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Mid-July news and events


Thanks to everyone who came by the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center table at Bellingham Pride yesterday!

There is a lot coming up this week:
  • Tomorrow, Kim Harris facilitates "The Mind/Society Connection: How Starbucks, Yale, Fresh Kitchen and Police Incidents are Symptomatic of Society's Biases (and What You Can Do About It)." There are still a few open spots remaining; please register here to attend.
  • Thursday is the People's Forum with candidates for Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney. Be sure to attend this unique forum to hear where both candidates stand on issues that matter most to impacted communities. (details below)
  • Friday is the deadline for nominations for the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award. Submit your nomination here.
Ballots for the August primary election will be mailed Wednesday. If you receive one, make plans to return it no later than Tuesday, August 7. If you are newly eligible to vote in Washington State, you can still register to vote in the primary -- just go to the Auditor's Office in the Whatcom County Courthouse no later than Monday, July 30.

In peace,

Ask Rick Larsen to co-sponsor the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Over two years after Indigenous and social movement leader Berta Caceres was brutally murdered in Honduras, the intellectual authors have yet to be brought to justice.

Furthermore, the repression against environmental, Indigenous, social, student and other activists continues, as does U.S. financing of the Honduran military and security forces. Call on Rep. Rick Larsen to co-sponsor HR 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would suspend U.S. military and security aid to Honduras.  

Check out this podcast:

6 p.m., July 16
Totem Pole Journey Blessing
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth)

6-7:30 p.m., July 17
The Mind/Society Connection
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (1220 Bay Street)

6:30 p.m., July 19
Community Forum with Prosecutor Candidates
First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Avenue)

4-5 p.m., July 20
Peace Vigil
Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall

6 p.m., July 20
Veterans for Peace Chapter 111 meeting
Food Co-op Connections Building

11:30 a.m-1 p.m., July 23
Dignity Vigil
Downtown bus station (Railroad and Magnolia)

1-4 p.m., July 29
Homeless Summit
Maritime Heritage Park (500 W. Holly)

4:30 a.m., August 5
Farm Worker March for Dignity
Lynden to Bellingham

6 p.m., August 6
From Hiroshima to Hope
Northwest shore of Green Lake (Seattle)

September 21
International Day of Peace
The Majestic on North Forest

People's Forum: Candidates for Prosecutor

This fall, Whatcom County will elect a new Prosecuting Attorney for the first time in over 40 years. On Thursday, July 19, the two candidates for the office will appear in front of a panel of local, grassroots organizers to answer questions that matter most to impacted communities.

Join us at First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham) for a 6:30 p.m. info fair with tabling from some of the participating organizations, and a 7 p.m. forum with the candidates.

Accessibility info: Please contact us if you or someone you know would like translation or has any other accessibility concerns: The social room at FCC is physically accessible with no stairs or narrow doors between it and the north entrance, which has parking nearby. Restrooms on the main floor are wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral restroom is available on another floor.

Please attempt to minimize use of scented products prior to attending this event. 

Hosted by the Whatcom Civil Rights Project, Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition, Imagine No Kages, and Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in partnership with Home Now Not Later, Northwest Detention Center Resistance, Red Line Salish Sea, Black Lives Matter Bellingham, and Latino Advocacy.

The Mind/Society Connection: How Starbucks, Yale, Fresh Kitchen and Police incidents are symptomatic of society’s biases (and what you can do about it)

6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 at WPJC
Register at:

In this workshop, participants will learn about racial bias through the lens of a 2016 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man and the recent interpersonal bias incidents in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. Participants will examine their personal biases and learn de-biasing tools.

The workshop will include an analysis and discussion of recent incidents in the news. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of what "bias" means and what racial bias research shows. You will learn discuss your own racial biases and learn about de-biasing tools and resources for further growth.

Campus Defending Democracy Fellows

Application Deadline: July 23, 2018

Western States Center is initiating a new fellowship program to train organizers and researchers in strategies to counter white nationalism across the country. Once a contained fringe social movement, white nationalism has morphed into a mass movement with significant public support. The white nationalist movement and its “alt-right” coalition is shaping public narrative on national policies, endangering community cohesion, and limiting the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. White nationalism is jeopardizing the gains we’ve made over the past 50 years and endangering democracy here and abroad.

That is why preparing our movements and institutions to effectively counter the threat of white nationalism is a critical priority in this moment. In particular, educational institutions have become a targeted site for white nationalist recruitment, mobilization and action, as groups use campus flyering, recruitment drives, speaking engagements and other actions as a calculated strategy to further white nationalist goals and boost their visibility. As these organizing efforts intensify, Western States Center has created this fellowship to support the development of a stronger, more coordinated response.

Description of work and opportunities:
Campus fellows will learn about organized racist movements through independent study and collaborative work, guided by leaders in the field. Fellows will also undertake projects to counter white nationalist organizing in campus communities, designed and coordinated in partnership with Western States Center’s Defending Democracy program.

Applicant criteria:
For the inaugural fellowship cycle, we are seeking candidates with campus or community leadership potential, based in or connected to college or university communities. The ideal candidate will have a clear racial justice analysis, some experience in organizing, and an interest in engaging in anti-hate work over the course of their career.

Duration and stipend: 
The fellowship will last for 14 weeks, and fellows will be expected to dedicate approximately 135 hours (an average of 9-10 hours per week) over the course of the fellowship. A stipend of $1,750 is available for each fellow. Fellows may be based anywhere in the United States. Some availability during Pacific time zone working hours should be possible.

Application deadline and instructions:
The application deadline is July 23. The fellowship will begin on August 27. To apply, please attach a work sample of your choice along with the answers to the application questions online at this link. No phone calls please.

International Day of Peace sponsorship

Would your organization or business like to sponsor the 15th annual International Day of Peace gathering in Bellingham? The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center puts on this event each year in solidarity with people around the world. As a sponsor, you make a financial contribution to help cover the costs of the event, allowing funds raised at the event itself to support WPJC. 

If you'd like to become a sponsor, please contact WPJC ( or 360-734-0217) or visit this sponsorship webpage for more details.

Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award

Now through July 20, WPJC is accepting nominations for the 2018 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award, to be presented at Bellingham's 15th Annual International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21.
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