6-9 p.m., Friday, August 2 (221 Prospect)

B R U N A is pleased to host the first public presentation of the Hiroshima Library by poet, editor, and archivist BRANDON Shimoda. For the months of August and September 2019, the library will be available for public engagement through an array of activities, among them (in varying degrees and arrangements): visitation and commemoration, self-education and collective reflection, intimate mourning and public interrogation. Opening cultural, literary, and historical questions thrust into consciousness by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which extinguished over 225,000 lives nearly 74 years ago, the Hiroshima Library and its accompanying events program, co-developed with local organizations, invites new relationships with the unfathomable, unconscionable events of 1945. A talk and launch of Shimoda’s latest book The Grave on the Wall takes place on the evening of August 6 at 6 pm. Hiroshima Library reading hours are Saturdays and Sundays 2-5 pm or by appointment. Full schedule of events at:


Hiroshima and Nagasaki Weekend, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, August 2-5
Potluck and activist discussion on Friday night, join a concert on Saturday, hear a presentation on "The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence” by David Swanson on Sunday, and join the Direct Action on Monday morning. Find the full program of events on the Ground Zero Website.

From Hiroshima to Hope, August 6, 6 p.m.
This year, as we have every year since 1984, we will gather at Green Lake in Seattle for our annual lantern floating ceremony honoring victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war. More information on the From Hiroshima to Hope Website.

Remembering peace community members


Margie White

Margie White passed away July 17 in Spokane. Her daughter Audrey wrote with news of her passing:

"My mother, Margie White, was a dedicated member of your group for many years before she developed Alzheimer's. She left Bellingham in 2012 to live with me in CA and later in Spokane. 

I am sad to share that Margie had a stroke on Monday and passed away this morning. I was blessed to spend many years with her nearby and  grateful we spent her last day together.

In the 1960's, Margie was a civil rights worker, registering black voters in the south and secretarying our local NAACP chapter. Later, she worked as an RN with Cesar Chavez and the striking farmworkers. She especially enjoyed her involvement with your group and the Friday Peace Vigil. She made many signs and banners, some of which may still be in use.

Margie is survived by her sons, Alan White and Aaron White, her daughter, Audrey Heeren Vance, and by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even two great greats.

Margie had many friends in Bellingham. I don't have addresses or phone numbers for them. If you can pass on her love and the news of her death to all who knew her, it would be great.

Thank you for the tireless work you do in the name of peace and justice, and for the role you played in Margie's life."

Marnell Lee Farley

Born in Caldwell, ID, Marnell moved to Bellingham in 2015. She is survived by her two daughters Donna Inglis (John), Diane Chenowith, and son Les Chenowith, two sisters Janet Lopez and Kay Hughes.

A yoga teacher until her recent illness, she was a life-long engaged and informed citizen who embodied the "power of the vote." A champion for the disenfranchised, she brought meaning, humility and determination to impactful projects in our community.

Marnell encouraged thoughtful, respectful discussions of opposing viewpoints, always focused on a positive, actionable outcome. Grace, dignity, and respect were guiding principles in her remarkable life.

Marnell's planned 80th birthday party August 17th, is now a celebration of life party. Marnell received early Outpatient Palliative Care and was gratefully moved to Hospice Care. Our thanks to Bellingham Threshold Singers, and her dear friend Marie Eaton for their tender, soothing bedside singing. It was her fervent hope that everyone make use of these extraordinary services our community provides. Donations to PeaceHealth Outpatient Palliative Care program.

"Sacred lands, sacred lives: Peace knows no borders"

The 2019 National Convention of Veterans For Peace will be hosted by VFP Chapter 35 in Spokane, Washington, August 15-18. The theme of this year's convention is Sacred Lands, Sacred Lives: Peace Knows No Borders. Find out more here:
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