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Honoring peace and justice during the holidays

 

Dear Friends,

November is coming to an end! This month we watched "An Endless War: Getting Out of Afghanistan" with Veterans for Peace and joined our local advocacy team urging Rick Larsen to repeal the AUMF, we also spoke at WWU's Food Justice Forum, got a new couch and recruited a new Alternatives to Military Service Volunteer Coordinator - and there's more to come!

As the holiday season starts,
 we would like to invite you to rethink the myths of Thanksgiving and remember to actively pursuit ways of being in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples whose lands we are on. That includes those whose lands and families were separated by the borders, as well as IBPOC folks who were kidnapped, displaced and enslaved by colonialism, wars and climate catastrophes. 

Engaging in reflection and healthy dialogues about such heavy topics can be challenging, but it is an essential duty for us to burst the isolationist bubble of the culture we live in.

Here's a list of resources:


In peace,

WPJC

P.S.: The WPJC will not be open during regular office hours this week. We will be back next week, Tuesday, December 3rd with normal hours.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Bellingham Strategy Meeting


Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition (WANW) )members in Bellingham for a strategy meeting on nuclear weapons abolition. We will share updates about the political situation in Congress and discuss our strategy to pass a WA State nuclear weapons resolution. Finally we will share the progress that WANW Coalition has made this year, thanks to the hard work of all the member organizations, and strengthen our coordination going forward.

Organizations and individuals who are already part of WANW Coalition and new organizations are welcome to join. RSVP here or on facebook.

Holiday Cards for LQBTQ+ Prisoners


Join Imagine no Kages at the Whatcom Peace and Justice center to make the holidays for LGBTQ+ Prisioners a little more hopeful. Sunday, December 1st 4-6pm. All ages and backgrounds welcome! 


 
Do you know a young person who is considering enlisting in the U.S. military? Or someone sorting through their options after high school?

Please share our Alternatives to Military Service resources with them: whatcompjc.org/alternatives-to-military-service.html

You can share our contact information as well: 
FB: alternativestomilitaryservice
Phone: 360-734-0217
Email: office@whatcompjc.org

Wish List: Office Needs


Thanks to our lovely supporters we got a new couch! Come visit us at the PJC and try it out!
We're still in the search for a few more items:
  • Energy-efficient space heater
  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave
Please contact us via email (office@whatcompjc.com) to make arrangements for contributing. 

We are also looking for people who can donate time and skills to our programs. Please read about our current volunteer needs.

7 p.m., November 26

Amnesty International chapter meeting

Top floor of downtown Co-op (1220 N. Forest) 


5:30-7:30 p.m., November 26
Thanksgiving Week Protest at SeaTac Airport
(19415 International Blvd, Seatac, WA)


7-9p.m. November 27

2nd Annual Gratitude Dinner - Raid Relief to Reunite Families

1207 Ellsworth St

 

4-5 p.m., November 29

Peace Vigil 
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia

 

10a.m.-4:30 p.m., November 30

Another World Is Possible, Anniversary of the WTO Protests

Town Hall Seattle, WA

 

7:30-11p.m., November 30

Alternative Library - New Home Fundraiser Launch

Alternative Library (519 E Maple St)

 

4-6 p.m., December 1

Holiday Cards to LGBTQ+ Prisoners Party

WPJC (1220 Bay Street)


11 a.m.-5 p.m., December 1
Alternative Library ~ New Home Work Party
Alternative Library (519 E Maple St)

 

6-8:45p.m., December 2

Bellingham Authentic Relating Games Night

Aikido Peace Education Center (1101 N. State St, Suite 200)


6:30 p.m., December 2
Final Climate Strike Planning Meeting
Co-Op Community Connections Building (405 E Holly St)

6-8 p.m., December 2
Queer-Informed Care Training
WinkWink (1305 Commercial St.)


6:30-8:30p.m., December 3

Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Bellingham Strategy Meeting

WPJC (1220 Bay Street)

 

6:15-11:30p.m., December 3

Final Cherry Point Moratorium Extension: Public Meeting

311 Grand Ave

 

6-8p.m., December 3

Beet Root Street Band  Info Session & Hullabaloo 

Alternative Library (519 E Maple St)

 

11a.m.-3p.m., December 6

Bellingham Climate Strike

City Hall to Farmer’s Market

 

4-5 p.m., December 6

Peace Vigil 
Corner of Cornwall & Magnolia

 

6-9p.m., December 6

Waterfront Dec 6th Art Walk Winter Gala

Waterfront Artist Studio Collective (1220 Central Ave)

 

10am-5pm December 7

WTO+20: 10AM Mobilization, 5PM Panel on Trade and Militarism featuring WANW Coalition and WPSR,  and 7PM Keynote address

Town Hall Seattle, WA

 

6:30-8p.m., December 9

Conversation with Residents of Unity Village

Unity Village (2116 Walnut St)

 

6-8:30 p.m., December 10

WHRTF's International Human Rights Day Celebration & WHRTF 25th Anniversary

Sehome High School Commons (2700 Bill McDonad Parkway)

 

6-8p.m., December 18

BLMB Revolving Monthly Meeting

(send them a message if you’d like to know the location)

 

Jim Milstead (1927 - 2019)




Earlier last month we received the sad news that peace vigiler, Jim Milstead, passed away early on Sunday, October 27th. He was 92 years and 5 months old.You can access his obituary here.

Jim Milstead was a long-time friend of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center. In the words of Janet Marino, WPJC's Board President and fomer Executive Director: "Jim was a huge supporter, advocate and a beautiful person. He would drop in during open office hours just to hang out, to share. I hope that people continue to access and love his poetry. Goodbye, Jim."

You can access his online memorial and leave a tribute for Jim here.

For information about the forthcoming celebration of his life, please contact: samsontbyrd@gmail.com"

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

From Amnesty International:

For anyone who is a constituent of either Adam Smith or Rick Larsen, both members of the house armed services committee, please call if you can.

Adam Smith   425-793-5180
Rick Larsen    360-733-4500  Bellingham
                    425-252-3188  Everett 


"The DC media is reporting that the leaders of the Armed Services Committees in both houses of Congress are considering passing a “skinny” version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which would contain funding for the military, but would not include any of the provisions we’ve been pushing for, and which are included in the House bill, such preventing new detainee transfers to or expansion of Guantanamo Bay, and improving the investigation and reporting of civilian casualties caused by US military and CIA actions.

It's really important that Congress not pass this sort of “skinny” bill, because then the Senate has no incentive to go along with any of the good provisions in the House bill we support, when those come up for a vote later.

Please ask activists with Democratic members of Congress on either Armed Services Committee to call or e-mail their representatives today and urge them NOT to pass this “slimmed-down” version of the NDAA!  Any NDAA passed should include core human rights priorities, like preventing new transfers to Guantanamo Bay, allowing transfers from Guantanamo to the US, including for medical care or trial, and closing loopholes in current reporting requirements that allow the US government to kill civilians abroad with no accountability.

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