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July news and events


U.S. aid to the Honduran military and security forces funds violence that migrants are fleeing, only to arrive in the U.S. and face the hostility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).

While calling on our representatives to abolish I.C.E., let us also call for the U.S. to suspend military and security aid to Honduras. There is a bill in the House that would do just this. It is H.R. 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act. The act already has nearly 70 co-sponsors, but Rep. Rick Larsen is not yet one of them.

Please join us in asking him to co-sponsor the act by sending him an email here. We are also considering a sign-on letter to Larsen, so if your group is interested, please contact WPJC ( or 360-734-0217).

In peace,

Muslim ban responses

Watch Isra Chaker's speech at the Families Belong Together rally in Washington. D.C.

Read Mehdi Hasan's article in the Intercept: "With 'Muslim ban' ruling, Trump's white supremacy has moved from the campaign trail to the Supreme Court" (also includes podcast)

Check out this podcast:

4-5 p.m., July 6
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

11:30 a.m-1 p.m., July 9
Dignity Vigil
Downtown bus station (Railroad and Magnolia)

July 12
Nonviolence Study Group
Contact WPJC for details

July 13-15
Bellingham Pride Festival

6-7:30 p.m., July 17
The Mind/Society Connection
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street)

6:30 p.m., July 19
Community Forum with Prosecutor Candidates
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Avenue)

1-4 p.m., July 29
Homeless Summit
Maritime Heritage Park (500 W. Holly)

6 p.m., August 6
From Hiroshima to Hope
Northwest shore of Green Lake (Seattle)

September 21
International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest

People's Forum: Candidates for Prosecutor

This fall, Whatcom County will elect a new Prosecuting Attorney for the first time in over 40 years. On Thursday, July 19, the two candidates for the office will appear in front of a panel of local, grassroots organizers to answer questions that matter most to impacted communities.

Join us at First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham) for a 6:30 p.m. info fair with tabling from some of the participating organizations, and a 7 p.m. forum with the candidates.

Accessibility info: Please contact us if you or someone you know would like translation or has any other accessibility concerns: The social room at FCC is physically accessible with no stairs or narrow doors between it and the north entrance, which has parking nearby. Restrooms on the main floor are wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral restroom is available on another floor.

Please attempt to minimize use of scented products prior to attending this event. 

Hosted by the Whatcom Civil Rights Project, Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition, Imagine No Kages, and Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in partnership with Home Now Not Later, Northwest Detention Center Resistance, Red Line Salish Sea, Black Lives Matter Bellingham, and Latino Advocacy.

The Mind/Society Connection: How Starbucks, Yale, Fresh Kitchen and Police incidents are symptomatic of society’s biases (and what you can do about it)

6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at WPJC
Register at:

In this workshop, participants will learn about racial bias through the lens of a 2016 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man and the recent interpersonal bias incidents in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. Participants will examine their personal biases and learn de-biasing tools.

The workshop will include an analysis and discussion of recent incidents in the news. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of what "bias" means and what racial bias research shows. You will learn discuss your own racial biases and learn about de-biasing tools and resources for further growth.
Watch this newly released video for the real deal on joining the military, as told by veterans...and what the military recruiters won't tell you.

International Day of Peace sponsorship

Would your organization or business like to sponsor the 15th annual International Day of Peace gathering in Bellingham? The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center puts on this event each year in solidarity with people around the world. As a sponsor, you make a financial contribution to help cover the costs of the event, allowing funds raised at the event itself to support WPJC. 

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please contact WPJC ( or 360-734-0217) or visit this sponsorship webpage for more details.

Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award

Now through July 20, WPJC is accepting nominations for the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award, to be presented at Bellingham's 15th Annual International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21.
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