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FACTS (from Women Cross DMZ):

  • 4 Million people died in the Korean War of 1950–53, most of them Korean civilians.
  • 10 Million families are still separated by the DMZ.
  • 70 Million Koreans live in a state of war due to unresolved conflict.
  • 60+ Years after the war ended with a temporary cease-fire agreement, we’re still waiting for a peace treaty.
  • $1 Trillion is spent by USA, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea on militarization, fueled by unresolved conflicts

In regards to the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi today:

“This is a huge missed opportunity & disappointment to Koreans waiting 67 years to see a decisive end to the Korean War. Declaring an end to the Korean War will be an important step to demonstrating the US-DPRK commitment to transforming the relationship from one of war to peace.” - Christine Ahn, via twitter. On Democracy Now!: "We don't know what the full picture is" behind the end of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, says Ahn. South Korean reports suggest John Bolton insisted biological and chemical weapons be part of a deal, and that #NorthKorea responded by insisting all sanctions be lifted.

Media Advisory: Women Mobilizing to End the War, link: https://www.womencrossdmz.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Trump-Kim-Letter-for-distribution-press-conf-1.pdf)

Also, you can stay updated on news and ways to support by sign up for the newsletter at Women Cross DMZ.

Whatcom Peace and Justice Center is our active anti war peace group and supports a growing community based on values of peace and liberation for all peoples, here and across the world. We hope you will join and support us.

Thank you,
Junga Subedar

 

Freezer Meal and Share #3


This week we will be back again!

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters invites you to join us by the bus stop in front of the Industrial Credit Union on Northwest to pick up and/or drop off free freezer meals. You are welcome to pick up meals for yourself and/or your neighbors. If you are dropping off food, please make sure it is clearly labelled and include info about if the meal is gluten free, vegetarian, etc. If you are able, please freeze the meal in advance. Please package food in freezer safe containers (tupperware, freezer ziplocs, yogurt tubs, etc) in either individual or family size portions. If you are unable to make it to this event but would like meals or would like to contribute meals, please contact Tina via birchwoodfooddesert@gmail.com and we can arrange for pick- ups or deliveries.

We'll be holding the Justice for Birchwood Vigil at the same time at the share spot, so come rally for food justice too!

Let's make sure Birchwood and Alderwood stay fed with all the coming storms and threats to SNAP.
#TogetherWeGrowFoodJustice
4-5 p.m., March 1
Peace Vigil
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia

Noon-12:30, March 2
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins
WWU's Fairhaven College

12-1:30 pm, March 4
Dignity Vigils-Barkley Location & every other Monday City Hall

C2C Dignity Vigils and Actions

6:30-7:30 p.m., March 5
Racial Justice Coalition Monthly Meeting
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Church (1207 Ellsworth Avenue)

4-5:20 p.m., March 6
"Towards a Palestinian Third Cinema"
WWU Fairhaven College Auditorium

6-8:00 pm, March 6
Whatcom DSA Reading Group-Understanding Antisemitism
WWU Academic West Building, Room AW205

7-10 p.m., March 7
Octavia's Cinema: "District 9"
Fraser 102 at WWU

1-4 p.m., March 9
Cards to Incarcerated Womxn
WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

7 p.m., March 15 and 16
Setting Sun Dance Festival
Whatcom Community College's Syre Auditorium

7 p.m., March 20
Black Lives Matter Bellingham
Bruna Press + Archive (221 Prospect Street)


 

April 19 deadline for FCNL Advocacy Corps

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is looking for young adults 19–30 to join a network of people who will be paid to mobilize their communities to influence members of Congress. Policymakers' failure to pass common sense, responsible legislation contributes to appalling rates of gun violence in the United States. This year's Advocacy Corps class will learn about the sensible legislation Congress can pass to reduce deaths from guns. Apply by April 19!

If you are selected as a member of the Advocacy Corps, FCNL will train and support you and your fellow organizers to organize individuals in your community to lobby Congress to support legislation that reduces deaths from guns.

