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Nuclear weapons and social justice: Building an interconnected movement


Friends,

Next Wednesday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m., the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street) will host a presentation on the connections between nuclear weapons and social and racial justice, including how diverse groups in Washington are uniquely affected by nuclear issues and how we can build a broader anti-nuclear weapons movement in Washington State.

“Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement” will be presented by Lilly Adams of Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR). Lilly coordinates WPSR’s nuclear arms abolition campaign, working to build a statewide coalition, engage with elected officials, and promote education and awareness of this issue.

The presentation is open to the public, and social justice and antiwar groups alike are welcome and encouraged to attend. For language interpretation and disability accommodations, please contact: office@whatcompjc.org or 360-734-0217.

The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center works to create a voice for peace and social justice in Whatcom County through partnerships with local community and religious organizations, direct action, public witness, and education on alternatives to violence and war. We call on our government and society to disavow policies of violence and seek a culture of peace.

If you would like to print or distribute a poster for this event, please visit http://www.whatcompjc.org/blog/nuclear-weapons-and-social-justice-building-an-interconnected-movement-on-may-9-in-bellingham for downloadable versions. You can also use this Facebook event to invite people in your network. 

Lilly Adams will also join a panel on Thursday, May 10, at Boundary Bay Brewery, with Nicholas Mele, former US Diplomat and nuclear abolition activist and Dr. Polly Myers, Western Washington University professor, on the new age of nuclear war.

Thank you,
WPJC

Keep up pressure for diplomacy in North Korea


Contact Senators Murray and Cantwell today in support of the Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act, S. 2047. This bill reinforces Congress' constitutional authority to declare war, stopping the president from striking the Korean peninsula in the event the current talks fall apart.

For a sample phone script or resources to help you write a letter, go to: https://www.wpsr.org/action-alert-s2047

Senator Maria Cantwell
(206) 220-6400

Senator Patty Murray
(206) 553-5545

Advocacy Team welcoming new members

Since June 2015, a network of advocacy teams across the country has been advocating at the Congressional level for peace and justice. So far, grassroots relationships with Congress have played a leading role in protecting health care and resisting drastic increases in Pentagon spending.

FCNL invites you to build the skills and relationships you need to influence Congress by joining the Whatcom Advocacy Team. Advocacy Teams are groups of people who work together to make change by building relationships with their members of Congress and with the media.

Advocacy Teams include Quakers and others in local communities who use their power as constituents to foster congressional champions for peace and justice. There are over 80 teams made up of 1,300 people in 37 states. FCNL’s support, alongside a national community of advocates, help drive advocacy for the long haul.

If you are interested in getting involved, please listen to this information session from FCNL, and then call WPJC at 360-734-0217 or email office@whatcompjc.org.

6 p.m., May 1
Jobs with Justice monthly meeting
1700 N. State Street (Union Center)

6:30 p.m., May 1
Racial Justice Coalition monthly meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

Noon-1:20 p.m., May 2
World Issues Forum: Harsha Walia
Fairhaven College Auditorium at WWU

5:15-7 p.m., May 2
Local Struggles Toward Global Justice
Maritime Heritage Park Atrium 

5-6:30 p.m., May 3

Justice for Birchwood
1650 Birchwood Avenue

4-5 p.m., May 4

Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., May 7
Dignity Vigil
City Hall (210 Lottie Street)

7-9 p.m., May 8
Melvin Goodman: Whistleblower at the CIA
Garden Street Methodist Church (1326 N. Garden)


6-8 p.m., May 9
Nuclear Weapons & Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)


7 p.m., May 10
Think & Drink: The New Age of Nuclear War
Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 W. Railroad Avenue)

6-9 p.m., May 11
Stop the Pipelines, Start the Music! Unisot'ot'en Fundraiser
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

5-7 p.m., May 16
Uniting the Struggle for Justice from Washington to Palestine
Academic West 204 at WWU

7-9 p.m., May 16

Black Lives Matter: Environmental Racism & the Flint Crisis
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Avenue)

May 18-19
Vine Deloria, Jr., Indigenous Studies Symposium
Northwest Indian College

5:30 p.m., May 18

Middle East Prayer Vigil
United Church of Ferndale
 

Lessons from refugee communities, skateboard cultures, and Andean agriculture


On Monday, May 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street) will host a presentation by three Fairhaven College students who each spent last school year traveling and learning internationally. Their projects focused on refugee communities in Greece, farming practices in the Andes mountains, and skateboard cultures in Guangzhou, China, Cape Town, and Seoul.

The three presenters, Alia Taqieddin, Zi Zhang, and Grace Coffey, are students at Western Washington University. They were recipients of Fairhaven College’s Adventure Learning Grant in 2016-2017. This grant allows three students annually to challenge their perspectives, enrich their education, expose themselves to intellectual risk, and help embody challenge and adventure as integral to a Fairhaven education. Grantees receive a $20,000 stipend to travel internationally.

The presentation is open to the public. For language interpretation and disability accommodations, please contact: office@whatcompjc.org or 360-734-0217.


More info: http://www.whatcompjc.org/blog/fairhaven-college-presentation
Facebook event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/161764071171532

Co-Resistance from Washington to Palestine


On Wednesday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. in Academic West at Western, WWU Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) will welcome Dean Spade, Nada Elia and Josefina Mora, three amazing local activists who represent the transnational struggle for justice locally and globally.

Why and how should we include the fight for Palestinian rights and justice in movements locally? What are the ways that local communities experience the same global forces of oppression as Palestinian communities fighting against militarism, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing? How do we work to find common ground in our daily work, so that we can lose our chains together?

Drawing from the speakers' political backgrounds, this community forum is an opportunity to share, grow and learn with the goal of bringing our communities at WWU and in Bellingham one step closer to a just future.

This event is part of WWU Israeli Apartheid Week 2018. With questions, please contact WWU SUPER via Facebook messenger or at wwusuper48@gmail.com
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Complicating Narratives

NW Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference at Seabeck
June 30-July 3, 2018


Registration is now open for the 60th annual NWFOR Regional Conference. Thanks to a generous bequest from Margaret Robinson, Oregon FOR is providing funds to cover the conference fees for young adult activists. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, and are already passionately engaged in activism, please apply before May 15! Go to http://forseabeck.org/young-activists-application for the application.

More information on this year's conference, including registration, is available online at: forseabeck.org. If you register, please let WPJC know -- we will be holding a pre-conference meet-up to discuss the "Preparing Yourself" materials and to coordinate carpools.


Keynote speakers

Taylor Amari Little (Tay)
is a proud Black queer femme Muslim and practitioner of African Diasporic ancestral spiritual traditions. Some may know her on social media as “Controversial Tay,” the young TEDx Speaker presenting “Revolutionary Self-Produced Justice,” or the student featured on Buzzfeed for her “White People Stay Colonizing” presentation that went viral late 2016.
  Women of Color Speak Out is a collective of direct action activists that formed during the ShellNo protest in Seattle. Shifting the dominant environmental narrative in policy and science, we speak out on how systems of oppression have led to worldwide ecological disaster. We speak on how capitalism, colonialism, racism, the prison industrial complex and patriarchy have lead into climate change.

Deadline extended for youth fellowship


The Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF) is a year-long fellowship that includes a grant and a 7-10 day intensive training for high school and college students. The application deadline for 2018 has been extended to June 1, 2018. If you are between the ages of 14-23, please consider applying! The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center can support you with your application. Please contact us at 360-734-0217 or office@whatcompjc.org for help or for a copy of the application.




 
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