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Dear Friends,

 Here it is! The final week before International Day of Peace! For the past several months, we have been focusing our efforts and resources on making this event just as exciting and communal as previous years, despite its virtual format. The image above is a detailed schedule of events, including our surprise program on Monday, Sept. 21st which involves a movie premiere and wine tasting live. 

As the weekend approaches, here are some concrete ways you can support the WPJC leading up to and after International Day of Peace:

1) The most important thing you can do today is to register for the main event which will be aired on our website, Facebook, and Youtube on Sunday! 
2) Become a virtual ambassador for the event — we want to see videos on social media of you sharing what you're most excited for about this year's event and what does peace and justice mean to you! Just remember to add transcripts to make your video accessible to deaf members of the community!

3) Bid in our Silent Auction which has lots of great items with starting bids as low as $5 including amazing meals from Cafe Rumba, Mambo Italiano, Bayou on Bay and Pepper Sisters! You can also gift the young ones in your life an exclusive magic show or learn how to play the harmonica!
4) Participate in our Take Out for Peace promotion, a weekend-long opportunity to support local Black-owned businesses who have dedicated a portion of each day's sales to WPJC
5) Purchase tickets to the premiere screening on Monday, September 21st, of We Are Many, a film which tells the story behind the 2003 anti-Iraq War protests and how they inspired the next generation of activists
6) Share this poster with friends and family and encourage them to get registered as well
7) If you are doing any shopping at Village Books, round up your purchase to benefit WPJC!

In peace,
Check out this inspirational video-invitation crafted by our neighbors from Mt. Baker Media House and learn why our volunteers were so drawn to the Center. For those of you who dIdn't know, Aline Prata, our Executive Director, has also interned at the Center in 2017 under Neah's leadership! Coming full circle here! 
WPJC is grateful for the support of many volunteers, individual donors, and sponsors, specially: 
Bellingham Friends Meeting; Veterans for Peace Chapter 111; Bellingham-Whatcom Peace & Justice Vigil; Whatcom Human Rights Task Force; Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship; First Christian Church; Saint James Presbyterian Church; First Congregational Church; Khush Kush; Daylight Properties; A1-Builders; Allied Arts of Whatcom County; Boundary Bay Brewery; Pepper Sisters; Lucky Monkey; Old World Deli; Sound Divers; Phoebe Bird; Menace Brewing; The Local Public House; Old Town Cafe; WWU Theater; Latin America Solidarity Committee - Corvallis; A Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO); Pax Christi; Amnesty International Chapter 270 Bellingham; Amnesty International Puget Sound; Mount Baker Media House; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition; Good Earth Pottery; ​Community Food COOP

Conversation with WPJC Lifetime Peacemaker Awardee To be Aired on Speak Up, Speak Out Radio 

Tune into at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 16, to hear host jim justice (lower case on purpose) in conversation with this year's recipient of WPJC's Rosemary and Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award, Damani Johnson. It will also be aired on KMRE and thereafter will be posted on 

Fresh food for any family with kids, not need-based

As of Aug. 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meals program into the 2020-21 school year. This means all children ages 0 to 18 will continue to receive free meal boxes. We encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our food services program and the Good Food Project in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as our local community. By picking up a box, you will keep farmers in business, district staff employed and families fed! Every Wednesday starting Sept. 9, boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at a variety of locations.
You will be excited to learn that the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will be carrying a link to the world premiere of Amir Amirani's documentary We Are Many about the largest antiwar demonstration in history, opposing on February 15, 2003 George Bush’s illegal war on Iraq.

Amirani’s powerful documentary will be launched globally on International Day of Peace, Monday, September 21 at 5pm PDT.  Tickets are for sale here $6-12 and 40% of the net profits from the link above will go to the WPJC: 

3-5:30 pm, September 16
Dominant Culture: A Virtual Anti-Oppression Workshop
Hosted by AfroResistance

4pm, September 16
Change: A World Without Prisons - Ruth Wilson Gilmore in Conversation with Mariame Kaba
Hosted by The Graduate Center, CUNY

7 am, September 17
International Day of Peace Observance
Organized by United Nations Education Outreach

