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The coronavirus pandemic has revealed countless fissures in the formidable system of capitalism that we have so long lived under. In one of the most recent events we helped sponsor, we learned from Dan Kovalik (longtime researcher of the effects of imperialism) that while Cuba sends doctors to 31 different countries and provides a drug known to help against the virus to places in need, America is ramping up sanctions against Cuba and 38 other countries. 

The injustice of placing sanctions on so many countries during a pandemic should not be ignored. Join us in holding those in power accountable for their actions. This newsletter includes some relevant action items, as well as other opportunities to fight for a more just world with or without a pandemic. Some special-mention items include:
  • Support our resolution and medical aid fundraiser with Whatcom DSA (find the link here)
  • Learn from WWU SUPER's Virtual Israeli Apartheid Week this week
  • Join our Online meeting tomorrow to follow up Dan Kovalik's talk—we will be discussing how to expand a network of peace and social justice organizations in the PNW. If you missed the first meeting and would like to be connected with this network, please contact WPJC at
We'd love for you to join in on any or all of these events. Hope to "see" you there!

In peace and solidarity,

Marii Herlinger
WPJC Intern

WWU SUPER's (Virtual) Israeli Apartheid Week 

This week WWU SUPER is hosting Israeli Apartheid Week, which had been moved online due to COVID-19. The last few programs are posted in our list of events—you can find all the links there! 

Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Visit this link for regularly updated events and learning opportunities for the month of May. 

"From warfare to healthcare"—add your name to the plea for a global ceasefire! 


The original Mother’s Day proclamation, written by Julia Ward Howe in 1872, said: “From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm!” 

Join UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his plea to work on rebuilding health systems and combating the Coronavirus. The last thing we need during this time is an increase in bombs, warplanes and military action. Let us raise our voices against violence and militarization so that we may collectively focus our efforts on the fight against COVID-19.

Additional actions you can take: 

  • Sign the Open Letter to oppose the false charges being made against Venezuelan officials.
  • Share a photo of yourself holding a sign opposing the war on Venezuela and use the hashtag #FightCovidNotVenezuela. 
  • Start making plans now for the May 25 to 31 Global Week of Actions against sanctions and imperialism. Learn more at

Emergency fundraiser to get aid to Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic 

Whatcom PJC teamed up with  WWU Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights to create an emergency fundraiser in solidarity with the Palestinian American Medical Association (PAMA), an organization working to promote health care in Palestine. With closed borders and Israel currently denying medical care to Palestinians, the threat of coronavirus is severely heightened. Click here to find the fundraiser as well as more ways to take action.
12:00 p.m. (PDT), May 12
Community Engagement Webinar: "This is Our Ground'
Hosted by Community Justice Action Fund, Amnesty International, and Cities United

1:00 p.m. (PDT), May 12
Webinar: COVID-19 Detention Litigation Updates
Hosted by Detention Watch Network

3:00 p.m. (PDT), May 12
Webinar: World Halal Day and Fundraising
Hosted by American Halal Council

4-6:00 p.m. (PDT), May 12
My Father, My Martyr and Me: Postcolonial Instructions for Loving the Palestinian Body

Part of WWU SUPER's Virtual Israeli Apartheid Week

4:00 p.m. (PDT), May 12
Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition Town Hall
Hosted by The Poor People's Campaign

10-11:30 a.m., May 13
Online Whatcom Food System Meet-up for Critical Conversations

Hosted by Whatcom Food Network

4-5:30 p.m. (PDT), May 13
Webinar: Following Up on PNW Organizing Against Imperialism and Sanctions
Register at link above. 

6-7:30 p.m., May 13
Navigating Unemployment Insurance (and other COVID Benefits)
Hosted by Whatcom DSA

8 a.m. (PDT), May 14
Youth Actions for the Climate, Nuclear Disarmament, and Sustainable Development
Register at link above.

6-8:00 p.m., May 14
Whatcom DSA General Meeting
Via Zoom

6-7:00 p.m. (PDT), May 14
Facebook Livestream: A Talk with Dean Spade on Solidarity
Part of WWU SUPER's Virtual Israeli Apartheid Week

11:00 a.m. (PDT), May 15
Webinar: Homelessness and COVID-19
Hosted by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

2-3:30 p.m. (PDT), May 15
Facebook Livestream Panel: Palestinian Artists on Place, Poetry, and Resistance
Part of WWU SUPER's Virtual Israeli Apartheid Week

3:00 p.m. (PDT), May 15
Webinar: Columbia Update and Connections to US Policy
Hosted by Solidarity Collective

4-5:00 p.m., May 15 
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall 

7-8 p.m. (PDT), May 15
People's Teach-In Series: Health Impacts on the Black & Brown Community
Hosted by Resist

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PDT), May 16
Webinar: Telling Your Story
Hosted by Reclaim Fellows and Peace is Loud

1-3 p.m. (PDT), May 16
Asexual, Aromantic, Black-Queer Narratives Spoken Word Poetry Live Set/Workshop/Q&A
More info and link to purchase tickets above.

12:00 p.m. (PDT), May 19
Youth Actions for the Climate, Nuclear Disarmament, and Sustainable Development
Register at link above.

