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Get in the way of cycles of violence


A few weeks back, when news started coming out that a caravan of people fleeing violence in their home countries was migrating to the U.S., we in Bellingham learned firsthand from one independent journalist about the violence they are fleeing. You can watch a video of Jennifer
Ávila's presentation here.

In the weeks since, we have heard the President's and Fox News' racist scapegoating of these migrants, and saw the horrific consequences of misleading media coverage in last weekend's synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

Here are a few things we can do:

  • Stop the cycle of profit off of state violence in Honduras. A bill in Congress right now would end U.S. military aid to Honduras -- and we can ask our representative in Congress to co-sponsor it. Read more here about H.R. 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights Act.
  • Attend the upcoming interfaith/cross-issue solidarity vigil (details will be posted on and WPJC's Facebook page)
  • Build an understanding of how trauma and healing play into white supremacy and global neo-fascism by attending Wednesday's talk by Dr. Yoav Litvin (details below).
In peace,
The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will be closed, including during normal office hours, from Nov. 12-16 for staff vacation. This will not impact meetings held in the space by other community groups.

Zionism: Cycles of Trauma and Aggression in the Service of Settler Colonialism

An Evening with Dr. Yoav Litvin, Israeli-American Psychologist and Neuroscientist
Veterans for Peace and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center are hosting author, psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Yoav Litvin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Fireside Room at Garden Street United Methodist Church (1326 N. Garden Street in Bellingham).

Dr. Litvin will examine the results to date of Zionism within a historical framework. How have over a century of settler colonial policies affected the Israeli and Palestinian collective psyches? Can a study of neural systems of emotion inform our understanding of the ongoing oppression of Palestinians and the potential for a just resolution? Litvin will address these questions and speak of their urgency in light of the current rise of white supremacy and global neo-fascism.

Specializing in the behavioral neuroscience of fear, stress, social behaviors, aggression and trauma, Litvin has investigated the neurobehavioral pathways involved in bullying, aggression and defense from the aspects of both aggressor and victim. He has found that studying the science of trauma and its healing can benefit our efforts to find a potential route to justice and reconciliation.

“As humans, our survival instincts render us susceptible to manipulations by fear-mongering politicians,” says Dr Litvin. "A scared populace readily accepts and sustains cycles of oppression and privilege. It is morally essential to overcome fear and demand truth, accountability, justice and equality.”
Dr. Litvin, an Israeli-American psychologist and neuroscientist, integrates his knowledge of biobehavioral mechanisms with a unique perspective as a former Israel Defense Force soldier, now dissident. His work has appeared in outlets such as Salon, Truthout, Truthdig, teleSur English, Mondoweiss, and Counterpunch. For more, see
5-9 p.m., November 1
Dia de los Muertos celebration
Whatcom Community College Syre Auditorium

6-7 p.m., November 1
Everett interfaith community vigil for Pittsburgh

Drewel Building (3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett)

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

7:30-10 a.m., November 2-4
Cancer Speak-out, Cancer Shout Out!
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW in Poulsbo)

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., November 3
Tenants Union's Knock the Block
215 W. Holly Street

11:30-1 p.m., November 5
Dignity Vigil
City Hall

8 p.m., November 6
Election Day: Ballot boxes close
Locations around Whatcom County

12-1:20 p.m., November 7
How to Stop a Dam with Indigenous Resistance
Fairhaven College Auditorium

7 p.m., November 7
Zionism: The Trauma and Aggression of Settler Colonialism
Garden Street United Methodist Church (1326 N. Garden Street)

12-2 p.m., November 8
Salish Sea Speaker Series: Kuts Bat Soot
Northwest Indian College (2522 Kwina Road)

3-4:30 p.m., November 8
Building Future Worlds panel
Arntzen 100

3:30-5 p.m., November 10
Film: "The Radicals"
Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street)

November 14
Women fasting for the children of Yemen (see below)
Cornwall and Railroad

7-9 p.m., November 21
Black Lives Matter monthly meeting
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall)


Women fasting for the children of Yemen

14 million at risk of starvation in Yemen, mostly women and children.

What kind of response can we make to one of the greatest famines in modern times?

14 chairs. 14 hours. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. In front of the Federal Building, 104 West Magnolia Street, Bellingham, Washington.

I’m setting up 14 chairs in front of the Bellingham Federal Building on
November 14 for 14 hours, calling it “Women fasting for the Children of
Yemen.” Women who sit in a chair vow to fast for 14 hours. Sit in the chair
for an hour. Fast for 14 hours. Grieve the obliteration of a country.

Would you be interested in joining me? Men are welcome in support roles.

Contact Mary Mele:

Time to vote!

Have you voted yet? If not, make a plan today to drop off your ballot at one of the ballot boxes around Whatcom County.

Ballots are due by Tuesday -- and 89,501 registered voters in Whatcom County have yet to return their ballots!

You can mail your ballot -- no stamp is required this election in Washington State. Be sure to get it in the mail soon (today or tomorrow) so that it arrives by Election Day.

If you save the tab on your ballot, you can bring it down to Goat Mountain Pizza on Holly Street for a special treat!

Educate voters on the Home Fund

The Bellingham Home Fund needs your help to win on the ballot! Most voters still don't know what the Bellingham Home Fund is or what it has accomplished (over 500 affordable homes built and preserved since 2012, with 200 more underway). We need you to help us get the word out! Sign up here to volunteer or call/text Galen at 360-728-6543. Thank you!

Get out the vote with I-1631

This weekend, canvass with the Yes on I-1631 campaign. Trainings will be offered Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1424 N. Garden Street and 2 p.m. at Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities (2309 Meridian Street), and on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Re-Sources as well as 2 p.m. at WWU's Academic West. Sign up here for additional times.

Film festival seeks volunteers

The 19th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will take place in early 2019. Get involved now to help shape the festival's program and publicity. Attend the planning meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. If you can't attend, or have other questions, please email Martina at
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