10 am, September 17
COVID-19 Threats to Meatpacking Plant Workers
Hosted by Physicians for Human Rights

2 pm, September 19
Fair Trade 101: Global Trade & Racism
Hosted by PJC Vermont

3:30 pm, September 19
I.C.E. Protest 
1360 Stonegate Way, Ferndale

10 am, September 20
Poetry Slam for Peace 2020
Hosted by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 

6:30 pm, September 20
Dr. Tom Hastings on "How to Deal with Violent Flanks and Provocateurs"
Hosted by Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship

1-3pm, September 20
Free Them All - La Lucha Continúa
Northwest Detention Center

2 pm, September 20
Women on the Frontlines
U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration

12 pm, September 23
Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A conversation with Leila Khaled
Hosted by the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

12 pm, September 23
Build Electric: How We Can Power Buildings with 100% Renewable Electricity
Hosted by RE Sources

7 pm, September 23
Tenant Rights Bootcamp
350 Seattle

6 pm, September 24
Climate, COVID, and Economic Inequity: Washington health voices united for a just recovery
Hosted by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility 

September 26
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons | 26 September
Info from United Nations

11 am, September 26
Teach-In: Palestinian Future and Israeli Annexation
Hosted by Resource Center for Nonviolence

6 pm, September 26
An International Peace Forum
Hosted by No Cold War

5:30 pm, September 30
From Crisis to Recovery: Forging a Collective Path Towards a More Just, Equitable and Green Future
Collaboration with C2C, Lhaq'temish Foundation and RE Sources

1-3 pm, October 1
Deescalation Training
Hosted by Nonviolence Campaign

Webinar: Covid, Climate and Economic Inequity

Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)  on September 24th at 6 p.m. for a discussion and training on how Washington health professionals can support a state recovery that prioritizes the health of our climate and communities. Our state's public health response must include investments in climate resiliency, sustainability, and the long-term economic security of those hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The voices of health professionals are needed to ensure that any state policy response protects public health and upholds the principles of climate and economic justice. Register now!

Tell your Senators: Prioritize Gun Violence Prevention

Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by gun violence, and the organizations fighting to stop gun violence before it happens are critically endangered by COVID-19 at a time when they are needed most. Congress should be treating gun violence as the human rights and public health crisis it is — instead of caving to the gun lobby and doing nothing.

Tell your Senators: Support $150 million in annual funding for gun violence prevention programs.

Urge Congress to Stop Trump's Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia

Last week news broke that President Trump bragged about protecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) from accountability for Jamal’s assassination. Here’s what he said:

"I saved his a**. I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop."

Sign the petition urging Congress to immediately halt ALL weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. Congress has got to stop the Trump administration’s blank check for authoritarians and despots.

Tell Amazon: Stop Endangering Our Elections 

Amazon has failed to secure voter data and other sensitive election information. Reuters reported that voter information stored on Amazon’s cloud was compromised on three separate occasions including a database with nearly every registered American that was exposed to the internet for 12 days. Join the campaign to stop Amazon from endangering our elections. 

Help Rebuild the MST School Destroyed at Quilombo Campo Grande

During the eviction of the families at Quilombo Campo Grande, the police destroyed the school that had educated young and old alike for almost 20 years. The Eduardo Galeano School taught basic courses for youth including agro-ecology as well as adult literacy classes. Every dollar raised will go to the rebuilding of the school. Please donate generously! Our solidarity will advance the struggle for not only the families of Minas Gerais, but also to advance the cause of justice throughout the world.

Help Restore Humanitarian Aid to Yemen

Months ago, in the midst of the brutal war, devastating famine and deadly coronavirus pandemic, the United States suspended humanitarian aid to Yemen. But there is still hope: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to demand that the aid be restored. We need to get as many senators signed on as possible before the September 16 deadline. Contact your senators and ask them to support this important letter today. 

Sign the Letter to Defund Child Detention!

Last month, a Palestinian child detained by Israeli forces tested positive for COVID-19, and instead of being released to be cared for by his family, he had his detention extended by an additional week.

Take action today and urge your Members of Congress to immediately sign on to H.R. 2407, legislation in Congress that would prohibit U.S. tax dollars from funding the Israeli military’s policies of detaining and abusing Palestinian children.

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