9:30-11:00 a.m., May 20
Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest General Meeting
Contact info for registration at link above.

5-7:00 p.m., May 21
System Crash! What Next?
Hosted by Red May Seattle

4-5:00 p.m., May 22
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall 

7-8:00 p.m. (PDT), May 22
Public Healthcare Not Warfare: the Militarized Pandemic in El Salvador and the Philippines
Hosted by Resist 

9-11:00 a.m. (PDT), May 28
Workshop: Nonviolence Strategies 
Part of No War 2020 online weekend conference

6:00 p.m. (PDT), May 28
Film Screening and Discussion: Slay the Dragon (a film about gerrymandering in the U.S.)
Hosted by Fix Democracy First and FairVote Washington.

12:00-1:30 p.m. (PDT), May 29
Panel Presentation: Shutting Down Weapons Expos
Part of No War 2020 online weekend conference

1:30-3:00 p.m. (PDT), May 29
Weapons to Windmills: Economic Conversion from a War to Peace Economy
Part of No War 2020 online weekend conference

7-8:00 p.m. (PDT), May 29
Resist US-led Sanctions in Cuba and Venezuela
Hosted by Resist

4-5:00 p.m., May 29
Friday Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall 

12-2:00 p.m. (PDT), May 30
Anti-War Activists Virtual Open Mic Session
Part of No War 2020 online weekend conference

Sign the petition to end fighter jet flyovers! 

Claiming to “honor” and thank medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients, to “show resolve” to a weary nation suffering amidst a horrific pandemic, these flyovers come at a high price. Low-end estimates are that each hour costs $60,000, with a total cost in the millions. That’s millions of dollars that could be spent on economic relief and personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other critically needed medical supplies.

Last week it was Washington, DC, this week more flyovers are planned across Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis. In addition to wasting resources, these stunt shows can be triggering for those across the country whose muscles hold the memories of war.

Click here to demand Secretary of Defense Mark Esper immediately stop fighter jet flyovers and redirect the money planned for these shows to life-saving medical equipment and economic relief.

Help call on Congress to ensure a socially responsible recovery plan for COVID-19 

As an organization, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility fights to prevent the gravest threats to human health—threats for which prevention is the only cure. As health professionals, it's our duty to fight for a socially responsible relief and recovery from COVID-19. This petition, to be delivered to the WA Congressional Delegation and members of the State House and Senate, aims to ensure an equitable response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that policy makers protect the most vulnerable. We aim to gather signatures from 1,000 WA state health professionals. Please visit this site to help amplify the demands and voices of health and medical professionals during this critical time. 

World Beyond War Online Conference (May 28-30)

Day 1 (May 28) at 9:00am-11:00am (PDT) Mary-Wynne Ashford will lead a virtual workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War.” Click here to register for the virtual workshop!

Day 2 (May 29) will include 2 online panel presentations. From 12:00pm-1:30pm (PDT), Te Ao Pritchard, Siana Bangura, Richard Sanders, and Colin Stuart will speak about their experiences as activists and organizers shutting down weapons expos around the world, and share examples of successful campaign strategies and tactics. Then from 1:30pm-3:00pm (PDT), we’ll hear from Tamara Lorincz, Brent Patterson, and Simon Black about conversion from a war to peace economy, and why we need to demilitarize to decarbonize. Click here to register for Day 2!

Day 3 (May 30) from 12:00pm-2:00pm (PDT) will be a virtual anti-war activists open mic session. We’ll hear live music from the Ottawa Raging Grannies and Sandy Greenberg, along with reports from World BEYOND War chapter coordinators around the world. Come to listen and to share your music, poetry, activism, and more. Click here to register for the open mic session!

CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival, Featuring Three Indigenous Films

CASCADIA's 2020 Official Selections, available online May 14-17, includes three Indigenous films: "Red Snow," a feature by Marie Clements and two short film documentaries: "OShiKiKiShaw" ("A New Day") directed by Jules Koostachin and "Women of Journeys: Finding Our Medicine" by Elli Smith and Darrell Hillaire.
Our online fest will include a panel discussion about the Indigenous filmmaking process moderated by Elizabeth Weatherford, creative director of Indigenous Media Initiatives and founder and emeritus director the Film and Video Center for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Get your tickets here

Zoom Rally for Nakba Day—reserve your spot! 

Nakba translates to catastrophe in Arabic, and refers to the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages and the violent expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians that began with Israel's establishment. The land theft and expulsion that characterized Israel's founding continue to this day. We are just weeks away from the likely threat of annexation, which would mean even more deeply entrenched apartheid, more home and village demolitions, and the further loss of Palestinian land, livelihoods, and connections. 

We refuse to be a part of this plan. As we organize with our partners to pressure governments, diplomats, and NGOs to use their power to stop annexation, we must also help build a stronger global movement. On Nakba Day, we will take another step toward this.

Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace, this rally will be held on May 15 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. 
Join us using this link—hope to see you there!

In loving memory... 

WPJC would like to honor Patrick Dukes, a longtime peace vigiler and friend, who passed away peacefully in his home. He will be very much missed.

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