The Advocacy Corps program includes a 8 day summer-intensive training in Washington as well as two other trips to the nation’s capitol for trainings and updates. You’ll be part of a dynamic team of 20 people learning and working together in different parts of the country to make change on this vital issue.

In the Advocacy Corps, you will learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice with hands-on leadership experience. Advocacy Corps organizers will help arrange meetings with members of Congress in their local offices. We'll help you develop a work plan that highlights your strengths and organizing style. Applicants receive a $3,000 stipend over the course of the program. Please refer to the full job description and see frequently asked questions for additional information.


Supporting the call to action from Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee demanding #ICE to #stopforcefeeding and release #ElPaso9 hunger strikers. Petition at https://action.mijente.net/petitions/release-the-el-paso-hunger-strikers?source=facebook-share-button&time=1549730022.
Boycott Aramark
A message from Shred the Contract
On March 8, International Women’s Day, Shred the Contract is calling on all WWU students, staff, and faculty to join us for for a one-meal campus-wide boycott of all Aramark facilities. Aramark currently holds a near-monopoly on our campus dining system, with Vendor’s Row being the only food on campus that is not run by Aramark. This boycott is a part of an international Day of Action organized by student activists at five colleges and universities. On this day we ask our community to refrain from dining in any on-campus dining halls or markets from 11am to 2pm and to instead support local and People of Color-owned restaurants on Vendor’s Row.

We call for this boycott with the understanding that Aramark currently upholds a system of white supremacy in our food system through their contracts with over 500 jails and prisons in the U.S. In these spaces of mass incarceration, Aramark has established a pattern of serving unsafe food, including food which contains maggots and rocks. Aramark management have also exploited their positions of power through sexual harassment of female inmates. On this International Women’s Day we stand in solidarity with incarcerated women, up to 80% of whom are survivors of domestic violence. We reject the idea that Aramark is WWU’s only or best option for our food system on campus. We believe that it is realistic and necessary to end WWU’s ties to this oppressive corporation and instead create a self-operated dining system which honors workers, students, and the community.

Shred the Contract supports the WWU dining union and all student workers, and will continue to prioritize that WWU administration commit to re-hiring all current dining staff upon our switch to a self-operated system. We recognize that the food system that we seek to create cannot exist without justice for workers, and commit ourselves to further connecting with workers so we can understand their needs and center their voices in this campaign.

Join us as we #BoycottAramark from 11am to 2pm on Friday, March 8!

11:00am - 1:00pm Tabling and conversation in Red Square
1:00pm March to Old Main stairs
1:30pm Rally on Old Main stairs

For accessibility info or accommodations, please contact us at shredthecontract@gmail.com.
#WeStandwithIlhan

"Criticism of the Israeli government should not be confused with anti-Semitism.  In fact, conflating criticism of the government with anti-Semitism is in and of itself anti-Semitic, because you’re otherwise silencing and discounting the opinions of a large portion of Jewish people right here in the United States, who rightfully criticize the Israeli government for their actions in Palestine." Full letter of support by the National Lawyers Guild here: https://nlginternational.org/2018/11/nlg-letter-supporting-rep-elect-ilhan-omars-comments-on-bds-and-palestine-westandwithilhan/
 
Fairhaven College Auditorium Room 300, Western Washington University-March 2, 7 pm
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival Screening, WPJC, Chunky Film Project and Espinosa Productions presents...
"Singing Our Way to Freedom," an award-winning documentary on the life and music of Chicano musician, composer and community activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Borrowing from musical traditions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Chunky uses music and humor as powerful weapons in fighting for social justice. Free and open to the public. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Paul Espinosa. Trailer at www.chunkyfilm.com
Jewish Voice for Peace Presents an Evening with BRIVELE ! בריוועלע and Other Jewish Anti-Fascists Living and Dead!

Doors at 7:30pm; Performances at 8:00pm
$6-$16 sliding scale at the door~

BRIVELE is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. Brivele is pronounced "BREE-veh-leh" (בריוועלע) and means "Little Letter" in Yiddish.
https://www.brivele.com/

 
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